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TENNIS – Alizé Cornet from France overcame a hard-fought battle against young Italian Camila Giorgi in the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Katowice Open to clinch her fourth title. Giorgi, who played her first ever WTA final, came back from being on verge of losing the match twice before failing to convert a match point in a hard-fought and exciting final. Diego Sampaolo

WTA Katowice. Cornet and Giorgi met for the second time in their careers. Their first match was played at this year’s Australian Open where the Frenchwoman recovered from 1-4 down in the third set to beat the Italian in two hours and 36 minutes.

in the first set Giorgi got a early break but she was broken back before getting a second break. She finally managed to hold serve at 3-1. The Italian of Argentine origin held her nerve and saved two set points at 4-5 with two forehand winners.

Giorgi faced another set point at 6-5 but managed to save it with an ace forcing the first set to the tie-break. Giorgi went up 3-1 in the tie-break but Cornet reeled off six consecutive points to clinch the tie-break with 7-3 on her fourth set point after 69 minutes.

Giorgi, who reached two Grand Slam fourth round at Wimbledon 2012 and at the US Open 2013, went down a break and was just two points from dropping the ninth game at 3-5 down but won this delicate game. Cornet served for the match but Giorgi broke serve to love before earning her first set point at 6-5. Giorgi won the 4th consecutive game to clinch the second set to force the match to the third set.

Giorgi made the second double fault of her match at 40-40 in the first game of the third set. Cornet stormed to a a 3-0 lead with a break of serve but Giorgi broke back to reel off five of the next six games to take a 5-4 lead to earn a match point. Cornet saved the match point to draw level to 5-5 before breaking serve to to love at 6-5 to clinch the third set with 7-6(3) 5-7 7-5 after 3 hours and 11 minutes. It was the fifth longest WTA match of the year. Cornet lifted the fourth of her career after Budapest 2008, Bad Gastein 2012 and Strasbourg 2013 to follow in the footsteps of another Italian player Roberta Vinci who won last year. The Frenchwoman will move up to World Number 21 in the WTA Ranking.

Cornet qualified for the final after a sensational semifinal win against Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday when she recovered from a bagel in the first set to win in three sets with 0-6 6-2 6-4. Radwanska stormed to a 3-0 lead in the third set and got a point for 4-0 before Cornet recovered by reeling off six consecutive games after an epic match. Cornet scored her second win against a top-4 player after sensationally beating Serena Williams in the Dubai semifinal two months ago.

Giorgi played her first ever WTA final after beating two top-20 players, defending Katowice champion Roberta Vinci and Carla Suarez Navarro for the second time in the same tournament after Wimbledon in 2012. Before Katowice she had never reached a WTA quarter final. The young Italian coached by her father Sergio will move up to World Number 53 reaching her best ranking.

Giorgi beat two former World Number 1 players Caroline Wozniacki at the 2013 US Open and Maria Sharapova at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open. She will make her second Fed Cup appearance next week in the semifinal against Czech Republic. Her father Sergio comes from Argentina and emigrated to Italy. He fought in the Falklands War. Her mother Claudia is a fashion designer who designs her tennis outfits.

What a match. It was definitely a huge fight, which is what I expected. I had to save a match point to win the title, so it feels very special”, said Cornet.

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Kontaveit upsets Bianca Andreescu in Eastbourne

Anett Kontaveit knocked Bianca Andreescu out of Eastbourne.

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The Estonian beat the Canadian on Center Court in straight sets in an hour and six minutes.

 

Anett Kontaveit only needed 66 minutes on Center Court to dispatch the world number seven and the third seed at the tournament Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 6-3 firing 16 winners while the Canadian hit 28 unforced errors.

“I thought I played a really good match today and I was consistent throughout the whole match and I feel like I kept my level up and played some good tennis”.

It was the world number 27 with the aggressive start earning the first breakpoint of the match in the opening game with a stunning forehand winner and on the following point ripped a forehand return winner to take a 1-0 lead.

The Canadian was keen to bounce back and earned her first breakpoint the following game with a backhand winner up the line and broke right back to go back on serve.

The Talinn, Estonia native once again responded by breaking right back and this time was able to consolidate the break until 3-2 when once again the Toronto native broke again to level the first set at 3-3.

Once again the Estonian broke Andreescu serve to take another lead and at 5-3 had two set points set up by a powerful backhand winner and took the first set 6-3 in 31 minutes.

The second set started with both players holding serve for the first three games until the 25 year old earned three more breakpoints and got the first break of the set.

After that it went back on serve until 4-2 when the Canadian once again had two chances to go back on serve and she broke when the Estonian struggled with her serve.

Again the resiliency and the determination of the Estonian kept her going and she broke right back the following game and served out the match. In her post match press conference she was asked how she was able to keep bouncing back in the face of adveristy.

“I think I am a pretty good returner and she is as well so sometimes it’s difficult when the other person so consistent hitting deep returns off your serve so I just tried to stay with it especially in the second set and she never gives up so I had to keep playing and be ready for it”.

Kontaveit will now face the Swiss player Viktorija Golubic who pulled off another upset beating the number six seed and fellow Swiss player Belinda Bencic.

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Dayana Yastremska Cleared Of Wrongdoing Over Failed Drugs Tests

The tennis has star had been provisionally suspended from the Tour since 7 January 2021.

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Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska said she looks forward to ‘returning to her passion’ after getting her doping ban lifted with immediate effect following a hearing.

 

The former world No.21 has been sidelined from the sport with a provisional suspension after testing positive for the banned substance mesterolone which is prohibited under category S1 of the 2020 WADA Prohibited List (Anabolic Agents). The positive test came from a sample which was taken on November 24th that Yastremska argued was linked to cross-contamination. She had appealed for her provisional ban to be lifted earlier this year but was denied.

Following her official hearing on May 21st, the Independent Tribunal under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme has concluded that the tennis star didn’t deliberately take performance enhancing drugs. In their ruling, the panel says they ‘accept’ how the substance managed to get into Yasstremska’s body. She has previously claimed to have ‘scientific evidence’ of cross contamination.

Ms. Yastremska’s provisional suspension is lifted with immediate effect, and she will not serve any period of Ineligibility for her violation. For the avoidance of doubt, Ms. Yastremska is eligible to resume competition immediately.” The ITF stated.

In a statement, Yastremska says she has struggled over the past six months with the negative comments related to her suspension from the sport. Earlier this year she flew to the Australian Open hoping to compete, but wasn’t allowed to under anti-doping rules.

“I’ve been through a lot in the last 6 months and found it difficult to deal with all the negative comments,” she wrote.
“I want to thank my family, my lawyers, my agent and the entire Top Five Management team for their continued and unwavering support. I would also like to thank my fans for the love and messages that I received during this difficult period.’
“Now I look forward to returning to my passion – tennis. It was taken away from me for too long, I can’t wait to get back on tour.”

The 21-year-old has won three WTA Premier titles so far in her career with her most recent triumph occurring at the 2019 Strasbourg Open. Her best run in a Grand Slam was two years ago at Wimbledon, where she reached the fourth round before losing to Zhang Shuai of China.

Yastremska is currently ranked 37th in the world. She has not given any details about when or where she plans to return to competitive tennis yet.

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Victoria Azarenka And Amanda Anisimova Advance In Bad Homburg

Victoria Azarenka continued her momentum towards Wimbledon.

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Victoria Azarenka and Amanda Anisimova both cruised into the second round as they prepare for Wimbledon.

 

Starting with two time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka who enters this week after winning the doubles title with Aryna Sabalenka in Berlin.

Azarenka continued her momentum with a 7-5 6-0 win over compatriot Yuliya Hatouka.

The world number 14 struggled in rainy conditions in Germany in the first set as she was broken three times in the first set.

It was a tough start from Azarenka who couldn’t consistently blast past the world number 271.

In the end Azarenka saved some break points and broke in her following two return games to seal the opening set in 53 minutes.

However the second set was much easier as she didn’t concede a single break point and won all six games.

Azarenka will now play Alize Cornet in the second round.

Meanwhile 19 year-old Amanda Anisimova is looking for a good grass court season after crashing down to 81st in the world.

The American sealed a 6-1 7-5 win over German veteran Andrea Petkovic as she moved into the last eight.

Anisimova produced a high-quality first set as she stormed into a 4-0 lead in the opening set.

After sealing the opening set in 24 minutes, Anisimova continued the momentum by breaking in the opening game of the second set.

However Petkovic has shown good performances on a grass court in the past and she remained resilient to break back for 4-4.

Despite that setback, the American broke in the eleventh game and closed out the match to love.

Anisimova will play Angelique Kerber or Anna Blinkova next.

In other results Katerina Siniakova edged past Jessica Pegula 6-3 5-7 6-4 and will meet Laura Siegemund in the quarter-finals.

Siegemund booked her place in the last eight with a 6-2 6-2 win over Tamara Korpatsch.

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