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Venus set for French Open 20th anniversary
May 28

Venus set for French Open 20th anniversary

Paris : Serena Williams may be missing from this year's French Open, but big sister Venus is still going strong and marks her Roland Garros 20th anniversary on Sunday. Three weeks shy of her 37th birthday, the American star, who made her debut in the French capital in 1997, kicks off her latest campaign against...

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Former Australian junior champ fined for fixing match
May 23

Former Australian junior champ fined for fixing match

Sydney : Former Australian Open junior champion Oliver Anderson was fined Aus$500 (US$374) Tuesday for fixing a match, but escaped a conviction after admitting he threw a set, reports said. The 19-year-old Australian appeared in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court over the incident during a...

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Japanese player gets life ban for match-fixing
May 16

Japanese player gets life ban for match-fixing

London : Japanese player Junn Mitsuhashi has been banned for life following an investigation into match-fixing, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) announced on Tuesday. He has also been fined $50,000 ($45,230 euros) after being found to have made corrupt approaches to other players and to have placed bets...

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Fognini targets upset over under-par Murray
May 15

Fognini targets upset over under-par Murray

Foligno : Fabio Fognini is hoping to capitalise on the mediocre form of Britain's world number one Andy Murray when they meet in the second round of the Rome Masters on Tuesday. Fognini, ranked 29th in the world, booked his place in the second round with a clinical 6-1, 6-3 win over fellow Italian Matteo...

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Murray bows out as Nadal, Djokovic march on in Madrid
May 12

Murray bows out as Nadal, Djokovic march on in Madrid

Madrid : World number one Andy Murray's slump in form continued as he crashed out of the Madrid Masters third round 6-3, 6-3 to lucky loser Borna Coric on Thursday. Rafael Nadal extended his flawless record on clay this season to 12-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 destruction of Nick Kyrgios. And defending champion Novak Djokovic...

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Serena to be back on the court after baby
Apr 26

Serena to be back on the court after baby

Vancouver : Superstar athlete Serena Williams late Tuesday promised she would be  back on the court after becoming a mom, with her baby hopefully cheering her on. Williams spoke playfully and candidly about family, competition, and her accidently unveiled pregnancy during an on-stage chat with...

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Ice cold in Stuttgart as Sharapova begins long road back
Apr 26

Ice cold in Stuttgart as Sharapova begins long road back

Stuttgart : Maria Sharapova returns from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with tournament promoters drooling over profit margins while rivals condemn the smooth road prepared for the Russian superstar's rehabilitation. When the former world number one and five-time Grand Slam title winner walks onto centre...

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Nadal fifth in ATP rankings after Monte Carlo win
Apr 24

Nadal fifth in ATP rankings after Monte Carlo win

Paris : Rafael Nadal moved up to fifth in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday a day after claiming a record 10th Monte Carlo title. Spain's 30-year-old king of clay won his 50th trophy on his favourite surface, his 70th overall and his first title in almost a year as he beat compatriot Albert...

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Pregnant Serena back in world number one spot
Apr 24

Pregnant Serena back in world number one spot

Paris :US tennis star Serena Williams returned to the world number one spot in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday, days after announcing her pregnancy. The 35-year-old moved up one place during a week dedicated to Fed Cup action ahead of Germany's Angelique Kerber with Czech Karolina Pliskova holding third...

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 Serena expecting baby this year
Apr 20

Serena expecting baby this year

Los Angeles : Serena Williams is expecting a baby this year, her spokesperson confirmed Wednesday, hours after the tennis great hinted at the news in a Snapchat post. "I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall," Los Angeles-based publicist Kelly Bush Novak said in a statement emailed to...

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Indian stars in spat over Davis Cup selection
Apr 10

Indian stars in spat over Davis Cup selection

New Delhi : A simmering feud between tennis stalwarts Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi has boiled over into an ugly public spat following India's latest Davis Cup triumph in Bangalore. No sooner had the hosts sealed a 4-1 win Sunday over Uzbekistan in the second round...

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Djokovic shines as Serbia, France eye Davis Cup semi-finals
Apr 08

Djokovic shines as Serbia, France eye Davis Cup semi-finals

Paris : Novak Djokovic put Serbia on course for the Davis Cup semi-finals on Friday as the 2010 champions dominated a Spanish team missing Rafael Nadal while Britain, without Andy Murray, slipped 2-0 down to France. World number two Djokovic shrugged off his recent elbow injury to...

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Konta beats Wozniacki for Miami WTA title
Apr 03

Konta beats Wozniacki for Miami WTA title

Miami : Johanna Konta defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3  to win the Miami Open on Saturday - the biggest title won by a British woman in 40 years. Konta, who had never won an elite WTA premier mandatory event, will move to number seven in the world rankings with the victory.  The...

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 Federer downs Nadal to win Miami Open
Apr 03

Federer downs Nadal to win Miami Open

Miami : Roger Federer defeated long-standing rival Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to win the Miami Open on Sunday and continue his outstanding start to the year. Since returning from his six month injury lay-off, the 35-year-old Federer has also won the Australian Open and Indian Wells and he heads...

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Britain's Konta downs Venus to reach Miami final
Mar 31

Britain's Konta downs Venus to reach Miami final

Miami : Britain's Johanna Konta beat Venus Williams 6-4, 7-5 in a grueling battle Thursday to reach the WTA Miami Open final, where she will face Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. The Australian-born 25-year-old broke Williams in the first game and played aggressively throughout the opening set. Williams...

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Venus downs Kerber to set up Konta clash in Miami
Mar 30

Venus downs Kerber to set up Konta clash in Miami

Miami : Venus Williams rolled back the years to send world number one Angelique Kerber crashing out of the Miami Open on Wednesday and advance to a semi-final showdown with Britain's Johanna Konta. Williams, at 36 the oldest woman in the field, downed Kerber in straight sets, winning 7-5, 6-3 while Konta fought back...

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Nadal on track for Federer showdown as Sock downed
Mar 30

Nadal on track for Federer showdown as Sock downed

Miami : Rafael Nadal took a step closer to a possible final against long-time rival Roger Federer in the Miami Open after a straight sets win over American Jack Sock on Wednesday at Key Biscayne. Nadal's 6-2, 6-3 win over the 13th-seeded Sock sets up a semi-final meeting with unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini who upset...

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Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami
Mar 26

Federer, Wawrinka advance in Miami

Miami : Roger Federer survived a brave challenge from American qualifier Frances Tiafoe before emerging with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 victory as he got his Miami Open title bid underway on Saturday. Tiafoe, ranked 101st in the world, struggled against Federer's serve but was strong on his own and forced a first set tie-break...

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Federer climbs to sixth in rankings
Mar 20

Federer climbs to sixth in rankings

Paris : Roger Federer jumped four places to sixth in the latest ATP rankings released Monday, leapfrogging rival Rafael Nadal following his Indian Wells Masters triumph. Federer eliminated Nadal in the fourth round on his way to his fifth India Wells title, beating fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the final. Andy...

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 Djokovic knocked out of Acapulco ATP event by Kyrgios
Mar 03

Djokovic knocked out of Acapulco ATP event by Kyrgios

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic was sent crashing out of the ATP Mexico Open on Thursday after being upset in straight sets by sixth seeded Nick Kyrgios in the first ever meeting between the two. The top-seeded Djokovic, who was back in action this week for the first time since his shock second-round exit at the...

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Nadal rolls into Mexico Open quarter-finals
Mar 02

Nadal rolls into Mexico Open quarter-finals

Acapulco : Second-seeded Rafael Nadal cruised into the quarter-finals of the ATP Acapulco tournament on Wednesday with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Paolo Lorenzi. Spain's Nadal, a two-time winner in Acapulco who is playing his first tournament since falling to Roger Federer in the Australian Open...

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Sharapova handed Rome wildcard
Mar 01

Sharapova handed Rome wildcard

Rome : Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been given a wildcard to play in the Italian Open in May, organisers said Wednesday. The former world number one makes her return to the circuit in Stuttgart in April after completing a 15-month ban for doping. "We officially announce the wild card for the...

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Djokovic eyes fun in Acapulco after Aussie nightmare
Feb 28

Djokovic eyes fun in Acapulco after Aussie nightmare

Acapulco : Novak Djokovic said Monday he is ready to atone for his shock Australian Open exit as he prepares to return to action in Acapulco. The 29-year-old world number two makes his bow in the tournament on Tuesday, his first match since tumbling out in Melbourne last month in the second round against...

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Melbourne master Federer back in top 10
Jan 30

Melbourne master Federer back in top 10

Paris : Roger Federer has climbed back into the ATP top 10 on the strength of his epic 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The 35-year-old Swiss great defied old rival Rafael Nadal on Sunday in a thrilling five-setter in Melbourne to move up seven spots to 10th in the latest rankings...

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Australian Open men’s and women's final 2017
Jan 30

Australian Open men’s and women's final 2017

The Australian Open will have the climax fans craved after Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both came through five-set thrillers to reach the final. Nadal holds a 6-2 advantage over Federer in Grand Slam finals where they have played each other, although Federer won the last meeting between the pair in 2015. With...

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Federer beats Nadal in five-set thriller to win Open
Jan 29

Federer beats Nadal in five-set thriller to win Open

Melbourne : Roger Federer was in tears as he won a thrilling, five-set Australian Open final against his great rival Rafael Nadal to clinch a record-extending 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday. Federer won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours 38 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to move four major titles ahead of Nadal...

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Serena into Australian Open final against Venus
Jan 26

Serena into Australian Open final against Venus

Melbourne : Unstoppable Serena Williams zeroed in on a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title Thursday by setting up an Australian Open final against her older sister Venus, as the siblings' dream came true. The ruthless world number two proved one step too far for unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, whose...

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Rafa roars again as Serena eyes dream final
Jan 25

Rafa roars again as Serena eyes dream final

Melbourne : A resurgent Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic to reach his first Grand Slam semi in three years at the Australian Open on Wednesday, as Serena Williams eyed a final with her sister Venus. Nadal hasn't contested a major semi-final since he won the last of his 14 Grand Slam titles at the 2014 French Open, but...

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Federer rolls into all-Swiss semi
Jan 24

Federer rolls into all-Swiss semi

Melbourne : Roger Federer beat giant-killer Mischa Zverev to become the Australian Open's oldest men's semi-finalist in nearly 40 years on Tuesday, as fellow veteran Venus Williams also rolled back the years. The stylish Swiss made light of the challenge posed by German serve-volleyer Zverev, who stunned top seed...

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Wawrinka into semis with bad-tempered win
Jan 24

Wawrinka into semis with bad-tempered win

Melbourne : Stan Wawrinka mastered former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach his third Australian Open semi-final after a mid-match argument on Tuesday. The world number four won 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours, 15 minutes for his eighth Grand Slam semi-final appearance and will next face...

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Wawrinka downs Seppi in three tight sets
Jan 22

Wawrinka downs Seppi in three tight sets

Melbourne : Former winner Stan Wawrinka needed three tiebreak sets to overcome Italy's Andreas Seppi and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. The Swiss fourth seed edged out the 89th-ranked Seppi, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) in two hours 44 minutes on Margaret Court Arena. Wawrinka's...

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Murray stunned by Zverev in latest Open shock
Jan 22

Murray stunned by Zverev in latest Open shock

Melbourne : World number one Andy Murray was sensationally dumped out of the Australian Open by German Mischa Zverev in a fourth-round classic on Sunday. The 50th-ranked Zverev played unbelievable sustained tennis to down Murray 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 and will play either Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the...

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Impressive Nishikori powers into fourth round
Jan 20

Impressive Nishikori powers into fourth round

Melbourne : Japan's Kei Nishikori reached the Australian Open fourth round with a convincing, straight-sets win over Lukas Lacko on Friday. The fifth seed made it to the last 16 for the sixth straight year with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Slovak qualifier in two hours, 11 minutes. Nishikori will next face his...

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 Venus takes out Chinese, hungry for more
Jan 20

Venus takes out Chinese, hungry for more

Melbourne : Venus Williams ended Chinese hopes at the Australian Open on Friday, swatting aside Duan Yingying to make the fourth round for a 10th time -- and said she was still hungry for more. The 13th seed was in a different league, spanking Duan 6-1, 6-0 on Margaret Court Arena and showing no signs of the elbow...

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Murray eases into Open fourth round
Jan 20

Murray eases into Open fourth round

Melbourne : British top seed Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over power-hitting American Sam Querrey on Friday. Murray, bidding to win his first Australian title after losing five finals, downed Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 and will next play German Mischa Zverev...

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Defending champ Djokovic stunned by Istomin
Jan 19

Defending champ Djokovic stunned by Istomin

Melbourne : Defending champion Novak Djokovic was sensationally knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by unheralded Uzbek Denis Istomin in a major shock on Thursday. The 117th-ranked Istomin ousted the six-time winner 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in 4hr 48min on Rod Laver Arena. It was the...

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Bad boy Kyrgios fined, pulls out of doubles
Jan 19

Bad boy Kyrgios fined, pulls out of doubles

Melbourne : Australia's Nick Kyrgios was slapped with $5,500 in fines on Thursday for swearing and throwing his racquet after his extraordinary defeat at the Australian Open. Kyrgios, who also pulled out of the men's doubles competition, citing injury,...

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Azarenka's Baby Fed
Jan 18

Azarenka's Baby Fed

Melbourne : Victoria Azarenka's new baby, Leo, is already learning about tennis. The 2012 and 2013 Melbourne champion tweeted a picture of the one-month-old watching Roger Federer play at the Australian Open. "Hey @rogerfederer Leo learning from the best," Azarenka wrote. Hopefully Leo wasn't...

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Venus rolls back years despite elbow injury
Jan 18

Venus rolls back years despite elbow injury

Melbourne : Venus Williams rolled back the years to move smoothly into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday despite an elbow injury that forced her out of the doubles competition. The 13th seed, an eight-time quarter-finalist or better in Melbourne, won 6-3, 6-2 against Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele, who...

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Wawrinka recovers poise with classy win
Jan 18

Wawrinka recovers poise with classy win

Melbourne : Stan Wawrinka got his Australian Open campaign back on track with an unruffled straight-sets win over American Steve Johnson to reach the third round on Wednesday.  The 2014 winner bounced back from his too-close-for-comfort five-set opening round triumph over Martin Klizan with a more accomplished...

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Djokovic lays down marker at Aussie Open
Jan 17

Djokovic lays down marker at Aussie Open

Melbourne : Six-time champion Novak Djokovic doused big-hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to win the opening match of his Australian Open title defence in Melbourne on Tuesday. The indomitable Serb second seed avoided a potential first-round exit against Verdasco, who knocked out Rafael Nadal in last year's first...

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Serena, Nadal make sizzling starts in Melbourne
Jan 17

Serena, Nadal make sizzling starts in Melbourne

Melbourne : Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal made light of scorching conditions and doubts over their form as they got off to sizzling starts at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Williams, back after an injury lay-off, demolished the dangerous Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3, while Nadal was also impressive in his 6-3, 6-4,...

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Nishikori survives dogfight, urges Davis Cup revamp
Jan 16

Nishikori survives dogfight, urges Davis Cup revamp

Melbourne : Japan's Kei Nishikori called for changes to the Davis Cup format after coming through a gruelling five-set dogfight in his opening match at the Australian Open on Monday. The fifth seed was on court for three-and-a-half hours in sapping heat before he completed a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2 win...

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Serena bundled out of Auckland Classic
Jan 04

Serena bundled out of Auckland Classic

Auckland : Top seed Serena Williams suffered a shock defeat to fellow American Madison Brengle in the second round of the WTA Auckland Classic on Wednesday to bring an abrupt end to her return to the court.  In her first tournament since losing in the semi-finals of the US Open four months ago,...

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Djokovic survives scare in Doha season opener
Jan 03

Djokovic survives scare in Doha season opener

Doha : Novak Djokovic battled back from 5-1 down against world number 63 Jan-Lennard Struff to claim his first victory of the season at the Qatar Open on Monday. The world number two lost his opening two service games and struggled with the German's big serves in the early...

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Ferrer beats Tomic to dash local hopes at Brisbane
Jan 03

Ferrer beats Tomic to dash local hopes at Brisbane

Brisbane : Former world number three David Ferrer dashed local hopes when he downed Australia's Bernard Tomic in straight sets in the first round of the Brisbane International on Monday. The eighth seeded Spaniard was the model of consistency as he saw...

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Murray loses to Goffin as Nadal books UAE final spot
Dec 31

Murray loses to Goffin as Nadal books UAE final spot

Abu Dhabi : World number one Andy Murray fell to a surprise defeat to David Goffin in the semi-finals of the Mubadala World Tennis Championships on Friday. Wimbledon and Olympic champion Murray, who had won all five of his previous meetings with the 11th-ranked Belgian, was beaten 7-6...

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Del Potro heroics force Davis Cup decider
Nov 28

Del Potro heroics force Davis Cup decider

Zagreb : Argentina football legend Diego Maradona was courtside as Juan Martin del Potro beat veteran Ivo Karlovic to draw his country back level at 1-1 against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday. Maradona, 56, who inspired Argentina to glory at the 1986...

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Murray confirmed as world number one
Nov 22

Murray confirmed as world number one

Paris : Andy Murray's spectacular rise to the top of the men's rankings was made official Monday with the Scot topping the end of season ATP charts on 12,685 points. Novak Djokovic, beaten by Murray in Sunday's ATP Tour Finals in London, must make do with ending 2016 in second on...

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Murray begins Tour Finals with Cilic showdown
Nov 08

Murray begins Tour Finals with Cilic showdown

London : Andy Murray will face Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic in the ATP Tour Finals group stage as the newly crowned world number one looks to win the prestigious tournament for the first time. Murray has never been past the semi-finals at the...

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