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Bouchard reaches Final in Guadalajara after beating Cocciaretto

Genie Bouchard will play in her eighth WTA Final on Saturday in Mexico.

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The Canadian is into her first hardcourt final in five years after beating her Italian opponent in straight sets.

Eugenie Bouchard is into her first WTA hardcourt final since 2016 after beating the world number 134 Elisabetta Cocciaretto in straight sets 6-2,7-6, she hit 18 winners in the win while the Italian hit 24 unforced errors.

“She’s a very tough player, she plays aggressively and takes the ball early so she’s always coming at you so I had to be ready for that, kinda try to stay with her and when I have a chance go for it but she was so tough so I’m proud of myself for kinda regrouping there at the end and still committing to playing my game no matter if she was playing well so it was important for me to keep doing what I do”.

Both players started on the right foot holding their opening services games and that’s when the world number 144 went on the offensive earning two early break points and eventually breaking to take an early 2-1 lead.

After consolidating the break she had a chance to go up a double break but the Italian did a good job saving it and holding serve. At the changeover at 3-2 Cocciaretto called for the trainer and took a medical timeout for her knee which already had been wrapped around her thigh.

At 4-2, it seems the nagging injury was hampering the Italian and she found herself down another two breakpoints and the Westmount native would jump on the opportunity to break and serve out the first set to take it 6-2 with a big serve.

The second set was a much closer affair and it was the world number 134 with the first break opportunity of the set when she had three chances to break but the Canadian held her ground and saved all three playing some great tennis.

The world number 144 had her first chance to get a break the following game but it was the Italians turn to save it with a great backhand down the line and held serve.

The very next game the Westmount native had another chance to break and she finally made good on it breaking to take a 3-2 lead and was now up a set and break and in full cruise control.

The Italian was going to go down without a fight and had a chance to break back to go back on serve the next game but the Canadian would come up with a huge forehand to save another breakpoint.

At 5-4 Bouchard would serve for the match and even reach match point but again the Italian was determined to do everything to stay in the match and had two chances to break and did just that going back on serve at 5-5.

The Canadian was incensed and mentioned during her post match press conference she used that anger to force a tiebreaker and that’s where she went back to taking over the match.

She would win the breaker 7-2 finishing the match strongly and booking her spot in her first hardcourt final since 2016.

After the match in an on court interview she spoke about the fact how happy she was to make the trip to Mexico and have such instant success.

“Ya it’s my first time here but I feel right at home, everything has been great this week and I’m so grateful to get some matches and to play in front of people who love Tennis”.

She also added what it meant for her to reach the final her first on hardcourt since 2016.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet, I’m super excited, I just want to play a good match tomorrow and enjoy the last couple days here”

The Canadian will now face Sara Sorribes Tormo in the final after the Spaniard knocked out the second seed Marie Bouzkova 6-3 7-6(3).

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Jelena Ostapenko beats Greer Minnen to reach the second round at Eastbourne

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Number 6 seed Jelena Ostapenko beat Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 after 1 hour and 29 minutes to secure a spot in the second round at the Rothesay international in Eastbourne. 

Ostapenko won the Eastbourne title in 2021 and reached the 2022 final before losing to Petra Kvitova. 

Minnen led by a break three times and served for the set at 5-4 and 6-5 but Ostapenko pulled back on serve each time. 

Ostapenko fired a backhand crosscourt winner to earn three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break. The Latvian player converted his first chance with a forehand return winner. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. Ostapenko earned a second break in the third game, but she took an off court medical time-out after a fall at 3-1 in the second set. 

Ostapenko recovered by winning four consecutive games with two breaks to win the second set 6-1. 

“Grass is a great surface, but sometimes it can be slippery and really tricky. So I took the medical time-out just to make sure I am fine”, said Ostapenko.  

 “I think the surface suits me really well. The first I played on grass, I was like: ‘How can we play tennis on this surface ? I don’t understand what’s happening here, but then every year was better and better”, said Ostapenko. 

British wild card Harriet Dart battled past former Wimbledon quarter finalist Marie Bouzhkova 7-5 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 after 3 hours and 29 minutes in the third-longest match on the WTA Tour this year. 

Bouzhkova broke twice in the third and fifth games to open up a 4-1 lead, but Dart won six of the next seven games with three breaks of serve to win the first set 7-5. 

Dart fought back from 1-4 down to force a tie-break with two breaks of serve in the sixth and eighth games. The British player never held a match point in the second set. Bouzhkova converted her fourth set point to seal the tie-break 9-7 after a 88-minute second set. 

After a trade of breaks at the start of the third set, Dart earned a decisive break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. The British wild card saved a break point at 4-3 en route to the win. 

Dart was scheduled to face 2022 Wimbeldon champion Elena Rybakina, but the Kazakh player withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to a change of schedule. Dart will face wild card Sofia Kenin, who won the Australian Open title and reached the final at Roland Garros in 2020.  

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.

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Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle

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Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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