WTA Tour

  • Top-seeded Angelique Kerber cruises in Washington July 31, 2013

    Washington: Top-seeded Angelique Kerber cruised past Irina Falconi 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday. With No. 15-ranked Sloane Stephens' loss on Monday, No. 9-ranked Kerber is 17 spots higher than any player remaining in the tournament. The German will face the winner of Melanie...
  • Victoria Azarenka loses to Serena Williams again October 26, 2012

    Istanbul: American Serena Williams reached the semi-finals at the WTA Tour Championships in Istanbul on Thursday with what is fast becoming a routine defeat of world number one Victoria Azarenka. The Wimbledon and U.S Open champion recorded a 6-4 6-4 win at the season-ending event, her fifth triumph over the Belarusian...
  • Sharapova, Li Na to play in Italian Open final May 19, 2012

    Rome: Maria Sharapova comfortably beat rising German player Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the Italian Open final. Sharapova will defend her title against the French Open champion Li Na on Sunday. The Chinese player advanced after Serena Williams withdrew shortly before their semi-final with a lower back injury. Warming...
  • Serena pulls out in Rome with back injury May 19, 2012

    Rome: Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open with a lower back injury shortly before she was scheduled to meet Roland Garros champion Li Na in the semi-finals on Saturday. Williams said the problem also affected her earlier this week. "It was feeling a little stiff and I don't think this is...
  • Defending champion Kvitova stunned in Madrid May 10, 2012

    Madrid: Defending champion Petra Kvitova was upset by qualifier and Czech compatriot Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday. World number one Victoria Azarenka, who lost to Kvitova in last year's final of the premier clay event, claimed her place in the quarter-finals with...
  • Federer struggles, Nadal cruises in Madrid opener May 10, 2012

    Madrid: Roger Federer rallied to beat Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) at the Madrid Open on Wednesday to narrowly avoid his earliest tournament exit in two years. Federer hasn't been eliminated from a tournament in the second round since the 2010 Rome Masters, and the 16-time Grand Slam champion had...
  • Sania-Rodionova stunned in first round in Madrid May 8, 2012

    Madrid: Sania Mirza and Anastasia Rodionova suffered a shock first-round exit from the Madrid Open after losing to Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Shuai Zhang on Monday. The sixth-seeded Indian-Australian duo lost 3-6, 2-6 to the German-Chinese pair in the opening round of the 3,755,140 Euros clay-court event. Sania and Rodionova lost the match...
  • Sania-Rodionova suffer semi-final loss in Estoril May 4, 2012

    Estoril, Portugal: Sania Mirza and her partner Anastasia Rodionova crashed out of the Estoril Open after losing to the Kazakh pair of Yaroslava Shvedova and Galina Voskobo 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the women's doubles semi-finals on Thursday. The second-seeded Indo-Australian combo fought hard before going down to third seeds in an...
  • Sania-Rodionova enter Estoril Open quarters April 30, 2012

    Estoril, Portugal: Sania Mirza and her partner Anastasia Rodionova overcame a late resistance from Eleni Daniiliidou and Andreja Klepac to progress to the quarter-finals of the Estoril Open on Monday. The second-seeded Indian-Australia pair got the better of their unseeded rivals 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-5 in the opening round of the USD...
  • Clijsters to miss French Open with hip injury April 18, 2012

    Monte Carlo: Former world number one Kim Clijsters will miss out on a final chance to claim an elusive French Open title after opting to skip the entire clay-court season due to a hip injury. The popular Belgian has been laid low by numerous injuries throughout her 13-year career, her feet,...
  • Wozniacki loses to Kerber in Copenhagen final April 16, 2012

    Copenhagen, Denmark: Angelique Kerber of Germany beat top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 to win the e-Boks Open on Sunday and her second title of the year. The second-seeded Kerber, who won her first WTA tournament at the Paris Indoors in February, broke the Dane's serve three times in each set...
  • Serena routs Stosur, reaches Charleston final April 8, 2012

    Charleston: Serena Williams even impressed herself with her powerful showing at the Family Circle Cup on Saturday. Williams needed less than an hour to dispatch second-seeded Samantha Stosur 6-1, 6-1 and advance to the clay-court final. "You know, I think it was just one of those days that I could have...
  • Stosur prevents all-Williams SF in Charleston April 8, 2012

    Charleston: Reigning US Open champion Samantha Stosur put the latest match-up in the Williams sisters' sibling rivalry on hold by rallying past Venus Williams at the Family Circle Cup. The second-seeded Stosur won five of the last six games for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory in the quarter-finals on a...
  • Venus joins Serena in Charleston quarters April 6, 2012

    Charleston, South Carolina: Venus Williams kept up with sister Serena by winning a third-round match at the Family Circle Cup, moving one step closer to an all-Williams semi-final. Venus and Serena both reached the quarter-finals of the Family Circle Cup on Thursday with straight-set victories. Venus defeated Anastasia Rodionova 7-5,...
  • Nadal, Federer to play in Indian Wells semis March 17, 2012

    Indian Wells, California: Rafael Nadal outlasted David Nalbandian 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open on Friday, setting up a semi-final against Roger Federer that will be a rematch of their Australian Open semi-final. Federer had an easier time in his quarter-final, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-2 in...
  • Stosur to face Schiavone in Sydney opener January 7, 2012

    Sydney: Grand Slam champions Samantha Stosur and Francesca Schiavone will meet in the first round of the Sydney International - a rematch of their 2010 French Open final won by the Italian player. The high-profile encounter is a by-product of the strength of the field - nine of the top 10...
  • Sony Ericsson to end sponsorship of WTA tour December 25, 2011

    London: Sony Ericsson is ending its sponsorship of the WTA tour at the end of the 2012 season. Sony Ericsson became the title sponsor of the women's tennis tour in 2005 tour under a six-year, $88 million deal. Although the contract was extended through the end of 2012, the mobile phone...
  • Venus Williams puts off return to tennis December 21, 2011

    Auckland: Venus Williams has pulled out of January's ASB Classic in New Zealand where she was due to play her first competitive match since August. The 31-year-old Williams is still recovering from the immune system disease Sjogren's syndrome, which can cause fatigue and joint pain. Williams has played in several exhibition matches...
  • Top ranking not a priority for Sharapova October 25, 2011

    Istanbul: World number two Maria Sharapova is just happy to be competing at the season-ending WTA Tour Championships this week and is not thinking about her outside chance of usurping Caroline Wozniacki as number one. The Russian has recovered from the ankle injury she suffered in Tokyo last month and...
  • Wozniacki, Zvonareva victorious in Doha October 27, 2010

    Doha: Caroline Wozniacki crushed Elena Dementieva 6-1 6-1 at the WTA Championships on Tuesday to serve up a timely reminder to critics of her world number one ranking. Wozniacki blasted away from the baseline while Russian Dementieva could offer little in return, the Dane wrapping up the Maroon Group opener...
  • Chinese Taipei girls win doubles title June 21, 2007

    Bangalore: It was a perfect day to start the Chinese New Year for defending champions Yung-Jan Chan and Chia-Jung Chuang of Chinese Taipei as they retained their doubles title at Sony Ericsson International WTA Tour by defeating fourth seed Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Alla Kudryavtseva...