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

 

 

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World Tennis News: Top Players Compete in Dubai

It’s the Men’s turn to compete in the second week of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships being held at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium until 4th March. Last week the ladies were in action with seventh seed Elina Svitolina crowned the winner after she beat tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the final.

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Recently crowned Australian Open champion, Roger Federer was looking to secure his eighth Dubai title but he suffered a shock defeat yesterday by Russian qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in their second round encounter. Donskoy, who is ranked 116 in the world beat Federer 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5) to progress to the next round.

World number one and British number one Andy Murray is back on court after losing in the fourth round of the Grand Slam in Melbourne and recovering from a bout of shingles. Murray, who is top seed, defeated Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-1 and then Guillermo Garcia-Lopez  from Spain 6-2, 6-0 and will now face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter finals

Second seed Stanilsas Wawrinka also made an early exit with another shock defeat by Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Joing Murray, Kohlschreiber, Dzumhur and  Donskoy in the final eight are fourth seed Gael Monfils, seventh seed Lucas Pouill, Fernando Verdasco and Robin Haase. These matches will take place later today, teh semi-finals tomorrow and the final on Saturday.

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World Tennis News: Road to London

British number one Andy Murray has qualified for this year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals that will take place at The O2 in London from 13th – 20th November. Murray qualified in second place with 8,185 points behind World Number One Novak Djokovic who topped the leaderboard with 10,240. Newly crowned US Open champion, who beat Djokovic in the final, Stanislas Wawrinka is the third player to have his qualification confirmed with 4,820 points.

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The Race to London has it’s know is hotting up with only five spaces left for the season finale event which sees the world’s top eight singles and doubles players compete for the prestigious title. Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Gael Monfils, Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic are still in all the running for the remaining places.

In the doubles event, Australian and US Open doubles champions Jamie Murray and his Brazilian partner Bruno Soares also qualified in second place with 6,80 p0ints. French duo Pierre Herbert and Nicolas Mahut were top with 7,075 points, the Bryan brothers Bob and Mike from American were third with 5,530 points and Spain’s Feliciano and Marc Lopez have also secured their places with 3,990 points.

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Players compete for Emirates ATP Rankings points throughout the season in a bid to earn one of the eight coveted places and a chance to compete at the O2. The finals are played using a round-robin format with each participant playing in three matches as they compete for chance to play in the knockout semi-finals and ultimately the final.

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Tennis Talk: Grass Court Season Underway

It’s officially grass court season in the tennis world with the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club tournament starting in London today. True to form rain interrupted the first day schedule but the intermittent showers didn’t stop Steve Johnson from the US defeating fourth seed Richard Gasket from France 7-6 (7-2), 6-2.

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Fresh from his defeat in the French Open final British number one, top seed and defending champion Andy Murray will open his 2016 campaign against Nicolas Mahut (last year’s doubles winner with partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert) from France tomorrow. Murray who has just announced reforming his partnership with former coach Ivan Lendl is hoping to lift the Queen’s Club trophy for the fifth time this year. Teammate and British number four Dan Evans was scheduled to play against France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu today but will now play tomorrow weather permitting. World number two Stan Wawrinka is seeded second and will play his opening match against Fernando Verdasco.

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In other news top seed Karolina Pliskova won the 2016 Aegon Open Nottingham Singles event and Shuai Peng and Andrea Hlavackova won the doubles title. Britain’s Tara Moore was beaten in quarter finals by  Saisai Zheng 6-2, 6-4. Zheng had previously beaten British number one Johanna Konta in the second round 6-4, 7-5

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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.

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World Tennis News: Wawrinka Wins Dubai Tennis Championships

World number four and second seed Stanislas Wawrinka from Switzerland was crowned the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships winner after beating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the final 6-4, 7-6 (15-13).

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French Open champion, Wawrinka saved five set points in a tense tie-break against Baghdatis that thrilled the crowds. The victory was Wawrinka’s ninth straight final win and his second ATP World Tour title of the year after he won the Chennai title in January. Semi-final opponent Nick Kyrgios retired with a back injury giving Wawrinka a pass through to the final. In a tournament shocker, World Number One and four time Dubai champion Novak Djokovic had been forced to retire during his quarter final match against Feliciano Lopez due to an ongoing eye problem.

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In the women’s event Sara Errani defeated Barbora Strycova 6-0, 6-2 in the final to become the first Italian player to win the Dubai Women’s title. Fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Daniel Nestor won the Men’s Doubles title beating the unseeded pairing of Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-1 in the final. The Women’s doubles title was won by Darija Jurak and Chia-Jung Chuang.

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World Tennis News: Nadal Crowned Champion in Abu Dhabi

Rafael Nadal was crowned this year’s Mubadala World Tennis Champion earlier this week in Abu Dhabi, picking up a hefty US $250,000 prize money alongside his latest trophy.

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Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Nadal defeated the big-hitting Milos Raonic from Canada 7-6, 6-3 to win the event in front of a packed centre court at the International Tennis Centre in Zayed Sports City.

Also competing in the 8th annual three-day event was Stanislas Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Kevin Anderson. Defending champion and British Number One Andy Murray was not competing in this year’s event and neither was World number one Novak Djokovic.

Ferrer finished in third place after beating Wawrinka in a thrilling three-set match 6-7, 6-4, 10-8

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship is now a well established annual season-opener with the tournament featuring six of the world’s best players every year. As well as the exciting centre court action the players hosted coaching sessions for fans and lucky competition winners on the practice court. Former Wimbledon champion and tournament ambassador, Pat Cash, shared his knowledge and expertise with the UAE national tennis team.

Information and photo sourced from www.mubadalawtc.com