Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Thursday round up

Tennis: Defending champ Robin Haase makes semifinals at Austrian tournamentOver at the Bet-at-home cup in Austria the semi finals has already been decided. Granollers beat Argentinas Leonardo Mayer 63 61 to face unseeded Robin Hasse. Hasse had a great hard fought quarter final win over third seed Fernando Verdasco 46 64 63. In the other semi final second seed Juan Monacos 62 36 64 victory over Spain's Gemeno-traver has given him a semi final showdown against 7th seed Albert Montanes. Montanes beat surprised wild card quarter finalist Dominic Thiem 64 63.


The British are doing well at the Vancover Open (Challenger and ITF $100,000). British number 3 Dan Evans produced a excellent first round 36 64 64 win over top seed and world 84 Donsky followed by a second round win over Israel’s Weintraub in another 3 setter. James ward won 46 63 75 in his first round match aha isn't Ireland's james McGee (second round match yet to be played). In the women's section emulating Evans, Joanna Konta had a brilliant 76 64 win over top seed Hsieh Su-Wei. Up next for Konta is fellow Brit qualifier Jade Windley. Sam Murray is also in the second roud following her 61 64 victory in a all British class against Naomi Broady.

Martina Hingis, pictured, and Daniela Hantuchova won their opening doubles match in Carlsbad (AP)Martina Hingis enjoyed a fantastic return to the WTA tour winning 61 61 with Daniela Hantuchova in the first round of doubles at Carlsnad. Hingis has however cool down talk of a return to the singles for the moment.

John Isner, Mardy Fish and Bernard Tomic defends tennis from the recent drugs controversies. 

Jo-Wilfried tsonga has pulled out of next weeks rogers cup as he continues to get over his knee injury. The Frenchman isn't the only withdrawal. Maria Sharapova hip injury recovery has also forced her to pull out of next weeks tournament.

CNN has done a excellent profile of Japan's Nishikori and the hysteria he faces back in his home country. Nishikori is Japan's greatest male tennis player so far according to statistics.

Social networking sites for tennis players, good or bad for their motivation? A article on tennisworldusa brings in a interesting perspective.

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