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Ajla Tomljanovic to replace Amanda Anisimova at Mubadala women’s singles match

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Ajla Tomljanovic will replace Amanda Anisimova in the women’s exhibition match at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in Abu Dhabi. Anisimova was scheduled to play against five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova but she was forced to withdraw from the match due to an injury problem.

 

Tomljanovic helped Australia reachtheir first Fed Cup final since 1993. The Australian player won more than 300 singles matches and reached four WTA finals on the WTA Tour. During the 2019 season Tomljanovic lost to Karolina Pliskova in the quarter final in Brisbane and finished runner-up to Dayana Yastremska in the Thailand Open final. She lost to Joanna Konta in the semifinal in Rabat. She lost three more finals during her career at the 2015 Pattaya Open, in the 2018 Morocco Open and in the 2018 Seul South Korea Open.

Tomljanovic hopes to use the Mubadala World Tennis Championships as a springboard for the 2020 season.

“I have heard amazing things about Abu Dhabi and the championship. I am really looking forward to playing in front of this crowd against Maria. It will give the perfect challenge ahead of a big season”, said Tomljanovic.

Anisimova was disappointed to withdraw from the Mubadala match.

“It’s really disappointing to have to withdraw from the Mubadala World Tennis Championships. I was looking forward so much to coming to Abu Dhabi and I hope to make the trip in the future”,said Anisimova.

 

In the men’s Mubadala tournament 2019 ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas will face Gael Monfils in the inaugural match. The winner of this match will face Novak Djokovic in the semifinal. This year’s US Open champion Danil Medvedev will take on Hyeon Chung in the second match. The winner of the clash between Medvedev and Chung will meet 12-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal.

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Alexander Zverev: “You can’t imagine what this means to me and I hope it will be the first of many Grand Slam semifinals”

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Alexander Zverev has reached the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career after beating Stan Wawrinka 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the quarter final of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

 

Zverev became the first German player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Tommy Haas at Wimbledon ten years ago.

“It feels awesome. I have done well in World Tour Finals, won Masters, but could never make that breakthrough at a Grand Slam. I am happy to be in the semifinals. You can’t imagine what this means to me and I hope it will be the first of many.”, said Zverev after the quarter final match against Wawrinka.

Zverev set up a semifinal against Dominic Thiem, who beat Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (8-6). The Austrian player leads 6-2 in his eight head-to-head matches against his younger German rival and won their most recent clash in the semifinal of the ATP Finals in London.

“I will have a cold glass of Coca Cola in my hotel room, with air conditioning, hopefully watching Nadal and Thiem play for six hours. That’s my assessment of the match”, joked Zverev in his post-match interview.

Zverev started his 2020 season with three defeats against Alex De Minaur, Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Finals, but he bounced back at this Australian Open, where he dropped just one set against Wawrinka in the quarter final.

“After losing the first set against Stan, I was getting ready to talk to the press about why I lost in straight sets. I turned it around and my energy picked up a bit. I wasn’t used to his ball. I needed to get used it. Thank God it worked out. I hope you can see in ATP Cup I was horrible, but this is a Grand Slam and this is where you’re meant to play your best tennis and I have been doing that. My energy picked up a little bit”, said Zverev.

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(VIDEO) Australian Open Day 10: Dominic Thiem Stuns Nadal, Zverev Breaks New Ground

A four set thriller resulted in the shock exit of the world No.1.

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Rafael Nadal has become the first member of the illustrious Big Three to exit this year’s Australian Open. The world No.1 crashed out in four sets to Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who is through to the last four in Melbourne for the first time at the age of 26. Awaiting Thiem next will be another semifinal debutante in the shape of Alexander Zverev.

 

Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta analyse both matches with British journalist Stuart Fraser from The Times.

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Hsieh-Su Wei and Barbora Strycova set doubles final clash against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic

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Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova will battle against against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in a clash between the number two seeds in the doubles final at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

 

Hsieh and Strycova beat number 4 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-2 6-3 in Thursday’s first semifinal. The top seeds will be bidding for their second title as a team after their triumph at Wimbledon last summer.

Hsieh and Strycova broke twice in each set and never faced a break point in each set.

“It’s always so amazing to be back here, because my first final in a junior Grand Slam was here, so I would like to thank Barbora for bringing me back again”,said Hsieh.

 “I am very happy that we are through to the final. It means so much for me. To have a partner like Su-wei by my side, it’s something very special. Playing another final of a Grand Slam, especially in Australia, which is my favourite country”,said Strycova.

Babos and Mladenovic beat Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching 7-5 6-2 in the second semifinal. Neither team faced a break point in the first ten games before Babos and Mladenovic earned the first break to take a 6-5 lead. The Hungarian and French team came back from 4-5 down in the first set by winning eight of the next nine games.

Babos and Mladenovic beat Hsieh and Strycova 6-1 6-3 in their previous head-to-head clash in the final of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

 

 

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