World Tennis News: Federer Wins Eighth Wimbledon Title

Another Wimbledon Championships is over after a great fortnight of tennis in SW19 that saw third seed Roger Federer (3) became the first man to win Wimbledon a record eight times.

b_aerial_778_140717-2 Federer, who last won the prestigious in 2012, defeated an injured and emotional Marin Cilic (7) from Croatia 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 to become the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club. This latest victory takes him to an impressive total of nineteen Grand Slam titles with Rafael Nadal behind on fifteen.

b_federer_1117_160717_jm.jpgWorld and British number one Andy Murray (1) struggled with a hip injury and crashed out of this year’s Wimbledon Championships in the quarter-final defeated by Sam Querrey (24) in five sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(7-4), 1-6, 1-6. His exit was swiftly followed by Women’s British number one Johanna Konta (6) in the semis who lost to five-time champion Venus Williams (10) 6-4, 6-2.

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Spain’s Garbine Muguruza (14) beat Williams in Saturday’s ladies final 7-5, 6-0 to win her first Wimbledon title.

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 It wasn’t all bad news for the British players however with top seeds Jamie Murray picking up the Mixed Doubles title with his partner Martina Hingis beating unseeded fellow Brit Heather Watson and her partner Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-4 in the final.

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Two more titles for British players came in the wheelchair competition. Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and her partner Yui Kamiji won their fourth successive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title after beating Marjolein Buis and Diede de Groot (2) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Defending champions Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid (2) beat top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer from France  6-7(5-7), 7-5, 7-6(7-3) to claim their second consecutive Wimbledon men’s wheelchair doubles title.

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 All photos used with courtesy of www.wimbledon.com

 

 

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: 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: Jamie Murray Wins US Open Doubles Title

The final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open is finishing today with the Men’s singles final taking place at Flushing Meadows, New York on the day the city honours those who lost their lives in 9/11.

British doubles number one Jamie Murray made history yesterday becoming the first British man for forty four  years to win the US Open doubles title with his partner Bruno Soares from Brazil. Fourth seeds Murray and Soares, who won the Australian Open in January, won their second Grand Slam title after beating unseeded pairing Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez from Spain in the final 6-2, 6-3.

British number one, world number two and double Olympic gold medal winner Andy Murray did not fare quite so well as his brother after being knocked out in the quarter finals. Second seed Murray, who won the event in 2012, was hoping to add the US Open title to his Wimbledon title but he made his earliest Grand Slam exit of 2016 after being defeated by Kei Nishikori from Japan in five sets 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic will play third seed Stan Wawrinka in tonight’s final. Djokovic will be hoping to win his third US Open and thirteenth Grand Slam while opponent Wawrinka is aiming for his third Grand Slam trophy and his first title in New York.

In other British Tennis news, twenty-one year old Kyle Edmund defeated two seeds to reach the last sixteen of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career before being stopped in his tracks by defending champion Djokovic 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

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In the women’s event Angelique Kerber from Germany beat Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic in the final 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win the title adding to her Australian Open Grand Slam win at the start of this year. Defending champion Serena Williams was defeated in the semis by Pliskova.

British number one and thirteenth seed Johanna Konta was knocked out after reaching the last sixteen by Anastasia Sevastova from Latvia 6-4, 7-5. In round one she defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-3, 6-3 followed by Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 and Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1. Heather Watson lost in the first round against Richèl Hogenkamp 6-2, 7-5

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World Tennis News: Brits Going For Gold

It was a great day for British Tennis as Andy Murray led out Great Britain’s team at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony. Flag bearer and reigning Olympic Men’s singles champion Murray will be hoping to replicate his success at the 2012 London event four years ago where he won Gold and silver with Laura Robson in the Mixed Doubles.

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In the singles Murray is into the third round after beating Viktor Troicki from Serbia 6-3, 6-2 in his first round match and then Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-1 in round two, he will next face Fabio Fognini from Italy. It wasn’t such good news for Murray in the doubles as he and big brother Jamie were knocked out of Rio 2016 after losing to Brazilian pair Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (16-14).

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In more British player news,  British number one Johanna Konta beat Stephanie Vogt 6-3,  6-1 in round one and France’s Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-3 in the round two followed by eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, she will now face Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the quarter finals. Both Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson won their first round matches defeating Jordan Thompson (Australia) 6-4 6-2 and Shuai Peng (China) 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 respectively but then were both knocked out in round two.

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Konta and Watson also competed in the women’s doubles beating Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic and Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-1 in round one but then lost in the second round to H Chan/Y Chan. The mixed doubles starts today and will see Jamie Murray/Konta in action but as yet Andy Murray/Watson have not qualified

In shock news men’s world number one Novak Djokovic was beaten in the first round  of the men’s singles by Juan Martin del Potro from Argentina 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2), an emotional Djokovic left the court in tears at the end of the match. He then lost for a second time in the doubles with partner Nenad Zimonjic 6-4 6-4 against Brazilian duo Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares (Jamie Murray’s usual partner).

There was more shocks in the women’s event as world number one and defending Olympic champion Serena Williams was knocked out of the singles in the third round by Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 6-4, 6-3. The bad luck continued from Sunday for Williams when her and her sister Venus were knocked out of the Women’s doubles by Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic).

Keep up-to-date with all the British team Olympic news by visiting  www.teamgb.com

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Tennis Talk: Second Wimbledon Title For Murray

British number one Andy Murray thrilled tennis fans ensembled in SW19 and the millions watching on TV around the world when he picked up his second Wimbledon title on centre court yesterday. Murray, 27 beat Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) to win his second Wimbledon title and his third Grand Slam.

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As the crowd went wild an emotional Murray wept into his towel as the result sank in and then vowed that he would enjoy this one more than his first title in 2013, even coach Ivan Lendl raised a rare smile from his position in the players box. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic made a surprise early exit from the tournament and Raonic defeated third seed Federer in the semi’s so it was left to a replay of the Queen’s club final to close out this year’s Wimbledon men’s singles event. On route to the final Murray beat fellow Brit Liam Broady in the first round 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 followed by a three set defeat of Yen-Hsun Lu in round two 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Next up were two Australians opponents, John Millman and Nick Kyrgios whom he beat 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 respectively. His first real challenge of the tournament came against twelfth seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who took him to five sets with Murray forced to step up in the fifth set to secure the victory 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1. His semi-final win against tenth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 secured his place in the final.

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It was a great tournament for Team GB all round as along with Murray picking up the prestigious men’s singles title on final’s Sunday, Heather Watson won her first ever Grand Slam title in the Mixed Doubles with partner Henri Kontinven, Gordon Reid won the inaugural Men’s wheelchair singles event and Jordanne Whiley won her third consecutive Wimbledon women’s wheelchair doubles title.

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After a very disappointing loss in the first round of the women’s singles Watson became the first woman to win a Wimbledon doubles title since Jo Durie in 1987. She and Kontinven, who comes from Finland, beat Colombian Robert Farah and German Anna-Lena Gronefeld 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the final that followed Murray on Centre Court. Earlier that day Reid picked up his second Wimbledon title after he beat current Paralympic champion Stefan Olson from Sweden 6-1, 6-4 out on court seventeen which attracted a larger crowd worthy of a more prominent court. The previous day along with partner Alfie Hewett, Reid had won the men’s wheelchair doubles title. Top seeds Whiley and partner Yui Kamiji beat second seeds Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot 6-2, 6-2 to win their title also out on court seventeen.

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In the women’s singles event top seed and defending champion Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a straight-set victory over German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 which also gave her an impressive twenty second Grand Slam singles title. Williams then won her sixth women’s doubles title later that afternoon with sister Venus again on Centre Court. They won the match and claimed their 14th Grand Slam trophy by beating Timea Babos and Yaroslavl Shvedova 6-3, 6-4.

The men’s doubles was an all French affair as top seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeated fellow countrymen Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to win the title.

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Tennis Talk: British Ladies In Action

British number one Johanna Konta, who was voted Glamour Magazine UK Sportswomen of The Year this week, beat American Victoria Duval 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the AEGON Nottingham Open. Second seed Konta will now face Zheng Saisai from China in round two today alongside teammate British number four Tara Moore who defeated Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-2 7-5 in round one and will now play eighth seed Christina McHale from America.

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It wasn’t all good news for the British ladies however as their grass court preparations ahead of Wimbledon were halted pretty quickly. British number two Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady were all knocked out in the first round, Watson lost against Magdalena Rybarikova after winning the first set 4-6, 6-0, 6-4, Robson lost 6-3 7-5 Michelle Larcher de Brito from Portugal and Brady was beaten by Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2, 6-1.

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It’s a big achievement for unseeded Moore (currently world number 280), who plays her second round match after Konta this afternoon, as its only her first round win is only her second victory in the main draw of a WTA event. Last week she won an ITF event in Eastbourne but she may still need a Wimbledon wildcard to play at SW19 this year.

For more information about the Nottingham Open visit www.lta.org.uk/major-events/aegon-open-nottingham/

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