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  • Somdev wins doubles first round in Barcelona Open with Pavic 23-04-2014 08:10 PM

    Barcelona: Somdev Devvarman finally tasted victory after a long while when he won his first round match of the doubles event of the ATP 500 Barcelona Open along with Croatian partner Ante Pavic, here on Wednesday. Somdev, who has been enduring rough patch in singles, and Pavic won 6-4 6-4...
  • David Ferrer ousted, Rafael Nadal wins at Barcelona Open 23-04-2014 07:56 PM

    Barcelona: Second-seeded David Ferrer was ousted from the Barcelona Open by a Russian opponent for the second straight year and defending champion Rafael Nadal labored to victory on Wednesday. Ferrer was unable to find his rhythm in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Teymuraz Gabashvili in his opening match while Nadal struggled...
  • Rafael Nadal to face fellow Spaniard at Barcelona Open 23-04-2014 10:10 AM

    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will look to get his clay court season back on track against Albert Ramos at the Barcelona Open after his fellow Spaniard won on Tuesday in the first round. Ramos beat Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-4, 6-4 to set up Wednesday's second-round match against the defending champion...
  • Djokovic plays down injury fears, back for Madrid 23-04-2014 12:03 AM

    Novak Djokovic has played down fears he will miss this year's French Open, saying the wrist injury he sustained at the Monte Carlo Masters last week is not as serious as first feared. The Serb, second in the world rankings behind Rafael Nadal, said on his website that he hoped...
  • Somdev Devvarman bows out in first round of Barcelona Open 22-04-2014 07:43 PM

    Somdev Devvarman's lean patch extended on Tuesday as the top-singles player of the country lost his fifth straight first-round match on the ATP tour when he bowed out of the Barcelona Open following a defeat against Martin Klizan. Somdev, on the edge of the top-100, lost 2-6 4-6 to his...
  • SC to hear plea against criminalising gay sex in open court 22-04-2014 02:11 PM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a curative petition on gay rights in an open court. The petition was filed by gay rights activists demanding decriminalising gay sex. The plea challenged the Supreme Court verdict which held gay sex illegal. The apex court in December 2013...
  • Ferrer to start at Barcelona against Gabashvili 22-04-2014 12:14 PM

    Barcelona: David Ferrer will begin a 12th quest for a first Barcelona Open title by facing Teymuraz Gabashvili after the Russian beat Michal Przysiezny 6-3, 6-4 in the first round on Monday. The second-seeded Ferrer has finished runner-up on the Real Club de Tenis' outdoor red clay on four occasions....
  • Rafael Nadal looks to put Monte Carlo behind him 22-04-2014 12:04 PM

    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal gets an immediate chance to shake off his surprisingly early exit at the Monte Carlo Masters by going for his ninth Barcelona Open title this week. The Spaniard is hoping to recover his clay-court form after a quarter-final loss to David Ferrer in Monaco, where the eight-time...
  • Need to be patient and relaxed to win away from home: Lahiri 21-04-2014 12:43 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: Looking to win his first Asian Tour title outside the comfort zone of home turf, Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri says he just needs to be patient and relaxed to achieve the target. The 26-year-old finished tied 10th at the star-studded Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday and he was...
  • Squash: Joshna Chinappa stuns former World No. 1 to win Richmond Open 20-04-2014 06:08 PM

    Richmond: Joshna Chinappa of India ended a career-long losing run to Australia's former world champion Rachael Grinham when she upset the top seed in straight games to win the inaugural USD 10,000 Richmond Open. World No.21 Chinappa beat her 16th-ranked opponent 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 for the first time in six...
  • Dominika Cibulkova to play Donna Vekic in Malaysian Open final 19-04-2014 11:42 PM

    Malaysia: Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia overcame a fighting Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 in the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open on Saturday. Cibulkova won her second successive match from a set down and will play seventh-seeded Donna Vekic of Croatia in Sunday's final. Cibulkova,...
  • Lahiri picks up valuable lessons at Malaysian Open golf 19-04-2014 02:35 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: India's Anirban Lahiri picked up some valuable lessons en route to the day's joint lowest score following a superb six-under-par 66 at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Saturday. After opening with two uneventful 72s at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, the EurAsia Cup star burst into...
  • Lee Westwood's lead at Malaysian Open golf down to 1 stroke 19-04-2014 02:17 PM

    Lee Westwood saw his four-shot lead trimmed to just one on Saturday after a bogey at the final hole on day three of the Malaysian Open. Westwood had a third-round 71 for a three-round total of 14-under 202 but is only one shot ahead of English compatriot Andy Sullivan, who...
  • Dominika Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open semis 18-04-2014 11:15 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rallied to beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday and reach the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open. The 10th-ranked Cibulkova saved 20 break points to prevail over her sixth-seeded opponent after more than 2 hours. Cibulkova will play third-seeded Karolina...
  • Lee Westwood surges clear in Malaysia as Pablo Larrazabal dives for cover 18-04-2014 07:09 PM

    Lee Westwood surged four shots clear at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Friday after an eventful second round where Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to avoid a swarm of hornets. The former world number one Englishman took his two-day total...
  • Arvind Bhat loses in semi-finals of New Zealand Open badminton 18-04-2014 06:32 PM

    New Delhi: German Open champion, Arvind Bhat of India on Friday crashed out of the New Zealand Open after suffering a straight-game defeat to top seed Jen Hao Hsu of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals of the USD 50,000 Grand Prix event in Auckland. The fifth seeded Indian, went down...
  • British tennis number one Robson to miss Wimbledon, French Open 18-04-2014 09:54 AM

    British women's number one Laura Robson will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after having surgery on her wrist, the 20-year-old announced on Thursday. Robson, who has a world ranking of 64, has not played since losing in the Australian Open first round to Kirsten Flipkens and will travel to...
  • Shuttler Arvind Bhat advances to New Zealand Open semis 17-04-2014 11:55 PM

    Auckland: Recently crowned German Open Grand Prix Gold winner Arvind Bhat came out with another fantastic performance to enter the men's singles semifinal of the New Zealand Badminton Open Grand Prix here on Thursday. The fifth seeded Bhat beat Malaysian third seed Chun Seang Tan in 56 minutes to win...
  • Chowrasia best among Indians at Malaysian Open 17-04-2014 10:08 PM

    SSP Chowrasia was at 28th place and the best among a dozen Indian golfers who teed off at the Maybank Malayisan Open on Thursday. The opening day was hit by inclement weather for an hour in the afternoon and 42 players were yet to finish their first round. Chowrasia, who...
  • Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open quarterfinals 17-04-2014 09:10 PM

    Kuala Lumpur: Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia needed just over an hour to beat Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of Malaysian Open. Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic also advanced, beating Ying-Ying Duan of China 6-1, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal...
  • Lee Westwood takes early lead at Malaysian Open golf 17-04-2014 01:31 PM

    Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood opened with a 65 on Thursday to take an early lead at the Malaysian Open. Westwood had a bogey at the par-five 10th, his first hole, but birdied four of his closing five holes to finish the first round at 7...
  • Federer hints at missing French Open to be with wife, newborn 16-04-2014 10:24 PM

    Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments, including possibly the French Open, to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on December 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer still...
  • Shuttlers Sourabh, Arvind progress in New Zealand Open 15-04-2014 10:04 PM

    New Delhi: Indian shuttlers Sourabh Verma and Arvind Bhat entered the second round of the men's singles event at the SkyCity New Zealand Open with contrasting wins over their respective rivals in Auckland on Tuesday. While second seeded Sourabh got the better of local lad James Eunson in straight games,...
  • Organisers raise French Open prize money 15-04-2014 04:53 PM

    Paris: Prize money at the French Open will rise to more than 25 million euros ($34.5 million) this year, an increase of 3 million euros ($4.1 million) from last year. The men's and women's champions will receive 1.65 million euros each, 150,000 euros more than 2013, and losing finalists will...
  • Snapshot: SRK pulls an all-nighter in Abu Dhabi; posts a photo on Twitter 15-04-2014 09:42 AM

    Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, has been very busy these days. Slated to perform at the opening ceremony of the seventh season of the Indian Premier League, Khan has been burning the midnight oil, rehearsing for the show. He posted a photo of himself...
  • Deepika Pallikal loses in Texas Open squash final 14-04-2014 01:52 PM

    Houston: Deepika Pallikal stumbled on the final hurdle against Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini in the title clash of the Women's Champion Fiberglass Texas Open on Monday. Eyeing maiden major title of her career, world No 12 Deepika faltered against the 18-year-old qualifier 7-11, 11-5, 7-11 to lose in 48...
  • Dipika Pallikal packs off Perry to enter Texas Open final 13-04-2014 06:05 PM

    Houston: India's top woman's squash player Dipika Pallikal marched into the biggest final of her career after getting past higher-ranked Madeline Perry from Ireland in the USD 50,000 Texas Open at the Downtown Club here. The 22-year-old World No.12 battled for 75 minutes, enduring three tie-break games, to beat eighth-ranked...
  • Alize Cornet overcomes Agnieszka Radwanska to reach Katowice final 13-04-2014 09:44 AM

    Poland: Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was overcome by Alize Cornet of France 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the Katowice Open semi-finals on Saturday. Cornet will face first-time WTA finalist Camila Giorgi of Italy. Radwanska didn't concede a set to Cornet in three previous matches, including at Indian Wells last month,...
  • Dipika Pallikal fights her way into Texas Open semis 12-04-2014 05:24 PM

    Houston: India's top squash player Dipika Pallikal earned a hard fought win over Nicolette Fernandes of Guyana to reach the the semi-finals of the USD 50,000 Texas Open. Pallikal, with coach and five-time world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald in her corner, had to resist a determined fightback by the unseeded Fernandes...
  • Srikanth goes down fighting to Lee Chong Wei in Singapore Open semis 12-04-2014 05:18 PM

    Singapore: India's rising shuttler Kidambi Srikanth went down in the men's singles semi-finals but not before giving a tough fight to Malaysian World No.1 Lee Chong Wei at the $300,000 Singapore Open Super Series here on Saturday. Despite putting up a strong showing against the top seed, the World No.25...