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Simona Halep Reacts To Decision To Not Put Women’s No.1 On Premier Court At Wimbledon

Neither the women’s top seed or defending champion will be gracing their presence on the either of the two biggest tennis courts at The All England Club on Thursday.

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WIMBLEDON: Simona Halep has stated that she is happy to play anywhere at Wimbledon as she dismisses any significance in the scheduling of the women’s matches.

 

The draw for the fourth day of the tournament has been revealed with two key names not getting a place on either Center Court or Court One. Top seed Ash Barty and current champion Angelique Kerber will instead contest their third round matches on Court 2. Meanwhile, two of the top three men’s seeds will play on the bigger capacity courts. Rafael Nadal plays Nick Kyrgios on Centre and Roger Federer plays Jay Clarke on Court One.

Questioned about the decision, Halep said it was irrelevant where players play their matches. Pointing out the unpredictability of the women’s game where the top-ranked players more frequently move around in the world rankings than the men.

“I think all the courts, the first courts here, are great. Doesn’t matter where you play.” Halep said following her second round win.
“I think many girls were at the top and now they are No. 6, 7. It’s not that bad that we are scheduled on Court 2 or Court 3. Everything, it’s okay here.’
“I really enjoy playing on all the courts. I love to play on Court 1. Court 2 was not that bad. I am happy everywhere.”

In the past Wimbledon have been criticized with allegations of giving preferential treatment to the men’s draw in their scheduling. However, in recent years there has been a significant improvement with both of the top courts featuring three male and three females matches. A move praised by 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams on Tuesday at The All England Club.

“I was here obviously when it was two men and one women’s match on each of the show courts. I think the last time I played here last year, they had started to make the change, maybe even the year before, I’m not sure, I don’t remember.” She said.
“I’m glad to see that they made different changes in continuing to support the women.”

Wimbledon was the last grand slam tournament to offer equal prize money. Doing so in 2007.

Thursday’s order of play

CC
Kei NISHIKORI vs Cameron NORRIE
Katerina SINIAKOVA vs Johanna KONTA
Nick KYRGIOS vs Rafael NADAL

C1
Kristina MLADENOVIC vs Petra KVITOVA
Jay CLARKE vs Roger FEDERER
Serena WILLIAMS vs Kaja JUVAN

C2
Ash BARTY vs Alison VAN UYTVANCK
Daniel EVANS vs Nikoloz BASILASHVILI
Lauren DAVIS vs Angelique KERBER
Matteo BERRETTINI vs Marcos BAGHDATIS

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Andrey Rublev moves past Ilya Ivashka to reach the quarter finals in St. Petersburg

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Andrey Rublev overcame Ilya Ivashka 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes to advance to the quarter finals for the third time in his career in St. Petersburg Open. 

 

Rublev fended off all seven break points and earned two breaks in the seventh game of the first set and in the third game of the second set. The Moscow native player fired 10 aces and won 84 % of his first service points. 

The eight-time titlist is aiming to win his third career title on home soil after his previous titles in Moscow 2019 and St. Petersburg 2020. 

Rublev set up a quarter final clash against either Sebastian Korda or Botic Van de Zandschulp.Karen Khachanov knocked out Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3 after 1 hour and 25 minutes. Khachanov will take on 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who eased past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 23 minutes. Cilic leads 1-0 against Khachanov in their only previous head-to-head match in Cincinnati in 2018.

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Matteo Berrettini rallies from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in Vienna

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This year’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini came back from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvlili 6-7 (5-7 ) 6-3 6-2 after 2 hours and 5 minutes reaching the quarter final at the Erste Bank in Vienna. 

 

Berrettini saved all three break points he faced and hit 22 aces, including two on the last two points of the match. 

Number 3 seed Berrettini had won three of his previous head-to-head matches against Indian Wells finalist Basilashvili, but they met for the first time on in indoor court. Berrettini had beaten Basilashvili in Winston Salem 2018, Halle 2019 and Rome 2021. 

Both players went on serve in the first set. Berrettini saved the only break point in the second game. Basilashvili earned a mini-break to take a 3-1 lead. Berrettini pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. Basilashvili earned another mini-break on the 10th point to earn two set points at 6-4 and converted his second chance to win the tie-break 7-5. 

Berrettini saved a break point to hold serve at deuce in the first game of the second set. The Italian player earned a break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead and held his next service games before closing out the second set with a double break in the ninth game. 

Berrettini went up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game of the decider. The Queen’s tournament champion faced a break point in the seventh game after a double fault, but he saved it with an ace. He served out the third set 6-3 with his 22nd ace. Berrettini set up a quarter final match against Spanish Next Gen player Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-4.

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Denis Shapovalov Battles Back To Reach The Quarterfinals In St Petersburg

The Canadian got off to a slow start in his first match but was able to recover nicely for a big three-set win.

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Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Second seed Denis Shapovalov needed to go the distance at the St Petersburg Open to beat his Spanish opponent Pablo Andujar 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in one hour and 49 minutes.

 

The Toronto native didn’t have the best start to the match but was able to recover and pull off a comeback to take the win. Serving a total of 11 aces to reach the quarterfinals.

” It’s very tough to play Pablo (Andujar) first round of a tournament, he’s a great player and it was a tough start to the match,” said Shapovalov. “I didn’t feel so great but I just told myself to keep going because obviously there is still a lot of tennis to be played and I wanted to turn it around in the second set and I did a really good job.”

It was the Spaniard who got off to a better start, earning a breakpoint in the first game of the match before grabbing the early break and he was able to consolidate it. At 2-0, Andujar had two chances to go up a double break but the Canadian saved both and it stayed on serve until 4-2 when the world number 92 was able to earn another breakpoint. This time converted for the double break lead and served out the first set.

The second set stayed on serve until 2-1 when Shapovalov broke to love and that one break of serve was enough for him to serve it out and send the match into a decider.

The Canadian continued pushing as his level improved. In the first game of the final set, he broke the Spaniard with a perfectly timed cross-court winner to take an early 1-0 lead. After consolidating the break he was hungry for more and broke Andujar’s serve once again to go up a double break. Shapovalov closed the match out with a bagel set.

During his on-court interview, Shapovalov was asked how happy he was back to be in St Peterburg and he mentioned the amazing memories he had playing in the event last year.

” It always feels great to be back and I remember last year playing Andrey (Rublev) in the semifinals. I was one set up and I lost this match but I am happy to be here due to the fact I always get great support from the fans here”. He said.

Shapovalov will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarterfinals after the German upset seventh seed Alexander Bublik in straight sets (6-4, 6-3).

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