Offbeat Tennis - WTA - Sydney: Garcia and Dodin stop there, Kasatkina offers Muguruza
Tennis Star Novak Djokovic Held in Guarded Room in Australia After Reported Visa Mix-Up
Djokovic announced Tuesday that he had received a medical exemption to COVID vaccine requirements that would allow him to play in the upcoming Australian Open. © Juan Naharro/Getty Images for Lexus Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand against Marin Cilic of Croatia during the Davis Cup Semi Final match between Croatia and Serbia at Madrid Arena pavilion Monday in Madrid, Spain. Djokovic is reportedly being held in a room without being allowed to leave while an issue with his visa and a COVID vaccine medical exemption is figured out.
Océane Dodin and Caroline Garcia will not go further to Sydney. The first was reversed in three sets by the Swiss Belinda Bencic during a match counting for the 8mes de finale interrupted the day before by the rain. The second, she did not exist against Barbora Krejcikova in the quarterfinals. Elimination also of the world issue 3 Garbine Muguruza, surprised by Daria Kasatkina.
The Sydney tournament will continue without a French player. Océane Dodin and Caroline Garcia have both left the chart on Thursday. The Nordist had seen his eighth finals against Belinda Bencic interrupted the day before by the rain while she had easily won the first set and was conducted 6-5 in the second. Thursday, the two players returned to the court to finish this meeting and this time, the 23rd in the ranking did not leave much luck to our representative, reversed in three sleeves (2-6, 7-5, 6-3 ) End of course also for Garcia, slapped at the gates of the semi-finals by one of the favorites of the Tournament La Czech Barbora Krejcikova.
Djokovic's detention becomes political issue in Australia
SYDNEY (AP) — On a tennis court, Novak Djokovic’s timing is perfect. But when he arrived in Australia to play the first Grand Slam of the year holding documents allowing him to enter the country without a COVID-19 vaccine, his timing hardly could have been worse. When Djokovic landed in Melbourne on Wednesday he found himself in a city beset by surging virus cases. Border officials rejected Djokovic’s documentation, cancelled his visa and ordered him out of the country in a move that many Australians cheered. The tennis star's outspoken opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine struck a wrong note in a city where 92% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated.
Muguruza at La Trappe
The world number 4 left only two games (6-0, 6-2) to the French, quoted from entry on a terrible 6-0. The laureate of the last Roland-Garros will be opposed Friday to Estonian Anett Kontaveit , which took advantage of the abandonment of Jabeur on the first set. The second semifinal will see another head of the Spanish Paula Badosa (n ° 5), victorious in the pain of Swiss Belinda Bencic (7-6, 3-6, 6-3), rubbing in Daria Kasatkina. The organizers had probably bet on a duel between Spanish players with Badosa against Garbine Muguruza (n ° 2), but the world number 3 has drunk the cup this Thursday against Russian classified on the 26th world rank.
Sydney (Australia, WTA 500, Hard Exterior, 619 270 €)
Title Honing (in 2019): Petra Kvitova (RTC)
Australia PM Says 'No One is Above' Rules Amid Novak Djokovic's Detainment Over COVID Jab
The tennis star's detainment comes as Melbourne, where the Australian Open is held, is experiencing a massive surge in COVID cases.Djokovic, who has denied confirming whether or not he has received the COVID-19 vaccine, was detained by immigration authorities on Thursday. The Serbian tennis player was originally allowed to attend the Australian Open through an exemption given by the Victoria state government and Tennis Australia. However, that exemption and his visa were canceled upon his arrival to the country on Wednesday.
Krejcikova (RTC, N ° 3) - Kontaveit (East, N ° 4 )
Badosa (ESP, N ° 5) - Kasatkina (RUS)
quarter finalsKrejcikova (RTC, N ° 3) Bat Garcia (FRA): 6-0, 6-2
Kontaveit (East, N ° 4 ) Bat Jabeur (Tun, N ° 7): 6-4, Abandon
Badosa (ESP, N ° 5) Batt Bencic (SUI): 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-3
Kasatkina ( RUS) BAT Muguruza (ESP, N ° 2): 6-4, 6-4
Final 16th K4 Krejcikova (RTC, N ° 3) Bat Cristian (Rou): 6-1, 7-5
Garcia ( FRA) Bat Rybakina (Kaz, N ° 9): Package
Kontaveit (East, N ° 4) Bat Ruse (Rou, Q): 6-3, 6-1
Jabeur (Tun, N ° 7) BAT Kvitova (RTC): 6-4, 6-4
Badosa (ESP, N ° 5) Bat Tomljanovic (AUS): 6-3, 6-4
Bencic (SUI) Bat Dodin (FRA, Q): 2 -6, 7-5, 6-3
KASATKINA (RUS) BAT MERTENS (CEL): 6-3, 6-4
MUGURUZA (ESP, N ° 2) BAT ALEXANDROVA (RUS): 6-1, 7 -6 (4)
Krejcikova (RTC, N ° 3) - Bye
Cristian (ROU ) beats Hon (AUS, WC): 7-6 (5), 7-5
Garcia (FRA) Bat Pegula (USA): 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Rybakina (Kaz, N ° 9 ) bat Rucanu (GBR): 6-0, 6-1
Kontaveit (East, N ° 4) Bat S.Zhang (CHN): 6-3, 6-3
cunning (Rou, Q) Bat Frech (POL, Q): 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
KVITOVA (RTC) BAT RUS (PBS): 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5
Jabeur (TUN, N ° 7) BAT SHARMA (AUS, WC): 6-1, 6-3
BADOSA (ESP, N ° 5) BAT OSTApenko (Let): 7-6 (1), 6-1
TOMLJANOVIC (AUS) BAT SCHMIEDLOVA (SLQ, Q): 6-2, 6-3
DODIN (FRA, Q) BAT OLMOS (Mex, Q): 6-4, 6-1
Bencic (SUI) BAT HADDAD MAIA (BRE, Q): 6-3, 6-2
Kasatkina (RUS) BAT KENIN (USA, N ° 8): 6-4, 6-0
MERTENS (CEL) BAT FERRO (FRA, Q): 6-2 , 7-6 (5)
Alexandrova (RUS) Bat Shibahara (Jap, Q): 6-4, 6-2
Muguruza (ESP, N ° 2) - BYE
Mailbag: Who's the Men's Singles Favorite Now? .
Plus: the Djokovic aftermath, ESPN+ complaints and analysis of Garbine Muguruza's chancesWednesday is Mailbag Day. So let’s go to the ‘Bag. Lots of Djokovic questions so we’ll try and get through as many topics as we can….