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...
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Skupski & Krawczyk claim place in Mixed Doubles final

Britain’s Neal Skupski and his American partner Desirae Krawczyk reached the Mixed Doubles final at Wimbledon on Saturday after rallying to beat Australia’s John Peers & Zhang Shuai of China, 3-6 7-6(4) 7-5 on No 1 Court.

They will play Joe Salisbury & Harriet Dart on Sunday after the all-British pair advanced on Friday by beating Czech veteran Kveta Peschke & Kevin Krawietz of Germany in three sets.

It means Sunday’s showpiece, which follows the Men’s Final on Centre Court will be a very British affair and guarantees a British champion.

Salisbury has won 2 doubles events at Grand Slams – the men’s doubles at the 2020 Australian Open with Rajeev Ram, before teaming up with Krawczyk to lift the French Open mixed doubles title earlier this year.

This time Krawczyk is partnering Skupski, in what is his first Grand Slam final.

Dart, who lost a Wimbledon mixed doubles semi-final with Jay Clarke in 2018, will also be playing in her first slam final.

Having dropped the first set to Peers & Zhang, Skupski & Krawczyk squandered a host of break points in the second, before taking the tiebreak 7-4 to level the match and keep their hopes alive.

The crucial break finally came in the 12th game of the decider as Skupski & Krawczyk ran out the semi-final winners.

The mixed doubles could clash with England’s Euro 2020 final with Italy at Wembley as it is played on Centre Court after the men’s final, which sees five-time Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic taking on Italian Matteo Berrettini.

The winners will receive £100,000 in prize money, with the runners-up claiming £50,000.

Jamie Murray was the last Briton to win the mixed doubles title in 2017, with his Swiss partner Martina Hingis, a year after Heather Watson hoisted the trophy with Finland’s Henri Kontinen, which made her the first British woman to win a Grand Slam title since Jo Durie in 1991.



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.