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Podcast Special: Maria Sharapova’s Debatable Legacy And Federer’s Comeback Chances

Renowned tennis journalist Steve Flink from The Tennis Channel joins Ubitennis to provide expert analysis two of the biggest stories to rock the world of tennis in recent weeks.

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Was Maria Sharapova a better player than Justine Henin? Is Roger Federer’s dominance in the sport finally over? In a special podcast Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta teams up with Steve Flink to look back on Sharapova’s career and what could be left of Federer’s.

The past week has seen one of the most popular figures in women’s tennis hang up her racket for good. Five-time grand slam champion Sharapova has retired from tennis at the age of 32 with immediate effect. Bringing an end to a highly successful career that was marred by a 15-month doping ban and her business-like mindset in the locker rooms. The question is how much greater could Sharapova’s career have been if it wasn’t for the Williams sisters?

Meanwhile, the men’s tour are also dealing with a notable absence, but in a different format. Roger Federer is out of action until at least June after undergoing surgery on his right knee. Making it only the second time in his record-breaking career that he has undergone the knife. Scanagatta and Flink look at what could be next for the 38-year-old Swiss Maestro and his chances of staging another triumphant comeback on the grass later this year.

 

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Danielle Collins Triumphs In Miami As Elena Rybakina Pays The Price For Three Set Marathons

Danielle Collins achieved a landmark title as Elena Rybakina paid the price for three set contests in the Miami final.

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Danielle Collins claimed her first WTA 1000 title of her career in Miami, defeating Elena Rybakina in the final.

The American claimed the title to seal a fairytale week as she prepares to say goodbye to Tennis after this season.

After a three set match against Bernarda Pera in the opening round, Collins won all her remaining matches in straight sets to claim a landmark title.

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis chief Ubaldo Scanagatta speak about Collins’ achievement and whether she would consider retirement. Plus there is talk about Elena Rybakina and whether the three set marathons cost her the title.

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Who Is The Better Player Between Jannik Sinner And Carlos Alcaraz?

Steve Flink joins Ubitenis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta to look back on events that took place in the men’s draw at the Miami Open.

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Jannik Sinner (left) and Carlos Alcaraz (right) - Indian Wells 2024 (photo Twitter X @BNPPARIBASOPEN)

On Sunday Jannik Sinner continued his stunning start to the season by convincingly capturing the Miami Open title.

The Italian dismissed an in-form Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to achieve a series of new milestones in his blossoming career. Sinner has now risen to No.2 in the ATP PIF rankings which is the best-ever position achieved by a player from Italy. He is also the first man from his country to win multiple Masters 1000 titles and has now won 22 out of 23 matches played so far this season.

Carlos Alcaraz is the only player to have beaten Sinner in 2024 which was at the Indian Wells Masters where he went on to claim the trophy. The Spaniard fell in the quarter-finals in Miami to Dimitrov.

With Novak Djokovic opting not to play in the tournament, much of the focus was on these two players who are tipped to become the future heavyweights of the sport. However, who is the more complete player and why?

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis chief Ubaldo Scanagatta provide their analysis of both players. The duo also reflect on other notable developments in Miami, including Dimitrov’s stunning run to the final which has secured his return to the top 10 for the first time since 2018. On top of that, what is next for Djokovic?

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