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.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Norrie or Berrettini to lift the Queen’s Cup.

A new name will be etched onto the massive Queen’s Cup this afternoon when the final of the cinch Championships is completed and there is a chance that it could be a Brit following Cameron Norrie’s semi-final defeat of the second seed from Canada, Denis Shapovalov.

I can't really describe it, it's nice to get over the line. It's a huge tournament for me. I couldn't be more pleased with myself. Cameron Norrie

First through though was the Italian top seed Matteo Berrettini on his debut at the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event, who overpowered Australia’s Alex de Minaur 6-4 6-4 for his final place.

Berrettini has proved he is no slouch on grass having won the 2019 Stuttgart event, and sailed through this week without dropping a set for his seventh career final.

Ranked No.9 in the world he broke the fourth seed once in each set and always looked in control as he eased past the Aussie to reach his final goal.

“That was the goal of the week [making the final], and now I have one more step. It is a great achievement, especially for the history of this tournament,” Berrettini told the ATP website.

“I am really happy because to beat Alex today, I had to play my best tennis,

“The mentality is that I always think I can win my service games. I know that I have a big weapon with my serve and first shot.”

His problem is not to allow himself to become over-confident as he explained: “If I sleep too well it means something is off ahead of the final. I have to be nervous and tight a little bit, otherwise the adrenaline does not kick in and it is tougher to play.”

Matteo Berrettini will be hard to beat

Paul Harding/Getty Images for LTA

Norrie had a wait to see who he played in the semi-final as Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe had to complete their quarter-final match which had been suspended overnight due to bad light and, with the Canadian already leading by a set, it didn’t take him long to finish off the American 6-3 6-4.

In the semi-final, Shapovalov got an early break as Norrie made a nervy start with two double faults and two unforced errors in his opening game. But he struck back immediately to get back on serve by breaking the second seed to love and then took the first set with a stunning backhand down the line which left the Canadian on his backside.

Shapovalov required treatment to his left leg early in the second set but proved powerless to stop Britain’s No.2, world ranked 41, from romping into the final – the fourth of his career and third this year – 7-5 6-3.

It also proved another notable scalp to add to the growing list of players he has defeated this season which has seen him win 29 matches, more than any other player except Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

“It is a huge tournament for me and one of my biggest achievements so far, so I couldn’t be more pleased with myself. Let’s see if I can win one more tomorrow,” the 25-year-old, who has yet to win a title, said.

“Matteo is one of the best players on the Tour at the moment,” Norrie continued.

“He’s got a good forehand and likes the drop shots, so maybe I’ll have a chat to Evo and Andy and will see if they have any tips for me.”

The pair have never met before and irrespective of the final result, Norrie can be proud of his achievement in making the title round to match both Tim Henman and Andy Murray, the only other Brits to reach the last two in 40 years. Should he go on and win he would join Murray as the only Brit to lift the trophy since WWII.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” confessed Norrie. “I think I played very, very good today and I’m so pleased to get into the final.

“I can’t really describe it, it’s nice to get over the line. It’s a huge tournament for me. I couldn’t be more pleased with myself.”

Looking ahead at the final, he added: “I’ve watched him throughout the week. He has a huge serve, he’s one of the best players on the tour at the moment.

“I might have a chat with Evo and Andy and see if they have any tips. I saw him play earlier today and he had a really good day. It’s not going to be easy.”
Norrie faces a busy day on Sunday with a doubles semi-final to finish – and potentially then another final to play – alongside partner De Minaur.

Their last-four clash against America’s Reilly Opelka and Australian John Peers was suspended with the duo a set down and at 2-2 in the second.

“It’s going to be an interesting day,” Norrie added. “Obviously the big focus is on the singles, to take care of that and then, yeah, I’ll just enjoy the doubles with Alex.”

Alex de Minaur partners Cameron Norrie in an unfinished semi-final doubles match.

Tony O'Brien/Getty Images



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.