Lake Geneva

After Prague in 2017 and Chicago last year, the city of Geneva in Switzerland will host the third edition of the Laver Cup, from 20 to 22 September.
Check out our Geneva travel guide to know more about the city, and if you attend the event, please share your comments and stories:

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Karolina Pliskova, Zhengzhou Open

World number 2 Karolina Pliskova didn’t drop a set all week, defeating Polona Hercog, Sofia Kenin, Ajla Tomljanovic and Petra Martic to win the inaugural edition of the Zhengzhou Open. She had lost to Martic in four of their previous five matches, but this time, she powered past the Croatian 6-3 6-2.

“My goal was to win this tournament…this is the best start to the Asian swing, I don’t think I could have done any better [this week],” said Pliskova.

The victory gives the Czech her tour-leading fourth title of the season (Brisbane, Rome, Eastbourne), her 15th overall. She also secures a fourth consecutive singles qualification at the WTA Finals, the longest active streak.

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Bianca Andreescu, 2019 US Open

Turning back the clock … 20 years after her first US Open title, Serena is in final again. She’ll face 19-yr old Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who’s chasing her first Slam title. Let’s have a look at both players road to the final:

Bianca Andreescu’s road to the final

She finished 2018 ranked world number 178, and now it seems she can’t stop winning, as she will be make her entry to the top 10 on Monday. She had a breakout tournament at Indian Wells, defeating Muguruza, Svitolina and Kerber en route to her maiden WTA title. She then reached the fourth round in Miami, but missed most of the clay and grass court seasons due to a shoulder injury. She came back at the Canadian Open in Toronto, and became the first Canadian woman to win the event Faye Urban in 1969.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Katie Volynets 6-2 6-4
R2 Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 7-5
R3 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-4
R4 Taylor Townsend 6-1 4-6 6-2
QF Elise Mertens 3-6 6-2 6-3
SF Belinda Bencic 7-6 7-5

Playing her first US Open, she’s had the best debut since Venus Williams in 1997.
Bianca cruised through the first three rounds without dropping a set, but had to work hard to get past Taylor Townsend and Elise Mertens in the next rounds. She saved a set point and rallied from two breaks down, winning five straight games to defeat Belinda Bencic in the semifinals.

“I’ve always dreamt of this moment ever since I was a little kid. But I don’t think many people would have actually thought that it would become a reality.”

Serena Williams’ road to the final

Serena has won no title so far this year: she reached the Wimbledon final but was dispatched by Simona Halep 2-6 2-6, and a month later, facing Bianca Andreescu in the final of the Canadian Open, she was forced to retire due to back spasms.

Round Opponent Score
R1 Maria Sharapova 6-1 6-1
R2 Caty McNally 5-7 6-3 6-1
R3 Karolina Muchova 6-3 6-2
R4 Petra Martic 6-3 6-4
QF Qiang Wang 6-1 6-0
SF Elina Svitolina 6-3 6-1

Serena only dropped a set – to 17 yr old McNally – en route to a record 10th Open final. She’s been particularly impressive in her last two rounds, as she dismantled Wang and Svitolina in the quarters and semifinals respectively.
Her victory over the Ukrainian was her 101st win here, tying Chris Evert.

“I think when I first started, you could win a lot of easy matches, then you’re in the quarterfinals, that’s when it starts to get a little more tough. Now, like, there’s no easy match. Everyone’s playing great. Everyone’s just doing a lot better.”

So, who do you think will win this clash of generations? Will it be a record-tying 24th Slam for Serena or a 1st for Bianca?

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Fred Perry Championship

Introducing a new Youth Tennis tournament: The Fred Perry Championship. 100 years after he first played at the Brentham club, a new competition begins to celebrate Fred Perry‘s sporting heritage and discover future talent.

The LTA Level 3 tournament is for U12, U14, U16 and U18 categories. It will be held annually at The Brentham Club in Ealing, London, as well as next door at Will to Win, Pisthanger Park. Male and female winners in each category will receive a clothing sponsorship and tennis grant from Fred Perry.

To mark the first tournament, Fred Perry have repainted the hard court at the Brentham Club in black and champagne – iconic Fred Perry Shirt colours that symbolise the brand’s independent spirit.

The 2-day event is completely free to spectators, and will also be livestreamed on Fred Perry facebook page.

Saturday 7th September
9am – Coaching clinic by Dan Bloxham and four times Wimbledon Doubles Champion, Peter Fleming
10:30am onwards – First and second round matches

Sunday 8th September
9am onwards – Semi-finals and finals

Photo credit: Fred Perry

Nike Polo ¡Vamos Rafa!

The Nike ‘Vamos Rafa’ Polo with fist pump logo is now available in Europe on nike.com and the Nike app.

Nike Polo Vamos Rafa

Nike Polo Vamos Rafa

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