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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Doha | Muguruza wins thriller in big Doha field

World No 1 Ash Barty returns to match play at the Qatar Total Open, which got underway on Sunday with a 56 field that saw Garbiñe Muguruza out of the blocks, surviving a rollercoaster first-round clash against qualifier Daria Kasatkina, 7-5 5-7 6-3, after 2 hours and 49 minutes of enthralling play.

I'm looking forward for tough matches, I'm not trying to be worried when it gets to a third set or something like that. Last year I played a lot of three-set matches, they didn't go my way - and this year I'm back at it again and just going more for it and being a little bit more patient. Garbiñe Muguruza

The Spaniard, seeded 11th in Doha, was 5-2 up in the 2nd set, and held a match point, before Kasatkina levelled the show.

The Russian made things easier for Muguruza, however, with a succession of 3rd-set double-faults, handing over the crucial break of serve.

“I was expecting a tough match,” stated Muguruza afterwards. “All the matches that we have played have been long, and three sets, and tough matches. So I was prepared for another type of match like that.

“I feel like I had a lot of opportunities maybe to step it up earlier, in the first set, in the second set… I think I could have played better at certain moments, but the end it’s a victory and I’m happy for it.”

Muguruza stormed the net at every opportunity, testing Kasatkina’s ability to pass her and swatting the ball away with little trouble for the most part.

At the last it was the Spaniard’s superior power and her greater intensity that by-passed Kasatkina’s court-craft in the longer rallies and won the day.

The 2016 Roland Garros and 2017 Wimbledon champion’s resurgence in 2020 has seen her come out on the winning side of a number of tough matches such as this.

“There’s not a different approach, I really don’t care what the score is,” she told reporters. “A victory is a victory.

“I’m looking forward for tough matches, I’m not trying to be worried when it gets to a third set or something like that.

“Last year I played a lot of three-set matches, they didn’t go my way – and this year I’m back at it again and just going more for it and being a little bit more patient.

“It’s nothing really different that I’m thinking… just putting the fight and this year it’s going my way.”

Muguruza will next face Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, a 6-2 6-4 winner over compatriot Priscilla Hon, while earlier in the day, defending champion Elise Mertens easily beat China’s Wang Qiang, 6-1 6-2.

Top seed Barty is making her Dubai debut and, having received a bye, faces Germany’s Laura Siegemund, a qualifier who beat Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-1 6-2.

The tournament is without 2014 winner Simona Halep, who pulled out after her big title win in Dubai on Saturday, prompting a shuffling up of seeds.

Without Halep, the event still boasts 6 in the Top 10 and the last 4 champions: 2019 Elise Mertens, 2018 Petra Kvitova, 2017 Karolina Pliskova, and 2016 Carla Suarez Navarro.

Former finalists Jelena Ostapaneko and Muguruza are also in the field along with Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, rising star Elena Rybakina, American sensation Amanda Anisimova and former Top 5s Vera Zvonareva and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Already into round 2 are Ostapenko, Anisimova and Kuznetsova; together with Ons Jabeur, Alison Van Uytvanck, Bernarda Pera, Veronika Kudermetova and Karolina Muchova.



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