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 gets off the mark

With the reigning Rotterdam champion of the past two years, Gael Monfils, absent and only two other former title holders in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament’s field, the race to lift the trophy this year is on.

He had a solid game; he was serving well at times. He wasn’t missing a lot, so it was difficult. I think once I put in my head that I needed to fight and I [couldn’t] take [any] single moment for granted, things changed, and I felt the confidence. Stefanos Tsitsipas

Unfortunately for Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion and the 2019 runner-up, seeded eight for the event, crashed out to the powerful Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-5 on the second day of the event leaving Andy Murray, champion in 2009, with the heavy task of maintaining former champion’s pride when he faces Andrei Rublev, the inform fourth seeded Russian, to open the evening session on Day 3.

The three-time Grand Slam winner from Switzerland, playing in his first ATP match since losing a five-set epic to the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics at the Australian Open, was dispatched by the world number 21, the big-hitting Khachanov, relatively comfortably as he never once dropped his serve to an opponent ranked one place above him.

“To play against Stan, especially in the first round, is always tough,” Khachanov said. “I am really happy with the win, but there are always things you can improve upon. Mentally, I feel ready and I’m in good shape, so I hope to get some match wins.”

Next up for the 24-year-old is qualifier Cameron Norrie in the last 16 which is scheduled second in the evening session of Day 3.

Rublev matched his countryman to reach the second round and his meeting with Murray, after eliminating American qualifier Marcos Giron 7-6(1) 6-3.

And Murray has no illusions about their forthcoming match as he believes the young Russian is a star of the future.

“He’ll be around at the top of the game for a long time because he’s got a great work ethic,” Murray said. “And he’s a very good player.”

One of the main contenders for this year’s crown is Stefanos Tsitsipas, the second seed, who was in action late on Tuesday when he was pushed all the way by the Belarussian Egor Gerasimov before progressing into the second round.

The Greek star initially struggled to break down the solid Gerasimov before finally getting his act together to win 7-6(4) 7-5 in just under two hours.

“I had to play more consistently and also what I increased in the [key] moments was the speed of my ball, which felt kind of floppy before,” Tsitsipas told ATP Tour.

“He had a solid game; he was serving well at times. He wasn’t missing a lot, so it was difficult.

“I think once I put in my head that I needed to fight and I [couldn’t] take [any] single moment for granted, things changed, and I felt the confidence.”

Next up is the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-6(6) after one hour and 47 minutes hammering 17 aces past the Frenchman who led 4-1 in the second set, and held two set points at 5-4.

Opening the day’s play, Alex de Minaur got his Rotterdam debut off to a fine start with a 6-1 6-4 victory over fellow Australian John Millman in 69-minutes and will play Japan’s Kei Nishikori for a place in the last eight.



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