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Andy Murray Targeting Citi Open For Competitive Return

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Andy Murray continues his comeback from hip surgery as he targets the Citi Open in Washington as his return to competition.

Murray said he will spend the next couple of weeks practising on hard courts in the United Kingdom before he heads to either Washington or Miami ahead of the City Open which begins on July 30th.

“As soon as I got on the hard courts, I felt better due to the stability of the surface,” Murray said (h/t ESPN). “On grass you are worried about every step you take. On the hard courts I felt more comfortable.” He added the hard court helps movement and frees up his hip, saying, “The impact on the hard courts is greater than the grass, but I feel it’ll be positive for me.”

Murray also believes that the conditions are perfectly suited for a charge from Rafael Nadal, adding that Novak Djokovic has also impressed him.

“I think Novak could beat both of them, whether it happens or not, I don’t know but he’s playing really well,” Murray said. “Like the Serena [Williams] situation, he hasn’t been in the latter stages of the major events recently, but in terms of his level and the way he’s playing, he’s back to where he wants to be. Mentally he looks like he’s where he needs to be, he’s fired up, motivated and he’s got a great shot [of winning the tournament].”

“He [Djokovic] said the mental side has been difficult for him. Maybe he suffered from a slight dip in motivation, which is completely understandable after winning all four Slams, it takes an incredible amount out of you. It looks like he’s back to where he wants to be. It wouldn’t surprise me if he went on to win the tournament.”

 

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Lin Zhu Upsets Zhang Shuai, Heads To Jiangxi Semifinals

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Lin Zhu upset top-seeded Zhang Shuai 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1 at the Jiangxi Open on Friday to advance to the semifinals to take on sixth-seeded Saisai Zheng.

The 2 1/2-hour match saw a lot of drama, and Zhang committed 50 unforced errors and eight double faults over the course of the marathon match.

It’s been more than 2 years since Zhu has appeared in a semifinal on the WTA tour.

 

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Novak Djokovic Defeats Rafael Nadal, Will Face Kevin Anderson In Final

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Novak Djokovic will play for his fourth Wimbledon title, with Kevin Anderson standing in his way in the Wimbledon final after Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in a five-set semifinal match that took an extra day to finish.

Djokovic defeated Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 on Saturday on Centre Court at the All England Club, bringing an end to the 5 hour, 15 minute marathon which was the second-longest semifinal match in Wimbledon history.

“It really could have gone either ways,” Djokovic said (h/t ESPN). “Basically until the last shot, I didn’t know if I was going to win.”

“In my opinion, he deserved it” Nadal said. “I deserved it, too.”

Djokovic has a 5-1 edge against Anderson who he will meet on Sunday.

“It’s been a roller-coaster ride for him the last couple rounds, but he had a day off, which means a lot,” Djokovic said. “I wish I could have one.”

“It’s hard to pick the words,” Djokovic said of his victory, and heading to the final. “I’m just going through things, flashbacks of the last 15 months, and everything I’ve been through to get here.”

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Angelique Kerber Upsets Serena Williams For Third Career Major

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Angelique Kerber made sure that Serena Williams didn’t win her 24th career Grand Slam title, which would have tied the All-time milestone held by Margaret Court, at her expense.

Kerber upset Williams 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to win her third career major.

“It was such an amazing tournament for me,” Williams said after the match (h/t ESPN). “I was really happy to get this far. It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.”

“I’m just me, that’s all I can be,” Williams continued, referring to playing as a mother “To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today, and I tried. Angelique played really well, played out of her mind.”

“I knew that I had to play my best tennis against a champion like Serena,” said Kerber.

“This is something special,” Kerber said. “And to hold this trophy now, it is something that I can’t describe.”

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