Bloglikes - Tennis https://www.bloglikes.com/c/tennis en-US Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:54:01 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Vaccine volley: debate rages over ambivalence of tennis professionals https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/apr/01/vaccine-debate-rages-over-ambivalence-tennis-professionals-covid-19 The ATP and WTA support Covid-19 vaccination but some players have shrugged their shoulders as they would have to remain in tournament bubbles regardless

As the Miami Open marched towards its climax, one of the many off-court discussions that have raged on during the event is the simple question of the sport’s attitude towards vaccination during the pandemic. Players were asked during the week about their stance, and a trend of ambivalence became clear.

For Andrey Rublev, the Russian world No 8, vaccination would make little difference to him as he would still have to remain in the tournament bubbles: “I don’t know,” Rublev said. “There is no reason. Just – I don’t know. Just by the feelings, because I never have any vaccine since I was a kid, so I don’t know. I feel OK with this way. I never had any problems with my health.”

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Back in the swing and the swim: England returns to outdoor sport – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/mar/29/england-returns-to-outdoor-sport-in-pictures From pools and lidos to tennis courts and golf courses, it has been an action-packed day around England as lockdown regulations are relaxed to allow outdoor sporting activity. People will now be able to meet up legally outside in groups of six or two households and organised outdoor sport can resume

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Wimbledon 2021 will go ahead without famous queue or on-site ticket resales https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/mar/18/tennis-wimbledon-2021-championships-no-queues-ticket-resale
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  • Queue and ticket resales will return in 2022, say organisers
  • Wimbledon’s famous queue will not operate for this summer’s Championships, the All England Club has confirmed.

    The snake of people and tents in Wimbledon Park has become one of the defining sights of the event as tennis fans camp out overnight to secure access to the show courts. Coronavirus restrictions mean tickets will be distributed differently this year, and there will also be no reselling of tickets within the grounds.

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    Like Braille for your ears, Action Audio wordlessly translates sports into sound http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/digitaltrends/~3/pCt6ZvaJSgU/ ]]> Mon, 15 Mar 2021 09:00:29 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Trends Features Tennis Spatial Audio A Coach’s Daughter review – low-key betrayal on the teen tennis circuit https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/mar/15/a-coachs-daughter-review-low-key-betrayal-on-the-teen-tennis-circuit The intense relationship between a middle-aged tennis coach and his teenage daughter hits trouble when a bright young male player tags along

    Lukasz Grzegorzek’s A Coach’s Daughter is an interestingly downbeat movie, veering away from the big scenes and obvious crises that other films with the same idea might have given you, and yet somehow serving them up in different forms. It’s about the intense and borderline inappropriate relationship between a middle-aged tennis coach, Maciej (Jacek Braciak) and his teenage daughter Wiktoria (Karolina Bruchnicka), who is a budding tennis star. He is driving her all over Poland, where they are competing in summer regional tournaments, and hoping for glory; they share hotel rooms and lounge around together in intimate states of undress like a couple, but appear utterly focused on Wiktoria’s training and fitness.

    On the road they meet Igor (Bartlomiej Kowalski), a bright young teen male star of this tatty circuit, and Maciej offers to let him tag along and to coach him. Clearly, some sort of emotional betrayal is in the offing, especially as Wiktoria and Igor make a rather handsome couple; there is a real chemistry between them, and Wiktoria could well be sick of this monomaniacal discipline. But Maciej has his own secrets and his own emotional needs. Could it be that it he is going to transfer his passion and quasi-parental concern to Igor, the son he never had, and someone who might actually have a better shot at Wimbledon than Wiktoria?

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    On Friday 13 March 2020 as the Covid-19 crisis gripped, the sporting calendar collapsed. This is the story of that day, and what happened next, in the words of leading players and officials.

    Formula One teams gathered in Melbourne for the opening grand prix of the season. On Thursday 12 March, a member of the McLaren team tested positive for Covid-19.

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    Novak Djokovic routs Daniil Medvedev to claim his ninth Australian Open title https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/feb/21/australian-open-mens-final-report-novak-djokovic-daniil-medvedev
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  • Novak Djokovic has won his ninth Australian Open title, beating Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 in a one-sided final at Melbourne Park. Victory takes Djokovic’s grand slam singles tally to 18 – just two behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

    Djokovic began the match in ominous fashion, breaking Medvedev in the second game of the first set. The Russian broke back in the fifth and the set continued on serve until the 12th game, when Djokovic raced to 0-40 and three set points, taking the third as a deep return forced a Medvedev error.

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    Sun, 21 Feb 2021 05:42:15 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Australia sport Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Melbourne Australian Open Federer Djokovic Nadal Medvedev Rafael Nadal Djokovic Daniil Medvedev Australian Open 2021 Melbourne Park Victory
    Djokovic chasing 18th Slam, Medvedev his 1st in Australian Open final https://www.dailynews.com/2021/02/20/djokovic-chasing-18th-slam-medvedev-his-1st-in-australian-open-final/ MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic lost his first career Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open. Then he won his second, which came at the Australian Open.

    And look where he is now, more than a dozen years later: One victory from a ninth championship at Melbourne Park and his 18th major title overall, which would put him two behind rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most by a man in tennis history.

    Daniil Medvedev also lost his first career Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open. And now he will try to win in his second try, which comes at the Australian Open on Sunday (12:30 a.m., late Saturday PST, ESPN) – against Djokovic.

    “I know that to beat him, you need to just show your best tennis, be at your best physically, maybe four or five hours, and be at your best mentally, maybe for five hours,” Medvedev said. “I would say to win a Slam, especially against somebody (like) Novak, is already a big motivation, and I don’t think there is anything that can make it bigger.”

    It is an intergenerational showdown – Serbia’s Djokovic turns 34 in May; Russia’s Medvedev just turned 25 – and another in the simmering standoff between the Big Three and the next wave of up-and-coming players hoping to supplant the group that has dominated for more than 15 years.

    Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have combined to win 14 of the last 15 majors (Dominic Thiem at last year’s U.S. Open was the exception), and 57 of the last 69.

    “Spice it up a little bit,” by adding a new name to the list of Slam champs, suggested Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 22-year-old Greek who came back from two sets down to eliminate Nadal in the quarterfinals before losing to Medvedev, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, in the semifinals. “Wouldn’t be bad.”

    Here’s part of what makes this final intriguing: It pits one of the greatest ever to play the sport, and at an event he’s dominated, against a player who currently is playing better than anyone in men’s tennis.

    The top-seeded Djokovic is 17-0 in Australian Open semifinals and finals, making him nearly as much of a lock on the blue hard courts of Melbourne Park as Nadal is on the red clay courts of Roland Garros.

    “The more I win, the better I feel coming back each year,” Djokovic said. “I think it’s kind of also logical to expect that. The love affair keeps going.”

    Fifth-seeded Medvedev, meanwhile, is on a 20-match winning streak dating to last season, a run that features 12 victories against members of the Top 10 (one against Djokovic).

    “The confidence, when you beat everybody, is just great,” Medvedev said, “because I think people start maybe to be a little bit scared about you.”

    Another reason to watch: These guys play somewhat similar styles.

    “When he’s in the zone he doesn’t miss. He goes down the line, cross, forehand, backhand. He doesn’t miss. That’s what is the most, the toughest, part of playing against him,” Medvedev said. “I think that’s where I should be good, also.”

    Both are quite talented at roaming the court this way and that, covering ground to prolong points and frustrate foes, until finding an opening for switching from defense to offense in a snap.

    That’s how the 6-foot-6 Medvedev produced the shot of the day – week? tournament? year? longer? – against Tsitsipas, ranging wide of the deuce court’s doubles alley for a forehand return of serve, before sprinting to his left, sliding with his feet at an awkward angle and producing a down-the-line backhand passing winner that was simply spectacular.

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    He marked the moment with a yell, then raised his arms overhead and did a bit of a hand dance, getting a crowd that had been pulling for his opponent to shower him with praise.

    “I wanted them to recognize me, I would say,” Medvedev explained, “because the shot was unbelievable.”

    Djokovic’s been doing that sort of thing for years.

    And now that he’s declared himself pain-free after hurting an abdominal muscle during his third-round victory –  he initially declared it was torn – his full-on elasticity appears to be back at its best.

    Then there is this aspect of the matchup: The one aspect of Medvedev’s game that is superior, his serve, will go up against Djokovic’s best-there-is return.

    “For sure, when we get out there, we (will) both feel pressure,” Medvedev said. “I want to win my first one. He wants to win No. 18.”

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    Naomi Osaka beats Jennifer Brady to win second Australian Open title https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/feb/20/naomi-osaka-beats-jennifer-brady-to-win-second-australian-open-title-tennis
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  • In the midst of this unending pandemic and a scattered, disjointed year of tennis, there has been one consistent sight throughout: Naomi Osaka exhibiting her greatness under suffocating pressure. She is already a star whose profile is in the process of transcending her sport but, most importantly, has the resumé to back it up. In a tight, gripping two-set match that saw her struggle and then soar, Osaka became a four-time grand slam champion by beating Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to win her second Australian Open title.

    The achievements she has unlocked in the process are startling: Osaka is now the first woman to win her first four grand slam finals of her career since Monica Seles in 1991. She is the seventh woman in the Open era to save match point en route to the title after her fourth-round comeback against Garbiñe Muguruza from 3-5, 15-40, in which she saved the first match point with a 119mph ace and hit zero unforced errors in the final 22 points. Only 15 women in the Open era have won four majors and she now stands shoulder to shoulder with Aranxta Sánchez Vicario and Kim Clijsters.

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  • Straight-sets success secures fourth major tennis crown
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  • In the midst of this unending pandemic and a scattered, disjointed year of tennis, there has been one consistent sight throughout: Naomi Osaka exhibiting her greatness under suffocating pressure. She is already a star whose profile is in the process of transcending her sport but, most importantly, has the resumé to back it up. In a tight, gripping two-set match that saw her struggle and then soar, Osaka became a four-time grand slam champion by beating Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to win her second Australian Open title.

    The achievements she has unlocked in the process are startling: Osaka is now the first woman to win her first four grand slam finals of her career since Monica Seles in 1991. She is the seventh woman in the Open era to save match point en route to the title after her fourth-round comeback against Garbiñe Muguruza from 3-5, 15-40, in which she saved the first match point with a 119mph ace and hit zero unforced errors in the final 22 points. Only 15 women in the Open era have won four majors and she now stands shoulder to shoulder with Aranxta Sánchez Vicario and Kim Clijsters.

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    Our eyes on the ground (belonging to Jonathan Howcroft) tell me the roof is closed on Rod Laver Arena despite there being no rain forecast.

    “Now it’s pitch black with eerie dance music and lasers, like being at a nightclub in 1999 listening to Faithless,” he reports.

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    While we wait, there are a couple of nice previews at your fingertips.

    This quote from Osaka earlier in this tournament is intriguing given she had no idea she would eventually face her: “When I’m having a very hard time, I remember my match against Brady. I feel like it helps me out a lot just because I’ve never had to physically and mentally fight so hard. I think about that match a lot sometimes.”

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    Sat, 20 Feb 2021 03:22:55 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Australia sport Melbourne Australian Open Osaka Rod Laver Arena Brady Emma Naomi Osaka Jonathan Howcroft Jennifer Brady Australian Open 2021
    Naomi Osaka, Jennifer Brady ready for Australian Open final https://www.dailynews.com/2021/02/19/naomi-osaka-jennifer-brady-ready-for-australian-open-final/ MELBOURNE, Australia — Whether or not Naomi Osaka claims the Australian Open championship – and make no mistake, she will be expected to win – this much seems certain: Tennis has a new dominant force.

    Sure, it’s clearly possible that Osaka could be beaten by the 22nd-seeded American Jennifer Brady in the title match at Melbourne Park on Saturday (late Friday, 12:30 a.m. PST, ESPN).

    Brady is, after all, emerging as a force on hard courts, too, thanks to a big serve and big forehand. The former UCLA standout pushed Osaka to three sets before losing to her in the U.S. Open semifinals in  September, then shrugged off a two-week hard quarantine in Australia to reach her first Grand Slam final.

    It is the third-seeded Osaka, though, who overpowered and overwhelmed Serena Williams in the semifinals Thursday (Wednesday PST).

    Who is riding a 20-match winning streak dating to last season.

    Who already has spent time at No. 1 in the rankings.

    Who is seeking her second Australian Open title and fourth Slam trophy – and she is still only 23.

    Like 23-time major champion Williams, there is a determination that Osaka manages to display when the finish line is near on their sport’s most important stages: She has run her record to a combined 11-0 in Grand Slam quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

    Osaka often speaks about wanting more consistency, whether that’s at lower-level WTA tournaments or at every Grand Slam event.

    She does occasionally stumble early at the majors, such as a third-round exit a year ago as the defending champion in Australia or a first-round loss at Wimbledon in 2019.

    But once she gets close to the end, she seals the deal.

    “For me, I have this mentality that people don’t remember the runners-up. You might, but the winner’s name is the one that’s engraved,” explained Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father before the family moved to New York when she was 3.

    “I think I fight the hardest in the finals,” she continued. “I think that’s where you sort of set yourself apart.”

    Williams had been 8-0 in Australian Open semifinals until Osaka put a stop to that by winning, 6-3, 6-4, reeling off the last eight points of the match after the second set was even at 4-all.

    When they hugged at the net at the end, this is what went through Osaka’s mind: “Always a surreal moment, just to see her in real life, like, close up.”

    Osaka has long viewed the 39-year-old Williams as an idol.

    Their games are quite similar at the most foundational level: speedy serves, dangerous forehands and that steely attitude on the court.

    Brady got a sense of that during the entertaining matchup in New York last fall against Osaka.

    “She just puts a lot of pressure on you to serve well, because she’s holding serve in, like, 45 seconds. … She’s coming at you with a lot of power, so it also puts a lot of pressure on you to be aggressive and try to get the first strike. Otherwise, you’re the one running, and I don’t want to be running,” said Brady, a 25-year-old from Pennsylvania who helped lead UCLA to a national championship in 2014. “She just puts a lot of pressure on you to perform well.”

    Brady acknowledged that she expects to deal with some nerves against Osaka this time.

    That’s only natural, given the stakes.

    The key will be limiting how much – and for how long – that affects her play.

    “Listen, I don’t know how I’m going to feel on Saturday. I can say I can enjoy the moment and just try to play tennis and not really think too much about it. But there’s going to be moments, there’s going to be games, there’s going to be points, where I’m going to be thinking about, ‘Wow, this could be my first Grand Slam title,’” said Brady, who needed five match points in the last game to close her three-set semifinal win over Karolina Muchova.

    “Yeah, I will definitely have those thoughts,” she said. “But it’s more just trying to control the emotions, really.”

    After the unusual path Brady followed – two years of college tennis; just one tour-level title so far; that two-week hard quarantine upon arrival in Australia – perhaps it was fitting she took a circuitous route to her first major final.

    Serving for the win against 25th-seeded Muchova in the semifinals, Brady needed to get through an 18-point game to close things out. Six deuces. Three break points. The five match points.

    “It took a lot longer than I hoped for. There were a lot of extra points,” she said. “I was just so nervous. Couldn’t feel my legs. My arms were shaking. I was just hoping she would miss.”

    Eventually, she pulled it out, dropping onto her back behind the baseline when the 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 result was settled in her favor thanks to a long forehand from Muchova.

    Osaka remembers her U.S. Open battle with Brady well and respects her game.

    “Easily one of my most memorable matches. It was just super-high quality throughout,” Osaka said of their meeting in New York. “For me, it’s not really surprising at all to see her in another semis or another final.”

    For Brady, it was a bit unexpected.

    Not that she discounted her chances: Seeing how she was able to hang with elite players in matches and practice sessions made her realize this sort of thing was possible.

    “I mean, I wouldn’t say I’m in disbelief. … I have earned the right to be sitting here, to be playing in a final,” Brady said. “I just think it’s crazy to believe. … Watching a Grand Slam final, you look at two players and you’re, like, ‘Wow, that’s awesome that they’re in the final.’ You don’t think about what it feels like if you were in that situation. So I think just that it’s the tables have turned and I’m here.”

    That might not have seemed too realistic in January.

    Brady was one of 72 players entered in the Australian Open who were forced to isolate in their hotel rooms for at least 14 days – not allowed to leave, for any reason at all – because someone on chartered flights bringing them to the country last month tested positive for COVID-19 after they landed.

    Actually, Brady thinks that might have helped because it forced her to “reset mentally,” she explained, and rest her body and mind.

    She opted not to binge-watch TV shows while cooped up at the hotel, she explained, “because I knew if I started something, then I wouldn’t want to do anything else except just lay in bed and watch Netflix.”

    How relatable is that?

    Instead, Brady said, she passed the days by “FaceTiming a lot with other players that were in the quarantine.”

    “It was more just trying to stay positive,” Brady said, “and know that there are worse things out there than being in a room.”

    Her positive attitude helped. Brady’s coach, Michael Geserer, said Brady didn’t complain. Instead, she found a way to practice, hitting balls lobbed by her fitness trainer, Daniel Pohl.

    “We approached it the right way,” Geserer said. “We were saying: ‘We can’t change the situation.’ We turned the mattress on the wall, and Daniel threw balls, so she could at least feel the ball on the racket. We tried just to make the best out of the situation.

    “So far everything turned out pretty good.”

    MEDVEDEV INTO MEN’S FINAL

    Daniil Medvedev simply does not lose right now. Not to Top 10 opponents. Not to anyone, really. Certainly not to a drained Stefanos Tsitsipas in the men’s semifinals.

    Now let’s see what happens against Novak Djokovic in Rod Laver Arena.

    Medvedev made it to his second Grand Slam final as he pursues his first major championship, overwhelming fifth-seeded Tsitsipas, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, on Friday (overnight PST) to run his winning streak to 20 matches. That includes a dozen victories against members of the Top 10.

    Asked in an on-court TV interview to explain his success of late, Medvedev replied: “To be honest, I don’t have an answer. I was just working hard for it all my life.”

    Tsitsipas came out flat, looking drained after his epic five-set, four-hour comeback victory over Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals.

    In Sunday’s final (late Saturday night ST), the fourth-seeded Medvedev will take on top-seeded Djokovic, who already owns eight Australian Open titles among his 17 Grand Slam trophies as he tries to gain on the men’s record of 20 shared by Nadal and Roger Federer.

    Djokovic, who won his semifinal against 114th-ranked qualifier Aslan Karatsev on Thursday, is a combined 17-0 in semifinals and finals at Melbourne Park.

    “First of all, I like that I don’t have a lot of pressure, because he never lost in eight times that he was here in the final. So it’s him that has all the pressure, getting (closer) to Roger or Rafa in the Grand Slams,” Medvedev said about Djokovic. “So I just hope that I’m going to get out here, show my best tennis. As we see, I can win some big names if I play good. That’s the main part. He has, for sure, more experience, but more things to lose than me.”

    Medvedev was the runner-up to Nadal at the 2019 U.S. Open.

    “It’s experience. It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest,” said Medvedev, a 25-year-old from Russia. “Sunday, I’m going to come against one of the other greatest.”

    He was terrific against Tsitsipas, a 22-year-old from Greece, getting broken just once and accruing 17 aces among his total 46 winners.

    The latter count included a sliding backhand pass down the line to break in the next-to-last game, a shot Medvedev celebrated by raising both arms and waving his hands in a gesture that told the world, “Check me out!”

    It took just 75 minutes for Medvedev to grab a two-set lead. He went up 3-1 in the third before Tsitsipas made things interesting, if only briefly, by taking three games in a row, including his only break of the match.

    But Medvedev, his baseline defense exquisite, proved too tough.

    “He’s a player who has unlocked pretty much everything in the game,” Tsitsipas said.

    Down a set and a break in the second, Tsitsipas sat down at a changeover and chucked an open water bottle, causing a splash on the court that forced ball kids to scramble for towels to wipe up the mess. The petulant scene drew a side-eye from Medvedev.

    Early in the third set, Medvedev told chair umpire James Keothavong that Tsitsipas’ father, who also coaches him, “is talking way too much” from the stands.

    Tsitsipas and Medvedev already have a bit of an uncomfortable history, dating to their first meeting on tour at the 2018 Miami Open. Medvedev won that one – he started their rivalry with a 5-0 edge, although Tsitsipas claimed the most recent matchup before Friday’s – and it ended with some verbal volleying.

    They tried to smooth things over through the media in recent days, including Tsitsipas backtracking from denigrating Medvedev’s style of play.

    “Might have said in the past that he plays boring, but I don’t really think he plays boring,” Tsitsipas said this week. “He just plays extremely smart and outplays you.”

    A pretty good summation of what happened in the semifinal.

    Melbourne has a sizable Greek population, and Tsitsipas got a much warmer greeting, replete with flapping blue-and-white flags, when he arrived at the court; Medvedev actually heard some jeers.

    Attendance at the stadium was capped at 50% capacity – about 7,500 – when fans were allowed to return to the tournament after being barred for five days during a local lockdown due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

    As much as the crowd tried to boost Tsitsipas, he never really got going until that late push that ultimately led nowhere.

    “I’ve proven that I have the level to beat these players. It’s not that I haven’t,” said Tsitsipas, who fell to 0-3 in Grand Slam semifinals, with the other losses coming against Nadal and Djokovic. “Let’s hope for something better next time. I really hope it comes.”

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    Fri, 19 Feb 2021 09:00:20 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Japan New York Greece Australia Russia Sports Sport Netflix Soccer Pennsylvania Tennis Williams Novak Djokovic Melbourne Rafael Nadal Serena Williams Ucla Osaka Djokovic Melbourne Park Daniel Brady Melbourne Australia Nadal Naomi Osaka Roger James Keothavong Roger Federer Djokovic Medvedev Jennifer Brady FaceTiming Daniil Medvedev Stefanos Tsitsipas Tsitsipas Karolina Muchova Muchova COVID Aslan Karatsev Naomi Osaka Jennifer Brady PST ESPN Brady Muchova Osaka Michael Geserer Daniel Pohl Geserer Rod Laver Arena Medvedev
    Novak Djokovic v Aslan Karatsev: Australian Open men's semi-final – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/18/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-11-serena-williams-naomi-osaka-novak-djokovic-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
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  • 8.34am GMT

    Karatsev is one helluva task ahead of him. The world No 114 is the lowest-ranked man to reach the Australian Open semis since Patrick McEnroe (also No 114) in 1991, and the lowest to make the final four of any major since Goran Ivanisevic (No 125), who won Wimbledon as a wildcard in 2001.

    8.27am GMT

    Djokovic, for a man with an abdominal injury, seems to be doing a pretty intensive pre-match workout on his core. I wouldn’t advise doing that with a gym ball.

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    Thu, 18 Feb 2021 03:34:30 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Australia sport Novak Djokovic Australian Open Serena Williams Djokovic Naomi Osaka Goran Ivanisevic Patrick McEnroe Muchova Australian Open 2021 Karatsev Aslan Karatsev Rod Laver ArenaAslan Karatsev
    Australian Open: Osaka downs Williams to reach final, Brady beats Muchová – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/18/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-11-serena-williams-naomi-osaka-novak-djokovic-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
  • Updates from the tennis grand slam at Melbourne Park
  • Osaka makes light work of Williams to reach final
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  • 7.29am GMT

    And we have finally found some footage of that gut-wrenching Serena Williams press conference.

    After her semifinal loss to Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams leaves the pressroom in tears.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/g95Fva006O

    7.22am GMT

    Here is the moment ...

    WHAT A MOMENT!

    Pushed RIGHT to the end... Breathe it in, you deserved that.

    WATCH: @Channel9
    STREAM: https://t.co/TYsz5RZN3Z #9WWOS #AusOpen #AO2021 pic.twitter.com/Fgnm45GDEN

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    Thu, 18 Feb 2021 02:29:41 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Williams Australia sport Novak Djokovic Melbourne Australian Open Serena Williams Osaka Brady Naomi Osaka Australian Open 2021 Naomi Osaka Serena Williams
    Australian Open: Osaka downs Williams to reach final, Muchová v Brady– live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/18/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-11-serena-williams-naomi-osaka-novak-djokovic-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
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  • 5.32am GMT

    First set: Karolina Muchova* 4-6 Jennifer Brady Bit of a war of attrition this game. Until 30-40, that is, when Muchova gets the yips and serves her first double fault of the match. That’s the first set done and dusted.

    5.27am GMT

    First set: Karolina Muchova 4-5 Jennifer Brady* This could be a bit of a moment in this match. Muchova has more to say in Brady’s service game than her opponent, highlighted by a wonderful backhand passing shot she takes on the back foot. But Brady has fought back from 0-30 has a game point she converts. Apart from that uneven unforced error count it is hard to pick who has the edge in this match. To wit, it is 24 points apiece as of now.

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    Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:32:31 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Williams Australia sport Novak Djokovic Melbourne Australian Open Serena Williams Osaka Brady Naomi Osaka Jennifer Brady Karolina Muchova Muchova Australian Open 2021
    Australian Open 2021 day 11, semi-finals: Naomi Osaka v Serena Williams – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/18/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-11-serena-williams-naomi-osaka-novak-djokovic-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
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  • 3.25am GMT

    First set: Naomi Osaka 0-2 Serena Williams* Osaka has clearly not yet found a rhythm. Perhaps more accurately, she hasn’t been given a chance for Williams is the aggressor in pursuit of a 30th grand slam final and 24th singles title, racing to 40-0 via a rally that ends with a smash. An unforced error gifts Osaka a lifeline but this is the only error.

    3.22am GMT

    First set: Naomi Osaka* 0-1 Serena Williams What an opening game from Williams. Osaka is serving with power but the American is matching and raising her. She has two break points and needs only one. What an early statement.

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    Wed, 17 Feb 2021 22:25:33 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Williams Australia sport Novak Djokovic Melbourne Australian Open Serena Williams Osaka Naomi Osaka Australian Open 2021 Serena Williams Osaka Williams Osaka
    Novak Djokovic loses temper again, smashes racket at Australian Open http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/HoldoutSports/~3/lbPQYSeNYMs/novak-djokovic-loses-temper-smashes-racket-australian-open.html Top-ranked men's tennis star Novak Djokovic lost his temper during Tuesday's Australian Open quarterfinals match against Alex Zverev, and his racket paid the price. 
    It happened as Zverev held a 3-1 lead in the third set after splitting the first two sets with Djokovic. With the game tied at 40 all, Djokovic hit a Zverev serve into the net and completely lost it, smashing his racket three times behind the baseline on his end of the court as a release for his frustration.     
    This continues a concerning pattern with Djokovic, as it comes after he was forced to default from the 2020 US Open, his last Grand Slam tournament, for accidentally hitting a ball into a line judge's throat.  Fortunately this time, the outburst did not cost Djokovic anything outside of his racket, which was obviously damaged beyond repair.  The match was paused while he took a moment to get himself a new racket and regain his composure.
    Djokovic came back to win the third set and closed out the match in the fourth set to advance to the semifinals against Aslan Karatzev.  We will see whether Djokovic can keep his cool for the rest of the tournament, but he clearly needs some anger management training.
    [Video via ESPN. H/T LBS.]
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    Wed, 17 Feb 2021 00:54:36 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Facebook Bad Behavior Sport Tennis Novak Djokovic Unknown Djokovic Zverev Alex Zverev ESPN H T LBS Aslan Karatzev
    Australian Open 2021 day nine: Djokovic faces Zverev after Williams beats Halep – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/16/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-nine-naomi-osaka-serena-williams-simona-halep-novak-djokovic-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
  • Updates from the first day of quarter-finals at Melbourne Park
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  • 10.28am GMT

    Djokovic 2-4 Zverev* Zverev is doing a good job of making first serves, and when he misses one at 0-15 he finds a high kicker like Stefan Edberg in his prime. Very quickly, it’s 40-15, and an ace out wide secures the game; Djokovic isn’t getting close to breaking him at the moment.

    10.24am GMT

    *Djokovic 2-3 Zverev There’s no real pattern to the match so far, both players hitting good shots and bad shots in various positions. At 40-30, Djokovic tries a backhand drop which Zverev is ready to run down, but it hits the net ... and at advantage, Djokovic makes his 12th and 12th unforced errors of the match so far. But he saves break point with an ace, follows up with another, and then cements an important hold.

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    Tue, 16 Feb 2021 05:28:33 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Williams Australia sport Australian Open Djokovic Daniel Halep Zverev Stefan Edberg Australian Open 2021 Melbourne ParkAsh Barty Zverev Zverev
    Australian Open 2021 day nine: Williams faces Halep after Karatsev stuns Dimitrov – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/16/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-nine-naomi-osaka-serena-williams-simona-halep-novak-djokovic-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
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  • 8.26am GMT

    Williams 2-0 Halep* Another good sign for Serena, who absolutely cleanses a second serve back cross-court for a clean winner and 0-15. But then Halep runs onto a forehand and clouts a winner cross-court, table tennis-style, that breaks the sideline; Serena applauds the shot. We get to 30-all and the longest rally of the match so far, dominated by Williams, who’s hitting it much harder ... until she hits the net. But a winner down the line earns her deuce and the two exchange frankly ludicrous gets – these are incredible – then Serena finds an unbelievable angle to hit a forehand winner, cross-court. Another baseline rally follows, Halep goes long, and that’s the break! Serena is at it!

    8.21am GMT

    *Williams 1-0 Halep At 15-all, a sign: Serena rockets a serve out wide that looked measured too. It’s far too good, and if she can keep finding that angle, Halep is in trouble. At 40-15, Serena goes long with a forehand down the middle ... bit of pressure. Yeah ahahahahahaha. She clatters an ace down the middle, of course she does.

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    Tue, 16 Feb 2021 03:26:53 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Williams Australia sport Australian Open Serena Daniel Halep Dimitrov Australian Open 2021 Karatsev Melbourne ParkAsh Barty Halep Another
    Australian Open 2021 day nine: Karatsev stuns injured Dimitrov, Osaka breezes into semis – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/16/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-nine-naomi-osaka-serena-williams-simona-halep-novak-djokovic-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
  • Updates from the first day of quarter-finals at Melbourne Park
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  • 7.18am GMT

    Tomorrow’s order of play is in: Ash Barty is first up on Rod Laver.

    7.06am GMT

    So, Karatsev becomes the first man in 53 years of professional tennis to reach the Australian Open semi-finals on his grand slam debut. Wow. For Dimitrov, his grand slam frustrations continue.

    Don’t go anywhere, Serena Williams and Simona Halep are up next, to kick off the night session with what could potentially the match of the Open so far.

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    Tue, 16 Feb 2021 02:18:04 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Australia sport Australian Open Serena Williams Simona Halep Dimitrov Ash Barty Rod Laver Australian Open 2021 Karatsev Melbourne ParkAsh Barty Dimitrov Osaka
    Australian Open 2021 day nine: Grigor Dimitrov v Aslan Karatsev, Osaka breezes into semis – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/16/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-nine-naomi-osaka-serena-williams-simona-halep-novak-djokovic-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
  • Updates from the first day of quarter-finals at Melbourne Park
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  • 3.18am GMT

    Champions! Australian duo Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson have won the quad wheelchair doubles for a fourth year in a row with a 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 victory over Britain’s Andy Lapthorne and David Wagner of the US in the final.

    “It is our 20-year anniversary, since I was 10 years old, which is incredible,” Alcott told Channel 9. “I’m really proud of him. He had eight years off the sport, had some things in his life going on. Now we’ve won four Australian Opens on the trot. I am super proud of you.”

    3.11am GMT

    The great fake crowd noise debate: Canned crowds or no? In the absence of real fans, sounds of applause, oohing and aahing, and cheering is being piped through to viewers. It’s certainly... different.

    “Please get rid of this,” Adrian Sokolowski emails. “It is obnoxious and very annoying. Thank goodness the players aren’t subject to this ridiculous sound track.”

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    Mon, 15 Feb 2021 22:18:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs US Sport Britain Tennis Australia sport Australian Open Grigor Dimitrov David Wagner Alcott Andy Lapthorne Dylan Alcott Australian Open 2021 Melbourne ParkAsh Barty Aslan Karatsev Osaka Heath Davidson Adrian Sokolowski
    Australian Open 2021 day nine: Hsieh Su-wei v Naomi Osaka – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/16/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-nine-naomi-osaka-serena-williams-simona-halep-novak-djokovic-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
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  • 2.30am GMT

    Second set: Hsieh Su-wei* 2-6, 0-2 Naomi Osaka (denotes server) Uh-oh. Doesn’t look promising for Hsieh here. She’s broken again as Osaka ramps up her level. The difference in class between the two is gradually becoming apparent. And Hsieh now has to face another service game which, the way Osaka is serving at the moment, is a daunting prospect.

    2.25am GMT

    Second set: Hsieh Su-wei 2-6, 0-1* Naomi Osaka (denotes server) Osaka’s service is a force to be reckoned with. That first set, she won 100% of her first service points - 12 from 12. By way of comparison, Hsieh was at 58%. And Osaka carries that kind of form into the second, yet more aggressive serving helped her to the opening game.

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    Mon, 15 Feb 2021 21:30:24 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Australia sport Australian Open Osaka Hsieh Su Naomi Osaka Hsieh Australian Open 2021 Hsieh Su wei v Naomi Osaka Melbourne ParkAsh Barty
    Australian Open 2021: Barty wins, Nadal through, Berrettini withdraws – as it happened https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/15/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-eight-rafael-nadal-fabio-fognini-ash-barty-shelby-rogers-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates Rafael Nadal and Ash Barty stormed into the last eight and there were also wins for Jessica Pegula, Jennifer Brady, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev and Karolina Muchova, while Stefanos Tsitsipas was handed a walkover

    10.03am GMT

    But for today, that’s all folks I’m afraid – poor Mario Berrettini is injured, so Stefanos Tsitsipas was handed a walkover. Check back shortly for a report on Barty-Rogers, and otherwise ta-ra until tomorrow.

    10.02am GMT

    Hsieh-Osaka is our first match tomorrow, after which we’ve got Dimitrov-Karatsev. Then, in the evening session, we’ve got, in the best possible way, a punch in the the face with Serena-Simona, then a heel to the solar plexus with Djokovic-Zverev. I cannot wait.

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    Mon, 15 Feb 2021 05:03:30 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Australia sport Rafael Nadal Australian Open Nadal Ash Barty Barty Ashleigh Barty Stefanos Tsitsipas Djokovic Zverev Karolina Muchova Berrettini Australian Open 2021 Mario Berrettini Barty Rogers Hsieh Osaka Dimitrov Karatsev Serena Simona
    Australian Open 2021: Barty v Rogers, Nadal through, Berrettini withdraws – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/15/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-eight-rafael-nadal-fabio-fognini-ash-barty-shelby-rogers-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
  • Updates from day eight at Melbourne Park
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  • 9.15am GMT

    Back on Laver, Barty consolidates to 30. Ultimately, Rogers just can’t find the consistency to trouble the world number one on a reg, and must now hold to force her to serve for the match. At 40-15 that looks likely, but a double fault puts her under pressure and, with Barty varying angle and pace, she drives a forehand into the net and must now survive a deuce. She starts well, with an ace, but a weak second serve is pounded back, facilitating the clean-up forehand which brings us back to deuce. Rogers, though, is a competitor, and two big serves force Barty to serve for it. Barty 6-3 5-2 Rogers

    9.10am GMT

    It’s all going for Muchova, 30-0 up and she too gets the benefit of a net cord, the ball dying on Mertens who flicks up to facilitate the backhand smash. That raises three match points ... and she only needs one! Mertens nets a forehand, and the number 25 seed eliminates the number 18 seed in two sets, having been a double-break down in the first! She meets Barty or Rogers – well, Barty - next. That should be a good match, because Muchova is buzzing.

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    Mon, 15 Feb 2021 04:15:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Australia sport Melbourne Rafael Nadal Australian Open Rogers Daniel Barty Mertens Ashleigh Barty Berrettini Muchova Australian Open 2021 Rogers Nadal Laver Barty
    Australian Open 2021 day eight: Fabio Fognini v Rafael Nadal and more – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/15/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-eight-rafael-nadal-fabio-fognini-ash-barty-shelby-rogers-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
  • Updates from the fourth round tennis clash at Melbourne Park
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  • 4.30am GMT

    First set: Fabio Fognini 0-1 Rafael Nadal* (denotes server) Nadal with ball in hand to kick things off on a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena. It’s 25C in Melbourne today and from the look of things, a perfect day to be playing tennis. Nadal’s up and running, despite a glorious backhand winner down the line from Fognini, who also forces the Spaniard to play some tenacious defence at 30-15.

    4.25am GMT

    Not sure if there’s enough space here, but here’s a lit of Nadal’s 20 grand slam titles: Australian Open 2009; French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; Wimbledon 2008, 2010; US Open 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019).

    He’s also accumulated 86 career ATP titles, but notable from the above is the Australian Open entry – it’s by far his least successful slam.

    Nadal Fognini H2H:

    12-4 overall
    1-1 in Grand Slams

    Buckle up!@RafaelNadal | @fabiofogna | #AusOpen | #AO2021 pic.twitter.com/Ksreqp9M3n

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    Sun, 14 Feb 2021 23:30:03 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Australia sport Melbourne Rafael Nadal Australian Open Nadal Fabio Fognini Rod Laver Ashleigh Barty Fognini Australian Open 2021
    Australian Open 2021 day four: Tsitsipas v Kokkinakis, Barty makes hard work of progress – live! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2021/feb/11/australian-open-2021-tennis-live-scores-day-four-ash-barty-tv-schedule-draw-results-fixtures-order-of-play-melbourne-park-coverage-latest-news-updates
  • Updates from the day session of the tennis at Melbourne Park
  • Barty blows hot and cold in win over Gavrilova
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  • 4.35am GMT

    First set: Stefanos Tsitsipas* 5-4 Thanasi Kokkinakis (denotes server) And we remain on serve in the first set as Tsitsipas holds again, without too much drama.

    Over on John Cain Arena...

    Heather Watson recovers from 2-5 down in the tiebreak to take the first set 7-6(5) on Anett Kontaveit.

    4.32am GMT

    First set: Stefanos Tsitsipas 4-4 Thanasi Kokkinakis* (denotes server) Kokkinakis throws down a love service game for the first time this match. The Australian keeping things simple there.

    Here’s Emma Kemp’s match report from the earlier Barty-Gavrilova match:

    Related: Ash Barty blows hot and cold to beat Daria Gavrilova at Australian Open

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    Wed, 10 Feb 2021 23:35:14 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Sport Tennis Australia sport Melbourne Australian Open Daria Gavrilova Ash Barty Kokkinakis Anett Kontaveit Stefanos Tsitsipas Tsitsipas Australian Open 2021 Kokkinakis Barty John Cain Arena Heather Watson Emma Kemp Barty Gavrilova