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Paula Badosa Survives Scare To Reach Third Round

Paula Badosa will meet Veronika Kudermetova in the third round.



Paula Badosa (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Paula Badosa survived a scare from Strasbourg finalist Kaja Juvan to win 7-5 3-6 6-2 and reach the third round.

Third seed Badosa had already seen defending champion Barbora Krejcikova and last year’s semi-finalist Maria Sakkari exit the tournament and was determined not to be the third top four seed to leave the tournament.

However standing in her way was talented Slovenian and Strasbourg finalist Kaja Juvan who has been rapidly improving over the last year.

Badosa took the early advantage with some clean ball-striking and effective point construction as she broke in the opening game.

The third seed would go up a double break at 5-2 but Juvan remained undeterred and lapses of concentration from the Spaniard saw the Slovenian level the set at 5-5.

However Badosa composed herself to capture the last two games and with it the opening set.

Juvan played a consistent match though and used her confidence built from the last few weeks to continue causing the third seed problems.

A break in the sixth game would be the crucial break from the world number 68 as she converted her fifth set point to close out the set.

However despite being broke in the opening game, Badosa came through to break three times as her mental resolve paid off and secured a place in the last 32.

After the match Badosa admitted today’s victory meant a lot and that the level on the tour is high, “I mean, these kind of matches give you a lot of confidence that I’m already like competitive again, fighting until the last point,” Badosa said.

“That’s very important for me, because maybe I was struggling a little bit on that. Sometimes I don’t want to complain or be that emotional on court, but sometimes I need it to give everything and to push myself. Yeah, today I think I was back on that competitive spirit, and I’m very happy about that.

“Today I had to fight a lot to win the match. I think the level is very high right now and you can lose against anyone. There are surprises but they don’t surprise me because I’m on tour so I know what you can find on court. Yeah, there has been a lot of surprises.”

Badosa will now play 29th seed Veronika Kudermetova in the third round as she looks to set-up a semi-final meeting with world number one Iga Swiatek.

In other results there was a three set win for Jessica Pegula over Anhelina Kalinina while Daria Kasatkina and Elena Rybakina also went through in straight sets.

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(VIDEO) What A Weekend For Italian Tennis!

Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta looks back on this week’s action on the ATP Tour.



Jannik Sinner – ATP Halle 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

It has been a memorable Sunday for Italian tennis with the country winning two titles on the ATP Tour. 

In Halle, world No.1 Jannik Sinner claimed his first trophy on the grass with a hard-fought two-set win over Hubert Hurkacz. There was also success in the doubles tournament with top seeds Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori winning the title. Meanwhile, in London, Lorenzo Musetti was unable to make it a hatrick of wins for his country after losing in the final of the Cinch Championships to Tommy Paul.  

So how much can be read into these wins and should we be expecting similar results at Wimbledon which begins a week tomorrow? 

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Jannik Sinner reaches the first grass final of his career in Halle



Jannik Sinner overcame Zhang Zhizhen 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to reach the first final of his career on grass at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Sinner achieved his best result on this surface when he reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2023. 

Sinner will face a final against his friend Hubert Hurkacz, who beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in the first semifinal. The Italian player converted his only break point in the ninth game and fended off the only break point he faced at 5-6 in the second set with a forehand winner, one of his winners of the match. 

The Italian player earned an early mini-break to take a 2-0 lead. Zhang Zhizhen pulled the mini-break back. Sinner earned two mini-breaks in the fourth and eighth points to win the tie-break 7-3. Sinner won the first of the four tie-breaks he played this week.

Sinner finished the match in straight sets after clinching three consecutive three-set wins at the start of his campaign at this year’s edition of the Terra Wortmann in Halle. 

The world number 1 player won three titles on hard court at the Australian Open, Rotterdam and Miami this year. 

“It means a lot. I had four tough matches to go to the final. It was a good match today. Definitely more rallies than yesterday. And that’s definitely what I needed today. I am happy and let’s see what’s coming tomorrow”, said Sinner.  

Earlier this week Zhang Zhizhen had previously beaten Danil Medvedev in the second round and came back from 2-5 down to beat Christopher Eubanks in the quarter finals. 

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Hubert Hurkacz beats Alexander Zverev to reach the second final of his career in Halle



Hubert Hurkacz moved past this year’s Roland Garros finalist Alexander Zverev 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in 1 hour and 33 minutes to reach the second final of his career at the Terra Wortmann in Halle. Hurkacz will be aiming to win the second title of his career at this tournament two years after his triumph. 

Hurkacz fired 17 aces and saved all four break points he faced in the first game of the opening set to clinch his fifth top 10 win on grass. The Pole won 81% of his first serve points. 

The first set went on serve en route to the tie-break. Hurkacz earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-2. Hurkacz his only break in the third game of the second set to win the second set 6-4. 

“I really love grass. The game suits my game and the atmosphere here, having the full crowd is incredible. It brings so much joy to the players”, said Hurkacz. 

Hurkacz improved to 1-3 in his head-to-head matches against Zverev. The Polish player will aim to clinch the ninth ATP Tour title of his career in his 11th ATP Tour final. 

Hurkacz won the Halle tournament in 2022 and reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2021. 

Zverev holds a record of 37 wins to 11 defeats this season. 

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