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TENNIS US OPEN – World number one and US Open Series winner Serena Williams is surely the name everyone expects to see on this year’s winner’s trophy. Giulio Gasparin


The Women’s singles draw

The Men’s singles draw

World number one and US Open Series winner Serena Williams is surely the name everyone expects to see on this year’s winner’s trophy, but the American is yet to reach a slam quarter final in this 2014 and this will be her last chance.

Surely other players will take a chance to lift the last slam of the season and surprises are not to be excluded.

Top Quarter:

Serena Williams opens her run against one of the most discussed youngsters, Taylor Townsend, which potentially could be her hardest match until the fourth round.

Carla Suarez Navarro is the seeding favourite, but Sam Stosur has won here in the past and Cali girl Coco Vandeweghe has showed great skills over the summer.

Two potentially difficult opponents in the fourth round could be Ana Ivanovic, who beat Williams at the Australian Open this year, and Flavia Pennetta, last year’s semifinalist. But both will need to survive a difficult opener: Ivanovic will need to tame crowd’s favourite Alison Riske, while Pennetta will need to reverse a nightmarish summer against Julia Goerges.

QF prediction:

Serena Williams vs Ana Ivanovic

Interesting R1:

Ana Ivanovic vs Alison Riske

Earlier this year the Serb won in two tight sets, but the American is capable of beating big names in New York and her serve and volley can be tricky to handle, especially as a first round match.

Second Quarter:

Before New Haven the two finalists of Wimbledon and highest seeds of this session had won one match between the two, with Eugenie Bouchard winning her first match of the American summer only last week, while Petra Kvitova conquered her second title in New Haven.

Both players have never reached the quarter finals in New York and will need to watch out from some dangerous floaters like Madison Keys, Elina Svitolina, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ekaterina Makarova.

Each of these players and some others have big chances of advancing to the quarter finals. Quite in danger despite their seeding are the two time finalist Victoria Azarenka, still recovering from injury, and Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova, who seems unable to pick up her form after a stunning early season.

QF prediction:

Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Elina Svitolina

Interesting R1:

Heather Watson vs Sorana Cirstea

Both players could be quite hot and cold, but, when they find their best days, they can easily make you forget about big names. Their tennis is rich of variations and though the Romanian has the most power, Watson is capable of great defence.

3rd quarter:

Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska dominate this session of the draw and it seems very hard to look past these two. Both have showed a good form over the summer, but the Pole, despite the fourth seed, looks to be a little less of a favourite, especially given the fact that she has never reached the second week in New York.

Lucie Safarova could be the dangerous outsiders in the session, while Alize Cornet, Jelena Jankovic and Sloane Stephens will need to improve their recent level of game to pose a threat.

QF prediction:

Angelique Kerber vs Agnieszka Radwanska

Interesting R1:

Sloane Stephens vs Annika Beck

The clash of styles will be evident from the early points, but the solid game of the German could force the American to play her best tennis if she wants to advance.

Belinda Bencic vs Yanina Wickmayer

Bencic is the youngest player in the top 100 and Wickmayer, despite her recent bad form, is always a great fighter, this match could provide great entertainment.

Bottom quarter:

The most packed quarter of the draw this year comes at the very bottom, with two big favourites for the title and another dark horse: Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep seem to be set for the fourth meeting of the year, with the world number two still looking for the first win over the French Open champion.

A new chapter of this rivalry could be belated by Caroline Wozniacki, who seems back to a good level after the breakup with golfer Rory McIlroy and has twice challenge closely Serena Williams in the past weeks. The Dane looks fit and focused and her special relationship with New York could motivate even more.

Venus Williams, Andrea Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki are also looking tough ahead of this event, making this the strongest session of the draw.

QF prediction

Caroline Wozniacki vs Simona Halep

Interesting R1:

Caroline Wozniacki vs Magdalena Rybarikova

The Dane’s form as a potential outsider is immediately tested by New Haven’s finalist.

Kimiko Date-Krumm vs Venus Williams

Over 30 one, over 40 the other and yet both are still capable of some of the finest tennis on the tour, it could be a classic.

Sabine Lisicki vs Francoise Abanda

The young Canadian is having a breakthrough summer and lost only six games in three qualification matches, the WTA fastest server will need many of her big serves to win this one.


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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?




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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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Simona Halep, Emma Raducanu Heads The Field in Cluj Napoca

On Saturday the draw was revealed for the 32 players playing in Cluj this week at the Transylvania Open.




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Despite the fact seven main draw players have pulled out, including Garbine Muguruza and Paula Badosa, the field is pretty deep with a lot of interesting matchups featuring no fewer than six Romanians. 


Let’s start at the top with the number one seed Simona Halep who will play her first match against the up-and-coming fellow Romanian Gabriela Elena Ruse. Halep and Ruse most recently teamed up in doubles and made it to the final in Indian Wells.

The number two seed is the Estonian Anett Kontaveit who will play for a title on Sunday in Moscow. She has drawn a qualifier in the first round. Emma Raducanu, the number three seed, will start her tournament against Polona Hercog.

The fourth seed is the Swiss Jil Teichmann who will also face a qualifier in her first-round match. Meanwhile Australia’s Alja Tomljanovic will face Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan who comes in as a late replacement for Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Marta Kostyuk from Ukraine is the number six seed and she will face the American Bernarda Pera. It will be the third meeting between the two players with the Ukrainian winning both of their previous matches.

Irina Camelia Begu from Romania and she will face another Romanian in Maria Irina Bara while the number eight seed is Anhelina Kalinna who faces a qualifier in the first round.

If the seeds hold up the tournament could potentially see quarterfinal matches featuring Halep vs Tomljanovic, Raducanu vs Kostyuk, Begu vs Teichmann and Kalinna vs Konteveitt.

There are indeed some dark horses in the draw that could cause some upsets. Look out for Maria Camelia Osorio who has been playing some amazing tennis this year and it seems to be her breakout year.

Andrea Petkovic is always a dangerous opponent and she actually won the first event in Romania, the Winners Open, back in the first week of August. Anastasia Potapova from Russia is no easy task, and many expect a good week from her.

Main draw action begins on Monday with what is expected to be a great week in Cluj-Napoca.

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