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Tennis – Thiem, Offner and Rodionov in Estoril for Austrian No. 1

This week’s ATP tournament in Estoril brings a three-way battle with world number one Austria. Dominic Thiem and Sebastien Offner will play against each other in match two after 1pm on Tuesday. This is the third meeting between the two on the Tour and on the sand, in Kitzbühel 2019 and 2022 Thiem celebrated a run of 16 wins. Yurij Rodionov also has chances for the red-white-red number one.

Rodionov starts in Portugal on Tuesday (match three) against Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas, against the 35-year-old from Lower Austria who has never played before. Rodionov’s 120th and Offner’s 122nd reached a new career high after recent good performances on Monday. At the top, Serbian Novak Djokovic replaced Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.

If this time finalist Ofner beats Thiem (111th), who continues to pick up just one win this season, he’s ahead of him. Of course, Rodionov could still surpass his compatriot during the tournament. Thiem started in Portugal on Monday with a sense of accomplishment. In doubles, he won with Portuguese Joao Souza against Ben Shelton / Duarte Vale (USA / Burundi Region) 6: 4.6: 2.

Snap after defeating Zhang in the second round of Charleston

Juila Grabher has beaten a player in the top 30 in the world tennis rankings for the first time. The 26-year-old from Vorarlberg won her first-round match against China’s Zhang Shuai at the WTA 500 in Charleston/USA on Monday with a time of 6:4, 1:6:6:3, thus her main round match. only second. WTA tour this year. Zhang is ranked No. 28 in the world and No. 10 seed at the Clay Court Championships in South Carolina.

Almost three months after her first round win in Auckland on January 2nd, Graber was able to celebrate one of her most prized victories. The world number 89 took the first set after 33 minutes thanks to two breaks. In the second section, the Austrian number one gave up serve to 1:3 and then clearly gave up the set. However, in the deciding set, Grabher was always in control of the 34-year-old Chinese. The break to 3:1 and then the safe serve games was enough to succeed after 1:35 hours.

In the second round, Grabher meets the winner of the American Duel between Kayla Day and Sachia Vickery.

Possibly eighth seed Singa Krause will face Argentine Nadia Podorowska in the sand tournament in Bogota on Tuesday after qualifying. The Argentine has advanced to the semi-finals of the 2020 French Open.

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