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Aryna Sabalenka Victorious At Penultimate WTA Event Of 2019 In Zhuhai

The 21-year-old has continued her love affair with WTA Tournaments in China.

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Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka has ended her season on a high after defeating the top seed to win the WTA Elite Trophy on Sunday.

 

The world No.14 proved too strong throughout her 6-4, 6-2, win over Kiki Bertens. A player who she had only beaten once in her five previous meetings against. In their latest clash, Sabalenka was dominant behind her serve as she won 81% of her first service points without facing a single break point. Furthermore, she also hit 17 winners to 14 unforced errors.

The latest victory continues Sabalenka’s love affair with China. She has now won four out of her five career titles in the country. Including Wuhan and Shenzhen this year. At the Elite trophy she was she undefeated throughout the round-robin tournament with wins over Maria Sakkari, Elise Mertens and Karolina Muchova earlier in the week.

“Well, it seems I like to play in China and China likes me too,” she said after her latest triumph. “It’s been a crazy year… I’m happy to finish it with a title and hopefully there are many more to come.”

After both players getting off to a solid start, Sabalenka struck at 5-4 by breaking Bertens to snatch the opening set. Meanwhile, in the second set she broke two more times. Once at the start and then again in the final game to seal her third title of 2019.

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Bertens is the fifth and final top 20 player Sabalenka has defeated this year (in singles). She had also previously scored wins over Elise Mertens, Caroline Wozniacki and Ash Barty. Bertens is the only player in the group she has managed to defeat on multiple occasions. She will now rise to 11th in the WTA rankings when they are updated on Monday.

Despite their Sunday clash, there will be no time for either Sabalenka or Bertens to rest. Both will now head to Shenzhen for the WTA Finals. Sabalenka has qualified for the doubles tournament alongside Mertens. Meanwhile, Bertens is the first alternate for the singles draw.

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Carlos Alcaraz dreams to become world number 1 player

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Carlos Alcaraz is getting ready to the first Grand Slam tournament of his career at the age of 17 at the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne. 

 

The Spanish teenager has clear ideas about his future goals. 

“I dream to become the world number 1 and play matches, which will go down in the history of tennis. I watch videos from past Wimbledon matches of Rafa, Novak and Roger many times and Imagine that I will take part at this tournament in the future. It’s very special to play on grass courts. It would be incredible to win the Wimbledon tournament”, said Alcaraz. 

Alcaraz is currently keeping fit in the bubble created in his hotel in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, which will start on 8 February. The player coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero wants to set high goals, but he is aware that he needs to contunue his career step by step. Alcaraz climbed six places in the ATP Ranking to world number 135 and he has the chance to improve his ranking if he advances through the rounds at the Australian Open. 

“The main goal is to finish the 2021 season in the top 50. I would like to play in the Masters 1000 in Madrid and in the Barcelona tournament. It would be nice to train with Rafa and Novak. I have already had the chance to train with Roger, but I am shy and I could not speak English very well. I was not able to talk with him. I think I have tennis and I would say that I have the maturity to face any player. I try to handle situation as well as possible and I am doing well. I don’t look at points much, I have it apart. I am going to Australia to improve and grow as a player and a person. I must not go too much. Whatever comes is welcome, but I still have a lot of room”. 

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Paula Badosa tested positive for Covid-19

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Paula Badosa Gilbert posted on her social media channels that she was tested positive for Covid-19. 

 

The 23-year-old Spanish player, who won the French Open Junior title in 2015, had been quarantining in Melbourne under the mandatory 14-rule after a couple of co-passengers in her flight to Melbourne had tested positive for the coronavirus when they arrived in Melbourne. 

The world number 67 was one of the 72 players forced to isolate in their hotel rooms after passengers on three separate charter flights to Melbourne tested positive. 

Badosa is symptomatic and has been shifted to a different hotel. She is the first player to be tested pasitive to Covid-19 after travelling to Melbourne. 

“I will try to recover as soon as possible listening to the doctors. I have been taken to a health hotel to self-isolate and be monitored. Thanks for your support. We will be back stronger”, said Badosa. 

Badosa made two appearances at the Australian Open in 2019 and 2020. She reached  her best result in Melbourne last year, when she got through to the second round, losing to former finalist Petra Kvitova. The list of players forced to isolate include two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori. 

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Belgrade will host an ATP Tour event in 2021 following Budapest relocation

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Belgrade will host an ATP Tour tournament for the first time since 2012. The Hungarian Open, who was hosted in Budapest on clay court from 2017 to 2019 and is traditionally held during the European clay-court season, will be relocated to Belgrade from 2021. This tournament was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Belgrade will host the Serbia Open from 19 to 25 April 2021 under a lease agreement between licence owner Ion Tiriac and new event organisers Tara 16s, led by Tournament Director Djordie Djokovic, the younger brother of Novak Djokovic, who won two editions of the ATP 250 tournament in 2009 and 2011.

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