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US Open: Pliskova ousts Ivanovic. Comfortable win for Serena

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TENNIS US OPEN – The biggest upset of the day was the dismissal of 8th seed Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to Karolina Pliskova 5-7 4-6. Serena Williams dismantled fellow American Vania King 6-1 6-0 in less than an hour. From New York, Cordell Hackshaw

 

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Although the temperatures were not as high today as they were yesterday, the tennis at the US Open was still hot. The biggest upset of the day was the dismissal of 8th seed Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to Karolina Pliskova 5-7 4-6. Ivanovic led early in the match, 3-1 but gave back the break. She would serve for the set up 5-4 but could not close it out. Pliskova took advantage of this wandering Ivanovic to take the set 7-5. In the 2nd set, Pliskova was the one dictating play and got the decisive break for 5-4 and then served out the match for the upset, 7-5 6-4 in an hour and 20 minutes.

Pliskova after the match said, “I think I played one of my best matches this year … I was serving well. But I was trying to play aggressive … She played good. But she did few mistakes which I think was the deciding point.” Ivanovic stated, “It was very tough out there for me today. I really struggled to find my rhythm and made way too many unforced errors … [M]y forehand wasn’t working at all … I couldn’t rely on it,” Ivanovic had 27 winners and 29 errors compared to Plishkova who had 25 winners and 19 errors. This is Pliskova’s first time in the 3rd round of a major. She will play Casey Dellacqua (29) for a place in the Round of 16. Dellacqua beat Qiang Wang 4-6 6-4 6-2.

Serena Williams (1) dismantled fellow American Vania King 6-1 6-0 in less than an hour. However, it was far from a stellar performance. Williams struggled with her serve. She was only getting 56% of her 1st serves but won 88% of those points. Her 2nd serve was not very reliable as she won only 42% of those points. Added to this, Williams had 4 aces and 5 double faults. Her serving woos were nothing compared to King, whose serve was under threat every single time, winning 36% of the points behind her 1st serve and 30% behind her 2nd. Williams will play yet another American in the 3rd round, Varvara Lepchenko. Lepchenko advanced to the 3rd round after beating Mona Barthel 6-4 6-0.

Victoria Azarenka (16) also beat an American in her 2nd round matchup. She played Christina McHale. McHale led early in the match at 3-1 but Azarenka came storming back to take the next 8 games, 6-3 3-0 before McHale was able to get back onto the scoreboard. Azarenka maintained this lead and closed out the match 6-3 6-2 in an hour and 46 minutes. “I think she started really well. I felt like I was a little bit … watching too much and not aggressive enough … I was able to turn things around and I stayed in the moment and really as working my way through and trying to find the rhythm,” Azarenka said. The two-time finalist here will next play Elena Vesnina. Vesnina beat Marina Erakovic 7-5 2-6 6-4.

Petra Kvitova (3) won over her countrywoman Petra Cetkovska 6-4 6-2. Flavia Pennetta (11) and Carla Suarez-Navarro (15) were also straight set winners over two American players. Pennetta beat Shelby Rogers 6-4 6-3 and Suarez-Navarro dismissed Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-3. Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova (30) also went through but in 3 sets over Monica Niculescu 4-6 6-4 6-2.

Three seeded players were also upset. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (23) lost to American wildcard Nicole Gibbs 4-6 7-66 3-6. The American served for the match three times in the 2nd set but was unable to close it out. In the 3rd set, she was having difficulties hold serve but she was finally able to consolidate the break for the match win. Gibbs will play Pennetta in the 3rd round. 2011 champion was also sent packing when Kaia Kanepi dismissed her 3-6 6-3 7-68. Kanepi will play Suarez-Navarro in the 3rd round. Madison Keys (27) who looked in impeccable form during her 1st round match here was also upset. Aleksanra Krunic, a qualifier, took out the American 7-64 2-6 7-5. Krunic plays Kvitova in the 3rd round.

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Simona Halep eases through her first final of the season in Dubai

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Simona Halep cruised past US qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-2 6-0 after just 62 minutes to reach her first final of the season at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

 

Halep saved the only two break points she faced and hit 16 winners to 8 unforced errors. Halep earned an early break in the opening game before saving two break points to hold serve for 2-0. The 2019 Wimbledon player went up a double break and held serve to race out to a 5-1 lead. Brady hit a backhand winner to win her service game for 5-2. Halep wrapped up the first set on her first set point in the next game.

Halep went up an early break in the first game of the second set. She hit a forehand winner on her third break point to race out to a 3-0 lead. Halep earned her third consecutive break in the fifth game for 5-0. Halep earned a match point with a backhand winner and sealed the win after a backhand error from Brady. Halep set up a final against Elena Rybakina, who beat Petra Martic 7-6 7-6.

“It felt much better than previous matches. I played really well. Everything went in my side. I felt the ball great. I feel like I played the best match since I came here. It’s amazing what Rybakina has done already this year”, said Halep.

 

 

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Elena Rybakina saves a set point in each set to overcome Petra Martic in Dubai semifinal

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Elena Rybakina came back from a break down and saved a set point in each set to overcome Petra Martic 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-2) after 2 hours and 11 minutes reaching her fourth final this season at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

 

Rybakina has won 19 of her first 22 matches this season. She lost in Shenzhen before clinching her first title of her title in Hobart. She lost to Ashleigh Barty in the third round at the Australian Open. She advanced to her third final of the 2020 season in St. Petersburg before losing to Kiki Bertens.

Rybakina has won 19 of her first 22 matches this season. She lost in Shenzhen before clinching her first title of her title in Hobart. She lost to Ashleigh Barty in the third round at the Australian Open. She advanced to her third final of the 2020 season in St. Petersburg before losing to Kiki Bertens.

Rybakina has reached the sixth final of her career and her second at Premier level. She won two titles in Bucarest and Hobart and finished runner-up in Nanchang, Shenzhen and St. Petersburg. Earlier this week the Kazakh player beat two top ten players Sofia Kenin and Karolina Pliskova before beating Petra Martic in three hard-fought sets in the semifinal. Rybakina hit 32 winners to 23 unforced errors.

The opening set started with three consecutive breaks. Martic broke twice and maintained her lead until 5-4. Rybakina broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 to force the first set to the tie-break.

Rybakina saved a set point with a forehand pass to draw level to 5-5, as she was serving for the set. Rybakina built up a 6-2 lead. Martic saved three chances but Rybakina sealed her fourth set point with a volley at the net.

Martic earned an early break to open up a 3-0 lead. Rybakina saved a point to trail a double break at 0-4. Rybakina broke back in the seventh game, as Martic netted a dropshot. Both players saved break points in the final three games at deuce. Rybakina was just two points from losing the set, while she was serving at 4-5. Rybakina saved a set point at 5-6 with backhand winners forcing the second set to the tie-break.

Rybakina raced out to a 6-1 lead in the tie-break and sealed the win on her second match points with a backhand.

“I have to adjust because everything is new to me. It is always great to beat a player from the top 5  I alway try to do my best and want to win every match. I was focusing on on what I had to do”, said Rybakina.

 

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Elena Rybakina comes back from one set down against Karolina Pliskova to reach her fourth semifinal of the year in Dubai

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Elena Rybakina came back from a break down in the opening set to beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 reaching the semifinal at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

 

Rybakina has qualified for her fourth semifinal this season. She opened the year with the final in Shenzhen followed by a title in Hobart. After losing to Ashleigh Barty in the third round at the Australian Open, the Kazakh player finished runner-up to Kiki Bertens in the final in St. Petersburg.

Rybakina hit 33 winners (including 11 aces) to 20 unforced errors and saved 10 of the 11 break points she faced.

Pliskova fended off a break point in the opening game of the first set before breaking serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead after a pair of double faults from Rybakina.

Rybakina broke straight back in the seventh game with forehand return winners. The Kazakh player missed a break point at 4-4, but she held her serve in the 12th game with three consecutive aces to force the first set to the tie-break. Rybakina raced out to a 6-0 lead in the tie-break and sealed the tie-break on her second set point 7-1.

Rybakina broke serve in the second game to open up a 4-1 lead. She had to overcome a total of eleven deuces and saved six break points in her first three service games. She held serve for 1-0 with three consecutive service winners and hit a backhand crosscourt winner in the third game and a forehand down the line down break point in the fifth game.

Rybakina earned her first break in the second game of the second set to open up a 2-0 lead after a double fault from Pliskova.

Pliskova saved three break points in the sixth game to hold serve for 2-4. Rybakina held serve at deuce to take a 5-2 lead and rallied from 0-30 down to serve out the win.

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