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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Injury forces Murray to concentrate on doubles

Andy Murray has been left chasing one Olympic gold.

I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe Andy Murray

The two-time champion admitted he was “disappointed” after being forced to withdraw from his campaign for a third singles title before it had started due to a thigh strain.

Murray, who has reached the second round of the doubles with Joe Salisbury, was due to face Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime who was subsequently knocked out by the Brit’s replacement Max Purcell of Australia.

Murray said: “I am really disappointed at having to withdraw but the medical staff have advised me against playing in both events. I have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the singles and focus on playing doubles with Joe.”

The 34-year-old aims to become the first man to win four Olympic medals since tennis was re-introduced to the Games in 1988. Unseeded Murray and Salisbury face German duo Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz after stunning second seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Hubert from France.

The twice Wimbledon champion has had a stop-start comeback from hip problems after winning Olympic singles gold and mixed doubles silver in 2012 and retaining his individual title four years later.

He also had to opt out of the Australian Open in January due to contracting Covid although managed to make the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2017 at Wimbledon in June.

Liam Broady, the remaining Brit in the singles, earned a second round duel with Hubert Hurkacz, the Wimbledon semi-finalist, by defeating Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2 over 3hr.3min.

It follows Jamie Murray, Andy’s older brother, and Neal Skupski beating Cerundolo compatriots Andres Molteni and Horacio Zeballos. 6-7 6-4 13-11 in the opening round of the doubles.

Liam Broady safely through to round two

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