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, Rublev, Coric and Raonic are the last four standing

It took Denis Shapovalov just 100-minutes to dispose of the three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 and reach the semi-finals of the St Petersburg Open.

I tried to play both these points from my first serve. I started to make many errors and decided to take one step back and to calm down. I am happy everything went well Denis Shapovalov

In what was an exceptional battle between two exponents of the single-handed backhand, Shapovalov, the second see and title favourite following the elimination of Daniil Medvedev, will take on another strong Russian, Andrey Rublev, seeded three, who made light work of Cameron Norrie.

The in-form Rublev, seeded three, required 62-minutes to sweep past the British No.3 6-2 6-1 in pursuit of his home title.
Having saved four break points in his in his first two service games, Shapovalov asserted himself and broke the Swiss decisively in the fifth game togo and take the set.

There were some excellent exchanges in the opening games of the second with both players exchanging breaks but while both players vied for opportunities, it was Shapovalov who won through in the 11th and then saving two break points as he served out for the match in the next game.

“I tried to play both these points from my first serve. I started to make many errors and decided to take one step back and to calm down. I am happy everything went well,” Shapovalov, speaking in Russian, said in his press conference.

In the top half of the drawn the unseeded Reilly Opelka failed to follow up his excellent win over the top seed Medvedev to crash out 7-6(3) 6-3 to Borna Coric, seeded 7.

The American 6’11” giant hammered 16 aces past his Croat challenger but despite his bazooka serve, he allowed a 5-2 lead in the opening set to slip away as the greater all-court ability of Coric, slowly wore him down.

After saving three set points at 3-5 with some aggressive play, Coric recovered to get back on serve and force a tie-break where he took command, breaking Opelka in the fourth game of the second set which he held to claim the match after 82-minutes.

“I was playing some of my best tennis today,” Coric said later.

“In the first set, I started slow and I didn’t find my rhythm. I was not in the shape, but as the match progressed, I was playing better and better. I did find also my [depth] on the return and also in the rallies.

“At the beginning, I was not serving really good when I lost the break. [But] in the return points, I was playing better and better. I did start to read a little bit better his serve and I just felt more confident coming into the return.”

His experiences against Opelka should help in his semi-final when he faces another big server, Milos Raonic. The difference between the Canadian and the American being that the former is the more experienced and should provide a stronger challenge.

Raonic beat Russia’s powerful Karen Khachanov 6-1 7-6(1) after 86-minutes striking 15 aces to maintain his record at the event of not dropping his serve throughout the week.

“It was a great match for me,” said the World No. 21 in his on-court interview. “From the beginning, I knew it was going to be tough. I knew I was going to have to bring my best tennis and I did from the start of the match. I think that really helped me a lot and I am just happy with my level overall.”

The possibility of two Canadians meeting in the final is now an intriguing possibility.

Milos Raonic could go through in the top half

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