Kudermetova to meet Kovinic in Charleston final

15th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova made it into the Volvo Car Open trophy match in Charleston where she will meet unseeded Danka Kovinic, both unlikely and surprising finalists from a field that was led by World No 1 Ash Barty and 4th-ranked Sofia Kenin among 9 of the...

Pablo Carreno Busta makes Marbella final

The final of the Andalucia Open in Marbella will be fought out by Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta, the top seed and the unseeded Jaume Munar who were well tested by two compatriots during their semi-final clashes on Saturday,

Tennis mourns HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

The All England Lawn Tennis Club led tributes to His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on Friday at Windsor Castle, conveying sincerest sympathies to the Royal Family on behalf of the tennis world.

Paris move is causing problems

There has been a bit of kick-back over the FFT’s decision to postpone the French Open by a week to 24 May, with tournaments on the ATP and WTA calendars affected, and players critical.

Badosa blitzes Barty to join Kudermetova, Kovonic and Jabeur in Charleston last 4

Spain’s Paula Badosa, ranked 71, stunned the World No 1 Ash Barty at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston on Friday night in straight sets to reach the biggest semi-final of her career at the WTA 500 event.

It’s an all Spanish semi-final line-up in Marbella

Not surprisingly perhaps, but the semi-finals of the Andalucia Open in Marbella is being filled by local talent but it is the first time in 17 years (Valencia) that four players from the same country have made it to the last four.

Barty battles on as Kvitova and Muguruza depart

Ash Barty came through a tough challenge from Shelby Rogers at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston to reach the quarter-finals, but Petra Kvitova and Garbiñe Muguruza, who were seeded to meet there, both bowed out.

Evans crashes out of Cagliari

The British No1, Dan Evans, the top seed at the Sardegna Open, was beaten after a two-hour and 10-minute three-set marathon, by Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti.

French Open delayed by one week

The 2021 French Open, due to start on 23 May, is being delayed by one week and the main draw will now begin on Sunday 30 May, with qualifying rounds to be held from Monday 24 May.

Barty masters transition to Charleston clay

World No 1 Ash Barty made the quick transition from hard to clay courts with little difficulty on Wednesday when she dispatched Japan's Misaki Doi, 6-2 6-1, in the Volvo Car Open at Charleston, SC.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Schwartzman ends the drought in Argentina

Diego Schwartzman has finally won his home tournament to claim the fourth title of his career and at the same time, becomes the first local champion of the Argentina Open in 13 years.

It’s the first time [I have won at] home. Two years ago, I reached the final here and lost. … I was very unhappy, but two years later I have my revenge against Francisco, who is a great player Diego Schwartzman

The World No. 9 from Buenos Aires easily demolished fellow countryman Francisco Cerundolo, 6-1 6-2 to follow David Nalbandian, the last Argentine to win in Buenos Aires back in 2008, onto the Board of Honour.

“I’m very, very happy; it’s been an amazing week for me,” Schwartzman said after accepting his trophy, a large ‘matte’ cup, following the 81-minute final.

“It’s the first time [I have won at] home. Two years ago, I reached the final here and lost. … I was very unhappy, but two years later I have my revenge against Francisco, who is a great player.”

The 137th-ranked Cerundolo, whose younger brother Juan Manuel lifted the Cordoba Open trophy a week ago, qualified for the main draw and made a valiant run at this week’s title when he hoped to become the seventh set of siblings in the Open Era to win titles, and the first pair to actually do it in consecutive weeks.

In what was only his second ATP 250 level appearance, the 22-year-old was broken six times as the more experienced Schwartzman took full advantage of any fatigue he might be experiencing after seven matches, five of them (including qualifying) over three sets.

Schwartzman outpointed his opponent 64-45 over the course of the course of the final to secure the title victory.

“It was an emotional week – very different because in the other weeks you don’t have all your family and friends with you, the people who never see you on court,” Schwartzman told “Having these moments, sharing this with them and winning the title is a totally different feeling. It’s amazing…”

Interestingly, when Nalbandian won 13 years ago, it was at the expense of another Argentine, Jose Acasuso.

“[Cerundolo] had a spectacular week,” Schwaertzman added. “I’ve been following him since he qualified, and we’ve had great conversations and talked about his matches.

“I also know his whole family. They were there at the same club where I started playing tennis before [Francisco] was born… This was his week, last week was [Juan Manuel’s] week.”

Schwartzman, who hadn’t dropped a set all week in Buenos Aires, and only lost his serve three times en route to the trophy, was a bit surprised at those figures.

“That is a very weird stat about my serve,” he pondered afterward. “I think I served really well all the matches and I felt very good on court – aggressive, doing good defence and not many mistakes and every match felt better and better. I think that’s why I won the title.”

The two Argentine finalists pose with their respective trophies following the final.

Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images



Leave a Reply

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