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Slovak Olympic Dreams Diminished! Martin Klizan Withdraws and Dominika Cibulkova Cancels Flight To Rio

It seems that Slovakia must say ‘goodbye’ to their Olympic dreams and medal ambitions. Slovak No. 1 Martin Klizan has already confirmed his withdrawal, while Cibulkova is flying to Slovakia to consult with her doctor about the participation.

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Martin Klizan, the recent winner of the ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg, has made the decision to not come to Rio. As the main reason he stated Zika fears, as many other tennis players before him.

 

“I am not exactly sure what are the medical consequences of Zika. Repellents should supposedly protect you, and we are supposed to wear long sleeved t-shirt, which isn’t ideal. I don’t believe that the situation in Rio will be alright. I am cautious about my health, especially when I am returning from a long break. I don’t plan to get ill now. It just worries me. The conditions in Rio aren’t what we Europeans are used to,” said Klizan in an interview for Czech website, Tennis Arena.

Other than receiving a lot of criticism and even death threats from some “fans”, Klizan was criticized for his withdrawal by Karol Kucera. The former World No. 6. has openly criticized Klizan in a Facebook status, giving him a lecture about representation and other issues.

The World No. 30 Martin Klizan was also supposed to play doubles, receiving an ITF Final Qualification Place to play alongside with Andrej Martin. Martin, who last week reached an Umag final and broke the Top 100, was not long in jeopardy about his Olympic chances. ITF almost immediately granted the Final Qualification Place to him and a doubles specialist Igor Zelenay. The Slovak Tennis Federation also requested a Final Qualification Place in singles for Andrej Martin, who is currently 5th in the waiting list for the Olympic glory.

The other Slovakian player with Olympic doubts is world No.10 Cibulkova. Speaking shortly after her 2-6 0-6 loss to Eugenie Bouchard, Cibulkova has admitted that she is currently struggling with ongoing health problems.

“[Bouchard] played very well, so she won. However I have had health problems since the tournament in Stanford. I was supposed to fly to Rio from here, but I am not fit, so I have to go back to Slovakia, where I will visit my doctor, to find out what’s going on. I hope that I will be alright to play the Olympics, but it doesn’t look too well.”

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Iga Swiatek To Quarantine After Close Contact With Polish President

Iga Swiatek will quarantine after being in close contact with the Polish President, who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Iga Swiatek will quarantine for a few days after Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive for COVID-19.

 

The recent Roland Garros champion met the Polish President a few days ago after achieving a historic sporting moment for Poland.

Becoming the first Polish Grand Slam tennis champion in singles warranted a huge congratulations from Political and historical leaders as the 19 year-old prepares for life under the spotlight.

However this morning, Swiatek announced that she will now undergo quarantine after coming into close contact with the Polish President, who tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement on Twitter in Polish, Swiatek stated, “Neither I nor my teammates have symptoms of the Coronavirus,” the Pole said.

“We perform tests regularly. In accordance with the applicable procedures, we are quarantined. We will repeat the tests in three days. We wish you a lot of health, take care.”

Although tests are negative so far, the incubation period is 10 days so Swiatek will have to quarantine until then.

One bit of good news for Swiatek, is she got to meet her idol Rafael Nadal via a zoom call.

Swiatek, who idolised Nadal when she was younger, met Nadal as she talked about her 2021 preparations and winning Roland Garros.

No doubt the 19 year-old will be eager to meet Nadal in Australia as she looks to win more grand slams next year.

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Jelena Ostapenko cruises into the second round with a straight-set win over Petra Martic in Ostrava

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Former Roland Garros champion and world number 44 Jelena Ostapenko cruised past number 5 seed Petra Martic 6-3 6-1 after 57 minutes to reach the second round at J&T Banka Ostrava Open. 

 

Martic won her previous two head-to-head matches against Ostapenko at Indian Wells in 2018 and in Birmingham in 2019. 

Ostapenko has scored her milestone 20th career over a top-20 rival. The Latvian player hit 30 winners to 15 unforced errors. 

Martic got an early break in the first game and consolidated it with a hold of serve to take a 2-0 lead. Ostapenko saved two break points and held serve for 1-2 before breaking serve with a forehand passing shot in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. The Latvian player reeled off five consecutive games to open up a 5-2 lead. Martic held serve to claw her way back to 3-5. Ostapenko served out the set at love. Ostapenko hit 20 winners to 10 unforced errors. 

Ostapenko got an early break with a forehand crosscourt winner. The 2017 French Open champion went up a double break and hit a series of forehand winners to race out to a 4-0 lead extending her winning streak to five consecutive games. Martic held serve in the fifth game to close the gap to 1-4. Ostapenko held serve easily to build up a 5-1 lead with a crosscourt backhand winner. In the next game Ostapenko earned two match points, as Martic hit the netcord with a dropshot and closed out the match with a forehand down the line. 

“I think I played really well well today. I just got used to playing the first couple of games, but then I played really well and I did not give her any chances to play her game, and I made so many winners. I played very smart and also used dropshots and mixed it up a little bit, which helped me, but in the deciding moments I was still aggressive. I knew Martic was going to make a lot of balls in play and I would have to be very focused and very consistent to beat her”, said Ostapenko. 

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Maria Sakkari reaches her third quarter final of the season in Ostrava

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Maria Sakkari got through to her third quarter final of the season after beating Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3 at the J&T Banka Open in Ostrava with five breaks and 32 winners. 

 

Sakkari has already reached two quarter finals in 2020 in St. Petersburg and at the Western and Southern Open in New York and scored the fourth win of her career against a top 5 player. 

Sakkari went up a 3-0 lead with a double break. Svitolina pulled one of the two breaks back in the fourth game to claw his way back to 1-3. Sakkari converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the first set 6-3. 

Svitolina earned her first break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Sakkari battled to deuce four times and converted her third break points in a marathon fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Sakkari earned another brek to open up a 5-3 lead to close out the match after 1 hour and 16 minutes. 

“Obviously winning against a player like Elina, the way I played I think that made me happy today. I think playing like me gives me a lot of confidence. Getting another top 5 win is very important for me. When I was starting my career, I had people telling me that I cannot play indoors. I think it was a big mistake listening to them. I have beaten very good indoor players in St. Petersburg and here in Ostrava. I have developed my game in a way that I can now be dangerous indoor sas well. My serve is big, and I am playing a little bit more aggressive. So I am super happy. I have proved these people wrong”, said Sakkari.

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