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Elina Svitolina beats Marketa Vondrousova to reach her first semifinal at Indian Wells

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Elina Svitolina came back from one set down to beat 19-year-old Czech rising star Marketa Vondrousova 4-6 6-4 6-4 reaching the semifinal in the bottom half of the women’s draw at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells

 

Marketa Vondrousova, who upset Simona Halep in the fourth round, won the first set and led by a break in the the third set, but Svitolina bounced back by winning four of the last five games to advance to her third semifinal of the season and the first semifinal of her career at Indian Wells.

Vondrousova went up an immediate break in the first game of the match, but Svitolina broke straight back in the next game. Vondrousova got the decisive break in the fifth game to 15. The young Czech player was never taken to deuce on her next service games in the rest of the first set.

Svitolina rallied from 15-40 to hold first two consecutive service games of the second set before breaking serve at love in the fourth game after a double fault from Vondrousova to open up a 3-1 lead. Vondrousova rallied from 15-40 down to break back on her third break point chance at deuce for 2-3. Both players traded breaks in the sixth and seventh games. Vondrousova held her serve in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4 to come two games away from winning the match. However, Svitolina held at love before earning her third break in Vondrousova’s last four service games of the set to set up a decisive set.

Vondrousova went up a break in the fifth game of the third set at 30 to take a 3-2 lead. Svitolina broke straight back on her third opportunity. After three holds of serve Svitolina sealed the third set 6-4 with a break on her second match point in the 10th game. Svitolina won her second consecutive three-set match one day after winning a 3-hour and 11-minute marathon match against Ashleigh Barty.

“The key was to fight for every ball and just try to put one extra balla t the net. The body is feeling a little bit tired. It’s normal, but in the end I am very happy. I stayed strong for two tough matches”,said Svitolina.  

 Svitolina wil face 18-year-old Canadian rising star Bianca Andreescu, who swept aside Garbine Muguruza 6-0 6-1.

“Andreescu plays great tennis. I think she moves good and I have to be ready. We saw just a little of her matches, because she is just 18 years old”, said Svitolina.

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.

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The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.

 

Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

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Ugo Humbert Pulls Off Tsitsipas Upset In Tokyo

Ugo Humbert stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Quarter-Finals at the Olympic Games.

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The Frenchman sent the Greek packing in a three-set battle that went over two hours on court.

 

Ugo Humbert booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic tournament after beating the world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in three sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes hitting 34 winners in the win while his opponent hit 37 unforced errors in the loss.

After both players held their opening service games it was the Greek with the first chance to break and at the second time of asking he broke to take an early 2-1 lead.

The world number 28 had two chances to break back the very next game but the number three seed saved both and consolidated the break before going up a double break the very next game.

Tsitsipas served out the first set and going into the second set it was a very tight affair with neither player budging on their service games as the set was decided by a tiebreaker.

That’s where the number 14 seed jumped out to an early lead and that lead was enough for him to take the second set and force a deciding third set.

There was a bit of a scary moment for the world number three when on set point he seemed to roll his ankle and took a medical timeout to get it treated.

It was clear the injury was affecting him during the third and final set as after both players again held their opening service games it was the Frenchman with three breakpoints and got the early break.

In the next game, the number three seed had a chance to break back on go back on serve but the world number 28 did a good job saving it and consolidating the break.

After consolidating the break the Frenchman smelled blood and sensed the match was his for the taking and broke the Greek for a second time to love and at 5-2 there was a long back and forth game that lasted over 10 minutes.

Humbert finally converted on his fourth match point to book his spot in the quarterfinals and a date with the Russian Karen Khachanov.

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