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TENNIS – Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova led defending champions from Czech Republic to a 2-0 lead over France in Ostrava in the first day of the World Group semifinals of the Fed Cup. Russia leads 2-0 over Germany in Sochi thanks to the wins of Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova over Sabine Lisicki and Svetlana Kuznetsova over Julia Georges Diego Samapaolo

Safarova fought back from a set down to edge Caroline Garcia with 4-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 after saving five match points in the first rubber match. Garcia broke serve in the 10th game of the opening set with her forehand winner but she could not convert on her five match points in the 10th game of the second set. Safarova fought back to win the second set 7-1 in the tie-break. Safarova got a double break in the third set to pull away to 5-0 before converting her first match to clinch the win with 6-1

“It was a wild match, wasn’t it ? I am really happy that I managed to come back. I was nervous. I served well and got her under pressure. In tennis you can always come back until the final point is over. I did all I could. ”, said Safarova

Petra Kvitova made her come-back after two months of absence with 6-3 6-4 win over Kristina Mladenovic. Kvitova got the decisive break to take a 5-4 lead in the second set before clinching the win on the second match point after the young French player sent her return long.

Russia leads over Germany 2-0

Russia also leads 2-0 over last year’s finalist from Germany in Sochi after the wins of Svetlana Kuznetsova over Julia Georges and of Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova over former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisici.

Kuznetsova, who won 27 Fed Cup matches becoming the most successful Russian player in this event, beat Georges 6-4 6-4. Georges won just 53 percent of her first serve points and hit 45 unforced errors.

Pavlyuchenkova fought back from a set down to edge past Lisicki with 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3. The Russian player faced a tough match when she faced a match point in the second set before winning the tie-break


Serena Williams won a very tight first match against Italian Camila Giorgi with 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 in the Fed Cup Play-Offs in Brindisi but Sara Errani kept Italian hopes alive with a 6-1 6-2 win over Lauren Davis.

Williams and Giorgi could not break in the first set which came down to the tie-break. Both players produced the same number of winners  (17) in the first set. Giorgi made 15 unforced errors to Williams’18. Giorgi kept her pace with Williams in the whole first set but Williams played a solid tie-break on serve and clinched the tie-break on the first set point.

“I have not played that many points on the clay so I think that factored a little bit. Giorgi played really well. She had a great game plan. She stayed in there. I stayed positive and and just did the best that I could”, said Williams

Giorgi , who was chosen by Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti over local favourite Flavia Pennetta, missed two consecutive forehands in the tie-break to hand the first set win to Williams who has extended her Fed Cup unbeaten streak record to 15-0.

Agniewska Radwanska beat Martina Hingis 6-4 6-0 in Zielona Gora in the Play-Off match between Switzerland and Poland who are tied 1-1 after the first day.

Hingis made her come-back to the Fed Cup. She played her first competive singles match since 2007. The Swiss legend won just 47 percent of her first serve points and made 25 unforced errosr.  Hingishas played her first Fed Cup match since 1998

Timea Bacsinsky eased past Aga’s younger sister Urszula 6-2 6-1

The Netherlands and Australia tied 1-1 after the first day in which Kiki Bertnes beat Jarmila Gajdosowa 6-1 6.3 and Casey Dellacqua edged Aranxta Rus 7-5 6-3. Dellacqua replaced Samantha Stosur who was forced to withdraw because of an Achilles tendon injury. Dellacqua opened up a 5-1 lead in the first set bur Rus won four consecutive points to draw level to 5-5. The Australian player won the next two games to clinch the first set with 7-5 before breaking serve in the 8th game of the second set before saving a break point. Dellacqua then served out for the match.

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Roland Garros: ‘Disappointed’ Garcia Denies Problem With Roland Garros Form

Caroline Garcia’s poor run of results at Roland Garros continued after a fourth consecutive second round defeat.



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Caroline Garcia has denied there is a problem with her form at Roland Garros after she lost 6-3 6-3 to Sofia Kenin in the second round.

It was yet another disappointing defeat for Caroline Garcia who lost on straight sets on Philippe Chatrier to former finalist Sofia Kenin.

After struggling past Eva Lys in her opening round, Garcia was unable to re-motivate her game as she went out in the second round.

Speaking after the match Garcia admitted she was ‘disappointed’ to have lost and admits she has a complicated relationship with Philippe Chatrier, “I’m disappointed to have lost. I didn’t manage to find my game,” Garcia told French journalists in her press conference.

“She didn’t leave me a lot of margins. I didn’t manage to get the upper hand. I lost sometimes when I had actually gained points to play. This is where I have regrets.

“Well, yes, it’s complicated. It’s true. You have said it well. You have described it well. It’s a large court by size, with a number of fans. There is a lot of seats, a lot of room. When it’s not full, all the lower seats are empty, even though the upper seats are occupied, then you feel that you’re on your own.

“On Lenglen it’s less true, because people are closer to you. Even your own team, you can’t hear them. So it’s quite uncomfortable.”

Today’s defeat was a just one in a series of bad results for Garcia who has now lost in the second round of Roland Garros for the fourth consecutive time.

However in a tense exchange with journalists Garcia refused to acknowledge the bad form and said that everything is fine, “I don’t remember. Who beat me last year? I can’t remember,” Garcia when asked about her results at Roland Garros.

“Yes, everything is fine. You know, all in all, it’s the same. A defeat is a defeat. More or less it’s the same emotions than afterwards. Last year it was not the same situation. There was disappointment after both matches.

“There are times when you say I could have done better here and there, I could have played that ball differently, but then at the end of the match it’s easy to change the world again and think back.

“Well, of course we can have high expectations. I lost the second round last time, as well. It was not better. But then on the French Open, on clay when it’s cold, then it’s difficult to play one’s best tennis.

“It’s not the surface that corresponds and that suits my game. Even if it’s “the” tournament of the year, clay court is not my most suitable surface.”

Garcia will hope that she can continue to work on her clay court game as she will have many Roland Garros campaigns ahead of her.

Next up for Garcia will be the grass court season which is a surface that is more suiting to her surface than clay.

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David Goffin Slams Hostile French Open Crowd



A fan at the French Open spat out their chewing gum at David Goffin during a tense first round clash at the tournament on Tuesday. 

Goffin, who is a former quarter-finalist in Paris, described the reception he received from the crowd as ‘total disrespect’ during his clash against home player Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard. A 20-year-old wild card who recently claimed his maiden Tour title in Lyon. The Belgian managed to oust the home player 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, after more than three-and-half hours of play. 

During one stage of the match, Goffin was seen holding his hand to his ear towards the rowdy crowd. A gesture he felt he had the right to do considering the atmosphere.

“When you are insulted for three and a half hours, you have to tease the public a little,” The I quoted Goffin as saying.
“Clearly, it goes too far, it’s total disrespect. It’s really too much. It’s becoming football, soon there will be smoke bombs, hooligans and there will be fights in the stands.
“It’s starting to become ridiculous. Some people are there more to cause trouble than to create an atmosphere.
“Someone spat out their chewing gum at me. It [the match] was getting complicated. That’s why I wanted to stay calm. IfI started to get angry about it, it could have destabilised me.”

The French Open crowd has a reputation for being highly animated during matches with there being numerous examples throughout the years. Nicolas Jarry received booing when he walked on the court to play Corentin Moutet after an incident between the two earlier this season. 

“This is repeated a lot in the locker room and among the ATP authorities. We’re going to have to do something about that,” Goffin continued.
“I think it only happens in France. At Wimbledon, obviously, there’s not that. Or in Australia either. And at the US Open, it’s still rather quiet. Here [at Roland Garros], it’s really an unhealthy atmosphere.”

However, former French Open junior doubles champion Mpetshi Perricard has praised the support he got from the fans during his match. It was only the second time in his career that the world No.66 has played in the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament.

“It was really nice to have so much support,” he said.
“I had a lot in Lyon as well, but that was different because here the guys are really with you from first to the last point. It’sreally very pleasant to have such an audience.
“I like it that they encouraged me. It helped me when I was broken in the fourth [set], and I would like to thank them for it. It’s really fantastic to have these guys there.”

Goffin will be hoping to get more support in his second round match against Alexander Zverev on Thursday. He is making his 13th main draw appearance in Paris at the age of 33. 

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Holger Rune Beats Evans in Straight Sets and Moves into Round 2

Danish 13th seed praises improved mentality; aims to get back to the top five



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Thirteenth seed Holger Rune came through in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 over Dan Evans in cold indoor conditions under the roof on Suzanne-Lenglen and goes on to face Italian Flavio Cobolli in round two.

The defeat for Evans meant that there are now no British men left in the singles draw after disappointing first round losses for Andy Murray and Cameron Norrie.

Rune, who once shared a practice session with Evans, admitted it took time to figure out his opponent’s game style: “It’s not that I know his game inside and out. He likes the slice obviously, and he’s a very good grass court player as well so he plays pretty flat over the net. So, yeah, it took a lot of time to adjust.”

Rune, a two-time former quarter finalist at the French Open, broke serve with the score tied at 4-4 in the first set and then served out to take the opener. A single break of serve was enough again in the second, while he had to dig much deeper in the third set when he went 4-2 down but managed to maintain composure to win the last four games to seal victory. The 21-year-old was very satisfied with his first-round performance and was pleased his intense practice sessions had been paying off.

“It was a good start, I think. Very solid match from start to finish. We had a good preparation, I would say. We had obviously time after Rome to really prepare with my game and physically and mentally, as well. I think we used the time right. So now is just to perform and put everything together. We are working always on my game. I think my game is good. My physicality felt great today, so it’s a thing we have really been working on to be able to stay out there and not feel fatigued and feel explosive even after hours of playing, and I definitely felt that today.”

Rune finished the match with eight aces, and more than double the number of winners (44 to 21), while Evans struggled with his serve making less than 50% of first serves in play along with five double faults. Whilst approaching the net numerous times throughout the match, he was passed sixteen times by some wonderful strokes off both wings by his Danish opponent. Rune was impressed with his mentality afterwards: “Mentally I just had to stay composed. You know, there is always challenges in the matches. Today was a call here and there. I thought I stayed composed. Been working on that, as well.”

Rune, who won 75% of points on his first serve definitely felt like he is on the right path to get him back inside the top five of the rankings: “I feel like I’m kind of back on track, have stability in my team, which is nice in my life. So, it’s going in the right direction. I’m improving on court. Now it’s just about getting that few match wins under the belt, to get some rhythm and gain some confidence in the matches as well. Then, I believe, you know, I’m fitter than last year. I’m playing better and improved. I just need to put everything together.”

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