Hurkacz beats Paire for first ATP World Tour title

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hubert Hurkacz claimed his first ATP World Tour title Saturday night, holding off top-seeded Benoit Paire for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

The 22-year-old Hurkacz became the 14th first-time champion on the tour this year and the first Polish player to win a tour-level tournament since 1982, when Wojtek Fibak won in Chicago.

He broke serve five times in denying Paire, a 30-year-old Frenchman ranked 30th in the world and seeded 29th at the U.S. Open, his third tournament title of the year.

Hurkacz beat four straight seeded opponents in central North Carolina to earn 250 ATP ranking points and $96,505 in prize money. He began the tournament ranked 41st in the world – one spot below his career high set earlier this month – and is likely to surpass that level in the new rankings Monday.

Parma Ladies Open semifinals postponed to same day as final

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PARMA, Italy — The semifinals of the Parma Ladies Open have been postponed by a day and will be played shortly before Saturday’s final.

The decision was made because of persistent rain at the clay-court tournament on Friday.

Top-seeded Maria Sakkari will start on center court against Danka Kovinic at 10:30 a.m. local time (0830 GMT) on Saturday before sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan’s match against Mayar Sherif.

The final will be after 6 p.m. local time, shortly after the doubles final – with the doubles semifinals also being played earlier in the day on a different court.

Top-seeded Sakkari reaches semifinals at Parma Ladies Open

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PARMA, Italy — Top-seeded Maria Sakkari rallied past 97th-ranked Maryna Zanevska 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday at the Parma Ladies Open to reach her first semifinal since the grass-court season.

Sakkari, who has gone three sets in all three of her matches this week, will face Danka Kovinic for a spot in the final of the clay-court event after Kovinic beat Jasmine Paolini 6-4, 6-4.

In her previous semifinal, Sakkari lost to Belinda Bencic in Berlin in June. The seventh-ranked Greek player was eliminated by Wang Xiyu in the second round of the U.S. Open on Aug. 31.

In the bottom half of the draw, Mayar Sherif of Egypt beat American opponent Lauren Davis 7-6 (2), 6-3 to reach her second career semifinal. Sherif next faces Ana Bogdan, who defeated fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2, 7-6 (6).