Paolini upsets Putintseva to meet Riske in Portoroz final

Unseeded Italian Jasmine Paolini continued her dream week at the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz on Saturday, beating 2nd-seeded Yulia Putintseva from Kazakstan, 1-6 6-3 6-4, to reach her first WTA final where she will face No 3 seed Alison Riske from USA for the title.

Ostapenko to meet Tauson in Luxembourg final

Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko from Latvia, the No 3 seed at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open, overcame a late but spirited second set challenge from 7th-seeded Russian Liudmila Samsonova to set up a trophy match against Denmark’s Clara Tauson, who needed 3...

Bencic and Mertens toppled in Luxembourg

Belinda Bencic’s hopes of gaining more points in the Porsche Race to the WTA Finals were dashed at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open on Friday when the top-seeded Swiss was beaten by Russia’s Liudmilla Samsonova, the No 7 seed, 6-1 6-4, in an hour and 13 minutes.

Putintseva pushes on in Portoroz

At the Zavarovalnica Sava Portoroz tournament in Slovenia, 4th seed Sorana Cirstea, a recent Emma Raducanu conquest, was beaten 6-4 4-6 6-1 by Italy’s Jasmine Paolini in their last 8 meeting.

WTA Roundup: Bencic eyes spot in Guadalajara

Two WTA 250 tournaments are taking place this week, in Luxembourg where Belinda Bencic leads the field indoors on hard courts, and at Portoroz where top seed Petra Martic fell at the first hurdle.

Great to be back

Emma Raducanu, the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam, has declared: "It's a great feeling to be back home.”

Halep marries Toni Iuruc in Constanta

Simona Halep has married her long-time boyfriend in a small civil ceremony in her hometown of Constanta on the Black Sea on Wednesday.

Tyzzer admits decision may have impacted Barty loss at US Open

It seems a decision made by coach Craig Tyzzer could have contributed to Ash Barty’s early departure from the US Open last week, although fatigue was also a factor after the Aussie won the title in Cincinnati ahead of Flushing Meadows.

France to open BJK Cup in Prague

The ITF has announced the schedule for the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Finals 2021 to be held at the O2 Arena in Prague from 1-6 November.

And so it begins…

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Norrie sweeps into round three

Cameron Norrie ‘bolted’ into the third round of Wimbledon for the first time and declared: “I could not be more pleased with myself.”

I'm very happy to be through to the third round, couldn't be more pleased with myself. It was a bit of a tricky start - he came out firing and I was down a break. Cameron Norrie

The British No.2 unlocked Australian wild card Alex Bolt 6-3 6-1 6-2 on No.1 Court.

Norrie has been one of the leading players on the ATP Tour in terms of wins this year.
And he demonstrated just why with his form and ability against Bolt.

Norrie, the 29th seed, said to the crowd: “First of all, unbelievable to be back at Wimbledon this year, you guys were amazing – made it feel more special.

“I’m very happy to be through to the third round, couldn’t be more pleased with myself. It was a bit of a tricky start – he came out firing and I was down a break.”

Victory maintained his forward momentum this year in which he is only third on the ATP Tour behind top-tenners Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Russian Andrey Rublev in terms of wins.

And his own world ranking of 34 is sure to improve after making the third round of a Slam for the fourth time in a row.

Norrie, though, got off to a slow start and lost the opening three games.

The 25-year-old Queen’s finalist roared back to secure 11 games in succession.

And he broke Bolt twice in the third set as he completed a win in which he displayed the self-confidence gleaned from his 2021 performances.

The encounter, almost inevitably, lacked the drama of compatriot Andy Murray’s late night five-set win over German qualifier Oscar Otte on Centre Court the previous evening.

But another show-court success for the home nation was more than welcome.



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