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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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Nikoloz Basilashvili upsets Stefanos Tsitsipas in Indian Wells to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal

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Nikoloz Basilashvili upset world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-4 to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semfinal. 

 

Basilashvili, who was playing in his first Masters 1000 quarter final, went up a 4-1 lead with a double break in the first and fifth games. Tsitsipas pulled one break back in the sixth game for 2-4. Basilashvili held on his next service games to claim the first set 6-4. 

Tsitsipas broke twice in the fourth and eighth games and did not face a break point to seal the second set 6-2. 

After a trade of breaks in the first and fourth games of the third set, Basilashvili earned his second break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and fended off a break point in the eighth game to hold serve after three deuces. He served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game.   

Despite the defeat Tsitsipas still leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Basilashvili. The Georgian player had never won a main draw match in Indian Wells in his four previous appearances at this tournament. Earlier this year he won two titles at Doha and Munich. 

Tsitsipas was aiming to reach his third consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal in North America after advancing to the last four in two consecutive hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati. 

“I have played really great matches this tournament. I was not played with how I played today but I was happy with how I managed my stress levels. First time in the quarter finals and it is a big court and Stefanos is still a tough player. I had to keep my physical levels and energy levels in a really good shape because I knew mentally I would be a little bit tight and stressed”, said Basilashvili.

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Carlos Moya, Flavia Pennetta and Ana Ivanovic are among the candidates for the 2022 International Tennis Hall of Fame

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Carlos Moya, the first Spanish player the number 1, and former Grand Slam champions Flavia Pennetta and Ana Ivanovic are among the candidates for 2022 International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

 

Ivanovic lifted the 2008 French Open Trophy after a final at the 2008 Australian Open and a semifinal at 2007 Wimbledon and claimed 15 WTA titles during her career. Since her French Open triumph, she spent 12 weeks as world number 1 player. She would become the first player representing Serbia to be voted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

“Many of the women who I looked up to as a young girl are Hall of Famers and to be nominated to receive an honour that places my career alongside those who inspired me is just incredible”, said Ana Ivanovic. 

Flavia Pennetta became the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion when she beat her childhood friend Roberta Vinci in the all-Italian US Open Final in 2015. Pennetta teamed up with Vinci in guiding Italy to four Fed Cup titles. 

“I loved competing and to have my tennis career recognized in this way among the sports all-greats is such an incredible honour”, said Pennetta. 

Moya won the 1998 Roland Garros title and reached the 1997 Australian Open final. He became the first Spanish player to reach the top of the ATP Ranking and won 20 ATP titles, including three ATP Masters 1000 trophies. Moya lifted the Davis Cup title in 2004 for Spain after taking his his second singles win of the tie with his straight-set win over Andy Roddick. 

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Paula Badosa reaches her first WTA 1000 semifinal at Indian Wells

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World number 27 Paula Badosa became the first Spanish player since 2003 to reach the semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells after her 6-4 6-3 win over 2019 finalist Angelique Kerber. 

 

After an early trade of breaks in the first set, both Badosa and Kerber held serve until the 10th game, when Kerber misfired on consecutive points, as was serving at 4-5 30-30. Badosa earned her second break point, as Kerber hit her second double fault of the set. Badosa converted her chance when Kerber sent her backhand long. 

Badosa went up a 5-2 lead with a double break in the fourth and sixth games. Kerber fended off two match points to hold serve for 3-5 before breaking Badosa to get back on serve for 5-5. After two holds of serve Badosa converted her third match point after Kerber sent her forehand long. 

Badosa set up a semifinal against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who beat Anett Kontaveit. The Spaniard has moved into her second WTA 1000 semifinal of the season after advancing to the same stage at the Madrid Mutua Open. 

Badosa has claimed her fourth top 10 win of her 2021 season after beating this year’s Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets in the fourth round. Earlier this week she defeated Coco Gauff and Dayana Yastremska, dropping just one set en route to the semifinal against Jabeur. 

Badosa will meet Jabeur for the second time this season. The Spanish player beat her Tunisian rival 7-6 2-6 6-4 at the 2015 US Open. Jabeur took a re-match last spring when she beat Badosa 7-6 5-7 7-5 in the second round in Miami. 

Last April Badosa beat Belinda Bencic and Ashleigh Barty at the Charleston Open en route to the semifinals, where she lost to Veronika Kudemertova. One month later the Spanish player advanced to her first WTA 1000 semifinal at the Madrid Mutua Open becoming the first Spanish player to reach the semifinals in the tournament history, beating Belinda Bencic. Badosa reached her third consecutive semifinal at the Serbia Open defeating Rebecca Petterson. She joined the top 40 for the first time in her career and went on to win her maiden title after Ana Konjuh withdrew from the match injured. 

At the French Open Badosa beat 2019 finalist Marketa Vondrousova to move into the quarter finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. She went up a break in the final set, but she lost to Tamara Zidansek. 

At the Olympic Games in Tokyo Badosa beat Kristina Mladenovic, Iga Swiatek and Nadia Podoroska before withdrawing from the quarter final against eventual Olympic silver medallist Marketa Vondrousova due to a heatstroke.  

“I always said Jabeur is one of the most talented players in the world. She is doing an amazing year. It’s nice seeing all these players that we were like a few years ago outside the top 100 now being top 10, top 20, fighting for the finals. It’s amazing. I am super happy that I can play her”, said Badosa. 

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