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Jelena Ostapenko: I Tried To Forget The French Open As Fast As I Could

Jelena Ostapenko talked about her disappointing French Open, her time off after it, her game on grass and her new coach.

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Jelena Ostapenko started her grass court season in fine style with an assured 6-3 7-5 win over Kaia Kanepi at the Nature Valley International.

 

It was a very different performance to the one the Latvian produced in her first round match at Roland Garros, when her French Open title defence ended swiftly with a 6-3 7-5 defeat to Kateryna Kozlova.

“I tried to forget (the French Open) as fast as I could, because I expected that something like that could happen because I’m still very young,” Ostapenko said.

However, the Latvian’s Roland Garros’ woes did not end there as she also lost in the opening round of both the doubles and mixed doubles competitions.

“After that (singles) one I lost, I had a couple of bad days because I lost doubles as well, which I was supposed to win,” she said.

“And then before my mixed doubles match, I got sick. I threw up 20 times. So honestly, this year in Paris was really bad for me because I lost in the first rounds of everything.”

Ostapenko: it’s good to switch off sometimes

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Ostapenko explained that she felt it was important to take some time off after those disappointments.

“I think you have to switch your mind a little bit, because if you just practice, practice, and play tournaments, you can get bored at some moments,” she said.

“But if you do something else, or even if you have some other hobbies that you like and you sometimes do them, I think it’s good.”

The Latvian continued, “(After the French Open) I took a couple of days off and stayed in Paris. I went to see the Louvre and Versailles – just to be a tourist a little bit.”

“Then I went back home, spent some good time with my friends and celebrated my birthday, which was very, very nice. I think I’m going to remember it – it was very special because I was 21.”

Ostapenko believes her game is suited to grass

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After her relaxing break, Ostapenko got back to work. “I practiced very hard for three weeks before the grass court season,” she said.

“I didn’t play any tournaments in that time and decided to only play Eastbourne before Wimbledon.”

Although it took her a while to get used to grass, the World No.12 believes the surface suits her attacking style of play.

“I think the player who is aggressive first during the rally is going to win the point,” she said. “So the more aggressive you are, the better it is for you.”

“It’s very hard to play defensively on grass because the bounce is very unpredictable.”

Ostapenko changes coach

Ostapenko has a new coach alongside her for the grass court season. She parted ways with Coach David Taylor after the French Open and is now working with Glenn Schaap, who left Anett Kontaveit’s team during Roland Garros.

“With David we just decided that we are probably going to stop because it didn’t work that well for me and for him,” the Latvian explained.

“We worked together for almost half a year together and it was I think a good half year. I cannot say anything bad. He’s a great person. But we just decided not to continue.”

She continued, “I practiced (with Glenn) for a couple of days at home and here. We’re going to see after Wimbledon (if we want to carry on working together).”

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Alycia Parks Stuns Garcia To Win First Tour Title In Lyon

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Rising star Alycia Parks is on the verge of breaking into the world’s top 50 for the first time after stunning world No.4 Caroline Garcia in straight sets to win the Lyon Open. 

 

22-year-old Parks, who contested just three WTA main draws last year, battled to a 7-6(7), 7-5, win over Garcia who is the first top-five player she has beaten on the Tour. Throughout the final, the American didn’t drop serve after saving all four break points she faced. In total, she produced 28 winners with 15 of those being aces. It is only the second time she has beaten a top 10 player on the Tour after Maria Sakkari at the Ostrava Open last year. 

“I want to thank you for all coming out, this title means a lot to me,” Parks said afterwards. “France has a special part in my heart right now. I want to congratulate Garcia, you had an amazing week, keep playing how you’re playing.”

The victory caps off what has been a breakthrough week for Parks who dropped two sets in five matches played which was in her opening two rounds. Earlier in the tournament, she also defeated seventh seed Danka Kovinic and fourth seed Petra Martic to become only the third unseeded player to win a WTA event so far this year.  

Parks was ranked 199th in the world 12 months ago but has climbed up the rankings and is now set to break into the world’s top 70 for the first time on Monday. Towards the end of last year, she won back-to-back WTA 125 tournaments and has now won 16 out of her last 17 matches played. Her only loss was to Czech teenager Sara Bejlek in the second round of qualifying at the Australian Open.

As for Garcia, Sunday’s clash was the first time she had contested a WTA final in her home city of Lyon. Coming into her clash with Parks, she had won 10 out of her last 11 finals played on the Tour. It is the 40th time in her career she has lost to an American player in a WTA main draw.

Congrats on an amazing week and the (past) couple of months have been unbelievable (for you),” said Garcia. “It’s your first WTA title today and it was well deserved. You played amazing and if you keep playing like this you are for sure going to keep going up (the rankings).”

Parks, who graduated from High School in 2019, is coached on the Tour by her father Michael who has been her main mentor since childhood. 

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Garbine Muguruza Switches Focus From Ranking Points To Enjoyment In Hunt For Form

Ranked outside the WTA top 80 for the first time since 2013, Muguruza is hoping to stage a comeback with the help of a new perspective.

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Garbine Muguruza (ESP) waves to the crowd after defeating Fiona Ferro (FRA) on No.2 Court in the first round of the Ladies' Singles at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 1 Monday 28/06/2021. Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

To say that last year was tough for Gabine Muguruza is a bit of an understatement. 

 

The Spaniard started 2022 among the best players in the world and was ranked No.3 as a result of her triumph at the WTA Finals just a couple of months earlier. However, the year didn’t go as planned for two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza who won just 12 matches. In total, she played in 17 tournaments but only managed to score back-to-back victories in two of them. In October she plummeted down the rankings from 13th to 57th. 

Muguruza’s problems have continued into this season. She is yet to win a match and is now down to 82nd in the world which is her lowest position in almost a decade. January 2013 was the last time the 29-year-old was ranked outside the top 100. 

“I’ve had so many moments in my career where I’ve been so high, and other moments when I’ve not been so high. It’s a process of trying to get back up there,” the former world No.1 told The National. “Now I’m focusing on training hard and being humble.
“You have to know that maybe you haven’t had the success recently as you had in other years, but that’s fine because things can change very quickly.
“With tennis, one week it can go wrong, then next week it can go well, then everything changes again. I think experience helps me to stay calm in the not-so-good moments when I haven’t been playing as well or results haven’t followed.”

It is a frustrating situation for somebody of Muguruza’s ability to be in. At the 2021 WTA Finals, she scored four wins over top-10 players but since then hasn’t beaten anybody ranked higher than No.31 in the world. 

Eager to get back to the top of the sport, she has decided to change her outlook on how she approaches the Tour. Muguruza, who is coached by Conchita Martinez, now says her main priority is enjoying her tennis. If this is achieved, she is confident the results will follow in due course. 

“I feel that this year it’s more about keeping it calm and more simple,” she said. “Last year I put myself under a lot of pressure, telling myself to keep going to stay at the top all the time. That definitely didn’t help me, and it was a bit of a struggle.
“This year, yes ranking is important – I’ve been at every possible ranking – but that is not my priority anymore. Now it’s about enjoying my time on court and taking the trophies back home, then we’ll see what the ranking is.”

Muguruza’s next test will be at the Abu Dhabi Open, which will get underway on Monday. She has been drawn to play Karolina Pliskova in the first round who recently reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Then if she wins, she faces Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina. 

“I played some good tennis [in Australia]. A bit disappointed about the quarter-final but overall my level is there. Of course, there are some things to improve to become more solid but overall the situation is quite good,” Pliskova said ahead of the first round clash. 

12 months ago Muguruza reached the third round in Abu Dhabi before losing to Maria Sakkari. 

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Injured Bianca Andreescu retires From Semi-Final match In Hua Hin

The Canadian was looking to book a spot in her first WTA final of the year but was forced to retire after injuring her right shoulder.

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Lesia Tsurenko booked her spot in the final of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin after Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire whilst down 7-6, 4-0.

 

The first set was extremely tight with the first four games being breaks of serve. Andreescu got the crucial break to lead 5-3 and served for the first set but the Ukrainian fought back to level the set at 5-5. Then Tsurenko was the one to break serve but she was able to close out the first set.

After the opener, the semi-final clash went completely one-sided with Tsurenko taking over by winning four games off the trot before Andreescu decided to call it quits. The Canadian had a medical timeout during a second set changeover.

Tsurenko gave full credit to her opponent and despite the retirement says it was a very difficult match.

“Bianca is such an amazing player she said. She is capable of hitting all kinds of shots and gave so much trouble today”. She said.

Tsurenko is looking to win her fifth WTA title and will be playing in her first final since 2019 in Hua Hin. She faces the China’s Lin Zhu who earlier in the day beat the number seven seed Xinyu Wang 6-2, 6-4, in one hour and 38 minutes to book her spot in the final.

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