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Belinda Bencic still undecided about taking part at the US Open

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World number 8 Belinda Bencic has not decided if she will play at the US Open, which will be held from 31st August to 13th September at Flushing Meadows in New York.

 

The Grand Slam tournament will be held under strict hygiene and safety requirements and behind closed doors.

“I am still considering what I think about the US Open. For the less-ranked players, who have not earned anything for a long time, it is very good to be able to compete again. However, you can’t lie around the hotel for 18 hours and then get a top performance on the court”, said Bencic to Keystone-SDA.

 Bencic enjoyed the best season of her career in 2019. The Swiss player made her breakthrough at the Dubai Tennis Championships, where she defeated four top 10 players in the last four matches (Aryna Sabalenka, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova) en route to winning her third WTA singles title and her second trophy at Premier 5 level. She continued her win streak with a semifinal appearance at Indian Wells. She reached another Mandatory semifinal in Madrid, where she recorded another world number 1 win against Naomi Osaka before losing to Simona Halep in a tight three-set match.

At the 2019 US Open Bencic produced the best result of her career, when she beat defending champion Naomi Osaka for the third time last season before losing to eventual champion Bianca Andreescu in the semifinal.

Bencic went on to win her second title of the year at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, where she beat home favourite Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final. The Swiss player of Slovakian origin beat Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens to the knock-out stage at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen in her first appearance at the end-of-the year event before losing to Elina Svitolina in the semifinal.

Bencic has claimed four WTA singles titles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour. As a junior Bencic was ranked world number 1 and claimed two world junior Grand Slam singles titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. In 2014 she reached the quarter finals at the US Open at the age of 17.

During the stop due to the coronavirus pandemic Bencic has learnt to be patient and adjust to the current situation. She won an exhibition tournament in Bratislava beating Viktoria Kuzmova and spent the past few months in Slovakia with her boyfriend.

“I tried to stay positive despite all the bad news, but it was strange feeling that I did not have a real goal. I wanted to train, but I did not know why”, continued Bencic.

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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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