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Anett Kontaveit battles past Angelique Kerber in Stuttgart

Anett Kontaveit battled to victory over Angelique Kerber in Stuttgart.




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The Estonian is into the round of 16 after beating the local German favorite in three tight sets.


Anett Kontaveit is into the round of 16 at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix after beating the world number 17 and German Angelique Kerber in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and two minutes.

The Estonian hit 37 winners in the match while the German hit 30 unforced errors.

“She played really well and she was aggressive and it was my first match on clay so that’s tricky and I feel I found my game in the second set and felt more comfortable with the serves and got my match going.”

It was indeed the German who got off to a fast start breaking the number five seed to love and managed to turn that break into a double break before the world number 17 got one of those breaks back.

Kerber was able to get one more break of serve at 5-3 to take the first set after a poor service game from the Talinn, Estonia native.

Kontaveit had three cracks in the first game of the second set to break and it was third time lucky as she was able to get the early break and flip the script on the German.

The Estonian had a chance to go up a double break but Bremen native saved all four breakpoints she faced and was able to hold serve. At 3-2 Kerber once again had a chance to break back to go back on serve but was denied by the world number six again.

The number five seed was able to serve out the second set and the match went into a third and deciding set.

The Talinn native continued to push in the beginning of the the third set but the German was able to save all three breakpoints she faced in the opening game and held serve once again.

The number five seed got the first break at 1-1 on her second time of asking and turned that into a double break to take a 4-1 lead but was broken the following game and Kerber got a break of serve back.

At 5-4 Kontaveit served out the match to set up a round of 16 matchup with Ekaterina Alexandrova who she will face on Thursday.

After the match in her post match interview she was asked if she had any issues playing on clay.

I grew up playing on clay in Estonia so I do like playing on clay but we mostly play on hard courts most of the year so it takes some time to get used to it.”

Day 3 results

Another busy day at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on Wednesday with the last first round matches being completed and one second round match.

The new world number one Iga Swiatek had no issues getting past the German qualifier Eva Lys 6-1, 6-1 in 62 minutes, the Britt Emma Raducanu also had no trouble beating the Aussie Storm Sanders 6-1, 6-2.

We had the battle of the Czechs as Karolina Pliskova came back from a set down to beat Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 in two hours and six minutes.

Day 4 preview

Thursday order of play features some mouth watering matches as players will be battling it out for a spot in the quaterfinals.

The number two seed Paula Badosa will play her first match of the week as she faces the Kazak Elena Rybakina, the Canadian Bianca Andreescu faces another tough test in Aryna Sabalenka.

Emma Raducanu will face the German lucky loser Tamara Korpatsch while the Tunisian Ons Jabeur will face Daria Kasatkina and Pliskova will face Liudmilla Samsonova.

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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) The Wimbledon Clash Between Djokovic And Sinner Could Have Been Better

It was an epic five-set clash but imagine how better the match would have been if both were playing well at the same time…





Hall of Famer Steve Flink and Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta analyse the dramatic events that unfolded on Tuesday at Wimbledon.


Top seed Novak Djokovic staged an epic comeback to oust Jannik Sinner in a match of two halves. Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie brought delight to the British fans.

On the other side of the draw, how will Rafael Nadal fair against the in-form Taylor Fritz? The Spaniard recently sidestepped a question about a potential new injury. 

As for the women’s draw, Ons Jabeur made history by becoming the first Arab player to reach a major quarter-final. She will next play 34-year-old mum-of-two Tatjana Maria who had never been beyond the third round of a major until now. 

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WIMBLEDON: 10 Facts About Semi-Finalist Ons Jabeur

All you need to know about the Trailblazing Tunisian who has created history at The All England Club.




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Second seed Ons Jabeur achieved a new milestone for both her and her country at Wimbledon on Tuesday. 


The world No.2 battled back from a set down to defeat Marie Bouzkova 3-6, 6-1, 6-1, to reach the last four of a major event for the first time in her career. Jabeur has now dropped only one set in five matches played and is the highest ranked player remaining in the draw. Her major breakthrough comes seven years after she made her Grand Slam debut at the 2015 Australian Open. 

“I played really good from beginning of the second set, especially having a early break kind of helps me gain confidence,” said Jabeur.
“I know it wasn’t easy playing Marie. She gets all the balls and doesn’t make, to win a point, easy for me. I’m glad I stepped in with my game. I was more aggressive in the second set, and especially tactically I was playing some angles that she didn’t like much.”

To mark Jabeur’s Wimbledon milestone, here are 10 facts to know about her:-

  1. She is the first North African player – male or female – to reach a Grand Slam semi-final. The last woman from the entire African continent to reach a major semi-final was Amanda Coetzer at the 1997 French Open. 
  2. Her win over Bouzkova is Jabeur’s 26th Tour-level win on the grass.
  3. Jabeur has now won 83 matches over the past two seasons. This is more than any other player on the WTA Tour. 
  4. Has won 21 out of her last 23 matches.
  5. She is the only Tunisian woman currently ranked in the world’s top 700.
  6. Jabeur had failed to win back-to-back matches on her three out of her four previous appearances at Wimbledon in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She reached the quarter-finals in 2021.
  7. Coming into Wimbledon she has already earned more than $6.2m in prize money in her career.
  8. She has won three Tour titles in Birmingham (2021), Madrid (2022) and Berlin (2022). 
  9. Has beaten a top 10 player four times in her career – Dominika Cibulkova (2017 French Open), Simona Halep (Beijing 2018), Sloane Stephens (Moscow 2018) and Karolina Pliskova (Doha 2020).
  10. In October 2021 she became the first Arab player (mae or female) to crack the world’s top 10 in tennis. 

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Tatjana Maria – Reaching Wimbledon Semi-Finals is ‘Amazing’ But It Doesn’t Beat Parenthood

The underdog is enjoying her best-ever run at a major 15 years after making her debut.




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Germany’s Tatjana Maria reveals people once doubted her ability to return to tennis after having her first child. Now a mother-of-two, she has secured a place in the Wimbledon semifinals. 


The fairytale run of the world No.103 continued on Tuesday when she ousted compatriot Jule Niemeier 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, in her quarter-final match. Until the tournament, Maria had never been beyond the third round of a major event. However, that changed with high-profile wins over Sorana Cirstea, Maria Sakkari and Jelena Ostapenko prior to Niemeier.

“It’s amazing. I mean, I tried to calm down a little bit in the locker room and to realize something, but it’s still hard to realize it,” she said of reaching the last four at Wimbledon.

Whilst some players prepare for their Grand Slam matches in the gym, Maria’s routine is somewhat unique. She began her day by taking her 8-year-old daughter to her tennis lesson. It wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she also has a 15-month-old baby.

“Outside of the court, nothing changes for me for the moment,” she said.  “I try to keep this going, everything the same. We keep going (to the tennis lessons) even if I’m playing the semifinals.”

Incredibly the 34-year-old returned to the circuit following maternity leave less than a year ago. It was during that absence that she decided to switch to a one-handed backhand. She has been ranked as high as 46th in the world and has two Tour titles to her name. 

“A lot of people who never believed I would come back. This was already after Charlotte and when I changed my backhand,” she said.
“I showed it last time already that I am back. I reached the top 50 with Charlotte, and now I’m back with my second child. Still, everybody was doubting.’
“I’m still here and I’m a fighter, and I keep going and I keep dreaming.”

Relishing in her best-ever performance at a major event, Maria is another example of a player having a breakthrough later in their career. To put her run in perspective, in the Open Era only five other women have reached the semifinals at Wimbledon after turning 34.

However, in Maria’s eyes, her achievements on the court can’t beat her top priority off the court.

“To be a mum is for me on the top of my life. So I think it helps me in tennis too because now my priority is my kids,” she explains. “I play tennis, I want to do my best, that’s all that I want. But my kids are the priority.’
“If I go out there, I want my kids to be happy, that they are healthy, that everything is okay. That’s the most important thing for me in my life.”

Maria made her Grand Slam debut back at Wimbledon in 2007. 

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