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Madison Keys Hammers Puig To Set Up Charleston Final Against Wozniacki

Madison Keys played superbly to beat Puig in straight sets, while Wozniacki beat her good friend Martic for the sixth consecutive time.



Madison Keys will face Caroline Wozniacki in the Volvo Car Open final after a dominant 6-4 6-0 win over Monica Puig.


During her press conference, the Puerto Rican summed up the match well. She said, “It’s disappointing (to lose), but all props to her. Sometimes you have great days like I’ve had (this week) and then you come up against an opponent who is playing ten times better than you.”

The American also reached the championship match in Charleston in 2015 but on that occasion she lost a close three-set encounter with Angelique Kerber. She will hoping to go one better this time.

Keys made a confident start to the match. She served well in her opening two service games and almost broke Puig in between them.

However, she did not need to wait long for a break. The Puerto Rican eventually crumbled under the pressure of the American’s huge hitting and surrendered her serve in the fourth game.

To Puig’s credit, she started to gain momentum and had just broken back in game seven when the rain came down.

There were a few close games when they resumed. But Keys fought her way to a break in game ten to take the first set 6-4.

Keys shines in the second set

Madison Keys (@VolvoCarOpen on Twitter)

In the second set, the American was on fire. She unleashed an array of spectacular groundstrokes that Puig was completely unable to cope with.

Consequently, she won the first five games in the set to move 5-0 ahead in a little over 20 minutes.

Keys also won the sixth, but it was much more difficult. Puig tried everything to prolong the action. She hit a couple of big winners and a drop shot, before the American eventually took her fourth chance to finish the match.

Key’s stats were very impressive. She fired down nine aces and won 76% of points behind her first serve. She also hit 26 winners and made just 12 unforced errors.

“I just feel really comfortable, especially on green clay,” the American said. “I’m really happy that I get to play another final here.”

Keys continued, “Monica played really well in the first set but I weathered the storm and then came out after the rain break really focused and ready to go.”

Wozniacki torments Martic again

Caroline Wozniacki (@VolvoCarOpen on Twitter)

Wozniacki also played very well to beat Petra Martic 6-3 6-4. The Dane has now beaten the Croatian in straight sets in all six of their meetings.

“It’s amazing to be back in the final here,” the Dane said in her on-court interview. “I’m so thrilled to be healthy and feeling good out here.”

In the first set, Martic did well to stay with Wozniacki for five games. However, when her level dropped in the sixth game, the World No.13 seized her chance to apply pressure.

She earned one break with some trademark hustling and then another with a brilliant inside-out forehand. The Croatian saved them both some aggressive hitting.

But her efforts did not enable her to retrieve the game. Wozniacki forced another break point and then played a superb point to take advantage of it. She drew Martic into the net and raced forward to finish the point when the Croatian dropped the ball short.

That break was all Wozniacki needed to win the set 6-4. She then broke early in the second set and served superbly to move into a 4-2 lead.

Then the Dane experienced a dip in form. She lost eight consecutive points to enable Martic to draw level on the scoreboard.

Parity did not last long. Wozniacki produced a well-judged lob and a brilliant backhand winner to earn 0-30 on the Croatian’s serve. Martic then made an error to give her three chances to break, and she took the third with a simple smash.

The Dane closed out the match with a relatively comfortable hold to advance to her first final since Beijing in October.


Naomi Osaka Ends Title Drought With Pan Pacific Open Win

The 21-year-old has captured her fourth WTA title in the city where she was born.



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Former world No.1 Naomi Osaka has returned back to the winner’s circle after easing to the Pan Pacific Open title on Sunday with a straight sets win.


The two-time grand slam champion disposed of Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3, in just 70 minutes. Claiming her first title of any sort since winning the Australian Open in January. Osaka was dominant behind her serve throughout the final. Winning all 20 of her first service points and dropping just six points behind her second. The top seed hit 22 winners to 12 unforced errors and broke Pavlyuchenkova three times.

“It is really special for me to win here (in Osaka). This is the city where I was born. I think that gave me a lot of power to play constantly match after match.” Said the new champion.

Prior to this week, the 21-year-old hadn’t progressed beyond the quarter-final stage of a tournament since April. She managed to end that trend on Saturday after being forced to play two matches due to poor weather affecting the tournament schedule. Recording wins over Yulia Putintseva and Elise Mertens. Osaka didn’t drop a single set in the entire tournament.

“I just wanted to win this really bad,” Osaka stated during her Sunday press conference.
“I think what I learned from this tournament is just to focus every point, and just to have really positive energy,” she later added.

There is also reason to celebrate for runner-up Pavlyuchenkova, who is yet to win a WTA title in Asia. This week is the first time she has reached a WTA final in 15 months. Last doing so at the 2018 Internationaux de Strasbourg in France. Earlier in the tournament she knocked out second seed Kiki Bertens and fourth seed Angelique Kerber.

“It is not the trophy you want standing here, but it has still been an amazing week.” The Russian reflected during the trophy ceremony.
“Congratulations Naomi you were really good today and played the better tennis.”

Osaka is the first Japanese player to win the Pan Pacific Open since Kimiko Date back in 1995. She exits the tournament with 470 ranking points and $137,125 in prize money.


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Sam Stosur Produces Comeback To Reach First WTA Final For 28 Months In Guangzhou

Sam Stosur reached her first WTA final for two and a half years with a three set win over Viktorija Golubic in Guangzhou.



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Sam Stosur came from a set down to beat Viktorija Golubic 2-6 7-6(4) 6-1 to reach her first WTA final in two and a half years. 


After losing the first set in comfortable fashion and surrendering her early break lead in the second set, the Australian fought back to reach the Guangzhou final.

The win means that Stosur will now compete in her first WTA final for two and a half years, when she won the Strasbourg title in 2017.

Speaking after the match the former US Open was delighted with the way she rallied back into the contest, “I just tried to hang in there and find a way to start playing a bit better,” she told the WTA website.

“She’s very tough to play against so I’m just happy to get through. This is where everyone wants to be, so to now make it to the final, I’m really happy and I’ll give it my best shot tomorrow.”

Having reached the final, she will now re-enter the world’s top 100 and compete for the 10th title of her career, which would be her first on hard courts since 2014.

Standing in Stosur’s way will be world number 20 Sofia Kenin after the American edged out Anna Blinkova 7-6(5) 4-6 6-1 in a tight contest.

Six breaks of serve was enough for Kenin as she aims to win her third title of the season having won in Hobart and Mallorca this season.

Seeds Deliver In Seoul As Rain Halts Play In Osaka

Meanwhile in the Seoul, the seeds managed to deliver to book their spots in the semi-finals. Yafan Wang, Karolina Muchova and Magda Linette all cruised into the last four in South Korea.

Although second seed Ekaterina Alexandrova had to survive a big scare against in-form Kristie Ahn with the Russian edging through 6-7(0) 6-4 6-4.

However there was a bleak day in Osaka, Japan where only one match was completed as three of the quarter-finals will have to be played tomorrow.

The one result saw Angelique Kerber reach the semi-finals having lead Madison Keys 6-4 4-6 2-1 before the American retired.

Tomorrow will be Kerber’s first WTA semi-final since reaching the final in Eastbourne in June.

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Serena Williams Confident In Bid For Grand Slam History Claims Patrick Mouratoglou

Patrick Mouratoglou says that Serena Williams is confident of another grand slam victory despite recent setbacks.



Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou (@BBCSport - Twitter)

Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou has claimed that the American is confident in her bid for more grand slam history. 


Despite the American not winning a set in her last four grand slam finals, Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou has claimed that she is still confident in winning another grand slam again.

Serena’s last grand slam win was at the Australian Open in 2017 before taking a break from the sport to become a mother.

Although it has been a struggle, Mouratoglou believes time is on the 37 year old’s side, “I think time is working for her,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports.

“I think she was much better at the US Open than she was at Wimbledon and Wimbledon better than Roland Garros. 

“She is getting back in shape and the more in shape she will be the more dangerous she will be. I think she has started to play really good tennis.”

Losses to Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu have exposed Serena’s lack of confidence and how nervous she is in the grand slam finals.

However Mouratoglou believes that Serena’s historic moment will come sooner rather than later, “It is one match for history and the pressure is quite high,” he said.

“I am not in her mind but I can figure she is playing one match for history. This is the highest pressure anyone can have in life and on the other side of the court she plays girls who have zero pressure because it is their first final.

“They are going to play many [Grand Slams], they are young, they are excited, enthusiastic so they play without pressure and that makes a big difference. But at some point she will figure out how to deal with that.”

Serena’s next tournament is scheduled to be the WTA Finals in Shenzhen in late October, should she qualify although there is a good possibility that we won’t be seeing on a tennis court until next year.

Will 2020 be the year that Serena finally figures out how to deal with the pressure of creating more history for herself? Only time will tell.



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