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Top Seed Elena Rybakina Avoids Shock Exit From Abu Dhabi



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Former Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina battled back from a set and a break down to win her opening match at the Abu Dhabi Open on Thursday. 

The world No.5 came back from the brink to beat American qualifier Danielle Collins 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, after more than two hours of play. Rybakina was playing her first Tour-level match since her second round exit from the Australian Open last month. 

During the early stages of their clash, Collins utilised her power to nudge ahead by snatching the opener before breaking the top seed twice in the second frame. However, each time the American broke, she dropped serve in the following game. Paving the way for Rybakina to claw her way back as she broke her opponent three times in a row en route to the decider. 

The Kazakh lost her break advantage early on in the final set but broke once again which gave her enough of a margin to seal a roller-coaster victory. Rybakina won 67% of her first service points and hit 27 winners against 19 unforced errors. 

“It was a really tough battle. I always play tough matches with Danielle,” said Rybakina. 
“I’m really happy that I managed to win in three sets. It went quickly, especially in the first set where I didn’t hold just once.
“I was trying to find my game. The conditions are tough. It was not easy but I’m really happy with the win.”

Unlike qualifier Collins, who had already played three matches at the tournament before today, the clash was Rybakina’s first competitive test in Abu Dhabi. Did this have any impact on her form? 

“For me, it was good to get some extra days of practice to prepare,” she commented.
“Of course, I was waiting for my match. The first match is always tough, especially against such a good player. “

This week is only the second time in Rybakina’s career that she is the top seed at a WTA event. 

Elsewhere, Barbora Krejcikova breezed into the quarter-finals after Sara Sorribes Tormo retired from their match whilst trailing 2-6, 0-1. The Czech will next play Liudmila Samsonova who beat Anhelina Kalinina 6-1, 6-3. 

This year’s tournament has a total financial commitment of $$3,211,715. 


Daria Kasatkina And Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Lead Calls For VAR In Tennis

There have been calls for VAR to be introduced into the sport.



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Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina have called for VAR to be implemented in tennis.

The calls have came after Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik in Dubai.

As Bublik lead 6-5 in the final set, Rublev shouted in the face of an umpire allegedly swearing in Russian which was picked up by one of the officials.

This saw Rublev be disqualified from the event with Bublik reaching the final in Dubai.

However as a result of the incident players have called for a VAR review system with the video showing inconclusive proof of whether Rublev did swear in Russian.

Leading the calls for such innovation are Daria Kasatkina and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina as the duo called for VAR to be introduced on twitter, “So you can just disqualify a player, take away all his points and money, without even checking the video? What a joke, yet another confirmation that we need VAR in tennis and an electronic appeal system in all tournaments,” Kasatkina said on social media.

VAR has been implemented in football and also a similar system in rugby with mixed results.

It’s clear though that more technology would help umpires identify whether a grounds for disqualification would be necessary.

So far VAR has been trialled at the Next Gen Finals and the Nitto ATP Finals.

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Casper Ruud Overcomes ‘Tough Start’ To Set De Minaur Final In Acapulco

Casper Ruud is into his first ATP 500 final after defeating Holger Rune in three sets.



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Casper Ruud is into his second consecutive final in Mexico after defeating Holger Rune 3-6 6-3 6-4 in Acapulco.

The Norwegian had to overcome an electric start from Rune to prevail in 2 hours and 24 minutes.

It was a clinical performance from Ruud who is now into his second consecutive final in Mexico after reaching the final in Los Cabos last week.

Speaking after the match Ruud admitted it was a tough start but he’s pleased to be in another final, “It was a tough start,” Ruud told the ATP website.

“Holger just came out firing bullets from the forehand, from the backhand and I had not too much time to play my game. I was frustrated at times, especially at the end of the first set, beginning of the second.

“I didn’t really feel like I got to play any points how I wanted to, so there was some frustration towards myself, towards my box, because I didn’t feel like we were doing the right thing.

“But luckily with one break in the second, it turned around a bit and in the third set it got a little physical. I think maybe Holger seemed like he was struggling a little bit and started firing even more and a couple of games it went in and he broke me, which is frustrating.

“Some unforced errors crept up on him and I served really well in the last game to close it out.”

Ruud is now into his first ATP 500 final in Acapulco where he will face defending champion Alex De Minaur.

De Minaur overcame Jack Draper after the Brit retired at 4-0 down in the deciding set.

Heading into Saturday’s final, De Minaur leads the head-to-head 1-0 although that was in a completely different scoring format in the Next Gen Finals.

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ruud will return to the world’s top ten.

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Andrey Rublev Disqualified In Dramatic Dubai Semi-Final

Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final in Dubai.



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Andrey Rublev was disqualified from his semi-final with Alexander Bublik after being accused of swearing in Russian.

The event took place in Dubai where Rublev had more than enough opportunities to win the match having been 4-2 40-0 up in the deciding set.

However Bublik came back into the match as he caught up with Rublev in what was turning into a fascinating contest.

The score was at 6-5 Bublik when Rublev’s frustrations boiled over when he allegedly told the official at the side of the court that he was a ‘f****** moron’ in Russian.

One of the officials on the sidelines at the side of the court reported the incident and the supervisor ruled that Rublev should be defaulted.

The incident below means that Rublev will now lose all his ranking points and prize money, resulting in Rublev exiting the world’s top five.

An ending that didn’t warrant the dramatic contest and after the match Bublik agreed that the consequences, “I highly doubt Andrey said something crazy,” Bublik was quoted by Sports Illustrated.

“He’s not this kind of guy. But I guess that’s the rules. That’s what they did, they just follow the procedure.”

Bublik will hope for a smoother finish to the final when he takes on Ugo Humbert for the title.

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