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Halep moves safely into French Open third round
Halep moves safely into French Open third round

Paris, May 25 (IANS) World No.6 Simona Halep overcame a slow start to book her place in the third round of the French Open tennis tournament, defeating Zarina Diyas 7-6(5), 6-2 on Wednesday. Halep won on the Philippe Chatrier court. However, it was far from straightforward for the Romanian and the 2014 finalist, who trailed 4-1 in the opening set against the Kazakhstani. In the next round, Halep will face Japanese Naomi Osaka after she eased pa

May 25 2016
Kvitova bests Kovinic at French Open
Kvitova bests Kovinic at French Open

Paris, May 22 (IANS) World No.12 Petra Kvitova kicked off Day 1 action at the French Open narrowly avoiding an upset against Danka Kovinic 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 to reach the second round here on Sunday. For a set and a half, Czech Kvitova looked to be cruising into the second round, only to suddenly find herself dragged into a dogfight against the Montenegrin. By the end, she was hanging onto her title dreams by the thinnest of threads, coming within t

May 22 2016
French Open 2016, Day 1: Petra Kvitova survives a scare; Nick Kyrgios wins
French Open 2016, Day 1: Petra Kvitova survives a scare; Nick Kyrgios wins

Petra Kvitova in action at the French Open in Paris on SundayA dark, gloomy rain-soaked morning threatened to disrupt the proceedings on the opening day of the 2016 French Open and when play began on Sunday, two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova’s future at this tournament started looking equally bleak as well.Heavy conditions certainly do not play into the Czech’s strengths as she struggled to find a footing on the Philippe Chatrie

May 22 2016
Rome Masters: Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber fall on a day of upsets
Rome Masters: Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber fall on a day of upsets

A dejected Victoria Azarenka attends her post-match press conference in Rome on WednesdayThe Foro Italico in Rome witnessed a slew of seeds making the exit on Wednesday as five WTA top-10 players fell by the wayside during second round action at the at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. World No. 2 Angelique Kerber, No. 5 Simona Halep, No. 6 Victoria Azarenka, No. 7 Roberta Vinci and No. 9 Petra Kvitova all were major casualties.It all starte

May 12 2016
Roger Federer rises to No. 2 ranking on a historic day for Swiss tennis
Roger Federer rises to No. 2 ranking on a historic day for Swiss tennis

Swiss maestro Roger FedererFollowing Andy Murray’s failure to defend his 2015 Madrid Masters title, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has climbed one spot to be World No. 2 in the latest rankings released on Monday. But the biggest news for Swiss tennis is that an unprecedented five players from the Alpine nation are now placed within the top 10 simultaneously.Besides the former World No. 1, Wawrinka is the other Swiss inside t

Madrid Open: Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori move into third round as women's seeds falter
Madrid Open: Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori move into third round as women's seeds falter

Novak Djokovic in action against Borna CoricWorld No.1 Novak Djokovic assured his place in the third round of the Madrid Open tennis tournament with a comfortable 6-2, 6-4 win over Croatian Borna Coric.Djokovic will play Spanish number 15 seed, Roberto Bautista Agut, who needed three sets to dispose of big serving Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in a game lasting two hours and 27 minutes here on Wednesday, reports Xinhua.Number six seed Kei Nishiko

May 5 2016
Madrid Open: Victoria Azarenka withdraws, Petra Kvitova knocked out
Madrid Open: Victoria Azarenka withdraws, Petra Kvitova knocked out

Victoria Azarenka during an earlier match at the 2016 Madrid OpenIn a major blow to the Madrid Open, the season’s most in-form player, Victoria Azarenka announced her withdrawal from this prestigious Premier Mandatory claycourt tournament due to a back injury on Wednesday. The fourth seed was supposed to play her third round match later in the day against 19-year-old American Louisa Chirico, who now advances to the quarter-finals.Also Read:

May 4 2016
Madrid Open Round-up: Roger Federer withdraws; Garbine Muguruza bites the dust
Madrid Open Round-up: Roger Federer withdraws; Garbine Muguruza bites the dust

Garbine Muguruza in action at the Madrid Open on MondayAll tennis fans who were waiting eagerly for the 35th chapter of the famed ‘Fedal’ rivalry to unfold in the Madrid Open quarter-finals, were in for a major disappointment on Monday as the former World No. 1 Roger Federer was forced to pull out due to a back injury. The Swiss maestro had to curtail his practice session after hurting his back in an earlier training session at the Sp

May 3 2016
WTA Madrid Open: Upsets rule the day as Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber bow out
WTA Madrid Open: Upsets rule the day as Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber bow out

Dominika Cibulkova pulled off a big upset at the Madrid Open, beating Agnieszka RadwanskaJust a week after defending her Stuttgart title, Angelique Kerber was shockingly shown the door in the opening round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday as the Spanish capital witnessed an exodus of seeds on the first day of the tournament. The second-seeded German was not the only big name to fall as the event also lost its top seed Agnieszka Radwanska i

May 2 2016
WTA Stuttgart: Laura Siegemund shocks Agnieszka Radwanska; to meet Kerber in final
WTA Stuttgart: Laura Siegemund shocks Agnieszka Radwanska; to meet Kerber in final

Laura Siegemund celebrates after her big win over Agnieszka Radwanska in Stuttgart on SaturdayQualifier Laura Siegemund continued her fairytale run at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as she upset the top seed and World No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-4, 6-2 to set up a historic all-German final with second seed Angelique Kerber in Stuttgart on Saturday.This was the seventh consecutive victory for the Stuttgart native, who is amazingly yet to drop a se

Apr 24 2016
WTA Stuttgart Open: Petra Kvitova beats Garbine Muguruza, to meet Angelique Kerber in semis
WTA Stuttgart Open: Petra Kvitova beats Garbine Muguruza, to meet Angelique Kerber in semis

Petra Kvitova in action at Stuttgart on FridayTheir last match at the WTA Finals in October turned out to be a cracker, which is why Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza’s showdown in the quarter-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Friday was a hugely anticipated contest.World No. 7 Kvitova had lost that match despite being ahead in the deciding set. This time, she came prepared for another engaging tussle with the fourth-

Apr 23 2016
WTA Stuttgart: Radwanska, Kvitova through; Halep shocked
WTA Stuttgart: Radwanska, Kvitova through; Halep shocked

A dejected Simona Halep (left) shakes hands with Laura Siegemund after her loss at Stuttgart on ThursdayThe Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart witnessed a major shock as the fourth seed and last year’s semi-finalist Simona Halep was bundled out by German qualifier Laura Siegemund 1-6, 2-6 in the second round on Thursday.The 2014 French Open runner-up was playing her first match at this venue this year and was also suffering from an ankl

Apr 22 2016
Indian Wells: Nadal comes back from the brink; Wawrinka departs
Indian Wells: Nadal comes back from the brink; Wawrinka departs

Nadal came from behind to defeat his opponent 6-7(8), 6-0, 7-5It was a much-anticipated fourth round match on Wednesday between a champion and a precocious talent from the upcoming generation. And it thoroughly lived up to the expectations in terms of shotmaking and drama as three-time BNP Paribas Open winner Rafael Nadal came back from the brink to outlast 18-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-7(8), 6-0, 7-5 after saving a match point.The young Ge

Mar 17 2016
BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) 2016: Agnieszka Radwanska reaches semis
BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) 2016: Agnieszka Radwanska reaches semis

Agnieszka Radwanska in action at Indian Wells against Petra KvitovaPolish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska fought back from 2-5 down in the second set to reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-2 7-6(3) victory over world number nine Petra Kvitova on Wednesday.Radwanska, who was a runner-up in the event two years ago, raced to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak before wrapping up victory after a little more than an hour-and-a-half of action

Mar 17 2016
Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal beats Verdasco; Djokovic, Serena progress
Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal beats Verdasco; Djokovic, Serena progress

Nadal beat Verdasco to progress to the fourth roundWorld No. 5 Rafael Nadal erased the bitter memories of his painful first round defeat at the 2016 Australian Open with a 6-0, 7-6(9) win over compatriot Fernando Verdasco in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.The last time the two Spaniards had locked horns, it was Verdasco who emerged victorious at Melbourne Park in five sets. But this time, the fourth seed was more cautious and

Mar 16 2016
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