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Punches Fly in Beijing at Zhang-Kerber Box

AN unreal scene transpired in Beijing, China when a player box guest of Shuai Zhang began punching and kicking a Chinese fan of Angelique Kerber at their match two days ago.

Witness Euan Zhang tweeted: “The guy in blue shirt is Zhang Shuai’s player box’s guest (note credential in back pocket), and he was assaulting and beating one of Angie’s Chinese fan after the match, blaming the Angie’s Chinese fans cheering for Angie in Zhang Shuai’s hometown, I think that’s why Zhang Shuai got so many haters.”

“Then the boy ran to the guy, tried to stop him, then they fought each other, and the guy in orange is zhang shuai’s father, the woman near him is zhang shuai’s mother, they just let that happen, and claiming Angie fans were cheering for Angie too crazy.”

“Angie fans ignored him at first, but the guys was becoming worse, after the match, he went to one of the girl, said terrible words, the girl fought back,saying “I am filming, i will upload on Weibo shortly”, then he try to take her phone…”

” Let me make clear the situation, firstly, it started by this guy, during the match, he kept assaulting Angie fan, shouting out the dirty words, like you guys are son of b**, disgrace to our country…

Here is the video of the attack…

https://twitter.com/EuanZhang/status/1178333925019541504

This has to be one of the most astonishing sights I have ever seen at a professional tennis match, let alone a women’s pro tennis match in China.

Just imagine the media frenzy if Nick Kyrgios was somehow involved in this altercation or it happened at his match.

Kerber’s fan took the punches and lumps but it was Kerber who prevailed 62 16 64.

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100 comments

  • catherine · October 3, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Woz bts Siniakova SS. Caro is playing quite well at the moment – I’d say drugs to control her condition and marriage. She wants to make the most of opportunities offered to her.

    FAA v Zverev – should be interesting.

  • catherine · October 3, 2019 at 8:09 am

    All change for Julia G – she has split from her current coach after only 4 months of moderate results, and has dropped her physio – who, according to gossip (ie Chris Evert), was also her boyfriend.

    Let’s hope Julia gets things stabilised soon – always like to see her playing well and in the latter stages of tournaments.

    Osaka has no problem with Riske.

  • catherine · October 3, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Either Naomi’s in super form or Alison Riske is a phantom – she loses last 10 games in SS wipeout.

  • Hartt · October 3, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Bianca had a relatively straightforward win over Brady, winning in SS 6-1, 6-3. The match was much shorter than her 2 previous ones, that each went nearly 2 hours. This one was 1 hour and 9 minutes. Bianca had a couple tough service holds, but overall served quite well, with a 63% first serve %, 5 aces and 1 DF. She also did well with her 2nd serve.

    So we will get the much-anticipated Bianca vs Naomi match.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 9:28 am

    In the madness over happiness quadrant:
    Svito d. Kenin. Svito is good, her speed and variety and strategy made a big difference. For a top ten player it’s hard to understand why Svito hasn’t collected her first slam yet in this “get your slam while you can” era 🙂 Kenin did well to push this. Still not a fan of the Kenin game, but her grit is admirable.

    Andreescu batters Brady. After Brady ousted Keys, Andreescu sends her home very quickly and viciously.

    D. Kat handles Alexandrovna. This is a nice result for D. Kat.

    Yes, agreed Osaka made very short work of Riske. I’m surprised others didn’t do so last week. Riske is aggressive and consistent, but her game is hard to watch.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Zverev d. Tiafoe in 70 minutes. Andreescu d. Brady in 69 minutes. They should compare notes.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 9:33 am

    re: happiness over success versus She the North. If I’m Osaka I’d want to put Andreescu away as quickly as possible. But if I’m Andreescu I’d want to drama queen this match to the max, because it would keep her undefeated against top ten players and intimidating.

  • catherine · October 3, 2019 at 9:33 am

    I sould think Bianca has plenty of notes on Naomi. I predict this will be a tough one, but if Naomi wins I imagine Bianca will be quickly working out how to beat her. So a decent rivalry at last in WTA ?

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 3, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Did Tiafoe high a real coach yet? If he stays with his buddy as his coach for 2020 you will have question it as one of the bonehead moves of the decade. One gets the feeling Tiafoe will not hire a white coach ever again based om his comments to Ryan Harrison about not accepting the wedding invitation: About “not wanting to be around all those white people.”

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 3, 2019 at 9:40 am

    Osaka vs Andreescu is the match of the rest of the season for WTA, how it plays out will give foresight into 2020. Let’s hope there is no subconscious tanking in this important showdown. And both urgently want to send a message to the other.

  • catherine · October 3, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Riske looked extremely tired towards the end of that match. Pretty easy for Naomi. Bianca seemed a little irritated at times v Brady. Got caught well off balance on one shot and just looked exasperated. I guess she’s thinking ahead. Some of those dropshots won’t work v Osaka who has phenomenal speed. Battle of the forehands ? I pick Naomi to win. She’s in better shape mentally. And Coco’s not there.

    I’m sorry to see Naomi, who seems a nice girl, attracting a Serena-type frenzied fan base. Not her fault of course.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Zverev d. Felix easily. He’s decided to tear apart all next gen rivals. That pep talk from Nadal and Federer may have created a fist pumping tennis playing assasin!

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Scoop, if Tiafoe hires Mal Washington that would be fantastic. Or Bryan Shelton, strong player in his day. He could dig deep and hire a superb strategist in Zina Garrison. He could hire Chanda Rubin.

    The point is his buddy hasn’t helped him. Zverev has been playing no mercy tennis since the pep talk from Federer and Nadal at Laver Cup, and Tiafoe, who could have benefitted from this kind of pep talk, probably thought he would play the same guy from the US Open. Reality, Zverev has a full confidence tank and is firing on all emotional and physical cylinders.

    You don’t bring a water pistol to a war. You bring the best. Tiafoe can do better than his buddy. At a minimum both of them have to have some goals for the rest of the season, because the results last few months have been AWFUL.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 10:41 am

    As for Felix, that Shapo US Open match must have hurt. He’s got to regroup, add some more dimensions to his promising game. This wasn’t a good showing. Losing is fine, but you gotta go down swinging.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Japan: Goffin sends Canada home. First he dismissed last week’s champ CarrenoB, now ousts Shapovalov in straights. At least Shapo fought to the bitter end with two tiebreak sets. Chung d. Cilic, nice win in three.

    China
    Tsitsipas survives Basilashvili, Querrey d. Schwartzmann of US open quarters fame.

    Next gen is…a mess.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 11:37 am

    re fan base, I hope everyone supports some underdogs. As for crazy Osaka fans it’s part of the sport. Her dad must be feeling pretty good right about now, Osaka’s performance under her dad so far has been stellar.

    I still don’t think it’s a good idea long term and would hope team Osaka ponies up for a big league coach. But who can argue with the Osaka turnaround so far? A win versus Andreescu if Osaka can pull it off would be the equivalent of “See, WE know better than everyone!”. It would be vindication

    An Andreescu win would send a message of “you’re going to have to face the reality that I’m better than all of you”. It would be a dominance statement, if she takes out one of the few players to win back to back slams.

  • Hartt · October 3, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I have no idea who will win the Bianca vs Naomi match, but am looking forward to it. It is important for both players, and they both will need to bring their best tennis and a fighting spirit.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 3, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Hire Mal Washington, great idea Andrew. Best option for Tiafoe. Shelton is busy with UF team.

  • catherine · October 3, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Andrew – re Osaka’s fan base, it’s my fault for reading Youtube comments. I always promise myself I won’t read online comments but it’s a promise I often break.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 3, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Worried about this wall Felix has suddenly hit. Smoked by Shap and now Zverev, this is normal for a young star, Federer and Djokovic also had growing pains at this age. Hope he fixes it soon. SHap without Youzhny who is back in Russia now may explain SHap’s recent losses.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Zverev playing great now, fired up by Nadal and Federer. They pushed no mercy on the guy. Good for them.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Mal Washington was one of my favorite players. Also David Wheaton. Todd Martin. Agassi. All of them.

    Washington’s dad was a capital T Taskmaster and advocate number one for his younger son and daughter, both were good. I caught Washington brother Mashidka and Washington too.

    Washington would be tough. Not sure if Tiafoe would respond given he seems to want to hang out with his coach. Which is fine, Agassi and Gilbert would grab a beer too. Just that are you going to do what you need to do to get better if you don’t listen to your coach or your coach feels like they have no influence or insight or you don’t take it.

  • Andrew Miller · October 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    re Malivai Washington would be helpful in many ways. His dad was famously outspoken, and sadly very mistaken, especially as it regarded how one of his sons was an excellent player, and the other three were very strong but not at his level. I read it as “powerful man tries to get his kids into tournaments by any means necessary”.

    Washington would be no non sense as well as understanding. He would get that Tiafoe wants some space but on the court it would be our job is to improve every day until the rest of your playing career

    Washington would be a good coach for anyone. He knew success at the highest level and from what I could tell he was always decent. Scoop probably has met him. Seems like a genuinely good human.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 3, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    If Mal is interested to coach Tiafoe he should pursue it. I know somw ex playees take mayters into their own hands sometimes and offer their service. Question is does Mal want the gig and does he believe he can help Tiafoe improve?

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 3, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I met and interviewed Mal a few times, great guy, regular normal guy, no tennis arrogance or auras, cool guy. Might be burnt out though from the sport or maybe waa at some point. I like Mal, very good player to watch too. Solid career, kind of forgotten. His dad was very outspoken vs usta about hiring blacks, maybe all his badgering worked.

  • Jon King · October 3, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Definitely excited about Osaka-Andreescu. Could not ask for a better late season match up.

  • Jeff · October 4, 2019 at 12:12 am

    I have a feeling Andreescu could rout poor Naomi. Naomi had an emotional week last week and some weird postings on her social media about her rapper bf. Bianca could take her apart.

  • catherine · October 4, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Jeff – can’t agree, but I won’t put money on it. (Last time I recall you thought Serena would win.) Naomi wants this. Don’t think her social media life will interfere. Her serve is better than Bianca’s at present and she’s faster around the court than B’s previous opponents. But Bianca will learn from the match. Naomi’s also around 4″ taller, although that doesn’t mean much. I forget how tall she is.

    I’ll be following the match around midday.

  • catherine · October 4, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Petko gets an essay into Best Sports Writing – piece she did for Racquet Magazine. She’s the German Patti Smith, or wants to be. Although she seems to prefer life in the US. She speaks English with an American accent.

    Sloane Stephens pic with her fiance. Sloane definitely more interested in her personal life than tennis these days.

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Yes, Naomi is 5’11”, so she is 4″ taller than Bianca. My gut feeling is that Naomi will win this match, but then I did not expect Bianca to win a couple other matches that she did win, so who knows?

    The Canadian media is excited about this match, so it has already been good for tennis’ profile.

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Bianca is sounding positive.
    “I feel like US Open didn’t even happen, which I think is a good thing. I’m starting off fresh. I think taking a couple weeks off after US Open really helped, as well. Take a break mentally and physically to regroup for this tournament.

    Yeah, I’m glad I’m here. It’s a new challenge, new circumstances, different environment. But I’m always up for the challenge, so I’m happy to be here.” (Tennis World)

    When she talked about taking a couple weeks off she meant from tournaments, because she was practicing during that time.

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Bianca talked about the importance of figuring out her opponents. She said that Naomi is a lot like Serena,with a big serve and big groundstrokes.

    “I think one of my great – what’s the word – I guess advantage or strengths, I don’t know, when I do step on the court, I’m good at figuring out how to play certain players, especially after studying them the night before.

    But it’s different when you step on the court. I think that’s a really good strength to have, is to figure out different things when you’re actually out there. We’ll see. I mean, the goal is just to play my game and stay positive.” (Tennis World)

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 4, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Andreescu 64 63 vs Osaka.

  • Andrew Miller · October 4, 2019 at 9:02 am

    That settles that. Andreescu is light years ahead in terms of her prep and competitiveness and killer instinct, and has no challengers until they wake up. Players with some game like Bencic aren’t making the match. Kvitova is less interested off grass courts. A lot of open road unless someone gets a strategy for this kid.

  • Andrew Miller · October 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Also, Osaka must fire her dad. She needs a real coach. This time last year she was in Andreescu role and cleaning up. It’s like facing a mirror image of herself last year – recently won a US Open over Serena Williams, playing fantastic. Then…

    A wake up call for Osaka. Firing a coach that wasn’t working didn’t help. Hiring her dad proved to be a decent transition. Now the wake up call if she wants to enjoy her perch on top of the tennis world, though obviously more humbled by a better player.

    Straight sets. Yeah, dad’s gotta go.

  • Andrew Miller · October 4, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Scoop, you wrote a prediction! Match hasn’t started. Well, if Andreescu blows out Osaka that’s what I recommend. If Osaka wins obviously I put my foot in my mouth.

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Scoop, I hope you are right, but I will be pleasantly surprised if Bianca wins that easily. I guess it is hard for me to predict a Bianca win, because it will be even more disappointing if she doesn’t get it.

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Maybe Naomi hasn’t had a great season, but she has 2 Slams, so should not be underestimated.

  • Andrew Miller · October 4, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Zverev d. Querrey, Tsitsipas d. Isner, so Zverev vs Tsitsipas for next gen bragging rights. Thiem vs. Khachanov. China Open showing the next generation is finding something. They were able to toss all the veterans out with the exception of Thiem. Next gen will have a finalist at very least for a decent draw at the China Open.

    In Japan, Djokovic routed Pouille (who just got married?) and Goffin d. Chung very badly, 6-2 6-2. Goffin has been ferocious this tournament.

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 9:32 am

    For the men, it helps when those pesky Big 3 aren’t in the mix. All 4 remaining players are treats-eligible, so a treat is guaranteed!

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 10:05 am

    It looked like Bianca was sailing through the first set, with 2 breaks, but then Naomi got the breaks back to take it to 5-5. Bianca then broke and finally managed to serve out the set, winning it 7-5. Not as easy as Scoop predicted, but she got it done in the end.

    Naomi getting OCC.

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Bianca is up a break in the 2nd set, but this is a hard-fought match. she leads 2-1.

  • catherine · October 4, 2019 at 10:48 am

    You’re wrong all of you who said SS. I think I’m right.

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Naomi won the 2nd set pretty handily. Bianca has to up her level, try more variety, to have a chance in the third.

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Unfortunately, Scoop’s prediction was incorrect. It was a tough, hard-fought match, but Naomi was the better player and deserved the win. She served very well and her groundies were great, giving her the edge in rallies.

    So Bianca’s long winning streak has come to an end.

  • catherine · October 4, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I had the feeling Naomi would have the edge and didn’t change my mind. Her serve is better than Bianca’s at present and she hits harder on groundstrokes. Bianca did very well and will go away knowing the things she has to work on. I think those couple of years difference in age, plus Bianca’s times off, make a difference at present.

  • Andrew Miller · October 4, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Osaka’s dad wins the match. So much for my absolutely incorrect commentary, I am flat out wrong! This is a nice “I’m as good as ever” statement warrior match from Osaka in drumming Andreescu out of China. As if to say: we have a rivalry on tour now.

    Yeah I blew this.

    Osaka now undefeated in her dad Francois.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 4, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Osaka vs Bibi comments go to article about match…

  • Hartt · October 4, 2019 at 11:57 am

    As I said before the match, my gut feeling was that Naomi would win. At her best she has bigger weapons than Bianca, but she did have to play her best today to win the match.

    As Catherine said, Bianca will see what she needs to work on. I think the serve is one. She has a pretty good serve, but it could be better, allowing her to get more free points off the serve, and to have a better first serve %.

  • Scoop Malinowski · October 4, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Bibi Osaka article posted…

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