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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Norrie keeps the British Bulldogs ahead

Another good day for the British Bulldogs who picked up the majority of the points available on day three to extend their lead in the race for 60 points to determine the champions on Sunday at this week’s Best of the Brits Team event at the NTC.

I keep saying these are not just matches, it is not an exhibition, they are proper competitive matches, everyone wants to win Dan Evans

They now lead the Union Jacks 29-12 having won five of the eight matches on Wednesday’s schedule with Cameron Norrie picking up the scalp of the British No.1 Dan Evans in the process.

Evans, representing the Union Jacks, was beaten 7-6(5) 7-6(6) by the British No.3, having been in a winning position in both sets.

A fiercely competitive atmosphere has developed at the event which pits 26 of Britain’s best players against each other in two teams over singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches.

As a consequence, there is strong support from the sidelines with plenty of banter flying around from team members.

The competitiveness was well illustrated on Tuesday when Evan fell out with Kyle Edmunds over a ‘touching rackets’ incident following his win but that moment has now been smoothed over.

“Listen I don’t know if he meant to hit my racket but we spoke and it’s perfectly fine,” Evans said. “I wasn’t the happiest after that match either, it is one of those things.

“I am good friends with his coach and good friends with Ked, so it would be pretty awkward if we weren’t speaking, it’s all good.

“We had dinner together last night.

“Both teams want to win and it’s brutal to lose.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s your best friend down the other end, if you’re angry you can do something you probably shouldn’t do.

“And everyone is pushing each others buttons on the side so you can lose it a little bit. At the end of my match I was pretty angry.

“I keep saying these are not just matches, it is not an exhibition, they are proper competitive matches, everyone wants to win.”

Earlier in the women’s singles, Heather Watson put the Union Jacks ahead on the day when she beat Eden Silva 3-6 6-1 10-6.

The only other victories for the team came from Lloyd Glasspool & Naomi Broady who comfortably dispatched Dom Inglot & Maia Lumsden 6-1 6-4 and Jan Choisnki who defeated Liam Broady 6-3 6-4.

All the other matches were claimed by the British Bulldogs and included wins for Emma Raducanu, Beth Grey plus wins in the doubles for Joe Salisbury & Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie & Beth Grey.

Jamie Murray played in both those doubles matches losing out in the mens with partner Dan Evans 6-3 6-4 and with Katie Boulter in the mixed, 3-6 6-4 10-8.

Meanwhile Heather Watson has confirmed she will be playing on the WTA Tour – which resumes next week in Palermo – in Lexington and New York to warm-up for the US Open which Ashleigh Barty, the women’s world No.1 has now confirmed, she will not be entering because of the Covid-19 worries.

Centre court:
Heather Watson (UJ) bt Eden Silva (BB) 3-6, 6-1,10-6
Cameron Norrie (BB) bt Dan Evans (UJ) 7-6(5) 7-6(6)
Lloyd Glasspool/Naomi Broady (UJ) bt Dom Inglot/Maia Lumsden (BB) 6-1 6-4
Emma Raducanu (BB) bt Jodie Burrage (UJ) 7-5 6-3
Joe Salisbury/Kyle Edmund (BB) bt Jamie Murray/Dan Evans (UJ) 6-3 6-4
Court one:
Beth Grey (BB) bt Naomi Broady (UJ) 3-6, 2-6
Jan Choinski (UJ) bt Liam Broady (BB) 6-3, 6-4
Cam Norrie/Beth Grey (BB) bt Jamie Murray/Katie Boulter (UJ) 3-6 6-4 10-8

British Bulldogs lead Union Jacks 29-12



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