Irina-Camelia Begu, Zarina Diyas, Alison Riske, Timea Babos, Su-Wei Hsieh, Anna-Lena Friedsam and Katerina Siniakova Advance at Shenzhen Open - UBITENNIS
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Irina-Camelia Begu, Zarina Diyas, Alison Riske, Timea Babos, Su-Wei Hsieh, Anna-Lena Friedsam and Katerina Siniakova Advance at Shenzhen Open

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Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, the third seed, dismissed Lara Arruabarrena of Spain (ranked 86) in straight sets: 6-3, 6-2. Begu had seven aces, won 34% of her service points, and did not face any breakpoints in the match. The players had met twice previously with the Spaniard winning at Basted in 2014 and the Romanian winning at Marseille in 2011. Begu holds two WTA titles: the Korean Open in 2015 and the Tashkent Open in 2012,

The seventh seed, Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan (ranked 52), defeated qualifier Kai-Lin Zhang of China in two close sets: 6-4, 7-6. Diyas had a first serve percentage of 81 and converted four of six breakpoint opportunities to win the match.

American Alison Riske (ranked 97) upended 8th seed Annika Beck of Germany (ranked 58) in three sets at the Shenzhen Open: 6-7, 6-3, 6-2. After two close sets, the American was able to win 76% of her service points and 57% of her return points in the third set to take the match. Riske has one WTA title to her credit, the Tianjin Open In 2014. The American will face Su-Wei Hsieh in the next round.

Timea Babos of Hungary (ranked 70) defeated Evgeniya Rodina of Russia (ranked 87) in straight sets in their first meeting: 6-3, 6-2. Babos served up nine aces and won 78% of her first service points to take the match in just over an hour. Recently the 22-year-old Hungarian won her second WTA title in the OEC Taipei WTA Challenger in November 2015, her first title was at Monterrey in 2012. Babos reached the Wimbledon mixed doubles final (with partner Alexander Peya) in 2015 and the ladies doubles finals (with partner Kristina Mladenovic) at Wimbledon in 2014 as well.

Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei (ranked 93) bested Wildcard Ying-Ying Duan of China (ranked 118) in straight sets as well: 6-4, 7-5. Hsieh also was victorious over Duan in this tournament last year. Hsieh now holds a 4-0 record head-to-head with Duan with out dropping a set. Although Duan had nine aces in the match, she also had nine double faults. In addition, Hsieh was able to take advantage of Duan’s second serve, winning 61% of those points. Hsieh has won many doubles titles (including two Grand Slam titles) with former partner Peng Shuai. In 2012, Hsieh won two WTA singles titles: the Malaysian Open and the Guangzhou International Women’s Open. Hsieh is the highest-ranked Taiwanese women’s singles player ever.

Also advancing are Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany (ranked 95) who beat Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia (ranked 79): 6-0, 6-3, and Katerina Siniakova (ranked 102) of the Czech Republic who defeated Andreea Mitu of Romania (ranked 96): 6-3, 6-3.

Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, and Eugenie Bouchard are scheduled to play on Tuesday.

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Russia opens the Davis Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Croazia

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Russia beat defending champions from Croatia 3-0 thanks to the two singles wins of Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov on Centre Court of the Caja Magica in Madrid.

 

Rublev cruised past Borna Gojo 6-3 6-3 in the opening match before Karen Khachanov came back from one set down to beat Borna Coric 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4.

Khachanov and Rublev returned to the court to beat specialists Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to give Russia a 3-0 win.

“It was important to start well. I had some opportunities and took them. I am really happy we won this tie”, said Khachanov.

Belgium (two-time finalists) beat Colombia 2-1 on Court 3. In the opening match Davis Cup specialist Steve Darcis cruised past Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-2. David Goffin came back from one set down to beat Daniel Elahi Galan 3-6 6-3 6-3. Last week’s ATP Finals semifinalists Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah won the doubles match for the Colombian team beating Sander Gillie and Joran Vliegen 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

“The challenge was to fight against myself. It was not easy. Sometimes you have to fight. I am happy the way I fought. I did not give up. That’s the most important thing because I am playing for my country”,said Goffin.

 

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Jannik Sinner beats Antoine Hoang to reach the final in Ortisei

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Last week’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner beat Frenchman Antoine Hoang 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to reach the final at the ATP Challenger in Ortisei.

 

Sinner won the first set 6-3 with his only break in the fourth game. The Italian 18-year player went down a break to trail 1-4 in the second set, but he won three consecutive games to draw level to 4-4. Hoang earned three set points in the 12th game on Sinner’s serve, but he did not convert them. Sinner won the tie-break 7-4 with his only mini-break. Sinner is projected to improve his best ranking to world number 83 and could reach the 78th place, if he wins the Ortisei title in front of his fans.

Sinner will face Austria’s Sebastian Ofner, who beat Luca Vanni 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3). Vanni did not face any break points but he was not able to convert eight break points, including five set points in the second set.

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Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut set up doubles final against Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus at the ATP Finals

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Raven Klaasen from South Africa and Michael Venus from New Zealand battled past top-seeded players Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (12-10) 10-6 after 2 hours and 9 minutes to secure their spot in the doubles title match at the ATP Finals at the ATP Finals in London. Klaasen and Venus came back from 0-4 down and fended off two match points in the tie-break of the second set.

 

Farah and Cabal earned the first break of the match at 5-5 in the first set, when Klaasen hit a backhand volley into the net. Klaasen broke straight back at 30 in the next game to set up a tie-break. Klaasen and Venus took a 5-4 lead in the tie-break. Farah missed a forehand on Farah’s serve in the next point. Farah hit a backhand return down the line on the first set point at 6-5.

Klaasen fended off a deciding point at 1-2 in the second set. Klaasen and Venus came back from 0-4 in the tie-break of the second set by winning six of the next eight points. Cabal and Farah earned two match points in the tie-break. They did not convert their first chance at 6-7 when Venus hit a forehand volley winner. Cabal hit a forehand return down the line into the net on the second match point. Klaasen and Venus earned their fourth set point of the tie-break, when Klaasen made a double fault at 10-10 and converted it when Farah hit a forehand wide.

Klaasen and Venus reeled the first point of the Match Tie-Break and sealed their 35th win of the season, when Venus hit a smash winner.

Klaasen and Venus set up a final against Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who beat 2017 finalists Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3 7-6 (7-4) reaching their third final this year.

Herbert and Mahut did not convert their first break point, but they clinched their second chance in the sixth game to claim the opening set 6-3. Kubot and Melo got the break to take a 4-3 lead but they were not able to hold on their serve. Herbert and Mahut broke back in the eighth game to force a tie-break. The French specialists converted their second match point to secure their spot in the final.

Herbert and Mahut are bidding to win the first French team to win the ATP Finals title since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro’s title in Shanghai in 2005. In last year’s ATP Finals title match Herbert and Mahut finished runner-up to Mike Bryan and Jack Sock.

Herbert and Mahut have not lost a set in the four matches they played this week.

“It is going to be a tough battle. Klaasen and Venus played amazing in the group stage and they did a really good match today, winning the important points. It’s going to be a tough final, but we are going to try our best and give everything”, said Herbert.

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