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Borg and McEnroe to extend Laver Cup rivalry

Tennis legends Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe will continue in their role as Laver Cup team captains in 2020.

Rivals as professionals when they ruled the tennis stage in the 1970s and ‘80s, Borg and McEnroe have imprinted their distinctive style on the competition, steering their teams in pursuit of the coveted Laver Cup trophy, named in honor of tennis legend Rod Laver, whom they both revere.

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Teenager Bianca Andreescu makes history at US Open

On Saturday, Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) became the first Canadian player to win a Grand Slam singles title when she defeated Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 at the US Open. The 19-year-old was playing in the main draw for the very first time in Flushing Meadows. Her win will propel her into the Top 5 in the WTA rankings.

After losing in the qualifying round at the 2018 US Open, Andreescu came back just one year later to capture the most important title in her young career. She got off to a strong start in her first Grand Slam final, taking an early break and eventually going up a set. In the second, she raced out to a quick lead, but the experienced Williams was not going to go down without a fight. Trailing 5-1 in the second set, the American clawed her way back into the match, bringing it to five-all. But Andreescu, known for playing her best tennis in big moments, stepped up to the plate and got the late break she needed to capture her maiden Grand Slam title.

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Laslo Djere downs Auger-Aliassime to capture Rio title

Félix Auger-Aliassime came very close to capturing his first ATP Tour title on Sunday but fell at the hands of the 23-year-old Serbian Laslo Djere by a score of 6-3, 7-5 in the final. The two players were playing for a chance to capture their first career titles and go home with 500 ATP points.

Auger-Aliassime seemed nervous at the start of the match. In fact, he was broken on four occasions in the first set. The Quebec native, however, had a better start to the second set as he went up the early break. His lead did not last long as Djere regained his consistency at the baseline, levelled out the score and eventually converted on his fifth match point to get the win. With his victory, Djere will move up in the rankings from no. 90 to no. 37.

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Kei Nishikori replaces Del Potro at 2018 ATP Finals

Kei Nishikori will compete at the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 11-18 November, following the withdrawal of Juan Martin del Potro due to a right knee injury. Nishikori will join Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem at the elite eight-player event.

Del Potro, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 3 earlier this season, continues his rehabilitation following an injury sustained while competing at the Rolex Shanghai Masters in October, but is unable to recover full fitness ahead of London.

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Sharon Fichman wins doubles title at Tevlin Challenger

Two Canadians were in search of important victories on Saturday at the Tevlin Challenger. Sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the tournament offers $60,000 USD in prize money and will be held from October 29 to November 4 at the Aviva Centre in Toronto.

For the second consecutive week, Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON) was competing for the doubles crown at a tournament. Her last title dates back to 2016, when she was crowned champion in Jackson, Mississippi. In Saturday’ final, she was playing alongside a familiar partner, Maria Sanchez of the United States. The two wasted no time in taking control of the match, outplaying their opponents Maja Chwalinska of Poland and Elitsa Kostova of Bulgaria right from the start. After just over an hour of play, Fichman and Sanchez were crowned doubles champions by a score of 6-0, 6-4.This is the pair’s third title together, one of which was won in Toronto in 2015.

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Fed Cup: Bouchard helps Canada overcome Ukraine

Canada won the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II play-off tie 3-2 against Ukraine at IGA Stadium in Montreal. After Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC) won the first singles rubber and Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON) dropped the fourth match, it all came down to the doubles match. In the end, it was the pair of Dabrowski and Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) who secured the victory for Canada.

Playing in the first match of the day were both winners from Saturday, Eugenie Bouchard and Lesia Tsurenko.

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Australia beat Netherlands to return to Fed Cup World Group

Australia is back in the elite world group of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas following convincing wins by Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova against the Netherlands in the World Group Play-off in Wollongong today.

Barty extended her impressive Fed Cup form with a convincing 6-4 6-2 win over Lesley Kerkhove and Gavrilova sealed the deal, clinching the tie for Australia with a 6-3 6-2 win over Quirine Lemoine.

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