Anna Kournikova’s countrywoman, Maria Sharapova, made her way to round no. 3 in Toronto yesterday by getting better of Garbine Muguruza of Spain. The Russian star hadn’t started the match in the best possible way, but, she got herself back on track from the second set onwards and ended up securing the win.
In her next match, Sharapova will be up against another Spanish player i.e. Carla Suarez Navarro.
Speaking in the post match press conference, Sharapova said, “It was my first competitive match in a while. So, it took me a bit of time to get going.”
Andy Murray has made his way to the Round of 16 in the Aegon Championships which is going on at the Queen’s Club, London. He beat Paul Henri Mathieu of France quite easily in the straight sets in his first match of the tournament.
This was Murray’s 19th win on the trot on grass courts. The last time that he had been beaten on a grassy surface in a singles match was 2 years ago in 2012. Roger Federer had beaten him back then in the final of the Wimbledon Championships.
It was dark by the local time of France when Gael Monfils showed character by the end and produced some crackling shots at Phillipe Chartier Court. After winning first two sets Monfils courageously took the 3rd and 4th set by storm but eventually it was a matter of one set which Andy Murray grasped it.
Amelie Mauresmo is not looking to prove that females are capable of working in the world of males. She is just looking to help Murray manage to defend his Wimbledon Championship crown.
Mauresmo has recently been appointed as the head coach of Murray and since then, there have been a lot of discussions going on in the tennis world regarding that. Various sorts of reactions are coming from all quarters.
After not having a great season last year, Roger Federer has finally returned to winning ways in 2014. He has been playing as well as ever at the moment and it seems he is all set to give his rivals a hard time in the upcoming months.
The Swiss maestro has already won a tournament this year i.e. the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and now, he is looking forward to his next assignment which is the BNP Paribas Open.
Venus Williams might have to take on the Serbian superstar Ana Ivanovic in the semi final round of ASB Classic tennis tournament which is currently going on in Auckland. Both the players made it to the quarter final round by winning their respective second round fixtures yesterday.
Rafael Nadal has defeated Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the semi final round of the ongoing Western and Southern Open. Nadal won the match in the straight sets by 7-5, 7-6(4).
Now, Nadal is only one win away from winning his 9th title of the season. If he does that by defeating the local lad John Isner in the final, he will move up to no. 2 in the world rankings.
Talking to the reporters after securing win over Berdych, Nadal said, “It was another fantastic day for me. I was just a little bit tentative on my serve, but, I think I did well overall.”
Laura Robson has said that she was very nervous while watching the Wimbledon Championships final which was eventually won by her compatriot Andy Murray.
With that win, Murray ended the 77-year long wait of the British tennis fans. The whole of Britain was thrilled after his win and so was Robson.
Andy Murray’s countrywoman, Heather Watson, has been defeated by Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in the first round of the French Open. Voegele won the match in three sets by 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Watson was Britain’s last hope in this competition after the defeat of Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha in the first round. She fought hard against her Swiss opponent, but, her effort didn’t prove to be good enough at the end.
Milos Raonic has been defeated by Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Nieminen won the match by 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3).
It was a great performance by the Finnish player. Not many people were backing him to win, but, he showed terrific composure and secured win over a player who is way higher in world rankings than him. Nieminen won this match in just less than 2 hours.
This was actually Nieminen’s second victory over Raonic. He had defeated Raonic in the quarter final round of the Thailand Open last year as well.