On Court
1 On Court Sources: Twitter

Lisicki back in winner’s circle

The returns from injury by some former top-10 players are being highly chronicled. And then there are others, under the radar, who also are working hard to get back. One of those players is Sabine Lisicki. The former Wimbledon finalist, whose ranking is down to No. 227, has missed big chunks of time the last few years. Most recently this year, she was out from Miami through Wimbledon. Lisicki also was out from Nov. 2016 through June of last year. She posted her first WTA Tour since February Monday in Guangzhou, China, defeating Vera Zvonareva 6-4, 6-2.  

2 On Court Sources: Tennis.Life

Pegula reaches final with remote coaching

American Jessica Pegula missed the better part of three years after knee surgery and then hip surgery in Jan. 2017. Her persistence finally paid off in Quebec City. The 24-year-old went from qualifying to her first career WTA final. Of course, it was the week that her coach, Jesse Levine, had to leave early for TV duties in Toronto. Boyfriend Taylor Gahagen, signed in as coach (with advice from afar from Levine) and even came on court during the semifinal. Funny, because Gahagen once was called for "coaching", even though he admitted he doesn't even play tennis.

3 On Court Sources: France TV, Tennis.Life, Twitter

Benneteau “unretires” for Team France

Julien Benneteau declared the US Open to be the final tournament of his career. But when Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah called four days later, plans changed. "I always said the only thing that could make me continue was Team France," the 37-year-old Benneteau told FranceTV Sport after he and Nicolas Mahut clinched the semifinal tie against Spain. "There's a final to prepare, so I must stay ready if they call on me. In the weeks to come, I'll continue to train, try to avoid injuries, and stay fit. And I'll play a few tournaments."

4 On Court Sources: Livestream.com, Twitter

Crowd control needed in Shanghai

During a match in the Shanghai Challenger semifinals, the umpire actually had to call an official to sit in the stands to control the Chinese fans. Japan's Hiroki Moriya (he won, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6) complained they were calling out before his serves. It seems they also were dropping water bottles just at the wrong times. You can watch the match here (drama begins about 2:56). It was fairly nuts. When Moriya won a point: almost silent. When opponent Zhe Li did (in addition to his loud "C'MONN!" whenever Moriya would make an error) big applause. (h/t to @DatGoneIt77)

5 On Court Sources: Instagram, Register-Herald, YouTube

Venus beats Serena at The Greenbrier

The first on-court appearance for Serena Williams since l'Affaire Ramos came last Saturday. Williams squared off against sister Venus in an exhibition match at The Greenbrier, a historic resort in West Virginia. For the record, Venus took this one: 6-3, 2-6 [10-8]. There also was a men's match, with Kevin Anderson edging out Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 6-3 [10-4] Sunday featured legends Marat Safin and Carlos Moya, and a mixed match starring the sisters – and dancing. Originally sold out, the Greenbrier offered some rooms that became available to those fleeing the flooding in North Carolina at a discounted rate.

Off Court
1 Off Court Sources: Tennis Hall of Fame

Li Na leads Hall of Fame fan voting

So far, Li Na holds a healthy lead in fan voting for the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees. Eight candidates are on the ballot: Jonas Bjorkman, Sergi Bruguera, Goran Ivanisevic, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Conchita Martinez, Thomas Muster, Li Na and Mary Pierce. The fan vote isn't a huge game-changer. Inductees need 75 per cent of votes from the panel. Finishing top three in the fan vote will add 3%, 2% and 1% to that total. The fan vote (one per email address) is open until Oct. 7. Those results will be announced soon after, and the official results at the Australian Open.

2 Off Court Sources: ATP Tour

Tsitsipas says Russian discipline key to success

Stefanos Tsitsipas has penned an essay that chronicles his experiences, and those of friend Alex Caldwell, with wildfires in Greece. "Maybe we got along so well because we're different from so many other Greeks. We have discipline," Tsitsipas wrote of Caldwell, who plays at Radford University. "I have many cases of friends and people who I know could have played tennis at a high level, but they weren't committed. They missed home too much or couldn't stand the travel." Tsitsipas says the discipline it takes is "a trait that I have thanks to my mixed background."

3 Off Court Sources: Coleman Vision, Tennis.Life

Albuquerque event dead after 20 years

The ITF event in Albuquerque, New Mexico was a staple of the fall USTA women's circuit. But after 20 years of support from sponsor Coleman Vision, it won't be held in 2018. That leaves a hole in the fall schedule for players wanting to compete in North America. A $25,000 event in Redding, Calif. the week of Sept. 10 also was cancelled. Another $25K, in Stillwater, Oklahoma next week also is off the schedule. It's a shame they couldn't rejig the schedule. Because during the weeks of Oct. 22 (Macon, Saguenay) and Oct. 29 (Tyler, Toronto), there are two larger tournaments competing for players.

4 Off Court Sources: Twitter

Stubbs, Brennan host new radio show

Former player and current tennis commentator Rennae Stubbs is joining forces with veteran sportswriter Christine Brennan for a new sports talk show. It will air weekly on Sirius satellite radio on the Dan Patrick Channel (211), starting Wednesday, from 6-8 p.m. The show is called "Game Changers", and will "cover women's sports, and women's perspective on all sports." Brennan, 60, is the longtime sports columnist for USA Today. She also appears on ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour and NPR. And she has written four books, as well as collaborated with Billie Jean King and Tracy Austin on two more.

5 Off Court Sources: Tennis.Life, Twitter

Sharapova shuts down for 2018

Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the rest of her tournament commitments for 2018, thus ending her season with a fourth-round loss at the US Open to Carla Suárez Navarro. She had not entered next week's big tournament in Wuhan, but withdrew from Beijing, Tianjin and Moscow. Sharapova won Tianjin and reached the third round in Beijing last year. With those ranking points falling off, she may well drop out of the top 30 from her current No. 24. So no major damage done with the decision. She's expected to return for Shenzhen to start 2019.