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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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Australia set to conquer Eastbourne

The possibility of two Australians reaching the Viking International final at Eastbourne, could well come to pass with Max Purcell and Alex de Minaur both having successfully made it into the semi-finals of the ATP 250 event.

You have to believe, or who would want to go out there? I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity. This just happens to be the week where I’m making a little bit of a start. Max Purcell

Seeded second and clearly favourite to win on the south coast, De Minaur, who hasn’t dropped a set all week, sailed past Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-4 6-4 to reach his second tour level semi in as many weeks.

“Very happy,” De Minaur said of his form. “This is a part of the season which I look forward to every year, and I feel like I have been able to gradually improve and play better and better, so I am very happy with where my game is at. You know, obviously the big goal is always going to be to try and go as deep as I can at Wimby.”

The 22-year-old plays Korean Soonwoo Kwon, who entered the draw as a Lucky Loser in place of the fifth seed from the US, Reilly Opelka, who in turn beat the Belarussian qualifier, Ilya Ivashka, 6-4 7-5.

Meanwhile in the top half, the unseeded Purcell, who dispatched the top seed Gael Monfils in round two, outlasted the veteran Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4 1-6 6-4 in what was a battle between two Lucky Losers!

Contesting his first ATP-level quarterfinal, the 23-year-old Purcell was never intimidated by the tournament’s 2011 champion.

“I’m over the moon. I managed to get through my last three main-draw matches after being a break down in the third set, which in itself is pretty hard to break back and win the match, especially on a surface where it’s so hard to return. But I’m really pumped, and I still have two more matches to get the job done.

“You have to believe, or who would want to go out there?” Purcell added. “I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity. This just happens to be the week where I’m making a little bit of a start.”

To reach the final Purcell will have to get past another Italian Lorezo Sonego, the third seed, who put up an impressive performance to beat Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 6-1 7-5.

“I am really happy with the match because it is not easy playing against Bublik, because he is an amazing talent,” Sonego said. “Especially in the second set, it was really tough, but I am happy with the match.

“I am full of energy because I like playing here. My serve is good for the grass court, and I like playing in Eastbourne. There are a lot of Italian fans, and it is good for me”.

Britain’s Joe Salisbury and his partner Rajeev Ram have reached the final of the men’s doubles after winning back-to-back matches on the same day.

In the semi-finals they put up an excellent display to beat second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-0 6-7(0), 10-6.

They will play the in-form Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic – who defeated the British American duo in the final in Rome this year – for a shot at the title.


Alex de Minaur is favourite to collect the Eastbourne title

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