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Berdych joins Team Europe
Aug 16

Berdych joins Team Europe

Prague : Swedish tennis star Bjorn Borg said yesterday he had picked world number fifteen Tomas Berdych for Team Europe facing Team World at September’s inaugural Laver Cup in Prague. “Tomas signalled early he wanted to be part of this innovative new tournament and I’m delighted he will be...

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Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam
Aug 16

Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam

New York : Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova of Russia will play her first Grand Slam event since serving a 15-month doping suspension after receiving a wildcard Tuesday into the US Open. The move by the US Tennis Association (USTA) comes after Sharapova, ranked 148th this week, was rejected for a...

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Zverev climbs to career high 7th in ATP rankings
Aug 14

Zverev climbs to career high 7th in ATP rankings

Paris : German Alexander Zverev rose one spot to a career high seventh in the ATP rankings released on Monday following his victory at last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal. The 20-year-old stunned Swiss great Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday's final to win his second Masters 1000 title of the year,...

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Nadal eyes number one in Montreal with Murray sidelined
Aug 08

Nadal eyes number one in Montreal with Murray sidelined

Montreal : Rafael Nadal says he'll focus on the foes in front of him at the ATP Montreal Masters this week, and not on his chance to return to number one in the world. A semi-final run in Montreal would see the Spaniard supplant Britain's Andy Murray atop the rankings. "I don't even think about that now,"...

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Querry moves up, Murray stays top
Aug 07

Querry moves up, Murray stays top

Paris : Sam Querrey surged into the top 20 after his win in Los Cabos, Mexico, in the latest ATP tennis world rankings released Monday. American Querrey jumped four places to 20th while the top of the tables remained stable, topped by Murray with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer second and third.   ATP...

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Sharapova withdraws from Stanford with left arm injury
Aug 03

Sharapova withdraws from Stanford with left arm injury

San Francisco : Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova withdrew from the WTA Bank of the West Classic just before her scheduled second-round match Wednesday with a left arm injury, tournament officials announced. "We're sad to announce that @mariasharapova has withdrawn after doctor's advice...

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Kvitova looking forward to busy US Open build-up
Aug 02

Kvitova looking forward to busy US Open build-up

Los Angeles : Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is relishing the prospect of a jam-packed North American schedule, starting this week in Stanford, California. The Czech was sidelined for six months after a knife-wielding burglar at her home left her with severe left hand injuries that threatened...

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Sharapova battles into second round at Stanford
Aug 01

Sharapova battles into second round at Stanford

Los Angeles : Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova made a battling return to US hardcourts on Monday with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 victory over American Jennifer Brady in Stanford, California. "I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you," Sharapova told fans in a post-match interview....

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Isner claims fourth title
Aug 01

Isner claims fourth title

Washington : John Isner claimed his fourth ATP Atlanta title on Sunday, saving a set-point in both sets en route to a 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7) win over Ryan Harrison. Second-seeded American Isner notched his second ATP title in as many weeks after lifting the trophy in Newport last week. Atlanta was the perfect...

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Djokovic drops a place to fifth in ATP rankings
Jul 31

Djokovic drops a place to fifth in ATP rankings

Paris : Novak Djokovic dropped one place to fifth with Stanislas Wawrinka moving up to fourth in the ATP rankings published on Monday. Former world number one Djokovic will likely fall further by the end of the year as he has already announced he will not play again this season due to an...

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Aussie tennis great Mervyn Rose dies
Jul 25

Aussie tennis great Mervyn Rose dies

Sydney : Australian two-time Grand Slam singles champion Mervyn Rose, who went on to coach greats Margaret Court and Billie Jean King, has died, tennis officials said Tuesday. Rose, who won the Australian Open and French Open along with five Grand Slam doubles titles, was 87. "The tennis family is mourning the...

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Australia's Doohan dies after short illness
Jul 22

Australia's Doohan dies after short illness

Sydney : Australian Peter Doohan, who famously upset Boris Becker at Wimbledon, has died at the age of 56, Tennis Australia said on Saturday. Doohan, dubbed the 'Becker Wrecker' after defeating two-time defending champion Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, passed away from motor neurone disease diagnosed just nine...

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Play until I am 40
Jul 18

Play until I am 40

London : Buoyed by his record-setting eighth Wimbledon title, Roger Federer warned rivals yesterday that he could play until he’s 40, spearheading a late-life era of supremacy alongside Rafael Nadal. Federer eased past injury-hit Marin Cilic to become the oldest Wimbledon men’s champion of the modern...

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Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon
Jul 17

Federer wins record 8th Wimbledon

London : Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion yesterday with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final. Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 and at 35 is...

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Muguruza stuns Venus to win first Wimbledon title
Jul 16

Muguruza stuns Venus to win first Wimbledon title

London : Garbine Muguruza stormed to her first Wimbledon title and shattered Venus Williams' history bid with a majestic 7-5, 6-0 victory in Saturday's final. Muguruza overwhelmed Williams with a supreme display of power hitting in 77 minutes on Centre Court to become only the second Spanish woman to...

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Wimbledon heavyweights braced for 'Manic Monday'
Jul 10

Wimbledon heavyweights braced for 'Manic Monday'

London : For the first time since 2011, the top four men's seeds have reached the Wimbledon last-16 with Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal taking centre-stage on 'Manic Monday'. The four stars have shared the Wimbledon title since 2003 when Federer won the first of his seven trophies at the...

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Djokovic shrugs off McEnroe's Tiger comparison
Jul 07

Djokovic shrugs off McEnroe's Tiger comparison

London : Novak Djokovic says he still respects John McEnroe despite the American comparing the Serb's slump to Tiger Woods's similar decline and hinting at troubles in the three-time Wimbledon champion's private life. McEnroe caused a stir by claiming that Djokovic's recent difficulties on the court, which have...

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Minella plays Wimbledon while 4.5 months pregnant
Jul 04

Minella plays Wimbledon while 4.5 months pregnant

London : Luxembourg's Mandy Minella is playing at Wimbledon while four and a half months pregnant, it was reported Tuesday, as the 31-year-old prepares to join Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka as a tennis mum. Minella lost 6-1, 6-1 to Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone but she caught the eye with her...

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Murray fit for Wimbledon title defence
Jul 02

Murray fit for Wimbledon title defence

London : Andy Murray insisted he is fit enough to start the defence of his Wimbledon title on Monday despite his recent struggles with a hip injury. Murray sparked concerns he might have to withdraw from Wimbledon after cancelling two scheduled exhibition matches this week due to his sore hip. The world number one...

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Murray v Nadal, Federer v Djokovic in potential Wimbledon semi-finals
Jun 30

Murray v Nadal, Federer v Djokovic in potential Wimbledon semi-finals

London : Defending champion Andy Murray was drawn to potentially face fellow two-time winner Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Friday while Roger Federer, chasing a record eighth crown, was lined up to face three-time titlist Novak Djokovic. Top seed Murray will start his campaign on Monday against a...

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Federer  claims 1100th tour win
Jun 21

Federer claims 1100th tour win

Halle : Eighteen-time major champion Roger Federer picked up his first win of the grass-court season by thrashing Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in the first round at Halle yesterday. The Swiss top seed, who skipped the entire clay-court schedule in order to be fully fit for Wimbledon, brushed aside lucky loser...

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Sharapova receives invite to WTA Stanford event
Jun 15

Sharapova receives invite to WTA Stanford event

Los Angeles : Five-time grand slam champion Maria Sharapova has received an invitation to play at the WTA Stanford tournament at the end of next month as the Russian star continues her return from a doping suspension. Sharapova's comeback from a 15-month doping ban will include a stop at Stanford University for the...

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Nadal out of Queen's to rest for Wimbledon
Jun 14

Nadal out of Queen's to rest for Wimbledon

London : Rafael Nadal confirmed Tuesday he has pulled out of next week's Aegon Championships at Queen's in order to rest and prepare for Wimbledon.  The 31-year-old Spaniard has had a hugely successful clay season, claiming a record 10th French Open crown on Sunday to earn a 15th Grand Slam title. "I am very...

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Nadal braced for bittersweet symphony at Wimbledon
Jun 12

Nadal braced for bittersweet symphony at Wimbledon

Paris : Rafael Nadal will resume his bittersweet relationship with Wimbledon buoyed by his record-breaking French Open but wary of the traps which have ensnared him at the All England Club. The 31-year-old Spaniard routed Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros on Sunday 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to become the first man in...

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Nadal eyes 10th French Open with injury misery in mind
Jun 11

Nadal eyes 10th French Open with injury misery in mind

Paris : Rafael Nadal insists winning a record 10th French Open title on Sunday, and his 15th career Grand Slam crown, will not be his greatest achievement. His proudest moment, he believes, came at his lowest ebb at the end of 2012 and start of 2013 when it seemed certain that his career-long battle against knee and...

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Bopanna, Dabrowski win French Open mixed title
Jun 08

Bopanna, Dabrowski win French Open mixed title

Paris : India's Rohan Bopanna and Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski won the French Open mixed doubles title on Thursday. The seventh seeds defeated Anna-Lena Groenfeld of Germany and Colombia's Robert Farah 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 in the final. It was a first Slam title for both the 37-year-old Bopanna and his 25-year-old partner...

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Nadal can win 15 French Opens, says Kuerten
Jun 08

Nadal can win 15 French Opens, says Kuerten

Paris : Gustavo Kuerten marked the 20th anniversary of his first Roland Garros triumph on Thursday by backing Rafael Nadal to win 15 French Open titles. Brazilian star Kuerten won his first Paris crown in 1997, going on to win again in 2000 and 2001. Nadal is just two match wins away from capturing a 10th...

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Nadal into 10th French Open semi-final
Jun 07

Nadal into 10th French Open semi-final

Paris : Rafael Nadal qualified for the French Open semi-finals for the 10th time on Wednesday after compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta retired with injury while trailing 6-2, 2-0. Nadal will face title-holder Novak Djokovic for a place in the final if the world number two gets past Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem in...

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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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