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Rybakina removed the first racket – Sviontek folded in the third set. Rome schedule, layouts, grids

Date: February 24, 2024 Time: 09:30:51

On Wednesday, May 17, at the super-tournament in Rome, whose prize pool amounts to almost 11.3 million euros, the first quarterfinal matches in the men’s category and the quarterfinal final in the women’s category were played. so both semifinal pairs were determined. The Russians did not play today, but game day turned out to be very, very interesting. But first things first.

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Results of the ninth day. Wednesday, May 17

In the first meeting of the day, 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and 20-year-old Dane Holger Rune squared off. This match brought, if not a sensation, then a surprise – Rune defeated the starting opponent in three sets, and not without scandal. More about this in our material.

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In the second quarterfinal, the Norwegian Kasper Ruud (4) and the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo (24) faced each other. Ruud turned out to be stronger, winning with a score of 7:6 (7:5), 6:4. In the first men’s semifinal, he will face Rune. In a head-to-head, Holger trails Kasper 0-4, with all previous meetings taking place on clay.

Men. 1/4 final Rune (Denmark, 7) – Djokovic (Serbia, 1) – 6:2, 4:6, 6:2 Ruud (Norway, 4) – F. Serundolo (Argentina, 24) – 7:6 (7:5), 6:4 More.

For the women, the program began with a quarterfinal with the participation of the 2017 Roland Garros champion Elena Ostapenko and the former Spanish world number two Paula Badosa. Ostapenko won in three sets – 6:2, 4:6, 6:3 – and advanced to the semifinals.

In the central match of the day, taken to the night, the 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and the first racket in the world, Iga Sviontek, faced each other. Increasingly, there is talk that these athletes are among the “Big Three” of modern women’s tennis (the third is Arina Sobolenko). Before the reported confrontation, Rybakina, 23, and Sviontek, 21, managed to face each other three times, but not on clay, but on hard. And if in the quarterfinals of Ostrava-2021 Iga celebrated success, then this year Elena was stronger in the 1/8 finals of the Australian Open and in the semifinals of Indian Wells. At the same time, in all three matches, the rivals did not need a third set.

Sviontek assured that he did not pay attention to the statistics of meetings with Rybakina. “I have no thoughts on this. I am sure that I will be well prepared for this meeting. While I’m focused on recovery. I want to treat the next game the same as any other game. It makes no sense to think about past meetings with Elena. They were hard and I know how I felt. I don’t have any expectations. I’m just going to go out there and play to the best of my ability, nothing special”, the ASAP Sport quote.

Rybakina, after reaching the quarterfinals, said that it is always difficult for her in Rome, due to allergies. “Coming here, I didn’t expect much. This is due to the fact that Rome is unfortunately the worst place for me due to my allergies. I am happy to be able to win. Of course, I need to play as many matches as possible to feel more confident at the French Open, ”the WTA press service quotes her.

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In the first set, Rybakina failed to impose a fight on Sviontek. The first four games were for the polka, which in both cases took advantage of the second break point on the reception. Then Elena nevertheless took two games on her serve, but Iga did the same, who eventually won the first game – 6: 2. Throughout the entire set, during which it began to rain, Rybakina did not have a single breaking point.

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In the second set, Sviontek brought Rybakina’s serve to nil in the first game, after which she controlled the course of events for a while, defending her serve and allowing her opponent to do the same. However, Elena, with a score of 4:2 in favor of Iga, broke an unpleasant trend: in the seventh game, she left the break point, and in the eighth she took someone else’s serve, making her first break point. at the match. – 4:4. In the ninth game, Rybakina saved three break points, and in the 11th, already with the score 5:5, two more. In the tiebreaker, Elena performed more efficiently – 7:3!

Before the start of the decisive match, Swiatek took a medical break. Explaining to the doctor what had happened, the Pole almost cried and was taken to the rooms below the stands, where they bandaged the back of her thigh. In the third set, the tennis players drew two games, after which Sviontek withdrew; after all, the damage was felt. The final score of the match is 2:6, 7:6 (7:3), 2:2 (rejection) in favor of Rybakina.

Thus, in women, the second semifinal couple was Ostapenko and Rybakina. In the first semifinal, we remember, the Russian Veronika Kudermetova (11) and the Ukrainian Angelina Kalinina (30) will play.

Women. 1/4 final Ostapenko (Latvia, 20) – Badosa (Spain) – 6:2, 4:6, 6:3 Rybakina (Kazakhstan, 7) – Sviontek (Poland, 1) – 2:6, 7:6 (7:3), 2:2 (rejection) More.

Schedule of the day 10. Interesting matches Thursday, May 18

The women will rest on this day, and the men will play the remaining quarterfinals. World number three Daniil Medvedev and German sensation Yannick Hanfman will be the first to enter the pitch – the world number 101 entered the main draw via qualifying. In the second round, the 31-year-old Hanfman defeated Taylor Fritz (9), and in the fourth round he stopped Andrey Rublev (6). Will Medvedev be able to avenge his compatriot? This will be the first head-to-head match between Daniil and Yannick.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) and Borna Coric (15) will meet in the last quarterfinals. Tsitsipas is seen as the favourite, but in personal meetings, oddly enough, the advantage is on Coric’s side: 3-2.

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