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How Eugenie Bouchard Beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Hobart

How Eugenie Bouchard beat in straight sets Mattek-Sands in her debut match in Hobart. Details of the match.

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Math reports by Giovanni Vianello

 

 

Osaka b. Wolfe

A spectacular match opened the centre court program in Hobart today, even though it didn’t involve high ranked players. The match was between Jarmila Wolfe, an Australian Wild Card, and Naomi Osaka, born in 1997 from Japan and who came from the qualification draw. The match saw both players displaying nice strokes, with the Australian coming sometimes to the net and the Japanese hitting hard with her forehand. In the first set, Jarmila Wolfe conquered an early break and served for the set on 5-3, but was then broken. The set ended in a tie-break, which saw Wolfe wasting three set point from the score of 6-3 on, but she, in the end, won the set concluding the tie-break 8-6. In the second set Wolfe again went up of a break, but this time wasn’t able to serve for the set, Osaka counter-broke her before it could happen. The second set too finished in a tie-break, this time with the Asian prevailing 10-8 after saving two match points, with one of those on Wolfe’s serve. In the third set the quality of the match lowered a bit, especially with Wolfe starting to hit unforced errors in big quantity. Osaka went up of a break in two occasions, one on 2-1 and one on 3-2, with this last one being the deciding one. Wolfe fought until the end, saving three match points, two with her serve on 5-3 and one on Osaka’s serve, but eventually the younger Japanese prevailed 6-4.

Cibulkova b. Konta

In the second match on centre court, Dominika Cibulkova and Johanna Konta competed one against the other. Competition, though, is quite a big word, the two players looked like they challenged each other on who played worst. The match was filled up with unforced errors and double faults. In the first set, the Slovakian gained a 5-1 lead, but then lost 4 games in a row. The set finished in a tie-break, which saw Konta having 5 consecutive set-points on the 6-1 score, but incredibly Cibulkova eventually won the breaker 8-6 and so the set. In the second set Konta was twice leading with a break of advantage, but was both of the times caught by Cibulkova, who in the end broke definitively her opponent on 5-5 (with Konta having led 40-0). Cibulkova, after failing a first match point with a double fault, won the match at the second chance.

Bouchard b. Mattek-Sands

The most waited match of the day, Eugenie Bouchard against Bethanie Mattek-Sands, resulted in a delusion. The encounter saw the Canadian dominating from the beginning to the end, being always in advantage in terms of score. Bouchard looked today in bright form, certainly not the player who lost at last year’s Wimbledon first round. Mattek-Sands tried to do something by coming often to the net, especially with the serve and volley, but most of the times was passed by the brilliant Bouchard of today, who also dominated baseline rallies. Bouchard only had a little black-out while leading 3-0 in the first, when she lost her serve and let the American regain up to 2-3 down, but then won 9 out of the ten following games

Watson b. Pereira

The evening session match was between Heather Watson, from U.K. and Teliana Pereira, from Brasil. The match, after a battled start, saw the British easily winning over the Brasilian, whose game looks more effective on clay, given that she often uses high and top-spun balls. In the first set, Pereira broke Watson on the score of 1-1, but Watson immediately caught her opponent back. On 2-2, Watson struggled again on her serve, but this was the last time. On 3-2 in advantage of the British, Watson broke again the Brasilian, and this was the deciding game, since the player from that game on held their own serve and the first set ended 6-3. Heather Watson grew up in form in the second set, and Pereira didn’t seem to have a clue of what she was doing, so the set, about which there isn’t anything more to tell, finished 6-0.

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Playing Clay Events After Wimbledon Was A Mistake, Says Diego Schwartzman

The former French Open semi-finalist is seeking to win his first title since March 2021 at the Tel Aviv Open this week.

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Diego Schwartzman (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Diego Schwartzman will likely reevaluate his schedule for next year after admitting that part of his plans for this summer backfired. 

 

The world No.17 enters into the final quarter of the season with 31 wins against 22 losses on the Tour but is yet to win a title. Although he did reach back-to-back finals back in February in Argentina and Brazil. He has won two out of eight matches against top 10 opposition, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup and Felix Auger-Aliassime in Barcelona. 

Reflecting on his performance, Schwartzman admits that his decision to return to European clay after playing at Wimbledon was a mistake. He lost his second match in Gstaad to Pablo Carreno Busta and then his first in Hamburg to Emil Ruusuvori. 

“It’s difficult to play at the same level every tournament, I’ve made a bad decision playing clay tournaments after Wimbledon, I didn’t have time to rest,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference at the Tel Aviv Open. “I paid the price and had some bad losses. But I started to feel much better in USA hard court season, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who reached the final in Cincinnati and to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Now I am feeling very good, I really love playing indoor tournaments.”

The 30-year-old has headed straight to Tel Aviv from the Laver Cup where Roger Federer played the last match of his career. Despite Schwartzman’s Team World winning the title for the first time, his only contribution to the tie saw him lose 6-1, 6-2, to Tsitsipas. 

Retirement was very much the topic of conversation during the Laver Cup with others such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic questioned by reporters about their plans in the sport. As for Schwartzman, he stayed coy about how much longer he would continue playing after saying in the past he might stop at the age of 33. 

“33 — is a good age to retire, isn’t it? South Americans are in different situations compared to European players. We travel too much, and sometimes we are not coming back home for 2-3 months, while Europeans can fly home every week. It’s tough,” he said. 
“As for Roger — he’s a special player, I think he is just the greatest in our sport.”

The Argentine is seeded third this week in Israel and will begin his campaign against Arthur Rinderknech who defeated qualifier Marius Copil in his opening match. 

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Botic Van de Zandschulp beats Joao Sousa to reach the second round in Tel Aviv

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Botic Van de Zandschulp cruised past Joao Sousa 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. Van de Zandschulp won 83% of his first serve points and hit 28 winners to Sousa’s six. 

 

The Dutchman will face Liam Broady, who Serbian wild-card Hamad Medjedovic 7-5 6-3. 

Tomas Martin Etchevery edged past 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 6-4  scoring the biggest win of his career. 

Arthur Rinderknech came back from one set down to beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3. Rinderknech set up a second round against third seed Diego Schwartzman. 

Emil Ruusuvuori broke serve five times in his 6-3 6-2 win over J.J Wolf. 

Sebastian Korda beat Turkish qualifier Cem Ilkel 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Maxime Cressy. Novak Djokovic is the top seed of the Tel Aviv tournament, which returns for the first time since 2021.

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Holger Rune reaches the second round at the Sofia Open

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Danish Next Gen rising star Holger Rune edged past Tim Van Rijthoven 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (8-6) to reach the second round at the Sofia Open in his first appearance at this tournament. 

 

Both players went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Rune earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. 

The second set started with a trade of breaks in the first two games. There was little to separate both players in the next games, which went on serve en route to the tie-break. Rune saved a set point at 5-6 in the tie-break of the second set and won the final three points to close out the second set 8-6. 

Rune won his first title in Munich and reached his maiden Grand Slam quarter final at Roland Garros. 

 “I did not want to go to three sets. I had the break and led 5-2 in the second set tie-break. If it had happened, I was going to fight for sure and try to take it in three, but I am very happy to win in two. I am really working hard every day and trying to improve any small things I can. I think today I stayed very focused all the time. I lost my focus one time on serve, when maybe I should not have been broken, but other than that I am very happy with my first match. The first match is always a  bit difficult”, said Rune. 

Australia’s Alexander Vukic beat Fabio Fognini 7-6 (13-11) 7-5 after 1 hour and 11 minutes. Vukic broke serve in the fifth game to take a 4-2 lead. Fognini converted his fourth break-back point to draw level to 4-4 before saving a break point at 5-5. Fognini went up a 6-3 lead, but he wasted six set points in the tie-break. Vukic closed out the tie-break 13-11 on his third set point. 

Fognini earned a break to take a 2-1 lead. Vukic broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2 in the fourth game. Fognini lost four consecutive points from 4-5 30-0. Vukic earned the decisive break on his first match point to seal the second set 7-5. 

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