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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – There seems to be an urban legend of sorts on the women’s tour in recent years regarding Sabine Lisicki. It appears as though the current French Open champion always end up meeting Lisicki at Wimbledon and each time the German comes away with the upset win. She beat Li Na in 2011, Maria Sharapova in 2012 and last year Serena Williams. Cordell Hackshaw

 

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There seems to be an urban legend of sorts on the women’s tour in recent years regarding Sabine Lisicki (19). It appears as though the current French Open champion always end up meeting Lisicki at Wimbledon and each time the German comes away with the upset win. She beat Li Na in 2011, Maria Sharapova in 2012 and last year Serena Williams. However, it seems as though this “curse” does not only apply to current champions but also former ones too. Lisicki defeated former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic (11) in 3-sets upon resumption of their 3rd round match which was suspended last Saturday. Lisicki already up a set on Saturday before poor lighting suspended the action, won 6-4 3-6 6-1.

From the onset of the match, Lisicki was the one looking very aggressive and overflowing with confidence. Since given the honour of playing the first women’s singles match on Centre Court in the absence of Marion Bartoli, reigning champion, a smile has been permanent etched upon Lisicki’s face. They traded breaks early in the set but Lisicki was the first to consolidate for a 4-2 lead. Ivanovic did well to hold serve and made valiant attempts to break Lisicki again in the set. However, Lisicki showed nerves of steel to serve out the set 6-4 in 46 minutes. Ivanovic made a near protest at this point to end play as she put on her jacket and asked that play be suspended but the tournament officials urged that play go on. After almost 10 minutes of discussion, they played two more games for 1-1 in the 2nd set.

On resumption of play on Monday, Ivanovic came out firing from the get-go taking a 3-1 lead but Lisicki would break back. Ivanovic would not be deterred as she broke Lisicki again to go up 5-2. They were in the 8th game on Lisicki’s serve, at deuce when play was again disrupted; this time by rain. They continued the match some time later and Lisicki quickly held serve as did Ivanovic was she took the set 6-3. One would have expected a battle in the 3rd set but there would be none. Ivanovic somewhat capitulated the match at this point or perhaps could not deal with the second interruption of play. She no longer had the fighting spirit which was so visible in the first two sets of the match. “I think we had it all: dark, rain, and everything. But I really started well this morning first up, and then the break didn’t really do well with my game and where I was at,” Ivanovic later stated. Lisicki broke immediately and got off to a 3-0 lead. She would break the Serbian again in the 6th game to serve for the match at 5-1. Lisicki for her part, remained aggressive on serve as she closed out the match at love with double aces, 6-4 3-6 6-1.

Regarding her 3rd set domination, Lisicki noted “I think I was very focused in the third set using my chances and serving very well.” Lisicki would end the match with 7 aces and 7 double faults compared to Ivanovic with 3 aces and 4 double faults. Their serving statics were similar overall but in the decisive set, Lisicki won 93% of her 1st serve points whereas Ivanovic only won 50% of hers. Ivanovic was trying to be aggressive by coming to net but she was only winning half of those points 16/30. Lisicki preferred to dictate play from the baseline as she won only 9/13 points at the net. Lisicki is all about going for winners and she did with 40 winners and 21 errors total in the match. Ivanovic only had 24 winners and 20 errors. Lisicki will now face, Yaroslava Shvedova for a place in the quarterfinals. Interestingly enough, Lisicki is in the same half as current French Open champion, Sharapova and could meet her in the semifinals if they both progress to that stage.

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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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