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: French Open 2017

The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open played at Roland Garros in Paris  will run from 28th May until Sunday 11th June. The world’s premier clay court title has so far eluded world and British number one Andy Murray but he will be looking to add this trophy to his cabinet this year. He kicks off his 2017 campaign against Andrey Kuznetsov from Russia in their first round encounter. Murray who recently turned 30, is competing in the same half of the draw as 2015 champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who he beat in the 2016 semi-finals.

 

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Fellow British number one and seventh seed Johanna Konta faces 109th seed Hsieh Su-wei from Taiwan in her first round match. Having lost in the first round in 2015 and 2016 Konta will be looking to progress further this year as the only female Brit in the draw after Heather Watson lost in the third round of qualifying on Friday against Richel Hogenkamp 6-0, 6-3.

Defending champion and second seed Novak Djokovic, who is playing his first tournament since engaging tennis legend Andre Agassi as his new coach, is in the same half as nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. Defending women’s champion Garbine Muguruza will open proceedings against Francesca Schiavone who won in 2010, in shock news top seed Angelique Kerber from Germany lost against Russia’s Ekaterina Makanrova 6-2, 6-2.

Photo used with courtesy www.lta.org.uk/major-events/grand-slams/french-open/

 

World Tennis News: Djokovic Wins First French Open

British number one Andy Murray was once again beaten into the runner-up position in a Grand Slam final by World number one Novak Djokovic. The 2016 final guaranteed a new name on the trophy with both players looking to add the French Open trophy to their already pretty full cabinets.

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World Number Two Murray beat Djokovic last month in the Rome Masters final but he couldn’t replicate the Italian victory in Paris losing in four sets 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. The victory gave Djokovic his first French Open title, completing his career Grand Slam and becoming only the eighth man in history to win the four grand slams and the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slams at once. Murray, who had hoped to add the French Open to his Wimbledon and US Open titles may have lost but he still made history as Britain’s first male to play in a Paris final since 1937. Murray has now lost five Grand Slam finals to Djokovic but both his Grand Slam titles were won against the Serb.

Over in the Women’s final world number one Serena Williams was defeated by fourth seed Garbine Muguruza from Spain in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 to win her first Grand Slam. Muguruza, 22 took revenge for losing against William’s in last year’s Wimbledon final. The 22-year-old is Spain’s first female champion at Roland Garros since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998. At twelve years her senior Williams, 34, was on track to win her 22nd Grand Slam singles title and equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record but it wasn’t to be.

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The Men’s Doubles title was won by fifteenth seeds Marc and Feliciano Lopez from Spain who beat multiple Grand Slam champions brothers Bob and Rob Bryan from America who were fifth seeds 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. In the Women’s doubles, French duo Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic who were fifth seeds defeated seventh seeds Ekaterina Makanrova and partner Elena Vesnina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Unseeded pairing Martina Hingis and Leander Paes were crowned Mixed Doubles champions after beating second seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

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Photos used courtesy of www.rolandgarros.com

Tennis Talk: Murray Makes French Open Final

British number one Andy Murray will be playing in his first French Open final at Roland Garros in Paris tomorrow after defeating defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka in their four set semi- final encounter 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

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Second seed and world number two Murray, 29 becomes the first British man to reach a French Open final since 1937. Second seed Murray will now face world number one Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final whom he beat in the Rome Masters final last month.

Along with matching the achievements of the last Brit finalist Bunny Austin, Murray also becomes one of only ten male players since 1968 (when the open era began) to have reached the final of all four Grand Slam tournaments. Tennis fans all over the world will be watching to see if Murray can add another Grand Slam victory to his Wimbledon and US Open titles.

Murray told the BBC, “I’m extremely proud” said Murray. “I never expected to reach the final here, I always struggled on the clay. I hope I can put on a good match on Sunday.

The Men’s final will take place tomorrow afternoon on the Philippe-Chatrier Court at 3pm GST. In other news top seed Serena Williams will play fourth seed Muguruza Blanco from Spain in the Women’s final today.

For all French Open information visit www.rolandgarros.com Photo used courtesy of www.bbc.com/sport/tennis

World Tennis News: French Open Update

British number one Andy Murray stormed into the quarter finals of this year’s French Open yesterday after beating America’s John Isner in straight sets. A rain break interupted play for an hour during the second set but Murray returned to the court and won the match 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-3. World number two Murray, 29 will now face Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the last eight. On route to the last eight Murray defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in round three and Mathias Bourgue in five sets 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in round two after his five set win against Radek Stepanek in the first round.

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Defending champion and third seed Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Viktor Troicki in four sets 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-2 to also reach the last eight and will play Albert Ramos-Violas from Spain in his quarter-final match. World number one and top seed Novak Djokovic plays his fourth round match today against Roberto Bautista-Agut from Spain on the Philippe-Chatrier Court as does David Goffin who faces thirteenth seed Ernests Gulbis. On the Suzanne-Lenglen Court seventh seed Tomas Berdych plays eleventh seed David Ferrer and Marcel Granollers faces Dominic Thiem.

Serena Williams, top seed in the Women’s dram will play seed eighteenth Elina Svitolina today in her fourth round match and her sister Venus who is ninth seed faces eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky. Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland also plays today against Tsvetana Pironkova from Bulgaria. Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza won her fourth round tie against thirteenth seed and 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 and will now play American Shelby Rogers. Irina-Camelia Begu lost to Rogers 6-3, 6-4 in their fourth round encounter._89830153_murray-2

In other French Open news, nine time champion Rafael Nadal was forced to pull out of this years event due to a a wrist injury after progressing to the third round with a straight-sets victory against Facundo Bagnis that gave him his 200th Grand Slam victory. Australian Open Doubles champions and fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares lost against sixteenth seeds Marcin Matkowski and Leander Paes 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4) in the third round. British number one Johanna Konta and fellow Brits Laura Robson and Naomi Broady all lost in the first round and Heather Watson was defeated by Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-3 in round two. Murray is the only male British still standing after Kyle Edmund lost in straight sets against Isner and Bedene lost in the third round against Djokovic 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

Info and photos sourced and used courtesy of www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/. Read more about the French Open here .

TT Tour – French Open

As the world’s top players prepared for the second Grand Slam of the professional tennis calendar, The French Open in Paris our very own junior players at Totally Tennis competed in their own TT Tour French Open held at the indoor centre over the weekend.

image1Three events took place Red, Orange and Green with proceedings run by coach Nick Dingwall. The winners all picked up the Grand Slam maximum points towards their already accrued leaderboard points scores. Dylan Cooper Kirby was declared winner in the Red event with Megan Fisher as runner-up, Henry Terry in third and Sophie Barlow finishing fourth.

image3Winner of last months TT Tour The Sony open Orange event Hayden Cummings kept up his winning streak with another victory at this event with runner-up Daniel Ward also retaining his Sony Open position of runner-up. Faith Tompkins was third, Carmen Visuals fourth, Dinobi Okafor fifth and Dihiyah Khan finished in sixth place.

image2The Green event followed suit with Chi Chi Okafor collecting the winner’s title again this month, sister Fechi was runner-up, Jack Moria finished in third, Tinuke Adelakun and Mikun Adeniran were fourth and fifth respectively, Zarieh Shaw was sixth and Diego Visuals finished in seventh.

image4Dingwall said of the event, “It was a great turn out for the French Open event, congratulations to everyone who participated, it was good to see all the players continuing to learn the format of the matches and enjoying the tennis games too.” he added “Well done to Dylan, Hayden and Chi Chi for winning the various categories, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the next TT Tour Grand Slam event, Wimbledon in June.”

image5The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players. There are six tournaments throughout the year and then the Grand Final where the top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play for the chance to finish as the club champions. There will be an up to date leaderboard showing players rankings in each squad. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as for entering. The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points and all points will be added to each age group leaderboard.

TT Tour Dates 2016

Sunday 26th June – Wimbledon
Sunday 11th September – US Open
Sunday 16th October – Valencia Open
Sunday 13th November – Grand Finals (by invitation)

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE EACH EVENT. Minimum of FOUR players will be needed per age group otherwise it may get cancelled.

Red (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) – 10am -12 noon
Orange (Dodgers, Orange Squad) 10am -12 noon
Green (Giants, Green Squad 1pm – 3pm
Yellow (C.B, A SQUAD, Performance) 1pm – 3pm

All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816. Each event costs £6.50 per player

World Tennis News: Stanislas Stuns at French Open

British number one Andy Murray had his hopes of winning his first French Open title dashed by World number one Novak Djokovic in their semi-final encounter which spanned two days due to inclement weather. Murray suffered a five-set defeat against Djokovic after fighting back from two sets down to lose 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 in the fifth set in the thrilling match at Roland Garros in Paris.

Despite winning both his Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open by beating Djokovic, Murray has now lost the last eight matches in a row against the Serbian powerhouse. Murray had earlier beaten David Ferrer in the quarter- finals7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 and Djokovic had dashed Rafeal Nadal’s hopes of his tenth French Open title  beating him convincingly in straight sets 7-5, 6-3, 6-1. Stanislas Wawrinka defeated home crowd favourite Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in their semi-final clash 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

_83475321_wawrinka_gettyIn today’s final Wawrinka stunned Djokovic and the packed stadium to win his first French Open title and prevent the world number one from raising the coveted Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy and completing his full set of four major titles. Eighth seed Wawrinka was on fire winning in four sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 2 to bring an abrupt halt to Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak as he claimed his second Grand Slam title (he won the Australian Open in 2014). Djokovic was on track to become only the eighth man to claim all four Grand Slam singles titles and join the likes of Andre Agassi, Don Budge, Roy Emerson, Roger Federer, Rod Laver, Rafael Nadal and Fred Perry.

_83466761_serena_williams_afpOver in the women’s event Serena Williams won her third French Open title despite battling a bout of flu for 48 hours that saw her doubtful for the final against Lucie Safarova. She rallied to play and win the match 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 to claim her third French crown and an impressive 20th Grand Slam title.

Photos used courtesy of www.bcc,com/sport/0/tennis