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Larsson loses 1st WTA final to Chakvetadze

Sweden's Johanna Larsson lost in straight sets to former world number six Anna Chakvetadze at the Slovenia Open tennis final on Sunday.

Larsson loses 1st WTA final to Chakvetadze
Sweden's Johanna Larsson and Russian winner Anna Chakvetadze

Chakvetadze, who has slumped to 103 in the world, took just one hour to clinch her first WTA title in two years with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Larsson, who was ranked 84th at the start of the tournament.

Larsson had beaten eighth-seeded compatriot Sofia Arvidsson in the first round before taking out two other Russians in her quarterfinal and semifinal to reach her first WTA final. This is Chakvetadze’s eighth career title, but first since winning the Paris Indoor tournament in 2008. It was also her first WTA final since Paris.

Chakvetadze, talented but notoriously frail, battled through the tournament the hard way, saving two match points before beating sixth-seeded compatriot Vera Dushevina in the quarterfinals. She then lost the first seven games of her semifinal against seventh seed home hope Polona Hercog on Saturday before prevailing in three sets.

The only real drama on Sunday was the delay caused by the heavy rain which held up the start of the final for two hours. When the players did get on court, Chakvetadze swept to victory in just one hour. With the victory, Chakvetadze is expected to rise to 80 in the rankings.

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Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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