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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after winning the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in New York.
 
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Dominic Thiem, of Austria, right, and Alexander Zverev, of Germany, pose for photos after the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships.(Photo | AP)

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Dominic Thiem came back from the brink to defeat Alexander Zverev in a pulsating US Openfinal and win his first grand slam title.
 

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#tenis #atp Bagaimanapun, dengan keadaan kesihatan yang semakin merosot di negara berkenaan dan peraturan terkini kerajaan Perancis hanya membenarkan aktiviti pengumpulan orang ramai tidak melebihi 5,000 orang menyebabkan penganjur terpaksa mengubah lagi penetapan mereka. https://www.hmetro.com.my/arena/2020/09/621783/terbuka-perancis-semakin-suram

Terbuka Perancis semakin suram


HANYA 5,000 penonton sehari dibenarkan untuk menyaksikan Terbuka Perancis minggu depan. FOTO AFP

HANYA 5,000 penonton sehari dibenarkan untuk menyaksikan Terbuka Perancis minggu depan. FOTO AFP



Paris: Terbuka Perancis yang diubah semula jadualnya hujung bulan ini akan hanya membenarkan 5,000 kehadiran penonton setiap hari, iaitu berkurangan daripada jumlah asal 11, 500 orang.

Perkara itu diumumkan oleh penganjur dan ia bertentangan dengan apa yang didedahkan oleh Persekutuan Tenis Perancis (FFT) awal bulan ini yang bercadang untuk membenarkan kehadiran penonton pada 27 September hingga 11 Oktober dengan membenarkan 11,500 orang setiap hari dengan gelannggag Roland Garros dibahagikan kepada tiga zon bebas.

Penganjur Terbuka Perancis sebelum ini pada Julai lalu menyatakan bahawa mereka berharap seramai 20,000 penonton setiap hari dapat hadir ke kejohanan itu iaitu 50 hingga 60 peratus daripada kapasiti asal.
Bagaimanapun, dengan keadaan kesihatan yang semakin merosot di negara berkenaan dan peraturan terkini kerajaan Perancis hanya membenarkan aktiviti pengumpulan orang ramai tidak melebihi 5,000 orang menyebabkan penganjur terpaksa mengubah lagi penetapan mereka.

Sebelum ini (10 hari lalu) pengarah kejohanan, Guy Forget baru saja mengumumkan jumlah penonton yang dibenarkan.

Gelanggang utama, Philippe Chatrier dan Suzanne Lenglen, dihadkan kepada 5,000 penonton dan Simonne Mathieu pula 1,500 orang dan tidak akan ada penjualan tiket di luar gelanggang.

Bagaimanapun, hanya seminggu sebelum kejohanan bermula dan empat hari menjelang aksi kelayakan, penganjur berdepan satu lagi perubahan berikutan kes Covid-19 yang semakin menular di seluruh dunia.
Sebelum ini, secara keseluruhan seramai 75,000 orang dibenarkan untuk menyaksikan kejohanan yang berlangsung selama 15 hari itu dan tahun lalu jumlah kehadiran sepanjang kejohanan mencatatkan 520,000 penonton.

Artikel ini disiarkan pada : Jumaat, 18 September 2020 @ 10:29 AM

 

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Terbuka Antarabangsa Itali: Impian final Nadal-Djokovic berkecai
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Terbuka Antarabangsa Itali: Impian final Nadal-Djokovic berkecai

Reaksi Nadal selepas tewas kepada Schwartzman pada perlawanan suku akhir Kejohanan Tenis Antarabangsa Itali, di Rom, 19 Sept, 2020. REUTERS


RAFAEL Nadal menempa kekalahan mengejut di tangan Diego Schwartzman dalam suku akhir Kejohanan Tenis Antarabangsa Itali, sekali gus satu tamparan besar buat raja gelanggang tanah liat itu dalam persediaan menghadapi Terbuka Perancis.

Schwartzman 6-2, 7-5 di Rom mengakhiri rekod 100 peratus Nadal dalam pertemuan mereka malam tadi selepas sembilan kemenangan berpihak kepada pemain Sepanyol itu.

Dalam pertembungan kelima mereka di tanah liat dan yang pertama di permukaan itu sejak pemain nombor dua itu memenangi pertarungan empat set dalam suku akhir Roland Garros 2018, giliran Schwartzman pula mencipta kemenangan.
Ketika mendahului 5-4 dalam set kedua, dia mengetepikan kebangkitan juara 12 kali Terbuka Perancis itu.

Pilihan kelapan itu mengembalikan rentak dan semangatnya untuk melengkapkan kejayaan yang pasti sukar dilupakannya apabila mengakhiri pertarungan tersebut dengan satu pukulan voli yang gagal dijangkau lawan lalu membuatkan Nadal terdampar.

Diego Schwartzman dan Rafael Nadal selepas berakhirnya perlawanan mereka di Terbuka Itali, di Rom, 19 Sept, 2020. REUTERS

Diego Schwartzman dan Rafael Nadal selepas berakhirnya perlawanan mereka di Terbuka Itali, di Rom, 19 Sept, 2020. REUTERS

Keputusan itu mengakhiri prospek final di antara Nadal dan pilihan utama, Djokovic, sementara Schwartzman bakal berhitung dengan pemain dari Kanada, Denis Shapovalov, di peringkat separuh akhir.
Pemain itu meneruskan kemaraan dengan mengetepikan cabaran dari atlet Bulgaria, Grigor Dimitrov, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

"Hari ini saya memperagakan aksi terbaik. (Ia hampir) sama dengan aksi menentang Rafa di Roland Garros tiga tahun lalu jadi saya sangat gembira," katanya dalam wawancara pasca perlawanan.
"Saya tidak terlintas untuk mengalahkannya kerana saya tidak beraksi dengan baik akhir-akhir ini. Tetapi hari ini saya melakukan yang terbaik dan saya sangat gembira."

Terdapat situasi jelas yang membelenggu Nadal dalam penyingkiran awal kali ini memandangkan ini adalah kejohanan pertamanya sejak Februari lalu.
Pemain berusia 34 tahun itu memilih untuk tidak beraksi dalam Terbuka Amerika Syarikat (AS) bulan lalu ekoran kebimbangan mengenai perjalanan jarak jauh dalam krisis COVID-19 ini.

 

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Ruthless Nadal charges into French Open last 16
Saturday, 03 Oct 2020 07:31 AM MYT
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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his third round match against Italy's Stefano Travaglia in Paris October 2, 2020. ― Reuters pic

PARIS, Oct 3 ― Claycourt master Rafael Nadal powered his way into the fourth round of his beloved French Open as his campaign for a record-extending 13th title picked up momentum with a merciless 6-1 6-4 6-0 demolition of Italian Stefano Travaglia yesterday.
The second seed, looking to match Roger Federer's record of 20 men's Grand Slam singles titles, will next meet 20-year-old American Sebastian Korda, one of his biggest admirers.


“That means that I have been on the TV for such a long time, that's the main thing. The same like when I was a kid, I was watching (Pete) Sampras, (Andre) Agassi, Carlos Moya, etc,” said Nadal, who has yet to lose a set in this year's edition.
“Another negative thing that means is that I am 34. That's another point that is not beautiful. But I'm happy to hear that. I know he's playing great. He's a very young kid with a lot of power. I think he has an amazing future ― hopefully not yet.”

Nadal faced little resistance on court Philippe Chatrier, hitting 28 winners as the stars start to align for the Spaniard.

“The scoreline is because I did a lot of good things, I went to the net more often, I was more aggressive,” he said.
“I played my best match here at Roland Garros this year.”

Nadal, in his 16th consecutive appearance at Roland Garros since his triumphant debut in 2005, started in dominant fashion, winning the first nine points.
After 23 minutes, the first set was already in the bag. Travaglia had only managed six points, being completely overwhelmed by the Spaniard's power.

The 74th-ranked Italian played deeper early in the second set and Nadal found himself with a little more of a challenge.
He broke for 4-3 but in the following game faced his first break point, which he saved to extend his lead to 5-3, then held to love to move two sets up.

Travaglia's resistance cost him dearly as he collapsed in the third set, managing only eight points.
“I made a step forward in a lot of ways,” said Nadal. “I think he played a great second set, it was close. I was able to find a way.” ― Reuters
 

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Djokovic into last 16 as women seeds scatter at Roland Garros

October 4, 2020 6:56 AM

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates his win against Colombia’s Daniel Galan. (AP pic)

PARIS: Novak Djokovic demolished Colombian lucky loser Daniel Galan to reach the Roland Garros last 16 for a record-equalling 11th successive year on Saturday as unheralded Daniel Altmaier struck another blow for the underdogs.

The women’s draw also had a new look ahead of the second week with only five of the top 20 seeds reaching the fourth round.
World No 1 Djokovic swept past 153rd-ranked Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2, his most challenging moment coming when he helped ground staff lay more clay on the surface of Court Philippe Chatrier after rain had made it treacherous.

“I played pretty solid today, I’m happy about that,” said Djokovic, the 2016 champion who is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title, after his 71st win in Paris.


Djokovic, who has dropped just 15 games in three rounds, took his 2020 record to 34 wins against one loss as he continues his bid to become the first man in half a century to win all four Grand Slam titles twice.

Next up is Russian 15th seed Karen Khachanov who put out Chile’s Cristian Garin.

The day after world No 239 Hugo Gaston and Sebastian Korda, ranked at 213, made the last 16, German qualifier Altmaier kept the sport’s outsiders in the headlines.

The world No 186 stunned seventh seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, becoming just the fourth man in 20 years to reach the round of 16 on his Grand Slam debut.


Victory also means an unexpected financial windfall for the 22-year-old who is guaranteed at least US$221,400 having earned US$173,600 in his entire six-year career.

Altmaier paid tribute to three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka for his help when he missed virtually all of 2018 through injury.

“When I was watching him, he always says ‘Allez, Stan’. I copy him a little bit because I like to say, ‘Allez, Dan’. He has been a huge reason why I’m healthy now.”

Arab landmark for Jabeur

Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas made the fourth round for a second successive year when Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene retired with a right foot injury.

The 22-year-old was on court for just 80 minutes and was leading 6-1, 6-2, 3-1 when Bedene called it quits.

Next up for Tsitsipas is Bulgarian 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov who also profited from a retirement with Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-3 down when he gave up due to illness.

The Spaniard had shocked ninth seed Denis Shapovalov in the previous round but that five-hour epic came back to haunt him.

Russian 13th seed Andrey Rublev, the champion on clay in Hamburg on the eve of Roland Garros, eased past veteran South African Kevin Anderson in just 94 minutes.

Rublev didn’t face a break point in his 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win as he moved into the last 16 for the first time where he will face world No 63 Marton Fucsovics, the first Hungarian man in the second week since Balazs Taroczy in 1984.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur became the first Arab woman to make the last 16 with a 7-6 (9/7), 2-6, 6-3 win over Belarusian eighth seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Jabeur, seeded 30, who made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in January, next faces 57th-ranked American Danielle Collins who stunned 2016 champion and 11th seed Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

“The people in Tunisia are really encouraging me a lot. Media, I’m not sure,” said Jabeur.

American fourth seed and Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin eased through with a 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Romanian qualifier Irina Bara.

Kenin, who defeated Serena Williams in the fourth round last year, will face unseeded French player Fiona Ferro.

Zhang Shuai became the first Chinese woman to reach the last 16 since former champion Li Na in 2012.

Zhang, 31, defeated French wildcard, and world No 357, Clara Burel 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 and will next face seventh seed Petra Kvitova who came back from 1-5 down in the first set and saved two set points to see off 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez 7-5, 6-3.


Spain’s Paula Badosa, ranked at 87, wept in her courtside chair as she reached the round of 16 at a Slam for the first time.

The 2015 junior champion, who put out former US Open winner Sloane Stephens in the last round, defeated 2017 champion in Paris Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-3.

Ostapenko was undone by 43 unforced errors and 10 double faults.



 

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The 19-year-old Italian will next face 12-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Sinner downs Zverev, becomes youngest men’s Slam quarterfinalist since 2006




October 4, 2020 11:10 PM


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Jannik Sinner celebrates winning his fourth round match today. (AP pic)

PARIS: Italian teenager Jannik Sinner defeated sixth seed Alexander Zverev at the French Open on Sunday to become the youngest men’s Grand Slam quarterfinalist since Novak Djokovic in Paris in 2006.

Sinner, aged 19 years and 56 days, won 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to set up a showdown with 12-time champion Rafael Nadal.

He is first player to reach the last eight on his Roland Garros debut since Nadal lifted the trophy in 2005.
“Today was very tough knowing that it’s going to be a long match but in the end I’m very happy about my performance,” said the 75th-ranked Sinner.



Last year’s NextGen champion dropped his first set of the tournament against US Open runner-up Zverev but demonstrated his resolve to close out the win in four.

“If you lose one set you just try and keep going. Even in the third set I knew I was still playing well,” said Sinner, the second youngest player to begin this year’s main draw.

“I tried to be focused in the first service game in the fourth set, which I did, and then it went quite well.”

 

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The 22-year-old has now won 12 successive sets at the tournament.

Tsitsipas is the first Greek man to reach Roland Garros quarter-finals

October 5, 2020 10:10 PM

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Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates winning his fourth-round match of the French Open against Grigor Dimitrov today. (AP pic)

PARIS: Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday overcame an eye problem to become the first Greek man to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-2 win over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

The 22-year-old will now take on Andrey Rublev in a repeat of the recent Hamburg final which was won by the Russian.

Tsitsipas has now won 12 successive sets at the tournament having been two sets down to Jaume Munar in the opening round.
“I had a problem with my eye so that’s why I had to call the doctor. It happened in my earlier matches too. It’s still red and irritated,” he explained.


On Monday, he saved three set points in the second set tiebreaker while frustrating 18th seed Dimitrov by saving the only three break points he faced.
“The tiebreak was where the money was,” said Tsitsipas who fell in a five-setter to former champion Stan Wawrinka in the last 16 in 2019.

 

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Rafael Nadal weathers cold and Jannik Sinner to reach French Open semi-final
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Rafael Nadal overcame his first real test at this year’s Roland Garros, beating 19 year-old Jannik Sinner 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Roland Garros semi-final for a record-extending 13th time. After a chaotic day on Court Philippe-Chatrier with five matches scheduled, the 1.26am finish marked the latest ever night at Roland Garros.

Although Sinner’s name has been swirling in tennis circles for a while, his inexperience is still clear. This meeting marked just his sixth match against a top 10 opponent and his first against a member of the big three. While most young players usually have the opportunity to first test their strength against one of the elite at smaller events or in the early rounds of a slam, Sinner was immediately beckoned into Nadal’s arena.

In the early exchanges, Sinner’s inexperience translated as fearlessness and he demonstrated the clean, violent ballstriking that has quickly propelled him towards the top of the sport. As he confidently navigated his own service games, it was Nadal who was under pressure on serve. Sinner’s early intensity eventually yielded the first break of serve deep into the opening set, with Sinner serving for the set at 6-5.




But Sinner learnt that bravery can sometimes be foolish. As Nadal began to inspect his backhand wing with a series of deep, heavy forehands, what followed was a series of breathless cross-court exchanges from Sinner’s backhand to Nadal’s forehand as both players worked the other’s strength.
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Sinner appeared determined to show he was unafraid of the Nadal forehand, but he fed it too many times and he eventually paid for it as he played Nadal’s biggest strength into a rhythm. Nadal finished the game with two searing down-the-line forehands. After breaking serve, he took the first set on a tiebreak.

A positive sign from Sinner was how quickly he recovered from such a dispiriting end to the first set, breaking early in the second to establish a 3-1 lead. However, Nadal responded immediately, levelling at 3-3 before eventually breaking again at 4-4. The third set was decided with little resistance, Nadal breaking serve three times to see out the victory. After contesting his 100th match at Roland Garros, Nadal’s record now stands at 98-2.

“Sinner is a very, very young talent with a lot of power, great shots,” said Nadal. “The conditions here were a little bit difficult because he was hitting every ball very hard, for me it was difficult. The ball, with this court, the spin is not there. For me, it was difficult to pull him out of the position.

“I think in the third set, I did it much better and I finished being much more aggressive. That’s the only way. So, I’m just very happy to be in the semi-finals again in Roland Garros. No doubt it’s the most important place and, for me, the most beautiful place.

Afterwards, Nadal was asked about the late finish. He said that the cold, windy conditions were particularly hazardous.

“Of course, it is not an ideal finish, a match at 1.30 in the morning. But the problem is the weather … Honestly, it is very, very cold to play tennis, no? I know football players play under these conditions, but it is a little bit different. They are all the time moving. We stop, we come back, we stop on the changeovers. It is a sport that you are stopped in a lot of moments, no? I think it is a little bit dangerous for the body to play with these very heavy conditions.”

Nadal will move on to face Diego Schwartzman in the semi-final, a rematch of their Rome quarter-final in which Schwartzman broke Nadal’s serve five times en route to a convincing 6-2 7-5 win.

“Of course, [it] is a challenge,” Nadal said. “When you lost to somebody, it is because he’s playing well. Today he played an amazing match against one of the best players of the world [Dominic Thiem], without a doubt, especially on this surface. He’s coming with big confidence, no? Two weeks in a row... He’s in the final in Rome, he’s in the semi-finals here. He beat me there. It’s a plus of confidence for him. I know that.”

Earlier, 19 year-old Iga Swiatek backed up her win over Simona Halep with a dominant 6-3, 6-1 display against Martina Trevisan, winning 11 of the last 12 games of the match from 1-3 down in the first set. Swiatek will face another qualifier, Nadia Podoroska, in the semi-final after her surprise win over No 3 seed Elina Svitolina.

“I just knew that I’m not going to play as perfect as with Simona,” said Swiatek. “On my level, it’s impossible to keep that level of consistency. I just knew that I’m going to make some mistakes at the beginning because of the conditions. I just stayed, like, really down-to-earth and really positive. I wanted to be aggressive from the beginning so I can lead on court. I did that pretty well.”


 
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