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Wimbledon 2022 preview: Can unique Championships throw up a surprise champion?

The sun shines brightly on the pristine grass at SW19 as Wimbledon, devoid of ranking points but full of intrigue, is set to kick off on Monday. Two of the main draw’s biggest personalities – Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams – were confirmed at the last moment, and the men’s World No. 1, and three of the women’s Top 20 are barred from participating in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek, both coming into the Championships in polar opposite form, are the overwhelming favourites. The pressure of expectation weighs heavily on both as they open the play on Centre Court on Monday and Tuesday respectively. There are questions to be asked about the form and level of each of the heavy favourites though, leaving the door slightly open for fans to see a...
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The ultimate Tennis disrupter faces the Wimbledon crucible

The British tennis-sphere gasped earlier this month. For the third time this year, 19-year-old sensation Emma Raducanu had to quit in the middle of the match because of an injury. Just weeks before Wimbledon, her participation in the event, the most anticipated homecoming this sport has experienced in years, appeared to be in jeopardy. A lengthy headline in The Daily Mail put it this way: “Emma Raducanu has ‘no idea’ if she’ll be fit for Wimbledon as she RETIRES just 33 minutes into her first match on grass since last summer, after US Open champion struggled through just seven games with ‘freak’ injury to her left side.” (Emphasis theirs.) A day later, however, Raducanu put out word that she expected to be just fine for Wimbledon, which begins Monday. But there will still be jitters un...
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World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, banned from Wimbledon, ends grass season with QF defeat in Mallorca

Daniil Medvedev finished his tennis season on grass after a straight-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals of the Mallorca Championships on Thursday. The Russian international lost 6-3, 6-2 after entering the match with an 8-2 record on the surface this year, with his losses coming in consecutive finals in Germany and the Netherlands. Medvedev, the defending champion in Mallorca, had only one break opportunity against the 20th-ranked Bautista Agut, who had advanced without having to play in the last 16 because Nick Kyrgios withdrew with an abdominal injury. It was the fourth win against a No. 1 player for the Spaniard, with his three previous victories coming against Novak Djokovic. “I had to play very good to beat Daniil,” Bautista Agut said. “He’s the No. 1, the last ...
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Halle Open: Hubert Hurkacz beats top-ranked Daniil Medvedev to win title

Hubert Hurkacz upset top-ranked Daniil Medvedev to win the Halle Open and underline his credentials as a contender for Wimbledon two years running. The big-serving Polish player needed just 64 minutes to beat Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 and win his first grass-court title. “That’s a good exercise” 😂🏆@HubertHurkacz #TWO22 pic.twitter.com/Z01sxF3wWW — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 19, 2022 Hurkacz was a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year and seems on form again after a Halle tournament run in which he also beat defending champion Ugo Humbert, US Open semifinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime and the in-form Australian Nick Kyrgios. He’s one of just seven men’s players in the Open era to win all of their first five singles finals, the ATP Tour said. Medvedev has now lost back-to-back finals on grass after b...
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While You Were Asleep: Verstappen wins end-of-race fight to clinch Canadian Grand Prix, Berrettini retains Queen’s title

There is no stopping Max Verstappen. The Redbull driver pipped Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz in a nail-biting end-of-race fight to win the Canadian GP and extended the world championship lead to 46 points. Chased all the way to the line, but Max soaked up the pressure to take his sixth win of 2022! 🏆#CanadianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/gWoiU21LQr — Formula 1 (@F1) June 19, 2022 Verstappen, who was driving in his 150th Grand Prix, has now won six of nine races this season, with two early-season retirements caused by reliability issues now seeming a distant memory. “It was really exciting at the end. I was giving it everything I had and, of course, Carlos was doing the same,” said Verstappen after win. Max was not holding back with the @FerrariTrento on the podium 😂#CanadianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/B...
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Matteo Berrettini keeps title defense alive at Queen’s Club

Defending champion Matteo Berrettini stayed on course for back-to-back grass-court titles by recovering from a set down to beat lucky loser Denis Kudla and reach the Queen’s Club quarterfinals. Berrettini won 3-6, 7-5 (5), 6-4 on Thursday and will be one of just two seeded players in the quarterfinals. The second-seeded Italian, who beat Andy Murray in the Stuttgart final on Sunday, has only recently returned from three months out because of hand injury and was sluggish with his groundstrokes throughout a hard-fought match in balmy conditions in west London. Berrettini’s booming serve, which took him to the Wimbledon final last year, eventually bailed him out after Kudla — ranked No. 82 — won the first set without facing a break point.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium ...
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French Open should have more women’s night matches: Billie Jean King

Tennis Hall of Famer and equal rights advocate Billie Jean King thinks the French Open should have scheduled more women’s matches for the Grand Slam tournament’s high-attention night sessions — both out of fairness and because that’s the best way to bring more attention to the players. King also said at a news conference on Saturday at Roland Garros that she thinks new tournament director Amelie Mauresmo will change that for 2023. Only one of the 10 night sessions during this year’s tournament featured women. When Mauresmo was asked about that on Wednesday, she said it’s because men’s tennis has more “appeal” at the moment and it was hard for her to find star players or high-wattage matchups in the women’s draw to spotlight.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium “It will st...
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French Open 2022 Women’s Final, Iga Swiatek vs Coco Gauff Live Score Updates: Can Swiatek’s continue streak?

French Open 2022 Women's Final, Iga Swiatek vs Coco Gauff Live Tennis Score Streaming Online Today Match Updates. French Open 2022 Women's Final, Iga Swiatek vs Coco Gauff Live Tennis Score Streaming Online Today. Iga Swiatek is one step away from a second French Open title in three years but the world number one will face a unique challenge on Saturday in teenager Coco Gauff in a tournament that often proved unpredictable. Poland’s Swiatek is on a remarkable 34-match winning streak and should the 2020 Roland Garros champion lift the Suzanne Leglen Cup again, she will match Venus Williams’s run from 2000 – the longest on the women’s tour in the 2000s. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; ...
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Rafael Nadal back in French Open final after injured Zverev stops

Rafael Nadal has become the second-oldest men’s finalist in French Open history after his semifinal opponent, Alexander Zverev, stopped playing Friday because of an injured right leg. Now Nadal will try to become the oldest champion at a tournament he’s already won a record 13 times. Playing on his 36th birthday at an event he first won at 19, Nadal emerged to claim a tight-as-can-be, draining first set that lasted 1 1/2 hours by a 7-6 (8) score. The second set also was headed to a tiebreaker after another 1 1/2 hours when Zverev tumbled behind the baseline while chasing a ball to his right. Zverev’s black outfit was covered in rust-colored clay, as were his legs and arms, and he immediately grabbed his right ankle, screaming in pain. A trainer came out to attend to him, and Nadal walke...
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French Open: Swiatek, Kasatkina advance to semis

World number one Iga Swiatek shook off some early nerves to extend her winning series to a staggering 33 as she beat American Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-2 to book her spot in the French Open semi-finals on Wednesday. Swiatek, who turned 21 on Tuesday, is on the longest unbeaten run in the women’s tour since Serena Williams bagged 34 victories in succession in 2013. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 The Polish player, gunning for a second title in three years at Roland Garros, appeared a tad shaky in the initial games before marching past the 11th seed to set up a meeting with Russian Daria Kasatkina for a place in Saturday’s final.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium The 2020 champion is bidding to become the fou...
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French Open: Zverev tames Alcaraz to return to Paris semis

German third seed Alexander Zverev capitalised on an error-filled performance from Carlos Alcaraz to tame the high-flying teenaged Spaniard 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6(7) on Tuesday and reach a second straight semi-final at the French Open. This was the first time the 25-year-old Zverev defeated a top-10 opponent at a Grand Slam in 12 attempts and his victory came against a player who came into the contest having won 14 consecutive matches. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 Zverev, who lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2021 semi-final, had a 2-1 head-to-head lead against Alcaraz but his opponent had won their most recent meeting — the only one on clay — this month in the final of the ATP Masters in Madrid.Best of Express PremiumPremi...
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French Open: Djokovic vs Nadal put on night session despite Spaniard’s reluctance

Tuesday’s highly-anticipated French Open quarter-final between world number one Novak Djokovic and 13-time champion Rafa Nadal has been scheduled to be played during the controversial night session despite the Spaniard expressing reservations against it. The night session, for which Amazon Prime has exclusive broadcasting rights in France, starts at 9 p.m. local time and was introduced for the first time at the 2021 edition of the claycourt major. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 “I don’t like night sessions on clay. I am very clear with that,” Nadal, who enjoys a near mythical status at Roland Garros, where he has a statue erected in his honour, told reporters last week.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremiu...
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French Open: Rafael Nadal sets up 59th match with Djokovic

Rafael Nadal got through a serious test in the French Open’s fourth round by edging Felix Auger-Aliassime 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to set up a record 59th matchup against rival Novak Djokovic. 🙌🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/nsLcUgApBv — Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 29, 2022 Sunday’s thriller in Court Philippe Chatrier was only the third five-setter Nadal ever has played at Roland Garros, where he has won 13 of his record 21 Grand Slam titles.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium Nadal is 3-0 in those contests that go the distance, part of his overall 109-3 mark at the clay-court tournament. Two of those three career defeats in Paris came against Djokovic, owner of 20 major titles and two at the French Open. Last year, Djokovic beat Nadal in the semifinals en route to the trophy....
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Wimbledon to remove ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ from honours boards: Report

Wimbledon will drop the titles “Miss” and “Mrs” before the names of female winners on its honour roll to match the men’s boards in an attempt to modernise the tournament, The Times newspaper reported. The All England Lawn Tennis Club has traditionally used the titles just for women – Ash Barty, last year’s champion, was refereed to as “Miss A. Barty” whereas men’s winner Novak Djokovic went on the board as “N. Djokovic”. In 2019, organisers did away with the use of honorifics when announcing scores in women’s matches but the events continue to be referred to as “gentlemen’s singles” and “ladies’ singles”. The change will also put an end to married women being identified by both the initials and surnames of their husbands.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium The grassc...
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French Open controversy: Watch Romanian Begu scares child in crowd after racket outburst

Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu was lucky to escape a default for bouncing her racket into the crowd on Thursday before going on to beat 30th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova at the French Open and advance to the third round. The 31-year-old Begu, ranked 63rd in the world, threw her racket down in frustration after falling down a break in the deciding third set and it bounced off her seating area into the courtside seats on Court 13 at Roland Garros. The racket did not seem to hit anyone but caused a child to cry loudly with play halted as the chair umpire called on the supervisor to intervene. Irina-Camelia Begu on the racquet incident earlier today:Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium "I didn't want to hit that racquet, you know…you hit the clay with the racquet but you never ex...
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No ranking points, but Wimbledon will still rank high for G.O.A.T players

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said on Wednesday that the prestige of playing and winning Wimbledon outweighs the importance of ranking points. Likening it to The Masters in golf and the FIFA World Cup, Murray tweeted that despite it being devoid of points, “Wimbledon will never be an exhibition and never feel like an exhibition.” The decision of ATP and WTA – which came in the wake of Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – has started a debate over what it will mean for the main draws at SW19 this year. While the likes of Naomi Osaka have equated it to an exhibition, men’s and women’s World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek have both confirmed their presence at Wimbledon this year. The all-important Grand Slam For those l...
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Medvedev cruises past Bagnis to begin Roland Garros campaign

Daniil Medvedev got his French Open off to a winning start — never a sure thing for the second-seeded Russian. The U.S. Open champion beat Facundo Bagnis of Argentina 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Medvedev was a quarterfinalist at Roland Garros last year after four straight losses in the first round. The Russian earned his first victory since undergoing hernia surgery nearly two months ago. He had lost his opening-round match at the Geneva Open last week on his return. Just getting started 👊@DaniilMedwed advances to the second round with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Bagnis. #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/N0OLVB2TRt — Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 24, 2022 Medvedev reached the final at the Australian Open this year, losing to Rafael Nadal in five sets. Danish teenager Holge...
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French Open 2022: Rafael Nadal and all of his aches and pains reach 2nd round

Rafael Nadal, the 13-time champion at Roland Garros beat Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round on Court Philippe Chatrier. “Stop!” Catch the camera 😂#RolandGarros | @RafaelNadal pic.twitter.com/Y1hkWJZIRU — Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 23, 2022 Nadal won his men’s-record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open but he has only recently returned from a rib injury that has bothered him since March. He has also been dealing with chronic pain in his left foot. That kept him out of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, and bothered him again during a loss on clay in Rome this month. Nadal will next face Corentin Moutet, a French wild-card entry who beat 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3. Stan Wawrinka crashes out Three-time Grand Slam champ...
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Wimbledon’s Russia ban prompts tours to cut ranking points

The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours will not award ranking points for Wimbledon this year because of the All England Club’s ban on players from Russia and Belarus over the invasion of Ukraine, an unprecedented move that stands as a significant rebuke of the sport’s oldest Grand Slam tournament. The WTA and ATP announced their decisions Friday night, two days before the start of the French Open — and a little more than a month before play begins at Wimbledon on June 27. In a technical sense, this renders the event an exhibition, because there are no ranking points at stake. Still, it remains Wimbledon, with its traditions and prestige, from the grass underfoot to the all-white clothing, from the Royal Box to the strawberries and cream, not to mention millions of dollars in pr...
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Daniil Medvedev loses to Richard Gasquet in Geneva in return from injury

Second-ranked Daniil Medvedev lost his comeback match Tuesday after a six-week injury layoff, beaten 6-2, 7-6 (5) by Richard Gasquet in the second round at the Geneva Open. Medvedev, who underwent hernia surgery last month, cautioned Sunday he was often a slow starter on clay courts. So it proved in his first match on the surface this season, in the last tournament before the French Open. Medvedev double-faulted for the seventh time on Gasquet’s first match point, as the Frenchman ended a 36-match losing streak against opponents ranked No. 1 or 2 after beating Roger Federer 17 years ago at Monte Carlo. “It’s tough. I don’t play my best tennis on clay courts,” Medvedev said. “I kind of need to be in the zone, which I was not today.” Unlike Medvedev, Gasquet has won titles on clay in his ...