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WTA Linz: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova through in early play, faces Krunic

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The seventh seed progresses to the quarter finals

The seventh seed progresses to the quarter finals

 Seventh seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova continued to make light work of her quarter, as she recorded her second consecutive straight sets win of the tournament over Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-4, 6-0.

The seventh seed improved from her first round match against Katerina Siniakova, where she had dropped serve twice in the first set, and faced three break points in the second. That said, she still faced limited issues against Voegele. The twenty-five year old did force a single break of the Pavlyuchenkova serve in the first set, but a service percentage of below fifty percent proved to be the undoing for the world no. 163, as Pavlyuchenkova would break twice in the first to win that set.

In similar fashion to her first round win, Pavlyuchenkova would raise her game to win the second set by an emphatic scoreline, breaking three times to win through easily. In a draw that has already seen the top seed and others fall early, Pavlyuchenkova continues to avoid the same fate, and is now a heavyweight in her side. She could potentially face Caroline Wozniacki or Barb0ra Strycova in the semi finals.

First though she must negotiate Roberta Vinci’s conqueror, Aleksandra Krunic, who followed up that win with a straight sets victory over Germany’s Monica Barthel, 7-6, 6-3 . Krunic, ranked 99, claimed her second victory over higher ranked opposition this week. She dropped serve twice in the opening set, but broke twice before winning through in the tiebreak. Krunic proved dominant on first serve, dropping just three points in the match.

Johanna Larsson was another to take advantage of the absence of seeds in the top half. A day after her win over Andrea Petkovic, she defeated Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets 6-4, 7-6. She will face American Madison Brengle, as two unseeded players fight for a place in the semi finals.

Last week saw Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova confirm their place at the year ending championships in Singapore. Hopefuls Roberta Vinci, and Lucie Safarova have already lost this week, whilst Caroline Wozniacki continues her bid.

 

 

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Fabio Fognini To Undergo Arthroscopic Surgery On Both Ankles

Fabio Fognini is to have surgery on both ankles as he aims to extend his tennis career when the ATP Tour returns.

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Fabio Fognini will undergo Arthroscopic surgery on both ankles in Italy today after re-injuring them in training. 

 

The Italian took to social media to announce that he will have the surgery on both his ankles immediately as he looks to take advantage of Tennis’ hiatus.

In the post Fognini revealed that this is not a new problem he has been suffering from, “I’ve been having a problem with my left ankle for three and a half years now, it’s an issue I’ve learned to cope with,” Fognini explained.

“Then my right ankle started playing up in the past two years as well. I had hoped the various issues would go away during my two months break from the game because of the lockdown but, when I resumed training they were still there. 

“After medical examination and a long discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery on both ankles. I believe it is the right thing to do while the tour is on this enforced break.”

This is big news for the Italian, who is now 33 years-old and with his time on the tour running out this is a big risk but a risk worth taking in order to increase his longevity.

The timing couldn’t have been better for the world number 11 as he looks to take advantage of the hiatus in the tennis calendar and get himself fully ready for the 2021 season.

Since turning pro 16 years ago, Fognini has won 9 ATP singles titles and been a grand slam champion in doubles with his flamboyant style remaining consistent over the years and will look to continue this form after surgery.

Meanwhile a decision on the US Open is expected to be made in the next couple of weeks as the tournament organisers are hoping to still hold the tournament on the 31st of August.

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Andy Murray To Return To Action Next Month In Six-Day Tournament Organized By Brother Jamie

A date has been confirmed for when the three-time grand slam champion will return to competitive tennis following his injury-related absence.

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Former world No.1 Andy Murray will be one of the headline acts at a all-British tennis tournament set to take place in Roehampton next month.

 

The ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits’ is a six-day event that features some of the country’s top players. Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans and organiser Jamie Murray are also set to take part. The tournament, which aims to raise at least £100,000 for the NHS, will feature both doubles and singles matches. It has also managed to secure a broadcast deal with Amazon Prime agreeing to screen the tournament live.

“The last few months have been incredibly challenging times for everyone and we see this event as our way of giving back,” Jamie Murray told the Associated Press.
“A lot of work has gone in to make sure this could happen and we are very excited to be able to bring an action-packed week of tennis, while raising valuable funds for NHS heroes to say thank you for the amazing work they have done.”

Next month’s event should provide tennis fans with a glimpse of Andy’s current fitness following his break from the sport in recent time. The three-time grand slam champion last played a competitive match in the Davis Cup finals last November and has been sidelined from action since then due to pelvic bruising. Last year he underwent hip resurfacing surgery before returning to action and winning the European Open in October. During an Instagram Live chat with Rafael Nadal on April 20th he said he physically ‘felt pretty good’ without going into specifics.

“I’m really excited to be putting on Schroders Battle of the Brits and for the first time bringing together the current generation of British male players to compete against one another while raising significant funds for charity,” Brother Jamie said.
“I am particularly grateful to our broadcast partner here in the UK, Amazon Prime Video, for enabling this event to happen.”

Scott Lloyd, who is the CEO of the Lawn Tennis Asscoiation, has said he and his team are working closely with Jamie Murray regarding the upcoming event.

“The LTA is looking forward to bringing tennis back into people’s lives this summer and are excited about events like this inspiring fans to get involved in our sport and pick up a racket,” Lloyd said in a statement

Recently the LTA announced that they are launching the British Tour during July which will feature four tournaments taking place within as many weeks. Those events will be open to the country’s 16 highest ranked players in the men’s and women’s game with prize money also up for grabs.

The Schroders Battle of the Brits will take place between June 23 to 28.

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Roger Federer Sends Retirement Message To Controversial Broadcaster But Did He Know Him?

Was this something the world No.4 personally wanted to do or was it just a massive publicity stunt?

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When Roger Federer and his PR team sent a video message to a 79-year-old Australian broadcaster they never anticipated the backlash it would attract.

 

The 20-time grand slam champion was one of a series of top names to pay tribute to Alan Jones. A former national rugby coach who has recently announced he is stepping down from his media commitments due to health reasons. During an interview with Sky News Australia, which he works for, Jones was shown a video of Federer wishing him well for the future.

“Alan, it’s Roger here. I wanted to wish you all the very best for what’s to come, and many congratulations on an amazing 35-year career in the media business,” Federer said.
“Take care and all the best.”

Federer wasn’t the only person to send their well wishes. Others include athletics great Usian Bolt and Lleyton Hewitt, who hailed Jones for the support he has received over the years. However, it is a little bit more complex than that for Federer.

In his home country Jones is a renowned but controversial figure who has been in trouble numerous times. He has been accused of sexism against a series of top female officials. One of the most notable being back in 2012 when he said the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard was a liar and her father ‘died of shame.’ He was involved in the cash for comment scandal back in 1999, which uncovered that a series of radio hosts was paid to say favourable stuff about certain companies. In another incident he suggested that Scott Morrison should “shove a sock down the throat” of the New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, and that she should be “backhanded”.

In the aftermath of the backlash, it has since emerged that Federer’s video has been removed from Jones’ Instagram account as well as the 2GB website, which is the radio station the broadcaster also works for. Although an archive copy of it can be seen here. It is unclear if that action was done due to the backlash or if it was due to a request from Federer’s team.

It is unclear as to how familiar Federer is with Jones or if the two have even met in person. UbiTennis tried to find online evidence of the two at least talking at some stage over the past 10 years and was unable to find a single news source that mentioned this. The only reference that involves the two was back in 2011 when Jones said cricketer Nathan Bracken was the ‘Roger Federer of one day cricket.’  Hardly proof of the two being friends or even acquaintances at some point.

The video from Federer was secured by James Willis, who is the producer of Jones’ show. Although it is unclear as to how he went about it and how much the Swiss maestro actually knew about the person he sent it to. A somewhat confusing and bizarre situation for the tennis great.

Transcript of Jones’ reaction to Federer’s message whilst live on 2GB.

Willis: Last Friday I managed to secure a farewell from Usain Bolt for you. I may have gone one better, with the greatest tennis player in the modern era. Here we go.
[message from Federer plays]
Willis: That’s not bad. come one, Usain Bolt last Friday, Roger…
Jones: Shut up
Willis: I’ve got one more. How can I outdo that? any requests?
Jones: [laughing]
[both laughing]
Jones: Oh dear, Riley, save me will you? Goodness me.
Willis: Play it again
Jones: Yeah play it again
[message plays]
Jones: Isn’t that lovely. a lovely human being. We could tell a few stories there I could tell you…
Source – https://ketanjoshi.co

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