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Gerry Weber Open – Revised Expectations

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By Cheryl Jones

 

As Robert Burns warned centuries ago in a poem, “The best laid plans of mice and men – often go askew”. That happened in Halle today when Philipp Kohlschreiber had to pull out of the Gerry Weber Open.

Yesterday, against Ivo Karlovic, he looked strong. Today, a hasty press conference was called and alas, no more for him here. He will travel to his home and have an MRI on his left hip to make certain that the treatment he is seeking will be all that is necessary to give that hip a rest before heading to Wimbledon.

He said that he had suffered a strain in the Stuttgart tournament where he eventually finished as runner-up. He had faced Dominic Thiem, (who oddly enough was supposed to be his opponent this Friday afternoon), in a two-day final that wrapped up on Monday of this week. It surely left him tired and likely numb as he waded into the fray here in Halle. He said that in the match against Karlovic he felt the strain, but with his win, hoped that it was merely something that would disappear after a good night’s sleep. That didn’t happen. Today, his personal physio, and the Physio (a physical therapist employed by the GWO) for the tournament agreed that the injury was serious enough to require some down time in order to give the hip a time to mend itself.

When he was asked about his plans for Wimbledon, he said, “It is my goal to play, but moving on the lawn is full of intense rallies and right now, I just had to make the decision to withdraw.”

Thiem moved into the semis with a Walkover. He is ranked seventh in the world and seems to be the hottest young professional in today’s game.

Today was Fitness Day at the tournament. While Kohlschreiber’s fitness isn’t an issue, after having performed on a tennis court for the past ten days, others’ fitness has to be questioned. Cramping and complaints have often been the bugaboo that has ended many a career prematurely. Today’s game requires more than a modicum of preparation to compete day after day.

A prime example of that necessity is thirty-four year-old Roger Federer. He has spent many years going far into tournament after tournament. He will be moving to the semi-final round after a match that ended with a 6-1, 7-6 score today. The match had its ups and downs after the first set seemed to point to an easy skate into the next round for the Swiss maestro. He faced David Goffin in the Match of the Day on center court. It was interesting to watch the player from Belgium skillfully dance away from any ball coming at what would have been his backhand. Goffin uses two hands in a motion that seems awkward and definitely not a natural response to balls that fly away from his forehand. However, in the Tie-Break in the second set, he utilized both his hands as he managed many a winner with those hands gripping the racquet handle. But the skill of Federer, who has a more fluid backhand, forehand and virtually every other feint, bob or weave that has led him to a career that has many pundits saying he is one of the best ever to play the game.

Tomorrow will be a showdown that begins at noon. Federer will face Alexander Zverev of Germany who has a game that has made it to the “You’ve got to see this young man play” stage and Dominic Thiem, the Austrian whiz kid, will face Florian Mayer, another German who defeated Andreas Seppi late today 7-6, 6-3.

Even though Kohlschreiber had to withdraw to nurse his aching hip, Germany will be well represented in tomorrow’s contests. Perhaps there will even be one in the final on Sunday.

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Kiki Bertens Believes In Stability And Trust Ahead Of 2020 Season

Kiki Bertens looks for stability in hope of grand slam success in 2020.

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Kiki Bertens believes stability and trust is the key to success ahead of the 2020 season despite a time of change for the Dutchwoman. 

 

A time of change is approaching for Kiki Bertens as she recently just got married to her physical trainer Remko De Rijke.

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It’s not only off the court, change is approaching for the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist as her and coach Raemon Sluiter parted ways during the off-season.

After the split it would have been easy for Bertens to make a radical change to her coaching team but that is not her style as she has promoted Elise Tamaela to a main coaching role.

Even through a time of change, Bertens believes stability is crucial to success, “It takes me a while to be able to trust someone,” she admitted to Dutch website De Telegraaf. 

“And I don’t want to spend that time on something like that. We’re going to continue in the same way for next year. The results were not as expected in the Grand Slams but I had other good weeks. It’s really not that I felt different playing in the Slams than in other weeks in which I could win titles.”

Although the formula to winning a grand slam has yet to be solved, the world number nine has achieved great consistency having won 55 matches in 2019, which also included the biggest title of her career in Madrid.

A new era await for Bertens with her new coach and plenty of praise was given to Elise Tamaela ahead of the new season, “For me the most important thing is that that person knows a lot about tennis. I have to be able to fully trust her,” Bertens said.

“To be able to laugh with that person, eat with her. I prefer to keep the equipment to the minimum possible and be able to feel comfortable in terms of confidence. Sometimes more people in the team only bring more opinions. And that style is not mine.”

This simplistic formula has worked for Bertens in the past and as the 2020 season approaches, she’s not looking to change it.

However will inexperience lead to the same results at grand slams, with the level of the Women’s game rising, Bertens may find that breaking the boundaries of stability is needed.

The former world number four will start her march towards more glory in Brisbane on the 6th of January.

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Caroline Wozniacki Announces Retirement After Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open in January.

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Caroline Wozniacki has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Australian Open as a new chapter in her life approaches. 

 

The Dane won 30 WTA singles titles in her career and spent 71 weeks as world number one although a grand slam had haunted her for most of her career.

However that changed in 2018 after an epic win over Simona Halep sealed a dream come true as she won her first grand slam at the Australian Open.

Since winning her maiden slam though, it has been an uphill struggle on the court for Wozniacki as she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

Some days the former world number one and on some days, it is a constant battle for her to even wake up in the morning.

Now with other priorities taking over having been married to former NBA player David Lee since June and already studying Business at Harvard, Wozniacki today took the decision to retire from tennis after the Australian Open.

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In a statement on Instagram, Woznaicki told her followers that she had accomplished everything she wanted to and looks forward to the future, “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she said.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court.

“Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward.

“This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!

“Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!”

Although this retirement may have been coming, not many people would have predicted it would come at the scene of her grand slam breakthrough.

Now in the last stretch of her career, the Dane will want to finish on a high as she looks to celebrate a career that has lasted nearly 15 years.

 

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Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Venus Williams are the stand-out names in Adelaide

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Four top 10 players Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens and former Grand Slam champions Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will grab the headlines at the Adelaide International from 12 to 18 January 2020.

 

A total of seven Grand Slam champions and five former world number one players will take part in the Adelaide WTA tourament.

This year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty leads a star-studded line-up, which includes 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens and seven other members of the top 20.

The Main Draw also features Sofia Kenin, Alison Riske, Sloane Stephens and Danielle Collins, World Number 30 Quang Wang. World Number 12 and this Rome WTA Premier finalist Johanna Konta will play her first tournament since the US Open following a knee injury.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams has been announced as the Top 20 wildcard.

“It is always exciting to play at a new tournament in front of new fans. I have had so many memorable times times in Australia over the years and I am looking forward to discovering Adelaide and all it has to offer”, said Venus Williams.

The men’s line-up includes 2019 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, Alex De Minaur, Lucas Pouille and Andrey Rublev.

“The full list of players is a real who’s who of tennis, from Australia’s favourite Ashleigh Barty to the iconic Venus Williams, right through to the young talent of Alex De Minaur and the experienced campaigner Novak Djokovic in the men’s field”, said South Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway.

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