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Lleyton Hewitt has made it clear that this is not the last time that he is going to participate in the Australian Open.
Hewitt has not been at his best in the last few years and with him not getting any younger, there had been talks that this could be his last appearance in the Australian Open, but, the 32 years old veteran has denied all that.
Hewitt is believed to have put in a lot of effort to improve his fitness in the last few weeks and according to him, he is determined to do well in the Grand Slams and in the Davis Cup next season.
Talking to the reporters recently, Hewitt said, “It’s not going to be my last Australian Open. I am feeling good about my game at the moment and I have no plans of quitting.”
Hewitt will start the upcoming season by participating in the Brisbane International Tennis tournament. He might have to face one of the greatest players of all time Roger Federer at some stage in that tournament.
When asked about that, the Australian superstar said, “Roger is a quality player and he is one of those guys whom you don’t prefer to face especially at the start of a tournament. He is one of the greats of the game.”
During the last season, Hewitt had put up good performances in patches. He wasn’t consistent enough, but, he had got better of some players who are quite high in the world rankings and he believes that those wins have given him a huge amount of self belief.
Hewitt said, “To defeat Juan and Stanislas who are two of the top 10 players in the world, it has certainly boosted my confidence.”
Hewitt has so far won a couple of Grand Slam singles titles in his career.
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Andy Murray’s countrywoman, Laura Robson, will take on the Czech player Petra Kvitova in the second round of the ongoing Southern California Open.
Robson entered the second round with a tough win over the Japanese player Ayumi Morita. She was down by a set in that match, but, she showed great fighting spirit and eventually, managed to come on top.
This has been a great season for Robson so far. She has defeated some very good players off late and as a result, her world ranking has improved significantly. She wasn’t even in top 50 at the start of the season and at the moment she is at no. 32.
Even in the most recently played Grand Slam i.e. Wimbledon Championships, Robson had managed to make her way into the pre quarter final round where she got beaten by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.
Kvitova, on the other hand, is way ahead of Robson as far as the ranking is concerned. She is currently ranked 7th in the world. She got a bye in the opening round. So, it’s going to be her first match in the event.
This hasn’t been a fruitful season so far for Kvitova. She has made a couple of quarter final appearances, but, she hasn’t played up to her potential at all and she herself would be aware of that.
In the Wimbledon Championships also, Kvitova’s performance was below par as she lost to a lower ranked Belgian player in the quarter finals.
Kvitova has played a total of 46 matches this season out of which she has won 31 and has lost 15.
Robson and Kvitova have played against each other once before and that match was surprisingly won by Robson. It was in the second round of the Australian Open this year. Kvitova would surely be looking to avenge that loss.
Agnieszka Radwanska has made it to the final 8 of the ongoing Korea Open by securing win over Estrella Cabeza of Spain. Radwanska won the match in the straight sets by 6-2, 6-1.
Radwanska is the top seeded player in this tournament and she was supposed to pull off this game easily. The Polish player did live up to the expectations and knocked out her opponent by playing some fabulous tennis. The match was over in just about an hour. Continue reading →
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Lleyton Hewitt has cruised into the final 4 of the ongoing BB&T Atlanta Open by defeating Ivan Dodig of Croatia. Hewitt won the match in three sets by 1-6, 6-3, 6-0.
Hewitt was not looking in good touch at the start and he was completely outclassed in the opening set. But, the Aussie star fought back after that and clinched the next two sets in style to win the contest.
In the post match interview, Hewitt said, “It was tough for me at the start. He was serving really well and was also spot on with his return shots. He had certainly got me under pressure.”
“However, I am glad that I managed to battle it out. It feels good to be in the semi finals. Hopefully, I will keep going well in the next match as well.”
In the opening set, Dodig began with a bang. With breakthroughs in the 2nd and the 4th game, he won the first 5 games in a row. Hewitt held his serve for the first time in the set in the 6th game to make the score 5-1, but, that was too little, too late. Another serve hold by the Croatian player in the 7th game sealed the set in his favour.
In the second set, both the players held their serve in the first 7 games and Hewitt was leading by 4-3 when the 7th game ended.
The Australian player sneaked a breakthrough in the 8th game and then, by winning his next service game, he clinched the set.
In the decider, Hewitt was at his peak. With some high quality shots, he made his opponent look ordinary. He secured a bagel and won the contest.
In the semi final round, Hewitt will take on the winner of the match between James Blake and John Isner.