Andy Murray will try to keep his best like in Sydney
MDP Live - Andy Murray has won 46 titles, is ranked number 1 in the world, and has many achievements in his career to date.
But the British tennis player is still ambitious to achieve more. This was seen during the Sydney International trophy acceptance ceremony for the 2022 season after his defeat in the final against Aslan Karatsev.
"What a great atmosphere to play, thank you, it was amazing. I really miss playing in front of the crowd and games like that. "Unfortunately, the result wasn't what I wanted, but I'm going to do my best to come back and have nights like this again."
The 34-year-old has played the biggest stage in tennis on many occasions. However, he still wants to return to such big games. And the Briton made sure that he not only wanted to play in those moments, but managed to win them.
The world number 135, who is still working hard to return to form after undergoing hip surgery, has stated on many occasions that one of her biggest goals is to bag 50 titles. He has currently claimed 46 titles.
"I've set my short-term goals pretty clearly and the things I still want to try and achieve," added Murray.
"I want to try and win tournaments again. That's one of the reasons why I'm still playing, because I believe I can still do it."
Russia's Karatsev has been too tough for the former world number 1 in this season's Sydney International final, including securing all five break points he has faced. This match is the first meeting between the two players.
The achievement at the Sydney International is a positive effort for the British tennis player who does not make it to the semifinals of the 2021 ATP tournament.
Now, the three-time Grand Slam winner will head to Melbourne where he will face Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round of the Australian Open.
The British tennis player is not doing this all for herself. In the trophy presentation ceremony, he emphasized this.
“I want to thank my family back home. I don't know if you all watched, but I miss you guys," Murray said.
Anett Kontaveit Meets Barbora Krejcikova for Sydney Finals
MDP Live - Anett Kontaveit claimed a second win over Ons Jabeur after they met in the quarter-finals of the 2022 Sydney International, but in a way he probably didn't expect.
The fourth seed secured a place in the semi-finals of the Sydney International when seventh seed Jabeur decided to withdraw from the match with a lower back injury as the score was 6-4 over the fourth seed.
After almost an hour on the court, Tunisian Jabeur asked for a break for medical reasons after the first set was over and tried to start the second. After making one serve and one first serve error, she walked towards the net and ended the match by hugging the Estonian.
"I really hope Ons will be fine for next week's tournament and nothing is too serious," Kontaveit said.
"The first set was really competitive and we've had some tough matches before, but it always ends up taking the lead. I'm really happy to have won that set and that I played the way I wanted to."
The fourth seed, who lost to a seventh seed twice last season, won the last three games en route to a first set victory that lasted 51 minutes.
Aiming to advance to a fourth successive final, Kontaveit will face third seed Barbora Krejcikova in the semifinals of the Sydney International. The two players last met two months ago, in the WTA Finals, Guadalajara, where the fourth seed beat the third seed 6-3, 6-4 in the group stages.
"It will definitely be a tough match. He played brilliantly. She has bagged an impressive win," Krejcikova said.
"This season has just started. The last time we met was at the end of last season. The conditions are different, of course.”
"I'm really looking forward to challenging another top 10 player. I'm happy to be able to put myself in this situation, have an amazing game and spend some quality time on the pitch."
Czech Krejcikova did not experience much drama in the 68-minute match as she won 6-0, 6-2 over Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.
World number 4 Krejcikova has lost just eight games of her two wins at the 2022 Sydney International. Garcia gained momentum in the second set, including creating break point chances to make it 3-3, but missed and lost the final three games.