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Ons Jabeur Rooting For Ex-Wimbledon Champion Barty To Stage A Comeback



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Only hours have passed since Ash Barty welcomed the birth of her first child but one of her former rivals is hoping she will come out of retirement in the future. 


Ons Jabeur believes the former world No.1 could follow the example set by the likes of Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka by balancing motherhood with life as a professional athlete. Recently Caroline Wozniacki, who is a mother of two children, announced that she will be returning to the Tour this summer at the age of 32 which is five years older than Barty. 

“I’m very happy for her that she had a baby boy. I’m very happy for her because this is something that I want to have, a family,” Jabeur said after defeating Magda Frech in the first round of Wimbledon. 
“I’m sure she’s enjoying being a mom right now than being on a tennis court waiting to play at Wimbledon. I hope that she will change her mind like Wozniacki and come back maybe in one or two years.”

Barty stunned the Tour last year when she unexpectedly announced her retirement after capturing the Australian Open title for the first time in her career. Last November, she played down suggestions of a future comeback by saying she was ‘done’ during an event to mark the launch of her autobiography. 

However, Jabeur is staying optimistic about the prospect. Barty is one of only three women from her country to have won the Wimbledon title after defeating Karolina Pliskova in the 2021 final. Overall, she has won 15 WTA titles with three of those being at Grand Slams. 

“That’s a long time (ago),” Jabeur commented on Barty’s Wimbledon triumph. “I still hope that she will change her mind and come back.”

Jabeur, who is known as the minister of happiness among her fans, also paid tribute to another player during her press conference at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Anett Kontaveit was meant to start the final tournament of her career today before her match got canceled due to rain. The Estonian is stepping away from the sport due to a chronic back problem which is affecting her ability to compete in the sport. 

“I’ve been waiting for Anett’s match. I believe the weather is sad that she’s leaving, so they don’t want her to play,” she joked.
“I honestly tried to convince her not to (retire) but it didn’t work out.’
“It’s also nice to see that someone knows what they’re doing, and she knows exactly that she wants to retire and move on.”

2022 runner-up Jabeur is playing in her sixth Wimbledon main draw.

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Carlos Alcaraz beats Yannick Hanfmann on his debut at the China Open



This year’s Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz beat Yannick Hanfmann 6-4 6-3 in 1 hour and 37 minutes on his debut at the China Open in Beijing three weeks after reaching the semifinal at the US Open. 


Alcaraz has improved his win-loss record to 59-7, leading the ATP Tour. The Spanish player leads the ATP Tour with 8 titles and 5 finals. 

Hanfmann saved eight of the eleven break points and broke twice in the first set. 

Alcaraz earned an early break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead, but Hanfmann broke straight back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Alcaraz converted his fourth break point in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Hanfmann pulled back on serve in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Alcaraz earned his third break with a forehand at 4-4 to seal the first set. 

Alcaraz broke twice in the third and ninth games to close out the second set 6-3. The two-time Grand Slam champion did not face a break point in the second set. 

Alcaraz converted five of the sixteen break points he faced. 

Alcaraz set up a second round match against Lorenzo Musetti, who beat Karen Khachanov 6-3 1-6 6-2. Khachanov won at the Zhuhai Open last week beating Yoshihito Nishioka  in the final. 

“Hopefully I have a lot of years to come here to China. Creating my chapter here in China would be great for me. To finally be able to come here to China and show my tennis in front of the Chinese people is something that I wanted a long time ago and I am really happy to do it, hopefully the first of many here”, said Alcaraz. 

Musetti converted his second break point in the second game to take a 3-0 lead. Khachanov broke back in the fifth game to draw level to 3-3. Musetti broke for the second time in the eighth game to seal the first set 6-3. 

Khachanov broke twice in the second and sixth games to close out the second set 6-1. 

Musetti broke Khachanov twice in the sixth and eighth games to seal the third set 6-2. 

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Jessica Pegula and Maria Sakkari advance to the semifinal in Tokyo



Number 2 seed Jessica Pegula cruised past Daria Kasatkina 6-1 6-0 in just 59 minutes at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo to reach her seventh semifinal of the 2023 season.


Kasatkina earned an early break in the opening game of the match, but Pegula reeled off 12 consecutive games. The US player hit 25 winners and broke six times. She saved three break points as she served out the first set. Kasatkina was not able to convert eight game points across her first two service games. 

Pegula has scored her second win in as many matches against Kasatkina after beating her Russian opponent 7-5 6-3 in the first round in Rome 2021. 

Pegula has improved to 10-9 against top 20 rivals in 2023. 

Pegula set up a semifinal match against Maria Sakkari, who beat Caroline Garcia 6-2 6-2 in the quarter final. Sakkari claimed her second win in a week over her French rival equalling her career-best streak of seven consecutive match wins. Last week Sakkari beat Garcia 6-3 6-0 in the semifinal of the Guadalajara Open.  

Sakkari hit 15 winners to eight unforced errors and saved all six break points. 

The US player will meet her Greek rival for the ninth time in her career and for the third time this season. Sakkari leads 5-3 in her head-to-head matches against Pegula. They are 1-1 in their 2023 clashes. Pegula took the win 6-2 4-6 6-1 in the semifinal in Doha, but Sakkari turned the tables by winning the Washington semifinal 6-3 4-6 6-2. 

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Asian Games Champion Qinwen Zheng Reveals Shock Departure Of Coach Fissette



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China’s Qinwen Zheng says she feels ‘hurt’ by the decision of her former coach to end their collaboration in order to work with another player. 


The US Open quarter-finalist had been working with Belgium’s Wim Fissette in recent weeks following the departure of Pere Riba who is now the coach of Coco Gauff. Fissette has a wealth of experience in women’s tennis after working with the likes of Kim Clijsters and Naomi Osaka. However, Zheng says she is now looking for a new mentor.

“I understand his decision, but my family and I feel hurt. Right now I don’t want to talk about this person (Fissette),’ journalist Bendou Zhang quoted her as saying. 

Fissette is yet to comment on his departure. He had previously coached former world No.1 Osaka between 2019-2022 and during this period she won two of her four Grand Slam titles. The American-based Japanese player is on maternity leave from the sport and gave birth to her first child in July.

20-year-old Zheng is currently ranked 23rd in the world and won her maiden WTA title in Palermo earlier this year. She is the youngest player from her country to have reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam in the Open Era following her run at Flushing Medows. This year she has beaten top 10 players Ons Jabeur and Daria Kasatkina. 

Zheng’s latest career milestone is winning gold at the Asian Games on Friday. in the final, she defeated Zhu Lin 6-2, 6-4, in the blistering Hangzhou heat.

“The feeling was incredible,” Zheng said. “I’m really happy about that. That was not an easy match today and also yesterday (in semifinal against Alex Eala). All of them are good fighters.”

It is not clear who Zheng will be working with during the Asian swing. 

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