Elina Svitolina shocks top seed Angelique Kerber in Brisbane quarter-final, Alize Cornet shocks second seed Dominika Cibulkova - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

WTA

Elina Svitolina shocks top seed Angelique Kerber in Brisbane quarter-final, Alize Cornet shocks second seed Dominika Cibulkova

Avatar

Published

on

Top seed and World No. 1 Angelique Kerber fell at the quarter-final stage to Elina Svitolina in a tough three-set battle (Image via Zimbio.com)

Top seed and World No.1  Angelique Kerber has crashed out of the Brisbane WTA event, losing to sixth seed Elina Svitolina 64 36 63 in just short of two hours.

 

This time last season Angelique Kerber dominated the WTA tour and the Grand Slams, reaching the final in Brisbane before rising to the occasion in Melbourne, defeating Serena Williams for the Australian Open title.

She has however, not been able to mirror her first result of 2016 this year, as Svitolina produced an excellent display to thwart the German at the quarter-final stage. The win ensured that Svitolina gained revenge for a defeat to Kerber at the same event last season.

Despite a ranking gap with Kerber ranked No.1 and Svitolina No.14 some may have predicted a shock. Svitolina has always given Kerber trouble in their previous match-ups, and this result brings the head-to-head to a very close  5-4 in Kerber’s favour.

Svitolina dominated Kerber in the first set, breaking twice and incredibly winning more than half the points against her opponent’s first serve. Kerber’s determined retrieving skills kept things close by earning her own break, but the the Ukrainian held firm to take the opening set.

Kerber’s serve, often considered one of her weaknesses, particularly her second serve, remained unconvincing in the second, losing 56% of her second serve points. However, her first serve percentage picked up dramatically and she broke Svitolina twice, holding the sixth seed to just one break to level the match.

Kerber’s issues returned in the decider though, struggling with both her first and second serves. In a repeat of the first set Svitolina broke twice, and Kerber just the once.

The win for Svitolina ensures her progress into the semi-finals, where she will meet Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic  after the third seed edged Roberta Vinci 36 62 62 in an hour and fifty-one minutes.

Garbine Mugurza defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 75 64 to reach the semi-finals in the bottom half of the draw, and she will face surprise semi-finalist Alize Cornet, after the Frenchwoman scored a massive over second seed and World No.5 Dominika Cibulkova, 63 75.

This year’s event is wide open as last year’s winner Victoria Azarenka is not present, beaten finalist Angelique Kerber is out, and the second seed is now out. The favourite now is perhaps Garbine Muguruza, as the Spanish French Open champions remains in the bottom half of the draw with the unseeded Alize Cornet her next opponent.

 

WTA

Karolina Pliskova hires Sascha Bajin as new coach

Avatar

Published

on

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. 

Continue Reading

WTA

WTA will change the names of tournament categories

Avatar

Published

on

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. 

Continue Reading

Latest news

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

Avatar

Published

on

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. 

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending