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Iga Swiatek Downs Siegemund To Set Barty Showdown In Madrid

Iga Swiatek will meet Ash Barty on Monday in a clash of the Roland Garros champions.

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Iga Swiatek eased past Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-3 to set up a third round match with Ash Barty.

 

Despite there being some tentative moments, the Pole proved too good for her German opponent as she moved into the last 16 in a straight sets victory.

Next for Swiatek is the world number one Ash Barty after the Australian edged past Tamara Zidansek 6-4 1-6 6-3 in a two hour contest.

After winning her first match 6-1 6-1 against a rusty Alison Riske, Swiatek knew her second match would be a little more competitive against Laura Siegemund who has good pedigree on this surface.

After saving three break points in the opening game, the 19 year-old took her first break opportunity in the second game with some impressive point construction.

However Siegemund once again went 40-0 up on her opponent’s serve after some aggressive groundstrokes and this time took the break point opportunity to get back on serve with a Swiatek double fault.

Swiatek knew though that she would have to suffer and be consistent in the way she approached the match which is exactly what she did as she deconstructed the Siegemund game with some impressive angles as well as some good combinational shots with the slice.

Although the German had her moments, she wasn’t consistent enough to trouble the 14th seed as Swiatek held on to take the opening set 6-3.

In the second set, Swiatek continued her confident play with some nice variey mixed with power as she wasn’t afraid to show her aggressive side.

It was the Pole’s defensive skills which ultimately put her in the driving seat as she established a double break lead for 3-0.

Suddenly after that though the German upped her game and made the 14th seed uncomfortable as her tentative play cost her three games in a row. Siegemund’s experience and willingness to never give up was her gain as she levelled the match at 3-3.

Eventually though Swiatek’s consistency in defence and attack was too much as three games and eleven match points later she sealed victory as well as a place in the last 16.

Next for Swiatek is a mouth-watering clash with the world number one Ash Barty after the Australian defeated Tamara Zidansek 6-4 1-6 6-3.

The Australian had to dig deep to find a way to win in an enduring contest that lasted two hours.

After the match Barty admitted it was a tough match, “Yeah it was a really tough match right from the get-go, I did a pretty good job in the first set of nullifying a few break points,” the world number one said.

“Overtime I worked my way into her service games, but overall a really tough match today. I felt my margins were a little bit off today and I made a lot of errors even if I was missing in the right way. I felt there was too many loose ones for me today.”

The meeting between Barty and Swiatek will be the first time they would have played each other.

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Taylor Fritz saves two match points to upset Alexander Zverev in Indian Wells

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Taylor Fritz saved two match points to score the second top 5 win of his career against 2021 Olympic champion Alexander Zverev at he BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Fritz has reached his first Masters 1000 semifinal. 

 

After a trade of breaks at the start of the opening set, Fritz saved two break points in the fifth game. Zverev broke serve in the seventh game to win the first set 6-4. 

Fritz broke in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead and served out 6-3 at deuce in the ninth game. 

Zverev earned an early break to take a 2-0 lead at the start of the third set and held on his next service games to open up a 5-2 lead. Fritz broke back in the ninth game, when Zverev made two double faults, as he was serving out the match.  

Fritz came back from 2-5 down in the third set and fended off two match points at 3-5 30-40 and 4-5 30-40 to beat Zverev 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7-3) after 2 hours and 22 minutes. 

Despite today’s defeat Zverev still leads 3-2 in his head-to-head matches against Fritz. The US player will face Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-4 to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal. 

“I was really down and out but I found a way to put myself into it. I really wanted to make him have to close me out and I was able to get back into the match Normally you would be so nervous in those situations and in the third set tie-break, but I felt so confident being aggressive, going after my game. It feels really great to play well with the pressure on”, said Fritz. 

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Nikoloz Basilashvili upsets Stefanos Tsitsipas in Indian Wells to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal

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Nikoloz Basilashvili upset world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 2-6 6-4 to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semfinal. 

 

Basilashvili, who was playing in his first Masters 1000 quarter final, went up a 4-1 lead with a double break in the first and fifth games. Tsitsipas pulled one break back in the sixth game for 2-4. Basilashvili held on his next service games to claim the first set 6-4. 

Tsitsipas broke twice in the fourth and eighth games and did not face a break point to seal the second set 6-2. 

After a trade of breaks in the first and fourth games of the third set, Basilashvili earned his second break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and fended off a break point in the eighth game to hold serve after three deuces. He served out the win on his first match point in the 10th game.   

Despite the defeat Tsitsipas still leads 2-1 in his three head-to-head matches against Basilashvili. The Georgian player had never won a main draw match in Indian Wells in his four previous appearances at this tournament. Earlier this year he won two titles at Doha and Munich. 

Tsitsipas was aiming to reach his third consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal in North America after advancing to the last four in two consecutive hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati. 

“I have played really great matches this tournament. I was not played with how I played today but I was happy with how I managed my stress levels. First time in the quarter finals and it is a big court and Stefanos is still a tough player. I had to keep my physical levels and energy levels in a really good shape because I knew mentally I would be a little bit tight and stressed”, said Basilashvili.

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Carlos Moya, Flavia Pennetta and Ana Ivanovic are among the candidates for the 2022 International Tennis Hall of Fame

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Carlos Moya, the first Spanish player the number 1, and former Grand Slam champions Flavia Pennetta and Ana Ivanovic are among the candidates for 2022 International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

 

Ivanovic lifted the 2008 French Open Trophy after a final at the 2008 Australian Open and a semifinal at 2007 Wimbledon and claimed 15 WTA titles during her career. Since her French Open triumph, she spent 12 weeks as world number 1 player. She would become the first player representing Serbia to be voted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. 

“Many of the women who I looked up to as a young girl are Hall of Famers and to be nominated to receive an honour that places my career alongside those who inspired me is just incredible”, said Ana Ivanovic. 

Flavia Pennetta became the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion when she beat her childhood friend Roberta Vinci in the all-Italian US Open Final in 2015. Pennetta teamed up with Vinci in guiding Italy to four Fed Cup titles. 

“I loved competing and to have my tennis career recognized in this way among the sports all-greats is such an incredible honour”, said Pennetta. 

Moya won the 1998 Roland Garros title and reached the 1997 Australian Open final. He became the first Spanish player to reach the top of the ATP Ranking and won 20 ATP titles, including three ATP Masters 1000 trophies. Moya lifted the Davis Cup title in 2004 for Spain after taking his his second singles win of the tie with his straight-set win over Andy Roddick. 

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