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Vinci continues impressive end-of-season with straight set over Pliskova in Wuhan

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This year’s US Open finalist Roberta Vinci followed up her impressive win over Petra Kvitova with a 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 victory over number 8 seed Karolina Pliskova. Vinci has won ten of her last eleven matches including her sensational win over Serena Williams in the US Open semifinal. With that historic win Vinci put an end to Serena’s dream to become the first woman to win all four Grand Slam titles in one year since Steffi Graf in 1988.

 

In the first half of the season Vinci had a record of 21 match wins and 20 defeats but has enjoyed an impressive period of form since the US Open losing only the al-Italian Flushing Meadows final against her friend Flavia Pennetta

Vinci broke serve in the third game to take a 3-1 lead but Pliskova broke back in the sixth game on her fourth break point chance. In the seventh game Vinci went up 0-40 on Pliskova’s serve but did not convert it. Both players went on serve until the tie-break. Vinci got an early mini-break as Pliskova made a forehand error. Vinci earned four set points and sealed the win with 7-2 as Pliskova made a double fault.

Vinci raced out to 3-0 in the second set and never looked back. She never faced any break point chances. The rest of the second set went on serve until Vinci served out for the match for 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 to reach her first Premier 5 semifinal. Vinci will face the winner of the quarter final between Venus Williams and Johanna Konta

Pliskova produced more winners than Vinci (26 to 21) but the Italian made less unforced errors (14 to 30)

“Today was another tough match. Karolina plays so good and so flat, so for me it was difficult especially at the beginning. But I served well and I am really happy I am in the semifinals here in Wuhan for the first time. It’s incredible here. It’s a nice city and a nice court. It’s just really exciting for me”, said Vinci.

This year’s Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza booked her berth in the semifinal with a 6-2 6-2 win over Ana Karolina Schmiedlova in just one hour and 12 minutes in a match between two of the most promising rising stars on the WTA Tour. Thanks to this win Muguruza is close to breaking into the top-5. If the Spanish player wins the Wuhan title, she could become number 4.

Muguruza converted on five of her seven break point chances and hit 19 winners to Schmiedlova’s just 3.

Earlier this week Muguruza has produced her two best wins since her Wimbledon final beating Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-0 and Ana Ivanovic 4-6 6-1 6-0

“It was a great match for me. You don’t play at this level every day, so for me it was great to be playing like this. I want to keep focusing in every match and trying to play at this level. That way every time you leave the court, you’ll be happy with your effort”, said Muguruza

Schmiedlova played in her 8th quarter final in 2015. Earlier this week she scored one of her biggest wins beating Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 in the third set after coming back from 1-6 1-4 down in the first two sets. . She followed up her win over Wozniacki with a 6-4 6-2 win over Kristina Mladenovic.

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Andy Murray Explains ‘Crushing’ Feeling After Olympics Exit

Andy Murray explained his emotions after exiting the Olympics today.

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Andy Murray admits he feels ‘crushed’ after losing in the Men’s Doubles quarter-finals at the Olympics.

 

The two-time Olympic gold medallist failed in his attempt to win a medal for a third consecutive Olympics after him and Joe Salisbury lost to Croatian duo Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic 4-6 7-6(2) 10-7.

It means that Murray will likely not win another Olympic medal with this expected to be his last Olympic Games.

On social media Murray admitted that he was crushed about today’s result:

Having been a set and a break up it looked like that Murray was going to have a fairytale ending to his Olympic career.

However the Croatians turned the match around to seal victory and a place in the semi-finals.

Murray also spoke to BBC Sport about whether he will indeed compete at another Olympics, “I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again,” the three time grand slam champion added.

“I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wished today could have gone differently. I had another chance with Joe to win a medal. We were so close, and that’s what’s disappointing. I would like to have done some stuff differently in the match to try to help out more. Very disappointed.”

Murray will now look ahead to the US hard court season where he will look to compete at this year’s US Open where he is one withdrawal away from the main draw.

As for Cilic and Dodig they will now face New Zealand duo Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus.

The other semi-final will see top seed Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic take on US duo Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren.

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Daniil Medvedev Fumes Over Heat, Cheater Question At Olympics

The world No.2 said he could have died in the heat as he took a shot at organisers before having a run in with a journalist following his match.

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Daniil Medvedev has become the latest player to voice their concern over playing in the humid conditions at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

The two-time Grand Slam finalist was seen visibly struggling with the heat throughout his 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini. Temperatures at the Ariake Tennis Centre has been under the spotlight since the tournament began with Novak Djokovic openly questioning why matches can’t be delayed until later in the day when it is cooler.

Midway through the second set of his match Medvedev was asked by umpire Carlos Ramos if he was okay. Prompting him to reply ‘“I’m fine. I can finish the match but I can die. If I die will the ITF (governing body International Tennis Federation) take responsibility?” The 25-year-old was seen leaning over between points in order to get his breath. The extreme weather policy was in force which allows players to leave the court for 10 minutes after the first two sets. Both Medvedev and Fognini opted to do so.

“Even from the first set, I didn’t feel good enough with my breathing. That’s why I called the physio. I felt like my diaphragm had blocked. I couldn’t breathe properly. I think it was the most humid day we have had so far,” Medvedev said via the Olympic News Service.
“Then, in the second set, I just had darkness in my eyes, like between every point I didn’t know what to do to feel better. I was bending over, and I couldn’t get my breathing together. I was ready to just fall down on the court.”

It wasn’t just Medvedev who suffered in the conditions. Spain’s Paula Badosa was forced to retire during her match against Marketa Vondrousova and required a wheelchair to be helped off the court. It was evident that she was suffering from heat stroke during her match which was played in the middle of the day.

There are indications that officials might be pondering a change to their schedule amid the concerns being raised by players but there has been no official confirmation so far.

“All the players I know said this is not normal to start at 11. And so he (DJOKOVIC) went to ITF (International Tennis Federation) and talked to them, and they gave him reasons … I heard maybe from tomorrow they’re going to change it, but let’s see.” Medvedev revealed.

It wasn’t just the weather which irritated Medvedev at the Olympics on Wednesday. He also had a run in with one reporter who questioned him about Russia’s doping controversy. The country is currently banned from the Games after being found guilty of state-sponsored doping at previous high-profile sporting events. Instead, Russian athletes who have proven they are not part of the scandal are competing neutrally under ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) but their national flag and anthem is banned from the Games.

Speaking to reporters, Medvedev was bemused when questioned if the scandal has left a dark cloud over team ROC.

“Are Russian athletes carrying a stigma of cheaters in these games and how do you feel about it?” The journalist said.

Caught off guard, Medvedev blasted the question and went as far as calling for the journalist to be excluded from the Games.

“First time in my life I’m not gonna answer a question. You should be embarrassed of yourself. I think you should wire him from the Olympics, I don’t wanna see him again,” he replied.

Medvedev will play Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta in the quarter-finals in Tokyo.

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