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Svitolina, Muguruza Top Seeds At WTA Chicago; Clijsters Returns

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2021 @ 10:56 pm

With a week before the big money event at Indian Wells, many of top women are in Illinois this week preparing at the new WTA 500 event in Chicago.

The top seed is Elina Svitolina who won the earlier Chicago event just before the US Open. The Ukrainian has won nine of her last ten but dropped a stunner in the US Open quarterfinals to Leylah Fernandez in a final …

Defending Champion Sinner, Monfils The Favorites In Bulgaria

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2021 @ 10:19 pm

With home hero and former champion Grigor Dimitrov opting to play in San Diego, Jannik Sinner and Gael Monfils will assume the marquee at the ATP event in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sinner could meet Vasek Pospisil in his opener in a rematch their title match a year ago won by the Italian for his first crown..

The 20-year-old Sinner is joined by No. 2 seed Monfils, Alex De Minaur, Alexander Bublik, Lorenzo …

Rublev, Canadians Lead New ATP San Diego Field; Murray Meets Nishikori

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2021 @ 10:04 pm

With Asia still of the pro tennis calendar, a new ATP event in San Diego was added as a lead-up to Indian Wells which is just a week away.

The first-year tournament features an extremely strong field for a 250, boasting six players inside the Top 20 including top seed Andrey Rublev, Casper Ruud, Canadians Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov plus recent Metz champion Hubert Hurkacz and Diego Schwartzman. The last …

Kontaveit Sacks Sakkari For Ostrava Title And Biggest Career Win

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2021 @ 9:44 pm

Anett Kontaveit eased past Maria Sakkari 6-2, 7-5 to capture her biggest career title at the WTA 500 event in Ostrava.

“Maria is such a good player, and we’ve had a lot of tough matches between us, and I knew I had to play well to beat her,” Kontaveit said. “I think I managed to serve pretty well and play aggressive, but be as consistent as possible.”

Kontaveit took her third career …

Kwon Breaks Duckworth For First ATP Title In Kazakhstan

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2021 @ 9:32 pm

Soonwoo Kwon became a first time ATP champion in Nur Sultan winning the title over James Duckworth 7-6(6), 6-3.

“I am really happy to win my first ATP 250 title,” Kwon said. “I am just really, really happy to win today. It was a tough match today against James. He served really well and played very well and I tried to focus every single point.”

Kwon becomes the first South Korean ATP …

Hurkacz Collects Fourth ATP Title, Beats Carreno Busta In Metz

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2021 @ 9:21 pm

Hubert Hurkacz continued his breakout 2021 season Sunday winning his fourth career title by defeating Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(2), 6-3 in Metz, France.

Hurkacz never dropped a set in four wins, including the quarters over Andy Murray and semifinalist over qualifier Peter Gojowczyk.

“Pablo is an amazing player, so playing against him in the final here is something special,” Hurkacz said. “I needed to raise my level to play my best to …

Team Europe Cruises To Fourth Straight Laver Cup Win

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2021 @ 9:12 pm

After winning 7 of the first 8 ties of the 2021 Laver Cup, it didn’t take much time for Team Europe to wrap up their fourth straight win over Team World.

The doubles pairing of Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev wrapped it up with a 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-3 victory over Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov in the opening match of day 3 in Boston.

The win gave Europe 14 points to clinch …

Tsitsipas Gets First Win Over Kyrgios; Team Europe Wins 7 Of First 8 Matches At Laver Cup

Posted by Staff on September 26th, 2021 @ 10:37 am

Stefanos Tsitsipas earned his first career win over Nick Kyrgios yesterday at the Laver Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 win to open Day 2 in Boston.

Tsitsipas, who was 0-2 against the Australian, had to save six total break points in his last two service games to secure the win.

“I was really pumped. First of all, I had a team behind me, backing me up. It is important,” Tsitsipas said. “Coming …

Ruud, Berrettini Lead Europe Singles Sweep At Laver Cup; Tsitsipas v Kyrgios Saturday

Posted by Staff on September 25th, 2021 @ 10:58 am

Eying a fourth straight Laver Cup win, Team Europe got off a strong start Friday on the opening day of the Laver Cup.

Casper Ruud set the tone early for Europe getting the first point of the event with a upset win over the World’s Reilly Opelka 6-3, 7-6(4).

Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini followed with a match tiebreak win over Felix Auger-Aliassime 67(3), 7-5, 10-8 in a whopping 2 hours, 52 minutes.

“I …

Berrettini, Rublev Headline Day 1 Of Laver Cup

Posted by Staff on September 23rd, 2021 @ 6:39 pm

The fourth Laver Cup gets underway Friday in Boston. After a year-off due to COVID, the event returns with Team World looking for their first win after losses to Team Europe in 2017-2019.

On opening day on the hard courts, clay specialist Casper Ruud will meet Reilly Opelka and then Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini battles US Open semifinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime.

In the evening, Andrey Rublev will challenge the World’s Diego Schwartzman followed …

Daniil Medvedev Is Soaking In His US Open Win

Posted by Staff on September 23rd, 2021 @ 6:22 pm

Ahead of the Laver Cup which begins Friday in Boston, Daniil Medvedev met the media to talk about the event and moreover his first Grand Slam title 11 days ago at the US Open.

“I had a week off, just great time, celebrating a little bit the victory,” Medvedev said. “Soaking it all in.

“It’s just a goal that I accomplished that not so many players managed to do. That’s great, …

Murray Advances In Metz, Makes QFs

Posted by Staff on September 22nd, 2021 @ 8:51 pm

Andy Murray continues to make strides. The 34-year-old reached the Metz quarterfinals today getting past Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-3 in France.

Murray is into his first ATP level quarterfinal in almost two years since his 2019 Antwerp title run.

“I was trying to make him work a lot on his own service games,” Murray said after the win over the PTPA’s No. 2. “He’s got an excellent serve and likes to …

Aslan Karatsev Is The Man in Kazakhstan

Posted by Staff on September 19th, 2021 @ 9:55 pm

For the first time in his career, Aslan Karatsev will be the top seed at an ATP Tour event. The breakout star of the first half of the year leads the Nur-Sultan ATP event in Kazakhstan in the week ahead.

The 28-year-old Karatsev stands just 12th in the ATP Race and has a shot at the year-end finals in Turin, but will have to make a strong push starting now.

Karatsev …

Murray, Hurkacz Headline ATP Metz Draw

Posted by Staff on September 19th, 2021 @ 9:45 pm

After a tough outing last week at the Rennes Challenger where he lost first round, Andy Murray continues to fall run in Metz, France.

The former No. 1 is joined by top seed Hubert Hurkacz, bronze medalist Pablo Carreno Busta, French favorite Gael Monfils and Alex De Minaur among the top 4 seeds, all of whom received a bye.

Murray opens against the lefty No. 6 seed Ugo Humbert. The two met …

9 Things I Think I Thought About Djokovic, Medvedev, Raducanu And The US Open

Posted by Sean Randall on September 14th, 2021 @ 1:16 pm

It’s been a few days since the craziest and zaniest Grand Slam came to a close on Sunday, so with it still fresh, here are some quick thoughts.

1. IT’S HARD
Novak Djokovic knew it and then lived it.

After his dismissal from Tokyo and his early troubles in New York, all the warning signs were there for Djokovic coming up short in New York. 33 years ago, without the media …