Friday, 21 July 2017

Tennis all over Europe

Yes the great weeks of Wimbledon are over and the champions have been celebrated, but the tours don't stop and the past week has seen five tournaments played.
ATP events have progressed in Newport, Umag and Bastad.
WTA events decided in Bucharest and Gstaad.

In Newport Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden has reached the semi finals, a second round win over sixth seed Lukas Lacko impressive.  He will meet unseeded German Peter Gojowczyk who knocked out second seed Ivo Karlovic in the quarter finals.

Other quarter finals are:

John Isner (1) v Dennis Novikov
Pierre-Hugues Herbert v Bjorn Fratangelo 

Quarter finals in Umag are:

David Goffin (1) v Ivan Dodig
Fabio Fognini (3) v Andrey Rublev
Jiri Vesely (8) v Paolo Lorenzi (4)
Alessandro Giannessi v Rogerio Dutra Silva

Dutra Silva upset top seed Gael Monfils in the second round after Monfils had a first round bye.

In Bastad, the Pablos have been defeated early.  Top seed Pablo Carreno Busta was ousted after an opening bye, retiring in the third set against Andrey Kuznetsov.
Third seed Pablo Cuevas also lost after an opening bye, his conqueror Henri Laaksonen.

Quarter finals:

Andrey Kuznetsov v Diego Schwartzman (7)
Karen Khachanov (5) v Alexandr Dolgopolov
David Ferrer (8) v Henri Laaksonen
Fernando Verdasco (6) v Albert Ramos-Vinolas (2)

Most of the seeds have survived to the quarter finals in Bucharest:

Anastasija Sevastova (1) v Ana Bogdan
Julia Goerges (3) v Alexandra Dulgheru
Irina-Camelia Begu (7) v Pauline Parmentier
Tatjana Maria (8) v Carla Suarez Navarro (2)

Top seed Caroline Garcia was toppled by Tereza Martincova, ranked 140, in the second round of the Gstaad tournament.
Garcia was one of four seeds not to reach the quarters.

Second seed Kiki Bertens has made the semi final where she will play 97th ranked Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Remaining quarter finals:

Tereza Martincova v Antonia Lottner
Anett Kontaveit (3) v Carina Witthoeft (6)

As can be seen, all of the top ten players in the world and most of the top twenty have taken a break after Wimbledon but soon thoughts will turn to the American hard court season and back to the courts the very best will return.

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