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Simona Halep Ousts Erratic Swiatek To Set Serena Quarter-Final Clash At Australian Open

Simona Halep used her experience to defeat Iga Swiatek and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.



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Simona Halep ousted Iga Swiatek in a 3-6 6-1 6-4 revenge win to set up a quarter-final clash at the Australian Open with Serena Williams.

The Romanian got her revenge over the 19 year-old after losing to her at Roland Garros, this time though the match was a three set battle unlike their previous two meetings.

Although Swiatek had the early initiative, many unforced errors and erratic style of play saw the match swing in Halep’s favour.

Simona will now play Serena Williams in Tuesday’s last eight clash.

It was a stunning start to the match, with the opening seven games seeing some great shot-making from both.

Halep’s power and aggression was being neutralised by Swiatek’s control while the Pole’s aggressive play was being counter-punched by the world number two’s ability to produce depth as well as power on the run.

The key point in the opening set, when Halep worked the angles wonderfully to create two break points.

However just like the last two match, Swiatek showed her mental qualities to come through the game and hold for a 4-3 lead.

Then as we’ve seen so many times in Tennis, Swiatek carried the momentum and confidence into the next game as she broke to love for a 5-3 lead.

A lack of concentration from the two-time grand slam champion was her downfall as Swiatek closed out a 39 minute opening set.

In the second set, Halep used her experience and continued to consistently press Swiatek to the back of the court an force her into a lot of errors.

Not only did Swiatek produce technical and tactical errors, there were a lot of mental errors as she looked to rush her shots.

Unlike the first set, where she built the points up, the Pole rushed points and looked to finish them early.

This was part of her downfall as the Romanian eased to a 6-1 second set.

The theme was continued into a final set as Halep dictated the tempo of the match as Swiatek became frustrated at how the match was turning.

Despite losing the opening two games, the reigning Roland Garros champion remained resilient as much more controlled aggression saw her break back.

However there was another twist in this bizarre contest as errors continued to flow from the Swiatek racket as Halep broke to love for 3-2.

Half-chances were created from the Pole but not enough tactical patience in key moments saw Halep use her experience as she held on for a crucial win and her passage into the quarter-finals.

After the match Halep expressed her relief about making the last eight, “I enjoyed this victory, it means a lot,” Halep claimed.

“The Roland Garros match was tough because I didn’t have the rhythm and everything was not going. But today I just tried to do some things better than last time and I’m happy that I could win.”

Simona will now look to keep the momentum going as she takes on Serena Williams in what should be a classic contest on Tuesday.

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World No.634 Laura Samson Reaches First WTA Quarter-Final At 16



Laura Samon - image via photo credi: Manuel Queimadelos

Laura Samson has become the first player born in 2008 to reach the quarter-finals of a WTA event after producing a surprise win on Tuesday. 

The 16-year-old wildcard stunned second seed Katerina Siniakova 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the second round at the Prague Open. Her triumph occurred a day after she dropped just two games against Tara Wurth in her opening match. This week is Samson’s Tour debut after playing 10 events on the lower-level ITF circuit. 

“I’m extremely surprised,” she said during her on-court interview after beating Siniakova. “I didn’t go into it as favorite. I’m so proud of myself and I hope I will continue to play like this. As I was going into the second set I thought, ‘I have nothing to lose, I didn’t play good in the first set.’ I’m not really sure when [I thought I could win], I just believed myself in the third set.” 

Samson is the latest Czech player to break through following a sucessful junior career. Last year she won the Wimbledon girls’ doubles title and was runner-up in the French Open singles tournament in June. She is currently No.3 in the ITF junior rankings but has been ranked as high as No.1. 

Earlier this year, Samson decided to change her name on the Tour by dropping the last three letters (ova). The reason why she did so was to avoid getting confused with another player. 

“I first noticed it last year, there was a problem that I was getting strings (the) of Lyudmila Samsonova,” she told

“I also talked about it with her and, for example, according to the schedule, she also sometimes thought she was playing, but it was me,” 

“I would have liked the ending -ová, but unfortunately it turned out like this.”

The teenager will next take on world No.248 Oksana Selekhmeteva with the winner of that match progressing to their first WTA semi-final.  21-year-old Selekhmeteva is a former top 10 junior player who came through two rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw. She is a two-time junior Grand Slam champion in doubles. 

There are five seeds remaining in the tournament, including top seed Linda Nosková who will play Germany’s Ella Seidel in her next match. 

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Alex De Minaur Overcomes Injury To Fulfil Olympic Dream



ASlex de Minaur - Roland Garros 2022 (foto Roberto dell'Olivo)

Alex de Minaur says it is a ‘dream come true’ for him to represent Australia in the Olympic Games after missing the event three years ago.

The world No.6 had been in a race against time to be fit for the Olympic tennis event after suffering an agonising injury setback at Wimbledon earlier this month. At the All England Club de Minaur reached the quarter-final stage for the first time and was set to take on Novak Djokovic. However, he was forced to withdraw from the match after tearing the fibre cartilage in his hip region after suffering a ‘freak’ injury. At the time of the announcement, it was estimated that he would be sidelined from the Tour for three to six weeks. 

However, the 25-year-old appears to have recovered fairly quickly in time for Paris with the tennis tournament starting on Saturday. It will be de Minaur’s debut in the Olympics after he was forced to pull out of the Tokyo Games due to a positive COVID-19 test. 

“To finally be able to represent Australia in the Olympics is a dream come true,” he wrote on Instagram on Tuesday morning.

“I’m very passionate when I play for my country and wear the green and gold, so this is another one of those moments. 

“I’m extremely excited to lace up for Paris 2024.”

De Minaur is bidding to become the first male player from his country to win an Olympic medal in the singles event. He has already won two ATP titles this year in Alcapulco and s-Hertogenbosch. Since the start of January, he has won five out of 11 meetings against top 10 players. 

“It’s really great news – we’re actually expecting Alex to arrive in the village ahead of the official draw (on Thursday) and we know he’s been working with his rehab team quite extensively since the conclusion of Wimbledon,” Australian chef de mission Anna Meares told the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

“He’s hungry to be here, he wants to be a part of this team and we will offer as much support as we can in that process.

“He’s coming – we will wait to see that process. He still has time … injury can be a really stressful thing for an athlete and the more you rush it, the more problems you can potentially cause.

“We’re leaving it in the hands of Alex and his rehabilitation team … it will be a decision purely by them.” 

De Minaur is one of five Australian men playing in the Paris Olympics. The others are Alexei Popyrin, Matthew Ebden, John Peers and Rinky Hijikata. 

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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream



Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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