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Caroline Wozniacki digs deep to beat Sara Errani in Istanbul



World Number 2 and this year’s Australian Open champion Caroline Woznacki had to dig deep to beat Italian star Sara Errani 5-7 6-3 6-3 after 2 hours and 26 minutes at the WTA International tournament in Istanbul.


Errani won the first set before Wozniacki turned around the match in the second set. The Italian player, who had won just one game in their most recent match at the 2014 US Open, dropped her serve seven times from the eleven break points she faced. Wozniacki faced 12 break points in the first set, but Errani created just two opportunities in the second and third sets.

Errani broke serve in the fifth and seventh games to build up a 5-2 lead. The Dane saved a set point on her return and got one break back in the 8th game. Errani did not convert her second set point on her serve at 5-4. Errani broke on her sixth break point chance in a very long 11th game and held serve at 30 in the next game to close out the opening set 7-5.

Wozniacki went up a double break to open up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the second set 6-3. Wozniacki dropped her serve once, but broke twice in the first and fifth games. Errani dropped her serve again, as she was serving to stay in the match at 3-5.

Wozniacki hit 47 winners to Errani’s 23.

“In the first set I made too many unforced errors, but I cut that down in the second and third set. On the clay it’s important to be able to play defense, because there are longer rallies, but at the same time, if you have a short ball, you have to attack. I am trying to find that balance. It’s not easy, especially in the first tournament of the year”, said Wozniacki during the post-match press conference.

Wozniacki will face French player Pauline Parmentier. who beat Yulia Putintseva 6-2 2-6 6-3 to reach her first quarter final of the year.

Donna Vekic cruised past Anja Tomljanovic 6-1 6-2 in 1 hour and 11 minutes in their second head-to-head match. Vekic served at 48 %, but dropped just 12 points in her eight service games. The Croatian player converted on four of her ten break point chances. She went up a double break in the second and sixth games to close out the first set. She got a double break at the start of the second set and sealed the win with a hold of serve in the 8th game.

In other matches Aranxta Rus overcame Danka Kovinic 2-6 6-2 6-0, while Maria Sakkari eased past Aleksandra Krunic 6-3 6-1.

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Asian Games Champion Qinwen Zheng Reveals Shock Departure Of Coach Fissette



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China’s Qinwen Zheng says she feels ‘hurt’ by the decision of her former coach to end their collaboration in order to work with another player. 


The US Open quarter-finalist had been working with Belgium’s Wim Fissette in recent weeks following the departure of Pere Riba who is now the coach of Coco Gauff. Fissette has a wealth of experience in women’s tennis after working with the likes of Kim Clijsters and Naomi Osaka. However, Zheng says she is now looking for a new mentor.

“I understand his decision, but my family and I feel hurt. Right now I don’t want to talk about this person (Fissette),’ journalist Bendou Zhang quoted her as saying. 

Fissette is yet to comment on his departure. He had previously coached former world No.1 Osaka between 2019-2022 and during this period she won two of her four Grand Slam titles. The American-based Japanese player is on maternity leave from the sport and gave birth to her first child in July.

20-year-old Zheng is currently ranked 23rd in the world and won her maiden WTA title in Palermo earlier this year. She is the youngest player from her country to have reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam in the Open Era following her run at Flushing Medows. This year she has beaten top 10 players Ons Jabeur and Daria Kasatkina. 

Zheng’s latest career milestone is winning gold at the Asian Games on Friday. in the final, she defeated Zhu Lin 6-2, 6-4, in the blistering Hangzhou heat.

“The feeling was incredible,” Zheng said. “I’m really happy about that. That was not an easy match today and also yesterday (in semifinal against Alex Eala). All of them are good fighters.”

It is not clear who Zheng will be working with during the Asian swing. 

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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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