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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Wawrinka removes Rublev from the Paris field

Stan Wawrinka brought Andrey Rublev’s successful 11-match run to an end by defeating the Russian fifth seed 1-6 6-4 6-3 to make the quarter-finals of the Rolex Paris Masters and record his best post Covid-lockdown result.

I think of course at the beginning he was playing faster than me, was playing better than me. It was tough for me to really find any solution when he’s playing that well Stan Wawrinka

Rublev, who qualified for the ATP Finals at the O2 by winning the Amsterdam title last week, started well by storming through the opening set only for the Swiss three-time grand slam champion to recover thanks to his powerful game and greater experience.

“I think of course at the beginning he was playing faster than me, was playing better than me,” Wawrinka admitted. “It was tough for me to really find any solution when he’s playing that well.

“I was still believing that I could change something in my game and play a little bit better.”

Wawrinka progresses to a Friday meeting with Alexander Zverev who edged past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-6(11) 6-7(7) 6-4, taken to three sets when he failed to convert a match point in the second and be forced into a decider.

“It’s going to be a tough one, for sure,” said Wawrinka, who has lost all three of his previous encounters with the German seeded four. “I lost to him in the Australian Open. Lost a few times to him already in the past. He’s a tough player for me to play, so it’s going to be interesting. I watched him a little bit tonight. He played also a long match. Hopefully I can deliver a great match tomorrow night.”

Zverev, the world number 7 and runner-up at this year’s US Open has other things on his mind which might prove distracting for his efforts on court.

Having confirmed that he is to be a father by a former girlfriend and then denied allegations of abuse to a second former girlfriend, Olga Sharypova, who has gone public in Racquet Magazine with more allegations of that nature, expanding on them and describing other incidents which including a punch in the face.

Meanwhile Rafa Nadal continues to add to his career wins with a 6-1 7-6(3) victory over Australian Jordan Thompson.

“I think I played a good first set. A lot of good shots, good winners, serving well. And then in the second, was not able to find a way to the break,” Nadal said of his 1001st victory.

“He started to serve very well, I think, and I missed a couple of returns that I could do better; I should do better.”

Nadal will meet his countryman Pablo Carreno Busta who remains in contention for that remaining place at the O2 following his 7-5 6-2 victory over the Slovak qualifier, Norbert Gombos.

“I need to be ready to play my best against an opponent that I know is playing well and with confidence,” Nadal said. “I hope to be ready to play my game well because that’s what I’m going to need.”

Frenchman Ugo Humbert kept up his own winning streak with his 8th win, this time upsetting Marin Cilic 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 but could well find his hands full when he takes on a bigger hitter in Canada’s Milos Raonic, a 7-6(1) 6-1 winner over American qualifier Marcos Giron.

Finally, an intriguing match for Diego Schwartzman, the diminutive Argentine who is currently in the eighth and final place for the O2. To cement himself in that slot he needs to reach the semi-finals but needs to clear a big hurdle in the shape of Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.

The sixth seeded South American looks in good form recovering well to defeat Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1 6-1 while Medvedev, seeded three, eventually eased past Aussie Alex De Minaur 5-7 6-2 6-2.



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