Samsonova, ranked more than 100 places below Martic, impressed in the opening set to break the Croatian and take the lead in the match but the 21-year-old soon discovered that beating a top 20 player was no easy task as Martic dug in. As the sun set in Sicily, Martic seemed rejuvRead More »
Women's world number one Ashleigh Barty has opted against travelling to New York to play the hardcourt Grand Slam amid the COVID-19 pandemic, making the 28-year-old Halep the top draw at this year's event. "I will decide after this tournament for sure," Halep told Reuters by telephone, adding that the conditions are "tough" in the U.S. "And then I will be able to decide, take the final decision."
Playing in her first semi-final since Stuttgart in April 2019, Kontaveit struck 31 winners and broke Martic's serve five times. Martic converted a break point late in the second set to move within one game of Kontaveit but a medical timeout halted her momentum. Instead, it was Kontaveit who powered through Martic's serve to book a place in her third claycourt final.
Serena Williams plans to play US and French Opens as she plots safe return * Williams taking extra care after lung problems in the past * ‘I have been a bit of a recluse ... this is my life and my health’