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: 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

 

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

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 .

Tennis Talk: The Brits at The French Open

It’s Day Two at the French Open and a tough first round five set match finally ended in victory for British Number One Andy Murray. He faced the oldest man in the men’s singles draw Radek Stepney, 37 who certainly made him work for victory in a match that was carried over from yesterday due to failing light.

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British tennis fans had every right to worry that Murray, 29 a three-time French Open semi-finalist might leave the competition in a shock first round defeat after he two trailed two sets to one when play was suspended last night. Today he came back fighting, winning the fourth set convincingly but Stepney didn’t make it easy for him in the fifth and final set pushing him to the limit, the final score was 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. World Number Two Murray will now face wildcard Mathias Bourgue from France in the next round who is ranked 164.

 

Fellow Brits Aljaz Bedene, Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson are all also through to the second round. British Number One Johanna Konta must be hoping to emulate her Australian Open Grand Slam success at Roland Garros, she and teammate Laura Robson are both playing their first-round matches today. Naomi Broady leaves the competition after losing to Vandeweghe in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 yesterday.

Info and photo: www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/