Tennis news today: Andy Murray defeats Dominic Thiem in first round of Madrid Open, Venus Williams glams it up at Met Gala | 3 May 2022

From L-R: Dominic Thiem, Andy Murray and Venus Williams.
From L-R: Dominic Thiem, Andy Murray and Venus Williams.

Dominic Thiem's comeback is yet to pick up steam as he lost in the first round of yet another tournament. Thiem fell 6-3, 6-4 to Andy Murray in the opening round of the 2022 Madrid Open on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams was at her glamorous best as she attended this year's Met Gala.

With her win over Coco Gauff, Simona Halep is set to surpass Maria Sharapova in terms of total prize money earned.

Marian Vajda, former coach of Novak Djokovic, has started to coach compatriot Alex Molcan.

Here's a round-up of the day's headlines:

Dominic Thiem loses to Andy Murray in first round of Madrid Open

Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem is yet to win a match since his comeback from injury earlier this year. After bowing out in the first round of his previous three tournaments, Thiem failed to get past the opening hurdle yet again in Madrid. This time, the Austrian suffered a straight-sets loss to former World No. 1 Andy Murray.

Thiem has managed to win just one set across his four losses so far. He's set to compete at the Italian Open next week.

Venus Williams sizzles at 2022 Met Gala

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams dazzled at this year's Met Gala, which was held on Monday evening. The American donned a chic black suit accessorized with sunglasses and a necklace.

Williams is a regular attendee of the Met Gala and her penchant for all things fashion is well known.

Simona Halep surpasses Maria Sharapova in total prize money earned

Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has displaced Maria Sharapova from the third spot on the list of players with the highest career prize money earned. The Romanian achieved the milestone following her third-round win over Coco Gauff at the Madrid Open.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Simona #Halep beat Cori Gauff and she overcame Maria #Sharapova in #WTA's #All-Time #Career Prize #Money Rankings1. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธSerena, $94,518,9712. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธVenus, $42,280,5403. ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ดHalep, $38,842,8864. Sharapova, $38,777,962$97,842, that's how much her win against Gauff was worth.

Halep now trails only Venus and Serena Williams on the list. She has a shot at overtaking Venus Williams if she plays for a few more years, but it'll be virtually impossible for her to leapfrog Serena Williams.

Marian Vajda to coach Alex Molcan

Novak Djokovic split with his long-term coach Marian Vajda earlier this year. They enjoyed a fruitful partnership as Vajda played a huge role in guiding the Serb to the pinnacle of the sport.

Vajda will now coach his fellow Slovak, Alex Molcan. The 24-year old recently reached a career-high ranking of World No. 46.

Novak Djokovic to begin quest for a fourth Madrid Open title against Gael Monfils

After a first-round bye, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will kick off his Madrid Open challenge against Gael Monfils. With a 17-0 record against the Frenchman, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will be feeling quite confident of his chances.

Djokovic's best result during the clay season so far has been a runner-up finish at the Serbia Open last month. He seems to be getting better with every match and is gathering momentum as he gears up for his title defense at Roland Garros.

Edited by Anantaajith Ra


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