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Serena Williams Bids To Return To Winning Ways As She Targets Olympic Glory



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The start to the 2016 season has already seen glimmers of triumph and despair for world No.1 Serena Williams.


The American’s start to the year saw her withdraw from the Hopman Cup due to a left knee injury. As the doubts about Williams’ form continued, she reaffirmed her dominance in the game with a run to the final of the Australian Open without dropping a set. She was unable to complete her fairytale return to the main stage of tennis after being outplayed by a flawless Angelique Kerber in the final. Since her loss in Melbourne Williams hasn’t played a match on the WTA Tour after being sidelined from action due to illness.

The 34-year-old will return to  action at the BNP Paribas Open next week where she will be hoping to claim her first title since the Cincinnati Open last August. Speaking about her Melbourne final against  Kerber, the 21-time Grand Slam champion hopes to use the loss as motivation for her.

“Whenever I lose, it definitely motivates me to do better,” Williams told Reuters.
“There’s a lot from that match (in Australia) that I feel like I can improve on and do a lot better. Hopefully I will achieve that this year.”

There is a busy year ahead for Williams, who will be defending her titles at the French Open and Wimbledon championships. She is also targeting success at the Rio Olympics in August. The American has an outstanding record in the Olympic Games with a quartet of gold medals (three from doubles and one from singles). Looking ahead to the games, the 34-year-old admitted that she wouldn’t be ‘playing as much’ in the week’s prior to the event to get herself prepared for the event.

“Tennis players never really thought about winning the Olympics, you grew up thinking about winning grand slams but now, with tennis in the Olympics, of course you think about it,” the world No.1 said.
“The Olympics have had such a big impact on everyone. It (the August Games) will probably affect my schedule a little bit and I probably won’t be playing as much because I will be in Rio. I am really looking forward to it.”

Williams also spoke about the potential Zika Virus threat at the Olympics. Admitting that it is something that she is worried about, the world No.1 said that wanted to read more about it. She is the latest player to speak about the virus. At the Rio Open, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal dismissed the concerns.

Serena Williams 2016 Schedule

03/09/16 – 03/19/16 Indian Wells

03/20/16 – 03/31/16 Miami

05/02/16 -o 5/08/16 Madrid

05/09/16 – 05/15/16 Rome

05/23/16 – 06/05/16 Roland Garros

06/27/16 – 07/10/16 Wimbledon

07/25/16 – 07/31/16 Montreal

08/06/16 – 08/14/16 Olympic Games in Rio

08/28/16 – 09/11/16 US Open

09/26/16 – 10/02/16 Wuhan

10/03/16 – 10/09/16 Beijing

10/24/16 -10/30/16 Singapore


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Andrey Rublev wins opening match of the Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel



This year’s Doha and Adelaide Andrey Rublev rallied from losing the first set to beat Jan-Lennard Struff 3-6 6-4 15-13 in the opening match of the Thiem’s 7 exhibition tournament in Kitzbuhel.


Struff broke Rublev in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Rublev broke straight back, but Struff earned another break to clinch the first set 6-3. There were only two break points in the second set. Rublev earned the crucial break to win the second set 6-4 forcing the match to the decisive super tie-break. Rublev earned two match points at 9-7, but he did not convert any of them. Struff earned a match point as he was leading 10-9 and got two more chances to win the match at 12-11 and 13-12, but he did convert them. Rublev won the final three points to clinch the tie-break 15-13.

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Kitzbuhel set to host the Thiem 7 tournament



The famous Austrian alpine ski resort of Kitzbuhel hosts the exhibition tournament Thiem 7 organized by world number 3 and this year’s Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem from 7 to 11 July 2020.


The tournament features 2019 US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini, 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut, 2018 Paris Bercy champion Karen Khachanov, this year’s Doha and Adelaide champion Andrey Rublev, Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany, Casper Ruud from Norway and Dennis Novak from Austria.

The eight players were split in two groups. The Group IFA features Thiem, Rublev, Struff and Ruud. Berrettini, Bautista Agut, Khachanov and Novak have been drawn in the Soccercoin Group.

The format is similar to the ATP Finals in London. In the semifinals the respective group leaders face the group leaders of the other group.

In the third set there will be only one match tie-break up to 10. The semifinals will be held on Friday at 13.30 am and 15.00 pm.

“It’s just fantastic to be here again. I am really looking forward to seeing the other players again. Most of them, I have not met most of them since March at Indian Wells”, said Thiem.  

 During the first day four matches will be held. Rublev will play against Struff in the opening match. Thiem will open his campaign against Ruud. Berrettini will clash against Novak. Khachanov will meet Bautista Agut in the final match of the opening day.

Thiem won the Kitzbuhel ATP 250 tournament last year.

“It was the first time I saw a bit in the organization calling the players and asking if they were coming, which was a lot of fun. Of course it is also the first time in Kitzbuhel since the emotional triumph last year. My father Wolfgang is there as a sporting director and many Kitzbuhelers are behind the project”, said Dominic Thiem.  

In Kitzbuhel 500 spectators will be allowed for each session to respect all hygiene and protective measures. There are tickets for all days. There is a day and and an evening session.

“I learnt the lesson from the Adria Cup in Belgrade. The respect of all protocols will be very strict for the 500 spectators allowed in each session”, said Thiem.


Thiem will travel to Berlin for the next exhibition tournament in Berlin, which will be played on grass.


“It will be interesting because it is on the lawn”, said Thiem.


After a week off Thiem will start his preparation for next  Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the US Open.

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Roger Federer Eyeing Olympic Glory At The Age Of 39 In 2021

The Swiss tennis star isn’t ready to step away from the sport just yet.



20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has vowed to play at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo after undergoing two surgeries on his knee.


The former world No.1 hasn’t played a competitive match since his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in January. Since then he had twice undergone arthroscopic surgeries which is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to diagnose and treat problems with the joints. Federer announced shortly after having the procedure done for a second time that he will not be returning to the Tour again this year.

Despite the setbacks, the 38-year-old has vowed to return to action at the start of 2021 with Olympic glory one of his main targets. He is already a two-time Olympic medallist after winning gold in the men’s doubles back in 2008 followed by silver in the singles draw at the 2012 London Games.

“My goal is to play Tokyo 2021. It’s a wonderful city. I met my wife in my first Olympics in 2000. It’s a special event for me,” Federer said on Monday during the launch of ‘The Roger’ shoe with Swiss brand ON.
“I had two surgeries and I can’t hit at the moment, but I’m very confident I will be totally ready for 2021.
“I do miss playing in front of the fans, no doubt. Now, I think if tennis comes back we know it won’t be in a normal way where we can have full crowds yet.”

Federer will be 39 when he returns to action, but is yet to speculate as to when he may close the curtain on his record-breaking career. He is currently the second oldest man in the top 200 on the ATP Tour after Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic, who is 41.

Besides the Olympics, the Swiss Maestro is also setting his eye on Wimbledon where he has claimed the men’s title a record eight times. However, he hasn’t won a major title since the 2018 Australian Open. The Grass-court major has been cancelled this year for the first time since 1945 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Of course I miss Wimbledon, of course I would like to be there currently playing on Centre Court for a place in the second week,” he said.
“Clearly, one of my big goals, and that’s why I do recovery work every day and work so hard, and why I’m preparing for a 20-week physical preparation block this year, is because I hope to play at Wimbledon next year.”

Even though he is not playing for the rest of the year, Federer incredibly still has a chance of qualifying for the ATP Finals due to recent changes in the rankings calculations. Due to the pandemic, players are now allowed to use their best results at 18 tournaments based on a 22-month period instead of 12 months. Something that could enable him to remain inside the top eight until the end of 2020 depending on how his rivals fair.

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