Paolini upsets Putintseva to meet Riske in Portoroz final

Unseeded Italian Jasmine Paolini continued her dream week at the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz on Saturday, beating 2nd-seeded Yulia Putintseva from Kazakstan, 1-6 6-3 6-4, to reach her first WTA final where she will face No 3 seed Alison Riske from USA for the title.

Ostapenko to meet Tauson in Luxembourg final

Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia, the No 3 seed at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, overcame a late but spirited second set challenge from 7th-seeded Russian Liudmila Samsonova to set up a trophy match against Denmark’s Clara Tauson, who needed 3...

Bencic and Mertens toppled in Luxembourg

Belinda Bencic’s hopes of gaining more points in the Porsche Race to the WTA Finals were dashed at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open on Friday when the top-seeded Swiss was beaten by Russia’s Liudmilla Samsonova, the No 7 seed, 6-1 6-4, in an hour and 13 minutes.

Putintseva pushes on in Portoroz

At the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz tournament in Slovenia, 4th seed Sorana Cirstea, a recent Emma Raducanu conquest, was beaten 6-4 4-6 6-1 by Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in their last 8 meeting.

WTA Roundup: Bencic eyes spot in Guadalajara

Two WTA 250 tournaments are taking place this week, in Luxembourg where Belinda Bencic leads the field indoors on hard courts, and at Portoroz where top seed Petra Martic fell at the first hurdle.

Great to be back

Emma Raducanu, the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam, has declared: "It's a great feeling to be back home.”

Halep marries Toni Iuruc in Constanta

Simona Halep has married her long-time boyfriend in a small civil ceremony in her hometown of Constanta on the Black Sea on Wednesday.

Tyzzer admits decision may have impacted Barty loss at US Open

It seems a decision made by coach Craig Tyzzer could have contributed to Ash Barty’s early departure from the US Open last week, although fatigue was also a factor after the Aussie won the title in Cincinnati ahead of Flushing Meadows.

France to open BJK Cup in Prague

The ITF has announced the schedule for the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Finals 2021 to be held at the O2 Arena in Prague from 1-6 November.

And so it begins…

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Djokovic still the man to beat

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic remains on course for Olympic gold and maintain his bid for a Golden Slam this year – with the help of the scheduling committee.

The Tokyo Games favourite complained about playing in the heat and humidity of the day after reaching the second round, declaring “you feel weights on your shoulders”.

But the Serb was given an early evening slot as he defeated German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 6-3 to reach the last 16 where he will face Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Djokovic, who had come through his first round in straight sets, overcame world No.48 Struff in just 74 minutes. He claimed the first set by breaking the German to love.

The 34-year-old secured an early break in the second to ease home as he extended his unbeaten record against Struff to six.

Djokovic would become the first male player to claim all four Slams and the Olympic title in the same year should he end up with winning in Japan and going on to claim the US Open crown (Steffi Graf the lone female).

It seems the cards are falling in favour of the world No.1. The more palatable scheduling for him follows rivals Andy Murray and Andrey Rublev taken out of his path. British two-time Games king Murray withdrew from the singles through injury and fifth seed Andrey Rublev, of the Russian Olympic Committee, was defeated by Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

Alexander Zverev expects to keep the pressure on the world number one.

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But Djokovic will take nothing for granted with the likes of Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas still in the field.

German Zverev, the world No.5, could meet Djokovic in the last-four.

Zverev, who made the last 16 by defeating Daniel Galan Riveros 6-2 6-2, would like it to be in the daytime rather than the evening, should the projected showdown come to pass.

Zverev, who meets Nikoloz Basilashvili for a quarter-final spot, said in Bild: “During the day is better! Take a look at his Australian Open night record. That’s kind of 27-1 or 30-1. The only match he lost was against (Stan) Wawrinka (in the 2014 quarter-finals). He would have won against aliens too.”

Medvedev will fight for a last-eight place after beating India’s Sumit Nagal 6-2 6-1.

Greek debutant Tsitsipas takes on American Frances Tiafoe for his opportunity to do the same after beating German Philipp Kohlschreiber. And he is on a revenge mission, having been stunned by Tiafoe at Wimbledon. Tsitsipas said: “I’ve learned my lessons (from Wimbledon).”

Fokina defeated Australian John Millman over three sets. Georgian Basilashvili also had to go the distance to beat Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

In the men’s doubles, British pair Jamie Murray, Andy’s brother, and Neal Skupski were beaten 6-3 6-4 in the second round by host duo Nishikori and Ben McLachan.

It means seven-time major champion Murray, 35, has been unable to get beyond the stage in four Olympic Games.



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