Andreescu’s 3-year title drought prolonged at Wimbledon tune-up in Germany


Caroline Garcia received her first tour title in three years after getting back from a set and a break right down to beat 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday within the ultimate of the Unhealthy Homburg Open in Germany.

Andreescu was on the lookout for her first title since beating Serena Williams within the 2019 ultimate at Flushing Meadows earlier than accidents pressured her to overlook the complete 2020 season.

“I am very glad. It has been a few tough years however, you realize, I am placing within the work and on to the subsequent. I am excited for Wimbledon,” stated Andreescu, who grew to become visibly emotional whereas thanking her workforce. “You guys caught with me via the hardest moments and that is all anybody might ever ask for.”

Andreescu has drawn Zhang Shuai of China within the first spherical of Wimbledon subsequent week. Garcia has Yuriko Miyazaki of Britain for her opener.

WATCH | Andreescu falls to Garcia in Unhealthy Homburg ultimate:

Andreescu falls to Garcia in Unhealthy Homburg ultimate

France’s Caroline Garcia battled previous Canadian Bianca Andreescu to win 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Germany on Saturday.

Garcia took a medical timeout for what appeared to be a shoulder drawback early within the second set. She then went 4-2 down earlier than successful 10 of the subsequent 14 video games to seal the match forward of the beginning of Wimbledon on Monday.

“It was a struggle [for] each level from the primary to the final one,” Garcia stated.

Garcia is 8-3 in profession finals however her final title was virtually precisely three years in the past in Nottingham within the build-up to the 2019 Wimbledon event.

WATCH | Canadian tennis star Andreescu solutions questions from children: 

Bianca Andreescu solutions questions from children

Canadian tennis champ Bianca Andreescu solutions questions and presents a couple of phrases of recommendation to younger athletes from the Ontario Racquet Membership in Mississauga.

Kvitova captures Eastbourne title

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova tuned up for the Grand Slam event by overpowering Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 to win the Eastbourne title on Saturday in England.

The 14th-seeded Kvitova earned her first grass-court title in 4 years — and twenty ninth trophy of her singles profession general – after breaking Ostapenko, the defending champion, early in each units and feasting on the Latvian’s second serve.

Kvitova saved 5 break factors within the fourth sport of the second set to remain in command of the match at 3-1.

“Enjoying on the grass could be very particular for me each time,” the 32-year-old Czech participant stated in her on-court interview. “It is the most effective preparation for Wimbledon, as effectively.”

Kvitova, the Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014, performs Tuesday on the All England Membership in a first-round match in opposition to Jasmine Paolini of Italy.

She is now 5-1 in grass-court finals in her profession. Her most up-to-date title on grass had been Birmingham in 2018.

Injured Keys, Coric out of Wimbledon

Madison Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up, and Borna Coric withdrew from Wimbledon on Saturday due to accidents.

The event begins Monday.

Keys, an American who was seeded nineteenth on the All England Membership, pulled out due to a harm stomach muscle.

She was changed within the subject by Coco Vandeweghe, twice a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon and twice a semifinalist at different Grand Slam tournaments, who misplaced in qualifying this week. Vandeweghe’s first-round opponent shall be No. 17 seed Elena Rybakina.

“This is not what I hoped to say a couple of days earlier than @Wimbledon, however sadly I’ve to withdraw as a consequence of an stomach harm,” world quantity 24 Keys tweeted.

“I am so upset, however my well being comes first and my physique wants time to get again to 100%. A lot of love London followers. See you subsequent yr.”

Former world No. 7 Keys received her first title since 2019 on the Adelaide WTA event in January earlier than reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open.

She was defeated within the French Open fourth spherical by Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova.

Coric is a Croatian who received into the sphere due to a protected rating as a result of he has been injured. He cited a shoulder drawback for his withdrawal.

He was drawn to face No. 12 seed Diego Schwartzman and that spot shall be crammed by an as-yet-unannounced participant who misplaced in qualifying.

Jaeger: Sexually harassed ‘at the least 30 instances’

Former teenage tennis phenom Andrea Jaeger stated she was sexually harassed “at the least 30 instances” by a feminine Ladies’s Tennis Affiliation employees member through the Eighties.

Jaeger, now 57, additionally instructed The Impartial she additionally was unknowingly served alcohol when she was 16 by a distinct employees member, who drove her residence and tried to kiss her.

The 2-time Grand Slam finalist was on the tour from ages 14 to 19 and was ranked as excessive as No. 2 on the earth in 1981. Regardless of her success, she stated she made it a behavior to keep away from WTA officers at tournaments throughout her 5 years on tour. Jaeger stated a lot of the harassment occurred in locker rooms.

“I would change in transportable bathrooms or a rest room stall as a result of I did not wish to cope with the feedback, the curiosity or actions of individuals,” Jaeger stated, in line with The Impartial. “I had at the least 30 incidents with one particular non-playing employees member, bodily makes an attempt all within the locker room very, very early in my profession. That specific non-playing employees worker had a serious subject conserving her fingers to herself.

“I prevented being in coaching rooms alone as a result of an strategy was made on me there as effectively.”

Jaeger stated she was served a number of alcoholic drinks following the 1982 WTA Championships and commenced to get fuzzy. An official drove her residence.

“After we received to my rental, she walked me to the door and tried one thing on with me,” Jaeger stated. “She was attempting to kiss me. I used to be so sickened that I used to be crawling up the steps inside attempting to not throw up so my dad would not see me.”

Jaeger stated she complained to WTA officers after the incident and was threatened with reprisals.

She received 10 profession titles earlier than retiring at age 19 as a consequence of a shoulder harm.


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