TENNIS

  • Novak Djokovic beats Tomas Berdych in Monte Carlo Masters final 1 hour 46 minutes ago

    Monte Carlo: Novak Djokovic continued his awe-inspiring run of form to claim the Monte Carlo Masters title on Sunday with a 7-5 4-6 6-3 win over Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych. The Serbian world number one became the first player to clinch the opening three Masters titles of the season after...
  • Fed Cup Round-up: Williams overcomes Errani; Petkovic cuts Russia's lead 6 hours 7 minutes ago

    Top-ranked Serena Williams had to fight back from a set down and figure out how to deal with strong winds before overcoming Italy's Sara Errani 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a Fed Cup playoff Sunday, giving the United States a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. While Williams held a massive...
  • Twin top rankings reflect rise of women in Indian sports: Saina Nehwal 7 hours 42 minutes ago

    Mumbai: After reclaiming the top spot in badminton singles rankings, Saina Nehwal is doubly delighted at fellow Hyderabadi tennis ace Sania Mirza's rise to the summit of the women's doubles rankings and says the twin achievements reflect the rise of women power in the domain of Indian sports. "Sania Mirza is...
  • Czech Republic lead 2-0 against France in Fed Cup semis 10 hours 33 minutes ago

    Prague: The Czech Republic team led 2-0 over France with two singles wins in the first day's Fed Cup tennis semi-final. Lucie Safarova, ranked 13th in the world, rallied to beat Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1, while World No.4 Petra Kvitova fend off Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday, reports...
  • Will do all I can to remain number one: Sania Mirza 10 hours 40 minutes ago

    Hyderabad: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza says she would do all it takes to maintain her world number one ranking. "I wish I could tell the future. But, I can't. So, I am going to try and keep it (number one rank) as long as possible and do whatever I can,"...
  • India beat Philippines, enter Fed Cup Group I Yesterday

    Hyderabad: The Sania Mirza-led Indian women's tennis team came out with a gritty performance to beat Philippines 2-1 in the Fed Cup Group II Asia/Oceania promotional playoff final here on Saturday night to enter Group I, where they will play in 2016. In the all-important playoff, India won the first singles...
  • Novak Djokovic downs Rafael Nadal to reach Monte Carlo Masters final Yesterday

    Monaco: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from Rafael Nadal to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-3, 6-3 win Saturday. Djokovic, who extended his current winning streak to 16 matches, will face sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych as he bids for a second title at the clay-court Masters. With Prince...
  • Sentencing of ex-tennis ace Bob Hewitt postponed Yesterday

    Johannesburg: The sentencing of former tennis Grand Slam champion and convicted child molester Bob Hewitt has been postponed by a South African court till next month to allow his legal team to compile a report from a psychologist. Hewitt, 75, a six-time Grand Slam doubles champion was found guilty last month...
  • Serena Williams beats Camila Giorgi to give US 1-0 lead over Italy Yesterday

    Italy: Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a stiff challenge in the opening set for a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Camila Giorgi on Saturday to give the United States a 1-0 lead over Italy in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Neither player broke serve in a highly competitive first set, which...
  • Fed Cup: Svetlana Kuznetsova gives Russia 1-0 lead over Germany Yesterday

    Sochi: Svetlana Kuznetsova gave Russia a 1-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semi-finals Saturday, beating Julia Goerges in straight sets. Kuznetsova won 6-4, 6-4, taking advantage of erratic play by Goerges, who landed just 53 percent of her first serves and made 45 unforced errors against 27...
  • Tomas Berdych moves into Monte Carlo Masters final Yesterday

    Monaco: Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych overwhelmed Gael Monfis 6-1, 6-4 Saturday to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time. Berdych immediately took control from the baseline and Monfils struggled to cope with the fast pace imposed by the big-hitting Czech. Monfils won just 11 points in a lopsided...
  • Novak Djokovic to face Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals Yesterday

    Monaco: Winning a game against Novak Djokovic these days is quite an achievement. Even when you're a U.S. Open champion. Djokovic won the first eight games of his Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final match on Friday before Marin Cilic managed to hold his serve, raising a thumb in the air to celebrate. The...
  • Novak Djokovic advances to Monte Carlo Masters semifinals 2 days ago

    Monaco: Winning a game against Novak Djokovic these days can be termed as quite an achievement. Even when you're an U.S. Open champion. Djokovic won the first eight games of his Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal match Friday before Marin Cilic managed to hold his serve, raising a thumb in the air...
  • Iconic Indian women athletes Saina and Sania reach the top, show the way to others 2 days ago

    For most of the women in international sports, their struggle starts after they enter the arena. But for sportswomen in India, a rare breed dominated by their 'more accomplished' male counterparts, the battle starts even before they come out of their mother's womb. Women all over the world enjoy a plethora...
  • Tomas Berdych reaches Monte Carlo semi-finals after Milos Raonic retires 2 days ago

    Monaco: Tomas Berdych advanced to the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters for the third time on Friday after Milos Raonic retired with a foot injury. Raonic called a trainer after dropping serve for the second time to trail 5-2 in the first. Following a short discussion with the doctor, who...
  • I want to win more Grand Slams before retiring: Sania Mirza 3 days ago

    Hyderabad: Sania Mirza added another feather in her decorated cap by scaling the ranking peak in the doubles but the Indian star says there is never enough and she wants to win more Grand Slam titles before hanging her racquet. Sania, who recently became world number one, is a winner of...
  • Rafael Nadal to play new Stuttgart grass event 3 days ago

    Berlin: World number five Rafael Nadal will begin his grasscourt campaign at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart after the event switched surfaces to green turf for the first time this year. The June 6-14 tournament replaces the former red clay event that ran until 2014 and will be staged the week...
  • India record second consecutive win in Fed Cup 3 days ago

    Hyderabad: Prarthana Thombare yet again scored an impressive win but Ankita Raina had to work hard as India defeated Malaysia 2-0 in the Asia/Oceania Group II matches in the Fed Cup 2015, here on Thursday night. Prarthana trounced Yus Syalin Nabila Binti Yusri 6-1 6-0 in the first singles match to...
  • Second edition of Champion Tennis League to be played in November-December 3 days ago

    Hyderabad: The second edition of the Champion Tennis League (CTL), conceptualised by of former star Vijay Amritraj, will be played in November-December this year. The announcements concerning the tournament would be made next month and the players draft will be held in July, Amritraj told reporters on the sidelines of the...
  • Martina Hingis back in Fed Cup after half a lifetime away 3 days ago

    The last time Martina Hingis appeared in the Fed Cup for Switzerland she was a 17-year-old four-times grand slam champion with the world at her feet. Half a lifetime later, aged 34, she returns to the team competition this weekend in a World Group playoff tie in Poland having re-launched her...
  • Leander Paes-Daniel Nestor lose in Monte Carlo Masters 3 days ago

    Monaco: Wildcard tennis pair of Benoit Paire and Stan Wawrinka accounted for the Leander Paes and Daniel Nestor as the Indo-Canadian combine lost their men's doubles second round match to be ousted from the Monte Carlo Masters here on Thursday. The sixth seeds, who had received a first round bye, lost...
  • Roger Federer loses in 3rd round at Monte Carlo Masters 3 days ago

    Monaco: Gael Monfils defeated second-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6 (5) Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters. This was Monfils's second consecutive win on clay over the 17-time Grand Slam champion after he beat him in straight sets during last year's Davis Cup final. Federer, who played his first...
  • Stan Wawrinka loses in 3rd round at Monte Carlo Masters 3 days ago

    Monaco: Grigor Dimitrov capitalized on Stan Wawrinka's awful display on Thursday to rout the defending champion 6-1, 6-2 and reach the quarter-finals at the Monte Carlo Masters. Wawrinka got off a sluggish start and never found the right balance. He also failed to seize his chances, failing to convert four break...
  • Is cricket no longer the sought-after sport for advertisers in India? 3 days ago

    Cricket is not just a sport but almost a religion for India, home to over a billion people. The gentleman's game has captured the imagination of millions of fans and ruled over their hearts for ages. However, the sport seems to be gradually losing its sheen to other sports that...
  • Shoaib Malik calls India's Sania Mirza pride of Pakistan too 3 days ago

    Karachi: Pakistan's ex-cricket captain Shoaib Malik said on Tuesday he was proud his Indian wife Sania Mirza had become the world's top-ranked doubles tennis player, adding it was an honour for both countries. Mirza, 28, became the first Indian woman to achieve the feat after winning the Charleston title on Sunday...
  • Novak Djokovic, Genzebe Dibaba bag Laureus Awards 4 days ago

    Shanghai: Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic and Ethiopian sprinter Genzebe Dibaba were named the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively in a glittering ceremony on Wednesday. The ceremony also saw the induction of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar into the Laureus Academy. Djokovic pipped Lewis Hamilton (UK), Renaud Lavillenie (France),...
  • India thrash Pakistan 2-0 in Fed Cup 4 days ago

    Hyderabad: Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare trounced their rivals in the singles matches as India blanked Pakistan 2-0 in their opening tie in the Asia/Oceania Group II of the Fed Cup here on Wednesday. Prarthana trounced Sara Mansoor 6-1 6-0 in the first singles match of the day and then Ankita,...
  • Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer bulldoze into Monte Carlo last 16 4 days ago

    Monte Carlo: Rafa Nadal returned to one of his favourite hunting grounds to thrash Frenchman Lucas Pouille at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday as his build-up to the French Open began. The Spaniard, who will be looking for a 10th Roland Garros title next month, enjoyed a 6-2 6-1 second-round...
  • Stan Wawrinka eases into 3rd round at Monte Carlo Masters 4 days ago

    Monaco: Stan Wawrinka's title defense at the Monte Carlo Masters got off to a solid start Wednesday with 6-1, 6-4 win over Juan Monaco in the second round. The seventh-seeded Swiss, who won his maiden Masters tournament last year at the Country Club, won 15 of the first 20 points and...
  • Rohan Bopanna-Florin Mergea lose in Monte Carlo opener 4 days ago

    Monaco: Indo-Romanian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea went down in the men's doubles opening round of the Monte-Carlo Masters to wildcard French-Swiss combine of Benoit Paire and Stan Wawrinka at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Bopanna and Mergea gave a tough fight but eventually went down 6-7 (6), 6-4,...