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Ladies Singles Champion At 2020 Olympics Most At Risk Of Sunburn, Says Study

After a record-breaking heatwave last year, players have been warned about the threat they face from the weather during the upcoming Olympics.

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With just over a year to go until the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, a warning has been issued to those bidding to win a gold medal in the women’s singles tournament.

 

Researcher Dr Nathan Downs from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has concluded that whoever wins the ladies competition will be exposed to more sun rays than any other athlete. Citing factors such as the time of the day the women’s matches will take place, the average length of matches and the number of rounds that must be played on route to the title. The study has also warned that athletes with fair skin face ‘considerable sunburn’ if they don’t wear adequate protection.

“The winner of the women’s singles tennis will have to compete in six rounds, many of which will be at peak midday,” Dr Downs said in a study published last month.
“Golfers must also compete in four daytime rounds, and the winner of the men’s cycling road race can also expect to be exposed to sunlight for at least 6 hours, with other competitors being outside for even longer.”

As to why the study has concluded that women are more at risk than their male colleagues, they cite clothing factors as a reason. Saying that male players are ‘more likely’ to wear protective clothing such as hats.

Heat could pose a huge factor for players in Tokyo next year. Last July Japan experienced a record-breaking heatwave with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees. On July 24th the country declared a national emergency following the deaths of 65 people within a week. Furthermore, an estimated 22,000 people went to hospital with heat stroke.

In light of the recent heatwave, Dr Downs have recommended the officials in Tokyo implement specific regulations and guidelines regarding sun protection.

To address the potential threat, Olympic organisers will set up a centre to monitor extreme weather. Working with a private weather company and the meteorological agency of the Japanese government.

The Olympic Games will get underway on July 24th. More than 11,000 athletes are expected to take part in 339 events across 33 different sports. The tennis competitions will take place during the first week.

List of women’s Olympic medallists in the Open Era (singles only)

1988 Seoul

 GOLD
Steffi Graf (GER)

 SILVER
Gabriela Sabatini (ARG)
BRONZE
Zina Garrison (USA)
Manuela Maleeva (BUL)
1992 Barcelona  Jennifer Capriati (USA)  Steffi Graf (GER)  Mary Joe Fernández (USA)
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP)
1996 Atlanta  Lindsay Davenport (USA)  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP)  Jana Novotná (CZE)
2000 Sydney  Venus Williams (USA)  Elena Dementieva (RUS)  Monica Seles (USA)
2004 Athens  Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)  Amélie Mauresmo (FRA)  Alicia Molik (AUS)
2008 Beijing  Elena Dementieva (RUS)  Dinara Safina (RUS)  Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
2012 London  Serena Williams (USA)  Maria Sharapova (RUS)  Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
2016 Rio  Monica Puig (PUR)  Angelique Kerber (GER)  Petra Kvitová (CZE)

 

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Former Finalist Marketa Vondrousova To Miss French Open Following Surgery

The Olympic silver medallist will miss a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in two-and-a-half years.

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Czech world No.35 Marketa Vondrousova has pulled out of next week’s French Open after undergoing what she describes as a ‘small surgery.’

 

Vondrousova, who reached the final at Roland Garros back in 2019, underwent a procedure on her left wrist after experiencing recurring pain. She decided to do so following a medical consultation and will be soon going through rehab. It will be the first Grand Slam event she has missed since the 2019 US Open which she also withdrew from due to a wrist injury.

“The last few weeks were not easy, I have been experiencing recurring pain in my wrist,” Vondrousova wrote in an Instagram post published on Monday. “After seeing a couple of doctors I decided to get this small surgery done to be able to play pain-free.”
“Staying positive through the recovery and can’t wait to be back on the court soon,”
she added.

The 22-year-old last played on Tour at the Stuttgart Open where she lost in the first round to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. So far this season she has achieved a win-loss record of 13-5 with her best run being to the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships as a qualifier. Vondrousova also reached the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and defeated Emma Raducanu in the Billie Jean Cup.

A former junior world No.1, Vondrousova has been ranked as high as 14th in the world. So far in her career, she has won just one WTA title which was back in 2017 at the Lugano Open in Switzerland. However, she has reached the final at another four events with the last being at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She has scored a total of six wins over top 10 players.

Another player in doubt for the French Open is defending champion Barbora Krejcikova who hasn’t played a match on the Tour since February. The world No.2 has been sidelined from action due to an elbow injury but remains on the entry list for the Grand Slam which will begin on Sunday.

The French Open draw will take place on Thursday.

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Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina Announces Pregnancy

Tennis’ power couple are set to become parents later this year.

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Former world No.3 Elina Svitoliva has announced that she is expecting a baby girl in October on social media.

 

The 27-year-old made the announcement on Sunday morning with a picture of her and her husband, French tennis star Gael Monfils. Known by some as the sports ‘power couple,’ the two tied the knot last July in Geneva ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games after first going public about their relationship in 2019. They even have their own Instagram account called ‘g.e.m.s. life’ which has more than 139,000 followers.

“With a heart full of love and happiness, we are delighted to announce that we are expecting a baby girl in October,” the couple wrote on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/ElinaSvitolina/status/1525778313918177280

Svitolina hadn’t played on the Tour since losing to Heather Watson at the Miami Open in March after deciding to take time away from the sport due to events happening in her home country. Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine earlier this year which has claimed thousands of lives. Svitolina is one of the sport’s most outspoken players regarding the conflict. She has previously spoken out against the decision to ban Russian and Belarussian athletes from Wimbledon by arguing that they should be allowed to participate if they condemn the actions of their home countries.

We don’t want them banned completely,” Svitolina told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast.
“If players don’t speak out against the Russian government then it is the right thing to ban them.”

Prior to announcing her pregnancy, Svitolina has achieved a win-loss record of 5-8 on the Tour this season with her best runs being to the third round of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals of a WTA event in Monterrey.

During her career, the Ukrainian has won 16 WTA titles and reached the semi-finals of two Grand Slams during 2019.

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Bianca Andreescu reaches Rome quarterfinals after beating Petra Martic

The Canadian was able to get by her Croatian opponent in straight sets on Thursday afternoon in the Italian capital.

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Bianca Andreescu is through to the quaterfinals of the Italian Open being played at the Foro Italico in Rome after beating Petra Martic in 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes.

 

The Toronto native served four aces and won 76% of her first serve points in a match that was pretty straight forward for the world number 90 who makes her first quaterfinal this season.

During the first set both players did a good job holding serve and it was pretty tight until 4-4 when the Canadian was able to convert and served out the first set to take a 1-0 lead.

Andreescu was hungry for the early break in the second set and she got it but the Croat broke right back the following game to level the set at 2-2. She was then put on the defensive as the world number 47 started putting pressure on the Canadian but Andreescu was able to save two breakpoints before being able to hold serve to make it 3-3.

The next game Martic produced a poor service game and the 2019 US Open champ took full advantage, getting the break and that one break was enough for her to serve out the match.

Her reward for reaching the quarterfinals a date with the world number one Iga Swiatek who had no issues beating the Minsk native Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-1.

This will be their first ever meeting on the WTA Tour.

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