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Sofia Kenin saves a match point to beat Jacqueline Cristian in Lyon

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This year’s Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin came back from a set and a break down at 3-5 and saved a match point to beat qualifier Jaqueline Cristian 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 after 2 hours and 31 minutes.

 

Kenin earned the first break in the opening game with a return down the line. The US player of Russian origin saved three break points in the sixth game. Cristian broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Cristian saved a set point before breaking serve to draw level to 5-5 before Kenin hit a double fault and a wide backhand. Kenin saved a set point in the tie-break but Cristian sealed the tie-break 7-5.

Cristian saved three break points with three aces in the fourth game before breaking serve in the fifth game at deuce to take a 3-2 lead after a backhand error from Kenin.

Kenin faced a match point at 3-5, as she was serving to stay in the match before breaking serve at love to draw level to 5-5. Kenin saved a break point at 5-5 before holding serve with a fourth ace. The top seed earned a crucial break with a deep return on the fourth set point.

Both players fended off break points in the first two games of the third set. The third set went on serve in the next seven games. Kenin broke serve at love, as Cristian made three unforced errors serving at 3-4 down. Kenin hit a lob and a forehand winner serving for the match, but Cristian broke straight back with a backhand pass. Kenin sealed the win on her second match point with a forehand.

Kenin will face Oceane Dodin, who received a walkover after her rival withdrew from the match due to a right ankle injury.

Daria Kasatkina cruised past Irina Bara 6-3 6-2 after 65 minutes setting up a quarter final against Camila Giorgi. The first set featured five breaks in nine service games. After two trades of break Kasatkina earned her third break in the eighth game to seal the first set 6-3.

Kasatkina cruised through to a 6-2 win in the second set with two breaks in the first three games.

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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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Gerard Tsobanian: “I can’t see the events being held behind closed doors”

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The ATP and WTA have suspended the tennis season until 13th July cancelling all the clay and grass tournaments, but players expect the suspension to get expected.

 

The Madrid Mutua Open was originally scheduled from 3 to 10 May 2020. Madrid Masters Chef Executive Officer Gerard Tsobanian doubts that the tennis season will resume this year. Tsobanian said that playing tournament behind closed doors is not possible during an interview to French sports daily L’Equipe.

“I am worried about the future. There are so many question marks. Playing without fans is an option but I doubt that the events will go that route. I can’t see the events being held behind closed doors. It will take time for everything to return to normal in tennis”, said Gerard Tsobanian.

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