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Brisbane | Svitolina and Konta progress but Kvitova withdraws

On the women’s front at the Brisbane International, world No.6 Elina Svitolina has started well by ousting Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro powering past the Spaniard 6-2 6-4. Britain’s No1 Jo Konta produced an excellent win over US Open finalist Madison Keys to dispatch the American after two hours, 4-6 6-4 6-3. She recovered impressively from a set down to score her first win in five matches and looks to have put behind her the meltdown she suffered towards the end of last...

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Abu Dhabi | Serena plays exhibition while Anderson takes title

Comebacks have been the main fare at the Abu Dhabi exhibition event this year, overshadowing the actual Mubadala Tennis Championships which on day three, featured the final between Kevin Anderson and Roberto Bautista Agut. Novak Djokovic’s long-awaited comeback on Friday was a washout as he withdrew citing a recurrence of his tennis elbow injury. Then Andy Murray agreed to play a one set exhibition for his first public outing to test his hip which still forces him to limp. Finally we had Serena Williams arriving to play an exhibition against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko after nearly a year...

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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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