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Halep tops ranking, Nadal in final

Posted by on 07/10/2017
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Halep tops ranking, Nadal in final

Halep tops ranking, Nadal in final

Halep will play Caroline Garcia in Beijing final BEIJING: Simona Halep will take over the top ranking after reaching the China Open final yesterday, and Rafael Nadal will play Nick Kyrgios for the men’s title. Halep beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4, ensuring that when the WTA rankings are updated on Monday she […]

Nadal primed for ‘huge’ Isner test at China Open tennis

Posted by on 05/10/2017
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Nadal primed for ‘huge’ Isner test at China Open tennis

Nadal primed for ‘huge’ Isner test at China Open tennis

Cirstea stuns Karolina Pliskova in Beijing BEIJING: Rafael Nadal said he was braced for the “huge” serve of John Isner after Spain’s world number one bulldozed his way into the China Open quarter-finals yesterday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal saw off the young Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to set up a clash with […]

Halep dumps Sharapova out of Beijing

Posted by on 04/10/2017
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Halep dumps Sharapova out of Beijing

Halep dumps Sharapova out of Beijing

Kyrgios smashes racket, advances to China Open q-finals BEIJING: Maria Sharapova opened up on the despair she feels in defeat after she was ruthlessly knocked out of the China Open in the third round by Romania’s Simona Halep yesterday. The world number two was an emphatic 6-2, 6-2 winner to leave five-time Grand Slam champion […]

Nadal survives Beijing scare, Halep sets up Sharapova rematch

Posted by on 03/10/2017
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Nadal survives Beijing scare, Halep sets up Sharapova rematch

Nadal survives Beijing scare, Halep sets up Sharapova rematch

Pliskova books her spot in round three with victory over Petkovic BEIJING: World number one Rafael Nadal saved two match points to avoid a shock defeat in the first round of the China Open, seeing off Lucas Pouille in three sets yesterday. The Frenchman broke Nadal on the way to taking the first set 6-4, […]

Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova for Pan Pacific title

Posted by on 24/09/2017
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Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova for Pan Pacific title

Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova for Pan Pacific title

TOKYO: Caroline Wozniacki overwhelmed Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 7-5 to retain her Pan Pacific Open title yesterday. The victory gives Wozniacki, also champion in Tokyo in 2010, her first title of the year. The Dane had lost all six of her previous finals in 2017. “This was my seventh final of the year – it […]

Nadal, Federer lead Europe in inaugural Laver Cup

Posted by on 20/09/2017
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Nadal, Federer lead Europe in inaugural Laver Cup

Nadal, Federer lead Europe in inaugural Laver Cup

PRAGUE: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will set aside their long-time rivalry when they play for Europe against the rest of the world in the inaugural Laver Cup tournament which starts tomorrow. Team Europe, featuring the world’s top two players, are overwhelming favourites to win the three-day tournament, which is named after Australian great Rod […]

Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title

Posted by on 11/09/2017
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Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title

Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title

NEW YORK: Rafael Nadal against Kevin Anderson in the US Open final shaped up as quite a mismatch – and that’s exactly what it was. His game at a high level at the end of an unusually easy path through a Grand Slam field, Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday […]

Del Potro knocks Federer out of US Open

Posted by on 07/09/2017
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Del Potro knocks Federer out of US Open

Del Potro knocks Federer out of US Open

NEW YORK: Juan Martin del Potro sensationally gatecrashed the US Open again on Wednesday, stunning five-champion Roger Federer and shattering hopes of a first New York showdown between the Swiss legend and Rafael Nadal. The Argentine giant, who won his only Grand Slam title in the city in 2009 by beating Federer in the final […]

Venus overpowers Kvitova

Posted by on 06/09/2017
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Venus overpowers Kvitova

Venus overpowers Kvitova

The oldest semi-finalist in US Open history NEW YORK: Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams became the oldest semi-finalist in US Open history at age 37 on Tuesday by defeating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2). US ninth seed Williams, seeking her third US Open crown, advanced to a Thursday matchup against […]

Sharapova ousted at US Open, Venus, Kvitova advance

Posted by on 04/09/2017
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Sharapova ousted at US Open, Venus, Kvitova advance

Sharapova ousted at US Open, Venus, Kvitova advance

NEW YORK: Maria Sharapova’s Grand Slam return after a 15-month doping ban ended Sunday with a fourth-round defeat at the US Open but the former world number one considered it a major step in her comeback. Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova rallied to eliminate the five-time Grand Slam champion 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 at Arthur Ashe […]

Shapovalov: From Davis Cup villain to US Open sensation

Posted by on 31/08/2017
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Shapovalov: From Davis Cup villain to US Open sensation

Shapovalov: From Davis Cup villain to US Open sensation

NEW YORK: Denis Shapovalov became the youngest man in 10 years to reach the US Open third round Wednesday and credited his breakthrough to being defaulted from a Davis Cup tie for firing a ball into an umpire’s eye. The 18- year-old Canadian qualifier stunned French eighth seed Jo- Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), […]

Federer out of Cincinnati with bad back, Nadal # 1

Posted by on 15/08/2017
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Federer out of Cincinnati with bad back, Nadal # 1

Federer out of Cincinnati with bad back, Nadal # 1

MASON: Wimbledon champion Roger Federer withdrew Monday from the Western & Southern Open because of a back injury. He has won the Masters series tournament seven times. The move was announced on the first full day of matches. This US Open warmup has now lost five of the top six players in the men’s rankings. […]