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Canada Daily Preview: A Roland Garros Final Rematch Between Swiatek and Muchova



Iga Swiatek on Wednesday afternoon in Montreal (

All third round singles matches are scheduled for Thursday in Montreal and Toronto, featuring seven of the WTA top 10, and five of the ATP top 10.

Two months ago in Paris, Karolina Muchova came extremely close to upsetting Iga Swiatek and winning her first Major.  On Thursday in Montreal, Karolina will look to avenge that painful loss against the World No.1.  Other WTA on Thursday sees Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova take on Washington champ Coco Gauff, as well second-seeded Aryna Sabalenka and third-seeded Elena Rybakina playing their third round matches.

In Toronto, Andy Murray is vying to improve his ranking and earn a seeding at the US Open, the first time he would be seeded at a Major in over six years.  A win on Thursday would go a long way in solidifying that, but recent Wimbledon semifinalist Jannik Sinner stands in his way.  Also, Wimbledon champ Carlos Alcaraz faces Hubert Hurkacz, a finalist at this event a year ago.  And other matches feature second-seeded Daniil Medvedev and third-seeded Casper Ruud.

Throughout the tournament, this preview will analyze the day’s most prominent match in both Montreal and Toronto, while highlighting the other notable matches on the schedule in each city.  Thursday’s play begins at 11:00am local time in both cities.

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Karolina Muchova (14) – 12:30pm Court Central in Montreal

Swiatek is now 48-7 this year after a straight-set victory on Wednesday over another Major finalist from the Czech Republic, Karolina Pliskova.  But Iga’s 0-2 in the third round of this tournament, losing a long three-setter a year ago to Beatriz Haddad Maia, and losing in straight sets four years ago to Naomi Osaka. 

Muchova is 28-10 this season, though she’s just 2-3 since the French Open final against Swiatek, as she’s unfortunately again been battling a leg injury she suffered at Wimbledon.  And Karolina was 0-1 in Canada prior to this week.  In Paris, she came back from a set down to become the first player to take a set off Iga in a Slam final, and Karolina was even up a break twice in the final set before succumbing 6-4 in the third.

Their only other previous encounter also went three sets, but that one went to Muchova.  That match took place four years ago in Prague, the biggest event in Karolina’s home country.  In the rubber match on Thursday, Swiatek is a considerable favorite, especially in light of Muchova’s recent injury.

Andy Murray vs. Jannik Sinner (7) – Last on Center Court in Toronto

With a win over Sinner, Murray would come within just a few points of the 32nd-ranked player in the world (Ugo Humbert), which is the cutoff for guaranteeing oneself a seed at the Majors.  But Andy will certainly not be 100% fresh for this important matchup, as he played for nearly three hours on Wednesday afternoon, eventually defeating Max Purcell in three sets.

On the same day, Sinner comfortably dispatched of fellow Italian Matteo Berrettini, requiring only an hour-and-a-half to do so.  He’s now 38-11 on the year, and 22-5 on hard courts.  And Jannik has reached the fourth round or better at all four Masters 1000 events he’s played this season.

They have split two previous meetings, both on hard courts.  Two years ago in Stockholm, Murray prevailed in straight sets.  A year ago in Dubai, Sinner prevailed in straight sets.  While Andy is a three-time champion in Canada, with an overall record of 28-7, Jannik’s form this season has been extremely impressive.  And reaching his first Major semifinal last month should serve as a huge confidence boost for the 21-year-old, who should be favored to win on Thursday night.

Other Notable Matches on Thursday:

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina vs. Casper Ruud (3) – Davidovich Fokina has lost only five games through four sets this week, and decisively knocked out Sascha Zverev on Wednesday.  Ruud defeated Jiri Lehecka in straight sets on Tuesday.  These players have split two previous meetings, both of which went five sets, including a near five-hour affair two years ago at Roland Garros, which went to Alejandro.

Marketa Vondrousova (9) vs. Coco Gauff (6) – Vondrousova is on a nine-match winning streak, and took out Caroline Wozniacki on Wednesday.  Gauff is on a five-match winning streak, and has not lost a set during that stretch.  Two years ago in Dubai, Coco beat Marketa in three sets.

Sloane Stephens vs. Elena Rybakina (3) – Rybakina overcame a stern test from another American, Jennifer Brady, in the last round.  Stephens received a walkover from Victoria Azarenka. 

Lorenzo Musetti (16) vs. Daniil Medvedev (2) – Medvedev won this event two years ago in the same city, and defeated Matteo Arnaldi in straight sets on Wednesday.  Musetti came back from a set down to overcome Thanasi Kokkinakis. 

Carlos Alcaraz (1) vs. Hubert Hurkacz (15) – Alcaraz beat Ben Shelton on Wednesday evening to extend his winning streak to 13 matches, while Hurkacz eliminated Miomir Kecmanovic.  Last year in the semifinals of Miami, Carlitos defeated Hubi in two tiebreak sets.

Leylah Fernandez (WC) vs. Danielle Collins (Q) – Fernandez survived a thrilling three-setter on Wednesday against Beatriz Haddad Maia.  Collins has already taken out both Elina Svitolina and Maria Sakkari in straight sets. 

Liudmila Samsonova (13) vs. Aryna Sabalenka (2) – Sabalenka and Samsonova share a 1-1 head-to-head, and both matches have been tight.  Earlier this year in Adelaide, Aryna won their most recente encounter, a straight-setter decided by two tiebreaks.

Thursday’s full Order of Play for the WTA is here, and the ATP is here.


Emma Raducanu Finding Positives Ahead Of Eastbourne Return And ‘Pristine’ Wimbledon Experience

Emma Raducanu will play Eastbourne for the first time this week.



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Emma Raducanu is finding the positives as she looks forward to a big next few weeks.

The former US Open champion is preparing to play Wimbledon for the first time in two years.

Last year, Raducanu was undergoing multiple wrist surgeries but now the Brit returns to her home Grand Slam.

In an exclusive interview with Porsche Raducanu described Wimbledon as ‘Pristine’ as she prepares for a big two weeks at SW19, “I’m looking forward to competing at Wimbledon this year,” Raducanu explained.

“Obviously, Wimbledon is Wimbledon, and that speaks for itself, but I’m most looking forward to the stage which I missed last year and now I’m looking forward to coming back and being in a better place than I was in 2022!

“For me, it’s always about the rich history and traditions, like the pristine grass courts and iconic white dress code. It’s always the tournament that every player dreams of winning.

“The courts at Wimbledon are obviously pristine and look beautiful. The aesthetics and tradition that come with the tournament are unparalleled. Being a British player at Wimbledon is incredible, the atmosphere is hard to put into words.

“I particularly love court 1 because I feel the fans get more involved, that coupled with everything else that Wimbledon brings gives you extra motivation to perform well.”

Heading into Wimbledon, Raducanu enters the tournament with a semi-final in Nottingham and is now prepared to play in Eastbourne for the first time.

Ahead of Eastbourne, Raducanu admitted she is finding the positives in her preparation and is looking forward to her experience in Eastbourne, “Preparation has been going well thanks. I have had a good last few days training in London before Eastbourne this week so excited to get going,” Raducanu stated.

“Yes, I took a lot of positives from Nottingham. I performed well, and it showed me that my game is strong on the grass, so yes, it’s given me positivity heading into Wimbledon. Most importantly for me though at Wimbledon I feel in a place where I’m in love with the sport. Whatever happens this Wimbledon, I have full belief in myself for the years to come too.

“I’ve never played in Eastbourne, it’s on the water which I like, minus the wind maybe and it’s another home tournament where I get to play in front of a home crowd! That’s the best part.”

Raducanu will face fellow Grand Slam champion Sloane Stephens in a blockbuster opening round match on Tuesday.

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Tommy Paul Downs Lorenzo Musetti Wins Maiden Grass Court Title At Queen’s Club

Tommy Paul is the new American number one!



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Tommy Paul has won his maiden grass court title at Queen’s Club after defeating Lorenzo Musetti 6-1 7-6(8).

The fifth seed was too good for the Italian who never really got going as Paul claimed his first title at ATP 500 level.

It was Paul’s third ATP title of his career and moves to world number 12 after an impressive week.

Heading into the final, Paul had beaten Jack Draper and Sebastian Korda and the American continued his red-hot form in the opening set.

Incredible movement on the grass as Paul played efficient counter-attacking tennis as he frustrated Musetti early on.

The American secured the early break for a 3-0 lead as the world number 13 dictated with power and touch.

Looking for a response, Musetti aimed to dictate play on the backhand and the Italian’s serve was firing in the next game as he secured his only hold of the match.

However, Paul was too consistent and solid as the American broke again and would soon win the opening set 6-1.

In the second set, Musetti started more positively as he was more proactive and aggressive as he looked to control his power more.

Paul managed to outlast Musetti’s early power to keep moving the Italian about and creating angles to hit winners into.

After a controlled start, Musetti produced a reckless seventh game as erratic unforced errors saw Paul break for a 4-3 lead.

The American was calm and collected for the majority of the match but when serving for the match Paul faltered under pressure.

Too many missed first serves saw Musetti with an opportunity to break back and the Italian didn’t need a second invitation as a crisp backhand return winner sealed the break back to level the set at 5-5.

An inspired Musetti applied pressure on Paul with some phenomenal hitting from the baseline as he secured consistent winners.

The American held his nerve to force a second set tiebreak as the American looked to overcome some jitters.

It looked like Musetti was going to cruise to the tiebreak but the Italian squandered a 4-1 lead in what was a highly entertaining tiebreak.

In the end Paul would win the tiebreak 10-8 and secure his first ATP 500 title as well as becoming the new American number one.

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Jannik Sinner Wins Maiden Grass-Court Title In Halle



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Jannik Sinner has reached another milestone in his blossoming career after claiming his first title on grass at the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle. 

The world No.1 ousted fifth seed and doubles partner Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(8), 7-6,(2), in a tightly contested encounter. Sinner was sternly tested by the big-hitting Pole who knocked French Open finalist Alexander Zverev out of the tournament on Saturday. Nevertheless, he managed to come out on top to become only the eighth player in PIF ATP ranking history to claim a trophy in his first tournament as world No.1.

“This means a lot,” Sinner told TennisTV. “It was a tough match against Hubi. I knew that I had to serve really well. You play only a couple of really important points throughout the whole set. I tried to produce in the best possible way in the important moments. 
“I’m very happy about this tournament because it’s my first time winning (a title) on a grass court. It’s a good feeling.”

Proceedings got underway with a 53-minuite opening set which saw no breaks of serves during the first 12 games played. However, each player had one opportunity to do so during the early stages. In the tiebreak, Sinner continued to be troubled by Hurkacz after failing to maintain a 5-2 lead. Then at 6-5, he was unable to convert his first set point due to an ace from his opponent. He missed a second opportunity to do so before prevailing on his third by hitting a shot deep to the baseline that his rival returned into the net. Making Sinner the first player to take a set off Hurkacz this week. 

It was a case of deja vu in the second frame with both players standing strong behind their serve. Hurkacz was unable to find a way to break but he did win over the crowd after hitting a fantastic over-the-shoulder passing shot without looking to win a point. 

Meanwhile, Sinner continued to weather the storm as he closed in on victory. The second tiebreaker saw him capitalised on back-to-back unforced errors from his rival en route to a 5-1 lead. Two points later he earned his first match point with the help of another costly mistake from across the court before closing the match out with ease.

Sinner’s latest victory is only the second time he has beaten a top 10 player on the grass with his first triumph being against Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon two years ago. He is also the second player to win Halle whilst ranked No.1 in the world after Roger Federer. 

Heading into Wimbledon, the 22-year-old has won four ATP trophies so far this season on three different surfaces. He has now won 38 out of his last 41 matches played. 

“I’m looking forward to it,” Sinner said of the next Grand Slam. “Last year I made the semis and played some good tennis. So let’s see what’s coming this year. 
“For sure I’m more confident on this surface. Obviously, the grass here (in Halle) might be a bit different to Wimbledon but I have a week to prepare so hopefully it is going to be a good tournament.”

Sinner is the 17th active male player to win a tour-level title on all three surfaces. 

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