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Elina Svitolina And Maria Sakkari Survive Mini-Scares To Advance At Roland Garros

Elina Svitolina survived a second set scare as she advanced into the second round of Roland Garros.

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Elina Svitolina and Maria Sakkari both survived mini-scares to reach the second round at Roland Garros.

 

Elina Svitolina managed to defeat world number 1111 Oceane Babel 6-2 7-5 while Maria Sakkari beat world number 129 Katarina Zavatska 6-4 6-1.

Starting with Svitolina, who enters Roland Garros with inconsistent clay court from having lost in the opening round in Madrid but reached the last eight in Rome losing to Iga Swiatek.

The Ukrainian had a nice opening round to settle into her Roland Garros campaign as she began her campaign against French wildcard Oceane Babel.

Svitolina showed her class in the opening set as she broke twice in the first and fifth games to seal the opening set in 30 minutes.

However the second set was much more complicated as some unnecessary unforced errors and passive play saw Babel get the early break in the second set.

Then Svitolina failed to take any of her 10 break points as she fell to a 5-2 deficit.

But the world number six bounced back reeling off five games in a row to take the match and advance into the second round.

Next for Svitolina will be Ann Li, who thrashed Margarita Gasparyan 6-0 6-1.

As for Maria Sakkari she entered the second grand slam having suffered a disappointing defeat in Rome to Coco Gauff.

Once again today, Sakkari showed similar signs of that form as she lost her opening two service games but also managed to break twice of her own.

Her opponent Katarina Zavatska caused the Greek player some problems as she took the match to Sakkari, playing aggressive tennis and playing well on the big points.

It was a case of Sakkari grinding out games when not playing at her best and that is exactly what she did as a break in the 10th game edged out the first set which consequently lead to a massive roar from the 17th seed.

The second set was much more dominating as she broke twice in a 6-1 set to advance to the second round.

Next for Sakkari will be Italian Jasmine Paolini who defeated Stefanie Voegele 7-5 6-1.

In other key results Jennifer Brady, who is under new coach Brad Stine, defeated Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-3.

She will face Fiona Ferro next who beat En Shuo Liang 6-1 1-6 6-4 in 1 hour and 42 minutes.

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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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