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Elina Svitolina Battles Past Rogers In Miami As Keys Suffers Early Exit

Elina Svitolina battled past Shelby Rogers to progress in Miami as Madison Keys was eliminated.




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Elina Svitolina battled past Shelby Rogers 3-6 7-5 6-3 in two and a half hours to reach the third round in Miami.


The Ukrainian has been struggling for wins and confidence recently and today she faced another tough battle as she progressed to the third round.

Svitolina will now face Ekaterina Alexandrova in round three in a repeat of their brutal match in Abu Dhabi.

However there will be no further sighting of Madison Keys as she was stunned by Croatian Ana Konjuh.

Having suffered early exits in Doha and Dubai, Svitolina was aiming to get back onto winning ways against the big-hitting Shelby Rogers.

A positive start was made by the world number five who benefitted from a slower playing surface at this year’s Miami Open as she took a 3-1 lead.

Rogers, who was known for beating the top players, took advantage of Svitolina’s vulnerability from leading positions as she increased the intensity of her shots.

Svitolina had no response to this and Rogers stormed back to take the next five games and claim the first set 6-3.

In the second set the American took the momentum as she lead by a break on two occasions before the fifth seed responded immediately.

It was a battle for Svitolina throughout the match as she attempted to use her defensive skills to redirect her shots.

A crucial break at 5-3 was quickly snuffed out by the world number 52 as Svitolina’s nerves were present.

Eventually though Svitolina’s fighting qualities were her strength as she clawed out the second set as Rogers’ produced a woeful volley at the net.

The unforced errors continued to flurry for the American with Svitolina producing more confident shot-making.

A crucial break at 4-2 was the difference as Svitolina’s transition between defensive and attacking tennis was the key.

Eventually the fifth seed served out the match in more than two and a half hours to seal a potentially big win in Svitolina’s season.

After the match, Svitolina acknowledged the tough contest today, “Yeah it was quite a tough battle for me,” Svitolina said in her press conference.

“I started quite but unfortunately didn’t hold my serve and it was a bit disappointing. Then I got distracted with my wrist pain. It was not a perfect performance but in the end I was trying to fight and put aside all the distractions that I had.”

Next for Svitolina is Ekaterina Alexandrova cruised past Roland Garros semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska 6-0 6-4.

If the Abu Dhabi clash between Svitolina and Alexandrova is to go by it should be an exhausting clash with the Ukrainian winning that match at the start of the year 6-2 6-7(5) 7-6(8).

In other results in Miami, there was a less successful performance from Madison Keys after she was knocked out by world number 338 Ana Konjuh 6-4 6-2.

The Croatian who has just returned after having four operations is looking to fulfil the potential that so many had predicted for her as she converted all five of her break point opportunities to beat the world number 19.

Meanwhile there were also comfortable victories for Belinda Bencic and Johanna Konta over Zarina Diyas and Magda Linette respectively.

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Alexander Zverev reaches the fourth round at Roland Garros for the fifth consecutive year




Alexander Zverev edged past Brandon Nakashima 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 7-6 (7-5) in a hard-fought match on Court Suzanne Lenglen to reach the fourth round for the fifth consecutive year at Roland Garros. 


Zverev had reached the quarter finals in 2018 and 2019 and the semifinals in 2021. 

Zverev had saved a match point and came back from two sets down to beat Sebastian Baez in the second round. 

The match between Zverev and Nakashima featured just three breaks of serve, including a trade of breaks in the third set. Zverev fended off two break points in each of the first two sets. 

Zverev broke in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead with a backhand winner and held serve to take a two-set lead. Zverev earned a break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, but Nakashima broke straight back to draw level to 3-3. Seven of the 12 points went against serve in the tie-break. Zverev came back from 2-4 down in the tie-break and closed out the tie-break 7-5 with a backhand winner after 2 hours and 48 minutes.

“I think I raised my level today. I prefer this compared to the second round thriller. This is much better for me. I don’t lose too much hair. I can still grow old”, said Zverev. 

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Doubles Player Dream French Open Debut Ended By Instagram Message

Portugal’s Francisco Cabral said he found out he will not be playing in Paris through social media.




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Playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam is the pinnacle of many players’ careers but one player missed out on that opportunity due to an unfortunate situation. 


Portugal’s Francisco Cabral was set to play in the men’s doubles tournament for the first time at this week’s French Open. The world No.72 is currently at a career-high after winning his maiden Tour title in Estoril last month with compatriot Nuno Borges. In Paris, he entered into the draw alongside Denmark’s Holger Rune. 

However, shortly before he was set to make his Grand Slam debut Rune pulled out at the last minute. Leaving Cabral unable to look for another partner in such a short time. Rune’s withdrawal from the doubles was based on medical advice after he hurt his ankle during his second round clash against Henri Laaksonen. The Dane tripped over the court cover at the back of the court but fortunately wasn’t seriously injured and managed to continue playing. 

“Right now I feel a huge sadness because it’s a dream to play in a Grand Slam tournament. I’ve been here since Saturday training, waiting, watching games, experiencing a new world because it was my first Grand Slam and it’s another dimension and I was really, really looking forward to being able to play,” Cabral told Raquetc. “And having waited until 15 minutes before game time to know that I wasn’t going to play after all, it cost me a lot, but I did everything I could.”

Caral went on to criticize the behavior of Rune who informed him that he would not be playing in the doubles event via a message sent on Instagram. It is unclear why the two never spoke face-to-face. 

“He only told me that he had sprained his foot, that he was at the doctor’s, and that he had told him not to play the doubles. I’m sad about his attitude because he didn’t even say this to my face, he just sent me a message on Instagram. I don’t think it went well, but as I said, I couldn’t have done anything differently, so I’ll just wait for the next opportunity.” He said. 

25-year-old Cabral is targeting Wimbledon as the event where he will play his first main draw match. 

Meanwhile, Rune will continue his singles campaign at Roland Garros on Saturday when he plays Hugo Gaston in the third round. The former world No.1 junior has shot up the rankings this season to a high of 40th. 

Cabral and Rune has been replaced in the draw by Sander Arends and Szymon Walków. 

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Seven Top 10 Seeds Fail To Reach Third Round Of Women’s Draw In French Open First

The series of high-profile exits has set a new milestone but for the wrong reasons.




Maria Sakkari - Roland Garros 2022 (foto Roberto dell'Olivo)

The first five days of this year’s French Open have been tough going for some of the world’s best players on the women’s Tour.


A series of shock early losses has opened up parts of the women’s draw with 14 out of the last 32 players remaining in the tournament being unseeded. Former champions Garbine Muguruza and Barbora Krejcikova fell in the first round, as well as fellow top 10 seeds Ons Jabeur and Anett Kontaveit. Then in the second round Maria Sakkari (No.4), Karolina Pliskova (No.8) and Danielle Collins (No.9) all crashed out.

Heading into the third round seven top 10 seeds have already been knocked out of the French Open which is a new record for Roland Garros. The tournament has featured draws including 10 or more seeds since 1978.

“I knew that I wanted to do well, but things are different every year and we have seen so many upsets over all these years,” Sakkari said following her exit.
“At this level you always have to accept that you cannot go deep in every single tournament or every single big tournament.”

Jabeur was tipped by some as a serious contender for the title this year before losing her opening match to an inspired Magda Linette. Prior to the tournament, she boasted a 17-3 record on the clay this year, winning the Madrid Open title and reaching the final of two other events (Charleston and Rome).

“I wanted to go as far as I could in the tournament because I played well on clay in Madrid and in Rome, and it’s difficult to take that one in,” she said. ”But that’s what sport is like and you need to be smart enough to move forward and get back on court.’
“Maybe it was a good thing to lose. I would rather say this and be really tough with myself than waste all the good energy that I got from Madrid and Rome.”

In recent years the French Open women’s tournament has been full of unpredictability. The past three editions being won by players who didn’t hold a major title of any sort (in singles) coming into the draw.

One player who has managed to buckle the trend of inconsistency is world No.1 Iga Swiatek who has won 30 matches in a row. The fourth longest streak on the WTA Tour since 2000 after both of the Williams sisters and Justine Henin. Swiatek is also the first player to win 13 or more matches in a row whilst at the top of the rankings since Serena Williams back in 2015.

“I was saying from the beginning that for sure I’m going to reach a point where I’m going to lose a match, and it’s pretty normal,” Swiatek said following her 6-0, 6-2, triumph over Alison Riske.
“I have been losing matches in tennis for a long time. For sure the things we (my team) are doing right now are pretty extraordinary but I know in tennis that only one person wins in the end.’
“I will be okay with that. For sure it’s not fun to lose, but I think it wouldn’t be different than any other loss that I had, you know, in my career.”

Other top 10 seeds remaining in this year’s draw are Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka.

Meanwhile, in the men’s draw all top 12 seeds have reached the third round for the first time since 2009.

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