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US Open Women’s Draw: Halep and Osaka Given Tough Draws As 2017 Final Rematch Set

Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep have been given tough opening rounds in the women’s draw.

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Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep have been given tough first round encounters at the US Open as a former US Open final will be revisited in the Women’s draw.

Simona Halep’s bid to win the US Open for a first time will go through a powerful first round obstacle as she faces Montreal champion Camila Giorgi.

Should Halep overcome that match then Elena Rybakina, Daria Kasatkina and Elina Svitolina could stand in the Romanian’s path to the last eight.

In the other section of the third quarter, defending champion Naomi Osaka will face Marie Bouzkova in round one with Yulia Putintseva potentially awaiting in the last 32.

Angelique Kerber and Coco Gauff could be Osaka’s fourth round opponents. Kerber who has recently showed grand slam contenders form will face Dayana Yastremska in the opening round.

While Gauff will face Poland’s Magda Linette in round one but in round two the teenage sensation will await the winner of Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys which is a rematch of the 2017 final.

In the bottom quarter, Aryna Sabalenka’s quest for a maiden grand slam may have to go through San Jose champion Danielle Collins as she will await in the last 32.

Collins will face Carla Suarez Navarro in her opening round while Sabalenka will have to overcome Nina Stojanovic in her opening round.

Other stand-out opening round matches in the bottom quarter are Ons Jabeur v Alize Cornet, Garbine Muguruza v Donna Vekic and Victoria Azarenka v Tereza Martincova.

Sabalenka’s potential quarter-finalist is Roland Garros winner Barbora Krejcikova who faces a qualifier in the opening round.

Moving into the top half of the draw and the favourite for the Women’s title is undoubtedly Ash Barty.

The world number one recently won Wimbledon and Cincinnati with the Australian facing Vera Zvonareva in her US Open opener.

Veronika Kudermetova, Karolina Muchova and Jennifer Brady are potential obstacles en route to the quarter-finals.

Should Barty reach the last eight then she could face Iga Swiatek who starts against a qualifier.

Swiatek should be wary of potential dangerous hard court players such as Anett Kontaveit, Jessica Pegula and Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic, who starts against Arantxa Rus.

In the bottom quarter is Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova who starts against Caty McNally. The fourth seed could face Petra Martic in the last 32 with Paula Badosa or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova awaiting in the last 16.

Maria Sakkari appears in the other-section of the draw where she faces an intriguing opening round against Marta Kostyuk. Should Sakkari progress to the third round then the Greek could meet Petra Kvitova who meets Polona Hercog.

Finally Bianca Andreescu who couldn’t defend her title last year begins her 2021 campaign against Viktorija Golubic with Jelena Ostapenko possibly awaiting in the last 32.

The main draw kicks off on Monday, here is the full draw:

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Angelique Kerber To Retire At Olympic Games

Angelique Kerber has announced that she will retire from tennis after the Olympics.

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Angelique Kerber has announced that she will be retiring from tennis at the Olympic Games.

The former three-time Grand Slam champion returned to the sport at the United Cup in January after becoming a mother.

It’s been a return full of ups and downs but ultimately Kerber only had one goal at the end of it and that was to play at the Olympics.

Now the 36 year-old will get to achieve that dream, Kerber has announced on Instagram that the Olympics will be her last tournament of her career.

In a post Kerber spoke about her Olympic journey as this is her third ever Olympics and said that this was the finish line.

Kerber will aim to end her career on a high as she has achieved some of the best achievements that this sport has to offer.

A former world number one, three-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic silver medallist at the Rio Olympics.

An incredible career for an incredibly resilient player that the tour will miss deeply.

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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