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TENNIS Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – For the Porsche Team Germany, Wednesday was a rather average day. It began well as Julia Görges progressed to the last 16. However the tournament then came to an end for her teammates Sabine Lisicki and Andrea Petkovic despite the crowd’s vociferous support in the Porsche Arena, Stuttgart. Simone Kemler

 

Julia Görges had every reason to be pleased after her 6-1, 7-5 win against the Romanian Sorana Cirstea. “The win was very important as it’s ensured me a place in the Wimbledon main draw,” said the 2011 Stuttgart winner who was visibly pleased with her first round display. After some rather average results this year, it was confirmation for her that she was on the right track after her wrist injury in 2013 and the slip down the rankings to No. 94. “If I could always play like I did in the first set – I’d sign immediately,” she said.

In the last 16, the Porsche Team Germany player will now meet Ana Ivanovic. Playing Sabine Lisicki, the former World No. 1 from Serbia booked her place in the second round and in doing so promptly knocked the 2013 Wimbledon finalist out of the tournament. The German – also a Porsche Team Germany member – had no chance on the day against Ana Ivanovic who closed out the match with her second match point after exactly one hour of play. A resident of Basle, the 2008 French Open winner dominated right from the start of the Centre Court encounter. After her shoulder injury, Sabine Lisicki was simply not in the form that had taken her to the Wimbledon final ten months ago. The current World No. 14 was nevertheless not dissatisfied with her fleeting appearance at the long-standing Stuttgart tournament. “I wasn’t able to play any tennis at all for three weeks because of the injury. Today was the first time for a long while that it didn’t hurt.” However Sabine Lisicki also admitted that she had made far too many unforced errors. “I lack confidence,” said the 24-year old.

Confidence was something Andrea Petkovic has been building up recently as a result of her win at the tournament in Charleston in March and then last weekend when reaching the Fed Cup final with Porsche Team Germany. Things are going well for the 26-year old at the moment – but it is still an exhausting time. “It was fairly obvious that my body was going to strike at some stage,” she said. And it is exactly what happened in her match against Flavia Pennetta – even though it only came in the third set. “Petko” lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 against the world No. 13 from Brindisi. With the score at 4-3 in the first set for Pennetta, the German had a slight shock because of a pulled thigh muscle and was only able to continue after having treatment. “It didn’t hinder me much,” she said, “What’s more annoying is that I made so many unforced errors in the first three games of the third set. And then after going 3-0 down, I was simply tired.”

In the doubles Antonia Lottner from the Porsche Talent Team Germany and fellow Germany Anna Zaja had a great win. They replaced the Czech pairing of Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Safarova as lucky losers in the first round and then proceeded to beat Mona Barthel (Porsche Team Germany) and Eva Birnerova (Czech Republic) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. Julia Görges and Anna-Lena Grönefeld from Porsche Team Germany were defeated by the Italian duo Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-3. (Porsche Tennis GP)

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Leylah Fernandez Overcomes Pavlyuchenkova To Reach Indian Wells Fourth Round

It was a tough day at the office for the US Open runner-up.

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Leylah Fernandez (Darren Carroll/USTA)

Leylah Fernandez pulled off one of her famous comebacks in the Californian desert beating the number nine seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 41 minutes.

 

The Canadian hit 24 winners in the win while the Russian hit 46 unforced errors in a match that went back and forth before Fernandez was able to pull through in the end.

“What I am most proud of is the way that I fought and honestly today wasn’t my best performance,” Fernandez said afterwards. “But I fought for every point and I was trying to figure things out. I was proud I was able to find a way to get back in the match and get the win”.

After holding serve in her opening service game the world number 28 started putting the pressure right away on the Russian by getting two early break points but failed to convert.

At 3-3, it was Fernandez facing the pressure on her serve and the world number 13 had four looks at a breakpoint. On the fourth the Canadian cracked and double-faulted for the first break of serve of the match.

The Russian lead didn’t last long as the Canadian responded right away in the following game and the next four games went with breaks of serve as both players were struggling to hold serve.

Pavlyuchenkova eventually served for the set at 6-5 and was able to serve it out to take a 7-5 lead.

Pavlyuchenkova carried the momentum into the second set and broke Fernandez’s serve in the first game of the set but at 2-1 got broken once again and the set went back on serve.

It stayed on serve until 4-3 when Fernandez managed to get the crucial break of serve and that was enough for her to serve out the second set.

The first four games of the third set went on serve and at 2-2 again it was the Montreal native earning a breakpoint and breaking once again and despite facing pressure from the Russian was able to serve out the match.

After the match in her on-court interview, Fernandez was asked about all the support she has been getting recently and what it means to her to play on such a big stage.

“I got goosebumps,’ she said. “I was super excited to play here in Indian Wells for the first time and to play in a stadium where so many legends played who fought and won so it’s an honor to be here. I can’t wait to play my next match”.

Fernandez will next face the American Shelby Rogers in the round of 16 on Tuesday after she beat the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-0, 6-2.

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Bianca Andreescu Begins Indian Wells Title Defense With Rollercoaster win

The Canadian began her title defense from 2019 with a three-set win over her American opponent.

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Reigning Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu is into the third round after a epic two-hour and 48 battle with Alison Riske which she eventually won 7-6, 5-7, 6-2.

 

” I’m very happy to be back and I felt all the emotions coming back here to Indian Wells, especially stepping on this court and it honestly feels awesome”. Said Andreescu.

The Toronto native fired 30 winners in a match that went back and forth in the last match on Stadium court.

The first set stayed on serve until 2-2 when it was the Canadian with the first two chances of the match to break and she was able to get the first break of serve in the match but failed to consolidate and Riske broke back the following game.

Andreescu had another chance at 3-3 but was snuffed by the world number 51 and the first set was decided by a tiebreaker. In that breaker, the number 16 seed jumped out to a 4-2 lead which was enough to take the first set.

After holding in her opening service game the Canadian had three chances for an early break in the second set but the American was able to save all three and held serve.

At 2-1, the world number 21 had two more chances and with a return winner on double break point she took a 3-1 lead and this time was able to consolidate the break and hold serve.

At 4-2, the world number 51 attempted a comeback and after earning two breakpoints of her own broke back to put the set back on serve but at 5-4 the Canadian had two match points but the American saved both.

At 5-5, Riske had two more breakpoints and managed to get the crucial break of serve and serve out the second set to send it to a deciding third set.

The number 16 seed was keen on getting the early lead in the third set and she did just that to take a 2-0 lead and at 4-1 managed to turn her break into a double break and served out the match.

After the match in her on-court interview, Andreescu was asked what had happened in the second set and how she was able to respond in the third set.

” She played very well, I honestly had no idea what happened and she picked up her level while I kinda stayed the same,” she said. “Then I had to refocus for the third set and I had to change my tactics a little bit and it helped”.

Andreescu is now lifetime 8-0 in Indian Wells dating back to 2019 when she won and is still the current defending champion. She will take that record into her next match where she will face Anett Kontaveit.

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Aryna Sabalenka Out Of Indian Wells After Positive COVID Test

Sabalenka is the latest player to be ruled out of a tournament after testing positive for the virus.

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Aryna Sabalenka returns a shot during a Women's Doubles quarterfinal match at the 2021 US Open, Tuesday, Sep. 7, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Darren Carroll/USTA)

World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka says she is ‘looking OK’ after confirming she has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

The Belarussian was set to be the top seed at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells which will get underway next week after Ash Barty withdrew from the draw. It is not known as to if Sabalenka is currently experiencing any symptoms at present or when exactly she tested positive for the virus. She hasn’t played on the Tour since reaching the semi-finals of the US Open last month.

Unfortunately I’ve tested positive at Indian Wells and won’t be able to compete,” Sabalenka wrote in an Instagram story.
“I’ve started my isolation and I’ll be staying here until I’m cleared by the doctors and health officials.
“So far I’m looking OK but really sad to not be able to play this year.”

It is unclear if the 23-year-old has received a COVID vaccination after she previously expressed caution over receiving one. During the Miami Open in March Sabalenka told reporters she was concerned about how quickly the vaccine has been produced and the effects it might have on her body.

“So far I don’t really trust it. It’s tough to say, but I don’t really want mine yet, actually, and I don’t want my family have it,” she said. “I will think about this. I mean, if I will have to do it, then of course I have to do it, because our life is a travel life and I think we are the ones who actually should make it. But I will see.”

In recent months tennis’ governing bodies have been urging their players to get vaccinated but some such as Sabalenka are still hesitant. On the other hand, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has previously called for the vaccine to be made mandatory on the Tour.

So far this season Sabalenka has achieved a win-loss record of 42-14 and has reached the semi-finals at her two most recent Grand Slam tournaments (Wimbledon and the US Open). She has won two titles in Abu Dhabi at the start of the season and then Madrid in May. Sabalenka also reached the final of another tournament in Stuttgart.

Replacing Sabalenka as the top seed in Indian Wells will be Karolina Pliskova who is a two-time semi-finalist in the tournament.

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