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WTA Montreal – Arantxa Sanchez Vicario: “Many players now have an aggressive game. They play fast. Our game had more variety”



TENNIS WTA MONTREAL – 4th of August 2014. An interview with Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.


Q. In the 1990s you dominated the tournament here. You were in three finals and won two. Do you have a favorite of those three? What is your best memory of those three?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, it’s hard to pick only one because, as you said, I played great players at that time. I know they were great finals. Obviously I definitely had to beat Steffi and Monica. They were my biggest rivals at the moment.

I remember the crowd was always behind me. I feel like at home here in Montréal. As I say, was one of my favorite tournaments to come and play.

At that era, I was probably one of the players that was doing really well in this tournament, and I was fighting to win the trophy. I have great memories.

I had big battles in the finals. But it was great tennis. I was very aggressive to win those matches. I played my best matches to win those finals.

I’ll take both because even if I see on TV, I still remember how the match went. It’s nice to be back after so many years, feel welcome again and feel like I’m at home.


Q. Are you still involved in tennis, playing, doing TV?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: No. At this moment, no, I have two kids. I’m kind of busy being mother. That takes me very busy at the moment.

I leave the door open. Hopefully if it comes opportunity, I will either do something with tennis. But we’ll see. Maybe the WTA hires me, who knows (laughter).


Q. As a Hall of Famer yourself, Serena is approaching 18 Grand Slam titles, you played her sister in her first tournament. Could you talk about what strikes you about Serena compared to the other great champions and yourself. Did you expect her to be here this long?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Well, first of all, I think that she’s still hungry. As you can see, she still wants to win more and more. Definitely, you know, if the injuries is not going with her, she can stay long enough to be there.

She’s definitely a big champion. She’s close, you know, to win 18 Grand Slams. As long as she’s happy and confident with her game and healthy, I think she will stay as long as her body keep fit with her mind and her game.

She’s dominating for a while. Maybe when she’s injured, there is a door open there with other players willing to win other tournaments and to fight with her. But when she’s in the top, she’s clearly the strongest at the moment.

She definitely will be long enough on the courts, but she will continue winning as much as she’s been doing.

I played both sisters, you know, many times. Definitely, you know, if your body and your mind is all together, you can keep as much as you can. She’s still hungry, so that’s easy to continue.


Q. In your opinion, what is the greatest change in women’s tennis since your era?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: Many players now have an aggressive game. They play fast. Our game had more variety. But now a new generation is coming with players like Eugenie Bouchard, who plays very well. Of course, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have the experience. But Halep is also coming, and Li Na is a veteran almost.


Q. It’s crazy around Eugenie Bouchard here right now. Do you think she can play well in this tournament?

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO: On one hand it is an advantage to play at home, but she will also have a lot of pressure because she will want to do well here.

I can’t speak for her, of course, but I believe she’s going to play match after match. She’s top seven in the world now and she has a lot of experience winning tournaments and doing very well in Grand Slams like in Australia, the French Open, and Wimbledon too.

Next time she’s going to be in a final like this, she will play even better. It’s good for Canada to have good players like her. I believe she’s a favorite for this tournament.


Gerard Pique Believes Long-Term Davis Cup Project Will Work Despite Critics

Gerard Pique claims that the new Davis Cup is a long-term project as the competition kicks off today in Madrid.



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Footballer Gerard Pique believes the Davis Cup is a long-term project that can work despite criticism over the re-formatted competition. 


Last August, the Barcelona defender had his re-formatted idea of the Davis Cup approve as part of big funding put in by his company Kosmos.

The competition, which starts today in Madrid, sees 18 teams compete in a one-week competition where they will fight for the Davis Cup title.

Despite Pique’s enthusiasm for the event, many fans and players have criticised the move explaining how the 118 year history of the competition has ended.

However for the Spaniard, he believes that he has convinced many doubters on this journey, “In terms of the event we needed to convince different people who were maybe sceptical and were against the idea of changing the format,” Pique admitted to Davis Cup.com.

“We’ve had to face it since the beginning. This is something I believe we did an amazing job at because we feel people in the game are now more convinced.

“The Davis Cup has a big meaning in the world of sport and tennis, there were some people against it, but right now I feel that Davis Cup is going to be stronger than it has been in the last 10 years.”

Despite the likes of Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev missing from this week’s competition, there are eleven top 20 players competing including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Many critics are seeing this innovation as a short-term project but Pique hasn’t seen it that way and believes that in five years time people will be convinced about the event, “I like to think big and our idea since the beginning is to put this competition where it deserves to be, and maybe to create an event longer than one week,” the Spaniard said.

We understand we have to start little by little. I don’t want to compare ourselves to any other tournament because I think we are unique. In five years’ time I want everyone, players and fans, to think ‘Davis Cup is in November and I want to be there.'”

Even though there are doubters players such as Andy Murray have told people to give the event a chance despite the amount of tickets that are still available for the event.

The action begins today at 3pm GMT time with three ties:

Croatia v Russia

Italy v Canada

Belgium v Colombia

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claim their first ATP Finals title in London



The French team formed by Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut claimed their first men’s doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 win over Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in 70 minutes at the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London ending the 2019 ATP season on a high note with back-to-back titles in Paris Bercy and London. They remained unbeaten during the whole week at the ATP Finals in London winning all five matches in straight sets.


Herbert and Mahut fended off all four break points they faced scoring their ninth consecutive match win. The French doubles specialists have become the first team to win the doubles ATP Finals title without dropping a set since Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in 2015.

Herbert and Mahut fended off break points in the third game of the match before earning the only break of the opening set in the next game. The Frenchmen saved a break point in the sixth game before breaking serve in the seventh game.

They have become the French team to win the ATP Finals doubles title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro, who triumphed in Shanghai in 2005.

Herbert and Mahut have won 15 doubles titles as a team during their career. This year they became the eighth men’s doubles team to complete the career Grand Slam at last January’s Australian Open and also won the Rolex Paris Masters in front of their home fans.

Last year they came within one point of winning the ATP Finals title against Mike Bryan and Jack Sock after holding a match point.

“Thank you Nicolas for sharing the court, for having so much enjoyable moments and giving me so much joy, when I am with you on the court. You played an unbelievable final, so thank you for that”, said Pierre Hugues Herbert.


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Jannik Sinner wins his third ATP Challenger in Ortisei



Jannik Sinner won the ATP Challenger in Ortisei adding another title to his impressive collection of trophies he lifted during a memorable 2019 season.


The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion beat world number 173 Sebastian Ofner from Austria 6-2 6-4 in 1 hour and 6 minutes in the final of the Sparkasse Challenger Val Gardena Sudtirol at the Tennis Center in Ortisei.

Sinner won his third ATP Challenger title in 2019 after his previous wins in Bergamo and Lexington. He also reached the final in Ostrava. During the tournament the 18-year-old player from San Candido beat Lucas Miedler in the first round, Roberto Marcora in the second round, Federico gaio in the quarter final and Antoine Hoang in the semifinal without dropping a set.

Sinner will improve his ranking to his career-high at world number 78 in the ATP Ranking becoming the sixth best ranked Italian player after Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, Marco Cecchinato and Andreas Seppi.

Sinner broke serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner missed two game points in the seventh game. The Austrian player faced another break point after his third double fault. In the next game Sinner saved the first break point he faced. Sinner closed out the first set 6-2 after two backhand errors from Ofner in the eighth game.

Sinner went up a break to open up a 2-0 lead, but Ofner broke back in the fourth game and held on his serve to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner saved three break points in the seventh game to take a 4-3. Sinner converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and served out the win with two consecutive aces.

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