Tennis

  • Djokovic races into Monte Carlo Masters quarters 17-04-2014 10:25 PM

    Monaco: Defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia raced into the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Thursday, dispatching Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 in just 47 minutes. Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal also had little trouble reaching the last eight, beating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3, while fourth-seeded Roger Federer shook off...
  • Rafael Nadal battles wardrobe malfunction in Monte Carlo 17-04-2014 09:25 PM

    Rafael Nadal is battling a wardrobe malfunction that has forced him to alter his serving routine at this week's Monte Carlo Masters. When he has failed with his first serve, Nadal has had to ask for another ball rather than plucking one from his shorts, because he has been experiencing...
  • Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open quarterfinals 17-04-2014 09:10 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia needed just over an hour to beat Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of Malaysian Open. Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic also advanced, beating Ying-Ying Duan of China 6-1, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal...
  • Nadal and Federer breeze into last eight of Monte Carlo 17-04-2014 06:38 PM

    Monaco: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer demonstrated their superior class on clay as they eased into the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday. Claycourt wizard Nadal barely broke a sweat in his 6-1, 6-3 thrashing of Italy's Andreas Seppi while fourth seed Federer recovered from a break in...
  • Stanislas Wawrinka into quarters of Monte Carlo Masters 17-04-2014 04:50 PM

    Swiss third seed Stanislas Wawrinka reached the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters without hitting a ball on Thursday after his third-round opponent Nicolas Almagro withdrew for an unspecified reason. The Australian Open champion advances to meet eighth seed Milos Raonic after the Canadian beat 11th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-4...
  • Bopanna, Qureshi move into Monte Carlo quarters 17-04-2014 03:49 PM

    Monte Carlo: Indian Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and his partner Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi lost only three games against Lukas Kubot and Robert Lindstedt before advancing to the quarter-finals of the ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. The unseeded Indo-Pak pair scored a dominant 6-3, 6-0 win over the seventh seed Polish-Swede combo...
  • Federer hints at missing French Open to be with wife, newborn 16-04-2014 10:24 PM

    Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments, including possibly the French Open, to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on December 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer still...
  • Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal into Monte Carlo Masters 3rd round 16-04-2014 07:51 PM

    Monaco: Roger Federer was happier than eight-time champion Rafael Nadal after their straight-sets wins to reach the Monte Carlo Masters third round on Wednesday. Federer took just 52 minutes to beat veteran Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2, while Nadal overcame a rusty start to put away Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1. The...
  • Novak Djokovic eases into Monte Carlo 3rd round 15-04-2014 10:31 PM

    Monaco: Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title in flamboyant style Tuesday, taking only 45 minutes to beat Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 and maintain his perfect record against the Spaniard. The second-ranked Serb won 11 consecutive games and improved to 6-0 against Montanes, who has taken...
  • Bopanna-Qureshi pair advances to pre-quarters in Monaco 15-04-2014 07:27 PM

    Monte Carlo: Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi overcame a stiff resistance from Julian Knowle and Vasek Pospisil before moving to the pre-quarterfinals of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters, here on Tuesday. The Indo-Pak pair battled past the Austrian-Canadian combo 7-6 (2), 6-4 in one hour and 15 minutes in its...
  • Organisers raise French Open prize money 15-04-2014 04:53 PM

    Paris: Prize money at the French Open will rise to more than 25 million euros ($34.5 million) this year, an increase of 3 million euros ($4.1 million) from last year. The men's and women's champions will receive 1.65 million euros each, 150,000 euros more than 2013, and losing finalists will...
  • Sachin Tendulkar buys Nadal-starring Mumbai franchise of ITPL 15-04-2014 04:03 PM

    After buying the Kochi franchise in Indian Super League (ISL) football, legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has now turned his attention to the IPTL (International Tennis Premier League), with reports suggesting that Tendulkar has bought the Mumbai franchise of the tennis league as well. According to reports in SportsKeeda, Tendulkar...
  • Fognini, Robredo into Monte Carlo second round 15-04-2014 09:45 AM

    Monaco: Tenth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy and 11th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain reached the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters in contrasting fashion on Monday. Fognini was two points away from defeat before rallying to beat Joao Sousa 5-7, 7-5, 6-4, while Robredo was more solid against qualifier David...
  • Fabio Fognini survives scare to beat Joao Sousa in 1st round in Monaco 14-04-2014 06:39 PM

    Monaco: Fabio Fognini of Italy was two points away from defeat before rallying to beat Joao Sousa 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday. Sousa led 5-2 and 30-0 on Fognini's serve, but the Portuguese player lost his composure and then started complaining...
  • Somdev Devvarman drops one place in ATP rankings 14-04-2014 05:18 PM

    New Delhi: India's top singles tennis player Somdev Devvarman dropped one place to 89 while compatriot Yuki Bhambri gained two positions and moved to 146th place in the latest ATP rankings released Monday. In the doubles ATP rankings, Leander Paes continues to occupy tenth place with Rohan Bopanna the next...
  • Fernando Verdasco wins US Men's Clay Court 14-04-2014 08:40 AM

    Houston: Fernando Verdasco won the US Men's Clay Court Championship on Sunday for his sixth ATP World Tour title and first since 2010, beating Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6 (4). The 30-year-old Verdasco ended a six-match losing streak in tournament finals. He also reached the doubles final and had...
  • Djokovic looks to maintain edge over Nadal in Monaco 13-04-2014 08:44 PM

    Monaco: Novak Djokovic looks to continue his recent dominance over arch-rival Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he beat the Spaniard in the final last year, and boost his confidence heading into the French Open. Monte Carlo is the first of three Masters tournaments played on clay and...
  • Nicolas Almagro, Fernando Verdasco advance to Clay Court final 13-04-2014 10:22 AM

    Houston: Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco set up an all-Spanish final in the US Men's Clay Court Championship. The fourth-seeded Verdasco beat Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday, and the third-seeded Almagro advanced when American Sam Querrey pulled out because of a back injury. Almagro, a 12-time winner on...
  • Alize Cornet overcomes Agnieszka Radwanska to reach Katowice final 13-04-2014 09:44 AM

    Poland: Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was overcome by Alize Cornet of France 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the Katowice Open semi-finals on Saturday. Cornet will face first-time WTA finalist Camila Giorgi of Italy. Radwanska didn't concede a set to Cornet in three previous matches, including at Indian Wells last month,...
  • Back pain rules Gasquet out of Monte Carlo Masters 12-04-2014 10:43 PM

    Monaco: Tenth-ranked Richard Gasquet has pulled out of the Monte Carlo Masters after failing to shake off a back injury. Gasquet, who also missed France's Davis Cup quarterfinal win against Germany last weekend, hoped to take part in the tournament after returning to training this week. "I only picked up...
  • Fernando Verdasco advances to Clay Court semi-finals 12-04-2014 10:07 AM

    Fourth-seeded Fernando Verdasco beat Donald Young Jr. 7-6 (1), 6-1 on Friday in the quarter-finals of the US Men's Clay Court Championships. Verdasco, from Spain, will face Santiago Giraldo in the semi-finals on Saturday. Giraldo beat Colombian compatriot Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4. Sam Querrey beat Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-7 (8),...
  • Santiago Giraldo upsets 2nd-seeded Tommy Robredo in Houston 11-04-2014 09:16 AM

    Houston: Santiago Giraldo upset second-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to advance to the quarter-finals of the US Men's Clay Court Championship. Giraldo will face Alejandro Gonzalez on Friday at River Oaks Country Club. Gonzalez advanced when fifth-seeded Feliciano Lopez retired because of severe allergies. Gonzalez led 6-3, 2-0....
  • John Isner loses to Brown in second round at Houston 10-04-2014 10:03 AM

    Houston: John Isner apologized for his performance. Dustin Brown said it felt unbelievable. The top-seeded Isner lost to the dreadlocked Brown in the second round of the US Men's Clay Court Championship on Wednesday night. It was Brown's first career victory against a top-10 player. The German closed out a...
  • Williams sisters will not face France in Fed Cup 10-04-2014 09:18 AM

    Top-ranked Serena Williams is too wiped out to play in the Fed Cup against France on April 19-20, US captain Mary Joe Fernandez said on Wednesday. "She is mentally and physically exhausted and needs a break, so bad timing for us, unfortunately," Fernandez said in a telephone interview. "But that...
  • Serena, Venus Williams not on US Fed Cup roster 09-04-2014 11:19 PM

    Serena and Venus Williams are not part of the Fed Cup roster submitted by US captain Mary Joe Fernandez for a World Group playoff against France on April 19-20. Instead, Fernandez's roster announced on Wednesday includes 18th-ranked Sloane Stephens, No. 42 Madison Keys, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko and No. 57...
  • Mahesh Bhupathi says he's available for Davis Cup tie against Serbia 09-04-2014 08:33 PM

    Mumbai: Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi on Wednesday declared his availability for India's Davis Cup World Group play-off match at home against Serbia later in the year, saying that doubles rubber could be crucial against a strong opposition. "I am always available. I know the captain's (Anand Amritraj) talk about the...
  • Sania Mirza dispels rumours of differences with husband Shoib Malik 09-04-2014 06:01 PM

    Indian tennis star Sania Mirza has dismissed reports that her marriage with Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik is in trouble. The news of differences and separation of Shoaib and Sania had been making rounds on the media for many months, but the Indian tennis player, who was on a private visit...
  • Fed Cup semi: Stosur to lead Australia vs Germany 09-04-2014 05:21 PM

    Brisbane: Samantha Stosur will lead Australia in its Fed Cup semi-final against Germany beginning April 19 in Brisbane. Australia captain Alicia Molik said on Wednesday that Casey Dellacqua, Ashleigh Barty and Storm Sanders were also in the team for the two-day contest at Pat Rafter Arena. Australia and Germany have...
  • Leander Paes hails India's Davis Cup win over Korea 09-04-2014 12:35 PM

    Mumbai: India's veteran tennis star Leander Paes gave kudos to the Somdev Devvarman-spearheaded squad for clinching the Davis Cup play-off berth with a 3-1 away game victory over South Korea last week, but cautioned that the next tie against Serbia would be a difficult one. "The next tie is going...
  • Hewitt beats Polansky in Houston to enter second round 09-04-2014 09:29 AM

    Houston: Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt beat Canada's Peter Polansky 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in gusty conditions on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship. Also advancing were Americans Donald Young and Michael Russell. Young routed countryman Ryan Harrison 6-0, 6-1, and Houston-based...