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Wimbledon: men’s semifinals round up

Ubaldo Scanagatta and Steve Flink discuss the men’s semifinals and the amazing performance by Roger Federer against Andy Murray

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Karolina Muchova Ready For Tennis Return, Aiming For Olympic Debut

Karolina Muchova is looking forward to the Olympics as she prepares to make her return to tennis in Eastbourne.

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Karolina Muchova is ready for her long awaited return to tennis with Wimbledon and the Olympics being her main goals.

The Czech Republican has not played since reaching the semi-finals at the US Open last year with the result in New York capping off a brilliant 2023 for Muchova.

Before that run at the US Open, Muchova also reached the final at Roland Garros and Cincinnati.

However, since then Muchova has struggled with a wrist injury as she detailed in a recent interview with Czech Republican TV, “The operation fixed a loose tendon in the right wrist,” Muchova was quoted by the WTA website as saying.

“After the operation, I had my arm in a solid splint for six weeks, then two or three weeks in a wrist brace, and then I slowly started with rehabilitation and training. My wrist was very stiff. At the start, I wasn’t even able to hold a fork, so I was asking myself how it would be possible to play a forehand or hold a racquet.

“I didn’t have that much free time because the rehabilitation process takes up much more time than you think, compared to when I train and travel to tournaments.

“Apart from the first few weeks when my arm was in a splint, I didn’t have much spare time. I went abroad from the Czech Republic one weekend, and to my family in Moravia, but otherwise it was work, morning to evening.”

A long process for Muchova to overcome as she will hope the injuries behind her and she can focus on being a threat at the top of the women’s game again.

Next up for the Czech Republican is Eastbourne in her comeback tournament as she will face a qualifier in round one.

That will be followed by playing Wimbledon as well as her first Olympic games at Roland Garros.

In particular, the Olympics is something that excites her as she has always wanted to play on the biggest stage, “At the end of this week, I’ll fly to Eastbourne with the team, where we’ll finally try to play some matches in preparation ahead of Wimbledon,” Muchova explained.

“After Wimbledon I’ll return back to the clay, maybe play a tournament, or straight to the Olympics. I’m really excited for the Olympics. I’ve never been to one, and it’s around the corner in Paris, so I can’t be more excited.

“Representing my country is definitely a huge honor. I’ve signed up to play doubles with Maky [Voundrousova], and I hope it goes well for us.”

Wimbledon starts on the first of July while the Olympics will take place on the 27th of July.

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Andy Murray Faces Race Against Time For Wimbledon After Back Procedure

Andy Murray faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon.

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Andy Murray faces a race against time to be fit for Wimbledon as he undergoes a back procedure on Saturday.

The procedure comes after seeing a specialist on Thursday after suffering an injury against Jordan Thompson at Queen’s Club.

It was in the warm-up, Murray suffered the injury before the five-time champion eventually retired after five games.

A bitter blow for Murray, who has given strong hints that this may be his last Wimbledon and may also retire after the summer.

There is also the Olympics for Murray as it would be a fitting end to his career given he has won two gold medals in his career.

However, this year’s Olympics is at Roland Garros and that may mean that Murray would be less eager to play in Paris.

As for Wimbledon, Murray has won the event on two different occasions and his potential appearance at SW19 will be the 16th time he takes to court at Wimbledon.

The third Grand Slam of the season takes place on the 1st of July.

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Tommy Paul Outlasts Jack Draper To Reach Queen’s Club Semi-Finals

Tommy Paul outlasted Jack Draper to reach the semi-finals at Queen’s Club.

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Tommy Paul outlasted Jack Draper 6-3 5-7 6-4 to reach the semi-finals at Queen’s Club.

The American had more energy about his play as he defeated a fatigued Draper in a three set battle.

It was a good opening set from Paul who broke twice and had to resist a mini-fightback from Draper during the set.

The opening set was very flat from Draper as he couldn’t energize himself enough to overcome Paul’s brutally aggressive tennis from the baseline.

Both the serve and forehand did damage as Paul took the opening set in 30 minutes.

In the second set both players were cagey as they were trying to tussle for domination from the baseline.

The opening stages of the set saw Paul be more threatening on return as he looked for the killer blow.

However, it was Draper who eventually increased the intensity and aggression as the Brit broke to love in the twelfth game to force a deciding set,

In the final set Draper looked fatigued and tired but the Stuttgart champion did his best to battle with the aggressive American.

The fifth seed took his time but eventually broke to love to secure a 4-3 lead as he took control of the final set.

Despite one last act of defiance from Draper, Paul wrapped up the win to secure a semi-final match against either Sebastian Korda or Rinky Hijikata.

After the match Paul admitted he was relieved to get the victory, “I played good tennis and I like the grass. I knew today was going to be a battle,” Paul explained to the ATP website.

“It is never easy against Jack, he has been playing such good tennis, so I am really happy to get through that one.”

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