Muguruza will open in front of Riske and Serena with Sharapova

Muguruza will open in front of Riske and Serena with Sharapova

The draw for the US Open women’s team left a clash with sparks, between two veterans: Serena Williams (37 years old) and Maria Sharapova (32). The two, champions of the four ‘greats’. The American aspires again to win her 24th Grand Slam and match the Margaret Court record, but in Toronto she retired injured from the final.

The tournament, in which Naomi Osaka defends title, is open. And several tennis players aspire to take away the Japanese number one, which will debut in front of the Russian Anna Blinkova.

Garbiñe Muguruza, in the process of rebuilding after leaving his coach Sam Sumyk, has the first rival to the American Alison Riske (36th) and in the third round Sloane Stephens appears.

Carla Suárez, doubt about physical problems, will be released against a previous tennis player. Sara Sorribes will play in the first round against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit and Aliona Bolsova will face the Czech Barbora Strycova. Paula Badosa is one victory away from the final draw.

Ramos continues his streak and reaches the semifinals

Ramos continues his streak and reaches the semifinals

Spaniard Albert Ramos qualified on Thursday for the semifinals of the Kitzbühel tennis tournament (Austria) by beating 6-3 and 6-4 against Jeremy Chardy.

The last meeting between the two, this year in Madrid, had resulted in victory of the French in three sets. Now the Spaniard, who had won the first two duels against the Frenchman, took the retaliation.

Ramos, fourth player in the world in percentage of land victories this year (64.5), scored the first set 6-3 in 40 minutes and took a little longer to win the second, 6-4.

The 31-year-old from Barcelona has 21 land victories this year, the same as the best of the season on this surface, Rafael Nadal and the Italian Guido Pella.

For the second consecutive week, Ramos will be in the semifinals of an ATP tournament. The Norwegian Casper Ruud is waiting for him, who won the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-3 and 7-6.

Barty, closer to number 1, after getting into the Birmingham final

The Australian Ashleigh Barty beat the Czech Barbora Strycova (6-4 and 6-4) and qualified for the final of the Birmingham tournament, so, lifting the title on Sunday, she will be number one of the WTA.

Barty, 22 years, recent champion in Roland Garros, would surpass the Japanese Naomi Osaka, in case of winning in the final of Birmingham, while, with a defeat, would stay two points in the ranking.

The current number two in the world possesses, after this triumph, 6,375 points, for the 6,377 of Osaka, which was eliminated in Birmingham in the second round. In case of not succeeding, Barty would have another opportunity to ascend to the first step next week in Eastbourne, last commitment before Wimbledon, although yes, to become number one there, would no longer be first seeded in the third Grand Slam of the season.

His opponent in the final will come out of the clash between the German Julia Goerges and the Croatian Petra Martic

“Rafa, twelve Roland Garros, it’s unreal”

 

  • Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem share compliments at the trophy ceremony at Roland Garros

Rafa, twelve Roland Garros, it’s unreal.” Dominic Thiem said it and could barely stand the lazy laugh that comes before an event difficult to digest, especially if you are a victim of the deed that is starring the manacorí in Parisian Grand Slam.

“You are an incredible champion, a legend of the sport”, said the finalist, defeated for the second year in a row, this time scratching a set, yielding 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1 in 3h.01 ‘ .

Nadal received the Cup of the Musketeers from the tennis player who completed two Grand Slam in two natural seasons, in 1962 and 1969, the Australian Rod Laver.

The Spanish also spared no praise at the ceremony, before the 15,000 people of the Philippe-Chatrier, for Thiem. “Keep trying, you’ll get it. You have a great team and a great family. You are an example, a great worker and always with a smile on his lips. You are a good person, which is the most important thing. ”

And he had special words for his closest people, those who lifted him after the hard stick of a new injury in Indian Wells, which sustained him in the difficult start of the earth. “It would not have been possible without you in the most complicated moments. It is very, very special. It was a dream to play here in 2005, I could not even think that in 2019 I would be here and with the trophy with me. ”

Almost the tears to the champion of 2018, Carlos Moyà, now directing the technical team that forms with Francis Roig, Rafa Maymó, Carlos Costa, Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, Jordi Robert ‘Tuts’ and Benito Pérez-Barbadillo. And Toni Nadal, omnipresent in the career of his nephew.

This time he sat behind Carlos Moyà, next to his brother Sebastià, father of the ‘creature’. In the next row the mother, Anna Maria Pararea, the sister, Maribel, and the fiancee, Maria Francisca Perelló.

He thanked the presence of “His Majesty the King (Don Juan Carlos) and Doña Elena”, in the box next to the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Guirao, and the president of the CSD, María José Rienda.

Rain Pushes Djokovic-Zverev & Thiem-Khachanov Roland Garros QFs to Thursday

 

Roland Garros has thrown the towel at four thirty in the afternoon, after more than four hours without rain tennis, since the games that started at eleven o’clock were interrupted at noon. Faced with the adverse weather, cancellation of today’s Wednesday.

The most benefited, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, though they could not train, giving up on the indoor track. They are from Tuesday in the semifinals, which will not be played until Friday. They have plenty of time to prepare for their confrontation.

The victims, the tennis players in the top of the table, since the best will be forced to play two days in a row: tomorrow, Thursday, the quarters and Friday, the ‘semis’.

The encounters Novak Djokovic-Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem-Karen Khachanov will reappear in the programming of this Thursday, the 6th.

It also happens with the women’s Simona Halep-Amanda Anisimova and Madison Keys-Ashleigh Barty. The successive winners must go to the track Thursday (quarter), semifinals (now Friday in their case) and final (Saturday.

The semi-final between the British Johanna Konta and the Czech Marketa Vondrous has already been drawn since Tuesday.

The organization has announced that it will refund the price of the tickets to its holders.

In the year 2020 the Philippe-Chatrier center court will have a retractable roof, being the last Grand Slam tournament that will have it.

.Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer qualified for the third round and continue at a steady pace at Roland Garros

 

The Spaniard defeated the German Yannick Maden 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4, while the Swiss defeated fellow German Oscar Otte 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4.

The Spanish Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer advance at a steady pace at Roland Garros. The number 2 and 3 of the world have been imposed on the Germans Yannick Maden and Oscar Otte, respectively, to qualify for the third round of the French Grand Slam.

The Mallorcan player maintained his steady pace by defeating Maden 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes. In search of his 12th title in Paris, the defending champion showed his most solid version until the final heat, when he let himself be snatched twice. In any case, the Balearic tennis player solved it with three breaks.

The seven games on loan this Wednesday before the 114th in the world, added to the six of his debut against the Germanic Yannick Hanfmann, make him tie his fourth best start on Paris clay.
Nadal acknowledged that in the final stage he raised his foot on the accelerator and that his rival came with good pace after winning four duels, all three of the previous and first round against the Belgian Kimmer Coppejans. “He’s a good player, at Roland Garros he has already won four games, he has come with great confidence,” said Rafa over Maden, 29.

The Mallorcan will be measured by a place in the second round against the Belgian David Goffin, who agreed to the third round after beating the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic by 6-2, 6-4 and 6-3. He is a rival against whom he has never lost on clay. In four duels, the Belgian has only won one, played on hard track of the Masters Tournament in 2017.
For his part, in his second match in this contest, Federer managed a comfortable victory in only 96 minutes by 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4 against Otte, a 25-year-old German player who was ranked 144th in the ATP ranking.

The former world number one controlled the game and saved the four break points that his opponent had, unable to break the Swiss’s serve. Federer, who was champion in the clay of Paris on one occasion (2009), returns to the tournament in this edition after four years of absence.

The 37-year-old will face the third round of the Norwegian Casper Ruud (63rd), who will arrive at this match after eliminating the Italian Matteo Berrettini (31st) by 6-4, 7-5 and 6-3.

Federer withdraws from Masters 1000 in Rome and protects Kyrgyzstan: “It should not be interrupted”

 

Number 3 in the world left the tournament due to physical problems.

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       Roger Federer made news this Friday for a double reason. The number 3 in the world announced his retirement from the Masters 1000 in Rome with an injury, which gives the pass to the semifinals to Tsitsipas, who will face the winner of the Spanish showdown between Rafa Nadal and Fernando Verdasco. The other surprise came because he came out in defense of the Australian Nick Kyrgios, expelled from the Roman tournament for throwing a chair to the track, among other issues.

The news of his departure was announced by the organization of the tournament: “Regrettably, King Roger had to withdraw from the tournament because of an injury to his right leg, we wish him a quick recovery, thanks for the incredible emotions.” The Swiss criticized a day before the lines of the track in which he faced Coric were wet and could be injured by it: “I do not understand how the players can accept it, they wet the track when the wet lines mean you can slip. I slipped, I hurt on one foot and it hurt for two games, also my leg hurt a little, “he lamented at the post-match press conference. The Kyrgios thing “is not enough for me” The latest controversy of Nick Kyrgios was another of the issues that Federer dealt with the media.

The number 3 in the world defended the Australian tennis player and acknowledged that suspending him would be an excessive punishment. “I do not think I should be suspended, personally, what did he do, damage a chair, that’s not enough for me, I do not know if he’s in a trial period after what happened in Shanghai,” he said.

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