MASTERS

  • Chess: B Adhiban holds Bu Xiangzhi; Vladimir Kramnik shoots into lead at Qatar Masters December 4, 2014

    Doha: Indian Grandmaster B Adhiban held higher-ranked Bu Xiangzhi to a draw while Vladimir Kramnik of Russia put it across Salem Saleh of UAE to emerge as the sole leader in the Qatar Masters international Open Chess tournament. With his first draw in the tournament after two losses and five victories,...
  • Is Ragini Dwivedi set to replace Ramya in Vijaya Prasad's upcoming film 'Neer Dose'? December 3, 2014

    Reports are abuzz that actress Ragini Dwivedi is set to play the leading lady in Vijaya Prasad's upcoming film 'Neer Dose'. It was earlier reported that actor Jaggesh and actress Ramya would be the lead pair in the film. The actress had even started shooting for the film, but later backed...
  • Chess: Abhijeet Gupta holds Vachier Lagrave at Qatar Masters December 1, 2014

    Doha: Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta missed out on his chances but still got an easy draw against fourth seeded Frenchman Maxime Vachier Lagrave in the fifth round of the Qatar International Open Chess Tournament. Catching Lagrave in an unfamiliar territory, Gupta was not quite happy that he...
  • Chess: P Harikrishna crushes Bartosz Socko; Abhijeet Gupta held by Matthieu Cornette at Qatar Masters November 30, 2014

    Doha: P Harikrishna, the highest rated Indian in fray, crashed through the defences of Polish Grandmaster Bartosz Socko while Abhijeet Gupta played out a hard-fought draw with French Grandmaster Matthieu Cornette in the fourth round of Qatar Masters International Open Chess tournament. Losing the third round to Mikhailo Oleksienko of Ukraine,...
  • CTL: Mumbai Tennis Masters beat Punjab Marshalls to finish second in group November 24, 2014

    Mumbai: Mumbai Tennis Masters overcame Punjab Marshalls 29-20 in the inconsequential final North Zone round robin match of the Champions Tennis League at the Kalinga University Sports Complex on Monday. Delhi Dreams had already stormed into the final of the inaugural CTL by overcoming a spirited Mumbai 27-21 in the best-of-five...
  • Delhi Dreams beat Mumbai Tennis Masters in interesting CTL tie November 23, 2014

    Mumbai: Delhi Dreams took a commanding 2-1 lead over Mumbai Tennis Masters in the best-of-five tie between the two teams in the Champions Tennis League encounter at the Kalina University Sports Complex here on Sunday. Delhi, who went into the game with two wins and a loss under their belt, were...
  • Nick Cullen wins Australian Masters, Adam Scott bid falls short November 23, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian lefthander Nick Cullen shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the Australian Masters by one stroke over Adam Scott, ending Scott's attempt for a third consecutive victory in the tournament. Cullen, who had a four-round total of 9-under 279, saved par on the 18th after hitting his bunker...
  • Paul Spargo leads in Melbourne with Adam Scott primed to pounce November 22, 2014

    South Australian journeyman Paul Spargo will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Masters after shooting a one-under 71 on Saturday, with double defending champion Adam Scott lurking four strokes behind. World number two Scott rued a bogey-strewn front nine but made up ground with four birdies...
  • Surprise leader Michael Wright steals spotlight in Melbourne November 21, 2014

    Unheralded Queenslander Michael Wright broke clear of a logjam atop the Australian Masters leaderboard to take a two-shot lead after the second round on Friday, while double defending champion Adam Scott battled hard to keep in touch. Scott shot a four-under 68 on a glorious afternoon at Melbourne's Metropolitan Golf Club,...
  • CTL: Leander Paes-led Punjab Marshalls suffer second straight loss November 21, 2014

    Chandigarh: Mumbai Tennis Masters defeated Punjab Marshalls 27-21 in a group match of Champions Tennis League (CTL). The Marshalls had earlier lost their first match to Delhi Dreams. The Marshalls fell behind in the northern group as they lost to Mumbai on Thursday night. Delhi Dreams lead the group with 52 points while...
  • Adam Scott 'three-peat' bid off to slow start at Australian Masters November 20, 2014

    World number two Adam Scott gritted his teeth in foul conditions for golf on Thursday, scratching out a one-over 73 in the first round of the Australian Masters to be six strokes behind clubhouse leaders Michael Wright and Stephen Allan. Bidding for an unprecedented third successive title in the A$1 million...
  • Jeev Milkha Singh seeks revival in Manila Masters November 19, 2014

    Manila: Struggling to revive the form which made him India's top golfer, seasoned pro Jeev Milkha Singh has pinned his hopes of a turnaround on the USD one million Resorts World Manila Masters which tees off on Thursday. From being a top-50 player in the world, the two-time Asian Tour number...
  • Adam Scott begins defence of Australian Masters title November 19, 2014

    Adam Scott will attempt to win his third Australian Masters title in a row on yet another renowned Melbourne sand-belt course, and with a tryout caddie on his bag. Scott went close to winning Australian golf's so-called "Triple Crown" last year but Rory McIlroy's birdie on the 18th hole at the...
  • Delhi Dreams down Mumbai Tennis Masters to win second straight tie in CTL November 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi extended their impressive start to the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL), winning their second consecutive tie against Mumbai Tennis Masters 27-19 in a group encounter at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) here on Tuesday. Delhi took an early lead as Juan Carlos Ferrero got the better of...
  • Novak Djokovic eyeing third consecutive title at Finals November 9, 2014

    London: Becoming a father has not affected Novak Djokovic's drive and motivation. The top-ranked Serb won his 20th Masters title in Paris last week in his first tournament since the birth of his baby boy, Stefan. Childcare duties have not lessened his desire to finish the year as the world's top-ranked...
  • Asian legend Jeev Milkha Singh eyes winning debut at Manila November 3, 2014

    Manila: Indian golf legend Jeev Milkha Singh is looking forward to a winning debut at the USD 1 million Resorts World Manila Masters later this month when he returns to a country which holds fond memories for him. The 42-year-old Singh has committed to the full-field Asian Tour tournament at the...
  • Djokovic sweeps past Raonic to win Paris Masters November 2, 2014

    Paris: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic easily defended his Paris Masters title with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Milos Raonic on Sunday. Djokovic, who did not drop a set during the whole week, claimed the 20th Masters title of his career and won the indoor tournament for the third time, matching the tally...
  • Bryan brothers win doubles at Paris Masters November 2, 2014

    Paris: Bob and Mike Bryan won their 32nd ATP Masters 1,000 title and 102nd overall on Sunday at the at BNP Paribas Masters, as they beat Marcin Matkowski and Jurgen Melzer. The Bryan brothers won 7-6 (5), 5-7, 10-6, Xinhua reported. The ninth victory of the year for the American brothers, in...
  • Marcel Siem chips in to win BMW Masters in playoff November 2, 2014

    German Marcel Siem chipped in from 30 feet (10 metres) at the first extra hole to win the $7 million BMW Masters in a three-man playoff on Sunday. Siem's birdie edged Frenchman Alexander Levy and Briton Ross Fisher after the trio had finished locked at 16-under-par 272 at Lake Malaren. Siem came...
  • Novak Djokovic sets up Paris Masters final against Milos Raonic November 2, 2014

    Everything is going Novak Djokovic's way right now. The top-ranked Serb celebrated the birth of his first child last month, is on course to finish the year as the No. 1 player in the world for the third time, and eased into the Paris Masters final on Saturday - where he...
  • Golf: Alexander Levy shoots 63 to go four clear at BMW Masters November 1, 2014

    Frenchman Alexander Levy took advantage of ideal scoring conditions to card nine-under-par 63 and surge to a four-stroke lead after the third round at the BMW Masters on Saturday. Levy rattled off nine birdies to post a 22-under 194 total with one round left at Lake Malaren, while Welsh Jamie Donaldson...
  • Roger Federer, Andy Murray ousted from Paris Masters November 1, 2014

    Paris: World No.2 Roger Federer was stunned at the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals by Canada's sole representative in ATP rankings top 10, Milos Raonic while Briton Andy Murray too exited the tennis tournament. "I'm accepting this defeat," said the former top-ranked Swiss, who Friday night lost in straight sets to miss...
  • Japan's Kei Nishikori qualifies for ATP World Tour Finals November 1, 2014

    Japan's Kei Nishikori became the first Asian-born singles player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals when he beat Spain's David Ferrer 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters on Friday. The sixth seed joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych, Milos...
  • Roger Federer's number one hopes take a hit in Paris defeat November 1, 2014

    Roger Federer's hopes of knocking Novak Djokovic off the top of the ATP world rankings before the end of the year took a hit when he lost to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Friday. The Swiss second seed was beaten 7-6(5), 7-5 and Djokovic later saw...
  • Tomas Berdych qualifies for fifth straight Tour Finals October 31, 2014

    Paris: Czech Tomas Berdych booked his place in the ATP World Tour Finals for the fifth time in a row when he advanced into the semi-finals of the Paris Masters with a 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 victory over South African Kevin Anderson on Friday. The fifth-seeded Berdych, who won on his Bercy...
  • Andy Murray in Tour Finals, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer win October 31, 2014

    Andy Murray's recent resurgence continued when the Briton qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals by reaching the Paris Masters quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-3 win against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday. After dropping outside the world top 10 following his US Open quarter-final exit, Murray began a late push for...
  • Andy Murray clinches ATP finals berth in Paris; Anderson upsets Wawrinka October 30, 2014

    Paris: Andy Murray extended his impressive run of form to reach the quarter-finals at the Paris Masters and book his place in the ATP Finals on Thursday. After missing last year's season-ending tournament following surgery on his back, the eight-seeded Scot pushed hard to qualify for the indoor event for the...
  • China specialist Levy leads in wet Shanghai October 30, 2014

    Frenchman Alexander Levy continued his love affair with China's golf courses by kicking off the European Tour's Final Series with a seven-under-par 65 to lead after the first round of the BMW Masters. Levy, who won the Tour's China Open in April, fired seven birdies in a bogey-free round to lead...
  • Roger Federer, Andy Murray advance at Paris Masters October 30, 2014

    Paris: Roger Federer was made to fight all the way by local favorite Jeremy Chardy before reaching the third round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday, while Andy Murray moved one match away from qualifying for the ATP Finals. The 17-time Grand Slam champion completed a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-4...
  • Stanislas Wawrinka, Milos Raonic advance at Paris Masters October 29, 2014

    Paris: Stanislas Wawrinka won his first match in more than a month Wednesday and advanced to the third round of the Paris Masters. The third-seeded Wawrinka ended a three-match losing streak with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over 37th-ranked Dominic Thiem, the youngest player in the top 50. After consecutive losses in...