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Aryna Sabalenka Topples Jabeur To Reach Wimbledon Semis




Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) - Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Second seed Aryna Sabalenka is through to the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career after beating Ons Jabeur at Wimbledon.


The world No.4 roared her way to a 6-4, 6-3, victory with the help of some blistering serving and powerful hitting. In total she hit 27 winners against 20 unforced errors and broke three times en route to victory. Continuing what has been a dream run for Sabalenka who had never been beyond the second round of Wimbledon until this year.

Im really happy with this win. It is always tough matches against Ons. She’s such a great player and an amazing person so it’s always tough to play against her,” she said.
“I’m really happy that I could win today.”

The showdown was a clash of two of the most impressive female players in this year’s draw. Sabalenka, who had never reached the quarter-final of a Grand Slam until now, utilized her power to her advantage with her aggressive game-style. Meanwhile, Tunisian history maker Jabeur use of the drop shot and careful ball placement has seen her score wins over Iga Swiatek and Garbine Muguruza. Both players have won 33 matches in 2021 going into the Wimbledon quarter-finals which was more than any other player on the WTA Tour.

Fittingly the start of their encounter saw little difference between the two as they stood firm behind their serve. Nudging ahead 5-4, Sabalenka launched her first major offensive on Center Court. Punishing the Jabeur serve with some blistering returns, she earned three set points but was unable to convert any of them due to some tentative hitting. Nevertheless, she was not deterred. A failed drop shot from Jabeur from the baseline granted her a fourth opportunity. This time she converted by hitting a cross-court forehand which forced her opponent to return the ball into the net.

Continuing to win the mini battles, Sabalenka battled back from 0-40 to hold at the start of the second frame. The opposite happened in the following game with Jabeur trailing 0-40 but she failed to come back. Moving a determined Sabalenka closer to a milestone victory.

The route to victory wasn’t entirely straightforward with Jabeur once again hitting back to draw level at 2-2. Reviving her hopes of becoming the first Arab player in history to reach a major semi-final. However, Sabalenka continued to weather the storm against her rival who was becoming more frustrated with her game. Leading 4-3, another drop shot mistake from the world No.24 gave her yet another chance to break. She did so with a backhand drive which also awarded her the chance to serve out the match. On her first match point Sabalenka triumphed with a clean backhand winner, which prompted her to throw her fists into the air and celebrate.

“Sometimes there are really tricky shorts on the grass and it is tough to do anything with the ball,” Sabalenka reflected afterwards. “But I’m really happy that I’m still here in the tournament and somehow I’ve found a way to win matches here. This surface is amazing. It’s fit’s my game and I’m enjoying every second.”

The 23-year-old will next play Karolina Pliskova, who looked to be in top form during her quarter-final clash. She has beaten the Czech twice before on the Tour but that was back in 2018.

“It doesn’t matter what happened in the past,” she said. “You never know what is going to happen, especially on the WTA Tour. It’s going to be a tough match. She’s a great player, serves well and her games also fit well on the grass.”

Wimbledon is the 11th consecutive Grand Slam where Sabalenka has been seeded in the draw.

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Why Newly Married Elina Svitolina Has No Plans To Change Her Surname

The Ukrainian explains why she isn’t using her husband’s surname of Monfils just yet as she books her place in the third round at Tokyo 2020.




Just over a week ago Elina Svitolina tied the knot with her long-time partner Gael Monfils at a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.


Shortly after the world No.6 took to social media and changed her name on Twitter to Elina Monfils as part of the tradition that the woman takes on the man’s name once they are married. As a consequence, various websites started to identify the Ukrainian under that name. Although she would rather that they don’t do such a thing.

“I don’t know why they changed my surname. Maybe they saw that I had changed it on my social networks,” Svitolina told BTU.
“I’m going to play as Svitolina till the very end of my professional career and will change it only after retirement.”

Svitolina explains she believes it is better if all of her achievements are made under the same name instead of two. So far in her career she has won 15 WTA titles, reached two Grand Slam semi-finals and has earned more than $20.5M in prize money.

I had numerous achievements and people know me as Svitolina. My father would be upset if I changed the surname and played as Monfils,” she joked.
“I am proud to be Svitolina and my tennis career will always be connected with this surname.”

Over the coming week the 26-year-old is hoping to add an Olympic medal to her resume. On Monday Svitolina survived a stern scare after coming back from a set down to defeat Ajla Tomljanović 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and move into the third round of the tournament. Her win came on the day where there were shocks galore in the women’s draw with seeds Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova all crashing out.

Svitolina will play Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the next round whom she has lost to in two out of their three previous meetings.

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Why Ash Barty Isn’t Staying At The Olympic Village In Tokyo

The two-time Grand Slam champion has opted to stay at an alternate venue heading into the Games.




Ashleigh Barty (AUS) playing against Angelique Kerber (GER) in the semi-final of the Ladies' Singles on Centre Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 10 Thursday 08/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Jed Leicester

Ash Barty will prepare for her debut at the Olympic Games by staying at a base located outside of the athletes village as part of her ‘performance plan.’


The world No.1 heads into Tokyo as one of the favourites for gold following her triumph at Wimbledon where she defeated Karolina Pliskova in the final. She is one of six top 10 players set to play in the women’s singles tournament which will start on Saturday.

Leading up to the Games, the head of the Australian Olympic delegation has told reporters that Barty’s decision not to stay in the village will enhance her gold medal chances. In previous Games athletes have stayed outside of the villages but this year it is more challenging to do so due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tokyo is currently in a state of emergency and fans are banned from attending the event amid fears of the virus spreading if they do so.

“Ash is staying elsewhere,” chef de mission Ian Chesterman told the Australian Associated Press.
“We have a number of athletes staying outside the village. We allow that, it’s just what works best for them.
“Something I’ve always been very big on is driving performance takes a whole lot of flexible decisions, flexible options.
“In terms of her performance plan, it’s best served by her being able to control her environment and we respect that.”

The exact location of Barty’s base has not been disclosed but it is near to the village where she was said to have visited and had a cup of coffee on Tuesday morning.

She is staying in an Australian environment where she can still easily access the village,” Chesterman stated.

The 25-year-old is bidding to become only the second Australian in history to win a medal in the women’s singles at the Olympics. The first was Alicia Molik who claimed a bronze medal back in 2004.

During a recent interview with The ITF, Barty said playing at the event is a dream come true for her as she describes representing her country as the ‘highest honour.’

“Being an Olympian has always been a dream of mine as a kid, I think representing your country is the highest honour,” Barty told the ITF.
“For an Aussie it’s the best thing you can do and I can’t wait to have an opportunity to wear the green and gold.
“You’re playing for something bigger than yourself. You’re playing to represent your nation. You’re playing to make people proud and that’s not just with results it’s with your attitude.”

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Bianca Andreescu pulls out of Tokyo Olympics

The world number five has officially pulled out of the Olympics in Tokyo stating reasons due to the ongoing pandemic situation.




Bianca Andreescu will not be making the trip to Tokyo to play in the Olympics after withdrawing due to the current pandemic situation.


The former US Open champion issued a statement concerning what she describes as a ‘difficult decision.’ Andreescu is the latest top name to pull out of the Olympics. Last week Nick Kyrgios also said he wouldn’t be playing for similar reasons. Due to a a surge of COVID-19 cases in Tokyo, the city has gone into a state of emergency which prompted organisers to ban spectators from attending Olympic events in the city. Athletes will be subjected to tough restrictions during their time at the event, as well as regular testing.

” I would like to inform you that I have made the very difficult decision to not play in the Tokyo Olympics later this month,” Andreescu wrote on Instagram. “I have been dreaming of representing Canada at the Olympics since I was a little girl but with all the challenges we are facing as it relates to the pandemic, I know that deep in my heart, this is the right decision to make for myself. I look forward to representing Canada in future Fed Cup ties, and competing at the 2024 Olympics in Paris! “

The Canadian hasn’t played since losing in the first round of Wimbledon to Alize Cornet of France and most recently split with her coach Sylvain Brunneau after a four-year partnership.

Her 2021 season has been up and down starting in Australia where she lost in the second round before making the semifinals at the Phillips Island Trophy event. She then made the final at the Miami Open before taking a fall in the final against Ash Barty and was forced to retire due to injury.

Then the clay-court season came and Andreescu tested positive for Covid. She was forced to miss events in Madrid and Rome, so she headed to Strasbourg for some preparation before the French Open. The world No.5 won two matches in Strasbourg before pulling out due to an ab injury. She then lost in the first round of the French Open.

The Canadian moved on to the grass-court season heading to Berlin but again would get upset in the first round by Alize Cornet before winning one round in Eastbourne and losing to Anett Kontaveit.

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