Paris | Fruhvirtova and Noskova lead the charge in Roland Garros qualifying

The French Open at Roland Garros, which begins on Sunday, beckons and 128 hopefuls are embarking on their journeys in the qualifying event, hoping to win 3 matches to gain entry into the main draw headlined by the World No 1 Iga Swiatek.

WTA Roundup – Paris, Karlsruhe, Strasbourg and Rabat

W125 Trophée Lagardère American Claire Liu claimed the biggest title of her career by winning the inaugural Trophée Lagardère in Paris, defeating Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, 6-2 6-3, in the final on Sunday in an hour 37 minutes.

London | Laura Robson retires from competition

Former British No 1 Laura Robson has decided to formally retire from competitive tennis after her long battle with injuries that curtailed her on-court career.

Strasbourg | Stosur makes surprise singles appearance

Aussie Sam Stosur made a surprise appearance in the singles in the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Sunday after having announcing at the Australian Open that she was retiring from singles play.

Paris | Svitolina and Monfils are expecting a baby daughter

Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils are expecting their first child together, the couple have announced on their individual social media accounts on Sunday.

Rome | Swiatek shatters Jabeur hopes in final

20-year old Iga Swiatek continues to amaze as the World No 1 won her 5th WTA tournament in a row at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, successfully defending her title with an emphatic 6-2 6-2 win over Ons Jabeur and cementing her status as the game’s best...

Rome | Djokovic sweeps up sixth title

The Rome Masters Final nearly became a mirror image of the disappointing and one-sided final played out last week in the Madrid title round following Novak Djokovic’s domination of Sefanos Tsitsipas in the first set.

Rome | Stunning Swiatek sweeps aside Sabalenka to meet Jabeur in final

Defending champion Iga Swiatek swept past Aryna Sabalenka into the Internazionali BNL d’Italia final in Rome on Saturday, notching up her 27th consecutive win, and she will meet Ons Jabeur, who found her way past Daria Kasatkina into the last 2 after saving a match...

Rome | Djokovic reaches new milestone

Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet in the Rome Masters final in what is a repeat of last year’s classic French Open title decider -- won by the Serbian from two-set to love down – and could provide an indication of the state of the individual players’...

Rome | It’s Swiatek v Sabalenka and Jabeur v Kasatkina in Last 4

Iga Swiatek sunk Bianca Andreescu’s boat to reach the semi-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Friday where she will take on Aryna Sabalenka, a 3-set winner over Amanda Anisimova, while Ons Jabeur staged a stunning come-back win to get past Maria...
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Roehampton | Willis gets closer

Marcus Willis is one match away from gaining a place in the men’s draw at Wimbledon in what could well be a repeat of his adventures of last year.

I'm a better player than last year, I'm fitter, faster and moving better. I was a very good player last year but Mr Federer took me out. I still maintain if I hadn't played him I could have won more matches there Marcus Willis

He defeated compatriot Liam Broady in the second round of the Qualifying tournament in Roehampton, 7-6(2) 6-7(2) 6-2 in their rain delayed clash in what was an unfortunate clash between two Brits.

Willis, who is ranked 374 and won six qualifying matches to reach The Championships 12 months ago, now has the tough task of overcoming the Ukraine’s world No 117 Illya Marchenko if he is to repeat his efforts of last year and make the main draw

However Willis, the British No9, fancies his chances having dismissed the world No148 Andrej Martin in the previous round.

Looking ahead to that match, he said: “I’m playing pretty well here. My next round is very difficult but I’ll go out and give it everything I’ve got. He’s very solid, normally quite a bad match-up for someone like me, with a good backhand, a good serve, he moves well.

“I’m a better player than last year, I’m fitter, faster and moving better. I was a very good player last year but Mr Federer took me out. I still maintain if I hadn’t played him I could have won more matches there.

Against Broady, who is ranked 10 places below him, the first set was tight as expected with both players trying to gain the psychological advantage and it was Willis who gained that in the tie break converting the first of his four set points.

Broady turned the tables in the second when he broke in the third game but then slipped trying to reach a net cord, hurting his racket hand in the process.

Willis promptly broke back but Broady then took the tiebreak to level the score but with the light fading Willis regained control in the decider to run out the winner.

“It’s a shame I had to play Liam in qualifying,” Willis said. “I’m sure that would have been a higher level than some main draw matches. It’s a shame someone had to lose.”

In other matches, Derbyshire’s Jay Clarke, 18, grabbed a notable scalp with a 6-3 7-6(5) win over Elias Ymer of Sweden, a player ranked 94 places above him at 266.

Now only Sebastian Ofner, a 21-year-old Austrian ranked 215, stands between Clarke and a Wimbledon debut.

Northampton’s Alexander Ward, 27, also progressed with a 6-3 6-1 win over Japan’s Go Soeda.

Katy Dunne, 22, from Hemel Hempstead, kept the British flag flying for the women by beating Serb Ivana Jorovic 7-5 7-5, but Harriet Dart, Maia Lumsden, Eden Silva, Gabriella Taylor and Freya Christie had their hopes dashed.




Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.