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Federer leaves rival chasing shadows

Posted by on 09/07/2018
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Federer leaves rival chasing shadows

Federer leaves rival chasing shadows

Nishikori outlasts Gulbis to reach first quarter-final LONDON: Over the past week none of Roger Federer’s opponents needed to play on a court with a retractable roof as Wimbledon has been roasting in 30 degrees Celsius temperatures. What they would probably have preferred is to play on a Centre Court with a retractable grass surface […]

Nadal passes tricky test against Kukushkin

Posted by on 05/07/2018
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Nadal passes tricky test against Kukushkin

Nadal passes tricky test against Kukushkin

LONDON: The scoreboard said 6-4 6-3 6-4 to Rafael Nadal but it was an uneasy two-and-a-half hours for the Spanish world number one as he labored past Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin into the Wimbledon third round yesterday. Two-time champion Nadal, 32, never quite got to grips with the unorthodox Kazakh’s low, skidding shots and faced 13 […]

Federer, Serena, Venus move on

Posted by on 04/07/2018
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Federer, Serena, Venus move on

Federer, Serena, Venus move on

LONDON: Roger Federer extended his flawless winning streak at Wimbledon to 26 consecutive sets as the defending champion crushed Lukas Lacko, while Serena Williams powered to her 16th successive win in yesterday’s second round action. While Federer and Serena strolled, Caroline Wozniacki suffered fresh Wimbledon woe as the world number two suffered a shock 6-4, […]

World number one Nadal kills curse of 100 club at Wimbledon

Posted by on 03/07/2018
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World number one Nadal kills curse of 100 club at Wimbledon

World number one Nadal kills curse of 100 club at Wimbledon

LONDON: World number one Rafael Nadal breezed into the Wimbledon second round yesterday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win over Israel’s Dudi Sela as the Spaniard returned to action for the first time since claiming his 11th French Open title. Nadal, the Wimbledon champion in 2008 and 2010, also managed to avoid falling victim to […]

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 […]