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Petra Kvitova beats Angelique Kerber to cruise through to the semifinal in Sydney



Number 5 seed Petra Kvitova cruised past defending champion Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-1 in one hour and 23 minutes to reach the semifinal at the Sydney International.


The match finished around 11.30pm local time after it was interrupted by rain more times. The match was suspended early in the first set. The two players returned to the court several hours later, but rain started falling again.

Kerber got the first break of the match in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, when Kvitova made a forehand error. The German player earned two chances for a double break in the seventh game, but Kvitova converted her third break-back chance in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4, when Kerber made a forehand error. Kvitova earned a set point on return with a forehand error and broke for the second consecutive time in the 10th game after a forced error to close out the first set 6-4 with her fourth consecutive winning game.

Kerber stopped the losing streak by holding serve in the first game of the second set. Kvitova earned three break points in the fourth game. Kerber saved them, but Kvitova converted her fourth chance with a forehand down the line return winner. In the sixth Kerber fended off three break points from 0-40 down, but Kvitova earned her fourth chance after a double fault. The Czech player got her double break for 5-1 and served out the match at 15 with a service winner in the seventh game setting up a semifinal match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who beat Kvitova at Wimbledon 6-4 4-6 6-0 at Wimbledon last summer.

Kvitova now leads 7-6 in her 13 head-to-head matches. She is bidding to win her second Sydney International title four years after her first triumph in 2015.

 “It was worth the wait to get back on court. The weather has not been great this week and it’s not easy to wait for the matches  when they are interrupted. I am glad I was glad to get back on court and play well. I have a tough opponent tomorrow. I lost to her at Wimbledon, so I am not thinking further than that. I am going step by step”, said Petra Kvitova in the post match interview.

In other matches Sasnovich beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-3 6-3, while Ashleigh Barty followed up her wins over Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko with  a 6-3 6-3 win over last year’s Australian Open semifinalist and number 10 seed Elise Mertens.

Mertens got the first break in the third game for 2-1, but Barty won four consecutive games to open up a 5-2 lead with two breaks in the fourth and sixth games. Barty fended off a break-back point and served out the first set at 30 in the ninth game. Barty earned two break points in the first game of the second set, but Mertens saved them to hold serve. The Australian player got the first break of the second set in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Mertens broke straight back in the sixth game, but Barty reeled off the final three games with two consecutive breaks to seal the second set 6-3 after 1 hour and 17 minutes.

Barty will face Kiki Bertens, who beat Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-2 in 61 minutes. Bertens dropped just eight points on serve and never faced a break point. The Dutch player converted four of her five break points.

“It was important to try and get ahead in games today. Elise is a great front runner I knew I had to try and take control of those first two or three points in games to give myself a chance. One sloppy game from me on serve in the second set was probably the only blemish”, said Barty.  


Amanda Anisimova Enters Winners Circle In Bogota After Edging Out Sharma

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



Amanda Anisimova (@mnaEN - Twitter)

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.

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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Amanda Anisimova becomes the second US player to reach the final in Bogotà



US 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova fought back from one set down to beat Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 after 2 hours and 40 minutes at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotà.


Roland Garros Junior finalist Amanda Anisimova has become the second US player to reach the final in Bogotà and the first since Irina Falconi in 2016. She has reached the second final of her career.

Haddad Maia earned the first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead, but Anisimova broke straight back in the next game. Haddad Maia got another break lead for 3-2. Anisimova brought up five break point chance on Haddad’s next three service games, but the Brazilian player held on her service games to clinch the opening set 6-4.

Anisimova earned six break points, but Haddad Maia saved them setting up a tie-break. Anisimova opened up a 2-0 lead, but Haddad Maia pulled back the mini-break to draw level to 2-2. Anisimova reeled off five consecutive points to seal the tie-break 7-2 sending the match to the third set.

Anisimova went up a double break to open up a 4-1 lead. Haddad Maia got one of the two breaks back, but Anisimova broke again for 5-2, when the Brazilian player made a double fault. Anisimova saved five break points before serving out the match after three deuces.

“She is a great player, and I have never played her before. I was expecting a really tough match, because especially on clay she is really good”, said Anisimova.

Anisimova will face Australia’s Astra Sharma, who beat 2012 Bogotà champion and 2017 and 2018 finalist Lara Arruabarrena 7-5 6-1 after 66 minutes reaching the first final of her career.

The first set went on serve in the first eight games with no break point chances. Arruabarrena earned the first break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead. Sharma got the break back after saving two set points. Arruabarrena held two game points in the 12th game, but Sharma rallied from 15-40 to break serve for 7-5 after a double break from the Spanish player.

Sharma earned two consecutive breaks in the fourth and sixth games to cruise through to winning the second set 6-1.

“The most important thing this week has been keeping my keeping really good mentally. Staying positive, staying positive, not thinking too much or getting too negative on court. I have just been really solid and consistent, point by point”, said Sharma.


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Iga Swiatek Becomes New Polish Number One At 17 After Reaching Lugano Final

Iga Swiatek will be the new Polish number one on Monday at 17 after reaching the final in Lugano.



Iga Swiatek (@alex_8163 - Twitter)

Iga Swiatek has become the new polish number one at the age of 17 after reaching the final at the Samsung Open in Lugano. 


The fearless Pole is making a name for herself on the tour after reaching the final in Lugano at the age of 17, her first WTA final of her career.

A simply stunning 6-0 6-1 win over Kristyna Pliskova confirmed her place at this year’s main draw of Roland Garros and made sure she overtakes Magda Linette on Monday to become the new Polish number one.

After the win Swiatek said she was quite surprised herself at her form, “I feel great. I’m quite surprised that I’m in the final,” Swiatek said in her on-court interview.

“Because that was my first tournament that I played [directly] in main draw, but I’m really happy that I made it. I was believing in myself, and I hope tomorrow will be a great match also.”

To put into perspective her achievements this week, Swiatek has become the youngest ever Polish player to reach a WTA final, even younger than Agnieszka Radwanska.

After her rapid rise through juniors including winning the Wimbledon title, I don’t think even Iga could have predicted her transition to the WTA tour would be as successful as it has been.

Her variety mixed with precise footwork and movement is the ultimate combination to be a great player on clay as she is proving right now.

But her Wimbledon Girls title last year also proves that she can adapt to all surfaces at such a young age and be successful.

The Pole will play Polona Hercog for her first WTA title after the Slovenian defeated Fiona Ferro 6-4 7-5 to reach the final.

No matter what happens tomorrow though Swiatek has officially arrived on the WTA tour, already making history, and nobody will want to play her at the French Open next month.

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