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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Shapovalov clears Russian hurdle

Denis Shapovalov believes he can beat reigning champion Novak Djokovic to secure a place in the Wimbledon final, declaring: “Anything is possible.”

It was super tough, especially not converting 0-40 in the fifth set. I told myself play every point as hard as you can in the fifth. Luck was a bit on my side but it was also a great week from Karen, we both deserved it today. Denis Shapovalov

The big-hitting Canadian tenth seed came from behind to overpower Karen Khachanov 6-4 3-6 5-7 6-1 6-4 to secure his first Grand Slam semi-final spot and a showdown with the tournament favourite.

And, with Djokovic seeing off Marton Fucsovics, Shapovalov said: “Obviously he (Djokovic) is the best player in the world, but I think anything is possible. When you look at the scoreboard first thing it will be 0-0.

“Nothing else matters. It’s a tennis match and it can go either way. I have full belief in myself and my team. Anything is possible.”

Shapovalov stood strong after his 25-year-old Russian opponent wearing a peaked white cap back to front went two sets to one up. And the Canadian believed the courtside fans carried him to victory.

The 22-year-old said to the No.1 Court crowd: “I have to thank you guys. There was so many times I thought Karen was playing too good but you guys kept me going. Thank you so much.

“It was super tough, especially not converting 0-40 in the fifth set. I told myself play every point as hard as you can in the fifth. Luck was a bit on my side but it was also a great week from Karen, we both deserved it today.”

Shapovalov double-faulted and gave away break points early doors against Khachanov but managed to stay strong enough to take the opening set.

Yet the wheels came off the blond bomber, who saw off Britain’s two-time champion Andy Murray in the third round, slipped up in the second and third sets as his bearded opponent world-ranked 29, made him look anything but the cat’s whiskers.

The Canadian, emulating compatriot Milo Raonic’s feat of 2016 before losing the decider to Murray, dug deep with the encouragement of his supporters who have taken him to their hearts after his praise of Murray following his victory over the Scot.

The big-serve and huge forehands of the lad from the Land of the Maple Leaf helped spark his comeback but it was his will to win and self-belief, with the help of the fans, which got him through for his daunting test against world No.1 Djokovic.

And remember, Shapovalov knows what it feels like to be a Wimbledon champion, having taken the boys’ crown the year Murray beat Raonic in the senior competition.

He was one of six new to the last eight at the Championships. Could this be a changing of the guard? Shapovalov clearly thinks so.

Karen Khachanov couldn't hold Shapovalov back

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