Sophie Taylor

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2021 WTA Tour year-end rankings and surprise packets

THE 2021 WTA Tour came to a close for the most part this week, with the official year-end rankings confirmed on Monday and seeing some last-minute Top 10 changes over the past week. We run through the 2021 year-end Top 10 and the surprise packets from the season that was. READ>>2021 WTA Memorable Moments Ash […]

WTA Tour wrap: Parry claims Montevideo title

FRENCHWOMAN Diane Parry has claimed the WTA 125 Montevideo Open title in Uruguay overnight, defeating the higher ranked Panna Udvardy in an intriguing final clash of the maiden event. 19-year-old Parry has reached a career-high world number 115 with the title victory, while her Hungarian opponent is also on the verge of entering Top 100 […]

WTA Finals title wrap: Muguruza named 2021 WTA Finals champion

A HUGE week of WTA Finals action in Guadalajara, Mexico has come to a close, with Garbine Muguruza named the 2021 WTA Finals champion following a 6-3 7-5 victory against Anett Kontaveit. The only player to beat Kontaveit throughout her rapid rise over the past month, it was a milestone 10th title win for Muguruza, […]

2021 WTA Finals wrap – Day 2: Badosa blitzes top seed Sabalenka

THE second day of 2021 WTA Finals action has seen two more huge singles clashes, with tight results in tow as the Chichén Itzá group got underway in Guadalajara, Mexico. While Maria Sakkari improved her head-to-head against 20-year-old Iga Swiatek to 3-0, Paula Badosa fought hard throughout every moment of her clash with top seed […]

WTA Finals preview: 50th edition set to showcase fresh competitors

THE stage is set for the 2021 WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the eight participants decided last week and the draw revealed yesterday. Pitting the eight best singles players for the year against one another – minus the unavailable Ash Barty – the round robin event is set to provide plenty of intrigue with […]

Billie Jean King wrap: Day 3 – Russia and USA reign supreme

THE first Billie Jean King Cup semi-final has been decided, with the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) defying France a chance at back-to-back titles, as the United States ousted Spain. Expect a tantalising battle between the RTF and USA next, while two more nations are also set to join them in the semis tomorrow. Despite a […]

Billie Jean King wrap: Day 2 – Slovakia shocks USA as Switzerland downs Germany

THE upsets did not end after a huge day session at the Billie Jean King Cup finals, with the night ties proving just as intriguing as Switzerland blasted past Germany and Slovakia upset superpower and third seed, United States. It was a 3-0 sweep the way of Switzerland as they well and truly outplayed their […]

ATP Tour Player Focus: Brandon Nakashima

DEVELOPING American prospect Brandon Nakashima is an exciting young talent, steadily making his way up the ATP Tour rankings since his initial senior debut in late 2019 on the Challenger tour. Still only 20-years-old and realistically only completing his second full season on the ATP Tour, the California native and former junior world number three […]

ATP Tour Player Focus: Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune

WHILE he may not quite yet have the same accolades as many of the talented young faces around him, there is no doubt Danish youngster Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune is on the way up in his career and has had a steady trajectory during his maiden year on the senior tour. A former junior world […]

Next-Gen ATP Finals: Who is in contention?

THE Next-Gen ATP Finals are less than a month away now, with the Milan, Italy event set for November 9-13 and boasting some huge emerging talent. While the tournament was not played in 2020, the beauty of the Next-Gen Finals system is that it showcases the top 21-and-under talent, meaning that last year’s potential finalists […]

2021 Billie Jean King Cup nation preview: Slovakia

THE WTA Tour’s most prestigious team event is less than a month away, and Draft Central is counting down the days until it kicks off by previewing each team individually. Starting with the lowest ranked nation through to the highest one, we take a look at each squad, their fixtures, and what they might be able to […]

ATP Tour Player Focus: Jannik Sinner

HAILING from northern Italy, 20-year-old Jannik Sinner has experienced a sharp rise up the rankings since breaking into the top 50 just 12 months ago. Currently sitting at a career-high 14, Sinner’s form this year has been nothing short of impressive with three title wins to his name and an additional final loss proving how […]

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