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Ash Barty And Sloane Stephens Cruise Into Third Round Of Wimbledon

Ashleigh Barty and Sloane Stephens were among the early winners on day three of Wimbledon.

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World Number One Ashleigh Barty and Sloane Stephens cruised into the third round of Wimbledon, losing a combined six games. 

It was another impressive performance from the world number one Ash Barty as she cruised past Alison Van Uytvanck 6-1 6-3.

Five breaks of serve were enough for the Roland Garros champion as she now faces Harriet Dart or Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Meanwhile 9th seed Sloane Stephens only lost only two games against Yafan Wang as she could face a third round match with Johanna Konta next.

The Australian faced a different kind of test on Court two as she was facing a player that has a similar game to her as there were a lot of slices in the early stages.

However that didn’t seem to faze Barty early on as the Belgian had no answer to the top seed’s big hitting and immaculate point construction.

Whether it was at the net or at the back of the court, Barty just had all the answers as she raced to an early 5-0 lead and looked in control.

Despite the poor start, Van Uytvanck was hoping the memories of beating Garbine Muguruza 12 months ago on this court would inspire her.

A hold of serve definitely settled her nerves as she could try and relax into the match. Though it didn’t seem to effect the Australian as she held to seal the opening set.

It was more of the same from the 22 year-old in the second set as she continued to adapt and cause the Belgian all sorts of problems.

The extraordinary thing about today’s match was Barty had the weaker first serve percentage but was still able to do more with her serve unlike Van Uytvanck.

There was a moment of hope for the Belgian after recovering one of the breaks back in the second set to reduce the gap from 5-1 to 5-3.

But it turned into nothing more than hope as the world number one sealed the match with a sliced backhand and volley combination.

The win seals Barty’s 18th consecutive set and 14th consecutive win as she cements herself as a frontrunner for the Wimbledon title.

Next up for Barty will be Harriet Dart or Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Stephens Continues Wimbledon Charge

Meanwhile in other results, former US Open champion Sloane Stephens is through to round three after a 6-0 6-2 win over Yafan Wang.

After winning 81% of her points on first serve, Stephens set a real statement as she could play Johanna Konta in the last 32 on Saturday.

Qiang Wang was also a winner early on day three after beating Tamara Zidansek 6-1 6-2.

 

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Angelique Kerber To Retire At Olympic Games

Angelique Kerber has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Olympics.

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Angelique Kerber has announced that she will be retiring from tennis at the Olympic Games.

The former three-time Grand Slam champion returned to the sport at the United Cup in January after becoming a mother.

It’s been a return full of ups and downs but ultimately Kerber only had one goal at the end of it and that was to play at the Olympics.

Now the 36 year-old will get to achieve that dream, Kerber has announced on Instagram that the Olympics will be her last tournament of her career.

In a post Kerber spoke about her Olympic journey as this is her third ever Olympics and said that this was the finish line.

Kerber will aim to end her career on a high as she has achieved some of the best achievements that this sport has to offer.

A former world number one, three-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic silver medallist at the Rio Olympics.

An incredible career for an incredibly resilient player that the tour will miss deeply.

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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