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Why Simona Halep Thanked Petra Kvitova After Winning The French Open

The world No.1 spoke about the two-time Wimbledon champion following her triumph at Roland Garros.



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After claiming her maiden grand slam title at the French Open, Simona Halep paid tribute to one of her rivals on the tour during here press conference.

The 26-year-old defeated Sloane Stephens to become only the second Romanian woman to win a grand slam title and the first since 1978. It was fourth time lucky for Halep, who has lost her three previous grand slam finals in three sets. Against Stephens, she was a set and a break down before fighting back to seal the win.

“It’s a special moment. I have been dreaming about this moment since actually I started to play tennis.” Said Halep.
“It’s (the French Open) my favourite Grand Slam. I always said that if I’m going to win one, I want it to be here.”

Shortly after her win, the newly crowned Roland Garros champion praised rival Petra Kvitova. A player who has won two grand slam titles herself. Halep revealed that the Czech has previously sent her messages of encouragement following her narrow losses in the past. Last year at the French Open, she crashed out to Jelena Ostapenko. Then at the Australian Open, Caroline Wozniacki clinched the title by winning the deciding set 6-4 against her.

“I want to say thank you to Petra Kvitova, she wrote me a message. And also Irina Begu. I read and I replied. They are very nice to me.” Halep told reporters in Paris.
“Petra sent me a few messages after I lost here last year and Melbourne in the final. She said, ‘It’s gonna come. I just have to keep working.’
“It’s nice to see the players are happy about my victory and about this trophy.”

Tennis is known as an individual and sometimes lonely sport. Although Halep’s popularity was highlighted today after a series of players took to social media to congratulate her on the French Open title. Including Daria Kasatkina, Sabine Lisicki and Johanna Konta.

“We (the tour) are like a family here, and it’s nice to see that we are happy for each other. It’s like positive things all over.” She said.


The latest milestone achieved by the world No.1 is set to trigger a new frenzy in her home country. Halep is already a massive celebrity in Romania. Earlier this year, she was made an honorary citizen of Bucharest. The capital city of the country. Last year she was also named the ‘most successful woman in Romania’ by Capital.ro.

Speaking about her home country, Halep hopes that her win in Paris will help inspire a new generation of Romanian players. Prior to her, Virginia Ruzici was the only other woman player from the country to win a grand slam title.

“The fact that I was able to win will maybe give inspiration to Romanians, the kids, that it’s possible, even if you come from a little country, it’s possible if you work and if you believe.” She said.

Halep exits the French Open with 2.2 million euros in prize money.

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities



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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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Iga Looks To Be In A league All to Herself At Paris

Iga Swiatek claimed her fourth Roland Garros title in Paris.



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Just call her Iga. No other identification is needed.

As the years go by, Iga’s notoriety is sure to grow.

She’s probably already earned a spot in tennis’ Hall of Fame.

Yes, Iga Swiatek is a name to remember. A hero in her native Poland, a superstar in the world of sports.


Iga just added to her stardom Saturday with an impressive 6-2, 6-1 victory over little-known Italian Jasmine Paolini to win her third straight French Open title. This was Paolini’s chance to make a name for herself, but she didn’t have the game to make it happen.

Iga was just too good. She made it look too easy.

Paolini could hit some great ground strokes, but when she looked up a bigger shot was on its way back. Iga doesn’t look like a power hitter, but she is.


The 23-year-old Polish Wonder finished the first set winning five straight games, then started the second set winning five more games in succession. The 28-year-old Paolini didn’t seem to have a clue on how to upend Swiatek.

It took just 78 minutes for Iga to win her fifth Grand Slam title.

She’s a lot like her French Open hero, Rafa Nadal.

She takes every match seriously.


No wonder Iga owns a 35-2 record at Roland Garos. Or that she has won 21 straight matches. Or that she owns a 5-0 record in Grand Slam finals.

She only dominated opponents, except for Naomi Osaka in the second round. Swiatek escaped a match point in that one and didn’t look back.

Iga’s game should be just as superb on the green grass of upcoming Wimbledon.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com.

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