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Ash Barty Handed Tough First Week, Opportunity Beckons In Bottom Half Of Wimbledon Draw

Ash Barty leads another wide open grand slam draw at Wimbledon.

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World number one Ash Barty will need to be at her best to pass the opening tests as the bottom half of the draw is wide open at Wimbledon.

 

As Simona Halep announced her withdrawal 10 minutes before the draw, it was guaranteed that we would have a new champion this year.

With many players having grass as their favourite surface, this year’s championships was sure to bring out an interesting draw.

Starting at the top half world number one Ash Barty is seemingly the narrow favourite for this year’s tournament should she be 100% fit.

However the world number one will need to pass some major obstacles with Carla Suarez Navarro awaiting in round one before a potential last 32 clash with Johanna Konta.

The Brit herself as struggled with a knee injury and will begin her campaign against Katerina Siniakova.

Siniakova’s double partner Barbora Krejcikova is also in the top quarter of the draw and will face talented Dane Clara Tauson in round one before a potential third round clash against Kiki Bertens.

The second half of the top quarter is filled with in-form players and grass court talent with the likes of Anett Kontaveit, Victoria Azarenka and Daria Kasatkina all waiting in this section.

A potential R2 clash between Daria Kasatkina and Jelena Ostapenko is something to note while 5th seed Bianca Andreescu will face Alize Cornet in a rematch from their clash in Berlin which Cornet won.

The second quarter sees Serena Williams appear where she will begin her quest for a 24th grand slam singles title against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

Familiar foe Angelique Kerber could await in round three with the German beginning against Nina Stojanovic.

9th seed and Berlin finalist Belinda Bencic is also in Serena’s section of the draw as she takes on Kaja Juvan in round one and a potential third round clash with Coco Gauff.

Gauff, who reached the fourth round two years ago, will start against inspiring Brit Francesca Jones.

Other noteworthy names in the second quarter are Elina Svitolina, Karolina Muchova, Paula Badosa and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

In the third quarter, Karolina Pliskova headlines where she will face Roland Garros semi-finalist Tamara Zidansek in the first round.

Another meeting with Donna Vekic could await in round two before another expert grass-court player in Alison Riske awaiting in the last 32.

Other key matches in this quarter sees Jessica Pegula face Caroline Garcia while Sloane Stephens faces Petra Kvitova in a mouth-watering opening match.

Elise Mertens, Madison Keys and Sofia Kenin will all look to make deep runs in their respective parts of the draw.

In the final quarter, Iga Swiatek has been handed a tough assignment as she goes up against Su-Wei Hsieh in her first match.

Should the Pole overcome a brutal first match then Petra Martic and Garbine Muguruza are potential opponents standing in her way of the quarter-finals.

Birmingham champion Ons Jabeur will face Rebecca Peterson in the same section of the draw while Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka look on a collision course for a fourth round meeting.

Here is the full draw with play starting on Monday:

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Andy Murray Explains ‘Crushing’ Feeling After Olympics Exit

Andy Murray explained his emotions after exiting the Olympics today.

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Andy Murray admits he feels ‘crushed’ after losing in the Men’s Doubles quarter-finals at the Olympics.

 

The two-time Olympic gold medallist failed in his attempt to win a medal for a third consecutive Olympics after him and Joe Salisbury lost to Croatian duo Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic 4-6 7-6(2) 10-7.

It means that Murray will likely not win another Olympic medal with this expected to be his last Olympic Games.

On social media Murray admitted that he was crushed about today’s result:

Having been a set and a break up it looked like that Murray was going to have a fairytale ending to his Olympic career.

However the Croatians turned the match around to seal victory and a place in the semi-finals.

Murray also spoke to BBC Sport about whether he will indeed compete at another Olympics, “I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again,” the three time grand slam champion added.

“I’ve loved every minute of playing in the Olympics. I wished today could have gone differently. I had another chance with Joe to win a medal. We were so close, and that’s what’s disappointing. I would like to have done some stuff differently in the match to try to help out more. Very disappointed.”

Murray will now look ahead to the US hard court season where he will look to compete at this year’s US Open where he is one withdrawal away from the main draw.

As for Cilic and Dodig they will now face New Zealand duo Marcus Daniell and Michael Venus.

The other semi-final will see top seed Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic take on US duo Austin Krajicek and Tennys Sandgren.

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.

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The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.

 

Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

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