NEW

Kontaveit and Sakkari win Ostrava openers

Anett Kontaveit and Maria Sakkari won their opening matches at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Monday, dispatching Ekaterina Alexandrova and Kristyna Pliskova respectively.

Cologne 2 get under way – Murray withdraws, Edmunds beaten

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the second week of Cologne where he was due to face Danilo Petrovic in his opening match, explaining that he is suffering from another pelvic problem, this time a form of tendinitis.

Ostrava main draw set to go

American teenager Coco Gauff booked her spot in the J&T Banka Ostrava Open main draw with a 6-4 6-4 win over former World No 22 Irina-Camelia Begu alongside Daria Kasatkina and hometown favourites Barbora Krejcikova and Tereza Martincova, who each pulled off...

De Minaur takes UTS3 honours

Alex ‘The Demon’ De Minaur defeated Richard ‘The Virtuoso’ Gasquet in Sunday’s final of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in Antwerp, denying the Frenchman the title at his third time of asking.

Rublev captures St Petersburg title

Andrey Rublev has matched Novak Djokovic’s record of 4 titles this season, when he beat Borna Coric in the finals of the St Petersburg Open, and press for a place in the ATP Tour Finals at the O2 next month.

Zverev claims the first leg of Cologne

Alexander Zverev collected his 12th career title by beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 to win the ‘bett1HULKS INDOORS’ title in Cologne, the first tournament in the German city staging a double header of events there.

Djere doubles his tally of titles

Serbian Laslo Djere won his second career ATP title when he beat Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 7-6(3) 7-5in the ATP 250 event in Sardinia, the Forte Village Sardegna Open in Santa Margherita di Puta, Itlay.

Gasquet makes UTS3 final

Richard ‘The Virtuoso’ Gasquet has finally made the last two at the 3rd edition of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in Antwerp, having come so close in the first two exhibition competitions, and will play Alex ‘The Demon’ De Minaur for the UTS3 trophy.

Vondrousova tests positive, out of Ostrava

Marketa Vondrousova has tested positive for coronavirus and will not play in the J&T Banka Ostrava Open, which begins tomorrow, Monday.

Tennis by accident!

For a Brit, Matilda Mutavdzic has a name to conjure with. Equally, she has a game to reckon with! Just 16 years old, she has been on a four country academy journey which currently sees her established in Spain at the Nadal Academy, not too shabby a place to learn your...
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

All to play for in Charleston going into final day

Heading into Saturday, Team Kindness trailed Team Peace 14-10 and, with matches worth 3 points, a quick start was imperative for captain Madison Keys’ squad, as the American led from the front, playing first and defeating not just any opponent, but Sofia Kenin, this year’s Australian Open champion.

The points that I earlier lost in the second set, they weren’t necessarily bad points," she reflected. "[I] kind of gave myself a little bit of grace knowing that I haven’t had those big moments under my belt right now, but making sure I know that these matches come in handy later when the tour comes back. Madison Keys

Keys came through another tense finish, letting one match point slip before finishing off Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, 6-3 5-7 [10-2] in the Credit One Bank Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina.

She should have been defending her 2019 Charleston WTA title earlier this year but the coronavirus pandemic halted play on the women’s tour in March and unofficial competition has only just resumed.

Keys said her tight finishes in the 16-player team event, being played with strict social distancing protocols and with no spectators, will stand her in good stead when the WTA Tour starts up again in Palermo on 3 August.

“I know that these matches come in handy later, once the tour comes back and (I’m) just using that as an opportunity and not being too hard on myself,” she said.

Keys was up two breaks at 4-0 in the second set, and held a match point against Kenin’s serve in the 9th game that she couldn’t convert.

Dropping her next 2 service games meant she had to regroup in the match tiebreak.

The match pitted the top-ranked players to feature in the team event, which is being played on the same green clay courts that host the annual WTA Charleston event.

Kenin, who won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, is ranked 4th in the world, while Keys is ranked 13th.

Keys’ serve and forehand were clicking, as was her backhand, both as a rally shot to keep Kenin from moving forward, and as a point-ending weapon.

After a bevy of winners, Keys took a seemingly unassailable 6-3, 4-0 lead, had a point for 5-0, and earned a match point, but compatriot Kenin, one of tennis’ brightest prospects of 2020, shook it all off, and remarkably won the second set 7-5.

“When you play someone like Sonya, you know she’s going to up her level, especially when it matters,” said Keys. “She definitely did that at the end of the second set.

“A few of those points were me, but I thought I had a pretty clean tiebreaker.”

Keys remained calm, and found way to turn a calamity into an opportunity, running through the breaker, 10-2.

“The points that I earlier lost in the second set, they weren’t necessarily bad points,” she reflected. “[I] kind of gave myself a little bit of grace knowing that I haven’t had those big moments under my belt right now, but making sure I know that these matches come in handy later when the tour comes back.”

It was the only way Keys could approach the situation, but it didn’t hurt that the pressure-packed moment, even at a non-tour event, came in Charleston.

Keys, whose foundation is called ‘Kindness Wins’, feels at home in Charleston and, appropriately, at this week’s Credit One Bank Invitational, she is the captain of Team Kindness.

Before the Volvo Car Open was cancelled in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, Keys visited Meeting Street Academy in Charleston to spread her message to elementary school students, even giving tennis lessons to youngsters on the playground.

Keys’ victory cut Team Peace’s lead to 14-13 over her own Team Kindness and kept them in the running.


Credit One Bank Invitational played with no spectators

© Credit One Bank Invitational

After that win for Kindness, though, Peace took control of the day.

Their run started with the doubles match, where Caroline Dolehide & Alja Tomljanovic ground out 2 tough sets, which included an incredible comeback from the brink in the first.

At 5-3 in the opening frame, Leylah Fernandez & Monica Puig held 3 set points on Dolehide’s serve, but the Peace pair’s aggressive play eked out a hold for 5-4, punctuated by a volley winner by Tomljanovic on deciding point.

Dolehide & Tomljanovic then broke Puig when the Canadian-Puerto Rican duo had a chance to close out the set, levelling the opener at 5-5.

The teams advanced to the tiebreak, where Dolehide & Tomljanovic built a 6-2 lead before converting their 4th set point with a winning Dolehide put-away in the forecourt.

After a failed attempt to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set, Dolehide & Tomljanovic were forced into another breaker.

The American-Australian tandem dominated it, polishing off the victory on their 1st match point to reclaim the 4-point lead for Team Peace, 17-13.

Jennifer Brady then gave Team Peace a commanding 20-13 lead in the overall standings, before rain began to pour down again, and the final match of the day, between Team Peace captain Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Team Kindness’s Shelby Rogers, was postponed to Sunday.

Mattek-Sands’ selection of Brady to Team Peace has been a masterstroke, as the World No 48 is 3-0 this week in Charleston, with her second singles victory extending her side’s lead to 20-13.

If Mattek-Sands, who is 2-0 in Charleston, defeats Rogers, Team Kindness will need to win all 4 doubles matches to prevail, but if Rogers wins on Sunday, Team Kindness must win 3 of the 4 doubles matches.

Brady’s all-court power helped the American break Stephens 3 times in the opening set, firing off aces in her first 2 service games.

An early exchange of breaks helped Stephens match Brady shot for shot during that timeframe  but as they moved towards a tiebreak, Brady’s power game resurged.

An error-forcing forehand gave her a 6-2 lead and 4 match points and although Stephens saved 2, Brady slammed a backhand winner down the line on the 3rd to notch up the crucial win.

“I thought it was a pretty good match overall,” Brady said in her on-court post-match interview. “I think in the beginning of the second set, maybe I backed off a little bit, and Sloane was being more aggressive. But I’m happy I got the win.”

when asked about the feeling of playing for a team, Brady added: “It’s not so much pressure.

“I kind of embrace it. I played two years of college tennis. I know what it’s like to play for somebody other than yourself.

“I’m really happy that it’s a team event here, I think it’s made it a lot more fun, and a lot more enjoyable.”

On Sunday, all 16 players will take part in 4 doubles matches to determine the winner of this team event, with each worth 3 points.


Teams Peace leads by 20-13 going into the final day of play in Charleston

The Tennis Channel



Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.