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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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Ash Barty Eases Into Madrid Final

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Number 1 seed Ashleigh Barty beat Paula Badosa 6-4 6-3 to reach her fourth final of the 2021 season at the Madrid Mutua Open after winning three titles at the Yarra Valley Classic, Miami and Stuttgart.

 

The first set went on serve in the first nine games. Barty earned two break points in the 10th game with a lob and loose forehands from Badosa. Badosa saved two set points with winners, but Barty converted her third chance after a double fault from Badosa to close out the first set 6-4. 

After an early trade of breaks, Barty earned her second break after a double fault from Badosa in the fourth game to open up a 3-1 lead. The Aussie star saved three break points in the fifth game and held serve for 4-1 with a dropshot. Barty dropped just two more points on serve to close out the second set 6-3. 

Barty has extended her red clay winning streak to 16 consecutive matches and her win-loss record to 25-3 this season. 

Barty has clinched her 16th consecutive win on red clay. The Australian player avenged her recent defeat against Badosa in the quarter finals in Charleston. 

“It was important for me to get that early break back in the second set and keep my nose in front, almost force her to come up with something that was going to be a really high level to be at a high level to be able to get back into the match. I have learnt a lot about clay, without a doubt. I promise you, I am still counting down to the grass court season. It’s one of the my favourite times of the year. I think the memories and the learnings now that we are getting from the red clay has been really cool, to be able to challenge myself in different ways”, said Barty.

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Ash Barty Battles Past Petra Kvitova In Madrid

Ash Barty is into the semi-finals of Madrid for the first time after defeating Petra Kvitova.

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The world number one needed three sets and just under two hours to beat the three time Madrid champion.

 

Ashleigh Barty is into the semi finals of the Mutua Madrid Open after beating the number nine seed and three time champion Petra Kvitova in three sets 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted just under two hours.

The world number one hit 15 winners, served six aces while her Czech opponent his 44 unforced errors in the loss. It was the Aussie who got off to the best possible start holding her opening service game and earning three chances to break in the following service game.

“I started off particularly well, Petra (Kvitova) struggled to find the court a little bit and gave me some cheap points, In the second she served particularly well and I feel like she made a lot more first serves so it was important for me to try and manufacture a break early in the third just to break some momentum and try to find my way back in”

She would break the number nine seed with a sublime return winner to take an early 2-0 lead before the Czech tried to get back into the set earning a break chance of her very own the next game but it was immediately saved with a big serve and Barty held serve.

The world number one continued to dominate the first set earning two more chances to go up a double break which she would convert and would serve out the set in 25 minutes.

The second set is where the Czech number nine seed bounced back and after holding the opening service game broke to take an early lead before the Aussie tried to get the break back but was denied and Kvitova saved three breakpoints.

She would serve out the second set to force a third and deciding set and once again that’s where the number one responded earning the first break of the third set.

The number nine seed had a chance to back on serve but the Aussie would save the break opportunity with a gutsy second serve ace but the resilient Czech stayed in the match and got the break back to go back on serve at 3-2.

Unfortunately for her the Aussie pushed hard once again for the crucial break in the match and would convert on her third attempt and that break was enough for her to serve out the match.

She will next face Paula Bodosa who earlier in the day became the first Spanish women to reach the semifinals at the Madrid Open after upsetting the number eight seed Belinda Bencic and she told Ubitennis what the experience will be like playing in a stadium with fans who will be cheering against her.

“It doesn’t bother me, I’ve played matches in Australia where I’ve had them on my side but it’s a different element, it’s exciting to be able to play in front of a crowd, were grateful this week that we got people to be able to enjoy it with us and enjoy the matches and she’s had an exceptional week, having played her a couple of weeks ago there were things from that match that I learned and we try and take those into account tomorrow as best we can and go out there and try to execute”

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Ash Barty Explains How Rise In Tennis Has Affected Her Life

The world No.1 outlines how tennis has impacted her as a person following her latest win in Madrid.

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ASHLEIGH BARTY OF AUSTRALIA during Mutua Madrid Open 21(Photo by Diego Souto/MM0)

With prize money earnings exceeding more than $18 million Ash Barty says she still sticks to the same ‘10 or 15’ t-shirts over the past five years and rotates between them.

 

The former French Open champion is currently the highest ranked player in women’s tennis and has won 11 WTA titles so far in his career. Including two this year in Miami and Melbourne. However, the Australian has insisted her rise in the sport hasn’t changed her as a person. Instead she describes it as more of a learning experience.

I’ve been very fortunate to have many experiences over the last two or three years in my growth and development as a tennis player,” she said following her third round win at the Madrid Open.
“My experiences as a tennis player haven’t changed me as a person. They’ve certainly helped me grow and develop and become a better person, but they certainly haven’t changed any of my true values or anything that I live by. Whether it’s 1 or 100, as a person I couldn’t care less how the tennis works out.”

Despite her success, the Australian stresses that she is no different to everybody else. Last season Barty missed a major of the Tour due to travelling concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since returning to action in February, she has won 22 out of 25 matches played and is currently on a 14-match winning streak when it comes to playing on the red clay.

“I’m not a massive person to go out shopping,” she admits. “I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl. I’ve had the same 10 or 15 T-shirts for five years. I rotate through. Sometimes I’ll go out on a limb and get a different colour that’s not gray, black or white.”

Taking to the court in Madrid this week, the Jaguar logo is placed in the centre of Barty’s dress. She has been endorsed by the company since late 2018 and even drives their F-Pace SUV back in Australia. Although she has recently gained a Porsche after winning the Stuttgart Open in Germany. Is there a temptation to change car brands in the future?

“I don’t know. I love my Jag, that’s all I’m going to say,” she commented. “It was obviously a very cool gift. The tournament in Stuttgart has been doing it for a long time. Porsche has been a great sponsor for them. But I love my Jag.”

On the court in Madrid Barty faces a potentially tricky encounter in the quarter-finals against Petra Kvitova who has already won the tournament on three previous occasions which is more than any other female player. She has won four out of their five most recent meetings on the Tour but still trails their head-to-head 4-5.

“I love to play Petra. She brings out the best in me,” Barty stated. “I just said to Tyz (coach Craig Tyzzer) that we’re going to be counting in Roman numerals the amount of times we’ve played. It’s another challenge, another test. She’s won this tournament multiple times, loves the conditions here. It’s a fresh challenge for me.”

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