DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Tomas Berdych earns 500th career win to make Dubai quarters 6 days ago

    Dubai: Tomas Berdych became the eighth active ATP player to post 500 career wins when he beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 7-6 (7), 5-7, 6-0 at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday. "It feels great," Berdych said. "I need to make sure I keep my body fresh so I can make another...
  • Roger Federer hands out more punishment to Mikhail Youzhny February 23, 2015

    Roger Federer eased to a 16th consecutive victory over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny to begin his quest for a seventh title at the Dubai Championships on Monday. The Swiss world number two looked revitalised during a 6-3 6-1 stroll -- his first competitive match since a surprise third round defeat by Andreas...
  • Simona Halep beats Pliskova to win Dubai Championship February 22, 2015

    Romania's Simona Halep overcame Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-4 7-6(4) in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday to claim her 10th WTA singles title. The win ensured Halep, who ran her opponent ragged at the Aviation Club, would climb back to third in the world rankings. She converted her only break...
  • Simona Halep beats Caroline Wozniacki to reach Dubai final February 21, 2015

    Dubai: Top-seeded Simona Halep beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 on Friday to reach the Dubai Tennis Championships final. Halep will face 17th-seeded Karolina Pliskova in Saturday's final. Pliskova reached the final with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 victory over unseeded Garbine Muguruza. Halep is looking for her second title of the year, having...
  • Simona Halep advances to semi-final against Caroline Wozniacki in Dubai February 20, 2015

    Dubai: Top-seeded Simona Halep needed five match points before finally defeating sixth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 in the quarter-finals at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday. "I was a little bit nervous to finish," said Halep, who served for the match at 5-3 in the third set. "Sometimes you feel...
  • Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki advances in Dubai Championships February 18, 2015

    Dubai: Top-seeded Simona Halep eased to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Daniela Hantuchova at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday. Except for six double faults, Halep put on a solid performance, saving the one break point she face, which came in her opening service game. "I was fresh and running very well,"...
  • Peng Shuai loses to Tsvetana Pironkova in Dubai Championships February 18, 2015

    Dubai: Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai lost in a neck-and-neck match against Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round of the women's annual Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Amid sunny weather with temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius in Dubai on Tuesday, Peng, a semi-finalist of last year's US Open, won the...
  • Venus Williams beats player half her age at Dubai Championships February 17, 2015

    Dubai: Defending champion Venus Williams beat an opponent half her age on Monday, winning 6-1, 6-2 against 17-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Despite the age difference, the 34-year-old Williams looked physically fitter than her opponent and dominated throughout to earn her 16th...
  • Roger Federer defeats Novak Djokovic in Dubai semi-final February 28, 2014

    Dubai: Third-seeded Roger Federer ended top-seeded Novak Djokovic's chance of defending his Dubai Championships title with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 semi-final win Friday. Federer will be looking for his sixth Dubai title when he plays third-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in Saturday's final. Federer now leads Djokovic 17-15 in...
  • Tomas Berdych reaches 2nd straight Dubai final February 28, 2014

    Dubai: Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych reached his second consecutive Dubai Championships final with a tough 7-5, 7-5 semi-final win over seventh-seeded Philiipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on Friday. The semi-final win extends his winning streak to 11. Berdych arrived in Dubai having won his first title in over a year at Rotterdam two...
  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer reach quarters of Dubai Open February 27, 2014

    Dubai: Defending champion Novak Djokovic needed less than an hour to advance at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday, while Roger Federer faced a struggle to seal his place in the quarter-finals. Top-seeded Djokovic swept to a 6-1, 6-3 win over 51st-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in just 57 minutes, but...
  • Somdev Devvarman's campaign ends after defeat to Malek Jaziri in Dubai February 26, 2014

    Dubai: A profligate Somdev Devvarman crashed out of the singles event of the Dubai Duty Free Championships after a straight set defeat against fellow wild card Malek Jaziri in the second round on Wednesday. Coming into the match following an upset win over second seed Juan Martin Del Potro, the 78th-ranked...
  • Novak Djokovic wins, Del Potro retires in Dubai February 26, 2014

    Dubai: Novak Djokovic opened the defense of his Dubai Championships title with a straight sets victory over Denis Istomin, while second-seeded Juan Martin del Potro had to retire from his first-round match on Tuesday. Top-seeded Djokovic, who is making only his second appearance this year after reaching the quarterfinals of the...
  • Dubai Open: Somdev Devvarman upsets Juan Martin del Potro to enter second round February 25, 2014

    Dubai: India number one Somdev Devvarman on Tuesday recorded the biggest win of his career by beating world number five Juan Martin Del Potro but the victory came when the Argentine retired mid-way into the first round match of the Dubai Duty Free Championships. Somdev, ranked 78, had won the first...
  • Roger Federer wins opener in Dubai February 24, 2014

    United Arab Emirates: Roger Federer began his campaign for a record sixth Dubai Championships title with a 6-1, 6-4, win over Benjamin Becker of Germany on Monday. The eighth-ranked Federer has never dropped a set to Becker in four matches played. Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who will play his first match...
  • Venus Williams wins Dubai title for 3rd time February 23, 2014

    United Arab Emirates: Venus Williams won her 45th career WTA title at the Dubai Championships in an impressive 6-3, 6-0 victory over Alize Cornet of France in the final on Saturday. The 44th-ranked Williams, playing courtesy of a wild card, also won this title in 2009 and 2010. She's won her...
  • Simona Halep retires injured, tired during Dubai opener February 18, 2014

    Dubai: Seventhseeded Simona Halep of Romania retired with a right Achilles injury and fatigue while trailing Alize Cornet of France 61, 11, in her opening match at the Dubai Championships on Tuesday. The ninthranked Halep, who won the Qatar Open on Sunday, complained of an inflamed Achilles during her run to...
  • Serena says power and enthusiasm undimmed by age February 17, 2014

    Dubai: World number one Serena Williams has warned younger rivals she remains as potent as ever before her first competitive match in more than four weeks at the Dubai Championships on Tuesday. The 32yearold has been sidelined by a back injury since a shock fourthround defeat by Ana Ivanovic at January's...
  • Djokovic beats Berdych for fourth Dubai Championships title March 2, 2013

    Dubai: Novak Djokovic rallied from a break down in the first set to win his fourth Dubai Championships title in five years on Saturday, downing third-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-3. The top-ranked Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak this year to 13 matches, which included his third straight Australian Open...
  • Djokovic beats del Potro to enter Dubai Championships final March 1, 2013

    Dubai: Novak Djokovic has reached the final of the Dubai Championships, storming past fourth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Friday. The top-ranked Serb, bidding for his fourth Dubai title in five years, made the only break of the first set and came from 3-0 down in the second. Serving...
  • Federer, Djokovic storm into Dubai semis March 1, 2013

    Dubai: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stayed on course for a scorching desert showdown as they led the top four seeds into the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday. The world's leading two players were joined in the last four by Czech Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin Del Potro...
  • Djokovic defeats Seppi to reach Dubai semi-finals February 28, 2013

    Dubai: Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic extended his unbeaten run in 2013 to 11 matches on Thursday, routing Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-0, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships. The top-ranked Serb improved to 10-0 against Seppi as he seeks a fourth title in Dubai. Djokovic broke...
  • Roger Federer thrashes Marcel Granollers to set up Davydenko QF in Dubai February 27, 2013

    Dubai: Roger Federer dismissed Spain's Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-4 in the Dubai Championships on Wednesday to book a quarter-final meeting with Nikolay Davydenko. The 17-time grand slam champion has an 18-2 winning record against the Russian veteran and could be forgiven for already eyeing a potential showdown with world number...
  • Tomas Berdych beats Tobias Kamke to reach Dubai quarter-finals February 27, 2013

    Dubai: Tomas Berdych advanced to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday, saving 12 of 14 break points to beat Tobias Kamke 7-5, 6-1. Berdych led 4-2 and 5-3 in the first set but Kamke broke to get back to 5-4 and then held for 5-5. The 90th-ranked German later...
  • Djokovic, Del Potro go through in Dubai February 26, 2013

    Dubai: Novak Djokovic trounced fellow Serb Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-4 in the Dubai Championships first round on Tuesday as the world number one extended his unbeaten run to 14 matches. Djokovic, whose winning streak stretches back to October and includes claiming a third straight Australian Open title, was broken once in...
  • Federer beats Tunisian wild-card to move into 2nd round February 25, 2013

    Dubai: Roger Federer came from a set down to beat Tunisian wild-card entry Malek Jaziri Tuesday at the Dubai Championships, advancing to the second round with a 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 win. The second-ranked Federer, looking for his sixth title in Dubai, said earlier he expected a "tricky" encounter in his first...
  • Kvitova defeats Errani to win Dubai title February 23, 2013

    Dubai: Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months when she beat Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the Dubai Championships final on Saturday. Kvitova, ranked one spot below Errani at No. 8, also beat the Italian en route to her previous title - her...
  • Sania combines with Bethanie to win Dubai doubles title February 23, 2013

    Dubai: India's Sania Mirza clinched her second doubles title of the season after she combined with partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands to defeat Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in the title clash of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, here. The unseeded Indo-American duo prevailed over the Russian-Slovenia combo 6-4 2-6 10-7 in...
  • Kvitova thrashes Wozniacki to set up Dubai final with Errani February 23, 2013

    Dubai: Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova pummelled Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships on Friday, while Sara Errani defeated doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-3 in an all-Italian showdown. Kvitova, 22, has yet to drop a set in Dubai, the world No.8 returning to form after...
  • Errani beats Vinci to reach Dubai Championships final February 22, 2013

    Dubai: Sara Errani reached her second final of the season on Friday, beating doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-3 in the Dubai Championships semi-finals. "It's very tough because we know each other very well," Errani said of Vinci. "It's tough to play against one person and know what you're going to...