TENNIS

  • Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters 4 hours 3 minutes ago

    Paris Masters organizers say third-ranked Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the tournament next week for "personal reasons." The organizers did not elaborate. Nadal was playing in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel on Friday, his third tournament since Wimbledon, when a wrist injury curtailed his schedule. The Spaniard also needed...
  • Maria Sharapova grinds out first win but still exits WTA Finals 5 hours 14 minutes ago

    Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set meltdown to record her first victory at this year's WTA Finals with a 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2 triumph over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanksa on Friday but the Russian still bowed out of the elite eight-woman tournament. After losing her opening two Red Group round robin matches, Sharapova...
  • Serena Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking 6 hours 16 minutes ago

    Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to stand any chance of advancing to the...
  • Milos Raonic beats Donald Young to reach Swiss Indoors quarters 6 hours 46 minutes ago

    Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada hit 22 aces, including on match point, to beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors. Raonic earned the only break of the match to take the opening set and then dominated...
  • Roger Federer beats Denis Istomin in Swiss Indoors second round 6 hours 52 minutes ago

    Top-seeded Roger Federer again had to fight back from a set down before beating Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors on Thursday. Federer struggled in the opening set, and even walked toward his chair early in the first game before realizing there was still...
  • David Ferrer, Andy Murray advance to Valencia Open quarters 7 hours 33 minutes ago

    David Ferrer and Andy Murray both advanced to the Valencia Open quarter-finals after easy wins against error-prone opponents on Thursday. The top-seeded Ferrer beat Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 after jumping out to early leads in both sets by breaking his his fellow Spaniard's first service games, while the third-seeded Murray dispatched...
  • Serena Williams beats Eugenie Bouchard at WTA Finals 7 hours 37 minutes ago

    Serena Williams rebounded from the worst beating of her professional career to rout Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Thursday, yet her title defence remain in the balance. Williams was humbled by Simona Halep the previous day, when the 18-time Grand Slam champion won only two games. She turned...
  • Sania Mirza-Cara Black enter semis at year-end WTA Finals 12 hours 38 minutes ago

    Singapore: Making their first appearance in the WTA Finals, Sania Mirza and Cara Black started their campaign on the right foot by serving past Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears to book their semi-finals berth on Thursday. The Indo-Zimbabwe pair, playing their last tournament together, were made to work hard by the...
  • Petra Kvitova wins to end Sharapova's shot at No. 1 Yesterday

    Singapore: Petra Kvitova beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-2 at the WTA Finals on Thursday and ended the Russian player's hopes of claiming the year-end No. 1 ranking. Sharapova needed a win to have any chance of overhauling Serena Williams for the top ranking, and started brightly by winning the opening two...
  • Caroline Wozniacki beats Agnieszka Radwanska at WTA Finals Yesterday

    Caroline Wozniacki moved closer to a place in the semi-finals at the WTA Finals by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday. Wozniacki, with two wins from two matches in Singapore, will be assured of a semifinal berth if Maria Sharapova beats Petra Kvitova in the later White Group match. The match...
  • David Ferrer beats Seppi to advance at Valencia Open Yesterday

    Valencia: Top-seeded David Ferrer powered his way past Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Valencia Open on Wednesday. The Spaniard's consistent first-serve accuracy and powerful forehand returns proved too strong for his Italian opponent. Ferrer will play countryman Fernando Verdasco next. Earlier, Pablo Andujar caused the...
  • Novak Djokovic welcomes baby boy Stefan Yesterday

    Belgrade: Novak Djokovic is a proud father. The top-ranked tennis player tweeted on Wednesday that he and his wife, Jelena, were celebrating the birth of their first child - a boy named Stefan. "Stefan, our baby angel was born!" Djokovic posted on Twitter early Wednesday. "I'm so proud of my beautiful...
  • Federer opens Basel campaign in style, Nadal progresses Yesterday

    Roger Federer began his pursuit for a sixth Swiss Indoors Basel title with an explosive 47-minute 6-2 6-1 victory over Gilles Muller on Wednesday after Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-final with a 6-1 6-1 win against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Top seed Federer hit 12 winners in a 24-minute first set and the...
  • Rafael Nadal reaches Swiss Indoors quarter-finals Yesterday

    Basel: Rafael Nadal continued his comeback from injury with a 6-1, 6-1 win against unheralded Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Wednesday to reach the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals. The second-seeded Spaniard, playing just his third tournament since Wimbledon due to a wrist injury, blasted past Herbert in 57 minutes, breaking the qualifier's serve...
  • Ana Ivanovic downs Eugenie Bouchard for first Singapore win 2 days ago

    Singapore: Ana Ivanovic recovered from her opening loss to race to a 6-1 6-3 victory over an out-of-sorts Eugenie Bouchard on Wednesday, putting the world number seven back into the mix for a WTA Finals last-four berth. The Serb was edged by world number one Serena Williams in her first appearance...
  • Somdev ousted but Myneni and Yuki move to quarters in Pune 2 days ago

    Pune: Somdev Devvarman suffered yet another early defeat but Saketh Myneni continued his impressive run by storming into the singles quarter-finals of the ATP Pune Challenger tournament, here on Wednesday. Third seed Somdev, who is enduring a tough season, lost 3-6, 6-7(3) to Czech Adam Pavlasek in one hour and 35...
  • Serena Williams thrashed by Simona Halep at WTA Finals 2 days ago

    World number one Serena Williams suffered one of the heaviest defeats of her long and illustrious career as she was humbled 6-0, 6-2 by Romanian Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday. The 18-times grand slam winner won only nine points in the opening set as her game deserted her...
  • Milos Raonic, Ivo Karlovic advance at Swiss Indoors 2 days ago

    Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic hit 12 aces and saved all five break points he faced as he beat Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday. Johnson, who did not face a break point in the first set, saved one on...
  • Robredo beats Isner in straight sets at Valencia 2 days ago

    Valencia: Tommy Robredo advanced to the second round of the Valencia Open by beating fifth-seeded John Isner 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Tuesday. Robredo saved five break points to force a first-set tiebreaker, which he dominated and won after the American netted a forehand. In the second set, Robredo had no unforced errors...
  • Milos Raonic, Ivo Karlovic through to Swiss Indoors 2nd round 2 days ago

    Basel: Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic hit 12 aces and saved all five break points he faced as he beat Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the first round of the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday. Johnson, who did not face a break point in the first set, saved one...
  • Caroline Wozniacki beats Maria Sharapova at WTA Finals 2 days ago

    Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month's New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday. Wozniacki won 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 to beat Sharapova for the second-straight time, having also won in the...
  • Serena Williams beats Ana Ivanovic in WTA Finals opener 3 days 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 3 days 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 4 days 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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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...