Johnson Jr.’s Emotions Fuel Run

Last May 11, Steve Johnson Sr. died at the age of 58. Weeks after the tragic event, Steve Johnson Jr. still able to complete a dramatic 6-2, 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-6(6) second-round victory over Borna Coric in the resumption of the French Open on Wednesday, May 31.

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Johnson broke down in tears as he talked of how his late father’s memory had driven him to an emotional win over the Croatian tennis player. He could not hold back his tears during the emotional post-match interview recalling how his late father’s spirit helped push him to victory.

Johnson’s path to the third round is considered unfaithful under normal circumstances. But he succeeded on Monday in a five-set win over Yuichi Sugita that spanned two days. The American won the first two sets on Sunday, but gloomy weather stopped the game halfway through the fourth set. He recovered immediately after Sugita forced a decider set the next day and powered through the final set.

Johnson will match up against the seventh seed Dominic Thiem on his next fight. The Australian Tennis Player notched 1 step higher from being rank eight last time. They are going to match up today at 6:30 PM ET at Stade Roland Garros, France.

Will his emotions continue to fuel him up to win this fight?

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Entering in the Top 200 Ranking: Sharapova’s Comeback

The five-time Grand Slam winner, Maria Sharapova is making her presence felt again in the World of Tennis after the 15-month suspension for a positive doping test.

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The 31-year old Russian player is gaining enough points from her straight set win in the opening round of Internazionali BNL d’Italia against the 58th-ranked Christina McHale, 6-4, 6-2, placing her in Rank 211 now in the World Tennis Association (WTA).

Sharapova handed Mchale’s fourth recorded loss to her as they played twice in Rome and twice at the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid.

With the points earned in her recent wins, she was able to secure a direct entry to the qualifying round of Wimbledon in June. But she is still not thinking about that as of now as she is set to face the No.16 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round today as the Italian Open tournament continues.

Will Sharapova continue to advance to the next round? 

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