TENNIS

  • Serena Williams earns 700th win to reach Miami Open semis 3 hours 0 minutes ago

    Key Biscayne: Serena Williams abused her racket, scolded herself and even made angry faces at the sun. In the end, as usual, she took out her frustration on the ball. The seven-time Key Biscayne champion overcame her annoyance and shaky play on Wednesday for her 700th career victory, beating Sabine Lisicki 7-6...
  • Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis enter Miami Open doubles semis 23 hours 15 minutes ago

    Miami: Fresh from their maiden win in the Paribas Open title last month, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis have entered the women's doubles semi-fnals of the Miami Open. The top-seeded Indo-Swiss duo served past the Rodionova sisters, Anastasia and Arina, 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter-final...
  • Venus Williams falls to Carla Suarez Navarro, Andrea Petkovic into Miami semis Yesterday

    Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro came back from a dreadful first set to defeat three-times Miami Open champion Venus Williams 0-6, 6-1, 7-5 at Key Biscayne on Tuesday and set up a semi-final clash with Germany's ninth seed Andrea Petkovic. Petkovic booked her place in the last four after a 6-4, 6-2...
  • Novak Djokovic survives Miami scare; Murray claims 500th win Yesterday

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a scare from Alexandr Dolgopolov on Tuesday to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals while Andy Murray won the 500th match of his career to reach the last eight. Djokovic was made to work for his 7-6 (3) 7-5 6-0 win over world number 65 Dolgopolov. After...
  • Tomas Berdych advances to quarter-finals at Miami Open Yesterday

    Tomas Berdych advanced Tuesday to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open when Gael Monfils fell and hurt his hip. The No. 8-seeded Berdych was leading 6-3, 3-2 when Monfils retired. Monfils, seeded 17th, said he bruised his hip but hopes to be able to play in his next scheduled tournament in...
  • India lack good domestic competitions, says Ramesh Krishnan Yesterday

    New Delhi: Indian tennis legend Ramesh Krishnan on Tuesday said lack of domestic competition is the reason behind the dearth of quality players in the country, adding the sport needs to be taken to the far-flung areas to produce future champions. A legend in his own right, Ramesh had guided India...
  • Williams sisters head into last eight in Miami 2 days ago

    Miami: Sisters Serena and Venus Williams marched into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open after straight-set wins at Key Biscayne on Monday. World number one Serena beat 24th seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3 producing 29 winners and 20 unforced errors. Kuzentsova, who owns two grand slam titles, had beaten Serena twice...
  • Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic reach last 16 in Miami 2 days ago

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Belgium's Steve Darcis 6-0, 7-5 on Monday to power into the last 16 of the Miami Open along with Japan's Kei Nishikori and Canada's Milos Raonic. The Serbian world number one, who just like last year won at Indian Wells before heading to South Florida, will...
  • Venus Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach Miami Open quarters 2 days ago

    A resurgent Venus Williams defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 7-6 (1) on Monday to reach the Miami Open quarter-finals. Seeded 16th, Williams is a three-time Key Biscayne champion, but her most recent title came in 2001. She's into the Key Biscayne quarterfinals for the first time since 2012. Williams swung with her typical...
  • Serena Williams beats 15-year-old at Miami Open; Nadal loses 3 days ago

    Key Biscayne: When the ball whizzed past Serena Williams for an ace late in Sunday's match, the subdued crowd suddenly erupted with a roar. Williams said she was tempted to join the applause. Everyone wanted to see her underage, underdog opponent do better. Fifteen-year-old Californian CiCi Bellis lasted only 41 minutes against...
  • Andy Murray reaches 4th round at Miami Open 3 days ago

    Andy Murray advanced on Sunday to the fourth round at the Miami Open by beating Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4. The No. 3-seeded Murray, who won the tournament in 2009 and 2013, improved his career record to 499-155. He's seeking his first title this year. Murray lost only four points on his first...
  • Serena Williams easily wins opening match at Miami Open 4 days ago

    Key Biscayne: Serena Williams punctuated points on Saturday with theatrics worthy of a Grand Slam final. There were squeals, knee kicks, pirouettes and fist pumps, sometimes all at once. In other words, Williams appeared to be 100 percent. Showing no lingering effects from a recent knee injury, the seven-time Key Biscayne champion...
  • Serena and Venus Williams to play Fed Cup against Italy 4 days ago

    Key Biscayne: Serena and Venus Williams say they plan to play for the U.S. Fed Cup team next month against Italy. The best-of-five match in Brindisi, Italy will be April 18-19. The United States and Italy are vying to return to the tournament's top tier. "We deserve to be back in," Serena...
  • Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray advance in Miami Open 5 days ago

    Key Biscayne: Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros - Serena Williams. Bellis, a 15-year-old American who made a big splash at last year's US Open, advanced Friday to a potential third-round match against Williams by beating Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-1. Williams' second-round match...
  • Juan Martin del Potro refuses to be downhearted after comeback loss 6 days ago

    Argentine Juan Martin del Potro's latest comeback from injury ended in defeat to Canadian Vasek Pospisil at the Miami Open on Thursday. Del Potro, the former world number four and US Open winner in 2009, has fallen to 616th in the world rankings after a wrist injury wrecked his 2014 season....
  • Maria Sharapova suffers shock loss at Miami Open 6 days ago

    Miami: Second seed Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4), 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the Miami Open on Thursday. Sharapova trailed 3-0 in the second set but battled back to 4-3 down before her serve was broken again by the 21-year-old who broke...
  • Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki ease into third round in Miami 6 days ago

    Venus Williams eased into the third round of the Miami Open with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win over Poland's Urszula Radwanska on Thursday while Caroline Wozniacki also progressed. Williams has been away from competition for almost a month but she needed just 66 minutes to beat the younger sister of 2012...
  • Victoria Azarenka advances to second round of Miami Open 1 week ago

    Key Biscayne: Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily advanced to the second round on Wednesday, beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-1, 6-3. The 36th-ranked Azarenka, the 2009 and 2011 winner from Belarus, is playing in Miami for the first time since 2012. She missed the 2013 tournament with a right...
  • Serena Williams hopes to manage pain while 'going for it' in Miami Open 1 week ago

    Miami: Serena Williams practiced on Wednesday for the first time since a knee injury forced her to withdraw before her BNP Paribas Open semi-final last week but has not lowered her expectations for the Miami Open. Williams, who as the top seed in Miami earned a first-round bye, is scheduled to...
  • Two tennis players suspended for match-fixing violation 1 week ago

    London: Two lower-ranked tennis players have been suspended and fined for violating the sport's match-fixing rules. The International Tennis Federation's anti-corruption unit said on Wednesday that 30-year-old Italian player Walter Trusendi and 25-year-old Frenchman Elie Rousset were sanctioned for their activity at an unidentified tournament in 2014. It says both admitted violating...
  • CiCi Bellis earns 6-2, 6-2 win at Miami Open March 25, 2015

    Key Biscayne: CiCi Bellis defeated Indy de Vroome of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-2 for her second career WTA main draw match win on Tuesday at the Miami Open. The 15-year-old Bellis defeated the 227th-ranked De Vroome in one of 12 women's main draw matches played on the opening day. The 211th-ranked...
  • Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for Miami despite ankle injury March 25, 2015

    Rafael Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week's Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice, the second seeded Spaniard said on Tuesday. Nadal spent over an hour practicing on Tuesday and later admitted he was still in pain from twisting his ankle a day earlier...
  • Andy Murray hopeful Jonas Bjorkman can complement coach Amelie Mauresmo March 25, 2015

    Andy Murray is hopeful that Swede Jonas Bjorkman will share a similar philosophy with his coach Amelie Mauresmo when he joins his team on a trial basis, the Scotsman said on Tuesday. Bjorkman, a former world number four who retired from professional tennis in 2008, will join Murray's coaching set-up sometime...
  • Rafael Nadal returning to Queen's for Wimbledon warmup March 24, 2015

    Rafael Nadal will return to his old routine in a bid to recapture the Wimbledon crown later this year, confirming he has entered the traditional warm-up event at Queen's Club. The Spaniard has played at Queen's five times and on each occasion went on to reach the Wimbledon final a few...
  • My Russian heritage is non-negotiable, says Maria Sharapova March 23, 2015

    Maria Sharapova's life-changing move from Siberia to Florida as a seven-year-old propelled her on a path to fame and fortune but she says she would never turn her back on her mother country. It is sometimes easy to forget that five-times grand slam champion Sharapova, the world's highest-paid female athlete, is...
  • Former tennis player Bob Hewitt convicted of rape March 23, 2015

    Bob Hewitt, a former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion, was on Monday convicted in a South African court of rape and sexual assault decades after the alleged assaults. Judge Bert Bam said he is satisfied that the two women who had accused the retired tennis player of rape and a third...
  • Sania Mirza is now world number three in doubles March 23, 2015

    Sania Mirza jumped to her career-best rank of three in the doubles, following her stupendous title win at the BNP Paribas Open with Swiss great Martina Hingis. Sania now sits at number three with 6885 points, behind Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, who share the top spot with 7640 points...
  • Simona Halep battles back to claim Indian Wells crown March 23, 2015

    Indian Wells: Simona Halep won the BNP Paribas title with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over former world number one Jelena Jankovic in a pulsating final at Indian Wells on Sunday. Serbian Jankovic was serving for the title at 5-4 in the second set but world number three Halep won the...
  • Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in three sets to win Indian Wells title March 23, 2015

    Indian Wells, California: Move over Roger Federer, there is another guy with a share of your crown as king of the desert. Novak Djokovic defeated Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, tying him with Federer for the most titles in the desert...
  • Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis win BNP Paribas Open title March 22, 2015

    Indian Wells: Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have completed a dream first tournament together, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open women's doubles title. The No.1 seeds, Hingis and Mirza didn't even lose more than four games in any set all fortnight. After cruising through...