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Iga Swiatek Relishing Miami Open Showdown Against Osaka

The Miami final will see the future world No.1 battle it out against a past world No.1.




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Almost three years ago Iga Swiatek said playing Naomi Osaka ‘inspired’ her to work harder and now the two will lock horns once again in the final of the Miami Open.


Swiatek, who will become the new world No.1 on Monday, continued her surge at the Miami Open on Thursday with yet another straight sets victory. In her quarter-final match the Pole moved past Jessica Pegula 6-2, 7-5, in what was a mixed encounter. Swiatek eased through the opening set but was given a stern test in the second where she was broken three times. After failing to serve the match out at 6-2, 5-4, she prevailed on her second opportunity two games later.

The victory takes Swiatek’s winning streak on the Tour to 16 straight matches. She is bidding to win her third title in a row after Doha and Indian Wells. Something which would make her join a select list of only a few players who have ever achieved the Sunshine double – winning Indian Wells and Miami in the same season.

Standing in her way of another trophy is Osaka who appears to have regained her form after a difficult past few months. The Japanese player is currently ranked 77th in the world and missing a chunk of the 2021 season due to personal reasons. In her quarter-final match Osaka came from a set down to beat Belinda Bencic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Im pretty glad that she’s doing better. I knew she was going to be back, it was just a matter of time because she’s a great tennis player,” Swiatek said of Osaka.
“My second match on WTA [Tour] – when I felt like I was breaking through – was against her and even though I lost, it really inspired me to work harder because she was No. 1 back then.
“Right now, I feel like I’m on a different level so I can actually compete. We’re going to see how it goes, I’m really excited.”

The two last locked horns on the Tour at the 2019 Canadian Open where Swiatek came through qualifying and defeated Caroline Wozniacki in what was one of the biggest wins of her career at the time. In the third round she fell in straight sets to Osaka.

“I remember we had really nice backhand crosscourt rallies. We kept each other really on the edge there. None of us missed basically,” Swiatek said of that meeting.
“I think it was like we were really solid on that side. I think she also mentioned that she was pretty surprised by that. I felt like I had nothing to lose. That was really freeing. It was a pretty good experience for me.”

Since then, Swiatek has climbed to the top of the women’s game which started with her triumph at the 2020 French Open. She has also won four additional titles with three of those being at a WTA 1000 event.

Looking ahead to the final the 20-year-old has vowed to approach it in the same way she has done with all of her other matches.

“I am excited for sure but on the other hand for me the most important job is this match like any other and I don’t want to change my routines,” she stated. “I don’t want to change my attitude because it’s been working out pretty well. I’m going to treat it like any other match.”

The women’s Miami Open final will take place on Saturday.

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Richard Gasquet upsets Danil Medvedev in Geneva




Richard Gasquet upset Danil Medvedev 6-2 7-6 (7-5) with three breaks of serve in 90 minutes to reach the second round at the Gonet Geneva Open. 


Gasquet scored his first win over an opponent ranked in the top 2 since he beat world number 1 Roger Federer at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 2005. 

Medvedev had beaten Gasquet in their only previous head-to-head match at the 2021 US Open en route to his first Grand Slam title. 

Medvedev was playing his first match since Miami in March after undegoing hernia surgery.

Gasquet won six consecutive games from 2-2 in the first set and built up a 6-2 2-0 lead.  

Medveved dropped his serve after three double faults with three double faults. The Russian player broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3 and held serve at love with an ace. 

Medvedev recovered from a mini-break down in the tie-break. Gasquet earned his third mini-break to win the tie-break 7-5. 

The Frenchman will face Kamil Majchrzak, who cruised past Marco Cecchinato 6-2 6-3.

Thanasi Kokkinakis earned his first win on clay in seven years with a 6-4 6-3 win over Fabio Fognini in 1 hour and 28 minutes. 

Kokkinakis went up a break to take a 4-1 lead. Fognini broke back in the seventh game to draw level to 4-4.  Kokkinakis broke serve at love in the tenth game to claim the first set 6-4. 

Fognini made two double faults and missed three game points before dropping serve in the second game of the second set. Kokkinakis did not face any break points in his remaining four service games. 

Christopher O’Connell edged past Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to set up a second round match against Reilly Opelka. 

Paulo Sousa cruised past 2021 semifinalist Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-4. Sousa will face Nikoloz Basilashvili, who was leading 6-4 before Facundo Bagnis retired from the match.

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Former Finalist Marketa Vondrousova To Miss French Open Following Surgery

The Olympic silver medallist will miss a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in two-and-a-half years.




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Czech world No.35 Marketa Vondrousova has pulled out of next week’s French Open after undergoing what she describes as a ‘small surgery.’


Vondrousova, who reached the final at Roland Garros back in 2019, underwent a procedure on her left wrist after experiencing recurring pain. She decided to do so following a medical consultation and will be soon going through rehab. It will be the first Grand Slam event she has missed since the 2019 US Open which she also withdrew from due to a wrist injury.

“The last few weeks were not easy, I have been experiencing recurring pain in my wrist,” Vondrousova wrote in an Instagram post published on Monday. “After seeing a couple of doctors I decided to get this small surgery done to be able to play pain-free.”
“Staying positive through the recovery and can’t wait to be back on the court soon,”
she added.

The 22-year-old last played on Tour at the Stuttgart Open where she lost in the first round to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur. So far this season she has achieved a win-loss record of 13-5 with her best run being to the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships as a qualifier. Vondrousova also reached the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and defeated Emma Raducanu in the Billie Jean Cup.

A former junior world No.1, Vondrousova has been ranked as high as 14th in the world. So far in her career, she has won just one WTA title which was back in 2017 at the Lugano Open in Switzerland. However, she has reached the final at another four events with the last being at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She has scored a total of six wins over top 10 players.

Another player in doubt for the French Open is defending champion Barbora Krejcikova who hasn’t played a match on the Tour since February. The world No.2 has been sidelined from action due to an elbow injury but remains on the entry list for the Grand Slam which will begin on Sunday.

The French Open draw will take place on Thursday.

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Roger Federer’s Team8 Considering Bid To Buy Cincinnati Masters Rights From USTA

The potential move has gained support from one former world No.1 player who says ‘it is nice to see responsible names’ in the mix to buy the prestigious event.




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Roger Federer (SUI) playing against Adrian Mannarino (FRA) in the first round of the Gentlemen's Singles on Centre Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 2 Tuesday 29/06/2021. Credit: AELTC/Jed Leicester

It is understood that sports and entertainment company Team8 which was co-founded by Roger Federer is looking into potentially submitting an application for ownership of the Cincinnati Masters, according to two sources.


Sports business publication Sportico and Steve Weissman from The Tennis Channel have both reported that the business is among a number of interested parties who want to buy the event that is best known as the Western and Southern Open. In February this year it was confirmed that the USTA is selling their 93.8% stake in the tournament for a ‘nine-figure sum.’ It is understood that the organization doesn’t want the event to be relocated from Cincinnati in part of any deal.

“The USTA’s Board of Directors believes now is the right time to explore potential strategic options and alternatives in order to optimize the long-term growth of the tournament and take the tournament to the next level,” the USTA said in a statement published by tennis.com.

The USTA brought the rights to the men’s event back in 2009 for $12.5M and has since spent an additional $65M. Whilst Cincinnati is a combined tournament, the ongoing negotiations only apply to the men’s section. The women’s tournament is overseen by Octagon management.

Neither Federer or a member of Team8 have commented on the reported plans. The company was founded by the 20-time Grand Slam champion and his agent Tony Godsick back in 2013. Since then they have been involved in the creation of the Laver Cup, became a ‘major investor’ in the Universal Tennis system and are a ‘strategic investor and partner’ to On Running.

Should Team8 become the new owners, questions may arise about conflicts of interest with Federer still being an active player on Tour. The 40-year-old is currently sidelined from action due to a knee injury but is aiming to stage a comeback at the Swiss Open later this year. However, former world No.1 Andy Roddick has given his full backing to the possible takeover.

“In the world of tennis, where conflicts of interest know no bounds at all, Roger can do this. He has, obviously, been a great steward for the game and has created an incredible relationship with the fans in the city of Cincinnati. You’d like to see it stay in the tennis family with someone who actually knows and loves our sport.” Roddick told The Tennis Channel.

Federer has won the Cincinnati Masters a record seven times in his career.

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