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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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WTA Roundup: Finalists set for Palermo and Gdynia

Qualifier Elena Gabriela Ruse from Romania is aiming for her second WTA title in two weeks when she faces American top seed Danielle Collins in the final of the 32nd Palermo Ladies Open on Sunday.

Collins reached her first career final by accounting for 4th-seeded Zhang Shuai, 6-4 6-3, in their semi-finals, breaking the Chinese veteran’s serve 3 times.

The World No 44 lost a 3-set quarter-final to Ruse two weeks ago in Hamburg, where the Romanian went on to win the tournament, also as a qualifier.

The 137th-ranked Ruse is attempting a repeat after reaching the Palmero final from qualifying and battling past 6th-seeded Oceane Dodin of France, 6-7(7) 7-6(0) 6-1.

Dodin saved 18 of the 26 break points she faced before finally succumbing in a match in which she committed 22 double-faults.

Collins has yet to drop a set in Palermo, overcoming Aussie Astra Sharma, the 7th seed in the quarter-finals, 6-1 6-4, and before defeating Zhang in the semis.

Ruse’s passage has been more rugged, coming through 2 qualifying matches before taking out local favourite wild-card Lucia Bronzetti in her quarter-final, 6-4 7-5, and taking 3 hours to get past Dodin.


Maryna Zanevska took 3 sets to beat Kateryna Kozlova at the BNP Paribas Poland Open on Saturday

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Meanwhile, at the BNP Paribas Poland Open, Belgium’s Maryna Zanevska and Kristina Kucova from Slovakia will vie for a maiden WTA trophy in the final in Gdynia.

The Belgian defeated Kateryna Kozlova from Ukraine, while Kucova ousted Germany’s Tamara Korpatsch in their respective semi-finals.

Zanevska had a relatively easy passage to the semis, defeating Nuria Parrizas Diaz from Spain, 6-3 6-2, in an hour 17 minutes, before taking 2 hours to get past Kozlova, 6-2 4-6 6-3.

The Belgian won around 73% points off both her first and second serves, while the Spaniard won 59% points off her first serves and just 27% of her second-serve points.

Zanevska saved both break points she faced while breaking Parrizas Diaz’s serve 3 times, winning 63 points to Parrizas Diaz’s 40 for the match.

With Parrizas Diaz’s exit, no seeds remained in the draw in Gdynia.

Against Kozlova, Zanevska won 64% of her first-serve points to the Ukrainian’s 52%, while both won around 46% of their second-serve points.

In the first set, Zanevska lost serve once but broke Kozlova 3 times but the Ukrainian was the better player in the second in which she faced no break points and needed just one break to level the match at a set apiece.

After exchanging two breaks of serve each in the third, Zanevska secured a 3rd break to make it to the final, have won 91 points while Kozlova finished with 76.

Earlier in the day, Kozlova had completed her quarter-final over Poland’s Katarzyna Kawa after it was suspended on Friday evening, coming from a set down to oust the Pole, 5-7 7-5 6-1, in 2 hours 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, in her semi-final, Kucova wrapped up a quicker 6-0 6-3 win over the German in just an hour and 13 minutes.

The Slovakian won 87% of her first-serve points to Korpatsch’s 45%, and also fared marginally better in terms of winning points off her second serves, with 37% to the latter’s 25%.

Kucova’s near-impenetrability on her serve was also seen in the number of break points, she faced, just one, which she was unable to save, but she went on break her opponent’s serve 6 times in the match and ended the match with 50 points to Korpatsch’s 37.

The Poland Open final is the first time both Zanevska and Kucova have reached a WTA final and the winner will be the 13th first-time title holder on the tour in the 2021 season.


Kristina Kucova dropped just 3 games against Tamara Korpatsch to reach the Poland Open final

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