Svitolina leads Dubai field and bemoans drop in prize money

Play got under way in the 21st edition of the Dubai Duty Free Championships this weekend in the qualifying competition, while early main draw action began on Sunday, with top seed Elena Svitolina bidding for her 3rd DDF crown behind closed doors due to Covid-19...

It’s an All-Argentine final in Buenos Aires

Home fans will be delighted for, whatever happens on Sunday, they will be hailing a new local champion following the final of the Argentine Open where two natives of Buenos Aires will be jousting for the crown and the £24,000 pay-check.

Tauson and Golubic to meet in Lyon final

Two qualifiers will contest the Open 6ème Sens - Métropole de Lyon final on Sunday, after Clara Tauson and Viktorija Golubic upset Paula Badosa and Fiona Ferro respectively in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Kvitova dismantles Muguruza to win Qatar title

Petra Kvitova won her second Qatar Total Open title on Saturday with a near-perfect dismantling of Garbiñe Muguruza, 6-2 6-1, in an hour 6 minute final.

Rublev tops Tsitsipas in Rotterdam

Fourth seeded Andrey Rublev has brought the title favourite Stefanos Tsitsipas, run in Rotterdam to an end when he beat the Greek God for a place in the finals of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Argentines edge closer to ending a 13-year drought at their home event

The chances of the 13-year drought since an Argentine won the Argentine Open in Buenos Aires have increased dramatically with two ‘Argentinos’ featuring in the last four, thankfully on opposite sides of the draw.

It’s Tauson v Badosa and Golubic v Ferro in Lyon semis

There were mixed fortunes for the two Claras at the Open 6ème Sens - Métropole de Lyon on Friday, when Tauson extended her winning streak to 9, booking a place in her first WTA semi-final with a straight-sets defeat of Camila Giorgi, while Burel bowed out in 3 sets to...

Kvitova beats Pegula to book Muguruza final

Petra Kvitova is into her 3rd Qatar Total Open final in the last 4 years after making it past the in-form Jessica Pegula on Friday, and will play Garbiñe Muguruza for the trophy on Saturday, who secured her spot when Victoria Azarenka withdrew because of the back...

Tstsipas scrambles through to Rotterdam semis.

It was another gruelling day for the title favourite as he added over two-and-half-hours to his tally on court this week.

Paire disgraces himself

The behaviour of Benoit Paire, the abrasive Frenchman, dominated proceedings on the fourth day of the Argentine Open after tanking the final game against local player Francisco Cerundolo, and spitting on the court for which he was docked a point.
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Andreescu, Martic and Collins restore Phillip Island Trophy order

Bianca Andreescu is into the quarter-finals of the Phillip Island Trophy, after benefitting from the retirement of  Ziyana Diyas of Kazakhstan in the round of 16 on Tuesday, where she is joined by 4th seed Petra Martic and 8th seed Danielle Collins, who have restored order after a slew of upsets.

It's like a Hitchcock thing! Madison Brengle

The Canadian won the opener easily, 6-1, but then Diyas retired from the match before taking the court for a second set, leaving Andreescu to face Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania in the quarters.

Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, is now 3-1 in matches won 2021 after ending a 15-month absence from the tour through serious injury.

Seeded 2 for the title, Andreescu entered the new WTA Tour 250 event for early losers at the ongoing Australian Open after being ousted in the second round of the Grand Slam last week.

Ranked 9th in the world, Andreescu got a bye in the first round of the Phillip Island Trophy before topping the 85th-ranked Madison Brengle in the second round and the 83rd-ranked Diyas in the round of 16,

Andreescu had endured a late-night marathon on Monday in her opener, battling birds overhead, bugs underfoot and Madison Brengle across the net before surviving 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3.

Seagulls frequently swooped low into the 1573 Arena, prompting Brengle to exclaim at one point: “It’s like a Hitchcock thing!”

There were fewer tests for the Canadian in the third round, though, as World No 83 Diyas was forced to retire due to a knee injury.

Andreescu’s next opponent, unseeded Begu pulled off Tuesday’s biggest upset, defeating No 5 seed Wang Qiang, 6-7(2) 6-2 6-1.

Begu, 30, is ranked 74 and needed 2 hours and 15 minutes to win after being 1-3 and 3-5 down in the first set.

Wang finished with 4 aces and 7 double-faults, while Begu fired 2 aces and just 1 double-fault.

Petra Martic, the next highest seed to Bianca Andreescu, made light work of wild card Kimberly Birrell on Tuesday

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Elsewhere, Martic reached her first quarter-final since Palermo last August with a 6-1 6-3 win over wildcard Kimberly Birrell, and Collins moved past Misaki Doi, 6-4 6-2, to book her second quarter-final spot of this year’s Australian swing.

Two local players, who had beaten the odds in second-round upsets, had their fairytale runs halted in the last 16.

Unranked wildcard Olivia Gadecki, No 1 seed Sofia Kenin’s conqueror, fell 7-5 6-3 to No 16 seed Rebecca Peterson; and lucky loser Gabriella Da Silva Fick, who had saved 2 match points to stun Aliaksandra Sasnovich, was routed 6-1 6-1 by No 13 seed Marie Bouzkova.

Tuesday’s closest match was an all-Russian contest between former World No 10 Daria Kasatkina and No 7 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

While Kasatkina may be ranked World No 75 now and is unseeded in the draw, her upset of Pavlyuchenkova, 2-6 6-1 6-4, in fact tightened her grip on the pair’s head-to-head. and she now leads the series 3-1, having won each of their past three meetings.



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