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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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Barty extends lead atop of WTA Rankings and Race

Current World No 1 Ash Barty extended her stay at the top of the WTA Rankings following her win at Wimbledon on Saturday, pushing her current streak to 77 consecutive weeks leading the pack and 84 weeks overall.

Barty’s streak for consecutive weeks currently stands as the 9th longest in WTA history, with only Stefanie Graf, Serena Williams, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Monica Seles and Martina Hingis having longer ones.

Although Simona Halep’s ranking dropped from No 3 to No 9, her streak inside the Top 10 has reached 370 consecutive weeks, the 7th longest streak in history, while next up on the charts is Hana Mandlikova with 421 consecutive weeks.

Despite being absent from Wimbledon, Naomi Osaka remains at No 2 in the rankings.

Serena Williams has dropped from No 8 to No 16 and Petra Kvitova from No 10 to No 12, leaving the Top 10 after Wimbledon, but Garbiñe Muguruza returned for the first time since the week of 20 August, 2018, rising from 12 to 10.

Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova also returns to the Top 10, moving from No 13 to No 7.

After losing in the second round at Wimbledon, former World No 9 Andrea Petkovic returned to Germany to compete the Hamburg European Open, a WTA 250 event where she advanced to the final and, as a result, her ranking jumps 33 spots from No 130 to No 97.


Barbora Krejcikova won the Suzanne Lenglen Cup at the French Open and then reached the 4th round at Wimbledon

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Meanwhile, playing in her 12th career main draw, Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse won her first WTA trophy, in Hamburg, having entered the week ranked No 198, and her title run has pushed her up 65 spots to No 133.

Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova continues to climb after reaching the Wimbledon 4th round and, in less than a year after making her Top 100 debut, she finds herself at a new career-high of No 13, up from 17.

Angelique Kerber entered Wimbledon ranked 28, her lowest ranking since January 2012, and by reaching the semi-finals, she jumps 6 spots, moving from No 28 to No 22.

Back in April 2017, Viktorija Golubic hit No 51 in the rankings after winning Gstaad and reaching the Linz final the previous year, but has had to wait until reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Wimbledon to make her Top 50 debut, after being boosted 18 places from No 66 to No 48.

Ajla Tomljanovic also made her Grand Slam quarter-final debut at Wimbledon, and jumps 24 spots from 75 to 51, while Berlin champion Liudmila Samsonova made good use of her last-minute Wimbledon wild-card with a run to the 4th round at SW19. which sees her hit another career-high of No 55, up 10 from 65.

Bogota champion Maria Camila Osorio Serrano rocketed into the Top 100 off the back of a strong clay season, and the Colombian wasn’t halted on grass as the 19-year-old qualified for her first Wimbledon and reached the 3rd round, and so rises 14 places from No 94 to a new career-high of 80.

Ukraine’s Anhelina Kalinina has been tearing up the ITF World Tour this year and alhough the 24-year-old fell in the last round of Wimbledon qualifying, she collected the Montpellier W60 and Contrexéville W100 trophies over the next two weeks to take her 2021 ITF title haul to 4, which takes her record this season to 32-7, and she rockets up 30 places from No 125 to No.95 to make her Top 100 debut.

Also surging up the rankings is Jule Niemeier, the 21-year-old German has played just 4 WTA main draws, but has reached the semi-finals in two of them and jumps up 27 places from No 167 to 140, a new career-high.

British 18-year-old Emma Raducanu, who advanced to the 4th round at Wimbledon, improved her ranking by 159 spots, from No 338 to 179, and becomes the first British woman ranked in the Top 200 at 18 or younger since Laura Robson in January 2013.

Former junior World No 1 Diane Parry has hit her stride on the ITF World Tour in the past month as the 18-year-old Frenchwoman, the owner of a rare one-handed backhand, has collected her first 2 ITF W25 titles in the past 3 weeks in Périgueux and Torino and so is boosted 48 places from 342 to 294.


Emma Raducanu improved her ranking by 159 spots to No 179 as a result of her run at Wimbledon

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The Race to Shenzhen

Rankings aside, the Race to Shenzhen leaderboard is also gathering pace despite the season-ending WTA Finals, contested by the world’s top 8 singles players and 8 doubles teams, was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and its fate for 2021 is still unclear.

The Asian swing of tournaments has been wiped from the WTA calendar for a second successive year due to the pandemic, with the governing body saying discussions about the Finals are ongoing.

The annual showpiece had a prize purse of $14 million in 2019 when it was played in Shenzhen for the first time after ending a 5-year run in Singapore.

Karolina Pliskova’s run to the Wimbledon final has lifted the Czech 15 spots to No 5 on the leaderboard after the 29-year-old former World No 1, who was 20th in the Race before the grass court Grand Slam, collected 1,300 points and was the biggest mover of the week.

Barty, who beat Pliskova in the Wimbledon final to claim her second Grand Slam, cemented her spot at the top of the ladder with a lead of 1,853 points over Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Krejcikova, the Roland Garros champion, lost a place and was at 3rd spot ahead of last year’s French Open winner Iga Swiatek, while Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, the first Arab woman to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, is hot on the heels of 8-placed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and American teen Coco Gauff is 10th.




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