TENNIS

  • Victoria Azarenka advances to second round of Miami Open 18 hours 35 minutes ago

    Key Biscayne: Two-time Miami Open champion Victoria Azarenka easily advanced to the second round on Wednesday, beating Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-1, 6-3. The 36th-ranked Azarenka, the 2009 and 2011 winner from Belarus, is playing in Miami for the first time since 2012. She missed the 2013 tournament with a right...
  • Serena Williams hopes to manage pain while 'going for it' in Miami Open 18 hours 44 minutes ago

    Miami: Serena Williams practiced on Wednesday for the first time since a knee injury forced her to withdraw before her BNP Paribas Open semi-final last week but has not lowered her expectations for the Miami Open. Williams, who as the top seed in Miami earned a first-round bye, is scheduled to...
  • Two tennis players suspended for match-fixing violation Yesterday

    London: Two lower-ranked tennis players have been suspended and fined for violating the sport's match-fixing rules. The International Tennis Federation's anti-corruption unit said on Wednesday that 30-year-old Italian player Walter Trusendi and 25-year-old Frenchman Elie Rousset were sanctioned for their activity at an unidentified tournament in 2014. It says both admitted violating...
  • CiCi Bellis earns 6-2, 6-2 win at Miami Open Yesterday

    Key Biscayne: CiCi Bellis defeated Indy de Vroome of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-2 for her second career WTA main draw match win on Tuesday at the Miami Open. The 15-year-old Bellis defeated the 227th-ranked De Vroome in one of 12 women's main draw matches played on the opening day. The 211th-ranked...
  • Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for Miami despite ankle injury Yesterday

    Rafael Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week's Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice, the second seeded Spaniard said on Tuesday. Nadal spent over an hour practicing on Tuesday and later admitted he was still in pain from twisting his ankle a day earlier...
  • Andy Murray hopeful Jonas Bjorkman can complement coach Amelie Mauresmo Yesterday

    Andy Murray is hopeful that Swede Jonas Bjorkman will share a similar philosophy with his coach Amelie Mauresmo when he joins his team on a trial basis, the Scotsman said on Tuesday. Bjorkman, a former world number four who retired from professional tennis in 2008, will join Murray's coaching set-up sometime...
  • Rafael Nadal returning to Queen's for Wimbledon warmup 2 days ago

    Rafael Nadal will return to his old routine in a bid to recapture the Wimbledon crown later this year, confirming he has entered the traditional warm-up event at Queen's Club. The Spaniard has played at Queen's five times and on each occasion went on to reach the Wimbledon final a few...
  • My Russian heritage is non-negotiable, says Maria Sharapova 3 days ago

    Maria Sharapova's life-changing move from Siberia to Florida as a seven-year-old propelled her on a path to fame and fortune but she says she would never turn her back on her mother country. It is sometimes easy to forget that five-times grand slam champion Sharapova, the world's highest-paid female athlete, is...
  • Former tennis player Bob Hewitt convicted of rape 3 days ago

    Bob Hewitt, a former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion, was on Monday convicted in a South African court of rape and sexual assault decades after the alleged assaults. Judge Bert Bam said he is satisfied that the two women who had accused the retired tennis player of rape and a third...
  • Sania Mirza is now world number three in doubles 3 days ago

    Sania Mirza jumped to her career-best rank of three in the doubles, following her stupendous title win at the BNP Paribas Open with Swiss great Martina Hingis. Sania now sits at number three with 6885 points, behind Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, who share the top spot with 7640 points...
  • Simona Halep battles back to claim Indian Wells crown 3 days ago

    Indian Wells: Simona Halep won the BNP Paribas title with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over former world number one Jelena Jankovic in a pulsating final at Indian Wells on Sunday. Serbian Jankovic was serving for the title at 5-4 in the second set but world number three Halep won the...
  • Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in three sets to win Indian Wells title 3 days ago

    Indian Wells, California: Move over Roger Federer, there is another guy with a share of your crown as king of the desert. Novak Djokovic defeated Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, tying him with Federer for the most titles in the desert...
  • Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis win BNP Paribas Open title 4 days ago

    Indian Wells: Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have completed a dream first tournament together, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open women's doubles title. The No.1 seeds, Hingis and Mirza didn't even lose more than four games in any set all fortnight. After cruising through...
  • Djokovic crushes Murray, faces Federer in Indian Wells final 4 days ago

    World number one Novak Djokovic crushed Britain's Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday to set up a mouthwatering final against number two Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open. Federer defeated Canada's Milos Raonic 7-5 6-4 to reach his 40th ATP Masters 1000 final and earn a repeat of last year's...
  • Novak Djokovic reaches Indian Wells semi-finals via walkover 5 days ago

    Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic advanced to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday when opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew because of a back injury. Tomic's withdrawal was announced about five hours before he was to play Djokovic, a three-time champion at Indian Wells who has won his first three matches...
  • Serena Williams withdraws at Indian Wells, Jankovic tops Lisicki 5 days ago

    Serena Williams withdrew before the start of her BNP Paribas Open semi-final on Friday due to a knee problem, cutting short her return to the event following a 14-year boycott. Williams, who has been absent from Indian Wells since winning the event in 2001 when she says she suffered racist abuse...
  • Raonic stuns Nadal, will face Federer in Indian Wells semis 5 days ago

    Big-serving Milos Raonic fought back from a set down to upset Rafa Nadal 4-6 7-6(10) 7-5 in a pulsating quarter-final at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. The 24-year-old Canadian's first win over Nadal in six meetings earned him a place in Saturday's semi-finals where he will face Roger Federer, who...
  • Sabine Lisicki edges Flavia Pennetta, faces Jelena Jankovic in Indian Wells semis 6 days ago

    Sabine Lisicki staved off three match points before battling into the last four at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, the German edging out defending champion Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-7(3) 7-6(4) in an enthralling contest. The 24th seed advances to face Jelena Jankovic in the semi-finals on Friday after the Serb...
  • Andy Murray reaches semis, will next play Djokovic at Indian Wells 6 days ago

    Fourth seed Andy Murray, with a consummate display of power and touch in tricky conditions, reached the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals with a landmark 6-3 6-4 win over Spaniard Felicano Lopez on Thursday. On another hot but blustery afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Scot broke left-hander Lopez once...
  • Nadal, Federer join Murray in Indian Wells quarters 1 week ago

    Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, joining Britain's Andy Murray in the last eight, though Japan's Kei Nishikori crashed out. Federer dispatched American Jack Sock in a 6-3 6-2 victory while Nadal beat Gilles Simon 6-2 6-4. Nadal captured his opening...
  • Serena Williams to meet Simona Halep in semis at Indian Wells 1 week ago

    Indian Wells: Serena Williams took one step closer to a capping a remarkable return to Indian Wells after defeating Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday to move into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. Williams is playing in Indian Wells following a 14-year boycott of the event where she alleged...
  • Andy Murray into Indian Wells quarters, Nishikori out 1 week ago

    World number four Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a landmark win over Adrian Mannarino on Wednesday, while Spain's Feliciano Lopez upset fifth-ranked Kei Nishikori. Murray's 6-3 6-3 victory over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino put him level with Tim Henman as Britain's most successful men's player in...
  • American tennis player Wayne Odesnik banned for 15 years after 2nd doping violation March 18, 2015

    American player Wayne Odesnik has been banned for 15 years after a second doping violation, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Wednesday. The 29-year-old, who was sanctioned for two years in 2010 for possession of human growth hormone, was found to have taken prohibited substances, including an anabolic steroid, after...
  • Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal advance at Indian Wells March 18, 2015

    Indian Wells, California: Roger Federer earned a modicum of revenge against Andreas Seppi in a 6-3, 6-4 triumph that advanced the four-time champion to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday. Federer lost to the Italian at the Australian Open in January but allowed no such repeat as...
  • Serena overcomes slow start to reach Indian Wells quarters March 18, 2015

    Top seed Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to see off a determined Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. Williams, playing her third match at Indian Wells after deciding to end a 14-year boycott of the event where she...
  • Misfiring Nadal reaches last 16 at Indian Wells March 18, 2015

    A misfiring Rafa Nadal had trouble hitting the mark but the third seeded Spaniard still had enough to beat American Donald Young 6-4 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. Nadal, a three-time champion at Indian Wells, looked out of sorts in a sloppy...
  • Maria Sharapova beats Victoria Azarenka on 6th match point at Indian Wells March 17, 2015

    Calif: Maria Sharapova defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 on her sixth match point in a third-round pairing of former No. 1-ranked players at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. Sharapova hit 23 winners, one more than Azarenka, and had 10 fewer unforced errors than Azarenka's 37 to even their all-time series...
  • Eugenie Bouchard eases into fourth round at Indian Wells March 17, 2015

    Sixth-seeded Canadian Eugenie Bouchard used her potent forehand to great effect as she demolished American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. The 21-year-old broke an error-prone Vandeweghe once in the opening set and twice in the second to complete a one-sided victory...
  • Murray reaches 4th round, Wozniacki bows out at Indian Wells March 17, 2015

    Andy Murray outlasted Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in a nearly two-hour baseline slugfest under a hot sun at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. Murray earned the only two breaks of the third set and closed out the win when Kohlschreiber's forehand went wide, one of 35 unforced errors by...
  • Serena Williams breezes into fourth round at Indian Wells March 16, 2015

    Indian Wells: Top seed Serena Williams made short work of Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, obliterating her opponent 6-2, 6-0 in just 53 minutes. Playing her second match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden after deciding to end a 14-year boycott of...