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TENNIS US OPEN – It was a scorching day at the US Open with temperatures soaring well into the 90oF/30oC range. This only served to heat things up on court. The day saw several upsets, near upsets and some red hot tennis in the women’s draw. From New York, Cordell Hackshaw

 

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Agnieszka Radwanska (4) was first up on Louis Armstrong stadium against Shuai Peng. Radwanska as is her norm, took the early lead with 2-0 in the 1st set. However, from then on, she looked like a mere shadow of herself in the blazing sun as Peng came roaring back to take 6 of the next 7 games. Peng had 14 winners in the 1st set only compared to Radwanska’s 4. In the 2nd set, Peng got the early break for 4-2 and never looked back. She fought off several break points in the 10th game whilst serving for the match to close it out 6-3 6-4. Peng would later said that on those big moments, she played “no risk because I really really want[ed] to win.” Meanwhile, for Radwanska, her US Open woos continue. This is the only major she has yet to progress past the Round of 16.

Radwanska noted after the match “I didn’t play bad today. I think it was just her day. Of course I could do something different maybe or try something else, as well, but I really try my best and I was fighting till the end. I just couldn’t do it.” Interestingly enough, this was the first straight sets victory for either player against each other in all their five meetings.

Sloane Stephens (21) was another victim of an upset on Day 3. She faced 96th ranked Johanna Larsson. Stephens coming into this US Open had never lost before the 3rd round in all of her three previous appearances. It looked like it was going to be 4/4 as she was up a set and a break 7-5 3-0. However, she allowed Larsson to get back into the set to take 6 of the next 7 games. Larsson took the 2nd set 6-4. In the 3rd set, Stephens again took an early lead at 2-0 but then seemingly capitulated as she lost six straight games. Larsson took the match 5-7 6-4 6-2. Stephens was floundering at the baseline looking completely bothered by the weather but she quickly refuted the idea that the heat was not a factor in the match. She only offered the simply statement of “Things got a little shaky” to sum up her performance.

Maria Sharapova (5) avoided a near upset when she faced Alexandra Dulgheru. Sharapova led 2-0 to start off the match but Dulgheru broke her to level it at 2-2. In the 7th game, the Romanian broke Sharapova a second time to lead 4-3. She was able to maintain this break advantage to close out the set 6-4. However, no stranger as of late to making comebacks in matches, The Russian took control of the 2nd set to lead 4-2 and never relinquished it. She won the 2nd set 6-3 and then raced out to a 4-0 lead in the 3rd set. Dulgheru was unable to offer any positive response to this Sharapova charge. The Russian closed out the match 4-6 6-3 6-2 in just over two and a half hours. “It was difficult … It was a very long match. Overall I felt like in the end I was in much better shape that she was and I could have played another few sets.”

Other winners include Simona Halep (2) who seemed to have settled down after her rough 1st round match to win 6-2 6-1 over Jana Cepelova. Angelique Kerber (6) and Jelena Jankovic (9) also won in straight sets. Kerber took out Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2 6-4 and Jankovic won 7-5 6-4 over Tsvetana Pironkova. Caroline Wozniacki (10), 2009 finalist here, also won in straight sets as did Sara Errani (13), Alize Cornet (22) and Sabine Lisicki (26).

Several players needed three sets to get to the 3rd round. Andrea Petkovic (18) she overcame being down a double break in the 3rd set v Monica Puig to take the match in the breaker 3-6 6-3 7-65. Lucie Safarova (14) also had a 3-set battle as did Roberta Vinci (28). Belinda Bencic upset Kurumi Nara in three sets 6-4 4-6 6-1. Bencic will next play Kerber for a place in the Round of 16.

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In-Form Liudmila Samsonova Storms To Tokyo Title

Tokyo is the second tournament this year the Russian has won without dropping a set.

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Liudmila Samsonova has continued her rapid surge on the Tour by defeating China’s Qinwen Zheng 7-5, 7-5, to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. 

 

The world No.30 dropped serve only once and hit four aces as she edged her way past rising star Zheng who is the first Chinese teenager to reach the final of a Tour-level singles event. Overall, Samsonova won 68% of her service points en route to becoming the first Russian player to win the tournament since Nadia Petrova in 2012. 

“It’s amazing, I don’t have too many words right now. I need a little bit of time,” said Samsonova, who beat Grand Slam champions Elena Rybakina and Garbine Muguruza earlier in the draw. 
“It was a really tough match. She is playing amazing. It was a nervous match, we were fighting every point. It was tough.”

Samsonova is becoming a formidable force in the women’s game and has now won 18 out of her past 19 matches. Last month she also won titles in Washington and Cleveland before reaching the last 16 of the US Open for the first time in her career at the age of 23. She is now 4-0 in tournament finals and didn’t drop a set in Tokyo this week. 

“I played a high level in all my five matches. I am incredibly happy about how I managed it,” she said.

There is also a reason for Zheng to celebrate with her run in Tokyo securing her place in the world’s top 30 for the first time on Monday when the rankings are updated. Making her the first Chinese player to do so as a teenager. She is also only the second teenager to reach the final of a WTA 500 event or higher this season after Coco Gauff at the French Open. 

Samsonova will also rise to a ranking high on Monday to just outside the world’s top 20. 

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Naomi Osaka Seeks Resurgence At Home Event After Rollercoaster Year

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Former world No.1 Naomi Osaka admits that there have been more downs than ups for her this year but she is maintaining a positive outlook. 

 

The four-time Grand Slam champion has played 22 matches so far this season with her win-loss record currently standing at 13-9. However, at her six most recent tournaments she has failed to win back-to-back matches and is currently on a four-match losing streak. Osaka also missed this year’s Wimbledon Championships due to an achilles injury. 

Currently ranked 44th in the world, Osaka is hoping to break her slump at this week’s Toray Pan Pacific Open which will be held in Tokyo. It will be the first time she has played since losing to Danielle Collins in the first round of the US Open. 

“I think, of course, the year has (not been) the best year for me,” Osaka said during her pre-tournament press conference. “But I think overall I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’m just happy to be healthy. Because in Europe, I did injure myself, and that was like my first injury that took me that long to get healed.

“I think life is kind of ups and downs and this one was kind of more down than up, but overall I’m pretty happy with where I am now.”

Osaka is the defending champion in Tokyo, even though she won the tournament back in 2019. The event has been cancelled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot has happened to the Japanese player since she won the title, both on and off the court. Osaka has spoken publicly about her mental health issues and took time away from the sport because of them. 

“It feels really weird to hear that I’m the defending champion because it was the last time I played in 2019,” she said. “I would love to win it again, but I think just taking it one match at a time … and also just playing in front of a crowd in Tokyo again, because the Olympics was crowdless, so it will just be nice to see people.”

This year Osaka does not have a seeding in the Tokyo draw which is in stark contrast to three years ago when she was the highest-ranked player in the tournament. She will begin her campaign against Australia’s Daria Saville and could then face fifth seed, Beatriz Haddad Maia, in the last 16. 

“I think every year for me since the first Slam, there’s been a lot of changes,” Osaka said. “But I think this year it has definitely been a real growing year for me. I think tennis-wise, I don’t really think I can go in a wrong direction. I feel like me as a player, my base is pretty solid. I can only really learn more about myself. I know that I am an aggressive player and I can only hope to keep doing that.

Away from the Tour, the 24-year-old remains one of the highest-earning players in the sport. According to a report published by Forbes in August, she earned in the region of £56.2M over 12 months with $55M of that coming from off-court ventures. She has also set up her own sports agency with long-time agent Stuart Duguid, signing Nick Kyrgios as one of her clients. 

“For everything off court, I think it’s really cool how tennis has let me get so many opportunities in things that I’m interested in, and it’s something I’m really happy and grateful for and I can only hope it keeps evolving.” She commented.

This week Osaka is seeking to win her first title of any sort since the 2021 Australian Open. 

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Simona Halep Ends 2022 Season With Nose Surgery And Mental Exhaustion

Simona Halep will return to the court in 2023.

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Simona Halep has ended her season after having nose surgery and suffering from mental exhaustion in recent months.

 

The two-time Grand Slam champion has had a mixed season this year with the Romanian almost quitting the sport in February.

However the former world number one reunited with Patrick Mouratoglou and produced a world-class grass court season and US Hard court swing to get back into the world’s top ten.

Despite this, Halep has also had her troubles having had a panic attack at Roland Garros and struggled with anxiety.

This was all produced by the Romanian in her statement when she announced she would not play the rest of the season due to a nose surgery which has been linked to her breathing.

https://twitter.com/Simona_Halep/status/1570370209504198656

Now Halep will look to recover mentally and physically in time for January’s Australian Open as she will look to become a Grand Slam champion for the third time in her career.

Simona Halep’s 2022 Season:

Melbourne Summer Set 1: Champion

Australian Open: R4 l. Cornet

Dubai: Semi-Finals l. Ostapenko

Qatar: R1 l. Garcia

Indian Wells: Semi-Finals l. Swiatek

Madrid: Quarter-Finals l. Jabeur

Rome: R2 l. Collins

Roland Garros: R2 l. Q. Zheng

Birmingham: Semi-Finals l. Haddad Maia

Bad Homburg: Semi-Finals l. Andreescu

Wimbledon: Semi-Finals l. Rybakina

Washington: R2 l. Kalinskaya

Toronto: Champion

Cincinnati: R2 – Withdrew

US Open: R1 l. Snigur

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