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Garbine Muguruza Battles Past Kudermetova In Dubai For 13th Win Of 2020

Garbine Muguruza battled past Veronika Kudermetova to continue her red-hot start to the 2020 season.

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Garbine Muguruza battles past Veronika Kudermetova 7-5 4-6 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals in Dubai. 

 

The Spaniard claimed her 13th victory of 2020 in a hard-fought match against Russian Veronika Kudermetova in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

There was little to separate the two players but the Australian Open finalist used her confidence and experience to edge into the last eight.

Five breaks of serve were enough for Muguruza as she continues to make a big statement under Conchita Martinez’s guidance.

After her win, Muguruza claimed more work needed to be done in order to win matches more convincingly, “There are a lot of things that I could have done better,” Muguruza told The National.

“But I’m excited that I gave myself another opportunity to be in the quarter-finals. I was just staying in the fight, not giving up until the last point, because she was playing great.”

After a couple of tough years on tour, the Spaniard seems to have found her best tennis when it matters as she aims for the top of tennis once again.

Next for the Spaniard is the in-form American Jennifer Brady, who managed to edge out Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova 4-6 6-4 6-1.

Although Muguruza will be favourite to reach the semi-finals, the world number 16 knows the threat that awaits her tomorrow, “When you’re in the quarter-finals, you’re playing girls that are progressing through the tournament,” the 26 year old said.

“(Brady) is playing good and I’m excited to play her for the first time to get to know her tennis.”

There were also wins for Aryna Sabalenka, Petra Martic and Elena Rybakina on Wednesday in Dubai as the quarter-final line-up looks set to be a mixture of variety and power.

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Fiona Ferro reaches the semifinal in Palermo

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French player Fiona Ferro cruised past Sara Errani 6-4 6-1 to advance to the semifinal of the Ladies Open in Palermo. World number 53 Ferro scored her third straight-set win this week. 

 

Errani earned an early break in the opening game of the first set. Ferro missed a break point chance at 2-1, but she broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. 

Ferro saved four break points in a 13-minute seventh game. Errani earned her fifth break point after a forehand error from Ferro and converted it with a backhand error to take a 4-3 lead. 

Ferro broke straight back with a backhand return winner down the line to draw level to 4-4. The French player held serve for 5-4 before earning three set points in the next game with three forehand. Ferro converted on her first set point after Errani netted a backhand. 

Ferro earned the first break of the second set to open up a 2-0 lead with a backhand winner. Ferro went up a double break to race out to a 4-0 lead. Errani pulled one break back at love and earned two game points at 4-1, but Ferro converted her third break point chance with a return winner to pull away to 5-1. Ferro earned three match points with a backhand winner and converted her first chance with a forehand winner down the line. 

Ferro will face either Dayana Yastremska or Camila Giorgi in the semifinal. 

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova skips the US Open

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Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova has decided to skip the US Open. The Russian player wrote a post on her Instagram account.

 

“I have been thinking a lot and decided not to play at the US Open. It was not easy because I hadn’t missed any Grand Slam in my entire career. Tennis is everything for me. The main reason is insecurity. The US Open does not guarantee any guarantees. I don’t feel comfortable to travel to the USA in such circumstances. I thank the USTA and the WTA that give a chance to play. From this moment, every player is on his own. My team and I have decided it would be for the best not to participate”, said Pavlyuchenkova. 

Pavlyuchenkova has joined the list of players, who have decided to miss the US Open. The list includes Nick Kygios, Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty. More players are expected to make a final decision on travelling to the USA for the Western and Southern Open and the US Open in the coming weeks. 

Pavlyuchenkova advanced to the quarter finals at last January’s Australian Open and reached her career-high of world number 13 in the WTA singles ranking in July 2011. She is currently ranked world number 30 and claimed twelve singles and five doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including her biggest title at the Open GDF Suez and the Moscow Kremlin Cup in 2014. She got through to a Grand Slam quarter final six times and reached the top eight at least once in all four Grand Slam tournaments in singles and doubles. 

Last weekend Pavlyuchenkova won the Ultimate Tennis Showdown near Nice in the tournament organized by Patrick Mouratoglou. 

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Donna Vekic suffers shock loss to Italian wildcard

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Donna Vekic sensationally crashed out of the Palermo Ladies Open after slipping to a surprise 6-2 6-4 defeat to World No.156 Elisabetta Cocciaretto.

 

The Croatian, 24, was one of the favourites to win the tournament before it started. And her chances of glory looked even better after she produced an excellent display in the first round and three of the eight seeds were knocked out.

However, Vekic struggled from the outset against the 19-year-old Italian. She had to save three break points just to get to 2-2 in the opening set. Then she squandered a break point with a wild return in game five.

From that point on, the errors started piling up from the Croatian. She hit a forehand just wide on break point to enable Cocciaretto to go 4-2 up. Then she served poorly to allow the Italian to break her again and clinch the set 6-2.

Vekic wastes her chances

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Had she been playing well, Vekic would probably have established a 3-0 lead in the second set. She wasted a break point chance in the first game, meekly dropped her own serve in the second and then actually managed to break in the third game.

Somewhat surprisingly, the match then settled into a predictable rhythm as both players held serve comfortably during the next six games.

At 5-4 down, the Croatian faltered again. She hit an awful drop shot into the net to fall 15-30 behind. Then she hit a short serve and a short forehand and could only watch in horror as Cocciaretto crunched successive winners past her to seal victory.

“I’m really excited and really happy for the win and I want to thank all the fans,” the Italian said in her on-court interview. “I watched Flavia Pennetta and Sara Errani playing here when I was six years old and I dreamed of following in their footsteps. It’s incredible to think that I’m doing it now.”

Cocciaretto played well throughout the match. She defended resolutely and picked the right times to attack. However, Vekic let her dictate points far too often, and she never did anything to tip the momentum back in her favour. This may be what disappoints her the most about her performance.

As for the Italian wildcard, she can bask in the glow of her first-ever win over a Top-30 player. On Friday, she will play in her first-ever WTA quarter-final. She will face either Annet Kontaveit or Laura Siegemund.

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