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

The two tournament favourites draw closer to settling this year’s Rome Masters 1000 title as they successfully reached the last eight on opposing sides of the draw with the second seeded Rafa Nadal seemingly having the easier passage so far.

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.

ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup tournaments cancelled

The ATP and WTA jointly announced on Friday that the 2020 Kremlin Cup tournaments in Moscow have been cancelled by a mandate from health officials in the Russian capital, where there has been a surge in coronavirus infections.

Osaka withdraws from Paris, fans reduced

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury, while the FFT is reducing the number of fans that will be allowed to attend Roland Garros due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.

On the day of the Bagel 

Bagels are pretty rare in pro tennis but in Rome on Thursday, Johanna Konta and Victoria Azarenka scored three between them - Konta taking one against clay-court specialist Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-0 6-4, while just five days after losing the US Open final, Azarenka...

Battling mental health issues to return to the court

In a short film released this week, the LTA follows 38-year-old tennis player Steven McCann from North London, as he shares his inspirational story of battling addiction to reignite his love and passion for the sport. The feature brings to life Steven’s journey to...

Fans to return in Paris

No one at the beginning of this Covid year could have predicted that we here at Tennis Threads would be writing the French Open in September, just a couple of weeks after the US Open had concluded!

Fed Cup rebrands as the Billie Jean King Cup

Tying in with the 50th Anniversary of the Fed Cup, the women’s team competition has been re-named the Billie Jean King Cup by the ITF, it was announced at a virtual press conference on Thursday.

Halep and Plíšková start Rome campaigns

Top seed Simona Halep overcame an early scare as she was broken 5 times by local wildcard Jasime Paolini in her opening match of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, but moved into the second round smoothly enough, 6-3 6-4, on Wednesday, while No 2 seed Karolina Plíšková...
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Indian Wells | Chung and Cuevas serve up something special

Rarely if ever can such brilliant tennis have been seen at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Hyeon Chung relentlessly probed the corners of the court, and each time Pablo Cuevas was there with his riposte.

Every time the Korean served, a new set of possibilities opened up. On one point, Cuevas finished on the same side of the net as Chung after miraculously retrieving a seemingly perfect drop shot. On another the Korean hit what looked for all the world like a winning smash only for the Uruguayan to thrust out his racket at the last moment and send an unreachable lob spinning onto the baseline.

Time and time again they rallied, with advantages and deuces passing with no hint of an end in sight. The more Chung went for the winner, the faster Cuevas’ legs carried him in pursuit. Time stood still. The watching spectators sat mesmerised. Some rallies lasted twenty or thirty shots, but non-one was counting. Then suddenly, it was over. Chung missed, and Cuevas had the game. It was his first of the set, and after winning it he trailed 1-6, 1-5. Two games later he was beaten, but the Stadium 2 crowd rose as one to salute a gallant effort. They had witnessed something very special.

Hyeon Chung won 6-1 6-3 and will face either Roger Federer or Jeremy Chardy in the quarter finals.



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