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Tennis: Thiem begins Vienna campaign with win over Tsonga


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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Shanghai Masters - Men's Singles - Quarterfinals - Qi Zhong Tennis Center, Shanghai, China - October 11, 2019. Dominic Thiem of Austria in action against Matteo Berrettini of Italy. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

VIENNA (Reuters) - Top seed and home favorite Dominic Thiem began his bid to win the Vienna Open with a straight sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday.

The Austrian, beaten finalist in this year’s French Open, got the only break of serve in the match in the seventh game to take the first set 6-4 before clinching his first win in three meetings against the Frenchman by winning a tiebreak 7-2 in the second set.

“I gave him not a single break point and served well,” he said. “I had a high percentage and it was important to always get the first point. I think it was 0-15 only once. It’s easier if you’re not under pressure all the time.”

Thiem will face Fernando Verdasco in the second round after the Spaniard beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6 6-2 6-1.

Canada’s Milos Raonic, playing his first tour match since recovering from a back injury he sustained two months ago, was beaten 6-4 7-5 by South Korean Hyeon Chung while qualifier Aljaz Bedene ousted the higher-ranked Guido Pella 6-4 6-4.

Writing by Brian Homewood; editing by Clare Lovell


Source: Tennis: Thiem begins Vienna campaign with win over Tsonga

Minnetonka freshman happy she made switch to team tennis


Sarah Shahbaz lives in Ham Lake but has open-enrolled in the Minnetonka School District for her entire academic life, drawn by its Chinese immersion program.

Until this season, however, Shahbaz’s tennis life had been strictly USTA. High school tennis had never been in the picture.

At the urging of longtime friend and current teammate Annika Elvestrom, Shahbaz decided to play for the Skippers this season. And she’s glad she did.


Source: Minnetonka freshman happy she made switch to team tennis

TEAM TENNIS: The Woodlands moves on, Splendora’s season ends


Published 6:26 pm CDT, Tuesday, October 22, 2019
  • Rachel Sam competes in a tennis match for The Woodlands during the 2019 fall season.

    Rachel Sam competes in a tennis match for The Woodlands during the 2019 fall season.

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  • Image 1 of 1 Rachel Sam competes in a tennis match for The Woodlands during the 2019 fall season.

    Rachel Sam competes in a tennis match for The Woodlands during the 2019 fall season.

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    The Woodlands defeated Vandegrift 10-3 on Tuesday to advance to the regional semifinals.

    The Highlanders (16-2) will take on Allen, 10-0 winner over Tyler Lee on Monday, on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Mansfield High School.

    In Tuesday’s win, The Woodlands was particularly strong on the girls side, sweeping singles and doubles play. Avery Hilbig won the top singles match 6-0, 6-2 over Ellie Hughes, then paired up with Rachel Sam to win the top doubles match 6-3, 6-2 over the Vandegrift duo of Dalia Jarbouh and Jaimie Li.

    The Highlanders duo of Ella Arendes and Caroline Campbell swept their doubles match 6-0, 6-0. Addison Hughes and Michelle Dumitrescu completed the girls doubles sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 win.

    Sam, Campbell and Hughes all won their singles matches in sweeps as well.

    Competing in Class 4A, Splendora’s playoff run ended with a 10-4 loss to Needville on Monday. The District 21 champion Wildcats had a first-round bye, then defeated El Campo 10-3 in the area round to advance.

    jmaskulinski@hcnonline.com


    Source: TEAM TENNIS: The Woodlands moves on, Splendora’s season ends



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