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Wimbledon Day 1: How Did The Brits Do?

You already know that Andy Murray and Jo Konta are through in straight sets, but what about the other Brits?

Jakub Bobro

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Almost everyone already knows that the biggest British favorites- Andy Murray and Johanna Konta are through without losing a set. But what about the rest of the Brits? Read to find out!

 

Best result from a Brit today was definitely by Aljaz Bedene. Bedene isn’t known for his grass prowess, so when he was drawn against 21st Ivo Karlovic, there wasn’t much hope. The Brit led the head-to-head 3-0, but two of the matches were retirements and the other one was on clay. Bedene not only held his own on serve and pushed Karlovic to tiebreaks, but came out on top.

The final scoreline for Bedene was 6-7(5) 7-6(6) 6-7(7) 7-6(7) 8-6 after 4 hours and 31 minutes. It was wonderful to see the crowd line up behind Bedene for all his struggles with Olympic and Davis Cup eligibility. Th Brit fired 27 aces to Karlovic’s 44. The Croat failed to convert any of his 8 break points. Bedene’s consistency was definitely one of the keys, getting 79 winners to only 18 unforced errors.

Bedene’s next opponent will be Damir Dzumhur

Post Match Quotes:

“Yeah, I mean, it wasn’t easy to see because he was getting actually tired. Basically the only thing he can do at the end was serve. I was still okay. I wouldn’t say I was fresh, but I felt good on the court. I was hoping we’re going to finish today, end the match.”

“Well, I don’t think I was dreaming about winning 8-6 in the fifth set. But any win’s a good win. It’s a good win. I was getting goosebumps even before that when everyone was clapping. I think it was maybe 5-4 in the fifth set. I mean, I was enjoying the match. Probably I wouldn’t say that if I would lose, but I was enjoying it that moment as well.”

I know Damir for a long time. I actually lent him two match shirts and two shorts for today’s match. He’s a really nice guy. We hang out a lot.

Heather Watson is another Brit that scored a win today. Watson was given an alright draw, opening against the Belgian Maryna Zanveska. The wild card took the first set 6-1, but struggled a bit to close the set out. Watson was leading 5-3 in the second set, but after dropping 3 match points at 5-4, she was in trouble. The second set went to a tiebreak, but Watson regrouped and won the match 6-1 7-6(5).

Heather Watson will play 19th seed Anastasija Sevastova, hoping that she could pull off the upset in front of a crowd on a big court.

Post Match Quotes:

“Yeah, well, first I’m happy to get through the first round. First rounds are always tough. I’d never played Maryna before. I wasn’t really sure. Like, you can watch as many videos as you want, but it’s different being out there on the court against them. I felt I got off to a great start. I felt very solid. In the second set, I felt the same. I just felt that she served extremely well in that second set, especially on the deuce side she hit a lot of aces down the T. Then that game at 5-4, you know, I thought I served very well. She just made me play the extra ball. It didn’t go my way.”

“I feel like the grass for me always takes a few weeks to get used to it, then I start playing really well on it, which is the same for every surface really with me. But especially last week is some of the best tennis I’ve played in a long time.”

Laura Robson did not please the British crowd with her loss to Beatriz Haddad Maia. Haddad Maia does have a solid game on grass, especially with her big serve. The Brazilian wasn’t broken in the match, winning 79% of 1st serve points. She also converted 3 out of 3 break points on Robson’s serve. Robson kept on misfiring, giving Haddad Maia a comfortable 6-4 6-2 win.

Post Match Quotes:

“No, it was just how I felt going into the match. I thought I had a really good chance. With the way that I’d been playing the last few weeks, there is no reason I couldn’t have won that match. Yeah, just let myself down.”

“Well, I definitely would like to qualify for US Open again. That’s always a highlight, playing in New York, for me. Ranking goals, I’m not really overly concerned. It is what it is. I think as long as you get as many matches as you can, you know, grind through these 60Ks and things like that, you move up with the wins.”

Cameron Norrie faced a great challenge this morning in his first Wimbledon appearance. No smaller than 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Norrie is playing his first Wimbledon with a wild card after a successful career in the NCAA college tennis. However he was quite far behind the sheer power and experience of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga took control at 2-3 in the first set, and remained in control throughout. The final score between No. 10 Tsonga and No. 221 Norrie was 6-3 6-2 6-2 after 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Post Match Quotes:

” I think I just lost a little bit of focus. Missed a few easy volleys in the first set, got broken, and then I think it was just the same in each set. I played one loose service game in each set, and it cost me. I’m not used to playing guys at this level. It’s a good learning experience, and I will know next time to work on my concentration and work on my volleys a little bit (smiling).”

” Oh, no, no. I have turned pro now. I can’t actually play for the uni at all anymore. I’m going to head back to the States and play a lot of tournaments on the hard courts over there and kind of look to base, if I have like an off week or something, then I will go to my uni at TCU and kind of base out of there. My favorite surface is the hard, so it’s the best time of year for me now.”

Naomi Broady was also a wild card recipient this year. Broady was drawn against Irina-Camelia Begu. The match was deemed a coin flip, decided by the particular form on the day. Broady had a chance to break for 3-2, but Begu held and she was the one to take the break and win the first set. Begu was in charge of the second set, and won 6-4 6-2 after an hour and 17 minutes.

Post Match Quotes:

“With my ranking being just on the border of not being enough ranking anyway, I don’t think I felt as much pressure as maybe if I was ranked in the 200s and I was way off, because I know that I have played in main draw here off ranking and in the other Grand Slams before. As I said, I’m only a couple spots off. In the bigger picture I really wanted to win to get in the US Open main draw. That was my goal for the grass season. I think I’m going to be literally two or three spots off that. I don’t know if the tournament after Wimbledon counts or not, but I’m entered in it, so I’ll probably go play there in Kazakhstan and try and get the last couple points I need to get up for that.”

“Well, I have women’s doubles here. I don’t know if I play tomorrow. I haven’t checked the schedule. Does women’s doubles start tomorrow? I don’t know. And I’m going to sign up for mixed doubles. I will see with that, as well. Then I’m entered in a 100,000 in Kazakhstan directly after Wimbledon, the second week of Wimbledon. Then it’s over to the U.S. for the hard court season. Possibly some more ITFs mixed in with the WTAs and then potentially qualifiers for US Open if my ranking is not with the main draw.”

 

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Jean Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the doubles tournament in London

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Former ATP Finals champions Jean Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horia Tecau from Romania beat 2019 year-end number 1 team Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-2 5-7 10-8 after 90 minutes in Max Mirnyi Group of the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London.

 

Tecau broke serve with a backhand crosscourt winner to take a 3-1 lead in the opening set. The Romanian player went up a double break with a backhand crosscourt winner at 5-2 to seal the opening set after 28 minutes.

Cabal and Farah did not convert any of their break points in the ninth game of the second set before breaking serve for the first time in the match two games later to claim the second set 7-5 forcing the match to the decisive set.

Rojer and Tecau went up a 6-2 lead in the Match Tie-Break. Cabal and Farah won four consecutive points to draw level to 6-6. Rojer and Tecau rallied from 7-8 down by winning three consecutive points to claim the Match Tie-Break 10-8.

Rojer and Tecau have now a 1-1 record in Group Max Mirnyi. The Dutch and Romanian team took the re-match against Cabal and Farah, who won their previous head-to-head clash in five sets at Wimbledon en route to their maiden Grand Slam doubles title.

“I am happy with our form. We lost the first match and knew we would need to bounce back against a very good team. We played a very good first set, prior to them making adjustments in the second set. We played a really good Match tie-break”, said Rojer.

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Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus secure their spot in the semifinal in the doubles tournament at the ATP Finals in London

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Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus beat Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3 6-4 in the evening’s double match securing their spot in the semifinal with a record of 2-0 in the Group Jonas Bjorkman.

 

Klaasen earned an early break with a forehand volley to open up a 3-1 lead. Venus and Klaasen dropped just four points on serve and did not face a break point. Venus held serve at 5-3 to close out the opening set 6-3 after 32 minutes.

Both teams held serve until the ninth game, when Venus got the first break at 4-4 with a half-volley winner, when Melo was serving on a deciding point. Kubot and Melo fended off two match points in the next game to force a deciding point and got their first break point of the match.

Venus sealed the win after 71 minutes with a big serve on their third match point in the 10th game. Klaasen and Venus won 86 % of their serve points.

US players Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury scored their first win in the Group Jonas Bjorkman at the Nitto ATP Finals, when they beat Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 3-6 6-3 10-6 in the Match Tie-Break. The US team improved their ranking to 1-1.

Dodig and Polasek earned the first break in the fourth game of the opening set to open up a 3-1 lead. They saved four consecutive break points in the ninth game, when they were serving for the first set at 5-3. Dodig and Polasek sealed the first set with a service winner after 33 minutes.

Ram and Salisbury did not convert break points in the most crucial moments of the first set. Ram and Salisbury earned their only break in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face a single break point to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the third set.

Ram and Salisbury opened up a 3-0 lead with an early mini-break in the Match tie-break. Dodig and Polasek rallied to draw level to 5-5. Ram and Salisbury sealed the win on the first match point, when Polasek hit a backhand volley into the net at 9-6.

Dodig and Polasek, who won two titles in Cincinnati and Beijing, lost to Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 10-5 in the Match Tie-Break in last Saturday’s first match.

 

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Dominika Cibulkova announces her retirement from tennis

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Dominika Cibulkova has announced her retirement from professional tennis at an event in her home town of Bratislava. The 30-year-old Slovakian player won eight titles on hard-court, grass, and indoor surfaces and achieved her career-high of world number 4 on 20th March 2017.

 

Cibulkova reached the semifinal at the 2009 Roland Garros, three quarter-finals at Wimbledon (i2011, 2016 and 2018) and the quarter-final at the US Open in 2010. She became the first Slovakian player to reach a Grand Slam final when she finished runner-up to Li Na at the 2014 Australian Open. She achieved the best result of her career in October 2016, when she beat former world number 1 Angelique Kerber at the WTA Finals in Singapore to clinch the Billie Jean King Trophy. That year Dominika won three more titles at Katowice, Eastbourne, and Linz. She also finished runner-up in Acapulco, Madrid, and Wuhan.

“It wasn’t just winning the WTA Finals, but also the road to qualifying, which was really hard. I had to win in Linz just to make it there. While winning Singapore was the biggest moment of my career and life, winning Linz and the way I had to fight to get there, the fact that I was able to do it and belong among the best players in the world”, said Cibulkova in an interview to the WTA Website.

Cibulkova also won four more titles in Moscow 2011, Carlsbad 2012, Stanford 2013 and Acapulco 2014.

She represented the Slovak Republic at two editions of the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and has scored a record of 22 wins and 11 defeats in her Fed Cup appearances.

Cibulkova decided Roland Garros would be the final tournament of her career.

“It wasn’t a decision where I woke up and thought: “I don’t want to play anymore”. It was a long process. I was already convinced by the time I played Azarenka in Miami, that this could be my last match. It was strange because I knew, and no one around me except my team knew it would be my last tournament. At that point, I was 100 percent sure. I was not doubting or thinking: maybe yes or no. I knew I wanted to do it like this, for this to be my last tournament. I went home and I was happy with my decision. It’s really hard to make it, but once you do, you more free. I feel like this life has been fulfilled for me, and I want to start a new one. I was already feeling like the tennis life is really tough, with all the traveling and training, giving 100 % every day. I started to get tired of it. In the end, I gave enough and achieved things I never dreamed of reaching in my career ”, said Cibulkova.

 

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