TENNIS

  • Juan Martin del Potro sees comeback by late March 11 hours 10 minutes ago

    Buenos Aires: Former world number four Juan Martin del Potro, having drawn confidence from his brief Sydney return in January, said on Monday he was confident of a full comeback "very soon". The Argentine giant, who has endured a stop-start career since winning the US Open in 2009, is recovering from...
  • Marin Cilic to miss Croatia's Davis Cup tie against Serbia 21 hours 37 minutes ago

    Marin Cilic has failed to recover from injury and will miss Croatia's Davis Cup tie against Serbia next weekend. Croatia team captain Zeljko Krajan said Monday "we had expected a miracle, but Cilic is not ready for five-sets matches." U.S. Open champion Cilic has not played this season because of a right...
  • Sania Mirza to pair with Martina Hingis Yesterday

    New Delhi: India's top tennis player Sania Mirza has decided to partner former world number one Martina Hingis on the WTA circuit, splitting with Hsieh Su-wei after partnering the Chinese Taipei player in only four tournaments this season. In four tournaments together, they made two second round exits (Dubai and Australian...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Juan Monaco in Argentina Open Yesterday

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal won his first title in nearly nine months on Sunday after defeating Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-1 at the Argentina Open. The top-seeded Spaniard hadn't reached a final since winning at Roland Garros last year. It was Nadal's 46th title on clay, moving him within three of the record...
  • David Ferrer, Timea Bacsinszky win Mexico Open titles 2 days ago

    Acapulco: Second-seeded David Ferrer of Spain won his fourth Mexico Open title Saturday night, beating top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 7-5 in the hard-court event. The 32-year-old Ferrer has 23 ATP Tour titles, also winning the Qatar in January. He won his previous Mexico titles - in 2010, 2011 and...
  • Rafael Nadal to play Juan Monaco in the final of Argentina Open 2 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open. If he wins on Sunday, Nadal will tie Guillermo Vilas for the most clay-court titles with 46. The top-seeded Nadal was on the brink of losing the first set...
  • Lucie Safarova beats Victoria Azarenka to win the Qatar Open 2 days ago

    Qatar: Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013. "It's an amazing feeling. I'm so happy to win the title. It's been a long time. I'm happy at the way...
  • Roger Federer beats Novak Djokovic to defend his Dubai title 2 days ago

    Roger Federer beat Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday, the Swiss veteran's awesome serving bringing down the world number one. Federer went into the match with a 19-17 winning record against Djokovic although the Serb beat him in last year's Wimbledon final. The 33-year-old made...
  • Victoria Azarenka beats Venus Williams for first time at Qatar Open 3 days ago

    Doha: Victoria Azarenka defeated Venus Williams for the first time on Friday, rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory to reach the final at the Qatar Open. A two-time champion in Doha, Azarenka made adjustments in the second set and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Azarenka had 36 winners...
  • Richard Gasquet pulls out of Davis Cup tie with lower back pains 3 days ago

    Paris: Richard Gasquet has pulled out of France's first-round Davis Cup match against Germany next week because of lower back pains and has been replaced by Edouard Roger-Vasselin. Gasquet's absence is a further blow for Davis Cup runner-up France. Captain Arnaud Clement is already missing France No. 1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who...
  • Maria Sharapova withdraws from Mexico Open because of stomach virus 3 days ago

    Acapulco: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew on Friday before her Mexico Open semi-final against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus. The third-seeded Garcia will face fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the hard-court final at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Bacsinszky beat Bulgaria's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2, 6-4. In the...
  • Novak Djokovic close to scaling tennis' Everest: Andre Agassi 3 days ago

    London: Novak Djokovic may never have a better chance to complete his career grand slam than at this year's French Open but those predicting the decline of claycourt king Rafa Nadal should be wary, according to Andre Agassi. Had it not been for the Spaniard, Djokovic would already be part of...
  • Rafael Nadal crushes Federico Delbonis to reach Argentina Open semi-final 3 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal, working his way back to top form after wrist problems last year, screamed with delight on reaching the Argentina Open semi-finals with a 6-1 6-1 rout of Federico Delbonis on Friday. Nadal, who went down to a first defeat in 53 consecutive semi-finals on clay at the...
  • Roger Federer trounces teenager Borna Coric in Dubai semi-finals 3 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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...
  • Top-seeded Maria Sharapova reaches Mexico Open semi-finals 4 days ago

    Acapulco: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the Mexico Open semi-finals. Sharapova will face third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in the hard-court event at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Garcia led Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 2-1 when the Croatian player retired. In...
  • Tommy Robredo beats Renzo Olivo to reach quarters in Argentina Open 4 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain defeated Renzo Olivo of Argentina 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Argentina Open on Thursday. Robredo cruised to victory against the 186th-ranked Olivo, breaking the Argentine's service twice in each set to win the match in just over an hour. The 18th-ranked...
  • Andy Murray's woes deepen after Dubai humbling by Croatian teen 4 days ago

    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...
  • China's world no.1 Xu Xin confirmed for Asian Cup TT in Jaipur 5 days ago

    Jaipur: Table Tennis giants China have made a few changes in their squad for the Asian Cup to be held here from March 13 to 15 at the Sawai Man Singh Indoor Stadium. With the preparation in full swing for the big event, the Asian Table Tennis Union (ATTU) has finalised...
  • Agnieszka Radwanska lines up Qatar quarter-final with Venus Williams 5 days ago

    Doha: Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska brushed aside Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up a quarter-final with Venus Williams in the Qatar Open. Radwanska, who had lost both their previous meetings, including the Indian Wells final in March last year, dropped just 11 points in her seven service games. The...
  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer enter Dubai open quarters 5 days ago

    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...
  • Rafael Nadal advances to the quarter-finals of Argentina Open 5 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat local qualifier Facundo Arguello 6-4, 6-0 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Argentina Open. Nadal has yet to reach a final in three tournaments this season and was beaten in the semi-finals last week in Rio de Janeiro, ending his 52-match unbeaten run...
  • Tomas Berdych earns 500th career win to make Dubai quarters 5 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...
  • Brazil call up Joao Souza for Davis Cup tie 6 days ago

    Brazil Davis Cup captain Joao Zwetsch has called up Joao Souza for his team's tie against Argentina next month. Souza, ranked 77 in the world, impressed Zwetsch by making the semi-finals of the Brazil Open and quarter-finals of the Rio Open earlier this month, reports Xinhua. The 26-year-old, known locally by his...
  • Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic advance to second round of Qatar Open 6 days ago

    Doha: Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 win over Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens on Tuesday. Flipkens, who beat Petkovic in the second round at New Haven last August, showed a good touch in the first set - only to...
  • Gael Monfils included in France team for Davis Cup 1st round 6 days ago

    Paris: France captain Arnaud Clement surprisingly included Gael Monfils on Tuesday in his team to face Germany in the first round of the Davis Cup next week. Monfils complained of tiredness last week and withdrew from the World Group tie on the advice of coach Jan de Witt, but was picked...
  • Sri Lanka seek World Cup lift against Bangladesh 6 days ago

    Perennial contenders Sri Lanka will fear their own inconsistent form more than their opponents when they meet Bangladesh in the World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday. The Islanders, losing finalists in the last two editions, have had an uninspiring start to the 2015 event, with their batsmen struggling...
  • Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advances at Dubai Championships 6 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...
  • Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych begin Dubai Championships with wins 6 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...