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



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.


Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London



Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.


Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus secure their spot in the semifinal in the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London



Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus beat Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3 6-4 in the evening’s double match securing their spot in the semifinal with a record of 2-0 in the Group Jonas Bjorkman.


Klaasen earned an early break with a forehand volley to open up a 3-1 lead. Venus and Klaasen dropped just four points on serve and did not face a break point. Venus held serve at 5-3 to close out the opening set 6-3 after 32 minutes.

Both teams held serve until the ninth game, when Venus got the first break at 4-4 with a half-volley winner, when Melo was serving on a deciding point. Kubot and Melo fended off two match points in the next game to force a deciding point and got their first break point of the match.

Venus sealed the win after 71 minutes with a big serve on their third match point in the 10th game. Klaasen and Venus won 86 % of their serve points.

US players Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury scored their first win in the Group Jonas Bjorkman at the Nitto ATP Finals, when they beat Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 3-6 6-3 10-6 in the Match Tie-Break. The US team improved their ranking to 1-1.

Dodig and Polasek earned the first break in the fourth game of the opening set to open up a 3-1 lead. They saved four consecutive break points in the ninth game, when they were serving for the first set at 5-3. Dodig and Polasek sealed the first set with a service winner after 33 minutes.

Ram and Salisbury did not convert break points in the most crucial moments of the first set. Ram and Salisbury earned their only break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face a single break point to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the third set.

Ram and Salisbury opened up a 3-0 lead with an early mini-break in the Match tie-break. Dodig and Polasek rallied to draw level to 5-5. Ram and Salisbury sealed the win on the first match point, when Polasek hit a backhand volley into the net at 9-6.

Dodig and Polasek, who won two titles in Cincinnati and Beijing, lost to Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 10-5 in the Match Tie-Break in last Saturday’s first match.


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Dominika Cibulkova announces her retirement from tennis



Dominika Cibulkova has announced her retirement from professional tennis at an event in her home town of Bratislava. The 30-year-old Slovakian player won eight titles on hard-court, grass, and indoor surfaces and achieved her career-high of world number 4 on 20th March 2017.


Cibulkova reached the semifinal at the 2009 Roland Garros, three quarter-finals at Wimbledon (i2011, 2016 and 2018) and the quarter-final at the US Open in 2010. She became the first Slovakian player to reach a Grand Slam final when she finished runner-up to Li Na at the 2014 Australian Open. She achieved the best result of her career in October 2016, when she beat former world number 1 Angelique Kerber at the WTA Finals in Singapore to clinch the Billie Jean King Trophy. That year Dominika won three more titles at Katowice, Eastbourne, and Linz. She also finished runner-up in Acapulco, Madrid, and Wuhan.

“It wasn’t just winning the WTA Finals, but also the road to qualifying, which was really hard. I had to win in Linz just to make it there. While winning Singapore was the biggest moment of my career and life, winning Linz and the way I had to fight to get there, the fact that I was able to do it and belong among the best players in the world”, said Cibulkova in an interview to the WTA Website.

Cibulkova also won four more titles in Moscow 2011, Carlsbad 2012, Stanford 2013 and Acapulco 2014.

She represented the Slovak Republic at two editions of the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and has scored a record of 22 wins and 11 defeats in her Fed Cup appearances.

Cibulkova decided Roland Garros would be the final tournament of her career.

“It wasn’t a decision where I woke up and thought: “I don’t want to play anymore”. It was a long process. I was already convinced by the time I played Azarenka in Miami, that this could be my last match. It was strange because I knew, and no one around me except my team knew it would be my last tournament. At that point, I was 100 percent sure. I was not doubting or thinking: maybe yes or no. I knew I wanted to do it like this, for this to be my last tournament. I went home and I was happy with my decision. It’s really hard to make it, but once you do, you more free. I feel like this life has been fulfilled for me, and I want to start a new one. I was already feeling like the tennis life is really tough, with all the traveling and training, giving 100 % every day. I started to get tired of it. In the end, I gave enough and achieved things I never dreamed of reaching in my career ”, said Cibulkova.


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