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Prague | Jana Novotna Dies aged 49

The tennis world is shocked to learn that former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died, aged just 49. Blessed with great athletic ability and a wicked sense of humour, Jana was always friendly and smiling, full of fun. She was seen most recently at the Laver Cup in Prague this past September and her battle against cancer was kept private and not common knowledge within the game. The news was broken by the WTA in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that the WTA announces the passing on Sunday, November 19, of Jana Novotna, the former WTA World No 1...

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Zhuhai | Great Goerges comeback to win Elite Trophy

The way CoCo Vandeweghe came out of the blocks on Sunday to swiftly build a 4-1 and 5-2 lead against Julia Goerges, anyone could have been forgiven for thinking the American would shortly raise the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai. The seventh seed, however, had other ideas and she reeled off 11 of the last 12 games to defeat No 2 seed, 7-5 6-1, in an hour and twenty minutes of enthralling tennis. “I’m just happy. I think I have not really any words to describe right now. I think I still can’t believe it… It’s just amazing,” said Goerges...

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Zhuhai | Glorious Goerges reaches Elite Final

Germany’s Julia Goerges extended her winning streak with a comprehensive win over Anastasija Sevastova in the first semi-final of the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy in China, 6-3 6-3, on Saturday. The two had played each other five times previously, with the balance tipped slightly in favour of the German, who won three of those meetings, but the Latvian had won the pair’s last meeting, coming through in three sets in the final of the Mallorca Open earlier this year to give her a first and only title of the season. Goerges, aged 29, used her powerful serve and forehand...

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Zhuhai | Doubles recap – Anna Smith falls in group stage

Alongside singles play in Zhuhai, a doubles competition is also being contested to determine honours at the 2017 Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy in China, including Britain’s Anna Smith who was competing with her Polish partner, Alicja Rosolska. Six pairs have been playing out two round robin groups, Lotus and Orchid, over the past three days for Sunday’s final slots. Playing in the Orchid group and seeded 2 for the title, Smith and Rosolska were first upset by Lu Jing-Jing and Zhang Shuai on Wednesday, 6-3 6-1, and then narrowly lost to Chinese teens Jiang Xinyu and Tang Qianhui to...

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Zhuhai | Goerges completes semi-final

Top seed Kristina Mladenovic was sent out of the Hengqing Life WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai on Friday after failing to win a match in the Azalea group. Julia Goerges beat the Frenchwoman, 6-2 7-6(4), to reach the semi-finals after topping the group standings, and sent Mladenovic tumbling out of the World top 10 in the process. “I really wanted to win that match,” Goerges said. “It didn’t matter if I had to win one set, but I don’t want to go out with losing the match and still being in the semifinals. I think that’s a bit weird....

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Zuhai | Barty stuns Kerber to reach semis

Ashleigh Barty cracked the top 20, is now Australia’s highest-ranked player across both the ATP and WTA tours, and became the first to qualify for the semi-finals at the the Hengqing Life WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai on Thursday. The tournament features the 12 leading players on the women’s tour who did not qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore last week, in addition to a local wild card, divided into four groups of three. Barty can feel justly proud of her impressive performance in dispatching former World No 1 Angelique Kerber in straight sets to take her tally...

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Zuhai | Rybarikova topples top seeded Mladenovic

Magdelena Rybarikova, who went down to German Julia Goerges in straight sets at the Hengqing Life WTA Elite Trophy on Tuesday, got over her initial losing slump by outlasting the top seed, Kristina ‘KiKi’ Mladenovic on Wednesday, 7-5 6-1 7-6(5). The Slovakian needed 7 match points to claim her first win in the Azalea Group and with it, she improved her group record to 1-1. Meanwhile, Mladenovic stands at 0-1, and will have to beat Goerges later in the week to have any chance to advance. The WTA Elite Trophy is a round-robin tournament for the top players who failed to...

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Zhuhai | Vandeweghe opens account

When you think the women’s tour is over for the season, the Hengqing Life WTA Elite Trophy incongruously comes hot on the heels of the year-ending championships in which Caroline Wozniacki took final honours and Simona Halep emerged as the year-end World No 1. The Elite Trophy features the top players in the world who did not play the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global last week, and, as usual, a field of accomplished veterans, rising talents, and WTA stars form a group of 12 singles players and six doubles teams competing for a prize money purse...

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Singapore | Wozniacki stuns Venus

Caroline Wozniacki won her first true major in Singapore, sweeping aside Venus Williams in straight sets to win the WTA Finals. Eight players, the best of 2017, battled each other for over the week and, at the last, it was the popular Dane who was the last woman standing. The No 6 seed moved past the 5th-seeded Williams, 6-4 6-4, to claim the title at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global on Sunday, besting her runner-up finish in 2010. Seven times before, Wozniacki had been trounced by her American opponent, winning just one set in all...

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Singapore | Babos and Hlaváčková take doubles honours

They snatched the glory out of Martina Hingis last hour and came from a set down to take the honours at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for the first time. Third-seeded Timea Babos and Andrea Hlaváčková grabbed their fifth trophy of the year with a tight, high-quality 4-6 6-4 [10-5] victory over the unseeded pair of Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson on the final day of the year-ending championships. The Hungarian-Czech teamed up for the first time in May and have been making quite a name for themselves. The Dutch-Swedish duo booked their spot...

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