World Tennis News: French Open Results

The French Open title has eluded World and British number one Andy Murray again this year after he was beaten by third seed Stanislas Wawrinka in their five set semi-final encounter. Murray lost after battling against Wawrinka for over four hours 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3) in a reverse of their 2016 semi-final meeting where Murray was the victor.

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In the run up to the semis Murray beat Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0, Martin Klizan in round two 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 followed by Juan Martin del Potro 7-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the third round. He then beat fourth round opponent Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, and had a tough match against Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-1 in the quarter finals.

Wawrinka’s success was thwarted in the final by former number one Rafael Nadal who made history on court in Paris by winning a record 10th French Open title. Nadal won 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to claim his 15th major title and entered the history books as the first person in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament ten times.

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In the women’s event there was a major shock as twenty year old unseeded player Jelena Ostapenko battled to defeat third seed Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Not only did she win the French Open title but also became Latvia’s first Grand Slam champion at the French Open. She also made history as the first unseeded woman to win at the Roland Garros event since 1933, prior to this title she had never won a Tour-level tournament before and was playing in only her eighth Grand Slam. British number one Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat in the first round after losing against Hsieh Su-wei 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

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In other tennis news, British number two Heather Watson lost in the final of the Surbiton Trophy to Magdalena Rybarikova from Slovakia 6-4, 7-5. British number three and top seed at Nottingham Open Dan Evans has been forced to pulled out of the tournament with an injury. Fellow Brit Laura Robson lost in  the first round at Nottingham to American Julia Boserup 6-3, 6-4, top seed Konta starts her campaign tomorrow alongside teammate Watson.

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Defending champion Murray will be back in action at Queen’s Club from 19th June hoping to add a sixth title to kick start his grass court season and in preparation for Wimbledon.

News and photos sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

 

 

World Tennis News: Konta Wins Miami Open

British number one Johanna Konta became the first British woman to win the Miami Open yesterday. In the final tenth seed Konta, 25 beat former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, 26 in two sets 6-4, 6-3 to win the biggest title of her career to date.

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This milestone in Konta’s career will see her climb to a career high in the world rankings, this is her third WTA Tour success after playing in four finals. In July 2016 Konta won the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford followed by claiming the Sydney International title earlier this year in January. She was defeated in the China Open final last October by Agnieszka Radwańska.

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En route to the final Konta had a bye in the first round and then beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in round two 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. She then defeated Pauline Parmentier in the third round 6-4, 6-0, in round four she beat Lara Arruabarrena 7-5, 6-1 and then third seed Simona Halep in the quarter-final 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2. In the semi-final Konta beat eleventh seed and seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5.

In other British tennis news, Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the Miami Open with an elbow injury that will also see him miss Team GB’s Davis Cup quarter-final against France in May.

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World Tennis News: Murray Wins First Dubai Title

World and British number one Andy Murray won his first Dubai Duty Free Championship title after beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in straight sets in the final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.

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Murray secured the title in just over an hour winning in two sets 6-3, 6-2. This is his first title of 2017 and his 45th career title which keeps him firmly at the top of the world ranking above nearest rival Novak Djokovic.

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In other news, big brother Jamie and his partner Bruno Soares won their first ATP doubles title of 2017 at the Mexican Open in Acapulco. The duo beat John Isner (USA) and Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3 6-3 in the final to give them their fourth title, including the Australian Open, since they teamed up in 2016. In a shock defeat American Sam Querrey defeated second seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the Mexican Open men’s final 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

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World Tennis News: Top Players Compete in Dubai

It’s the Men’s turn to compete in the second week of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships being held at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium until 4th March. Last week the ladies were in action with seventh seed Elina Svitolina crowned the winner after she beat tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

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Recently crowned Australian Open champion, Roger Federer was looking to secure his eighth Dubai title but he suffered a shock defeat yesterday by Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in their second round encounter. Donskoy, who is ranked 116 in the world beat Federer 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5) to progress to the next round.

World number one and British number one Andy Murray is back on court after losing in the fourth round of the Grand Slam in Melbourne and recovering from a bout of shingles. Murray, who is top seed, defeated Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-1 and then Guillermo Garcia-Lopez  from Spain 6-2, 6-0 and will now face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter finals

Second seed Stanilsas Wawrinka also made an early exit with another shock defeat by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Joing Murray, Kohlschreiber, Dzumhur and  Donskoy in the final eight are fourth seed Gael Monfils, seventh seed Lucas Pouill, Fernando Verdasco and Robin Haase. These matches will take place later today, teh semi-finals tomorrow and the final on Saturday.

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World Tennis News: Shock Defeat for Murray Knocked Out at Australian Open

With nemesis Novak Djokovic knocked out of this year’s Australian Open in round two by  Denis Isthmian in the Rod Laver Arena. if looked like 2017 might be the year that World Number One Andy Murray would win his first title in Melbourne. Enter his fourth round opponent Misha Zverev from Germany who destroyed Murray’s dream with his aggressive play, a shock defeat that has stunned the tennis world. Ranked 50th in the world, Zverev won in four sets 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 at the Rod Laver Arena and will now face Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.

Murray dropped serve eight times and Zverev capitalised on this rare drop of form sending Murray packing. Not a great start to to the season for British number one Murray who will undoubtedly go away on reflect on his earliest defeat at this Grand Slam event since 2009 as well as his loss to the lowest-ranked player in a Grand Slam since the Melbourne event back in 2006. In other news fellow Brit Dan Evans was also knocked out in the fourth round by twelfth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 2-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka is through to the quarter-finals after beating Andreas Seppi in a close match 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 and will play Tsonga. In the bottom half of the draw the fourth round clashes see ninth seed Rafael Nadal face sixth seed Gael Monfils, third seed Milos Raonic take on thirteenth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, eighth seed Dominic Thiem play eleventh seed David Goffin and fifteenth seed Grigor Dimitrov pitted against unseeded Isthmian (who defeated Djokovic).

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In the women’s event British number one Johanna Konta defeated world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. Ninth seed Konta will now play Ekaterina Makanrova in her next match, also through to the last sixteen are world number one and defending champion Angelique Kerber,  Serena Williams, Barbora Strycova, Karolina Pliskova, Daria Gavrilova, Jennifer Brady, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Coco Vandeweghe, Garbine Muguruza and Sorana Cirstea. Venus Williams will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the quarter finals after both players won their matches earlier today. Williams defeated Mona Barthel 6-3, 7-5 and Pavlyuchenkova beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3.

In other shock news defending champions and second seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares were locked out in the first round of this men’s doubles event by unseeded American pair Sam Query and Donald Young 6-3, 7-6. Top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut from France are through to the quarter final stage.

Information and photos sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis and www.ausopen.com

World Tennis News: Australian Open 2017

This week saw the start of the first Grand Slam of 2017, the Australian Open in Melbourne that runs from 16th until 29th January. World and British number one Andy Murray is top seed in this years Men’s singles draw and he is looking to add this title, that has so far eluded him even though he’s been in the final five times) to his ever growing collection. Standing in his way is defending champion Novak Djokovic who beat Murray in the 2016 final to claim his sixth Australian Open crown.

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In the first round Murray beat Illya Marchenko from the Ukraine in three sets 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to set up a second round clash with Russian Andrey Rublev which he also won 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. He will now face thirty-first seed Sam Querrey from America in the third round on Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco in the first round and now faces Denis Isthmian in round two.

World number nine Rafael Nadal, who hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since 2014, defeated Florian Mayer from Germany 6-3, 6-4 ,6-4, he now faces Marcos Baghdatis. Four time champion Roger Federer has progressed to the third round after beating Jurgen Melter 7-5,  3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).

In other British players news, Dan Evans beat Facundo Bagnis from Argentina 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, 6-1 and then pulled off a shock four set defeat of seventh seed and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, he will now face either twenty-seventh seed Bernard Tomic from Australia or Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic. Kyle Edmund beat Columbian Santiago Giraldo in his first round match 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 but Aljaz Bedene lost in round one against Victor Estrella Burgos in four sets 7-6 (9-7), 7-5, 0-6, 6-3.

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In other shock news Australian Nick Kyrgios, seeded fourteenth, was knocked in round two after he was beaten by Italy’s Andreas Seppi. Tempestaous Kyrgios (who received warnings from the umpire) lost his two set lead against the fifty-ninth seed and crashed out of his home tournament after losing the five-set marathon 1-6, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4 , 6-2, 10-8.

Defending women’s champion Angelique Kerber from Germany didn’t have an easy start to this year’s tournament after dropping a set in her first round match against Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 and will now play Kristyna Pliskova in the next round. Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams is hoping to win her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne and get her 2017 campaign off to a good start beating Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3.

British number one and ninth seed Johanna Konta who made it to the semi-final last year beat Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium 7-5, 6-2 in round one and will next play against Japan’s Naomi Osaka. In her first round singles match Heather Watson beat eighteenth seed Samantha Stosur from Australia 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 but lost in the doubles first round with fellow Brit Naomi Broady against Italy’s Karin Knapp and Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5). Brady lost in the singles against Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 4-6, 5-7.

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Defending Men’s Doubles champions Brit Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares from Brazil are second seeds in this year’s competition, they face USA pairing of Query and Donald Young in the first round.
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World Tennis News: Arise Sir Andy

What a great start to 2017 for World and British number one Andy Murray as he became Sir Andy Murray when his knighthood was announced in the Queen’s annual New Years honours list.

Murray, who was previously awarded the OBE in 2012 spoke to BBC sport about his new title saying, “It sounds strange. Obviously it’s a big honour.” he added, “It’s great recognition for my results of the last few years and it’s obviously a very nice way to finish 2016 or start 2017, but I’m more than happy just being known as Andy, that’s fine by me.”

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While good things were happening off court the news wasn’t so good on court as Sir Andy only managed a disappointing third place finish at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship held in Abu Dhabi over the New Year period. A surprise first round defeat against David Goffin from Belgium 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 was thankfully followed by a win in his final match of 2016 beating Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). The annual exhibition event was won for a fourth time by Rafael Nadal, a nice end to an injury stricken year for the Spanish player.

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Staying in the Middle East and the bad news continued as Murray then competed in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open held at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha. Top seed Murray lost to closest rival Novak Djokovic in a tense and close final 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, a result that signalled an end to his 28 consecutive ATP Tour matches winning streak. This was the 36th meeting between the pair, Murray won their last encounter at the ATP Tour Finals in November, an important victory that kept him at world number one and stopped Djokovic regaining the top position.

Murray and Djokovic are now preparing for the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of 2017 season which starts in Melbourne on 16th January. Murray is looking to add this elusive title to his growing collection and Djokovic is once again the defending champion having defeated Murray in last years final and four times previously.

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