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Jan Lennard Struff beats lucky loser Andrej Martin to move into the second round at the BMW Open in Munich

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German player Jan Lennard Struff beat Slovenian lucky loser Andrej Martin 6-4 6-3 in 76 minutes to move into the second round of the BMW Open in Munich. 

 

Struff earned the first break of the match in the sixth game of the first set to take a 4-2 lead. Martin broke straight back at love in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4, but Struff broke for the second game in the 10th game to claim the first set 6-4. Struff broke serve in the second game at love to win the second set 6-3. 

Struff came back from one set down to beat his compatriot Dominik Koepfer, who came back from one set down to beat three-time Munich champion Phillip Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-4 6-3 after 2 hours and 24 minutes. 

Kohlschreiber broke serve at love in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Koepfer broke straight back to draw level to 2-2. Kohlschreiber earned his second break point in the seventh game to win the first set 6-4. Both players traded breaks twice in the second set. Koepfer saved a break point before breaking serve in the 10th game to win the second set 6-4. 

Koepfer converted his fourth break point in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Kohlschreiber broke straight back on his fifth opportunity in the third game, but Koepfer earned his second break at love to take the third set 6-3. 

US qualifier Mackenzie McDonald broke once in each set in his 6-4 6-4 win over 2019 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters finalist Dusan Lajovic. McDonald, who dropped just games in two qualifying matches, set up a second round match against Ilya Ivashka, who won a set against Rafael Nadal in Barcelona last week. 

Pablo Cuevas overcame two-time Australian Open quarter finalist Tennys Sandgren 7-4 (7-4) 0-6 6-1 to set up a second round match against 2021 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters semifinalist Casper Ruud. 

Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan beat this year’s Miami Open quarter finalist Sebastian Korda 6-1 7-6 (9-7) after 1 hour and 27 minutes. Korda dropped nine consecutive games from 1-1 in the first set. As Galan was serving for the match Korda rallied from 2-5 down by winning four consecutive games. Galan claimed the tie-break 9-7, as Korda missed an overhead long. The 24-year-old Colombian player set up a match against 2021 Doha champion Nikoloz Basilashvili. 

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Reigning Champion Simona Halep Pulls Out Of Wimbledon

The Romanian says she is ‘down and upset’ about missing the major.

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There will be a new Wimbledon champion in the women’s draw this year after Simona Halep formally withdrew due to injury.

 

The former world No.1 was in London training with her team but has been forced to pull out of the grass-court major after failing to fully recover from a calf injury. An issue which also sidelined her from the French Open. It is the first time the Romanian has missed Wimbledon since making her Grand Slam debut at the tournament back in 2010.

“It is with great sadness that I’m announcing my withdrawal from The Championships as my calf injury has not fully recovered,” the 29-year-old said in a statement.
“I gave it everything I had in order to be ready to play Wimbledon and after having such special memories from two years ago, I was excited and honoured to step back on these beautiful courts as defending champion.
“Unfortunately, my body didn’t cooperate and I’ll have to save that feeling for next year.”

Halep first sustained the injury back in May when she was playing Angelique Kerber in the first round of the Italian Open. After undergoing an MRI, it was confirmed that the multiple Grand Slam winner had a tear in her left calf.

“I can honestly say that I’m really down and upset about having to take this decision. This period has been difficult but to miss the last two majors has made it even more challenging mentally and physically,” she said.
“We will see what the future holds but I’m hoping it will make me a stronger person and athlete.”

As a result of the withdrawal, Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova has moved into the seedings at 32nd. She has only won one match in four previous appearances at the Championships.

Halep has won 22 WTA titles during her career and has won more than $37.5M in prize money.

The Wimbledon Championships will get underway on Monday.

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Lorenzo Sonego reaches the semifinal in Eastbourne

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Third seed Lorenzo Sonego beat Alexander Bublik 6-1 7-5 in 79 minutes to reach the semifinal at the Viking International in Eastbourne. Sonego claimed his 17th tour-level match win of the year. 

 

Sonego broke twice in  the second and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. The Italian player won 65 % of his first service points  in the opening set. 

The 2021 Sardegna Open champion went up a break in the third game of the second game, but he missed two double break points at 4-2. He saved a break-back point at 4-3 before dropping his serve at 5-4. Sonego broke serve from 0-30 down to win the second set 7-5. 

Sonego has improved to 3-0 in his head-to-head matches against Bublik. 

“I am full of energy because I like playing here. My serve is good for grass court and I like playing in Eastbourne. There are a lot of Italian fans, and it is good for me. Sasha is an amazing player”, said Sonego. 

Sonego will face Max Purcell, who beat Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 6-4 1-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 58 minutes. Seppi had won his previous head-to-head against Purcell in Kitzbuhel in three sets. 

Purcell bounced back from losing the second set, winning 82 % of his first service points. 

Purcell went up a break twice in the first set to take a 3-2 lead, but Seppi broke back both times to draw level to 4-4. Purcell broke for the third time in the ninth game to claim the first set 6-4. Seppi broke twice to take a 4-0 lead, but wasted two set points in the sixth game. Seppi broke serve in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, but Purcell broke straight back to draw level to 3-3. Purcell earned three match points at 5-4 and converted his second chance on Seppi’s serve. 

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Danil Medvedev reaches the third grass-court semifinal of his career in Mallorca

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Top seed Danil Medvedev beat Casper Ruud 7-5 6-1 at the Mallorca Championships to reach the third grass-court semifinal of his career without dropping a set. Medvedev had prevously reached two semifinals in Eastbourne in 2017 and at Queen’s in 2019. 

 

Medvedev hit 8 aces and won 87 % of his first service points. He did not face a break points and dropped one point behind his first serve. 

Medvedev broke serve in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. The Russian player went up a break in the first game. Ruud broke straight back in the second game. Medvedev broke three times in a row to win nine of the last ten games. He closed out the match with a drop shot and a volley to reach the semifinal after 1 hour and 17 minutes. 

“I feel like it was a funny match. Maybe it was not the highest level, but I am really happy to win and be in the semifinals here. I am looking forward to tomorrow. I don’t think grass is his best surface, but in the first set he was playing top level and I could not get any break points. As soon as he started serving a bit worse and making some errors, I tried to use it as fast as I could. It was important to win the first set and not not in a tie-break”, said Medvedev.

Medvedev will face Pablo Carreno Busta, who fended off all three break points he faced in his 6-4 6-4 win over Jordan Thompson. Medvedev leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Carreno Busta.   

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