French veteran Gilles Simon retiring at end of season

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PARIS — French veteran Gilles Simon is retiring at the end of the season after 20 years of playing professional tennis.

The 37-year-old Simon has 14 career titles and a best ranking of sixth in 2009. He is ranked 158th.

Simon troubled more talented opponents with his cagey technique, stamina, smart reading of the game and clever defending from the baseline.

He reached the fourth round at every major tournament, going on to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 2009 and on the grass of Wimbledon in 2015.

He helped France win the Davis Cup in 2017 alongside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – who is also retiring after this season – and Richard Gasquet.

“It was a magnificent adventure, marvelous and extraordinary. It will stop at the end of the year,” he wrote on Twitter. “There’s no sadness, no regrets. Only my will to give everything I have left. In every game, until the end.”

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).