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Bianca Andreescu fights past Jule Niemier for first win of 2022 in Stuttgart

Bianca Andreescu made a winning start to 2022 with a straight sets win over Jule Niemeier.

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The Canadian won her first match of her 2022 season beating the German wildcard in straight sets.

Bianca Andreescu is into the round of 16 of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart after beating a German wildcard Jule Niemier in straight sets 7-6, 6-3 in one hour and 44 minutes on Center Court.

The Toronto native hit 22 winners and served six aces and managed to save five of six breakpoints in the win.

The world number 121 got off to a quick start earning a chance to break in the second game of the match but the German was able to save it and hold serve.

At 1-1, Andreescu served a poor service game and the Dortmund native pounced, earning three breakpoints and on the third chance, the Canadian served a double fault to give the early break.

At 5-3, Niemier had a set point on the Canadian served but she managed to save it and the following game broke right back as she came up with a huge return winner on breakpoint.

The Canadian saved two more breakpoints to force a tiebreaker to decide the first set and it was a tight one.

It stayed on serve until 6-5 when the Toronto native got the crucial break of serve to take the first set.

The second set stayed on serve until 1-1 when Andreescu earned another breakpoint when the Canadian converted once again to take an early 2-1 lead.

That one break of serve was enough for her to serve out the match and book her spot in the next round. After the match, she was asked in her on-court interview to clarify why she decided to take an extended break.

“I was struggling a lot mentally and I wasn’t enjoying myself out there and I know it sounds dramatic but if I lost I hated myself and if I won I loved myself and before I wasn’t like that I was just happy to be on-court and that is the mentality I wanna keep going this year.”

Andreescu will now face Aryna Sabalenka in the round of 16 and currently, the head to head is in favour of the Belorussian 1-0 after they met back in 2017 in Manchester with her winning in three sets 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Day 2 recap

Day 2 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart featured three other Germans as Eva Lys a qualifier ranked 342 in the world was able to beat the Swiss Viktorija Golubic in three sets 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.

Tamara Korpatsch who was a late entry due to Jasmine Paolini pulling out due to injury managed to beat the Italian Camilla Giorgi in another three-set marathon 3-6, 7-6, 6-1.

Ons Jabeur the number seven seed needed three sets as well to take care of the Czech Marketa Vondrusova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, and the Kazak Elena Rybakina sent home another German beating Nastasja Mariana Schunk in straight sets 7-6, 7-5.

In the last match of the day Daria Kastkina was able to get by the American Coco Gauff in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

Day 3 preview

Wednesday will feature some big-time tennis as Petra Kvitova is scheduled to face Karolina Pliskova in the battle of the Czechs. Iga Swiatek the new world number one will face the German qualifier Eva Lys.

Emma Raducanu will face the Aussie Storm Sanders, and in one of the matches of the day Anett Kontaveit will face the local favorite Angelique Kerber and in the last match of the day Laura Sigemund will face Tamara Zidansek.

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Sebastian Korda reaches his second semifinal of the season in s’Hertogenbosh

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Sebastian Korda beat Tommy Paul 6-4 6-2 in 67 minutes to reach his second ATP Tour semifinal of the season at Libema Open in s’Hertogenbosh. 

Korda hit 18 winners and won 84% of his first serve points. Korda earned his first break in the third game of the first set to take a 2-1 lead. Paul broke straight back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Korda broke for the second time in the seventh game to win the first set 6-4. Korda broke twice in the third and seventh game to close out the second set 6-2. 

Korda has improved his head-to-head record against Paul to 4-1. 

Korda reached the semifinal on grass at Queen’s in 2023. The US player is is aiming to win his first ATP Tour title since 2021, when he won in Parma on clay. 

Korda set up a semifinal clash against defending champion Tallon Griekspoor, who ccame back from one set down to beat Alexandar Vukic 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3). Griekspoor has won his past eight matches at this tournament. 

Vukic broke in the ninth game to win the first set 6-4. Griekspoor earned his first break in the sixth game of the second set to win the second set 6-3. The third set went on serve with no breaks en route to the tie-break. Griekspoor earned two mini-breaks to open up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break. Vukic pulled one of the two mini-breaks, but Griekspoor held on his serve and sealed the tie-break on his first match point.

“I am very happy to be through. It was a very tough match once again. I think Alexandar played unbelievable grass court tennis, so it was not easy and I am very happy to find my way in the third set. I am enjoying the crowd, the atmosphere and the whole tournament”, said Korda. 

Alex De Minaur beat Milos Raonic7-5 6-2 in 1 hour and 26 minutes. De Minaur has improved to 3-0 in his head-to-head matches against Raonic, who was playing in just his fourth tournament of he year.

De Minaur earned his first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Raonic broke straight back to draw level to 3-3. De Minaur broke for the second time in the 11th game and served out on his first set point after saving three break points in the 12th game. De Minaur broke twice in the fifth and seventh games to win the second set 6-2. 

De Minaur is aiming to win the second title of his career on career following his win in Eastbourne in 2021.  

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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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