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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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Lorenzo Sonego continues his winning streak with a victory over Barnabe Zapata Miralles in Sofia




Lorenzo Sonego beat Barnabe Zapata Miralles 6-3 6-4 after 1 hour and 19 minutes to reach the second round at the Sofia Open. Sonego won 86% of his first serve points. 


Sonego broke serve in the second game at 30, but he missed a double break point in the third game. The Italian player dropped just three points in his next three service games to close out the first set 6-3.  

Sonego broke serve in the ninth game at love, as Zapata Miralles made a double fault. He made a double fault and a forehand error at 5-4, but he won four consecutive points to close out the second set on his first match point. 

Last week Sonego won his title in Metz without dropping a set. 

Sonego will face Danish Next Gen player Holger Rune in the second round. 

“I am really happy because today I was really aggressive on court. I played so well. I did my best thing today. I am really happy for that. Zapata is a big wall. He served really well, but I started so good today, with good variation. The key was my performance on serve, and to be aggressive on serve”, said Sonego. 

Lorenzo Musetti battled past Alexander Lazarov 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 after 2 hours and 42 minutes. 

The first set went on serve with no break points. Lazarov earned his mini-break at 4-2 to win the tie-break 7-5. Musetti saved two break points at 4-4. The Italian player wasted a set point at 5-4 on Lazarov’s serve and dropped his serve in the next game. Lazarov earned his chance to close out the match at 6-5, but he was broken at 30. Musetti went up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break, but Lazarov  won four consecutive points to take a 5-4 lead. Lazarov had the chance to close the match, but he dropped two points on serve.  Musetti sealed the tie-break on his fourth set point. 

Musetti earned two breaks and held his next service games to win the third set 6-2. 

Ilya Ivashka upset Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 7-6 (7-3) after 1 hour and 52 minutes to reach the quarter finals. Ivashka saved all seven break points he faced. Dimitrov saved two match points in the second set forcing the match to the tie-break. Ivashka earned two mini-breaks to take a 7-3 lead. 

Ivashka will face either Sonego or Rune in the quarter final. 

“It was a very tough match and I am very happy that I got the victory at the end. It is very hard to play against Grigor, especially at his home”, said Ivashka.  

Fernando Vedasco edged past Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (7-1) 7-5 to set up a second round match against Alexander Vukic. 

Jan Lennard Struff came back from a set down to beat Dusan Lajovic 4-6 6-3 6-2. 

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Playing Clay Events After Wimbledon Was A Mistake, Says Diego Schwartzman

The former French Open semi-finalist is seeking to win his first title since March 2021 at the Tel Aviv Open this week.




Diego Schwartzman (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Diego Schwartzman will likely reevaluate his schedule for next year after admitting that part of his plans for this summer backfired. 


The world No.17 enters into the final quarter of the season with 31 wins against 22 losses on the Tour but is yet to win a title. Although he did reach back-to-back finals back in February in Argentina and Brazil. He has won two out of eight matches against top 10 opposition, defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Cup and Felix Auger-Aliassime in Barcelona. 

Reflecting on his performance, Schwartzman admits that his decision to return to European clay after playing at Wimbledon was a mistake. He lost his second match in Gstaad to Pablo Carreno Busta and then his first in Hamburg to Emil Ruusuvori. 

“It’s difficult to play at the same level every tournament, I’ve made a bad decision playing clay tournaments after Wimbledon, I didn’t have time to rest,” he said during his pre-tournament press conference at the Tel Aviv Open. “I paid the price and had some bad losses. But I started to feel much better in USA hard court season, lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas who reached the final in Cincinnati and to Frances Tiafoe at the US Open. Now I am feeling very good, I really love playing indoor tournaments.”

The 30-year-old has headed straight to Tel Aviv from the Laver Cup where Roger Federer played the last match of his career. Despite Schwartzman’s Team World winning the title for the first time, his only contribution to the tie saw him lose 6-1, 6-2, to Tsitsipas. 

Retirement was very much the topic of conversation during the Laver Cup with others such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic questioned by reporters about their plans in the sport. As for Schwartzman, he stayed coy about how much longer he would continue playing after saying in the past he might stop at the age of 33. 

“33 — is a good age to retire, isn’t it? South Americans are in different situations compared to European players. We travel too much, and sometimes we are not coming back home for 2-3 months, while Europeans can fly home every week. It’s tough,” he said. 
“As for Roger — he’s a special player, I think he is just the greatest in our sport.”

The Argentine is seeded third this week in Israel and will begin his campaign against Arthur Rinderknech who defeated qualifier Marius Copil in his opening match. 

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Botic Van de Zandschulp beats Joao Sousa to reach the second round in Tel Aviv




Botic Van de Zandschulp cruised past Joao Sousa 6-2 6-3 to reach the second round at the Tel Aviv Watergen Open. Van de Zandschulp won 83% of his first serve points and hit 28 winners to Sousa’s six. 


The Dutchman will face Liam Broady, who Serbian wild-card Hamad Medjedovic 7-5 6-3. 

Tomas Martin Etchevery edged past 2021 Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev 6-2 6-7 (0-7) 6-4  scoring the biggest win of his career. 

Arthur Rinderknech came back from one set down to beat Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3. Rinderknech set up a second round against third seed Diego Schwartzman. 

Emil Ruusuvuori broke serve five times in his 6-3 6-2 win over J.J Wolf. 

Sebastian Korda beat Turkish qualifier Cem Ilkel 6-4 6-4 setting up a second round match against Maxime Cressy. Novak Djokovic is the top seed of the Tel Aviv tournament, which returns for the first time since 2021.

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