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TENNIS FERNCH OPEN – To be Caroline Wozniacki right now must be a very difficult prospect. She was publicly dumped by her famous ex-fiancé, Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy last week and she was just ousted in the 1st round of the French Open by Yanina Wickmayer. Cordell Hackshaw

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To be Caroline Wozniacki right now must be a very difficult prospect. She was publicly dumped by her famous ex-fiancé, Irish professional golfer Rory McIlroy last week. His official statement on the matter was jarring and almost a proverbial slap in the face for the Danish tennis star. Adding insult to injury, McIlroy won the prestigious BMW PGA Championships making headlines this weekend whilst Wozniacki, the 13th seed, was just ousted in the 1st round of the French Open in spectacular fashion. Much would be made of the Dane’s defeat especially as she literally wore her heartache on her sleeve. Her outfit for the match was coincidentally the Irish colours; green, white and orange. However, like her recent relationship, she found no luck with the Irish. Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium knocked her out 7-5 4-6 6-2 in just over two hours.

Despite the fact that Wozniacki owns a 6-1 lifetime record against Wickmayer, this was bound to be a very difficult match. Wozniacki is also nursing a knee injury to go along with her bruised heart. Nonetheless, the Dane did start the match well. She knows the Wickmayer game and so steered towards the Belgian’s weak backhand. Wozniacki soon had triple break points. She converted on the 3rd one and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. However, Wickmayer showed that she learned a few times from her “new coach” fellow Belgian, retired 4-time major winner Kim Clijsters who has had great success against Wozniacki. Wickmayer broke back and got to 2-2. Wozniacki broke her once more and matters mostly flip-flopped between the two players for most of the set. Wozniacki does not have any big weapons but she is a great defensive player as well as patient. Her opponent possesses a huge forehand but was prone to misfire on that shot as she became increasingly impatient and erratic. This allowed Wozniacki to serve for the set at 6-5. However, Wickmayer broke again to force the tiebreaker where she quickly raced to a 6-3 lead and closed it out on her serve 7-6(5).

Wickmayer became a different player in the 2nd set as she took more calculated risk and appeared to be more confident on her backhand which was under constant scrutiny. They remained on serve till the 10th game when Wozniacki increased the pressure on Wickmayer who was serving to stay in the set 4-5. Wozniacki converted her first set point 6-4 to take matters to a 3rd set. In the 3rd set, Wickmayer finally found the right balance of controlled aggression and wrest control of the match. Wozniacki was serving poorly as she barely won points on her serve; 8/22 for the set. Wickmayer quickly broke her to open the set and was soon ahead 4-2. She broke Wozniacki for the 3rd time in the set for 5-2 and served it out 7-6 4-6 6-2 for a place in the 2nd round.

After the match, Wozniacki stated that she will not answer any questions regarding her personal life in the press conference. She offered up this explanation for her performance instead “I just tried to prepare the best that I could, and really tried to focus on my match and on what I had to do out there … [I]t doesn’t make it easier that I haven’t been able to play really that many matches because I have been injured … I felt a little bit rusty out there, and, you know, it wasn’t really a pretty match.” Wickmayer faces Silvia Soler-Espinoza of Spain in the 2nd round. Wozniacki will now have an early start for preparation for Wimbledon.

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Caroline Wozniacki Calls For More Help To Support Returning Mothers

Caroline Wozniacki has called on the WTA to support returning mothers.

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Caroline Wozniacki has called on the WTA to provide more support for returning mothers.

The Dane is one of a number of top stars that have returned to the tour since becoming a mother.

Recently the likes of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka have all returned to the tour since becoming a mother.

However Wozniacki believes the WTA could provide more support to mothers who plan on returning to the tour, “I think I’ve been treated very well, The tournaments have really embraced me coming back and with kids,” Wozniacki explained to the Press Association.

Where I do share my view, and where a lot of other women on tour share the view, is I think there should be more done for women coming back from maternity leave. It has been looked at because obviously there’s more players now that want to come back but, at the same time, it’s not the same as coming back from an injury.

“As someone who came back after almost four years, I think when you give birth and for the body to recover, you’ve grown a human inside you, there’s a lot of changes that are happening in the body after that. I think in general women deserve more time to feel, ‘OK, now I’m ready, I can really prepare and get ready for competing at the highest level’.

It’s an issue that has made progress but there is still work to do in order to encourage people that it’s possible to make a smooth transition from motherhood to the tennis court.

As for Wozniacki, the Dane recently lost in the first round of Birmingham to Elise Mertens and is now preparing for Wimbledon where she has received a main draw wildcard.

Wimbledon starts on the first of July.

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Could Dan Evans’ Latest Injury Halt Andy Murray’s Olympic Plans?

Andy Murray Olympics hopes could pin down to Dan Evans’ recovery from his latest injury.

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Andy Murray had said that he may not play the Olympic Games if he plays just the singles event.

This could be the last summer that Andy Murray plays competitive tennis as he gears up for a potential Wimbledon farewell.

However Wimbledon may not be the tournament that Murray announces his retirement with the Olympics coming up next month.

The Olympics will take place in Paris and the former gold medallist has been announced in GB’s team ahead of the games.

There is a plot twist to all of this and that plot twist is Murray’s recent comments about whether he would play the Olympic Games.

In a recent interview Murray admitted that he wouldn’t be keen on just playing singles in Paris given the fact that it’s being played on his least favourite surface clay, “There is more chance of me winning a medal in the doubles rather than the singles,” Murray told BBC Sport.

“I’m not 100% sure. It depends a little bit physically how I’m doing and a bit how the next few weeks ago as well. My plan just now is to play but it’s not straightforward.”

The only player that Murray could play doubles with at the Olympics is Dan Evans, which they will probably find out on the fourth of July if they will get into the event.

However there is now a spanner in the works which is Dan Evans’ recent injury with the Brit suffering a nasty fall against Brandon Nakashima at Queen’s Club.

It will be known in the next couple of days how bad Evans’ injury is but after his match in London, the Brit was worried about a potential MCL injury, “I’m worried, no doubt,” Evans told the press association.

“I mean, a good thing, I thought it was my groin. That settled down pretty much straight away. But I think it’s MCL, sort of a bit inside of the knee. There is an issue there, that’s for sure after the testing so far with the physios.

“So I’ve got to wait 48 hours, let it settle, and then get a scan. I’m worried, yeah. That’s the bottom line, of course. Yeah, I’m in limbo a bit. It’s frustrating. If I miss the Olympics or Wimbledon it would be a tough one to swallow, no doubt.

“I don’t know. I’m just, I’m heartbroken at the minute, to be honest. Yeah, it’s tough.”

If the injury to Evans, results in Murray’s Olympics withdrawal then it would be a sad way to end Murray’s Olympics career that has included two gold medals.

However the main importance is that Evans is able to compete in the near future as he aims to be fit in time for Wimbledon.

Wimbledon starts on the first of July with the Olympics taking place 26 days later.

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Former Champion Angelique Kerber And Naomi Osaka Headline Initial Wimbledon Wildcards

Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka headline the Wimbledon wildcards this year.

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Former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber has headlined the initial Wimbledon wildcards that have been announced this morning.

The German won the title in 2018 after defeating Serena Williams and is aiming to recreate some more magic at SW19 as she receives a wildcard into the main draw.

Although Kerber’s comeback hasn’t gone to plan, the German will hope grass is where she can find some confidence with the Olympic Games also in her plans there.

Another player who will be hoping for a change of fortunes at Wimbledon is former world number one Caroline Wozniacki who has also received a wildcard for the event.

Wozniacki was thrashed this week by Elise Mertens in Birmingham and will be hoping that she can improve her form over the next couple of weeks.

However a player that is in confident form right now is former US Open champion Naomi Osaka who has received a wildcard into Wimbledon.

The former world number one almost defeated Iga Swiatek at Roland Garros and is finding her feet on the grass after struggling in previous years.

On the men’s side Nottingham champion Jacob Fearnley has received a main draw wildcard as well as last year’s Juniors champion Henry Searle.

Here is the full list announced by the AELTC this morning with the final list set to be confirmed later this week or early next week.

Men’s Singles:

  1. Liam Broady
  2. Jan Choinski
  3. Jacob Fearnley
  4. Arthur Fery
  5. Billy Harris
  6. Paul Jubb
  7. Henry Searle
  8. TBA

Women’s Singles

  1. Francesca Jones
  2. Angelique Kerber
  3. Yuriko Lily Miyazaki
  4. Naomi Osaka
  5. Emma Raducanu
  6. Heather Watson
  7. Caroline Wozniacki
  8. TBA

Men’s Qualifying Singles

  1. Oliver Bonding
  2. Charles Broom
  3. Jay Clarke
  4. Felix Gill
  5. George Loffhagen
  6. Jack Pinnington Jones
  7. TBA
  8. Play-Off Place
  9. Play-Off Place

Women’s Qualifying Singles

  1. Emily Appleton
  2. Armani Banks
  3. Sonay Kartal
  4. Hannah Klugman
  5. Clervie Ngounoue
  6. Mika Stojsavljevic
  7. Mingge Xu
  8. Play-Off Place
  9. Play-Off Place

Men’s Doubles

  1. Liam Broady/Billy Harris
  2. Charles Broom/Arthur Fery
  3. Jay Clarke/Marcus Willis
  4. Dan Evans/Henry Searle
  5. Jacob Fearnley/Jack Pinnington Jones
  6. TBA
  7. TBA

Women’s Doubles

  1. Emily Appleton/Yuriko Lily Miyazaki
  2. Alicia Barnett/Freya Christie
  3. Harriet Dart/Maia Lumsden
  4. TBA
  5. TBA
  6. TBA
  7. TBA

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