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Like the previous three - Jelena Ostapenko, Naomi Osaka and Ashleigh Barty - Andreescu would be lifting a major trophy on her first appearance in the last four of a Slam. The vibe here is like no other sporting event in the world.
Had an amazing US Open, so lucky to be back on court playing a game I love so much. Excited to be in our first grand slam final together!
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My head be hurting. Venus and Serena Williams's impact extends even further beyond inspiring new generations of players - the legends of the game have also opened doors for Black coaches such as Jarmere Jenkins, Serena's hitting partner, and his brother Jermaine, Naomi Osaka's coach, writes Amy Lundy for The Undefeated. The biggest stars of both WTA and ATP Tours are aging champions, and a question mark hangs over how the sport will deal with the retirement of legends such as Serena Williams and Roger Federer - but the rise of teenagers such as Amanda Anisimova, Bianca Andreescu and Coco Gauff is showing the value in leapfrogging the older generation, writes Tumaini Carayol for The Ringer.
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Copy Link. Lee thrills home crowd with Muramatsu win in Taipei K 3 hrs ago. The final showdown: Australia vs. France on Day 1 of the Fed Cup…. Dubai Duty Free. For at least a little while on Thursday, it seemed as if this semifinal also would turn into a match of attrition.
Mission accomplished in just one hour and 10 minutes as Williams saved all six break points she faced and finished with 34 winners to 20 unforced errors.
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By the end of this rout, Svitolina looked dazed and a bit confused. Perhaps that was because Williams did not just blast away: She did a fine job of generating sharp angles with her groundstrokes from the start, preventing Svitolina from camping out behind the baseline and settling into a rhythm. Williams also changed the pace on occasion, hitting drop shots and even, in a very rare move for her, deploying serve-and-volley tactics to save a break point in the first set.
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Let me get back to the baseline! As the match progressed, Williams, confident in her conditioning and quick to the mark, was even beating Svitolina at her own game, winning extended baseline rallies. But the shot that set the tone for Williams was the same stroke that has for more than 20 years: her first serve.
She hit it particularly well against Svitolina, and her average first-serve speed of On the important moments, she steps up, always steps up, always brings her best game. Svitolina was understandably impressed, but the truth — as Williams knows — is that she has not produced her best tennis when she needed it most in the last two seasons. Now, for the fourth time in just 14 months, she has another chance — on the court where she has won six singles titles, the same court where she lost her composure against Osaka a year ago.
Time to take her temperature again on a Saturday, with a Grand Slam trophy glittering nearby.
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It has been Saturdays with Grand Slam titles on the line. Nor has she won any other tennis title since her return. There she was supposed to play the final of the Rogers Cup last month against Williams, who retired with a back injury It has been a phenomenal rise for a player making her first appearance at this tournament.