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Elina Svitolina defeats Coco Vandeweghe, as Barbora Strykova stuns Ana Ivanovic in Dubai



Elina Svitolina beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-4 1-6 6-2 to set up a semifinal against Sara Errani at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament. Vandeweghe led 2-0 in the third set but Svitolina came back by winning six games in a row to take the decider 6-2.


Svitolina broke serve three times in the first set, including one in the 10th game when Vandeweghe was serving to stay in the first set.

Vandeweghe fought back breaking three times in the second set to wrap it up 6-1 in 26 minutes, including one break to love in the seventh game.

In the third set Vandeweghe broke in the second game to take a 2-0 lead, as Svitolina could not hold her serve from 40-love. Svitolina broke back in the next game.

Svitolina got another break in the fifth game, as Vandeweghe hit a double fault on the break point. The Ukrainian player got her third break of serve in the seventh game of the decider to complete the fightback from 0-2 to 5-2. Svitolina faced two break points as she was serving for the set. She brought up the match point with a crosscourt top-spin forehand and converted it as Vandeweghe hit her return into the net.

“I had a good start then I was struggling a bit. I think it was something in my mind. I was just somewhere not on the court but I was really happy that I could find a way to start the third set well. I was 2-0 down but I still felt that I was getting there”, said Svitolina.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian player announced earlier this month that former world number 1 player and seven Grand Slam champion Justine Henin had joined her training team as a consultant.

“My coach focuses more on the technical. Justine is more on the mental side. She is sharing her experience from when she was a player. Of course my coach is looking from a different side. That’s why it’s so important for me”, said Svitolina.

Barbora Strykova stunned Ana Ivanovic 7-6 6-3 setting up a semifinal against Caroline Garcia. Ivanovic started with a service game to love but she made 32 unforced errors. The first set came down to tie-break after both players traded breaks in the first set.

Strykova was the first to break in the third game of the opening set to take a 2-1 lead. The Czech player built up a 4-2 lead. Ivanovic broke back at deuce to draw level to 4-4 before winning her third game in a row to take a 5-4 lead. The first set came down to the tie-break. Ivanovic built up a 5-3 but she made a double fault to allow Strykova to recover from the deficit. Strykova won four consecutive points to win the tie-break by 7-5.

Ivanovic started the second set with a break to love but Strykova broke straight back to love. Ivanovic trailed 2-4 in the decider. She recovered when she managed to break back in the seventh game. Strykova got another break to open up a 5-3 lead before serving out on the first of her three match points to clinch her first ever win over Ivanovic. The Czech player lost her three previous matches against the Serbian player in straight sets. Ivanovic had never lost most than three games in a set against Strykova.

“I believed in myself. I was 5-3 down in the tiebreaker and I was playing a little bit like I didn’t believe that I can do it. I played very well the last four balls. That gave me so much confidence for the second set. It has been a good match for me because she is such a big champion and a big player hitting the ball really har. I am happy with my performance today”, said Strykova.

Strykova leads 3-1 in her previous head-to-head matches against her semifinal rival Caroline Garcia and won their last match last month at the Australian Open. By reaching the semifinal at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Tournament Strykova has broken into the top 40.

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Asian Games Champion Qinwen Zheng Reveals Shock Departure Of Coach Fissette



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China’s Qinwen Zheng says she feels ‘hurt’ by the decision of her former coach to end their collaboration in order to work with another player. 


The US Open quarter-finalist had been working with Belgium’s Wim Fissette in recent weeks following the departure of Pere Riba who is now the coach of Coco Gauff. Fissette has a wealth of experience in women’s tennis after working with the likes of Kim Clijsters and Naomi Osaka. However, Zheng says she is now looking for a new mentor.

“I understand his decision, but my family and I feel hurt. Right now I don’t want to talk about this person (Fissette),’ journalist Bendou Zhang quoted her as saying. 

Fissette is yet to comment on his departure. He had previously coached former world No.1 Osaka between 2019-2022 and during this period she won two of her four Grand Slam titles. The American-based Japanese player is on maternity leave from the sport and gave birth to her first child in July.

20-year-old Zheng is currently ranked 23rd in the world and won her maiden WTA title in Palermo earlier this year. She is the youngest player from her country to have reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam in the Open Era following her run at Flushing Medows. This year she has beaten top 10 players Ons Jabeur and Daria Kasatkina. 

Zheng’s latest career milestone is winning gold at the Asian Games on Friday. in the final, she defeated Zhu Lin 6-2, 6-4, in the blistering Hangzhou heat.

“The feeling was incredible,” Zheng said. “I’m really happy about that. That was not an easy match today and also yesterday (in semifinal against Alex Eala). All of them are good fighters.”

It is not clear who Zheng will be working with during the Asian swing. 

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Daria Kasatkina Criticises Decision To Not Use Roof At Sweltering Pan Pacific Open



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Daria Kasatkina has taken a swipe at organizers at the Toray Pan Pacific Open for not using the roof to cover their premier court on Thursday due to the heat. 


The Russian played her second round match against Despina Papamichail in temperatures around 30 degrees with the humidity making it feel even warmer. Kasatkina battled to a 6-4, 6-4, win after spending more than two hours on the court. She dropped serve four times in the match but managed to break Papamichail seven times en route to victory. 

Speaking on the court following his latest tour win, the world No.13 admitted that she struggled in the conditions and implied that she believed the roof should have been closed to shield the players from the sun. Tokyo, which is where the tournament is staged, has experienced a record-breaking number of ‘extremely hot’ days this year with their autumn season being warmer than usual. Something that some warn could be a more regular occurrence due to climate change.

“We cannot do much about it. We are using the ice towels and some supplements to keep you hydrated. By at the end, you cannot fight with something you cannot control,” Kasatkina commented on the conditions during her on-court interview.
“I think in these kinds of conditions, if you have a roof, better maybe to close it. If you have these opportunities, better to use it than to make players almost die on the field.” She added. 

Kasatkina is through to her seventh Tour quarter-final of the season. Awaiting her in the next round will be second seed Jessica Pegula who beat Spain’s Cristina Bucșa 6-1, 6-2, in her second round match on Wednesday. It will be only the second Tour meeting between the two players and their first on a hard court. 

Elsewhere in Tokyo, another player to reach the last eight in France’s Caroline Garcia who beat Anhelina Kahlinina 6-4, 6-3. Meanwhile, Anastasia Pavlychenkova defeated Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. 

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Barbora Krejcikova Does The Double In San Jose



After what has been a challenging past few weeks on the Tour, Barbora Krejcikova has returned to the winner’s circle by claiming both the singles and doubles titles at the San Diego Open. 


The world No.13 battled to a marathon 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, win over Sofia Kenin in what was a clash of the former Grand Slam champions. Krejcikova was pushed to her limits throughout the two-and-a-half-hour clash with there being no break in the decider until the final game. It is the second singles title the Czech has won on the WTA Tour this season after Dubai and her seventh overall. 

“Normally I wouldn’t be here,” said Krejcikova, who received a wild card to play in the tournament “I really want to thank them (the tournament organisers). It was very special. I really enjoyed my stay here.”

Krejcikova’s run to the trophy has also seen her score wins over Beatriz Haddad Maia and Danielle Collins earlier in the week. She is the first player from her country to win the tournament. 

Following on from that triumph, the 27-year-old then clinched the doubles title alongside compatriot Katerina Siniakova. The duo beat Collins and Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-4.

Krejcikova came into San Jose on a four-match losing streak which started at Wimbledon where she was forced to withdraw from her secound round clash due to a left leg injury. 

“I came here with not really good statistics after my injury, I didn’t actually win any matches,” she said. “So I just came here and I pretty much was hoping and believing that I could get the first win and go from there. It’s pretty special to be sitting here having won [the title].”

It is only the second time in Krejcikova’s career that she has won both the singles and doubles titles at the same event. The first time she did so was at the 2021 French Open where her partner in the doubles was also Siniakova.

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