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‘I feel Great’ – Elina Svitolina Surges Into Monterrey Quarters

The world No.7 has set up a showdown with one of the tour’s rising stars in Mexico.

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Top seed Elina Svitolina continued her quest for a first title since 2018 with a straight sets win over Olga Govortsova in the second round of the Monterrey Open on Thursday.

 

The world No.7 required just under 80 minutes to see off the Belarusian 6-3, 6-4, to reach the quarter-finals of a WTA tournament for only the second time this season after Hua Hin last month. Despite dropping her serve once in both sets against Govortsova, Svitolina only dropped eight points behind her first serve (31/39). Breaking her rival four times in total.

“I feel great,” wtatennis.com quoted Svitolina as saying after. “I’m feeling fit and ready to play my quarter-final.”
“Every match matters a lot,” she added. “I try to prepare and be ready for anything that comes my way.”

The 25-year-old is chasing after a confidence boost in Mexico following what has been a mixed start to the season. Prior to this week, Svitolina has lost her opening match in three out of five tournaments played. Furthermore, last year’s WTA Finals runner-up is yet to score a win over a top 50 player in 2020.

Svitolina’s next test in Monterrey will be Canadian rising star Leylah Fernandez, who reached her first WTA Final in Acapulco last week. Fernandez knocked Sloane Stephens out of the tournament on Wednesday. The 17-year-old is the current French Open girls champion and is at a ranking high of 126th in the world.

“I know that [Fernandez is] starting to play well in 2020,” said Svitolina. “She strikes the ball really good, and it’s important to be ready and to try to dominate. For me, it’s important just to focus on my game, really.”

Svitolina, who has won 13 WTA titles throughout her career, is chasing after her first trophy since winning the prestigious WTA Finals back in November 2018.

Konta gains momentum

Second seed Johanna Konta also progressed to the last eight after defeating Germany’s Tatjana Maria 7-6(4), 6-3. The British No.1, who is on the comeback from a knee injury, hadn’t won back-to-back matches on the tour in 2020 until this week. Against Maria Konta withstood 11 aces fired from her rival as she saved both of the break points she faced during her latest match.

“It was an incredibly tough match,” said Konta. “[Maria] is very crafty, and very creative on the court, and quite frankly made me uncomfortable today. She plays a game that is very tough to get rhythm against.”
“I’m really pleased I was able to try to play the game, find a way, and basically be able to work my way through that match,”

Konta will play former Wimbledon girls champion Anastasia Potapova for a place in the semi-finals. 18-year-old Potapova staged a massive comeback during her second round match to see off Slovakia’s Tamara Zidanšek. The Russian was down 1-6, 3-5, and had to save a trio of match points before prevailing 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-1.

Should Konta defeat Potapova, she will progress to her first tour Semi-final since last year’s French Open.

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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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