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Venus Williams Defeats Alize Cornet In A Crazy Match, Kiki Bertens Outlasts Daria Kasatkina

The 9th seed Venus Williams defeated Alize Cornet of France in a match with a crazy scoreline of 7-6(5) 1-6 6-0 in 2 hours and 2 minutes. Venus will face the 8th seed Timea Bacsinszky in the Round of 16. Dutch No. 1 Kiki Bertens manage to defeat the 29th seed, Russian youngster Daria Kasatkina in the marathon match 6-2 3-6 10-8.

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The first set was very well and equally played by both players. Williams had two break points for 3-1, but didn’t manage to break Cornet. Cornet was the one with the first break, breaking to 4-3 but Williams was right on her, breaking back to 4-4. There were no more break points until the first set went into a tiebreak. Williams developed a lead of 6-3, and eventually won the tiebreak 7-5. The French crowd was cheering their champion on nonetheless, and Cornet really took off, surprising Venus with slices and drop shots. The French got two breaks and won the set 6-1. This was the first set that Cornet won against Venus Williams in her career. The American came back strong, moving and playing as if she was 10 years younger, outplaying Cornet at every turn, and winning the final set 6-0. With this match, Williams leads the head-to-head with Cornet to 6-0, losing only one set.

 

“Oh my gosh, she (Cornet) is a great competitor. We had a tough match. I had some luck on important points. Wow! I’m so pleased to get through to the next round. I love tennis. I enjoy the battle. I love competing. To do what I love every day, I couldn’t ask for more.”

Kiki Bertens got her 10th win in a row, after a title from Nurnberg as a qualifier, she went on a tear of beating opponents ranked higher than her. First the World No. 3 Angelique Kerber, then dangerous Camila Giorgi, and now the Rising Star Daria Kasatkina. After split sets, Bertens took a lead of 5-2, and at 5-3 Bertens had 5 match points, but Kasatkina broke back. Bertens eventually won the match 10-8 in the third set, after 2 hours and 48 minutes.

 

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Karolina Pliskova hires Sascha Bajin as new coach

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Former world number 1 player Karolina Pliskova has hired German coach Sasha Bajin for the upcoming 2021 season. The Czech player has split up with Daniel Vallverdu. 

 

Under the guidance of Vallverdu Pliskova has not won a single title in 2020 but she reached her second final at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, the tournament she won in 2019 beating Johanna Konta. This year she was forced to withdraw from the Rome final against Simona Halep due to an injury problem. 

Pliskova successfully defended her 2019 title in Brisbane and lost to Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova in the third round of the Australian Open and was defeated by Elena Rybakina in the quarter finals in Dubai. She lost to Ons Jabeur in Doha. In her first tournament after the suspension due to the pandemic Pliskova was beaten by Veronika Kudemertova in the second round at the Western and Southern Open in New York. At the US Open Karolina was knocked out by Caroline Garcia in the second round. 

The Czech star lost in the first round in Ostrava after winning the first set. 

Bajin parted his ways with Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska in 2020. The Ukrainian player was not happy after Bajin praised Naomi Osaka, who beat Yastremska at the US Open. 

Pliskova introduced her new coaching team to her fans on Twitter. 

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WTA will change the names of tournament categories

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The WTA will change the names of its tournament categories to be in line with ATP, according to Spanish sports newspaper Marca. 

 

The Premier Mandatory tournaments (Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Beijing) and Premier 5 tournaments (Doha, Rome, Rogers Cup in Canada, Cincinnati and Wuhan) will shift to 1000s. Premier tournaments will be renamed 500 tournaments under the new system. International events will change to 250 events. $125Ks will be renamed as 125-events. 

Points given to the winners might not be the same as the event level unlike the ATP tournaments. The WTA currently awards 1000 points, 900 points and 470 points.The WTA tournament in Madrid will extend by three days. It will be a 11-day event. 

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Elise Mertens sets up Linz final against her doubles partner Aryna Sabalenka

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Number 2 seed and two-time US Open quarter finalist Elise Mertens came back from one set down in her 2-6 6-1 7-5 win over number 4 Ekaterina Aleksandrova 2-6 6-1 7-5 after 2 hours and 5 minutes to reach the final at the Upper Austria Ladies Linz. Mertens will face Aryna Sabalenka, who beat Barbora Krejikova 7-5 4-6 6-3 in the second semifinal.

 

Mertens reached the Prague Open final, the Western and Southern Open semifinals and the US Open in a successful post-covid season. Aleksandrova beat 2020 Roland Garros Nadia Podorska 6-2 6-1 in the quarter finals. 

The Russian player won the Shenzhen Open and reached the St. Petersburg semifinal. She did not drop a set en route to the semifinals. 

The Belgian player was beaten by Aleksandrova 6-4 6-2 in their only previous clash on grass at the s’Hertogenbosch Open. 

Aleksandrova earned two breaks and served out the first set 6-2 on her first chance. Mertens went up a 4-0 lead with a double break and sealed the second set, when Aleksandrova made a backhand error. Mertens converted her fourth break point in the eighth game to seal the third set, when Aleksandrova made a backhand error. 

Mertens set up a final clash against her doubles partner Aryna Sabalenka, who battled past former Doubles world number 1 Barbora Krejikova 7-5 4-6 6-3. Sabalenka ended the year in the top 10 for the first time in her career. With a win in the final against Mertens Sabalenka would tie Simona Halep for most titles won this year. Sabalenka clinched two WTA titles earlier this season in Doha and Ostrava. The Belarusian player has not dropped a set in her three mathces this week against Jasmine Paolini, Stefanie Voegele and Oceane Dodin. 

Sabalenka and Krejikova traded breaks in the fourth and fifth games of the opening set. Sabalenka sealed the first set 7-5. Sabalenka earned an early break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Kreijikova broke back in the third game. The Czech player sealed the second set with a break at love in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4 forcing the match to the third set. Both players saved a break point in the first seven games. Krejikova came back from 0-40 down in the eighth game but Sabalenka converted her fourth break point at deuce to win the third set 6-3 on her first match point. 

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