Halep hoists Italian Open trophy after Plíšková retires in final

Top-seeded Simona Halep accomplished her ambition of winning her first Italian Open title on Monday, when 2019 champion Karolína Plíšková retired midway through the final with a left thigh injury.

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...

Muguruza stops Azarenka to meet Halep in Rome semis

Garbiñe Muguruza stopped Victoria Azarenka’s outstanding run of 14 wins in the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, coming from a set and a break down to reach her third semi-final in Rome where she will meet Simona Halep, who advanced into the last 4...

Muguruza downs Konta to face Azarenka

On a day of attrition and compassion in Rome, Friday’s play at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia saw Johanna Konta fall to Garbiñe Muguruza, Victoria Azarenka comfort an injured Daria Kasatkina after a nasty tumble, and top seeds Simona Halep and Karolina Plíšková...

Nadal not obsessed with records

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Musetti continues his Roman run

At four-all in the second set the lights went out during the Italian Open which could have disrupted the concentration of Italy’s emerging starlet, the 18-year-old Lorenzo Musetti, who was on his way to eliminating another top player from the Rome Masters listings.
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Eastbourne | Kerber to face Pliskova for title

The Nature Valley International, Eastbourne, final is set with Angelique Kerber taking on Karolina Pliskova in the women’s singles.

It's not the way I would like to reach the final, because to getting another match under my belt before going to Wimbledon, that was the goal. But of course, I hope that she recovers soon and she is ready for Wimbledon Angelique Kerber

Reigning Wimbledon Champion Kerber was granted free passage into Saturday’s final when Ons Jabeur withdrew from their semi-final with a right ankle injury.

The No.4 seed, Kerber said: “It’s not the way I would like to reach the final, because to getting another match under my belt before going to Wimbledon, that was the goal. But of course, I hope that she recovers soon and she is ready for Wimbledon.”

And Kerber, who has twice reached the final at Eastbourne, in 2012 and 2014, said fans can expect a great final on Saturday.

“We played a lot of finals already against each other, a lot of matches,” said Kerber. “(Pliskova) knows what to expect from me; I know what to expect from her. She’s serving good. She hits the ball very fast and deep. It will be a good match.”

Jabeur said she was disappointed not to take her place in the semi-final. “I woke up sore in the morning, a little tough to walk,” said the Tunisian. “I tried to warm up. Wasn’t the best warmup. Tried to tape, run, do a few movements that I do on the court. It was very difficult for me.
“(It was a) tough decision. I hate to withdraw, especially in the semi-final (but) I’m just trying to keep very positive.”

The champion at Eastbourne in 2017, No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova was at her blistering grass court best on Friday, reaching her third Eastbourne final in four years with a 56-minute, 6-2 6-1 win over against No.3 Kiki Bertens.

Pliskova, who lost to Bertens in straight sets in the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, said she played a more aggressive match to clinch today’s win. “Last year (at) Wimbledon… I think I was too passive, which I didn’t want to be today. So I really put some pressure on her serve and it worked out.
“I was just playing much better than last year, more free, and just went for it a little bit more. She was always under pressure and I was just always attacking… coming to the net a little bit more than I was last year, so I think I just used my game better than I did last year against her.”

And she said she was looking forward to a challenging match in Saturday’s final. “I already had a couple challenges this week. (Kerber’s) tough, she’s lefty. On grass obviously she’s feeling maybe the best. But I beat her before. We played once on grass (and) I have to look maybe back on that match and just to get the positives out of it and let’s see. I think I’m ready.

“It doesn’t matter what’s gonna happen tomorrow, it’s a good week, (a) good tournament for me on grass. I’ve had good matches, and I have been playing well.”

Saturday’s women’s doubles final will be decided between Bethanie Matter-Sands and Kirsten Flipkens, and 2014 Nature Valley International Champions Has-Ching Chan and Latisha Chan.



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