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Norrie offers Evans to San Diego
© Provided by Sports.co.uk Tennis - ATP - San Diego: Norrie Domine Evans Dan Evans failed to enforce the hierarchy. In a 100% British duel, the number 8 series of the ATP tournament of San Diego has fallen into two rounds against its compatriot Cameron Norrie . The world's 22nd, after making the entrance break, however, had two first-hand bullets without converting them. In the stride, the 28th at the ATP ranking has recollated to take his opponent to the decisive game.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Cameron Norrie routed 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open and extend the best season of his career.
Norrie needed just 73 minutes to dismantle Schwartzman, who finally held serve to open the second set, drawing cheers from the small crowd at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, where attendance has been capped at well below capacity because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“For my biggest match of my career to play like I did and execute like I did was the biggest thing that I'm most happy with,” Norrie said.
Tennis - ATP - San Diego: Ruud crushes Norrie and wins his sixth Title
© Panoramic Ruud 021021 Winner of the first five tournaments of his career on clay, the Norwegian Casper Ruud (22, 10th) won his first Title on hard this Sunday in San Diego, crushing Cameron Norrie in the final (6-2, 6-0). Casper Ruud and Cameron Norrie both have their fifth final of the season, this Sunday at the brand new tournament of San Diego, added to the ATP calendar to allow the players to prepare the Indian Wells Masters 1000 which will begin in the middle of this week.
No. 12 seed Ons Jabeur advanced to the semifinals with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Anett Kontaveit that will move the 27-year-old Tunisian into the world's top 10 for the first time next week. She's projected to be No. 8, but could rise as high as No. 5 by winning the tournament.
“Feels amazing,” Jabeur said. “We’ve been working hard for years. The end of last season I said I wanted to be in top 10. It means a lot, but we’re not going to stop here and go further hopefully.”
Jabeur, runner-up in Chicago recently, won her WTA Tour-leading 48th match of the year.
“I’m proving more things and now that I’m a top-10 player, I need to be more solid,” she said.
Jabeur beat Kontaveit for the third time in four career meetings. Since losing in three sets to Jabeur at Cincinnati in August, Kontaveit had won 16 of 17 matches, including 14 in straight sets, while claiming two titles.
Tennis - ATP - Indian Wells: McDonald for Medvedev, Taberner for Rubev
© Panoramic Medvedev-USOpen-0100921 No head-of-series disputes the first round of Indian Wells Masters 1000, but he made it possible to determine the first opponent of cadats. Thus, Daniil Medvedev, Series No. 1, will challenge Mackenzie McDonald (26, 57th), which he has already beaten four times, while Andrey Rubicv, head of Series # 4, will face Carlos Taberner (24 years old , 116th) for the first time.
Angelique Kerber, the 2019 runner-up and highest remaining seed at No. 10, lost to 21st-seeded Paula Badosa 6-4, 7-5.
Badosa beat 15th-seeded Coco Gauff in three sets and No. 3 Barbora Krejcikova in straight sets on her way to playing Jabeur in the semifinals on Friday. The other semi pits Victoria Azarenka against Jelena Ostapenko.
“Why not get the title here?” Jabeur said.
Schwartzman earned his only break of the match to tie it 2-all in the second. Norrie ran off the final four games to move into a semifinal against 23rd-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who beat No. 8 Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Schwartzman’s serve deserted him under cloudless skies. He won 13 of 27 points on his first serve, and just 3 of 19 on his second serve to go with four double faults.
Hurkacz dropped a set for the first time in the tournament, losing on a let cord. Dimitrov held up both hands in a gesture of apology.
Hurkacz trailed 5-2 in the third before winning three straight games to tie at 5-all. He held at 6-all to force the tiebreak. But he appeared exhausted at that point, committing unforced errors on the final three points to lose.
Kim Clijsters loses in three sets in first round at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Kim Clijsters hit another detour in her comeback to pro tennis, losing in three sets in her first-round match Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open. She was beaten 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 by Katerina Siniakova, a three-time major doubles champion from Czech Republic. Siniakova teamed with countrywoman Barbora Krejcikova to win a gold medal in doubles at the Tokyo Olympics. Clijsters, a 38-year-old Hall of Famer, also lost in the first round at the WTA Tour stop in Chicago last week. The four-time major champion and mother of three originally came back last year, but her attempt was interrupted by knee surgery last October and a bout with COVID-19 in January.
“I was clearly not at my strongest, but I felt throughout the whole time I was able to do something with the ball even when I was tired,” Dimitrov said. “That really made a big difference.”
Norrie won his career-best 45th match of the year against 20 losses in reaching his first Masters 1000 semi. He'll become the No. 1 player in Britain in next week's rankings.
“It was never really a goal of mine, but it's definitely a great bonus to be British No. 1,” Norrie said. “I want to keep pushing. I've got a lot of things to improve on.”
In quarterfinal matchups Friday, No. 2 Stefanos Tsitsipas plays Nikoloz Basilashvili and No. 3 Alexander Zverev faces Taylor Fritz. Tsitsipas and Zverev are the highest seeds remaining in the men's draw after Dmitrov beat Daniil Medvedev, the top seed and U.S. Open champion.
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Beth Harris, The Associated Press
Tennis - ATP - Vienna: Ruud, Norrie and Auger-Aliasime pass the first round .
© Panoramic Cameron Norrie This Tuesday, the Norwegian Casper Ruud validated his ticket for the second round of the Vienna ATP tournament. It also goes for the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliasime and for the British Cameron Norrie. Casper Ruud eventually had the last word. On Tuesday, Norwegian, 8th World Player and Series No.