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Voices from the US Open: Day 5



TENNIS US OPEN – Our Giulio Gasparin has selected the best quotes from Day 5 at Flushing Meadows. Federer, Sharapova, Wozniacki, Venus Williams, Errani, Halep, Lucic-Baroni and Belinda Bencic

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Roger Federer won in straight sets against the holder of the fastest serve in the men’s tour (263km/h!), Sam Groth.

The Australian was more than serve though, and volleying gave a great show on Arthur Ashe stadium.

Whenever somebody is at the net or you’re at the net, there’s always something of the unknown that’s going to happen a little bit more,” said Federer. “Whereas at the baseline you’re so far away from your opponent that you see it happening.

You have time to react to it. That can become sometimes a bit boring, I must say, as well. Like the big serving can be boring, as well.

“I like the mix of playing these kind of opponents and then totally different in the next match. But got to appreciate, you know, those kind of matchups, because we don’t have them very often anymore, unfortunately.”

In regards of the big weapon of his opponent, he said: “The difference between 142mph and 147, there’s none really in the racquet. I think once you pass the 135mph range everything is just really fast. It’s true, though (smiling).”

He is on a mission in New York, going for the 18th slam, likewise in the women’s draw Serena Williams is doing the same, but for the Swiss champion there is little in common between them two: “Probably serve about the same speed. That’s about it.”

Maria Sharapova had a tough night match against the women’s holder of world’s fastest serve, Sabine Lisicki, but managed to close in straight sets, proving to be one of the few big names surviving the last couple of days, when Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber all fell.

“Quite honestly, I have to follow my own path,” she said. “Of course, you know, I’m not someone that doesn’t look at the draw. I usually follow the draw. I enjoy watching matches occasionally when I have some time, some free time.

“I did see some of the results. Of course, that’s why we always play the matches. You always have favorites going into the tournament. The reason there’s so many players is because we have to go out and win those matches and compete.

There’s a reason everybody puts the net up in the morning. It’s for us to go out and challenge ourselves. There have been a few upsets, and certainly happy that I got through today.

The French Open champion will now play against Danish Caroline Wozniacki, who upset her in New York a couple of years ago.

“I’m happy I finished the match in two sets,” she admitted. “I had a very tough, physical, two and a half hour match a couple days ago, so I was glad I was able to finish this one a bit quicker and give myself more time to recover for the next one.”

A lot of tension, but also great quality were featured in the three sets match between Venus Williams and Sara Errani. The match finished with the bizarre score of 6-0 0-6 7-6 for the Italian, who found two of the best points of the tournament to finish the match.

“I think she played really well,” said Williams. I think she just played one of the best matches of her life. You know, that’s pretty much what I can say.

“Everybody’s playing well these days. You have to be ready. I mean, the last two points in the tiebreaker she played really flawless tennis.”

Sara Errani was over the moon after this win, though in the tiebreak she was involved in a small incident as she pulled her finger to the lips silencing a very noisy crowd.

“In the 5-4 to go 5-All in the tiebreak I heard the crowd,” she said. “Never hear the crowd like that strong. I was shaking for the crowd. Was unbelievable good.

“I think I will remember forever that moment. Of course in the point after I was nervous. I was, ‘Now you don’t scream’, like if they didn’t scream. But of course the crowd was for her, totally for her. I don’t know why I did like that.”

It was not the day for Simona Halep, instead. The second seed got upset in straight set by Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who had to qualify to the main draw and now will compete in her first round 4 after 15 years.

“Everything was in for her,” said the Romanian. “It wasn’t my best day, but still I did everything I could on court. She was better than me today.

I can say I’m happy for her, because she played and she deserves to win. I wish her good luck for the next rounds.

“She plays really well, and, you know, when you play well you deserve to win. So was her chance today, and she took it.”

The Croat showed up a while later in the press room being still shocked but what she had done, after all the injuries she suffered over and over in her career.

“I mean, it’s amazing. I finally been able to play the tennis that I love the way I love to play,” said the 32 year old. “You know, being really aggressive and consistent at the same time.

“I keep playing better and better each round. Today was against one of the best players in the world.”

She hardly kept the tears from coming when she finally let her emotions out.

Well, I mean, I’m a little bit emotional now. Sorry. (Crying.)

“It’s been really hard. Sorry. After so many years to be here again, it’s incredible. I wanted this so bad.

“I feel goofy right now. I feel like I’m 15 now. I feel so excited. It’s crazy. I’m 32, but I don’t feel like that. My body is really great. That’s really important. I feel fit. I feel strong in my mind. I feel very excited, even after so many years on tour.”

From a former junior promise, to the current teenage-sensation. Belinda Bencic caused the second biggest upset of the day by beating German Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

The win felt nowhere as good as for the Croat for the young Swiss, who saw this as one more step in her promising career.

“Yeah, it motivates me even more to work harder,” she admitted. “And now not just to be satisfied with it, but I want more. I will do my best that I can reach in all the Grand Slams a good result.”

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities



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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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Iga Looks To Be In A league All to Herself At Paris

Iga Swiatek claimed her fourth Roland Garros title in Paris.



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Just call her Iga. No other identification is needed.

As the years go by, Iga’s notoriety is sure to grow.

She’s probably already earned a spot in tennis’ Hall of Fame.

Yes, Iga Swiatek is a name to remember. A hero in her native Poland, a superstar in the world of sports.


Iga just added to her stardom Saturday with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory over little-known Italian Jasmine Paolini to win her third straight French Open title. This was Paolini’s chance to make a name for herself, but she didn’t have the game to make it happen.

Iga was just too good. She made it look too easy.

Paolini could hit some great ground strokes, but when she looked up a bigger shot was on its way back. Iga doesn’t look like a power hitter, but she is.


The 23-year-old Polish Wonder finished the first set winning five straight games, then started the second set winning five more games in succession. The 28-year-old Paolini didn’t seem to have a clue on how to upend Swiatek.

It took just 78 minutes for Iga to win her fifth Grand Slam title.

She’s a lot like her French Open hero, Rafa Nadal.

She takes every match seriously.


No wonder Iga owns a 35-2 record at Roland Garos. Or that she has won 21 straight matches. Or that she owns a 5-0 record in Grand Slam finals.

She only dominated opponents, except for Naomi Osaka in the second round. Swiatek escaped a match point in that one and didn’t look back.

Iga’s game should be just as superb on the green grass of upcoming Wimbledon.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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