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Belinda Bencic Topples Swiatek To Reach US Open Quarters

The Swiss player is yet to drop a set in the tournament but admits there are areas of her game she needs to improve on still.

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Belinda Bencic hits a backhand during a Women's Singles match at the 2021 US Open, Monday, Sep. 6, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Darren Carroll/USTA)

Recently crowned Olympic champion Belinda Bencic overcame some stern resistance from former Grand Slam winner Iga Switek to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open.

 

The world No.12 held her nerve to prevail 7-6(12), 6-3, over the seventh seed in what is a case of sweet revenge for her. Bencic lost to Swiatek in their only previous meeting at the Adelaide International earlier this year. However, in New York, it was Bencic who had the upper hand as she battled to victory with the help of 33 winners and a winning service rate of 65%.

In women’s tennis, everything is different every match so you can not really rely on past results. I also feel that I have improved my game a lot. So maybe for her (Swiatek) it was a bit different,” Bencic said during her on-court interview.
“I’m really happy I turned it around and I’m happy to be through.”

The opening set was full of twists with both players having multiple chances to take control of the proceedings on the Louis Armstrong Court. Bencic started the brighter of the two by breaking Swiatek in the first game of the match as she worked her way to a 5-3 lead. However, she failed to serve the set out of her first attempt which enabled former French Open champion to draw level at 5-5. Then in the following game, it was Swiatek’s chance to take the lead as she worked her way to set point but failed to convert.

It would be a marathon 26-point tiebreaker that lasted more than 20 minutes that separated the two. Bencic saw four set points in her favour come and go and also saved three set points her opponent had. Battling to a 13-12 lead, the Swiss player finally prevailed with a deep shot Switaek returned into the net. Sparking relief for Bencic and frustration for the Polish player who voiced her displeasure towards her team in the crowd.

Continuing to draw blood in the second frame, a lacklustre service game from Swiatek which ended with an unforced error granted Bencic another break to move ahead 3-1. Closing in on the victory, she triumphed on her second match point after a Swiatek backhand landed in the tramlines.

“The (first) set was so even, so I think in the tiebreak it’s always a little bit of luck. I’m very happy I won this tiebreak otherwise it would have been more difficult,” Bencic reflected. “I started the second set a bit more relaxed.”

It is the third time in Bencic’s career she has reached the last eight of the UIS Open after 2014 and 2019. She is yet to drop a set in the tournament to continue what has been a successful summer period on Tour. Since Wimbledon, she has won 13 out of 14 matches played with her only loss being to compatriot Jill Teichmann in Cincinnati. However, she is far from satisfied with her current level of play on the court.

“I feel like I am tested every match. It’s not like it’s been really easy but definitely today it was more challenging for me because she plays a very different game and for me, it’s a bit uncomfortable,” said Bencic.
“I’m still not so happy with how I played today but I think it’s a good thing, I can improve.”

Awaiting the 24-year-old in the next round will be either 18-year-old Emma Raducanu or Shelby Rogers. She is yet to play Raducanu but leads Rogers 4-1 in their head-to-head.

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Diego Schwartzman Receives Threats On Social Media Following Shock Davis Cup Defeat

The world No.15 is the latest player to speak out about recieving abusive messages on social media.

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The weekend has been an emotional rollercoaster for Diego Schwartzman, who suffered ‘one of the worst’ losses of his career before helping secure victory for his country in their Davis Cup tie against Belarus.

 

On Saturday the world No.15 was stunned by unranked 18-year-old Daniil Ostapenkov who is yet to play a professional match on the pro Tour. Ostapenkov is currently ranked 63 in the world on the junior circuit. The comprehensive victory shocked the Argentinian team who was hosting the tie at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Despite the shock upset, Schwartman managed to redeem himself the following day when he defeated Alexander Zgirovsky 6-1, 6-2. That victory handed his country an unassailable 3-1 lead in their tie and secured their place in the 2022 Davis Cup qualifiers which will take place next March.

Not only playing Davis, but in Buenos Aires, with a lot of people you don’t see, it’s not easy. My level can be and has to be much better. After the game on Saturday I had a difficult day in the spirit of being able to get up and enjoy with the group,” La Nacion quoted Schwartzman as saying.
“The most normal thing was that we won the series. It’s what everyone expected. But when you have a very difficult day at work like it was on Saturday and then you win, it excites you because you have some internal things withheld.”

Between those two matches, Schwartzman revealed that he was trolled on social media by some people unhappy about his loss in the tie. The 2020 French Open semi-finalist said he received criticism and even threats from some asking him to leave his home country. Something he admits affected him at times.

“It was one of the worst days of my career,” Schwartzman commented on his loss to Zgirovsky. “I lost to an unranked, inexperienced player. All that already affects (me) a lot. Although 80 or 90 percent of the people are always encouraging (me), there was a minority who criticized me with bad intentions.’
“I received threats, insults and requests not to return to Argentina. More or less, it affects (me)”.

Schwartzman is not the first player to speak out about online abuse. During the US Open Shelby Rogers said she was expecting to receive ‘death threats’ following her loss to Emma Raducanu who went on to win the title. Sloane Stephens has also previously spoken out about being the victim of racism online.

The 29-year-old says he has previously tried to interact with those who have trolled him on social media to find out why they are doing so.

Sometimes I start to answer some messages and I ask those people if they realize what they are sending,” Schwartzman said during his press conference. “The vast majority apologize and say they had not realized it. But at the moment it hurts. That very ill-intentioned criticism is the only bad thing about social networks.”

Schwartzman has won four ATP titles and earned more than $10M in prize money so far in his career.

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Jasmine Paolini lifts her first WTA title in Portoroz

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Jasmine Paolini claimed the first WTA Tour title of her career in Portoroz. The Italian player came back from two breaks down in the opening set to beat Alison Riske 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in the final after 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

“I think it’s been an amazing week here in Portoroz. I just feel very happy. It’s a big achievement for me, to win my first title. On hardcourts, it’s special. I think I was maybe a bit relaxed. I understood more about the game. I tried to change the rhythm of the game with higher balls, and I think that was the key”, said Paolini. 

Paolini beat Dayana Yastremska in the first round, Sorana Cristea in the quarter final, and Yulia Putintseva. The 25-year-old Italian player beat three top 50 players in a row in her final three matches this week. 

After a trade of breaks in the opening two games, Riske went up a double break to take a 5-2 lead. Paolini pulled one break back in the eight game from 3-5. The Italian broke at love in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5, as Riske was serving for the set. Riske rallied from 2-5 to 4-5 in the tie-break. 

Paolini earned two set points at 6-4 and converted her first set point when Riske sent an overhead long. Paolini broke serve in the fifth game with a forehand winner down the line to take a 3-2 lead. Paolini won the final five games and sealed the second set 6-2 with an error-forcing forehand.

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Clare Tauson claims her second WTA Tour title at the age of 18

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World number 70 Clare Tauson has won the second WTA Tour title of her career at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open this season beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 4-6 6-4 in the final after 2 hours and 3 minutes. 

 

Tauson enjoyed a great week in which she up number 4 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-1) in the second round and this year’s Olympic finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-4 2-6 6-4 in the semifinals. Tauson won her first title as a qualifer in another indoor tournament in Lyon last March in just her second Tour-level tournament. Tauson also won the WTA 125 trophy in Chicago last August beating Emma Raducanu, who went on to win the US Open last week. 

Tauson is one of the four players born in 2002 ranked in the the tpè 100 alongside Raducanu, the other US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez and Marta Kostyuk. 

The Danish teenager is the seventh player to claim more trophies, joining Wimbledon champion Ashleigh Barty, Barbora Krejikova, Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Danielle Collins and Daria Kasakina. 

Ostapenko won the Luxembourg tournament on her debut at this tournament in 2019 and had been undefeated before today’s tournament. 

Tauson has become the fourth player to successfully defend the Luxembourg title after Jana Novotna, Martina Navratilova and Kim Cljisters. 

Ostapenko hit a smash to break Tauson to take a 6-3 lead. The Latvian player earned an early break to take a 2-1 lead. Tauson broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Ostapenko fired return winners to take a 2-1 lead with a break. Tauson broke back with two straight return winners. Tauson fended off two break points to hold serve after a marathon five-deuce for 3-2. Ostapenko was broken after a fourth double fault, when she was serving to stay in the match at 4-5. 

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