Tennis

  • Sabine Lisicki fires a 210.8 kmph serve, fastest ever in women tennis history 7 hours 54 minutes ago

    German Sabine Lisicki fired the fastest serve ever recorded at a WTA event on Tuesday, unleashing a 210.8 kph (131 mph) bomb in her first round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Stanford Classic. Lisicki, who lost 7-6(2), 6-1, unleashed the serve in the opening set of their match on the...
  • Lucie Safarova loses in first round of Citi Open 14 hours 33 minutes ago

    Washington: Top-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic lost to France's Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday. Mladenovic rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against the Wimbledon semifinalist. She will face American qualifier Taylor Townsend in the second round. On the men's side, Americans Jack...
  • Ana Ivanovic lone seeded player to win at Stanford 12 hours 46 minutes ago

    Stanford: Ana Ivanovic dominated the second set to beat Sabine Lisicki on Tuesday and advance to the second round of the Bank of the West Classic, while defending champion Dominika Cibulkova made a first-round exit. The fifth-seeded Ivanovic won 7-6 (2), 6-1 against Lisicki, partially avenging her loss to the...
  • Grigor Dimitrov out of Washington hard-court tournament Yesterday

    Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria has withdrawn from the Citi Open hard-court tournament, citing the flu and a sinus infection. Dimitrov's decision was announced on Sunday, a day before play begins. Dimitrov is a top-10 player who would have been seeded third at the tournament, part of the North American circuit...
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vania King advance at Citi Open Yesterday

    Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia advanced to the second round of the Citi Open with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Slovenia's Polona Hercog on Monday. American Vania King also moved on, cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 win against Canada's Francoise Abanda. Tomas Berdych, No. 5 on the ATP tour, is the top seed...
  • Recovered from illness, Serena ready for return Yesterday

    Serena Williams finally realized what happened days later, when she was allowed to get out of bed. Williams said she was barely aware of how sick she was as she tried to play through a viral infection that caused her to lose equilibrium during a women's doubles match with sister Venus...
  • Andrea Petkovic through, Samantha Stosur out at Stanford Yesterday

    Germany's Andrea Petkovic reached the second round of the Bank of the West Classic with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Croatia's Alja Tomljanovic on Monday and also benefited from the elimination of an experienced potential opponent in the next round. Petkovic dropped serve twice but produced six breaks of her own...
  • Alison Cornet and Madison Keys out in first round of Citi Open Yesterday

    Alison Cornet and Madison Keys were the high-profile casualties on the opening day of the Citi Open, while veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova breezed through to the second round. Cornet, who beat Serena Williams en route to the fourth round of Wimbledon, was defeated 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 by American wild card Shelby Rogers. Rogers...
  • As it happened: CWG 2014, Day 6 21 hours 43 minutes ago

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for Live updates) Day 5 Round-up: 'Pistol King' Jitu Rai kept his reputation intact by clinching the gold medal while the seasoned Gagan Narang and Gurpal Singh claimed a silver each as shooters continued their heroics to add three more medals to India's...
  • CWG 2014: Indian paddlers lose men's team bronze playoff 2 days ago

    Glasgow: India's men paddlers suffered a disappointing finish in the team bronze medal playoff, losing to Nigeria 1-3 at the Commonwealth Games on Monday. India, who had won the bronze in the same category four years ago at home in New Delhi, started well by winning the first singles match but...
  • As it happened: CWG 2014, Day 5 Yesterday

    (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for Live updates) Day 4 Round-up: It was double delight for India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games men's weightlifting as Sathish Sivalingam won the gold and Ravi Katulu the silver. Shooters Shreyasi Singh and Mohammed Asab clinched the double trap silver and the bronze,...
  • CWG 2014: Indian paddlers to face Nigeria for bronze 2 days ago

    Glasgow: India lost 1-3 to England in the 2014 Commonwealth Games men's team table tennis semi-final and will have to be content with playing for the bronze medal against Nigeria. The country's top singles player Achanta Sharath Kamal was shocked by an energetic Liam Pitchford, who is ranked five places below,...
  • Pablo Cuevas wins Croatia Open final 2 days ago

    Umag: Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas beat defending champion Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Croatia Open final after ousting top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy earlier the same day. The second-seeded Robredo had two break points at 1-1 in the first set, but it was Cuevas who...
  • Top-seeded John Isner wins 2nd straight Atlanta title 2 days ago

    Atlanta: Top-seeded John Isner overpowered Dudi Sela on Sunday to successfully defend his Atlanta Open title, blowing serve after serve past the 5-foot-9 Israeli player in a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Serving for the match, the 6-foot-10 Isner fell behind 30-0 before Sela sent a backhand into the net, and then watched...
  • Pablo Andujar beats Juan Monaco to win Swiss Open title 3 days ago

    Pablo Andujar of Spain won his first title in more than two years on Sunday, beating Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 7-5 in the Swiss Open final. It was the 71st-ranked Andujar's third career title, all on clay courts. He also won at Casablanca, Morocco, in 2011 and 2012. Andujar got the...
  • Tommy Robredo reaches final of Croatia Open 3 days ago

    Defending champion Tommy Robredo reached the final of the Croatia Open, defeating third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6 (10), 6-3 on Sunday. The second-seeded Spaniard will face Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas in the final after Cuevas upset top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal. Heavy rains on Saturday...
  • CWG 2014: Indian women paddlers miss out on bronze 3 days ago

    Glasgow: Indian women paddlers lost their 2014 Commonwealth Games team bronze medal match to Australia 1-3 at the Scotstoun Table Tennis Centre on Sunday. After taking a 2-1 lead, 2010 silver medallists India lost the next two ties - doubles and singles - to return home empty-handed. India's Shamini Kumaresan lost the...
  • Elena Svitolina beats Bojana Jovanovski to win Baku Cup title 3 days ago

    Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final on Sunday 6-1, 7-6 (2). The second-seeded Svitolina broke Jovanovski twice to capture the opening set in 22 minutes, then saved all three break points she faced in the...
  • Elina Svitolina, Bojana Jovanovski in Baku Cup final 3 days ago

    Defending champion Elina Svitolina advanced to the Baku Cup final after beating Francesca Schiavone of Italy 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday. The Ukrainian looked in trouble in the final set after wasting a 3-1 lead to trail Schiavone 4-3. But she won the final three games. The second-seeded Svitolina, who saved eight...
  • Pablo Andujar, Juan Monaco advance to Swiss Open final 3 days ago

    Unseeded pair Pablo Andujar and Juan Monaco advanced on Saturday to the Swiss Open title match. Andujar, ranked No. 71, beat fourth-seeded Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-1 in an all-Spain semi-final at the clay-court Roy Emerson Arena. Argentina's Monaco rallied from losing the first three games to win 6-3, 7-6 (4)...
  • John Isner in Atlanta final for fourth time in five years 3 days ago

    Top seed John Isner has continued his love affair with the Atlanta Open by powering his way into the final for the fourth time in five years on Saturday. The American will meet Israeli Dudi Sela on the hardcourt in Atlanta on Sunday, after dominating on serve to beat compatriot Jack...
  • CWG 2014: Indian men's paddlers win, women lose in Glasgow 3 days ago

    Glasgow: Indian men's paddlers won their quarter-final match at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday, while the women's team lost their semi-final. Indian men defeated Scotland 3-0 and will now take on England in the semi-final on Sunday. Meanwhile Indian women, silver medallists four years ago at home, lost their semi-final to...
  • CWG 2014: Indian women paddlers lose, face Australia for team bronze 4 days ago

    Glasgow: The Indian women's table tennis team failed to qualify for the summit clash in the Commonwealth Games as they lost their semi-final match 1-3 to defending champions Singapore at the Scotstoun Sports Campus on Saturday. In the first singles, Tianwei Feng defeated Shamini Kumaresan 3-0 (11-1, 13-11, 11-5) but Manika...
  • CWG 2014: Indian women's table tennis team in semis 4 days ago

    Glasgow: The Indian women's table tennis team beat New Zealand 3-0 to proceed to the semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday. In the doubles, Madhurika Patkar and Shamini Kumaresan beat Yang Sun and Karen Li with the same scoreline of 11-8 in all three games to give India the 1-0...
  • Fabio Fognini, qualifier Cuevas in Croatia Open last 4 4 days ago

    Umag: Top-seeded Fabio Fognini rallied to defeat Borna Coric of Croatia 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the Croatia Open on Friday. Defending champion Tommy Robredo also advanced to the last four after beating fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1, 6-4. The 18th-ranked Robredo next faces third-seeded Marin Cilic, who...
  • Defending champ Svitolina makes Baku semis 4 days ago

    Baku: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine moved her Baku Cup title defense into the semi-finals by dispatching Pauline Parmentier of France 6-4, 6-4 on Friday. Svitolina won her maiden title here last year, and became the only teenager to triumph on the WTA tour in 2013. She could yet repeat the feat,...
  • Robin Haase beats defending champ Youzhny at Swiss Open 4 days ago

    Gstaad: Robin Haase advanced to the semi-finals of the Swiss Open by beating defending champion Mikhail Youzhny 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Friday in a rematch of last year's final. The top-seeded Russian saved six match points in the final game before finally losing. Haase, a Dutchman seeded seventh, will play Juan Monaco...
  • John Isner downs Aussie battler to reach Atlanta semi-finals 4 days ago

    Top seed John Isner has forged ahead into the semi-finals at the Atlanta Open after disposing of Australian eighth seed Marinko Matosevic in straight sets on Friday. The towering defending champion was broken in the first game of the match but responded well to claim the contest 7-6 6-4, blasting 17...
  • CWG 2014: Indian men, women TT teams win at Glasgow 5 days ago

    Glasgow: Indian men and women table tennis teams notched up wins in their respective pool matches of the 20th Commonwealth Games being held at the Scotstoun Sports Campus here on Friday. While the men defeated Guyana 3-0 in Pool C, the women thrashed Kenya with the same scoreline in Pool D. In...
  • Top seed Sorana Cirstea falls, Svitolina advances in Baku 5 days ago

    Baku: Top-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania took a 6-1, 6-1, 50-minute beating from Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in the Baku Cup second round on Thursday. Cirstea, who had won all four previous matches against Voegele, held serve only once. Her service game was woeful, while Voegele got away with making only...