TENNIS

  • Halep, Venus lose in Madrid Open first round, Serena advances 4 hours 36 minutes ago

    Madrid: Second-seeded Simona Halep and Venus Williams both lost in the opening round of the Madrid Open on Sunday, while top-seeded Serena Williams had a trouble-free debut. Defending champion Maria Sharapova also advanced after beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-3. Halep, a finalist both in Madrid and at the French Open last...
  • Roger Federer wins Istanbul Open in straight sets 17 hours 47 minutes ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer claimed his 85th title Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (11) win over Pablo Cuevas in the final of the Istanbul Open. The 17-time Grand Slam winner fended off strong resistance from the third-seeded Uruguayan, who saved four match points. Federer, who claimed his first title on clay since...
  • Richard Gasquet beats Nick Kyrgios to win Estoril Open title 17 hours 58 minutes ago

    Portugal: Richard Gasquet of France won the Estoril Open final in straight sets, beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. The fifth-seeded Gasquet, who broke the seventh-seeded Kyrgios three times, won in just over an hour. Gasquet also saved three break chances for the 20-year-old Kyrgios. It was Gasquet's 12th career title...
  • Richard Gasquet to meet Nick Kyrgios in Estoril Open final 22 hours 36 minutes ago

    Spain: Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet will face 20-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios in the final of the Estoril Open after both came from behind to win semifinals on Saturday. Gasquet of France rallied to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1) for a place in Sunday's final. Gasquet converted three of six...
  • Andy Murray to face Philipp Kohlschreiber in BMW Open final Yesterday

    Munich: Top-seeded Andy Murray will face two-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the BMW Open final after both players won two matches on Saturday. Murray fired nine aces and saved five of six break points to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-4, 6-4, while Kohlschreiber needed 1 hour, 37 minutes...
  • Roger Federer beats Diego Schwarzman to advance to Istanbul Open final Yesterday

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer rallied past Diego Schwarzman 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the Istanbul Open final after a near two-hour match on Saturday. Federer recovered from a sloppy start against the eighth-seeded Argentine to remain on course for an 85th title and third this year. The 17-time Grand Slam winner will...
  • China dominate at the World Table Tennis Championships Yesterday

    Suzhou: Two-time defending champion Zhang Jike from China withstood a late challenge from Japanese rival Jun Mizutani to reach the men's singles last four at the world table tennis championships on Saturday. Zhang had to overcome a third set slump and some dicey moments in the fifth before beating the Japanese...
  • Tennis: Yuki Bhambri's campaign ends at Taipei Challenger Yesterday

    Taipei: Yuki Bhambri's good run at the Taipei ATP Challenger event ended with a close semi-final defeat against Australian second seed Sam Groth, on Saturday. The unseeded Indian fought his heart out before losing the match 4-6 5-7 in 67 minutes to world number 85. Yuki managed to break his higher-ranked rival...
  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova wins Prague Open for 4th title Yesterday

    Prague: Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova rallied from a set down to claim her fourth WTA title by defeating qualifier Lucie Hradecka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in an all-Czech final of the Prague Open on Saturday. The 14th-ranked Pliskova wasted three match points when she was 5-2 up in the final set. But she...
  • Andy Murray rallies past Lukas Rosol to reach Munich semi-finals Yesterday

    Berlin: World number three Andy Murray remained on course for a first career clay court title after the Briton battled back from a set down to beat Czech Lukas Rosol 4-6 6-3 6-2 and reach the semi-finals of the Munich Open on Saturday. The 27-year-old Scot advanced to play Spaniard Roberto...
  • Roger Federer beats Daniel Gimeno-Traver to reach Istanbul semi-finals 2 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame some sloppy serving to beat unseeded Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3 and reach the Istanbul Open semi-finals on Friday. Federer, who dropped his serve twice, missed seven chances to break Gimeno-Traver for a second time in the second set. But the Swiss...
  • Rafael Nadal renews contract with Kia Motors 2 days ago

    Madrid: Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal and South Korean automobile manufacturer Kia Motors on Friday extended their partnership for another five years, until 2020. The Spaniard has been a global ambassador for Kia since 2006. The 28-year-old will continue to appear in global advertising campaigns to endorse Kia by taking part...
  • Yuki Bhambri upsets Go Soeda to move to semi-finals of Taipei Challenger 2 days ago

    Bangkok: Yuki Bhambri shocked third seed Japanese Go Soeda in a tight three-set contest to storm into the semifinals of the USD 75000 ATP Challenger tennis tournament on Friday. Unseeded Indian Davis Cupper Yuki battled past world number 87 Soeda 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the quarter-final, which lasted one hour and...
  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova reaches final of Prague Open 2 days ago

    Prague: Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova aced her first match point to reach the Prague Open final, beating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-4, 7-5 on Friday. It was one of 11 aces for the hard-hitting, 14th-ranked Czech. Pliskova failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set but Wickmayer double-faulted to...
  • Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beats 2nd-seeded Kevin Anderson in Estoril Open 3 days ago

    Estoril: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain upset second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the second round of the Estoril Open on Thursday. Garcia-Lopez, champion in Zagreb in February and in Bucharest last weekend, won his matchup for the first time in three tries. Eighth-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg saved...
  • Timea Babos and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova secure upsets to reach Morocco semis 3 days ago

    Marrakech: Second-seeded Timea Bacsinszky and No. 3 Flavia Pennetta of Italy lost in three-setters as the two highest seeds went out of the Grand Prix SAR quarter-finals on Thursday. Bacsinszky was downed by seventh-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, and Pennetta fell to Timea Babos of Hungary 6-2,...
  • Grigor Dimitrov, Pablo Cuevas advance at Istanbul Open 3 days ago

    Istanbul: Second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov eased into the quarter-finals of the inaugural Istanbul Open by beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday. Dimitrov never faced a break point in dominating Golubev. Third-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay had to work much harder to book his place in the last eight, needing two...
  • Andy Murray beats Mischa Zverev in 1st match at BMW Open 3 days ago

    Munich: Top-seeded Andy Murray began his clay-court season with a routine 6-2, 6-2 victory over qualifier Mischa Zverev to reach the quarter-finals of the BMW Open on Thursday. Murray saved all of six break points he faced, including three in the final game while serving for the match. He broke serve...
  • Paes-Stepanek knocked out of BMW Open 3 days ago

    Munich: The Indo-Czech pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek was thrashed by Austrian-Brazilian duo Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the men's doubles quarterfinals of the BMW Open tennis on Thursday. The top seeds notched up a comfortable 6-2 6-1 win in 54 minutes on the clay courts of MTTC...
  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova makes Prague Open semi-finals 3 days ago

    Prague: Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the semi-finals of the Prague Open Thursday with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 victory over wild-card entry Denisa Allertova in an all-Czech match. The 14th-ranked Pliskova got three breaks in the final set and converted her first match point with a backhand return winner to beat...
  • Current slump is inevitable: Rafael Nadal 4 days ago

    Madrid: Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal said his struggles at the start of the season, his worst string of results in a decade, are unavoidable moments in an athlete's career. The fourth-ranked Nadal, who failed to reach the semifinals of any of the big, early-season hard-court events, including the Australian Open,...
  • Sharath Kamal withdraws, Indian campaign ends at World TT Championships 4 days ago

    Suzhou, China: India's Sharath Kamal withdrew from the World Table Tennis Championships following an injury on Thursday. The 33rd seed was to play Chinese Fang Bo in the men's singles third round but a hip injury, which he suffered during the second round match against Frenchmen Simon Gauzy, forced him to...
  • Robin Haase beats top-seeded Feliciano Lopez at Estoril Open 4 days ago

    Estoril: Dutchman Robin Haase saved two match points as he came from behind to beat top-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the second round of the Estoril Open on Wednesday. Lopez, who had a bye in the first round, hit 10 aces on the clay court but...
  • Djokovic pulls out of Madrid Open to rest before French Open 4 days ago

    World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week's Madrid Open for a second consecutive year to rest before the Rome Masters and the French Open, organisers of the clay Masters event said on Wednesday. "The Serb announced that ... he will take time out to rest before continuing with...
  • Top-seeded Roger Federer advances to Istanbul Open quarter-finals 4 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer gave a demonstration of his service skills as he beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural Istanbul Open clay-court tournament. Federer never faced a break point and won 93 percent of his first serves. He also served nine aces while...
  • Paes-Stepanek enter quarter-finals of BMW Open 4 days ago

    Munich: India's Leander Paes and his doubles partner Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek defeated Jan-Lennard Struff and Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-7(3), 10-5 to enter the quarter-finals of BMW Open here on Wednesday. The Indian-Czech pair next face Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the last-eight encounter to book a place in the...
  • Giraldo, Gimeno-Traver, Schwartzman reach Istanbul quarters 4 days ago

    Istanbul: Fourth-seeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia beat Russian Andrey Rublev 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the inaugural Istanbul Open on Wednesday, while Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver upset sixth-seeded Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-3 to set up a potential match against Roger Federer. The second-ranked Federer was playing his second-round...
  • All 3 seeded players in action advance at BMW Open 4 days ago

    Munich: Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin and Philipp Kohlschreiber, the three seeded players in action on Wednesday, all advanced to the quarter-finals of the BMW Open clay-court tournament. Third-seeded Bautista Agut breezed past qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-0, 6-3 and No. 5 Kohlschreiber dispatched wild card entry Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-4. Fourth-seeded Goffin...
  • Karolina Pliskova advances, Lucie Safarova eliminated at Prague Open 4 days ago

    Prague: Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova rallied from a set down to advance to the quarter-finals of the Prague Open on Wednesday with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) victory over Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria. Pliskova will next face either fifth-seeded Alize Cornet of France or Czech wild-card entry Denisa Allertova. Second-seeded Lucie Safarova, ranked...
  • Tennis: Purav Raja crashes out of Istanbul Open 4 days ago

    Istanbul: India's Purav Raja and his men's doubles partner Fabrice Martin crashed out of the BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, beaten in the first round by Alexander Bury and Teymuraz Gabashvili here on Wednesday. The Indo-French pair went down 2-6, 3-6 to the Belarus-Russian duo in an hour and four minutes at...