TENNIS

  • Serena Williams beats Ana Ivanovic in WTA Finals opener 7 hours 15 minutes ago

    Singapore: A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official - none of it could stop Serena Williams' winning streak at the WTA Finals. The three-time defending champion made it 16-straight wins at the season-ending championships by beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in Monday's tournament opener, shaking...
  • Ailing Rafa Nadal eases into Swiss Indoors second round 7 hours 49 minutes ago

    Rafa Nadal did not appear to be affected by his appendicitis problems as he charged into the second round of the Swiss Indoors with a no nonsense 6-2 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli on Monday. The Spanish second seed has been taking antibiotics to delay the need for surgery and was...
  • Martina Navratilova unhappy with ITF silence on Williams slur 21 hours 40 minutes ago

    Multiple grand slam winner Martina Navratilova has questioned the "silence" of the International Tennis Federation after one of its members described world number one Serena Williams and older sister Venus as "brothers". Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev was swiftly banned for a year and fined $25,000 by the Women's Tennis...
  • Saketh Myneni, Ramkumar Ramanathan climb ATP singles rankings Yesterday

    New Delhi: Riding on his maiden Challenger title win, Saketh Myneni on Monday leapfrogged 168 places to be ranked 283 in the ATP singles chart while Ramkumar Ramanathan achieved a career-best spot of 226 following his semi-final appearance at the just-concluded Indore Open. Saketh, who was ranked 451 coming into the...
  • Andy Murray beats Ferrer in Vienna to win 30th title Yesterday

    Vienna: Andy Murray continued his recent resurgence by winning his second title in three weeks at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday and boosting his chances of making the cut for the ATP finals. The 11th-ranked Murray rallied to defeat David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in a dramatic finish. The Scot...
  • Berdych beats Dimitrov to win Stockholm Open title Yesterday

    Stockholm: Top-seeded Tomas Berdych beat defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Stockholm Open for the second time. Berdych claimed his 10th career title despite wasting a 5-3 lead in the first set. He broke Dimitrov early in each of the next two sets to wrap...
  • US Open champion Marin Cilic wins Kremlin Cup Yesterday

    Moscow: US Open champion Marin Cilic won the Kremlin Cup on Sunday, beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in the final. The big-serving Croat, seeded second, broke his Spanish opponent once in each set at Moscow's Olimpiisky arena to take his 13th career title and fourth of the season. Earlier Sunday, sixth-seeded...
  • Pavlyuchenkova beats Begu to win Kremlin Cup Yesterday

    Moscow: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia has won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, beating Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in Sunday's final. Playing in her home city and seeded sixth, Pavlyuchenkova seized her chance in the $710,000 tournament when Begu tired after two evenly-matched sets. The Russian is now 7-3 in career...
  • Li Na denies tennis comeback Yesterday

    Singapore: Recently-retired Li Na of China on Sunday ruled out returning to the tennis circuit. "I'm already 32. I have to take care of my family right now because over the last 32 years I was trying as hard as I can on the tennis court. I am not going to...
  • Reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic joins UAE Royals' IPTL campaign 2 days ago

    Dubai: Reigning US Open champion and World No. 9 Marin Cilic will represent the UAE Royals, the Dubai based IPTL franchise, in the inaugural edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). Together with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Cilic will lead the UAE Royals amongst the world's finest players from...
  • Annika Beck beats Zahlavova Strycova to win Luxembourg Open 2 days ago

    Annika Beck of Germany won her first career title on Saturday after beating fourth-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1 in the Luxembourg Open final. The 20-year-Beck, who is ranked 60th and was playing in her second final after finishing runner-up here last year, did not drop a...
  • Cilic through to Kremlin final after hardfought Kukushkin win 2 days ago

    US Open champion Marin Cilic overcame a spirited challenge from Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan to win their Kremlin Cup semi-final 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday. Croatian Cilic, the world number eight who has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London, lost the first set but quickly recovered against the...
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to face Begu in Kremlin Cup final 2 days ago

    Moscow: Sixth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat Katerina Siniakova in straight sets on Saturday to set up a Kremlin Cup final against Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania. Pavlyuchenkova dominated the Czech qualifier from start to finish, winning 6-2, 6-2 to reach her 10th career final on the WTA tour. Earlier, Begu battled to...
  • Serena Williams up against youth in WTA finals 2 days ago

    Singapore: Serena Williams will play two of the tour's young rising stars in the round-robin stage of this year's WTA finals in Singapore. The draw on Saturday placed the top-seeded Williams in the Red Group along with 23-year-old Simona Halep and 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard, along with the more experienced Ana Ivanovic. The...
  • Marin Cilic overpowers Tommy Robredo to reach Kremlin Cup semis 3 days ago

    US Open champion Marin Cilic moved into the last four of the Kremlin Cup with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Spain's Tommy Robredo on Friday. The 26-year-old Croatian proved too strong for the experienced Spaniard, ranked 21st in the world, who was making his second appearance at the Kremlin Cup after...
  • Rafael Nadal not certain of playing at London finale 3 days ago

    London: Rafael Nadal says he could miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals next month because of appendicitis. The injury-plagued Spaniard, who has only recently returned from a wrist problem, is on antibiotics and hoping to delay surgery for appendicitis until the end of the season. However, with the eight-man London showpiece...
  • Ticket sales for IPTL Delhi leg to begin soon 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The online ticket sales for the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Delhi leg to be held December 6-8, will begin post-Diwali weekend. The tickets will be sold in phases, with close to 6,000 tickets available across price categories ranging from Rs.3,240 to Rs. 49,680, an IPTL release said. The...
  • Tomas Berdych into quarters of Stockholm Open 4 days ago

    Stockholm: Top seed and former champion Tomas Berdych beat Dustin Brown of Germany 7-5, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open on Thursday. The Czech, who had a bye into the second round, is coming off finals appearances in the last two weeks in Beijing and Shanghai. He needs...
  • Annika Beck, Mona Barthel advance at Luxembourg Open 4 days ago

    Luxembourg: Annika Beck of Germany advanced to the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Open with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria on Thursday. Mayr-Achleitner struggled with her serve throughout, hitting four double-faults and winning less than half of the points on her first serve. The 60th-ranked Beck beat sixth-seeded Roberta...
  • Top-seeded Milos Raonic eliminated at Kremlin Cup 4 days ago

    Moscow: Top-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada was eliminated in his first match at the Kremlin Cup on Thursday, losing 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis. Raonic had a bye into the second round, and the loss puts him in danger of failing to qualify for next month's ATP tour...
  • Nikolay Davydenko confirms retirement from tennis 4 days ago

    Moscow: Former world number three Nikolay Davydenko announced his retirement on Thursday at the age of 33. The Russian, who won the ATP World Tour Finals title in 2009 and helped his country win the Davis Cup in 2006, said injuries had forced him to end his 15-year career. "I had a...
  • Star Sports to telecast International Premier Tennis League 4 days ago

    Mumbai: Leading broadcaster Star Sports on Thursday acquired the rights to telecast the franchise-based International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). The IPTL will be played in indoor stadiums across four Asian countries - the Philippines, Singapore, India and the United Arab Emirates - from November 28 to December 13. The India leg...
  • Incredibly excited for my India visit: Roger Federer 5 days ago

    Roger Federer is like a kid in a candy shop when he talks about his upcoming India visit. "I'm so incredibly excited to be going to India," he says laughing, his eyes lighting up. The 17-time Grand Slam champion will be in New Delhi from December 6 to 8 for Mahesh...
  • Dimitrov reaches Stockholm Open quarterfinals 5 days ago

    Stockholm: Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open by defeating Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-5, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday. The Bulgarian, who had a bye into the second round, was put under pressure in both sets but needed just one match point to seal his tie-breaker victory. Spain's...
  • Marin Cilic through to Kremlin Cup quarter-finals 5 days ago

    US Open champion Marin Cilic was made to work hard before he earned a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over 128th-ranked Russian journeyman Evgeny Donskoy to reach the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday. Cilic was pushed to the limit at times but claimed victory in just under two hours to...
  • Andrea Petkovic loses in first round in Luxembourg 6 days ago

    Top-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany exited the Luxembourg Open in the first round on Tuesday, losing 6-4, 6-2 to Pauline Parmentier. The 78th-ranked Frenchwoman posted her first victory on the main Tour over Petkovic after breaking her five times. Having taken a 3-1 lead, Petkovic lost 11 of the next 14 games...
  • Fernando Verdasco, Leonardo Mayer advance at Stockholm Open 6 days ago

    Fernando Verdasco is through to the second round of the Stockholm Open after beating Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Tuesday. The Spaniard hit eight aces and saved as many break points to advance. Fifth-seeded Leonardo Mayer also reached the second round after a 6-4, 6-4 win over Donald Young,...
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova opens with a win at Kremlin Cup 6 days ago

    Moscow: Fifth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova started her Kremlin Cup campaign with a win on Tuesday, beating 16-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh 6-3, 6-4. Pavlyuchenkova, the world No. 30, will now meet either Alison Riske of the United States or fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina, a wild card entrant, in the second round. "It's hard to...
  • Teymuraz Gabashvili, Jarkko Nieminen advance at Stockholm Open 1 week ago

    Finland's Jarkko Nieminen and Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia both advanced to the second round of the Stockholm Open with straight-set wins on Monday. Nieminen beat Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4 while Gabashvili defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-2, 6-4. Nieminen put constant pressure on his opponent's serve but only converted three of...
  • Bautista Agut reaches second round at Kremlin Cup 1 week ago

    Moscow: Fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain beat local favorite Andrei Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4 Monday to reach the second round of the Kremlin Cup. Bautista-Agut won in 1 hour, 17 minutes to set up a meeting with either Australia's Sam Groth or Russian wild card Andrei Rublev, who play Tuesday. "It felt...