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Pavlyuchenkova battles past Zidanesk to reach Roland Garros Final

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached her first grand slam final after beating Tamara Zidansek.

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The Russian got through her Slovenian opponent in straight sets to reach her first ever grand slam final.

 

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova reached her first ever grand slam final today at Roland Garros beating Tamara Zidanesk in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes.

“Wow I totally wanted it that right now I feel nothing, I don’t know it’s incredible, I have a lot of emotions right now and I am really happy even if I am right now super tired and it’s really the court for me and it’s really special and thanks to you for supporting me”

It was actually the world number 85 who got out to an aggressive start looking for the early break and on her second chance in the opening game she got the early breakthrough to take a 1-0 lead.

At 2-1 the Russian pushed back looking to get the set back on serve and on the fourth time of asking she would break right back to go back on serve. At 4-3 she would earn another break to take a 5-3 lead and serve for the first set.

When serving for it the world number 85 stay determined to stay in the set and had three chances to break and it was third time lucky as she would break back to level the set at 5 all. In the very next game she pushed hard to go up again but the world number 32 saved all three breakpoints she faced and held serve.

The Samara, Russia native earned two set points the very next game and the very next point the Slovenian served an untimely double fault and the Russian took the first set.

The world number 85 started the second set the same way she started the first pushing for the early break but the world number 32 hung in and saved the breakpoint before holding serve.

The very next game the Russian responded by earning two chances to break and on the second opportunity she would break to take an early 2-0 lead but squandered the lead the very next game.

The world number 32 bounced back once again in a match that was going back and forth and she broke once again to take a 3-1 lead but at 4-2 gave the break back once again. However the Russian managed to get it back the following game and serve out the match.

In her on court interview she was asked about the difficulty of going through a match like that.

“I think tennis is a mental sport and 90% of it is mental, sometimes you play much better than others but you can always lose and that’s what is difficult in tennis but I always try to fight for each ball and each point and I wanted to work the tactic because with emotions I play everywhere but my brother is behind me saying use your head and think but I am happy with the stress and fatigue that I could win”.

She now awaits the winner of the second semifinal between Maria Sakkari of Greece and Babora Kerjcikova of the Czech Republic and the final is scheduled to be played on Saturday.

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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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Ugo Humbert Pulls Off Tsitsipas Upset In Tokyo

Ugo Humbert stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Quarter-Finals at the Olympic Games.

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The Frenchman sent the Greek packing in a three-set battle that went over two hours on court.

 

Ugo Humbert booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic tournament after beating the world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in three sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes hitting 34 winners in the win while his opponent hit 37 unforced errors in the loss.

After both players held their opening service games it was the Greek with the first chance to break and at the second time of asking he broke to take an early 2-1 lead.

The world number 28 had two chances to break back the very next game but the number three seed saved both and consolidated the break before going up a double break the very next game.

Tsitsipas served out the first set and going into the second set it was a very tight affair with neither player budging on their service games as the set was decided by a tiebreaker.

That’s where the number 14 seed jumped out to an early lead and that lead was enough for him to take the second set and force a deciding third set.

There was a bit of a scary moment for the world number three when on set point he seemed to roll his ankle and took a medical timeout to get it treated.

It was clear the injury was affecting him during the third and final set as after both players again held their opening service games it was the Frenchman with three breakpoints and got the early break.

In the next game, the number three seed had a chance to break back on go back on serve but the world number 28 did a good job saving it and consolidating the break.

After consolidating the break the Frenchman smelled blood and sensed the match was his for the taking and broke the Greek for a second time to love and at 5-2 there was a long back and forth game that lasted over 10 minutes.

Humbert finally converted on his fourth match point to book his spot in the quarterfinals and a date with the Russian Karen Khachanov.

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