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Stan Wawrinka Defeats Andy Murray In Five Set Epic At Roland Garros



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Stan Wawrinka ousted world number one Andy Murray 6-7(6) 6-3 5-7 7-6(3) 6-1 to advance to his second Roland Garros final.

In their 18th meeting and a repeat of last year’s semi-final both Wawrinka and Murray started strongly as they both held comfortably to level the start of the set at 1-1. However with each Murray service game came more brutal power from the forehand and backhand of Wawrinka, punishing every weak second serve that came his way. However the Brit’s intelligence got him through his service games to level at 3-3, it was obvious that Murray would have to come to the net to break down Wawrinka’s game. However in the eight game it didn’t work. Wawrinka outsmarted Murray, drawing the Scot into the net and a backhand pass flew past Murray for a 5-3 lead. However Andy Murray is one of the best defenders on the ATP world tour and a missed forehand by Wawrinka gave the Scot a lifeline as he came back to a 5-4 deficit. There were no breaks of serve in the set and as a result the first set went to a tiebreak. In a thrilling first set tiebreak Murray saved set point to take the tiebreak 8-6.

The start of the second set saw both men dominate from the back of the court to hold their respective serves in the opening six games. Although Wawrinka, who lost his first set of the tournament in this match, kept the pressure up on the world number one and a stunning one handed backhand sealed a crucial for a 4-3 lead. Unforced errors crept into Murray’s game, which would eventually cost him. This is as Wawrinka held and then broke again to seal the second set 6-3. The match was now at 1 set all and Wawrinka was now in a very comfortable position in the match.

The world number three started where he left off in the third set as he broke the Murray serve early and started to play some elegant and stunning tennis as he stormed into a 3-0 lead. In the next few games Murray and Wawrinka would share breaks of serve as Wawrinka took a 4-2 lead in a crucial set of tennis. Wawrinka’s point construction was starting to get better and tested the Brit’s movement thoroughly. On the other hand Murray was a fighter and wasn’t going to let new tactics put him off, as a result he won the next two games for 4-4. The Brit’s fighting spirit continued as he broke in the 11th game for a 6-5 lead. He then held serve to 15 to seal the third set 7-5. A crucial 2 set to 1 lead was established for Murray.

The fourth set was the best set in terms of quality in the match. Both men hitting groundstrokes and winners that are fully deserving of a grand slam final. Wawrinka hitting winners from ridiculous angles and Murray’s defence was exceptional at the most crucial times. The Swiss hit 18 winners, one of them you can see below:

There were no breaks of serve as the fourth set went to a second tiebreak of the match. Wawrinka continued his strong mentality and continued to pummel the ball as he sealed the fourth set 7-6(3). A fifth set loomed in this epic clay court battle.

The final set was all Wawrinka’s, domination on both wings saw Murray lose concentration. Two games in a row turned into three games in a row. It was a masterclass on how to beat Andy Murray on a clay court, not even the defensive skills of Murray could stop the Wawrinka onslaught as the 2015 champion stormed into a 5-0 lead against a vulnerable world number one. The Brit managed to stop a bagel, but he was only delaying the inevitable and as a result Wawrinka sealed victory in four hours and 33 minutes on Philippe Chatrier.

“It’s incredible to be in another Roland Garros final,” said Wawrinka.
“I was hesitant in trying to finish the first and third sets but I felt like I could retake control.
“Andy always makes you play another ball, he makes you play badly.
“It was a great atmosphere which makes you give it your all.”

Stan Wawrinka will now play Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova Wins First Title Since Return From Surgery In Washington

The two-time grand slam champion has returned back to the winners circle following her six-month absence due to injury.



Former world No.2 Svetlana Kuznetsova saved four match points to defeat Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2, in the final of the Citi Open in Washington.

Kuznetsova, 33, fought back against the aggressive play of her opponent. Saving seven out of the 10 break points she faced in the match. Eventually, it was the experience of the Russian that guided her to the finish line as she hit 34 winners to 36 unforced errors to win her first title on the tour since the 2016 Moscow Open.

“It was a difficult week,” Kuznetsova reflected afterwards. “Tennis is always mental, if you lose or if you win, you always gotta stay focused.”

With both players contesting their first final of the season, it was Vekic who battled through what was a roller-coaster and tense opening set. At first, the seventh seed appeared on course to clinch the opener with ease after breaking Kuznetsova in the fourth game as she raced out to a 4-1 lead. Only to be pegged by the 2014 champion. Serving for the set at 5-3, a forehand error rewarded Kuznetsova the chance to break back. Prior to the following point, the Russian complained about the movement of the crowd just as Vekic was about to serve. Then the Croat hit a double fault with the two players exchanging words at the changeover.

Despite feeling hard done by, Vekic soon restored order in the match. As Kuznetsova served for a chance to level 5-5, she pounced one again as the former world No.2 faltered. Recovering from a 15-40 deficit to seal the opening set with the help of a Kuznetsova double fault on set point.

Vekic continued to fight with the help of her of some rapid shock-making. Fending off a break point to nudge ahead 4-3 in the second set. Although Kuznetsova refused to go away. Saving two match points, it was in the tiebreaker where the Russian managed to turn her fortunes around. Vekic missed out on another two chances to win the match, allowing Kuznetsova to nudge ahead 8-7. She was then able to force proceedings into a decider after a Vekic forehand slammed into the net.

Kuznetsova’s resilience eventually wore her opponent down, who was close to tears after the match. Vekic admitted afterwards that she was dealing with leg pain and took a medical time out just before the start of the final set.

A double break in Kuznetsova’s favor in the decider guided her to a 5-0 lead. Enough of a cushion to enable her to close out the match after two-and-a-half hours of play to win her second Washington title.

“I know I’ve been a little bit lucky today,” she said.
“There’s something going on with Washington. I never lose here. I played two times and I won both.”

The victory comes after what has been a testing first half of the year for Kuznetsova. Left wrist surgery forced her to miss six months of the tour. Meaning that she didn’t start the 2018 season until March. Prior to the Citi Open, she had only won four matches in 10 tournaments played. Making her latest triumph even more special.

“Those times I had after the surgery, I had difficulties everywhere — personal, working different things. I switched coaches. I had lots of issues,” Kuznetsova explained. “But still, I rise again, and it’s really good for me.”

As a result of her latest win, Kuznetsova has risen 41 places in 87th in the world. Meanwhile, Vekic has jumped seven places to 37th.

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Davis Cup Reforms Face Late Opposition As Vote Looms

The proposed Davis Cup reforms have received strong criticism from Tennis Australia and Tennis Europe ahead of this month’s vote.



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The upcoming Davis Cup reform vote has received some strong opposition and criticism from Tennis Australia and Tennis Europe. 

The vote is set to take place on the 16th of August, where federations will vote to change the 118 year old format to a one week season finale at the end of the year. The proposed move by Kosmos, has received fierce criticism and will need a two-thirds majority in order for it to be approved.

However with the vote just two weeks away Tennis Australia has been among the federations to oppose these reforms and have pushed this even further as they have wrote a letter expressing their discontent at the idea. The letter has been signed by the likes of John Newcombe, current Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley.

The letter raises the following concerns, “We have written and spoken to the ITF President for several months now requesting clarity on the proposal from Kosmos, but this has not been forthcoming,” explained the letter, which is even signed by former ITF president Brian Tobin.

“Very large numbers are being referenced, but there is not enough detail to give us confidence this proposal will genuinely deliver enough additional value to players and the nations to offset the loss of home and away camaraderie and all the local marketing, facility investment and player development benefit that comes with those ties. In the absence of such important information, we have no choice other than to vote against the proposed amendments.”

However Tennis Australia isn’t the only federation to be against this move as Tennis Europe, who represent more than 50 member nations have also expressed their concern at the idea, “I am particularly concerned that there is hardly any information received from the ITF regarding bank guarantees for the proposed US$120 million per year which would be the $3 billion deal over 25 years, according to the original proposal,” President Vladimir Dimitriev explained in a separate letter.

“I have not yet seen a final and feasible explanation on how the business model or the governance structure will be either.”

The ITF do have the backing of Germany and France ahead of the move though with the AGM meeting set to take place in Orlando, Florida between the 13th and 16th of August.

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Serena Williams Withdraws From Montreal Due To Personal Reasons

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Coupe Rogers in Montreal next week due to personal reasons.



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Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Coupe Rogers in Montreal next week as she deals with some personal issues. 

The American suffered the worst defeat of her career last week when she lost 6-1 6-0 to Johanna Konta in San Jose. The 23 grand slam champion clearly wasn’t at her best and it now turns out that she had personal problems to deal with as this is the reason for her withdrawal in Montreal next week.

The recent Wimbledon finalist also felt that she could not play Montreal and Cincinnati in back to back weeks as she continues her comeback from pregnancy. The tournament director, Eugene Lapierre, admits that he is disappointed but still recognises the high quality field that is left, “Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not be joining us, Fans were very much looking forward to seeing her in action,” explained Eugene.

“But beyond the disappointment, the tournament, as a whole, remains a high-level competition. The entire Top 10 is here, along with 22 of the Top 25. There are exciting matches in store from the outset.”

The American was set to play in Canada for the first time since 2015 before withdrawing today. The 23 time grand slam champion has played five events since returning from pregnancy and the results have been mixed as you can see below:

Indian Wells – Third Round

Miami – First Round

Roland Garros – Fourth Round

Wimbledon – Final

San Jose – First Round

Tatjana Maria will now replace Serena Williams in the main draw and the German faces Alize Cornet in the first round.

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