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Elina Svitolina Surges Into Monterrey Final With ‘Amazing’ Performance

The world two-time grand slam semi-finalist was in top form on Saturday in Mexico.

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Top seed Elina Svitolina has branded her latest performance at the Abierto Seguro GNP Open as ‘amazing’ after dropping just one game during her semi-final clash against Arantxa Rus.

 

The world No.7 spent just 50 minutes on the court as she crushed her Dutch rival 6-0, 6-1. Making it Svitolina’s most one-sided match played on the WTA Tour in terms of games dropped in her entire career. The dominating victory saw the Ukrainian win seven games in a row at one stage as she dropped only three points behind her first serve and six behind her second. In total, Svitolina won 57 out of the 83 points played in the match.

“It was an amazing match from me,” Svitolina said in her on-court interview.
“I was very solid from the baseline and I was serving well, so hopefully I can keep it up for the final as well.”

Svitolina is now a win away from claiming her first title in 15 months. Her last triumph was at the 2018 WTA Finals, which she also reached the final at last year. In Monterrey this week she has defeated Danka Kovinić, Olga Govortsova and recent Acapulco finalist Leylah Annie Fernandez in straight sets.

Standing in her way of the title will be Czech Republic’s Marie Bouzková. A player who grabbed the attention of many last year at the Rogers Cup when she reached the semi-finals as a qualifier before losing to Serena Williams. Bouzková scored an upset win over second seed Johanna Konta. Downing the British player 6-3, 6-4, to reach her first WTA final at the age of 21.

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On paper Svitolina is the favourite to claim the title. She has played the Czech one before which was at the Guangzhou International last September. However, that match ended with her retiring during the second set due to a knee injury. Two out of Bouzkova’s three wins over top 10 players were due to injury. The only exception was her win over Sloane Stephens last summer.

Should Svitolina win the title she could re-enter the world’s top five on Monday. However, for that to happen she needs Sofia Kenin to not win the Lyon Open on Sunday. Meanwhile, Bouzkova will be making her top 50 debut regardless of what happens in the upcoming final.

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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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