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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Paris gets underway with intriguing early results

The Paris Masters got underway a few days after the French government locked the country down forcing the organisers to refund the 1000 tickets to fans who had hoped to attend the penultimate event on this year’s tour.

I would say this level of tennis is definitely good for my confidence. I felt that the match has been (a) really high level Marin Cilic

Following the success of Vienna last week when a ‘Lucky Loser’ caught the eye by storming through the field only to fall in the final, the first day’s results in the French capital threw up a few intriguing winners who would like to emulate that run.

Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, a Spanish qualifier, beat the 11th seeded Karen Khachanov, a former Paris champion, 6-3 2-6 6-2; ‘Lucky Loser’ Radu Albot from Moldovia, squeezed past Poland’s Hubert Hurjacz 7-5 6-7(5) 6-4; the French wild card Benjamin Bonzi made light work of the Argentine ‘Lucky Loser’ Federico Coria 6-2 6-1; American qualifier Maros Giron recovered to defeat Spain’s Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 4-6 6-1; and finally on the unlikely winners front on day one, Frenchman Corentin Moutet, another qualifier, edged past Italian ‘Lucky Loser’ 3-6 7-6(2) 6-2.

Meanwhile Croatian Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, claimed an impressive win over Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime seeded 14, following a curious match 6-0 3-6 6-3.

“I was not finding my best form in this season, last season, as well, comparing to (the) last few years before that,” said 32-year-old Cilic, a former world number three who has seen his ranking slip to 43.

“I would say this level of tennis is definitely good for my confidence. I felt that the match has been (a) really high level.”

Another veteran of the game, 39-year-old Feliciano Lopez set up a second-round clash with his Spanish compatriot, the top seed Rafael Nadal— back in Paris just weeks after lifting a record-extending 13th French Open title— by beating Serbian Filip Krajinovic 7-6(11) 6-1.

Lopez, who doubles up as Tournament Director in Madrid, also warned that the tour would not be returning to any form of normality for many months.

“We have to be aware of the situation that the world is living (in) and how everyone is facing these challenging times around the world,” Lopez said.

“For now, I don’t see any hope on prize money. I think it will stay the same for a while.”

Pablo Carreno Busta was another Spaniard to progress, seeing off home wildcard Hugo Gaston 6-3 6-2 while Frenchman Ugo Humbert beat in-form Norwegian Casper Ruud 4-6 6-2 7-6(1) and will face second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Tuesday. In addition US Open quarter-finalist Alex de Minaur and Croatian 15th seed Borna Coric also progressed through to the second round.



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