World No. 1 Angelique Kerber Cruises Into Round of 16, Coco Vandeweghe Battles Past Eugenie Bouchard - UBITENNIS
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World No. 1 Angelique Kerber Cruises Into Round of 16, Coco Vandeweghe Battles Past Eugenie Bouchard

After two tough wins, 1st seed Angelique Kerber catches a break with a 6-0 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova. In what was probably the most high-profile match between two unseeded players possible, Coco Vandeweghe outlasted Genie Bouchard 6-4 3-6 7-5 after 2 hours and 21 minutes.



Angelique Kerber struggled in her opening rounds against Tsurenko and Witthoeft who pushed the No. 1 seed to three sets both times. Kristyna Pliskova is on a similar level to those players and she has been playing in good form, getting the win over 29th seed Irina-Camelia Begu, mainly due to her serve. This match didn’t look like a possible upset, but it looked like it could be tricky for the German if Pliskova kept going strong on her serve. However the match itself was much different. Kerber was consistent in her rallies and on her serve, while Pliskova was definitely nervous and was misfiring a lot. That showed one of the key differences between Kristyna and Karolina. Kristyna didn’t keep her cool, and didn’t have a Plan B when her game wasn’t on. Kerber won the set in 21 minutes, giving the Czech only 3 game points. In the second set, Pliskova calmed down a bit and finally found her serve, winning her first game at 0-6 0-2. She kept her game together for much of the set and challenged Kerber, but the German put pressure on Pliskova when she was serving at 4-4, broke and took the match 6-0 6-4. The worrying takeaway for Kerber is that the moment Pliskova started to play solid tennis, she matched Kerber. She faces Vandeweghe next, who is a similar player to Kristyna Pliskova, but overall better and more mentally strong, so this will be a real test for Kerber. It doesn’t look too good with the World No. 1’s title defense in my opinion.

In what was a strong contender for match of the day, and probably the best match possible between two unseeded players, hard-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe took the match to the Canadian and Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard. Both players started on a high level, holding their serves pretty comfortably. First break came at 3-3 with Bouchard serving. She made some unnecessary unforced errors and went down a break which eventually cost her the set. The Canadian re-grouped quickly and went up a break early in the second set. She started moving better, exposing Vandeweghe’s weaknesses that she still had, even though she was playing well. Bouchard held on to her early break and took the second set 6-3. Bouchard kept her insane level going, as she took the early break. At 4-2 in the final set, it seemed to be all over, but at 4-3, she started to make some errors that she was making in the first round, and Vandeweghe took advantage immediately. The American broke back and then followed the key game of the match, Vandeweghe serving at 4-4. After 8 deuces, saving 4 break points and about 14 minutes, Vandeweghe put together a string of 3 great first serves and went up 5-4. In a nerve-wracking finish, both players held, so Bouchard was serving at 5-6. She got to 40-30, but Vandeweghe went for it, and won the match.

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities



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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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Iga Looks To Be In A league All to Herself At Paris

Iga Swiatek claimed her fourth Roland Garros title in Paris.



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Just call her Iga. No other identification is needed.

As the years go by, Iga’s notoriety is sure to grow.

She’s probably already earned a spot in tennis’ Hall of Fame.

Yes, Iga Swiatek is a name to remember. A hero in her native Poland, a superstar in the world of sports.


Iga just added to her stardom Saturday with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory over little-known Italian Jasmine Paolini to win her third straight French Open title. This was Paolini’s chance to make a name for herself, but she didn’t have the game to make it happen.

Iga was just too good. She made it look too easy.

Paolini could hit some great ground strokes, but when she looked up a bigger shot was on its way back. Iga doesn’t look like a power hitter, but she is.


The 23-year-old Polish Wonder finished the first set winning five straight games, then started the second set winning five more games in succession. The 28-year-old Paolini didn’t seem to have a clue on how to upend Swiatek.

It took just 78 minutes for Iga to win her fifth Grand Slam title.

She’s a lot like her French Open hero, Rafa Nadal.

She takes every match seriously.


No wonder Iga owns a 35-2 record at Roland Garos. Or that she has won 21 straight matches. Or that she owns a 5-0 record in Grand Slam finals.

She only dominated opponents, except for Naomi Osaka in the second round. Swiatek escaped a match point in that one and didn’t look back.

Iga’s game should be just as superb on the green grass of upcoming Wimbledon.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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