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Petra Kvitova Overcomes Slow Start To Reach US Open Third Round

Petra Kvitova overcame a slow start to reach the last 32 in New York.



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Petra Kvitova overcame a slow start to progress to the third round of the US Open with a 7-6(3) 6-2 win over Kateryna Kozlova.

The Czech Republican had to overcome a slow start as she moved into the last 32 of the US Open with a straight sets win over Kateryna Kozlova.

A double fault from Kvitová secured the break for the Ukrainian, for a 3-2 lead as the world number 99 was being aggressive with her shot-making.

Kozlova produced some good angles and stunning forehands as she took control of proceedings in the first set.

However a nervous service game in the tenth game saw Kvitová pounce on her fifth break point to break back for 5-5.

Despite having a set point saved, Kvitová wasn’t fazed in the tiebreak as she won seven of the ten points to win the opening set in 1 hour and 8 minutes.

The second set was a much more dominant display as she dictated play with her forehand and found more rythym on her serve.

Two breaks in the second set were enough for victory in a match where she won 89% of her first service points.

After the win, Kvitová acknowledged the tough battle that she had, “It was very difficult today. Especially with my nerves I felt very tight, couldn’t move well and couldn’t swing,” Kvitová boldly said in her on-court interview.

“But’s it’s a grand slam, I mean, in the beginning of a tournament it is always like this. I really had to fight and I had to come back in the first set. I’ve never played her so it was kind of challenging as well but I’m really glad with how everything went and she played a great match.

“Unfortunately I only had one match (going into the US Open) in New York but since then I kind have been trying to find a balance between practicing and taking some time off. That’s really important because they body has to rest. I’m happy to be in the third round and still be here fighting.”

Kvitová will play Kirsten Flipkens or Jessica Pegula in the third round.

Mladenovic’s Nightmare Tournament Continues

Kristina Mladenovic, who is placed under strict protocol after being in close-contact with Benoit Paire, crashed out of the US Open after letting a 6-1 5-1 lead slip.

The Frenchwoman won 11 of the opening 13 games before her Russian opponent Varvara Gracheva came back to win 12 of the next 13 games to claim victory.

The Russian will now play eighth seed Petra Martic on Friday, who beat Kateryna Bondarenko in straight sets.

There were also wins for former champion Angelique Kerber and in-form Anett Kontaveit as more players look to book their place in the last 32.

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Alex De Minaur Overcomes Injury To Fulfil Olympic Dream



ASlex de Minaur - Roland Garros 2022 (foto Roberto dell'Olivo)

Alex de Minaur says it is a ‘dream come true’ for him to represent Australia in the Olympic Games after missing the event three years ago.

The world No.6 had been in a race against time to be fit for the Olympic tennis event after suffering an agonising injury setback at Wimbledon earlier this month. At the All England Club de Minaur reached the quarter-final stage for the first time and was set to take on Novak Djokovic. However, he was forced to withdraw from the match after tearing the fibre cartilage in his hip region after suffering a ‘freak’ injury. At the time of the announcement, it was estimated that he would be sidelined from the Tour for three to six weeks. 

However, the 25-year-old appears to have recovered fairly quickly in time for Paris with the tennis tournament starting on Saturday. It will be de Minaur’s debut in the Olympics after he was forced to pull out of the Tokyo Games due to a positive COVID-19 test. 

“To finally be able to represent Australia in the Olympics is a dream come true,” he wrote on Instagram on Tuesday morning.

“I’m very passionate when I play for my country and wear the green and gold, so this is another one of those moments. 

“I’m extremely excited to lace up for Paris 2024.”

De Minaur is bidding to become the first male player from his country to win an Olympic medal in the singles event. He has already won two ATP titles this year in Alcapulco and s-Hertogenbosch. Since the start of January, he has won five out of 11 meetings against top 10 players. 

“It’s really great news – we’re actually expecting Alex to arrive in the village ahead of the official draw (on Thursday) and we know he’s been working with his rehab team quite extensively since the conclusion of Wimbledon,” Australian chef de mission Anna Meares told the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

“He’s hungry to be here, he wants to be a part of this team and we will offer as much support as we can in that process.

“He’s coming – we will wait to see that process. He still has time … injury can be a really stressful thing for an athlete and the more you rush it, the more problems you can potentially cause.

“We’re leaving it in the hands of Alex and his rehabilitation team … it will be a decision purely by them.” 

De Minaur is one of five Australian men playing in the Paris Olympics. The others are Alexei Popyrin, Matthew Ebden, John Peers and Rinky Hijikata. 

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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream



Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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