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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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Andrey Rublev, Dominic Thiem and Roberto Bautista Agut secure their spot in the semifinals at Thiem’s 7 tournament

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Andrey Rublev edged Casper Ruud 6-2 3-6 10-4 at the Thiem’s 7 tournament in Kitzbuhel. After losing the first set Ruud came back to win the second set forcing the match to the third set. Rublev won the super tie-break when Ruud made a double fault on the match point. Rublev needed a win from Dominic Thiem against Jan Lennard Struff to secure his spot in the semifinal.

 

Thiem beat Struff 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to score his third consecutive win at this tournament after defeating Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev in the first two days.

The first set went on serve until the 10th game, when Thiem converted on his first break point at 5-4 to clinch the first set in 30 minutes. In the second set Thiem did not convert two break points at 3-2 and another chance at 4-3. It came down to the tie-break. Thiem earned a mini-break to take a 2-1 lead and held on his serve to create three match point at 6-3. The home player converted on his first chance, as Struff’s backhand sailed long. Thiem set up a semifinal clash against Roberto Bautista Agut.

The Spanish player converted five of his six break points and won 73% of the rallies of the rallies in his service game in his 6-0 6-1 win over Dennis Novak to get the second point in his round robin group and secure his spot in the semifinals in the Group B.

Bautista Agut won 5 of the 7 games of the match before Novak earned his only game of the match by holding his first service game in the second set. Bautista Agut won five consecutive games to win the second set 6-1.

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Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios pull out of Berlin exhibition tournament

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Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios have withdrawn from the exhibition bett1 ACES tournament in Berlin. Both players were expected to join Dominic Thiem in the tournament, which will take place in the Steffi Graf Stadium from 13 to 15 July and in the Hangar 6 from 17 to 19 July. Caroline Garcia has pulled out from the women’s tournament due to a knee injury and will be replaced by Anastasija Sevastova.

 

“I was planning to play in Berlin this month, but I have made the decision to stay put and train with my team and not play any tournaments at the moment. It’s never nice to miss the chance to play, but I will be back soon”, said Zverev on the social media.

Zverev updated his fans on his latest news on his twitter account.

“I wanted to update you on a few things. First, on Friday I took my third test for Covid-19 and I am happy to say it also came back negative. Secondly, I am going through a trial period with David Ferrer on my team. I could not be more excited to get to work. I can’t wait for the tour to be back”, said Zverev.

Berlin organizers doubt that Zverev will play in Berlin. Last week Edwin Weindorfer said that he was considering refusing to allow Zverev to play in Berlin and warned he would have zero tolerance of any player who parties during the exhibition tournament.

“Zverev’s management said that he is not planning to play in any tournament at the moment. We are obviously disappointed, because he would have had a good opportunity to play in front of his fans”, said Weindorfer.

 Dominic Thiem, Jannik Sinner and Jan Lennard Struff in the men’s field and Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens and Andrea Petkovic are the top names of the Berlin tournament.

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Donna Vekic Splits With Coach, Disputes The Reason Behind Move

The world No.24 has questioned a statement from her ex-coach concerning the reason behind his departure.

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Croatia’s top women’s player has been left searching for a new mentor on the Tour after parting ways with her coach after more than two years.

 

Donna Vekic has confirmed that she is no longer working with Torben Beltz, who previously guided Angelique Kerber to two of her Grand Slam titles. Under Beltz’s guidance, the world No.24 reached three WTA Finals as well as the quarter-finals of her first Grand Slam at the 2019 US Open. Last year the 24-year-old also broke into the top 20 for the first time in her career.

News of the split was confirmed by Beltz after the German coach posted a statement on his Instagram account. In it, he cites ‘different views’ in practicing and scheduling as the reason behind them going separate ways.

“Unfortunately Team Donna and I had different views in setting up the practice and tournament schedule for the restart of the tour which is why we will go separate ways! Thanks Donna for the last 2.5 years, it was a great ride and I always enjoyed our time together. Good luck for you in the future. Ready for a new adventure,” Beltz wrote.

However, it appears that there is more to it than what Beltz has said. Taking to Twitter, Vekic called him out by questioning his view on why the two split. Although she didn’t comment on why the decision was made.

“Well this is the first time I’m hearing of different views in practice and tournament schedules…?” She wrote on Twitter.

The separation comes after what was a mixed start to the season for Vekic prior to the Tour suspension. In her first five tournaments she only won back-to-back matches in Adelaide and at the Australian Open. Her 2020 win-loss record currently stands at 5-5.

So far in her career Vekic has earned more than $4.2 million in prize money which is the fourth highest tally ever made by a female Croatian player. Petra Martic holds the record with $5,128,866 in earnings.

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