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US Open – August 31, 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which dissipated off the American Gulf Coast back in 2005.  In this time a lot of Americans and folks around the world are remembering the devastation and destruction of that natural disaster. Yet it seems eerily striking that looking at the 2015 US Open women’s draw today, that  one can say that a near similar type of disaster has occurred as so many top seeds are gone from the draw. Of the 32 seeded players in the women’s draw, 10 have not made it out of the first round and all matches have not been completed.

 

Perhaps it was a sign of things to come when Maria Sharapova (3) pulled out just before the start of the event. She cited a plaguing leg injury as the reason why she could not compete at this year’s event. When actual play began, things only got worse. Ana Ivanovic (7) was dismissed by Dominika Cibulkova in 3 sets 3-6 6-3 3-6. Next came Karolina Pliskova (8) who was just crowned the winner of the 2015 US Open Series winner on the women’s side. She was vying for a chance at $1 million dollar bonus money had she been able to lift the winner’s trophy. However, she was summarily dismissed by American Anna Tatishvili 2-6 1-6 and with it that lucrative opportunity gone.

It might have been no real surprise when Svetlana Kuznetsova (30) was knocked out of the tournament by Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 5-7 as the Kuznetsova has not played a competitive match since the French Open in the spring. However, it was bit of a shock when both Carla Suarez-Navarro (10) and Jelena Jankovic (21) went out of the tournament. Considering all things, Suarez-Navarro losing to Denisa Allertova 1-6 (5)6-7 may not be such a huge upset. The Spaniard came into these championships on a 6-match losing streak, having not won a match at any of the three summer hardcourt tournaments she played. In fact, the last time she won a match was mid-June when she beat Kuznetsova at Birmingham. Therefore this result was not in and of itself surprising. However, Jankovic came into these championships looking good as she made it to the semifinals of Cincinnati before losing to Simona Halep. She went out to French wild card Oceane Dodin 6-2 5-7 3-6. Jankovic was not the only player who came into this tournament with some steam behind their name. Sloane Stephens (29) who just collected her first WTA title at CitiOpen in Washington DC, was looking to make a name for herself. However, she lost in straight sets to fellow American Coco Vandeweghe, 4-6 3-6.

One might have expected that things would have calm down on Day 2 but within 2 hours of he start of play, two more women’s seeds were ousted. Lucie Safarova (6) who recently made it to her first major final at the French Open was knocked out by Lesia Tsurenko. Safavora lost 4-6 1-6 in 65 minutes. She would later state that she was suffering from an abdominal tear which occurred in the New Haven final last Saturday. This affected her ability to serve on the day. Semifinalist Timea Bacsinszky (14) also lost to Barbora Styrcova 5-7 0-6 extending her match losing streak to 4. Olga Govortsova just upset Irina-Carmila Begu (28) 6-1 0-6 7-6.

Interestingly enough, on the men’s side, despite the huge upset of Kei Nishikori (4) going out to Benoit Paire early on the opening day, there has been no major blows to the men’s top seed.  Gael Monfils (16) had to retire from his match due to injury.

The men’s draw just lost another big seed as American Donald Young just knocked out the 11th seed  Gilles Simon (11) 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4.

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Simona Halep rallies from one set down to beat Aryna Sabalenka in Dubai

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Simona Halep came back from one set down to beat Aryna Sabalenka 3-6 6-2 6-2 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in one hour and 35 minutes to advance to the semifinals in Dubai one day after saving a match point against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.

 

Halep earned her third win in four head-to-head matches against Sabalenka.

Halep broke in the second game of the second set to take a 2-0 lead, but Sabalenka broke straight back in the next game. Halep broke serve in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead and never faced any break point in the next games.

Halep earned a break in the fourth game of the decider and backed it up to open up a 4-1 lead. The 2019 Wimbledon champion was taken to deuce once in her last eight service games of the match.

“I think I started to play a little bit stronger in the second set and find rhythm. It’s always tough to play against her because she is very strong and hits the ball really hard, so I had to play faster, be quicker on court and give everything I had to win”, said Halep.

Halep will face US qualifier Jennifer Brady, who clinched a win against a top 20 player for the third consecutive year by beating this year’s Australian Open finalist Garbine Muguruza 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4. Brady has reached her third WTA semifinal and the first at Premier level.

Muguruza earned a break point with a forehand winner, as Brady was serving for the set. Brady was broken, when she hit two consecutive forehands into the net. Muguruza rallied from 1-3 to draw level to 5-5 and earned her first set point. The Spaniard sealed the tie-break, as Brady sent her backhand long.

Muguruza earned a break point in the sixth game with a backhand winner. Brady saved the break point with a forehand crosscourt winner and held serve with a backhand winner down the line. Brady broke serve to take a 4-3, as Muguruza made two forehand errors and hit two double faults. Muguruza dropped her serve again with another double fault.

Both players held serve in the first nine games of the third set. Muguruza held three break points in the third game, but Brady saved them with a backhand crosscourt winner. Brady sealed the win with a break on her second match point, as Muguruza sent a backhand long.

 

 

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Garbine Muguruza Battles Past Kudermetova In Dubai For 13th Win Of 2020

Garbine Muguruza battled past Veronika Kudermetova to continue her red-hot start to the 2020 season.

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Garbine Muguruza battles past Veronika Kudermetova 7-5 4-6 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals in Dubai. 

 

The Spaniard claimed her 13th victory of 2020 in a hard-fought match against Russian Veronika Kudermetova in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

There was little to separate the two players but the Australian Open finalist used her confidence and experience to edge into the last eight.

Five breaks of serve were enough for Muguruza as she continues to make a big statement under Conchita Martinez’s guidance.

After her win, Muguruza claimed more work needed to be done in order to win matches more convincingly, “There are a lot of things that I could have done better,” Muguruza told The National.

“But I’m excited that I gave myself another opportunity to be in the quarter-finals. I was just staying in the fight, not giving up until the last point, because she was playing great.”

After a couple of tough years on tour, the Spaniard seems to have found her best tennis when it matters as she aims for the top of tennis once again.

Next for the Spaniard is the in-form American Jennifer Brady, who managed to edge out Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova 4-6 6-4 6-1.

Although Muguruza will be favourite to reach the semi-finals, the world number 16 knows the threat that awaits her tomorrow, “When you’re in the quarter-finals, you’re playing girls that are progressing through the tournament,” the 26 year old said.

“(Brady) is playing good and I’m excited to play her for the first time to get to know her tennis.”

There were also wins for Aryna Sabalenka, Petra Martic and Elena Rybakina on Wednesday in Dubai as the quarter-final line-up looks set to be a mixture of variety and power.

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New York Open Saturday Recap: Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi Advance to Sunday’s Final

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The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Home of the New York Open

The Brit and the Italian both comfortably prevailed in their semifinal matches, and will play for the championship Sunday afternoon inside Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum.

 

Kyle Edmund never trailed in Saturday’s first semifinal against fellow seed and ATP Next Gen upstart Miomir Kecmanovic.  In the second game of the first set, Kecmanovic was serving at 40-0, but then lost the next five points to drop serve, which included two double faults. Miomir’s next service game at 0-3 went to deuce, when Edmund promptly crushed two forehand return winners to gain a double break. Edmund would take the first set 6-1.

Kyle’s forehand was on fire in this match, with his backhand showing some noticeable improvements as well.  However, as the second set progressed, Kecmanovic started ripping his own forehand and backhand with much more authority. But at 4-4, Miomir lost control of his groundstrokes, resulting in a break at love. Edmund would then hit multiple aces in the final game, closing out the match 6-1, 6-4. Kyle won an impressive 79% of first serve points in the match.

Regarding the tighter second set, Edmund stated, “You play top players in the world, you expect a fight back.”

“I had to weather that storm a bit, he was gaining more confidence,” Kyle said.

In the second semifinal, Andreas Seppi also allowed his opponent just five games, eliminating qualifier Jason Jung by a score of 6-3, 6-2. Just like the first semifinal, Seppi broke his opponent in his first service game, and never looked back. Jung understandably started off a bit tight in his first-ever ATP semifinal, and never settled into the match. Seppi will now vie for his first title since 2012.

The singles championship match will take place Sunday at 4:00pm local time. Edmund leads their head-to-head 4-1, with a 4-0 edge on hard courts. Their last meeting was just last month in Auckland, where Kyle won 6-3, 7-6(4).

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