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Denis Shapovalov announces himself with stunning US Open win v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Posted on 31 August 2017 by admin

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Denis Shapovalou………….remember that name. Only 18 now, he might one day be a super star in the tennis world.

It might be too soon to say he can win this US Open but after his utterly brilliant dismantling of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and considering his placement in a weak bottom half of the draw, the quarter-finals look a very real possibility and from there, who knows?

Light on his feet, with a booming serve, frighteningly unpredictable and dangerous off both wings, Shapovalov is the real deal. 

If back-to-back wins over Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal in Montreal didn’t provide a big enough warning to the ATP Tour, this comprehensive 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7-3) defeat of the eighth seed surely will – the left-hander has everything to reach the top of the sport.

Currenty ranked at 69th in the world, the 18-year-old had only played three Tour-level matches – including an impressive win over Nick Kyrgios as a wildcard in Toronto – ahead of this year and his meeting with Tsonga was only his third Grand Slam main draw match.

And Tsonga suffered a similar fate as those who had gone before him as young Denis Shapovalov made sure his name will be the talk of the town in New York. 

Denis Shapovalov may only be 18 but boy oh boy he is a serious player.


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20-year old Alexander Zverev beats Roger Federer to win 2017 Rogers Cup final

Posted on 14 August 2017 by admin

  • Twenty-year-old wins 10th match in row after victory in Washington.
  • German and Swiss now have five tournament titles this year.

Alexander Zverev kept his winning streak alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Zverev, the winner last week in Washington, posted a 10th straight match victory and ended the 36-year-old Federer’s own winning streak at 16. The German also tied Federer with a fifth tournament victory this year, although Federer’s haul includes two major titles. Zverev also got even for a loss to Federer at Halle in June and leveled their career head-to-head record at two wins each.

Zverev used some sharp groundstrokes to keep Federer from taking control early and got the only service break he needed to win the first set. Zverev escaped a break point at 1-0 in the second set with consecutive aces, then broke a mistake-prone Federerfor a 4-3 lead and served out the match.

Zverev, the youngest Rogers Cup finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2007, was coming off an emotional victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals. Federer missed a chance to tie Ivan Lendl for second place all time with 94 tournament wins. Jimmy Connors leads with 109.

In the doubles final, fifth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 3-6, 10-6.

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina beat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets to win her fifth title of the year and condemn the Dane to a sixth final loss in 2017.

Fifth seed Svitolina won 6-4 6-0 at the Rogers Cup to become the first woman to win three events at the elite Premier 5 level in the same year.

The 22-year-old could become world number one if results go her way at next week's Cincinnati Open.

Wozniacki, seeded sixth, has lost all six finals she has played this year.

"It was a tough day," said the Dane. "She played well. She mixed up the pace and made it uncomfortable for me out there.

"Today, probably I could have used some more pace, but she played really smart today and used my pace to her advantage."

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Canadian Denis Shapovalov dream run ends at Rogers Cup in Montreal

Posted on 11 August 2017 by admin

TORONTO — An unexpected run to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup has rocketed Canada’s newest tennis star up the world rankings.

Denis Shapovalov improved from 143rd to 67th in Monday’s updated ATP singles rankings.

The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., introduced himself to Canada last week with an exhilarating performance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that included a victory over top-seeded Spanish legend Rafael Nadal.

The Canadian lost to fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s semifinals but still pocketed a cool US$220,760 in prize money.

Shapovalov told reporters over the weekend that his "whole life has changed in the past five days."

"I don’t even think I realize it yet," he said. "I mean, it’s a huge jump (in the rankings)."

The main question now is whether the Rogers Cup was a flash in the pan or a sign of bigger things to come.

Zverev, also one of the game’s rising stars, predicted a long rivalry with the Canadian.

"I told him that this is just the first match of very many that we will play against him," said Zverev, currently ranked 10th. "Hopefully a lot of other big matches, maybe in Grand Slams, maybe in finals of tournaments.


By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL.

Friday, August 11, 2017 – 18-year old Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov continued his dream run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal when he overcame Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in three sets to earn a berth in the semi-finals. The 18-year-old Canadian beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Court Central, where Shapovalov has earned legions of supporters this week at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. He first knocked off Juan Martin del Potro, then World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the third round, and Mannarino was the latest established ATP veteran to go down against the spirited left-hander, who's fiery play has created an electric atmosphere on the main court.

Shapovalov, No. 143 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, was already projected to break the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 100. But he's now expected to jump to No. 67.

His semi-final run will also help him surge to third place in the Emirates ATP Race to Milan, which will determine seven of the eight 21-and-under players who compete at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The eighth player will be determined by wild card.

Canadian Tennis Star Denis Shapovalov

Thursday, August 10, 2017. World No.2 – Rafael Nadal was stunned by 18-year old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Montreal, during the Rogers Cup 2017. Fresh from an epic battle with Argentine Martin Del Potro young Shapovalov has now earned entry into the NEXTGEN Club. Immediately following the win over Del Potro, mainstream print media headlines screamed that a "Star is Born".

Remember that name, ladies and gentlemen. Denis Shapovalov is a star! The 18-year-old Canadian upset World No. 2 and top seed in the Rogers Cup in third-round action. 

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov downed former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro on a gusty Wednesday at the men's Rogers Cup. The 18-year-old Shapovalov took the second-round match 6-3, 7-6 (4).

"He's my idol," said Shapovalov of the unseeded Del Potro, who has struggled with injuries since winning the 2009 U.S. Open. "Just to play against him is a huge honour for me.

"But to beat a player of this category, of this talent, is very inspiring for me, a huge confidence boost."

Andy Murray will remain number one for another week after 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov stunned Rafael Nadal at the Rogers Cup.

The top seed needed to reach the semi-finals to replace the injured Murray at the top of the rankings this week but was beaten in a thrilling last-16 tie against the world number 143.

Shapovalov delighted the home crowd late in the night in Montreal as he recorded a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory in two hours 45 minutes. The youngster responded impressively to Nadal easing through the first set to force a decider, where Shapovalov saved three break points before winning an epic 14-minute third game, which included 10 deuces. The pair continued to trade games up until a tie-break, where Nadal saw a 3-0 lead evaporate by the first change of ends.

The teen was 143rd on the ATP ranking heading into the match and is the second-youngest person to defeat Nadal on the Tour—the youngest being Borna Coric back in 2014 as a 17-year-old. Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., is now set to face Adrian Mannarino on Friday, fresh off a win over Milos Raonic, in the quarter-finals. We wish him well.



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England win Women’s World Cup in thrilling finish

Posted on 24 July 2017 by admin


Pic: Reuters

Courtesy: Reuters.

England won their fourth Women's World Cup when Anya Shrubsole took six wickets to clinch a nine-run victory over India amid delirious scenes at a packed Lord's on Sunday.

The home side looked in danger of defeat as India chased down their total of 228-7, but an astonishing spell of seam bowling by England's vice-captain turned the game on its head in the most nail-biting of finishes.

India were coasting on 191-3 when Shrubsole took the key wicket of Poonam Raut, lbw for 86, and the inexperienced middle order collapsed to 219 all out in the 49th over.

Apart from her wickets, Shrubsole also played a key role in the run out of Shikha Pandey, collecting sharply in the covers and throwing back to wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor, when India were still in the game needing 14 off the last three overs.

As a youngster, Shrubsole once watched her father Ian play club cricket at Lord's and she said to play a starring role in England's victory was a dream come true.

"It was an amazing game from start to finish," she said. "It was a fitting final for what has been a great World Cup."

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