Clijsters plays Chicago Fall Classic

The Chicago Fall Classic, a WTA 500 event, gets under way this week with a field headed by Elena Svitolina and Garbiñe Muguruza that also includes the return of Kim Clijsters at the age of 38.

Kontaveit stuns Sakkari to win Ostrava title

Anett Kontaveit denied Maria Sakkari her dream of taking the J&T Banka Ostrava Open title after a drought of two years, with a comprehensive 6-2 7-5 over the Greek 4th seed in Sunday’s final.

Europe crushes World

Considering the momentum which Team Europe had generated during the first two days of the Laver Cup to sweep into a 11-1 lead over Team World, it wasn’t surprising to see the visitors clinch overall victory with the first match played on the final day.

Hurkacz collects fourth title

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz produced another impressive performance on Sunday when, as the top seed, he won the Moselle Open title in Metz, France, defeating the Tokyo bronze medallist and second seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.

Kwon collects maiden ATP title

Soonwoo Kwon became a first time ATP champion in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, when he won the Astana Open by defeating James Duckworth 7-6(6) 6-3 after 95-minutes in a final featuring two unseeded players.

Sakkari and Kontaveit, surprise Ostrava finalists

Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit overturned the form books by taking out the two top seeds at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Saturday, upsetting Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova respectively, and they will now meet in Sunday’s final.

Mission impossible for Team World in Laver Cup

Team Europe have opened up a ten-point advantage over Team World following completion of the second day’s play of the Laver Cup at the TD Garden in Boston.

Swiatek to meet Sakkari as Kvitova faces Kontaveit in Ostrava semi-finals

Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the top seed at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open, came through another tough test from Elena Rybakina from Kazakstan to reach the semi-finals, where she will meet Maria Sakkari after the Greek took out home favourite Tereza Martincova.

Team Europe take 3-1 lead

Following a brief colourful opening ceremony the 2021 Laver Cup got underway at the TD Garden auditorium in Boston with the current champions Team Europe taking the majority of the points available to lead 3-1 into Day Two.

Murray succumbs to Hurkacz

Andy Murray’s Metz run was brought to an end by the top seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who after a tight first set, eased himself into the Moselle Open semi-finals 7-6(4) 6-3.
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A Djokovic Gold Double is on

With just a few days to go as far as tennis at the Tokyo Olympics are concerned the the big question now is whether anyone can stop Novak Djokovic collecting two Gold medals as he continues his quest of scoring a Grand Slam.

In partnership with Nina Stojanovic, he has reached the semi-finals of the Mixed competition following a comprehensive 6-1 6-2 victory over Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Laure Siegemund.

At no stage were the Serbs –who are playing together for the first time – under any pressure and they face the ROC’s Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina for a place in the Gold Medal match.

There was hope that the Greek pairing of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari, as the second seeds would come through to contest the final with the Serbians, but they fell to another experienced pair, John Peers and the women’s world number one Ashleigh Barty, 6-4 4-6 10-6.

The Greeks were left ruing costly errors as the Aussies recovered their poise to run off with the third set ‘first-to-ten’ tiebreak.

For Barty, who arrived in Tokyo with great expectations only to suffer a very early disappointment in the singles and more recently in the women’s doubles, success in the Mixed would help to salve the hurt.

And as regards her partner, a long-time friend who is playing his third Olympics, a medal would be very welcome, a point Barty herself pointed out earlier: “For Johnny and I this is a really, really special moment to make Mama Peers proud.”

There next challenge for a place in the final are the fourth seeded pairing of Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the fourth and only seeds remaining in the competition and the second ROC pairing left in the competition..

The Russian Olympic Committee representatives battled past Japan’s Ben McLachlan and Ena Shibahara 7-5 6-6(0) 10-8 to make the last four.

Ashleigh Barty and John Peers put out the second seeds

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