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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Struff leads home campaign in Munich

Jan Lennard Struff led the German campaign in Munich where he successfully negotiated his way past Slovenian Lucky Loser Andrej Martin 6-4 6-3 to reach round two of the BMW Open.

He was one of six Germans in action and required just 76-minutes to complete his straight sets win before joining the top seeded Alexander Zverev who had a bye and being joined by wild card Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer.

Struff was too a 4-2 lead and despite Martin levelling at 4-4, always looked in control taking the opener two games later and breaking in the second game of the second set to go on and take the match.

Koepfer came back from one set down to beat his compatriot, three-time Munich champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6 6-4 6-3 after 2 hours and 24 minutes wild card Hanfmann overcame Japan’s Taro Daniel 6-2 3-6 7-6(5).

American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald broke once in each set in his 6-4 6-4 win over 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters finalist Dusan Lajovic and will face Belarussian qualifier Ilya Ivashka, 6-1 6-2 winner over Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.

Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay overcame two-time Australian Open quarter finalist Tennys Sandgren of the US, 7-4(4) 0-6 6-1 to set up a second round match against 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters semi-finalist Casper Ruud from Norway.

Colombian qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan beat this year’s Miami Open quarter finalist Sebastian Korda of the US 6-1 7-6(7) after 87-minutes.

At one point, Korda dropped nine consecutive games from 1-1 in the first set but eventually rallied from 2-5 to force a tight tie-break which Galan took.

The Colombian will face the 20121 Doha champion, the fifth seed, Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili who in turn defeated Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6-2 6-3.

Basilashvili, who clinched his fourth ATP title in Qatar last month, had little difficulty as he started his bid for a fifth, converting five of his seven break point opportunities.



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