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Nadal gathers strength as injuries strike rivals
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Photo from Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) Twitter account MELBOURNE – For a player who was all doom and gloom about his fitness on the eve of the Australian Open, Rafa Nadal emerged as an unlikely pillar of strength on day eight as injuries cut a swathe through the men’s draw on Monday. Nadal’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam crown gathered pace with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 demolition of Fabio Fognini that pushed the Spaniard into his 13th quarterfinal at Melbourne Park. Sealed with an ace 💥@RafaelNadal advances to the #AusOpen quarterfinals for the 1️⃣3️⃣th time.#AO2021 pic.twitter.com/JoH9B67n8S — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 15, 2021 The lower back strain that forced Nadal to miss the ATP Cup is now disappearing in the rear-view mirror and he heads into his next clash against fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas without having dropped a set. “The first set without a doubt has been my best level in the tournament,” Nadal told reporters after routing 16th seed Fognini on a sun-bathed afternoon at Rod Laver Arena. “It’s normal, too, because I was able to practice for two days in a row. “I’m excited about playing that quarterfinals match. “If we compare how I was five days ago and how I am today’s situation, it’s different, and my perspective and excitement is completely different, too.” While Nadal booked his 43rd Grand Slam quarterfinal with two hours and 16 minutes of work against Fognini, Tsitsipas did not lift a racket against ninth seed Matteo Berrettini, who pulled out with an abdominal strain. Norwegian Casper Ruud’s hopes of a maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal were also undone by an abdominal injury as he retired two sets in against Russian Andrey Rublev. Players’ fitness at the Grand Slam has been under the microscope after they spent two weeks in mandatory hotel quarantine, with some blaming their exits on limited preparations. Defending champion Novak Djokovic, who said he had torn an abdominal muscle against Taylor Fritz, has soldiered on and was able to dispatch Milos Raonic on Sunday to book a quarterfinal against Alexander Zverev. Djokovic was cagey about his injury when probed about it after the Raonic match, saying he did not want to “speculate” and that it was a “gamble” to play on. Having had his fair share of injuries over the years, Nadal felt there was little point in trying to conceal their true nature. “Well, it’s difficult to hide things,” he said. “I think it’s not healthy to hide a lot of things because it’s difficult. “Even if you want to hide, at some point you’re going to have questions to answer. “I don’t want to play that game, honestly.” Although speculation over Djokovic’s fitness will continue to fill the vacuum, Nadal was adamant that no player could grit their teeth and win a Grand Slam if properly injured. “If you really have physical problems, you will not win,” said the 34-year-old. “If you have some pain and it’s not putting you in a situation that limits you, the movements, maybe you can find a way. “But when you really, really have an injury, it’s impossible to win a tournament like this.” Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Injured Djokovic ‘gambles’ to play on at Australian Open
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สต็อก - เทนนิส - ออสเตรเลียนโอเพ่น - เมลเบิร์นพาร์คเมลเบิร์นออสเตรเลีย 10 กุมภาพันธ์ 2564 เซอร์เบียโนวัคยอโควิชเฉลิมฉลองหลังจากชนะการแข่งขันรอบสองกับฟรานเซสเตียโฟจากสหรัฐ REUTERS / Jaimi Joy Novak Djokovic กล่าวว่าเป็นการ "พนัน" ของ Australian Open และ อาการบาดเจ็บที่ช่องท้องของเขาอาจส่งผลต่อช่วงที่เหลือของฤดูกาล แต่เบอร์หนึ่งของโลกพร้อมที่จะเสี่ยง แชมป์แปดสมัยชาวเซอร์เบียประสบอาการ "กล้ามเนื้อฉีก" ระหว่างเซตเตอร์ 5 คนที่น่าตื่นเต้นกับเทย์เลอร์ฟริตซ์เมื่อวันศุกร์ เขาไม่ได้ฝึกในวันรุ่งขึ้น แต่พายาแก้ปวดไปที่ Rod Laver Arena ในคืนวันอาทิตย์เพื่อดูภัยคุกคามจาก Milos Raonic ชาวแคนาดาที่ให้บริการรายใหญ่ในสี่เซ็ตและไปถึงรอบรองชนะเลิศ Djokovic กล่าวว่าความเจ็บปวดนั้น "ทนได้" และเขา "ก็หาทางเอาชนะได้" แต่เขาไม่ได้ตั้งใจที่จะฝึกซ้ำในวันจันทร์แทนที่จะฟื้นตัวจากการปะทะแปดครั้งสุดท้ายกับ Alexander Zverev เมล็ดที่หก 'ฉันหมายความว่ามันเป็นการเสี่ยงโชคนั่นคือสิ่งที่ทีมแพทย์บอกฉัน มันคาดเดาไม่ได้จริงๆคุณไม่สามารถรู้ได้ว่าจะเกิดอะไรขึ้นกับคุณเมื่อคุณอยู่ในศาล 'เขากล่าว ‘คุณจะไม่ช่วยตัวเองหรือคิดว่าจะไปถึงจุดนี้หรือช็อตนั้น เพียงแค่ดึงดูดคุณ มันเป็นเพียง การเล่นในระดับนี้คุณเพียงแค่ต้องการให้ทั้งหมดของคุณ "มันสามารถสร้างความเสียหายได้มากกว่าในปัจจุบัน แต่ก็สามารถไปในทิศทางที่ดีได้เช่นกัน" เด็กวัย 33 ปีปฏิเสธที่จะบอกว่าปัญหาคืออะไรกันแน่แม้ว่าหน้าท้องของเขาจะผูกติดกับ Raonic และเขาก็พูดหลังจากการชนกันของ Fritz ว่ามันเป็น "การฉีกขาดของกล้ามเนื้อ" 'มีความเสี่ยงเสมอ' 'ฉันรู้ว่ามันคืออะไร แต่ฉันไม่อยากพูดถึงมันตอนนี้ ฉันยังอยู่ในทัวร์นาเมนต์” เขากล่าวโดยตระหนักดีว่าเขาไม่ต้องการให้กระสุนพิเศษ Zverev เข้าเป้าเขา 'ฉันหวังว่าคุณจะเข้าใจ ฉันไม่ต้องการคาดเดาเกี่ยวกับเรื่องนี้มากเกินไป การชนะของ Djokovic กับ Raonic คือครั้งที่ 300 ของเขาในสแลมซึ่งเป็นเพียงผู้เล่นคนที่สองในประวัติศาสตร์ที่ได้คะแนนรองจาก Roger Federer ซึ่งมี 362 มันทำให้เขาอยู่ในการติดตามสำหรับตำแหน่งแกรนด์สแลมครั้งที่ 18 ในการเสนอราคาของเขาเพื่อปิดการแข่งขัน 20 รายการที่จัดขึ้นโดยผู้ยิ่งใหญ่ชาวสวิสและราฟาเอลนาดาล การแสวงหามงกุฎ Slam เพิ่มเติมคือเหตุผลที่เขาไม่ดึงออกมาทำให้ชัดเจนว่าถ้าเป็นทัวร์นาเมนต์อื่นที่ไม่ใช่แกรนด์สแลมเขาจะดึงเขากลับมา แต่การเล่นต่ออาจหมายความว่าเขาจะไปเมลเบิร์นได้สักระยะเพื่อฟื้นตัว “ ผมได้พูดคุยมากมายกับทีมแพทย์ของตัวเองและทีมแพทย์ของเทนนิสออสเตรเลีย - ออสเตรเลียนโอเพ่นด้วย” เขากล่าว "พวกเขาทุกคนมีความเห็นร่วมกันว่ามีโอกาสเล็กน้อยเล็กน้อยมากและน้อยมากที่ฉันจะสร้างความเสียหายอย่างมีนัยสำคัญที่จะพาฉันออกจากการเดินทางเป็นระยะเวลานานเท่าใดก็ได้" นั่นใช่มีความเสี่ยงเสมอ ว่าอาการบาดเจ็บจะแย่ลง แต่พวกเขาไม่คิดว่ามันจะเป็นอันตรายต่อทั้งฤดูกาลของฉันน้อยลงอย่างมาก 'นั่นจะขึ้นอยู่กับว่าฉันไปที่นี่ได้อย่างไรทำให้การแข่งขันบางรายการตกอยู่ในอันตรายและนำผู้ที่มาออสเตรเลียนโอเพ่นที่ฉันอาจมี คิดจะเล่น "อ่านต่ออย่าพลาดข่าวสารและข้อมูลล่าสุดสมัครสมาชิก INQUIRER PLUS เพื่อเข้าถึง The Philippine Daily Inquirer และชื่อเรื่องอื่น ๆ กว่า 70 รายการแชร์แกดเจ็ตได้สูงสุด 5 รายการฟังข่าวดาวน์โหลดทุก 4 ชั่วโมงและ แบ่งปันบทความบนโซเชียลมีเดียโทร 896 6000 สำหรับการติดต่อข้อร้องเรียนหรือคำถามคุณสามารถติดต่อเราได้
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Brilliant Barty sweeps into Australian Open quarterfinals
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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her fourth round match against Shelby Rogers of the U.S. REUTERS/Kelly Defina MELBOURNE – Ash Barty made light of the challenge of unseeded American Shelby Rogers with a commanding 6-3 6-4 victory to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the third year in a row on Monday. The world number one has tried to deflect talk that she might end Australia’s 43-year wait for a homegrown champion next Saturday but she looked every bit the title contender as she swept into the last eight without dropping a set. The quest for a home Grand Slam title continues ✨@ashbarty is into her third consecutive #AusOpen quarterfinal.#AO2021 pic.twitter.com/CUIVUeg2XE — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 15, 2021 Rogers has played quarterfinals at two Grand Slams and made a habit of upsetting highly-ranked players but she was unable to get enough of a handle on Barty’s serve to make her high-quality returns a factor. Barty faltered for the first time with victory in sight, allowing Rogers to take back one of the two breaks of serve she had given up in the second set, but the top seed fixed a quarterfinal date with Czech Karolina Muchova two games later. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Pegula sets up all-American quarterfinal at Australian Open
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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021 Jessica Pegula of the U.S. celebrates winning her fourth round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Kelly Defina MELBOURNE – Jessica Pegula continued her dream run at the Australian Open on Monday with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over fifth seed Elina Svitolina to set up an all-American quarterfinal against Jennifer Brady, who beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic in straight sets. Pegula struggled badly in the second set at Rod Laver Arena but regrouped in the decider, breaking former Wimbledon and U.S. Open semifinalist Svitolina in the fourth game before locking down her first win over a top 10 opponent. Matching Svitolina’s power off the baseline, Pegula rushed the net to knock her opponent off her stride and sealed the win on the first match point when the Ukrainian netted a return. Pegula, who considered giving up tennis after being sidelined for long spells due to knee and hip injuries earlier in her career, will play her good friend Brady for a place in the semis after the 25-year-old beat Vekic 6-1 7-5. “Jen is an awesome person,” Pegula told a news conference. “She was texting me, ‘I’m so happy, I’m so proud. This is awesome’. “We’ve all been pushing each other. Why not push each other into a quarter-final, then one of us be in the semis?” Vekic was hampered by an injury to her right leg and took a medical timeout at the start of the second set after being blitzed by Brady in the opener. She emerged with fresh strapping above and below her knee and though she managed to take the fight to Brady in the second set the Croatian was barely moving in the final two games. With the score tied at 5-5 Vekic surrendered her serve to love, a double fault handing Brady the chance to serve for the match. The American made no mistake, sealing victory when her opponent fluffed a forehand. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Rublev to face Medvedev as Russians make history at Australian Open
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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in action during his fourth round match against Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake Andrey Rublev ensured Grand Slam history will be made for Russia after setting up an Australian Open quarterfinal against compatriot Daniil Medvedev on Monday. With qualifier Aslan Karatsev already through to face Grigor Dimitrov in the top half of the draw, it means there will be three Russian men in the last eight of a Slam for the first time since the Open era began in 1968. Fourth seed Medvedev extended his win streak to 18 matches Monday when he took just 89 minutes to blow away Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. World number eight Rublev followed Medvedev onto Margaret Court Arena and was back in the locker room even quicker, as Norway’s Casper Ruud retired with the scores at 6-2, 7-6 (7/3). “At least one of us will be in the semi-finals. So it’s good news but yeah, it’s going to be a tough match,” said Rublev after his short workout against the 24th seed, who had received treatment for an injury midway through the second set. “Last time he beat me in the quarters in the US Open. So now we’re in the quarters in the Australian Open, so we’ll see what’s going to happen.” Rublev also reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros last year in a breakthrough season that saw him win five ATP Tour titles, more than any other player. He won 41 matches, equal with world number one Novak Djokovic as the best in 2020, and started 2021 on an eight-match streak after winning all four of his singles to help Russia win the ATP Cup, alongside Medvedev. Fourth seed Medvedev’s best Grand Slam performance to date was reaching the final at the 2019 US Open. His unbeaten run dates back to November and includes titles at the Paris 1000, the ATP Finals in London and the ATP Cup. But Medvedev said the Russian pair, both in maiden Australian Open quarter-finals, would push their friendship aside on Wednesday when they aim for the last four. “It’s our job — of course during the match we’re going to try to win, fight for our best,” said Medvedev. “You never know. Sometimes you can maybe… argue on the court or something because we’re competitors. “After the match we are great friends.” The last Russian man to win a Grand Slam was Marat Safin at Melbourne Park in 2005. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Serena does not need Grand Slam record for validation – coach
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her fourth round match against Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka REUTERS/Loren Elliott MELBOURNE – Serena Williams wants to win more Grand Slams but hardly needs the all-time record for validation, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou said on Monday. Williams is bidding for a 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, which would match Margaret Court’s record. The American great has fallen short in four Grand Slam finals since winning the 2017 Australian Open but has another chance after reaching the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park. “Does she need that validation? I don’t think she needs that validation,” Mouratoglou told reporters. “But clearly she came back to tennis to win some other Grand Slams, so that’s for sure the goal. “Now, she’s not as obsessed with the 24 than most of the people in the tennis world, but definitely she wants to win Grand Slams. That’s the only reason why she came back to tennis.” Mouratoglou said it did not really make sense to compare Williams’s record with Court, given 13 of the Australian’s Grand Slam titles came before the professional era, which started in 1968. “We all know it’s two different sports,” he said. “It’s an amateur sport and a professional sport. “But it’s probably fun to talk about beating records, which is something that I understand.” Mouratoglou said Williams at 39 was moving better than she had in three years on the court, and the team had placed a big emphasis on bringing back the “footwork” she had in the past. “If you can’t move well, there is no Plan B. The only plan is attack. I think it cost her a few important matches,” said the Frenchman. “We’ve been struggling those last years because she had a lot of injuries, so she was not able to practice the way we wanted,” he said. “It’s a bit of a vicious circle because when you can’t practice well, you don’t get fit. “Now we’re more in a virtuous circle than a vicious one.” Tenth seed Williams plays second seed Simona Halep for a place in the semifinals. Halep beat her for the 2019 Wimbledon title the last time they met. The Wimbledon triumph was only Halep’s second victory in 11 matches played against Williams but Mouratoglou saw it as something of a watershed for the Romanian. “I think Simona played the perfect match in Wimbledon. It’s going to be a different process for her because she knows she can play like that against Serena, which she never did before,” said Mouratoglou. “She will come probably with more confidence, and we’re prepared for that.” Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Djokovic answers fitness doubts with victory over Raonic
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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his fourth round match against Canada’s Milos Raonic REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake MELBOURNE – Reigning champion Novak Djokovic came through a tough examination of his fitness as the top seed beat Canadian powerhouse Milos Raonic 7-6(4) 4-6 6-1 6-4 on Sunday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals. Djokovic, who injured a side muscle during a five-set win over Taylor Fritz on Friday and suggested he might not be able to continue, showed hints of discomfort on the way to becoming the second male player to reach 300 Grand Slam match wins. Fourteenth seed Raonic had never previously taken a set off Djokovic in three previous Grand Slam meetings so when he snatched the second set a surprise looked possible. But Djokovic, bidding for a record-extending ninth title in Melbourne, responded by raising his level and improving his record over Raonic to 12-0. The Serb will face Germany’s Alexander Zverev for a place in the semifinals. After the drama of Friday when Djokovic said he had sustained a “tear” and could not move, this was a relatively routine day at the office for the world number one who has been on painkillers for 48 hours. “It was good enough to compete, to play, I wouldn’t be standing here talking if I wasn’t in sufficient condition to get on the court and give myself a chance to win a match,” Djokovic told Eurosport. “It’s not ideal, I’ve felt better that’s for sure. Didn’t have much preparation and didn’t hit a tennis ball since two night ago. There was a cloud of doubt whether I would play but it’s a Grand Slam and I gave everything to have a chance.” Djokovic failed to convert break points at 3-3 and 4-4 in the opening set and there was one moment of alarm when he was forced wide on the forehand side and struggled to put on the brakes, hurdling a courtside advertising board. CLINICAL FASHION He won the tiebreak in clinical fashion, though, and when Raonic needed treatment on his right ankle early in the second set Djokovic appeared to be well in command. Instead, Raonic began to play some of his best tennis and secured the first service break of the match at 2-2 with a powerful forehand winner. That proved enough for Raonic to bag the second set but his victory hopes were soon receding as Djokovic began to swing freely and accelerated through the third set. The elastic-limbed Djokovic occasionally looked tentative when moving out wide on the forehand side and was stretched in the fourth set but he broke Raonic’s serve at 4-4 when his opponent netted a backhand and clinched victory a game later to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the 12th time. His 300th Grand Slam match win put him behind only Roger Federer (362) in the men’s list. Djokovic will face a potentially tougher challenge against Zverev and said his immediate focus would be on recovering. “I just want to feel better, I don’t know exactly the damage that is being done,” he said. “In the next 48 hours it’s about recovering as much as possible and collect all the energy for the next match.” Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Kyrgios mocks Djokovic with grand entrance
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his third round match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Jaimi Joy MELBOURNE – Nick Kyrgios renewed his running feud with Novak Djokovic on Sunday when he mocked the world number one with a grand entrance to an empty Margaret Court Arena for his doubles match. Before a men’s doubles match with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis, the Australian imitated the way Djokovic celebrates victories with extravagant gestures to all four corners of a stadium. “Just feeling the love,” the maverick Australian, knocked out of the singles by Dominic Thiem on Friday night, said when asked to explain his entrance. “Just trying to spread the good word of the celebration. Everyone loves that celebration. It’s well-liked.” Kyrgios described Djokovic as a “tool” for requesting better conditions for players during their 14-day pre-tournament quarantine, doubling down on his criticism of the Serbian’s ill-fated Adria Tour early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Djokovic returned fire by saying last week that he did not “have much respect” for the Australian off the tennis court. Kokkinakis said there had been nothing malicious in the gestures, just the doubles partners trying to generate some energy in a stadium court devoid of fans because of Melbourne’s five-day coronavirus lockdown. Kyrgios agreed, but could not resist directing another barb at the 17-time Grand Slam champion. “We’re just having some fun,” he added. “Novak, I’m sure, doesn’t like me and we both have respect for each other, but I don’t like him at all, so it’s fun.” Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Halep gains revenge on Swiatek, plays Serena in quarters
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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning her fourth round match against Poland’s Iga Swiatek REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake Simona Halep exacted revenge on French Open champion Iga Swiatek with a comeback three-set victory Sunday, setting up a blockbuster quarterfinal with Serena Williams at the Australian Open. The world number two was thrashed by the 19-year-old at Roland Garros, winning just three games, but turned the tide 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 50 minutes at a crowd-less Rod Laver Arena. “I knew she would hit strong, but after the first set I tried to make her run and she started to miss,” said Halep, who hit 19 winners. Halep now faces 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams, who she beat in the 2019 Wimbledon final. “It’s always tough to think about playing her,” she said. “I will try to enjoy myself and I can only beat Serena if I play my best.” Halep was aggressive early, but 15th seed Swiatek showcased remarkable defensive skills, thwarting the attacks with sliding retrievals along the baseline. The Romanian rued squandering two break points in the seventh game and she then played a loose service game to hand the initiative to an increasingly confident Swiatek, who claimed her 21st consecutive set in a Grand Slam. Halep, whose seven-year streak in the top 10 is the longest active run among women, lifted her intensity and relentlessly hit the lines to force a ragged Swiatek into errors. The 2018 French Open Champion put the foot down to run through the second set, the first Swiatek had lost since falling to Victoria Azarenka in the third round of last year’s US Open. Swiatek’s confidence was dented and she lost her serve in the third set’s opening game with a double fault, but fought back to level up with a break in the fourth game. She was unable to consolidate, dropping serve to love, as Halep calmly clinched a quarterfinal berth. Halep, 29, is seeking a maiden triumph at Melbourne Park having fallen short to Caroline Wozniacki in the 2018 decider. She was left stunned last year after a straight-sets loss to Garbine Muguruza in the semi-finals. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Zverev reaches last eight with easy win over Lajovic
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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 14, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his fourth round match against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic REUTERS/Jaimi Joy MELBOURNE – German sixth seed Alexander Zverev used his powerful serve to good effect to overcome 23rd seed Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4 7-6(5) 6-3 on Sunday and reach the Australian Open quarterfinals. Zverev needed five sets to beat Lajovic in each of their two previous meetings at the French Open, but the 23-year-old was in a more ruthless mood on Margaret Court Arena and sealed victory with his 15th ace. The German got 72% of his first serves in and racked up 44 winners to dominate the 30-year-old Lajovic throughout the match to register his 50th win in majors. Lajovic started strongly by breaking the German early to take a 2-0 lead in the opening set but Zverev broke back in the next game and did not look back. “Today was a pretty good match, much colder than the other days,” Zverev said in his on-court interview. “I’m very happy with a win and it could have gone either way early on. It wasn’t easy.” Next up for Zverev will be either world number one Novak Djokovic, an eight-time winner at Melbourne Park, or Canadian 14th seed Milos Raonic. “I’m in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, so I’ve gotta be doing something well,” Zverev said. “I’m looking forward to what’s ahead, the toughest matches I think are still ahead of me, with Novak and Raonic looking for a spot in the quarter-finals against me. “I’m definitely looking forward to what’s ahead.” Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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