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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Thiem uncertain over US Open defence

Dominic Thiem is recovering from injury, which is going as expected, according to reports, but it appears unlikely that he will be able to defend his US Open title.

We don’t have a date in sight yet because we are following further medical advice. But what is certain is that Dominic will return to the match court this year. Dominic knows he has to be patient. The healing process is developing as expected. Alex Stober, Dominic Thiem’s physiotherapist

The Austrian injured his wrist during the Mallorca Open in May and a scan revealed that he had suffered a detachment of the posterior sheath of the ulnar side.

Ranked 5th in the world at the time, Thiem, who had already decided against competing at the Tokyo Olympics, sustained the injury during a second-round match against Adrian Mannarino and was forced to miss Wimbledon.

He had to wear a wrist splint for 5 weeks and was then in a race against time to be fit for the defence of his first Grand Slam title in New York at the end of August.

Although his rehabilitation is still on track, it is still touch-and-go whether he can return to full fitness before the final major of the year, the US Open, which gets underway on 30 August.

Thiem’s physiotherapist Alex Stober told the Salzburger Nachrichten that the current World No 6 knows that patience is a virtue, although he has apparently now returned to the practice court.

The 27-year-old has been practicing with soft balls, with the US Open now just over 3 weeks away.

“We don’t have a date in sight yet because we are following further medical advice,” he said. “But what is certain is that Dominic will return to the match court this year.

“Dominic knows he has to be patient. The healing process is developing as expected.

“Dominic has trusted the doctors from the beginning and will continue to follow their advice. He [Rafael Nadal] had a similar injury in 2016.”

Having already pulled out of Toronto and Cincinnati, it will now be ‘very close’ for Thiem to make it to New York.



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