Digest of Tennis Tournaments as of August 1

The European part of the season in tennis has been interrupted, now comes the American series, before which we can sum up the intermediate results. Who will be the favourites in the ATP and WTA, whether Djokovic will play at the US Open.

The outcome of the last week before leaving for the US

In tennis, the start of August traditionally coincides with the top athletes’ move to North America, where a series of hard-court tournaments begins. This process will culminate in the US Open in September. In the meantime, it makes sense to take a look at the results of the latest finals.

By the way, many companies representing UK betting Wednesday still have not taken Novak Djokovic off the outright line, although the Serb is in danger of missing the US Open due to his lack of a coronavirus vaccination. Novak has not played since winning Wimbledon, including missing last week’s major starts.   

Umag (ground, ATP)

In Croatia, the top two seeds were world number four Carlos Alcaraz and ATP number ten Jannick Sinner of Italy. They played out the top prize in the final, with the Italian winning again, as at Wimbledon 2022 (6-7; 6-1; 6-1).

Alcaraz got past Norbert Gombos, Facundo Bagniz and Giulio Zeppieri, dropping the first set to his opponent only in the semi-finals. But in the decisive moment of the final match Carlos flinched, proving once again that Cinner is a very uncomfortable opponent for him. Yannick did not lose any games until the final, and lost the first set of the decisive game to Carlos only on a tie-break.   

Prague (hard court, WTA)

At a relatively new tournament in the WTA calendar, Russia’s Anastasia Potapova shot out. She not only took the doubles title, but also reached the singles final. Alas, she had no strength to fight with the hostess Marie Bouzkova, her defeat was quick enough (0:6, 3:6).

By the way, both finalists were sensational as the top seeds in Prague were local star Barbora Krejcikova and Estonia’s Anett Kontaweyt. But they both left the tournament rather quickly as only the Estonian played in the quarterfinals. She was defeated by Anastasia Potapova (6-1; 6-1).   

Atlanta (Hard court, ATP)

Already on American soil Francis Tiafoe and Janson Brooksby reached the semifinals in Atlanta. The chance of seeing two Americans in the decisive derby matches was high from the start, given that the local tennis players occupied more than 60% of the net. However, there was no fight in this match and Brooksby, relatively easily, defeated his more experienced colleague (6-4; 6-1). In the final, however, Janson lost to top-seeded Alex De Minaur of Australia (3-6; 3-6).

Warsaw (Open, WTA)

The lowest ranked tournament in the WTA last week saw top-ranked women on the ground in Warsaw. Local star and world number one Iga Swiatek was seeded here. However, seeing her in the final prevented Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia from winning the quarter-final stage (6-1; 1-6; 6-4). Logically, after the emotions she received, Caroline also confidently handled Ana Bogdan in the final (6:4; 6:1).

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