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Agnieszka Radwanska upsets Halep in Miami



Agnieszka Radwanska produced an inspired comeback to beat Simona Halep 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the third round of the Miami Open.


It was the Pole’s first win over a top ten player since October 2016 and only the second time she had beaten a world No.1.

Radwanska earned victory by finding her best tennis when she needed it most. After falling a set behind, she became more aggressive and began to construct points in the way she is known for.

The improvements the Pole made enabled her to out-play Halep from the back of the court in the second and third sets and she was understandably delighted with her big win.

“I’m so happy,” said Radwanska in her on-court interview. “She’s been playing great tennis in the last couple of months. A win like this always makes you so happy so I’m very glad I could win that third set.”

Halep got the better of the early rallies in the match and, despite losing her own serve in game three, broke Radwanska twice to lead 3-1.

Both players upped their game after that. Halep drilled an excellent forehand winner down the line to seal a comfortable hold, before Radwanska replied with an easy hold and some aggressive rallying to break back and get the set back on serve.

It did not stay that way for long. Halep produced a superb backhand winner and outlasted Radwanska in a long rally to earn 15-30 on the Pole’s serve.

The 2012 Wimbledon finalist levelled the score with a deft volley winner, but lost out in a long rally and then gifted the Romanian the break with an unforced error. Halep made it count as she held serve with ease to seal the first set.

Losing the opener seemed to trigger something in Radwanska and she responded superbly. In game two of the second set, she played a near-perfect return game which included a stunning backhand volley that spun back towards the net after it bounced.

That set the tone for the rest of Radwanska’s performance. She sealed a double break with a delightful floated backhand winner that just eluded the Halep’s racket, and then withstood a brief comeback from the Romanian to finish off the set and level the match.

In the decider, it was Halep’s turn to make a fast start. She broke Radwanska to love in the opening game with the help of an excellent forehand down the line and a spectacular angled backhand winner to finish one of the best rallies of the match.

Both players then registered comfortable holds before the momentum shifted again. The Pole out-rallied the Romanian to earn a 15-40 advantage and sealed the break back with a well-placed forehand pass.

After two intense games in which both Halep and Radwanska tried and failed to take control of the contest by breaking, Radwanska steeled herself and took her game to another level.

At 30-15 up during an easy hold, she played one of the best points of her career. First she drew Halep in with a drop shot, and then she lobbed her. The Romanian retrieved the lob and got it over the net, only to watch in horror as the Pole executed a perfect backhand drop volley.

Radwanska’s improvement seemed to deflate Halep as she made three errors to gift the Pole a break of serve and a 5-3 advantage.

To her credit, the Romanian did not give up as she fought her way to 30-all when Radwanska served for it. But the Pole held firm and forced Halep into a couple of errors to clinch an impressive victory.

Pliskova struggles past Hsieh

Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova endured a tough test in round three against Su-Wei Hsieh before eventually triumphing 6-4 1-6 7-6(4).

“It was a very tough match for sure,” said Pliskova in her on-court interview. “She has a strange style and there are not many players like this with a lot of slices and a lot of drop shots. It was a very tricky game.”

The Czech continued, “I started very well to go 5-1 up. (But then I made) some mistakes, she was back in the match and the third set was very close.”

Pliskova was also asked what it was like to defend points at an event. She said, “I try to not think about ranking and points but sometimes it’s tough. I came to this tournament to defend semi-finals.”

“I’m just happy that I won two rounds and two very tough matches – Makarova and here. I’m still in the tournament and my journey continues.”

In the other third round match taking place early in the day, Zarina Diyas beat Carina Witthoeft 4-6 7-5 6-0.

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Daria Kasatkina Criticises Decision To Not Use Roof At Sweltering Pan Pacific Open



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Daria Kasatkina has taken a swipe at organizers at the Toray Pan Pacific Open for not using the roof to cover their premier court on Thursday due to the heat. 


The Russian played her second round match against Despina Papamichail in temperatures around 30 degrees with the humidity making it feel even warmer. Kasatkina battled to a 6-4, 6-4, win after spending more than two hours on the court. She dropped serve four times in the match but managed to break Papamichail seven times en route to victory. 

Speaking on the court following his latest tour win, the world No.13 admitted that she struggled in the conditions and implied that she believed the roof should have been closed to shield the players from the sun. Tokyo, which is where the tournament is staged, has experienced a record-breaking number of ‘extremely hot’ days this year with their autumn season being warmer than usual. Something that some warn could be a more regular occurrence due to climate change.

“We cannot do much about it. We are using the ice towels and some supplements to keep you hydrated. By at the end, you cannot fight with something you cannot control,” Kasatkina commented on the conditions during her on-court interview.
“I think in these kinds of conditions, if you have a roof, better maybe to close it. If you have these opportunities, better to use it than to make players almost die on the field.” She added. 

Kasatkina is through to her seventh Tour quarter-final of the season. Awaiting her in the next round will be second seed Jessica Pegula who beat Spain’s Cristina Bucșa 6-1, 6-2, in her second round match on Wednesday. It will be only the second Tour meeting between the two players and their first on a hard court. 

Elsewhere in Tokyo, another player to reach the last eight in France’s Caroline Garcia who beat Anhelina Kahlinina 6-4, 6-3. Meanwhile, Anastasia Pavlychenkova defeated Czech Republic’s Linda Noskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. 

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Barbora Krejcikova Does The Double In San Jose



After what has been a challenging past few weeks on the Tour, Barbora Krejcikova has returned to the winner’s circle by claiming both the singles and doubles titles at the San Diego Open. 


The world No.13 battled to a marathon 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, win over Sofia Kenin in what was a clash of the former Grand Slam champions. Krejcikova was pushed to her limits throughout the two-and-a-half-hour clash with there being no break in the decider until the final game. It is the second singles title the Czech has won on the WTA Tour this season after Dubai and her seventh overall. 

“Normally I wouldn’t be here,” said Krejcikova, who received a wild card to play in the tournament “I really want to thank them (the tournament organisers). It was very special. I really enjoyed my stay here.”

Krejcikova’s run to the trophy has also seen her score wins over Beatriz Haddad Maia and Danielle Collins earlier in the week. She is the first player from her country to win the tournament. 

Following on from that triumph, the 27-year-old then clinched the doubles title alongside compatriot Katerina Siniakova. The duo beat Collins and Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-4.

Krejcikova came into San Jose on a four-match losing streak which started at Wimbledon where she was forced to withdraw from her secound round clash due to a left leg injury. 

“I came here with not really good statistics after my injury, I didn’t actually win any matches,” she said. “So I just came here and I pretty much was hoping and believing that I could get the first win and go from there. It’s pretty special to be sitting here having won [the title].”

It is only the second time in Krejcikova’s career that she has won both the singles and doubles titles at the same event. The first time she did so was at the 2021 French Open where her partner in the doubles was also Siniakova.

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Ex-No.1 Ash Barty Stands By Retirement Decision



Ashleigh Barty (AUS) playing against Angelique Kerber (GER) in the semi-final of the Ladies' Singles on Centre Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 10 Thursday 08/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Jed Leicester

Despite the growing number of players returning to competitive tennis after giving birth, Ash Barty says she is contempt in retirement. 


Barty, who is still only 27 years old, stunned the sport at the start of 2022 when she announced her retirement from the sport just weeks after winning the Australian Open. She has won 15 WTA titles during her career with three of them being at Grand Slam tournaments. She also held the world No.1 spot for 121 weeks and earned more than $23.8M in prize money. 

The Australian returned to the media limelight on Friday by attending a special event to announce the return of the Brisbane International next year. It will be the first time the tournament has been held since the COVID pandemic with the women’s draw being increased from 32 to 48. However, no such changes will be made to the men’s draw. There will be a record prize money pool of AUS$3.1M. 

For those hoping that Barty might have a change of heart and return to competitive action at her home event in Brisbane, they are going to be disappointed. 

“I don’t have the time – I don’t have the time to train, I don’t have the time to prepare, and I have so many great memories out on this court, and now I just get to create new memories,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Barty as saying. 

“I’m certainly not coming out of retirement. Pat (Rafter) may be more likely than me.”

Earlier this year Caroline Wozniacki announced her return to tennis following a three-year retirement from the sport. Despite playing in only two WTA tournaments beforehand, she reached the fourth round of the US Open where she was defeated by Coco Gauff who went on to win the title. Meanwhile, Elina Svitolina returned to the Tour following the birth of her first child and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon. 

Barty has previously said she would like to remain involved in tennis by helping support the rising stars of the game in her home country. Currently, Australia doesn’t have any players in the top 100 on the women’s Tour. In contrast, there are nine Australians in the top 100 on the men’s Tour. 

“It’s depth, you have to play at your top level, you have to be consistent across a 52-week calendar to keep your ranking up with the top of the world,” she said.
“I think it’s exciting for the women’s game, it creates hunger, passion and drive for girls wanting to be the best and knowing there’s an opportunity to take that top spot.
“There’s obviously not as many girls in the top 100 as we would like, but there’s plenty coming through that are learning their craft, developing.
“It takes time to understand how you think you can fit in, how you think you can grow into your play. I’m excited for the next five or 10 years to see where they can get to.”

The Australian tennis season will begin on December 29th with the United Cup. A mixed-team competition that will be held in Sydney and Perth. Two days later, the first singles events in Brisbane and Adelaide will get underway. 

The 2024 Australian Summer of Tennis calendar 

United Cup
Venue: Perth – RAC Arena, Sydney – Ken Rosewall Arena
Group Stage – 29 December 2023 to 5 January 2024
Finals – 6 to 7 January 2024, more details to be announced soon
Category: ATP / WTA international mixed team competition

Brisbane International
31 December 2023 to 7 January 2024
Venue: Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane
Category: WTA 500 / ATP 250
Draw size: WTA – 48 singles / 24 doubles; ATP – 32 singles, 24 doubles

Canberra International
31 December 2023 to 6 January 2024
Venue: Canberra Tennis Centre, Canberra
Category: ATP Challenger 125 / WTA 125
Draw size: ATP – 32 singles, 16 doubles; WTA – 32 singles, 16 doubles

Adelaide International
8 to 13 January 2024
Venue: The Drive, Adelaide
Category: WTA 500 / ATP 250
Draw size: WTA – 32 singles, 16 doubles; ATP – 28 singles, 24 doubles

Hobart International
8 to 13 January 2024
Venue: Domain Tennis Centre, Hobart
Category: WTA 250
Draw size: 32 singles, 16 doubles

AO Opening Week, including Australian Open qualifying (8 to 12 January)
8 to 14 January 2024
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
Category: Grand Slam 
Draw size: Q128 singles

Australian Open
15 to 28 January 2024
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
Category: Grand Slam
Draw size: 128 singles, 64 doubles 

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