Eugene (in London) and Lucy (in Paris) roundup recent events, talk about the upcoming King Richard movie and dissect the Montreal and Toronto draws

Naomi Osaka lost in the third round to eventual Silver medalist Marketa Vondrousova. Said the pressure “was a bit much”. Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic took Gold, Elina Svitolina (future Mrs Monfils) won Bronze.

In the men’s event, Alex Zverev took Gold, Russian Olympic Committee’s Karen Khachanov won Silver and Pablo Carreno Busta took Bronze.

Frances Tiafoe and Zack Evenden have parted ways. Started working together in 2017 – Tiafoe won his first ATP title while working with Zack in 2018 in Delray Beach along with two Challenger titles – one in 2020 (Parma) and another in 2021 (Nottingham). Their partnership represented something far greater than just a coach-player alliance.

Mikael Ymer made back-to-back ATP Tour quarter-finals for the first time in his career. Served for the match twice against top seed Casper Ruud in Kitzbuhel, before going down in three sets. Ruud was complimentary towards Mikael after the match.

Katrina Scott, 17, secured her first top-100 win at the LTP Women’s Open (WTA 125). Beat Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-0 in round one. Lost a three-setter to Jamie Loeb in the following round.

Scott then went on to do her thing at the Thoreau Tennis Open where she was a wildcard. Beat world No 94 Lauren Davis in round one and reached her first WTA quarter-final, where she lost to eventual champion Magdalena Frech in three sets.

*Wildcard Alycia Parks, and qualifiers Robin Anderson and Victoria Duval lost in the first round. 

Silicon Valley Classic

Madison Keys was beaten by China’s Shuai Zhang in the second round.

Sloane Stephens came back from 0-4 down in the first set to beat Caty McNally in straights in round one. Lost in round two to an in-form Danielle Collins in three sets.

Robin Montgomery, 16, fell in the final qualifying round in singles, but went on a run in the doubles draw with partner Ashlyn Krueger. Lost in the quarter-finals to the top seeds.

Citi Open

Felix Auger-Aliassime (2) came back from a set down to beat Andreas Seppi in round two before going down to Jenson Brooksby in straight sets in round three. Brooksby took out (16) Tiafoe in round two.

In doubles, Tiafoe and Nick Kyrgios – Team Fran-Nick – beat third seeds Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig in round one before going out to Sebastian Korda and Jannik Sinner in the following round.

Qualifier Elias Ymer came back from a set down to beat Jordan Thompson in round one. There was beef at the end of the match after Thompson thought the ball bounced twice on Elias’ side, but the umpire ruled Elias got there in time and rewarded the Swede the point. Elias lost in straights to John Millman in round two.

King Richard

Will Smith is being touted for an Oscar following his performance as Richard Williams in this long-awaited biopic. Demi Singleton stars as Serena and Saniyya Sidney plays Venus. The trailer looks brilliant!

Upcoming events…

Montreal WTA 1000

Coco Gauff, seeded 15th, starts against Anastasija Sevastova. Keys, seeded 16th, opens against Rebecca Marino. Stephens takes on Dayana Yastremska.

Toronto Masters 1000

Auger-Aliassime and Gael Monfils, seeded ninth and 11th respectively, both have first-round byes. Auger-Aliassime will face Dusan Lajovic or Emil Ruusuvuori in his first match. Monfils awaits John Millman or a Ricardis Berankis in his opener.

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