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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Zverev is the new Olympic Champion

Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev has emulated incomparable compatriot Steffi Graf and struck Olympic gold, declaring: “There is nothing better than this.”

ou are not only playing for yourself, you are playing for your whole country, so this is an incredible feeling for me right now. There is nothing better than this Alexander Zverev

The second German to seal a singles title – and first male – at the world’s biggest sporting jamboree preserved Graf’s record as the only player to achieve the Golden Slam of four majors and the Games in the same year when he stunned favourite Novak Djokovic in the last four.

And his emphatic 6-3 6-1 win over Karen Khachanov in the Tokyo 2020 decider also, of course, enabled him to seal one title to elude fellow countryman and Graf contemporary Boris Becker.

Zverev said: “I’ve won the World Tour Finals (2018) but a gold medal at the Olympics, is so much bigger than everything else in sport. You are not only playing for yourself, you are playing for your whole country, so this is an incredible feeling for me right now. There is nothing better than this.”

Whether the 24-year-old can go on to start biting into Becker’s Grand Slam haul of six at the upcoming US Open with a debut major triumph is another question. One which he declined to answer in the aftermath of his 79-minute crushing of Khachanov at the Ariake Tennis Park.

The fourth seed has been tipped as one of the likely lads to break-up the cartel of the Big Three, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and, of course, Djokovic, who have each sealed a record-equalling 20 Slam crowns.

But Zverev, beaten in his first Slam final by Dominic Thiem in New York last September, said: “I don’t want to talk about the next grand slam right now because I just won the Olympic Games. I want to enjoy this one for two minutes.”

The world No.5, who had lifted the ATP Masters 1000 and Mexican Open titles this year, was in imperious form against Wimbledon quarter-finalist Khachanov.

Zverev, 6ft.6in, rained down a series of blistering winners on both wings, particularly with his backhands down the line.

He broke his opponent from the Russian Olympic Committee in the third game of the opening set and moved on into the lead.

And Zverev stepped up his game to an impressive level in the second set to grind any hopes Khachanov might have had into dust.

Khachanov, 25, said: “From beginning to the end, he played an unbelievable match.”
In the men’s doubles, Nikola Mektic has declared combining with Mate Pavic to secure Croatia’s first Olympic gold is “more than a dream come true”.

Wimbledon champions Metkic and Pavic, top seeds, defeated compatriots Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig, conquerors of Britons Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury in the last eight, 6-4 3-3 10-6 in the final in Tokyo.

Mektic, who with Pavic had won eight ATP Tour-level titles in their first year together, said: “This is just a very happy feeling and we’re super thrilled to win the title and just to be at the Olympics, To have such a great result is just more than a dream come true and I’m so delighted to share this moment with Mate.”

* Quotes from BBC, ATP, PA and ITF.

Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic of Croatia lift the Doublees Gold Medals

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