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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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Iga Swiatek beats Emma Raducanu to extend her winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Stuttgart

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Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek held off 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 2 hours and 3 minutes to extend her winning streak to 10 consecutive matches at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal match against 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who came back from a break down in the third set to beat this year’s Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini.

Raducanu came back from 0-40 down to earn the first break of the opening set. Swiatek converted her third break point in the second game in a seven-deuce second game. Raducanu saved the only other break point at deuce in the sixth game. Swiatek won the first four points and five of the first six points to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Swiatek earned five break points in the second, sixth and in the 12thgame, but she converted only one opportunity. Raducanu converted her only break point in the first game. Swiatek won nine more points than Swiatek. 

Swiatek broke Raducanu in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. This break was decisive, as both players held on their next serve in their next games. 

Swiatek earned six break points in the third, fifth and ninth games, but she converted one chance. The Pole did not face a single break point and won eight more points than Raducanu.

“Raducanu started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that. I knew I was questioning if she is going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match. It was not about service games or return games. I was just waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I am going to get them”, said Swiatek.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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