WTA Roundup | Muguruza toppled in Rabat, but no upsets in Strasbourg

WTA 250 - Grand Prix Sar La Princesse Meryem, Rabat, Morocco Top seed Garbiñe Muguruza let a firm grip go against Italy’s Martina Trevisan and the Spaniard paid the price of early loss at the Grand Prix Sar La Princesse Meryem in Rabat, Morocco, on Wednesday.

Lyon | Rune continues his roll

So far this season the ‘younger’ generation has been attracting the major attention which includes the 19-year-old Dane, Holger Rune who has romped into the quarter finals of the Lyons Open on Wednesday.

London | Murray and Alcaraz commit to Queen’s

Now that the ATP has lifted the threat of British events losing ranking points – with the exception of Wimbledon, at this moment – players are starting to reveal their intentions as to which tournaments they intend playing.

Geneva | Ruud breezes into last eight

Casper Ruud, the second seed becomes the title favourite for this year’s Geneva Open following the dismissals of both the top seeded Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday and the third seed, Denis Shapovalov, on Wednesday as he opens the defence of his title with a resounding...

WTA Roundup | Watson falls in Strasbourg, Liu and Sherif to meet in Rabat

Internationaux de Strasbourg, France British No 2 Heather Watson lost 6-1 6-1 to Poland's Magda Linette in the 2nd-round of the WTA 250 tournament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Paris | Pavlyuchenkova and Vondrousova pull out as Mauresmo outlines changes to press arrangements

Two high profile players have withdrawn from the women’s singles draw at the French Open, which starts on Sunday in Paris, Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Czech Marketa Vondrousova, both former finalists at Roland Garros.

Paris | Swan beaten as Q1 is completed at Roland Garros

The first round of qualifying was completed at Roland Garros on Tuesday, whittling down the 128-strong draw to 64 as players vie for the 16 precious spots in the main draw of the French Open, which starts in Paris on Sunday. 

Geneva | Medvedev crashes out on return

World No.2 Daniil Medvedev, who has been pushing to replace Novak Djokovic at the top of the world rankings, suffered a blow to his chances of achieving that goal when he lost his opening match at the Gonet Geneva Open and basically ruled himself out of contention for...

Lyon | Norrie through to last eight

British number one Cameron Norrie, who picked up a foot injury in Rome last week, showed no signs of problems as he swept past Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo 6-4 6-4 to reach the quarter finals of the ‘Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon’ tournament on the banks of...

London | ATP relent on two events

The ATP, having threatened to withdraw ranking points from British events following the decision by the AELTC and LTA to ban Russian and Belarussian players from this year’s touraments, have announced this week that they would not be doing so with regard to Queen’s...
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Shaparova scores second win

The Maria Sharapova bandwagon continues as she collected her second win at the Stuttgart Open on her rehabilitation journey, despite the verbal hurdles she has to suffer.

I donŠ—'t have anything to say ,Š—– I am way above that. Maria Sharapova

Her latest win was a 7-5 6-1 victory over compatriot Ekaterina Makarova with a display of powerful tennis which shows she is getting back to the levels she attained before she was banned for taking a performance enhancing drug fifteen months ago.

Asked to comment on Eugenie BouchardŠ—’s Š—…cheatŠ— comments and her call for her to be banned for life, Sharapova disdainfully shrugged it off by declaring“ “I donŠ—’t have anything to say, — I am way above that.Š—”

The match itself was a closely fought contest over the first set but MakarovaŠ—’s resistance faded in the second providing Sharapova with her seventh win over her Russian compatriot.

With both Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska now out of contention Š—– the latter earlier in the week and the former earlier in the day Š—– Sharapova could well now go all the way to claim her fourth Stuttgart title. Her next opponent at the quarter-final stage is the unseeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit, the world No.72 who beat the French Open champion Garbine Muguruza in the second round.

Her two wins so far have earned her sufficient points to lift her into the top 400 thereby increasing her chances of gaining a direct entry into Wimbledon if not Roland Garros. With two more events in Madrid and Rome where she has been wildcarded, her chances look good.

Speaking in an on-court interview the 30-year-old said: "Being the second match and playing yesterday and getting all the emotions out, I feel I settled down a little bit today and I was able to focus on my game. I executed a great plan.

"Practice is so different. You can prepare the best you can and when go out you just have to trust it. It was definitely great to come out and play matches and being in the quarter-finals here again is quite special."

Murray reaches quarter-finals of Barcelona Open

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Elsewhere on Thursday, world number two and defending champion Kerber was beaten 6-2 7-5 by Kristina Mladenovic of France.

The unexpected result means the German cannot now overtake Serena Williams at the top of the WTA rankings for the next two weeks.

Second-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova, though, did progress after a 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 win over American Coco Vandeweghe, but there was defeat for British number one Johanna Konta as the sixth seed lost 6-3 7-5 against Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.

German Laura Siegemund knocked out Russia’s number eight seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 6-3 to set up a quarter-final against Pliskova, the world number three, while Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro beat Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-2 6-4.

Meanwhile in Barcelona, Andy Murray played his first match since Monte Carlo having received a bye and walkover earlier in the week coming through a tough match with Feliciano Lopez before securing his place in the last eight, 6-4 6-4.

The event, which has been blighted by rain, also swathe end of Dan EvanŠ—’s run as he went down to the fourth seed Dominic Thiem in the third round 7-6(5) 6-2



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