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Kyle Edmund to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Marrakech last 16

  • Posted: Apr 08, 2019

Britain’s Kyle Edmund will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last 16 of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech.

The 24-year-old third seed beat Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-2 in the first round, while French wildcard Tsonga beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in straight sets.

Edmund lost to Spaniard Pablo Andujar in last year’s final – his first at ATP level.

Britain’s Jamie Murray is top seeded in the men’s doubles alongside John Peers.

They start their campaign against Denmark’s Frederik Nielsen and the Netherlands’ Matwe Middelkoop on Tuesday.

World number three Alexander Zverev is top seed in the men’s singles and faces Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in the first round.

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Tsonga Sets Edmund Blockbuster In Marrakech

  • Posted: Apr 08, 2019

Tsonga Sets Edmund Blockbuster In Marrakech

Simon, 2008 champion, cruises

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may still be on the comeback trail from a seven-month layoff last year due to left knee surgery. But the 33-year-old continues to show signs that he is returning closer to the form that helped him ascend as high as fifth in the ATP Rankings.

Tsonga overpowered German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, who was competing for the first time since the 2018 Australian Open, 6-1, 7-6(3) on Monday in one hour and 21 minutes to reach the second round of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech. Tsonga has never lost a set at this Moroccan ATP 250 tournament, having cruised to the 2008 semi-finals when the event was held in Casablanca before withdrawing due to injury.

“It was my first match on clay in a while. So I’m happy that I won today. I did what I needed to do today and played well during the first set,” said Tsonga, whose last outdoor clay match came at 2017 Roland Garros. “It has been almost two years since I didn’t play on outdoor clay. It’s nice to be back on clay.”

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It is Tsonga’s 12th tour-level win of the season after only earning five victories in 2018 due to his injury. While Tsonga is currently 116th in the ATP Rankings, he has shown good form so far this season. The veteran lifted the Montpellier trophy (as World No. 210), his first ATP Tour triumph since 2017 Antwerp, helping him stand at 26th in the ATP Race To London.

“I have been working well,” Tsonga said. “I hope that the work will pay off.”

Tsonga will need his best if he is to reach the quarter-finals, as he will play third seed Kyle Edmund in a second-round blockbuster. The Brit ousted Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-3, 6-2.

In Edmund’s Marrakech debut last season, he advanced to his maiden ATP Tour final before falling to three-time champion Pablo Andujar. Edmund went on to earn his first title in Antwerp. He had little difficulty moving past the #NextGenATP Humbert on the red clay, saving all three break points he faced to move on after one hour and 19 minutes.

The player who benefitted from Tsonga’s 2008 semi-final withdrawal was Gilles Simon, who went on to capture the title. Simon is the fourth seed this year, and he played well to defeat Slovak Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 6-1 in 90 minutes.

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“I’m happy with the match today. The first set was very tough and important to win,” Simon said. “This tournament is always a good start into the clay court season. I like it here, the conditions are good and I have good memories from when I won the tournament in Casablanca.”

Simon has long enjoyed success at this event, reaching the semi-finals in 2006 and the quarter-finals on three additional occasions, including last year. The Frenchman will next face Argentine Guido Andreozzi, who defeated Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 7-6(5).

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Reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev, a wild card in Marrakech, begins his tournament on Tuesday against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.

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Muguruza defends Monterrey Open title as Azarenka withdraws with injury

  • Posted: Apr 08, 2019

Garbine Muguruza defended her Monterrey Open title after Victoria Azarenka was forced to retire with a leg injury.

Former world number one Azarenka, playing her first singles final in three years, required a medical timeout after losing the first set to have strapping applied to her right calf.

The Belarusian, 29, carried on but was clearly restricted before withdrawing when trailing 6-1 3-1.

“I’m very happy with this week,” said Spain’s Muguruza, 25.

“It’s a great feeling to come back and defend a title – it’s never easy.”

It is two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza’s first title since winning in Mexico last year.

Azarenka last contested a singles final in April 2016, winning both Indian Wells and Miami within two weeks before announcing her pregnancy later that year and giving birth to son Leo in December.

She returned to the sport competitively the following summer but has been involved in a custody battle with her son’s father which has impacted on her tennis.

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Keys wins first clay title

Earlier, Madison Keys beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win the Charleston Open – her first title on clay.

The American, 24, won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3, hitting 54 winners against Danish fifth seed Wozniacki, the 2011 champion.

It marks a fourth career title for Keys and her first since 2017.

The eighth seed beat three Grand Slam champions – Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko – en route to victory, as well as reigning Olympic champion Monica Puig.

Wozniacki – playing in her third Charleston final, having finished as runner-up in 2009 – said Keys was “just too good”.

World number 18 Keys is the first American winner of the tournament since Stephens three years ago.

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