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World Team Cup: Great Britain wheelchair tennis teams shine in the Netherlands

  • Posted: May 30, 2018

Dermot Bailey saved eight match points as Great Britain’s men’s wheelchair tennis team reached the semi-finals of the World Team Cup.

Bailey beat China’s Shunjiang Dong 2-6 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (8-6) as his team won 3-0 to set up a tie with Belgium on Friday.

The quads team also reached the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Canada and play Australia or Israel on Thursday.

The women’s team meet China in the last four after wins for Lucy Shuker, Louise Hunt and Lauren Jones saw off USA 3-0.

Shuker tweeted: “Very happy to get the win against 🇺🇸 number-one seed. Finishing top of our group we are into the semi-finals.”

All three teams progressed comfortably at the clay court event in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Bailey teamed up with Alfie Hewett – who also won his singles fixture – to land a doubles win and secure a 3-0 win over China as Gordon Reid, who recently won the Japan Open, was rested.

Andy Lapthorne, James Shaw and Antony Cotterill all scored points in the quad’s victory, while

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Norrie fightback against Pouille held up by bad light

  • Posted: May 30, 2018
French Open 2018
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app.

British number three Cameron Norrie must return on Thursday to see if he can fight back and stun leading home hope Lucas Pouille in the second round of the French Open.

Norrie, 22, trailed 6-2 6-4 5-7 when the players were forced off Court Philippe Chatrier at 21:42 local time in Paris because of fading light.

The match, scheduled fifth on the main show court, did not start until 19:54.

Pouille, seeded 15th, looked set to earn a quick win before Norrie rallied.

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The world number 85 struggled in the opening two sets as Pouille’s greater pedigree shone through but, just as the Frenchman looked on course to complete victory before darkness fell, Norrie recovered in front of a sparse crowd on Chatrier.

Pouille’s supreme service game did not allow Norrie a single break opportunity in the opening set, but the Briton missed two chances in the second as he showed signs of recovery.

Both players had seemingly questioned whether the light was good enough to continue earlier in the match, while Norrie also called on the doctor for what appeared to be an illness.

However, with Pouille hoping for victory and Norrie improving, they carried on in the hope of finishing the third set.

Norrie took the advantage by converting his first break point for 4-3, serving out to ensure the match – as seemed likely when they came on court – would resume on Thursday.

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Norrie will be one of three Britons playing in the singles on Thursday, with Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson also in second-round action.

British number two Watson faces Belgium’s 16th seed Elise Mertens at 10:00 BST on court three, with Britain’s leading man Edmund, seeded 16th, meeting Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics on the same court once his compatriot’s match finishes.

Analysis

British number three Naomi Broady on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Cameron knew the importance of the third set and did very well to take it and take the match into the next day.

He wasn’t feeling his best but the difference in standards between the first and third sets was huge.

Maybe he will feel better on Thursday and it’s absolutely fantastic for him to get that third set.

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Kei, Grigor, Sascha Survive Wild Wednesday

  • Posted: May 30, 2018

Kei, Grigor, Sascha Survive Wild Wednesday

Three of the game’s biggest names go the distance Wednesday to reach the Roland Garros third round

Three of the ATP World Tour’s biggest stars needed to dig deep Wednesday to reach the third round of Roland Garros.

Second seed Alexander Zverev, who has won three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles but never reached a Grand Slam quarter-final, looked to be headed for more heartbreak at the majors when he trailed Serbian Dusan Lajovic two sets to one. But the leader of the ATP Race To London powered home, winning 12 of the last 15 games of the match to win 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. It was his 18th win from his past 20 matches. Read Report

“In the fourth and fifth sets, I really felt good out there even though I was a little bit tired and a little bit fatigued,” said Zverev, who next faces Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur.

Reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov also rallied from two sets to one down to win a drama-filled four-hour, 20-minute marathon with 21-year-old American Jared Donaldson 6-7(2), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. Dimitrov’s fitness was a telling factor in the victory and on match point he kissed his legs for underpinning his victory. “I could have played another two hours,” he told Tennis Channel. Later, he said: “It’s great to win a match in five sets. I think it stays with you, you keep it, and especially on clay and out here.” Read Report

Dimitrov next faces veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who himself is known for his ironman efforts, including two epic five-set duels with Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.

Although Kei Nishikori won the first set in his second-round battle with enigmatic Frenchman Benoit Paire, the former US Open finalist also needed to rally from two sets to one down to advance to the third round. The Japanese won 6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Read Report

Ranked No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Performance Zone for his all-time leading deciding set win percentage (75.9), Nishikori battled past the Frenchman in just under three hours on Court Philippe-Chatrier. With his second win over French opposition in as many rounds, the World No. 21 improves to 5-2 against home players at the clay-court Grand Slam championship. Nishikori defeated wild card Maxime Janvier in three sets in his opening match.

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Another top-ranked player, Dominic Thiem, could also be headed for a second-round five-setter. Pitting his single-handed backhand against that of young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, Thiem pulled ahead two sets to one – 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 – as darkness suspended play Wednesday night.

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Halep into second round, as Wozniacki makes third

  • Posted: May 30, 2018
French Open 2018
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app.

World number one Simona Halep began her bid for a first Grand Slam title with a gutsy fightback in her rain-delayed French Open first-round match.

Halep, last year’s runner-up, lost the first set before recovering to win 2-6 6-1 6-1 against American Alison Riske.

Australian Open champion and second seed Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the third round with a 6-1 6-0 win over Spain’s Georgina Garcia Perez.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina and eighth seed Petra Kvitova also went through.

Ukraine’s Svitolina reached the last 32 with a 6-3 6-4 win over Slovakia’s Viktoria Kuzmova while Czech star Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, beat Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 6-0 6-4.

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Serena Williams, meanwhile, wore her ‘Black Panther’ catsuit again as she teamed up with sister Venus to beat Japan’s Shuko Aoyama and Miyu Kato 4-6 6-4 6-1 in the women’s doubles first round.

The 36-year-old American first wore the outfit, inspired by the Black Panther movie blockbuster, during her opening singles win on Tuesday.

Halep overcomes slow start

Two-time French Open finalist Halep has spent much of the past seven months as the world’s leading female player, despite never transferring her consistency on tour into lifting one of tennis’ most prestigious prizes.

Halep lost to unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the Roland Garros final last year, one of six defeats in a showpiece over the past year.

But reaching a second final in Paris looked a long way off as she made a woeful start in a match which originally supposed to be played on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Romanian hit 16 unforced errors in a opening set, but then won nine of the next 10 games to take control.

Riske, who is Johanna Konta’s doubles partner, stemmed the tide by claiming the fourth game of the final set, but only managed to win another 12 points in a final set which Halep won in 28 minutes.

Halep put her sluggish start down to pre-match nerves, which she said were not caused by the extra pressure of finally landing her first major prize.

“I didn’t feel the pressure, because I know that every match is tough at this tournament, so I don’t expect anything,” she said.

“I think the nerves are really good. It means that you care about what you are doing and your desire is really big.”

Halep will face Riske’s compatriot Taylor Townsend in the second round.

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Relief For Zverev, Survives A Scare In Paris

  • Posted: May 30, 2018

Relief For Zverev, Survives A Scare In Paris

German star frustrated, but lives to fight another day

Alexander Zverev, one of the best performers on clay courts this year, survived a scare on Wednesday at Roland Garros.

In a match of momentum shifts, the second-seeded German did not play his best tennis in the second round, but recovered from a set and 1-3 deficit to work his way past Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 2-6, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in three hours and 24 minutes.

Zverev struck 42 winners, but committed 53 unforced errors and was broken five times to equal his best performance in the French capital (2014). He has now won 18 of his past 20 matches and is one victory away from 150 career wins (149-78).

The 21-year-old will next prepare to face Bosnia and Herzegovina’s No. 26 seed Damir Dzumhur on Friday. Dzumhur fought back from a 2-4 deficit in the fifth set to beat Radu Albot of Moldova 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 1-6, 7-5 in three hours and 47 minutes.

Lajovic barely put a foot wrong in the opener, hitting seven winners and clinching all four of his net points. He bounced back from 0/40 at 5-2, then broke Zverev en route to a 3-1 lead in the second set.

But Zverev began to find his rhythm, particularly on his double-handed backhand, and capitalised on mental fatigue from Lajovic. Zverev let out a celebratory scream upon securing the set – courtesy of a Lajovic groundstroke error.

Lajovic regrouped impressively, and, after an early exchange of breaks, won four out of five games from 2-3 to seize control. Incredibly, Zverev triggered back into life and from 1-1 in the fourth set, the German won the next nine games for a 4-0 lead in the decider.

Zverev has a 32-8 match record on the year, including two successive titles – the BMW Open by FWU (d. Kohlschreiber) and his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown at the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Thiem). He also finished as runner-up during the European clay-court swing at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (l. to Nadal).

His best showing in 11 previous Grand Slam championship appearances is a fourth-round exit at Wimbledon in 2017.

Lajovic, who beat Jiri Vesely in the first round, recently advanced to his first Masters 1000 quarter-final at the Mutua Madrid Open, which included victories over Richard Gasquet and Juan Martin del Potro.

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Alexander Zverev made his Grand Slam championship debut at Wimbledon in 2015. With a 16-11 overall match record at the majors, his best performance came last year at S.W.19 when he fell to Milos Raonic in the fourth round.

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It's been amazing – lucky loser's family road trip comes to an end

  • Posted: May 30, 2018
French Open 2018
Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 27 May-10 June
Coverage: Daily live radio and text commentaries on BBC Radio 5 live, the BBC Sport website and app.

Lucky loser Marco Trungelliti hopes his drive home will have “less stress” than the 10-hour dash he made on Sunday to reach the French Open.

The Argentine, 27, drove from Barcelona to Paris with his grandmother, mother and brother to earn a first-round spot.

He beat Bernard Tomic on Monday, only to lose in straight sets against Italy’s Marco Cecchinato on Wednesday.

“It’s been a different experience with all the media,” he said. “But I enjoyed it. I’ve never been here before.”

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Trungelliti – and his 89-year-old grandmother Daphne – became the centre of attention at Roland Garros after his wife posted pictures of them, along with his mother Susanna and brother Andre, travelling and singing during their journey to the French capital.

He then described after his four-set win over Tomic that he had to tell his grandma to get out of the shower so they could leave his home in Barcelona.

The world number 190 lost in Roland Garros qualifying last week, but returned in a race to sign in as a lucky loser after Australian Nick Kyrgios pulled out with injury.

Now he will drive back to the Spanish city in a few days’ time – having earned £69,000 from his trip to Paris.

“It has been amazing because I won on Monday, if I’d come here and lost it would have been tough mentally,” he added.

“But the media attention didn’t have an impact on my second match – I just didn’t play good tennis.”

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