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Dart makes QR2, Halep concerned and Andreescu out

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Women’s qualifying begins in Paris

Qualifying for the French Open gets under way this week, with the draws made on Monday, and there are some fine players fighting it out on the courts of Roland Garros hoping to gain entry into the main draw, among them two Brits, Harriet Dart and Samantha Murray Sharan.

Sabalenka cruises but Stephens falls in Strasbourg

With Rome complete, attention turns to the the final warmup event before Roland Garros, which began on Sunday and takes place this week in Strasbourg, France, where Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens and Aryna Sabalenka lead the field.

Halep hoists Italian Open trophy after Plíšková retires in final

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Novak Marches On

Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic has collected his 36th Masters 1000 title and can now reflect in the knowledge that he has surpassed his rivals at that particular level of competition and set a new record.

Djokovic and Schwartzman with plenty to play for

Novak Djokovic likes records and he is on the verge of winning his 36th Masters 1000 title if he is successful in the final of the Italian Open at the Foro Italica today, to edge him one ahead of Rada Nadal.

Top seeds Halep and Plíšková to meet in Rome Final

For the first time since 2016, the top two seeds in a WTA tournament will contest the final of of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia after both Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková came through their respective semi-finals with wins over Garbiñe Muguruza and Marketa...

Nadal stunned by Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman pulled off the biggest upsets of the Rome Masters when he toppled the nine-time champion Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinals, a feat he achieved in straight sets!

Plíšková passes Mertens test as Vondrousova swats Svitolina

No 2 seed Karolina Plíšková took another step toward her Rome title defence on Saturday after correcting a mid-match wobble to defeat No 11 seed Elise Mertens in the Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals; while 12th seed Marketa Vondrousova upset two-time winner...
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Another twist in the Sharapova saga.

Considering the hullabaloo which Maria Sharapova’s return to the tour following her 15-month drug suspension has caused, it is disappointing to learn that she is now withdrawing from Birmingham and Wimbledon Qualifying with a torn muscle sustained at the Italian Open in Rome last month.

After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grasscourt tournaments I was scheduled to play. Maria Sharapova

She announced her decision on Facebook at the weekend: “After an additional scan, the muscle tear that I sustained in Rome will unfortunately not allow me to compete in the grasscourt tournaments I was scheduled to play. I want to thank the LTA for their amazing support on my return and providing me with a Birmingham wild card, a tournament which I hope many of you will be able to attend.
“I look forward to meeting you there next year. I will continue to work on my recovery and my next scheduled tournament is in Stanford.”
The Stanford event is part of the US Open warm-up campaign and takes place at the end of July.
No doubt the All England Club breathed a sigh of relief at the news as her involvement in the Qualifying event will have caused them some logistical headaches. Nonetheless the Club will continue to erect the stand as planned and spectators will still be limited to 1,000 paying £5 which will go to charity.
What is interesting is that her non-appearance during the grass court season, means she will not have sufficient ranking points to gain direct entry into the US Open and will have to play their qualifying tournament, unless the organisers of the final grand slam of the year decide not to follow the lead of the FFT and AELTC and issue a wildcard entry.






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