Tennis ‘big three’ plan to help lowest-ranked players

Novak Djokovic said on Saturday that he, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are organising aid for players struggling with the paralysis of the game due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I spoke to Roger and Rafa a few days ago,” Djokovic, the world number one, said in an Instagram chat with friend and rival Stan Wawrinka on Saturday. “We had a long conversation about the near future of tennis, what is going to happen, how we can contribute and how we can help especially lower-ranked players, who are obviously struggling the…

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Wimbledon will be cancelled, says German tennis official

WIMBLEDON organisers will announce the cancellation of the grasscourt Grand Slam this week due to the coronavirus pandemic, German Tennis Federation (DTB) vice-president Dirk Hordorff has told Sky Sports. All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) officials earlier said the June 29-July 12 event would not be played behind closed doors and postponement was not without significant risk and difficulty. “Wimbledon has stated that they will have a board meeting next Wednesday and will make the final decision there,” Hordorff told Sky Sports Germany. “I am also involved in the bodies…

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Coach Selvarajoo proud of young tennis team

There’s hope for the juniors to give Malaysian tennis a big lift in the region. The Malaysian team put up an impressive performance in Jakarta yesterday to emerge winners of the South-east Asian region in the Junior Fed Cup qualifiers. The Malaysian team beat Vietnam 3-0 to reach the final before they overcame Philippines 2-1. Philippines had earlier beaten Kazakhstan 2-1 to set up a final encounter against Malaysia. Hayden Khoo Menon gave Malaysia the lead in the tie against Vietnam, beating Nyugen Quang Vinh 7-6,6-3 in the first singles.…

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WTA cancels Xi’an Open due to coronavirus outbreak

The women’s Xi’an Open tennis tournament scheduled for next month in China has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, the WTA Tour said in a statement https://www.wtatennis.com/news/1616580/xi-an-open-canceled-due-to-coronavirus-outbreak. The 125K series hardcourt event was to be played from April 13-19, with 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The virus outbreak has killed more than 2,200 people and infected more than 75,000 in China after emerging late last year in Wuhan, Hubei province. The WTA said it was monitoring the situation ahead of the tournaments scheduled to take place in…

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Serena needs fresh approach to surpass Court, says coach

Former world number one Serena Williams must rethink her approach to Grand Slams after her latest bid to win a record-equalling 24th major prize came unstuck at Melbourne Park, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou has said. The 38-year-old American, who is looking to match Australian great Margaret Court’s record, has reached four Grand Slam finals since giving birth to daughter Olympia in 2017 but failed to win any of them. She arrived at this year’s Australian Open having won the Auckland Classic title but was beaten by China’s Wang Qiang in…

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Grand Slam experience has Muguruza primed for title – Henin

Garbine Muguruza’s big-match experience should prove the difference in the Australian Open women’s final against American surprise package Sofia Kenin, according to seven-times Grand Slam champion Justine Henin. The tournament has had plenty of upsets, with Serena Williams shocked by China’s Wang Qiang and Kenin dumping top seed Ash Barty from the semi-finals, but Belgian Henin expects class to win out at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday. Twice Grand Slam champion Muguruza is playing her fourth major final, while 14th seed Kenin is in her first, having never made it…

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Muguruza must take command against Kenin, says coach Martinez

Garbine Muguruza has to be the one taking charge in the Australian Open final against “fighter” Sofia Kenin if she is to win her third Grand Slam title, the Spaniard’s coach Conchita Martinez said on Friday. Muguruza has been in three previous Grand Slam finals, winning two of them at Roland Garros (2016) and Wimbledon (2017), while the 21-year-old American will make her debut in a major final when they clash on Saturday. Martinez, who won Wimbledon in 1994 and made the final at Melbourne Park four years later, rejoined…

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After second great escape, Federer faces holder Djokovic

For his next trick, Swiss great Roger Federer will look to make holder and ‘Big Three’ rival Novak Djokovic disappear from the Australian Open on Thursday. Federer heads into the semi-final clash having performed another Houdini act in this year’s tournament, saving seven match points to overcome American world number 100 Tennys Sandgren 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6(8) 6-3 on Tuesday. It was the 38-year-old’s second great escape after he fought back from 8-4 down in the final set tie-breaker to defeat local favourite John Millman in the third round. But…

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Halep going shopping after romp to last four in Melbourne

Simona Halep needed just 53 minutes to thrash Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-1 6-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday, a whirlwind victory that gives the fourth seed more time to go “shopping”. The two-times Grand Slam champion had not lost a set in her previous two meetings with Kontaveit and the quarter-final was no different, the 28th seed managing just one breakpoint on former world number one Halep’s serve. The Romanian, runner-up at Melbourne Park in 2018, will meet either Spaniard Garbine Muguruza or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…

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Muguruza marches into Australian Open semi-finals

Garbine Muguruza stormed back into the Grand Slam big time with an emphatic 7-5 6-3 win over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to reach her first Australian Open semi-final on Wednesday. The twice Grand Slam champion will meet former finalist Simona Halep on Thursday for a place in the title match after another confidence-building performance at Melbourne Park on a sunbathed Rod Laver Arena. Unseeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2014, Muguruza made few pundits’ lists of pre-tournament contenders and her campaign was almost scuppered by a viral…

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