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Anett Kontaveitt arrives in Cluj looking to qualify for WTA Finals

Anett Kontaveit can qualify for the WTA Finals if she wins the title in Cluj this week.



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The Estonian has just arrived in Cluj-Napoca looking to continue her solid play after winning the title in Moscow.


Anett Kontaveitt arrived in Romania a day after winning the VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow playing some amazing tennis and on Tuesday morning met with reporters ahead of her first match at the Transylvania Open.

“I had a travel day but I was really excited to win the title in Moscow and pretty happy to be playing good tennis and excited for the next challenge.”

This is Kontaveitt’s second time playing in Romania after playing at an event in Bucharest seven years ago back in 2014 and she admits she didn’t really have time to get a good first impression of the brand new event.

” It’s been very brief but I think everyone has been really welcoming here and I haven’t seen much.”

The world number 14 can qualify for the WTA Finals in Guadalajara if she is able to take home the title this week and she controls her own destiny after Ons Jabeur who was also in the race pulled out of Courmayeur due to an injury”.

“Before Ostrava, no one was giving me the slightest chance to have this opportunity and I am honestly not going to put pressure on myself and I am just going to take it one match at a time and of course that is the ultimate goal and I am not thinking about it too much.”

The Tallinn, Estonia native will face the Serb Aleksandra Krunic in her first match and this will be their third meeting. Krunic qualified for the main draw and won the most recent meeting back in 2018 in Australia.

“It’s going to be a difficult match and she is playing really well and she played great tennis during the qualifying so she has a few matches already while I just arrived from another tournament so it’s going to be a quick turnaround for me and I will do my best to be ready for it.”

Kontaveitt season picked up a gear when she decided to team up with ex ATP player Dmitry Tursunov and she really thinks he has really helped her pick up her level and the results are showing.

“The year has been so long and it helped when I started working with Dmitry (Tursunov) to have some fresh eyes to my team and a little bit of new perspective and a lot of positive emotions and I have played soo many matches towards the end of the season and it’s been positive towards the end.”

She was asked to give her thoughts on the situation in regards to the Australian Open and the email that was leaked a couple of days ago and sparred controversy on social media and she honestly wasn’t even aware of the situation.

” It’s very tough and I did the hard quarantine in Australia this year so knowing that it is incredibly difficult.”

Kontaveit hopeful end result is that she is able to qualify for the WTA Finals and she is hoping she can get the job done this week in the final week of the WTA season.

” I think that is what all of us are playing for so it would be a big deal and it would mean a lot.”

If she does qualify it would be the first time that she plays in the WTA Finals.


(VIDEO): Malaga Line-Up Set As Davis Cup Most Unpredictable Tournament In History

UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why any of the eight teams in Malaga could win November’s Davis Cup Finals




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The Davis Cup quarter-final line-up is set after an incredible Group Stage over Bologna, Split, Manchester and Valencia.


Now eight teams remain including Novak Djokovic’s Serbia, Great Britain and Australia.

However surprise teams such as the Netherlands, Finland and the Czech Republic will also appear in the quarter-finals.

Ten-time champions Great Britain will face Serbia with the winners taking on the winner of the quarter-final between Italy and the Netherlands.

In the other half of the draw Canada will be heavy favourites against Finland while the Czech Republic face Australia.

The final eight tournament will take place in Malaga and will take place between the 21st and the 26th of November.

However this year’s Davis Cup could be the most unpredictable version in the tournament’s history with there being no Spain or USA.

It really could be anyone’ tournament with Tennis’ most prestigious team competition up for grabs in November.

In this video UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta explains why this year’s Davis Cup finals could be the most unpredictable edition of all-time and why any of the teams could win the title.

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Simona Halep Claims Doing Ban Is ‘Based On Scenarios’ Without Proof




Former world No.1 Simona Halep has questioned the fairness of her anti-doping hearing after being suspended from the sport for four years. 


The two-time Grand Slam champion is suspended from tour events until 2026 after an independent tribunal concluded that the Romanian broke rules set out in Tennis’ anti-doping program. In a 126-page report by the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), investigators accepted that the collagen supplement taken by Halep – called Keto MCT – was contaminated with Roxadustat “on the balance of probability.” However, they stated that there must have been another source of Roxadustat based on the level detected in her sample taken during the 2022 US Open. 

Furthermore, three experts in the area said they have ‘a high degree of confidence‘ that there was not an ‘innocent explanation’ for the abnormalities detected in Halep’s Athlete’s Biological Passport (ABP). They reported that ‘likely doping’ occurred based on an analysis of 51 valid samples of Halep’s blood and rejected her explanation for the irregularity. The tennis star cited blood loss during surgery and spells when she was inactive as her defence. 

Despite the comprehensive ruling, Halep has insisted that she is innocent and never intentionally took any banned substances. During an interview with Front Office Sports on Monday, the 31-year-old claimed that the ITIA’s four-year ban handed to her was based on ‘scenarios’ instead of any proof. 

“I was confident after the hearing because there were so many things that made no sense and that are not fair,” she said.
“When I received the decision, I was in complete shock. I could not believe that they suspended me for four years when we found the contamination and my blood was totally normal. They didn’t find anything bad in my blood. It’s crazy that they made this decision with everything [her legal team presented]. They judged me on scenarios. There is no proof. It’s just insane.”

The ITIA originally requested a six-year ban for Halep due to what they described as ‘repetitive and sophisticated’ doping practices. She is accused of using blood doping to improve her performance during Wimbledon and the US Open last year. However, the report found it was not ‘completely satisfied’ that Halep has been doping since March 2022 despite there being ‘strong grounds for suspicion.’

As for the substance Roxadustat, Halep says she would have never deliberately taken the drug as it would ‘work against her.’ She says that the drug would have worsened a thyroid issue which she has been dealing with for several years. Front Office Sports referred to a European Medicines Agency study which finds a possible link between the drug and decreased thyroid function. 

“There was no point for me to take this,” Halep said. “It’d work against me. It wouldn’t help me.”

The study couldn’t establish how common this side effect is due to the amount of data available at the time. 

In the wake of Halep’s ban, some have publicly expressed their views on the matter. One of the most notable to do so was Serena Williams who wrote on social media ‘8 is a better number” in a jibe at her former opponent. The reference was to the 2019 Wimbledon final when seven-time champion Williams lost in straight sets to Halep. 

“I think everyone has the right to judge me because the tribunal decided that I have the fault here,” Halep commented. “Someone told me today that those players who are hating on me because I beat them.”

Halep is set to appeal against her ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). 

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Novak Djokovic To Skip Shanghai Masters



The penultimate Masters 1000 event of 2023 will take place without the world’s top-ranked player. 


Novak Djokovic has confirmed his withdrawal from the tournament which will get underway on October 2nd. In a social media post, the Serbian said he would miss seeing his fans in China but didn’t specify his reason for not playing. It is believed that his decision to do so is due to what has been a hectic past few weeks on the Tour. 

Since mid-August Djokovic won the Cincinnati Masters before going on to claim a historic 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open. Less than a week after triumphing in New York, he travelled to Spain for his country’s Davis Cup group matches. At the Davis Cup, he won his singles match against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina during Serbia’s clash with Spain. However, the following day Djokovic and doubles partner Nikola Cacic lost their match against the Czech Republic. 

“Over the years, some of the best support I receive anywhere in the world is in China. Shanghai has always been one of my favourite tournaments in the season,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will be missing my #NoleFam in China. I hope that I can come back to China in the future and play in front of all of you again.”

The Shanghai Masters is taking place for the first time since 2019 after the past three editions were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Djokovic has won the event a record four times so far in his career. The only other players to have won Shanghai on multiple occasions are Andy Murray and Roger Federer. 

Djokovic has not commented on when he will next play but he will likely be participating at the Paris Masters next month which takes place just before the ATP Finals in Turin. So far this season, he has won 45 out of 50 matches played, earned more than $10.5M in prize money and claimed five Tour titles with three of those being at Grand Slam events. 

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