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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The ROC fill the Mixed Doubles final

There was more disappointment for Novak Djokovic following his singles semi-final loss when he and his partner, Nina Stojanovic, failed to reach the mixed doubles final going out in straight tight sets, 7-6(5) 7-5, to Aslan Karatsev and Elena Vesnina playing under the Russian Olympic Committee ‘neutral’ flag.

As far as the Serbia Team were concerned, it must have been a disastrous day especially as they had warned Djokovic against doubling up in two separate competitions. And it would seem they were proved right leaving their star player now with just a Grand Slam target (rather than a Golden one) and the prospect of just two Bronze medals instead of the greater value ones!

The ROC pairing were quick to take control early no doubt taking advantage of a mentally tired Djokovic but that was short lived as the Serbians struck back to level only to fail to claim a set point in the 10th game.

Novak Djokovic and Nina Stojanovic suffer a disappointing day

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In the subsequent tie-break Karatsev and Vesnina won four consecutive points to take a 4-1 lead and looked to be taking control when a few points later, the closed the set out.

But after losing that tight first set, Djokovic and Stojanovic responded by breaking their opponents in the opening game of the second set but again failed to hold on to the advantage and then, in the eighth game, were broken again to lose the semi-final.

Earlier Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the fourth seeds from the ROC, defeated Australia’s John Peers and Ashleigh Barty, recovering from a set down to secure a 5-7 6-4 13-11 victory.

The fourth seeds saved a set point in the 10th game of the opening set but couldn’t do the same two games later as Barty and Peers converted their third set point to win a tight opener.

But Rublev and Pavlyuchenkova bounced back strongly by securing back-to-back breaks for five consecutive games and romp into a 5-1 second set lead.

With a Gold Medal match at stake, Peers and Barty struck back to reduce the deficit to just one game only for the ROC representatives to raise their game to hold on an level the match forcing a best of ten-point third set tie-break.

The pair saved a match point and at their third opportunity closed it out after 101-minutes to make the final playing together for the first time in their careers. The pair are now favourites to win the Mixed title.

The day though will be remembered for those losses incurred by Novak Djokovic which might well give heart to his opponents on the circuit who have started to believe he is invincible, but, as Zverev said: “You can’t have everything!”

Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova must be favourites for the Mixed title

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