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Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury, while the FFT is reducing the number of fans that will be allowed to attend Roland Garros due to the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 | Venus proves too big a hurdle for Serena

Venus Williams brought her sister Serena’s comeback after 14-months off, to an abrupt halt in the third round of the Indian Wells for what was her first win over her younger sibling in four years. The last time they met, Serena defeated her to claim the Australian Open title whilst pregnant which was also the last occasion she was seen on the main tour as she took time off to concentrate on the safe delivery of her first-born and motherhood.

I'm just lucky that I've played more matches than her right now Venus Wiliams

The eighth seed won 6-3 6-4 but was kept on court for 90-minutes by the unseeded former world No.1 with 23 grand slam titles to her credit.

“I’m just lucky that I’ve played more matches than her right now,” Venus told the packed crowd following her win which increases her wins over her sister to 12 in 29 meetings.

“I definitely know her well, but she definitely played a little bit better than she normally does,” Serena said. “She served very consistently. She just did everything great.’

“It’s different, I haven’t played in over a year. It’s definitely not less disappointing, I wish it was. But then I wouldn’t be who I am. … I just have a long way to go and I look forward to the journey,” she added.

Venus closed out the match on her second match point when Serena erred with her forehand service return, one of her 41 unforced errors, including 17 on the forehand side.

Venus broke Serena at love in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead in the first set and raced

raced into a 3-0 lead in the second and despite losing her first match point in the eighth game held on to secure her place in the fourth round.

“Missing shots that I never miss, and so close,” Serena reflected. “At least they’re in the margin. I’m getting there. It’s not exactly where I want to be, but I’ll get there eventually.”

In other action the US Open champion Sloane Stephens, seeded 13, suffered another early defeat Losing to the 20th seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-4 6-3.

Stephens though remained optimistic. “I mean, not going to be too down about it. There’s always next week and the week after,” she said.

The second seeded Caroline Wozniacki, playing her 12th consecutive Indian Wells, outlasted Aliaksandra Sanovich of Belarus 6-4 2-6 6-3 for her 31st career match win at the event which she has won in 2011 and been runner-up twice.

The highest-seeded player to lose Monday was No. 4 Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine, who was beaten 7-5 6-3 by 27th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. Also losing was the 12th seed Julia Goerges of Germany, going out to Latvia’s 21st seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 6-3.

The seventh seed Caroline Garcia of France beat 26th-seeded Daria Gavrillova of Australia 7-5 6-4; Angelique Kerber (10) of Germany defeated Elene Vesnina (24) of Russia 7-5 6-2; and American Danielle Collins continued her run with a 6-4 6-4 win over fellow wild card Sofya Zhuk of Russia.



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