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Wimbledon Day 7 Preview: Six Must-See Matches

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Angelique Kerber (zimbio.com)

Today is the best tennis day of the year. Day 7 at Wimbledon features all 16 round of 16 matches in the men’s and ladies’ singles draws. These 32 players combine for 64 major singles titles. “Manic Monday” is an exciting occasion with big names in big matches taking place at the same time. If you’re watching from home, it’s a good day to have as many screens available as possible. With so many great matches spread across the grounds of the All England Club, it’s the last day to catch elite players in singles action on the outer courts. Let’s take a look at six of the most fascinating matches on what will be an extremely busy day at the Championships.

 

Angelique Kerber vs. Garbine Muguruza

The biggest matchup to start off the day is this battle of major champions on No.2 Court. In 2016 these women accounted for three of the four major crowns, but neither has won a title of any kind since reaching those heights. Kerber may barely still be the world number one, but she’ll lose that top spot unless she returns to the Wimbledon final this weekend. Kerber is only 15th in the year-to-date rankings, while Muguruza is just 10th. The German was close to exiting The Championships on Saturday, but rebounded after being six points from defeat against 70th-ranked Shelby Rogers. Muguruza has looked like the better player at SW19 this year, having not dropped a set through three rounds. To the dismay of many, Muguruza expressed relief after unsuccessfully defending her French Open crown, citing the amount of pressure she had felt since winning her first major title. But perhaps Muguruza is feeling refreshed without those expectations on her, and she’ll surely be under less pressure than Kerber in this match. The Spaniard has a slight 4-3 edge in their head-to-head, and Muguruza has won the last four meetings. That includes a third round encounter at Wimbledon two years ago. Easily the more aggressive and powerful player of the two, this match will be on Muguruza’s racquet.

Venus Williams vs. Ana Konjuh

On paper, the opening match of Monday’s Centre Court schedule appears pretty one-sided. Venus Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion, coming off a return to the semifinals last year and a run to the final of this year’s Australian Open. Her opponent is a relatively inexperienced 19-year-old who is in the second week of a major for only the second time. But Konjuh is not afraid of the big stage, and likes to play on the grass. This is evidenced by her run to last year’s U.S. Open quarterfinal, as well as her tight three-set victory on Friday over eighth seed Dominika Cibulkova. It feels as if Konjuh is primed for another major breakthrough sooner than later, and I would not be at all surprised to see her prevail over the future Hall of Famer.

Simona Halep vs. Victoria Azarenka

The next match on No.2 Court is a rematch of what was a tremendous 2015 U.S. Open quarterfinal, where Halep outlasted Azarenka 6-4 in the third. Halep has recovered nicely from her extremely disappointing and emotional loss to Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open final. Less than a month later, the Romanian is yet to drop a set on the lawns of Wimbledon this year. Azarenka has regained a high level of play very quickly in only her second tournament back after being out for a year while giving birth to her son. The edge in this one has to go to Halep due to Azarenka’s lack of match play, but let’s hope we get another great battle between these two tough competitors.

Rafael Nadal vs. Gilles Muller

Muller is having the best season of his career. 2017 has seen the 34-year-old finally win his first two titles ever, including a win on the grass of s-Hertogenbosch just a few weeks ago. He’s currently at a career-high ranking of number 26, and is ranked number 16 at these Championships due to his strong grass court results. Surprisingly, this is Muller’s first appearance in the Wimbledon fourth round. Even more surprisingly, Muller owns a victory over Nadal at the All England Club. But that was 12 years ago, and Muller hasn’t beaten Nadal since. This is actually only the second time Nadal has advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon in the past six years, but the 15-time major winner has looked more impressive on the grass during the first week of this fortnight than he has in many years. Nadal also usually does very well against fellow left-handed players. Still, considering current form, Muller is a dangerous opponent. If Muller serves well, Nadal will need to be at the peak of his abilities in this No.1 Court matchup.

Milos Raonic vs. Alexander Zverev

No.2 Court may have the best lineup of any court on this crowded day of action, with the two women’s matches discussed earlier and this highly anticipated men’s fourth round encounter. 2016 was a breakthrough year for Raonic, reaching his first major final at last year’s Wimbledon and ending the year at a career-high ranking of number three. 2017 has seen quite a decline for Raonic, as he’s battled injury and struggled to regain the form of last year. Milos is only ranked 16th in the Race to London, and the Canadian actually hasn’t won a title since eighteen months ago in Brisbane. Meanwhile Zverev has continued to quickly ascend in the rankings this year, winning his first Masters 1,000 title and currently sitting in fifth place in the Race to London. But strong results at other tournaments have not yet translated to the majors, as this is actually the 20-year-old’s first time to a major fourth round. The only previous meeting between these two was just recently at the Rome Masters, which Zverev won in straight sets on his way to the title. This should be a tight, big-serving affair that could easily go either way.

Roger Federer vs. Grigor Dimitrov

They say the imitation is never as good as the original. Dimitrov obviously modeled his strokes after the eighteen-time major champion, but has not been able to replicate his success. Dimitrov got off to a great start in 2017, highlighted by his epic semifinal clash against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. He also won titles in both Brisbane and Sofia. But since those three tournaments, Grigor was only 10-10 coming into these Championships. Grigor has seemed to regain some confidence on the grass, as he advanced to the semifinals at Queen’s Club. Dimitrov also looked very sharp in his first three rounds at SW19, not dropping a set. The Bulgarian knows how to defeat top players on Centre Court, as he eliminated Andy Murray from The Championships in 2014. But Dimitrov is 0-5 lifetime against Federer. Federer also did not drop a set through three rounds, but has had a case of the sniffles and admitted to not feeling 100% in recent days. While another Federer victory seems likely, this is a good opportunity for Dimitrov to step up and seize the moment in the final match of the day on Centre Court.

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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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