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Caroline Wozniacki, Ashleigh Barty and Petra Kvitova get through to the second round at the Australian

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Defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki made a winning start to her campaign at the 2019 Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 win over Alison Uytvanck on the Rod Laver Arena after 1 hour and 33 minutes in the opening day of the first 2019 Grand Slam tournament.

 

Van Uytvanck produced one of the biggest upsets at Wimbledon last year when she beat Garbine Muguruza, but she lost against Serena Williams in 2015 and Victoria Azarenka in 2016 in her previous first-round appearances at the Australian Open.

In the opening game of the first set Van Uytvanck hit a couple of drop shots to earn a break point, but Wozniacki saved it with her break. The Danish player brought up a break point in the second game, but Van Uytvanck saved it with an ace. Wozniacki held serve at love before breaking serve in the sixth game on the fourth break point after Van Uytvanck made a double fault.

Wozniacki got the only break of the second set in the third game with a forehand passing shot in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The Dane did not face any break points in the second set and brought up a double break point in the seventh game. Van Uytvanck saved the first match point after a 20-shot rally, but Van Uytvanck converted her third chance with a forehand winner.

“It was a good match in general. I am relieved that I came through a very tricky opening match. I was surprised by the consistency that she had. I think that she played extremely well. I played against her in Rome, where I felt like the rallies were nota s long. Today we a lot of good, long rallies. I felt like I played well. I served well. She served well. She really stepped it up with her serves in the second set. I was just happy i got the win. It was not an easy match”,said Wozniacki in the post match interview.

Wozniacki set up an all-Scandinavian clash against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson.

“I have not played her for a long time. I don’t know that we have played on tour before”, said Wozniacki.

Australian star Ashleigh Barty cruised past world number 67 Luksika Kumkhum 6-2 6-2 in 57 minutes two days after losing the Sydney final against Petra Kvitova 1-6 7-5 7-6 (7-3). Kumkhum went up an early break to open up a 2-0 lead but she came back by winning six consecutive games to wrap up the first set 6-2. Barty broke serve to win her seventh consecutive game at the start of the second set. Kumkhum broke back to draw level to 1-1 and saved two break points, but Barty converted her third chance with a crosscourt forehand winner to take a 3-2 lead. Barty earned a break point in the seventh game after a double fault from Kumkhum and converted it earning the chance to serve for the match in the next game.

“I just want to come out here to enjoy it. I just want to make sure I am as ready as possible, prepare in the right way, so that I can play with freedom and enjoy. I want to keep winning matches for myself, my team and every single person sitting here in this stadium”, said Barty.

Last week’s Sydney champion Petra Kvitova beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour in one hour and seven minutes to continue her excellent start to the season. The Czech star dropped her serve twice, but she converted five of her ten break point chances. Both players traded breaks four times in the first seven games. Kvitova dropped her serve in the seventh game, but she broke in the eighth game and sealed the first set with a hold of serve at love. In the second set Kvitova dropped three points on serve and closed out the match with a double break in the seventh game.

“I was nervous. I think I showed it during the first set. In the second I played a bit better but I am happy to be through. It’s already a better result than last year”, said Kvitova.

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Carla Suarez Navarro Set For One Last Season As A Player

The former top 10 player has outlined her retirement plans for 2020 as she embarks upon a farewell tour.

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Next year will be the final time tennis fans will see Carla Suarez Navarro on the tour after the Spaniard announced her retirement on Tuesday.

 

The former world No.6 confirmed her future plans during a press conference in Barcelona. She will play one full season in 2020 before walking away from the sport after playing for more than 10 years on the WTA Tour. Suarez Navarro is currently the second highest ranked female tennis player from Spain after Garbine Muguruza and is currently 55th in the world.

“The 2020 season will be my last year in the professional tennis circuit,” wtatennis.com quoted the 31-year-old as saying. “The sport has been a fundamental part of my life – it has given me immense joy and I cannot be more grateful for all the experiences that it has allowed me to live. At this time, I notice that the time has come to complete a beautiful chapter and begin to enjoy other areas of life. Tennis will always be in me.”

Known for her one-handed backhand shot, which is a rare occurrence in the women’s game, Suarez Navarro has enjoyed a successful career since her breakthrough in 2008. The year when she reached the quarter-finals of the French Open as a qualifier. During her career, she claimed two WTA titles with the biggest being at the 2016 Qatar Open. She also finished runner-up at nine other tournaments.

“Tennis right now has a very high demand. To be high in the ranking you need absolute consistency, a world-class level of physical conditioning and a 24-hour daily psychological commitment. I have been in high competition for more than 15 years and have lived through these realities since the beginning of my adolescence. These are lessons that have formed me as a person and that will serve me for a lifetime,” Suárez Navarro explained.
“I want to enjoy one last season with the same professionalism as always. I am going to do a quality preparation, my whole team is going to travel with me from the month of January and I plan to compete until the end of the season. My desire is clear: to be proud of this last effort when I reach the end of the road.”

Suarez Navarro has also enjoyed success in the doubles where she peaked at a high of 11th back in 2015. Her trio of trophies was won alongside Muguruza between 2014-2015. The duo also reached the semi-finals of the 2014 French Open.

Representing her country, the three-time Olympian has also featured in 15 Fed Cup ties. Including Spain’s clash with Belgium earlier this year when she won all three of her matches (two singles and one doubles). Overall, she has a win-loss record of 16-11 in the competition.

Despite knowing that next year will be her last as a player, the Spaniard has big ambitions for 2020. Including a fourth consecutive appearance at the Olympic Games.

“My goals are going to be as high as ever,” she stated. “I want to try to finish the year in the Top 10 because I know what it takes to be there. I am very excited to participate in another Olympic Games and, as always, I will have the Grand Slams in mind. Although it is the last season of my career, my mentality will be exactly the same: work, humility and ambition.”

Suarez Navarro will start her final season at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

Four facts about Suarez Navarro’s career

  1. Her career prize money currently stands at $11,580,886. The third highest of all time for a Spanish woman.
  2. Has won 509 matches so far in her career against 336 loses.
  3. Between 2013-2016 Suarez Navarro finished each season in the top 20 for both singles and doubles.
  4. She has played in 43 grand slam tournaments and hasn’t missed the main draw of a major event since losing in the second round of qualifying at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.

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Ash Barty ‘Grateful’ After Winning Top Prize At Newcombe Awards

Ash Barty claimed her third Newcombe medal on a historic night for Australian tennis.

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World number one Ash Barty feels ‘grateful’ and ‘humbled’ after winning the top prize at the Newcombe awards. 

 

The Australian’s year was capped off in sensational style on Tuesday evening local time as she won the 2019 Newcombe medal.

After becoming world number one this year as well as winning Roland Garros, the WTA Finals and leading Australia to the Fed Cup final, it’s only fitting the 23 year-old won Australian tennis’ top prize.

Speaking after receiving her award, Barty says she feels ‘humbled’ after an extraordinary year, “I’m incredibly grateful and very humbled to be here tonight,” she said after winning her third Newcombe medal triumph.

“This is not about individual athletes, it’s a night of celebration for everyone involved in tennis and everyone that’s a part of our tennis family. Congratulations to everyone else who’s in this room. It takes a village and we are a big tennis family. I’m very humbled to be here tonight.”

Next up for the Australian will be preparing for the new season, which will start in her hometown of Brisbane on the 6th of January.

Other winners saw Barty’s coach, Craig Tyzzer win the coaching excellence while Sam Stosur was awarded the spirit of tennis award after her contribution to Australian tennis that spans two decades.

Wheelchair start, Dylan Alcott also won most outstanding athlete with a disability as it was a night to remember for everyone involved with Australian tennis.

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Sania Mirza Announces Tennis Return After Two Year Absence

Sania Mirza has announced her return to tennis for January after a two year maternity break.

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Six time grand slam doubles champion Sania Mirza has announced her return to tennis after a two year absence. 

 

The Indian tennis legend has missed the last two years due to taking time off to have a baby and after her son, Izhaan was born in October last year, Mirza has decided to return.

Speaking to local media, the six time grand slam champion will return in January to compete at the Hobart International Open and Australian Open, “I am playing in Hobart, then I am playing the Australian Open,” the Indian said.

“I’m planning to play a tournament in Mumbai, which is a $25k ITF event next month, but I am 50-50 about it. Let’s see how my wrist behaves. We’ll see, but Hobart and the Australian Open for sure.”

The 33 year-old will play with Ukrainian doubles player Nadiia Kichenok in Hobart before competing with Rajeev Ram in Mixed Doubles at the Australian Open.

Her last match was at the 2017 China Open when she and Shuai Peng lost to top seeds Latisha Chan and Martina Hingis in the semi-finals.

Speaking about her absence, Mirza has spoken about the changes that comes with being a parent, “Your routine and sleep patterns change,” Mirza said.

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“I feel fit, my body is where it used to be before I had the baby. It was only six or seven months ago that I though about returning as a realistic possibility. Of course, it will take me time to get to the level that I was playing at before, but it’s a good start for me to feel good physically.”

Mirza is a former doubles world number one and will look to return that form when she returns to the WTA Tour in 2020.

 

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