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Nadal wins 11th French Open title

Posted by on 10/06/2018
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Nadal wins 11th French Open title

Nadal wins 11th French Open title

PARIS: Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th French Open title yesterday with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Dominic Thiem despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final. The 32-year-old world number one now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer. Nadal endured a nervy conclusion to […]

Halep fights back to win French Open

Halep fights back to win French Open

Posted by on 09/06/2018
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Halep fights back to win French Open

PARIS: Simona Halep fought back from a set and a break down to finally achieve her “dream” of winning a Grand Slam title, beating Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a gruelling French Open final yesterday. The world number one had lost all three of her previous major finals, including two at Roland Garros, and […]

Muguruza through to semi-finals

Posted by on 06/06/2018
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Muguruza through to semi-finals

Muguruza through to semi-finals

PARIS: Garbine Muguruza thrashed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 to reach the French Open semi-finals yesterday, condemning the Russian to her worst Grand Slam defeat in more than six years. The Spanish third seed, who was the champion in Paris in 2016, will face top seed Simona Halep for a place in Saturday’s final. That semi-final […]

Thiem crushes Zverev to make last four

Posted by on 05/06/2018
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Thiem crushes Zverev to make last four

Thiem crushes Zverev to make last four

PARIS: Austrian Dominic Thiem destroyed a lacklustre and battle-weary Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-2 6-1 yesterday to reach the French Open semi-finals for the third consecutive year. Claycourt specialist Thiem’s relentless accuracy from the baseline proved too much for second seed Zverev who looked jaded after a gruelling path to his first Grand Slam quarter-final. After […]

Svitolina beats Halep to win Italian Open

Posted by on 20/05/2018
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Svitolina beats Halep to win Italian Open

Svitolina beats Halep to win Italian Open

ROME: Elina Svitolina underlined her status as a top favourite for the French Open by sweeping Simona Halep aside 6-0, 6-4 to successfully defend her Italian Open crown yesterday. In a repeat of last year’s final at the Foro Italico, Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fourth, was up against Halep a day after the Romanian top seed […]

Pliskova smashes umpire’s chair after losing Rome match

Posted by on 16/05/2018
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Pliskova smashes umpire’s chair after losing Rome match

Pliskova smashes umpire’s chair after losing Rome match

Thiem crashes in Rome, Halep demolishes Osaka ROME: Former world number one Karolina Pliskova smashed the umpire’s chair in frustration after she lost to Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the second round of the WTA Italian Open yesterday. In the third set with the sixth seeded Czech serving 6-3, 3-6, 5-5 (30/30) she had an overhead […]

Djokovic dumped out of Madrid Open

Posted by on 09/05/2018
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Djokovic dumped out of Madrid Open

Djokovic dumped out of Madrid Open

Edmund’s barnstorming forehand wreaks havoc throughout MADRID: Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Madrid Open yesterday as the 12-time Grand Slam champion lost in three sets to Britain’s Kyle Edmund. Edmund had not taken a set off Djokovic in three previous meetings but the Serb is still feeling the effects of elbow surgery and his […]

Halep sails past Mertens at Madrid Open, Del Potro wins on return

Posted by on 09/05/2018
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Halep sails past Mertens at Madrid Open, Del Potro wins on return

Halep sails past Mertens at Madrid Open, Del Potro wins on return

Kvitova beats Monica Puig to register her seventh consecutive win MADRID: Reigning champion Simona Halep edged closer to a third consecutive Madrid Open title by beating Belgium’s Elise Mertens in the second round yesterday. Halep, the winner here in 2016 and 2017, was made to work harder in the second set on Manolo Santana but […]

Pliskova overhauls Vandeweghe to win Stuttgart Grand Prix title

Posted by on 29/04/2018
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Pliskova overhauls Vandeweghe to win Stuttgart Grand Prix title

Pliskova overhauls Vandeweghe to win Stuttgart Grand Prix title

Thanks for the wild card: Vandeweghe STUTTGART: Karolina Pliskova recovered from a slow start to beat CoCo Vandeweghe 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 and claim the Stuttgart Grand Prix title yesterday. The Czech fifth seed earned the second clay trophy of her career after Prague three years ago. She was the first from her country to play […]

Djokovic crashes out in Barcelona, Nadal wins, Nishikori retires

Posted by on 25/04/2018
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Djokovic crashes out in Barcelona, Nadal wins, Nishikori retires

Djokovic crashes out in Barcelona, Nadal wins, Nishikori retires

Dimitrov moves past Gilles to reach last 16   BARCELONA: Former world number one Novak Djokovic suffered a surprise second-round exit at the Barcelona Open when the Serb was beaten 6-2 1-6 6-3 by world number 140 Martin Klizan yesterday. But favourite and 10-times champion Rafael Nadal eased past fellow Spaniard Roberto Carballes-Baena 6-4 6-4 […]

Sharapova stunned by Garcia in Stuttgart

Posted by on 24/04/2018
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Sharapova stunned by Garcia in Stuttgart

Sharapova stunned by Garcia in Stuttgart

STUTTGART: Maria Sharapova crashed out in the opening round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix yesterday as French sixth seed Caroline Garcia staged a fightback to win 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4. “This was not the result that I wanted, but I can take a lot out of this match,” Sharapova said. “I’ve not competed for a […]

India tennis star Mirza announces pregnancy

Posted by on 23/04/2018
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India tennis star Mirza announces pregnancy

India tennis star Mirza announces pregnancy

NEW DELHI: Grand Slam-winning Indian tennis star Sania Mirza yesterday announced she is pregnant, describing herself as “ecstatic” but giving no indication whether she would retire from the sport. Mirza and her husband, former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik, posted a picture on their Twitter accounts of a baby vest and a feeding bottle between […]

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