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Defeating Simona Halep In Three Rounds, Madison Keys Came To Play Tonight!!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

American Madison Keys takes out Romanian Simona Halep and sets up quarter-final match with fellow American Venus Williams.

WOW!! If you missed American Madison Key's 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 win over Romanian Simona Halep tonight, you truly missed a match!

This evening's round of 16 match featuring Keys and Halep at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio definitely increased the value of every ticket purchased!  It goes without saying that both women are top players, Halep currently ranked at #4 and Keys at #18.  Even though Halep has been having a more progressive year of play than Keys, it was Keys who very confidently entered tonight's match after a 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Though the match entailed ups and downs for both players, Keys never let up - from her 10 aces to some exquisite shot making, she remained focused throughout the match, and pulled out of every tight spot in the final games of the third set.

Madison raised the roof  in the stadium tonight.  During her post-match interview she stated "...Really happy that after losing my lead in the third set, I was able to get it back. I'm incredibly happy to be able to play tomorrow."

When asked, "What does this kind of win remind you about your level of play right now?" Keys responded, "It definitely reminds me that  when I'm in the right mindset and playing some good tennis, I can compete with anyone, and really happy that I was able to play some of my best tennis tonight."

Up next for Keys in the quarterfinals, fellow American Venus Williams!

Madison Keys began delivering balls to fans post-match with a throw instead of her racquet.

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Coco Gauff's Palpable Determination Electrifies Wimbledon 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019

American Coco Gauff celebrates Wimbledon 2019 third round win over Slovenian Polona Hercog                       

American Coco Gauff is electrifying Wimbledon 2019 in a manner that has not been seen for quite awhile.  Watching this fifteen-year-old move into the round of sixteen where Romanian Simona Halep awaits is beyond exciting. Gauff brought a match win celebration to Center Court that was very simply lit.

Throughout Gauff's match with Slovenian Polona Hercog, you could literally see her not only dealing with the emotions of the match, but also making necessary adjustments to advance her game. From Gauff's loss of the first set to recovering from 2-5 in the second set, to entering the third and capturing the match, forward movement was always her mode.

During Gauff's post-match interview, she was asked how she held her composure and belief in the second round, she responded, "I always knew that I can come back, no matter what the score is, and I just kind of went for my shots, and I'm happy that slice down the line went in."

The interviewer then stated, "...You've won your way into the hearts of Wimbledon, could you possibly have dreamt of doing that at the age of 15?" She replied, "Definitely not. The crowd was amazing. I mean, even when I was down match point they were still cheering me on, and I'm just super thankful that they believe in me."

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2014 FRENCH OPEN DAY 9: American Sloane Stephens Heavily Out Matched Against Romanian Simona Halep

Monday, June 2, 2014

Romania’s Simona Halep, the highest seed left in the women’s singles, outwitted the American 15th seed, Sloane Stephens, to reach the quarter-finals at the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory on Monday.

Stephens made too many unforced errors as Halep, the fourth seed, won through to meet either the 27th-seeded former champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, or the Czech 23rd seed, Lucie Safarova.
With Romania’s tennis legend Ilie Nastase watching from the stands, Halep worked the angles to unsettle Stephens, who struggled behind her serve throughout.

Halep, who made her only previous grand slam quarter-final appearance at this year’s Australian Open, prevailed on the first match point when Stephens, the last American in the singles, sent a forehand long.

Halep’s game was far from perfect but she seized her chances, converting all six break points she had.

“I think I managed very well the match,” said Halep, who won the juniors’ title at Roland Garros in 2008. “I opened the angles. I wanted to make her run a lot on court. I think I played aggressive. I dominated the match, I think. I didn’t serve very well but I tried to return better and I did.”
Stephens was often on the back foot and sometimes went for unlikely winners in attempts to regain the advantage during long rallies.

“It was a tough match obviously but she has played pretty consistent over the last, say, nine months,” said Stephens, who has reached the last 16 in her last six grand slam appearances.

“It’s always tough playing someone who is really consistent and has a lot of confidence and just plays a solid game.”

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Source:  The Guardian

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2012 OLYMPICS: Venus And Serena Williams Multiply Their Olympic Success With A First Round Doubles Win... And Serena Talks of Possibly Playing Mixed Doubles Too!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

American sisters Venus and Serena Williams celebrate after winning first doubles match of 2012 Olympics.

It was an especially good day for the Williams sisters in Olympic play at the All-England Club on Monday, as they went a combined 6 for 6 in sets won, including a straight set triumph in their first round doubles match.

After Serena beat Urszula Radwanska and Venus topped Sara Errani in singles, the 2000 and 2008 Olympic doubles gold medalists and reigning Wimbledon champions took on Romanians Sorana Cirstea and Simona Halep. The serve proved the difference, as the Americans lost just four points when getting their first serves in and were not broken while converting on 4 of 6 break point opportunities on their opponents' serve.

The 63 62 triumph upped the Williamses' Olympic record to 11-0 and their grass court record to 39-2. The competition gets tougher on Tuesday, as they square off with fifth-seeded Germans Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki.

"It feels like we just got out of Wimbledon, and we are back at it again," Serena Williams said. "So it felt really good."

Serena even left the door open to playing a third event this week, as the deadline to sign up for mixed doubles is Tuesday. "We'll see at 11am tomorrow," she said. "I'll keep you guys on your toes."

source:  wtatennis.com

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Wimbledon Day 4: Results

Friday, June 24, 2011

Ladies' Singles - 2nd Round

Serena Williams, USA (7) defeated Simona Halep, ROU
3-6, 6-2, 6-1

Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Round

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, FRA (12) defeated Grigor Dimitrov, BUL
6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(8)

Ladies' Doubles - 1st Round

Megan Moulton-Levy, USA and Lindsay Lee-Waters, USA
defeated by
Marina Erakovic, NZL and Tamarine Tanasugarn, THA
3-6, 2-6

Gentlemen's Doubles - 1st Round

Dustin Brown, GER and Michael Kohlmann, GER
defeated by
Carsten Ball, AUS and Santiago Gonzales, MEX
 7-5, 3-6, 11-13

Source: Wimbledon.org

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WIMBLEDON DAY 4: Serena Advances Once More - Slow And Steady Just May Win The Race

Thursday, June 23, 2011

American Serena Williams on Day 4 of 2011 Wimbledon Championships
Photos by © AELTC/ J.Buckle

Simona Halep
WIMBLEDON - Though still some way short of her awesome best, the defending champion Serena Williams is safely through to the third round at the 125th Championships following a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory over the 19-year-old Romanian Simona Halep.

Another layer of the rust accumulated during her 49-week absence from the game was shaken off as Williams gradually warmed to her task, converting an erratic start into a rousing finish.
Unusally for a title holder, Williams was required to play outside the two main courts, though the No.2 is of course a show court, and an impressive one at that.

This is the first Wimbledon appearance for Halep, the former Junior Roland Garros champion who stands at No.58 in the world rankings after zooming up more than 100 places in the past year. Though she stands only 5ft 6in she makes up in power and pace what she lacks in height. In the opening set she ran Williams relentlessly from side to side and led 3-1 when the American dropped serve on her ninth unforced error in just four games.

Halep's deep, accurate services kept Williams very much on the back foot until in the seventh game, when Halep took a tumble attempting a sharp turn and damaged her left leg. An extended break ensued while a trainer was summoned to treat the injury and although the teenager eventually resumed, the edge had disappeared from her game and her speed. Still, she clung on to her lead and jumped for joy when she closed out the set after 37 minutes.

Subsequently there was not a lot for Halep to be joyful about. Having seen the warning, Williams duly heeded it, tightened her own game and took control, at one point bellowing "C'mon, fight".

Though she landed only 39% of first serves on target in the second set, Williams won it with ease in 42 minutes, levelling the match with a net cord that dropped dead on the Romanian's side of the net. With Halep now demoralised and unrecognisable as the eager youngster who had started so brightly, the third set was embarrassingly one-sided.

But the better players awaiting Williams deeper into the draw will have noted that she required four match points to wrap up the win and committed 19 unforced errors.

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