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TENNIS – In this Monday of action at the Aegon Internationals of Eastbourne, a mix of surprises and confirmations characterised the WTA matches. From Eastbourne, Giulio Gasparin


Surely the biggest shock came from the hands of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who took down in three sets the first seed Agnieszka Radwanska in an entertaining but not high quality match.

The Russian started the match very well by seizing the first set 6-3, but in the second she started to be more erratic, while the Pole’s serve became more powerful and accurate.

Radwanska, who had lost her opening match at Eastbourne in the past two editions, knew her match this year was no less tough as she always had to battle against Pavlyuchenkova in the past matches and this time it was no different.

After the second set the Russian asked for the physiotherapist because of a small problem to her hand and it seemed that this would affect her as she started the final set with a horrid game in which she got broken.

However, she managed to regroup and with some great drop shot solutions, she immediately got the break back.

Both players then hold their serves until the decisive tiebreak, but what was most evident was the fact that, good or bad, the match looked to be always in the hands of Pavlyuchenkova.

In the tiebreak the feeling was confirmed as the Russian was the first one to go up of a mini-break, though she handed it back with a bad miss.

Despite the missed chances, Pavlyuchenkova kept her focus and managed to close at the second match point.

Angelique Kerber, the fifth seed, had a tough opener as well as she faced grass court specialist Alison Riske, but she got the job done in two tough and quality sets.

The German needed to fight back from a break down in the opener, when Riske had a point to go 4-1 up.

Both player showed their skills on the surface, especially the American, who often charged the net and found great points, despite the terrific passing shot of the world number nine.

In the first set tiebreak both players felt a bit nervous, but in the end the experience of the German prevailed, despite a very brave Riske saved three set points with as many stunning winners.

In the second set, everything seemed to go fine for Kerber, as she got a double break lead. The American reacted and tried a comeback, but it was too late and, in the end, the fifth seed closed 7-6 (6) 6-4.

The German’s next opponent will be Alize Cornet, who showed a great tennis to tame Bojana Jovanovski in two sets.

Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round too after coming back from a break down in both sets against Sam Stosur.

The Dane, whose conditions were all to be seen after the knee injury occurred in Madrid and the sorrows caused by the broken engagement, showed a very good version of her self in order to beat an overall positive Stosur.

The Australian broke Wozniacki in the very first game and managed to hold comfortably for most of the first set, but, when serving for the set, the Dane started to move the game around better and in the end Stosur hit a double fault on the break point.

The former world number one impressed once more with a very good service game and that seemed to get in her opponent’s head, as the game that followed was horrible for Stosur.

The Australian started the second set willing to put the missed chance behind as she broke Wozniacki for the second time and then hold serve showing great skills at the net.

The Dane reacted fiercely and, despite a very dodgy call on what would have been a forehand winner down the line –she actually asked the crowd to call the ball, but their confirmation did not change the umpire’s mind-, she broke back.

Both players played very well from then on, but it seemed as if Wozniacki was finding more and more confidence with the games passing.

Stosur managed to save four break points in the seventh game, but she could not replicate on 5-4 when serving to stay in the match, so that the former world number one could close 7-5 6-4.

Next up for Wozniacki will be Sloane Stephens, who easily dispatched a very erratic Caroline Garcia.


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Qualifier Anastasia Gasanova shocks Teichmann in Cluj-Napoca

The Russian qualifier is through to the second round after pulling off a stunning upset over the number four seed.




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Anastasia Gasanova, who qualified for the main draw over the weekend, has stunned fourth seed Teichmann in a three-set battle 4-6, 6-0, 7-5, at the Transylvania Open.


The world No.146 won 69% of her first service points and broke eight times during the marathon encounter which lasted two hours and eight minutes on center court. 22-year-old Gasanova is yet to play in the main draw of a Grand Slam and hasn’t won a title of any sort since an ITF $25,000 event in Guiyang, China three years ago.

Initially, it was Teichmann who got off to a fast start using her powerful forehand to set up a breakpoint and broke to take an early 1-0 lead but failed to consolidate and the Gasanova broke right back the following game. The number four seed retook the lead after breaking once again to take a 3-2 lead and this time was able to hold serve the following game and managed to turn it into a double break. The world number 39 was broken once again when serving for the first set but was able to eventually serve it out.

The Russian bounced back in the second set holding her opening service game and breaking the Swiss to take a 2-0 lead. She turned it into a double break and ended up winning the set without losing a single game.

In the third set it was again the world number 146 who got the early break but the number four seed got the break back to even the set at 2-2 and took a 4-3 lead breaking the Russian once again.

At 5-4, Teichmann found herself with two match points but the underdog dug deep and saved both. She then broke back to put the set back on serve at 5-5, and with the Swiss serving to stay in the match the Russian broke one last time to seal the win and the upset.

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Elina Svitolina Splits With Coach After Five Years

The tennis star issued a brief statement saying ‘the time is right’ to go in another direction.




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Elina Svitolina is on the hunt for a new coach after parting ways with Andrew Beetles.


The two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist issued a statement on Monday confirming that she will no longer be working with her British mentor with them both deciding to go ‘their own ways.’  Beetles, who is the former hitting partner of Ana Ivanovic, spent his first full season with Svitolina back in 2017. He started as an assistant coach before later being promoted. Under his guidance, the Ukrainian rose to a ranking high of three and won 11 Tour titles.

“After 5 years and 11 titles together!! Andy and I both agreed it was the right time to move our separate ways. I am very thankful for all his hard work and endless support. I wish him only the best in his future career!’ Svitolina wrote on Twitter. 

The announcement comes a week after Svitolina suffered a shock first round loss at the Tenerife Open to Colombia’s Camila Osorio who went on to reach the final. So far this season she has won 41 out of 61 matches played on the Tour with her best performance occurring at the Chicago Open where she won the title. Svitolina also won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games and reached the quarter-finals of the US Open. 

Svitolina, who married Gael Monfils earlier this year, is currently ranked sixth in the world. She is hoping to finish the season ranked inside the world’s top 10 for the fifth year in a row.

There is currently no information about who may take over as the new coach of the 27-year-old. 

Svitolina’s 2021 results

  • Melbourne 1 – QF
  • Australian Open – R4
  • Doha – QF Dubai – R2
  • Miami – SF
  • Stuttgart – SF
  • Madrid – R1
  • Rome – QF
  • French Open – R3
  • Berlin – R2
  • Eastbourne – R2
  • Wimbledon – R2
  • Tokyo Olympics – Bronze medal
  • Canadian Open – R2
  • Cincinnati – R2
  • Chicargo – Champion
  • US Open – QF
  • Chicargo 2 – QF
  • Indian Wells – R4
  • Tenerife – R1

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Anett Kontaveit Set To Battle For WTA Finals Spot After Lifting Moscow Crown

It is the third time Kontaveit has won a tournament within the past six months but will she be able to qualify for the season-ending championships?




Anett Kontaveit (image via https://twitter.com/BNPPARIBASOPEN)

Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit has continued her recent surge in form on the Tour by fighting back from a set down to win her fourth career title at the Kremlin Cup on Sunday.


The world No.20 was on the verge of losing to home favourite Ekaterina Alexandrova before battling to a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, victory. At one stage in the match Kontaveit was trailing by a set and 0-4. Then in the decider she was broken at 4-4 before going on to win three games in a row to clinch the title. Overall, she won 69% of her first service points and broke her opponent five times.

“Of course, I am very happy, the match was extremely difficult, I feel relief and joy,” she said afterwards. “I got lucky at match-point, but during the match there were moments when she (Alexandrova) got lucky too. It always takes a little luck to win. She took the lead, controlled the match, it was very difficult for me, I tried to fight for all the points and this helped me to win.”

Kontaveit, who defeated former world No.1 Garbine Muguruza and Markéta Vondroušová earlier in the tournament, has now won 14 out of the last 15 matches she has played on the Tour. Her only loss was to Ons Jabeur in the quarter-finals at Indian Wells. She has played in five finals this year which is the second-highest on the WTA Tour after world No.1 Ash Barty who has played in six.

The 25-year-old is now on the verge of qualifying for the WTA Finals for the first time in her career. However, the prospect of her playing in the season-ending event depends on the results of next week’s tournaments. Kontaveit is playing in Romania and she needs to win the tournament and for rival Jabeur to lose before the semi-finals to qualify.

Meanwhile, runner-up Alexandrova exits Moscow frustrated with her missed opportunities in the match. It was the first time she has played in a final this season and only the third time in her career. Prior to Kontaveit, she scored back-to-back wins over Aryna Sabalenka and Maria Sakkari.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to win, I’m very sorry. But I will work on it and I hope next time I will be able to get a better result,” Alexandrova said during the trophy ceremony.
“I want to congratulate Anett, she played great, it was hard for me to do something.” She added.

Kontaveit, who has won three WTA titles since August, is the first Estonian player to win the Moscow trophy. Compatriot Kaia Kanepi reached the final of the tournament back in 2011.

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