Round-up: Alcaraz, Ruud stunned in straight-sets, Kasatkina outwits Raducanu in Ostrava and more

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in action against Daria Kasatkina of Russia during her first round match on Day 2 of the Agel Open at Ostravar Arena...

On a day where two of the world’s top male players both crashed out in the first-round of their respective tournaments, Emma Raducanu acquitted herself well but costly errors late in both sets saw her ultimately lose a competitive clash to Daria Kasatkina. Daniil Medvedev dropped just four games, while Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios excelled on his return to action too. Continue reading

US Open 2022: Serena ousts Kontaveit in three sets, Draper downs Auger-Aliassime and more on Day 3

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in their Women's Singles Second Round match on Day Three...

After beating Danka Kovinic on Monday night, retiring legend Serena Williams showed she’s still got a little left in the tank after overcoming a stunning set two fightback to outlast world no. 2 Anett Kontaveit 7-6, 2-6, 6-2. Hours later, 20-year-old Brit Jack Draper completed an impressive straight-sets win over last year’s semifinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime [6] on a busy third evening. Continue reading

Tennis round-up: Alcaraz inspires, Thiem’s timely progress, Zverev injury update & more

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain is seen during day seven of the Hamburg European Open 2022 at Rothenbaum on July 22, 2022 in Hamburg, Germany.

Carlos Alcaraz continues to cruise past ATP records in Hamburg with his inspired play, Dominic Thiem finally has some encouraging form under his belt after lengthy injury woes and Olympic champion Alexander Zverev – who the Austrian beat to the US Open title in 2020 – remains cautious as he recovers from ankle surgery. Read that and more, in this tennis news round-up. Continue reading

French Open 2022: Swiatek, Nadal, Djokovic all progress; Krejcikova, Kontaveit ousted

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates her victory over Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine in the first round of the women's singles at Roland Garros on May 23,...

There were routine R1 wins for the sport’s two world no. 1s, sandwiched between a welcome return for the King of Clay. Elsewhere, the women’s defending titlist was stunned by a determined Frenchwoman on home soil, before two Major winners almost 15 years apart in age both showed steely resilience, recovering from precarious situations to seal their R2 berths. Continue reading

Wawrinka targeting April return date, Bencic reveals COVID-19 complications

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in action during his round one match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa during Day 2 of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2021...

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka is planning a return to competition in time for this year’s Roland Garros, having been absent from the ATP tour since undergoing left foot surgery after last March’s Qatar Open. Meanwhile, Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic said she’s still struggling with the after-effects of COVID-19 after contracting the virus in December.
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Australian Open 2022: Muguruza, Kontaveit both lose as shocks flow across Day 4

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action against Alize Cornet of France during their second round match of the Australian Open Tennis Tournament at...

Garbine Muguruza’s pursuit of an elusive Australian Open title continues after Alize Cornet stunned the WTA Finals champion. Elsewhere, Anett Kontaveit (#6) and Diego Schwartzman (#13) were among the latest seeds to fall, while US Open semi-finalist Aryna Sabalenka had to save her blushes before disappointing three-set defeats for Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu.
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Adelaide International 2: Keys recovers to sting Gauff, plays friend Riske in Saturday’s final

Madison Keys of the USA waves to the crowd after she defeated Cori Gauff of the USA to advance to the final during day six of the 2022 Adelaide...

A first meeting between American duo Coco Gauff and Madison Keys didn’t disappoint despite a sluggish start by the latter, as the US Open 2017 runner-up rallied back from a set down to outlast Gauff and earn her first WTA Final in two years. She’ll play training partner Alison Riske in tomorrow’s finale, after the 31-year-old benefited from a walkover vs. Tamara Zidansek.
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Sydney Tennis Classic: Badosa withstands Bencic pressure, clinches semi-final berth

Paula Badosa of Spain hits a return against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their women's singles quarter-final match at the Sydney Classic...

Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa endured a spirited Belinda Bencic display during a high-quality match packed with plenty of peaks and troughs, but ultimately emerged victorious to punch her ticket into the semi-finals. She’ll play Daria Kasatkina in the Sydney semi-finals tomorrow (8am BST), after the Russian inflicted Garbine Muguruza’s first loss of the new year.
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Closing the Slam circle? Muguruza bullish about 2022 goals, as she should be

Garbiñe Muguruza salutes during La liga football match played between Real Madrid and Athletic de Bilbao at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on December 1...

After making history at this season’s WTA Finals in Guadalajara, two-time Slam winner Garbine Muguruza wants to build on her success next year and given the way she’s played, why not? The 28-year-old revealed a desire to round out the Career Grand Slam, having lost the 2020 Australian Open Final and achieved a joint-best R4 finish at Flushing Meadows in September.
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WTA Finals 2021: Motivated Muguruza makes history against error-prone Kontaveit

Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain celebrates with the Billie Jean King Trophy after defeating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during the Women's Singles Final on...

After hearing rumours this year-end event would be moved to Mexico, Garbine Muguruza was giddy with anticipation. Despite losing her first group match and trailing a set down to Barbora Krejcikova in match two, the Venezuelan-born Spaniard won eight consecutive sets – four against the same opponent – making history in Latin America as the first Spanish champion.
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Anett Kontaveit astonished by top 10 rankings surge, but she really shouldn’t be

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia competes in her women's final match against Ekaterina Alexandrova of Russia during on Day Seven of the VTB Kremlin Cup at...

Having sown the seeds for her progression last year with new career-high Grand Slam finishes in Melbourne and Flushing Meadows, Estonian rising star Anett Kontaveit [9] is said to be in disbelief after surpassing Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur to officially qualify for next week’s WTA Finals – another career first as her resume continues to blossom. There’s no reason she should be. Continue reading