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The Australian Open's on and it made me miss my favourite (Andre Agassi). I used to love the old matches between Pete Sampras and Andre...some classics. So it got me thinking of tennis now....still some greats out there.

 

I was a Nadal fan at first (Andre was his idol). But I've swung over to the Federer camp...the man's just too damn good. And he's one grand slam away from tying Pete's record of 14.

 

Who do you think's better?: Nadal or Federer.

 

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Leylah is through to the final of the Hong Kong Open:

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/wta/article/canadas-fernandez-reaches-first-wta-of-2023-final-at-hong-kong-open/

 

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Leylah Fernandez advanced to her first final in 19 months after a 6-2, 7-5 victory over fifth-seeded Anna Blinkova on Saturday at the Hong Kong Open.

The 21-year-old from Laval, Que., raced through the first set before No. 37 Blinkova improved in the second set. 

 

The Canadian found the match-clinching break in the 12th game to seal the match in 78 minutes and advance to Sunday's final against Katerina Siniakova.

 

“This match was extremely tough,” Fernandez said. “Anna, she’s a tremendous player, very powerful, and she’s coming in with a lot of confidence. The first set I played well, the second set she started making more balls and being very aggressive. 

 

"I just tried to stay calm. I remembered my coach’s words to me: this is a battle, just enjoy it, have fun and put on a show for everyone.”

 

Fernandez, who entered the tournament ranked 60th in the world, will look for her third WTA title when she plays in the fifth final of her career.

 

The last one came in March 2022, when she defended her title at Monterrey.

 

In the other semifinal, Siniakova eased past sixth-seeded Martina Trevisan 6-4, 6-2. Siniakova has four career titles, the most recent coming in July at Hamburg.

 

Fernandez beat Sinaikova in straight sets at the 2022 French Open in their only previous meeting.  

 

 

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....and she wins!

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/wta/article/canadas-leylah-fernandez-beats-siniakova-to-win-hong-kong-first-title-of-season/

 

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Leylah Fernandez rallied from a set down to defeat Katerina Siniakova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 and win the Hong Kong Open for her first title in 19 months.

 

It is the third title of the 21-year-old Canadian's career and first since winning at Monterrey in March 2022. After the win, she will also move back inside the top 50 in the rankings next week.

 

It was a nervy start by Fernandez and No. 85-ranked Siniakova earned two breaks to claim the opening set.

 

Fernandez, ranked 60th, responded by building a 4-0 lead in the second before the Czech player took an off-court medical timeout and returned with her left upper leg taped.

 

The break appeared to help Siniakova as she worked her way back to 3-4 but Fernandez saved six break points in a 10-deuce game to hold and then took the set in her next service game.

 

After exchanging breaks through the deciding set, Fernandez made the decisive break to lead 5-4 and then held her nerve to serve out the win in 2 hours and 49 minutes.

 

 

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looks like Canada has another rising tennis star to cheer for as 18 year-old Marina Stakusic defeated 65th ranked Rebeka Masarova in the opening match against Spain in the Billie Jean Cup.

 

Stakusic is ranked 258th in the world, but dominated Masarova, winning in straight sets, 6-3. 6-1. To make it even more impressive, Stakusic did it in front of a partisan crowd in Seville, Spain.

 

Leylah Fernandez (#35) completed the victory over the Spaniards with a 7-6 (9), 7-6 (7) win over 50th-ranked Sara Sorribes Tormo in the other singles match.

 

Fernandez and Gabriela Dabrowski were scheduled to play the Doubles match later today, although with the win already clinched, Canada might change Dabrowski's partner for that match.

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/wta/article/canadas-stakusic-stuns-spains-masarova-in-billie-jean-king-cup-opener/

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....and she's done it again.

 

Stakusic wins the opening match of the tie against Poland, with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Magdalena Frech.

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/wta/article/canadas-marina-stakusic-posts-another-stunning-win-at-billie-jean-king-cup/

 

Leylah plays Magda Linette in match #2 later today.

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Leylah Polishes off Linette: (pun intended)

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/wta/article/canada-advances-to-semifinals-at-billie-jean-king-cup/

 

In case anyone was wondering, (and I realize I'm pretty much talking to myself here) Eugenie Bouchard stepped in for Leylah in Doubles yesterday and beat Spain along with Canadian team mate Gabriela Dabrowski. The pair will take on Poland as well.

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Money talks- loudly:

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/tennis-stars-at-risk-of-being-jailed-and-tortured-after-40million-saudi-deal/ss-BB1lsWhK?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=f25b382621da475bb61b7cb25438de37&ei=228

Women’s Tennis Association players have been warned they could be ‘jailed and tortured’ for speaking about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. It was recently confirmed that the Saudi Tennis Federation had struck a deal worth over £40m to host the WTA Finals for the next three years. A controversial move given Saudi Arabia has been accused of sportswashing, WTA legends Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert have voiced their displeasure

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