TENNIS

  • Lleyton Hewitt to skip French Open to focus on Wimbledon, Davis Cup 4 hours 30 minutes ago

    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,...
  • Rafael Nadal receives honorary doctorate 5 hours 27 minutes ago

    Madrid: Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, ranked fourth in the world, was given an honorary doctoral degree by the European University of Madrid in a ceremony attended by hundreds of students. In Nadal's speech before receiving the degree on Monday, he underlined "values and family" as "fundamental elements" to understanding his...
  • Serena Williams beats Sloane Stephens, advances to Madrid Open 3rd round 8 hours 42 minutes ago

    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 18 hours 44 minutes 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...
  • Table Tennis: Sharath Kamal jumps to career-high 32 in world rankings 23 hours 13 minutes ago

    New Delhi: India's top table tennis player Sharath Kamal has jumped 12 places to reach a career-high 32 in the latest ITTF rankings and joining him in the top-100 for the first time is young compatriot Soumyajit Ghosh, who has moved up to 95. Sharath's steep rise in the world rankings...
  • Andy Murray snaps claycourt jinx with first title in Munich 23 hours 23 minutes 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...
  • Yuki Bhambri breaks back into top-200 after 15 months Yesterday

    New Delhi: Yuki Bhambri on Monday broke back into the top-200 after 15 months, thanks to a solid performance at the ATP Taipei Challenger, where he made the semi-finals to leap to number 186 in the latest rankings. After a jump of 30 places in the ladder, Yuki is now only...
  • Halep, Venus lose in Madrid Open first round, Serena advances Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 2 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 2 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 2 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...
  • China dominate at the World Table Tennis Championships 2 days ago

    Suzhou: Two-time defending champion Zhang Jike from China withstood a late challenge from Japanese rival Jun Mizutani to reach the men's singles last four at the world table tennis championships on Saturday. Zhang had to overcome a third set slump and some dicey moments in the fifth before beating the Japanese...
  • Tennis: Yuki Bhambri's campaign ends at Taipei Challenger 2 days ago

    Taipei: Yuki Bhambri's good run at the Taipei ATP Challenger event ended with a close semi-final defeat against Australian second seed Sam Groth, on Saturday. The unseeded Indian fought his heart out before losing the match 4-6 5-7 in 67 minutes to world number 85. Yuki managed to break his higher-ranked rival...
  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova wins Prague Open for 4th title 3 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 3 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 3 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...
  • Rafael Nadal renews contract with Kia Motors 3 days ago

    Madrid: Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal and South Korean automobile manufacturer Kia Motors on Friday extended their partnership for another five years, until 2020. The Spaniard has been a global ambassador for Kia since 2006. The 28-year-old will continue to appear in global advertising campaigns to endorse Kia by taking part...
  • Yuki Bhambri upsets Go Soeda to move to semi-finals of Taipei Challenger 3 days ago

    Bangkok: Yuki Bhambri shocked third seed Japanese Go Soeda in a tight three-set contest to storm into the semifinals of the USD 75000 ATP Challenger tennis tournament on Friday. Unseeded Indian Davis Cupper Yuki battled past world number 87 Soeda 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the quarter-final, which lasted one hour and...
  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova reaches final of Prague Open 4 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 4 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...
  • Timea Babos and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova secure upsets to reach Morocco semis 4 days ago

    Marrakech: Second-seeded Timea Bacsinszky and No. 3 Flavia Pennetta of Italy lost in three-setters as the two highest seeds went out of the Grand Prix SAR quarter-finals on Thursday. Bacsinszky was downed by seventh-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, and Pennetta fell to Timea Babos of Hungary 6-2,...
  • Grigor Dimitrov, Pablo Cuevas advance at Istanbul Open 4 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 4 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 4 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 5 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...
  • Current slump is inevitable: Rafael Nadal 5 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,...
  • Sharath Kamal withdraws, Indian campaign ends at World TT Championships 5 days ago

    Suzhou, China: India's Sharath Kamal withdrew from the World Table Tennis Championships following an injury on Thursday. The 33rd seed was to play Chinese Fang Bo in the men's singles third round but a hip injury, which he suffered during the second round match against Frenchmen Simon Gauzy, forced him to...
  • Robin Haase beats top-seeded Feliciano Lopez at Estoril Open 5 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...