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) Day 8 At The ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev Downs Weary Djokovic

Ubitennis looks back on the year-end finale that took place.

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Alexander Zverev has ended Novak Djokovic’s run at the O2 to win the biggest title of his career. The 21-year-old was the fresher and stronger out of the two contesting the final at the O2 Arena in London. Following their match, Djokovic openly backed the German to one day break his record in terms of titles won. Something Zverev was quick to downplay.


 

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‘If You Win a Grand Slam, It’s A Good Season’ – Roger Federer On 2018 And His Off-Season Goals

The Swiss player has named two improvements he would like to make to his game ahead of the next season.

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20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is contempt with his performance this year despite experiencing a slight dip in form during the second half.

The 37-year-old officially ended his season on Saturday after bowing out in straight sets to Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in London. This year the Swiss player has won four titles on the tour, including the Australian Open in January. Overall, he has achieved a win-loss record of 48-10.

“(Pete) Sampras once upon a time said, ‘If you win a slam, it’s a good season.’” Reflected Federer, who held the world No.1 ranking for a total of eight weeks during 2018.
“So started great. I played super well in Australia again. So obviously I can’t wait to go back there in a couple of months.”

Despite the success, he has also suffered his share of disappointment. Prior to his last tournament of the year, Federer had only won two out of six matches against top 10 players. He also suffered a surprise loss to Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon before falling in the fourth round at the US Open. Making it the first time he has only reached one grand slam semi-final out of four since 2013.

“The second half of the season could have been better maybe.” Admitted Federer. “I also have high hopes to always do well. So I’m happy I gave myself opportunities again in that second half of the season.”
“I maybe lost a couple too close matches that could have changed things around for me a little bit.” He added.

Work to be done in the off-season

Fortunately, the positives overweight the negatives for the Swiss veteran, who is the oldest player currently in the world’s top 100. In September he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut on the ATP Tour at the Grand Prix de Tennis de Toulouse in France.

“I’m very proud that at 37 I’m still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match if I take a step back, I’m actually very happy about the season.” He told reporters after his loss to Zverev on Saturday.

Federer will now embark upon the off-season where he is expected to conduct his usual preparation in Dubai. During a recent interview with newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, he has outlined two areas of his game that he wants to improve on. His forehand and his play at the net.

“As far as tennis is concerned, I would like to find my way back to the net more often,” he said.
“And of course I want to whip the forehand right again.
“Then there is the condition training with Pierre (Paganini).
“Of course, deciding whether to play on clay or not has an impact on the training program.”

Federer will return to action at the Hopman Cup, which will get underway on December 29th.

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(VIDEO) Day 7 At The ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic Shines, But Roger Federer Stumbles

Ubitennis reflects on a somewhat mixed semi-final day at the season-ending championships.

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There will not be a dream Djokovic-Federer showdown at the ATP Finals on Sunday after two very contrasting semi-finals.

Roger Federer was sent crashing out of the tournament following a sensational performance by Alexander Zverev. Zverev’s triumph had a bitter taste after his match concluded in controversy when he stopped during a rally after noticing a ball boy dropping a ball. Prompting backlash from the crowd and a big debate in the London capital.

In the other semifinal, Novak Djokovic produced a near-perfect performance against a sluggish Kevin Anderson, who leaked 33 unforced errors. Djokovic heads in the final without dropping his serve in the entire tournament.

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