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  • Rafael Nadal beats Steve Johnson to reach Madrid Open 3rd round 4 hours 11 minutes ago

    Madrid: Rafael Nadal broke Steve Johnson's serve three times and advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open by defeating the American 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday. Third-seeded Nadal extended his record of wins on clay against American opposition to 10-0 by beating the 25-year-old from Redondo Beach, California in one...
  • Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka, enters Madrid quarters 5 hours 45 minutes ago

    Madrid: Victoria Azarenka double-faulted on match point and allowed Serena Williams to reach the Madrid Open quarter-finals with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (1) win on Wednesday. After early breaks in the deciding set, Williams overshot a forehand to trail 6-5. Azarenka reached match point on serve, but double-faulted. Three consecutive...
  • Maria Sharapova beats Caroline Garcia, reaches quarter-finals of Madrid Open 8 hours 57 minutes ago

    Madrid: Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open by beating Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Wednesday. The third-seeded Russian, the defending champion who is making her sixth appearance at the Madrid tournament, broke her opponent's serve five times but was broken three times. Also, fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova...
  • Golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar upbeat about his short game 9 hours 2 minutes ago

    Domaine de Bel Ombre (Mauritius): Having fully recovered from the left wrist injury that troubled him throughout last year, Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar is hopeful of pulling his career back on track when the $1.1 million Mauritius Open gets underway here on Thursday. After tearing a ligament in his left wrist...
  • Sania Mirza enters Madrid quarters, Mahesh Bhupathi ousted 12 hours 3 minutes ago

    Madrid: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, partnering Swiss Martina Hingis, entered the women's doubles quarter-finals with a straight sets win, while compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi had to bite the dust at the Madrid Open with a first round loss in the men's doubles. In the second round, top seeds Sania and Martina,...
  • Maria Sharapova advances to 3rd round of Madrid Open Yesterday

    Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open by beating Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday. The third-seeded Russian broke Duque-Marino's serve four times while saving three break points on her own serve. "She is someone who if you give her time creates angles, slices and usually...
  • Lleyton Hewitt to skip French Open to focus on Wimbledon, Davis Cup Yesterday

    Sydney: Two-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt will not play this month's French Open in what is likely to be his last year on tour. Hewitt's manager, David Drysdale, said on Tuesday that the Australian veteran wants to focus on Wimbledon, where he won the 2002 title,...
  • Serena Williams beats Sloane Stephens, advances to Madrid Open 3rd round Yesterday

    Madrid: Serena Williams needed just 58 minutes to beat fellow American Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-0 Monday and reach the third round of the Madrid Open. The top-ranked Williams broke Stephens four times and saved both break points she faced to secure her 25th straight win. She will next face the winner...
  • Caroline Wozniacki beats Christina McHale to reach 3rd round of Madrid Open 2 days ago

    Madrid: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark powered past Christina McHale of the United States 7-5, 6-0 Monday to reach the third round of the Madrid Open. The fifth-seeded Wozniacki hit five aces and committed fewer unforced errors on the red clay to beat the 22-year-old player from Teaneck, New Jersey in 1...
  • Andy Murray snaps claycourt jinx with first title in Munich 2 days ago

    Munich: Andy Murray claimed the first claycourt title of his career on Monday with a 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(4) win over twice champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the rain-delayed Munich Open final. The 27-year-old Briton kept his cool in the final that was suspended after only 23 minutes on Sunday, winning the title...
  • Halep, Venus lose in Madrid Open first round, Serena advances 2 days ago

    Madrid: Second-seeded Simona Halep and Venus Williams both lost in the opening round of the Madrid Open on Sunday, while top-seeded Serena Williams had a trouble-free debut. Defending champion Maria Sharapova also advanced after beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-3. Halep, a finalist both in Madrid and at the French Open last...
  • Roger Federer wins Istanbul Open in straight sets 3 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer claimed his 85th title Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (11) win over Pablo Cuevas in the final of the Istanbul Open. The 17-time Grand Slam winner fended off strong resistance from the third-seeded Uruguayan, who saved four match points. Federer, who claimed his first title on clay since...
  • Richard Gasquet beats Nick Kyrgios to win Estoril Open title 3 days ago

    Portugal: Richard Gasquet of France won the Estoril Open final in straight sets, beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. The fifth-seeded Gasquet, who broke the seventh-seeded Kyrgios three times, won in just over an hour. Gasquet also saved three break chances for the 20-year-old Kyrgios. It was Gasquet's 12th career title...
  • Richard Gasquet to meet Nick Kyrgios in Estoril Open final 3 days ago

    Spain: Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet will face 20-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios in the final of the Estoril Open after both came from behind to win semifinals on Saturday. Gasquet of France rallied to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1) for a place in Sunday's final. Gasquet converted three of six...
  • Andy Murray to face Philipp Kohlschreiber in BMW Open final 3 days ago

    Munich: Top-seeded Andy Murray will face two-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the BMW Open final after both players won two matches on Saturday. Murray fired nine aces and saved five of six break points to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-4, 6-4, while Kohlschreiber needed 1 hour, 37 minutes...
  • Roger Federer beats Diego Schwarzman to advance to Istanbul Open final 4 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer rallied past Diego Schwarzman 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to reach the Istanbul Open final after a near two-hour match on Saturday. Federer recovered from a sloppy start against the eighth-seeded Argentine to remain on course for an 85th title and third this year. The 17-time Grand Slam winner will...
  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova wins Prague Open for 4th title 4 days ago

    Prague: Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova rallied from a set down to claim her fourth WTA title by defeating qualifier Lucie Hradecka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in an all-Czech final of the Prague Open on Saturday. The 14th-ranked Pliskova wasted three match points when she was 5-2 up in the final set. But she...
  • Andy Murray rallies past Lukas Rosol to reach Munich semi-finals 4 days ago

    Berlin: World number three Andy Murray remained on course for a first career clay court title after the Briton battled back from a set down to beat Czech Lukas Rosol 4-6 6-3 6-2 and reach the semi-finals of the Munich Open on Saturday. The 27-year-old Scot advanced to play Spaniard Roberto...
  • Roger Federer beats Daniel Gimeno-Traver to reach Istanbul semi-finals 5 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame some sloppy serving to beat unseeded Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3 and reach the Istanbul Open semi-finals on Friday. Federer, who dropped his serve twice, missed seven chances to break Gimeno-Traver for a second time in the second set. But the Swiss...
  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova reaches final of Prague Open 5 days ago

    Prague: Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova aced her first match point to reach the Prague Open final, beating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-4, 7-5 on Friday. It was one of 11 aces for the hard-hitting, 14th-ranked Czech. Pliskova failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set but Wickmayer double-faulted to...
  • Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beats 2nd-seeded Kevin Anderson in Estoril Open 5 days ago

    Estoril: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain upset second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the second round of the Estoril Open on Thursday. Garcia-Lopez, champion in Zagreb in February and in Bucharest last weekend, won his matchup for the first time in three tries. Eighth-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg saved...
  • Grigor Dimitrov, Pablo Cuevas advance at Istanbul Open 6 days ago

    Istanbul: Second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov eased into the quarter-finals of the inaugural Istanbul Open by beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday. Dimitrov never faced a break point in dominating Golubev. Third-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay had to work much harder to book his place in the last eight, needing two...
  • Andy Murray beats Mischa Zverev in 1st match at BMW Open 6 days ago

    Munich: Top-seeded Andy Murray began his clay-court season with a routine 6-2, 6-2 victory over qualifier Mischa Zverev to reach the quarter-finals of the BMW Open on Thursday. Murray saved all of six break points he faced, including three in the final game while serving for the match. He broke serve...
  • Paes-Stepanek knocked out of BMW Open 6 days ago

    Munich: The Indo-Czech pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek was thrashed by Austrian-Brazilian duo Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the men's doubles quarterfinals of the BMW Open tennis on Thursday. The top seeds notched up a comfortable 6-2 6-1 win in 54 minutes on the clay courts of MTTC...
  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova makes Prague Open semi-finals 6 days ago

    Prague: Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the semi-finals of the Prague Open Thursday with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 victory over wild-card entry Denisa Allertova in an all-Czech match. The 14th-ranked Pliskova got three breaks in the final set and converted her first match point with a backhand return winner to beat...
  • Indian shuttlers lose in New Zealand Open Grand Prix 6 days ago

    Auckland: The Indian campaign at the $120,000 New Zealand Open Grand Prix Gold came to an end as shuttlers Anand Pawar and Rachita Sahdev lost their respective matches at the North Shore Events Centre on Thursday. Mumbai's Pawar, seeded 11th, lost 14-21, 7-21 to South Korean third seed Lee Hyun Il...
  • Current slump is inevitable: Rafael Nadal 6 days ago

    Madrid: Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal said his struggles at the start of the season, his worst string of results in a decade, are unavoidable moments in an athlete's career. The fourth-ranked Nadal, who failed to reach the semifinals of any of the big, early-season hard-court events, including the Australian Open,...
  • Robin Haase beats top-seeded Feliciano Lopez at Estoril Open 6 days ago

    Estoril: Dutchman Robin Haase saved two match points as he came from behind to beat top-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the second round of the Estoril Open on Wednesday. Lopez, who had a bye in the first round, hit 10 aces on the clay court but...
  • Djokovic pulls out of Madrid Open to rest before French Open 6 days ago

    World number one Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week's Madrid Open for a second consecutive year to rest before the Rome Masters and the French Open, organisers of the clay Masters event said on Wednesday. "The Serb announced that ... he will take time out to rest before continuing with...
  • Top-seeded Roger Federer advances to Istanbul Open quarter-finals 6 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Roger Federer gave a demonstration of his service skills as he beat Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural Istanbul Open clay-court tournament. Federer never faced a break point and won 93 percent of his first serves. He also served nine aces while...