Agnieszka Radwanska and Eugenie Bouchard Advance at Shenzhen Open, Petra Kvitova Retires from Tournament - UBITENNIS
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Agnieszka Radwanska and Eugenie Bouchard Advance at Shenzhen Open, Petra Kvitova Retires from Tournament

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Top seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia in just over an hour in the first round at the Shenzhen Open: 6-4, 6-3. Although the twenty-two year old Krunic is ranked 108, Radwanska did not take her opponent lightly. “It’s not going to be easy,” Radwanska said. “I’ve never played her, which is always a challenge. I saw a couple of her matches and she can play really great tennis, too. It’s not an easy one, for sure. “ The Pole, currently ranked 5, won 84% of her service points and saved all three of the breakpoints she faced while converting two of eight break opportunities. Radwanska holds 17 WTA career titles, including three titles last Fall – Tianjin, Tokyo, and the WTA Finals. Next up for Radwanska is wildcard Shuai Zhang of China who beat Russian Irina Khromacheva in straight sets: 6-3, 6-3. Radwanska has been victorious in both of their previous encounters.

Petra Kvitova, the number two seed, was forced to retire after taking the first set 6-2 from Saisai Zheng of China in their first round match.   The Czech battled mononucleosis last year. She won three titles in 2015: Sydney, Madrid, and New Haven. Kvitova also was a finalist at the WTA Finals, losing to Radwanska.

Eugenie Bouchard bested Donna Vekic of Croatia in three sets in a match that lasted almost two hours: 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. The Canadian’s ranking has dropped to 49, as she has not competed since suffering a concussion at the U.S. Open. The nineteen-year-old Vekic is currently ranked 103, although she had been ranked as high as 62 (July 2013). Bouchard will face American qualifier Nicole Gibbs in the second round. (Gibbs dismissed fellow qualifier Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic: 6-0, 6-2.) It will be their first meeting.

Qiang Wang of China upset fifth seed Johanna Konta of Great Britain in three sets: 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Vania King of the United States won over lucky loser Stefanie Voegele in straights: 7-5, 6-4.

 

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VIDEO: Rafael Nadal, Karolina Pliskova Conqueror Rome

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on the final day of action at this year’s Italian Open.

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After a week full of mayhem both on and off the court, the winners of the 2019 Italian Open have been decided.

 

Under the guidance of four-time winner Conchita Martinez, Kasrolina Pliskova claimed the women’s title. Making her the first Czech woman to triumph in Rome since 1978. Pliskova now has 13 WTA titles to her name, of which three were won on the clay.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth trophy at the Foro Italico. The Spaniard disposed of Novak Djokovic in three sets to claim his first title of 2019.

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Ubitennis looks ahead to the men’s final at this year’s Italian Open.

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Sunday will see the 54th instalment of one of the greatest rivalries of the Open Era at the Italian Masters in Rome.

 

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. Second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament this week and brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, in his semi-final match. Meanwhile, Djokovic has endured a much tougher route. The world No.1 is currently on a eight-match winning streak. In his semi-final match, he ousted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Whoever prevails at the Foro Italico will become the most decorated Masters 1000 champion in the Open Era. At present both Nadal and Djokovic have 33 Masters titles each.

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.

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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 

 

The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.

 

 

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