Share of the prize money for Hignett in Sutton

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett competed in the LTA British Tour Sutton in the Open Mens Singles and Doubles events at Sutton Tennis & Squash Club last week.

In the opening round of the singles Hignett beat ninth seed Tom Hands 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 and then defeated Oscar Glenister in their second round match 7-5, 6-2. He was then beaten in the quarters by second seed and eventual runner-up Alexis Canter 6-4, 6-1.

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It was a similar story in the the doubles where Hignett teamed up with fellow Hampshire teammate Austin Gwilliam to beat Glenister and his partner Oliver Matthews 7-5, 6-0 in the first round before losing in the quarters to fourth seeds Sean Hodkin and Millen Hurrion 6-2, 4-6, 10-2 .

Hignett said, “The Sutton tournament is a premier tier British Tour event and the biggest of the year so offers the best prize money. I was very happy to get to the quarters in both singles and doubles.”

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

This week Hignett will be competing in the British Tour in Cumberland followed by the Roehampton event early next month. Read more about Hignett’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

 

Tennis Talk: Second Week Update

British number one Andy Murray faces Vadek Pospisil from Canada this afternoon in the Wimbledon Men’s draw quarter-finals on Centre Court. On Monday, Murray overcame the massive serve of 6ft 11in Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to see him book his place in the last eight. Older brother Jamie has also reached the last eight with doubles partner John Peers from Australia.The pair beat defending champions Pospisil and Jack Sock 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (5-7), 3-6, 8-6 in a long five-set match.

b_060715_82_murray_aeltc_ekSeven-times Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is also in the quarter-finals and will face Gilles Simon, World number one Novak Djokovic will take on Marin Cilic after a tough match over two days against Kevin Anderson and French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka will play Richard Gasket. In the ladies draw Serena William stakes on Maria Sharapova in the first semi-final and Garbiñe Muguruza will play Agnieszka Radwanska in the other with both matches scheduled for tomorrow.

UPDATE: Murray beat Pospisil 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 and then lost in the semi-finals to Federer 7-5, 7-5, 6-4. Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were declared the champions after winning their respective finals.

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World Tennis News: French Open Update

British number one Andy Murray is through to his fifth French Open quarter-final beating France’s Jeremy Chardy after being a break down in the third set to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and will now face seventh seed David Ferrer, who defeated ninth seed Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. Murray had beat big-hitting Australian Nick Kyrgios in straight sets in the previous round 6-4, 6-2. 6-3 in a crowd entertaining match. Roger Federer has beaten Gaël Monfils 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga defeated fourth seed Tomas Berdych to reach the last eight along with Kei Nishlkori (5) and Stan Wawrinka (8). Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also all play today in a busy Monday at the French Open.

_83351263_murrayshot_apOver in the women’s draw it was game over for defending champion Maria Sharapova after a shock defeat in the fourth round by thirteenth seed Lucie Safarova 7-6, 6-4. Safarova progresses to the quarter-finals for the first time in her career and will face twenty-first seed Garbine Muguruzafro Blanco from Spain in the last eight who defeated Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-4. Seventh seed Ana Ivanovic is also through as well as  Elina Svitonlina (19) and Sara Errani (17). Top seed Serena Williams has just beaten Sloane Stephens 1-6, 7-5, 6-3  to book her quarter-final place.

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Photo credit: http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis

World Tennis News: Murray Through to Quarter-Finals

British number one Andy Murray pulled off an amazing late night victory in Melbourne today against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov to reach his sixth consecutive Australian Open quarter-final. Murray won the match, after the fourth set was extremely close and looked like a fifth set was inevitable until he won five games in a row, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5 and will now face Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals.

_80507080_murrayMurray through to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Home crowd favourite Kyrgios,19 who will be playing in only his second Grand Slam quarter final (he beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon last year in a shock defeat) will face Murray who will be playing in his 16th consecutive Grand Slam last eight. In his third round match Murray defeated Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-1, 7-5.

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Scottish support for Murray in the Rod Laver Arena today (www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Roger Federer exited the competition after a shock third round defeat by Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-5) and Seppi was then defeated by Kyrgios in their fourth round encounter which had the home crowds roaring. Third seed Nadal and seventh seed Tomas Berdych will face each other in the other quarter-final match of the bottom half of the draw. Top seed Novak Djokovic, defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka and fifth seed Kei Nishikori will all play in their fourth round matches tomorrow along with Feliciano Lopez, Milos Raonic, David Ferrer, Gilles Muller and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

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Sharapova is through to the next round (www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

In the Women’s draw, second seed Maria Sharapova, third seed Simone Halep, Eugiene Bouchard (7) and Ekaterina Makarova (10) are all through to the quarter-finals in one half of the draw. Sisters Serena and Venus Williams are both playing tomorrow in their fourth round matches along with Victoria Azarenka, Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco, Madison Keys, Madison Brengle, Agnieszka Radwanska, Dominic Cibuikova.

Murray’s older brother Jamie is through to the third round with his Australian partner John Peer in the Men’s doubles as our top seeds twins Bob and Mike Bryan.

their fourth round matches along with Victoria Azarenka, Garbiñe Muguruza, Madison Keys, Madison Brengle, Agnieszka Radwanska (6) and Dominika Cibulkora. Murray’s older brother Jamie is through to the third round with Australian partner John Peer (16) in the Men’s Doubles and so are top seeds the Bryan twins, Mike and Bob.

World Tennis News: Murray Magic

British number one Andy Murray made short work of his match against Jo Wilfried-Tsonga and will now face top seed Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the US Open later today. Eighth seed Murray defeated ninth seed Tsonga in straight seeds 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 giving fans hope that he may be back in top form.

_77316252_hi023714283Murray celebrates his victory over Tsonga (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis)

Murray will play Djokovic tonight (Thursday 2:00am BST) in their twenty-first meeting and a re-run of the 2012 US Open final which Murray won, but overall Djokovic is winning their head-to-head 12 – 8 matches. Also in the last eight in the Men’s draw are Stanilas Wawrinka vs. Kei Nishivori, Tomas Berdych vs. Marin Cilic and Gael Monfils against Roger Federer.

In the Woman’s draw, Shuai Peng beat Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 and Caroline Wozniacki defeated Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 to book their places in the semi-finals. In the other quarter-finals later today will see top seed Serena Williams faces Flavia Pennetta and Victoria Azarenka will play Ekaterina Makarova.

World Tennis News: Murray Magic in Paris

As the second week of the French Open is underway over in the mens draw British number one Andy Murray (7) is through to the quarter finals after beating Fernando Verdasco in straight sets 6-4, 7-5, 7-6(3) in their fourth round match today and will now face the home crowds favourite Frenchman Gael Monfils tomorrow, after he beat Garcia-Lopez . Murray’s third round match against Philip Kohlschreiber was a two-day affair which he won in the fifth set shoot out 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10.

ImageMurray beats Verdasco in the fourth round (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/)

Second seed Djokovic has made it to his twentieth consecutive grand slam quarter-final after beating Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 and will play Milos Raonic in the next round. Seventeen time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer failed to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004 after losing in five sets to Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

_75236024_495051541Gulbis puts Federer out of the running in this years French Open (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/)

Tomas Berdych is also into the last eight after a comfortable win against John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 and will now play Gulbis. Top seed Rafael Nadal will face fellow Spaniard David Ferrer (5) in their quarter-final match after he beat Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.

_75150097_75150095Serena Williams left the Grand Slam tournament in the second round (source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/)

The women’s draw is missing the top three seeds after early exits by top seed Serena Wiiliams in the second round, second seed Australian Open Champion Na Li in round one and a third round exit by third seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Highest remaining seed Simona Halep (4) who put out Britains Heather Watson in round two, beat Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-3 to book her quarter-final place against Kuznetsova from Russia. Former champion Maria Sharapova (7) had a three-set victory over Australian Sam Stosur 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the last eight and will now play Garbine Muguruza Blanco. Eugenie Bouchard is also in the quarter-finals after beating Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 and will now face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro who beat Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 6-3. Tenth seed. Italian Sara Errani will face Andrea Petkovic from Germany in their quarter-final match

ImageSharapova will face Garbine Muguruza in the quarter finals(source:www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/)

Todays Schedule Quarter Final schedule:

Women’s Singles

Garbine Muguruza Blanco (SPA) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)

Carla Suarez-Navarro (SPA) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)

Mens Singles

Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. Novak Djokovic (SER)

Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. Ernests Gulbis (LAT)