WTA

  • Sania Mirza enters doubles top-5 for first time in her career July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza achieved a career-best rank of number five in the world as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday. Sania, who turned a pro in 2003 and overcame a career-threatening wrist injury in between, has entered the top-five for the first time in...
  • Sania, Cara move to 2nd spot in race to year-end finals May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner on Monday became the number two team in the Race to Singapore for the WTA year-end finals in November. Sania and Cara won the Portugal Open and reached the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open last week. They now have 2,462 points and trail...
  • Bhupathi's IPTL opener moved to Manila May 10, 2014

    Manila: Manila will host the first leg of the newly launched International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), which has attracted many top players of the ATP and WTA Tour to compete in the team competition. "Bringing world class tennis to new audience's has always been one of the objectives of the IPTL...
  • Ex-tennis player Elena Baltacha dies after cancer fight May 5, 2014

    London: Elena Baltacha, a former top-50 professional tennis player who had been fighting liver cancer since retiring from the game, died Sunday. She was 30. The former British No. 1 died peacefully surrounded by family and friends, the Women's Tennis Association said on its website. The Kiev-born Baltacha, who represented Britain...
  • Sania Mirza-Cara Black in quarter-finals of WTA Indian Wells March 9, 2014

    Indian Wells: Fifth seeds Sania Mirza and Cara Black reached the quarter-finals of the WTA Paribas Open following a straight sets victory over Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears. The Indo-Zimbabwean pair beat the unseeded American combo 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 12 minutes in the second round of the USD...
  • Ivanovic beats Kerber in first round in Dubai Open February 19, 2014

    Dubai: Ana Ivanovic, world no.12, from Serbia on Tuesday beat Germany's Angelique Kerber 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in the first round of the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships here. After losing the first set, Ivanovic found back her pace and quickly decided the second set for herself, reported Xinhua. In...
  • Sania Mirza and Cara Black stunned by wild card pair at WTA Apia International January 6, 2014

    Sydney: Sania Mirza and Cara Black began their 2014 campaign with a shock first round defeat against wild card pair of Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajlaat Tomljanovic at the WTA Apia International on Monday. The third seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair suffered a tame 3-6, 2-6 defeat in under an hour contest against the...
  • Venus Williams feeling fit, healthy for new season December 27, 2013

    Auckland: Venus Williams says she's as fit and healthy as she has been in years and hopes to turn a dream into reality when she starts her season at the Auckland WTA tournament from Monday. The seven-time grand slam winner arrived in Auckland from Los Angeles on Friday and said her...
  • WTA to add extra grass court tournament from 2015 December 13, 2013

    London: The WTA says it will add an extra grass-court tournament in Nottingham, England, to its calendar from 2015 to give players more time to gear up for Wimbledon. The ATP and WTA tours had previously announced that the break between the French Open and Wimbledon will be increased to three...
  • Serena Williams earns 5th WTA Player-of-the-Year award November 22, 2013

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida: Serena Williams has warned the rest of women's tennis there is more to come from her after she was named WTA player of the year for the second year running and the fifth time overall. Williams enjoyed one of the greatest seasons in WTA history. She won 78...
  • Venus Williams to play at Hobart WTA November 13, 2013

    Sydney: Venus Williams is set to play in the Hobart WTA International in January, organisers said on Wednesday. The seven-time Grand Slam champion, now ranked 48, will be making her first appearance in the tournament in the run-up to the Australian Open in Melbourne, reported Xinhua. "The tournament is played on the...
  • Happy to be back in top 10: Sania Mirza November 1, 2013

    Riding on some strong performances this season partnering with Cara Black, the Indian ace has broken into top 10 in rankings. ...
  • Ivanovic beats Stosur at Tournament of Champions November 1, 2013

    Sofia: Ana Ivanovic overcame Sam Stosur 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 on Thursday for her second straight victory in the group stage at the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions. The two-time tournament winner played very aggressively to win the opening set in just 30 minutes. Stosur then broke Ivanovic's serve in the second...
  • Ivanovic, Halep win opening matches in Sofia October 30, 2013

    Sofia: Ana Ivanovic and Simona Halep cruised to straight-set victories on Tuesday in their opening round-robin matches at the season-ending Tournament of Champions. Top-seeded Halep of Romania defeated Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-3 in the Serdika group, while the other tournament favorite, Ivanovic, routed Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0, 6-2 in the...
  • Serena Williams beats Li Na for WTA title October 27, 2013

    Istanbul: Serena Williams ended her best season in style, rallying past Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday for her second straight WTA Championship and 11th title of the year. She became the first player to successfully defend the WTA title since Justine Henin in 2007. This was Williams' fourth WTA Championship....
  • Ailing Serena rallies, makes WTA final against Li Na October 26, 2013

    Istanbul: Serena Williams, in obvious discomfort and walking slowly during changeovers, struggled past Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday and will play Li Na in the final of the WTA Championships. Li advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2, setting up a...
  • Li Na reaches WTA Championships final October 26, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping past 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday. With the victory in the semi-final, Li will rise to a career-high No. 3 ranking, a jump of two places. She will play for the title Sunday against the winner...
  • Petra Kvitova joins Li Na in WTA Championships semi-finals October 26, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na swept past the ailing Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 to earn a place in the semi-finals of the WTA Championships at the expense of the second-ranked Australian Open champion on Friday. The fourth-seeded Li will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who came from behind to beat Angelique Kerber 6-7...
  • Serena Williams to face Jelena Jankovic in Istanbul semi-finals October 26, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na reached the semi-finals of the WTA Championships with a 6-2, 6-1 victory on Friday over Victoria Azarenka, who was wincing in pain from a back injury that brought her to tears. The fourth-seeded Li will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (3), 6-2,...
  • Victoria Azarenka out of WTA Championships in Istanbul October 25, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na swept past the ailing Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 on Friday to earn a place in the semi-finals of the WTA Championships and knock out the second-ranked Australian Open champion. Azarenka hurt her back while serving in the sixth game of the first set and was clearly in pain...
  • Defending champion Serena Williams reaches WTA semis October 25, 2013

    Istanbul: Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA Championships by sweeping past Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday. Williams, the defending champion, won all three matches in her group without dropping a set. She's bidding for her fourth title in the elite, eight-women tournament. Earlier, Li Na outlasted Jelena...
  • Li Na beats Jelena Jankovic at WTA Championships October 24, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na outlasted former doubles partner Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 on Thursday for her second victory in two matches at the WTA Championships. The key to the error-filled match full of long rallies was Li's break of serve in the third set for a 4-3 lead. The fourth-seeded Li has...
  • Serena powers to second win in Istanbul, Jankovic shines October 24, 2013

    Istanbul: World number one Serena Williams beat Agnieszka Radwanska for the eighth time in eight matches to move ominously towards the semi-finals of the WTA Championships on Wednesday. The American was again too strong for the Pole in a 6-2 6-4 victory to stay in charge of Red Group with one...
  • Li Na edges Errani, advances at WTA Championships October 23, 2013

    Istanbul: Li Na opened her WTA Championship campaign with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Sara Errani on Wednesday. Errani also lost her opening match on Tuesday to Victoria Azarenka and likely will be eliminated. Li trailed 3-1 in the second set but won the next four games - and then could...
  • Serena Williams eases past Kerber in WTA Championships October 23, 2013

    Istanbul: World number one Serena Williams showed her determination to defend her WTA Championships title by sweeping to a 6-3 6-1 win over Angelique Kerber at the season-ending event on Tuesday. The 32-year-old American broke early in each set and was too strong for the German, hitting 31 winners. Kerber, who...
  • Azarenka beats Errani at WTA Championships opener October 22, 2013

    Istanbul: Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka overcame an erratic performance to beat an ailing Sara Errani 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the opening match of the WTA Championships on Tuesday. Errani hurt her right calf in the third game of the second set and took a medical timeout to have it treated. Several times...
  • WTA Championships: Serena Williams in group with Petra Kvitova October 20, 2013

    Istanbul: Top-ranked titleholder Serena Williams will face former winner Petra Kvitova in her group at the WTA Championships, which start Tuesday in Istanbul. Sunday's draw for the event that brings together the top eight players in the world also put Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber in Williams' Red Group. Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka...
  • Injured Maria Sharapova out of WTA Championship October 7, 2013

    World number three Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the end-of-season WTA Championship in Istanbul due to the shoulder injury that kept her out of the recent US Open, she told the tour website (www.wtatennis.com) on Monday. The 26-year-old Russian has not played since losing to Sloane Stephens in the second round...
  • Li Na qualifies for WTA Championships September 27, 2013

    Beijing: The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) confirmed Friday that Li Na has qualified for this year's WTA Championships to be held in Istanbul from Oct 22-27. The 31-year-old, winner of 2011 French Open, is the fifth player after Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska to be included in...
  • Serena bags world number one year-end crown for third time September 27, 2013

    Serena Williams has clinched the year-end women's world number one ranking for the third time in her career after winning two grand slam titles during an excellent 2013. The American has compiled a 67-4 record this season and won nine singles titles on the WTA Tour, including the French Open and...