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Wimbledon: Lisicki beats another French Open Champ in Ivanovic

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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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Alycia Parks Stuns Garcia To Win First Tour Title In Lyon

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Rising star Alycia Parks is on the verge of breaking into the world’s top 50 for the first time after stunning world No.4 Caroline Garcia in straight sets to win the Lyon Open. 

 

22-year-old Parks, who contested just three WTA main draws last year, battled to a 7-6(7), 7-5, win over Garcia who is the first top-five player she has beaten on the Tour. Throughout the final, the American didn’t drop serve after saving all four break points she faced. In total, she produced 28 winners with 15 of those being aces. It is only the second time she has beaten a top 10 player on the Tour after Maria Sakkari at the Ostrava Open last year. 

“I want to thank you for all coming out, this title means a lot to me,” Parks said afterwards. “France has a special part in my heart right now. I want to congratulate Garcia, you had an amazing week, keep playing how you’re playing.”

The victory caps off what has been a breakthrough week for Parks who dropped two sets in five matches played which was in her opening two rounds. Earlier in the tournament, she also defeated seventh seed Danka Kovinic and fourth seed Petra Martic to become only the third unseeded player to win a WTA event so far this year.  

Parks was ranked 199th in the world 12 months ago but has climbed up the rankings and is now set to break into the world’s top 70 for the first time on Monday. Towards the end of last year, she won back-to-back WTA 125 tournaments and has now won 16 out of her last 17 matches played. Her only loss was to Czech teenager Sara Bejlek in the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open.

As for Garcia, Sunday’s clash was the first time she had contested a WTA final in her home city of Lyon. Coming into her clash with Parks, she had won 10 out of her last 11 finals played on the Tour. It is the 40th time in her career she has lost to an American player in a WTA main draw.

Congrats on an amazing week and the (past) couple of months have been unbelievable (for you),” said Garcia. “It’s your first WTA title today and it was well deserved. You played amazing and if you keep playing like this you are for sure going to keep going up (the rankings).”

Parks, who graduated from High School in 2019, is coached on the Tour by her father Michael who has been her main mentor since childhood. 

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Garbine Muguruza Switches Focus From Ranking Points To Enjoyment In Hunt For Form

Ranked outside the WTA top 80 for the first time since 2013, Muguruza is hoping to stage a comeback with the help of a new perspective.

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Garbine Muguruza (ESP) waves to the crowd after defeating Fiona Ferro (FRA) on No.2 Court in the first round of the Ladies' Singles at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 1 Monday 28/06/2021. Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

To say that last year was tough for Gabine Muguruza is a bit of an understatement. 

 

The Spaniard started 2022 among the best players in the world and was ranked No.3 as a result of her triumph at the WTA Finals just a couple of months earlier. However, the year didn’t go as planned for two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza who won just 12 matches. In total, she played in 17 tournaments but only managed to score back-to-back victories in two of them. In October she plummeted down the rankings from 13th to 57th. 

Muguruza’s problems have continued into this season. She is yet to win a match and is now down to 82nd in the world which is her lowest position in almost a decade. January 2013 was the last time the 29-year-old was ranked outside the top 100. 

“I’ve had so many moments in my career where I’ve been so high, and other moments when I’ve not been so high. It’s a process of trying to get back up there,” the former world No.1 told The National. “Now I’m focusing on training hard and being humble.
“You have to know that maybe you haven’t had the success recently as you had in other years, but that’s fine because things can change very quickly.
“With tennis, one week it can go wrong, then next week it can go well, then everything changes again. I think experience helps me to stay calm in the not-so-good moments when I haven’t been playing as well or results haven’t followed.”

It is a frustrating situation for somebody of Muguruza’s ability to be in. At the 2021 WTA Finals, she scored four wins over top-10 players but since then hasn’t beaten anybody ranked higher than No.31 in the world. 

Eager to get back to the top of the sport, she has decided to change her outlook on how she approaches the Tour. Muguruza, who is coached by Conchita Martinez, now says her main priority is enjoying her tennis. If this is achieved, she is confident the results will follow in due course. 

“I feel that this year it’s more about keeping it calm and more simple,” she said. “Last year I put myself under a lot of pressure, telling myself to keep going to stay at the top all the time. That definitely didn’t help me, and it was a bit of a struggle.
“This year, yes ranking is important – I’ve been at every possible ranking – but that is not my priority anymore. Now it’s about enjoying my time on court and taking the trophies back home, then we’ll see what the ranking is.”

Muguruza’s next test will be at the Abu Dhabi Open, which will get underway on Monday. She has been drawn to play Karolina Pliskova in the first round who recently reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Then if she wins, she faces Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina. 

“I played some good tennis [in Australia]. A bit disappointed about the quarter-final but overall my level is there. Of course, there are some things to improve to become more solid but overall the situation is quite good,” Pliskova said ahead of the first round clash. 

12 months ago Muguruza reached the third round in Abu Dhabi before losing to Maria Sakkari. 

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Injured Bianca Andreescu retires From Semi-Final match In Hua Hin

The Canadian was looking to book a spot in her first WTA final of the year but was forced to retire after injuring her right shoulder.

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BIANCA ANDREESCU OF CANADA - PHOTO: ALBERTO NEVADO / MMO

Lesia Tsurenko booked her spot in the final of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin after Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire whilst down 7-6, 4-0.

 

The first set was extremely tight with the first four games being breaks of serve. Andreescu got the crucial break to lead 5-3 and served for the first set but the Ukrainian fought back to level the set at 5-5. Then Tsurenko was the one to break serve but she was able to close out the first set.

After the opener, the semi-final clash went completely one-sided with Tsurenko taking over by winning four games off the trot before Andreescu decided to call it quits. The Canadian had a medical timeout during a second set changeover.

Tsurenko gave full credit to her opponent and despite the retirement says it was a very difficult match.

“Bianca is such an amazing player she said. She is capable of hitting all kinds of shots and gave so much trouble today”. She said.

Tsurenko is looking to win her fifth WTA title and will be playing in her first final since 2019 in Hua Hin. She faces the China’s Lin Zhu who earlier in the day beat the number seven seed Xinyu Wang 6-2, 6-4, in one hour and 38 minutes to book her spot in the final.

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