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Karolina Muchova Stuns Top Seed Ash Barty At Australian Open

The Czech world No.27 has sent shockwaves through the tennis world by upsetting the world number one and home favourite.

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Karolina Muchova has done it again after beating the number six seed Karolina Pliskova on Saturday, she has knocked out world number one Ash Barty in her own background with a three set comeback 1-6, 6-3, 6-2. Muchova hit 17 winners while Barty only won a mere 54% of her points on her first serve.

 

A fast start for the Aussie

After holding serve in the opening service game the world number one went on the attack and managed to get two early break points as the Czech seemed to get off to a slow start.

Barty would get the first break of the match sealing it with a sizzling forehand down the line winner to take an early 2-0 lead. After holding to consolidate the break she kept the momentum going and got another break when the number 25 seed served a double fault for a 4-0 lead.

The Aussie would serve out the first set to take it 6-1 in only 24 minutes and it looked like she was in no mood to mess around.

Cue the comeback

Once again it seemed like world number one was unstoppable and earned early breakpoints off some poor errors from the Czech and got the break to lead 2-0.

At 2-1 the world number 27 called for the trainer and they took her with the tournament doctor and went off court which paused the match for around 8-9 minutes.

The medical timeout seemed to do wonders for Muchova who would get her first breakpoints of the match and break the Aussie to go back on serve at 2-2.

Barty was made to work in the next game saving two more breakpoints from the Czech who seemed to be playing better while the break seemed to have caused the world number one to lose her momentum.

The very next game at 3-3 it was the Aussie turn to earn breakpoints but the number 25 seed did a good job saving them winning some amazing rallies with her powerful groundstrokes which we didn’t see in the first set.

Once again the following service game the Czech came out firing and earned four breakpoints before eventually breaking the world number one to take 5-3 lead and serve out the second set to send it to a decider.

Muchova finishes strong

Fresh off winning the second set, the momentum was firmly with the Czech she earned three breakpoints in the first game of the third set thanks in large part to a great winner.

She would break Barty to take the early 1-0 lead and the following game saved two breakpoints from the Aussie before holding serve. At 4-2 the world number 27 had three chances to earn a double break and it was third time lucky for her as the world number one would send a ball into the net.

Muchova would serve out the match to take it in three sets and book her spot in her first ever grand slam semi final. After-the match in a on court interview she spoke about the match and clarified what the issue was during the medical time out.

“Ya I started to feel a bit lost by the end of the first set, Ash started very good she played almost like no mistakes it was tough and I was a bit lost on the court, my head was spinning so I took a break and it helped me, I tried to get back and play faster rally so we don’t play that long and it worked well”.

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Aljaz Bedene rallies from one set down to beat Jannik Sinner in Montpellier

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Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene came back from one set down to beat 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5) to reach the second round at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. Sinner was hindered by a back injury in the final stages of the match. 

 

Bedene entered the match with a 2-1 lead in his head-to-head matches against Sinner, but the Italian 19-year-old player won their most recent clash at the Great Ocean Road Open in Melbourne en route to the second title of his career.  

Sinner earned his only break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 and held his next service games to close out the opening set 6-3 with a forehand down the line. 

Sinner went down 0-40 in the fourth game of the second set on serve, but he saved three consecutive break points. Bedene converted his fourth break point at deuce, as Sinner made an error at the net. Sinner forced the next game to deuce, but Bedene held his serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Bedene closed out the second set 6-2 with his double break at 15.

Sinner saved a break point and held serve after two deuces in the second game. The Italian player wasted two break points in the third and fifth games. 

Sinner earned an erly mini-break, but Bedene got back on serve immediately. Bedene opened up a 4-2 lead with two more mini-breaks in the tie-break before Sinner received a medical time-out to a lower back injury. Bedene earned two more mini-breaks to close out the match after 2 hours and 39 minutes. 

Bedene becomes the first player outside the top 10 to defeat Sinner indoors in a year. Sinner entered the match on a 10-match indoor winning streak against players outside the top 10, which dated back to the quarter final defeat against Pablo Carreno Busta in Rotterdam. 

“In the first set Sinner was the better player. Afterwards, I became more aggressive and was making less mistakes. I think that decided it. On the important points I was there. I didn’t lose my focus”, said Bedene. 

Bedene set up a second round match against Egor Gerasimov, who beat Andy Murray 7-6 (10-8) 6-1on Tuesday evening. 

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina converted six of his fifteen break points to overcome Bernabe Zapata Miralles 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-2 setting up a second round match against Hubert Hurkacz. 

French qualifier Gregoire Barrere broke twice in each set and won 65 % of his second service points to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4 6-4. 

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Marin Cilic beats Taro Daniel to reach the quarter final at the Singapore Open

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Former US Open champion and world number 3 Marin Cilic won 82% of his first-serve points and and fended off three of the four break points he faced to claim a 7-5 6-4 win over Taro Daniel after 1 hour and 40 minutes at the Singapore Tennis Open. 

 

Cilic converted his second break point at deuce in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Daniel broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Cilic earned his second break in the 11th game and served out the first set at love in the 10th game. Cilic earned the only break in the 10th game to seal the second set 6-4. 

Cilic set up a quarter final match against South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon, who came back from one set down to beat Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 4-6 6-3 6-4. 

Fourth seed Alexander Bublik fired 10 aces to beat Turkish qualifier Altug Celikbilek 6-3 6-2. Bublik will take on Yoshihito Nishioka, who won 62 % of hsi second serve points to claim a 6-4 6-2 win over Maxime Cressy. 

Australia’s Alexei Popyrin overcame Adrian Andreev 6-1 5-7 6-3. Popyrin earned two breaks in the fourth and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. Andreev sealed the second set 7-5 with his only break in the 12th game. Poppyrin broke twice in the fifth and ninth games to close out the third set 6-3.  

Italy’s Roberto Marcora broke once in each set to upset former top 10 player Ernest Gulbis 7-5 6-4 setting up a second round match against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. Matthew Ebden edged Yuki Bhambri 6-3 7-6 (7-3) to secure his spot in the second round where he will face second round match against second seed John Millman.

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Lorenzo Sonego beats Sebastian Korda to reach the quarter final in Montpellier

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Lorenzo Sonego cruised past US Next Gen player Sebastian Korda 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the quarter final for the eighth time in his career on the ATP Tour. Sonego will face either David Goffin or Benjamin Bonzi. 

 

Sonego did not convert a break point at 2-1 in the opening set. Korda earned two break points in the fifth game, but Sonego saved them at deuce. The Italian player broke serve at 15 to open up a 4-2 lead and held his next service games to claim the first set 6-3.

The second set went on serve the first four games before Sonego earned a break with a forehand passing shot to take a 3-2 lead. The 2020 Vienna finalist came back from 0-30 down to hold his serve before breaking for the second time in the seventh game at 15 to race out a 5-2 lead. Sonego served out the win on his first match point in the eighth game to reach his first ATP Tour quarter finals this year.

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