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Aegon Open Nottingham

It was another great day of action at the Aegon Open in Nottingham as the first half of the second round matches got underway, giving all the unseeded women a chance to shine in the limelight on the grass courts at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. It was also a busy day in the men’s draw, with three seeds in action and a British qualifier. Here is a complete roundup of all the singles results on day three.

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Ashleigh Barty booked her place in the quarterfinals for the second year in a row after dismantling qualifier Jana Fett in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. The unseeded Australian was dominant on serve and had the power to outlast her Croatian opponent from the baseline from early on in the match. After the match started with two service holds each Barty only lost one more game over the course of the match as she strolled to yet another win here.

Tsvetana Pironkova is also enjoying life back on the grass as she booked her place in the last eight with a strong win over Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2. The former Wimbledon semifinalist recovered from an early break down after a shaky start but was able to work her opponent around the court to finish the set strongly. Pironkova grew stronger in the second set and threatened to take it 6-0, but Nara held on to at least force her opponent to finish off the match on her own serve, a task which the Bulgarian completed.

Qualifier Kristie Ahn scored a big win over world number 77 Magda Linette 6-3, 6-1. The world number 131 needed just one hour and five minutes to secure victory, saving all three break points she faced en route.

Donna Vekic also continued her run here after the 20-year-old defeated Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-4, firing down nine aces on her way to reaching the last eight.

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Third seed Dudi Sela made a very fast start in the opening match on Centre Court in his straight sets victory over Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4. The Israeli raced into a 5-0 lead in the beaming sunshine at Nottingham Tennis Centre. The Lithuanian fought back by winning three games in a row but could not prevent dropping the opening set. It was Berankis who made the better start in the second set, securing a break in the fourth game on his way to moving into a 4-1 lead after saving a break back point. The Lithuanian had a chance to extend his lead but missed the opportunity and was punished for not capitalising on game points in the seventh game as Sela broke back with a backhand cross court passing shot winner. With the momentum now fully with the third seed, he took full advantage, breaking his opponent’s serve once again and closed out the match on serve to seal a quarterfinal berth.

There was also British success today as Lloyd Glasspool continued his remarkable run in Nottingham. Having come through qualifying and a tough first round encounter against fifth seed Go Soeda, he was today a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Australian Marc Polmans. The Brit raced into a 4-0lead and broke the Australian in the eighth game once again to take the set 6-2. In the second set Glasspool made the pivotal breakthrough in the eighth game and closed out the match to reach the last eight in Nottingham once again.

The other two second round matches today saw Sergiy Stakhovsky remain impressive on the grass, upsetting the eighth seed Ilya Marchenko 6-4, 7-6(9) and fourth seed Thomas Fabbiano got the better of Yuki Bhambri also in straight sets 7-6(8), 6-0.

Looking Ahead To Day Four

Day four will be another packed day of action in Nottingham as the Centre Court crowd get to enjoy watching the top seed Johanna Konta take on Yanina Wickmayer. Fourth seed Alison Riske and fifth seed Lucie Safarova will also be in action. On the men’s side Reilly Opelka opens the day’s play against second seed Marius Copil and Britain’s Brydan Klein going up against Sam Groth will be the final match of the day.

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Iga Swiatek beats Emma Raducanu to extend her winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Stuttgart

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Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek held off 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 2 hours and 3 minutes to extend her winning streak to 10 consecutive matches at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal match against 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who came back from a break down in the third set to beat this year’s Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini.

Raducanu came back from 0-40 down to earn the first break of the opening set. Swiatek converted her third break point in the second game in a seven-deuce second game. Raducanu saved the only other break point at deuce in the sixth game. Swiatek won the first four points and five of the first six points to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Swiatek earned five break points in the second, sixth and in the 12thgame, but she converted only one opportunity. Raducanu converted her only break point in the first game. Swiatek won nine more points than Swiatek. 

Swiatek broke Raducanu in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. This break was decisive, as both players held on their next serve in their next games. 

Swiatek earned six break points in the third, fifth and ninth games, but she converted one chance. The Pole did not face a single break point and won eight more points than Raducanu.

“Raducanu started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that. I knew I was questioning if she is going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match. It was not about service games or return games. I was just waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I am going to get them”, said Swiatek.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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