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Kvitova Tops Kerber In Madrid, Barty Sets Meeting With Swiatek

Posted by Staff on May 1st, 2021 @ 7:52 pm

In the marquee match of the start of the second round at the Madrid Masters, Petra Kvitova got the better of Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-5 in an all-lefty match-up.

Kvitova, a 3-time Madrid champion, now leads her rival 8-6. But Kerber had the early lead in both sets though was unable to sustain it. The Czech was able to break right break then break to close out both sets.

“I don’t think …

Pliskova Puts Away Gauff In 3; Osaka, Halep Advance In Madrid

Posted by Staff on April 30th, 2021 @ 5:34 pm

Beleaguered Karolina Pliskova rallied from a set down to beat Coco Gauff 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in her Madrid Masters opener on Friday.

The Czech former No. 1 was just 9-7 on the season entering Madrid, but down a set in a first-time meeting with the teen, Pliskova corrected her double faults, got on a run and overcame some early third set troubles to pull through.

“We never played so it was definitely …

Svitolina Sacked By Teichmann In Madrid Masters Opener; Pliskova v Gauff Fri.

Posted by Staff on April 29th, 2021 @ 6:56 pm

The Madrid Masters began today with a slew of surprises, led by World No. 5 Elina Svitolina blowing a third set 5-1 lead and a total of six match points in a stunning loss to Jill Teichmann 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) in first round action.

The lefty from Switzerland kept fighting despite the deficit. Svitolina, who fallen apart before with a big lead, held four MPs with Teichmann serving at 2-5 and …

Novak Djokovic Reportedly Won’t Defend His 2019 Madrid Title

Posted by Staff on April 27th, 2021 @ 6:07 pm

According to reports, Novak Djokovic will not be playing the Madrid Masters which is due to begin its men’s event next week.

The Spanish media out Marca said Djokovic withdrew due to the scheduling. He had won the title three times including 2019 when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Because of the COVID ranking protection, the World No. 1 will still keep 50% of his 1000 points from 2019.

Djokovic has had …

Wimbledon To Schedule Middle Sunday Play Starting 2022, “Manic Monday” Gone!

Posted by Staff on April 27th, 2021 @ 5:54 pm

Wimbledon’s traditional day of rest on middle Sunday will be no more starting in 2022, the club announced today.

The tournament will schedule a full day of play — like the 3 other Grand Slams — on that second Sunday going forward. The change, the tournament says, will enable more fans to come on the grounds, make scheduling easier (and of course increase revenue for the tournament).

Fans, though, will lose …

Shapovalov, Nishikori, Garin, Cilic Lead Way In Estoril

Posted by Staff on April 25th, 2021 @ 11:22 pm

After getting shut down last year due to COVID, Estoril returns this week with a solid field including four players in the Top 40.

Still seeking a first clay final, Denis Shapovalov is the top seed followed by 5-time clay winner Cristian Garin, Ugo Humbert and former Top 5 Kei Nishikori.

Also in the field are former US Open champion Marin Cilic, 2-time Slam finalist Kevin Anderson, 2015 champion Richard Gasquet and …

German Favorite Zverev Bids For 3rd Munich Title

Posted by Staff on April 25th, 2021 @ 9:50 pm

German star Alexander Zverev will be the headliner this week in Munich where the world No. 6 is a 2-time champion.

The top-seeded Zverev who won the title in 2017-2018, will is joined by Casper Ruud, Aslan Karatsev, Filip Krajinovic and youngsters Sebastian Korda and Emil Ruusuvuori.

The 28-draw could see Zverev meet countryman Max Marterer in the second round, Dusan Lajovic in the quarters and then Krajinovic or Jan-Lennard Struff in …

Nadal Holds Off Tsitsipas In Epic Barcelona Final

Posted by Staff on April 25th, 2021 @ 9:26 pm

In the longest recorded ATP final, Rafael Nadal survived a valiant bid by Stefanos Tsitsipas beating the Greek 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-5 for a 12th Barcelona title.

“I think I never played a final like this in this tournament, so it means a lot to me against a player like him, he achieved in Monte-Carlo and the final here without losing a set,” Nadal said. “It is an important victory for me. …

Berrettini Outlasts Karatsev For Belgrade Crown

Posted by Staff on April 25th, 2021 @ 9:11 pm

Matteo Berrettini blanked Aslan Karatsev in the final set breaker to collect his fourth career title in Belgrade, beating the Russian 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(0). And it was an extra special win with his parents in the crowd.

“It was something that I really wanted to happen, because my dad came once in Munich when I lost the final. And my mom has never come for a final,” Berrettini said after his …

Cirstea Upsets Mertens In Istanbul To End 13-Year Title Drought

Posted by Staff on April 25th, 2021 @ 5:36 pm

Sorana Cirstea captured her first WTA title in 13 years Sunday beating top seed Elise Mertens 6-1, 7-6(3) in the Istanbul final.

The win was the 31-year-old’s second of her career with the only other coming back in 2008 at Tashkent where she beat Sabine Lisicki.

“I’m very, very happy for this trophy,” Cirstea said, in the trophy ceremony. “I did not expect it, to be honest, so probably I’m twice …

Barty Rallies To Beat Sabalenka For Stuttgart Title, Has Won 11 Straight On Red Clay

Posted by Staff on April 25th, 2021 @ 5:24 pm

For the third straight match in Stuttgart, Ash Barty came from a set down to win, this time she did in the final against Aryna Sabalenka taking the title 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

“Tennis is a strange sport at times,” Barty told the press. “Even though you can be a set down, I didn’t feel I was very far off. I had a couple of break points and opportunities myself, you take …

Barty Authors Another Comeback, Denies Svitolina To Reach Stuttgart Final vs Sabalenka

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2021 @ 8:47 pm

Ash Barty once again had to pull a rabbit out of her hat to survive in Stuttgart. Yesterday, the World No. 1 saved two match points in a win over former champion Karolina Pliskova. Today in the semifinals, she was pushed the limits against beating Elina Svitolina, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-2.

Up a set, Svitolina served for the match in the second at 5-4 but couldn’t close the door. She also was …

Djokovic Dumped By Karatsev In Belgrade Stunner; Berrettini Makes Final

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2021 @ 8:32 pm

Playing at his home event and on his home against a player he rolled in the Australian Open semifinals, Novak Djokovic couldn’t close the door on Aslan Karatsev in a stunning 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 loss that was the longest non-Slam match of the year at 3 hours, 25 minutes.

Djokovic, one of the game’s premier converters of break points, finished just 5-for-28 in the category and 0-for-10 in the final …

Nadal, Tsitsipas Set Blockbuster Barcelona Final

Posted by Staff on April 24th, 2021 @ 8:19 pm

The first real blockbuster final since Melbourne will be contested Sunday as Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas for the Barcelona title.

Today in the semifinals, Nadal put together one of his best recent wins this season breezing past countryman Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2.

“I am very happy to be back in a final here at an historic event, a home event, an important one for me,” said Nadal. “I think I …

Barty Battles Back, Beats Pliskova In Stuttgart; Svitolina Knocks Out Kvitova

Posted by Staff on April 23rd, 2021 @ 9:10 pm

It should be a great weekend of tennis in Stuttgart with four Top 8 players in the semifinals. Leading the way is World No. 1 Ash Barty who came from a break down in the third to beat former champion Karolina Pliskova 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Pliskova, who won the 2018 title over Coco Vandeweghe, led 5-3 in the third and served for the match at 5-4.

“In a sense it was …