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TENNIS – Defending champion Novak Djokovic got through to the 2nd round of Wimbledon after taking a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 33rd player in the world in 2 hours and 5 minutes. Diego Sampaolo

 

After a trade of breaks in the first three games of the 1st set, Djokovic (1) closed out the set 6-4, in the 10th game after Kohlschreiber made double faulted to be broken.  In the 2nd set, Djokovic again broke Kohlschreiber in the 10th game after the German was unable to break in the 7th game. In the 3rd set, Djokovic went up 3-1 but Kohlschreiber broke back immediately. However, as was the pattern in the other two sets, Djokovic broken Kohlschreiber in the 10th game for the match 6-4 6-4 6-4. Djokovic broke serve five times. He hit 12 aces and 36 winners

“It’s always an honour to play in the cradle of tennis. I am privileged and honoured to open this year’s Wimbledon Centre Court as defending champion. It is a special feeling. I had a very tough opponent who can be very tricky on all surfaces, especially on the grass. He had nothing to lose.  I remained focused on this surface playing well on the most important moments of the match … I thought the return was exceptionally well, good from my side, serving efficiently. Overall a great performance against a quality opponent”, said Djokovic.

Lleyton Hewitt, 2002 champion at Wimbledon, lost against Jarkko Nieminen after a thrilling five-set battle with 3-6 6-3 4-6 6-0 11-9. It is the final appearance at Wimbledon for both players. Nieminen converted 10 of his 22 break point chances and hit 62 winners. After the match Hewitt received the standing ovation of the fans. Djokovic will face Nieminen, who also announced that he will retire at the end of the year

This year’s Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka (4) beat Joao Sousa 6-2 7-5 7-6 (3). Wawrinka broke serve in the third game for 2-1 before holding his serve to love. Wawrinka sealed the first set after 20 minutes. In the 2nd set Wawrinka earned break points at 2-1 but Sousa saved them. Sousa put Wawrinka under pressure but the Swiss player held his serve for 3-3. They remained on serve until the 11th game when Wawrinka broke for 6-5 and served it out for 7-5. In the 3rd set, here were no breaks and/or break points. The set would come down to a tiebreaker where Wawrinka dominated to take it 7-3 points and the match. Wawrinka hit 35 aces, 45 winners and did not face any break points. He converted six of his nine break point opportunities. Wawrinka will take on Victor Estrella Burgos who overcame Benjamin Becker 5-7 6-1 6-4 6-4. It was repeat of last year’s first round match where Wawrinka won in three sets.

“When I was younger, up until age 19, I only played on clay, so from the baseline I needed to have time to prepare my shots.  On grass it’s important to be aggressive and stay close to the baseline. I had to find the solutions over the years and now I am able to play my best tennis on grass as well”, said Wawrinka

Kei Nishikori (5) battled past Simone Bolelli again in five sets with 6-3 6-7(4) 6-2 3-6 6-3 after 3 hours and 22 minutes in a repeat of last year’s third-round match. Nishikori broke serve twice to seal the first set 6-3. Bolelli bounced back winning the second set 7-4 points in the tie-break. Bolelli took a 2-1 lead in the third set but Nishikori reeled off five cosecutive games to go up 2-1 sets. Bolelli took the 4th set 6-3 after breaking early 4th game. Nishikori broke for 3-0 in the 5th set and maintained this lead to take the match 6-3 in the fifth.

“I knew it was going to be a tough one because we played long five sets last year here. I know he is good on grass. I was ready but there were many ups and downs. My concentration wasn’t there some moments. But I finished very strongly in the end, so I am very happy to win today”, said Nishikori

John IsneR (17) recorded a 7-6(5) 6-4 6-4 win over Go Soeda in one hour and 45 minutes. Milos Raonic (8) edged Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2 6-3 3-6 7-6(4). Fernando Verdasco rallied from losing the first set to battle past Martin Klizan 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 13-11 in a 3-hour and 57-minute match where the Spanish player fended off nine of the 10 break points. Verdasco will take on Dominic Thiem (32) who rallied from a set down to edge Dudi Sela from Israel with 2-6 6-3 6-4 6-4.

Grigor Dimitrov (11), semifinalist last year at Wimbledon, beat Federico Delbonis 6-3 6-0 6-4. Richard Gasquet (21) beat Luke Saville (wnner of the Junior title at Wimbledon in 2011) 6-3 6-2 6-2. Gasquet hit 33 winners and 18 unforced errors. Marin Cilic (9) beat Hiroki Moriya 6-3 6-2 7-6(4). Last year’s Wimbledon quarter finalist Nick Kyrgios (26) defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-0 6-2 7-6(6).

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Cincinnati Daily Preview: Brits Andy Murray and Cam Norrie Meet in the Second Round

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A look at Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center (twitter.com/cincytennis)

On Monday, Andy Murray overcame another three-time Major singles champion, Stan Wawrinka, in a three-hour thriller.  In the second round, he meets the new British No.1 Cam Norrie, who reached his first Slam semifinal last month at Wimbledon.

 

WTA action is headlined by three matches between Slam singles champs, which includes world No.1 Iga Swiatek.  Also on Wednesday, Rafael Nadal will play his first match since withdrawing from the Wimbledon semifinals.

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Wednesday’s play gets underway at 11:00am local time.


Andy Murray vs. Cameron Norrie – 11:00am on Center Court

Murray will be happy he had a day of rest after his emotionally and physically taxing match against Wawrinka.  He has compiled a solid record of 23-14 this season, with 2022 being his most active year since 2017, when his hip issues began.  But Norrie has taken his place as the top British male, and has really come into his own over the past 18 months.  Cam is now 38-18 this season, and has reached 10 finals since the start of last year.  Their only prior meeting occurred three years ago in Beijing, with Murray prevailing in a long, tight three-setter that lasted nearly three hours.  But three years later, Norrie is a much-improved competitor.  While playing your fellow countryman is often tricky, especially when they’ve been knighted, Cam should be favored to even their head-to-head.


Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Sloane Stephens (WC) – Not Before 3:00pm on Grand Stand

Swiatek is vying for her 50th win of the season on Wednesday, with 37 of those victories coming consecutively between February and July.  But since those 37 wins in a row, Iga is only 3-3, and suffered a frustrating loss last week in Toronto to Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-5 in the third after three hours of play.  Stephens continues to be a streaky player, as the 2017 US Open champion has gone on multiple winning and losing streaks of four matches or more throughout the year.  On Monday night, she crushed Alize Cornet 6-1, 6-0.  Sloane often plays her best tennis in American hard courts, and advanced to the third round or better of this tournament in seven straight appearances between 2012 and 2019.  These two Major champs have never played before.  Stephens could be primed for another win streak, and it would be understandable if Swiatek experienced a dip in her level after all the tennis she’s played this year.  Yet after dominating the tour for most of the year, Iga should still be favored.


Other Notable Matches on Wednesday:

Victoria Azarenka vs. Emma Raducanu (10) – It’s a two-time Australian Open champ against the reigning US Open champ.  Azarenka defeated Kaia Kanepi in three sets on Tuesday, while Raducanu easily prevailed over Serena Williams 6-4, 6-0.

Elena Rybakina vs. Garbine Muguruza (8) – It’s another two-time Major champ against the reigning Wimbledon champ.  Rybakina is 2-2 since her surprising run at The All-England Club, while Muguruza is a subpar 9-13 on the year.  They split two meetings last year, with Elena victorious in the more notable encounter, in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics.

Taylor Fritz (11) vs. Nick Kyrgios – Fritz started the summer by winning the title in Eastbourne, while Kyrgios was the champion in Washington.  This will be their first career meeting.

Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Borna Coric (PR) – Despite his injury issues, Nadal is a staggering 35-3 in 2022, and 20-1 on hard courts.  Coric missed a full year of action due to shoulder surgery, and is just 12-12 at all levels since returning.  Borna has won two of their four previous meetings, including six years ago at this event.


Wednesday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Frances Tiafoe Translates Performance Into Results In Cincinnati Opener

Frances Tiafoe is hoping performances translate into results as he reaches the second round in Cincinnati.

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After producing gutsy performances in close defeats, Frances Tiafoe finally translated that into victory with a 7-6(3) 4-6 7-6(5) win over Matteo Berrettini in Cincinnati.

 

The American is one of the most unique players on the tour with his potential clear to see but isn’t always known for deep tournament results.

Tiafoe’s big serve, dangerous groundstrokes and charismatic personality makes him one of the most enjoyable players to watch on tour but that doesn’t get you wins on the tour which the American has found out the hard way.

In recent years though Tiafoe has slowly been improving results and earning some big wins but has often lacked consistency in wins despite performing to his best level.

However that might be about to change as Tiafoe earned a gutsy and huge win over Matteo Berrettini in his Cincinnati opener as he came through a last set tiebreak against the Italian.

The victory may be a surprise to some but for the American it’s been coming as his recent performances have shown, “People don’t understand, obviously results haven’t really shown how well I’ve been playing. I’ve been playing some great tennis, honestly,” Tiafoe told the ATP website.

“I really just needed this. I know it’s a first-round match…. But everyone knew why I needed this against a quality player, so it was big. I know I’ve beaten a lot of these guys, but it hasn’t happened of late. So it’s one of those things where you’ve got to get over the hump. But I’m happy I get another chance to play again.”

Tiafoe will be hoping consistency can be part of his game as the end of the season approaches and there would be nothing better for the American than to make a deep run at his home grand slam at the US Open.

Next for Tiafoe will be fellow American Sebastian Korda, who he has a 3-0 head-to-head record against before potentially facing John Isner or Hubert Hurkacz in the third round.

Tiafoe’s 2022 Season So Far:

Adelaide 1: R2 (l. Kokkinakis)

Adelaide 2: R1 (l. Paul)

Australian Open: R2 (l. Fritz)

Indian Wells: R3 (l. Rublev)

Miami: R4 (l. Francisco Cerundolo)

Houston: Quarter-Finals (l. Isner)

Barcelona: R3 (l. Auger-Aliassime)

Estoril: Final (l. Baez)

Madrid: R1 (l. Garin)

Rome: R1 (l. Krajinovic)

Roland Garros: R2 (l. Goffin)

Queen’s Club: R1 (l. Wawrinka)

Eastbourne: R1 (l. Bublik)

Wimbledon: R4 (l. Goffin)

Atlanta: Semi-Finals (l. Brooksby)

Washington: Quarter-Finals (l. Kyrgios)

Montreal: R2 (l. Fritz)

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Fan Told To Leave Match At Western And Southern Open Over Size Of Her Ukrainian Flag Speaks Out

Organisers at the tournament have also issued a statement concerning what happened and why the individual was asked to leave the court.

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A woman says security at the Western and Southern Open threatened to call the police if she did not leave a qualifying match after complaints were made by a Russian player about her Ukrainian flag. 

 

Lola, who is originally from Uzbekistan but now lives in America, was seen at the tournament over the weekend using a Ukrainian flag to cover herself whilst watching a match between Anastasia Potapova and Anna Kalinskaya. It is understood that one of those players, who are both Russian, made a complaint to the umpire. Prompting the official to speak directly to Lola which then resulted in a member of security getting involved.  

During an interview with Local 12 News, Lola has given her account of the incident that occurred. Saying the match was stopped twice due to a dispute over the issue. 

“’You’re not being nice. You need to put the flag away,’” Lola said she was told by the umpire. “The message I got was that it is agitating Russian players. I said, ‘I’m not putting it away.’ They kept playing for a minute or two. Then, they stopped the game again, and then the security guard came up to me and said, ‘Ma’am, I’m going to call the cops if you won’t leave.”

Russia is currently involved in a war with Ukraine after launching a military attack on the country on February 24th. A move which has prompted widespread condemnation from both the western world and the sporting world. At this year’s Wimbledon Russian players were banned from participating, as well as players from Belarus which is a country accused of supporting Russia. On both the ATP and WTA Tour’s players from both those countries are only allowed to compete as neutral athletes. 

In wake of the incident, the Western and Southern Open issued a statement saying that the size of Lola’s flag breached the tournament’s policy. Lola said she was informed about the rule 15 minutes after being asked to leave the court and was allowed back into the venue once she put her flag in the car. 

“Per the Western and Southern Open’s bag policy, as stated on the tournament’s website, flags or banners larger than 18 x 18 [inches] (46 x 46cm) are prohibited,” a spokesperson for the tournament said in an email to Reuters.
“Therefore, the patron was asked to remove the flag from the grounds and, after doing so, was allowed to remain at the tournament.”

The tournament declined to comment on the conduct of the umpire and said it is for the WTA to do so. 

Meanwhile, local charity Cincy4Ukraine say they have contacted a lawyer to see if Lola’s first amendment rights were violated. If there is a suggestion that this has been the case, a court hearing could take place should Lola want to take legal action. 

As for the Russian players involved, Kalinskaya beat Potapova 7-5, 6-1, to reach the main draw and will play Martina Trevisan. Potapova has also made it into the main draw as a lucky loser and will play Simona Halep. 

Kalinskaya, Potapova and The WTA have not publicly commented on the incident so far. 

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