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…

Who reading this, even those who may not have affection for or affiliation with the game of tennis, could have failed to be mesmerised by the recent Raducanu journey, which concluded with her becoming the first ever qualifier to win one of the game’s primary sporting...
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Paris | Roland Garros introduce ‘The Entree’

Have you noticed that Grand Slams these days are becoming increasingly overwhelmed with all kinds of ridiculous additions. They seem to be obsessed with embellishing the event they host, and thus getting one over the other three majors! Roland Garros is no exception.

A few observations then here and there. Among the thousands of press releases disgorged by the Press Office, for instance, concerns a special draw for the 9 or 10-year-olds who play for the right to accompany their favourite star player on court. In effect this is a draw for the much-coveted walk on part with the big star!

The FFR glibly refer to this as the Dream Entrance (their words not mine!). Once this is done they can then be part of the coin toss process alongside the Umpire. The next step will doubtless be to smother these children with advertising slogans so for those few moments in the limelight they become the message.

The new Simonne Maththeu arena, making its debut, seems to mix authentic matches with bizarre show biz pairings. Puzzling for the spectator. Today’s treat includes the chance to see Miss France, jazz singer Vianney, and the apparently world famous Chinese actor Ding Dong. Seriously! All this in a floral setting reminiscent of Chelsea Flower Show.

On the admin front withdrawals and Injuries are the mainstay diet of the press office, an avalanche at the moment, since the paper chase which ensues, includes every one of dozens of events. Therefore just in case you needed to know whose knee has given up in the celeb family doubles H/Q will let you know long before the player reaches a hospital!

Getting online help here is as difficult as getting tea without hot milk! Shoulder shrugging is the response to any request but there again then this is France after all, and they don’t want to make it easy for us at the moment. All that said, I’m sure once the tennis really starts to flow I will be all smiles.

With thunder and lightning forecast for the first couple of days though we could be in for a rocky ride!



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