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WTA Madrid: Agnieszka Radwanska beats Eugenie Bouchard to stay on track

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TENNIS WTA Madrid – Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 3 – seed survived a tricky first set in her second round match against Eugenie Bouchard to win 7-6, 6-3. Another interesting result is the 6-3 4-6 6-1 victory of Svetlana Kuznetsova who beat the Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. From Madrid, Simone Kemler

 

Radwanska, the No. 3 – seed survived a tricky first set in her second round match against Canadian Upstart Eugenie Bouchard, where she had to go all the way through the tiebreak, before she could claim it. “…very tough first round, especially for the tournament on the clay…I didn’t use my first chance when I was 5-3 up. But, you know, she was really playing and hitting the ball unbelievable.But of course I think the tiebreak was the biggest key in that match. I did a couple good shots in the tiebreak and managed to win that. I think that gave me more confidence in the second set and it was a little bit easier.” the Polish No. 1 summarized after winning the second set 6-2 and so the complete match.

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Another interesting result is the 6-3 4-6 6-1 victory of Svetlana Kuznetsova who beat the Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium could not overcome her slow start into the match with Na Li, giving away the first set too quickly with 6:1. She fought hard in set two forcing the Chinese into the tiebreak, but there Li did not leave Flipkens a chance, took in seven straight point and thus the whole match.

German Sabine Lisicki is also in round three, fighting Czech Karolina Pliskova down in three sets 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3. It remains to be seen whether she can ‘speed up’ and find back to her form, after injury, because not only the clay court season is approaching its peak with Madrid and consequently the French Open in Paris.

Romanian Simona Halep did very well in her match against Germany’s Julia Görges, leaving the latter virtually no time to breathe: her result 6-2 6-0 shows once more that she is a name one should definitely put on the list for the future.

A further name that was not mentioned so often lately was the one of Caroline Wozniacki – in her second round in Madrid the Dane showed a strong and determined performance against Russian Elena Makarova winning 6-2 6-2.

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World No.1 Ash Barty Outlines Ultimate Career Goal

The 24-year-old has named the tournament she dreams of winning.

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Reigning French Open champion Ash Barty has made clear the one thing she wants to achieve before hanging up her racket for good.

 

The world No.1 is dreaming of adding to her Grand Slam tally in the future, but her sights aren’t set on her home tournament at the Australian Open. Which hasn’t been won by a local female player since Chris O’Neal back in 1978. Instead, her dream lies with the All England Club which hosts the Wimbledon Championships.

My dream is winning Wimbledon. Without a doubt,” AFP quoted Barty as saying during an interview with broadcaster ABC.
“It took a long time for me to say that out loud. It took a long time for me to have the courage to say that out loud, but that’s what I want. That’s what I want to work towards.
“Being able to win junior Wimbledon was really special, but it just gave me a taste of what it’s really like.”

It was at Wimbledon where Barty first rose to prominence by winning the girls title at the age of 15 in 2011. Becoming the first indigenous Australian to win a title of any sort at the event since 1980. Progressing onto the senior circuit, she is yet to get the breakthrough she wants with her best result being a run to the fourth round last year despite being the top seed.

Barty will not have a chance of winning the grass-court major this year after it was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to COVID-19. She is also set to miss the upcoming US Open due to travelling concerns related to the virus and its unpredictability.

“That was a massive part of it for our team – accepting that this is something greater than what we can control, we can’t do anything about it,” she commented on skipping New York.
“We just have to play our part and do the right thing. And then hope we get an opportunity some time in the year to get back to some kind of normal.”

The 24-year-old isn’t the only top name missing from this year’s US Open. Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens are the two other top 10 women’s players that have pulled out so far. Meanwhile, Simona Halep is yet to reach a decision. As for the men, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka will not be playing.

Prior to the five-month break in tennis due to the Pandemic, Barty started the season winning 11 out of 14 matches. She won the Adelaide International before reaching the semi-finals at both the Australian Open and Doha Open.

Barty currently leads the WTA rankings by 2641 points ahead of second place Halep.

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Elise Mertens beats Camila Giorgi to reach her third quarter final in 2020

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Number 3 seed Elise Mertens from Belgium edged Last week’s Palermo semifinalist Camila Giorgi 6-4 6-2 in 1 hour and 44 minutes to secure her spot in the quarter final at the Prague Open. 

 

Mertens reached her third quarter final of the 2020 season after Shenzhen and Auckland and scored her second win in as many matches against Giorgi. 

Giorgi got an early break in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead, as Mertens hit her backhand into the net. Mertens broke straight back in the third game for 1-2. Giorgi saved two break points in the fifth game. 

Mertens broke for the second time in a eight-deuce seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and held her next two service games and served out the first set 6-4 with a backhand pass. 

Mertens got the first break of the second set in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The Belgian player saved four break-back points in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead before breaking serve in the seventh game. The 2019 Doha champion hit her third ace on her first match point setting up a quarter final clash against either Tamara Zidansek or Canadian wildcard Eugenie Bouchard.   

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Krystina Pliskova upsets Petra Martic to reach the third round at the Prague Open

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Krystina Pliskova upset Petra Martic 6-1 7-5 after 1 hour and 22 minutes to reach the third round at the Prague Open. Pliskova hit 28 winners to 13 unforced errors. The twin sister of Karolina Pliskova scored her seventh career top 20 win and the second this season after beating Aryna Sabalenka in Shenzhen last January. 

 

Krystina reached the Prague tournament final in 2017. The Czech player reached her eighth WTA clay quarter final or better since 2017. 

Pliskova won the first game with four unreturned serves and reeled off nine of the first ten to open up a 3-0 lead. The Czech player saved two break points with heavy groundstrokes in the third game before breaking serve in the sixth game to close out the first set with three consecutive aces. 

Martic saved a break point in the third game of the second set. Pliskova fended off a break point in the fourth game with a service winner. Martic saved the first three break points, but Pliskova converted her fourth opportunity to take a 6-5 lead in a marathon five-deuce game before sealing the win on her second match point. 

“I feel I am playing on clay each year. Everybody was saying I cannot move and stuff, but I don’t think it’s like this. I have more time, so it’s good for me that clay is not that fast, I can focus on my game”, said Pliskova. 

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