TENNIS\\\ In the mixed team tournament of the United Cup in Australia, the Poles beat Kazakhstan 4:1. Their next rival is the Swiss, with whom White and Red lead 2:1 after three games.
In another Group B game, Switzerland beat Kazakhstan 5-0. Helweci is another rival of the white and red team – yesterday Świątek won with Belinda Bencic 6:3, 7:6 (7-3), and Daniel Michalski lost with Marek Huesler 3:6, 2:6.
Tuesday, on the other hand, started with Hubert Hurkacz’s victory over Stan Wawrinka 7: 6, 6: 4. After a match lasting one hour and 41 minutes, the Pole beat the three-time Grand Slam!
Other matches: Magda Linette – Jil Teichmann, Swiatek/Hurkacz – Bencic/Wawrinka.
The tournament is played in three cities: Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. 18 national teams participate in the first edition of the United Cup. They were divided into six groups, two in each city. On January 4, the group winners from each city will compete to qualify for the semi-finals. One of the three beaten group winners with the best record in the group stage will also play in the semi-finals.
Poland are in Group B in Brisbane, where Group E (Brazil, Italy and Norway) are also competing.
The semi-finals are scheduled for January 6 and 7 and the final on January 8. Matches at this stadium will be played in Sydney.
* On Monday, Iga Świątek entered her 40th week as the leader of the world tennis player rankings. In the ranking of the longest players on the WTA list, she is in 13th place. The oldest tennis player – 377 weeks – remains German Steffi Graf. Świątek, 21, made her No. 1 debut on April 4, when she replaced Australian Ashleigh Barty, who announced her separation from the sport in March and requested that her name be removed from the roster.
Until now, there were 28 leaders in the world ranking, the ranking drawn up since November 3, 1975 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
* Ranking of the leaders of the WTA ranking: 1. Steffi Graf (Germany) – 377 weeks; 2. Martina Navratilova (USA) – 332; 3. Serena Williams (USA) – 319; 4. Chris Evert (USA) – 260; 5. Martina Hingis (Switzerland) – 209 (…) 10. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) – 71; 11. Simona Halep (Romania) – 57 years old; 12. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) – 51 years old; 13. Iga Swiątek (Poland) – 40.
* At the top of the ATP ranking: 1. Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) – 6820 points; 2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) – 6020; 3. Casper Ruud (Norway) – 5820; 4. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) – 5550; 5. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) – 4820; 6. Felix Auger Aliassime (Canada) – 4195; 7. Daniil Medvedev (Russia) – 4065; 8. Andrey Rublev (Russia) – 3930; 9. Taylor Harry Fritz (USA) – 3355; 10. Hubert Hurkacz (Poland) – 2905.
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