Serena Williams is playing pain free as she gears up to compete in the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

The American will take to the court for the first time since losing the final of Wimbledon to Simona Halep in comprehensive fashion last month.

Williams, a 23-time grand slam winner, has struggled with a knee injury for most of 2018 but is now fighting fit ahead of her tilt for a fourth triumph at the tournament.

"Yes, I'm feeling good, my knee is better, much better since a little bit before Wimbledon," she said. 

"I think now that is better I feel like I can start doing a lot better.

"I don't know if I had to change my game, I just had to come back - more than anything after becoming a mum I was already playing professionally in six months which is pretty fast. 

"I had to just get back into the swing of things and had to get back just being able to be a parent and split my time being a professional athlete."

Williams has reached three slam finals since becoming a mother for the first time but has lost on each occasion.

As she reaches the twilight of her career, Williams vowed to continue grasping the opportunities that come her way.

"I love my job and I love what I do and I say this all the time that I feel really blessed and fortunate to have my career and my job and it's fun," she added. 

"It's fun to be part of an elite group of people that can go out and just play; just two people in front of an amazing crowd. 

"It's not for much incredibly longer I'm going to do that and to be able to do that, there's just not many people that can do it. And so I'm just really proud to be part of that."

Nick Kyrgios believes his success at the Citi Open demonstrated how he can compete at the highest level, having lost faith in himself at times during his eventful career.

The Australian secured his second ATP 500 title of the year by beating Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) in Sunday's final in Washington, adding to his victory at the Mexican Open back in March.

Kyrgios has often been the focus of attention for his on-court behaviour, including walking off during a match in Rome this year after throwing a table, while he also created a stir with his comments regarding "cringeworthy" Novak Djokovic and "super salty" Rafael Nadal during a podcast appearance.

However, the 24-year-old's successful run on American soil will propel him into the world's top 30, though he dedicated the triumph to those who have stuck by him during the low points.

"This has honestly been one of my favourite weeks of my life. I've made massive strides," Kyrgios said.

"I've had people behind me, backing me, and they never lost faith in me even when I lost faith in myself.

"This week means a lot. It's great to get the win, but I've proved to myself and the people backing me that I can still produce at the highest level."

Andy Murray, a man who knows about the need to control your emotions while on court, feels the key for Kyrgios is to stay focused as he looks to make the most of his obvious talent.

Asked by the ATP Tour about his good friend, Murray said:  "Everyone matures at different ages. Some people are ready when they are 18, 19 to deal with what comes with being a top athlete and some people aren't ready and it takes them a bit of time.

"I'm hoping that with time Nick will learn and be better for it.

"When he's engaged in tennis and wants to play he's brilliant for the game. And when he isn't giving his best effort and misbehaving, that's not what people want to see. He needs to find that balance."

Kyrgios is next in action in Montreal, where he faces Murray's fellow Brit Kyle Edmund in his first match.

Zheng Saisai claimed her maiden WTA Tour title with an upset win over Aryna Sabalenka in the Silicon Valley Classic final on Sunday.

The 25-year-old from China recorded a 6-3 7-6 (7-3) victory over second seed Sabalenka in the decider of the WTA Premier event in San Jose, California.

Zheng, a runner-up in the women's doubles at the French Open this year, was ruthless on her way to a first WTA crown.

She converted all five of her break points as Sabalenka managed to take just three of her seven opportunities.

Zheng had lost her only previous WTA final – in Nanchang last year – but is now set to rise back into the world's top 40.

Sabalenka, meanwhile, now holds a 3-4 win-loss record in WTA deciders, her run of three consecutive victories in finals coming to an end.

Nick Kyrgios claimed his second ATP 500 title of the year after overcoming Daniil Medvedev in the Citi Open final.

Australian entertainer Kyrgios outlasted world number 10 Medvedev 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4) in Washington on Sunday.

The victory added to Kyrgios' Mexican Open triumph earlier this year, while it was his sixth career ATP trophy as he improved to 5-1 against top-10 players this year – the best record on tour.

Kyrgios put on a show against top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-final and while Sunday's decider did not reach those lofty heights, there was still plenty of quality.

The 24-year-old – who never faced a break point and hit 18 aces – and Medvedev went toe-to-toe in an evenly contested opening set.

Medvedev only lost one service point before the first-set tie-break, which he had led 4-1 and 5-2 before Kyrgios stormed back to win it.

Kyrgios took a medical time-out for a back issue having stretched during changeovers towards the latter stages of the first set.

As the second set wore on, Kyrgios showed no signs of the back problem and like he did against Tsitsipas – the former world number 13 asked a fan where he should serve before delivering another ace out wide to prevail in the tie-break.

Jessica Pegula outclassed Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-2 to win a first WTA Tour title at the Citi Open.

The unseeded American was in fine form on a stuffy day in Washington, saving the only break point she faced in the entire match against Giorgi.

Pegula had earned a comeback win over Iga Swiatek and ousted Anna Kalinskaya in a three-set semi-final win.

On this occasion, it took just 59 minutes for Pegula, whose parents own Buffalo franchises the Bills and the Sabres, to secure the home triumph.

Pegula - who was joined on court by her pet dog during the trophy presentation - now holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Giorgi and goes one better than her losing effort in the Quebec final last year.

Patricia Maria Tig came from behind to beat favourite Alison van Uytvanck 3-6 6-1 6-2 in the final of the Karlsruhe Open.

World number 65 Van Uytvanck - who beat her partner Greet Minnen in the first round - had been expected to lift the title in the inaugural edition of the clay court tournament in Germany.

But Tig, ranked 223, fought back from a set down on Sunday.

Van Uytvanck broke serve three times as she nosed ahead, but Tig - who only dropped one set throughout the entire tournament - responded with three breaks of her own to restore parity.

And, after breaking once more to make it 4-2 in set three, 25-year-old Tig got the better of Van Uytvanck's serve to claim her first WTA title with two match points to spare.

Diego Schwartzman claimed his first ATP title of the year by prevailing against Taylor Fritz in straight sets in the Los Cabos Open final.

Schwartzman – the third seed – produced when it mattered most as he saw off Fritz 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 in Los Cabos on Saturday.

The Argentinian saved three set points as he stopped fifth seed Fritz for his third career trophy and first since February last year.

Fritz – who has won 13 of his past 16 matches – was contesting his second final in as many weeks after reaching the decider in Atlanta and he earned a 4-1 lead in the first set.

Schwartzman rallied to level it at 4-4 before Fritz brought up triple set point at 6-5 on the former's serve at the ATP 250 event.

However, Schwartzman reeled off five successive points to force a tie-break, which he won on the Mexican hard-courts.

Schwartzman broke in the fourth game of the second and after handing it back to Fritz, he broke again for a 5-3 lead before serving it out for his maiden victory away from clay.

 

Aryna Sabalenka reached the WTA Silicon Valley Classic final after easing past Donna Vekic on Saturday.

Belarusian Sabalenka – the second seed – was too good for Vekic, winning the semi-final 6-4 6-3 in San Jose.

Sabalenka and fifth seed Vekic traded breaks in the opening set but the former broke in the 10th game to close it out on her opponent's serve.

Vekic fended off a match point at 5-3 in the second set but it only delayed the inevitable as Sabalenka served it out in the next game.

Sabalenka – a three-time winner on the WTA Tour – will face Zheng Saisai in Sunday's decider.

Zheng stunned seventh seed and last year's runner-up Maria Sakkari 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to advance to the final of the WTA Premier event.

After upstaging seeds Danielle Collins and Amanda Anisimova en route to the semis, Zheng continued her fine run as she eyes her maiden WTA crown.

Nick Kyrgios put on a show as he prevailed against top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in an entertaining ATP Citi Open semi-final.

Kyrgios saved a match point in a third-set tie-break to see off Greek star Tsitsipas 6-4 3-6 7-6 (9-7) in a Washington thriller on Saturday.

Much was expected from the blockbuster meeting and it lived up to the hype – Kyrgios producing underarm serves and even consulting a fan on match point as he booked a spot in the final.

Kyrgios, who led 5-1 in the final-set tie-break, even delivered shoes to Tsitsipas in the wildly entertaining contest in front of a sell-out crowd after the world number six struggled to find a spare pair.

Seeking his sixth career ATP title and second of the year, Kyrgios improved to 4-1 against top-10 players this season – the best record on tour in 2019.

Kyrgios, who won the Mexican Open in March, will face third seed Daniil Medvedev in Sunday's decider in the American capital.

Medvedev eased past lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk 6-2 6-2 as the Russian reached his eighth ATP final, with a fifth title up for grabs.

Camila Giorgi booked her spot in the WTA Citi Open final after overcoming American wildcard Caty McNally in straight sets on Saturday.

Italian Giorgi moved through to her seventh WTA final courtesy of a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory in Washington.

McNally had impressed in the American capital this week, 17-year-old upstaging fourth seed Hsieh Su-wei in the quarter-final for her first career top-50 win.

However, McNally was no match for Giorgi – who hit three aces and was only broken once throughout the straight-sets triumph.

Standing in the way of Giorgi and a third WTA crown is Jessica Pegula after the unseeded American outlasted Anna Kalinskaya 6-3 1-6 6-1.

While McNally failed to make it through to the singles showpiece, she teamed up with teenage sensation Coco Gauff to claim the doubles title.

Gauff announced herself on the WTA Tour at Wimbledon, where the 15-year-old stunned Venus Williams en route to the fourth round.

The American prodigy and McNally united for glory on Saturday, with the unseeded pair shocking fourth seeds Maria Sanchez and Fanny Stollar 6-2 6-2.

Dominic Thiem claimed his first title in his homeland of Austria with a straight-sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Generali Open final.

Thiem crashed out in the first round of Wimbledon last month and could only reach the quarter-finals back on the clay at the German Tennis Championships last week.

However, he has rediscovered his best form on his most successful surface, not dropping a set on the red dirt en route to the final.

And he was similarly dominant in Saturday's showpiece, giving the fans in Kitzbuhel a home champion with a 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 victory over Ramos-Vinolas.

It marks the 10th clay title of his career and atones for the disappointment of losing in this same tournament in his first career final against David Goffin back in 2014.

Thiem saved five break points to hold in the fourth game of the opening set but was never threatened again, dominating the tie-break after two interruptions due to rain.

Ramos-Vinolas faded badly thereafter, Thiem wrapping up the second set in short order to ensure he will head to the North American hard courts with a third title of 2019 in the bag.

Taylor Fritz reached his second ATP Tour final in as many weeks, while Diego Schwartzman also moved into the Los Cabos Open decider on Friday.

Fritz's fine form continued with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Radu Albot in their semi-final clash at the ATP 250 tournament.

The American reached the Atlanta Open decider last week, losing to Alex de Minaur, and was dominant against Moldovan seventh seed Albot.

Fritz lost just 10 points on serve and managed to break three times in an impressive victory.

The decider will be his fourth ATP final as he looks to add to the title he won at Eastbourne in June.

Awaiting him in the decider is Schwartzman, who overcame Guido Pella 6-3 3-6 6-1 in an all-Argentinian clash.

Schwartzman was able to create 18 break-point opportunities, converting four to move into his sixth ATP Tour final.

Elina Svitolina was stunned by a Maria Sakkari comeback in the Silicon Valley Classic quarter-finals, while Aryna Sabalenka moved through on Friday.

Sakkari upset top seed Svitolina 1-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 at the WTA Premier event, saving four match points in San Jose.

The Greek seventh seed was trailing 5-2 in the second set before rallying for an incredible victory.

Sakkari will next face Zheng Saisai, who upset 17-year-old fourth seed Amanda Anisimova 5-7 7-5 6-4.

Zheng converted nine of 11 break points, including three from three in the final set, to battle through in two hours, 52 minutes.

Sabalenka and Donna Vekic, the second and fifth seeds respectively, moved into a semi-final clash.

While Vekic was too strong for qualifier Kristie Ahn 7-5 6-0, Sabalenka edged sixth seed Carla Suarez Navarro 3-6 6-2 6-4.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios will meet in a blockbuster Citi Open semi-final after straight-sets wins on Friday.

Tsitsipas, the top seed at the ATP 500 event, ran away with a 7-5 6-0 victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire in their quarter-final.

The Greek star is into his seventh semi-final of the year and is set to rise into the world's top five after his run in Washington.

Tsitsipas' win over Paire was not without some controversy, with the 10th seed unhappy with the 20-year-old needing to change shoes early in the second set.

In what shapes as an entertaining last-four clash, Tsitsipas will face Kyrgios, with the pair having played doubles together in Washington.

Kyrgios' fine run continued with an impressive 6-3 6-3 victory over lucky loser Norbert Gombos.

In the other semi-final, Daniil Medvedev will take on Peter Gojowczyk.

Russian third seed Medvedev got past sixth seed Marin Cilic 6-4 7-6 (9-7) and lucky loser Gojowczyk upset Kyle Edmund 6-3 4-6 6-3.

In the doubles, brothers Andy and Jamie Murray bowed out in the quarter-finals.

Camila Giorgi charged into the Citi Open semi-finals as Hsieh Su-wei became the final seed to fall on Friday.

Giorgi has put together a fine run in Washington and the Italian brushed past Zarina Diyas 6-3 6-2 in their quarter-final at the WTA International event.

The 27-year-old is into her first semi-final of the year after needing just 72 minutes to dispose of Diyas.

Awaiting Giorgi in the last four is American wildcard Caty McNally, who upset fourth seed Hsieh.

Hsieh, the last seed standing at the tournament, was well beaten by the 17-year-old, who claimed a 6-4 6-3 victory.

The other semi-final will be between qualifier Anna Kalinskaya and Jessica Pegula.

Kalinskaya overcame Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 4-6 6-2 and Pegula edged Lauren Davis 6-2 7-6 (7-2).

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