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WTA Katowice Open: Giorgi upset defending champion Radwanska

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TENNIS – Italian number 3 seed Camila Giorgi upset local favorite Agniewska Radwanska in straight sets with 6-4 6-2 to advance to the final of the WTA Final at the Katowice Open. Giorgi set up the final against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Slovakia who beat Alison Van Uytvanck from Belgium 6-4 6-1 Diego Sampaolo

Camila Giorgi broke World Number 9 Radwanska three times and saved all three break point chances she faced. The Italian will be bidding to win her first WTA title in her second consecutive final in Katowize. Last year she held the match point before losing in three sets against Alizé Cornet.

The first set went on serve until the fourth game when Giorgi brought up two break point chances at 2-2. Giorgi converted on her second chance with her forehand. In the next game Giorgi committed three unforced errors and faced a break point chance. She saved it with her winner and went up 5-3. In the ninth game Radwanska produced a spectacular stop volley. Giorgi hit a backhand winner to close out the first set with 6-4.

The second set went on serve until the fifth game when Giorgi got the break for 3-2. Giorgi saved two break back point chances to hold her serve in the sixth game. Giorgi got another break for 5-2 and served for the set. Giorgi failed to convert on her second match point chances but she clinched her third chance to take her sixth win against a top-10 player.

With her first win over Radwanska, Giorgi scored the sixth Top 10 victory in her career. Before today she beat Sara Errani in Bejing 2012, Caroline Wozniacki in the 2013 US Open, Maria Sharapova at Indian Wells in 2014, Dominica Cibulkova in Rome 2014 and Viktoria Azarenka at Eastbourne in 2014.

Giorgi will face Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Slovakia who reached her second WTA final by beating Alison Van Uytvanck from Belgium 6-4 6-1 after one hour and 15 minutes. Earlier this year Schmiedlova lost against Sara Errani in the Rio de Janeiro final. Earlier this week Schmiedlova beat Katowice defending champion Alizé Cornet. The first set was decided by one break for Schmiedlova In the fifth game. The Slovakian player cruised to 5-0 in the second set. Van Uytvank won her first game of the second set but Schmiedlova sealed the win in the seventh game.

It will be the first time that Giorgi and Schmiedlova will meet in their careers.

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.

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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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