Tennis

  • Maria Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarter-finals 24-04-2014 07:56 PM

    Stuttgart: Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarter-final clash with top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska. The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed little over an hour-and-a-half to defeat her fellow Russian, keeping alive her bid to win the tournament for the third year-in-a-row....
  • Kei Nishikori reaches quarterfinals of Barcelona Open 24-04-2014 07:48 PM

    Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open by beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-0, 6-4 on Thursday. Nishikori had been sidelined by a groin injury since beating Roger Federer last month. Russian player Teymuraz Gabashvili followed up his win over fifth-ranked David Ferrer with a 6-4, 6-2...
  • Radwanska eases into Stuttgart quarter-finals 24-04-2014 07:22 PM

    Stuttgart: Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-2 to book her quarter-final place at the Porsche Grand Prix on Thursday. The Polish world no. 3 had little difficulty in wrapping up the match in 1 hour 19 minutes, and will face defending two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova...
  • Somdev Devvarman-Ante Pavic go down in Barcelona Open quarters 24-04-2014 07:20 PM

    Somdev Devvarman and his Croatian partner Ante Pavic bowed out of the Barcelona Open, following defeat in the doubles quarterfinals on Thursday. Somdev and Pavic frittered away a one-set lead to lose 6-4 3-6 5-10 to Jesse Huta Galung and Stephanie Robert in the last-eight stage contest of the Euro...
  • Petra Kvitova beaten in first major upset at Stuttgart 24-04-2014 10:18 AM

    Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday. The 102nd-ranked Kleybanova rallied from 5-3 down in the second set to beat her Czech opponent. It was the Russian's first victory against a top-10 player since winning...
  • Ivanovic beats Lisicki in 1st round at Stuttgart 23-04-2014 11:47 PM

    Stuttgart: Ana Ivanovic defeated Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-3 to send the Wimbledon finalist out in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday. Ivanovic, the world No. 12 and former French Open winner, needed just one hour to beat the 24-year-old Berliner. It left three of the six...
  • Bucharest defending champ Rosol reaches quarters 23-04-2014 08:51 PM

    Bucharest: Defending champion Lukas Rosol reached the Nastase Tiriac Trophy quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over eighth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Wednesday. The Czech saved seven of the eight break points he faced on the clay at BNR Arenas. Rosol moved the defense of his first ATP title...
  • 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...
  • Andreas Seppi and Nicolas Mahut make early exits in Bucharest 23-04-2014 10:21 AM

    Bucharest: Sixth-seeded Andreas Seppi was knocked out of the first round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Tuesday, along with seventh-seeded Nicolas Mahut. Carlos Berlocq of Argentina ousted Italy's Seppi 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 (4) on the outdoor clay at the BNR Arenas, while qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu defeated Mahut 6-3, 6-1...
  • 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...
  • Maria Sharapova survives scare to progress at Stuttgart 23-04-2014 09:55 AM

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova survived a first-round scare at the Porsche Grand Prix by defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(2) on Tuesday. The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed three hours, 24 minutes for her 100th clay victory, three days after her 27th birthday. Sharapova, who is bidding to win the tournament for...
  • 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...
  • Nieminen makes second round in Bucharest 22-04-2014 12:19 PM

    Bucharest: Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen's first match against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina took more than two hours to win in the first round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Monday. Eighth-seeded Nieminen prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) on the outdoor clay at BNR Arenas against the Vina del Mar finalist....
  • 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...
  • Kaia Kanepi advances in Stuttgart, Caroline Wozniacki pulls out 22-04-2014 11:49 AM

    Stuttgart: Kaia Kanepi of Estonia defeated lucky loser Johanna Konta of Britain 7-6 (4), 6-4 to book her place in the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Monday. Konta lost her qualifier to Italy's Giola Barbieri but was given a place in the first round when former world...
  • Germany to play Czech Republic in Fed Cup final 21-04-2014 10:11 AM

    Germany will take on the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final after both countries wrapped up their semi-final victories by winning the first reverse singles on Sunday. Germany's Angelique Kerber overcame Sam Stosur in three sets and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Roberta Vinci 6-3, 7-5 as both...
  • France edge USA 3-2 in Fed Cup 21-04-2014 09:47 AM

    Caroline Garcia is still trying to figure out her recent success. The 20-year-old almost single handedly led France to a 3-2 upset of the United States in Fed Cup competition on Sunday. Garcia had a hand in all three of her country's victories. She beat the USA's Madison Keys and...
  • Stanislas Wawrinka beats Roger Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters 20-04-2014 09:40 PM

    Monaco: Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final on Sunday. The Australian Open champion had lost his previous two Masters finals and looked like losing a third until Federer's level dropped...
  • France, United States tied 1-1 in Fed Cup 20-04-2014 12:52 PM

    St. Louis: Madison Keys rallied for a three-set victory over Alize Cornet on Saturday, giving the United States a split of the opening two matches in their Fed Cup weekend against France. Keys dropped the first set to Cornet and then trailed 5-3 in the second before she came back...
  • Germany storm into Fed Cup final 20-04-2014 12:45 PM

    Brisbane: Germany sealed their place in the Fed Cup final by taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Australia when Angelique Kerber beat Sam Stosur in three sets on Sunday. Kerber overcame a slow start to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 and put Germany into their first Fed Cup final since 1992,...
  • Novak Djokovic out for 'some time' with wrist injury 20-04-2014 11:09 AM

    Novak Djokovic said on Saturday he would not be able to play tennis "for some time" after being hampered by a wrist injury at the Monte Carlo Masters. The Serbian second seed was knocked out 7-5 6-2 by former world number one Roger Federer in the semi-finals, being clearly bothered...
  • Czech Republic lead Italy 2-0 in Fed Cup semifinal 20-04-2014 10:50 AM

    Prague: The Czech Republic lead 2-0 over Italy in tennis Fed Cup semifinal after the two singles games that were played on Saturday. Czech player Safarova beat Italian Errani 6-4, 6-1 and Kvitova, who is the current world No. 6 in WTA single's ranking, beat Giorgi 6-4, 6-2, Xinhua reported....
  • 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,...
  • Roger Federer defeats Novak Djokovic to enter Monte Carlo final 19-04-2014 09:12 PM

    Monaco: Roger Federer defeated defending Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to set up an all-Swiss final against Stanislas Wawrinka. Djokovic complained of soreness in his right wrist at the start of the week and took to the court with it heavily strapped. Although he seemed...
  • Stanislas Wawrinka beats David Ferrer to reach Monte Carlo final 19-04-2014 08:47 PM

    Monaco: Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka reached the Monte Carlo Masters final after beating Spaniard David Ferrer 6-1, 7-6 (3) on Saturday to set up a possible all-Swiss decider against Roger Federer. Although the third-seeded Wawrinka made a string of unforced errors - 40 compared to 12 for Ferrer -...
  • Agnieszka Radwanska gives Poland 1-0 lead over Spain in Fed Cup 19-04-2014 06:43 PM

    Spain: Agnieszka Radwanska eased to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Silvia Soler-Espinosa to give Poland a 1-0 lead over Spain in their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday. The third-ranked Radwanska hit 33 winners to Soler-Espinosa's 17 to claim the match on the outdoor red clay court at the...
  • Czech Republic lead Italy 1-0 in Fed Cup semis 19-04-2014 06:43 PM

    Ostrava: The Czech Republic took a 1-0 lead over defending champion Italy in the Fed Cup semi-finals Saturday after Lucie Safarova defeated Sara Errani 6-4, 6-1 in the opening singles match. The 26th-ranked Safarova converted her first match point with a return winner to complete the victory over her 11th-ranked...