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Delighted Roberta Vinci Battles Past Jelena Jankovic In Brisbane

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Roberta Vinci in action against Jelena Jankovic at the 2016 Brisbane International. (image via Matt Robers/Zimbio.com)

Roberta Vinci endured a tough opening match in Brisbane against Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic as she recovered from a set down to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

 

The eighth seed started the match unconvincingly as she struggled at times to get a first serve in. Throughout the opening set the Italian managed to get just 45% of her first serves in. The low first serve percentage played into the hands of Jankovic, who was able to attack the slower second serve. This resulted in the Serbian breaking Vinci three times during the opening set to take it after only 30 minutes.

Vinci could of been in danger of losing the match when she faced a break point in the first game of the second set. This time, she successfully fended off Jankovic before breaking the Serbian for the first time in the match a couple games later. Leading the set 4-2, both players then encountered a marathon game which consisted of seven deuces. As Jankovic served, it was Vinci’s turn to apply the pressure on her opponent. After failing to convert five break points in the marathon game, Vinci finally broke with her sixth to extend her lead in the set as a decider approached.

At the most crucial time in the match, Vinci was finally able to find her first serve, increasing from 47% in set two to 59% in the decider. The increase in the percentage aided her to fend off four break points during three of her service games. The crucial break in occurred during the fifth game of the final set. A poor service game from the Serbian, consisting of three consecutive unforced errors, handed Vinci the break to lead for the first time in the match. The poor game from Jankovic was fatal to her chances in the match as Vinci held her service to take the win after two hours and 17 minutes on the Brisbane court.

Vinci will now play in the second round of the tournament for the fourth time in her career, facing former Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova. Following her win, a  delighted Vinci labelled her first round win as the best start the season in her entire career.

“It was a tough match against a great player, I probably won only one or two times against her in the past. It was a good match for both of us, a great way to start the season. Every year in Australia, I don’t play so good, so this time something has changed. This is probably my best first match of the year ever”. She said.

At 32-year-old Vinci is becoming a Veteran on the tour, however, she isn’t allowing her age  to be a factor in her game.

I’m not young, but I’m feeling good. And now I’m focusing on 2016. Serena is 34, also Flavia won US Open last year. There are examples.”  Vinci said after her triumph.

Elsewhere at the tournament Carla Suarez Navarro dropped just three games during her 6-1, 6-2, win against Croatian world No.65 Ajla Tomljanović. In the second round, the Spanish sixth seed will play home favorite Sam Stosur after she defeated Jana Čepelová 6-4, 3-6,6-3. The Australian trailed 0-3 in the final set to the qualifier before winning six out of the next seven games to move to the second round.

Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic produced an impressive display in her 6-1, 6-2, win over Italian world No.20 Sara Errani. Bencic dominated throughout the match, winning 68% of the match points (56/82). In the next round, she will play American qualifier Samantha Crawford after she defeated Australian wildcard Priscilla Hon (6-4, 6-4) in her first round match.

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Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest ever champion at ATP Tour level since Kei Nishikori in 2008

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Carlos Alcaraz beat Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-2 in the final of the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag becoming the youngest ever champion at ATP Tour level since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori in Delray Beach in 2008 and the youngest Spanish ATP Tour champion since RafaelNadal in Sopot 2004. 

 

Alcaraz earned his first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead with an inside-in forehand winner and he never looked back by holding his next service games. The Spanish teenager broke serve in the third game as Gasquet made a double fault. Alcaraz converted his third break point in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Gasquet earned three break points but he was not able to convert them. 

“I had a lot of good moments in this tournament. I beat five great tennis players. I think that I grew up a lot in this tournament and  I keep a lot of experience from this tournament. It’s going to be useful for the future”, said Alcaraz. 

Gasquet was aiming to win his first ATP Tour title since s’Hertogenbosch in 2018. 

“It was tough for me to play with his full intensity. I had a tough match yesterday. It was tough, and especially with a guy like Carlos, who is playing really fast with a lot of energy and spin. He is playing unbeievable. He is only 18 and of course he had a great future and Ijust could not play at his level and his intensity”, said Gasquet. 

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches the semifinal in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz edged past third seed Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-1 after 2 hours and 18 minutes to reach his second tour-level semifinal at the Playa Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the second youngest semifinalist in Umag tournament history. Nadal was the only player who reached the semifinal in Umag at a younger age. Nadal achieved this feat at the age of 17. 

Alcaraz broke serve in the fourth game at deuce to open up a 4-1 lead. Krajinovic broke back in the seventh game to claw his way back to 3-4. Both players traded breaks in the eighth and ninth games and held their next service games en route to the tie-break. Alcaraz earned four mini-breaks to take a 7-3 lead. 

Krajinovic broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the second set 6-2. Alcaraz got three breaks to claim the third set 6-1. The Spaniard attacked a second serve on break point in his first return game of the third set and hit a forehand volley to earn the break. Alcaraz did no drop his serve in his next service games to set up a semifinal against his compatriot Albert Ramos Vinolas, who cruised past Stefano Travaglia 6-1 6-1 after 68 minutes. Ramos Vinolas went up a 2-0 lead with an early break. Travaglia broke straight back in the third game. Ramos Vinolas broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to win the second set 6-2. 

The Spaniard earned two more breaks in the second and sixth games to claim the third set 6-2. 

Richard Gasquet edged past Damir Dzumhur 6-3 7-6 (9-7). Gasquet fended off a break point in the opening game before breaking serve in the second game. Dzumhur earned another break point in the fifth game but Gasquet saved it to open up a 4-1 lead. Gasquet served out for the first set in the ninth game. 

The Frenchman broke Dzumhur in the third game to take a 2-1 lead and earned a chance for the double break, but Dzumhur saved three break points to claw his way back to 3-4.

Gasquet was not able to convert any of his three break points in the seventh game and Dzumhur broke back in the eighth game. 

Gasquet broke serve in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead, but he was no able to serve out for the match in the 10th game. Gasquet earned a chance to get another break in the 11th game, but Dzumhur saved two break points to take a 6-5 lead. 

Gasquet served out the 12th game to force a tie-break. Gasquet converted his third match point to reach the semifinal. 

Gasquet set up a semifinal clash against Daniel Altmeier, who beat Dusan Lajovic 6-2 6-3. Gasquet has become the oldest semifinal in the tournament’s 31-year history behind Paolo Lorenzi, who reached the 2017 semifinal. 

“I started well. I could not manage to break him at 4-2 in the second set and then I struggled a little bit on my serve. It was tough, but I fought a lot to finish the match in the second set. It was a great tie-break and important to win. I need to be physically ready to go further, as I try to reach the final”, said Gasquet. 

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Astra Sharma beats Natalya Vikhlyantseva to reach the quarter final in Palermo

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Astra Sharma beat Natalya Vikhlyantseva 6-4 7-5 at the Ladies Open in Palermo to reach the quarter finals for the first time since her Charleston title. 

 

Vikhlyantseva made 11 double faults, including six in the second set. Sharma came back from 0-4 down by winning six consecutive game to take the first set 6-4. The Australian player was broken back, when she was serving for the match. 

Sharma set up a quarter final against Danielle Collins, who beat Maddison Inglis from Australia 6-4 6-1 after 1 hour and 20 minutes. Sharma has never met Collins before. 

After three trades of break Collins broke serve at love in the 10th game to win the first set 6-4. Collins broke twice in the first and sixth games to win the second set 6-1. 

Olga Danilovic beat Katarina Zavatska 7-6 (7-4) 7-5. Both players traded breaks twice in the first set en route to the tie-break. Danilovic won a tight tieak with three mini-breaks. Zavatska went up a break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Danilovic broke straight back in the sixth game. The next games went on serve until the 12th game when Danillovic got the decisive break to win the second set 7-5. 

Lucia Bronzetti beat 2011 US Open Junior champion Grace Min 6-3 6-1. Bronzetti broke serve in the second game of the first set to take a 2-0 lead. Min broke straight back in the third game. Bronzetti converted her third break point in the eighth game to win the first set 6-3. 

Bronzetti went up a 3-0 lead with two breaks after two very long games. Min pulled back one break back in the fourth game, but Bronzetti earned two breaks in the fifth and seventh games to win the second set 6-1. 

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