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WIMBLEDON: Iga Swiatek Praises Radwanska Influence After Opening Round Victory

Iga Swiatek spoke about the influence of Agnieszka Radwanska after her opening round win over Lin Zhu.



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World number one Iga Swiatek admits she is feeling comfortable at Wimbledon this year after beating Lin Zhu 6-1 6-3 in her opening round match.

It was a dominant opening round win for the former Juniors champion as she produced 22 winners in her opening round win that lasted 81 minutes long.

The world number one is looking to better her performance from last year where she went out in the third round to Alize Cornet.

Speaking in her post-match press conference Swiatek cited last year’s performance and admitted she is feeling more comfortable this year, “Well, the thing is that last year I just felt like I still have this streak going. After Roland Garros, kind of everybody was talking about that,” the Pole admitted after the match.

“It was a lot kind of on my shoulders when I got into the tournament. Obviously I tried to kind of just work through it, not really focus on that, what I usually do. Really I’m not looking at numbers or stats.

“But, yeah, it wasn’t easy, especially having I just played one tournament on grass last year. I think that’s why was a little bit more tricky because I felt, like, rusty, kind of mentally in terms of the focus tennis-wise because I didn’t play any matches on grass.

“I think this year is much more comfortable for me. For sure winning a Grand Slam this year, it feels like I kind of reached my goal. I was really kind of happy and I could celebrate after. But last year, I just felt more
expectations. I think that’s the difference.”

So far Swiatek’s comfortability on grass is helping as she cruised into the second round as well as reaching the semi-finals in Bad Homburg.

The world number one also spoke about Agnieszka’s Radwanska’s influence on her game as she was working with Tomasz Wiktorowski, the former coach of Radwanska.

Swiatek admitted there was a clear game-plan in place before Wimbledon to work on specific elements of her game heading into the third Grand Slam of the year, “Well, I kind of just sat down this year and I tried to remember how we practiced, what we have done these two weeks before Wimbledon,” Swiatek said.

“I remember we did a lot of, like, things that were connected to touch and slices, getting back slices. I think it’s great. That’s kind of what Agnieszka Radwanska was using a lot, what my coach kind of taught me that last year.

“This year I feel like we did more in terms of just like my baseline game, but also footwork I think because I just had more time to try all these things that I practiced on matches in Bad Homburg.

“It’s hard to point one thing because we’re usually working on everything in tennis, you know? But I just feel like it’s easier for it to click this time because I’m not that rusty. I played some matches. I felt like I can do it. Gave me a lot of confidence.”

Swiatek’s renewed confidence will look to continue in her second round when she takes on either Martina Trevisan or Sara Sorribes Tormo.


Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl



Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.



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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.



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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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