Australian Open 2022: Muguruza and Swiatek through, Ruud injured and more on Day 2

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates after winning her first round singles match against Harriet Dart of Great Britain during day two of the 2022...

There were comfortable straight-set wins for multiple Grand Slam champions, including two title contenders in WTA Finals winner Garbine Muguruza and Iga Swiatek, while more seeds fell on Day 2 of this year’s Australian Open. Andy Murray made history after gritting through another five-set battle, while Nick Kyrgios and Emma Raducanu shone in the night session.
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Sydney Tennis Classic: Ruthless Rybakina makes quick work of returning Raducanu

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan hits a return against Emma Raducanu of Britain during their women's singles match at the Sydney Classic tennis...

After losing last week’s Adelaide final, Elena Rybakina returned to winning ways with aplomb – dismantling US Open champion Emma Raducanu in less than an hour, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win to kick off this week’s Sydney Tennis Classic. The 22-year-old will play France’s Caroline Garcia for a spot in the tournament’s quarter-finals, after she overcame Jessica Pegula this morning. Continue reading

Johanna Konta’s retirement: Injuries don’t cloud her legacy as Britain’s tireless hope

Johanna Konta of Great Britain celebrates her victory against Simona Halep of Romania in their Ladies' Singles Quarter Final Match at Wimbledon on...

Having announced her retirement on Dec. 1, Britain’s Johanna Konta – a three-time Major semi-finalist and former world no. 4 – was plagued by troublesome injuries and some streaky form, underselling the country’s greatest hope in the women’s game across the last decade and more. Here, I look back as the 30-year-old waved goodbye quietly before the new year. Continue reading

US Open 2021: Fernandez vs. Raducanu in battle of first-time teenage Slam finalists

Teenagers Fernandez, Raducanu gunning for first Grand Slam final

Another day, more history made at this year’s US Open. Two teenagers will contest Saturday’s Grand Slam Final, on their main draw debuts no less, when Canada’s Leylah Fernandez and British qualifier Emma Raducanu duel this weekend. The latter dropped just five games vs. Maria Sakkari (#17), after Fernandez outlasted Aryna Sabalenka (#2) in a three-set battle. Continue reading

US Open 2021: Raducanu-Sakkari, Djokovic-Zverev semifinals set on Day 10

Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom meets at the net after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during her Women’s Singles quarterfinals match on...

Emma Raducanu’s remarkable run continues, as she recovered from 3-1 down to stifle Olympic champion Belinda Bencic. Maria Sakkari is next, following an impressive win over Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova later on. Speaking of the Olympics, Friday sees a rematch of the Tokyo semis as gold medallist Alexander Zverev looks to snap Novak Djokovic’s hopes of the Golden Slam. Judging by the way the Serb played vs. Matteo Berrettini, expect fireworks this weekend.
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US Open 2021: Raducanu’s run continues, Djokovic downs spirited Brooksby on Day 8

Emma Raducanu of the United Kingdom celebrates match point against Shelby Rogers of the United States during her Women’s Singles round of 16 match on...

Emma Raducanu is a US Open quarter-finalist after overcoming a nervy start to blitz past Shelby Rogers, while Novak Djokovic faces Matteo Berrettini next. The world no. 1 came from a set down – beating the last American man standing – 20yo wildcard Jenson Brooksby. Olympic champions Alexander Zverev and Belinda Bencic also earned big wins, among others on Day 8. Continue reading

US Open 2021: Djokovic, Raducanu record very different wins on Day 6 as Barty, Shapovalov fall

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts against Kei Nishikori of Japan during his Men's Singles third round match of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean...

On another action-packed day at Flushing Meadows, Kei Nishikori’s high-quality provided a stern test for Novak Djokovic but the world no. 1 recovered from a set down to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Elsewhere, Emma Raducanu dismantled Sara Sorribes Tormo to reach the second week at successive Slams, where she’ll face Ashleigh Barty’s conqueror Shelby Rogers on Monday.
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