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Tennis, WTA 250, Open City of Washington

08/05/2022 at 06:07

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The British eliminated the Mexican 7-6 and 7-6 on a day marked by rain

Daniel Evans advanced to the round after Taylor Fritz retired due to injury

the british Emma Raducanu eliminated this Thursday the Colombian Maria Camila Osorio and the also British Daniel Evans He advanced after taking advantage of the American’s withdrawal due to injury Taylor Fritzon a day of the Washington tournament that could not be completed due to rain.

The weather insists on being the protagonist at the Citi Open in Washington and this Thursday it succeeded, first with the heat that affected the game of the tennis players, always above 30 degrees Celsius, and later due to the intense rain caused by the suspension of all night games. The men’s team was greatly affected, since the matches between the Russian Andrey Rublev and the American Maxime Cressy never got to start, nor did the match between the Danish Holger Rune and the American JJ Wolf. The tournament will also have to reschedule the suspended matches, a total of three matches in the men’s draw, with the duels between the Australian Nick Kyrgios and the American Reilly Opelka and the one starring the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Sebastian Korda, in addition to the clash starring the Dutch Botic van de Zandschulp and North American Frances Tiafoe.

In the women’s draw, the only thing left to play was the clash between the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka and the Czech Tereza Martincová for the last place in the quarterfinals. Like the men’s games, it will be played this Friday morning. Azarenka was not only in the news for the suspension of her round of 16 match, but also for a new episode of the crossing of statements with the Wimbledon organization for the exclusion of Russian tennis players. The Belarusian tennis player defends that, as a member of the players’ council, she provided possible solutions and from the British tournament a message of indifference was received in this regard.

Among the highlights of the men’s draw was the advance to the quarterfinals of the British Daniel Evans, who benefited from the withdrawal due to injury of the American Taylor Fritz. It was the fourth time that both tennis players had crossed paths and in the previous three the American tennis player had always won. At the time of abandonment he had won a set each and in the third the English commanded 4-1. During the second set, Fritz had a match point, the tie was 6-5 in his favor, but the next three points fell to Evans. Already two breaks apart, the number 13 in the world decided to retire. Evans will face the Japanese this Friday Yoshihito Nishiokawhich beat Karen Khachanov in a double tie-break and defined the atmosphere in the Grand Stand as ‘a crazy hot day’. The Swede completes the quarterfinals Mikael Ymerby beating the Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori in three sets (6-3, 6-7 y 6-4). The winner of the match between Dimitrov and Korda will be measured.

In the women’s draw, the Colombian María Camila Osorio was eliminated in a double tie-break against the British Emma Raducanu (6-7 y 6-7) in the second round of the tournament. Errors in his service hindered his possible advance, despite the fact that he had real options to have won both sets. Raducanu, one of the favorites to win the Citi Open and who will defend her US Open title in a few weeks, had to call a timeout in the second set to receive medical attention for blisters on her right hand.

Osorio is already thinking about the future, the tennis player from Cúcuta will compete again next week in the women’s draw of the WTA 1,000 in Toronto, prior to the great goal of the last Grand Slam of the season when she participates in the US Open in New York, a tournament in who has a great memory of having been junior champion in 2019.

In the men’s doubles draw, the couple formed by Robert Farah and Juan Sebastián Cabal were eliminated against the Dutchman Middelkoop and the Indian Bopanna. Defeat in three sets for the Colombian doubles players who will not be able to repeat the semifinals that they did reach recently at Wimbledon.

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