Britain’s Watson claims biggest win in two years

Heather Watson

Britain’s Heather Watson earned her biggest win in more than two years by thrashing China’s world number 22 Wang Qiang in the Tianjin Open second round.

Watson, ranked 103 places below Wang, won 6-3 6-0 against the number two seed in one hour 18 minutes in China.

The 27-year-old had not beaten an opponent ranked as high as Wang since victory over world number 19 Anastasija Sevastova at Wimbledon in 2017.

Victory was only Watson’s second in a WTA tournament this year.

She will play Poland’s Magda Linette or Japan’s Kurumi Nara in her first WTA quarter-final since reaching the Hobart Open semi-finals in January 2018.

Wang, 27, was ranked as high as 12th earlier this year, after losing in the US Open quarter-finals to Serena Williams.

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Impressive Djokovic sees off Shapovalov in Shanghai

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning in Shanghai

World number one Novak Djokovic continued his fine form with a straight-set win over Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the Shanghai Masters.

Serbia’s 16-time Grand Slam champion, who won the Japan Open last week without dropping a set, cruised to a 6-3 6-3 second-round victory.

Defending champion Djokovic, 32, will play American John Isner next.

Isner, 34, hit 19 aces and lost only six points on his first serve in a 7-5 6-3 win over France’s Lucas Pouille.

Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, edged out Canadian 19-year-old Felix-Auger Aliassime in a match between two of the most exciting talents on the men’s tour.

Tsitsipas, who had never beaten his 19-year-old opponent, even on the junior circuit, had to be patient before securing a 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-3) win.

Victory moved Tsitsipas closer to qualifying for the ATP Finals in London next month, while German fifth seed Alexander Zverev – another still hoping to qualify and have the chance to defend his title – also needed two tie-breaks to overcome French veteran Jeremy Chardy in a 7-6 (15-13) 7-6 (7-3) win.

Russian seventh seed Karen Khachanov, Spanish eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, Italian 11th seed Matteo Berrettini and Belgian 13th seed David Goffin progressed to boost their chances of reaching the season-ending finals.

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Murray loses tetchy encounter to Fognini

Andy Murray playing at the Shanghai Masters

Andy Murray showed more positive signs in his injury comeback as he pushed Italy’s Fabio Fognini close before going down in a tetchy three-set battle in the Shanghai Masters second round.

Britain’s Murray, 32, matched Fognini in a long opening set, overpowering him in the second to force a decider.

Another tight set saw an angry Murray tell the world number 12 to “shut up” and fail to serve out for victory.

Fognini kept cool to dominate a tie-break and win 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (7-2).

Meanwhile, Swiss second seed Roger Federer eased past Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his opening match.

Federer, 38, dominated the first set against the world number 46 before a tighter second saw the 20-time Grand Slam champion secure victory by claiming the final three points of a tie-break to win 6-2 7-6 (7-5).

Cameron Norrie’s chances of becoming the new British number one are over after losing 6-3 6-1 against US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev in his second-round match.

Dan Evans, 29, will climb above Kyle Edmund in the rankings next week and becoming Britain’s leading male player for the first time – confirmed after former world number one Murray lost his second-round match.

British pair Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski moved into the second round of the men’s doubles with a 6-3 6-4 win over China’s Xin Gao and Zhe Li

More to follow.

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Murray to make Grand Slam singles return at Australian Open

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Britain’s Andy Murray will make his Grand Slam singles return at the Australian Open in January.

Murray, 32, a five-time runner-up in Melbourne, has been given a protected ranking of number two.

At this year’s Australian Open, the three-time Grand Slam champion said he feared it could be the last tournament of his career because of a hip injury.

He had surgery in January and last week reached his first singles quarter-final in more than a year at the China Open.

Announcing his return, the Australian Open said Murray would “return to the main draw with a protected ranking of number two and restored physical powers”.

The Scot, who is now ranked 289th in the world, plays Italy’s world number 12 Fabio Fognini in the second round of the Shanghai Open on Tuesday.

Australian Open organisers added that Belgium’s former world number one Kim Clijsters could feature in the year’s opening Grand Slam in the women’s draw.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Clijsters will return to the WTA Tour in 2020 at the age of 36.

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Shanghai Masters: Andy Murray beats Juan Ignacio Londero

Andy Murray

Britain’s Andy Murray continued his singles comeback with a first-round win over Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero at the Shanghai Open.

Murray, competing after accepting a wildcard, lost the opening set before recovering to win 2-6 6-2 6-3.

“I got better as the match went on – I had to start going for my shots a bit more,” the 32-year-old said.

He reached his first singles quarter-final in more than a year at the China Open earlier in October.

Murray, who has won the title in Shanghai on three previous occasions – in 2010, 2011 and 2016 – improved after a difficult opening set in which he was broken twice by the world number 56.

The three-time Grand Slam winner took the second set though after breaking in the Argentine’s first and last service games of the set.

Murray, who improved throughout the contest, broke his opponent’s serve twice in the final set to ensure his victory.

The Scotsman, who is now ranked 289th in the world, will face a second-round match against Italy’s world number 12 Fabio Fognini, who won his first-round match against American Sam Querrey.

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GB’s Norrie beats Simon at Shanghai Masters

Cameron Norrie

British number three Cameron Norrie is into round two of the Shanghai Masters after a dominant win over Gilles Simon.

Norrie, 24, had qualified to reach round one and broke the Frenchman, 34, twice to take the opening set 7-5.

He then broke serve three times to take the second 6-2 and faces Russian world number four Daniil Medvedev next.

Later on Monday, fellow Britons Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund face Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero and Jeremy Chardy of France respectively.

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China Open: Naomi Osaka beats world number one Ashleigh Barty in final

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Naomi Osaka came from a set down to beat world number one Ashleigh Barty and win an enthralling China Open final.

The world number four came through 3-6 6-3 6-2 in almost two hours in Beijing.

The win gives Osaka a second title in a row after her victory at the Pan Pacific Open in September.

It also ranks as one of the biggest wins of the two-time Grand Slam champion’s career because it is only her second premier WTA title.

More to follow.

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Novak Djokovic wins Japan Open on return from injury

Novak Djokovic

World number one Novak Djokovic beat John Millman to mark his return from injury by winning the Japan Open.

The 31-year-old won 6-3 6-2 in the final in Tokyo to claim a fourth title of the year and a 76th of his career.

It was the Serb’s first tournament since he withdrew from the US Open in September with a shoulder injury.

Djokovic needed just 70 minutes to see off 30-year-old Australian world number 80 Millman and did not drop a set throughout the tournament.

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Tsitsipas into China Open final against top seed Thiem

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to his fifth final of the year after a straight-sets victory over Alexander Zverev in the China Open.

Tsitsipas – seventh in the world – beat the German 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 in one hour and 51 minutes.

The 21-year-old booked his place in the final on his sixth match point to defeat the world number six in Beijing.

He will play top seed Dominic Thiem, who fought back from a set down to reach the final, in Sunday’s decider.

This year, Greece’s Tsitsipas reached the finals of the Madrid Open, Millennium Estoril Open, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and in the men’s doubles at the Miami Open.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Jamie Murray and partner Neal Skupski missed out on a place in the men’s doubles final.

The British pair lost to Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Slovakia’s Filip Polasek after a 6-4 6-4 defeat in 76 minutes.

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China Open: Naomi Osaka sets up Ashleigh Barty final

Naomi Osaka plays a forehand in semi-final victory over Caroline Wozniacki in the China Open

Naomi Osaka will face world number one Ashleigh Barty in the China Open final after surging past defending champion Caroline Wozniacki.

Australia Open winner Osaka hit 30 winners in beating Wozniacki 6-4 6-2 in one hour 24 minutes in Beijing.

Barty, who won the French Open, earlier battled past Kiki Bertens 6-3 3-6 7-6 (9-7) in their semi-final on Saturday.

Sunday’s final will be the fourth meeting between Japan’s Osaka and Barty, with the Australian leading 2-1.

Osaka, 21, started strongly but Wozniacki held on until the ninth game, when Osaka broke and served out to claim the set.

The world number four, who hit five aces and saved all seven break points against her, broke the 29-year-old Dane twice in the second set as she raced to victory.

Barty, 23, had to save match point in a thrilling tie-break decider against the Netherlands’ Bertens, also committing 52 unforced errors in a nervy showing.

The top seed dominated the first set only for Bertens, 27, win the second by the same score.

Bertens broke in the fifth game of the decider but could not serve out for the match as Barty hit back to take it to a tie-break.

The Australian trailed 3-0 in the tie-break but rallied to set up match point at 6-5, before Bertens won the next two to get a match point of her own.

But Barty drew level and reeled off the next two points to wrap up victory in two hours 20 minutes.

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