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Wimbledon Day 6 Preview: Five Must-See Matches

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Saturday at Wimbledon will be the conclusion of the first week’s action, before the traditional day of rest on Sunday. By the end of play today, we should have all round of 16 matches finalized for the best day of the tennis year on Monday.

 

Garbine Muguruza vs. Sorana Cirstea

This is the most intriguing matchup on the outer courts to start the day at 11:30am local time, prior to action commencing on Centre Court and No.1 Court at 1pm. Muguruza was a Wimbledon finalist two years ago, and last year’s French Open champion. But since that career achievement at Roland Garros over a year ago, Muguruza has struggled mightily. The Spaniard has dropped to number 15 in the world, and has not advanced to a final at any tournament since winning her French Open title. With her normal coach, Sam Sumyk, absent from Wimbledon, former Wimbledon Champion Conchita Martinez has stepped in to work with Muguruza. Perhaps the new voice in the coaching box, especially a voice that has won this tournament, will help Garbine turns things around. It will also be interesting to see how Muguruza reacts to other top contenders being eliminated from the ladies’ draw. We’ve have repeatedly seen how so many of the top-ranked women do not perform well when they become a favourite to take the title. Her opponent on Saturday has not been past the first week at a major since the 2009 French Open, and had a losing record at Wimbledon coming into these Championships. Muguruza defeated Cirstea rather easily at this year’s Australian Open, but Cirstea is more talented than her ranking of 63 reveals, and capable of competing with the best in the game on any given day. Still this match will be all about Muguruza: is she ready to seize the moment and make another deep run at a major?

Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Timea Bacsinszky

The first match of the day on Centre Court features two of the more reserved players on tour, but also two very strong competitors. Radwanska is lucky to still be in the tournament, as she had to save match points on Thursday to defeat American Christina McHale. Agnieszka has struggled in 2017 and also battled injury, and she arrived at Wimbledon with almost as many losses as victories on the year. Bacsinszky is coming off her third straight run to the later stages of the French Open, and was a quarterfinalist at The All England Club in 2015. Bacsinszky is actually 2-0 against Radwanska, but they have yet to meet on grass. This should be a fun match to watch with a lot of slice, finesse, and strategic tennis.

Novak Djokovic vs. Ernest Gulbis

Next up on Centre Court will be a seemingly rejuvenated former champion against a resurgent former top ten player who is currently ranked 589th in the world. Gulbis appears to finally be finding his form again after nursing multiple injuries over the past few years. Djokovic looked really strong in his first two rounds this week, but will he be able to sustain a high level over the next two weeks and against much stiffer competition? Gulbis is likely not ready to challenge Djokovic at this time, but this may be a better indication of just how much confidence Novak has regained.

Roger Federer vs. Mischa Zverev

After skipping the entire clay court season, Federer looks to have quickly returned to a very high level on the grass. The older Zverev brother is having the best season of his career. He made a shocking run to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, which included an epic five set victory over John Isner and the upset of world number one Andy Murray. Federer was actually the one to end Mischa’s run in Melbourne. The two had a rematch a few weeks ago on the grass of Halle, which was a tight but straight set victory for Roger. Zverev’s play harkens back to yesteryear with his serve and volley style, much like Federer used to do when he first arrived at Wimbledon almost two decades ago. Federer will be heavily favored in what ought to be an aesthetically pleasing contest.

Tomas Berdych vs. David Ferrer

It’s harder to find two bigger victims of the “big four” era than Berdych and Ferrer. Both have been consistent top 10 players over the past decade, yet each have only made one major final and have no major titles to their names. Both have also seen their rankings drop as of late. Berdych is currently ranked 15th, while Ferrer has dropped all the way to 39th. This is the first major in well over a decade where Ferrer is unseeded. With his movement slowed by age, he’s struggled to get wins. The Spaniard actually arrived at SW19 with a losing record in 2017, and is a surprise to even make it this far at his worst-performing major considering his recent form. Berdych is a much better grass court player, but Ferrer actually slightly leads their head-to-head 8-7. Ferrer is also one of the fiercest competitors around, so you can never fully count him out.

Order of play

Centre Court

Radwanska v Bacsinszky
Gulbis v Djokovic
Zverev v Federer

Court 1

Raonic v Ramos-Vinolas
Kontaveit v Wozniacki
Thiem v Donaldson

Court 2

Cirstea v Muguruza
Kerber v Rogers
Ofner v Zverev

Court 3

Dimitrov v Sela
Riske v Vandeweghe
Ferrer v Berdych

Court 12

Hercog v Kuznetsova
Monfils v Mannarino

Court 18

Rybarikova v Tsurenko
Martic v Diyas

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Gerard Tsobanian: “I can’t see the events being held behind closed doors”

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The ATP and WTA have suspended the tennis season until 13th July cancelling all the clay and grass tournaments, but players expect the suspension to get expected.

 

The Madrid Mutua Open was originally scheduled from 3 to 10 May 2020. Madrid Masters Chef Executive Officer Gerard Tsobanian doubts that the tennis season will resume this year. Tsobanian said that playing tournament behind closed doors is not possible during an interview to French sports daily L’Equipe.

“I am worried about the future. There are so many question marks. Playing without fans is an option but I doubt that the events will go that route. I can’t see the events being held behind closed doors. It will take time for everything to return to normal in tennis”, said Gerard Tsobanian.

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Wimbledon Announces Cancellation As Coronavirus Continues To Affect Tennis Calendar

For the first time since World War Two, Wimbledon has been cancelled.

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Wimbledon has announced it has cancelled this year’s tournament due to health fears over the coronavirus. 

 

This is the first time since world war two that the famous grass-court tournament at SW19 has been cancelled as the coronavirus continues to impact the tennis calendar.

In a statement, Wimbledon confirmed that the next edition of the tournament will occur in 2021, “It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic,” they said on their website.

“The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021. Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.

“Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021. We will be communicating directly with all ticket-holders.”

Speaking on the decision, All-England Club chairman Ian Hewitt admitted that health and public safety was more important than tennis right now, “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.”

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.”

As a result of today’s announcement, all grass-court tournaments in England and abroad have been cancelled as there will be no tennis until the 13th of July at the earliest.

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova splits with coach Sam Sumyk after seven months

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Sam Sumyk will no longer coach Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian player got off to a good start to her 2020 season under the guidance of the French coach reached the quarter finals before losing to eventual finalist Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open but she has split from the French coach after seven months. Sumyk has confirmed the news to the French tennis website We love tennis. Earlier this yera Pavlyuchenkova won 19 of her 27 matches and reached the final in Moscow in the seven months under the guidance of Sumyk.

 

Pavlyuchenkova won two Junior Grand Slam titles and became the Junior world number 1 at the age of 14 in 2006. She reached her career-high of world number 13 in July 2011. The Russian player has won 12 singles titles and 5 doubles titles. She also reached six quarter finals at Grand Slam level at the 2011 French Open, at the 2011 US Open, at Wimbledon 2016 and at the Australian Open in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Sumik had previously coached two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka, former Wimbledon and Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza, former world number 2 Vera Zvonareva and 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.

Under the guidane of Sumik Azarenka won her first Grand Slam title in 2012. The Belarusian player defended her title in Melbourne and climbed to the world number on eone year later.

The 53-year-old coach helped Muguruza clinch her maiden Grand Slam title at 2016 Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2017.

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