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Petra Kvitova’s Dream Return To Wimbledon Earns Praise From Rival Halep

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When Petra Kvitova suffered a horrific hand injury after a knife attack, it was the prospect of playing at Wimbledon that motivated her to return to the tour.

 

Walking onto Centre Court on Monday, where she had previously won two titles at SW19, the memories came flying back. Playing in only her eighth match since returning to the tour in May, Kvitova experienced a stern test against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson. Dropping her serve twice, once in each set, the 11th seed battled to a 6-3, 6-4, victory.

“It was amazing to step on it again.” Kvitova said about her return to Centre Court. “I felt the energy from the crowd today and it was amazing to be back here in Wimbledon, playing on the beautiful centre court..”
“It was amazing to win on it.” She added.

Relishing in her winning start to the tournament, Kvitova knows that she has further work to do. Against Larsson, she produced a total of five double faults and 22 unforced errors. The figures are understandable considering this is only her third tournament of 2017, but the 27-year-old is eager to seek improvement.

“I’m still missing the matches. It is training, which you can’t really train,” Kvitova explained when trying to pinpoint her issues.
“I think I was a bit tight today. I was nervous before and that’s probably why I started a little bit badly with my serve. I need to improve for sure my serve and my groundstrokes.”

Besides her left hand, an abdominal injury has also disrupted Kvitova’s preparation for the third grand slam of the year. That issue now appears to be in the past after she declared she felt ‘no pain’ during her first round encounter. Regardless of the bad timing, the Czech no longer cares as she once again returns to winning ways on her beloved Centre Court.

“It was my own motivation to come back to come (to Wimbledon) back and play. I am very happy that the dream came true and I was able to back back here to play again.”

The envy of others

Despite her recent absence from the tour and the fact she has never been world No.1, Kvitova remains a formidable force in the world of tennis. Both players and fans have publicly praised the Czech and her return to the tour. The most recent being French Open finalist Simona Halep.

“I think it’s a great thing what she’s doing. She’s really strong. She has a strong personality.” Said Halep, who defeated Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-1, in her opening match.

Leading into Wimbledon, Kvitova excelled her own expectations by winning the Birmingham International. What was the most impressive aspect was the fact she clinched the title without dropping a set in the entire tournament. An achievement that has been hailed by her Romanian rival.

“That she’s winning again on grass is normal, in my opinion, because she is a very good player on grass court. She has a big chance also here.” Halep stated.
“I think Petra deserves what is happening now. She’s a very good person. I hope that she’s going to go through and win matches because she’s a good person.

Tipped as a title contender, Kvitova will play Madison Brengle or Richel Hogenkamp in the second round on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Halep faces Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia.

 

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‘Probably Gonna Quit’ – Tennys Sandgren Blasts Performance After missing Out On Olympic Medal

The tennis star described his fourth place finish as ‘dog s**t.”

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Former Australian Open quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren said he is close to retiring from tennis after missing out on a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

Sandgren and doubles partner Austin Krajicek fell in straight sets to the New Zealand pairing of Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell, who are the first tennis players from their country in over 100 years to win a medal. The loss is a frustrating outcome for the American who wasn’t afraid to express how he felt after the match. Tokyo was the ninth doubles tournament Sandgren has played in this year.

“I mean, who f*ing cares you know, what do I have to show for it? We have a good week and fourth place is dog s**t.” He told the Olympic News Service.

Speaking straight after his loss, the highly emotional 30-year-old then cast doubt on his future in the sport. He is currently ranked 82nd in the world and has a win-loss record of 6-14 so far this year. However, he is yet to reach a quarter-final in singles.

I’m probably gonna quit. That might be my last match. I’m close, yeah, I’m close.” He replied when asked about his career.

As for if he would have done anything different in the bronze medal match, Sandgren replied ‘not to have been so bad.’ He also expressed disappointment that the tennis tournament took place behind closed doors. Prior to the Olympics, organisers decided to hold all events in Tokyo without fans due to a surge of COVID-19 cases in the city.

“It would have been a great event with fans,” he via via teamusa.org. “Playing on an outside court without fans, I mean, you might as well be playing in Idaho in the middle of nowhere.”

Sandgren and Krajicek were America’s last chance to win a medal in the tennis competition. It is the first time the country has failed to win any medal since tennis returned as an Olympic event in 1988.

“There’s not much you can say about that except it’s pretty, pretty devastating to lose that one. You know, give yourself a chance to get a medal and then to lose those two (matches – including the men’s doubles semifinal) is tough, but you have to give those guys credit today. They played well.” Krajicek concluded.

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Fabio Fognini Apologises For Use Of Homophobic Slur During Olympic Match

The Italian says he regrets using the ‘stupid expression’ during his third round clash.

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Fabio Fognini said the heat got to him during his third round clash with Daniil Medvedev at the Tokyo Olympics after he was caught saying a homophobic slur at himself.

 

The world No.31 lost to Medvedev in three sets during what was incredibly hot and humid conditions with both players taking a 10-minute break after the second set under the extreme weather policy. Frustrated with how his match was going, Fognini was caught by broadcasters saying the word ‘frocio’ which is an anti-gay term in his native language. The exact phrase he used was ‘Frocio, sei un frocio’ which was directed towards himself only.

Following his Olympic exit, the 34-year-old issued a statement on social media in which he apologised for making those remarks during his match. In a post uploaded onto his Instagram story which had a rainbow theme background, Fognini reiterated that he supports the LGBT community and the use of the slur was done in the heat of the moment.

The heat got to my head!” Fognini wrote.
“In today’s (Wednesday’s) match I used a really stupid expression towards myself. Obviously I didn’t want to offend anyone’s sensibilities.
“I love the LGBT community and I apologize for the nonsense that came out of me.”

It is not the first time a player has been caught using a homophobic term during a tennis match this year. Earlier in the season Denmark’s Holger Rune was fined for a term he used during a Challenger match. The former world No.1 junior player later apologised for those comments.

Unlike the women’s Tour, there are currently no publicly out players in men’s tennis and only a select few have come out in the past. In June former top 100 player Brain Vahaly, who came out as gay after retiring from the sport, spoke to UbiTennis about his experience.

Despite his loss, Fognini was the only player from his country to reach the third round of the men’s draw in Tokyo. Lorenzo Sonego, who was seeded two places higher than him, lost in the second round to Nikoloz Basilashvili.

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Why Newly Married Elina Svitolina Has No Plans To Change Her Surname

The Ukrainian explains why she isn’t using her husband’s surname of Monfils just yet as she books her place in the third round at Tokyo 2020.

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Just over a week ago Elina Svitolina tied the knot with her long-time partner Gael Monfils at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.

 

Shortly after the world No.6 took to social media and changed her name on Twitter to Elina Monfils as part of the tradition that the woman takes on the man’s name once they are married. As a consequence, various websites started to identify the Ukrainian under that name. Although she would rather that they don’t do such a thing.

“I don’t know why they changed my surname. Maybe they saw that I had changed it on my social networks,” Svitolina told BTU.
“I’m going to play as Svitolina till the very end of my professional career and will change it only after retirement.”

Svitolina explains she believes it is better if all of her achievements are made under the same name instead of two. So far in her career she has won 15 WTA titles, reached two Grand Slam semi-finals and has earned more than $20.5M in prize money.

I had numerous achievements and people know me as Svitolina. My father would be upset if I changed the surname and played as Monfils,” she joked.
“I am proud to be Svitolina and my tennis career will always be connected with this surname.”

Over the coming week the 26-year-old is hoping to add an Olympic medal to her resume. On Monday Svitolina survived a stern scare after coming back from a set down to defeat Ajla Tomljanović 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and move into the third round of the tournament. Her win came on the day where there were shocks galore in the women’s draw with seeds Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova all crashing out.

Svitolina will play Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the next round whom she has lost to in two out of their three previous meetings.

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