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Barbora Strycova Dashes Konta’s Wimbledon Dreams To Reach Semis

The world No.54 produced a solid display to prolong Britain’s 42-year wait for a female Wimbledon champion.




WIMBLEDON: Czech veteran Barbora Strycova has sealed a place in the last four of a grand slam for the first time in her career at the age of 33 after downing Johanna Konta in straight sets at Wimbledon.


The unseeded Czech showed no sign of nerves as she rallied to the 7-6(5), 6-1, victory on Center Court. The gutsy display was similar to that of the previous round where Strocova came from 4-6, 2-5, to defeat Elise Mertens. Taking the pace of the ball with the use of slice to make her opponents uncomfortable on the court. Illustrated by Konta’s unforced error count of 33, which was 24 more than her.

“I can’t really believe this is happening because it is just right after the match,” Strycova told BBC TV following her win.
“I’m extremely happy. I felt like I was playing well, but she was striking the ball very quick and very hard.’
“I just stuck to my game and tried to mix it a little bit. I then got into the match and started to feel better, and better. “

In what was their second meeting on the tour and first since 2017, the match started with a roller coaster set. Strocova’s use of the slice along with serving and volleying proved problematic for the home favorite. Initially, the Czech trailed 0-3 before managing to claw her way back to level 4-4. Courtesy of a lackluster Konta Service game.

With little to distinguish between the two players, a tiebreaker eventually separated them. Continuous momentum changes saw four mini-breaks take place during the first six points. Eventually, it was Konta who buckled at the worst possible time. Trailing 5-6 in the tiebreaker, a forehand into the net gifted Strocover the lead. Silencing the British crowd on Center Court.

Disrupting Konta’s rhythm with the variation of her shot-making, Strycova continued to dictate against her growingly erratic opponent. A poor service game from the Brit ended with a backhand drifting wide to gift the Czech a set and a break lead. Prompting a frustrated Konta to glare towards her camp.

The mood of the Brit deteriorated further as she dropped serve once again. Hitting a forehand long beyond the baseline to increase Strycova’s stronghold to a set and 5-1. Serving for a chance to achieve one of the biggest milestones of her entire career, the Czech sealed victory with ease. Capitalizing on back-to-back errors from across the court.

“I think it was one of the best matches I played here,” Strycova commented about her latest performance at Wimbledon.

23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams will be the next test for Strycova. The 11th seed defeated Alison Riske in three sets earlier in the day. Williams leads their head-to-head 3-0 and is yet to drop a set against her.

“It’s a great week to play her and it is a match I am looking forward to playing. I can’t wait to be on the court on Thursday.” Declared the 33-year-old.


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Gael Monfils advances to Australian Open fourth round without dropping a set




Gael Monfils has reached the second week at the Australian Open with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 6-3 win over Cristian Garin. 


Garin saved an early break point and took a 4-2 lead in the tie-break with an early mini-break in the opening set, but Monfils came back by winning five consecutive points to claim the tie-break 7-4. 

Monfils earned two early breaks in the second and fourth games to race out to a 4-0 lead in the second set. Garin pulled one break back at love in the fifth game for 1-4, but Monfils broke for the third time to close out the second set 6-1. 

Both players traded breaks in the third and fourth games of the third set. Monfils broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, when Garin made three unforced errors. The Frenchman saved a break point in a 18-point game in the sixth game and held serve with his 17th ace and broke serve to close out the match with a forehand volley winner. 

The Frenchman has not dropped a set so far this week and recorded five sets at 6-1 or better this week. Earlier this year he won the Adelaide International 1 title.

“It was a tough match, the conditions were different today. It was hot. It was quicker. I felt that I needed to adapt the game plan a little bit. He was playing well. He was playing well. I had to battle  and was very lucky and fortunate to win this breaker in the first set, and I just think I was solid enough to win in straight sets”, said Monfils. 

Monfils will be aiming to reach his 10th Grand Slam quarter final against Miomir Kecmanovic, who beat Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 6-2 7-5. 

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Pablo Carreno Busta reaches the fourth round at the Australian Open for the third time in his career




Pablo Carreno Busta reaches the second week in Melbourne after a four-set win over Sebastian Korda


Pablo Carreno Busta beat Sebastian Korda 6-4 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 in their first head-to-head match after 3 hours and 27 minutes to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open in Melbourne for the third time in his career after achieving this feat in 2018 and 2019. 

Carreno Busta will take on Matteo Berrettini, who beat reigning Next Gen ATP champion Carlos Alcaraz 6-2 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 2-6 7-6 (10-5). 

Carreno Busta earned his first break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Korda broke straight back on his third break point in the ninth game. Carreno Busta broke again on his eighth set point to seal the first set 6-4. 

The Spanish player hit 18 winners to just 8 unforced errors and got the crucial break in the 12th game to close out the second set 7-5. 

Korda came back from 3-5 down to win a tight tie-break 8-6 in the third set. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the fourth set. Carreno Busta earned two breaks in the fifth and eighth games to close out the fourth set when Korda hit a forehand wide. 

Carreno Busta reached the US Open semifinals twice in 2017 and 2020 and won two ATP Tour titles in Hamburg and Marbella in 2021. 

Korda was aiming to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the third time after achieving this feat at Roland Garros in 2020 and Wimbledon in 2021. 

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Denis Shapovalov Handles Opelka To Reach Australian Open Fourth Round

The Canadian managed to get past his 6ft 11 American opponent in a match that lasted over three hours.




Denis Shapovalov - Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Denis Shapovalov is into the fourth round of the Australian Open after beating 23rd seed Reilly Opelka 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and two minutes on Margeret Court Arena.


The Canadian hit 39 winners and served 10 aces while limiting Opelka to just 17 aces. In contrast the American finished the match with a costly 46 unforced errors as Shapovalov booked his spot in the second week of the tournament.

” I think I did a really good job against Reilly (Opelka) today and I took a lot of my chances and managed to get a read on his serve,” said the world No.14.

Both players were doing a good job early on when it came to holding serve and at 3-3 it was the Toronto native who had three chances to break. On his third opportunity broke serve with his trademark backhand winner.

However, that break didn’t last long for Shapovalov as he struggled to consolidate the break and ultimately gave the break right back with a poor service game and it was back on serve at 4-4.

The first was decided by a tiebreaker and Shapovalov got the crucial break to take a 3-1 lead in the breaker which was enough for him to take the first set.

The second frame was much like the first with both players holding serve until 3-3 when Opelka broke serve. He was able to consolidate and serve out the set to level the match.

The third set stayed on serve until 3-2 and the momentum swung back in the Canadians favor. He got the break of serve this time using his forehand to great effect and served out the third to take a two sets to one lead.

Just like the third set the fourth set had no breaks until 3-2 when again the number 14 seed broke Opelka serve again and that break of serve was enough for him to serve out the match and the win.

After the match in his post-match interview, he was asked how he was able to limit his opponent to just 17 aces in the match.

” It’s never easy against Reilly (Opelka) but I am happy I was able to pull through and make it to the next round”. He said.

Shapovalov will face the number three seed Alexander Zverev in the round of 16.

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