Kudermetova to meet Kovinic in Charleston final

15th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova made it into the Volvo Car Open trophy match in Charleston where she will meet unseeded Danka Kovinic, both unlikely and surprising finalists from a field that was led by World No 1 Ash Barty and 4th-ranked Sofia Kenin among 9 of the...

Pablo Carreno Busta makes Marbella final

The final of the Andalucia Open in Marbella will be fought out by Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta, the top seed and the unseeded Jaume Munar who were well tested by two compatriots during their semi-final clashes on Saturday,

Tennis mourns HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh

The All England Lawn Tennis Club led tributes to His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 on Friday at Windsor Castle, conveying sincerest sympathies to the Royal Family on behalf of the tennis world.

Paris move is causing problems

There has been a bit of kick-back over the FFT’s decision to postpone the French Open by a week to 24 May, with tournaments on the ATP and WTA calendars affected, and players critical.

Badosa blitzes Barty to join Kudermetova, Kovonic and Jabeur in Charleston last 4

Spain’s Paula Badosa, ranked 71, stunned the World No 1 Ash Barty at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston on Friday night in straight sets to reach the biggest semi-final of her career at the WTA 500 event.

It’s an all Spanish semi-final line-up in Marbella

Not surprisingly perhaps, but the semi-finals of the Andalucia Open in Marbella is being filled by local talent but it is the first time in 17 years (Valencia) that four players from the same country have made it to the last four.

Barty battles on as Kvitova and Muguruza depart

Ash Barty came through a tough challenge from Shelby Rogers at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston to reach the quarter-finals, but Petra Kvitova and Garbiñe Muguruza, who were seeded to meet there, both bowed out.

Evans crashes out of Cagliari

The British No1, Dan Evans, the top seed at the Sardegna Open, was beaten after a two-hour and 10-minute three-set marathon, by Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti.

French Open delayed by one week

The 2021 French Open, due to start on 23 May, is being delayed by one week and the main draw will now begin on Sunday 30 May, with qualifying rounds to be held from Monday 24 May.

Barty masters transition to Charleston clay

World No 1 Ash Barty made the quick transition from hard to clay courts with little difficulty on Wednesday when she dispatched Japan's Misaki Doi, 6-2 6-1, in the Volvo Car Open at Charleston, SC.
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Kuzmova downs Dart to meet Fernandez in Monterrey

After defeating compatriot Heather Watson in the 1st round, Britain’s Harriet Dart was eliminated in the 2nd round of the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, Mexico, on Wednesday, by Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova, 6-4 6-3.

Kuzmova, who is ranked 151 in the world, will play a quarter-final against Leylah Fernandez after the Canadian’s 6-1 6-4 win over another Slovakian in Kristina Kucova.

Kocuva eliminated top seed Sloane Stephens on Tuesday in straight sets but could not find the answers against the 88th ranked teenager.

The 18-year old Canadian had a wider variety of shot, kept Kucova pinned behind the baseline and used her drop-shot to great effect, needing just over an hour to complete her win.

Fernandez built a 5-1 lead before serving out the first set to love, but the second was a much tighter affair as Kucova found her range on her groundstrokes.

The Canadian again used her drop-shot to help carve out a crucial break for 5-4, and took the match at her first opportunity without dropping a point to reach the quarter-finals.

Another Slovakian, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, beat Italy’s Jasmine Paolini, 2-6 6-2 6-2, and will play the Spanish 7th seed, Sara Sorribes Tormo, who progressed via walkover from her scheduled 2nd round match against Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan.

Earlier in the week, Paolini had upset Nao Hibino, the No 9 seed from Japan in 3 sets.

Meanwhile Britain’s Heather Watson teamed up with Saisai Zheng from China in the doubles to beat Russia’s Varvara Gracheva & Kaja Juva from Slovenia, 2-6 6-1 [10-7] and will next meet the top seeds Desirae Krawczyk from the US & Mexico’s Giuliana Olmos in the quarters on Thursday.



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