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Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova set to highlight WTA tournament in Birmingham

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Three top-ten players Petra Kvitova, Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova plus Julia Goerges will be in the spotlight at the Nature Valley Classic WTA tournament in Birmingham.

 

Kvitova will defend her title won in the West Midlands city 2017. Last year she won her first title in her return to the court after the accident in December 2016.

The Czech star has won three titles in 2017 in St. Petersburg, Doha and Prague and is set to continue her good tradition in grass tournaments on British soil after winning Wimbledon twice.

The line-up will also feature 2017 Birmingham semifinalist and reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, 2015 runner-up Karolina Pliskova and 2017 WTA Elite Trophy champion and this year’s Auckland winner Julia Goerges. Fifteen of the world’s top 25 will play at the Edgbaston Priory Club from 16th to 24th June.

Twice Birmingham champion Maria Sharapova, who won this tournament in 2004 and 2005 and reached the final in 2010, will get a main draw wild card. Former WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova and British Number one Johanna Konta will also test their shape ahead of Wimbledon.

“Our grass courts are world class and facilities get better every year. Players know that whoever lifts the Maud Watson Trophy on 24th June had to battle through an incredibly tough field to get there”, said Birmingham tournament director Patrick Hughesman in a press release.

Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki will start their grass season in Eastbourne one week before Wimbledon.

 

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Dominic Thiem beats Andrey Rublev in a high-quality match at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Dominic Thiem beat Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-4 in a high-quallty match to take the lead in his round-robin group at Thiem’s tournament in Kitzbuhel.

 

Thiem converted his fourth break point chance at deuce in the first game of the second set to take a 1-0 lead. Rublev broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Thiem earned his second break at 15 to win the first set 7-5.

The Austrian player converted his only break point in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and saved Rublev’s only break point chance to seal the second set 6-4 on his third match point.

The 2020 Australian Open finalisti s the only player in his group with two wins.

Dennis Novak bounced back from the defeat in his opening match with a 6-1 6-4 win over Karen Khachanov.

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Rafael Nadal casts doubts about travelling to New York for the US Open and commits to the Madrid Mutua Open

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Rafael Nadal has cast doubts about travelling to New York to play at the US Open and could not defend the title he won last year. The 19-time Grand Slam champion has confirmed that he will play at the Madrid Mutua Open, which will be held from 12 to 20 September one week after the US Open. The Madrid Mutua Open and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome are the two clay Masters 1000 tournaments leading to the French Open, which will be held from 27th September to 11th October 2020.

 

“Rafael has confirmed his participation in Madrid. I talked to my friend Rafael Nadal and has confirmed his participation in Madrid next September. We wait for you as always with open arms in the Magic Box”, said Madrid tournament director Feliciano Lopez.

Last year Nadal won his fourth title in New York and the 19th Grand Slam trophy of his career beating Danil Medvedev in five sets. He also won 12 Roland Garros titles, two Wimbledon titles and the Australian Open once.

Novak Djokovic, who has tested positive for coronavirus during the Adria Tour, has not committed to play the US Open.

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Matteo Berrettini beats Roberto Bautista Agut to take the lead in his round robin group at the Thiem’s 7 tournament in Kitzbuhel

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Matteo Berrettini beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4 6-3 to take the lead in the Soccer Coin round-robin group at the Thiem’s 7 in Kitzbuhel.

 

Both players earned two break points in the opening set, but they held their serve in the first sixth games. Berrettini converted his second break point chance in the seventh game to take a 4-3. The 2019 US Open semifinalist saved two break points in his next two service games to close out the first set 6-4.

The second set went on serve in the first four games. Berrettini earned two break points and did not face a single break point chance in the second set. The Italian player broke serve in the fifth game at love to take a 3-2 lead. The world number 8 player went up a double break in the ninth game to clinch the second set 6-3.

With two wins in the first two matches Berrettini will face Karen Khachanov in the third and final match of the round robin group. Berrettini hit five aces and won 71% of his first serve points.

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