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  • Top seed Sorana Cirstea falls, Svitolina advances in Baku 1 hour 49 minutes ago

    Baku: Top-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania took a 6-1, 6-1, 50-minute beating from Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in the Baku Cup second round on Thursday. Cirstea, who had won all four previous matches against Voegele, held serve only once. Her service game was woeful, while Voegele got away with making only...
  • Titleholder Mikhail Youzhny advances at Swiss Open 2 hours 1 minutes ago

    Gstaad: Top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny began his Swiss Open title defense by beating Kenny De Schepper of France 6-3, 6-4 in a second-round match on Thursday. The 19th-ranked Russian forced a single service break in each set and denied De Schepper any chances to break back. The French left-hander sent down seven...
  • Florian Mayer of Germany pulls out of US Open 2 hours 5 minutes ago

    New York: Florian Mayer has pulled out of the US Open. The 62nd-ranked German hasn't played since March, when he withdrew from his match against Novak Djokovic at Key Biscayne because of a groin injury. He missed the French Open and Wimbledon. His withdrawal from the US Open was announced on...
  • Qualifier Pablo Cuevas upsets Andreas Seppi in Umag 2nd round 1 hour 40 minutes ago

    Croatia: Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay upset sixth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday to become the first qualifier to reach the Croatia Open quarter-finals in seven years. Also, a local wild card, Borna Coric, last year's Junior US Open champion, beat qualifier Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-3...
  • John Isner survives Ginepri test as seeds fall in Atlanta 2 hours 6 minutes ago

    Top seed American John Isner saved two match points before edging compatriot Robby Ginepri 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the second round of the Atlanta Open on Thursday. The defending champion was set for an early exit when down 4-5 and 15-40 in the deciding third set but leant on his...
  • Vasek Pospisil advances to Atlanta Open quarter-finals Yesterday

    Atlanta: Fourth-seeded Vasek Pospisil of Canada advanced to the Atlanta Open quarter-finals, beating Ukrainian qualifier Illya Marchenko 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday. "I'm fairly relaxed, and I was feeling the ball well this morning," Pospisil said. "When I'm feeling the ball well, I don't panic." In other second-round matches, Slovakia's Lukas Lacko beat...
  • Cilic, Rosol in Umag quarterfinals Yesterday

    Umag: Third-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia beat Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open. It was Cilic's fourth victory over Sijsling in as many encounters and the Croatian was dominant from the start. Playing steadily from the baseline, he took a 5-2 lead...
  • Juan Monaco beats 3rd seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at Swiss Open Yesterday

    Switzerland: Juan Monaco of Argentina beat third-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the Swiss Open second round on Wednesday. Monaco took advantage of Garcia-Lopez's service problems in a match which had nine breaks of serve. Monaco, who was a top-10 player in 2012, has won seven of his eight...
  • Rosol, Berlocq and Montanes win in Umag 2 days ago

    Fifth-seeded Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic needed a late rally to beat 100th-ranked Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in the first round of the Croatia Open on Tuesday. Schwartzman was serving at 4-3 in the third set and the Argentine even had game point to increase his lead....
  • Jack Sock advances in Atlanta Open 2 days ago

    Jack Sock beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the BB&T Atlanta Open on Tuesday. Sock and partner Vasek Popisil won the doubles title at Wimbledon earlier this month, upsetting the top-ranked team of Mike and Bob Bryan in the finals. The 21-year-old Sock said doubles success on the...
  • Two-time champ Thomaz Bellucci wins 1st match at Swiss Open 2 days ago

    Switzerland: Two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci won his first-round match at the Swiss Open on Tuesday, beating Gerald Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-4. The 93rd-ranked Brazilian, who next plays fifth-seeded Federico Delbonis of Argentina, won two of his three career titles on clay in the Swiss mountains, in 2009 and 2012. Last year's...
  • Serena tops WTA rankings, Sania maintains 5th place in doubles 2 days ago

    New Delhi: American star Serena Williams continued to occupy top spot in the singles WTA rankings while former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki climbed two places to 13th. India's Sania Mirza maintained her career-high fifth place ranking in the doubles. Sania, who turned pro in 2003 and overcame a career-threatening wrist injury...
  • Djokovic retains singles top spot, Paes 13th in doubles 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Serbian Novak Djokovic sits atop the ATP singles rankings with 13,130 points while Spaniard Rafael Nadal is not far behind in second place with 12,670 points. Meanwhile, with 4,250 points Leander Paes is the top ranked Indian in men's doubles, retaining his 13th place. Rohan Bopanna remains in 20th...
  • Maria Kirilenko ends engagement to NHL star Alex Ovechkin 3 days ago

    Another sports power couple's engagement is off. Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since...
  • Carreno Busta, Coric reach second round in Umag 3 days ago

    Pablo Carreno Busta saved two match points to defeat Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 and reach the second round of the Croatia Open on Monday. Lorenzi won the first set and got an early break in the second, but the 57th-ranked Carreno Busta then won six straight games to level....
  • Bojana Jovanovski advances at Baku Cup 3 days ago

    Fifth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia survived a scare against Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria, winning 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 Monday to advance to the second round of the Baku Cup. Mayr-Achleitner served for the match at 5-4 in the second set against Jovanovski, who won this WTA event in 2012. Also on Monday, Shahar...
  • Querrey edges doubles partner Johnson in Atlanta opener 3 days ago

    Sam Querrey put aside his partnership with doubles team-mate Steve Johnson to start his Atlanta Open with a 7-6, 7-5 win on Monday. The two Americans will play doubles at the tournament and drew each other in singles for the first time in their careers. The big-serving Querrey struck 20 aces...
  • Viktor Troicki wins match at Swiss Open after 1-year ban 3 days ago

    Gstaad: Viktor Troicki returned from a one-year ban for a doping rules violation with victory in the Swiss Open first round on Monday. Now ranked No. 847, the 28-year-old Serbian beat No. 8-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (4), 6-4. Troicki was ranked No. 53 last July when the International Tennis Federation...
  • Barthel beats Scheepers at Swedish Open final 4 days ago

    Germany's Mona Barthel beat Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the final to win the Swedish Open on Sunday. It was the third WTA career title for the 24-year-old Barthel, who is currently ranked 61st. Barthel had also won their last meeting in Hobart, Australia, in January 2013. "I...
  • Leonardo Mayer upsets David Ferrer in Hamburg for 1st title 4 days ago

    Hamburg: Leonardo Mayer upset top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-7 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (4) on Sunday in the Hamburg Open final for the Argentine's first ATP title. The 46th-ranked Mayer saved five of the eight break points he faced and converted five of his seven chances to beat the seventh-ranked Spaniard...
  • Caroline Wozniacki defeats Roberta Vinci to win Istanbul Cup title 4 days ago

    Istanbul: Caroline Wozniacki overpowered second-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday to win the Istanbul Cup final and clinch her first WTA title of the year. Top-seeded Wozniacki needed only 67 minutes against the 24th-ranked Italian at the hard-court Koza World of Sport Complex. Wozniacki won 76 percent of points on...
  • Leonardo Mayer to play David Ferrer in Hamburg final 5 days ago

    Leonardo Mayer of Argentina will play top-seeded David Ferrer in the Hamburg Open final after they won straight-sets semi-finals over local hopes on Saturday. The 46th-ranked Mayer converted four of his seven break chances to upset the seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-4, and Ferrer eased past 17-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-0, 6-1. The...
  • Top seed Wozniacki against Vinci in Istanbul final 5 days ago

    Two months after the end of their engagement, Caroline Wozniacki could join former fiance Rory McIlroy in becoming a champion on Sunday. Wozniacki will play Roberta Vinci of Italy for the Istanbul Cup title after they reached the final as seeded, 1 and 2, on Saturday. While golfer McIlroy was building a...
  • Mona Barthel to play Chanelle Scheepers in Swedish Open final 5 days ago

    Bastad: Mona Barthel of Germany will face Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa in the Swedish Open final. Barthel defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, after Scheepers beat Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 7-5, 6-2 in the first semi-final on Saturday. Barthel will be playing for her third WTA career title, while...
  • Everything is on track, IPTL will pan out as planned: Mahesh Bhupathi 5 days ago

    New Delhi: There is no threat to the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), veteran Indian star Mahesh Bhupathi said on Saturday, asserting that none of the team owners has pulled out and a multi-year deal was firmly in place with the country's biggest broadcaster for his ambitious event. Bhupathi woke up...
  • Caroline Wozniacki through to Istanbul semi-finals 6 days ago

    Istanbul: Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark advanced to the semi-finals of the Istanbul Cup on Friday after being taken to three sets by eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Wozniacki, who served six aces and saved four of five break points, won 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. She was joined by second-seeded Roberta...
  • 17-year-old Alexander Zverev reaches Hamburg semi-finals 6 days ago

    Germany: The 17-year-old Alexander Zverev reached the semifinals of his hometown tournament by defeating Tobias Kamke 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the Hamburg Open on Friday. Zverev earned just six points in the opening set, but he saved seven of 11 break points and converted four chances to beat his fellow Hamburg...
  • Nicolas Almagro of Spain withdraws from US Open 6 days ago

    New York: Nicolas Almagro has withdrawn from the US Open. The 27th-ranked Spaniard hasn't played since retiring from his first-round match at the French Open in May because of a left foot injury. Friday's announcement means he'll miss two straight major tournaments after pulling out of Wimbledon. The 28-year-old Almagro's best finish...
  • Mona Barthel advances to Swedish Open semi-finals 6 days ago

    Sweden: Mona Barthel of Germany beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2, 7-6 in the Swedish Open quarter-finals on Friday. The 54th-ranked Kanepi was the highest ranked player left in the tournament after early defeats for the top eight seeded players. Barthel won on the first of two match points. Barthel, chasing her...
  • Vinci, Nara, Pliskova make Istanbul quarters 1 week ago

    Istanbul: Second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy advanced to the Istanbul Cup quarter-finals when Romanian qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru retired with a right shoulder injury while trailing 6-3, 4-1 on Thursday. Vinci also beat Dulgheru last week in Bucharest en route to her first WTA final in a year. Vinci next faces sixth-seeded Kurumi...

Formula One

Lewis Hamilton hopes to agree new deal this year

Lewis Hamilton hopes to agree a new deal with Mercedes this season even though his current contract still has more than a year to run.