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Hsieh-su Wei rallies from 3-5 down in the third set to beat Sara Errani in Melbourne

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Hsieh-su-Wei came back from 3-5 down in the third set to beat 2012 Roland Garros finalist Sara Errani 6-4 2-6 7-5 after 2 hours and 44 minutes reaching the Round of 16 at the Australian Open in Melbourne. 

 

Hsieh came into the third round after her wins over 2020 US Open quarter finalist Tsvetana Pironkova and 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu. The Taiwanese player advanced to the second week in a Grand Slam tournament for the fourth time in her career. 

Hsieh scored her first win over Errani, who had clinched all their four previous head-to-head matches. The Italian player was playing a Grand Slam third round match for the first time since the 2015 US Open. 

Both players traded breaks in the first five games of the third set before Errani held serve to take a 4-2 lead. Hsieh earned a break, as Errani was serving for the match at 5-4, and reeled off the final three games to claim a thrilling third set 7-5. 

Hsieh set up a Round of 16 clash against 2019 Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova, who beat Sorana Cristea 6-2 6-4 to reach her first quarter final at the Australian Open. Vondrousova has dropped a set in the first week of this year’s Australian Open.

“My first match was tough. I was down like 2-6 1-3 and that was kind of crazy. I managed to get the win and for me I am just very happy to be on court right now and I feel like I am playing good tennis. I found my game. I feel like it can be better to serve also. I managed to win in two sets like the last two singles, so it’s nice for me and I am just very happy to be in the second set”, said Vondrousova. 

Last year’s Australian Open Garbine Muguruza cruised past Zarina Dyas 6-1 6-1 in 56 minutes setting up a fourth round clash against three-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka, who beat Tunisia’s Naomi Osaka 6-3 6-2. 

“I am very happy with my performance today. I feel like the last match, it was a year ago in Shnzhen in China. It was a very tough battle. I beat Diyas 6-4 2-6 6-4. I felt like I was more prepared this time after many matches and after playing well. I feel like I took control of the match and kept on going. I am happy this time was not a three-time match. I am just happy with being in the second week of a Grand Slam. It just shows that my game is there”, said Muguruza. 

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‘Another Level’ – Nick Kyrgios Praises Rising Star Jannik Sinner

This week the world No.11 is bidding to win his third consecutive indoor tournament.

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Jannik Sinner (ITA), (Erste Bank Open 2021, Wiener Stadthalle); Copyright: e-motion/Bildagentur Zolles KG/Martin Steiger

Jannik Sinner’s recent dominance when it comes to playing tennis indoors hasn’t gone unnoticed with one of his peers praising him on social media.

 

The 20-year-old defeated Reilly Opelka in the second round of the Vienna Open on Wednesday in what is his fifth consecutive win on the Tour. Impressively Sinner has now won 18 straight sets on indoor hardcourts. Last Sunday he claimed his fifth Tour title at the European Open to become the youngest ATP player to win that many ATP trophies since Novak Djokovic back in 2007.

Sinner’s achievements were highlighted on social media by journalist Ben Rothenberg who posted a tweet of the 18 sets he has won. That caught the attention of former top 20 player and two-time Grand Slam quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios who paid his own tribute to the Italian.

“He is another level. That’s for sure, played him in Washington doubles. Never played someone who hit the ball as hard,” he wrote.

The two are yet to play against each other in singles competition. In Washington Kyrgios and Frances Tiafoe lost 4-6, 4-6, to Sinner and his partner Sebastian Korda.

Sinner’s latest win in Vienna has boosted his chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin next month. He has risen back up the standings to 10th in the race after overtaking Indian Wells champion Cameron Norrie. Norrie will play his second round match on Thursday.

“I think I had not so many chances and I used them. I think that was the key today,” Sinner said of his latest win against Opelka. “I served well. My service holds were always quite fast and good. I felt well on the baseline, so I knew when I went in a rally that somehow I was going to win the point. But it’s never easy playing against him. You never have rhythm.”

Awaiting Sinner in the next round will be Austria’s Denis Novak who is currently ranked 116th in the world and is yet to beat a top 10 player in his career.

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Andrey Rublev moves past Ilya Ivashka to reach the quarter finals in St. Petersburg

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Andrey Rublev overcame Ilya Ivashka 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 39 minutes to advance to the quarter finals for the third time in his career in St. Petersburg Open. 

 

Rublev fended off all seven break points and earned two breaks in the seventh game of the first set and in the third game of the second set. The Moscow native player fired 10 aces and won 84 % of his first service points. 

The eight-time titlist is aiming to win his third career title on home soil after his previous titles in Moscow 2019 and St. Petersburg 2020. 

Rublev set up a quarter final clash against either Sebastian Korda or Botic Van de Zandschulp.Karen Khachanov knocked out Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3 after 1 hour and 25 minutes. Khachanov will take on 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who eased past Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 23 minutes. Cilic leads 1-0 against Khachanov in their only previous head-to-head match in Cincinnati in 2018.

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Matteo Berrettini rallies from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in Vienna

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This year’s Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini came back from one set down to beat Nikoloz Basilashvlili 6-7 (5-7 ) 6-3 6-2 after 2 hours and 5 minutes reaching the quarter final at the Erste Bank in Vienna. 

 

Berrettini saved all three break points he faced and hit 22 aces, including two on the last two points of the match. 

Number 3 seed Berrettini had won three of his previous head-to-head matches against Indian Wells finalist Basilashvili, but they met for the first time on in indoor court. Berrettini had beaten Basilashvili in Winston Salem 2018, Halle 2019 and Rome 2021. 

Both players went on serve in the first set. Berrettini saved the only break point in the second game. Basilashvili earned a mini-break to take a 3-1 lead. Berrettini pulled back on serve to draw level to 3-3. Basilashvili earned another mini-break on the 10th point to earn two set points at 6-4 and converted his second chance to win the tie-break 7-5. 

Berrettini saved a break point to hold serve at deuce in the first game of the second set. The Italian player earned a break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead and held his next service games before closing out the second set with a double break in the ninth game. 

Berrettini went up a 3-0 lead with a break in the second game of the decider. The Queen’s tournament champion faced a break point in the seventh game after a double fault, but he saved it with an ace. He served out the third set 6-3 with his 22nd ace. Berrettini set up a quarter final match against Spanish Next Gen player Carlos Alcaraz, who beat Andy Murray 6-3 6-4.

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