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  • WTA agrees to $525 million 'game-changing' deal December 10, 2014

    Miami: The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has agreed a 10-year $525 million rights deal with digital media company PERFORM that will see 2,000 main draw singles matches broadcast each year, the governing body said on Tuesday. The deal, described as "game-changing" by WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster, is the...
  • Andrea Petkovic wins Tournament of Champions final November 3, 2014

    Sofia: Fourth-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany rallied to defeat third-seeded Flavia Pennetta 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in the final of the season-ending Tournament of Champions, clinching her third WTA title of the year. Pennetta started aggressively and the Italian broke Petkovic's serve three times to win the opening set in...
  • After an amazing 2014, Sania Mirza targets number one spot October 28, 2014

    Hyderabad: Having ended a successful year with victory in the WTA Tour Finals, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has set her sights on becoming the doubles world number one next season. "That's pretty amazing. People expect that much of me and wish so much for me. Like I said, I am...
  • I want to become world no. 1 in doubles: Sania Mirza October 28, 2014

    "In 2010, I thought I was going to retire. And here I am in 2014, playing the best tennis of my life. Hopefully, I can get to my goal of becoming No. 1 next year," Sania said. ...
  • Modi congratulates Sania for WTA Finals triumph October 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Congratulated tennis ace Sania Mirza for winning the season-ending WTA Finals women's doubles title, calling it a "proud accomplishment". "Congratulations to @MirzaSania for the victory in WTA finals. This is yet another proud accomplishment!" Modi tweeted. Sania was quick to thank...
  • Serena Williams beats Simona Halep to win WTA Finals title October 26, 2014

    The lead-up to Sunday's championship match at the WTA Finals suggested Serena Williams would face a major challenge to beat Simona Halep, but then, the No. 1-ranked player has made a career out of performing at her best when it matters most. She did it again in Singapore, dispatching Halep 6-3,...
  • Sania Mirza-Cara Black win doubles title at WTA Finals October 26, 2014

    The India-Zimbabwe tennis pairing of Sania Mirza and Cara Black clinched the prestigious season-ending WTA Finals title on Sunday. The third seeds, playing their last tournament together, took exactly an hour to thrash second seeds Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) and Peng Shuai (China) 6-1, 6-0 in the women's double final, being...
  • Sania Mirza-Cara Black record nervy win, enter WTA year-end finals October 25, 2014

    Singapore: Sania Mirza and Cara Black showed nerves of steel as they saved three match points in the Super Tie Break against Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik to cruise into the summit clash of the WTA year-end finals on Saturday. The third-seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair was trailing 6-9 but showed amazing resilience...
  • Halep thumps Radwanska to set up rematch with Serena at WTA Finals October 25, 2014

    Simona Halep crushed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to join Serena Williams in the championship decider at the WTA Finals. The pint-sized Romanian rebounded from her loss to Ana Ivanovic in the last group match on Friday to dominate Radwanska at Singapore's National Indoor Stadium. Halep broke Radwanska's serve five times...
  • Serena Williams beats Caroline Wozniacki in three-set thriller to reach WTA final October 25, 2014

    Serena Williams regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals. The best of friends off the court, the pair slugged it out like two prizefighters for...
  • Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals October 24, 2014

    Serbia's Ana Ivanovic just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Finals despite beating Simona Halep in the final group match on Friday. Under the rules of the round-robin competition, Ivanovic needed to win in straight sets to leapfrog Serena Williams in the group standings and...
  • Caroline Wozniacki never lacked self-belief against the best October 24, 2014

    Singapore: Caroline Wozniacki arrived in Singapore as the eighth and bottom seed for the WTA Finals, but the Dane never doubted her ability to compete against the very best and goes into Saturday's semi-finals with a spotless record after round robin play. Wozniacki opened her tournament with a three-set win over...
  • Maria Sharapova grinds out first win but still exits WTA Finals October 24, 2014

    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 beats Eugenie Bouchard at WTA Finals October 24, 2014

    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 October 24, 2014

    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 October 23, 2014

    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 October 23, 2014

    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...
  • Ana Ivanovic downs Eugenie Bouchard for first Singapore win October 22, 2014

    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...
  • Serena Williams thrashed by Simona Halep at WTA Finals October 22, 2014

    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...
  • Caroline Wozniacki beats Maria Sharapova at WTA Finals October 21, 2014

    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 October 21, 2014

    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...
  • Serena Williams up against youth in WTA finals October 18, 2014

    Singapore: Serena Williams will play two of the tour's young rising stars in the round-robin stage of this year's WTA finals in Singapore. The draw on Saturday placed the top-seeded Williams in the Red Group along with 23-year-old Simona Halep and 20-year-old Eugenie Bouchard, along with the more experienced Ana Ivanovic. The...
  • Stosur downs Diyas to take another Osaka title October 12, 2014

    Tokyo: Australia's Samantha Stosur continued her love affair with the Osaka hardcourts by claiming a third Japan Open title after edging Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan in Sunday's final. The top seed prevailed 7-6(7) 6-3 over her 20-year-old opponent, who was competing in her first WTA final. The 2011 US Open winner...
  • Sania-Cara qualify for Year-End World finals in Singapore September 23, 2014

    Singapore: The Indo-Zimbawbwean combination of Sania Mirza and Cara Black became the fourth pair to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore, next month. It would be Mirza's maiden appearance at the event, the WTA announced in a press release. Black would be making her 11th appearance in the competition...
  • Sania MirzaCara Black lying fourth in Race to Singapore standings September 11, 2014

    St. Petersburg: Sania Mirza, who will be skipping the Asian Games to focus on qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore, and Cara Black are lying fourth in the Race to Singapore standings with just over a month to go for the seasonending WTA Finals in Singapore. Meanwhile, the...
  • Maria Sharapova second to qualify for WTA Finals September 11, 2014

    The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Thursday announced that Maria Sharapova has qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, to be staged at the Singapore Sports Hub October 1726. "I am really excited to qualify for the WTA Finals and to bring the best in women's...
  • Leander Paes slides to lowest rank in 11 years September 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The failure to defend his US Open title cost Leander Paes as the veteran Indian tennis star on Tuesday suffered a 23place loss to slip to 35, his worst ranking in 11 years. Paes and Stepanek, who were defending 2000 points at Flushing Meadows, had crashed out in the...
  • Serena Williams qualifies for WTA Finals in Singapore September 6, 2014

    Defending champion Serena Williams is the first player to qualify for the yearending WTA Finals to be held in Singapore Oct 1726, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced Saturday. The top eight women's singles and women's doubles players and pairs qualify for the week long event, this time to be held...
  • Leander Paes drops out of top10 in latest rankings August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Veteran star Leander Paes dropped out of top10 after losing a place in the doubles ranking, while Rohan Bopanna slid to 29 following a steep loss of eight places in the new chart issued on Monday. Paes, who lost in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters with partner...
  • Victoria Azarenka out of Cincinnati event with knee injury August 12, 2014

    Mason: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open because of a right knee injury. The WTA says Azarenka withdrew after practicing on Tuesday. Azarenka was replaced in the draw by Mona Barthel. Azarenka injured her knee in her firstround win at Wimbledon and played in two tournaments...