DUBAI

  • Roger Federer trounces teenager Borna Coric in Dubai semi-finals 14 hours 38 minutes ago

    Roger Federer trounced Croatian teenager Borna Coric 6-2 6-1 at the Dubai Championships on Friday to set up a potential final showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic. Federer may have failed to win a grand slam title since triumphing at Wimbledon in 2012 but he remains a formidable competitor as...
  • Rohna Bopanna, Daniel Nestor reach final of Dubai ATP event 17 hours 10 minutes ago

    Dubai: Rohan Bopanna and his partner Daniel Nestor set themselves up for their second title of the season by reaching the final of the Dubai Duty Free Championships on Friday. The fourth-seeded Indo-Canadian combo overcame second seeded combine of Jean-Julien Rojer from the Netherlands and Horea Tecau from Romania 4-6 7-6(9)...
  • Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic win; Andy Murray out of Dubai Open 20 hours 10 minutes ago

    Dubai: World No.1 Novak Djokovic defeated Turkey's Marsel Ilhan 6-1, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships while Swiss ace Roger Federer needed only one set (6-1) against Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who retired before the second set started here. However, the surprise of Thursday was Andy Murray's...
  • Andy Murray's woes deepen after Dubai humbling by Croatian teen Yesterday

    Dubai: Andy Murray's February torment deepened on Thursday after he lost 6-1 6-3 to 18-year-old Croatian tyro Borna Coric in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships. This month, the world number three lost the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic and then failed to live up to his top seed billing...
  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer enter Dubai open quarters Yesterday

    Dubai: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and second seed Roger Federer have entered the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Top seed Djokovic clearly dominated Andrey Golubey from Kazakhstan before winning 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday, while World No. 2 Federer defeated Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-3, reports Xinhua. "Djoker" as...
  • Tomas Berdych earns 500th career win to make Dubai quarters 2 days ago

    Dubai: Tomas Berdych became the eighth active ATP player to post 500 career wins when he beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-0 at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday. "It feels great," Berdych said. "I need to make sure I keep my body fresh so I can make another...
  • Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advances at Dubai Championships 3 days ago

    Dubai: Playing for the first time since winning the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic came through with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Vasek Pospisil on Tuesday in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. The top-ranked Djokovic won his fifth title in Melbourne at the beginning of the month. "It's my first...
  • India seizes record haul of smuggled gold outside airport 3 days ago

    New Delhi/Mumbai: Gujarat police said they had made the single biggest seizure of gold smuggled into India on Tuesday after arresting six people leaving an airport with 60 kg of the precious metal flown in from Dubai. The arrest is likely to strengthen pressure on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to cut...
  • Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych begin Dubai Championships with wins 3 days ago

    Dubai: Third-seeded Andy Murray was given a workout by Gilles Muller of Luxembourg before securing a 6-4, 7-5 win for passage to the Dubai Championships second round on Tuesday. Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych, a finalist at Dubai the last two years, opened his account by beating Jeremy Chardy of France 7-6...
  • Sometimes I have to let it rip, says Novak Djokovic 3 days ago

    Novak Djokovic's flamboyant on-court demeanour may be occasionally unacceptable but it is an integral part of his success, the world number one said. In a pre-recorded appearance on Serbian state television aired on Monday night, the 27-year old from Belgrade also confirmed he would lead Serbia in their March 6-8 Davis...
  • Roger Federer hands out more punishment to Mikhail Youzhny 4 days ago

    Roger Federer eased to a 16th consecutive victory over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny to begin his quest for a seventh title at the Dubai Championships on Monday. The Swiss world number two looked revitalised during a 6-3 6-1 stroll -- his first competitive match since a surprise third round defeat by Andreas...
  • Simona Halep beats Pliskova to win Dubai Championship 6 days ago

    Romania's Simona Halep overcame Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 7-6(4) in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday to claim her 10th WTA singles title. The win ensured Halep, who ran her opponent ragged at the Aviation Club, would climb back to third in the world rankings. She converted her only break...
  • Simona Halep beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach Dubai final 6 days ago

    Dubai: Top-seeded Simona Halep beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 on Friday to reach the Dubai Tennis Championships final. Halep will face 17th-seeded Karolina Pliskova in Saturday's final. Pliskova reached the final with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 victory over unseeded Garbine Muguruza. Halep is looking for her second title of the year, having...
  • Fire erupts at Torch tower in Dubai, no casualties reported 1 week ago

    Dubai: A high-rise tower in Dubai's Marina district caught fire on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. The fire broke out in the Torch tower on the northeastern end of the densely populated district, which is packed with multi-story skyscrapers. Debris from the fire cluttered nearby streets after...
  • Karolina Pliskova advances to Dubai Tennis Championships final 1 week ago

    Dubai: Karolina Pliskova played through a sand storm and advanced to the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships by beating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 on Friday. The 17th-seeded Pliskova reached her second final of the year. She will next face either top-seeded Simona Halep and third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki. ...
  • Simona Halep advances to semi-final against Caroline Wozniacki in Dubai 1 week ago

    Dubai: Top-seeded Simona Halep needed five match points before finally defeating sixth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 in the quarter-finals at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday. "I was a little bit nervous to finish," said Halep, who served for the match at 5-3 in the third set. "Sometimes you feel...
  • Karolina Pliskova beats Safarova to reach semis in Dubai February 19, 2015

    Dubai: For the second consecutive week, Karolina Pliskova advanced to the semi-finals of a tournament by beating Lucie Safarova. On Thursday at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Pliskova recovered from a set and a service break down to win 3-6, 7-6 (5) 6-1. The 18-year-old Pliskova, seeded 17th, defeated Safarova in straight...
  • Kvitova follows Venus Williams to early exit in Dubai February 18, 2015

    Dubai Second-seeded Petra Kvitova and fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic followed defending champion Venus Williams to an early exit at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Wednesday. In all, five of the top eight seeded players failed to reach Thursday's quarterfinals: Kvitova, Ivanovic, No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 7 Angelique Kerber and No. 8...
  • Venus Williams loses to Safarova in third round in Dubai February 18, 2015

    Dubai: Defending champion Venus Williams is out of the Dubai Tennis Championships after losing on Wednesday in the third round in straight sets to 11th-seeded Lucie Safarova. The eighth-seeded Williams looked listless in the humid 93 degree F (34 C) temperatures as Safarova cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 victory. "I think...
  • Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki advances in Dubai Championships February 18, 2015

    Dubai: Top-seeded Simona Halep eased to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Daniela Hantuchova at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday. Except for six double faults, Halep put on a solid performance, saving the one break point she face, which came in her opening service game. "I was fresh and running very well,"...
  • Peng Shuai loses to Tsvetana Pironkova in Dubai Championships February 18, 2015

    Dubai: Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai lost in a neck-and-neck match against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round of the women's annual Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Amid sunny weather with temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius in Dubai on Tuesday, Peng, a semi-finalist of last year's US Open, won the...
  • Caroline Wozniacki beats Stosur in three sets to advance in Dubai February 17, 2015

    Dubai: Caroline Wozniacki served for the match three times before finally beating Samantha Stosur 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Tuesday in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. The third-seeded Dane led 5-2 in the third set but struggled to close it out. "They do say third time lucky, right?" Wozniacki...
  • Venus Williams beats player half her age at Dubai Championships February 17, 2015

    Dubai: Defending champion Venus Williams beat an opponent half her age on Monday, winning 6-1, 6-2 against 17-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Despite the age difference, the 34-year-old Williams looked physically fitter than her opponent and dominated throughout to earn her 16th...
  • Alize Cornet outlasts Kirsten Flipkens to reach 2nd round in Dubai Championships February 16, 2015

    Dubai: Alize Cornet raced through the first set in 20 minutes, then needed nearly 3 hours for the next two before outlasting Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-7 (6), 6-3 in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday. The 16th-seeded Cornet, a finalist in Dubai last year, paid the price...
  • Sanjeev Kapoor to be part of Dubai Food Festival February 12, 2015

    Dubai: Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor will participate in Masala! Food Fair, a two-day celebration of food and entertainment from the subcontinent, which will begin Feb 20 here as a part of Dubai Food Festival. Kapoor will be hosting a series of interactive culinary sessions and will also be judging on-site...
  • Indians prefer Dubai, Bangkok outings for V-Day: Survey February 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Dubai and Bangkok have emerged as the top searched outbound destinations for Indians around Valentine's Day, a new survey has revealed. Hotels.com, an online accommodation booking website, conducted the survey in 28 countries with over 25,000 respondents to understand the preferences of travellers this Valentine's Day, which falls Sunday. Amongst...
  • Indian jailed for burning ex-girlfriend's shoe, bed in UAE February 8, 2015

    Dubai: An Indian jilted lover on Sunday was jailed for one year for trespassing into his Filipina ex-girlfriend's room who was sleeping, and setting her shoe and bed on fire after she broke-up with him. The 26-year-old Indian, identified only with his initials AR, worked as a waiter and admitted that...
  • McIlroy hits record-equalling score to win second Dubai title February 1, 2015

    Dubai: An unrelenting Rory McIlroy secured his second Dubai Desert Classic title in six years with a 2-under 70 in the final round to win by three shots on Sunday. The Northern Irishman's 22-under 266 total matched the lowest in the history of the tournament, set by Stephen Gallacher in 2013...
  • Rory McIlroy in a class of his own in the desert January 31, 2015

    Dubai: Rory McIlroy was in a class of his own on Saturday, seizing a four-shot lead with a six-under-par 66 after the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic. The world number one reeled off five birdies in the opening eight holes before picking up his sixth shot of a faultless...
  • Jeev, Kapur miss the cut, McIlroy moves to top in Dubai January 30, 2015

    Dubai: Jeev Milkha Singh and Shiv Kapur made an early exit from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic even as Rory McIlroy roared into the lead after a majestic eight under par 64, which included three consecutive closing birdies on Friday. Jeev and Kapur, both of whom had spoilt their finish in...