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Danielle Collins needs seven match points to beat Jill Teichmann in Adelaide



Number 10 seed Danielle Collins needed seven match points to beat Jil Teichmann 6-3 7-6 (7-2) to reach her first quarter final since last March at the Adelaide International 2.


Collins reached the Australian Open final and two quarter finals in Miami and San Diego last season. 

Collins fended off two break points in the eighth game of the opening set, but never dropped her serve and broke twice in the fifth and ninth games to seal the first set 6-3. The US player won four consecutive games from 1-3 down in the second set to take a 5-3 with two breaks in the sixth and eighth game. 

Collins was not able to serve out the win. Teichmann fended off five match points from 0-40 down on her serve in a six-deuce 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Collins won six of the first seven points to race out to a 6-1 lead to close out the win on her second match point. 

Reigning Olympic champion Belinda Bencic beat qualifier Anna Kalinskaya 6-3 6-3 improving the record in her head-to-head matches against her Russian opponent to 3-0. Bencic broke twice in the third and ninth games to win the first set 6-3. Both players traded breaks twice in the second set. Bencic earned the decisive break in the eighth game to close out the second set 6-3.  

Former world number 9 Paula Badosa edged past seven-time Grand Slam quarter finalist Kaia Kanepi 6-1 7-5 in 1 hour and 23 minutes to seal her spot in the quarter final. Badosa hit 22 winners to just 8 unforced errors. 

Badosa opened up a 2-0 lead with an early break in the second game. Kanepi broke straight back in the third game for 1-2. Badosa earned two breaks in the fourth and sixth games at deuce to ease through to a 6-1 in the opening set. 

Badosa earned a break point at 4-4 in the second set with a backhand volley winner and converted it after a wide backhand by Kanepi. Kanepi broke straight back in the next game, as Badosa made a double fault when she was serving for the match. Badosa broke for the second time to take a 6-5 lead and served out the win on her second match point. 

Badosa scored two back-to-back wins over Estonian players ranked inside the top 40 this week after beating Anett Kontaveit in the first round. 

Badosa drew level to 1-1 in her two head-to-head matches against Kanepi. 

The Spanish player set up a quarter final match against Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, who beat Amanda Anisimova 6-4 7-5. Haddad Maia needed just one break in the first game to win the opening set 6-4. Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set. Haddad Maia sealed the win with a decisive break in the 11th game. Haddad Maia beat Anisimova for the first time in their three head-to-head matches. 

Number 5 seed Daria Kasatkina edged past 2021 Roland Garros Barbora Krejcikova 6-2 7-5 in 1 hour and a half to advance to the quarter finals. Kasatkina drew level to 1-1 in her two head-to-head matches against Krejcikova. 

Kasatkina fired six aces and converted four of her seven break points. The Russian player raced out to a 4-0 lead with a double break. Krejcikova pulled one break back in the fifth game for 1-4. Kasatkina closed out the first set 6-4 with her third break in the eighth game. The second set went on serve until the 12th game, when Kasatkina sealed the win with a break. 

Kasatkina set up a quarter final match against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who won the tie-break of the first set 8-6 before Zheng Qinwen withdrew from the match due to a left thigh injury. The Czech player came back from 3-5 down and saved three set points in the tie-break. Kvitova is unbeaten in her three matches in the 2023 matches. Kvitova beat her Russian rival 6-4 6-0 in their only head-to-head match at the 2018 Madrid Mutua Open.

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Flavio Cobolli beats Dominic Stricker on his debut at the Next Gen Finals



Flavio Cobolli overcame 2022 semifinalist Dominic Stricker 4-2 3-4 (4-7) 4-1 4-2 after 1 hour and 39 minutes on his debut at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah to move to 1-0 in Green Group. 


Cobolli converted four of his five break points and won nine of his ten games on the deciding point.

Sticker earned the first break point in the second game of the opening set, but Cobolli saved it with a forehand inside-out on the deciding point. Cobolli fended off another break point on the deciding point with a first serve winner in the fourth game. The Italian player broke serve in the fifth game on the deciding point with a forehand passing shot to take a 3-2 lead and served out the first set at 15. 

The second set went on serve in the first three games with no break points. Stricker earned a break point in the fourth game, but Cobolli saved it to hold serve for 2-2. Stricker went up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break with a mini-break on the second point, but Cobolli pulled the mini-break back to draw level to 5-5. Cobolli saved two set points at 5-6 with a forehand down the line and another chance at 6-7. Stricker converted his third set point to win the tie-break 9-7 after 56 minutes.

Cobolli went down 0-40 on serve in the first game of the third set, but he won four consecutive points to save four break points to hold serve on the deciding point. The Italian player won 11 of the next 12 points and broke serve in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. Stricker rallied from 0-40 down to 40-40, but Cobolli held serve on the deciding point with a forehand in the third game. Stricker earned three break points at 1-3 15-40 but Cobolli saved them to hold serve on the deciding point for 4-1.   

The fourth set started with a series of breaks and counterbreaks, as Cobolli took a 2-1 lead with a break on the deciding point and held serve at 30 to open up a 3-1 lead. Cobolli earned a match point, but Stricker saved it on the deciding point. Cobolli served out the win on his second match point in the sixth game.

Cobolli will face Arthur Fils in the second match on Wednesday.

“I warmed up for a lot of time, so I was really hot on the court. I started the match really well. The courts are so fast, but I was faster than Stricker. I played a really good match and I am really happy”, said Cobolli.

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Arthur Fils edges Luca Nardi in the opening match of the Next Gen Finals in Jeddah



Arthur Fils made a winning start to Green Group with a 2-4 4-3 (8-6) 4-2 1-4 4-2 win of Luca Nardi after 2 hours and 2 minutes in the opening match of the 2023 Next Gen ATP Finals at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.


Fils served at 51% and faced only two break points. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games. Nardi earned his first break at 15 in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead, when Fils netted a forehand. Nardi served for the set at 3-2 and fired a service winner to close out the first set in 19 minutes. 

Both players went on serve in the second set en route to the tie-break. Nardi fired an ace on the sixth point to draw level to 3-3. Fils earned a mini-break  after Nardi made a loose backhand. Nardi pulled the mini-break back to draw level to 4-4 and forced a mistake from Fils to earn a set point at 5-5. 

Fils saved a set point at 5-6 with a service winner. The Frenchman earned a mini-break at 7-6 to wrap up the tie-break of the second set 8-6 after 55 minutes. 

Fils broke serve at 15 in the first game of the third set after a lucky net cord winner and earned another break point at 2-0. Nardi won the decisive point with a forehand down the line winner to hold serve in the third game. Fils held serve at 30 in the sixth game to win the third set 4-2 after 1 hour and 18 minutes. 

Nardi faced two break points in the first game of the fourth set and saved them on the deciding point. 

Nardi broke Fils in the fifth game when Fils made a forehand error. The Italian player closed out the fourth set with a service winner in the sixth game forcing the match to the fifth set after 1 hour and 38 minutes. 

Both players went on serve in the opening five games of the decider. Nardi wasted a game point, and Fils earned the decisive break with a return winner to seal the win after 2 hours and 3 minutes. 

Fils won the first ATP title in Lyon last May and finished the season at number 36. The Frenchman started 2023 at number 249, making the biggest jump into the top 50 from last yeat of any player on Tour. 

“It was a tough match. The first set in my life I am playing first to four games. Things can change very quickly. I was leading two sets to one, had break points and I was feeling very good. Then I lost a deuce point and everything changed, but I I am really happy to win today”, said Fils. 

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Grand Slam Champions Sabalenka, Rybakina To Start 2024 Campaigns In Brisbane



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Aryna Sabalenka will begin her preparation for a second consecutive Australian Open title by playing a warm-up event in Brisbane during the first week of January.


The world No.2 is among a trio of players that has been added to the line-up for the combined event with the women’s draw being increased from 32 to 48 players. It will be the first time in Sabalenka’s career that she has played in Brisbane after the tournament wasn’t held between 2021-2023. 

“I’m excited about starting my 2024 Australian season in Brisbane. Australia holds a special place in my heart after winning my first Grand Slam there,” Sabalenka said in a press release.
“I can’t wait to make my debut at the Brisbane International and play in front of the Queensland tennis fans. It’s a tournament that’s attracted so many good players in the past and I’m hoping it will set me up for another successful summer.”

Sabalenka will be hoping to continue her run of good form from 2023 into the new season. This year she won her maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park, was runer-up to Coco Gauff at the US Open and reached the semi-finals at the two other major events. She also won the Madrid Open in May which is the biggest clay-court title of her career to date. 

Also joining the Belarussian in the draw is former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina. The world No.4 was runner-up to Sabalenka at the Australian Open earlier this year. She has won five WTA titles so far in her career with two of those occurring this year in Indian Wells and Rome. 

As for the men’s draw, which is categorized as an ATP 250 event, Ben Shelton has confirmed his entry. The 21-year-old played his first-ever international event back in January and since the start of the year, he has risen almost 80 places in the rankings to 17th in the world. His career-best ranking is 15th which was achieved last month. 

“I’m thrilled to be playing the Brisbane International for the first time in 2024. My first trip to Australia was last January, and it was such an amazing experience. The fans were so welcoming,” said Shelton.
“I’m looking forward to exploring Brisbane and playing in front of the local fans. Hopefully, there will also be a chance to fit in some sightseeing during my visit.”

The Brisbane International has already confirmed that Naomi Osaka will also be playing in what will be her first tournament since becoming a mother. Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka, Holger Rune and Grigor Dimitrov are also set to play at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

The tournament will take place from 31 December to 7 January. 

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