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James Spencer and Tony Fairbairn: French Open Women’s semi-final predictions: Świątek vs Kasatkina, Trevisan vs Gauff

Iga Swiatek remains the favourite as the women’s semi-finals take place.



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And then there were four.

The women’s French Open semi-finals has quickly descended upon us.

Poland’s Iga Świątek continues to beat all that come before her and must surely be the overwhelming favourite to win her second Grand Slam title.

20th seed Daria Kasatkina stands in her way and will be looking to cause a major upset.

In the other semi, unfancied Italian Martina Trevisan of Italy will be looking to continue her fairy-tale run.

She goes up against teenager Coco Gauff.

Both players are at the furthest stage ever of a Grand Slam, so nerves will be high.

And our writers James Spencer and Tony Fairbairn have cast their predictions.

Iga Świątek (1) vs Daria Kasatkina (20)

Tony Fairbairn:

“Kasatkina will need to settle into the match quickly and serve better than she has done in her previous matches.

Świątek’s mix of aggression and variety has caused problems to her previous 33 opponents and I don’t see that changing here.”

Prediction:Świątek in straight sets.”

James Spencer:

“Can anyone really beat Świątek when she’s in this kind of form?

With momentum on her side, it seems highly unlikely.

Kasatkina, like the other three semi-finalists, is in unchartered territory.

Of course, she has nothing to lose but does she really have the weapons to upset Świątek?”

Prediction: “I have to agree with Tony, Świątek in straight sets.”

Martina Trevisan vs Coco Gauff (18)

Tony Fairbairn:

“Gauff has the slight edge in terms of experience and confidence but both players will be nervous with a first grand slam final awaiting the winner.

The Italian’s confidence and aggression on clay could drive her to her 12th win in a row on clay and I think she has the edge tactically here.”

Prediction: “Trevisan in three sets.”

James Spencer:

“I mean this is a tough one to call.

Of course, at 28, Trevisan is the more experienced of the two.

But 18-year-old Coco is playing fearless right now.

And I think as much as the Italian seems at home on clay, I would favour the young American.

Her heart seems set on making her first Grand Slam final, and probably, the first of many.”

Prediction: “Gauff in 3 sets.”


Casper Ruud Overcomes ‘Tough Start’ To Set De Minaur Final In Acapulco

Casper Ruud is into his first ATP 500 final after defeating Holger Rune in three sets.



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Casper Ruud is into his second consecutive final in Mexico after defeating Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Acapulco.

The Norwegian had to overcome an electric start from Rune to prevail in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

It was a clinical performance from Ruud who is now into his second consecutive final in Mexico after reaching the final in Los Cabos last week.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted it was a tough start but he’s pleased to be in another final, “It was a tough start,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“Holger just came out firing bullets from the forehand, from the backhand and I had not too much time to play my game. I was frustrated at times, especially at the end of the first set, beginning of the second.

“I didn’t really feel like I got to play any points how I wanted to, so there was some frustration towards myself, towards my box, because I didn’t feel like we were doing the right thing.

“But luckily with one break in the second, it turned around a bit and in the third set it got a little physical. I think maybe Holger seemed like he was struggling a little bit and started firing even more and a couple of games it went in and he broke me, which is frustrating.

“Some unforced errors crept up on him and I served really well in the last game to close it out.”

Ruud is now into his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco where he will face defending champion Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur overcame Jack Draper after the Brit retired at 4-0 down in the deciding set.

Heading into Saturday’s final, De Minaur leads the head-to-head 1-0 although that was in a completely different scoring format in the Next Gen Finals.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ruud will return to the world’s top ten.

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Andrey Rublev Disqualified In Dramatic Dubai Semi-Final

Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final in Dubai.



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Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik after being accused of swearing in Russian.

The event took place in Dubai where Rublev had more than enough opportunities to win the match having been 4-2 40-0 up in the deciding set.

However Bublik came back into the match as he caught up with Rublev in what was turning into a fascinating contest.

The score was at 6-5 Bublik when Rublev’s frustrations boiled over when he allegedly told the official at the side of the court that he was a ‘f****** moron’ in Russian.

One of the officials on the sidelines at the side of the court reported the incident and the supervisor ruled that Rublev should be defaulted.

The incident below means that Rublev will now lose all his ranking points and prize money, resulting in Rublev exiting the world’s top five.

An ending that didn’t warrant the dramatic contest and after the match Bublik agreed that the consequences, “I highly doubt Andrey said something crazy,” Bublik was quoted by Sports Illustrated.

“He’s not this kind of guy. But I guess that’s the rules. That’s what they did, they just follow the procedure.”

Bublik will hope for a smoother finish to the final when he takes on Ugo Humbert for the title.

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Andy Murray Makes Retirement Hint After 500th Hard Court Win In Dubai

Andy Murray won his 500th hard court match in Dubai, placing him fifth on the all-time list.



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Andy Murray further hinted at retirement after securing a 500th hard court win of his career in Dubai.

The former world number one picked up his second win of the year with a 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Denis Shapovalov.

In typical Andy Murray fashion, the Brit came back from a set down to defeat the out-of-sorts Canadian as he progressed to the second round.


The win means Murray now has 500 career wins on a hard court and that is an achievement the world number 67 is proud of, “It’s not bad,” Murray told the ATP website as he sits fifth on the all-time list of hard court wins.

“Obviously hard court has been a great surface for me over the years and 500 is a lot of matches so I’m very proud of that. There are not many players that have done that, so great to get to 500 before I’m done.”

However those post-match comments weren’t the most shocking ones as Murray once again hinted at retirement this season.

The Brit has made subtle remarks that this year may be his last one but Murray’s comments today suggests that he may have already made his decision, “I probably don’t have too long left but I’ll do as best as I can these last few months,” Murray was quoted by ESPN as saying.

“I still love competing and still love the game but it gets harder and harder to compete the older you get, to keep your body fit and fresh.”

If the end is near for Murray than the Brit will look to end his career on a high for the next few months.

Before thinking about retirement Murray will look to go further in Dubai when he takes on either Ugo Humbert or Gael Monfils in the second round.

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