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Elina Svitolina Ends 15-Month Title Drought In Monterrey

The world No.5 has capped off her week in South America with a marathon triumph on Sunday.

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Top seed Elina Svitolina has claimed her first title since the 2018 WTA Finals after prevailing in a three-hour thriller at the Monterrey Open in Mexico.

 

The two-time grand slam semi-finalist battled to a 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, over Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzkova, who was playing in her first WTA final at the age of 21. Svitolina was firmly tested from the onset after dropping serve in a marathon opening game that featured seven deuces. Nevertheless, in a match of fine margins the Ukranian managed to hold her nerve to edge out Bouzkova. Breaking her rival five times during the match and winning 67% of her first service points.

“It was an amazing battle,” Svitolina said during the trophy presentation. “Marie was fighting great, and I think it was a very high-level match. We’ve both been playing good, we were fighting, and there were no easy games. I think the people really pushed us to play our best, and it was amazing to get the support from the Mexican people.”

Closing in on her latest title in Mexico, Svitolina had to overcome a late blip to secure the trophy. Serving for the title at 5-3, she dropped serve following another impressive fightback from Bouzkova. However, she sealed the win in the following game after breaking her rival once more.

“It feels amazing,” the new Monterrey champion said. “It’s another step towards my goals, and I’m moving in the right direction. I’m happy that it’s going the right way.”

Prior to this week, the 25-year-old had only managed to win back-to-back matches in two out of her last five tournaments played. In Mexico she dropped only one set in five matches played, which was against Bouzkova. In the semi-finals she dropped only one game against Arantxa Rus.

Svitolina’s latest triumph has elevated her two spots up the rankings to return back in the world’s top five. Meanwhile, Boulkova has risen 10 places to a career high of 47th in the world.

Monterrey is Svitolina’s 14th WTA title in her career and first in South America. 10 of those titles have been won on a hard court.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: “I will miss Wimbledon and I can’t wait to 2021”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas said that the Wimbledon cancellation news was just an April fool after organizers of the famous British tournament called off their Grand Slam event due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and public health concerns.

 

Tsitsipas made his debut at Wimbledon in 2017 and reached the fourth round in 2018. He lost to Stefano Travaglia in the opening round at Wimbledon last year, but he bounced back winning the ATP Finals in London.

This year Tsitsipas won the Marseille title for the second consecutive year and lost the Dubai final against Novak Djokovic in Dubai. He lost to Milos Raonic in the third round at the Australian Open. At the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup in Australia he beat Alexander Zverev and lost to Denis Shapovalov and Nick Kyrgios.

Tsitsipas was the first Greek player to break into the top 5 and the first player from his country to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in 2019. Last year he scored the biggest win of his career against Novak Djokovic in Shanghai and won three titles in Marseille and Estoril. He finished runner-up to Roger Federer in Dubai and to Dominic Thiem in Beijing.

“I went to bed thinking this was all a bad April fools joke but I woke up today to find that Wimbledon is actually cancelled. I will miss this special event and I can’t wait to 2021. Stay home. Stay sane”, wrote Tsitsipas in a Twitter post.

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Roger Federer: “We experience difficult times, we arise from it strengthened”

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Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has confirmed that he is planning to play in Halle in 2021 after the historic German grass tournament was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The ATP has extended the suspension of the tour until 13th July. Federer was expected to play in Halle, a tournament where he won ten times and reached 13 finals. He made his debut in Halle in 2000 during his career.

 

“We experience difficult times, however, we will arise from it strengthened. Already today I am glad and excited about my return to Halle next year. Stay healthy”, said Federer in a statement released on the Halle tournament website.

 Federer also won eight Wimbledon titles, which was also called off for the first time since 1945 due to public health concerns due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

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Angelique Kerber: “I am heavy-hearted about the cancellation of the grass season”

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Former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber has posted her thought on the Wimbledon cancellation.

 

“The thought of playing at Wimbledon has always been the biggest source of my motivation. It goes without saying that I I am heavy hearted that the cancellation of the grass court season also means that I won’t be able to play in front of my home crowd in sport unites, in good and bad times. Once this has passed, it may even help us appreciate our everydayday routines and the beauty of our sport even more than before. Thanks to everyone who is working 24/7 to get us through this uncertain time”.

The German player of Polish origin won three Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open and at the US Open in 2016 and at Wimbledon in 2018. She won the Olympic singles silver medal in Rio de Janeiro 2016 losing in the final to Monica Puig.

Kerber lost to Samantha Stosur in the first round in Brisbane. Kerber beat Wang Qiang in straight sets in the first round before retiring from her second round match against Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska due to a left harmstring injury, after the German player was down a set and a break.

At the Australian Open Kerber beat Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Priscilla Hon, Camila Giorgi before losing to Anastasya Pavlyuchenkova. She is currently ranked world number 21 in the WTA Ranking.

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