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Caroline Garcia Secures Return To WTA Top 10, Faces Old Foe Jabeur For Place In US Open Final

Enjoying her best-ever run at a major tournament, Garcia’s upcoming opponent is a player that has given her plenty of trouble in the past.



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Caroline Garcia has continued her recent surge in form by securing a place in her first Grand Slam-final at the US Open on Tuesday. 

Garcia, who was ranked 79th in the world in May, produced a convincing 6-3, 6-4, win over Coco Gauff in her quarter-final match. Hitting a total of 24 winners and dropping serve only once against the American. It is her sixth consecutive win over a top 20 player on the Tour. 

“It was a very intense match. Every point, every game was really tough. The atmosphere was really American with a lot of energy out there,” said Garcia. 

“I’m just very happy with the performance today, to manage the emotion in my game. I’ve been able to play my game, and that’s very important for me.”

The Frenchwoman has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in recent months. She has won 18 out of her last 19 matches played, claiming titles in Warsaw and Cincinnati. The only player to defeat her during this period was compatriot Alize Cornet at the Canadian Open. 

Garcia’s latest victory over Gauff has guaranteed that she will enter the top 10 next Monday when the standings are updated. It will be the first time she has done so since October 2018. She has been ranked as high as fourth in the world. 

“Obviously with a lot of wins, I’m having fun playing. I can see so many things I can still improve. So it’s a great challenge for our team.” She said. 

So what has triggered Garcia’s rise in the sport once again? One explanation is a change in tactics she uses during matches to play more aggressively. 

“Maybe I’m a little bit more inside the court on the return, trying to play as early as I can. Yeah, that’s maybe the biggest difference,” she commented on her current game.

“My coach is always challenging me to practice inside (the court). Now I like to do it more. It’s more under control. But obviously at the beginning was a challenge. It was my best way for me to return.”

Bidding to become only the second Frenchwoman to reach a US Open final and the first since Mary Pierce in 2005, Garcia faces the formidable Ons Jabeur in the next round. Jabeur edged out Ana Tomljanovic 6-4, 7-6(4), in her quarter-final match. Becoming the first African woman to reach the last four of the New York major in the Open Era. 

Jabeur has been problematic for Garcia in the past. Their rivalry began more than a decade ago on the junior circuit when they clashed four times between 2010-2011 with the Tunisian winning all of their encounters. Jabeur continued her perfect winning record on the WTA Tour by defeating Garcia at the 2019 US Open and 2020 Australian Open. 

Another thing that links the two players is Bertrand Perret, who is currently Garcia’s coach but had also previously worked with Jabeur. 

“We go way back, from juniors,” Tennis Majors quoted Jabeur as saying. “Honestly I’m happy for her that she’s back where she belongs. Also, she’s working with Bertrand; he was my coach before Issam. I’m just happy for them in general. “I know she plays really aggressive, and a tough game. So whoever is going to be able to impose her game is going to be in better form. So I will try to play my game. I will try to be me. Hopefully, it’s going to be a great match for both of us.”

Despite her losing record, Garcia will be hoping to get revenge when they clash once again at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday. 

“It was really a challenge for me to play her in juniors,” Garcia reflected. “Yeah, a few times she stopped me on my way to get a slam in juniors. It’s fun to see two players again in (a) semi-final in (the) US Open. It’s a great challenge for my game, for me. I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Sebastian Korda reaches his second semifinal of the season in s’Hertogenbosh



Sebastian Korda beat Tommy Paul 6-4 6-2 in 67 minutes to reach his second ATP Tour semifinal of the season at Libema Open in s’Hertogenbosh. 

Korda hit 18 winners and won 84% of his first serve points. Korda earned his first break in the third game of the first set to take a 2-1 lead. Paul broke straight back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Korda broke for the second time in the seventh game to win the first set 6-4. Korda broke twice in the third and seventh game to close out the second set 6-2. 

Korda has improved his head-to-head record against Paul to 4-1. 

Korda reached the semifinal on grass at Queen’s in 2023. The US player is is aiming to win his first ATP Tour title since 2021, when he won in Parma on clay. 

Korda set up a semifinal clash against defending champion Tallon Griekspoor, who ccame back from one set down to beat Alexandar Vukic 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-3). Griekspoor has won his past eight matches at this tournament. 

Vukic broke in the ninth game to win the first set 6-4. Griekspoor earned his first break in the sixth game of the second set to win the second set 6-3. The third set went on serve with no breaks en route to the tie-break. Griekspoor earned two mini-breaks to open up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break. Vukic pulled one of the two mini-breaks, but Griekspoor held on his serve and sealed the tie-break on his first match point.

“I am very happy to be through. It was a very tough match once again. I think Alexandar played unbelievable grass court tennis, so it was not easy and I am very happy to find my way in the third set. I am enjoying the crowd, the atmosphere and the whole tournament”, said Korda. 

Alex De Minaur beat Milos Raonic7-5 6-2 in 1 hour and 26 minutes. De Minaur has improved to 3-0 in his head-to-head matches against Raonic, who was playing in just his fourth tournament of he year.

De Minaur earned his first break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Raonic broke straight back to draw level to 3-3. De Minaur broke for the second time in the 11th game and served out on his first set point after saving three break points in the 12th game. De Minaur broke twice in the fifth and seventh games to win the second set 6-2. 

De Minaur is aiming to win the second title of his career on career following his win in Eastbourne in 2021.  

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Emma Raducanu Confident Of Full Fitness Ahead Of Grass Swing



Emma Raducanu - Cincinnati 2022 (foto Twitter @cincytennis)

Emma Raducanu has no regrets about her decision to skip the French Open and now believes she is in a ‘really fit place’ ahead of Wimbledon. 

The former US Open champion opted to end her clay season earlier than other players to focus on fitness and training with her coach. Raducanu stated earlier this year that her primary focus in 2024 is on her health after undergoing a series of wrist and ankle surgeries last year which sidelined her for months. 

Raducanu will return to action this week at the Nottingham Open, which is the event where she made her WTA main draw debut back in 2021. Despite her lack of match play in recent weeks, the Brit is feeling good and relishing her return to the grass.

“Body-wise, physical-wise, I feel really healthy,” she said on Monday.
“I’ve done amazing work with my trainer over the last few months, since surgery. I’m in a really fit place. I’m healthy and just looking forward to starting playing.”

Shedding more light on her health, Raducanu says she has full confidence in her wrists and believes they are in top condition. Making her feel more at ease when playing matches on the Tour. 

“I think my wrists are actually in a better position than they ever were. So there’s zero doubt or apprehension whether I’m hitting the ball or designing my schedule,” she explained.
“It’s more about being proactive and not wanting to put yourself in any unnecessary situations. I don’t need to rush and try to win the French Open, it wasn’t my goal this year.
“I had to prioritise where I wanted to target and it was just a good block for me to get some physical work done.”

Raducanu has played seven WTA events so far this season with her best run being to the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she was beaten by world No.1 Iga Swiatek. The 21-year-old is currently ranked 209th in the world. 

At the Nottingham Open, she will play her first match on Tuesday against Japanese qualifier Ena Shibahara. 

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Jack Draper Wins In Stuttgart, Potentially Faces Andy Murray in Round Two



Jack Draper – ATP Monaco di Baviera 2024 (foto via Twitter @atptour)

Britain’s Jack Draper tight first round win headlined the opening day’s results at the Boss Open 2024 in Stuttgart – and possibly faces a second-round match with Andy Murray who takes on Marcos Giron tomorrow.

Less than 24 hours from the last ball being hit at Roland Garros, the ATP Tour had already switched surfaces onto the grass, and 22-year-old Draper was well tested but ultimately came through in two tie-breakers over Sebastian Ofner.

The sixth seed’s 7-6, 7-6 win contained just one break of serve each, both coming in the second set, as serve dominated proceedings on the faster grass courts in Germany.

While the Austrian won 75% on his first serve, Draper won a whopping 89% behind his first delivery as well as hitting eight aces. These kind of service stats will surely take him far during the grass court season.

“I thought it was a really good match,” Eurosport quoted Draper saying after his match. 
“Both of us played really clean tennis, executing really well.
“When it came down to it, I’m glad I competed really well and got over the line – it’s good to be back on the grass as well.”

There were also wins for Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann who won 6-3, 6-3 over wildcard Henri Squire, while compatriot Dominik Koepfer won in three sets over China’s Zhizhen Zhang 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. 

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