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Sebastian Korda and Jenson Brooksby advance to the second round at the Miami Open

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Sebastian Korda cruised past Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1 6-1 in 1 hour and 11 minutes to advance to the second round at the Miami Open. 

Last year Korda reached the quarter final on his debut at the Masters 1000 tournament in Miami when he was ranked 87 in the ATP Rankings. 

Korda broke twice in the fourth and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. After a trade of breaks in the first two games, Korda won five consecutive games with three breaks. 

“I played some long points. It was pretty warm out there, so I am super happy to get through. I made him run around a bit. I think I did a good job on that today and I am super happy with the way I played. I made the quarter finals last year and ever since I was a little kid, I came to this tournament. Now to be able to compete myself, I think little Sebi would be very happy”, said Korda.

Korda arrives in Miami after a good tournament in Indian Wells, where he beat Thanasi Kokkinakis before losing to Rafael Nadal in three sets. 

Korda set up Albert Ramos Vinolas in their first head-to-head match. 

Jenson Brooksby came back from one set down to beat Federico Coria 3-6 6-2 6-3. Coria earned two breaks in the third and ninth games to close out the first set 6-3. 

Brooksby opened up a 4-1 lead with two breaks in the third and fifth games. Coria pulled one break back in the sixth game, but Brooksby broke for the third time in the seventh game to win the second set 6-2. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the third set. Brooksby won three consecutive games to take a 4-1 lead with two breaks. Coria pulled one back back in the sixth game for 2-4. Brooksby broke for the fourth time in the seventh game to take a 5-2 lead. Coria got one break back for the second time at love in the eighth game. Brooksby sealed the third set with another break at love in the ninth game.

The young US rising star has climbed from outside the top 300 to a career-high of world number 39 since the beginning of 2021 after reaching reaching two ATP Tour finals in Newport in 2021 and Dallas 2022. Earlier this year he scored his first top 5 win against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells before losing to Cameron Norrie in the Round of 16. Last year Brooksby lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets in the Round of 16 at the US Open last September. 

Brooksby set up a second round match against Nikoloz Basilashvili. 

Alexei Popyrin battled past Lorenzo Musetti 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in 1 hour and 53 minutes. Popyrin saved a break point in the third game of the first set. Both players held serve until the 12th game before Popyrin converted his second break point to seal the first set 7-5. 

Musetti earned an early break in the first game of the second set to take a 4-2 lead. Popyrin broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Popyrin saved a break point in a 14-points 11th game at 5-5. Musetti rallied from 15-40 down and saved two match points to hold serve in the 12th game. Musetti earned a mini-break to take a 2-0 lead, but Popyrin won three consecutive points to take a 3-2 lead. Popyrin earned three more match points at 6-3. Musetti saved the first two match points, but Popyrin sealed the win on his third chance, when the young Italian sent a forehand passing shot wide. 

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing

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Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two

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Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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Russian World No.78 Elina Avanesyan To Switch Nationalities

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A week after losing her fourth round match at the French Open, a government minister has confirmed that Elina Avanesyan is in the process of changing the nationality of who she plays for. 

The 21-year-old is switching her aligence from Russia to Armenia, according to Armenia’s deputy Minister of International Affairs and communication. Karen Giloyan has told the news agency Armenpress that Avanesyan will soon be representing his country. However, the tennis player has yet to comment on the matter.  Avanesyan was born in Russia but has Armenian parents.

“Elina Avanesyan will compete under the Armenian flag, but there is nothing official yet. We are waiting for her to get the citizenship of the Republic of Armenia so that everything will be official,” Giloyan told Armenpress.

Such a development would be a massive coup for the Armenian tennis federation which currently doesn’t have a player ranked inside the top 500 on either the men’s or women’s Tour. The country has a population of less than 3M. Perhaps their best-known player is Sargis Sargsian who reached the top 40 back in 2004. Others on the Tour also have Armenian heritage but don’t represent the country such as Karen Khachanov.  

Avanesyan is currently ranked 78th in the world, which is 18 places below her career high. This season, she has scored high-profile wins over Maria Sakkari at the Australian Open, Ons Jabeur in Charleston and Qinwen Zhang at the French Open. 

She has yet to play in the final of a WTA tournament.

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