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Lucie Hradecka overcomes Eugenie Bouchard in Miami first round



Lucie Hradecka overcame Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 3-6 6-2. Bouchard held her service game to love but won just six points in the next five games. Hradecka pulled away to a 5-1 lead after winning 100 percent of her first serve points in the first seven games. Bouchard fought back by winning the next three games to claw her way back to 4-5.


Bouchard, who reached the finals in Hobart and Kuala Lumpur, broke serve to take a 4-1 lead and held her next service games to clinch the second set 6-3 on her first set point.

Both players held their service games in the first five games. Bouchard saved the only break point in the first five games with a service winner. Hradecka survived long games on serve in the third set before breaking serve on her first opportunity in the sixth game at 3-2 for Hradecka, as Bouchard made a double fault on the break point. Hradecka held her service games before converting her third match point with her backhand after 1 hour and 50 minutes. Hradecka will take on this year’s St.Petersburg winner Roberta Vinci who was forced to withdraw in Indian Wells when she was a set and a break down against Magdalena Rybarikova due to a left foot injury. Vinci leads 4-0 in her head-to-head matches against Hradecka.

Caroline Garcia fought back from a set down to beat Mirjana Lucic Baroni 2-6 6-1 6-3 in the second match on the Grandstand. Baroni got a double break to cruise to a 4-0 lead en route to winning the first set 6-2 in 33 minutes. Garcia fought back breaking at the start of the second set to take a 3-1 lead. Lucic Baroni dropped serve three times and made 12 unforced errors to drop the second set 6-1. The third set went on serve until Garcia led 4-3. The French player got the decisive break in the 8th game to close out the match in 1 hours and 47 minutes setting up a second round match against Andrea Petkovic.

Another French player Alizé Cornet beat Galina Voskoboeva 6-4 7-5 setting up a second round match against Agnieszka Radwanska. Cornet, who was sidelined by a back injury. There were 10 breaks of serve. Both players early in the opening set but Cornet got the break to take the 4-2 and held her service games to clinch the first set 6-4. Cornet closed out the second set on her second match point to take her first win since the Australian Open.

“I am just happy to be healthy and to move again and to enjoy playing tennis. I think the injury gave me a good lesson and I really appreciate even more my time on court now”, said Cornet.

Irina Falconi beat this year’s Rio de Janeiro winner Francesca Schiavone 7-5 6-1. Schiavone got an early break at the start of the first set to take a 2-1 lead but Falconi broke straight back in the next game. The US player won three consecutive games en route to breaking serve again at 4-2 before saving three break point chances in the seventh game. Schiavone won three consecutive games to draw level to 5-5 with a break-back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Falconi recovered from 0-30 at 6-5 to break serve at deuce and clinched the first set 7-5.

Schiavone started the second with a break but Falconi fought back by winning six consecutive games to clinch the second set.

Heather Watson breezed aside Petra Cetkovska 6-1 6-0 in 47 minutes. Cetkovska is making her come-back after being sidelined by injury problems for the past two years.

Yanina Wickmayer cruised past Karin Knapp 6-2 6-1. Knapp broke back in the second game but dropped her serve in the third and the seventh games to lose the first set 6-2. Wickmayer broke serve in the first game of the second set. Knapp missed a break-back chance in the second game but Wickmayer broke twice more in the fifth and in the seventh games to cruise to 6-1.

Dominika Cibulkova rallied from a set down to clinch her third consecutive win over Johanna Larsson 4-6 6-1 6-2 to set up a second round against Garbine Muguruza.

Christina McHale overcame a second set loss to edge past Misaki Doi 6-2 4-6 7-5. Vania King beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4 6-4 to set up a second round match against Caroline Wozniacki.

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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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