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Caroline Garcia wins all French match, Karolina Pliskova survives battle at Roland Garros

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Garcia was mostly in control against compatriot Cornet, but struggled to close the match out (Zimbio.com)

Second seed Karolina Pliskova survived a long battle with the unheralded Veronica Cepede Royg. The Czech player eventually won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

 

Things had looked bleak for the highest seed left in Women’s draw early on. Cepede Royg raced into a 4-0 lead. Pliskova won two games in the set, but failed to come back.

Pliskova did win the second set, but it was hard fought, with Cepede Royg chasing down almost everything. A single break was enough to see the match go to deciding set.

Pliskova’s relentless consistency was enough to draw another break of the Cepede Rogy serve. The Paraguayan, ranked No.97, put up a typically tenacious battle in the final game, but eventually Pliskova sealed the win.

The other ladies match today saw an all French affair between Caroline Garcia and Alize Cornet. It was the first time that two women had faced each other in the Round of 16 at this level in the Open Era. A largely commanding performance from Garcia saw her win 6-2, 6-4.

Garcia was the player who seized the initiative. She won ten of the first thirteen games for a 6-2, 4-1 lead. Cornet fought hard and held before nerves caught up with Garcia. She lost her serve to allow Cornet to get on serve again in the second at 4-3. Cornet promptly lost the break again to Garcia’s superior ground stroke play.

Garcia, this time leading 5-3, attempted to serve out the match. Again she struggled badly with a pair of double fault handing the break back again, the second a particularly poor effort of a serve.

Cornet returned the favour with a pair herself handing Garcia three break (and match) points Garcia played conservatively on the first, but managed to take control and finally won. The two embraced at the net, seemingly putting aside any differences that had emerged through Fed Cup relations this year.

The win for Garcia ensures that France have two players in the quarter-finals. She joins thirteenth seed Kristina Mladenovic in the last eight. Mladenovic had knocked out the defending champion Garbine Murguruza in the last round.

Home interest in the Men’s Singles waned after the last standing Frenchman, Gael Monfils, was defeated in straight sets by 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka.

Garcia and Pliskova will meet in the quarter-finals, with the winner due to face either Elina Svitolina or Simona Halep in the semis.

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Karolina Pliskova hires Sascha Bajin as new coach

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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. 

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WTA will change the names of tournament categories

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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. 

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

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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. 

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