Herbert & Mahut claim second Roland Garros doubles title

France claimed the Men’s Doubles title on Saturday when Pierre-Hughes Herbert & Nicolas Mahut defeated Alexander Bublik & Andrey Golubev from Kazakstan, 4-6 7-6(1) 6-4, to become the first all-French team to win twice at the clay-court major since World War...

Krejcikova bags French Open title

It was nip and tuck but, at the last, it was unseeded Czech Barbora Krejcikova who hoisted the French Open trophy aloft after a 3-set victory over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the No 31 seed, in the final at Roland Garros on Saturday.

Konta steps into her third straight Nottingham final

British No.1 Johanna Konta has reached her third consecutive final at the LTA’s Viking Open Nottingham after defeating Serbia’s Nina Stojanovic 6-2 6-7(2) 7-5 in two-hours and 53-minutes.

Swiatek and Krejcikova to meet in Paris Doubles Final

Iga Swiatek may have lost her singles crown at Roland Garros but she has her eyes firmly set on taking home the French Open doubles title with her partner, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, but the pair will have to navigate past Barbora Krejcikova & Katerina Siniakova, who...

Nadal is brought down in classic

Two classic semi-finals and a change of heart by the French pandemic authorities, a boisterous crowd and excellent weather all helped to ensure that the French Open, the second grand slam of the season, reached its Sunday climax with the appropriate fanfare

Sue Barker awarded CBE

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Konta through to third straight Nottingham semi-final

Johanna Konta is safely through to her third consecutive Viking Open Nottingham semi-final after defeating eighth seed Alison Van Uytvanck 6-3 7-6(6), having reached the final in her last two visits to the Nottingham Tennis Centre in 2017 and 2018.

Evans loses in last eight.

In the Viking Nottingham Open Challeneger event, the top seed from Birmingham Dan Evans was pipped to the post in his quarterfinal against No.6 seed Denis Kudla falling 6-4 1-6 6-4 after two=hours and two-minutes.

Salisbury & Krawczyk win French Mixed Doubles title

Britain’s Joe Salisbury teamed up with American Desirae Krawczyk to win the French Open mixed doubles title on Thursday at Roland Garros, marking his second Grand Slam triumph.

Krejcikova outlasts Sakkari to reach Paris final

Barbora Krejcikova held her nerve to see off a match point and a controversial line call to advance to the French Open final after upsetting Maria Sakkari, the No 17 seed from Greece, 7-5 4-6 9-7, in a 3 hour 18 marathon semi-final battle.
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Cartagena | What’s happened to Naomi Osaka since the AO?

The Japanese No 1 looked a shadow of her usual bubbly personality as she slumped to 6-0 6-3 to a player ranked 78th in the world, Sara Sorribes Tormo, who had but one Fed Cup singles win to her name.

For me, I’m kind of dealing with some stuff. I couldn’t mentally get into the match. Honestly, it wasn’t even a match. It’s sort of my fault. Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka surrendered her AO crown in the 3rd round in Melbourne against 15-year-old Coco Gauff and, clearly, clay is not her preferred surface either, but the writing was on the wall when she lost the opening 6 points and her first 10 on serve, ending up with an astonishing 50 unforced errors at La Manga Club in Cartagena, Spain.

“For me, I’m kind of dealing with some stuff,” an emotional Osaka told media. “I couldn’t mentally get into the match.”

The former World No 1 and two-time Grand Slam winner has struggled to cope expectations and been through a series of coaches in her search for form as she has slipped down the rankings to No 10.

“Honestly, it wasn’t even a match,” Osaka added. “It’s sort of my fault.”

Carla Suarez Navarro, playing in her 16th Fed Cup tie and last at home after announcing she will retire at the end of this season, doubled Spain’s lead by then beating Misaki Doi, 6-3 6-4.

The experienced left-hander Doi offered stiffer resistance than Osaka, battling back from a break down to level the second set at 4-4, but 55th-ranked Suarez Navarro was never truly troubled and, like Osaka earlier, Doi ended with a double-fault.

While five-times champions Spain are tantalisingly close to sealing one of the 12 places for the inaugural Finals in Budapest in April, Captain Anabel Medina Garrigues is far too experienced to take anything for granted.

“2-0 doesn’t mean anything in Fed Cup,” she said. “We have to be ready for tomorrow [Saturday] because Japan have some big fighters. But, yeah, it’s nice to wake up tomorrow with a 2-0 lead.”

The defeat certainly threw a spanner in the Japan works, who had banked on Osaka delivering the win.

“Our plan was for Osaka to win the first match, but she wasn’t able to play the way she wanted,” Japan’s Fed Cup Captain Toshihisa Tsuchihashi said.

“Doi also lost in a similar way, but her opponent was great so I would like to congratulate her on that.”



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