Djokovic dominates after Italian job in New York

admin   •   September 12, 2015   •   2350

Roberta Vinci of Italy reacts after beating Serena Williams of the USA on day twelve of the 2015 U.S. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Roberta Vinci of Italy reacts after beating Serena Williams of the USA on day twelve of the 2015 U.S. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

On high alert after a day of spectacular upsets, world number one Novak Djokovic made sure his name was not added to the list of shocks, crushing defending champion Marin Cilic 6-0 6-1 6-2 to reach the U.S. Open final on Friday.

After watching women’s world number one Serena Williams and second seed Simona Halep crash out on Arthur Ashe Stadium court, Djokovic came out firing on all cylinders and needed just 85 minutes to bring Cilic’s title defence to a shuddering halt.

But it was the end of another defence that had New York buzzing, as Roberta Vinci delivered one of the biggest upsets in tennis history with her semi-final win over Williams that punctured the American’s calendar Grand Slam quest.

Two victories from becoming the fourth woman to win all four majors in one year, a brittle-looking Williams crumbled as unseeded Vinci, playing in her first grand slam singles semi-final, battled to an improbable 2-6 6-4 6-4 win.

“I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me,” a grim-faced Williams told reporters. “I told you guys I don’t feel pressure. I never felt pressure.

“I never felt that pressure to win here. I said that from the beginning.”

The day got off to an ominous start when Flavia Pennetta stunned Romanian Halep 6-1 6-3 and the trend continued as an inspired Vinci emulated her Italian compatriot on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court with an even more impressive triumph.

Djokovic quickly made it clear he would not be would not be joining them at the exit as he ran his record to 14-0 against the ninth-seeded Croat and moved one win away from adding to his 2015 grand slam triumphs at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Not surprising to see Djokovic test positive for COVID-19, says Murray

UNTV News   •   June 24, 2020

Andy Murray on Tuesday (June 23) criticized world number one Novak Djokovic for organizing the Adria Tour exhibition tournament in the Balkan region after the Serbian and three other players tested positive for COVID-19.

Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki also returned positive tests after playing in the tournament where players were seen hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures, and attending press conferences together.

Murray said he hoped the players and their family members who tested positive recovered soon and added that the tournament should not have gone ahead in hindsight.

“Obviously it’s not surprising how many players have tested positive when you see the scenes and the images and the videos from the tournament and the players party with no social distancing in place,” Murray said.

“I’ve seen some people say this puts the U.S. Open in doubt but the measures and the protocols they have in place are completely different from what was going on in Serbia and Croatia.

“For a start, there will be no fans and the players will now know we can all be affected by this, it doesn’t matter who you are, we need to respect the rules.”

Murray enjoyed a winning return to action as he beat Liam Broady in the ‘Battle of the Brits’ charity tournament at the national tennis centre in west London.

The twice Wimbledon champion and former world number one eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory over the British number six in his first competitive match since the Davis Cup Finals in November.

The week-long event, organised by Murray’s brother Jamie while professional tennis remains suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is being played behind closed doors with strict health protocols in place.

The ATP Tour was halted in early March as nations closed borders and imposed lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Last week the ATP and the women’s WTA issued revised calendars for the resumption of the circuit from August. (Reuters)

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Cornet forgiving but double standards remain over shirt changing

admin   •   August 31, 2018

 

Alize Cornet | Reuters

Women and men may receive equal pay for work at Grand Slams but a double standard that surfaced at the U.S. Open when Alize Cornet was slapped with a code violation for changing her shirt on the court continued to spark outrage over equality.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) was in full damage control mode defusing a controversy that erupted on Tuesday after the Frenchwoman noticed she had put her shirt on backwards off the court during a heat break.

When she realized her mistake, Cornet walked towards the back of the court pulling off her top, briefly exposing her sports bra, before slipping it back on the right way round and drawing a code violation from umpire Christian Rask.

The decision to penalize Cornet triggered a social media storm with many people labeling the umpire’s decision as sexist.

Male players frequently change or remove their shirts between games and sometimes sit shirtless for extended periods of time in their chairs during changeovers.

Cornet said she was surprised to wake up on Wednesday to a full-blown controversy and attempted to downplay the incident.

While Cornet accepted the incident with good humor and grace others were not so quick to forgive.

Realizing it had stepped on a public relations landmine, the USTA was quick to issue a statement saying the code violation was wrong while the WTA leaped to Cornet’s defense, labeling the penalty unfair. — Reuters

Nadal, Djokovic advance in Acapulco

UNTV News   •   March 2, 2017

Tennis – Mexican Open – Men’s Singles – Second Round – Acapulco, Mexico 01/03/17. Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi. REUTERS/Henry Romero

(The Sports Xchange) – Second-seeded Rafael Nadal remained perfect in matches at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel ATP event in Acapulco, Mexico, by easing past Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1 in a second-round match Wednesday.

Nadal improved his record to 12-0 at this event, needing only 66 minutes to get past Lorenzi.

Nadal broke Lorenzi’s serve five times and lost only five points on his serve, never facing a break point.

Nadal’s opponent in the quarterfinals will be Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, who eliminated Aussie Jordan Thompson 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. Nishioka defeated seventh-seeded Jack Sock in three sets in the first round.

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic faced a strong challenge from Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro on Wednesday, but the Serb emerged with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Next up for Djokovic is a quarterfinal matchup with sixth-seeded Nick Kyrgios of Australia, who defeated Donald Young of the United States 6-2, 6-4.

“I played really well today,” Kyrgios said. “I’m really enjoying my time here.”

American Sam Querrey recorded the biggest upset of the day, eliminating fifth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-2, 6-3 in 69 minutes. Querrey lost only four points on his first serve.

Third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia was pushed to three sets but won the critical points to beat 20-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Cilic, who fired 12 aces, had only two break-point opportunities in the third set but converted both to improve his record against his countryman to 4-0.

Cilic’s quarterfinal opponent will be American Steve Johnson, who eliminated Ernesto Escobedo 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria scored a 7-5, 6-3 win over France’s Adrian Mannarino.

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