Osaka Wins Round One Against Andreescu

China Open, Beijing [4] Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. [6] Bianca Andreescu (CAN) I eagerly awaited this match between Bianca Andreescu and Naomi Osaka; and I watched with bated breath as the match developed and Osaka fell behind 1-5. Whether or not they consciously admitted, each player had something to prove as this was a match…

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Muguruza Fights Off Radwanska

China Open, Beijing Women’s Semifinal: [CR5] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) vs. [CR8] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) Muguruza fought off the challenge from Radwanska.  Hobbled by a right thigh injury and unable to move as freely as she usually does, Muguruza struggled through the first set.  It appeared that she may even have considered retiring from the match…

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Nadal Gets Fognini Next

China Open, Beijing [CR8] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR30] Jack Sock (USA) The first set was a muted affair, neither player was impressive with their initial energy level.  Perhaps the strained atmosphere was the result of nervous tension. Both players held their first service game. I thought that was enough for Nadal to settle into the…

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Isner Survived Millman’s Scare

China Open, Beijing [CR13] John Isner (USA) vs. [CR76] John Millman (AUS) It was their first meeting and given the difference in their ranking and number of titles, Isner was expected to win this match.  In fact, he was expected to win this match quite easily.  Yet, that is what makes sports, especially individual sports,…

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Nadal’s Game Is Still Off

China Open, Beijing [CR8] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. [CR230] Di Wu (CHN) Despite the 6-4, 6-4 victory, Nadal’s game is still off.  There is still no conviction from him; at least it appeared that way to me.  He’s goes for shots and hopes that they will go in; he no longer believes they are going…

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