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Cornet surprises Anisimova in Berlin

The French woman pulls off a pretty impressive dominating win over the young American teenager.

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Alize Cornet booked her spot in the second round of the Bett1 Open in Berlin on Monday, beating the 19-year-old American Amanda Anisimova in convincing fashion 6-3, 6-1 in one hour and 15 minutes in Steffi Graff Stadium.

 

” I was comfortable today because I arrived early to play qualifying on Wednesday and it gave me four whole days to get back to grass and get used to it, and I think it really helped. Today I was really willing to play and really happy to be on this surface that I missed for two years, so I enjoyed it a lot”.

Both players were playing their first match on grass and it was the Nice native who got out to a quick start, holding her opening service game and being aggressive early, thus earning three chances to break.

She took an early 2-0 lead and managed to turn it into a 4-0 one. The American was struggling to get anything going until 5-1, when she started to push back and got one of the breaks back with a forehand return up the line. At 5-3, the world number 79 kept fighting to stay in the first set but fell short, as it took five set points before the 31-year-old could wrap up the first set.

Once again it was the world number 63 who got off to a better start, getting the early break and consolidating it to take a 3-1 lead. She continued to push even harder, and after several attempts managed to get a double break in the second set as well.

She would seal the match on her third match to set up a date with the world number seven, the Canadian Bianca Andreescu. In her post-match press conference, she gave her thoughts on the second-round matchup.

“We have never played before and I’m curious to play her because I have seen her play on tv many times and obviously she’s a great champion already for her young age, grand slam winner and top 10 for three years already so she’s a great player but it’s her first match on grass and it will be my second so I might have more practice behind me and everything is possible, I am going to believe in myself and try to play as solid as today and well see”.

There were three other first round matches on day one of the Bett 1 Open, starting off with the battle of the Russians in which Ekaterina Alexandrova beat Anna Kalinskaya in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Belinda Bencic, the fifth seed, was pushed to the limit as she needed three sets to beat the German Jule Niemeier 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

In the last encounter of the day, Madison Keys notched her first win of the year on grass beating the Pole Magdalena Frech in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to set up a second round encounter with the number one seed Aryna Sabalenka.

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Petra Kvitova set semifinal against Anett Kontaveit in Ostrava

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Anett Kontaveit upset this year’s Olympic singles gold medallist Belinda Bencic 6-4 6-3 after 74 minutes in the quarter finals of the J&T Banka Ostrava Open. Kontaveit set up a semifinal clash against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. 

 

Kontaveit has extended her winning streak against Bencic to 2-0. The Estonian had beaten her Swiss rival in the third round of the 2020 Australian Open. 

Kontaveit scored her fourth win over a top 20 player this year. She won the second WTA title of her career in Cleveland before the US Open. 

Kontaveit hit 29 winners to just 18 unforced errors and converted five of her eight break points. Bencic produced 12 winners to 18 unforced errors. 

In the first set Kontaveit broke serve in the fourth and sixth games to race out to a 5-1 lead and earned a set point in the seventh game. Bencic fired a winner to save the set point. The Swiss player fended off another set point at 5-3. 

Bencic pulled both breaks back to get back on seve at 5-4. However, Kontaveit converted the first of her three set points. Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the third set. Kontaveit hit a backhand winner down the line to break serve for 4-2 in the sixth game. She held serve at love for 5-2 and sealed the win in the ninth game on her second match point with a crosscourt backhand winner. 

Petra Kvitova knocked out Jill Teichmann 6-4 6-4. The Czech player saved seven of the eight break points she faced. 

Kvitova saved five break points in the fourth game of the first set to hold serve for 2-2. The Czech player earned the break in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead, as Teichmann sent her forehand long. Kvitova hit her forehand to earn three set points and converted her second chance by forcing an error. 

Kvitova earned an early break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. Teichmann broke straight back to draw to 2-2. Kvitova hit a series of backhands to get her second break in the fifth game for 3-2 and saved three break points to hold serve for 4-2. The home player earned three set points with a backhand winner at 5-4. After missing her first match point with a double fault, she converted her second chance with an unreturnable serve. 

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Iga Swiatek sets up semifinal against Maria Sakkari in Ostrava

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Last year’s Roland Garros Iga Swiatk reached the first semifinal since May in Rome with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 win over Elena Rybakova after 1 hour and 41 minutes. 

 

Swiatek earned the first break in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Rybakina broke back with a crosscourt backhand to draw level to 3-3. Swiatek held serve easily for 6-6 to set up a tie-break. 

Swiatek earned the first set point at 6-5 and converted her chance when Rybakina sent a backhand wide. 

Swiatek raced out to a 5-1 lead with a double break. Rybakina pulled one break back for 2-5 with a backhand down the line winner on break point. Swiatek sealed the second set 6-2 on the third match point. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal clash against Maria Sakkari, who secured a place in her sixth semifinal of the season with a 7-5 6-3 win over Tereza Martincova after 1 hour and 36 minutes. Sakkari has extended her head-to-head lead to 3-0. Sakkari has reached a career-high of world number 12 after reaching two Grand Slam semifinals at Roland Garros and at the US Open. 

Sakkari earned an early break in the first game. The Greek faced two break points in the 10th game of the first game, when she was broken at 5-4 in the first set. Sakkari converted her third break point in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Sakkari broke twice in the third and ninth games to win the second set 6-3. She has lost all her five semifinals in 2021 so far.  

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Pablo Carreno Busta moves into semifinals in Metz with a win over Holger Rune

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Pablo Carreno Busta beat Danish Next Gen rising Holger Vitus Notskov Rune 6-4 3-6 6-4 after 2 hours and 11 minutes to advance to the semifinals in Metz. Carreno Busta won 77% of his first serve points. 

 

Carreno Busta broke serve in the fifth game to win the first set 6-4. Rune bounced back by breaking serve in the second game to claim the second set 6-3. The third set went on serve until the eighth game when Carreno Busta earned a break in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Rune broke straight back in the ninth game but Carreno Busta earned his second break to close out the third set 6-4.

“Rune is playing really well. He is playing really well. He is going to improve a lot in the next months. I am happy as it was a very important victory for me. When you play this kind of player, you have all the pressure to win and at the end it was a really good battle”, said Carreno Busta. 

Carreno Busta won the Olympic bronze medal, won the Marbella Open and his first ATP 500 title on clay in Hamburg. 

Rune beat Lorenzo Sonego en route to the quarter final. The young Dane is aiming to qualify for the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 

Carreno Busta will face Gael Monfils, who eased past Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-3 with four breaks after 68 minutes. The Frenchman has reached his first ATP Tour level semifinal since Dubai in February 2020. 

“At the beginning I was more comfortable but then in the second set he started to be more aggressive with the returns and I was not as comfortable then. It will be a tough match against Monfils. I will be younger in the next match. I will try to do my best. Gael is an incredible player”, said Carreno Busta. 

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