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Bouchard beats McNally to reach semis in Guadalajara

Genie Bouchard is into her first semi-final of the season in Mexico.



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The Canadian is into her first semi final of 2021 after beating her American opponent.

Eugenie Bouchard will play her first semi final of the season in Guadalajara after beating the American Caty McNally in straight sets 6-4,6-3. The Westmount native fired six aces and won 60% of her first serves in the win.

” Ya I’m super proud of myself because the turnaround was crazy, I’ve never had to land the night before a first-round main draw match, I don’t think I’ve ever done that from a different continent, indoors to outdoors, different conditions, seven-hour time zone difference so It was the craziest thing, I told myself to try my best and see what happens, I hit the ground running, my first match was really really tough and I have been waking up every day, playing every day and here I am”

She got off to a slow start and the American jumped on the early nerves she was facing and earned a breakpoint to get the first break of the match but the world number 144 rallied to hold the opening service game.

At 1-1 once again struggling on serve the Canadian served a double fault and gave the world number 44 another breakpoint and this time she made no mistake breaking to take a 2-1 lead.

At 3-2 Bouchard determined to stay in the set played a solid game and managed to get her first breakpoint of the match to go back on serve and she did just that breaking the American to make it 3-3.

At 5-4 with McNally serving to stay in the set the Canadian hit three straight forehand winners to get to set point and then break to take the first set 6-4

The begining of the second set was similar to the first with the world number 44 earning break points once again in the first game but the world number 144 again did a good job saving them and holding serve.

The very next game Bouchard earned two more breakpoints and would break the American serve to take a 2-0 lead after she returned a ball long. That break was good enough for the Canadian and she would serve it out to take the set 6-3 and the match.

After the match she spoke of the fact that in Mexico they are able to play in front of fans and how grateful she is.

” It’s so special I can’t empathize that enough, It’ so special to play in front of fans, it’s probably the most amount of fans I’ve played in front of in over a year ago, it’s so much more fun to play”

She also spoke the match and the win today and how she was able to get the victory.

” I felt like I played solid today and it was tough conditions, there was wind, she was getting a lot of balls back so I had to try and be smart and find a way to win, I’m happy even though I think I wasn’t playing that well, I’m happy I was able to stay focused, stay strong mentally to pull it out”.

She will next face Elisabetta Cocciaretto in the semi-finals tonight looking to book her spot in the final of the Abierto Zapopan.

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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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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid



Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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