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Nadal avenges Madrid loss

Up to the quarter-final stage of the Rome Masters, Rafa Nadal could be said to have had a fairly torrid time and when he faced Alexander Zverev for a place in the last four, many expected the German, last week’s Madrid Masters winner, to maintain his winning form over...

Pliskova to meet Ostapenko in Rome quarters

Karolina Pliskova is the sole seed in the lower half of the draw and takes on Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, while Petra Martic and Jessica Pegula will contest the last quarter on Friday.

Barty cruises, Gauff stuns Sabalenka and Svitolina swats Muguruza

World No 1 Ash Barty remains on track to add the Rome title to her expanding collection but must overcome Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals, who upset Aryna Sabalenka, the Madrid champion, at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday, while Elina Svitolina took out...

Nadal one point from defeat

Rafa Nadal’s invincibility on clay is being tested more regularly than you would expect and makes his forthcoming challenge at Roland Garros in a few weeks’ time, the more intriguing.

Jo Konta and Venus Williams enter Nottingham

British No 1 Johanna Konta and 10-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will headline this year’s Nottingham Open field, the first of the returning LTA summer grass court events.

Osaka leads march of seeds out of Rome

On a day of major upsets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the underdogs prevailed, seeing off seeds Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, and Maria Sakkari in a procession of upsets at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Nadal back on track

Rafa Nadal, playing his first match at the Foro Italico following his quarter-final loss to Alexander Zverev at last week’s Madrid Masters, declared himself happy with his performance in overcoming Jannik Sinner in straight sets, but not so with the scheduling by the...

Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

Seeds started to tumble at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens followed out of the draw by Jo Konta, while Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were among those to win through on Tuesday.

Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia got under way at the Foro Italico in Rome on Monday, with some of the seeds in action and coming through unscathed, although Petra Kvitova had to come from a set down against Magda Linette to advance, while Jennifer Brady won in...

Evans crashes out of Rome

Dan Evans excellent run on clay over the past few weeks came to an end in the first round of the Rome Masters when h suffered a very-bad tempered loss to Taylor Fritz.
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Konta opts out of Ostrava

British No 1, Johanna Konta, has decided not to play again this year after pulling out of next week’s J&T Banka Ostrava Open because she does not feel comfortable travelling to the Czech Republic where cases are spiking.

WE DID IT!! Climbed the highest freestanding mountain in the WORLD!! Definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! What a feeling!! And to do it with my whole family... Memories that will last a lifetime. Caroline Wozniacki

Konta’s last match was a first round loss in the French Open to 16-year-old American talent Coco Gauff in straight sets.

The American has received a wildcard into the qualifying event this weekend, where she is seeded No 3 and takes on fellow wildcard Jana Cepelova.

It is the Gauff’s first match since Paris, where she lost in the second round to Italy’s Martina Trevisan.

Fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands has also received a wildcard for qualifying and she takes on Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the first round.

Another Russian, Veronika Kudermetova, is the top seed for the two-round qualifying event, and she will start against Switzerland’s Stefanie Vögele.

The Premier $528,500 tournament begins on Monday with World No 5 Elina Svitolina currently the highest ranked player in the main draw.

The Ostrava Open, which is new to the WTA calendar, has received an official exemption which allows the tournament go ahead as planned despite new Covid-19 restrictions in the Czech Republic where several new cases of the virus have hit the population, with new infections trebling since the start of October.

Meanwhile, Konta is in London where a Tier 2 lockdown phase came into effect overnight, which means members from separate households cannot meet indoors.

Her defeat to Gauff earlier this month saw her move to 13th in the rankings, which compounded her second round defeat to unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea in September’s US Open.

Before the tournament in Flushing Meadows, Konta split from coach Thomas Hogstedt, who had previously worked with Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki.


Caroline Wozniacki and her husband David Lee at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

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Wozniacki conquers Kilimanjaro

Elsewhere, the retired Wozniacki, 29, has made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro alongside her husband, parents, brother and mother-in-law.

“WE DID IT!! Climbed the highest freestanding mountain in the WORLD!!,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “Definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! What a feeling!! And to do it with my whole family… Memories that will last a lifetime ❤️?#ontopoftheworld #kilimanjaro”

As is typical for TV, the expedition was pre-recorded and currently firefighters are now dealing with series of blazes on the mountain.


Cori 'Coco' Gauff returns to play this weekend in Ostrava qualifying where she is seeded No 3

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Limoges in doubt

It is reported that the WTA tournament due to held in December in Limoges is being called off due to strict COVID-19 measures put in place for the Australian Open, although this still remains in place on the WTA website calendar, one of just three tournaments yet to be played this year.

Scheduled for 14-20 December, the Open BLS De LIMOGES, organisers said on Friday that the 125k level event could be ‘directly affected’ by the mandatory two-week coronavirus quarantine players have to respect before being allowed into Australia, and risks leaving the French tournament with a weak field.

Players entered into the Australian Open, which is set to start on 18 January next year, may have to arrive Down Under as early as mid-December if they want to take part in the first Grand Slam of the tennis season.

Limoges organisers said the Australian quarantine rules left their tournament likely to miss out on ‘the top 150 players in the world’, which means they cannot ‘guarantee a high-level event’.

If cancelled, there would be just two more WTA events between now and the end of the season, with only Ostrava, which begins on Monday, and the Linz tournament scheduled for 9-15 November left on the calendar.




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