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US Open 2014 – Peng Shuai: “Two times almost stop playing. So it's really lucky I'm still here”

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TENNIS US OPEN 2014 – 27th of August 2014. P. Shuai d. A. Radwanska 6-3, 6-4. An interview with Peng Shuai

 

Q. How satisfying is this win? I mean, she’s been playing great tennis, fourth seed. How good do you feel to knock her out of the third round?

PENG SHUAI: Really happy and really exciting. Before the match actually a lot of fans was like ask me in the e-mail, you know. China, the web always say I play her four times and then I win her only one time and that was in the US Open four years ago. So maybe I saw from like long time the lucky may be coming back today. In Australian Open I remember I have two match points. Didn’t make it. Like three years ago or something, so today when I play I know she was really like tough one of top players, because she never miss and she’s running so fast. She make like you saw a lot like angle, you know, really smart player. And then for the match I was really happy today. I have to running a lot.

Q. You had several match points, and she was obviously fighting very, very hard. Very dramatic points. Your feeling at the end? Were you feeling a bit nervous that maybe you let another match point get away? Just talk about sort of the end of the match.

PENG SHUAI: Really no risk because I really, really want to win. And then beginning of match actually I also really nervous, because when the first set start is not like — first game is not really good. But actually it’s good. I come back into match after two games really good. And then the end I think I just really want to win. My mind, you know, like when I get to match point is really, tight, I just thinking like, you know — I go through again for the Australia Open, to happen again, so like tell myself, you know, like I have to hit the ball. You know, even maybe I missed it I still have to go for my shot because this is my weapon. And then finally the serve I maked it.

Q. You have a tough opponent coming up in your next match with Roberta.

PENG SHUAI: Vinci, right?

Q. Talk about that match.

PENG SHUAI: We play many times doubles together.

Q. So you know her game?

PENG SHUAI: Well, it’s different than the doubles than play the singles. We also play each other before. Okay. I have some break to think about next round, mentally you think about. You know, when you think about it’s like so nervous and so tight. And then probably tomorrow I will have like first-round doubles. So maybe now I give myself like a cooldown a little bit, mentally the break, rest. And then I was thinking tomorrow night, and then after fight again. Yeah.

Q. You played a lot of matches in your career against top 10 players. Haven’t won a lot of them. But what do you learn from all those experiences, even when you lose, that you can use playing a player like her?

PENG SHUAI: Actually for my tennis career is a little bit up and down. And also a little bit like tough situation because I have about like two times almost stop playing. So it’s really lucky I’m still here. And then with top player I play, I learn. Their tennis maybe is different. Some like to really power. And like today, Radwanska, she’s really smart. You know, play the angles all different that. I want to learn like how I can be there. Yeah, I think is not only like work hard, because I think on the tour everybody like try like their best. And I think that also in the match, when the chance coming, like how to make it, to take it. And also maybe in like nervous or different situation, how can you choose to right a shot, right moment. That also is like one of the key. Yeah.

Q. How nice is it to also give China a big win here, especially with Li Na not here? Fans at home still got a big win here.

PENG SHUAI: Yeah, because when she say she’s not gonna play Montreal, Cincinnati, and also US Open, was like big news. And then everybody was start talking, you know, like, also have someone others, like new in the air. But this year I think also is one of the maybe the best to have like six Chinese like on the girl main draw. Three from quallies and also like they’re like two, right, plus me in the second round? Also not bad because they are young. And then I prefer have the Na Li. They didn’t watch me too much because there is more pressure. Not easy to handle that. I still want to like working hard and just focus and enjoy my tennis.

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Rudolf Molleker knocks out two-time champion Leonardo Mayer in Hamburg

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German 18-year-old Next Gen player Rudolf Molleker knocked out 2014 and 2017 Hamburg champion Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes at the Hamburg European Open.

 

Molleker beat Mayer in 2017 in the Hamburg qualifying round, but Mayer got a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser and went on to win the title.

Molleker fended off all three break points in two consecutive games of the first set, before saving two set points in the tie-break. He sealed the second set with a single break.

The German teenager saved two break points in the seventh game with two service games with two service winners and one more chance in the ninth game to set up a tie-break. Mayer took the lead twice at 6-5 and 8-7, but Molleker saved both chances with two winners and sealed the tie-break on the 18th point after a double fault from Mayer.

Molleker earned an early break at the start of the second set and held his service games in the next games before sealing the win with a service winner at 5-4 to secure his spot in the round of 16.

Marton Fucsovics cruised past Phillip Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-0 dropping just 16 points on serve. Fucsovics got an early break in the fourth game to clinch the opening set 6-3. The Hungarian player broke three times in a one-sided second set and sealed the win with a service winner.

Andrey Rublev, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon and Umag, edged this year’s Munich and Houston champion Christian Garin 6-4 7-6 (7-5) after 1 hour and 39 minutes to score his second win over the Chilean player this year. Rublev broke three times to seal the opening set 6-4. The Russian player got the break back at 4-5 in the second set to set up a tie-break, which he sealed 7-5.

Jeremy Chardy came back from losing the first set to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 6-3 after 2 hours and 34 minutes. Paire fended off a set point at 4-5 in the opening set to clinch the tie-break 7-4. Paire got a late break in the second set, but Chardy won two games at 5-5 to force the match to the third set. Chardy went up a double break to seal the third set 6-3.

Martin Klizan converted all five break points to cruise past Daniel Altmaier 6-2 6-2.

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Alex De Minaur Learning Patience After Two Month Injury Lay-Off

Alex De Minaur is ready to be patient as he looks to build some momentum in Atlanta this week.

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Alex De Minaur is learning the art of patience after missing less than two months of action earlier this year. 

 

The Australian had a rough start to the 2019 as he was forced to fight off a groin injury despite winning the Sydney title in January.

Then he had a couple of months off before once again struggling on his return at Indian Wells where he lost in his opening round.

But these setbacks haven’t stopped the 20 year-old from being patient as he looks to make his mark in the US hard court swing,“I feel like I’m doing all the right things, putting myself out there,” De Minaur told atptour.com.

“If it doesn’t happen this week, next week or the week after, I’m going to keep doing the same things. I’m going to do all the right things, be mentally strong, physically strong and I’m playing good tennis, so I think it’s just a matter of time.”

After Indian Wells, De Minaur spent a few weeks in his home in Alicante, Spain as he looked to regain match sharpness.

It was a period that proved challenging for the talented Aussie as he loves to compete, “I’m not used to being at home for that long and, I mean, us tennis players, we need to go out there and compete, at least me,” De Minaur explained.

I’m a very competitive person, and it was tough for me. I had my outlets. I was playing golf a lot. But still, I needed to get back on court. 

“Obviously seeing people go ahead of you and guys are playing these tournaments and seeing the results they were doing and me not being able to actually even be able to be out there and competing, that was very tough.”

Despite losing five of his seven ATP tour matches since returning properly in Estoril, De Minaur is determined to get back to the level that saw him rise to world number 24.

The Next Gen Star thinks it’s a confidence thing and is not easy to regain after an injury, “[It’s] just confidence. Playing matches, playing the big points right,” he explained.

“It’s something that you take for granted when things are going well. But when you have to stop and try to get back into it, it’s tough. Now I’m just keen to go out there and compete and play some good tennis.”

De Minaur continues his comeback surge this week when he competes in Atlanta, where he will face Bradley Klahn or Marius Copil in his first match.

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Nicolas Jarry Aims To Follow In Family Footsteps After Reaching Bastad Final

Nicolas Jarry looks to join his grandfather in winning an ATP title as he reaches the Bastad final.

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Nicolas Jarry will look to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps tomorrow when he takes on Juan Ignacio Londero in the Bastad final. 

 

The Chilean was in fine form today as he beat another Chilean in Federico Delbonis in the semi-finals today, 6-3 6-2 in 64 minutes.

It is Jarry’s third ATP final and his second of the season following his final in Geneva, where he wasted two championship points to lose to Alexander Zverev.

Should the 23 year-old be triumphant on Sunday, he will join his grandfather as an ATP titlist after Jaime Fillol Sr. won six tour titles and finished a high of number 14 in the rankings in 1974.

Next up for Jarry is Cordoba champion Juan Ignacio Londero, who cruised past 2016 Swedish Open champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets.

The 6-3 6-4 victory included the Argentinian winning 73% of his first service points as he dominated the Spaniard in the 1 hour and 21 minute win.

It will be the second final of the season for Londero, who has enjoyed thriving on the clay in 2019 which has helped him reach a career high ranking of 58 in the world in June.

A good sign for Londero, was that en route to winning his lone title in 2019 in Cordoba, he beat Jarry in their only previous ATP World Tour meeting.

Both men will look to cap off an excellent week tomorrow as the final is scheduled for 2pm local time.

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