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Simona Halep Gets Sweet Revenge On Anisimova

Simona Halep produced a sensational display to thrash 2019 nemesis Amanda Anisimova 6-0 6-1 in the third round of the 2020 French Open.

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Simona Halep produced a sensational display to thrash 2019 nemesis Amanda Anisimova 6-0 6-1 in the third round of the 2020 French Open.

 

The match could hardly have been any more different to last year’s quarter-final. On that occasion, the American hammered winners from all over the court to earn a surprise 6-2 6-4 win.

Halep was understandably angry with that loss, and she has since admitted that she got her tactics completely wrong. But she put everything right this time around and showed everyone why she is a two-time Grand Slam champion.

“I think I played really well,” Halep said in her post-match interview on Eurosport. “And I did exactly what I had to. I learned so many things from last year, so I wanted to show myself that I’m able to win a match against her. I’m really happy with the way I played. Even though the ball is really heavy, I’ve been very aggressive.”

She continued, “I love to return, so it’s actually my pleasure to do so many returns in practice and that’s why I felt so confident today. I knew that last year I played very far from the court, so I had to change this and do something with the return. I did well and I think the plan was great for today.”

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Halep took control of the match immediately. She returned aggressively in the opening game and was rewarded with a break when Anisimova made a double fault at 30-40.

The Romanian continued to attack for the rest of the match. But unlike in 2019, the World No.2 mixed up her groundstrokes. She used her full array of different spins, heights and angles to disrupt the American’s rhythm.

This approach worked superbly. Halep completely dominated throughout and she wrapped up victory in just 54 minutes.

The Romanian’s impressive stats are also worth mentioning. She got 72% of her first serves and won 77% of the points behind it. She hit 15 winners and just seven unforced errors. And she won 61% of all the points played on her opponent’s serve. To top it all off, she did not miss a single return in the opening set.

By contrast, Anisimova did not find her range at any stage. She won just 19% of points behind her second serve. And, although she hit 18 winners, their effect was minimal because of the 32 unforced errors she made.

Halep will face Iga Swiatek in the last 16. The talented Pole, 19, has dropped just 13 games during three excellent straight-sets wins at Roland Garros so far. However, she is unlikely to fancy her chances against the Romanian as she lost 6-1 6-0 to her at the same stage last year.

2018 champion is on a roll

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Halep extended her unbeaten run to 17 matches when she beat Anisimova. During that time, she has won titles in Dubai, Prague and Rome.

The Romanian is also a picture of contentment on court and in interviews. It is clear that she knows exactly what she wants to do in tennis and in life at the moment.

That is why those who have followed Halep’s career will not have been concerned by her decision to skip the US Open this year. Unsurprisingly, she believes it has worked out well.

“For me it was the best decision to not go to the US Open,” the Romanian said. “I just felt that I needed to stay home. Although I didn’t actually train that much on clay in the five months, I love (the surface), so I feel happy and confident and I really enjoy being here at Roland Garros.”

It also adds to the happy feeling around the Halep camp that she achieved her brilliant win over Anisimova on her coach Darren Cahill’s birthday. The Romanian said in her on-court interview that the victory was a gift for him, and it seems safe to assume that he enjoyed it very much.

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Sorana Cirstea Makes Winning Start To French Open After Seeking Help From Djokovic’s Coach

The Grand Slam winning mentor was seen in the crowd watching Cirstea play her first round match in Paris.

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Heading into her 14th French Open main draw Sorona Cristea decided to take a shot and ask for advice from one former Grand Slam champion.

 

The 32-year-old Romanian has endured a mixed results on the clay this year with a run to the semifinals of the Istanbul Open followed by three straight first round losses on the Tour. It has been a frustrating past few weeks for the Tour veteran who is currently ranked 27th in the world. Just six spots below her career-high.

Seeking further guidance for her French Open bid, Cirstea approached Goran Ivanisevic for help. The former Wimbledon champion who now works as coach of the men’s world No.1 Novak Djokovic. To her delight, he agreed to give her some pointers.

He came to one of my practices two days ago. Basically, I just asked for his help and I was lucky enough to get an hour of his time,” Cirstea told reporters.
“I talked with him a little bit about what’s going through my head and just tennis. It was a very, very pleasant hour.”

Ivanisevic was seen courtside watching Cirstea play her first round match at Roland Garros on Sunday morning. The 26th seed defeated Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-3, 6-3, in just over an hour. Hitting a total of 34 winners against 26 unforced errors.

“I was very surprised to see him because I know he’s very busy with Novak,” she continued. “He was very, very kind to be there and I was happy to see him there.’
“He’s just been giving me a few tips and tricks from a Grand Slam champion, and as a coach of No. 1, and someone that has so much experience. I’m very grateful and very lucky to have the chance to spend that hour on court with him.”

This year’s French Open is the 53rd Grand Slam Cirstea has played in. She has reached six WTA finals, winning the 2008 Tashkent Open and 2021 Istanbul Open. Against top 10 players she has recorded a total of 16 wins to date.

Reflecting on her development as a player, the Romanian believes a change in perspective has enabled her to enjoy more success on the Tour in recent years. Cristea has been continuously ranked in the world’s top 100 since September 2019.

“When I was younger, I was taking the losses a bit much, they were hurting a bit too much, where now I am much more relaxed, much more at peace,” she explains.
“You cannot change what happened last week, so why bother? Try to learn and then just go forward with the positive mindset.”

Cirstea will play Sloane Stephens in the second round of Roland Garros. Stephens, who is unseeded in the draw, battled back from a set down to defeat Germany’s Jule Niemeier 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

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Former Finalist Marketa Vondrousova To Miss French Open Following Surgery

The Olympic silver medallist will miss a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in two-and-a-half years.

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Czech world No.35 Marketa Vondrousova has pulled out of next week’s French Open after undergoing what she describes as a ‘small surgery.’

 

Vondrousova, who reached the final at Roland Garros back in 2019, underwent a procedure on her left wrist after experiencing recurring pain. She decided to do so following a medical consultation and will be soon going through rehab. It will be the first Grand Slam event she has missed since the 2019 US Open which she also withdrew from due to a wrist injury.

“The last few weeks were not easy, I have been experiencing recurring pain in my wrist,” Vondrousova wrote in an Instagram post published on Monday. “After seeing a couple of doctors I decided to get this small surgery done to be able to play pain-free.”
“Staying positive through the recovery and can’t wait to be back on the court soon,”
she added.

The 22-year-old last played on Tour at the Stuttgart Open where she lost in the first round to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. So far this season she has achieved a win-loss record of 13-5 with her best run being to the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships as a qualifier. Vondrousova also reached the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and defeated Emma Raducanu in the Billie Jean Cup.

A former junior world No.1, Vondrousova has been ranked as high as 14th in the world. So far in her career, she has won just one WTA title which was back in 2017 at the Lugano Open in Switzerland. However, she has reached the final at another four events with the last being at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She has scored a total of six wins over top 10 players.

Another player in doubt for the French Open is defending champion Barbora Krejcikova who hasn’t played a match on the Tour since February. The world No.2 has been sidelined from action due to an elbow injury but remains on the entry list for the Grand Slam which will begin on Sunday.

The French Open draw will take place on Thursday.

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Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina Announces Pregnancy

Tennis’ power couple are set to become parents later this year.

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Former world No.3 Elina Svitoliva has announced that she is expecting a baby girl in October on social media.

 

The 27-year-old made the announcement on Sunday morning with a picture of her and her husband, French tennis star Gael Monfils. Known by some as the sports ‘power couple,’ the two tied the knot last July in Geneva ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games after first going public about their relationship in 2019. They even have their own Instagram account called ‘g.e.m.s. life’ which has more than 139,000 followers.

“With a heart full of love and happiness, we are delighted to announce that we are expecting a baby girl in October,” the couple wrote on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/ElinaSvitolina/status/1525778313918177280

Svitolina hadn’t played on the Tour since losing to Heather Watson at the Miami Open in March after deciding to take time away from the sport due to events happening in her home country. Russia launched a military operation against Ukraine earlier this year which has claimed thousands of lives. Svitolina is one of the sport’s most outspoken players regarding the conflict. She has previously spoken out against the decision to ban Russian and Belarussian athletes from Wimbledon by arguing that they should be allowed to participate if they condemn the actions of their home countries.

We don’t want them banned completely,” Svitolina told BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast.
“If players don’t speak out against the Russian government then it is the right thing to ban them.”

Prior to announcing her pregnancy, Svitolina has achieved a win-loss record of 5-8 on the Tour this season with her best runs being to the third round of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals of a WTA event in Monterrey.

During her career, the Ukrainian has won 16 WTA titles and reached the semi-finals of two Grand Slams during 2019.

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