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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Tiafoe takes out Murray at Winston-Salem Open

Andy Murray took a late wild card into the ATP Winston-Salem tournament at Wake Forest University in North Carolina to aid his preparations ahead of the US Open, which starts on Monday in New York, and he feels these remain on track, despite a second loss to American Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday.

It's frustrating because if I wasn't moving great and not feeling good physically then I would be a bit easier on myself. But when I'm winning a low percentage of second-serve points, that's got nothing to do with the physical side of things. Andy Murray

Murray went down 6-7(7) 3-6 to Tiafoe after cruising through his opening match in straight sets against lucky loser Noah Rubin, who attended the University and was a last minute replacement for Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.

Rubin lost a 2-hour qualifying match just an hour before finding himself on court again against Murray, the former World No 1.

Ranked 51 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, Tiafoe saved 3 sets points on serve against Murray at 4-5 in the first set, before running away with the match in an hour 50 minutes played in the hot and humid conditions.

Tiafoe dropped out of the Top 50 in February 2019 after losing his quarter-final points from the 2019 Australian Open, and he has struggled since to get himself back, but a deep run at Winston-Salem should see him regain a slot in the elite group ahead of the US Open.

The American will now play Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro, who defeated American lucky loser Eduardo Nava. 7-5 6-1.

Frances Tiafoe capitalised on an error-prone Andy Murray to reach the round of 16 at Winston-Salem

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Murray, at 34, has been battling injuries, including a groin problem that has limited his time on court this season.

“The positive thing is that I moved well and served well but my level is up and down, with no real consistency,” Murray said. “There are moments in matches where I play well and then I make mistakes or miss returns.

“I wish I wasn’t doing that. My level is around 50 or 60 in the world.

“It’s frustrating because if I wasn’t moving great and not feeling good physically then I would be a bit easier on myself.

“But when I’m winning a low percentage of second-serve points, that’s got nothing to do with the physical side of things.”

Murray served 10 aces and rallied from 0-40 at 3-all in the first set before holding 3 set points on Tiafoe’s serve in the 10th game.

He was frustrated by a stream of uncharacteristic loose miscues, and the 47% points won on second serve, and 35% points won on second-serve return proved costly against Tiafoe, who effectively dismantled the Scot with a strong all around service game.

Tiafoe blasted 3 aces, won 76 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent on his second delivery in the 1 hour 49 minute contest.

The two had met just once before when Murray won a 3-set thriller in Cincinnati 2020.

Murray, who has dropped 9 places to World No 114 in the latest rankings, now heads to the US Open, where he won the first of his 3 Grand Slam titles in 2012.

23-year-old Tiafoe has had a productive couple of weeks during the American hard-court swing, reaching the 3rd round at the Toronto Masters and a win over France’s Ugo Humbert in Cincinnati last week.

Dan Evans came from a set down to beat Lucas Pouille and plays Richard Gasquet next

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Meanwhile, Hungarian 4th seed Marton Fucsovics beat Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki, 7-5 6-1 and Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland upset 5th seeded Alexander Bublik from Kazakstan, 6-2 7-6(5).

Spanish teen Carlos Alcaraz withstood 10 aces from big-serving Australian Alexei Popyrin to grind out a 6-7(9) 6-1 7-6(1) win in a match that finished just minutes short of midnight.

The 15th seed won a stunning 87 per cent of points on his second serve and next faces a first-time meeting with tough Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

Elsewhere, British No 1 Dan Evans reached the 3rd round with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 win over French qualifier Lucas Pouille, ending a run of 4 successive defeats since his third-round exit at Wimbledon.

Seeded 3, Evans also took a wild-card to compete at Winston-Salem and received a first round bye.

Evans, who missed the Tokyo Olympics after a positive Covid-19 test, faces another Frenchman Richard Gasquet, the 14th seed in the round of 16, who edged past Egor Gerasimov from Belarus, 7-6(4) 7-6(6).

Top seed Pablo Carreno Busta opened his account with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win over Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon.



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