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Gael Monfils is off to a flyer in 2020 as the Frenchman won his second ATP trophy in two weeks and doubled up his haul at the Rotterdam Open. The ninth-ranked 33-year-old had to hold off a spirited fightback late in the second set from talented Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime. The youngster ranked 21st saved four Monfils match points while trailing a set and 5-2, breaking the third seed to stay alive. But two games
Simona Halep scored a tight opening win on Wednesday at the Dubai Championships. fighting off three match points before taming Tunisian threat Ons Jabeur 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(7). The struggle took place not only on court but in the stands at the Aviation Club with rival bands of fans competing to drown the others out, creating an atmosphere much like Fed Cup. Jabeur, a wild card and only Arab player in the field, said the crowd
A hit-out session on Sunday with top seed Simona Halep at the Dubai Championships served as a re-introduction for Kim Clijsters to the current WTA elite. The 36-year-old Belgian mother of three will be making her second comeback of a star-crossed career as she plays on a wild card at the Aviation Club next week. Clijsters, winner of four Grand Slam titles, last played a WTA match nearly eight years ago in autumn, 2012. 500She has
Belinda Bencic is taking her Dubai Championships title defence seriously, with the Swiss prepared to start the week from zero as play began on Monday at the outdoor hardcourt event. Bencic will make her start at the Aviation club on Tuesday, taking on experienced Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, whom she has defeated in five of six previous meetings – including the Moscow final last October. But the fourth-ranked Bencic refuses to depend on her past superiority.
Top-ranked doubles king Robert Farah was cleared on Monday to return to the ATP any anti-doping authorities after his tainted meat explanation proved his innocence. The Colombian who blamed steroid enhanced meat he ate at home cause a positive drugs test which eventually kept him from the Australian Open. But the case was cleared up in record time, with corruption officials giving the 33-year=old all-clear to get back to business on court. “No period of