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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Tsitsipas and Sakari to make up for singles disappointment

Greek tennis may have been disappointed to see their hero Sefanos Tsitsipas ejected form the Olympic singles when he was expected to give Novak Djokovic a strong challenge for the title, but the two could still face each other in the Mixed Doubles which started on Wednesday.

Partnering Maria Sakkari, the pair are seeded second while Djokovic, in tandem with Nina Stojanovic, are not seeded which gives the Greek pairing a certain psychological advantage over the Serbians who they could meet in the final.

Tsitsipas and Sakari beat the Canadian duo of Felix Auger Aliassime and Gabriella Dabrowski 6-3 6-4 which was quite an achievement considering the Greek idol had not long come off his singles loss to Frenchman Ugo Humbert were he suffered an unfortunate fall.

It also follows Sakkari’s singles loss on Tuesday but the two showed some excellent determination not to lose sight of a possible medal in the Mixed where they must be considered favourites having seen the top seeds from France, Nicolas Mahut and Kristina Mladenovic being surprisingly removed from the field in their opening match by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) pairing of Asian Karatsev and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-2.

After their win against the Canadians, Sakkari and Tsitsipas will take on the Australian duo of Ash Barty and John Peers on Thursday which should be a testing match for both pairs, the Aussies having dominated in the early stages of their match with Horacio Zeballos and Nadia Podoroska of Argentina to win 6-1 7-6(3) for a place in the last eight.

There was also success for the second ROC pair, Andrey Rublev and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the fourth seeds, who were tested by Croatians Ivan Dodig and Darija Jurak before completing a 5-7 6-4 11-9 victory.

Unfortunately no British pairings appear in the original line-up of the Mixed.



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