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Sara Sorribes Tormo Beats Bouchard To Win Maiden Title In Guadalajara

The Spaniard and number four seed won her first career title beating the Canadian in two tough sets.

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Sara Sorribes Tormo is the champion of the 2021 Abierto Zapopan in Guadalajara, Mexico after beating Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets 6-2, 7-5. She broke the world number 144 six times in the match while the Canadian hit 39 unforced errors.

 

“from the first point with my serve, I think I just try to stay there at the beginning because she was hitting so strong I just try to hold my serve and to make her think, I’m really happy with the way I played and happy to win,” Tormo told reporters following her win.

It was Bouchard who got off to the fast start after holding the opening service game of the match putting some early pressure on the Spaniard and earned an early break point but the world number 71 would have no trouble saving and holding serve.

The very next game the Spaniard had a look a three break points on the world number 144 serve and it was third time the charm as she broke forcing the error from her opponent to take an early 2-1 lead.

The Las Vegas resident responded immediately winning three straight points and earning three break points but it was the Spaniard turn to save all three playing some great tennis and managed to hold serve.

Once again at 3-2 the world number 71 faced two more break points but there was a lack of finish from the Canadian as Sorribes Tormo was able to hold her service game.

The Spaniard had a chance to go up a double break after serving an untimely double fault and was broken as she would send a return long and smashed her racket in frustration.

The world number 71 would serve out the first set to take it 6-2 and was one set away from the title.

The second set was a much more tighter affair with both players holding their opening service games before the Spaniard once again earned more break points and broke to take an early 2-1 lead.

The next game Bouchard had a chance to break back to go back on serve but again was denied by the world number 71. At 3-2 the Canadian had another chance and this time she made good breaking the Spaniard with a stunning forehand winner to make it 3-3.

After holding serve the Westmount native went on the offensive and earned three break points to take her first lead of the match and she did just that and broke to take a 5-3 lead and serve for the second set.

While attempting to serve for it Bouchard found herself facing more break points from the Spaniard’s aggressive game style and she would be broken once more.

Tormo took that momentum and earned three more break points the following game and would break to take a 6-5 lead and serve for the match. She would serve it out in style winning the set, the match, and the title.

After the match Bouchard gave her thoughts on the loss and she was disappointed she couldn’t get the win tonight.

“She get’s a lot of balls back so I didn’t figure out the right balance of being patient and aggressive, I felt when I was aggressive I was missing too many balls and I didn’t quite figure it out today,” she said.

She continued on to say “it seemed she didn’t give up, she gets a lot of balls back and that’s her game.”

Bouchard told Ubitennis how she plans to take this good result and use it for the rest of the season.

“It was such a tough week to come here from being in France and coming here like the day before playing so it shows me I can do it mentally, physically, I was able to win four matches and be close in the fifth so that just gives me confidence for sure”

She also spoke of what happened when she was up 5-3 in the second set and managed to lose four games in a row to lose the match.

“That was super frustrating, I felt like I was playing 12 and under tennis at some point and she was out grinding me and I shouldn’t have lost four games in a row like that in the end sometimes I didn’t know what to do.”

After the win Sorribes Tormo also spoke of the what was going through her head at that crucial turning point of the match.

“I just try to accept, accept that she was playing good, that she was playing better than me, and just try to be focus on what I had to do, what I have been doing the whole week and the whole match, just stay there and try to change the score”.

Both players will be making the short trip to play in the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterey.

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) Rafael Nadal Doesn’t Care How Much Pain He’s In, He Gets The Job Done

Hall of Famer Steve Flink gives his verdict on Rafael Nadal’s epic victory which might result in his withdrawal from Wimbledon!

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Matches don’t come as dramatic as the one Rafael Nadal played on Wednesday. 

 

The 22-time grand slam champion dealt with an abdominal injury, lost a break advantage in three sets and still managed to win after four hours of pulsating play. Awaiting him in the next round will be Nick Kyrgios if he is fit enough to play. Kyrgios dismissed Cristian Garin in straight sets in his quarter-final match. 

Flink and Ubitennis’ CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta review all the action that took place on day 10

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Injured Rafael Nadal Ousts Fritz In Wimbledon Thriller

The world No.4 is through to the semi-finals but there are new doubts over his current health.

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Rafael Nadal has kept his chances of achieving a calendar slam alive by defeating American Taylor Fritz in a dramatic quarter-final match at Wimbledon where he struggled with injury. 

 

The second seed took a medical time out during the second set but continued to battle to a sensational 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(10-4), win over Fritz. Two days ago Nadal was seen wearing tape on his abdomen but refused to go into details when asked by reporters. Although it was clear that this issue is ongoing with the Spaniard crouching over a couple of times after serving in pain. 

“The body is generally fine. Of course, in the abdominal area, something is not going well. I had to find a way to serve a little bit differently,” said Nadal. “I was thinking during a lot of moments that I would not be able to finish the match but the energy (of Center Court) was something else.”

In the roller-coaster encounter, 19 breaks of serves occurred throughout the marathon match. During the gut-busting 260-minute showdown Nadal saw plenty of chances come and go. In each of the first two sets, he had a break advantage before losing them. He also failed to maintain a break advantage in the decider before coming through in the tiebreak. Nevertheless, he managed to come out on top with the help of 5 aces and 55 winners. 

“I enjoy playing these kinds of matches in front of you guys (the crowd),” the Spaniard continued. 
“It has been a tough afternoon against a great player. All the credit to Taylor, he has been playing great the whole season.’
“From my side, it was not an easy match and I am happy to be in the semifinal.”

The triumph is a bitter pill for Fritz to swallow who was bidding to become the youngest American man to reach the last four at Wimbledon since 2005. Until now he had been on an eight-match winning streak.

As for Nadal, he is through to his eighth Wimbledon semi-final and 38th at a major event. He is now 8-0 when it comes to playing quarter-final matches at the tournament.

Amid concerns over the abdomen, Nadal now has only two days to recover in time for his blockbuster showdown against the formidable Nick Kyrgios who came through his match in straight sets against Cristian Garin. Nadal leads their head-to-head 6-3 and has won their two previous meetings at SW19.  

“I hope to be ready to play it,” he said of the semi-final.
“TNick is a great player on all surfaces, especially on the grass. He’s having a great grass-court season and it’s going to be a great challenge. I need to be one hundred percent.”

At the age of 36 Nadal is seeking to reach his first Wimbledon final since 2011.

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“I Thought The Ship Had Sailed’ – Nick Kyrgios Reaches Maiden Wimbledon Semis

The 27-year-old reacts to achieving a new milestone in his career.

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Nick Kyrgios has achieved his best-ever result at a Grand Slam tournament after beating Cristian Garin in straight sets in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. 

 

Kyrgios, who was playing in the last eight of the tournament for the first time since 2014, rallied to a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5(5) win over his Chilean rival. Becoming the first player from his country to reach the last four of the men’s draw since Lleyton Hewitt did so back in 2005.  


”I felt I was playing on the back foot a lot. He’s a hell of a player,” Kyrgios said afterward. “He’s obviously very confident. Hell of a tournament for him to make the quarter-finals. I got lucky on a couple of break points here and there. It could have been him standing here (giving the winner’s interview).”

In what was a largely controlled match from Kyrgios, he produced a total of 17 aces alongside 35 winners against 29 unforced errors. There were the occasional outbursts and criticism of the lines officials but it was by nowhere as controversial as his previous encounters against Stefanos Tsitspas in the third round and Paul Jubb in the first.

The breakthrough comes during what has been a turbulent career. Kyrgios has been a player involved in many controversies and was at one stage issued with a suspended ban from the Tour due to unsportsmanlike conduct. However, his talent was never doubted but many were unsure if he could be consistent enough to have a deep run at a major event. He once was at a pub until 4 am on the same day he was due to play Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.

“It was an amazing atmosphere out here (on court one). I never thought I will be in the semifinal of a grand slam. I thought my ship had sailed.” He admits. 
“I didn’t go about things earlier in my career great and I may have wasted (time).’
‘I’m really proud of the way I’ve come back out here with my team and with that performance.”

As one of the few top 100 players who travel without a coach, Kyrgios paid tribute to those around him. 

“I don’t have a coach I would never put that burden on someone,” he jokes.
“Each and every one of my team plays an important role. I feel like nobody knows my tennis better than I do. I’ve been playing this sport since I was seven and to be in the semi-final of a slam I am pretty happy.”  

Kyrgios is the lowest-ranked Wimbledon semi-finalist since 2008.

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