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…

Who reading this, even those who may not have affection for or affiliation with the game of tennis, could have failed to be mesmerised by the recent Raducanu journey, which concluded with her becoming the first ever qualifier to win one of the game’s primary sporting...
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Khachanov latest to test positive

If we needed any reminder about how prevalent the coronavirus remains around the world, we need look no further than Russia’s Karen Khachanov, who is the latest player to announce he has tested positive for COVID-19 after flying to the United Arab Emirates for pre-season training.

I started my pre-season in Dubai, but unfortunately my wife, my son and myself tested positive for COVID-19. We are self-isolating ourselves and hopefully will be healthy soon. Karen Khachanov

In a post on Instagram, the World No 20 confirmed the positive test, adding that he and his family were now self-isolating.

“I started my pre-season in Dubai, but unfortunately my wife, my son and myself tested positive for COVID-19,” said Khachanov. “We are self-isolating ourselves and hopefully will be healthy soon.

“I wish everybody to stay healthy and take care of each other.”

The 24-year-old’s career highlight to date was making the quarter-finals of the French Open last year, where he lost to No 4 seed Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

Shortly after this run, the Russian moved up to a career high of 8th in the rankings but has since slipped back.

He reached the 3rd round at both the Australian Open and US Open this year.

Khachanov won his first ATP Masters 1000 title with a straight sets victory over Serbia’s World No 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of Paris Bercy in 2018.

He is one of many tennis players to test positive for the virus, including Djokovic, who contracted COVID-19 during the Adria Tour.

During the exhibition series, Serbia’s Victor Troicki, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov and Croatia’s Borna Ćorić also tested positive for the virus.

Romania’s World No 2 Simona Halep is among the other players to have tested positive.



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