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Novak Djokovic Questions Scheduling Of Women’s World No.1 Match In Cincinnati

The Serbian has issued his opinion on the decision to make Naomi Osaka play on one of the smaller courts at the combined tournament.

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Novak Djokovic has said he was ‘surprised’ by the decision made by the organisers at the Western and Southern Open to make fellow world No.1 Naomi Osaka play her third round match on a smaller court.

 

Thursday at the Cincinnati tournament saw all 16 third round matches get played. Djokovic, who is the defending champion, played his match on centre court along with rival Roger Federer, Venus Williams and Elina Svitolina. Meanwhile, the Grandstand Court featured the likes of Ash Barty, Daniil Medvedev and Simona Halep. Overall, six out of the 10 matches that took place on the two premier courts were from the men’s draw.

Two-time grand slam champion Osaka was made to play her match on Court 10, which has no Hawk-Eye system in place. The world No.1 ousted Hsieh Su-wei 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-2, after two-and-a-half hours of play. Reaching the quarter-finals of a WTA Tournament for the second week in a row. Something she last achieved back in May.

“I was surprised to be honest.” Djokovic commented following his straight sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta.
“Obviously, in a combined event, it’s always tricky because someone will have to go out from the first court or first two courts. But she’s No. 1. So I think she deserves to be at least on the grandstand if not centre court.”

Osaka herself played down the debate over the scheduling of her match, but admitted to finding it ‘funny.’ It is not the first time this year where there has been questions raised over the scheduling of matches in the combined events. At the Wimbledon championships the then world No.1 Barty was made to play her fourth round match on Court Two during Manic Monday.

“I’m the type of person that will play on any court.” Said Osaka.
“I thought it was a bit funny, especially since, like, that’s kind of a doubles court in a way. Because I saw there was a lot of doubles matches on there. But, I mean, I’ll play on whatever court.”

Osaka will take on Sofia Kenin in her next match, which will take place on Center Court.

The Kyrgios fiasco

Another hotly debated topic at the tournament is Nick Kyrgios’ latest meltdown. The Australian was fined more than $100,000 for a series of violations committed during his third round match against Karen Khachanov, which he lost in three sets. Kyrgios were heard calling umpire Fergus Murphy a “F***ing tool” and at one stage left the court without permission to smash two of his rackets. The ATP has since said they are investigating to see if any further action needs to be taken.

“It’s more of a decision of, I think, combined between ATP and the tournament, I think, depending on the severity of the behaviour of the player. So it’s tough to really judge, to say what’s right, what’s wrong, whether it should be more or less.” Djokovic commented on the fine.
“The match was, I thought, a great quality match in terms of tennis for a couple of sets. And then Khachanov just was tougher in the end.”

Djokovic, who is a member of the ATP player’s council, has always paid attention to what is going on in the sport around him. Something he feels that he has a duty to do.

“Of course I do follow what’s going on. Not every match, not every court, not everything, because I also have a life off the tennis court, as well, and things that interest me.” He explained.
“Of course I follow it. It’s part of me, part of my life, part of my career. I also enjoy it. But I also have the responsibility to follow because of my role in the council.”

The 32-year-old is the only top eight seed remaining in the men’s draw. He will play France’s Lucas Pouille in the quarter-finals on Friday. Djokovic dropped only four games against Pouille in their first meeting earlier this year at the Australian Open.

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French Open Finalist Marketa Vondrousova Undergoes Surgery

It is a premature end to what has been a breakthrough season for the Czech.

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Czech rising star Marketa Vondrousova will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an operation on her left wrist.

 

The 20-year-old made the announcement on her Instagram account where she uploaded a picture of herself after undergoing the procedure. Vondrousova hasn’t played a match on the tour since Wimbledon, where she first sustained the injury. According to Czech media, she received treatment at the same facility which Petra Kvitova attended following a knife attack that severely injured her playing hand.

“For two months I tried to treat my wrist conservatively and tried everything possible. Unfortunately, nothing led to a significant improvement. That is why I decided on this solution, which should relieve me of my pain for good,” Vondrousova said is a statement issued by her team.
“Unfortunately for me, 2019 ended earlier than I wanted. I can’t wait to play back on the courts without pain anymore, she added.

The premature end draws the curtain on what has been a breakthrough season for Vondrousova. At the French Open she defeated Petra Martic and Johanna Konta en route to the final. Becoming the youngest player to do so at the tournament since Ana Ivanovic back in 2007. She was denied the title by Ash Barty, who prevailed in straight sets.

Yet to win a title, Vondrousova has managed to remain consistent on the tour by reaching the quarter-finals or better at six consecutive tournaments between February and June. Including the final of the Budapest Open. During that time, she managed to score two wins over Simona Halep. The highest ranked player she has defeated so far in her career.

Vondrousova is currently ranked 22nd in the world. She ends the season with a win-loss record of 29-9.

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Rebecca Peterson clinches her maiden WTA title

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Twenty-four year-old Swedish player Rebecca Peterson lifted the first title of her career at the Jangxi Open in Nanchang after beating Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-2 6-0.

 

The world number 78 Petterson, who had reached only a quarter final so far this season, has become the 14th first-time winner on the WTA Tour so far in 2019.

Peterson reeled off nine consecutive games from 3-2 in the first set to clinch the win, breaking serve four times.

Peterson dropped only nine points in her service games and did not face any break points. The Swede earned her first break in the first game after a double fault from Rybakina. Peterson consolidated the break by holding serve at love and opened up a 4-2 lead, when Rybakina sent a forehand long.

Peterson broke serve in the seventh game to race out to a 5-2 lead, as Rybakina made a backhand error. Peterson sealed the first set with a forehand crosscourt winner in the eighth game.

Peterson earned an early break, after Rybakina sent a forehand long, and went up a 3-0 lead. Rybakina did not win a single game point and sent Petersen to deuce in the fifth game of the second set, but she dropped serve. Petersen wrapped up the match with a bagel thanks to a service winner on her first championship point.

Rybakina, who scored two three-set wins against Viktoria Golubic in the quarter final and Peng Shuai in the semifinal, hit 3 winners to 11 unforced errors. She had won her maiden title in Bucharest last July.

 

 

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Karolina Pliskova lifts her fourth title of the season in Zhengzhou

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Number 1 seed Karolina Pliskova cruised past number 7 seed Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 36 minutes in the final of the Zhengzhou Open, an inaugural WTA Premier tournament. The final was postponed by six hours after torrential rain.

 

Pliskova came back from 0-2 in the first set by winning 12 of the next 15 games to win her fourth title this season after Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne. The Czech player is the fifth top seed to win a tournament this season after Aryna Sabalenka in Shenzhen, Alison Van Uytvanck in Budapest, Caroline Garcia in Nottingham and Anastasjia Sevastova in Jurmala.

Pliskova took a re-match against Martic, who beat the Czech player in four of their previous five head-to-head matches and won their third round clash at Roland Garros.

Pliskova saved two of her three break points and converted four of her eight break points.

Martic earned an early break with a forehand return winner to open up a 2-0 lead in the first set. As the match resumed after a rain delay Martic did not convert a double break point. Pliskova broke back in the fourth game with a forehand winner to draw level to 2-2.

Pliskova saved a break point chance in the seventh game with a forehand down the line. The Czech player broke serve in the eighth game, when Martic made a forehand error and sealed the first set 6-3 with a service winner.

Pliskova dropped only six points on her first serve in the second set and broke serve in the third game when Martic sent a backhand slice wide. The former world number 1 player held her serve with an ace before breaking for the second time in the fifth game. She hit four winners to seal the win, as she was serving for the match at 5-2.

“I think I played good matches. Of course, not all the matches were perfect, the week never can be really perfect because it’s so many days and so many things can be just different every day. I beat tough players, which I maybe lost to a couple of times before. I think that was the biggest plus of this week, especially with Petra. These wins are always important. It doesn’t matter where you play, which tournament you play, but it’s always important. To get the trophy is always special. It does not matter really which tournament or how big the tournament is, it’s always good”, said Pliskova.  

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