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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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Djokovic edges closer to Olympic Gold

Novak Djokovic is within one match of his first singles gold medal at the Olympics and warned: “My level of tennis is getting better and better”

You sweat a lot but you don't have the heat. You don't have the sun which in combination with the humidity is just brutal Novak Djokovic

The top seed set up a semi-final with Alexander Zverev after ending home hopes in the Tokyo tournament by crushing Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-0 in a mere 72 minutes.

But the Serb aiming to emulate Steffi Graf as the only other tennis player to achieve a Golden Slam of the four majors and a Games crown in the same year will take nothing for granted.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic is top of the pile in terms of slams won with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on 20,

But he has suffered last-four Olympic losses to eventual champions Nadal in Beijing 2008 – where he won bronze – and Britain’s Andy Murray in London 2012.

Yet the world No. 1 is upbeat.

Djokovic, 34, said: “I am very happy. It (his last- eight victory) was my best performance in the tournament. Matches are not getting easier, but my level of tennis is getting better and better. ”

Organisers scheduled the quarter-finals to begin in late afternoon following suggestions from the likes of Djokovic who felt players struggled to cope with the heat of 30-plus temperatures and over 70 per cent humidity earlier in the day.

The Serbian said: “Playing after 5pn is completely different. Obviously there is a little bit of a breeze but it is still very, very humid. You sweat a lot but you don’t have the heat. You don’t have the sun which in combination with the humidity is just brutal.”

And Djokovic coolly dismissed Nishikori who had not beaten the Serb in seven years, to equal the record of 13 Olympic wins held by Federer.

His powerful and deep groundshots from the baseline wore down Nishikori. The unbroken Djokovic won 85 per cent of his first service points.

German Zverev defeated Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. 6-4 6-1 to secure his date with Djokovic.

Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta will take on Karen Khachanov for a final spot after stunning second favourite Daniil Medvedev 6-2 7-6(5) over 103 minutes.

Mevedev said: “I changed everything I had on. I wanted to change my skin because I was sweating like I never did before. It was terrible,” said the Russian Olympic Committee player.

“I was wet like hell. I couldn’t toss the ball well, once I tossed the ball and got water in my eyes. It was not easy to play.”

Busta, the sixth seed who claimed his sixth Tour-level championship at the Hamburg European Open earlier in the month, rallied from a break down in the second set to produce 11 winners against his Russian Olympic Committee opponent.

Twelfth-seed Khachanov, also of the ROC, overcame Ugo Humbert of France 7-6(4) 4-6 6-2 in 2hr.34min.

“I felt well physically, I felt well mentally,” the ROC’s Khachanov told ITFtennis.com. “I came here to fight for medals and I’m playing good tennis so far. I’m happy that I’m managing to find solutions to the problems as they appear – this is tennis. I’m enjoying [it] so far, and I want to keep going like that.”

* Quotes by BBC and ITF.






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