A second win for Nadal against Coria came just after the Rolex Masters in Monte Carlo, this time in Rome. It will be the second Masters title for Nadal, who was seeded 5th at the time – his ranking increased a lot in 2005 after winning three titles before the tournament in Rome.
This time, Guillermo Coria did not went down easily and the match was a long one, but finally Nadal won 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6).
Rafael Nadal vs Guillermo Coria Full Match:
Nadal won his first Masters event in 2005 at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he began as the 11th seed. Having already won two titles in 2005 (both on clay), Nadal went on to claim his first big event by defeating Guillermo Coria 6–3, 6–1, 0–6, 7–5 (in those days, Masters matches were contested “3 out of 5 sets”). It was a big win for Rafa, who dominated this tournament for the years to come.
Rafael Nadal vs Guillermo Coria Highlights:
Nadal took his third career title just after winning in Brasil. In fact, 2005 will be an excellent year for Rafa, who will also win his first Grand Slam.
In Acapulco, the Spaniard was the eight seed but managed to win the tournament “en fanfare”, defeating Albert Montanes 6–1, 6–0.
Rafael Nadal vs Albert Montanes Full Match:
The second title for Rafael Nadal came in 2005 in the Brasil Open final, where he beat Diego Martin (6–0, 6–7(2–7), 6–1).
Rafael Nadal vs Alberto Martin full match below:
This is Rafa Nadal’s first win in the ATP world tour and the only win in 2004. He entered the tournament as the sixth seed and defeated Jose Acasuso in the final (6-3, 6-4).
Below are the highlights:
This is a young and big tournament in the WTA circuit. It started in 2014, with Petra Kvitova winning the first edition and also the third one. This will be the fourth edition of the Wuhan Open, with almost every top player present at the start, the only big absence being Elina Svitolina.
The fight for the world’s number one rank is still ongoing, with Muguruza having the chance to widen the gap between her and Halep and with Pliskova also looking to gain more points.
For Halep, this will be a tough one: she needs to defend 350 ranking points (that means reaching the semifinals), but if she wins and Garbine is sent off in the early rounds, she will finally become #1 – Halep will add 550 points. If Halep is defeated in the early rounds and Pliskova advances, the Romanian will drop to number 3. Very complicated.
For live streaming, you can go to WTA TV (paid) but you can also check Tennisfans.tv for free live streams.
The players to look out for in Wuhan are, in fact, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko. The Danish won her first title of the year in Tokyo and also defeated Muguruza in a categoric manner (6-2, 6-0), while Ostapenko won in Seoul, with the mention that the Latvian faced only players outside the Top 50. Even so, snatching a second career title (after a Grand Slam!) must be a morale boost for the young Jelena.
The prize money/points for Wuhan:
This final will be, for sure, a big moment in the careers of both players. If Rafa wins, he will strengthen his position at the top of the ATP Rankings and also add one more Slam to his already incredibile record of 15 Grand Slam titles. No one could predict at the start of the US Open that Nadal, who had big problems getting past the first rounds, will reach the final, especially after some disappointing performances following Roland Garros. But his tennis improved a lot in just two weeks and he proved once again that, on a good form, he can defeat anyone, anytime.
The semifinal against Del Potro was exactly like this. He started slow and lost the first set but then he crushed the Argentinian with 6-0, 6-2, 6-3, playing a stellar tennis.
On the other side of the net, Kevin Anderson must be overwhelmed. The South African is at the peak of his career at the US Open and he will try to defend his (rather small) chances in this final. The serve, his main feature, worked perfectly in the previous matches, but with Nadal this might not be enough. In the semifinal, the Spaniard returned most of Del Potro’s “missiles” and he also had no trouble fighting the Argentinian’s forehand, so Kevin Anderson will face a very tough match. At first glance, the final looks like a quick one, with Nadal winning in three sets. We’ll see what happens.
Now, for the live streaming, I will send you to tennisfans.tv, which seems to update their streams regularly. However, you can catch the action live on most tv stations all over the world.
As expected, the odds are against Kevin Anderson (7.00 – that’s 700% return), while Nadal has 1.12 (12% return, still pretty good considering this is the outcome everyone is expecting). Prepare for the odds to go down a lot for Nadal after the start of the match.
The second all-American semifinal at the US Open will star Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys, both players being for the second time in their careers in a Grand Slam semifinal. One of them, though, will get through the final.
First of all, Coco Vandeweghe vs Madison Keys live streaming will be available on tennisfans.tv – as I mentioned in the previous post, this is the only site not suffocated with ads and popups. They do not updated so often, but this week they had working live links for all the matches.
Vandeweghe is at her second Grand Slam semifinal this year. She had a great start of the season, reaching the last four at the Australian Open, then she faded away on both hard, clay and grass season. Her form began to improve again in August, when she reached the final in Stanford (lost to Madison Keys) but again she could not maintain a steady line and fell to Radwanska (Rogers Cup) and again to Keys in Cincinnati. She got into the semifinals by defeating the #1 seed Karolina Pliskova.
Madison Keys had a normal season so far, with one title win (in Stanford) and medium performances at the other tournaments. This match is, by far, the most important for her in the whole 2017 season, as she seems to play very well against Vandeweghe (the two met twice last month, with Keys victorious).
Madison Keys is credited with the first chance, at 1.71 (71% return of investment), while Vandeweghe is at 2.15 (115% return), odds which indicate a pretty tight match.
Venus Williams will take on Sloane Stephens in a match that few could see it as the 2017 semifinal. There are several reasons for that. First, Venus is 37 years old and she faced much younger opponents in her way to this semifinal, but somehow, she made it. Second, Sloane Stephens is back on the WTA tour for only two months, she did not play the first half of the season and now she’s just a match away from her biggest career performance since the Australian Open semifinal in 2013.
There’s a 13 year age gap between the two, but, as Federer and Nadal showed, age is just a number in today’s tennis. Sloane leads the direct meetings with 1-0, which is almost insignificant in statistics terms. It will all come down to which player will hit the ball more precisely and make fewer errors. Of course, it looks like Venus has the first chance, but Sloane will be a difficult opponent.
Live Streaming Info
Live Streaming for Venus Williams vs Sloane Stephens – this is the only link I found that has no ads.
As I said, Venus has the first chance with 1.60 odds to win the match (a pretty good 60% return), while Sloane is at 2.35 (that is 135% return, more than double). Of course, the odds will change when the match starts.
Venus Williams road to the semifinal:
R1: def. V. Kuzmova
R2: def. O. Dodin
R3: def. M. Sakkari
R4: def. C. Suárez Navarro
QF: def. P. Kvitova (#13)
Sloane Stephens road to the semifinal:
R1: def. R. Vinci
R2: def. D. Cibulkova (#11)
R3: def. A. Barty
R4: def. J. Goerges (#30)
QF: def. A. Sevastova (#16)
In total there are 8 female competitors with a shot at claiming the title from the current #1, Karolina Pliskova. Other players who will be competing to dethrone her are the world no.2 Simona Halep, Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina with the most titles from the tour, former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, British No.1 Johanna Konta, 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and the only two-time finalist of the year, Venus Williams.
Pliskovas lead as the world number one is by no means substantial. She holds a mere five points over Simona Halep. This season, Pliskova will try to retain as much as 1300 points she gained last year as a finalist.
The battle for the number 1 doubles ranking will also be decided in a couple of weeks. If the new number 1 Lucie Safarova and partner Barbora Strycova make their way into the final, they have a good chance of claiming the title.
Their main major opponents for the title will be Martina Hingis and partner
Chan Yung-jan, and Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesina.
The ways things currently stand, team Makarova/Vesina must get into the final to have any chance at claiming the top spot; provided that Safarova does not reach the QF. If she does however, they would have to win the final, not that there was any less incentive for that in the first place.
Meanwhile, Hingis and Partner, Yung-jan are facing longer odds. Not only must they win the title, they would also require a loss before the round of 16 for Safarova.
The live streaming will be available on tennisfans.tv.