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Serena Williams Sets Up A French Open Final Clash With Garbine Muguruza





Top seed Serena Williams battled her way past Kiki Berten’s 7-6(7), 6-4, to book a showdown with Garbine Muguruza in the final of the French Open.

It was unclear if the semifinal meeting between Williams and Bertens would finish without a retirement as Bertens carried a calf injury into the match. Regardless of the injury woe, the match went on as Williams recovered from a slow start to ease her way into the final at Roland Garros.

Reminiscent of her roller coaster quarter-final triumph, Williams got off to a sluggish start with a series of errors. Three unforced errors combined with a double fault, granted the underdog the early break as she moved ahead 2-0. The inconsistencies of the world No.1 continued throughout the first set as Bertens produced a series of impressive forehand winners to maintain the lead. On the verge of dropping the opening set, Williams saved a set point before breaking back to level 5-5.

The closeness between both players in the opening set resulted in a thrilling tiebreak, which consisted of 11 breaks of service. The world No.1 was on course to take the tiebreaker 7-5 but failed to convert after a poor approach at the net. Saving her second set point of the set, Williams eventually closed proceedings out with a forehand down the line, her 22nd winner of the set.

Surviving the opening set, Williams still had a lot of work to do after she was broken to love by a Courageous bertens at the start of the second. Unfortunately for Dutch player, the top seed had an answer to every move she made. Winning four out of the next five games, Williams progressed to two games away from her 27th grand slam final, leading the match 7-6(7), 4-3. Displaying a sharp increase in her form compared to her tricky first set, the 34-year-old was dictating a tiring Bertens around the court. Nevertheless, closing the match out was still a tough task for the top seed. Three match points came and went as she was forced to serve the match out. The dominant power of Williams was in full force as a backhand into the net from Bertens handed her match point No.4, which she finally converted to seal the win.

Today I played very well, she (Bertens) also played very well. I am very happy,” Williams said during her on court interview.

Williams now has the chance to equal Steffi Graf’s record of 22 grand slam titles if she wins one more match at Roland Garros. Looking ahead to tomorrow’s final, the defending champion is hoping that she will have the French crowd on her side.

“It’s very important for me, if I win I would be very happy, if I lost, I don’t know,” Williams said about the upcoming final.
“I got to be relaxed for the final and I hope the public is with me. For me it is important that the public is with me.”

Garbine Muguruza next

In Saturday’s final Williams will play the in-form Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard fired 20 winners during her 6-2, 6-4, win over former French Open runner-up Sam Stosur.

The world No.4 started her match against the Australian impressively by racing to a 4-0 lead before claiming the set after 33 minutes on the court. There was greater resistance from Stosur in the second set as Muguruza dropped her service twice, including when she was serving for the match at 5-3. Despite the late-match blip, Muguruza moved to her maiden French Open final after a forehand from her opponent went into the net.

Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to reach the final at the event since Conchita Martinez in 2000. She will now play in her second grand slam final after last year’s Wimbledon Championships.

Well, I think it’s normal, it is always a difficult moment and I really wanted to win. It was a combination of her playing well and me being nervous,” Muguruza said about the roller coaster ending to her match.

Muguruza has played Williams in a grand slam on four previous occasions, losing in three of them. Her only win over the world No.1 occurred at Roland Garros when she defeated the American in the second round of the 2014 tournament. Looking ahead to her showdown with Williams, the 22-year-old will try to not let her emotions get the better of her.

I think the emotions are sometimes bad, you just have to prepare yourself, be calm and play without regrets.” She concluded.

Regardless of the winner on Saturday, history will be made. Williams has the chanced of winning her 22nd major title, leveling Graf, whilst Muguruza could become the first Spanish woman to win a grand slam title since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998.

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Why Newly Married Elina Svitolina Has No Plans To Change Her Surname

The Ukrainian explains why she isn’t using her husband’s surname of Monfils just yet as she books her place in the third round at Tokyo 2020.




Just over a week ago Elina Svitolina tied the knot with her long-time partner Gael Monfils at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.


Shortly after the world No.6 took to social media and changed her name on Twitter to Elina Monfils as part of the tradition that the woman takes on the man’s name once they are married. As a consequence, various websites started to identify the Ukrainian under that name. Although she would rather that they don’t do such a thing.

“I don’t know why they changed my surname. Maybe they saw that I had changed it on my social networks,” Svitolina told BTU.
“I’m going to play as Svitolina till the very end of my professional career and will change it only after retirement.”

Svitolina explains she believes it is better if all of her achievements are made under the same name instead of two. So far in her career she has won 15 WTA titles, reached two Grand Slam semi-finals and has earned more than $20.5M in prize money.

I had numerous achievements and people know me as Svitolina. My father would be upset if I changed the surname and played as Monfils,” she joked.
“I am proud to be Svitolina and my tennis career will always be connected with this surname.”

Over the coming week the 26-year-old is hoping to add an Olympic medal to her resume. On Monday Svitolina survived a stern scare after coming back from a set down to defeat Ajla Tomljanović 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and move into the third round of the tournament. Her win came on the day where there were shocks galore in the women’s draw with seeds Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova all crashing out.

Svitolina will play Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the next round whom she has lost to in two out of their three previous meetings.

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Why Ash Barty Isn’t Staying At The Olympic Village In Tokyo

The two-time Grand Slam champion has opted to stay at an alternate venue heading into the Games.




Ashleigh Barty (AUS) playing against Angelique Kerber (GER) in the semi-final of the Ladies' Singles on Centre Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 10 Thursday 08/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Jed Leicester

Ash Barty will prepare for her debut at the Olympic Games by staying at a base located outside of the athletes village as part of her ‘performance plan.’


The world No.1 heads into Tokyo as one of the favourites for gold following her triumph at Wimbledon where she defeated Karolina Pliskova in the final. She is one of six top 10 players set to play in the women’s singles tournament which will start on Saturday.

Leading up to the Games, the head of the Australian Olympic delegation has told reporters that Barty’s decision not to stay in the village will enhance her gold medal chances. In previous Games athletes have stayed outside of the villages but this year it is more challenging to do so due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tokyo is currently in a state of emergency and fans are banned from attending the event amid fears of the virus spreading if they do so.

“Ash is staying elsewhere,” chef de mission Ian Chesterman told the Australian Associated Press.
“We have a number of athletes staying outside the village. We allow that, it’s just what works best for them.
“Something I’ve always been very big on is driving performance takes a whole lot of flexible decisions, flexible options.
“In terms of her performance plan, it’s best served by her being able to control her environment and we respect that.”

The exact location of Barty’s base has not been disclosed but it is near to the village where she was said to have visited and had a cup of coffee on Tuesday morning.

She is staying in an Australian environment where she can still easily access the village,” Chesterman stated.

The 25-year-old is bidding to become only the second Australian in history to win a medal in the women’s singles at the Olympics. The first was Alicia Molik who claimed a bronze medal back in 2004.

During a recent interview with The ITF, Barty said playing at the event is a dream come true for her as she describes representing her country as the ‘highest honour.’

“Being an Olympian has always been a dream of mine as a kid, I think representing your country is the highest honour,” Barty told the ITF.
“For an Aussie it’s the best thing you can do and I can’t wait to have an opportunity to wear the green and gold.
“You’re playing for something bigger than yourself. You’re playing to represent your nation. You’re playing to make people proud and that’s not just with results it’s with your attitude.”

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Bianca Andreescu pulls out of Tokyo Olympics

The world number five has officially pulled out of the Olympics in Tokyo stating reasons due to the ongoing pandemic situation.




Bianca Andreescu will not be making the trip to Tokyo to play in the Olympics after withdrawing due to the current pandemic situation.


The former US Open champion issued a statement concerning what she describes as a ‘difficult decision.’ Andreescu is the latest top name to pull out of the Olympics. Last week Nick Kyrgios also said he wouldn’t be playing for similar reasons. Due to a a surge of COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, the city has gone into a state of emergency which prompted organisers to ban spectators from attending Olympic events in the city. Athletes will be subjected to tough restrictions during their time at the event, as well as regular testing.

” I would like to inform you that I have made the very difficult decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics later this month,” Andreescu wrote on Instagram. “I have been dreaming of representing Canada at the Olympics since I was a little girl but with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know that deep in my heart, this is the right decision to make for myself. I look forward to representing Canada in future Fed Cup ties, and competing at the 2024 Olympics in Paris! “

The Canadian hasn’t played since losing in the first round of Wimbledon to Alize Cornet of France and most recently split with her coach Sylvain Brunneau after a four-year partnership.

Her 2021 season has been up and down starting in Australia where she lost in the second round before making the semifinals at the Phillips Island Trophy event. She then made the final at the Miami Open before taking a fall in the final against Ash Barty and was forced to retire due to injury.

Then the clay-court season came and Andreescu tested positive for Covid. She was forced to miss events in Madrid and Rome, so she headed to Strasbourg for some preparation before the French Open. The world No.5 won two matches in Strasbourg before pulling out due to an ab injury. She then lost in the first round of the French Open.

The Canadian moved on to the grass-court season heading to Berlin but again would get upset in the first round by Alize Cornet before winning one round in Eastbourne and losing to Anett Kontaveit.

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