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‘You Ruin My Match’ – Jelena Ostapenko Blasts Umpire During Loss To Azarenka In Brisbane

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Jelena Ostapenko says she never wants the person who umpired her clash with Victoria Azarenka at the Brisbane International to officiate another match of hers again.

The Latvian world No.12 reacted angrily to a decision made by umpire Julie Kjendlie during the closing stages of her quarter-final clash which she lost 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. In the third set, Ostapenko claimed that a ball bounced more than once on Azarenka’s side of the net. However, Kjendlie ruled that this was not the case and awarded the point to the Belarussian who moved ahead 5-4. A decision that did not go down too well with the former French Open champion. 

“You make so much mistake. With three bounces. I never want you on my match again,” Ostapenko said to the umpire during a changover.
“You will never be on my match. You will never be on my match. I don’t want you on my matches. You ruin my match,” she added. 

The 26-year-old also referred to a previous run-in she had with the umpire in Linz back in 2019. She reached the final of that tournament before losing 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, to Coco Gauff. 

“Final in Linz I will never forget. Never,” she was heard saying.

Following that dispute, there were two holds of serves before Azarenka broke to take the match. It is the first time she has reached the last four of a WTA event since the Australian Open last year. 

“With Jelena, sometimes you just have to put on (a) helmet and try to stay in there. She’s an incredible player and we’ve seen it many times,” said Azarenka who produced 45 winners. 
“She’s a Grand Slam champion. She proved many times that she can beat anybody on any given day so she’s always very, very dangerous.”
“I thought the quality of tennis was incredible and to be able to go through this match and fight for every point … I had to bring out my game, I had to push her, so I’m very proud,”  She added. 

Awaiting Azarenka in the last four will be Elena Rybakina in what will be a battle of the former Grand Slam champions. Rybakina was leading Anastasia Potapova 6-1 before the Russian was forced to withdraw due to an abdominal injury.

The winner of this week’s Brisbane International will earn $220,000 in prize money and 500 ranking points. 

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Wimbledon Daily Preview: Novak Djokovic Plays Carlos Alcaraz for the Gentlemen’s Singles Championship

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Carlos Alcaraz after winning his semifinal on Friday (twitter.com/wimbledon)

Day 14 at The Championships hosts the championship matches in gentlemen’s singles and mixed doubles.

One year ago, Novak Djokovic was on a 34 match Wimbledon win streak, playing for his fifth consecutive title, and had not lost a match on Centre Court in a full decade.  But in a spectacular five-hour five-setter, Carlos Alcaraz upset the all-time great to win his first Wimbledon title.  On Sunday, we get the rematch, as Djokovic looks to avenge that painful loss, and Alcaraz looks to defend a Major title, and win back-to-back Majors, for the first time.


Carlos Alcaraz (3) vs. Novak Djokovic (2) – 2:00pm on Centre Court

They followed up last year’s championship match here with another fantastic final just a month later in Cincinnati, where Djokovic saved championship point to eventually win in a third-set tiebreak, and after nearly four hours of play.  Novak would go on three weeks later to win the US Open, while Carlitos was not the same player for some time.  Alcaraz would not reach another final at any event for over six months, until this past March in Indian Wells. 

Despite a few surprising losses, and an injury that disrupted his season, Alcaraz is now a strong 32-6 on the year, and a superb 17-1 at Majors.  Carlitos has been able to quickly rebound from upsets at smaller events, like his loss to Jack Draper a few weeks ago at Queen’s Club, and up his level for the big events.  He’s dropped five sets through six matches, most of which have contained some sloppy play at times, yet Carlitos has played his best when it mattered most to reach his fourth Major final.  And he’s 3-0 thus far in Major finals.

2024 has been a surprisingly subpar season in the illustrious career of Djokovic.  Not only has he not won a title to date, he hadn’t advanced to a final until now.  Playing a more limited schedule, he’s just 23-6 this season.  And it was just a month ago that he was forced to withdraw from the Roland Garros quarterfinals after suffering a knee injury, which required surgery and put his Wimbledon status in doubt.  Yet Novak has recovered almost miraculously, dropping only two sets to this stage, though he did receive a quarterfinal walkover of his own from an injured Alex de Minaur.

Overall Djokovic is 3-2 against Alcaraz, and they’ve split two meetings at Majors, both of which took place a year ago.  In the 2023 Roland Garros semifinals, Carlitos started cramping after just two sets of play, and provided little resistance in sets three and four.  That made his five-set victory in this final a month later all the more surprising.

Novak has not appeared to be significantly hampered by his surgically-repaired knee, though there’s no way it can be 100%.  So if another five-setter takes place on Sunday, that has to favor Carlitos, especially since he is an amazing 12-1 when pushed to five sets in his young career.

But the Djokovic CV at this tournament, and at this stage of Majors, is beyond formidable.  Since the start of The Championships in 2014, he is 59-3 at SW19.  And during the same span at all Majors, he is 42-8 in semifinals and finals.  Novak just very rarely loses matches like this, especially on Centre Court.

On a that surface usually favors the aggressor, Djokovic has been able to change that narrative with his stifling defense and court coverage.  However, Alcaraz is one of the only players Djokovic has ever faced who can match him defensively, and at times dictate play against him with his risk-taking style.  We saw here a year ago just how frustrated Novak became by Carlitos’ game, damaging the net post by breaking his racket against it after getting broken in the fifth set.

Yet as many have mentioned these last two weeks, Djokovic “has that look about him,” meaning the steely determination and confidence that he was lacking during the first six months of this year appear to be back.  He is extremely motivated to reassert himself atop the game, in a season where the new generation of Alcaraz and Sinner won the first two Majors. 

If Carlitos gets off to another slow start on Sunday (he’s lost the first set in three of his six matches thus far), or suffer lapses in his level again, Novak will take advantage of that better than any of the defending champion’s previous opponents.  And while he’ll surely do so at some point in his career, until Alcaraz defends a Major title, or wins back-to-back Majors, it’s hard to favor him to do so.  I’m backing Djokovic to win his eighth Wimbledon title, and his historical 25th Major singles title, the most of all-time.


Other Notable Matches on Sunday:

Santiago Gonzalez and Giuliana Olmos vs. Jan Zielinski Su-wei Hsieh (7) – The Mexican team of Gonzalez and Olmos are playing for their first Major title, as Olmos is 0-1 in Major finals, while 41-year-old Gonzalez is 0-4.  Zielinski and Su-wei won this year’s Australian Open as a team, the first Major title of Zielinski’s career, while Su-wei has now won eight between women’s doubles and mixed, and is 8-1 in Major finals.


Sunday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Tales From Novotna Shaped Barbora Krejcikova’s View On Wimbledon

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Newly crowned Wimbledon champion Barbora Krejcikova says she started to view the Grand Slam as the most prestigious event in tennis after working with the late Jana Novotna. 

Krejcikova, who defeated Jasmine Paolini to claim her second major title at The All England Club, was the last player to be coached by the former tennis star before she passed away at the age of 49. Novotna is former world No.2 who won 24 WTA titles during her career. However, she is best remembered for crying on the shoulder of the Duchess Of Kent after losing the 1993 Wimbledon final to Steffi Graf before finally clinching the trophy five years later. 

“When I was 12, I wrote (in her notebook) that in the future I would like to win the French Open. So it was quite a big dream for me to win the French Open,” Krejcikova said during her press conference.

“To be honest, maybe things shifted a little bit when I met Jana and when she was telling me all the stories about Wimbledon, about the grass, how difficult it was for her to win the title and how emotional she was when she actually made it.

“I think since then I started to see Wimbledon as like the biggest tournament in the world.”

Krejcikova, who also won the 2021 French Open, credits her former mentor for helping her rise in the sport. It all began in 2014 when she turned up at Novotna’s apartment with a letter asking for help. She had just finished competing on the junior circuit and was looking for advice about what to do next. Novotna agreed to mentor her compatriot and they worked together until 2019. The year Novotna died of ovarian cancer. 

“I’m dreaming about her a lot,” the world No.25 said of her former coach.

Now their names are on the same board at SW19 that lists the women’s champions. Something that gives Krejcikova mixed emotions. 

“The only thing that was going through my head was that I miss Jana a lot. It was a very emotional moment to see me on a board right next to her.” She said.

“I think she would be proud. I think she would be really excited that I’m on the same board as she is because Wimbledon was super special for her.”

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(VIDEO) Steve Flink, Ubaldo On The Wimbledon Women’s Final: ‘The Better Player Won But Did Inexperience Play A Part?’

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Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins Ubitennis to analyse the Wimbledon women’s final after Barbora Krejcikova beat Jasmine Paolini in three sets.

The Czech held her nerve to clinch only her second win over a top 10 player this year and follow in the footsteps of her late mentor Jana Novotna. It is only the second Grand Slam title Krejcikova has won and her first since the 2021 French Open.

Meanwhile, Paolini can still draw positives from what is a stellar season for her. She is projected to rise to a ranking high of No.5 on Monday as a result of her latest run. However, did inexperience cost her in today’s final? 

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