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Bianca Andreescu pulls out of ASB Classic in Auckland



Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu has pulled out of the ASB Classic in Auckland due to a knee issue, which had forced to retire during last October’s WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

The world number 5 player made her breakthrough on the international stage in the 2019 edition of the Auckland tournament, where she qualified for the main draw and went on to reach her first WTA singles final after starting the tournament as world number 152. During the New Zealand tournament Andreescu upset top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams before losing the final to defending champion German Julia Goerges in three sets.

Andreescu got through the qualifying round at the Australian Open before winning her first  match in a Grand Slam main draw against Whitney Osuigwe. She then lost to Anastasjia Sevastova in the second round. The Canadian teenager won her first WTA 125 k series title in Newport Beach and improved her ranking to world number 68.

Andreescu became the third wild card to reach the semifinals at the Indian Wells Premier Mandatory tournament joining Serena Williams and Kim Cljisters. She beat Elina Svitolina in the semifinal and Angelique Kerber in the final. A the Miami Open Andreescu beat Sofia Kenin taking a re-match against the young US player, who had beaten the Canadian rising star in Acapulco a few weeks earlier.

At her home tournament at the Rogers Cup in Toronto Andreescu reached her third final after beating two former top 10 players Eugenie Bouchard and Daria Kasatkina and two current top 10 players Kiki Bertens and Karolina Pliskova. She went to beat Kenin in their third head-to-head match of the season. Andreescu won her second WTA Premier title of her career after Serena Williams was forced to retire, when she was 1-3 down in the first set.

At the US Open Andreescu beat Belinda Bencic in two sets to reach her first Grand Slam final. The tennis player from Mississagua beat Serena Williams in straight sets, becoming the first Canadian player to win a Grand Slam singles title and the first woman to win the US Open title in her main draw debut. Andreescu qualified for the WTA Finals for the first time in her career. After losing to 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in three sets, Andreescu retired in her second round-robin match against Karolina Pliskova due to a knee injury.

Andreescu hopes to recover in time for the Australian Open.

“I want to let you know that I won’t be playing in Auckland this year. I am super disappointed about it but I spoke to my team and I really have to what is best for my knee right now. I have so many good memories from Auckland and I hope I can create more of those in 2021”.

In the doubles tournament Caroline Wozniacki and Serena Williams will play the doubles tournament together. US tennager duo formed by Coco Gauff and Catherine McNally have confirmed that they will play the doubles together in Auckland. Gauff and McNally clinched their first WTA doubles tournament at the Citi Open in Washington in their first WTA tournament together. They are still eligible for junior tournaments. The two teenagers reached the round of 16 at the US Open as wildcard last September. They reached the semifinal in Linz and won their second WTA doubles title in Luxembourg. Gauff became the youngest player to qualify for the singles main draw at Wimbledon and beat her idol Venus Williams in the first round. The 15-year-old player went on to win her first WTA title in Linz after beating Kiki Bertens. Gauff is the youngest player ranked in the top 100 and has a career-high of world number 68.


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French Open: Jack Draper Serves Up Trouble and is Upset by Dutch Qualifier De Jong

Brit Draper loses his longest ever tennis match in only his second five-setter of his career.



Jack Draper crashed out at the first hurdle at the French Open after a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 6-3 loss to world number 176 Jesper de Jong – a qualifier who had come through three rounds to reach the main draw – who next faces third seed Carlos Alcaraz. 

In a titanic tussle lasting over four hours, the British number two could not find any rhythm on his serve, getting just 50% of his first deliveries in while winning only 51% of his second serves – resulting in him being broken an alarming nine times over the five sets.

“My serve has been a problem this year,” said Draper after the match. “I’m trying to change it to make it better, and obviously I’ve made those changes in the last few weeks. So, it’s not comfortable, especially in a grand slam playing in a fifth set on a second serve. You know, the confidence isn’t there at the moment on my serve, and it’s a problem I’m going to have to work on with coaches and see where I can make it more consistent because, yeah, it’s really letting me down.”

Dutchman De Jong took the opening two sets and was heading for a surprising routine victory before Draper showed some admirable fight to win the third on a tie-breaker before taking control of the fourth to push the match into a decider after a one-hour rain delay.

Draper, still only 22 with huge potential, still has time to understand how to navigate the fluctuations of long five setters and will be disappointed with the outcome of the fifth when he threw in yet another double-fault at 30-40 down in the seventh game to hand his opponent the initiative.  “I battled my way back, started playing a decent level. There was a lot of ebbs and flows in the match. That’s five-set tennis. I’m kind of learning that the more I play,” he added. 

Elsewhere in other results, sixth seed Andrey Rublev dropped a set in a tough battle against Japan’s Taro Daniel and next faces Spain’s Pedro Martinez, while eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz survived going two sets to one down before coming through easily in five against Shintaro Mochizuki from Japan. 

Bulgaria’s 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov recorded a routine win against American Aleksandar Kovacevic and French veteran, and wildcard Richard Gasquet was arguably more impressive in his straight sets win over Borna Coric of Croatia and potentially plays second seed Jannik Sinner next. 

However, in perhaps the biggest upset of the day, French number one and 17th seed Ugo Humbert lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego in a match close to three hours and in front of home fans on Suzanne-Lenglen stadium court. 

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Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard claims his first ATP title in Lyon



Giovanni Mpetchi Perricard battled past sixth seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-4 1-6 7-6 (9-7) in a thrilling final at the Open Parc tournament in Lyon. 

Mpetchi Perricard saved four break points in the first game of the opening set to hold serve at deuce. Etcheverry converted his third break point in the fifth game and held serve at love to take a 4-2 lead. Mpetchi Perricard won four consecutive games to clinch the first set 6-4. 

Etcheverry broke three times to win the second set 6-1. 

The third set went on serve until the 11th game when Mpetchi Perricard converted his third break point to take a 6-5 lead. Etcheverry broke straight back to draw level to 6-6. Mpetchi Perricard was a point away from defeat at 6-7 in the tie-break of the third set, but he reeled off the final three points to win the tie-break 9-7 on his second championship point. 

Mpetchi Perricard won three Challenger Tour titles this year in Nottingham, Cuernavaca and Acapulco. He beat Lorenzo Sonego, Yoshihito Nishioka, Hugo Gaston and Alexander Bublik en route to his first ATP Tour title in Lyon.

Mpetchi Perricard is the son of footballer player Ghislain Mpetchi, who is of Congolese origin. He sister Daphnée Perricard is also a tennis player. 

“It was crazy. It was a very good final. I was down in the second set, but I managed to do better. I am very happy to win this tournament and now I have a lot of confidence for Roland Garros”, said Mpetchi Perricard.

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Casper Ruud claims the third title of his career in Geneva



Casper Ruud claimed the third title of his career at the Gonet Geneva Open after his previous triumphs at this tournament in 2021 and 2022. 

Ruud did double duty after rain postponed his semifinal match to Saturday. Ruud saved a match point to beat Flavio Cobolli 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in the semifinal. He returned less than three hours to defeat Tomas Machac 7-5 6-3 in the final. Ruud clinched the ATP Tour title of his career. 

Machac went up a break in the third game of the first set to take a 3-1 lead. Ruud won three consecutive games from 4-5 down with two breaks in the first set after Machac committed a double fault while he was holding a set point on serve at 5-4. 

Ruud broke serve in the second game of the second set. The Norwegian player held on his next service games and served out the win on his first match point in 1 hour and 47 minutes. 

Ruud improved to 2-0 in his two head-to-head matches against Machac. “It was a challenging week. All the matches are tough, no matter who will play. It was tough to find a groove. The weather has been a bit challenging all week, but today was fantastic. I feel very happy to win again to win again here in Geneva. It’s been a very good season so far”, said Ruud. 

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