Clijsters plays Chicago Fall Classic

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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 follows Medvedev out of Miami in third quarter-final

When the quarter-final line-up was confirmed a few days ago much was expected of the players still contesting the Miami Masters and, as it has turned out, the matches have not only lived up to expectations, but thrown up some surprising results.

It is so big to be in my first Masters 1000 semi-final, especially in front of the crowd here in Miami. It is a super big win for me and I can’t wait for the next match. Hubert Hurkacz

The trend continued with the third quarter-final as the second seed and latest title favourite, crashed out of the first Masters event of the season.

Much to his followers surprise, Stefanos Tsitsipas allowed his Polish opponent, Hubert Hurkacz, the 26th seed, to turn the match on its head and pull off a 2-6 6-3 6-4 upset after two hours and 20-minutes of play.

There were no signs of a possible upset as Tsitsipas settled quickly into the match to dominate the first set. He followed that up in the second when he again broke early

and looked set to bring the match to an early conclusion only for Hurkacz to suddenly come alight and find his range off the baseline.
He saved two break points in the third game and followed that up by breaking the Greek star to get back on serve at 2-2.

Suddenly the atmosphere became a little more tense as Tistsipas’s game became increasingly erratic allowing Hurcacz to break for a second time in the eighth game, clinching the second set with an angled drop shot which caught Tsitsipas by surprise.

It certainly had him thinking for he picked up a time warning at the end of the second set for taking too long to change his shirt and headband which didn’t go down well with the Greek who immediately demanded an audience with the Supervisor.

That wasn’t enough to slow down Hurkacz’s momentum who broke decisively in the fifth game of the third to set himself up for the win and a place in the semi-finals.

“I was very stressed these two weeks,” Tsitsipas revealed later. “I felt like it was my opportunity. It’s a very disappointing loss. Everything was under control. And suddenly, I don’t know, self-explosion.”

Hurkacz had hit 15 aces and saved 10 of the 13 break points he faced and should climb up the rankings next week.

“I want to be as good as I can,” Hurkacz said. “Hopefully, I can win some titles in the future.”

The Pole added: “It is so big to be in my first Masters 1000 semi-final, especially in front of the crowd here in Miami. It is a super big win for me and I can’t wait for the next match.

“I was trying to keep fighting and that’s what I did. I am super pumped and happy that I was able to turn this match around.

“He was returning very well and I had to play a lot of rallies. At the beginning of the match, I tried to go for too much, so then I was trying to adapt my game a little bit.”

The last of the quarter-finals featuring the fourth seed Andrey Rublev – who becomes the title favourite following Tsitsipas’s loss – and the exciting newcomer, the unseeded Sebastian Korda, is scheduled to play later in the day.

Roberto Bautista Agut will face No. 21 Jannik Sinner in the first semi-final on Friday, and a first-time ATP Masters 1000 champion will be crowned on Sunday.

Hubert Hurkacz celebrates a great victory

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