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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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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream

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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

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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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Krejcikova Comes Alive With Her Serve To Win 12th Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon

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It must have seemed like the whole world was against her when Barbora Krejcikova served for the match for a third time against crowd favorite Jasmine Paolini.

But Krejcikova was only going for her 12th Grand Slam title. She was well prepared.

So, she released her patented way-out-wide serve to the smallish Paolini’s backhand, and the best the Italian could do was get her racket on the ball enough to return the serve far off the court, long and wide.

ARMS UP FOR A CHAMPION

The weight of the world was gone as Krejcikova threw her arms over her head and calmly walked to the net to greet the Wimbledon runner-up.

Now, Krejcikova was half-way home to a career Grand Slam in singles. She already owns a career Grand Slam in doubles among her dozen Grand Slam titles that also include one mixed doubles Grand Slam title.

She has won the hard ones, the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass.

At 28 years old, anything must look possible to this 5-10 Czech.

KREJCIKOVA COMES THROUGH UNDER PRESSURE

Paolini simply was out played in a second straight Grand Slam final, on clay and on grass. Now she faces the real tests, two straight Grand Slam tournaments on hard surfaces that might not be overly friendly to the 5-4 Paolini.

But there it was, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory for Krejcikova on Wimbledon’s famed Center Court.

After what might be called a throw-away second set for Krejcikova, she came alive in the third set, pinning Paolini to the deep corners while nailing low hard-hit balls to both corners.

Krejcikova got off to 40-0 starts on her first four service games of the decisive set and ended all four with service winners to take a 5-3 lead (with the aid of the only service break of the third set). She yielded only one point in those four service games, a double fault at 40-0 that was followed by an ace.

Of course, it was the serve again that saved the day for Krejcikova and gave her set points two and three, then sealed the deal for a spot in Wimbledon history.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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