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Venus Williams ‘Happy’ With Performance Despite Suffering Earliest US Open Exit Of Career

The multiple Grand Slam winner sees a silvering lining to her loss at the New York major.

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Former world No.1 Venus Williams says she needed to ‘start faster than she did’ after getting knocked out in the first round of the US Open on Tuesday evening.

The 40-year-old Tour ventral fell 6-3, 7-5, to Czech 20th seed Karolína Muchová who is currently ranked 41 places above her. It is the first time Williams has lost her opening match in Flushing Meadows in 22 appearances. Despite winning more than 50% of her service points, the American was broken in three out of her first four service games. Then in the second set whilst leading 5-4, Muchova broke a further two times to seal victory in what was their first ever meeting.

It’s been a really fast-paced summer. Just having to start very quickly in every tournament with really kind of no room to breathe or adjust during the tournament. That’s been a little bit tough,” said Williams who hit 18 winners to 34 unforced errors.
“To be honest, I’m really happy with my game. I don’t think I played badly tonight. I just needed to start faster than what I did. I’m pretty happy with how I played. She just played a little better.”

It is the 11th consecutive tournament where the five-time Grand Slam champion has failed to win back-to-back matches. Despite the lull is her results, Williams isn’t done playing yet after working on areas of her game during the summer. She made her Grand Slam debut 23 years ago and has so far played in a record 86 main draws.

“I love this game. I’m good at what I do. It’s easy to stay motivated and excited about doing something so amazing,” she said.
“Not many people get to do this. I’m really fortunate and blessed to be someone who has gotten a chance to do it.”

The loss occurred on the same day her sister Serena made history at the event. The third seed defeated Kristie Ahn in straight sets to record her 102nd win in New york to make her the most successful player at the event in history.

Williams’ focus will now switch to the clay with the French Open getting underway later this month as part of the restructure calendar due to COVID-19. Although she is first going to rest after going through what she describes as a ‘lot of work’ leading up to New York.

“It’s going to be another quick transition, as well. But I look forward to a few days off. It’s been a lot of work. Looking forward to just having a little bit of a rest before the clay courts,” she outlined.

As for Muchova she will play Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya in the second round on Thursday.

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Andy Murray Makes Retirement Hint After 500th Hard Court Win In Dubai

Andy Murray won his 500th hard court match in Dubai, placing him fifth on the all-time list.

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Andy Murray further hinted at retirement after securing a 500th hard court win of his career in Dubai.

The former world number one picked up his second win of the year with a 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Denis Shapovalov.

In typical Andy Murray fashion, the Brit came back from a set down to defeat the out-of-sorts Canadian as he progressed to the second round.

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The win means Murray now has 500 career wins on a hard court and that is an achievement the world number 67 is proud of, “It’s not bad,” Murray told the ATP website as he sits fifth on the all-time list of hard court wins.

“Obviously hard court has been a great surface for me over the years and 500 is a lot of matches so I’m very proud of that. There are not many players that have done that, so great to get to 500 before I’m done.”

However those post-match comments weren’t the most shocking ones as Murray once again hinted at retirement this season.

The Brit has made subtle remarks that this year may be his last one but Murray’s comments today suggests that he may have already made his decision, “I probably don’t have too long left but I’ll do as best as I can these last few months,” Murray was quoted by ESPN as saying.

“I still love competing and still love the game but it gets harder and harder to compete the older you get, to keep your body fit and fresh.”

If the end is near for Murray than the Brit will look to end his career on a high for the next few months.

Before thinking about retirement Murray will look to go further in Dubai when he takes on either Ugo Humbert or Gael Monfils in the second round.

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Perspective And Fatigue: The Two Sides Of Iga Swiatek’s Dubai Defeat

Iga Swiatek spoke about perspective and fatigue after her semi-final exit in Dubai.

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Iga Swiatek showed two sides to her defeat in Dubai as the world number one surprisingly failed to win the title despite being the favourite in the semi-finals.

Heading into her semi-final in Dubai, Swiatek was heavy favourite to win her second consecutive WTA title after claiming the title in Doha the week before.

However Swiatek was unsuccessful in her bid to reach the final as she lost to Anna Kalinskaya 6-4 6-4.

It was a bitterly disappointing defeat for Swiatek who missed a golden opportunity to establish even more dominance ahead of Indian Wells.

As all champions do Swiatek offered perspective to her defeat as she looks ahead to the rest of the season, “I mean, I’m angry but on the other hand, there aren’t many players that actually survive these kinds of tournaments so I just kind of have to let it go and accept it,” Swiatek was quoted by Tennis Majors.

There was not only perspective offered but also fatigue as expectations and pressure can force simple mistakes from the best players in the world.

The world number one acknowledged Kalinskaya’s performance but did admit her own performance contributed to the defeat, “Today I would say, I mean she [Kalinskaya] played well and for sure she deserves to be in the final, but I feel like it was more about me and my level,” Swiatek told Tennis Majors.

“I wanted to be focused on myself and I wasn’t really able to implement any tactics that I had. Usually, when I tell myself what to do, I can improve my game but today I was so out of power and tired that I just couldn’t. Day by day, it was a little bit worse.”

Swiatek will hope to re-energize herself ahead of the sunshine double in America.

Last year Swiatek lost to eventual champion Elena Rybakina in the semi-finals at Indian Wells before withdrawing from Miami.

The Pole will look to improve last year’s performance when she plays Indian Wells, which starts on the 6th of March.

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‘Speechless’ Mensik Reaches Maiden ATP Final In Doha

Jakub Mensik is into his first ATP final in Doha.

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Jakub Mensik admitted he was left speechless after reaching his first ATP final in Doha.

The 18 year-old continued his remarkable week with a 6-4 1-6 6-3 semi-final victory over Gael Monfils.

The Czech Republican produced clinical tennis as he beat the 2018 champion to reach his maiden ATP final.

After the match Mensik admitted he was left ‘speechless’ and spoke about the influence Monfils had on his career, “It is amazing. Hopefully not the last one [final]. Incredible week so far,” Mensik told the ATP website.

“Today again with Gael, he played unbelievable. I know it is tough to play against him, especially with his good movement. For me every point I have to play my best game.

“I have to say this performance was one of the best in my entire life. I am so glad I reached this level in the semis, so hopefully tomorrow I play like this. An amazing feeling with my first ATP final. I am speechless.

“I told him when I was young I watched him a lot on the TV. One of the biggest showman on court. He is a great guy, so hopefully in the future we will meet once again. The rallies were so fun with him.”

Mensik has so far beaten three former champions this week as he also defeated Andy Murray and Andrey Rublev this week.

Now Mensik will aim to win his first ATP title as he takes on Karen Khachanov in Saturday’s final.

Should Mensik win the title he could climb to 75 in the world as he started the week at 116 in the world.

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