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Six players aged 20 or younger advance to the second round at the MUSC Health Women’s Open in Charleston

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Six players aged 20 or younger have reached the second round at the MUSC Health Women’s Open in Charleston. 

 

Clara Tauson upset Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1 6-4 to reach the quarter finals. Tauson earned two consecutive breaks in the fourth and sixth games to claim the first set 6-1. Tomljanovic converted her fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 4-1 lead, but Tauson came back by winning five consecutive games, including two breaks in the eighth and tenth games. 

Tauson will face either Maria Camila Osorio Serrano or Christina McHale. The 18-year-old Danish player won the 2019 Australian Open Junior title and went on to claim her first WTA Tour title in Lyon. The world number 101 beat Ekaterina Alexandrova, Timea Babos, Camila Giorgi, Paula Badosa and Viktorija Golubic to claim her maiden WTA title in Lyon. She improved her career-time by 43 positions of the WTA Ranking. She beat Jennifer Brady in the first round at last year’s Roland Garros after coming through the qualifying round. 

Osorio Serrano claimed her first WTA Tour title in Bogotà last week in her fourth WTA main draw appearance. 

The 2019 US Open junior winner is now ranked a career-high world number 135. Last week she beat two top 100 players Tamara Zidansek and Tereza Martincova en route to the title in Bogotà. She is the second Colombian player to reach the WTA Top 150 in the past 12 years, joining Mariana Duque Marino. 

“It’s been really crazy for me. It was my first title and I can’t describe the feeling. I was a little bit tired when I started hitting in Charleston. I just can’t believe that I am doing this well. I love the versatile games of Ashleigh Barty and Bianca Andreescu. Barty has everything. Great shots., can hit hit slice. Hit drops, high ball is amazing. I just love watching her play. Bianca has a lot of high spirit. She is never going to give up. I hope I can also do that in matches”, said Osorio Serrano to the WTA Tour website. 

Shelby Rogers cruised past US qualifier Claire Liu 6-2 6-2. Liu won the 2017 Wimbledon Junior and is ranked world number 189. 

Twenty-year-old qualifier Alycia Parks will face 2020 Australian Open quarter finalist Ons Jabeur, who beat Stefanie Voegele 6-4 6-1. Parks got through the qualifying round, beating Varvara Flink and Kateryna Bondarenko. In November 2019 she beat Kirsten Flipkens in Las Vegas. 

Czech 15-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova, who claimed the first WTA match win of her career when Alizé Cornet retired with a leg injury at 4-4 in the third set, will face 19-year-old US wildcard Emma Navarro. Fruhvirtova will play French Open and Wimbledon junior tournaments later this year. 

“Playing the junior Grand Slams is nice, too. To handle the pressure, I should win this match. You get to know to know the atmosphere for the future”, said Fruhvirtova. 

Navarro won her first WTA main-draw match beating Renata Zarazua 6-4 6-3 at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston last week. The US player claimed her first top 100 win beating world number 96 Tereza Martincova in the first round of the MUSC Health Women’s Open in Charleston. Elsewhere, Francesca Di Lorenzo beat Nao Hibino 6-4 6-3 and Danka Kovinic edged Lauren Davis 6-1 1-6 6-3.

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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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