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Angelique Kerber To Target French Open Title In 2019, Says Former Fed Cup Captain

After a roller coaster end to 2018, the world No.2 is hoping for success on the clay next year.



Former world No.1 Angelique Kerber has set her sights on adding to her grand slam title collection by triumphing at Roland Garros next year, according Barbara Rittner.


Rittner, who was the captain of the German Fed Cup team for 13 years, has told newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau that it is Kerber’s ‘big wish’ to triumph at the clay court major. Even though it is statistically her worst performing grand slam with a 61% win rate. Kerber is yet to progress beyond the quarter-finals at the French Open, but it is the only major she hasn’t won. Earlier this year she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets to win the Wimbledon title. She also won the Australian and US Open titles during 2016.

“Her big wish is to win the French Open as well. I would rather trust her to defend her title at Wimbledon.” Said Rittner. “She should set up a smart tournament calendar and concentrate on the Grand Slams.”

30-year-old Kerber has experienced a lacklustre 2018 season. Following on from her success at Wimbledon, the German only managed to win back-to-back matches at two out of six tournaments. Failing to reach the quarter-finals at all six. Rittner believes Kerber’s dip in form was partly due to how she scheduled her tournaments and recovery time.

“Angie had too short of period between the grass and the hard court season.” She said. “If you miss a few percent today, it’s hard. This was also seen at the WTA finals in Singapore, where almost all the matches went to three sets. The world’s top is extremely dense.”

The world No.2 is currently in the process of searching for a new coach. Just a few days before the start of the WTA Finals, she announced the sudden split with coach Wim Fissette. Fissette is now working with Victoria Azarenka. It has been claimed by one source that Fissette already agreed to work with Azarenka whilst still working with Kerber. Although this hasn’t been confirmed officially.

“We decide to not work together anymore. We had different views for the next steps.” She commented about the split last month.

Kerber ends 2018 winning 46 out of 65 matches played on the tour this season. Outside of the grand slams, she won the Sydney International title in January.

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Tennis Player Robbed At Challenger Tournament

An 27-year-old player from Argentina was left with only two tennis rackets after having a series of items stolen by somebody wearing a tournament badge.



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Argentinian world No.304 Andrea Collarini has fallen victim to crime after having a series of his belongings stolen from his bag whilst at a Challenger event in America last week.


The incident took place shortly after his third round win over seventh seed Bjorn Fratangelo at the Sarasota Open. Collarini said he left his bag ‘for two minutes’ whilst going to book an appointment with the physio. When he returned, he discovered a man in his 50s looking through his bag. The individual is described as having a Portuguese accent and was wearing a tournament badge. Although nobody knew who he was.

“I try to chase him, but unfortunately the parking lot was next door and he was probably already in his car.” Collarini wrote on Twitter. “This person who stole from me had a tournament badge, but nobody knew him. Some players told me he asked for photos and he had a Portuguese accent.”

The items that were stolen from the Argentine include three tennis rackets, numerous pieces of clothing and a bag of 25 wristbands.As a result of the robbery, Collarini said he was left with only two rackets to use for the remainder of the tournament. Something that affected his practice sessions.

“I went to ask for help from the organization of the tournament, and the only measure they took was to walk through the courts, as if by doing so they would find the thief. I asked them to close the country club’s exit and verify the belongings of the people who were leaving, but nobody did anything.” The former top 200 player recounted.
“It is a shame that these things happen in professional tournaments, which could be avoided by complying with the required security established in the ATP rulebook.” He added.

It has emerged that the security cameras at the tournament was turned off at the time. Although it is unclear as to why this was the case. A police report has been submitted and an image of the alleged thief has been posted on social media by the tennis player.

Despite his ordeal, Collarini reached the semi-finals in Sarasota. His best performance at a Challenger event since Panama City in April 2018. He was knocked out of the tournament by Tommy Paul, who went on to win the title.

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Monte Carlo Unlikely To Stage Women’s Tournament Despite Its Success

Will the world’s best players on the women’s tour ever get a chance to place at the Monte Carlo Country Club?



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The chances of the Monte Carlo Masters staging a WTA event are slim due to a series of barriers, according to the tournament director.


This year marked the 113th edition of the Monte Carlo Open, which was won by Fabio Fognini on Sunday. The tournament has been categorised as a Masters 1000 tournament since 2009 and welcomes top players to the venue every year. Rafael Nadal is the most successful player at the event with 11 titles to his name.

At the Monte Carlo Country Club in France, the tournament has been a hit with both players and fans due to it’s breathtaking views. This year 135,656 spectators travelled to the event along with 400 journalists from 16 countries. Despite the popularity, tournament director Zeljko Franulovic admits that hosting a women’s event is not feasible due to a lack of space.

“There were some ideas, proposals, even projects that have been envisioned, but when you think about the fact of adding 56 or 60 players in the main draw plus doubles, plus training courts, and you have to deal with all the scheduling, and you have men and women, it is quite complicated.” Franulovic told reporters on Sunday.
“So even though we have managed to change for the better, we do not have more square meters. The surface still stays the same. So it’s not the same as if it was Miami or Indian Wells where there is no problem of space. But we have made the decision to keep our men’s tournament and improve the quality.”

During the clay season, there are three tournaments that host both men’s and women’s tournaments. The Madrid Open, Italian Open and the French Open. Whilst it may not be feasible for Monte Carlo to stage both tournaments at the same time, would they contemplate holding a WTA competition at a different date?

“We have to be aware of the fact that in the Principality, the dates and the seasons along the year are very specific. For instance, in spring we have our tournament here. Then we have the Formula 1, the Grand Prix. And then summer arrives very soon, and people go on holidays. People are on the beach.” Franulovic explained.
“It is difficult to organize such a tournament and expect to have a big development of such women’s tournament. So if we separate men’s tournament from the women’s tournament, we are not going to benefit from the power and the attraction that the men’s tournament will have. For instance, if we decide to organize it in July, it’s going to be, like, on their own.”
“Another point is that we need to assess the price, particularly the costs and the prize money, because of course the prize money has to be at the same level for the women as for the men. So we need to draw a really solid business plan and do our accounting before actually going into that venture.”

The Monte Carlo Masters are not actually located in Monaco, despite its name. It is held in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, which is located in south-eastern France.

Next year’s tournament will get underway on April 13th.

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Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic claim the decisive doubles win over Simona Halep and Monica Niculescu to send France into the Fed Cup Final



Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic claim the doubles match win over Monica Niculescu and Simona Halep to send the French team into the Fed Cup final against Australia


Last year’s Roland Garros champion and world number 2 Simona Halep came back from one set down to beat Caroline Garcia 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-4 in a marathon match after 2 hours and 57 minutes to give Romania a 2-1 lead putting her team one win away from reaching their first Fed Cup in history.

Halep converted six of her eight break points. Garcia broke four times from her 13 break point opportunities and made 59 unforced errors.

Garcia earned a double break at the start of the first set to build up a 4-0 lead. Halep pulled both breaks back to draw level to 4-4. Halep broke for the third time to take a 5-4 lead earning her chance to serve for the first set. Halep went up a 30-0 lead, but Garcia came back after a double fault from the Romanian player to break serve for 5-5. The French player held serve with a drop-shot to take a 6-5 lead and earned two set points at 6-5. Halep saved them and held her serve to set up a tie-break. The Romanian player hit a forehand winner to earn a set point at 5-5. Garcia won her two service points to take a 7-6 lead. The French player converted her third set point, when Halep hit her backhand into the net.

Halep broke serve in the second game to race out to a 3-0 lead. Garcia broke back in the fifth game to draw level to 3-3. Halep earned her second break in the eighth game with a backhand down the line to take a 5-3 lead. Halep fought back from 0-30 in the ninth game to earn two set points with down the line backhand winners. Garcia saved them, but Halep converted her third set point with a forehand winner down the line.

Halep fended off break points in her first two service games, but she was able to hold her serve. Halep held her serve with two forehand winners to draw level to 4-4 after a hard-fought game.

Halep earned an early break at the start of the third set. She broke again with a forehand winner to take a 5-4 lead. Garcia went up 15-30 on Halep’s serve, but the Romanian won the final three points to close out the match.

In the second Sunday’s match Pauline Parmentier stopped her four-match to edge Irina Camelia Begu 6-3 2-6 6-2.

Parmentier did not face any break points to win the first set 6-3. Parmentier broke serve in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead, after Begu netted a backhand on the third break point. The French player held on her next service games and sealed her set point after Begu hit her forehand wide.

Begu bounced back by breaking serve in the fourth game of the second set to open up a 3-1 lead. The Romanian player sealed the second set with a double break after two double faults from Parmentier. Parmentier went up an early break at the start of the third set and held serve at love to open up a 4-2 lead. Parmentier broke again for 5-2 after Begu picked an ankle injury. Parmentier served out the match in the eighth game to draw the tie level to 2-2.

The semifinal was decided by the doubles match, where Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia came back from one set down to beat Simona Halep and Monica Niculescu 5-7 6-3 6-4. Garcia closed out the match on the first match point.

Niculescu hit a drop-shot return winner to break serve for 6-5 in the 11th game. The Romanian player hit a lob winner to earn three set points. She converted the second chance with another lob.

In the second set Garcia hit an overhead to break serve in the fourth game for 3-1. The French player hit a crosscourt backhand to clinch a second break for the home team for 5-1. The Romanian team pulled one break back but Mladenovic sealed the win for France with a volley.

The third set went on serve with no breaks, before Mladenovic earned a break point  with a return winner. France broke for 5-4, as Halep made a double fault. Garcia went down 15-30, as she was serving for the match, but she came back to earn a match point. She converted ther first chance with a big serve after 2 hous and 37 minutes.

France will face Australia in the Fed Cup final next November. France will be bidding to win their third Fed Cup titles after their triumphs in 1997 and 2003.


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