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Karolina Pliskova Shakes Off The Rust To Make Winning Start At US Open

The world No.3 refused to let some lacklustre play get in her way at the New York major.




Top seed Karolina Pliskova overcame some early patchy play to move into the second round of the US Open on Monday.


Pliskova, who is the top ranked player in a Grand Slam for only the second time in her career, rallied to a 6-4, 6-0, win over world No.145 Anhelina Kalinina. A player who only managed to enter the tournament following a late withdrawal. Despite some at times tentative hitting on the Arthur Ashe Stadium the Czech prevailed with the help of 26 winners as she won 83% of her first service points. The win is Pliskova’s first since the WTA Tour restarted after she lost her opening match at the Western and Southern Open last week.

The beginning was a little bit tough and I lost my serve in the first game but I think I played much better during the match,” Pliskova said during her on-court interview.
“My game was quite good for a first round to be honest. I like this court (Arhur Ashe) because it’s a little bit slower than the other courts. I have more time to go for my game and I also have a lot of good memories here.”

The roller-coaster start saw Pliskova get pushed harder than expected. After dropping her serve in the first game of the match, she went on to win four in a row and seemingly looked in control. However, a pattern of sluggish hitting enabled Kalinina to claw her way back and level at 4-4. The underdog continued to trouble the world No.3 in the following game as she worked to two break points for a chance to serve the set out. Despite the blip, Pliskova rallied back to nudge ahead before sealing the opener with a love service game.

Averting the early danger, the 28-year-old cruised through the second set by winning 24 out of the 31 points played. Making it the second time Pliskpova has bagelled a player on the Tour this season after Bernarda Pera at the Qatar Open in February.

“It’s always tough if you haven’t had many matches before, especially after these five months,” the top seed explained.
“I was not feeling that bad about the tournament (Western and Southern Open). Of course, my game was not the best there but I’ve since had a week of good practice and I felt much better today.”

Playing inside the premier stadium at Flushing Meadows there was one thing missing – the fans. The Arthur Ashe Arena has a capacity of more than 23,000 but fans are not allowed to attend this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The first match I was like should I cheer myself on or should I be calm. I felt really strange, so the experience of already playing matches without fans helped me (today),” the Czech commented on the situation.

The latest victory is Pliskova’s 20th at the US Open and she has not lost before the second week of the tournament since 2015. It is at the tournament where she played her first and so far only major final back in 2016.

Pliskova will play France’s Carolina Garcia in the second round who defeated Jasmine Paolini 6-3, 6-2.

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Elina Svitolina Splits With Coach After Five Years

The tennis star issued a brief statement saying ‘the time is right’ to go in another direction.




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Elina Svitolina is on the hunt for a new coach after parting ways with Andrew Beetles.


The two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist issued a statement on Monday confirming that she will no longer be working with her British mentor with them both deciding to go ‘their own ways.’  Beetles, who is the former hitting partner of Ana Ivanovic, spent his first full season with Svitolina back in 2017. He started as an assistant coach before later being promoted. Under his guidance, the Ukrainian rose to a ranking high of three and won 11 Tour titles.

“After 5 years and 11 titles together!! Andy and I both agreed it was the right time to move our separate ways. I am very thankful for all his hard work and endless support. I wish him only the best in his future career!’ Svitolina wrote on Twitter. 

The announcement comes a week after Svitolina suffered a shock first round loss at the Tenerife Open to Colombia’s Camila Osorio who went on to reach the final. So far this season she has won 41 out of 61 matches played on the Tour with her best performance occurring at the Chicago Open where she won the title. Svitolina also won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games and reached the quarter-finals of the US Open. 

Svitolina, who married Gael Monfils earlier this year, is currently ranked sixth in the world. She is hoping to finish the season ranked inside the world’s top 10 for the fifth year in a row.

There is currently no information about who may take over as the new coach of the 27-year-old. 

Svitolina’s 2021 results

  • Melbourne 1 – QF
  • Australian Open – R4
  • Doha – QF Dubai – R2
  • Miami – SF
  • Stuttgart – SF
  • Madrid – R1
  • Rome – QF
  • French Open – R3
  • Berlin – R2
  • Eastbourne – R2
  • Wimbledon – R2
  • Tokyo Olympics – Bronze medal
  • Canadian Open – R2
  • Cincinnati – R2
  • Chicargo – Champion
  • US Open – QF
  • Chicargo 2 – QF
  • Indian Wells – R4
  • Tenerife – R1

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Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the line-up at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna




Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the line-up at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. The Greek star will play in the Austrian capital for the second time in his career. 


Tsitsipas will face 2017 ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov in the first round. The Greek player will be looking to avenge his defeat against his Bulgarian opponent, who took the win in three sets 6-7 6-4 6-4 in their previous head-to-head match at last year’s edition of the Vienna tournament. 

Tsitsipas will be aiming to win his third title this season following his triumphs in Monte-Carlo and Lyon. 

Number 2 seed Alexander Zverev will play in the Erste Bank Open main draw for the second time. This year Zverev won two Masters 1000 titles in Madrid and Cincinnati and the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

Matteo Berrettini will open his campaign against Alexei Popyrin. The Italian star is the third seed and has a good chance to qualify for the ATP Finals in Turin. This year Berrettini won two titles in Belgrade and Queen’s and reached two finals at the Madrid Masters 1000 and Wimbledon. 

Hubert Hurkacz holds the final qualifying spot for Turin in ninth place with 2955 points, 110 points ahead of Jannik Sinner, who won his fourth title this season in Antwerp following his previous wins in Melbourne, Washington and Sofia. The 20-year-old Italian star also finished runner-up to Hurkacz in his first Masters 1000 final in Miami. 

Sinner has become the first Italian player in history to win four ATP titles in the same season and is the youngest player to win five ATP Tour titles since 19-year-old Novak Djokovic claimed the Estoril trophy in 2007. Sinner will face a tough first round match against Reilly Opelka. 

Sinner dropped just a total of eight games against Lloyd Harris in the semifinal and Diego Schwartzman in the final. 

The line-up also features another Masters 1000 chmpion Cameron Norrie, who won at Indian Wells and is currently ranked 11th in the ATP Race to Turin with 2795 points ahead of this year’s US Open semifinalist Felix Auger Aliassime (2330 points). 

Andy Murray will play in Vienna for the third time in his career as a wild card. Murray won the Austrian tournment twice in 2014 and 2016. He will take on Hurkacz, who won his previous head-to-head matches against the British player in Cincinnati and Metz. Murray beat Frances Tiafoe in a marathon match after 3 hours and 45 minutes in Antwerp last week. 

Kevin Anderson got through to the qualifying round to secure his spot in the main draw. The 2018 Vienna champion will face Alex De Minaur, who won two titles in Antalya and Eastbourne. The top first-round matches are: Diego Schwartzman against Fabio Fognini, Gael Monfils against Lorenzo Musetti, Daniel Evans against Carlos Alcaraz. 

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Ann Li clinches her first WTA Tour title in Tenerife




Ann Li clinched her first WTA Tour title with a 6-1 6-4 win over 19-year-old Spanish player Camila Osorio after 1 hour and 10 minutes at the Tenerife Ladies Open.


Li reached her second final after her first title match against Anett Kontaveit at the Grampians Trophy in Melbourne last winter was not played just before the Australian Open. 

Li converted five of her ten break points and hit 15 winners. Osorio earned her first break in the opening game. Li bounced back by winning six consecutive games with three breaks of serve. The 21-year-old US player hit 8 winners to 6 unforced errors. Li broke Osorio at love with a forehand return winner in the first game of the second set. Osorio got the break straight back in the second game. Li earned the decisive break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and served out the win with a forehand overhead for 6-4 in the 10th game.

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