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Andalusian 2017 Under 12 Doubles Champions

In a great weekend of tennis, Jeanine Barcia and Paula Moreno triumphed to become this year’s Andalusian Under 12 Doubles Champions.

This was how the weekend unfolded:

The Quarter-final, Saturday 18th

On Saturday, Jeannie and her partner Paula have an emphatic win, overcoming their opponents in straight sets: 6-0, 6-0.

The Semi-final, Sunday morning 19th

Early Sunday morning, their opponents for the semi-final were Laura Villanueva and Udvardy Luca. Both Laura and Udvardy are strong players with a good reputation, so this was always going to be a hard match. Jeannie’s Marbella tennis coach, her dad Orlando Barcia, was looking on nervously.

However, once the match started Jeannie is showing a lot of confidence, hitting strong forehand and backhand shots. Her partner, Paula, is also playing very well, consistently keeping the ball in play. This helps Jeannie to take advantage, and with great down-the -line and passing shots, they take the first set 6-1.

At the start of the second set their opponents are playing very well hitting strong forehands and the match gets exciting and really comes alive. Even with the rule of single point deuces (sudden death at 40 all), the games were long and hard, sometimes lasting 10 minutes long. In a great match, eventually, Jeannie and Paula triumphed 6-1, 6-4.

The Final, Sunday evening 19th

The final match was against the tournament number one favourites, Claudia Camuñes and Christina Mateos, these two players are the number one under 12 doubles players in Seville. The outcome of the final was a big surprise as Jeannie and Paula played very well from the start with some very strong stroke play. The top favourites couldn’t recover to fight back and Jeannie and Paula  pulled of an exciting win to take the championship. The final score was 6-1,6-1.

Rafael Withdraws from the ATP World Tour Finals

This week Rafael Nadal was one of the world’s best ranked eight players competing for the end of season Tour Finals at London’s O2 arena. With Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic absent, Rafael joined Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, and David Goffin.

However, after losing his opening match against David Goffin, Rafael withdrew on Monday night ending his season complaining of a persistent knee injury. Now that Rafael is absent from the mix, Roger Federer becomes the headline act at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Federer, looking for his Tour Finals title, got off to a winning start by defeating the America Jack Sock in straight sets on the opening day. Each player plays three group matches with the top four advancing to the semi-finals.

Federer Catching Nadal in the ATP Rankings

Following his victory over Rafael Nadel on Sunday, Roger Federer has renewed his chances of catching Rafael in the ATP world rankings and finishing the year as the world number one.

Federer’s win was the 94th title of his long career and surprisingly one-sided in two straight sets. The final result was 6-4, 6-3.

ATP Rankings - 16th October 2017

PlayerPointsRanking
Rafa Nadal10,4651
Roger Federer8,5052
Andy Murray5,2903
Marin Čilić4,5054
Alexander Zverev Jr4,4005

Jeannie – A double champion

In great form over the last two weeks, Jeannie has won two tournaments.

Sunday 1st October – Estepona Tennis Club

Jeannie became champion in the under 14 age group. In the final match, her opponent was Hermine Kosich, who put up a great fight.

During the first set, Hermine used her forehand with power and effect and Jeannie lost the set 5-7. However, in the second set Jeannie started to find her big forehand and was also successful with many backhand passing shots; she won the second set 6-2. With the match evenly balanced the championship had to be decided by a 10 point super tie break. In the tie break, Jeannie maintained her game and confidence; finally winning the championship 5-7, 6-2, (10-5).

 

Sunday 24th September –  Royal Tennis Club Marbella

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Jeannie became champion in the 12 years old and under category.

 

Nadal takes US Open Title

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, beat Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open. The 31-year-old has returned to the top of the world rankings and this win takes the number of Grand Slam singles titles he has won during his career to 16, second only to Roger Federer.

During the match, Nadal’s 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win produced tennis that Anderson was unable to match. Nadal’s mastership and command meant that Anderson had no break points at all, whilst on the other hand, Anderson had to fight off 12 deuces and save four break points to win his first three service games.

Like Nadal, Anderson is a big-hitter, but in comparison to Nadal he looked meak, after two hours and 27 minutes it was all over and the crowd were treated to the image of Nadal biting the champion’s trophy.

US Open – Muguruza Through to Third Round

The Spanish third seed Garbiñe Muguruza continued her powerful start to the US Open in Flushing Meadows by defeating Duan Yingying in straight sets on Wednesday. It is the first time in her career that Muguruza has reached the third round of the US Open. Duan provided a strong challenge in the first set but Wimbledon champion Muguruza dominated the second set to win 6-4, 6-0 on Wednesday.

In the first set Muguruza was slow to get going and had to defend a break point against her in the sixth game. As she found her rhythm, she gradually increased the tempo and finally won the set after breaking Duan’s serve for a 5-4 lead.

Muguruza was completely dominant on the second set breaking three times to take the set 6-0.

 

Alexander Zverev Takes the Montreal ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Title

In a somewhat unexpected result 20 year old Alexander Zverev took the Montreal ATP World Masters 1000 title. This was Alexander’s second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy, adding to his maiden title in Rome, he is just the second current player other than the Big Four to win more than one Masters 1000 crown. The Big Four of course being Andy Murray, Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

With Nadal losing against Shapalova and Federer losing against Zverev, the up and coming young guns are beginning to make their mark.

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Muguruza wins her first match since Wimbledon

Ranked number four in the WTA rankings, Garbine Muguruza returned to action following her second major triumph at Wimbledon three weeks ago. Muguruza, 23, convincingly beat the 17-year-old American Kayla Day 6-2 6-0.

After the match at the Stanford, USA, Bank of the West Classic WTA tournament, Mugaruza commented:

“I know it might sound weird – because of course winning it gives me confidence – but it doesn’t mean that I’m going to come here and because I just won Wimbledon I think it’s going to be easier to win matches. It’s not at all.

“I’m just working on trying to forget what happened and just starting Stanford. Stanford is my goal, and that’s it.”

 

Eight Spanish Female Players in WTA Top 100

Following her Wimbledon champion success Garbiñe Muguruza is currently ranked number four in the world. There are currently four female Spanish players in the WTA top 100 rankings, the oldest tennis female player is 28 and the youngest is just 20.

PlayerAgePointsRanking
Garbiñe Muguruza234,9904
Carla Suárez Navarro281,55530
Lara Arruabarrena2593566
Sara Sorribes Tormo2069286

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Eight Spanish Players in ATP Top 100

There are currently eight Spanish players in the ATP top 100 rankings. The oldest tennis players are 35 and the youngest is 26.

PlayerAgePointsRanking
Rafa Nadal317,4652
Pablo Carreno Busta262,35015
Roberto Bautista Agut292,24518
Albert Ramos-Vinolas291,72524
Feliciano Lopez351,39027
David Ferrer351,21033
Fernando Verdasco331,11537
Nicolas Almagro3163878

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