Raducanu’s Homecoming live on BBC and LTA social channels

Watch The Homecoming live on BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport online and the Red Button today, Friday, at 12.30pm as the LTA celebrates the return of Emma Raducanu and the other British US Open champions, Joe Salisbury, Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett.

Ruud to lead Europe’s Laver Cup defence

The fourth Laver Cup, tennis’ version of golf’s Ryder Cup, the brainchild of Roger Federer and his management team, gets underway today, Friday, in Boston after being cancelled last year by the COVID pandemic.

Swiatek and Kvitova open Ostrava accounts

It took a while for top seed Iga Swiatek to find her way past Yulia Putintseva at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open on Wednesday, while Petra Kvitova needed 3 sets to reach the quarter-finals.

Murray advances into Metz last eight

Former world number one Andy Murray put together a solid performance to defeat Canada’s Vasek Pospisil and reach the last eight of the Moselle Open in Metz, France, his first appearance in a quarter-final since sweeping to his 46th title in Antwerp nearly two years...

Raducanu and Konta pull out of Chicago

British No 1 and 2, Emma Raducanu and Johanna Konta, have pulled out Chicago Fall Tennis Classic next week, joining a growing list of absentees that includes World No 2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and two Americans, Sofia Kenin, ranked 7, and Coco Gauff, ranked No 19.

Teichmann fells Kerber in Ostrava

Angelique Kerber suffered a surprise first round defeat at the J & T Ostrava Open on Tuesday at the hands of Jil Teichmann, while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Elena Rybakina, Yulia Putintseva and Tereza Martincova all advanced to round two.

Murray ends run of defeats

Andy Murray just wants to get a good run of matches in order to get his body used to the physical on court pressures having lost in the opening round of the US Open to Stefanos Tsitsipas in what was an exciting five-set thriller.

Raducanu becomes a Tiffany ambassador

Newly-minted US Open champion Emma Raducanu is now an ambassador for Tiffany & Co, the luxury jeweller owned by LVMH.

Phlebotomus simonahalepae

Simona Halep has been in the news with her recent wedding but now, in one of the more bizarre stories of the week, the former World No 1 has given her name to a newly discovered species of insects in Romania.

Kontaveit, Badosa and Sorribes Tormo among early winners in Ostrava

The J & T Bank Ostrava Open, a WTA 500 event, kicked off on Monday in the Czech Republic when Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit  beat Sorana Cirstea from Romania, 6-4 6-4, to set up a second round meeting with Spain’s Paula Badosa, the 9th seed, who was a 6-2 6-2 winner...
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WTA roundup: Cluj-Napoca and Concord

Winners Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania / WTA 250

Slovakian Kristina Kucova held off home-country favourite Irina Bara, 2-6 7-6(3) 7-6 (5) in a marathon clay-court match to advance to the quarter-finals of the Winners Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on Thursday where she fell to Egypt’s Mayar Sherif, 6-3 6-1, on Friday.

I'm not thinking about the trophy just yet, because there are two more games to be played. First of all, tomorrow`s game is the most important. Of course, it would be amazing to win a tournament in Romania, and it would be even more special because it`s the first edition and because I enjoy this city a lot. Mihaela Buzarnescu

Earlier in the week, Sherif toppled No 1 seed Alizé Cornet, 6-2 6-4, in the opening round and takes on another home favourite in former World No 20 Mihaela Buzarnescu, who reached her first WTA semi-final since Hiroshima 2019 with a straight-sets defeat of Kristyna Pliskova, 7-5 6-3, and is the last Romanian standing.

“It`s a great moment of happiness to have won this match, and I hope I`ll see even more fans at tomorrow`s match, considering it`s a weekend day,” said Buzarnescu. “I am the only Romanian player left in the tournament so I hope they will come to support me and enjoy all the other games played here because this is a very well-organised tournament.

“I`m not thinking about the trophy just yet, because there are two more games to be played. First of all, tomorrow`s game is the most important.

“Of course, it would be amazing to win a tournament in Romania, and it would be even more special because it`s the first edition and because I enjoy this city a lot,” she added.

Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia recorded a 6-3 6-3 upset of 3rd-seeded Ana Bodgan of Romania on Wednesday in the second round of the Winners Open in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and went on to defeat compatriot Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, 6-3 6-0 to set up a meeting with Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, the No 2 seed.

Petkovic had posted a 6-4 6-3 victory over Romania’s Jaqueline Cristian to meet Australia’s Seone Mendez, who led 4-3 when Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine retired.

That quarter-final match was suspended overnight with the score standing at 6-7(6) 4-6 5-1 in favour of Petkovic.

Vera Zvonareva battled past qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze to reach the semi-finals of the Thoreau Tennis Open in Concord

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Thoreau Tennis Open, Concord, USA / WTA 125

The last quarter-final match at the Thoreau Open in Concord in Massachusetts was also suspended overnight with Poland’s Magdalena Frech leading American wild-card Katrina Scott 6-4, 1-1.

Frech took out 9th-seeded Australian Storm Sanders, 6-2 6-2, to reach the last 8, while Scott upset compatriot Lauren Davis, the 5th seed, 7-6(1) 7-5, in the first round before edging past another American, Vera Dolehide, 1-6 6-0 7-5.

Russia’s veteran, Vera Zvonareva, seeded 4, battled past Varvara Lepchenko, also from the US, 6-3 6-4, and qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze from Georgia, 5-7 6-2 6-4, to await the winner between Fech and Scott.

In the lower half of the draw, 3rd-seed Madison Brengle, reached the quarters with a 6-3 7-5 win over Spain’s Cristina Bucsa, where she will play Mexico’s Renata Zarazua, the 8th seed, who upset the No 2 seed, Su-Wei Hsieh from Taipei, 6-3 2-6 7-5.

The Thoreau Open is the first WTA tournament to be hosted in Massachusetts since Longwood hosted a similar event in 1998.

The Thoreau Club successfully hosted a ITF Women’s 60k Tournament  in 2019, and have taken a step up in staging a WTA 125k tournament this year.



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