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Ajla Tomljanovic and Nao Hibino reach the second round in Hiroshima

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Ajla Tomljanovic converted seven of her eight break points and won 79 % of her second serve return points to beat Fiona Ferro 6-4 6-1 at the Japan Women’s Open in Hiroshima. Tomljanovic did not convert two set points at 5-2 in the opening set, but she held at love on her serve to claim the first set.

 

Tomljanovic set up a second round match against Zhu Lin, who beat Miyu Kato 7-6 (7-3) 6-2. The Japanese player reached the final in Tokyo before losing to Zarina Diyas in last year’s edition of this tournament.

Local favourite Nao Hibino beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-4 6-4 to get through to the second round.

Hibino did not reach the US Open Main draw after losing to Katie Swan in the qualifying round. Bouchard came through three three qualifying rounds at the US Open before losing to Marketa Vondrousova in the second round.

Hibino had already beaten her Canadian rival 6-3 1-6 6-3 earlier this year at an ITF event in Vancouver.

“I was a little bit sad, my friends Miyu Kato and Misaki Doi lost yesterday, so I was like: I have to win for the Japanese people”, said Hibino.

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova broke a five-match losing streak and sealed the win when Yulia Putintseva was forced to withdraw from the match when she was trailing 2-6.

Schmiedlova set up a first-time match against Viktorija Golubic, who fought back from a bagel loss in the first set to beat Misaki Doi 0-6 6-3 7-6 (7-1). Doi went up a 5-3 lead in the third set, but Golubic saved three match points to score the first win of her career after losing the first set 6-0.

Saisai Zheng beat Magda Linette 7-5 6-4. Luksisa Kumkhum scored her fourth comeback win of the year when she beat Ying-Ying Duan 5-7 6-2 6-2.

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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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