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Clijsters plays Chicago Fall Classic

The Chicago Fall Classic, a WTA 500 event, gets under way this week with a field headed by Elena Svitolina and Garbiñe Muguruza that also includes the return of Kim Clijsters at the age of 38.

Kontaveit stuns Sakkari to win Ostrava title

Anett Kontaveit denied Maria Sakkari her dream of taking the J&T Banka Ostrava Open title after a drought of two years, with a comprehensive 6-2 7-5 over the Greek 4th seed in Sunday’s final.

Europe crushes World

Considering the momentum which Team Europe had generated during the first two days of the Laver Cup to sweep into a 11-1 lead over Team World, it wasn’t surprising to see the visitors clinch overall victory with the first match played on the final day.

Hurkacz collects fourth title

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz produced another impressive performance on Sunday when, as the top seed, he won the Moselle Open title in Metz, France, defeating the Tokyo bronze medallist and second seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets.

Kwon collects maiden ATP title

Soonwoo Kwon became a first time ATP champion in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan, when he won the Astana Open by defeating James Duckworth 7-6(6) 6-3 after 95-minutes in a final featuring two unseeded players.

Sakkari and Kontaveit, surprise Ostrava finalists

Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit overturned the form books by taking out the two top seeds at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Saturday, upsetting Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova respectively, and they will now meet in Sunday’s final.

Mission impossible for Team World in Laver Cup

Team Europe have opened up a ten-point advantage over Team World following completion of the second day’s play of the Laver Cup at the TD Garden in Boston.

Swiatek to meet Sakkari as Kvitova faces Kontaveit in Ostrava semi-finals

Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the top seed at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open, came through another tough test from Elena Rybakina from Kazakstan to reach the semi-finals, where she will meet Maria Sakkari after the Greek took out home favourite Tereza Martincova.

Team Europe take 3-1 lead

Following a brief colourful opening ceremony the 2021 Laver Cup got underway at the TD Garden auditorium in Boston with the current champions Team Europe taking the majority of the points available to lead 3-1 into Day Two.

Murray succumbs to Hurkacz

Andy Murray’s Metz run was brought to an end by the top seeded Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who after a tight first set, eased himself into the Moselle Open semi-finals 7-6(4) 6-3.
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Miki | Ecuador down hosts Japan in empty stadium

Qualifying for the 12 Davis Cup Finals places in Madrid next November under the new regime introduced last year, got under way and are being played over two days.

The situation with no fans helped us. It was weird, different, to play in a stadium without spectators and I think that it evened up the tie Diego Hidalgo

Unfortunately the spreading of the coronavirus disease has meant new health and safety regulations are being implemented – no handshakes, just fist pumps with the ball boys/girls instructed not to handle the players’ towels.

Two of the ties are being held in empty stadiums, in Miki where Japan are hosting Ecuador and Cagliari where South Korea are taking on the Italian home team.

In Miki, Japan, without their top two singles players Kei Nishikori – who hasn’t played Davis Cup since 2016 – and Yoshihito Nishioka, lost 3-0 to Ecuador.

Emilio Gomez defeated Go Soeda 7-5 7-6(3) while Roberto Quiroz shrugged off a gap of 186 places in the rankings to beat Yasutaka Uchiyama 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(8).

Ecuador then sealed the tie in the doubles with Gonzalo Escobar and Diego Hidalgo taking out Ben McLachlan and Uchiyama 7-6(3) 6-3. The reverse singles were cancelled.

“The situation with no fans helped us. It was weird, different, to play in a stadium without spectators and I think that it evened up the tie,” Hidalgo told daviscup.com.

“Conditions were strange,” said Italian No 1 and world 11 Fabio Fognini after cruising past 251-ranked Lee Duck-hee 6-0 6-3 in just over an hour at the Circolo Tennis venue.

“It was not difficult to focus but it was a bit strange to play in front of 100 people. But safety first and then sport,” Fognini told daviscup.com.

On the first day only teams, media and support staff were allowed into the arena where world No 79 Gianluca Mager then extended the Italian lead to 2-0 overnight after a 6-3 7-5 debut win over Nam Ji-sung.
Elsewhere, 28-time Davis Cup champions Australia were 2-0 up on Brazil in Adelaide.

Jordan Thompson saw off Thiago Monteiro 6-4 6-4 before John Millman recovered from a set and 5-3 down to defeat last week’s Santiago ATP champion, 19-year-old Thiago Seyboth Wild 4-6 7-6(0) 6-2.

But Brazil recovered by winning the doubles when Marcelo Demoliner and Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves came from a set down to snatch the rubber 5-7 7-5 7-6(6) from James Duckworth and John Peers in what was a tense meeting.

With Australia 2-1 up, they will hope to settle the issue in the reverse singles which follow.

In Zagreb, 2005 and 2018 champions Croatia were 2-0 up on India after Borna Gojo beat Prajnesh Gunneswaran 3-6 6-4 6-2 and former US Open winner Marin Cilic saw off world No 182 Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6(8) 7-6(8).

In Bratislava, three-time champions Czech Republic were 2-0 ahead of Slovakia in their first meeting since the countries split into two independent nations in 1993.

Sweden were 1-1 with Chile in Stockholm on a contrasting day for the home side’s Ymer brothers. Mikael beat Marcelo Tomas Vera 6-2 6-3 but older brother Elias lost to Alejandro Tabilo 6-4 6-3.

In Hawaii the USA took a comfortable 2-0 lead over Uzbekistan in Honolulu. Reilly Opelka beat Denis Istomin 6-2 7-5 while Taylor Fritz dismissed Sanjar Fouziev 6-1 6-2.

Other ties were also locked at 1-1 namely Kazakhstan v Netherlands, Austria against Uruguay, Hungary at home to Belgium, Germany’s tie with Belarus and Colombia v Argentina.






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