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Cornet beats Makarova in Kremlin Cup first round
Cornet beats Makarova in Kremlin Cup first round

MOSCOW (AP) -- Alize Cornet of France beat hometown favorite Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup on Monday to set up a possible second-round meeting with Maria Sharapova.

The Tennis Debate: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
The Tennis Debate: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's unchallenged dominance shames the chasing pack

Agree with the arguments put forward here? Disagree? Have your say in the comments section below. First of all, a caveat: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the greatest tennis players of all time, and their collective renaissance this year has been nothing short of sensational. Sunday's

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: The five ages of tennis
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: The five ages of tennis's greatest rivalry

2017 has so far been the year when tennis went back to the future. For the first time since 2010 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal picked up the first two slams of the year, and the thrilling Australian Open final between the two evergreen legends was a reminder of why the match-up is viewed by most observers

Federer eyes ATP Finals title, top ranking after Shanghai triumph
Federer eyes ATP Finals title, top ranking after Shanghai triumph

(Reuters) - Roger Federer is eyeing a seventh ATP Finals crown and has not ruled out pinching the world number one ranking from Rafa Nadal if he maintains the form that won him his second Shanghai Masters trophy on Sunday. The 19-times grand slam winner claimed his 94th title and sixth this year with

Sharapova eyes strong finish to season after Tianjin title
Sharapova eyes strong finish to season after Tianjin title

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova is looking for a strong finish to a season that began with a doping ban and hit a high in China on Sunday when she won her first title in over two years. The former world number one, who returned from the 15-month ban in April, defeated Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka

Sharapova wins her 1st title since doping ban
Sharapova wins her 1st title since doping ban

Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title since returning from a doping ban after defeating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open on Sunday. The former top-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium at the Australian

Tyrrell Hatton puts on impressive Sunday close to win for second straight week at Italian Open

Tyrrell Hatton's slow summer has turned into an impressive fall as he closes with a 65 at the Italian Open to win his second European Tour title

Strycova beats Rybarikova in Linz final for 2nd career title
Strycova beats Rybarikova in Linz final for 2nd career title

Barbora Strycova ended a six-year wait for her second WTA singles title on Sunday by defeating Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 at the Ladies Linz. Having won 20 doubles tournaments, the 26th-ranked Czech player improved to 2-6 in career singles finals after winning her maiden title in Quebec

Maria Sharapova Wins First Title Since Drug Ban
Maria Sharapova Wins First Title Since Drug Ban

Maria Sharapova won the Tianjin Open on Sunday winning her first tournament since her return for a drug ban.Sharapova beat Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (8) as a tournament wild card.It was Sharapova's first tournament title on the WTA tour since claiming the Italian Open in 2015.Sharapova, a five-time

Federer Beats Nadal to Win Shanghai Masters Title
Federer Beats Nadal to Win Shanghai Masters Title

SHANGHAI (AP) Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.The Swiss 19-time grand slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn't

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Roger Federer produces masterclass to beat Rafael Nadal and clinch Shanghai Masters title
Roger Federer produces masterclass to beat Rafael Nadal and clinch Shanghai Masters title

Roger Federer's fantasy season continued on Sunday as he beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to lift the Shanghai Masters trophy. After the match, Federer was asked what had helped him win his last five meetings against his old nemesis. He smiled and replied "Not playing him on clay." Sunday's match was

Sharapova wins first WTA title since return from ban
Sharapova wins first WTA title since return from ban

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title in more than two years at the Tianjin Open on Sunday, showing plenty of grit and determination as she came from behind in each set to beat Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8). The Russian managed to hold serve for the first time in the match

Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban
Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open on Sunday before winning her first title since her 15-month doping ban. The former world number one, who returned to action in April, came from behind in both sets and needed four

Steve Carell
Steve Carell's 'not great' tennis talents

Steve Carell trained for three months to portray tennis player Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes" -- but says his tennis game is still "not great." (Oct. 12)

Andy Murray back in practice as he eyes exhibition comeback match against Roger Federer
Andy Murray back in practice as he eyes exhibition comeback match against Roger Federer

Andy Murray is back hitting balls again at the All England Club, sources have confirmed, after a four-week period of rest and rehabilitation in the wake of his failed attempt to participate in the US Open. The practices are not understood to be too intense at the moment, but there is a date in mind:

Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals
Nadal, Federer cruise into Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal won his 14th consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals, beating Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday. Fognini occupied Nadal for 63 minutes, nine minutes longer Nadal's second-round match. Roger Federer, seeded second to Nadal, also was not detained for long

Federer eases into Shanghai quarter-finals
Federer eases into Shanghai quarter-finals

Shanghai (AFP) - Roger Federer avoided a potential banana skin in outclassing the Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday.

Sharapova storms into Tianjin quarter-finals

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova overpowered Poland's Magda Linette to enter the quarter-finals of the Tianjin Open on Thursday and is targeting a first title since returning from a 15-month doping ban. The former world number one prevailed 7-5, 6-3 and will make her first quarter-finals appearance since

Hong Kong top seed Svitolina out injured as Zhang loses
Hong Kong top seed Svitolina out injured as Zhang loses

Injured world number four Elina Svitolina withdrew and China's eighth seed Zhang Shuai was bundled out of the Hong Kong Open on Thursday -- the latest blows to an event marred by several pre-tournament pullouts. The top seed Svitolina's withdrawal means her second-round opponent, American world

Nishikori in race to return for Australian Open
Nishikori in race to return for Australian Open

(Reuters) - Kei Nishikori is entered to play in the Australian Open, but the jury is still out on whether the Japanese can recover from a season-ending wrist injury in time for the year's first grand slam, his manager said on Thursday. The 27-year-old, who was ranked fourth in the world in March

Rublev turns tables to dump Berdych out of China Open
Rublev turns tables to dump Berdych out of China Open

(Reuters) - Russian teenager Andrey Rublev recovered from a set and a break down to storm past former winner Tomas Berdych and into the China Open quarter-finals on Thursday. Rublev, who beat the big-serving Czech 1-6 6-4 6-1, looked well out of his depth in surrendering the first set. The 19-year-old

Nadal primed for
Nadal primed for 'huge' Isner test at China Open tennis

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 on Thursday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion Nadal saw off the young Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to set up a clash with Isner in Beijing

Raonic crashes out of Japan Open with new injury
Raonic crashes out of Japan Open with new injury

(Reuters) - Former world number three Milos Raonic pulled out of the Japan Open with a calf strain on Thursday, just two days after returning from a seven-week layoff that followed surgery on his left wrist. It's hard to know the extent of it...," Raonic told the ATP World Tour website.

Dimitrov, Kyrgios storm into Beijing quarter-finals
Dimitrov, Kyrgios storm into Beijing quarter-finals

Grigor Dimitrov powered past U.S. Open semi-finalist Juan Martin del Potro 7-6(6) 7-5 to book his spot in the quarter-finals of the China Open on Wednesday. Down a break and trailing 5-2 in the second set in Beijing, Dimitrov produced some of his best tennis to reel off the next five games for his second

Kyrgios pledges to donate $50 per ace for hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Kyrgios pledges to donate $50 per ace for hurricane-hit Puerto Rico

(Reuters) - Nick Kyrgios has a big serve but he proved on Wednesday that he has an even bigger heart. After firing 11 aces in his 3-6 6-2 6-2 win over Mischa Zverev at the China Open on Wednesday, the Australian world number 19 pledged $50 for every one of them to help victims of hurricane-hit Puerto

Halep knocks error-prone Sharapova out of China Open
Halep knocks error-prone Sharapova out of China Open

(Reuters) - World number two Simona Halep beat Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-2 in the China Open third round on Wednesday for her first win over the Russian in eight attempts. Halep, who lost to Sharapova in the first round of the U.S. Open, won five out of nine break points and took advantage of an error-prone

Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King 'upset' with female Trump voters

Former tennis star Bille Jean King - whose famed 1973 tennis match against male tennis star Bobby Riggs is the subject of new movie, "Battle of the Sexes" - says she thinks women who voted for U.S. President Donald Trump "really don't like themselves." (Oct. 4)

Tennis: Ruthless Halep ousts Sharapova from China Open
Tennis: Ruthless Halep ousts Sharapova from China Open

Maria Sharapova was emphatically dumped out of the China Open in the third round on Wednesday by Simona Halep, going down 6-2, 6-2 to Romania's world number two. Sharapova, 30, struggled all week with her serve and she made a nightmare start as she lost the opening game to love, before breaking

Roger Federer back for Switzerland at Hopman Cup team event

PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Roger Federer will return to partner Belinda Bendic for Switzerland at the Hopman Cup, while Japan will make its first appearance in 16 years at the international mixed team event.

What ban? Chinese in thrall to tennis
What ban? Chinese in thrall to tennis 'goddess' Sharapova

One fellow player labelled her "a cheater" and she is said to be unpopular in the locker room, but Maria Sharapova remains a crowd favourite in China despite her doping ban. The former world number one is now 104 in the rankings and needed a wildcard to make it to the China Open, where she

Tennis: Spanish player banned for eight months for betting offences

Spanish tennis player Samuel Ribeiro Navarrete has been given an eight-month ban and fined $1,000 for "betting-related corruption offences", the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) said on Tuesday. The TIU said an investigation had found the player made 28 bets on matches between January and March

Britain
Britain's Evans given one-year ban after positive cocaine test

Britain's Dan Evans was hit with a one-year suspension on Tuesday after testing positive for cocaine in April. Evans, ranked 108th, failed the drug test at the Barcelona Open in April and went public with the result at an emotional press conference in June. "A sample was found to contain cocaine

Nadal says sport and politics don
Nadal says sport and politics don't mix after Catalonia clashes

Rafael Nadal said Tuesday that sport and politics must be separated, after Barcelona and Spanish football were dragged into the fall-out of the independence referendum in Catalonia. The 16-time Grand Slam champion was critical of the plebiscite in the lead-up, but appeared to change tack following his

Nadal saves 2 match points, advances at China Open
Nadal saves 2 match points, advances at China Open

Rafael Nadal needed to save two match points before advancing to the second round at the China Open. The top-ranked Spaniard, playing for the first time since winning the U.S. Open title last month, rallied to beat Lucas Pouille 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 Tuesday. Pouille held two match points while leading

Raonic wins first match back from injury; calls for a review
Raonic wins first match back from injury; calls for a review

After returning to the ATP Tour in style by beating Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4 at the Japan Open on Tuesday, Milos Raonic called for a review of the tennis circuit. It was Raonic's first match following a seven-week absence after left-wrist surgery. ''It's been very frustrating,''

Nadal survives big scare in Beijing opener
Nadal survives big scare in Beijing opener

World number one Rafael Nadal saved two match points to survive the first round of the China Open, just about seeing off France's Lucas Pouille in three sets on Tuesday. Pouille broke Nadal on the way to taking the first set 6-4, and the world number 23 came within a whisker of sealing a shock when

Tennis:
Tennis: 'Very happy' Nadal survives Beijing scare

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 on Tuesday. The Frenchman broke Nadal on the way to taking the first set 6-4, and the world number 23 came within a whisker of sealing an upset when

Nadal survives Pouille fright to progress at China Open
Nadal survives Pouille fright to progress at China Open

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal came within a whisker of making an opening-round exit at the China Open on Tuesday as he was pushed to three sets by Frenchman Lucas Pouille before winning 4-6 7-6(6) 7-5. Nadal needed all his experience to keep Pouille at bay in the decider and the match looked to be heading

Serena may lack intimidation factor, says US tennis great Evert
Serena may lack intimidation factor, says US tennis great Evert

New mother Serena Williams will lack some of her trademark intimidation factor when she returns to tennis, US great Chris Evert told AFP, warning that the 23-time Grand Slam-winner may find her comeback tough. Williams, who gave birth to a baby girl in September, has said she's planning to defend

Raonic hammers Troicki on tennis return in Tokyo
Raonic hammers Troicki on tennis return in Tokyo

Canada's Milos Raonic looked sharp on his return from wrist surgery Tuesday as he battered Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Japan Open. Austrian Dominic Thiem fared less well, with the the second seed being bundled out 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 by American Steve Johnson in the late

Muguruza exits on day of upsets at China Open
Muguruza exits on day of upsets at China Open

(Reuters) - World number one Garbine Muguruza fell at the first hurdle at the China Open on Monday, with the Spaniard forced to retire due to illness during her first-round match against Czech Barbora Strycova. "But I couldn't perform today." American qualifier Christina McHale served

Muguruza, Stephens make early exits at China Open
Muguruza, Stephens make early exits at China Open

(Reuters) - World number one Garbine Muguruza fell at the first hurdle at the China Open on Monday, with the Spaniard forced to retire during her first-round match against Czech Barbora Strycova. Muguruza looked sluggish throughout and was broken in the first game before losing the first set 6-1. She

Tennis: Virus-hit Muguruza retires in China Open first round
Tennis: Virus-hit Muguruza retires in China Open first round

World number one Garbine Muguruza retired ill with a virus in the first round of the China Open on Monday and US Open winner Sloane Stephens went out in a shock defeat. Spain's Muguruza suggested in the build-up that she was not fully fit after a leg injury and she lost the first set 6-1 to unseeded

Tennis: Heartbroken Nadal
Tennis: Heartbroken Nadal 'wants to cry' over Catalan vote

Spain's world number one Rafael Nadal said on Monday he was stunned and felt like crying following a banned independence referendum in Catalonia and a police crackdown. Nadal, a national hero in Spain who spoke out before the referendum to condemn it, was visibly moved as he addressed a press conference

Chinese tennis needs to
Chinese tennis needs to 'grow up', says Li Na

Li Na said she's sorry Chinese tennis has not moved on more since her retirement, as the country's fruitless search for a new champion continues. Li's two Grand Slam titles set the bar extremely high for her fellow Chinese, who have laboured in vain to match her trail-blazing achievements

Bereft Konta thrashed in China Open first round
Bereft Konta thrashed in China Open first round

The China Open claimed its first high-profile victims on Sunday with Britain's Johanna Konta and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia falling to surprise defeats in the first round. The sixth seed Konta, who reached last year's final, appeared woefully short of confidence in getting thrashed by Romania

Goffin tastes glory at Shenzhen Open
Goffin tastes glory at Shenzhen Open

It was seventh time lucky for David Goffin after the Belgian beat Alexandr Dolgopolov over three sets to win the Shenzhen Open on Sunday. The world number 12 Goffin tasted defeat in his last six finals, a bitter run stretching back to 2014. "This one is really special because you know it's always

Djokovic will benefit from long break, says new physio
Djokovic will benefit from long break, says new physio

(Reuters) - Novak Djokovic is recovering from a "significant" elbow injury and is keen to get back on the tour again, the 12-times grand slam champion's new physiotherapist Ulises Badio has said. A prolonged dip in form before the injury earlier this year forced Djokovic to curtail his

Tennis: Istomin lands Chengdu title with Baghdatis in agony
Tennis: Istomin lands Chengdu title with Baghdatis in agony

Marcos Baghdatis retired in agony from the final of the Chengdu Open on Sunday after suffering severe back spasms, handing the title to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin. Istomin was leading 3-2 in the first set when the Cypriot collapsed on the court and was unable to continue. Baghdatis had to be helped

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