Sofia Kenin wins her first WTA match since her triumph at the Australian Open - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

Focus

Sofia Kenin wins her first WTA match since her triumph at the Australian Open

Avatar

Published

on

Sofia Kenin beat Vitalia Diatchenko 6-4 6-3 in 1 hour and 24 minutes scoring her first WTA Tour win since her triumph at the Australian Open.

 

Kenin took a re-match against Diatchenko, who beat the young US star 6-4 6-1 in their only previous head-to-head match at Wimbledon 2018.

Kenin earned an early break in the first game of the opening set after a double fault. She went up a double break in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead as Diatchenko hit her backhand into the net.

Diatchenko pulled one break back with a dropshot, as Kenin was serving for the set. Diatchenko won three consecutive games from 1-5 to 4-5 despite three double faults after saving two set points in the ninth game. Kenin served out the first set on her third set point with a volley.

Kenin converted on her sixth break point in the first game of the second set. Diatchenko broke straight back in the second game to draw level to 1-1. Kenin converted on her third break point chance to take a 2-1 lead. Kenin saved two break points before holding her serve with a backhand winner down the line.

Kenin broke serve in the seventh game after two double faults from Diatchenko, who broke straight back at love after a backhand return winner. Kenin broke again on her second match point when Diatchenko hit a forehand into the net.

Kenin set up a second round match against Romanian qualifier Jaquelin Cristian, who cruised past Priscilla Hon 6-2 6-0.

Caroline Garcia saw off Ysaline Bonaventure 7-5 6-2 after 1 hour and 21 minutes to reach the quarter final. The French player has won two consecutive matches since she reached the quarter finals in Mallorca last June.

Garcia dropped eight of the first ten points to trail 0-2 after a forehand error and a double fault. Garcia broke straight back in the third game at love in the third game, as Bonaventure sent a backhand wide. Garcia saved the only break point in the eighth game with a service winner.

Bonaventure saved two break points in the 11th game, but Garcia converted her third chance, as Bonaventure sent her forehand into the net. Garcia closed out the first set at love with a service winner. Garcia broke serve in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Garcia saved two break-back points to hold serve for 3-1 with a forehand winner down the line and an unreturnable serve.

Garcia earned a double break after four deuces in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead. The home player served out at 30 on her first match point with a forehand volley.

Garcia will face number 5 seed Alison Van Uytvanck, who came back from one set down to beat Viktoriya Tomova 3-6 6-4 7-6 (7-2) after 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Camila Giorgi came back from one set down to beat Alizé Cornet 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to secure her spot in the quarter final, where she will face either Irina Bara or Daria Kasatkina.

Giorgi saved the first break point in the opening game to hold her serve The first set went on serve until the fifth game, when Cornet converted on the first of her two break points to take a 3-2 lead. The French player saved a break-back point chance to open a 4-2 lead and held on her service games to win the first set 6-4.

Cornet saved three consecutive break points to hold her serve in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Both players went on serve until the tie-break. Giorgi earned her mini-break on the 11th point and closed the tie-break 7-5 with a smash.

Giorgi earned a double break in the first and seventh games to win the third set 6-2.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Focus

Maria Sakkari reaches her third quarter final of the season in Ostrava

Avatar

Published

on

Maria Sakkari got through to her third quarter final of the season after beating Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-3 at the J&T Banka Open in Ostrava with five breaks and 32 winners. 

 

Sakkari has already reached two quarter finals in 2020 in St. Petersburg and at the Western and Southern Open in New York and scored the fourth win of her career against a top 5 player. 

Sakkari went up a 3-0 lead with a double break. Svitolina pulled one of the two breaks back in the fourth game to claw his way back to 1-3. Sakkari converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the first set 6-3. 

Svitolina earned her first break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Sakkari battled to deuce four times and converted her third break points in a marathon fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Sakkari earned another brek to open up a 5-3 lead to close out the match after 1 hour and 16 minutes. 

“Obviously winning against a player like Elina, the way I played I think that made me happy today. I think playing like me gives me a lot of confidence. Getting another top 5 win is very important for me. When I was starting my career, I had people telling me that I cannot play indoors. I think it was a big mistake listening to them. I have beaten very good indoor players in St. Petersburg and here in Ostrava. I have developed my game in a way that I can now be dangerous indoor sas well. My serve is big, and I am playing a little bit more aggressive. So I am super happy. I have proved these people wrong”, said Sakkari.

Continue Reading

Focus

Grigor Dimitrov rallies from one set down to beat Pablo Andujar in Antwerp

Avatar

Published

on

Grigor Dimitrov came back from one set down to beat Pablo Andujar 4-6 6-3 6-4 at the European Open in Antwerp.

 

Andujar earned the break in the ninth game to win the first set 6-4. Dimitrov went up an early break in the second game to take the second set 6-3. The Bulgarian player raced out to a 4-1 lead with a double break in the decider. Andujar pulled one break back in the sixth game for 2-4. Dimitrov saved four match points in the eighth game to hold serve at deuce and converted his first match point in the 10th game to win the third set 6-4. 

Ugo Humbert came back from one set down to beat this year’s US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7 6-3 6-4 after 2 hours and 33 minutes Humbert earned an early break in the second game of the opening set to build up a 5-2 lead. Carreno Busta fought back by winning five consecutive games with two breaks in the ninth and eleventh games to win the first set 7-5. 

Humbert saved four break points in the fifth game before breaking serve in the eighth game to win the second set sending the match to the third set. Humbert fended off four break points at 2-3 in the third set and broke serve to love to take a 5-4 lead, when Carreno Busta made three consecutive groundstroke errors. Humbert has improved his win-loss record to 18-11 and won the ASB Classic title in Auckland last January. The Frenchman scored the biggest win of his career when he beat Danil Medvedev in the Hamburg quarter final. 

Humbert will face either US Taylor Fritz or South African qualifier Lloyd Harris. Fritz dropped six of his first service points in his 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 win over his compatriot Reilly Opelka. 

Milos Raonic beat Aljaz Bedene 6-3 7-6 (7-4) in 86 minutes setting up a second round match against Cameron Norrie. Bedene fended off two match points, when he was serving at 5-6 15-40 to force the second set to the tie-break. Raonic rallied from 1-3 down to win the tie-break 7-4. The Canadian player reached the final at the Western and Southern Open in New York and lost to Borna Coric in the semifinal in St. Petersburg.  

Continue Reading

Focus

Julia Goerges Announces Retirement From Tennis

Julia Goerges announced her retirement from tennis after over two decades in the sport.

Avatar

Published

on

(@JuliaGoerges - Twitter)

Former top 10 player Julia Goerges has said her goodbyes to tennis after announcing her retirement from the sport.

 

In a shock announcement the 31 year-old from Regensburg, Germany announced her retirement from the sport that she had been playing since she was five years old.

Speaking on Instagram and her website, Goerges paid tribute to the sport she has been apart for over two decades, “I am writing to you, because I am ready to say “Goodbye”,” The German explained.

“When I started playing tennis at the age of 5, I would never have thought that we would go such a long way together.

“You have given me so many different types of emotions throughout our journey and I am very thankful for everything you have shown and taught me. I learnt how to deal with the toughest losses but also enjoy the most amazing wins of my career, to fight back many times when I was struggling with you and through it all we never lost sight of our dreams.

“I always knew how I would feel when it is time to say goodbye to you, and that moment has arrived. I am ready to close the tennis chapter of my life and open a new one, which I am really excited about. Thank you for everything you have given me. You will stay forever in my heart.”

The news comes as a shock to many people as earlier in the year Goerges had originally said that she would continue for another 2-3 years.

However in the current circumstances, Goerges probably felt that this was the perfect timing to announce her retirement from the sport.

It was a career that started by winning the biggest title of her career in Stuttgart before a serious injury derailed her progress.

However a late surge in her late-20s, saw her win a total of 12 WTA titles and reach the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time at Wimbledon 2017.

Now it seems Goerges’ 2nd round exit against Laura Siegemund was the last match of her career as she sets her sights on being involved with tennis off the court especially with her new performance app ‘Recast Tennis.’

A career that she can be very proud of, Happy retirement Julia Goerges!

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending