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Botic Van De Zandchulp beats Richard Gasquet to reach the Round of 16 at Wimbledon

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Last year’s US Open quarter finalist Botic Van de Zandschulp beat Richard Gasquet 7-5 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 to reach the Round of 16 at Wimbledon. 

 

Gasquet earned the first break in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. The Frenchman saved two break points to hold serve in the fifth game at deuce for 4-1, buut Van de Zandschulp won four consecutive games from 3-5 down to seal the first set 7-5. 

Gasquet broke twice in the sixth and eighth games to win the second set 6-2. Van de Zandshulp converted his third break point in the first game of the third set. Gasquet broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Both players went on serve in the next games en route to the tie-break. 

Van de Zandschulp earned an early mini-break at the start of the tie-break. Gasquet broke back on the third point and earned another mini-break to take a 5-3 lead. Van de Zandschulp got two mini-breaks on the 9th and 16th games to win the tie-break 9-7. 

The Dutch player broke twice on the fourth and sixth games to cruise through to a 6-1 win in the fourth set. 

Alex De Minaur beat Liam Broady 6-3 6-4 7-5 to reach the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time in his career. 

De Minaur earned just a break at love in the the sixth game to take the first set 6-3. The Australian player dropped just three points on serve in the first set. De Minaur earned the only break of the second set in the fifth game. 

De Minaur dropped his serve for the first time at 5-4 and saved four break points when he was serving at 6-5 in the third set, but he converted his third match point to seal the win in 2 hours and 24 minutes. 

“I am just relieved. It was definitely harder at the end there than I wanted it to be, but at the end of the day this is tennis and anything can happen. Nerves playing in front of an amazing crowd, on an amazing court against a Brit, so it’s never easy. More than anything I am just relieved in the second week of Wimbledon”, said De Minaur. 

De Minaur became the second Australian player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon since 2016 in just 15 minutes after Jason Kubler beat Jack Sock 6-2 4-6 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3. 

De Minaur is aiming to reach the quarter final, which would would equal the best result of his career at the 2020 US Open. The young Aussie player will first have to beat his fourth round opponent Christian Garin, who beat Jenson Brooksby 6-2 6-3 1-6 6-4. The Chilean player the fourh round for the second time at Wimbledon. De Minaur beat Garin 6-3 6-3 in Eastbourne 12 days ago.  

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Injured Bianca Andreescu retires From Semi-Final match In Hua Hin

The Canadian was looking to book a spot in her first WTA final of the year but was forced to retire after injuring her right shoulder.

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BIANCA ANDREESCU OF CANADA - PHOTO: ALBERTO NEVADO / MMO

Lesia Tsurenko booked her spot in the final of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin after Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire whilst down 7-6, 4-0.

 

The first set was extremely tight with the first four games being breaks of serve. Andreescu got the crucial break to lead 5-3 and served for the first set but the Ukrainian fought back to level the set at 5-5. Then Tsurenko was the one to break serve but she was able to close out the first set.

After the opener, the semi-final clash went completely one-sided with Tsurenko taking over by winning four games off the trot before Andreescu decided to call it quits. The Canadian had a medical timeout during a second set changeover.

Tsurenko gave full credit to her opponent and despite the retirement says it was a very difficult match.

“Bianca is such an amazing player she said. She is capable of hitting all kinds of shots and gave so much trouble today”. She said.

Tsurenko is looking to win her fifth WTA title and will be playing in her first final since 2019 in Hua Hin. She faces the China’s Lin Zhu who earlier in the day beat the number seven seed Xinyu Wang 6-2, 6-4, in one hour and 38 minutes to book her spot in the final.

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The US team secure their spot in the Davis Cup Group Stage with a 4-0 win over Uzbekistan

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Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek beat Uzbekistan’s Sayniar Fayziev and Sergey Fomin 6-2 6-4 after just 52 minutes in the doubles match of the best-of five qualifier to secure the US team a spot in the 2023 Davis Cup Group Stage. 

 

Ram and Krajicek broke twice in the third and seventh games to win the first set 6-2. The US team earned an immediate break in the first game and held their service games to win the second set 6-4. Ram praised the Uzbek team after the match. 

“Rankings-wise the Uzbek opponents are the underdogs. They are not the favourites in this match, but even in the singles they tried their best and they really fought until the end and that’s a pretty good quality to have. It helps you win matches you are not supposed to win”, said Ram. 

Denis Kudla beat Amir Milushev 6-4 6-4 to complete the 4-0 sweep.

The US team did not drop a set in four matches this weekend. 

The previous day Davis Cup rookie Mackenzie McDonald secured the first point for the US team with a 6-4 6-1 win over Fomin before Australian Open semifinalist Tommy Paul came back from 0-4 down in the second set to beat Khumoyun Sultanov 6-1 7-6 (8-6).

“I was excited to see Raj and Austin play today.They have practiced well all week. They had five great days of preparation and as anticipated they came out really sharp and got the early break in the first set. After that it was like two freight trains, there was no stopping them”, said US team captain David Nainkin.

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Cameron Norrie draws Great Britain level to 1-1 against Colombia

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Colombia and Great Britain have drawn level to 1-1 after the first two singles matches on the opening day of the Davis Cup Qualifier at altitude on clay in Bogotà. 

 

Colombia’s Nicholas Mejia clinched the first top 100 win of his career with a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory against Daniel Evans after 2 hours and 31 minutes. 

Mejia fended off three break points in the first game of the third set. The 22-year-old Colombian player was not able to convert on two break points as Evans held serve in a marathon game to level to 4-4. 

Mejia sealed the win over Evans with his third break in the final game thanks to a backhand passing shot.

“The key to victory ? The attitude, the dedication, not getting nervous more than necessary. I have also learned a lot from previous defeats. I wanted to go out and win. I was not going to give them anything. I am very happy for the point that I was able to give to Colombia. There is a long way to go to think about victory”, said Mejia in the post-match interview. 

Cameron Norrie overcame Nicolas Barrientos 6-2 7-5 in the second singles rubber to level the tie at 1-1. 

Norrie earned an early break at the start of the first set. The British player closed out the first set 6-2 with a double break in the seventh game. 

Norrie started the second set with an immediate break in the first game. Barrientos broke straight back with his first break of the match in the second game to draw level to 1-1. The Colombian player earned five break points on return at 1-2, but Norrie held serve at deuce in a hard-fought fourth game. 

Barrientos earned another break point at 2-3, but Norrie saved it to hold serve. Norrie earned the crucial break in the 11th game to close out the second set 7-5 after a missed volley from Barrientos. 

“Especially given that we are the away team, they have got a huge advantage with us coming here on clay, at altitude, with the fans out there. That’s why we love it and that’s why we are out here playing. I really enjoyed the match today and I can improve on a lot of things going into tomorrow. I was able to put enough balls in the court to get over the line”, said Norrie. 

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