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Serena Williams Disputes Coaches Admission Of Coaching Her During US Open Final

Serena Williams has responded to comments made by Patrick Mouratoglou following her astonishing US Open exit.

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The renowned partnership between Serena Williams and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou has hit a blip after the two appeared to be at odds ends over if on-court coaching was used during the US Open final.

A massive argument has marred the women’s final between Williams and Japan’s Naomi Osaka. During the start of the second set, the former world No.1 was issued with a warning for on-court coaching. Something she heavily disputed. An emotional and livid Williams engaged in a heated argument with the official over the following games, which eventually resulted in her being handed a game penalty.

An ESPN replay showed that Mouratoglou was making gestures with both his hands by moving them forward. Indicating that Williams should move up further in the court. Although he denies doing it directly towards the 36-year-old. Under grand slam rules, on-court coaching is forbidden

“I’ll be honest, I was coaching. …Sascha (Osaka’s coach), he was coaching too. This umpire has worked Nadal’s matches and Toni was coaching every point.” Mouratoglou told ESPN.

Mouratoglou was then heard telling reporters that he gave some sort of advice to Williams after she received the warning for coaching. He was speaking about the issue moments before Williams conducted her post-match press conference.

“I literally just heard that, too, when they prepped me to come in. I just texted Patrick, like, What is he talking about? Because we don’t have signals. We have never discussed signals. I don’t even call for on-court coaching.” Williams said in response.
“I’m trying to figure out why he would say that. I don’t understand.”

The two were also at odds end over another issue. In a tweet Mouratoglou accused Carlos Ramos, the umpire, of ‘influencing the result’ of the match. Calling for action to be taken in the future. The game penalty occurred when Williams was 3-4 down in the second set.

“The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire.” He wrote.
“Second time in this US Open and third time for Serena in a US Open Final.
“Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match?? When do we decide that this should never happen again?”

In contrast, Williams remained open minded about how much the warning influenced the match outcome. Instead, she praised the performance of her 20-year-old rival. Osaka hit 16 winners to 14 unforced errors and saved five out of the six break point’s she faced.

“It’s hard to say because I always fight till the end and I always try to come back, no matter what.” Said Williams. “But she was also playing really, really well. It’s hard to say that I wouldn’t have got a new level, because I’ve done it so many times in my career. So it’s a tough question.”

Williams and Mouratoglou have been working together since September 2012.

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Camila Giorgi advances to the semifinals, as Victoria Azarenka withdraws from the match

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World Number 37 Camila Giorgi has advanced to the semifinal of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo after Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the quarter final match due to illness, while she was trailing 3-5 after just 28 minutes in the opening set. Giorgi has extended her win-loss record in her head-to-head matches against Azarenka.

Giorgi hit 10 winners to 4 unforced errors and converted both break points to reach the Tokyo Toray Open semifinal for the first time in her career. She set up a semifinal clash against this year’s US Open champion Naomi Osaka, who beat Barbora Strycova scoring her ninth consecutive win.

Azarenka earned the first break of the match in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Giorgi pulled the break back to love with a forehand return with a forehand return winner.

The Italian player hit a forehand reurn winner to pull the break back and won eight consecutive points to hold her next service game at love with a backhand volley winner.

Giorgi broke serve at love to open up a 5-3 lead before Azarenka was forced to withdraw from the match.

“The crowd are great here in Tokyo and it’s a real pleasure to play in front of the Japanese fans. Naomi Osaka is strong and powerful and I will play and focus on my game”, said Giorgi.

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Ekaterina Alexandrova upsets defending champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter finals in Seoul

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World number 122 Ekaterina Alexandrova upset 2017 Roland Garros champion and defending champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-2 after 71 minutes in a match delayed by rain to clinch the first top 10 win of her career at the KEB Hana Bank in Seoul.

Before today’s match Alexandrova has never won in her three head-to-head matches against to-10 players. Alexandrova converted five of her eight break point chances and won 79 first serve points.

The 23-year-old Russian player set up a tough semifinal clash against Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Su-wei, who lifted the Hiroshima last week.

Ostapenko held serve in the first game with two consecutive aces, but she dropped her serve after a double fault. Alexandrova saved a break point to hold serve for a 3-1 lead. Ostapenko broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3, as Alexandrova made a double fault. Alexandrova came back from 15-40 down to break again on her second chance with a forehand crosscourt winner.

Alexandrova earned three set points at 5-3, when Ostapenko hit a backhand wide. The Russian player hit a crosscourt backhand return winner to break serve at love.

In the second set Alexandrova got a break to open up a 3-1 lead, when Ostapenko made one of six double faults on the break point. Alexandrova held her serve to race out to a 4-1 lead after a hard-fought game. She hit a forehand winner to hold her serve for 5-2 in the seventh game and earned three match points with another forehand winner. She converted her first chance with a backhand return winner.

“I think it was a good match. I played well, and she also played well. I am just happy it worked out like this”, said Alexandrova.

Irina Camelia Begu beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-3 to reach her third quarter finals this year.Number 2 seed Kiki Bertens edged past Jakupovic Dalila 6-4 7-5.

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Camila Giorgi beats Caroline Wozniacki to score the ninth top 10 win in Tokyo

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This year’s Wimbledon quarter finalist Camila Giorgi came back from one set down in the third set to knock out Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 2-6 6-4 at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo scoring the ninth win over a top 10 player in her career. With this win the Italian player has reached the quarter finals.

Giorgi broke this year’s Australian Open champion and former world number 1 player Caroline Woznaicki twice in the first five games of the opening set. Giorgi fired 16 winners to Wozniacki’s 4 in the first set.

Wozniacki, who was playing her first match since losing to Lesla Tsurenko in the second round of the US Open, fended off all nine break points (including six in the first two games, one in the first game and five in the second game at 1-1) and broke serve twice to clinch the second set 6-2.

Wozniacki reeled off eight of the first nine points of the decider to open up a 2-0 lead with a break of serve. Giorgi fought back from 0-30 down to break back. The Italian got the decisive break lead in the seventh game to draw level to 3-3 in her six career head-to-head matches against Wozniacki. Giorgi converted on four of her sixteen break points and hit 45 winners to 29 unforced errors.

The Italian player will take on former Australian Open champion and past world number 1 player Victoria Azarenka, who beat Ashley Barty scoring her first first win against a top 20 player in six months.

Giorgi has scored her ninth career win against a top 10 player and the the first on hard court since she beat Agnieszka Radwanska in Katowice 2015. It’s also the fourth win over a top 5 player and the first since beating Elina Svitolina in Birmingham in 2017.

Giorgi has won 23rd match this year and achieved her best result in her third appearance in Tokyo.

“I will just focus on my game, like always, and I will hope to play like this, very consistent”, said Giorgi.

 

 

 

 

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