Australian Open 2021: Comebacks aplenty as Osaka, Halep and Karatsev all recover

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates winning set point in her Women's Singles fourth round match against Iga Swiatek of Poland during day seven of the...

Naomi Osaka (#3) saved two match points, world no. 2 Simona Halep set up an exciting quarter-final clash vs. Serena Williams after both earned gritty three-set wins over Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka respectively. Elsewhere, Aslan Karatsev’s historic run continued against all odds while Novak Djokovic continued his unbeaten H2H streak at Milos Raonic’s expense.
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Australian Open 2021: Ashleigh Barty, Dan Evans and more clinch warm-up event titles

Ashleigh Barty of Australia poses with the Yarra Valley Classic trophy after winning her Women's Singles Final match against Garbine Muguruza of...

Ashleigh Barty capped her long-awaited return with a win over Garbine Muguruza in the Yarra Valley Classic final, while Britain’s Dan Evans has a new career-high world ranking (#26) after beating Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in his warm-up event final. It’s provided the pair with welcome preparation ahead of the Australian Open, which gets underway in a matter of hours. Continue reading

WTA Abu Dhabi: Kenin saves match point to beat Putintseva, Sakkari next in quarter-finals

H Kenin το επόμενο εμπόδιο της Σάκκαρη (vid) - - Το Τένις στην Ελλάδα

Sofia Kenin (#1) survived match point to fight back, edging the second set tiebreak before winning in three tightly-contested sets: 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 – vs. Yulia Putintseva (#13), to book an intriguing quarter-final matchup with Maria Sakkari on Monday, who blasted past Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-4 three hours earlier as the action from WTA’s Abu Dhabi 500 event continues. Continue reading

Garbine Muguruza: Excited for new tennis season, reassured of safety in Australia

2020 Roland Garros: Garbine Muguruza passes first test; Angelique Kerber  upset

Today features the start of 2021’s first WTA 500 event of the year from Abu Dhabi, with world number 15 Muguruza among those battling for the title as preparation for next month’s Australian Open. A beaten finalist in Melbourne last year, the Spaniard is excited at returning for the start of a new season, one where she’s reassured by health protocols and attention to detail. Continue reading

WTA Indian Wells: Christina McHale excellent in straight-sets victory over Garbiñe Muguruza

WTA Indian Wells: Christina McHale Excellent In Straight-Sets Victory Over Garbiñe Muguruza

The world number four struggled to build any momentum, and was frustrated by an excellent opponent in the form of Christina McHale on Saturday afternoon.

Christina McHale has sealed her place in round three of this year’s BNP Paribas Open, following a tense but exciting 7-5, 6-1 victory over world number four Garbiñe Muguruza. She’ll face seasoned veteran Samantha Stosur for an opportunity to progress into the last-16 of the competition.

First set nervy, fast-paced and unpredictable

Considering her inconsistent form in 2016, it came as no surprise that Muguruza found herself constantly on the back foot as she tried to contend with McHale’s direct style of play, where the plucky American was aiming to hit forehand winners whenever the chance arose. Rallies were fast-paced and so unpredictable that you could virtually hear the crowd holding their breath, but as McHale found some momentum with her array of shot-selection, it was obvious that Muguruza was starting to get frustrated and understandably so.

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