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Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury, while the FFT is reducing the number of fans that will be allowed to attend Roland Garros due to the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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French Open | Only two matches survive washout

Foul weather completely disrupted the tenth day of play at the French Open with the majority of the matches postponed for 24-hours including the much-awaited clash between the defending champion and the fast improving Austrian, Dominic Thiem plus the all-Spanish encounter between Pablo Carrena Busta and the player going for his tenth title at Roland Garros, Rafa Nadal.

She's a really nice girl. We saw each other in the gym after today's matches and congratulated each other and hugged. Yeah, it's pretty funny we have the same birthday. Timea Bacsinszky

After nine days of perfect weather, strong wind followed by rain allowed only two matches in the women’s draw to be eventually completely on Tuesday despite repeated breaks before the organisers called it a day around 8.00pm local time.

Ostapenko secures Latvia’s best result in grand slam tennis

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Jelena Ostapenko and Timea Bacsinszky will be breathing a sigh of relief at coming through the heavy weather to face each other in one of the semi-finals while the top half of the draw remains undecided.
Ostapenko is the one name no one expected to be seeing filling one of the last four places. Ranked 47, she is the first Latvian to make the semis of a grand slam and her win came in a match disrupted by the weather on three occasions. She battled throughout against the more defensive and experienced Caroline Wozniacki, forcing the Danish former world number one into a third set decider which she trailed 1-2 when forced back into the locker rooms for a third time.
On their return, it was a nerveless Ostapenko who settled the quicker to take full command and string together five successive games to close out the quarte-final and secure her place in the last four 4-6 6-2 6-2 striking 38 winners past the Dane who could only muster 6.

Baczinsky reaches last four for a second consecutive year

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Baczinsky had similar problems as regards rain-breaks in her match with home favourite Kristina Mladenovic who failed to live up to French expectations going out after six hours, 6-4 6-4.
The Swiss player who comes from a Hungarian background, continues to rebuild her career which had been abruptly broken by injury and abuse from her father five years ago. She was going to go into hotel management but decided to try tennis again two years ago and has not looked back rising up the rankings where she currently sits at 31.
In what is an ironic twist of fate, the 19-year-old Ostapenko and Bacsinszky, 27, will be celebrating their respective 20th and 28th birthdays when they face each other for what will be biggest result of their respective careers, a place in the final of the French Open.
“It’s a nice story, pretty cool,” said Bacsinszky who goes into Thursday’s match the favourite. “We played doubles together in Wuhan last year and we have practised a lot together.
“She’s a really nice girl. We saw each other in the gym after today’s matches and congratulated each other and hugged.
“Yeah, it’s pretty funny we have the same birthday.
“Lucky for her that she’s just 20 but maybe lucky for me as I have more experience!”



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