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Jelena Ostapenko Tops Cibulkova To Reach Wimbledon Semifinal

The Latvian smashed 32 winners in the 7-5, 6-4 victory.



No. 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko produced a crisp display on a big stage in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, dispatching Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 6-4 to make her first semifinal on the London grass and continuing her quest for a second grand slam title.


Last year’s French Open champion displayed plenty of her trademark power and shotmaking, blasting 32 winners to just six for the unseeded Cibulkova. Ostapenko had twice as many errors as her opponent, but had a positive winner-error ratio while the Slovak did not.

She shined in the final games of each set, raising her level and putting Cibulkova away with relative ease to set up a Thursday semifinal with No. 11 seed Angelique Kerber.

“It was a very tough match but I was just trying to enjoy it,” Ostapenko told the BBC. “I’m fighting until the end and it helps me, and I gain even more confidence with [the fight].”

That was especially evident in the first set, when Ostapenko controlled Cibulkova’s service game at 5-5, jumping ahead 0-30 with a double fault, then hammering two big groundstrokes — first a forehand, then a backhand — off second serves that gave her a late edge. She served out the set in style at love, capped by an ace called by the chair umpire.

Ostapenko won the last nine points of the set and 12 of the final 13. That dominant stretch came after an uneven start, when the two traded four breaks in the first five games. The Latvian had six break points in the opening game before finally converting, then immediately lost her serve at love as Cibulkova matched her unbridled power.

The second set began in similar fashion. Ostapenko again needed little time to break, slamming a ball back at Cibulkova’s feet and forcing the Slovak to knock the ensuing shot into the net, to go up 2-1. She immediately lost serve again, but then broke on a second consecutive occasion and never relinquished that edge.

Ostapenko held at love to close within one game of the semifinals, then came within two points of the match on Cibulkova’s serve before closing out the victory with another love hold. She controlled a pair of short rallies before fittingly finishing with a pair of solid groundstrokes, winning her 10th straight set at Wimbledon as she remains unblemished through five matches.

Now a round further than her previous career-best from a year ago, Ostapenko will seek her second grand slam final against the two-time major champion Kerber, who lost a compelling Wimbledon final two years ago against Serena Williams. It will be the first meeting between the top two seeds remaining in the draw.

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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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