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Miami Open: Madison Keys stunned by Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina, former champ John Isner out

Madison Keys and John Isner were left frustrated after exiting Miami Open.

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Former US Open finalist Madison Keys suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of world number 51 Anhelina Kalinina.

The Ukrainian put aside the war-torn turmoil back home, to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and move into the last 32 at the Miami Open.

Keys continues to demonstrate a mixed bag of form.

On the one hand, she has impressed this season in winning in Adelaide. As well as reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the quarter-finals last week at Indian Wells.

In both scenarios, she lost to the eventual winner, Ash Barty and Iga Świątek, respectively.

But the American went out at the first hurdle in both Mexico tournaments, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

Now the 27-year-old’s attentions turn to the clay-court season where she could start off in Andalucía, Spain, or Charleston, United States.

Other notable results in the women’s draw saw Spain’s Paula Badosa ease past Marie Bouzková 7-5, 7-5 on GrandStand.

Her opponent in the last 32 will be Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva, who beat Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko; 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

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American’s Jessica Pegula and Coco Gauff also advanced with straight sets wins over Sloane Stephens and Wang Qiang, respectively.

And teenager Linda Fruhvirtova stunned Elise Mertens; 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

In the men’s, a huge shock saw 2018 champion John Isner beaten by French youngster Hugo Gaston; 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Four years ago, the American stood at the pinnacle of his career, winning a first Masters 1000 title, after coming back from a set down to defeat Alexander Zverev.

But he was harshly brought back down to earth by the talented Gaston.

Having been as high as world number eight that same year, the 36-year-old’s season continues to stutter.

Isner, must now regroup quickly with the clay-court season fast approaching, and a good performance again in Monte Carlo will surely be top of his wish list.

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Elsewhere in the men’s draw, Spain’s Pablo Carreño Busta comfortably beat Belgium’s David Goffin in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.

And there were mixed fortunes again for American tennis, as qualifier Dennis Kudla overcame the 19th seed Lorenzo Sonego of Italy; 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

But Reilly Opelka was forced to concede due to injury after only winning two games and trailing 6-1, 3-1 to Argentina’s Francisco Cerúndolo.

He faces Frenchman Gaël Monfils next.

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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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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.

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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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