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Svetlana Kuznetsova Accuses Muguruza Of Illegal Coaching At Wimbledon

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Svetlana Kuznetsova has hit out at former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza after accusing her of receiving coaching from the players’ box throughout their quarter-final match at Wimbledon.

The Russian lost to Muguruza in straight during what was their second meeting of the year.  The controversy started when Kuznetsova’s coach, Carlos Martinez, was seen gesturing to the match umpire. According to witnesses, Martinez was complaining that a member of Muguruza’s camp was communicating tips directly to her. The Spaniard was never handed a warning from the umpire for illegal coaching.

“I could hear that (talking) because it was pretty clear because we all speak Spanish here.” Kuznetsova said after the match.
“She was talking to her all the time. But it’s her physio. I mean, I know she acts like this all the time. I know that.”
“I don’t think it’s appropriate, but it’s okay, I was focused on my game.” She added.

Unlike the WTA Tour, players are prohibited from receiving coaching during matches. Violation of the rule could result in a fine. In 2010 Rafael Nadal was reportedly fined £1300 for illegal coaching during his match against Philipp Petzschner.

It is unclear as to what the exact comments aimed towards Muguruza was. Although, the Russian world No.8 said her coach is certain that it was an element of coaching. Furthermore, Kuznetsova has publicly accused the umpire of double standards after she was previously punished for the same offense.

“My coach says it’s elements of coaching.” She stated.
“The same umpire gave my coach a warning last year for telling me, Vamos, vamos. Then this girl was talking to Garbine during the match. She didn’t say anything to her. That’s probably what surprise him a lot.”

23-year-old Muguruza has dismissed the allegations. Speaking in her press conference, she said that she ‘didn’t think they were coaching’ in reference to her team.

Time to introduce coaching in grand slam matches?

The controversy comes after the US Open declared that they will be trailing a new coaching rule during their qualifying tournament later this year. In a grand slam first, players will be allowed to seek advice from their mentors in the stands. Currently only the WTA Tour allows coaching in matches, but only during changeovers.

In the wake of the latest debate, Kuznetsova has supported the idea of allowing coaching in all major events.

“I don’t see why not. I think it’s great these coaches can work more their job. It’s more interesting to the fans. I don’t see why not.” She argued.
“I mean, I’m not here to complain, whatever they were doing on the court. Garbine played a very good game today. And I think she deserved to win, because I didn’t play so well.”

On the other hand, Kuznetsova’s Spanish rival has a somewhat more open-minded view about the idea.

“In some matches you feel some people are already coaching. I don’t know. I don’t know if that would maybe lose the essence. I don’t know what to tell you.” Muguruza replied when asked about the topic.

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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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