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Mats Wilander Believes Nerves Caused Venus Williams’ US Open Exit

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The pressure got too much for Venus Williams in the semifinals of the US Open, according to former world No.1 Mats Wilander.

 

Williams missed out of a place in her first final at Flushing Meadows since 2002 after crashing out in three sets to Sloane Stephens. The 37-year-old hit a costly six double faults and 51 unforced errors throughout the two-hour match. Enabling Stephens to power her way into her maiden grand slam final.

“Venus looked a little bit nervous, she looked a little bit nervous in the Wimbledon final too, which is understandable at 37 years old because you’re not going to have many more chances,” Wilander told Reuters.

Chances came and went for Williams during the deciding set as she only managed to convert 2 out of her seven break point opportunities. Partly due to some sublime defensive player from her opponent, who is only playing in his fifth tournament of the year following a foot injury.

“The match-up is bad for her because Stephens gets everything back in play, she’s so fast and shots that usually are winners for her, she has to hit again and hit again and it’s not really Venus’s strength,” said Wilander.
“She likes to hit a couple or three shots and then the rally is over.”

As a result of her loss, Venus ends the season still searching for her first major title since 2008. On the other hand, she had managed to reach the semifinals or better at three grand slam events within the same year for the first time since 2002. Defying the limitations of age.

“She should have won the match but she’s had so much success in her career and when you keep pushing the envelope and keep playing, things turn around and you’re not going to have the same success at some point.” The Swede commented about Williams.

‘I wasn’t playing well’

In her own assessment of the match, a disappointed Williams admitted that she was far from her best form. Illustrated by her unforced error count. A trend that has also caused her difficulty during other matches at the US Open.

“I just wasn’t playing well. Those are moments where you have to dig deep and figure out how to get the ball on the court and have a big game.” Williams explained. “I can’t be tentative and try to figure out how to put that ball in.”

Vowing to ‘continue to play tennis,’ the five-time grand slam champion still has the hunger to succeed. Although she is yet to win a title in 2017. Should she finish the year without one, it will be the first time since 2013.

“For me, it’s about putting myself in the position all the time to get the titles, and that’s exactly what I did.” She said about her US Open performance. “That’s all I could do. So that’s the point of being here is to put yourself in position to win.”

This year is the 20th anniversary of when the world No.9 made her Flushing Meadows debut.

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Matteo Berrettini unsure about plating at the US Open

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Matteo Berrettini admitted in an interview to the Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport that he will take his time before making his final decision on playing at the US Open in New York or not.

 

The US Open organizers received the green light from New york Governor Andrew Cuomo to proceed with the Grand Slam event, which will take place from 31st August to 13th September at Flushing Meadows.

“Not just me, actually. The situation is complex. There are many questions that need to be answered. People organising the US Open and these other tournaments have to be answered whether we have quarantine issues if we travel to the USA. First of all, I think about my healthand decide what I will do. If the conditions are good, I could play bot the US Open and the French Open, but we have to wait and see. We don’t know what will happen. We don’t know what will happen. A virus like this has never come along, so we don’t know what will happen. I understand it is difficult to solve all problems in a short period of time, but it is still too early to decide. Many players have asked for clarifications that have not yet arrived. Many players have for clarifications that have not arrived yet. I want to have more certainties than the current ones to be able to make my choice with the right serenity”, said Berrettini.

Berrettini reached the second round at the Australian Open in his only official tournament before being sidelined by an injury problem in the following two months. The world number 8 and last year’s US Open semifinalist is sure that Novak Djokovic had good intentions when he decided to organize the Adria Tour. He announced that the money raised at the Adria Tour would be donated to charities.

“Honestly, I don’t feel like questioning Djokovic for that matter. In general, he has always worked well and in everyone’s interest. In the circumstance he made a mistake and for the image of tennis it was a backlash which I hope does not affect the next decisions”, said Berrettini.

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Matteo Berrettini sets up final in Berlin exhibition tournament

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Matteo Berrettini and Dominic Thiem will meet in Berlin exhibition tournament final. Elina Svitolina sets up final against Petra Kvitova in the women’s tournament.

 

World number 8 Matteo Berrettini came back from one set down to beat 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6 6-3 10-6 in the first semifinal of the Bett 1 Aces on grass at the Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin.

Bautista Agut converted his second break point in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead, as Berrettini hit his forehand into the net. The Spanish player saved two break points at 5-4 15-40 with two service winners before sealing the opening set 6-4 with an ace.

Berrettini, who reached the US Open semifinal in 2019 and won the Ultimate Tennis Showdown last week, did not face any break points in the second set and converted his second break point in the eighth game and held his serve at love in the ninth game to win the second set 6-3 forcing the match to the super tie-break. Bautista Agut took a 5-3 lead with a mini-break, but Berrettini rallied by winning seven of the next eight points to win the super tie-break 10-6.

Berrettini set up a final against Dominic Thiem, who beat Jannik Sinner 6-3 7-6 (7-5). Thiem converted his second break point in the fourth game and held on his serve to win the opening set 6-3 with a forehand winner.

Sinner saved a break point in the first game of the second set and two more chances in the 11th game to set up a tie-break. Sinner entertained the crowd at the start of the tie-break with a spectacular point despite slipping during the rally. Thiem edged his younger Italian rival 7-5, when the Italian teenager hit an unforced error.

“I think it was a pretty typical grass court match. Both of us served well. I am coming from clay, from high altitude in Kitzbuhel. It’s very different here. I tried to put the ball into the court with the good quality, because I did not have enough time to practice and get used to the baseline”, said Thiem.

Elina Svitolina beat Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Svitolina earned the first break in the second game to open up a 4-1 lead. Sevastova broke back at love in the seventh game and held on his serve to draw level to 4-4. Both players traded breaks in the 11th and 12th games en route to the tie-break. Svitolina cruised through to a 7-2 win in the tie-break. Svitolina got an early break in the first game of the second set. Sevastova broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Svitolina won the final three games with two consecutive breaks to seal the second set 6-3 with a forehand volley.

Svitolina set up a final match against twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-2. Kvitova will face Bertens for the seventh game in their careers and for the second time on grass. Kvitova won the first set 6-3 with a break at love in the second game. Bertens converted his third break point at deuce in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. Kvitova broke serve three times in a row to win the second set 6-2.

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France’s Lucas Pouille To Undergo Surgery

The 26-year-old has suffered another setback to his plans for a return to the Tour.

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Two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Lucas Pouille says he is hopeful that he will be able to play tennis again this season after announcing plans to undergo surgery.

 

The world No.58 confirmed on Tuesday morning that he will be having an operation on his right elbow later this month in Paris. Pouille has only managed to play one match this year on the ATP Tour due to the injury, which was at the Indian Wells Challenger tournament where he lost in straight sets to Noah Rubin.  The issue has been bothering the Frenchman since last October when he shut down his season early after the Shanghai Masters.

“It’s never an easy decision to take, but I will get surgery on my right elbow this month in Paris. After new medical exams, it appeared it was the best solution in order to finally be able to play pain-free. I still hope to play before the end of the season.” Pouille said in a statement.

Pouille initially looked to be on track to making a return to action after participating in the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in June. An exhibition tournament created by Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou. However, he lost two matches to Feliciano Lopez and Elliot Benchetrit before being forced to withdraw from the competition due to his elbow.

In recent days the coach of the former world No.10,  Loic Courteau, said they will not be travelling to the US Open next month. Although it is unclear if Courteau’s comments were made before or after the decision to undergo surgery was made.

“I will not be in New York, for the good reason that Lucas… is not going to play the tournament,” he told French television.

Pouille has won five ATP titles so far in his career and has earned more than $7 million in prize money. He is currently the eighth highest ranked French player on the ATP Tour.

Pouille’s ATP titles breakdown

2018 1 Montpellier (Indoor/Hard)
2017 3 Vienna (Indoor/Hard)
Stuttgart (Outdoor/Grass)
Budapest (Outdoor/Clay)
2016 1 Metz (Indoor/Hard)

 

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