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Duckworth advances to first ATP ultimate in Nur-Sultan

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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, 25 September 2021 | Leigh Rogers

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James Duckworth has continued his unbelievable successful run to advance to a primary ATP singles ultimate.

The 29-year-old Australian scored a 6-3 7-6(4) victory towards Belarusian Ilya Ivashka within the semifinals at an ATP 250 match in Nur-Sultan.

Duckworth struck 5 aces and saved 5 of the six break factors he confronted towards the world No.52 within the two-hour and two-minute battle.

“I’m actually excited,” mentioned Duckworth. “I’m thrilled. It was a extremely robust match. Ilya has been enjoying some nice tennis this 12 months. We have now performed twice already this 12 months, each occasions went to 3 units.

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“I knew it was going to be actually tough however I managed to win that second set in a tiebreak. It was a really shut set that would have gone both means. I feel I performed the large factors nicely.”

It extends the world No.65’s present successful streak to 9 matches – and he has now received 13 of his previous 16 matches.

Duckworth faces world No.82 Soonwoo Kwon within the ultimate, his first profession assembly with the 23-year-old South Korean.

“I’m simply going to recuperate the very best I can and are available out tomorrow and see what occurs,” mentioned Duckworth, who’s but to lose a set this week.

He’s the third Australian to progress to an ATP-level singles ultimate this season, following Alex de Minaur (Antalya in January, Eastbourne in June) and Alexei Popyrin (Singapore in February).

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Aussies in motion – Nur-Sultan

RESULTS
Males’s singles, semifinals
James Duckworth (AUS) d [8] Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 6-3 7-6(4)

COMING UP
Males’s singles, ultimate
James Duckworth (AUS) v Soonwoo Kwon (KOR)

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Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur Turns into First Arab Tennis Participant To Attain High 10

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Ons Jabeur of Tunisia broke into the world’s prime 10 in ladies’s WTA rankings.© AFP

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur grew to become the primary Arab tennis participant to interrupt into the world’s prime 10 on Monday, whereas Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa gained 14 locations within the newest WTA rankings. Jabeur, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist earlier from this 12 months, was overwhelmed by Spain’s Badosa within the Indian Wells semi-finals final Friday. Earlier than the match, 14th place was the best achieved by Arab gamers, a file which was collectively held by Jabeur and former Moroccan tennis star Younes El Aynaoui.

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The 23-year-old Badosa, who beat Victoria Azarenka in Saturday’s closing in California, began the 12 months because the world quantity 70 however has now climbed to thirteenth.

4-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka moved up two locations and again into the highest 10 regardless of not enjoying final week.

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WTA prime 20:

1. Ashleigh Barty, 2. Aryna Sabalenka, 3. Karolina Pliskova, 4. Barbora Krejcikova, 5. Garbine Muguruza, 6. Elina Svitolina, 7. Maria Sakkari, 8. Ons Jabeur, 9. Belinda Bencic, 10. Naomi Osaka, 11. Iga Swiatek, 12. Angelique Kerber, 13. Paula Badosa, 14. Sofia Kenin, 15. Petra Kvitova, 16. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 17. Elena Rybakina, 18. Elise Mertens, 19. Simona Halep, 20. Anett Kontaveit

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Andy Murray’s footwear and wedding ceremony ring stolen forward of match at BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells

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Andy Murray is aware of precisely how painful double faults are on the tennis court docket, and this week the Scottish star discovered they’re simply as painful off the court docket. A thief took Murray’s tennis footwear forward of his BNP Paribas opening match, and the pair got here with one thing additional: Murray’s wedding ceremony ring. 

In a Thursday Instagram put up, Murray detailed how he misplaced his footwear and ring then pleaded for assist in discovering them. Murray — who married Kim Sears in 2015 — mentioned he left his footwear exterior to air out as they’d gotten “damp, sweaty and smelly” from a follow session earlier within the day. His wedding ceremony ring was tied to the laces as a result of he cannot play with it on. 

As a result of Murray’s California lodge room did not have a balcony, he determined to depart the footwear beneath his automotive in a single day. They had been passed by the morning. When Murray returned to follow with a brand new set of footwear from a neighborhood professional store, somebody requested the place his wedding ceremony ring was — prompting Murray’s “oh no” feeling to sink in. 

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“Sure I do know I am an fool and in hindsight it looks like a horrible thought,” Murray, 34, wrote on Instagram, “however I would like some assist.”

“Evidently I am within the dangerous books at residence so I need to try to discover it,” he added within the video. 

Murray, the world’s 121st-ranked participant, will compete in opposition to world No. 51 Adrian Mannarino within the opening spherical of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. His Southern California expertise has been tough thus far, so Murray is hoping for a turnaround by then. 

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ATP Investigates Alexander Zverev Home Abuse Allegations

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Final yr former junior participant Olga Sharypova accused Alexander Zverev of bodily and emotional abuse.© Instagram

Tennis Tour chiefs stated on Monday they’d launched an investigation into home abuse allegations in opposition to Olympic champion Alexander Zverev made by his former girlfriend. Final yr former junior participant Olga Sharypova accused the German world quantity 4 of bodily and emotional abuse, claims rejected by Zverev. Extra particulars of her claims have been revealed in a narrative by on-line journal Slate in August, prompting Zverev, 24, to difficulty an announcement wherein he “categorically and unequivocally” denied abusing Sharypova. He additionally launched authorized proceedings.

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One of many allegations referred to a purported assault throughout the Shanghai Masters in 2019.

The ATP, the governing physique for the lads’s skilled tennis circuits, stated it had launched a probe.

“An inside investigation into allegations regarding Alexander Zverev on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion in Shanghai in 2019 is at present underneath means,” the ATP stated in an announcement.

“The ATP totally condemns any type of violence or abuse and can examine such allegations associated to conduct at an ATP member event.”

ATP CEO Massimo Calvelli stated: “The allegations raised in opposition to Alexander Zverev are critical and we’ve got a duty to deal with them.

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“We hope our investigation will enable us to determine the details and decide applicable follow-up motion. We perceive Zverev welcomes our investigation and acknowledge that he has denied all allegations.

“We may also be monitoring any additional authorized developments following the preliminary injunction obtained by Zverev within the German courts.”

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The ATP doesn’t at present have a home violence coverage to match these in place in some sports activities leagues, however introduced on Monday an unbiased report into safeguarding had been accomplished that features numerous suggestions.

It stated it might examine the report and would develop a safeguarding technique regarding all issues of abuse, together with home violence.

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