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  • Top-seeded Maria Sharapova reaches Mexico Open semi-finals 8 hours 4 minutes ago

    Acapulco: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the Mexico Open semi-finals. Sharapova will face third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in the hard-court event at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Garcia led Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 2-1 when the Croatian player retired. In...
  • Tommy Robredo beats Renzo Olivo to reach quarters in Argentina Open 8 hours 24 minutes ago

    Buenos Aires: Second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain defeated Renzo Olivo of Argentina 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Argentina Open on Thursday. Robredo cruised to victory against the 186th-ranked Olivo, breaking the Argentine's service twice in each set to win the match in just over an hour. The 18th-ranked...
  • Badminton: Ashwini Ponnappa-Vladimir Ivanov knocked out of German Open Yesterday

    Germany: Indian badminton player Ashwini Ponnappa, partnering Russian Vladimir Ivanov, was knocked out of the mixed doubles pre quarter-finals at the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold on Thursday. The Indo-Russian pair lost to English third seeds Chris and Gabrielle Adcock 19-21, 15-21 in 37 minutes at the RWE-Sporthalle. The English pair...
  • Agnieszka Radwanska lines up Qatar quarter-final with Venus Williams Yesterday

    Doha: Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska brushed aside Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up a quarter-final with Venus Williams in the Qatar Open. Radwanska, who had lost both their previous meetings, including the Indian Wells final in March last year, dropped just 11 points in her seven service games. The...
  • Rafael Nadal advances to the quarter-finals of Argentina Open Yesterday

    Buenos Aires: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat local qualifier Facundo Arguello 6-4, 6-0 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the Argentina Open. Nadal has yet to reach a final in three tournaments this season and was beaten in the semi-finals last week in Rio de Janeiro, ending his 52-match unbeaten run...
  • Arvind Bhat, Jwala-Ashwini in German Open pre-quarters Yesterday

    Mulheim an der Ruhr: Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat entered the pre-quarterfinals, as did the women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnapppa and Jwala Gutta in the $120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold at the RWE-Sporthalle here Wednesday. Defending champion Bhat defeated local qualifier Patrick Kaemnitz 21-10, 24-22 in 36 minutes. In the...
  • Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic advance to second round of Qatar Open 2 days ago

    Doha: Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 win over Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens on Tuesday. Flipkens, who beat Petkovic in the second round at New Haven last August, showed a good touch in the first set - only to...
  • Somdev Devvarman crashes out in first round of Kolkata Open 2 days ago

    Kolkata: India's top tennis ace Somdev Devvarman crashed out in the first round of the Kolkata Open at the Bengal Tennis Association Complex on Tuesday. Tamil Nadu's Ramkumar Ramanathan, who has been training in Barcelona for the last three years, clinched the encounter 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, which lasted for two hours...
  • Rafael Nadal sees Argentina Open as next step up comeback ladder 3 days ago

    Buenos Aires: Rafael Nadal, who suffered an upset defeat in the Rio Open semi-finals at the weekend, said on Monday that he was confident of taking another step towards recovering his best form in Buenos Aires this week. The Spaniard, ranked fourth after Saturday's loss to Fabio Fognini ended a run...
  • Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka wins at Qatar Open 3 days ago

    Doha: Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka beat Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Total Open on Monday. The Belarusian, who won in 2012 and 2013, was forced to withdraw last year due to a foot inflammation. Returning to Doha as a wild card entrant, Azarenka needed just 66...
  • Leander Paes, Raven Klaasen end runners-up at Delray Beach 4 days ago

    Delray Beach: Leander Paes and his partner Raven Klaasen ended runners-up at the ATP 250 Delray Beach event, losing the summit clash 3-6 6-3 6-10 to legendary American twins Mike and Bob Bryan. It was third final appearance in five tournaments so far this season for Paes and his South African...
  • Anirban Lahiri widens gap at top of Asian Tour Order of Merit 4 days ago

    Singapore: Star Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri on Monday continued to occupy the top spot at the Asian Tour Order of Merit list after winning the Hero Indian Open on Sunday. Following the Malaysian Open victory and a joint 21st place finish at the True Thailand Classic, Lahiri had $522,300 as earnings....
  • Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest ATP winner since 1989 4 days ago

    Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest ATP winner since Jimmy Connors in 1989 when he captured the Delray Beach Open final on Sunday. The 35-year-old used his prodigious serve to break American opponent Donald Young three times for a 6-3 6-3 victory on the Florida hardcourt. Karlovic, who turns 36 on Feb....
  • Maria Sharapova less fixated on top spot but eager to beat Serena Williams 4 days ago

    Mexico City: Regaining the world's top ranking in women's tennis is less important to five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova than it was when she was younger, but the Russian is eager to beat dominant player Serena Williams. Williams beat Sharapova, who is ranked number two, to claim her 19th grand...
  • James Hahn wins playoff at Riviera for first title 4 days ago

    James Hahn clinched his maiden PGA Tour title with a gripping playoff victory over fellow American Dustin Johnson and England's Paul Casey at the Northern Trust Open on Sunday. Hahn struck his tee shot at the third extra hole, the par-three 14th, to 24 feet and coolly sank the birdie putt...
  • Simon beats Monfils to win 12th career title at Open 13 4 days ago

    Marseille: Fifth-seeded Gilles Simon claimed his 12th career title after coming out on top of a tense three-set battle with fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the Open 13 final on Sunday. Simon withstood 11 aces from Monfils and five breaks of serve before he proved the strongest in the tiebreak to...
  • Ferrer off to hot start; takes Rio title for second of season 4 days ago

    Rio de Janeiro: David Ferrer won his second tournament of the season and the 23rd ATP singles title of his career, beating Fabio Fognini on Sunday 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Rio Open. Ferrer has won all eight matches he has played against Fognini, including the previous one...
  • Golf: Anirban Lahiri lifts Indian Open title 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri's purple patch continued as he clinched the Hero Indian Open after a thrilling fight at the play-off with overnight leader SSP Chowrasia on a pulsating day at the prestigious Delhi Golf Club on Sunday. With overnight leader Chowrasia returning with five-over 76, Lahiri, who was...
  • Golf: Lydia Ko overcomes Amy Yang to become youngest Australian Open winner 5 days ago

    Melbourne: World number one Lydia Ko became the youngest Australian Open winner on Sunday, prevailing in her final round duel with South Korean Amy Yang to add another title to her ever-growing list of achievements. The 17-year-old from New Zealand shot a final round of two-under 71 for a two-shot victory...
  • Retief Goosen keeps the lead at Riviera 5 days ago

    Los Angeles: Retief Goosen had gone so long without being in contention on the weekend that he wondered how his nerves would hold up. He was tested on Saturday at Riviera and the two-time U.S. Open champion earned a passing grade. Even though he made only two pars on the back...
  • Donald Young advances to Delray Beach Open final 5 days ago

    Delray Beach: Donald Young was once a prodigy. Ten years ago, just months passed his 16th birthday, Young became the youngest year-end world No. 1 junior. He had already won the Australian Open junior title, turned pro at 14 and played in the US Open main draw. But Young has struggled...
  • Fognini knocks Rafael Nadal out of Rio Open in semi-finals 5 days ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Rafael Nadal was beaten in the semi-finals of the Rio Open on Saturday, losing 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 on clay to Italian Fabio Fognini, who will meet David Ferrer in the final. Nadal has played three tournaments this year and has not reached a final. He lost in the...
  • Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' film set for Christmas release 6 days ago

    Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone's big-screen dramatization of U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden's mass surveillance revelations will be released on Dec. 25, distributor Open Road Films said on Friday. "Snowden" will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. and British surveillance and electronic...
  • Golf: SSP Chawrasia on track for third European title 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Local favourite SSP Chawrasia will head into Sunday's final round of the Indian Open with a two-shot lead in his pocket and a third European Tour title in sight. After going 52 holes without dropping a shot at the Delhi Golf Course (DGC), his bogey-free run came to an...
  • Rafael Nadal cruises into semis of Rio Open 6 days ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame the stiffest test so far in his first clay-court tournament of the season, defeating No. 6 Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 to reach the semifinals of the Rio Open. The match ended at 3:21 in the morning local time on Saturday -more...
  • Sara Errani survives to reach semi-finals on clay in Rio Open 6 days ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy reached the semi-finals of the Rio Open on Friday after Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil retired in the deciding third set. Maia, who won took the first set, stopped with the score 3-6, 7-6 (2), 3-0 in Errani's favor. Errani will face No. 5...
  • Stan Wawrinka loses in quarter-finals at Open 13 6 days ago

    Marseille: Second-seeded Stan Wawrinka was knocked out of the Open 13 by Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine after a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 loss in the quarter-finals on Friday. The 29-year-old Stakhovsky, who will play his first semi-final since last year in Sydney, saved four of the five break points he faced in...
  • Retief Goosen hangs on to take 1-shot lead at Riviera 6 days ago

    Los Angeles: Retief Goosen handled the tough conditions at Riviera so well on Friday that it brought back some fond memories. Sure, he's a two-time US Open champion, and the Northern Trust Open drew some comparisons to golf's toughest test with its firm, fast conditions. For now, Goosen was just thrilled...
  • Ryan Moore takes early control at challenging Riviera 6 days ago

    Pacific Palisades, California: Already a winner on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, Ryan Moore put himself in good position to claim another title by seizing an early one-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open second round on Friday. Three strokes off the pace overnight, the 32-year-old American fired a three-under-par 68 on...
  • Donald Young upsets Alexandr Dolgopolov in Delray Beach quarter-final 6 days ago

    Delray Beach: Donald Young upset third-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Delray Beach Open on Friday to reach back-to-back ATP Tour semi-finals for the first time in his career. On his sixth match point, the 25-year-old American finally put away Dolgopolov with a winner on a...