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Istanbul Cup Terrorism Fears Sparks WTA Action

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The WTA has confirmed that players scheduled to play in next months Istanbul Open are allowed to withdraw from the event and play in another due to security concerns.

The tournament faces a threat of a mass withdrawal over ongoing security concerns. Last week it was confirmed that Camila Giorgi, Irina Falconi and Lucia Hradecka have withdrawn from the tournament due to the issues. Meanwhile, on Thursday is was also confirmed that Victoria Azarenka has also withdrawn from the event due to terrorism fears. The withdrawal of Azarenka, who would have been the top seed in Istanbul, is a massive blow for the organizers.

Turkey has experienced a series of terrorist attacks during 2016. As well as experiencing attacks from the Islamic State (ISIS), the country is also engaged in an ongoing conflict with Kurdish militants. The deadliest attacks have occurred outside of Istanbul, however, the city has also suffered bloodshed. On January 12th a suicide bomber killed 12 German and one Peruvian tourists. More recently, on March 19th one Iranian, one Israeli and two Israeli-Americans were killed in another suicide bombing in the city.

At the moment Caroline Wozniacki is the top seed in this year’s Istanbul Cup. Other entrants include Lesia Tsurenko, Yania Wickmayer and Danka Kovinic.

The Istanbul Cup, which is a $250,000 event, will get underway on April 18th. The 2016 tournament will be the ninth edition of the tournament. Previous winners of the tournament include Venus Williams (2005), Caroline Wozniacki (2014) and Lesia Tsurenko (2015).

The tournament occurs the same week as the Stuttgart Open in Germany, a premier tournament. Players are allowed to quit Istanbul and play in Stuttgart, if there are vacant positions.

Earlier this year the Slovenian Fed Cup team withdrew from competition in Egypt due to security concerns about the Cairo, the host city of the competition. Like Turkey, Egypt has suffered attacks from Islamic extremists this year.

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VIDEO: Rafael Nadal, Karolina Pliskova Conqueror Rome

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on the final day of action at this year’s Italian Open.

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After a week full of mayhem both on and off the court, the winners of the 2019 Italian Open have been decided.

 

Under the guidance of four-time winner Conchita Martinez, Kasrolina Pliskova claimed the women’s title. Making her the first Czech woman to triumph in Rome since 1978. Pliskova now has 13 WTA titles to her name, of which three were won on the clay.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth trophy at the Foro Italico. The Spaniard disposed of Novak Djokovic in three sets to claim his first title of 2019.

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Ubitennis looks ahead to the men’s final at this year’s Italian Open.

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Sunday will see the 54th instalment of one of the greatest rivalries of the Open Era at the Italian Masters in Rome.

 

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. Second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament this week and brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, in his semi-final match. Meanwhile, Djokovic has endured a much tougher route. The world No.1 is currently on a eight-match winning streak. In his semi-final match, he ousted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Whoever prevails at the Foro Italico will become the most decorated Masters 1000 champion in the Open Era. At present both Nadal and Djokovic have 33 Masters titles each.

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.

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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 

 

The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.

 

 

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