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Wimbledon: Ladies’ final round up

Ubaldo and Steve Flink discuss the Wimbledon Ladies’ Final won by Serena Williams against Garbine Muguruza for her sixth Championship title

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Ash Barty Handed Tough First Week, Opportunity Beckons In Bottom Half Of Wimbledon Draw

Ash Barty leads another wide open grand slam draw at Wimbledon.

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World number one Ash Barty will need to be at her best to pass the opening tests as the bottom half of the draw is wide open at Wimbledon.

 

As Simona Halep announced her withdrawal 10 minutes before the draw, it was guaranteed that we would have a new champion this year.

With many players having grass as their favourite surface, this year’s championships was sure to bring out an interesting draw.

Starting at the top half world number one Ash Barty is seemingly the narrow favourite for this year’s tournament should she be 100% fit.

However the world number one will need to pass some major obstacles with Carla Suarez Navarro awaiting in round one before a potential last 32 clash with Johanna Konta.

The Brit herself as struggled with a knee injury and will begin her campaign against Katerina Siniakova.

Siniakova’s double partner Barbora Krejcikova is also in the top quarter of the draw and will face talented Dane Clara Tauson in round one before a potential third round clash against Kiki Bertens.

The second half of the top quarter is filled with in-form players and grass court talent with the likes of Anett Kontaveit, Victoria Azarenka and Daria Kasatkina all waiting in this section.

A potential R2 clash between Daria Kasatkina and Jelena Ostapenko is something to note while 5th seed Bianca Andreescu will face Alize Cornet in a rematch from their clash in Berlin which Cornet won.

The second quarter sees Serena Williams appear where she will begin her quest for a 24th grand slam singles title against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Familiar foe Angelique Kerber could await in round three with the German beginning against Nina Stojanovic.

9th seed and Berlin finalist Belinda Bencic is also in Serena’s section of the draw as she takes on Kaja Juvan in round one and a potential third round clash with Coco Gauff.

Gauff, who reached the fourth round two years ago, will start against inspiring Brit Francesca Jones.

Other noteworthy names in the second quarter are Elina Svitolina, Karolina Muchova, Paula Badosa and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

In the third quarter, Karolina Pliskova headlines where she will face Roland Garros semi-finalist Tamara Zidansek in the first round.

Another meeting with Donna Vekic could await in round two before another expert grass-court player in Alison Riske awaiting in the last 32.

Other key matches in this quarter sees Jessica Pegula face Caroline Garcia while Sloane Stephens faces Petra Kvitova in a mouth-watering opening match.

Elise Mertens, Madison Keys and Sofia Kenin will all look to make deep runs in their respective parts of the draw.

In the final quarter, Iga Swiatek has been handed a tough assignment as she goes up against Su-Wei Hsieh in her first match.

Should the Pole overcome a brutal first match then Petra Martic and Garbine Muguruza are potential opponents standing in her way of the quarter-finals.

Birmingham champion Ons Jabeur will face Rebecca Peterson in the same section of the draw while Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka look on a collision course for a fourth round meeting.

Here is the full draw with play starting on Monday:

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Kontaveit upsets Bianca Andreescu in Eastbourne

Anett Kontaveit knocked Bianca Andreescu out of Eastbourne.

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The Estonian beat the Canadian on Center Court in straight sets in an hour and six minutes.

 

Anett Kontaveit only needed 66 minutes on Center Court to dispatch the world number seven and the third seed at the tournament Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 6-3 firing 16 winners while the Canadian hit 28 unforced errors.

“I thought I played a really good match today and I was consistent throughout the whole match and I feel like I kept my level up and played some good tennis”.

It was the world number 27 with the aggressive start earning the first breakpoint of the match in the opening game with a stunning forehand winner and on the following point ripped a forehand return winner to take a 1-0 lead.

The Canadian was keen to bounce back and earned her first breakpoint the following game with a backhand winner up the line and broke right back to go back on serve.

The Talinn, Estonia native once again responded by breaking right back and this time was able to consolidate the break until 3-2 when once again the Toronto native broke again to level the first set at 3-3.

Once again the Estonian broke Andreescu serve to take another lead and at 5-3 had two set points set up by a powerful backhand winner and took the first set 6-3 in 31 minutes.

The second set started with both players holding serve for the first three games until the 25 year old earned three more breakpoints and got the first break of the set.

After that it went back on serve until 4-2 when the Canadian once again had two chances to go back on serve and she broke when the Estonian struggled with her serve.

Again the resiliency and the determination of the Estonian kept her going and she broke right back the following game and served out the match. In her post match press conference she was asked how she was able to keep bouncing back in the face of adveristy.

“I think I am a pretty good returner and she is as well so sometimes it’s difficult when the other person so consistent hitting deep returns off your serve so I just tried to stay with it especially in the second set and she never gives up so I had to keep playing and be ready for it”.

Kontaveit will now face the Swiss player Viktorija Golubic who pulled off another upset beating the number six seed and fellow Swiss player Belinda Bencic.

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PTPA Outline Vision After Appointing Executive Director And Advisory Board

The PTPA has announced a new executive director and advisory board.

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The Professional Tennis Players Association has outlined their vision for the future after appointing an advisory board and an executive director.

 

Vasek Pospisil made the announcement last night as he and Novak Djokovic look to secure a legitimate players voice at the tennis political table.

In the main core of the statement they announced the make-up of the PTPA’s backroom board, “PTPA co-founders Vasek Pospisil and Novak Djokovic have named Adam Larry executive director, enlisted Carrie Gerlach Cecil to lead Brand and Communications and appointed Bill Ackman, Michael Hirshfeld, Rebecca Macdonald, Katarina Pijetlovic and Anton Rabie to its Advisory Board,” the statement read.

“Created by the players for the players, the PTPA is an integrated association for professional tennis players. The PTPA movement is uniting and mobilizing tennis players in order to create transparency and fairness throughout decision-making in professional tennis.”

The move is an interesting one as up until now it was a mystery as to what the PTPA’s strategy was and who was involved so far with there being no idea from the ATP or WTA’s side what the PTPA was trying to achieve.

Now there is an advisory board there may be sharp movement and progress made into how the PTPA can secure more player-related decisions in Tennis and ensure that there is a level playing-field in terms of decisions affecting the players.

In the statement Vasek Pospisil, Novak Djokovic and new executive director Adam Larry all gave strong hints about the PTPA’s future vision as they look to challenge the establishment in providing change for tennis.

“With the establishment of our advisory board, our branding and communications team and the appointment of Adam Larry as executive director, we have taken one step closer to toward our goal of facilitating a fair and sustainable competitive environment for tennis players today, and for generations to come,” Pospisil said.

“We are working toward growth to help all players, not just the top 100, to make sustainable livelihoods and have their rights protected on and off the court. From top to bottom, we must use our collective voices to help players today and tomorrow,” stated world number one Novak Djokovic.

“The PTPA wants to work with all of the tennis governing bodies to inspire collective reform to better the sport,” new executive director Adam Larry claimed.

What comes next for the PTPA nobody knows but this new board means that business is expected to pick up very quickly in the latest twist in the political tennis game.

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