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Wimbledon Day 10 Preview: The Ladies’ Semifinals



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We’re down to four women remaining in the ladies’ draw, with none of the top four seeds advancing to this stage. One is a five-time former champion who on Tuesday won her 100th Wimbledon singles match, and is the oldest ladies’ semifinalist at Wimbledon in 23 years. Another is a former major champion who struggled mightily in the year following her triumph, but is finally finding herself again. Then there’s the first British female semifinalist in 39 years, who until this year was 1-5 lifetime at the All England Club. And lastly we have a shocking semifinalist who was 453rd in the world just four months ago, and is now 18-1 on grass over the past month in main level and ITF-level events. Which two ladies will face off for the Venus Rosewater Dish on Saturday?


Garbine Muguruza vs. Magdalena Rybarikova

Muguruza has played like a woman reborn now that she is free of the pressure to back up and defend her 2016 French Open Title. Much credit must also be given to Wimbledon Champion Conchita Martinez, who has joined Muguruza’s team in the absence of her regular coach to help guide the fellow Spaniard back into form. This semifinal run from Rybarikova has come from almost nowhere: she arrived at SW19 with a 17-35 career record at the majors. Rybarikova dominated Coco Vandeweghe in Tuesday’s quarterfinals, and Coco plays a similar style of power tennis to Muguruza’s. Will Rybarikova be able to absorb Muguruza’s power and use it against her in the same way? These players have split four previous meetings, most notably and most recently on the grass of Birmingham two years ago. In that match, Rybarikova won easily, dropping only four games. Magdalena is yet to show any signs of being overwhelmed in her first time being past the third round of a major, but being in the Wimbledon semifinals on Centre Court must make an impression on her. Muguruza’s been here before, and has looked like a champion during this fortnight. It’s hard to imagine Garbine won’t find a way to overcome Rybarikova, but no one imagined Ostapenko would win Roland Garros either. Rybarikova would be an even more shocking major finalist.

Johanna Konta vs. Venus Williams

The two highest seeds remaining have already played each other twice in 2017. Konta defeated Venus in the Miami semifinals on a hard court, while Venus defeated Konta in Rome on clay. Konta is yet to figure out how to play on the clay, so her loss on the terra battue was not surprising. However, beating Venus on a hard court in her home state of Florida was impressive. The two have never met on grass, which is a surface that must favor the five-time Wimbledon champion over a player with only one previous match win at Wimbledon prior to this year. Konta has really embraced the British crowd support in her matches during this tournament, but I doubt the crowd will be quite as boisterous with a respected and popular champion in Venus Williams on the other side of the net. Venus has spent much less time on court than Konta in this fortnight: the American has only dropped one set and is yet to have a tight three-set battle, while Konta has already had three. It’s also important to consider this is Venus’ tenth Wimbledon semifinal, while Konta has never experienced the pressure of being one step from the championship match in her home country. Possibly the most significant statistic? Venus is 8-1 in Wimbledon semifinals, with her only loss coming last year to Angelique Kerber. Konta will need to draw upon all of the energy and inspiration of the home crowd to prevent Venus from advancing to her ninth Wimbledon singles final.

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Roger Federer Targets Djokovic And Alcaraz For Laver Cup 2024 After Team World Thrashes Europe



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Roger Federer says he would love to see the two highest-ranked players on the men’s Tour play in the next Laver Cup after this year’s tie ended in a crushing defeat for Europe. 


Team World, which is captained by John McEnroe, dominated the clash in Vancouver after surging to a 10-2 lead heading into the final day of competition. On Sunday they were required to win only one match to claim the overall title which they did in the opening doubles match. Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe ousted the European duo of Andrey Rublev and Hubert hurkacz 7-6(4), 7-6(5). 

“I am proud of these guys. We brought together a great group of some youth and experience, guys that have been here before. Everybody played well,” McEnroe said of his team’s 13-2 victory.
“It was an awesome week. We kicked some ass.”
“Winning is a whole lot better than losing. We struggled the first couple of years, and now we have tasted winning and it feels good.”

In contrast, Europe didn’t have much joy at the event with their only victory being from Casper Ruud who defeated Tommy Paul on the second day of the tie. Since the start of the competition in 2017, Europe won four consecutive titles but 2023 is the second year in a row that they have been defeated. 

Hoping that this losing streak will come to an end next year when the event is held in Berlin, Federer says he wishes Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz will play. Djokovic has played in the Laver Cup twice before but Alcaraz is yet to make his debut.

“They destroyed Team Europe. Team World played fantastic, they really brought the energy. Everybody brought a point, they were stronger in the doubles. In the singles too, they were moving fast, they were ready to go. They thoroughly deserved victory,” said Federer.
“I would like to see Novak again, Alcaraz and Novak on the same team. Sascha Zverev would be great for the German market. Someone like [Holger] Rune, that really hurt Team Europe. Rune and [Stefanos] Tsitsipas pulling out. [Daniil] Medvedev would be great. I like watching [Andrey] Rublev, and maybe someone will come through,” he added.

Federer is a co-founder of the Laver Cup with his management company Team 8 partnering up with Tennis Australia and Jorge Paulo Lemann to create the event. In 2019 the team competition was awarded ATP Tour status with a spot on the official calendar and access to marketing facilities under an agreement. However, ranking points are not awarded to players. 

Due to the nature of the format, only one match was played on Sunday with fans not getting the chance of watching any singles. Something two-time French Open champion Ruud admits is a problem. 

“Two of the times that I have played was maybe in a way a little bit unfortunate with only one deciding doubles (match) on Sunday,” Ruud commented.
“The crowd didn’t get to see a singles (match) after or whatever. That’s not in my hands to decide what the format looks like.’
“But last year in London was great in many ways because you had so many great players and it came down to almost the last match. When I watched on TV the first series, it was so exciting because Roger played a couple of times, the final match of the Sunday and clutched it for Team Europe. It’s been a couple of years without playing that last singles match. But it’s a great initiative. Me, as a golf fan, watching the Ryder Cup all my life in my childhood, it’s great for tennis to have this event.”

The 2024 Laver Cup will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin between September 20-22. 

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India’s Sumit Nagal Receives Sponsorship Boost After Revelling Financial Struggles



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A leading food and drink company has pledged to support India’s highest-ranked men’s player who was unable to train at his usual facility in Germany earlier this year due to a lack of money. 


Earlier this week world No.159 Sumit Nagal made a public plea for financial support to help him continue his career as a tennis player. In recent years he has been based at the Nansel Tennis Academy in Germany but was unable to train there during the first three months of the 2023 season due to a lack of funds. During this period he relied on his friends, including former player Somdev Devvarman, to help maintain his fitness. 

“If I look at my bank balance, I have what I had at the beginning of the year. It is 900 euros. I did get a bit of help. Mr Prashant Sutar is helping me with MAHA Tennis Foundation and I also get monthly (salary) from IOCL but I don’t have any big sponsor,” Nagal told the Press Trust of India.
“I am investing whatever I am making. The yearly cost where I travel with one coach is costing me around Rs 8 million to Rs 10 million (90,000-113,000 euros) and that is just with one travelling coach (no physio). Whatever I have made I have already invested,” he added.

Nagal, who is 26 years old, has reached the semi-finals of better at five tournaments on the lower-level Challenger Tour so far this season. His only Grand Slam result was at the US Open where he lost in the first round of qualifying to Taro Daniel. It was at the US Open where he took a set off Roger Federer before losing in 2019. 

Despite being the only player from his country to be ranked in the top 400, Nagal is currently not part of the Target Olympics Podium Scheme. An initiative set up by the Indian government to provide support to their top athletes.

After learning about Nagal’s ongoing struggles on the Tour, a leading company has decided to support the tennis player by signing a three-year deal with him. Gatorade specializes in sports drinks and is manufactured by PepsiCo. Under the deal, Nagal will receive support with his recovery and nutrition from experts at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI).  

“I am deeply moved and grateful to join hands with Gatorade. This association comes to me at a pivotal time, and I am thankful my hard work and passion is getting recognized and appreciated. With Gatorade by my side, I am sure I will reach new heights and give it my all both on and off the court,” the Indo-Asian News Service quoted Nagal as saying on Thursday. 

Speaking about the new partnership, Ankit Agarwal from PepsiCo India has hailed the collaboration. Agarwal is the company’s Associate Director of Energy & Hydration. 

“Sumit is a role model for the new-gen athletes of India with his career being a true example of hard work and sweat that makes talent shine,” he said.
“As a brand that is dedicated to supporting athletes in removing barriers to sporting success, we are delighted to welcome Sumit to the Gatorade squad.”

Nagal has been ranked as high as No.122 in the world. So far in his career, he has won four Challenger titles with two of those occurring this year in Italy and Finland. 

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(VIDEO): Malaga Line-Up Set As Davis Cup Most Unpredictable Tournament In History

UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why any of the eight teams in Malaga could win November’s Davis Cup Finals




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The Davis Cup quarter-final line-up is set after an incredible Group Stage over Bologna, Split, Manchester and Valencia.


Now eight teams remain including Novak Djokovic’s Serbia, Great Britain and Australia.

However surprise teams such as the Netherlands, Finland and the Czech Republic will also appear in the quarter-finals.

Ten-time champions Great Britain will face Serbia with the winners taking on the winner of the quarter-final between Italy and the Netherlands.

In the other half of the draw Canada will be heavy favourites against Finland while the Czech Republic face Australia.

The final eight tournament will take place in Malaga and will take place between the 21st and the 26th of November.

However this year’s Davis Cup could be the most unpredictable version in the tournament’s history with there being no Spain or USA.

It really could be anyone’ tournament with Tennis’ most prestigious team competition up for grabs in November.

In this video UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why this year’s Davis Cup finals could be the most unpredictable edition of all-time and why any of the teams could win the title.

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