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: 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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Tennis Talk: Murray Magic

2016 has been a fantastic year for Andy and Jamie Murray as they become the first brothers to end the year as Barclays ATP World Tour singles and doubles team number ones.

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Andy finishes the year as Wimbledon champion, Olympic gold medal winner, ATP singles finals champion and World Number One. Jamie has won both the Australian and US Open Grand Slam titles with new partner Bruno Soares and the duo have ended the year as the number one doubles team in the world.

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In a tense clash Andy beat former number one Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in the ATP World Tour Finals yesterday at The O2 to keep his world number one ranking heading into 2017. This latest victory gave Murray his career-best winning run of 24 matches and ended Djokovic’s four-year run of success at season closing event and his bid to equal the six titles of Roger Federer.

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On route to the final Murray played some intense and exhausting matches beating Kei Nishikori 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-4, Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 and Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (11-9). In the doubles, Jamie and Soares lost to fellow first-timers Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in the semi-finals 6-1, 6-4 but still ended 2016 as the top team in the world. Murray’s former partner John Peers and his new partner Henri Kontinen won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals doubles final during their debut at The O2 defeating Klaassen and Ram 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 to clinch the title.

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World Tennis News: Murray Celebrates Becoming World Number One

What a year it’s been for British number one Andy Murray, first he won his second Wimbledon title then his second Olympic Gold medal in Rio and now he’s knocked Novak Djokovic off the top spot to become World Number One.

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Murray celebrated his first day as world number one by winning his sixth ATP title of the year and his first Paris Masters title after beating unseeded John Isner from America 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 in the final.

Tomorrow Murray will be officially confirmed as the new number one and will become the first British singles player to reach the top spot since the computerised rankings were introduced back in 1973.

Djokovic held the top spot for an impressive 122 weeks and has a chance to reclaim his position if he wins all his matches at the season-ending World Tour Finals in London next week.

Information and photo sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

World Tennis News: Murray Wins Vienna Title

British number one Andy Murray has added yet another trophy to his burgeoning cabinet by winning the Erste Bank Open 500 in Vienna, adding to his victories in Beijing and Shanghai over recent weeks.

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Murray was dominant in the first set but opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France fought back in the second pushing the set to a tie-break which Murray then won to clinch the match and the title 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). This latest victory is pushing Murray even further towards the coveted World Number One spot and replacing Novak Djokovic, if Murray wins next week’s Paris Masters and Djokovic doesn’t make it to the final the top spot will be his, no pressure there then. Murray has three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic golds to his name but he has never topped the world rankings, he has won 52 of his past 56 matches, collecting his seventh title of the year in Vienna.

Murray told the BBC , “I get a step closer with every win but it’s still a long way from here,” he added, “From two to one seems a small jump in a way but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots but is a lot easier.”

The BNP Paribas Masters Paris starts today with top seed Djokovic and second seed Murray both afforded byes in the first round, the indoor tournament will take place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris until 6th November.

In other news there are only two spots remaining for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London, Rafeal Nadal and Dominic Thiem are currently in seventh and eighth place respectively but are being chased by a pack of players who are competing in the final race to London event, the Paris Masters. Djokovic, Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Gael Monfils have all qualified for the event that takes places from 13th – 20th November – click here for ticket information.

Information and photo sourced from www.bbc.com/sport/tennis