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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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,

It was so close. I don’t know what happened in the second set, At the beginning of the match, I was very focussed on my game and being aggressive. After that, Albert of course started to push [back] more and [I] started to lose my level a little bit. Pablo Carreno Busta

For instance, Carreno Busta was pushed hard by the fourth seed Albert Ramos Vinolas after claiming a one-sided opening set. It took him two hours and 14-minutes to finally dismiss his fellow compatriot 6-1 3-6 7-6(5) for a third time in four meetings and book his allotted spot in the AnyTech365 sponsored ATP 250 tournament final being held on the courts of the Puente Romano complex.

“It was so close. I don’t know what happened in the second set,” Carreno Busta said in his on-court interview.

“At the beginning of the match, I was very focussed on my game and being aggressive. After that, Albert of course started to push [back] more and [I] started to lose my level a little bit.

“I just kept fighting all the time, and I want to thank everyone [in the crowd] for their support. This is what we missed last year, the crowd. It’s very important to play these kinds of very close matches with a crowd like this.”

Their difference in ranking was evident in the opening set as the tournament favourite controlled the match from the baseline with changes of pace and excellent touches at the net.

He led 5-0 before Ramos Vinolas finally got his side of the score-board working but once he did, the match was transformed and a real battle ensued between two clay court specialists as he came within two points of becoming a finalist. A double fault and a loose forehand handed the initiative back to the 29-year-old Carreno Busta but he didn’t seal a place in his eighth final until his third match point.

He will meet first-time ATP Tour finalist Munar, a 23-year-old fellow Barcelona resident, who won though by winning a gruelling 7-6(4) 6-4 battle against 17-year-old Carlo Alcaraz, one of Spain’s bright hopes for the future.

He was in fact contesting his ninth match at the venue having reached the Challenger final played there last week for the second year in a row.

He made an impressive start to this week by eliminating the second seeded Fabio Fognini for the loss of just three games.

In his semi-final he managed to contain the impressive powerful strokes which have brought Alcaraz to the tennis world’s attention.

“I feel happy and excited. I’ve been working a lot during the past [few] months,” Munar said after his two hour match. “It’s a gift for me to be here in a final, and especially in Marbella which is one of my favourite places. I feel excited… I have no words.”

And the experience of his first final at ATP Tour level doesn’t faze him.

“A difficult match for sure, but I’ve been through difficult matches all week long. Pablo is also a very hard hitter and an intense player,” Munar said. “It’s going to be something similar [to playing Alcaraz] but of course, Pablo has a lot more experience. He has won titles in the last years, and he’s one of the best players in the world. We know each other a lot. I have all the best wishes for tomorrow, but it’s going to be a tough one.”

Lorenzo Sonego survived a tough fight with Taylor Fritz

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In Sardinia, Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego staved off a fightback from second-seeded American Taylor Fritz and will meet Serbia’s defending champion Laslo Djere in the Sardegna Open final in Cagliari on Saturday.

Sonego is one step away from becoming the first Italian for 15 years to capture an ATP tour clay-court title on home soil.

Third-seeded Sonego held off a spirited comeback from Fritz to prevail 6-4 5-7 6-1 while Djere in the other semi-final dominated fourth-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, of Georgia, to win 6-2 6-0 in a match that lasted just 52 minutes.



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