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REPORT: Garbine Muguruza Shuts Down Lacklustre Season

The Spaniard has seemingly decided to start her off-season early.




Garbine Muguruza (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

Two-time grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza is unlikely to play again on the WTA Tour in 2019 after pulling out of two key tournaments.


The world No.28 has made no official announcement about her plans for the rest of the season. However, website has reported that the Spaniard has officially withdrawn from the Tianjin Open in China and Moscow Open in Russia.

Muguruza’s latest match took place earlier this week at the China Open. In a late-night encounter, she suffered a 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, loss to Sofia Kenin. 16th seed Kenin was knocked out in the third round of the tournament on Wednesday. Muguruza has now lost seven out of her past eight matches played since the French Open. Her sole win was over Peng Shuai in Wuhan.

“I have low expectations for the rest of the season,” Muguruza admitted last month. “I am working hard to return to a top place. I really want to be up there and I have to go through the phases of this process. The motivation is the same, I am simply in different circumstances, challenges, players, … but I feel super motivated.”
“I am a very ambitious player and I want to be at the highest level possible.” She added.

The turbulent year saw Muguruza split with her long-term coach Sam Sumyk in July. Somebody who guided her to multiple grand slam titles and the world No.1 ranking over a four-year period. Since then she has sought help from Spanish Fed Cup captain Anabel Medina Garrigues. A former professional player who broke into the world’s top 20 in both singles and doubles during her career.

Despite her dip in form, there has also been positives for Muguruza in 2019. Her most notable achievement took place in Mexico when she defended her title at the Monterrey Open in April. Dropping only one set in the entire tournament. She also reached the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Muguruza closes her season with a win-loss record of 22-16. She is set to not feature in the year-end top 20 for the first time since 2014.

Muguruza’s 2019 results

Sydney – R2
Australian Open – R4
Hua Hin – QF
Dubai – R3
Indian Wells – QF
Miami – R2
Monterrey – champion
Madrid – R2
Rome – R3
French Open – R4
Wimbledon – R1
Cincinnati – R1
US Open – R1
Osaka – R1
Wuhan – R2
Beijing – R1

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‘My Body Is Not Use To Playing At 2am’ – Kristyna Pliskova Stuns Sakkari In Late-Night Palermo Duel

The Czech player has caused the biggest upset of the draw so far.




Kristyna Pliskova has started her return to professional tennis following the five-month break by recording one of the biggest wins over her career at the Palermo Open.


The Czech tennis player held her nerve to knockout world No.20 and third seed Maria Sakkari 6-4, 6-4, in a late-night encounter. The first day of the WTA event saw a series of matches go the full distance, leading to Pliskova’s opening match taking place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Despite the later than expected encounter, a sleepy Pliskova still managed to come out on top to record only her seventh win over a top 20 player and second this year. She also beat Aryna Sabalenka at the Shenzhen Open in January. During her latest match, the Czech stood firmly behind her serve as she won 80% of her first service points and saved all three break points she faced. Overall, she won 69 points in the match compared to Sakarri’s 60.

“The conditions were really tough,” quoted Pliskova as saying. “Before the match, I was also sleeping a little bit! We stayed so late here, I think it’s tough for [Sakkari] as well.”
“The body is not used to playing at 2:00 a.m.,”
she added.

Pliskova broke Sakkari twice in the match by doing so at the start of each set. The triumph avenges her loss to the Greek in their previous meeting that took place at the 2017 Wimbledon championships. On that occasion Sakkari fought back from a set down to win.

Former Wimbledon girls champion Pliskova is seeking her first WTA title in almost four years this week in Palermo. Her next opponent will be Italian veteran Sara Errani, who required almost three hours to oust Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, in a roller-coaster encounter.

“[Errani is] at home here, so for sure the people will cheer for her,” Pliskova commented on her next test. “She had quite a tough match, I saw. It’s very different from today, but I will try to hold my serve and hopefully I will also break her!”

Pliskova is currently ranked 69th in the WTA rankings.

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Fabio Fognini is planning to return in Kitzbuhel




Fabio Fognini is currently training in Puglia to prepare his return to the ATP Tour in Kitzbuhel next September after undergoing ankle surgery two months ago. His coach Corrado Barazzutti confirmed that Fognini will not play in the Cincinnati Masters 1000 tournament and at the US Open. 


Fabio knows what he has to do to recover from the injury and is working very hard. He trains every day from 10 to 14.30. I am happy with his committment and his hard work”, said Barazzutti, who is also the Italian Davis Cup captain. 

“I think that Fabio will be ready in two weeks. We will work for four weeks in Rome to prepare for Kitzbuhel, which will mark his come-back. If everything goes to plan, Fabio will play there. We are confident because his preparation is going well well”. 

Fognini is spending his time with his wife Flavia Pennetta and his children Federico and Farah. “I think that spending with his family will be very positive for Fabio. They give him the strength to overcome the recovery from injury. Living with injuries is normal for all athletes, but it is not very easy. He is now more relaxed”, concluded Barazzutti

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REPORT: Madrid Open To Be Axed Amid COVID-19 Concerns In Latest Setback For Tennis

Hopes of Spain holding their top tennis event in 2020 are over.




The world of tennis is set to suffer another severe blow with multiple media sources confirming that organisers of Spain’s most prestigious tennis tournament will officially cancel their event on Tuesday. 


The Mutua Madrid Open will be removed from the 2020 calendar following a meeting involving tournament owner Iron Tiriac. Recently doubts have been cast on the event after local health officials called for it to be suspended due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Although the final decision was up to Tiriac and his team. It had been due to take place between September 12 to 20, following the conclusion of the US Open. 

“We have to be realistic now, we have to accept that health is always the priority. We must not endanger anyone, neither the fans, nor the players, nor the staff, all those who come to Madrid in September,” tournament director Feliciano Lopez told L’Equipe over the weekend. 

Spain has seen their rate of COVID-19 cases rapidly rise since the country ended its lockdown. According to El Pais, the number of cases recorded within 24 hours is eight times the amount compared to 40 days ago. Rising from 334 (June 20) to 2,789 (between July 29 and 30). On Friday July 31st there were 3092 new cases in the country in what is a post-lockdown record.

Held at the Caja Magica, the Madrid Open is a key event for both men and women. It is currently classed as a Masters 1000 for the men and as a Premier Mandatory for the women. Last year each of the singles champions took home €1,202,520 in prize money. It was originally set to be played in May but was postponed due to the pandemic.

The demise of Madrid this year is another setback for what is becoming a rapidly thinning 2020 tennis calendar. Within the past two weeks China has confirmed that they will not be hosting any tournaments this year, Japan’s scrapped it’s premier women’s event and the Italian Open has been advised to not allow any fans to their event this year. 

As a result of the latest development, only two WTA clay-court events will take place after the US Open leading up to Roland Garros. They are both set to get underway on September 21st in Rome and Strasbourg. As for the men, Rome will be their only point of call. 

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