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The Carnage In Wuhan Continues As Seeds Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber Goes Out

After a series of shock early losses, there is only one top 10 seed left in the third round.

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Two-time champion Petra Kvitova has crashed out of the Wuhan Open following a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, loss to Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the third round.

 

The Czech fifth seed, who is the only player to have won the tournament on multiple occasions, got off to a strong start before unravelling at the hands of the relentless world No.39. After breaking two consecutive times to seal the opening set, Pavlyuchenkova hit back with interest. The Russian produced a total of 21 winners as she capitalized on some tentative play from Kvitova, which featured 37 unforced errors.

“It’s my first top five win for a while, so that means a lot.” Pavlyuchenkova said during her on-court interview. “It’s very special. Petra is a super tough opponent. We’ve had many matches before and they are always tough. I found a way to get the win and I am really happy with that.”

The turning point of the match occurred at the start of set number two. A single break in Pavlyuchenkova’s favour guided her to a 3-0 lead. From then on, she drew level with ease at a set apiece. Then in the decider, it was Kvitova’s inconsistent play that got her in trouble. Exchanging breaks early on, Pavlyuchenkova broke once again for a 4-3 lead with the help of a Kvitova double fault. Enabling her to battle towards the finish line. The underdog closed out the proceedings on her fifth match point after a forehand from the Czech drifted beyond the baseline.

Wednesday’s victory is Pavlyuchenkova’s second over a top 10 player this season and the first since April when she defeated Garbine Muguruza in Stuttgart. The 27-year-old is yet to win a Premier 5 title in her career. Something she is hoping to change this week in China.

“I want to hold the tournaments trophy, but I know it is very early to say.” She said. “I always would like to do my best and win every tournament, but I have to stay humble as well because all of the girls are tough.”
“It’s match-by-match, I’m happy with my victory today and let’s see what is going to happen tomorrow.”

Barty stuns Kerber

Awaiting the Russian in the quarter-finals will be 16th seed Ashleigh Barty. The 2017 runner-up eased to a 7-5, 6-1, win over Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber. It was a far from perfect clash with both players hitting more unforced errors than winners. Nevertheless, Barty managed to prevail by breaking Kerber six times.

“She’s always very difficult to play against. She’s one of the best players in the world, and you have to come out here, enjoy and have fun, and try and play as well as you can,” Barty said after her match.
“[I played] very well here last year, and it was an amazing week with some amazing memories. “It’s nice to be back on this beautiful center court, playing some good tennis and getting further and further into the tournament.”

It is the first time Barty has defeated a top 10 player since her triumph over Jelena Ostapenko at the same tournament last year. Ending her run of seven consecutive losses to top 10 players. Against Pavlyuchenkova, the 22-year-old has a losing head-to-head record of 1-3.

Following the exit of Kvitova and Kerber, there is only one top 10 seed remaining in the draw. That is Caroline Wozniacki, who will play her third round match later today against Olympic champion Monica Puig.

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Anastasia Sevastova overcomes Jelena Ostapenko in all-Latvian clash in Stuttgart

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Number 7 seed Anastasija Sevastova overcame 2017 Roland Garros champion and 2018 Stuttgart Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 4-6 6-0 after 1 hour and 49 minutes in an-all Latvian first-round clash in the Porsche Indoor Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

 

Sevastova converted seven of her fourteen break points to edge her compatriot Ostapenko in their first ever head-to-head clash at WTA level.

Sevastova will take on either Lesla Tsurenko or German wild card Laura Siegemund. The German player won her home tournament in 2017 and reach the final in 2018.

Sevastova got the first break of the match in the third game of the opening set to take a 2-1 lead. Sevastova saved two break points in the next game to hold serve for 3-1 in the fourth game. Both players fended off two break points in the next two games, but Sevastova got the break in the seventh game to take a 5-2 lead. Sevastova hit an ace to earn a set point, as she was serving for the first set at 5-2. She sealed the first set in the ninth game, after a wide return by Ostapenko.

Ostapenko bounced back by winning the first five games of the second set with a double break. The 2017 Roland Garros champion wasted two set points, when she was serving for the set at 5-1. Sevastova pulled one of the two breaks back on her fourth chance for 2-5. In the ninth game Sevastova pulled the second break back to get back on serve at 5-4 after two double faults from Ostapenko.

Ostapenko broke serve from 0-30 down in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4 sending the match to the third set.

Sevastova broke serve in the opening game of the third set and came back from 0-40 down to hold serve to open up a 2-0 lead. Sevastova went up a double break in the third game and fended off two break points to hold serve for 4-0. Sevastova broke for the third time earning a chance to serve for the match. She held serve at love to clinch a bagel set securing her spot in the second set.

Kasatkina fights back to beat Mertens

Daria Kasatkina recovered from 1-4 and 3-5 down in the second set to edge 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Elise Mertens 7-6 (10-8) 7-5

Kasatkina earned the first break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Mertens broke straight back and held her serve in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5 after saving a break point. Mertens went up a 4-1 lead and earned a set point at 6-5 in the tie-break, but Kasatkina bounced back by winning five of the next seven points to win the tie-break 10-8.

Mertens broke twice to take a 5-3 lead in the second set, but Kasatkina fought back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks in the ninth and eleventh games to win the second set 7-5. Kasatkina will face either Croatia’s Donna Vekic or Italian lucky loser Giulia Gatto Monticone.

 

 

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Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza Withdraw From Stuttgart

The draw for the women’s tournament has been redone after the two former world No.1 players pulled out.

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The Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart has been hit with a double withdrawal after Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza pulled out for different reasons.

 

Reigning French Open champion Halep is currently suffering from a hip injury that she sustained over the weekend in his country’s Fed Cup tie against France. The Romanian played in two singles and one doubles match during her country’s 3-2 defeat.

“It happened against Garcia in the first set, when I fell down,” Halep commented about her injury on Tuesday. “I felt pain in the hip.
“If I’m not 100%, I don’t want to step on the court. I’m also exhausted mentally because I gave my everything in that tie.
“It feels bad because I gave everything. I’ve been very sad for the last two days. I’ve been through these moments many times, but I just need to relax and recover.”

Despite the setback, it is understood that the injury is not serious and will unlikely have an impact on Halep’s plans for the rest of her clay-court campaign. So far this season, the 27-year-old has won 18 out of 24 matches played. Reaching the semi-finals in Miami and the final in Doha.

“I stopped because there’s a two-week break, so it’s enough time to recover. I just want to go home and relax myself,” she said.

Halep was in a three-way race to claim the No.1 spot this week prior to her withdrawal. Now the only way Naomi Osaka can lose her top spot is if she crashes out in her opening match and Petra Kvitova goes on to win the title.

Elsewhere, Muguruza will miss the tournament for the first time since 2014 due to Gastrointestinal illness. It is the second consecutive year the Spaniard has been forced to quit the tournament. In 2018 she retired during her second round match due to a lower back injury. Muguruza recently won her first title of the season at the Monterrey Open in Mexico.

In the women’s draw, Angelique Kerber has now moved into Halep’s second seed position. Muguruza’s planned opponent Victoria Azarenka will now play lucky loser Vera Zvonareva. Meanwhile Donna Vekic, who would have played Kerber, faces Giulia Gatto Monticone.

 

 

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Amanda Anisimova Enters Winners Circle In Bogota After Edging Out Sharma

Amanda Anisimova edged out Astra Sharma to win her maiden WTA title.

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17 year-old Amanda Anisimova won her first ever WTA title after edging past Astra Sharma 4-6 6-4 6-1 in Bogota. 

 

The American, who has been tipped for big things in Tennis, battled back from a set and a break down to win her first WTA title in Bogota.

It means that Anisimova is the youngest American to win a WTA title since Serena Williams in 1999 and is destined for many more titles in the future.

Meanwhile in Lugano another 17 year-old Iga Swiatek just fell short of her first title as she lost to Polona Hercog 6-3 3-6 6-3.

The match saw a nervous start as both players were going for their first title of their career. After the first five break points where converted, Sharma was the first one to hold for a 4-2 lead.

Eventually the American held herself before both women broke each other again in a very messy first set. The Australian held at the end of the set as she secured the opening set.

It was a positive start from Sharma, who was looking to do the double in Bogota after winning the doubles title with Zoe Hives yesterday.

A reassured Sharma took a 3-2 lead, breaking twice, and it was looking increasingly likely that she would be the one to claim her first singles title.

However Anisimova started to gain confidence off her serve and her movement was looking better as the match went on.

A fix on the timing of the return saw the American break twice more as she took the second set 6-4 to force a decider.

The 17 year-old then took charge of the final set as she mixed up her serving and showed a lot of confidence on the backhand side.

After saving a couple of break points, she held for a 3-0 lead as the Australian was missing simple shots as she had no clear decision making.

Eventually Anisimova remained poised and confident to secure her first ever WTA title and to become the youngest WTA winner since Serena Williams in 1999.

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It was a mixed day for the juniors after Wimbledon Juniors champion Iga Swiatek fell short of her first WTA title after a 6-3 3-6 6-3 defeat to Polona Hercog.

The Slovenian showed more experience and grit to overcome a confident Swiatek to claim her third career WTA title.

This week’s results means now their have been 18 different winners in 18 different tournaments on the WTA tour, which is an unprecedented feat.

 

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