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Andy Murray is looking for improvement in results after a quarter-final defeat in Newport.

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Andy Murray has admitted matches are important to his consistency but achieving better results are his next step.

The three time grand slam champion missed out on an opportunity to reach his third ATP semi-final of the season after losing to Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-4 in Newport.

Murray earned back to back wins in his final grass court tournament of the season over Sam Querrey and Max Purcell in Newport but the Brit lost to the third seed to bow out in the last eight.

Speaking to the ATP website after the match Murray confessed he is on the right path but is seeking an improvement in his results, “Obviously I just want the results to be a bit better,” Murray said.

“I felt like I had a good chance of [advancing] here. If I got through Bublik, it would have been a good opportunity potentially in the semi-finals. But, to have my body feeling pretty good and getting lots of matches in is important for me.

“The grass-court season as a whole there were some good moments, but also some tough ones. Today’s match and the loss at Wimbledon were disappointing and frustrating for me, but then I also had my best wins in a while in Stuttgart.

“So a bit up and down, but a little bit of progress overall and I’ll try and keep that going through the hard-court summer.”

Murray has played 13 tournaments this season and has a win-loss record 17-10 on the ATP tour which is positive news in terms of fitness and competing consistently on tour over the season.

Next for the Brit is to improve his results and he will look to do that over the next few weeks as he aims to be seeded for the US Open.

Currently ranked at 52 in the world, Murray will play Atlanta and Washington before potentially taking wildcards into Montreal and Cincinnati.

The tournament in Atlanta begins on the 25th of July.

Murray’s US hard court season in 2021:

Cincinnati – R2 defeat to Hubert Hurkacz

Winston Salem – R2 defeat to Frances Tiafoe

US Open – R1 defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas

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Jakub Mensik beats Alexei Popyrin to reach the second round in Umag

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Czech rising star Jakub Mensik beat Alexei Popyrin 6-3 6-2 in their first head-to-head match to reach the second round at the Playa Laguna Open Umag.

Mensik saved all four break points. The teenager earned his first break in the eighth game to win the first set 6-3. 

The Czech player converted his fourth break point in the first game of the second set and held serve at 15 in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. 

Mensik broke for the second time in the fifth game to open up a 4-1 lead and served out the win on his third match point in the eighth game. 

Mensik improved his win-loss record to 13-10 this season. 

Popyrin recently pushed Novak Djokovic to four sets at Wimbldaon. 

Mensik will face in the second round against either Luciano Darderi and Duje Ajdukovic, who pushed Rafael Nadal to three sets in the Bastad semifinal. 

Flavio Cobolli beat Mariano Navone 6-2 6-3 in 1 hour and 25 minutes to move up to world number 46 in the ATP Ranking. Cobolli hit 16 winners to Navone’s 5 and won 74% of his first serve points. 

Cobolli did not convert a break point in the first game, but he broke serve in the fourth game on the first of his two opportunities. Cobolli broke again in the eighth game on his second set point to seal the first set 6-2. 

Both players earned break points, but they went on serve until the eighth game, when Cobolli broke serve to take a 5-3 lead. The Italian player closed out the first set on his second match point. 

Lorenzo Sonego battled past 20-year-old Croatian player Mili Poljicak 6-2 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (11-9) in 3 hours and 16 minutes. Poljicak won the Wimbledon Junior title in 2022. Sonego set up a second round match against Alexandre Muller, who beat Matteo Arnaldi. 

Poljicak saved an early break point in the first game with a forehand. Sonego broke twice in the fifth and seventh games to seal the first set 6-2. 

Poljicak converted his second break point in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. The Croatian player earned a chance to serve for the set at 5-4. Sonego broke back to draw level to 5-5, as Poljicak made a forehand error. Sonego saved a set point in the 12th game, but Poljicak earned three mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-1. 

Both players went on serve until the 12th game en route to tie-break. Sonego went up a 5-2 lead in the tie-break, but Poljicak won four consecutive points to take a 6-5 lead, as Sonego suffered from cramps. Sonego saved the first match point. Poljicak earned a second match point, but Sonego saved it with a forehand. Sonego won two forehand winners to seal the tie-break 11-9. 

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Zheng Qinwen wins her second straight title in Palermo

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Number 1 seed Zheng Qinwen won her second straight title at the Palermo Ladies Open defending a title for the first time in her career. The Chinese player overcame number 2 seed and 2022 Roland Garros finalist Karolina Muchova 6-4 4-6 6-2 to win her 10th consecutive win at the Palermo tournament. The Chinese player has a record of 11 wins to 1 defeat at the Palermo Ladies Open. She lost her only match at this tournament against Jaqueline Cristian in the second round in 2022. 

Zheng Qinwen avenged her 1-6 6-3 6-4 defeat in her only previous head-to-head match against Muchova at the Madrid Mutua Open in 2022. 

Muchova was aiming to win her second career title in her third tournament since she returned a ten-month injury. 

Zheng came back from a break down twice in the first set before breaking in the 10th game to seal the first set 6-4. 

Muchova earned an early break to open up a 4-1 lead in the second set. The Czech player saved two four break points at 5-4 to win the second set. 

Zheng earned an early break at the start of the third set to take a 2-0 lead with a forehand winner down the line. Muchova pulled back on serve at 3-2 with a crosscourt forehand winner on break point. Zheng converted her fifth break point in the next game to open up a 4-2 lead and cruised through to winning the match. 

Number 1 seeds Alexandra Panova and Yana Sizikova came back from one set down to beat Yvonne Cavalle Reimers and Aurora Zantedeschi 4-6 6-3 10-5. Sizhikova won her second straight doubles title in Palermo. Panova claimed her ninth doubles title on the WTA Tour. 

“It was a really tough match, because I think she is an amazing player. She volleys really well. She has a tough drop shot for me. There was lot of ups and downs. I was trying to be more aggressive in the third set and I am happy that worked out”, said Zheng. 

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Czechia Changes Olympic Line-Up Following Withdrawal Of Tokyo Medalist Vondrousova

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Former Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova has pulled out of the Olympic Games less than a week before the tournament starts due to injury.

Vondrousova, who won a silver medal in the Tokyo Games three years ago, has been forced to miss the event due to a hand injury. The Czech was set to return to action for the first time since Wimbledon, where she suffered a shock first round defeat to Spain’s Jessica Bouzas Maneiro. Last month she also suffered a separate injury scare after slipping on the grass at the Berlin Open. 

“I am very sorry, but for health reasons I am not participating in this year’s Olympic Games in Paris,” Vondrousa wrote in Czech on Instagram.

“I was hoping until the last moment that it could go at least in doubles, but problems with my hand won’t let me on the court.

The 25-year-old hopes to recover in time for the North American hardcourt swing which ends with the US Open. She is currently ranked 18th in the world and is in danger of dropping out of the top 20 for the first time since July 2023. 

“I am concentrating now on being well at the US Open, I will keep my fingers crossed for all the Czech representatives in France from a distance.” Vondrousova outlined. 

Following the withdrawal, Katerina Siniakova has been given a place in the singles draw. Siniakova is better known for her doubles success, winning nine major titles, including this year’s French Open and Wimbledon. 

Linda Noskova has been brought in to fill the vacant double spot where she will be playing alongside Karolina Muchova. 

The draw for the Olympic Tennis event will take place on Thursday, July 25th at 10am UK time. The first round of matches is scheduled to start on Saturday 27 July through to the finals on Sunday 4 August. This year’s tournament is being held at Roland Garros which is the venue of the French Open. 

List of seeds for the Olympic singles tournament (as of 22/07/2024)

WOMEN

1 – Swiatek POL

2 – Gauff USA

3 – Rybakina KAZ

4 – Paolini ITA

5 – Pegula USA

6 – Qinwen CHN

7 – Sakkari GRE

8- Collins USA

9 – Krejcikova CZE

10 – Ostapenko LAT

11 – Navarro USA

12 – Kostyuk UKR

13 – Vekic CRO

14 – Haddad Maia BRA 

15 – Shnaider AIN*

16 – Fernandez CAN

MEN

1 – Sinner ITA

2 – Djokovic SRB

3 – Alcaraz ESP

4 – Zverev GER

5 – Medvedev AIN*

6 – De Minaur AUS

7 – Hurkacz POL

8 – Ruud NOR

9 – Fritz USA

10 – Tsitsipas GRE

11 – Paul USA

12 – Humbert FRA 

13 – Rune NOR

14 – Musetti ITA

15 – Baez ARG

16 – Auger-Aliassime CAN

*Russian and Belarussian athletes at the 2024 Olympics are referred to as Individual Neutral Athletes (INA) due to the suspension of those two countries due to the war in Ukraine. They are only allowed to compete as long as they don’t show any symbols of their home countries and have shown no support for the war. 

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