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Tokyo Olympics Round-Up Day One

Kiki Bertens played her last singles match of her career after losing in the first round at Tokyo.

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On Friday it was day one of the main draw for both the men and the women at the Ariake Tennis Stadium.

 

With 30 matches scheduled it was a very busy day for day one of main draw action in Tokyo for both the men and the women vying to get off to a good start looking to bring home the gold.

On the men’s side, Egor Gerasimov of Belarus beat the Frenchman in three sets which is the new rule instead of best of five 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, the Italian Lorenzo Sonego beat the home favorite Taro Daniel in another three-set match 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.

Fabio Fognini beat another Japanese player Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 6-3, the Frenchman Ugo Humbert advanced after beating the Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-6, 6-1 while the Serb Miomir Kecmanovic beat the Pole Kamil Majchrzak 6-4, 6-2.

Aslan Karatsev the first time Olympian and Russian beat the American Tommy Paul 6-3, 6-2, with German Jan-Lennard Struff beating the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

Sumit Nagal made history by becoming the first Male player from India to win a single match after needing three sets to beat Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.

Jeremy Chardy of France beat Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera of Chile 6-1, 7-6, Danil Medvedev the tournament number two seed beat the Kazak Alexander Bublik 6-4, 7-6, and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili beat another Spaniard Robert Carballes Baena 6-3, 6-2.

John Milman of Australia beat the young Italian Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 while the Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beat Pedro Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 6-0.

On the women side, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland beat the American Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-3 and Misaki Doi of Japan beat the Mexican Renata Zarzua 6-3, 6-2.

Czech Marketa Vondrousova needed three sets to beat the Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. That match was Bertens’ last singles match of her career.

Paula Badosa the young Spaniard beat Kristina Mladenovic of France in another three-set battle 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 while Barbora Krejcikova advanced after her opponent Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan was forced to retire due to injury after only seven games at 5-2.

Rebecca Peterson of Sweden beat the Egyptian Mayar Sherif in straight sets 7-5, 7-6, the Greek Maria Sakkari beat the Estonian Anett Kontaveit 7-5, 6-2, and Elena Rybakina beat the Aussie Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-2 while the Canadian Leylah Fernandez beat the Ukrainian Dayanna Yastremska in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.

Anna Lee Freidsam of Germany beat the Brit Heather Watson 7-6, 6-3, Nina Stojanovic of Serbia beat Nao Hibino of Japan 6-3, 6-3, the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat the Italian veteran Sara Errani of Italy only losing one game 6-0, 6-1.

The young Pole Iga Swiatek beat another German Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-2, and Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland beat the Columbian Maria Camila Osorio Serrano 6-4, 6-1.

Day 2 features some great matches as the world number one on the women’s side Ash Barty, another home favorite Naomi Osaka and Andy Murray will face off against the young Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime.

Davis Cup

(VIDEO) Ubaldo Scanagatta On A Week To Remember For Canada At The Davis Cup

The CEO of Ubitennis also shares his view about the format of the tournament and how he thinks it can be improved.

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MALAGA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 27: Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 at Palacio de Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena on November 27, 2022 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/ Quality Sport Images / Kosmos Tennis)

Canada has become the 16th nation to win the Davis Cup after producing a clinical performance against Australia in the final on Sunday. Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime both eased through their matches in straight sets to claim an historic victory for their country.

 

Watching the matches unfold from the sidelines was Ubitennis CEO Ubaldo Scanagatta who gives his verdict on events that has taken place in Malaga over the past week.

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Davis Cup

Canada Says There Are No Clear Favorite To Win Davis Cup After Reaching Final Four 

After suffering a surprise opening defeat, Canada managed to find their footing to keep its chance of winning their first Davis Cup title alive in Malaga. 

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This year’s Davis Cup champions will be decided with the help of a ‘little bit of luck and execution,’ according to the captain of the Canadian team. 

 

Canada secured their place in the semi-finals on Thursday by edging their way past Germany 2-1 after battling back from behind. The tie began with a shock loss for Denis Shapovalov who fell 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), to Jan-Lennard Struff who is currently ranked more than 100 places lower than him in the ATP rankings. However, the North American nation managed to level the tie with the help of Felix Auger-Aliassime who beat Oscar Otte 7-6(1), 6-4. 

With all to play for, the tie was decided by a critical doubles match that saw Shapovalov return to the court alongside Vasek Pospisil. Their opponents were the formidable Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puertz who had an 8-0 record in Davis Cup matches when playing together and had clinched the winning point for their team on seven occasions. The German duo started the stronger before Shapovalov and Pospisil battled back to prevail 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Sending Canada into the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2019. 

“Today (Thursday) was a perfect example of Davis Cup at its finest,” said Canadian captain Frank Dancevic. 
“It was amazing to watch. They showed so much heart going into the match. At the beginning of the match, it was tough to find the rhythm. But once they found the rhythm and once they got in the groove, they played lights out. They played amazing. Took control of the match.” He added.

Canada made their Davis Cup debut in 1913 but they are yet to win the title, finishing runners-up on two occasions. The last time they reached the final was three years ago when they were beaten by Spain in Madrid. 

Standing in their way of another place in the final this year is Italy who defeated the USA 2-1 in their quarter-final tie on Thursday. The other section of the draw will see Croatia take on Australia. Canada might be the only team in the quartet yet to win the trophy but Dencevic believes there is no clear favourite in this year’s tournament. 

“I don’t think right now everybody is playing incredible tennis, and there is so much that can happen in three matches with singles and doubles and there is so much diversity that I wouldn’t say there is a favourite team right now.” He said. 
“Out of the four teams, everybody is really good. We have to put ourselves in the position to win. Everybody’s going to be in the position to win. It’s just about who is going to execute at certain moments in the matches, and it will come down to a little bit of luck and a little bit of execution, but I think it’s very even throughout the field. We are all amazing teams going into the semis.”

Canada’s Semi-final clash with Italy will take place on Saturday. Croatia will play Australia later today. 

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Fed Cup

Australia Ousts Great Britain In Thriller To Reach BJK Cup Final

The host nation narrowly missed out on a place in the final but they have plenty of positives to motivate them for the future.

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The British Billie Jean King Cup team (image via LTA Twitter)

Australia has denied Great Britain an opportunity to play in their first team final since 1981 after prevailing 2-1 in an epic tussle at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow. 

 

The gripping tie was level at 1-1 after each team won one of the singles matches, paving the way for a winner-takes-all doubles encounter. The British team featured Alicia Barnett and Olivia Nicholls who were both making their debut in the competition this week. Their opponents were former Grand Slam winner Sam Stosur and world No.10 doubles player Storm Sanders.

Despite the gap in experience between the two pairings, there was almost nothing to distinguish between the two throughout the majority of their encounter which lasted more than two hours. Nevertheless, the Australian duo held their nerve to seal a 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 10-6, victory to send them into the final. 

“That was amazing. it could have gone either way and credit to the GB girls they played really well. They will be here again for sure.” Sanders said during her on-court interview. 

It is only the second time in the past 30 years that Australia has progressed to the final after 2019. Before playing Great Britain, they also defeated Belgium and Slovakia in the group stages. 

“A real credit to the four players out on court that was pretty inspirational, so I hope it inspires a lot more of you out there to play doubles. It was really such a high level you couldn’t pick it in the end.” Australian captain Alicia Molik commented on the doubles match. 

Earlier in the day, Australia got off to the perfect start with Sanders edging her way past Heather Watson 6-4, 7-6(3). However, the host nation battled back with an impressive performance from Harriet Dart who defeated Ajla Tomljanović 7-6(3), 6-2. A player who has reached the quarter-finals at both Wimbledon and the US Open this year. 

“The Billie Jean King Cup just brings the best out of me. I love playing in front of a home crowd, and I feel like I have really been feeding off my teammates and everyone here. It just makes me really want to do really well.” Said Dart. 

The performances from the underdogs provide Britain with plenty of hope for the future. The nation lost in qualifying earlier this year but managed to enter the finals via wildcard due to the competition being held in their country. 

“I’m just gutted for everyone right now but also I think we have to try and keep things in perspective,” British captain Keothavong told reporters. 
“What a fantastic week it has been for the team. I don’t know how many people gave us much of a chance really to even come through the group stages.’
“It really is a fantastic achievement to reach the semifinals but we felt we could have gone further. That’s why it hurts so much.
“It’s going to hurt the players for a while but they’ll (the team) get over it. They can still hold their heads high because they have shown what they are capable of under a huge amount of pressure to deliver, and in the end, it came down to a few points.”

Australia will next play either Switzerland or the Czech Republic in the final. They are seeking to win the trophy for the first time since 1974.

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