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1 hour ago, shadow_operative2.0 said:

Emma already quit again.

Bianca went from 4-0 to 4-6, 6-0. 

I started laughing and had to come herr to post it, but you beat me to it.

ASB Classic: Emma Raducanu retires in tears with ankle injury 11 days before Australian Open

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Emma Raducanu retired from her second-round ASB Classic match in tears after injuring her ankle just 11 days before the start of the Australian Open.

The 20-year-old Briton won the opening set 6-0 against Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova, but lost the second 7-5.

She received medical attention before the start of the third set but signalled her withdrawal two points into her opening service game.

The match was played on an indoor court because of persistent rain in Auckland.

Raducanu, the 2021 US Open champion, had an injury-blighted 2022 season, retiring from five matches, but said she was injury-free and feeling "good" following an exhibition match in December.

She began 2023 with victory over teenager Linda Fruhvirtova in her opening match in New Zealand in preparation for the season's first major tournament in Melbourne.

Elsewhere, Coco Gauff beat fellow American and winner of the 2020 Australian Open Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals in Auckland.

The 18-year-old number one seed will next play China's Zhu Lin, who defeated seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams 3-6 6-2 7-5 in a rain-interrupted match that had to be moved on to an indoor court.

Zhu won the final four games of the match as she came from 5-3 down in the deciding set. Williams served for the match at 5-4 but the Chinese world number 84 broke and saved four break points as she held serve to move 6-5 ahead before again breaking serve.

"Outside it was really tough, it was rainy, windy. It was tennis, but it was more about surviving instead of playing great," said Williams, who has been given a wildcard entry to the Australian Open.

"Indoors it was completely different but I got to hit a lot of balls, so that's important."

At the Adelaide International, the Czech Republic's Linda Noskova, 18, set up a quarter-final with Belarus' two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka, 33. Noskova beat the United States' Claire Liu 6-2 6-2, while Azarenka overcame China's Zheng Qinwen 6-2 7-5.

Tunisia's world number two Ons Jabeur also reached the last eight with a 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 win over Romania's Sorana Cirstea, while 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko was beaten 6-3 6-0 by Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/64171976

 

 

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Top-ranked Carlos Alcaraz pulled out of the Australian Open on Friday because of an injured right leg.

The 19-year-old from Spain wrote on social media that he got hurt "through a chance, unnatural movement in training."

The year's first Grand Slam tournament begins Jan. 16 at Melbourne Park. The draw is next Thursday.

https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/35393225/no-1-carlos-alcaraz-australian-open-leg-injury

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I follow a different tennis news feed.

8 Striking Photos of Sloane Stephens in Aruba

Cara O’Bleness
Fri, January 6, 2023 at 5:09 PM CST

The pro tennis player posed for photographer James Macari in 2018.

Sloane Stephens took a break from the WTA circuit when she traveled to Aruba in 2018 to work with SI Swimsuit photographer James Macari.

The athlete turned pro in 2009 and won the junior French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open doubles titles the very next year. Stephens won her first Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open in ‘17, which put her on the radar of a certain editor.

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https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/8-striking-photos-sloane-stephens-230909897.html

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3 hours ago, perfectchaos007 said:

Meanwhile Masarova is playing in the Auckland final against Gauff. The spaniard is like a diet version of Badosa.

Ummmm… you must have mixed Stevia with Aspertame to make this diet version…

 

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meant to post this past weekend but been busy:

 

medvedev lost to djoker in the semis? in adelaide but what amused me was djokovic having one of his dubious injuries and medvedev subtly making fun of it later on in the match.  djoker then sonned him.

 

halfway through the championship match after the end of a game he started gesturing to his box, waving for his brother and his manager to leave.  there's a poster on reddit who claimed he sat behind the box and the manager was talking to djokovic's brother about some deal during the match and djokovic overheard, got mad at the disruption, and that's why he made them leave.  at the PC after the match he thanked his family and box for supporting him.  weird stuff.

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8 hours ago, perfectchaos007 said:

Naomi got knocked up by her rapper boyfriend. Congrats to her

 

This will cement their relationship.

Can’t wait for her to imitate Serena and quote “I’m a mother…” on the court, rant for several minutes, then after a long pause, turn to a camera and start laughing. Then say…

”I’m just kidding. I’m not a bitch.”

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