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Cirstea epic comeback leaves crowd stunned

THERE are comebacks, and then there is whatever Sorana Cirstea managed to do against seventh seeded Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the quarter finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Vondrousova had a match point in the second set, and would go on to squander six match points across the course of that set, only for Cirstea […]

Gauff ends unbeaten Pliskova run to reach Dubai quarters

YOUNG gun Coco Gauff overcame a frustrating moment with the chairperson and a set down against an in-form Karolina Pliskova to come from behind and win in three sets to advance to the quarter finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships. The third seed won 2-6 6-4 6-3 in an epic contest to bounce back from […]

Fonseca makes history at home in Brazil

BRAZILIAN teenager Joao Fonseca became the first 2006-born player to win an ATP Tour main draw match in history, after defeating seventh seeded Frenchman Arthur Fils in Rio de Janeiro a few hours ago. The 657th ranked Fonseca earned a wildcard into the ATP 500 event in his home nation, and had the crowd in […]

Vekic stuns Sabalenka in Dubai shock

IT was the result few would have seen coming. Croatian Donna Vekic came from behind to upset world number two Aryna Sabalenka in three sets, 6-7 6-3 6-0 to advance through to the Round of 16 at the Dubai Tennis Championships. The win itself was an accomplishment, but the manner of which it was done […]

Valentova hits career-high with Monastir title

CZECH 17-year-old Tereza Valentova boosted her ranking by 70 spots to achieve a career-high spot of 618th on the WTA Tour after winning an all-teenage final in Monastir. The Czech young gun technically won the title as a 16-year-old over the weekend, turning 17 today in what was no doubt the perfect birthday gift. Valentova […]

Sizzling Sinner makes Italian history

ITALY’s highest ever ranked player is on a phenomenal tear, with young gun Jannik Sinner becoming the first player in his nation to reach third in the world. Sinner did so by defeating Australian Alex de Minaur in straight sets at the ABN AMRO Open overnight, making it a mind-boggling 32 wins from his past […]

Swiatek’s triple treat in Doha

WORLD number one Iga Swiatek has completed a three-peat of trophies at the Qatar Open on Saturday, adding the 2024 title to her 2022 and 2023 achievements. The 7-6 6-2 victory over the red-hot Elena Rybakina made it 12 consecutive victories at the Doha event, and moved her head-to-head against the Kazakh back to 2-3. […]

Rybakina and Swiatek set up blockbuster Qatar final

GRAND Slam champions Elena Rybakina and Iga Swiatek will face off in the WTA 1000 Qatar Open final tomorrow after the in-form pair moved through to the decider in very different ways. Rybakina overcame Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-4 to reach the final, while Swiatek had a far easy route, receiving a walkover in the […]

Swiatek shuts down Vika in dominant win

WORLD number one Iga Swiatek showed little mercy for fellow Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka as the top seeded Pole stormed into the 2024 Qatar Open semi-finals overnight. Swiatek won 6-4 6-0 in just 75 minutes, winning the last nine games of the match. The turning point came in the seventh game where Azarenka lead […]

Former top 30 Junior seeks return with upset

STARTING June last year as the world number 22 on the Junior Girls’ ITF circuit, former German now Kazakh Sonja Zhiyenbayeva, had slipped outside the top 100 this year. At that stage, she had reached a third round of the Australian Open Juniors and second round at Roland Garros – losing to 2024 Aus Open […]

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