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When Success Come In Pairs: A Portrait Of Kristyna And Karolina Pliskova

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Karolina Pliskova has just become the new WTA World Number 1, knocking Angie Kerber off the mountaintop. Her twin sister Kristyna is also fast-rising, reaching a new career high of 35 in the WTA singles ranking.

At first glance, you might be asking yourself: “Who is playing now? Kristyna or Karolina ?”. When the Czech tennis stars and identical twins play at the same WTA event, the question eventually comes up. They are equally stunning, tall and hard-serving: just to avoid confusion, remember that Kristyna is lefty while Karolina is right-handed.

Both twins were very successful juniors, with Karolina winning the Australian Open in 2010 and Kristyna the prestigious Wimbledon title the same year. Karolina’s singles career has so far been most successful, reaching the U.S. Open final in 2016 and the semifinal at the French Open this year.

Overall she has won 9 WTA singles titles, 3 in the 2017 season (Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne) which gave her the latest peak in her still young career; her next target is definitely going to be a Grand Slam title.

After a rather slow start, Kristyna’s career is finally moving at full steam having clinched her first WTA title in Tashkent last year, coupled with a final in Prague last May. The twins have also played a few doubles together, claiming the titles in Hong Kong, Bad Gastein (2014) and in Linz (2013).

Their first serve is a real lethal weapon;  Krystina holds the record for most aces in a single match, blasting 31 against Monica Puig at the 2016 Australian Open. Since 2015, Karolina has served more aces on the WTA tour than any other player, overwhelming her opponents especially on grass and hard courts. When she is on fire, it is very hard to break her serve or even get any kind of rhythm on the return.

Being identical twins, identifying them might become an error-prone exercise to outsiders: “They are congratulating her if I win, and that’s not a really nice feeling. Sometimes she just lost a tight match and they say congrats to her. I almost got used to this thing. Yeah, I think we have different first names, so maybe the people could see the draw and just don’t make sure they’re still confusing us,” Karolina once said to the press.

Kristyna’s rise to the Top seems inevitable but there is for sure one thing she would not like to experience on the main WTA tour: “Well, definitely I would not like to play against Karolina! After my boyfriend, she is the person with whom I spend more time talking on the phone.”

The key differences for the twins are to be found in their upcoming challenges; while Karolina will struggle to keep her 1st spot during the summer as she is going to defend a huge pile of points between Cincinnati and the U.S. Open, Krystina might breaking soon into the world’s Top 30 for the first time.

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.

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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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