NEW

US Open contemplates logistics

The French Grand Slam, rescheduled for 20 September to 4 October, is expected to be further delayed to accommodate the US Open and Madrid and/or the Italian Championships in Rome, in order to allow players two weeks of clay court preparation ahead of Paris.

Paris fashion showcased in Prague

Petra Kvitova had a chance to debut the dress she would have worn at Roland Garros during the Czech Tennis President’s Cup at Sparta Prague tennis club, which was played from 26-28 May  featuring a field of 8 Czech WTA players.

Murray and LTA get tennis back on court in UK

Tennis is starting to stir back to life as the Covid-19 pandemic grip is slowly running its course and while we all still await news of the actual tours resuming, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has announced that they will be staging four tournaments under the...

Kvitova against closed door majors

Petra Kvitova said yesterday that she didn’t like the idea of majors being played behind closed doors which is what the Covid-19 pandemic is threatening.

Djokovic has been practising, in secret

Novak Djokovic has been keeping his eye on the ball over these past two months, practising every day on a private court in Marbella with his brother, Marco, as the coronavirus pandemic prevented him from returning to his homeland, but he kept his training quiet so as...

Basilashvili arrested and charged

Georgia’s top player, Nikoloz Basilashvili, 28, has been charged with assaulting his ex-wife Neka Dorokashvili in front of their five-year old child, Lukas, having first been arrested in Tbilisi on Friday the 22nd May, when allegedly the incident took place.

Unsanctioned events popping up all over

Unofficial pro events continue to proliferate as the Credit One Bank Invitational on Daniel Island in South Carolina is scheduled to get underway on 23 June and Novak Djokovic announces a series of matches to run from 13 June to 5 July in the Balkan region.

Will there be a US Open or Roland Garros this year?

On the day when the French Open should be getting underway, speculation as to the fate of this year’s US Open continues to grow, with all sorts of scenarios apparently under consideration, but with the coronavirus pandemic still prevalent around the world, the odds on...

Four-time Grand Slam winner Ashley Cooper dies at 83

Four-time singles grand slam champion, Ashley Cooper, who was born on 15th September, 1936, died in Brisbane on 15th May after a long illness, aged 83.

Osaka passes Serena Williams earnings

Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams by setting a new record for most money earned by a female athlete over a 12-month period, according to forbes.com on Friday, who stated the Japanese made $37.4 million in earnings and endorsements, $1.4 million more than the...
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Singapore | Stephens completes semi-final lineup

Sloane Stephens won the Red Group without loss of a match in the round robin stage of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global on Friday to complete the knockout semi-final line-up of the competition.

I stayed solid the whole time knowing there was a lot on the line, I knew it was going to be a battle and just tried to play as hard as I could. Sloane Stephens

As a debutante in Singapore, Stephens completed her undefeated run when she defeated No 1 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany, 6-3 6-3, in an hour and 40 minutes.

For the first time since 2003 none of the Top 4 seeds have advanced to the final four at the WTA Finals.

Stephens, the first debutante to win all three round-robin matches since Garbiñe Muguruza in 2015, hit 25 winners to Kerber’s 18 and finished the match with 28 unforced errors to the German’s 39.

In the opening stages on Friday evening, Stephens struggled on serve, but stayed level with Kerber through 2-2, withstanding 5 break points in the process with some outrageous winners.

That fight would pay dividends when the American blasted an overhead winner to convert her first break point of the match and take a 3-2 lead.

The German again had chances on a Stephens service game, but the American saved two more break points to hold for 4-2.

Now 0-for-7 on break points, Kerber’s frustration leaked into her next service game, which she dropped to love for 5-2.

Serving for the set, Stephens appeared flustered, squandering 3 set points, the last with a very make-able forehand that flew long, before Kerber finally converted a break point on her 8th try.

Once again Kerber faltered on her serve, pushing an attempted drop shot into the net at 15-30 down to hand Stephens two more set points.

Although Kerber survived a break point the first time she served in the second set, it was her second delivery game that proved crucial.

Stephens attacked the German’s serve and earned a remarkable 7 break points in the game, saving six of them before conceding it with a backhand error.

Kerber looked crushed, and it seemed like the match was all but over when the American went 40-15 up on her serve in the 5th game but, somehow, it did not work out that way as Stephens made a few errors to let the German back in to level.

After two routine holds, the drama resumed when Kerber played 3 horrible points to gift the World No 6 three more break points, and then played three excellent points to drag the score back to deuce. Two games later she conceded her serve again and the American breezed through hers for a place in the semi-finals.

“I stayed solid the whole time knowing there was a lot on the line,” Stephens said after the match.

“I knew it was going to be a battle and just tried to play as hard as I could.”






Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

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