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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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Triumphant Cilic desperate to keep London spot
Oct 31

Triumphant Cilic desperate to keep London spot

Basel : Red-hot Marin Cilic heads to Paris determined to hang on to his qualifying spot for the ATP year-end finals after defeating Kei Nishikori to lift the Swiss Indoors title. The Croatian, 28, triumphed 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) on Sunday over his higher-ranked opponent in a repeat of the 2014 US Open final,...

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Evert sees post-Serena 'new era' taking shape
Oct 29

Evert sees post-Serena 'new era' taking shape

Singapore : Women's tennis has entered a new era no longer dominated by Serena Williams, 18-time Grand Slam winner Chris Evert said Saturday.  "I don't think nobody will dominate in the near future anyway like Serena Williams, and kudos to her, it shows how great she was as a player, but I think now...

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Del Potro makes leap in rankings after Stockholm win
Oct 25

Del Potro makes leap in rankings after Stockholm win

Paris : Juan Martin del Potro has climbed 21 places to 42nd in the latest ATP worldrankings published on Monday following his victory in Stockholm on Sunday. The 28-year-old Argentine former US Open champion beat Jack Sock in straight sets in the Swedish capital...

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Russian teen wins Kremlin Cup opener
Oct 18

Russian teen wins Kremlin Cup opener

Moscow : Russia's Daria Kasatkina on Monday cruised into the second round of the Kremlin Cup, a joint WTA and ATP event, with a straight-sets win over fellow teenager Belinda Bencic. The 19-year-old, ranked 24th in the world and seeded eighth in Moscow, won 6-4, 6-1 to level her head-to-head...

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Serena withdraws from WTA Finals
Oct 17

Serena withdraws from WTA Finals

Los Angeles : US superstar Serena Williams has withdrawn from the elite WTA Finals in Singapore, saying she's still working to recover from the shoulder troubles that hindered her in 2016. The WTA announced Williams' withdrawal from the event that starts on October 23 on their Twitter feed, posting a video of...

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Venus Williams knocked out of Hong Kong Open
Oct 14

Venus Williams knocked out of Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong : Venus Williams was eliminated from the Hong Kong Open Thursday by France's Alize Cornet after a tightly fought match. The 49th-ranked Cornet beat the American, ranked 14 in the world, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in a match that lasted 2 hours and 7 minutes. She will face defending...

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Goffin and spluttering as Delpo crashes out
Oct 11

Goffin and spluttering as Delpo crashes out

Shanghai : Juan Martin del Potro's late-season resurgence came crashing to a halt when he was dumped out of the Shanghai Masters by David Goffin on Tuesday. The lanky Argentine, playing on a wildcard, faded after taking the first set against the Belgian seed who won 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in 2hr 18min. It ends a...

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Gasquet says return will be 'tough' for Sharapova
Oct 05

Gasquet says return will be 'tough' for Sharapova

Beijing : French tennis player Richard Gasquet who was once banned after testing positive for cocaine said Wednesday that Maria Sharapova will face a "tough" return when her 15-month doping ban ends next year. Gasquet faced an emotional comeback himself after he tested positive for cocaine at the Miami Open in...

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Roland Garros get nod for new stadium works
Oct 04

Roland Garros get nod for new stadium works

Paris : The French Tennis Federation (FFT) were on Monday given the green light to continue work on anew stadium adjoining Roland Garros in western Paris by the country's highest administrative jurisdiction. The French Conseil d'Etat (Council of State) overturned a March ruling that blocked...

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Pouille captures first career title
Sep 26

Pouille captures first career title

Metz : France's Lucas Pouille won his first career title on Sunday when he downed top seed Domminic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 in the Metz ATP final. World number 18 Pouille, who defeated Rafael Nadal on his way to the US Open quarter-finals three weeks ago, claimed victory in...

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Lee bags sixth Japan Open title
Sep 25

Lee bags sixth Japan Open title

Tokyo : Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei on Sunday won his sixth Yonex Open Japan title, defeating third seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. Lee, a silver medallist in the last three Olympics, triumphed 21-18, 15-21, 21-16 against the Dane. The 33-year-old world number one had sailed through the men's singles at Tokyo...

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Serena Williams pulls out of China tournaments with injury
Sep 23

Serena Williams pulls out of China tournaments with injury

Hong Kong : Serena Williams announced Friday that she has pulled out of two forthcoming tournaments in China citing an ongoing shoulder injury. "I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open or the China Open due to continuing issues with my right shoulder,"...

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Golubic beats top seed Errani in Guangzhou
Sep 22

Golubic beats top seed Errani in Guangzhou

Beijing : Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic scored a shock win over top seed Sara Errani Wednesday to advance to the quarter-finals of the Guangzhou Open. Golubic, 23, slugged it out against the 29-year-old Italian for three hours before securing a 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 6-4 win.  She...

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Jankovic marches through to Guangzhou second round
Sep 20

Jankovic marches through to Guangzhou second round

Beijing : Defending champion Jelena Jankovic of Serbia sailed through her opening match at the WTAGuangzhou Open Tuesday, joining German Sabine Lisicki in the second round.  The 31-year-old former world number one eased past China's You Xiaodi 6-2, 6-1, while 2013 Wimbledon...

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Nara crashes out of Japan Open
Sep 17

Nara crashes out of Japan Open

Tokyo : Local favourite Kurumi Nara squandered a one-set lead as she was bundled out of the JapanWomen's Open by Slovakia's Jana Cepelova on Friday. The world number 81 was the last Japanese player standing in Tokyo but frittered away a solid start in a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final...

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Japan give Nishikori Davis Cup day off
Sep 16

Japan give Nishikori Davis Cup day off

Tokyo : Japan's Kei Nishikori will be rested for the first day of their home Davis Cup World Group playoff against Ukraine on Friday after his recent exertions at the US Open. The world number five beat Rafael Nadal to win Olympic bronze before reaching the semi-finals of the year's...

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Angelique Kerber into US Open semi-finals
Sep 07

Angelique Kerber into US Open semi-finals

New York : Angelique Kerber reached her second US Open semi-final on Tuesday with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over 2015 runner-up Roberta Vinci which also edged her closer to the world number one spot. Kerber, who made the last-four in 2011, will face either two-time runner-up Caroline...

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Halep powers into third round at US Open
Sep 02

Halep powers into third round at US Open

New York : Fired-up fifth seed Simona Halep reached the third round of the US Open on Thursday with a straight-sets victory over Lucie Safarova in a battle of former French Open finalists under the new roof of Arthur Ashe stadium.In the first match to be played from start to...

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Williams sisters lead US squad for Rio
Jul 16

Williams sisters lead US squad for Rio

Los Angeles : World number one Serena Williams, a double Olympic champion in 2012, her sister Venus and the Bryan brothers lead the US tennis team named Friday for the 2016 Rio Games. Serena Williams, who earned her 22nd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, will defend the singles and...

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Sharapova out of Rio as CAS delays doping decision
Jul 11

Sharapova out of Rio as CAS delays doping decision

Lausanne : The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Monday it has put back its ruling on the two-year doping ban for Maria Sharapova for two months to September, ruling the tennis superstar out of the Rio Olympics. The 29-year-old Russian, one of the biggest names in tennis, tested positive for the banned...

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Nishikori tells Asian players to muscle up
Jul 03

Nishikori tells Asian players to muscle up

London : Asian players need to work on their strength in the gym in order to mix it with the big hitters on the tour, said Japan's world number six Kei Nishikori. The best Asian player currently in the sport said that enhanced physical resilience needed to be matched with rock-solid...

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Hussam to face Shanan in Interior Minister Open Tennis Championship.
Jun 21

Hussam to face Shanan in Interior Minister Open Tennis Championship.

Manama: Egyptian professional Kareem Hussam will play Qatari Mubarak Shanan, while Kuwaiti Abdulla Maqdas plays Ayoub Shqrouni from Morocco in the semi finals of the sixth edition of His Excellency Interior Minister Open Tennis Championship. The players qualified after exciting quarter-finals held on Sunday...

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Murray makes history with record fifth Queen's crown
Jun 19

Murray makes history with record fifth Queen's crown

London : Andy Murray made history at Queen's Club as the defending champion fought back to win the Wimbledon warm-up event for a record fifth time with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Milos Raonic on Sunday. Murray was on the ropes for a set and a half in west London, but the world number two staged a gritty...

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Federer eases through Halle opener
Jun 16

Federer eases through Halle opener

Halle Westfalen: Roger Federer got his bid for a ninth Halle grasscourt title off to a winning start yesterday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Germany’s world number 88 Jan-Lennard Struff. The top seed and world number three will face Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, ranked 64, for a place in the last...

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Murray advances at Queen’s Club
Jun 15

Murray advances at Queen’s Club

London: Andy Murray made a successful start to his reunion with coach Ivan Lendl as the defending champion battled to a 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/1) victory over Nicolas Mahut at Queen’s Club yesterday. Murray is bidding for a record fifth title at the Wimbledon warm-up event and the world number two ignored the...

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Murray brothers lead Britain’s Olympic charge
Jun 11

Murray brothers lead Britain’s Olympic charge

London: Andy and Jamie Murray will lead Great Britain's bid for more Olympic tennis glory after the brothers were officially named in the squad for the Rio Games on Friday. After memorably winning gold in the men's singles by thrashing Roger Federer in the Olympic final...

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Muguruza, Rogers into quarters, rain holds up others
May 29

Muguruza, Rogers into quarters, rain holds up others

Paris: Garbine Muguruza of Spain blazed into the French Open quarter-finals for the third straight year on Sunday, defeating former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4. The 22-year-old Venezuelan-born fourth seed will next play world number 108 Shelby Rogers of the United States who defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of...

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Murray storms into French Open last eight
May 29

Murray storms into French Open last eight

Paris: Second seed Andy Murray reached the French Open quarter-finals for the sixth time on Sunday with a 7-6 (11/9), 6-4, 6-3 win over John Isner of the United States. Murray, a three-time semi-finalist in Paris, will face either Japan's Kei Nishikori or Richard Gasquet, the last French player standing, in the...

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Gasquet keeps French flag flying at Roland Garros
May 29

Gasquet keeps French flag flying at Roland Garros

Paris: Richard Gasquet kept alive hopes of a first home win in 33 years at the French Open on Sunday, outplaying fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time. The 29-year-old, best known for his superb single-handed backhand drives, trailed 2-4 early in the first set, but...

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German player threatens to sue over Cornet
May 28

German player threatens to sue over Cornet

Paris: Germany's Tatjana Maria is considering legal action after her controversial defeat to Alize Cornet at Roland Garros, insisting the Frenchwoman broke the rules over treatment for cramping. Cornet cramped up in her right leg during the second set tiebreak of her second round clash against Maria on Thursday. She...

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