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Marketa Vondrousova Shocks Naomi Osaka in Tokyo

Naomi Osaka is out of her home Olympics after a stunning straight sets defeat to Marketa Vondrousova.

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The Czech world number 42 pulled off the upset of the tournament so far sending the home favorite and world number two packing.

Marketa Vondrousova stunned the world when she beat Naomi Osaka in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 at the Ariake Tennis Park under a closed roof on Center Court in 68 minutes. The former Roland Garros finalist firied 22 winners while her opponent hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

“Naomi is a great player, she has so many grand slams, so I knew it would be a tough match,” Vondrousova told the Olympic News Service. “But I’m just very happy with my play. I played amazingly in the first set, and then the second set was really tough. I’m just happy to be through.”

It wasn’t a good start for Osaka as she was put under pressure right away down 15-40 in the first game of the match and broke to take an early 1-0 lead.

In the following game, the world number two had a chance to break right back but the world number 42 saved both and was able to consolidate the break. Vondrousova then stormed into a double break lead the next game thanks to a backhand return winner on triple breakpoint.

Osaka finally got on the board at 4-1 saving two more breakpoints in the process but it wasn’t enough as the Sokolov native served out the first set in a mere 24 minutes.

The Japanese world number two started the second set a bit better than the first earning a breakpoint in the opening game and this time she got the early break.

At 2-1, the world number 42 wasn’t about to go down without a fight, and on her second time of asking broke the Osaka native to go back on serve. At 3-3 Osaka had another to get the break back but again was denied by the Czech.

At 5-4 with Osaka serving to stay in the match, she faltered giving Vondrousova two chances to win the match, and on the second time of asking Osaka forehand sailed wide to seal the upset win.

Vondrousova books a spot in the third round where she will either face Paula Badosa of Spain or Nadia Podoroksa of Argentina.

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Novak Djokovic Withdraws From Masters 1000 Event In Madrid

Novak Djokovic will miss the Masters 1000 event in Madrid and will look to build up his Roland Garros preparations in Rome.

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Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 event in Madrid as he aims for quality over quantity in his bid for Roland Garros glory.

The world number one has had a rough start to the season by his standards as he is yet to win a title this season after a semi-final defeat to Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was hoping a change of surface would bring a change of fortunes but the Serb was defeated in three sets in the semi-finals of Monte-Carlo.

Now it seems that result has made Djokovic rethink his schedule as the current Roland Garros champion has withdrawn from Madrid.

No official reason has been given although the news seems to be not that surprising given Djokovic’s history in the Spanish capital.

The Serb hasn’t played since 2022, where he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals, and has now won the title there for five years.

It looks like Djokovic will be putting his faith into more favourable conditions in Rome, which is the most similar to Roland Garros in terms of conditions.

Djokovic is a six-time champion in the Italian capital and will aim for a seventh title when he plays there on the 8th of May.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis Questions ‘Insane’ Drug Testing

Thanasi Kokkinakis has been tested three times within the last six days.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis has questioned persistent drug testing after he revealed he was tested three times in six days.

The Australian is in good form at the moment having won the Sarasota Challenger in Florida.

Kokkinakis claimed glory with a three set win over Zizou Bergs in the final as he continues to climb the rankings.

However that glory has been overshadowed by the fact that Kokkinakis has revealed he was drug tested three times within a six day period.

The world number 94 described it as ‘insane’ and it comes after Alexandre Muller complained of persistent drug testing after his recent defeats.

Doping has been a huge topic of conversations with Simona Halep losing two years of her career after testing positive after the US Open before the Court Of Arbitration For Sport shortened her case.

Kokkinakis will be hoping that this is the last time he has to deal with persistent drug testing as he continues his clay court season.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Saves Two Match Points To Extend Winning Streak In Barcelona

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a scare to reach the Barcelona semi-finals.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas saved two match points to defeat Facundo Diaz Acosta 4-6 6-3 7-6(8) in Barcelona.

The former finalist saved two match points against the inspired Argentinian as Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals.

It means Tsitsipas is 9-0 in the clay court season and has the chance to set up a potential rematch with Casper Ruud in the final.

The duo met in last week’s Monte-Carlo final where Tsitsipas claimed his third title in Monaco.

Speaking after the match Tsitsipas admitted it was difficult to sustain his level, “I was coming close [to losing] at certain moments in the match. It seemed like a mountain,” Tsitsipas stated to the ATP website.

“I reminded myself that I have a headband that I wear here that has a mountain and that I need to climb it, so it kept me going. It was difficult. It was extremely difficult to sustain the same level throughout the entire match and I think he played incredible.

“I think he left everything out there. He is a good clay-court player. He has a title on the ATP Tour for a reason and today it was a level he was able to bring out on the court that made it quite obvious.

“I got a little bit tense on my serve, I won’t lie. I think I started decelerating a lot, but once I got a hold of that I was conscious of that, it went back to where it belonged and helped me a lot in the tie-breaker because if I didn’t figure it out, I don’t know. It was very mental in general. I really had to go to uncomfortable places mentally and go over the limit at some point.”

Tsitsipas is currently seven in the world in the live rankings as the Greek is looking to claim his first title in Barcelona.

Next up for the Greek will be either Dusan Lajovic or Arthur Fils while Tomas Martin Etcheverry takes on Casper Ruud in the other semi-final.

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