What a journey for the little Colombian who had already reached the quarter-finals here in 2019 at just 17 years of age. Galvanised by the fact that she is playing on home soil, with a small crowd behind her, Osorio Serrano, now 19, exudes a very positive body language and her self-motivated shouts are indicative of her determination.[......]Read More
The performance should not be overlooked. If Aslan Karatsev was still a virtual unknown in 2020, beating him 6-3, 6-0 in 2021 is almost a feat. Sebastian Korda managed to do just that in the previous round, ending the Russian's streak of 15 straight wins against players ranked beyond the TOP 5 - the world No. 27 only failed to beat Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem this year.[......]Read More
Three Grand Slam titles on the court between the current world No. 1 and the one who ruled the women's circuit in 2013. If the Miami Masters 1000 is deprived of many of the top players in the men's game, its female counterpart, despite the absence of Serena Williams, has some great matches to look forward to. The match between Ashleigh Barty and Victoria Azarenka is certainly one of them.[......]Read More
The problem with big tournaments is that you quickly come up against the best players on the circuit when you are not ranked highly. Caroline Garcia is no exception to the rule and will have to face an extremely strong player, Simona Halep. The Frenchwoman has always found it difficult to counter the Romanian's game. She has only managed to beat her once in 7 matches.
Ferro favourite against Zheng? Nice duel for this first round. After a good tournament in Lyon where the Frenchwoman reached the semi-finals, Fiona Ferro showed that she could be competitive on hard court. She is very motivated at the beginning of the season and has the necessary technical skills to beat the Chinese.[......]Read More
After eight consecutive tournaments in which he did not do better than semi-finalist, Stefanos Tsitsipas will try to reach the final for the first time since last September (in Hamburg). After a mixed indoor tour where he was rarely in control but always combative, the Greek arrived in Mexico as a tournament favourite.[......]Read More
For the first time since 1990, a player reaches the semi-finals of a tournament without playing a single match, bravo Andrey! Exempted from the first round because of his status as the number 3 seed, the Russian took advantage of the withdrawal of Richard Gasquet, who is still visibly bothered by his foot injury.[......]Read More
You have to go back to the summer of 2019 to see the Spaniard in the quarterfinals again. Since then, Roberto Carballes Baena has performed better in Challenger (a final and a semi-final) but without being transcendent either. The 97th in the world is very irregular, capable of beating Shapovalov at Roland Garros as well as losing to Petrovic and three times to Thiago Monteiro.[......]Read More
How hard it is for Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin! He started his 2021 season very badly and despite a victory against Juan Ignacio Londero in his first match, there is not much left behind. He made an illusion on a set against Dominic Thiem then followed two defeats at home to the Nur Sultan Challengers against Mackenzie McDonald and Frederico Ferreira Silva, in two dry sets each time.[......]Read More
Garbine Muguruza was the only one to worry Osaka at the Australian Open by getting match balls. On this tournament in Doha, her attacking tennis continues to work wonders. She defeated Kudermetova, Sabalenka after a great match and Maria Sakkari in two small sets. The Spaniard can rely on an excellent serve whose trajectory is hard to read and very difficult to break.[......]Read More
Nice French-French duel in perspective! A duel also of generations since the two tricolours are a little more than 11 years apart. Experience or recklessness, who will win? On the form of the moment, small advantage to Clara Burel, who has accumulated more victories and confidence since the beginning of the year.
Titled this Sunday in Montpellier, David Goffin will have only had 72 hours to recover but it's always easier to get back on the court after a good week and a regained confidence. As we have seen in the game, the Belgian has been much more enterprising and more regular in the exchanges. He hurt his different opponents during the exchange by varying a lot and finding angles in the forehand.