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Challenger Tour: Blake Mott downs Stephane Robert, Matthew Barton’s run ends in Launceston

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Blake Mott scored a good upset in the quarter-finals against Stephane Robert (Image via Zimbio.com)

There is a chance of the Launceston Challenger final being contested by two representatives from the home nation, as both teenager Blake Mott and former Wimbledon junior Champion Luke Saville won their quarter-finals.

Mott scored a massive upset over in-form Stephane Robert, defeating the French veteran 6-3, 7-6. Mott edged both sets, breaking once in the first, before the men traded four breaks en route to a second set tiebreak. Mott landed more first serves, and won more points on that wing than Robert, which was probably the key difference in the match.

Mott will face third seed Saketh Myneni in the semi-finals after the Indian beat Benjamin Mitchell 6-4, 6-2. Despite Mitchell being favoured by many pre-match, Myneni gave a lesson in break point conversion, breaking Mitchell six times from six opportunities.

In the bottom section of the draw, Luke Saville defeated Alex Bolt 6-3, 7-6. Saville broke three times in the first set, but Bolt fought viciously in the second, fending off five out of six break points, and secured one of his own to ensure a tiebreak would decide the set. The tiebreak went to the form of the match though, as Saville quickly raced away winning seven-two.

Saville’s opponent will be Andrey Golubev. The Kazakh is trying to return to a Top 100 ranking, though even victory in this tournament would not achieve that just yet. He is still in the running however, and deserves credit for negotiating a Matthew Barton in very good form 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Golubev took advantage of erratic serving from Barton in sets one (37% first serve) and three (47%). In set two when Barton managed a more respectable record (62%) he was not broken.

Semi-finals match-ups and picks (in bold):

Blake Mott vs Saketh Myneni: Many had favoured Mitchell against Myneni in the last round, but the Indian showed why he was seeded, winning through in straight sets. Mott had a fairly easy road to the quarter-finals, only facing qualifiers, but deserves credit for the way he defeated Robert. Myneni though is not a veteran, but a player in the middle of his career, and should be playing a level above Mott.

Luke Saville vs Andrey Golubev: Both these players have pedigree. For Golubev, his former Top 50 ranking suggests he is better than just playing regular Challengers, and at twenty-eight has every chance of rejoining the elite. Saville’s pedigree has largely been limited to a successful junior career that saw him win Junior Wimbledon. Saville’s record on hard-courts in distinctly average and Golubev has experience against a far higher calibre of player.

 

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Why Newly Married Elina Svitolina Has No Plans To Change Her Surname

The Ukrainian explains why she isn’t using her husband’s surname of Monfils just yet as she books her place in the third round at Tokyo 2020.

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Just over a week ago Elina Svitolina tied the knot with her long-time partner Gael Monfils at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Shortly after the world No.6 took to social media and changed her name on Twitter to Elina Monfils as part of the tradition that the woman takes on the man’s name once they are married. As a consequence, various websites started to identify the Ukrainian under that name. Although she would rather that they don’t do such a thing.

“I don’t know why they changed my surname. Maybe they saw that I had changed it on my social networks,” Svitolina told BTU.
“I’m going to play as Svitolina till the very end of my professional career and will change it only after retirement.”

Svitolina explains she believes it is better if all of her achievements are made under the same name instead of two. So far in her career she has won 15 WTA titles, reached two Grand Slam semi-finals and has earned more than $20.5M in prize money.

I had numerous achievements and people know me as Svitolina. My father would be upset if I changed the surname and played as Monfils,” she joked.
“I am proud to be Svitolina and my tennis career will always be connected with this surname.”

Over the coming week the 26-year-old is hoping to add an Olympic medal to her resume. On Monday Svitolina survived a stern scare after coming back from a set down to defeat Ajla Tomljanović 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and move into the third round of the tournament. Her win came on the day where there were shocks galore in the women’s draw with seeds Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova all crashing out.

Svitolina will play Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the next round whom she has lost to in two out of their three previous meetings.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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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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