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  • Kei Nishikori beats Pablo Andujar to defend Barcelona Open title 12 hours 35 minutes ago

    Spain: Top-seeded Kei Nishikori successfully defended his title at the Barcelona Open by beating Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday's final. The fifth-ranked Japanese fought back from early breaks in both sets to claim his second clay-court title in as many years at the Real Club de Tenis. Nishikori finished off...
  • Garcia-Lopez wins Nastase Tiriac Trophy 14 hours 1 minutes ago

    Bucharest: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez has won the Nastase Tiriac Trophy final, beating Jiri Vesely 7-6 (5), 7-6 (11) Sunday on his sixth match point. The fifth-seeded Spaniard took a 3-0 lead in the first set before his Czech opponent rallied, with Garcia-Lopez needing to save two set points to force the first...
  • Angelique Kerber upsets Caroline Wozniacki to win Porsche Grand Prix 14 hours 6 minutes ago

    Germany: Home favorite Angelique Kerber rallied to upset Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix for her second straight title on Sunday. After losing the opening set, Kerber twice broke the fourth-seeded Dane in the second. Wozniacki saved three match points at 6-5 in the...
  • Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs Jiri Vesely in Nastase Tiriac Trophy final Yesterday

    Romania: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic will play for their second ATP title of the year in the Nastase Tiriac Trophy, where they will meet for the first time on tour. Sunday's finale was set up when Garcia-Lopez lost his serve only once in beating...
  • Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to reach Porsche Grand Prix final Yesterday

    Germany: Caroline Wozniacki reached the Porsche Grand Prix final with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 win over second-seeded Simona Halep on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Dane needed almost three hours to prevail, winning four games in a row in the third set to go 5-1 ahead. After missing three match points and being...
  • Kei Nishikori beats Martin Klizan to return to Barcelona Open final Yesterday

    Spain: Defending champion Kei Nishikori is back in the final of the Barcelona Open after beating Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2 on Saturday. The top-seeded Japanese will face either third-seeded David Ferrer or Pablo Andujar in Sunday's final. Klizan had won their only previous match at last year's French Open, but...
  • Nishikori, Ferrer advance to Barcelona Open semi-finals 2 days ago

    Barcelona: Defending champion Kei Nishikori made his way into the Barcelona Open semifinals by holding off Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on Friday. Third-seeded David Ferrer also advanced by beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (5) as he stayed on course for a fifth final appearance at the tournament. After the...
  • Halep, Wozniacki to meet in Porsche Grand Prix semifinals 2 days ago

    Stuttgart: Simona Halep of Romania and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will meet in the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix after winning their respective quarterfinals on Friday. The second-seeded Halep needed 81 minutes to defeat Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-4, while the fourth-seeded Wozniacki had little trouble in defeating Carla...
  • Navratilova ends coaching role with Radwanska 2 days ago

    Eighteen-times grand slam singles champion Martina Navratilova has quit as a part-time consultant to world number nine Agnieszka Radwanska after just five months in the role. The Pole hired Navratilova in December with the aim of reaching the latter stages of more big tournaments but the American great said she had...
  • Seventh-seeded Jiri Vesely reaches semi-finals of Nastase Tiriac 2 days ago

    Romania: Seventh-seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic reached his third ATP tour semifinal of the season by overcoming third-seeded Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-4 on Friday at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy. Vesely withstood 11 aces from the hard-serving Karlovic to wrap up the win in 79 minutes. Vesely said "I was...
  • Kei Nishikori beats Roberto Bautista Agut in 3 sets at Barcelona Open 2 days ago

    Defending champion Kei Nishikori made his way into the semifinals of the Barcelona Open by holding off Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on Friday. After the top-seeded Nishikori won the first set easily, Bautista Agut rebounded in the second and got his first break. He then saved three break points...
  • Bopanna-Mergea ousted from Bucharest quarters 2 days ago

    Bucharest: Indo-Romanian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea were ousted from the men's doubles quarter-finals of the Romanian Open at the Arenele BNR. Second seeds Bopanna and Mergea went down 4-6, 6-7(6) to local wildcard pair Marius Copil and Adrian Ungur on Thursday. The winners proceeded to the semi-finals...
  • Maria Sharapova upset by Angelique Kerber in Porsche Grand Prix 2nd round 3 days ago

    Stuttgart: Angelique Kerber of Germany upset three-time defending champion Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Thursday. The top-seeded Russian won four straight games to clinch the first set. But she made some errors to drop the second, and faded in the third....
  • Rafael Nadal loses to Fognini in straight sets at Barcelona Open 3 days ago

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal's clay-court woes mounted on Thursday at the Barcelona Open with another loss. The eight-time champion lost to Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the third round, a year after his 41-match winning streak ended in the quarterfinals. After losing the first set, Nadal appeared to have rebounded and...
  • Nastase Tiriac Trophy: Gael Monfils to face Simone Bolelli in quarter-finals 3 days ago

    Romania: Second-seeded Gael Monfils advanced to the quarter-finals of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy by beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-2 Thursday. It was the Frenchman's first win over Youzhny in their fourth meeting. Monfils will next face eighth-seeded Simone Bolelli, who advanced to the quarter-finals for the third time this year by beating...
  • Kei Nishikori beats Santiago Giraldo to reach Barcelona Open quarter-final 3 days ago

    Barcelona: Defending champion Kei Nishikori eased past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open. Nishikori beat Giraldo last year in straight sets at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona to win his first clay-court title, and the top-seeded Japanese had little trouble...
  • Sara Errani upsets Agnieszka Radwanska at Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 3 days ago

    Stuttgart: Italian Sara Errani defeated No. 7 seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 7-6 (8), 6-4. Errani won with a typically dogged performance to triumph on Wednesday. She is currently World No. 15. "It was really tough. Sunday's Fed Cup matches were really tough and I was quite tired...
  • Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis suffer shock first defeat 3 days ago

    Stuttgart: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis lost their first competitive match as a women's doubles team as they crashed out of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. First-time pairing of Petra Martic and Stephanie Vogt pulled of a straight set stunner, 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday. Martic and Vogt were playing together for the...
  • Leander Paes-Daniel Nestor crash out of Barcelona Open 4 days ago

    Barcelona: Leander Paes and his doubles partner Daniel Nestor crashed out of the Barcelona Open tennis tournament on Wednesday. The Indian-Canadian third seeded pair lost 5-7, 2-6 to Spaniards Tommy Robredo and David Marrero in a round of 16 match. ...
  • Rohan Bopanna-Florin Mergea enter men's doubles quarterfinals in Bucharest 4 days ago

    Bucharest: The Indian-Romanian tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea entered the men's doubles quarterfinals after receiving a walkover at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Wednesday. The second seeds were supposed to play the Cypriot-Russian combination of Marcos Baghdatis and Mikhail Youzhny, who pulled out of the draw. Bopanna and...
  • Rafael Nadal beats Nicolas Almagro, Marin Cilic loses in Barcelona Open 2nd round 4 days ago

    Spain: Rafael Nadal avenged last year's loss to Nicolas Almagro by beating his fellow Spaniard 6-3, 6-1 at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, while U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic slumped to a second-round exit. The second-seeded Nadal, who lost last week to Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo semifinals, rebounded with...
  • Marin Cilic loses in straight sets to Victor Estrella at Barcelona Open 4 days ago

    Spain: U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic was eliminated in the second round of the Barcelona Open on Wednesday, losing to Victor Estrella of the Dominican Republic 6-4, 6-4. The 34-year-old Estrella broke Cilic four times on the red clay and finished off the ninth-ranked Croat by holding serve to love in...
  • Guillermo Garcia-Lopez defeats Lorenzo Giustino at the Nastase Tiriac Trophy 4 days ago

    Bucharest: Fifth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez lost only five service points in beating qualifier Lorenzo Giustino 6-2, 6-0 Tuesday at the Nastase Tiriac Trophy. The 2013 champion from Spain will next face Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. Baghdatis beat Steve Darcis 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. Also, eighth-seeded Simone Bolelli saved five of seven...
  • Top-seeded Kei Nishikori eases past Teymuraz Gabashvili in Barcelona 5 days ago

    Top-seeded Kei Nishikori began the defense of his Barcelona Open title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia on Tuesday. Nicolas Almagro also advanced to the second round, where he will face eight-time winner Rafael Nadal, after opponent Paolo Lorenzi retired 10 minutes into the match with Almagro...
  • Not ready for clay-court season yet, says Serena Williams 6 days ago

    Twice French Open champion Serena Williams said her struggle to beat Sara Errani in the Fed Cup on Sunday had been a real "eye-opener" as the clay-court season gets into full swing. World number one Williams eventually prevailed 4-6, 7-6(3) 6-3 against the dogged Italian to take her career record over...
  • I am used to threat posed by Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal 6 days ago

    Barcelona: A red hot Novak Djokovic is being tipped to end Rafa Nadal's stranglehold at Roland Garros in June but the Spaniard dismissed the threat as being no different to those he has faced before. The Serbian world number one has been an unstoppable force in recent weeks, winning 17 matches...
  • Serena Williams has a solution to liven up Fed Cup 6 days ago

    Italy: Seeing Serena Williams play three matches over two days in Fed Cup was a rare treat over the weekend. After all, the top-ranked player mostly limits her appearances in the team competition to her needs for Olympic qualification. If Fed Cup were to move away from its annual format, however, Williams...
  • Czech Republic beat France 3-1 in Fed Cup semi-final 6 days ago

    Ostrava: Defending champions Czech Republic beat France 3-1 to advance to the Fed Cup tennis final in the second day's game of the last four stage. World No.4 Petra Kvitova beat French player Caroline Garcia in straight sets of 6-4, 6-4 and got the winning point for the Czech team, while...
  • Tennis: Teliana Pereira wins Claro Open Colsanitas 6 days ago

    Bogota, Colombia: Brazil's Teliana Pereira won the Claro Open Colsanitas on Sunday to become the WTA Tour's first Brazilian winner in 27 years, beating fifth-seeded Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 7-6 (2), 6-1. The 26-year-old Pereira is the first Brazilian woman to win on tour since Neige Dias in Barcelona in April...
  • Davis Cup final may be played at neutral venue 6 days ago

    Sochi, Russia: The International Tennis Federation is considering playing future Davis Cup finals at a neutral venue. ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti told The Associated Press on Sunday that the idea is among several proposed changes to the competition, along with fifth-set tiebreakers to prevent marathon matches. "We are considering perhaps to...

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