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Garbine Muguruza edged past Timea Bacsinszcy to take her biggest WTA title in Beijing

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This year’s Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza edged past Timea Bacsinszcy with 7-5 6-4 to lift the biggest title of her career at the China Open in Beijing, a Premier Mandatory Tournament. Thanks to the win in the Chinese capital Muguruza will move to World Number 4 setting a new career-high, and is just one point far from world number 2. Muguruza, who has just turned 22, has become the youngest player to win a Premier Mandatory-level tournament since 21-year-old Petra Kvitova won the WTA Finals in Istanbul in 2011

 

Bacsinszky went down a break in the opening game. In the second game Muguruza dropped her serve after making a double fault and hitting a forehand long.

Bacsinszky broke serve to take a 3-1 lead but dropped serve in the next game when she made a double fault and three backhand errors. Muguruza fended off three break points but dropped her serve on the fourth opportunity.

Bacsinszky held her serve to 15 and raced out to 5-2 but Muguruza fought back reeling off five games in a row to win the first set with 7-5.

Bacsinszky went up a break at the start of the second set but Muguruza rallied from 0-2 down before getting the decisive break in the ninth game to take the 5-4 lead.

Muguruza played her second back-to-back final after losing to Venus Willams in Wuhan last week. The defeat in the China Open final put an end to Bacsinszky’s dream to reach the WTA Finals in Singapore.

“To be able to come and win the tournament after losing in the final in Wuhan last week is a great achievement. It’s amazing and I can’ wait to come back and defend my title next year”, said Muguruza

By reaching her biggest final Bacsinszcy has reached the top-10 for the first time in her career, a remarkable achievement as she suffered from a serious foot injury in 2011 and she took a break from tennis in 2012. She worked in restaurants and bars. In May 2013 she received an email stating that she was eligible to compete in the French Open qualifying round. She lost her first match but she found again the passion for tennis. She hired Dimitri Zavialoff, the former coach of Stan Wawrinka. At the 2014 Wuhan Open she beat Maria Sharapova in the third round.

She started the 2015 season with a final in Shenzhen where she lost to Simona Halep in her first WTA title match since 2010. She then reached the third round at the Australian Open before winning two back-to-back titles in Acapulco and Monterrey. She reached the quarter finals at the WTA Premier Mandatory in Indian Wells in Indian Wells where she lost against Serena Williams. At the Roland Garros she beat Petra Kvitova to get through to the fourth round where she lost against Serena Williams after leading by a set and a break. The Swiss player reached the quarter finals at Wimbledon and moved up to world number 13. She had a difficult US hard-court season losing in the first round in four consecutive tournaments in Toronto Cincinnati, New Haven and New York but returned to her best shape during the Asian Swing where she reached the China Open final where she beat three former top ten players Carla Suarez Navarro, Sara Errani and Ana Ivanovic.

During the post-match interview Bacsinszcy took the opportunity to thank her coach Dimitri Zavialoff.

“I want to dedicate this tournament to someone. I came from really far away. I almost retired two years ago and this man, my coach Dimitri. Thank you for helping me every day. You brought Stan to the top 10 and now youhave brought me to top 10. Thank you for every day”, said Bacsinszky.  

 

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Bernard Tomic Sent Warning About Behaviour As Wimbledon Appeal Rejected

Bernard Tomic’s appeal was rejected after being fined all of his prize money for his first round defeat to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga at Wimbledon.

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Bernard Tomic has been sent a stinging warning about his behaviour after his Wimbledon appeal was rejected. 

 

The Australian lost his first round match at Wimbledon to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in 58 minutes a couple of weeks ago in another lacklustre effort.

Although in previous years he may have escaped punishment, this time the grand slam board decided to deduct all his prize money as a result of his straight sets defeat.

This sent a clear message to the tennis world as they want to cut out lack of effort and give places in grand slams to competitors that will try their best.

Of course, Tomic wasn’t exactly pleased with the ruling and decided to appeal against the ruling which stated that he did not play to “required professional standards.”

However the appeal didn’t only get rejected, it got slammed down by board director Bill Babcock in a stinging letter to the controversial Australian.

In the letter Babcock referred to Tomic’s past history in lack of effort during matches, “A review of your historical record of misconduct at grand slams, never mind elsewhere, provides little justification for an adjustment,” Babcock said.

“In your case, Bernard, I am sure you would agree there is no historical evidence to give comfort to the theory that you can reform your behaviour.

“Admittedly, I am sceptical that you can achieve this reform of grand slam on-court behaviour, Many others, no doubt, would be even more than just sceptical. Good luck and I hope to be pleasantly surprised in the future by your successful reform.”

In the letter, Babcock added that if Tomic escapes a sanction in his next eight grand slam events, then he will be refunded 25 percent of his prize money.

Despite this outcome, Tomic plans on appealing this latest inquest further as he currently prepares for the ATP 250 event in Atlanta next week, “I don’t care about this 25 per cent, I care about the right thing for players in the future,” Tomic told the New York Times.

In a separate case, Anna Tatishvili was refunded all of her prize money after appealing successfully after her fine for not meeting professional standards at Roland Garros.

The American lost 6-0 6-1 in her first round match to Maria Sakkari in only her third tournament back since 2017.

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Angelique Kerber Splits With Rainer Schuettler After Eight Month Partnership

Angelique Kerber has parted ways with Rainer Schuettler after an eight month partnership which ended in Wimbledon disappointment.

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Three time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber has split with her coach Rainer Schuettler after an eight month partnership. 

 

It’s been a topsy-turvy year for the German so far after reaching the finals in Indian Wells and Eastbourne as well as being 11th in the Race To Shenzhen rankings.

However after losing in the first week of all three of her grand slams so far, last year’s Wimbledon champion has decider to end her partnership with Rainer Scheuttler.

The 31 year-old made the announcement on Twitter as she admitted it was a tough decision to make but a necessary one to make, “Moving forward, it’s never easy to change – especially when you work with great people like Rainer,” Kerber said.

“But for now, we’ve decided that it’s the right time for a fresh start. He has become a friend and I‘m thankful for his hard work & dedication in the last months.”

A couple of days ago, Kerber also said it was time to embrace the challenges moving forward as she looks to improve her sluggish form ,“This time of year feels very different compared to last year, but it’s still part of the same journey,” Kerber explained on Twitter.

“Whether you‘ve won or lost the last match- it‘s done, it‘s over and it can‘t be changed. It‘s about the lessons you learn from both outcomes that will determine your path. 

“There have always been ups and downs, twists and turns in my career that I accept as part of my story as an athlete. Even more, I‘ve learned to deal with it and embrace the challenge moving forward.”

Although Kerber and Schuettler have become good friends, the results never really translated when it really mattered most as Kerber couldn’t keep her focus on the big occasions.

A very brave decision to do it more than half way through the season though as Kerber looks to finish the season strong in a frustrating year.

Next for the former world number one is the Rogers Cup in Toronto, which starts on the 5th August.

 

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Johanna Konta Speaks About Charity Work Ahead Of Second Half Of Season

Johanna Konta talks about her work with charity as she looks to end the season strong.

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Johanna Konta has spoken about her charity work as she prepares for the final grand slam of the season. 

 

It has been an encouraging 2019 so far for the Brit after reaching the finals in Rabat and Madrid as well as reaching the last four at Roland Garros.

Although that was met with disappointment and criticism at Wimbledon after her quarter-final exit to Barbora Strycova, Konta is looking to continue the momentum in the American summer.

However for now, the world number 15 is taking her mind off tennis to focus on her charity work and in particular tackling homelessness.

Recently Konta visited the prime minister on the subject and spoke to the WTA Website about why she feels passionately about homelessness, “Homelessness has always been a big thing that’s close to my heart, that I want to help,” Konta said.

“I met a young lady called Kenny, who has come through Centre Point and it’s through them that she’s got her shift here with The Clink.”

The Brit is an ambassador for the charity CentrePoint, who support young homeless people in London since 1969 as homelessness has been a big problem in the UK.

The Clink provided catering for the event an 10 Downing Street, which was about bringing young people who are at risk of violence and helping them talk to businesses and role models to see how they can not take to crime.

On her visit, Konta explained why it was a dream come true to go to 10 Downing Street, “I feel like you’re walking through history, especially as you walk up the stairs and you see all the Prime Ministers through time. It’s inspiring and I feel very lucky.”

Next for Konta is the Rogers Cup in Toronto, which starts on the 5th of August as she prepares for the final grand slam of the year at the US Open.

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