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WTA Stuttgart: Garcia beats last year’s finalist Ivanovic

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TENNIS – Caroline Garcia beat last year’s finalist Ana Ivanovic 7-6 6-4 at the Porsche Indoor Grand Prix Grand Prix in Stuttgart scoring her third win in a row over the Serbian player this year. Diego Sampaolo

Ivanovic, who was beaten by Garcia twice in Monterrey and Indian Wells earlier this year, fought back from 3-5 in the first set before saving two set points at 6-5 in the first set to force the first set to the tie-break. The Serbian star earned three set points in the tie-break at 6-3 but Garcia reeled off five games in a row to clinch the first set with 8-6.

Garcia got the break in the third game of the second set for 2-1. She missed a match point at 5-3 but clinched the win with an ace in the next game after 1 hour and 37 minutes.

“I have done well against her but against a top player you have always to be careful about being too confident. When you beat them once, they will back after and be like: Come on. I will kill her. I just kept my tactics. Against her you have to play aggressive and it worked out. ”, said Garcia

After reaching the final in Brisbane last January Ivanovic was knocked out in the first round at the Australian Open and has not won a title this year.

“It was a very tough first round. We all know this is a very tough tournament but I think maybe another first round opponent could have been better The last times we played this year were back to back, so that was kind of déjà vu, but now I felt it was different, especially being on clay. It’s never nice to play someone so tough in the first round ”, said Ivanovic.

Carla Suarez Navarro, the third Spanish player to reach the top-10 and recent finalist in Miami, lost the second set at the tie-brek after leading 5-3 but recovered to beat  Evgenia Rodina with 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-4. Suarez Navarro failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set before wasting a 5-4 lead on her serve in the tie-break

Ekaterina Makarova, semifinalist this year at the Australian Open, edged past Bethanie Matthek Sands 6-4 7-6 (7-3). Lucie Safarova overcame Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6 (10-8) 6-4. Garbine Muguruza led 5-2 in the second set but lost two games in a row before clinching the win over  Barbora Strkova with 6-1 6-4. Muguruza will take on Simona Halep in the next round

US Madison Brengle beat Italian lucky loser Alberta Brianti 6-4 6-4.

The Porsche Indoor Grand Prix features eight of the top 10 players in the world including three-time Stuttgart champion Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki.

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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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