FIRST ROUND

  • Federer plays it cool in first round win at Australian Open January 14, 2014

    Melbourne: Roger Federer kicked off his record 57th successive grand slam appearance with a 64, 64, 62 win over local wildcard James Duckworth to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. The 32yearold Swiss played cool under a blazing sun at Rod Laver Arena, eschewing a cap for...
  • Serena demolishes Schiavone in New York August 27, 2013

    New York: Serena Williams was so dominant in the first round of the US Open that her opponent really wanted a hug. So midway through the second set of defending champion Williams' 6-0, 6-1 victory on Monday night, Francesca Schiavone wandered behind the baseline, found a ball boy and enveloped...
  • Venus Willams uproots Flipkens in first round at US Open August 27, 2013

    New York: Venus Williams rolled back the years to beat Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens in the first round of the US Open on Monday as the final grand slam of the year burst into life. Roared on by an energetic New York crowd on a blustery day at Flushing Meadows, Williams showed...
  • Nadal registers easy first-round win at Flushing Meadows August 27, 2013

    New York: The slips and slides of the soft clay have been replaced by the squeaks of shoes on the hard courts. Nobody is handling the switch better than Rafael Nadal. Nadal improved to 16-0 this year on the hard surface on Monday, defeating American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in...
  • Andy Murray sweats to win at ATP finals round one November 5, 2012

    London: Andy Murray won his first match in Britain since claiming his maiden Grand Slam title, beating Tomas Berdych 36, 63, 64 Monday in the opening match of the ATP finals. Murray wasted 10 break points in the match before finally converting to take a 31 lead in the second set....
  • Go for Glory: Mary Kom's experience helped her August 5, 2012

    Boxer Akhil Kumar reviews Mary Kom's first round win at the London Olympics on Sunday. ...
  • SaniaBethanie lose in first round at French Open May 29, 2012

    Paris: India's Sania Mirza and American Bethanie MattekSands were knocked out by RussianRomanian combine of Nina Bratchikova and Edina GallovitsHall in the women's doubles first round at the French Open on Tuesday. The fifteenth seeds went down fighting. Recovering from a set down, they, however, failed to win points on their...
  • SaniaRodionova stunned in first round in Madrid May 8, 2012

    Madrid: Sania Mirza and Anastasia Rodionova suffered a shock firstround exit from the Madrid Open after losing to AnnaLena Groenefeld and Shuai Zhang on Monday. The sixthseeded IndianAustralian duo lost 36, 26 to the GermanChinese pair in the opening round of the 3,755,140 Euros claycourt event. Sania and Rodionova lost the match...
  • Chhattisgarh: Sukma collector safe, say mediators April 29, 2012

    New Delhi: The mediators holding the first round of talks with the Naxal abductors of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon in Chhattisgarh on Sunday said the IAS officer was safe and in good health. The mediators returned to Chintalnar after holding the talks. They said they were hopeful of...
  • Injured Daly withdraws from Avantha Masters February 17, 2012

    New Delhi: American John Daly has withdrawn from the $2.4 million Avantha Masters golf tournament after an elbow injury sustained during the first round. Daly had said after his first round of 7over 79 on Thursday that he had probably torn ligaments in his right elbow. The 45yearold said on Twitter that...
  • Wozniacki ousted in Qatar Open, Azarenka wins February 16, 2012

    Doha: Caroline Wozniacki failed to convert three match points as she was ousted by Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 46, 64, 76 (3) in her opening match at the Qatar Open on Wednesday. Wozniacki, playing her first match since losing the No. 1 ranking after the Australian Open, received a...
  • Mathieu upsets Lopez in Rotterdam first round February 14, 2012

    Rotterdam, Netherlands: PaulHenri Mathieu fought back from a set down on Monday to upset fourthseeded Feliciano Lopez 46, 76 (5), 64 in the opening round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament. Sixthseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine also went out in the first round, losing 67 (4), 64, 62 to Lukasz...
  • Davis Cup: Austria beat Russia, Serbia progress February 13, 2012

    London: Serbia did just fine without Novak Djovokic in the Davis Cup, while Russia's shorthanded team was surprisingly eliminated by Austria on Sunday. Serbia swept the reverse singles against Sweden to complete a 41 victory at home and set up a quarterfinal against the Czech Republic, with Janko Tipsarevic clinching the...
  • Davis Cup: US win after Federer doubles loss February 12, 2012

    London: Roger Federer suffered defeat for the second day in succession as United States completed a surprisingly comfortable victory over Switzerland in the Davis Cup World Group first round in Fribourg on Saturday. Former world number one Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka needed to win the doubles to keep the tie alive...
  • Bopanna, Bhupathi aim to do well before Olympics January 19, 2012

    Melbourne: Indian doubles tennis player Rohan Bopanna said on Wednesday that the focus will be on all the Grand Slams ahead of the 2012 London Olympics. Bopanna, who teamed up with Mahesh Bhupathi last year keeping in mind the Olympics, said the Australian Open will be the pair's first step towards...
  • Anand draws with Adams in London Chess Classic December 5, 2011

    London: Playing with black pieces, world Champion Viswanathan Anand managed an easy draw against top British player Michael Adams in the first round of the third Chess Classic. It was Anand's 10th draw in a row in classical chess. World Number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway snatched an early lead in the...
  • Karnataka polls hijack B'lore roads, create snarls April 24, 2008

    Bangalore: Karnataka is in election mode and the nominations for the 89 seats in the first phase of the polls, are over. In a city that is already reeling under chaotic traffic, Wednesday was a day of chockablock jams. The day was marked by processions and long traffic snarls in...
  • Sania out of women's doubles June 1, 2007

    Paris: Sania Mirza's fortunes at the French Open took another knock as she exited the women's doubles with a first round loss in the company of Eva Birnerova. The IndoCzech pair went down to the seasoned combination of Lisa Raymond of the US and Samantha Stosur of Australia 61 62 on...
  • French Open: Sania in second round May 30, 2007

    New Delhi: Sania Mirza has started her French Open campaign with a sparkling 61, 61 win over Alberta Brianti of Italy. The World No. 50, who had lost in the first round of both her previous tournaments since returning from injury, showed the spark of old, winning in just 52...
  • Roddick exits French Open May 29, 2007

    Paris: Third seed Andy Roddick was beaten in the first round of the French Open for the fourth time in his career on Tuesday, ousted 36 64 63 64 by Russian Igor Andreev, the world number 125. The American, who has never been beyond round three in Paris, led by...
  • Sania makes winning return in Morocco May 15, 2007

    New Delhi: Sania Mirza has returned to action with victory in the first round of her doubles match at the Morocco Open. Paired with American Vania King, Sania squeaked through 63, 57, 108 against Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia and Olga Savchuk of Ukraine. Sania and Vania had to wait long on...
  • Hewitt, Safin have it easy at Hamburg May 15, 2007

    New Delhi: Former world number ones registered easy wins in the first round of the Hamburg Masters on Tuesday. Playing in this tournament for the first time since 2004, former world number one Australian Lleyton Hewitt whipped Argentine Augustin Calleri in straight sets 63, 64. In another match, Russian Marat Safin beat...
  • Paes advances in mixed doubles January 24, 2007

    New Delhi: India's Leander Paes had bitten dust in the men's doubles with Martin Damm but won his opening encounter in the mixed doubles with Samantha Stosur on Wednesday. The Indian, along with Australian Stosur Chris Haggard of South Africa and Eleni Danilidou of Greece in straight sets 63, 64. The...
  • Nadal, Clijsters on track at OZ Open January 16, 2007

    New Delhi: Men's world No 2 Rafael Nadal, defending women's champions Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis have all advanced into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Spaniard Nadal beat Robert Kendrick in straight sets. The first set saw both winning their service games to stay level, where Nadal...
  • Sania makes winning start in Hobart January 8, 2007

    New Delhi: Sania Mirza made a winning start to the 2007 WTA season when she beat fourth seed Maria Kirilenko in the first round of the Hobart International on Monday. Sania beat her Russian opponent who is ranked 29th in the world in straight sets 64, 64 to enter the second...
  • Chennai Open: Nadal thrashes Schuettler January 2, 2007

    Chennai: World No 2 and top seed Rafael Nadal coasted to an easy win over world No 97 Rainer Schuettler at the Chennai Open first round on Tuesday. Nadal needed just under an hour and half to demolish his German opponent 64, 62. Nadal had lost in the first round of...
  • PaesDamn enter Round II of Qatar Open January 2, 2007

    New Delhi: India's Leander Paes got off to a winning start to the 2007 season along with doubles partner Martin Damn of Czech Republic, when they beat Morocco's Younes El Anaoui and Sultan Khalfan of Qatar in the first round of the Qatar Open in Doha. The top seed IndoCzech pair...
  • Moya eases into 2nd round at Chennai January 2, 2007

    Chennai: Tennis fans in Chennai had a field day as crowd favourite Carlos Moya of Spain eased his way into the second round with a straight sets win over Alexander Waske of Germany. Denied a third successive Chennai Open title last year when he had lost to Ivan Ljubicic, the...
  • Mauresmo suffers shock defeat in Madrid November 8, 2006

    Madrid: Defending champion and world number one Amelie Mauresmo lost 62 62 to fifthranked Russian Nadia Petrova in her opening match at the WTA championships on Tuesday. Maria Sharapova and Justine HeninHardenne, however, the two other players contesting the endofyear number one spot, notched up impressive wins in their first...
  • Sania eases into 2nd round in Tashkent October 4, 2006

    Tashkent: Sania Mirza needed just 48 minutes to ease past France's Pauline Parmentier into the second round of the Tashkent Open women's tennis event on Wednesday. World No 55 Sania defeated the 206ranked Parmentier 63 61 to win the first round match in convincing fashion. "It's good to have an easy first...