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French Open Round-up: 200 Slam wins for Rafael Nadal; Novak Djokovic triumphs
French Open Round-up: 200 Slam wins for Rafael Nadal; Novak Djokovic triumphs

Rafael Nadal recorded his 200th Grand Slam winNine-time champion Rafael Nadal became the eighth man ever to record 200 wins at a Grand Slam as he triumphed 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 over the 99th ranked Facundo Bagnis to enter the third round of the 2016 French Open in Paris on Thursday. Joining him was the top seed and World No. 1 Novak Djokovic who is chasing his elusive maiden crown at Roland Garros.The Spaniard had the slightly more comfortable win

May 27 2016
French Open 2016: 5 amazing statistical possibilities at Roland Garros
French Open 2016: 5 amazing statistical possibilities at Roland Garros

Nadal will be hoping to lift a record10th title at Roland GarrosThe 2nd Grand Slam of 2016 has kicked off. This is the time of the year when the world’s best tennis players descend on Paris to compete for the coveted French Open crown. From Novak Djokovic vying for his first French Open title to Serena Williams playing to win the only Grand Slam that she has not won back-to-back, there is a lot to look forward to at this year’s F

May 26 2016
Safarova eases through in French Open
Safarova eases through in French Open

Paris, May 23 (IANS) The opening day of the 2016 French Open was cut short as rain twice halted play on Sunday, when only 10 out of 32 scheduled matches were completed, including a quick win by women's singles No. 11 seed Lucie Safarova. The Czech player, last year's runner-up to Serena Williams, eased through to the second round with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Russian Vitalia Diatchenko, just in time to avoid the second rain suspension on Sunday,

May 23 2016
French Open Women’s Draw analysis: Does Serena Williams have any challenger?
French Open Women’s Draw analysis: Does Serena Williams have any challenger?

Serena Williams in action during the Italian OpenIf there were doubts swirling in the minds of tennis fans about the form of Serena Williams, then the World No. 1 dispelled them with a confidence-boosting performance at Rome last week. The hunger and motivation looked strong as ever and it definitely makes her the unanimous favourite to lay her hands on a fourth trophy in Paris.However, the 34-year-old has not tasted Slam glory since winning the

May 21 2016
French Open: Top 5 contenders for the women’s singles title
French Open: Top 5 contenders for the women’s singles title

Paris is once again decked up as its biggest tennis festival has arrived. There’s feverish excitement all around to see who will reign supreme at the French Open two weeks from now.Undoubtedly, the World No. 1 and defending champion Serena Williams is the hot favourite yet again. Who can be her biggest challengers? We present the top five contenders for the women’s singles title:#1 Serena WilliamsWorld No. 1 Serena Williams endured on

10 things that happened the last time Roger Federer missed a Grand Slam
10 things that happened the last time Roger Federer missed a Grand Slam

World No. 3 Roger Federer earlier today announced his withdrawal from the French Open, apologizing to fans as he revealed his back injury had not yet healed.The same injury had earlier necessitated his withdrawal from the bulk of the clay court season – most recently the Mutua Madrid Open, a title that eventually went to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.Federer has struggled with the back injury for a while, having undergone surgery earlier this

May 20 2016
WTA Rankings: Agnieszka Radwanska rises to second spot, Serena Williams still in the lead
WTA Rankings: Agnieszka Radwanska rises to second spot, Serena Williams still in the lead

Agnieszka Radwanska moved up a spot into second spotPolish Agnieszka Radwanska rose to the second place displacing German Angelique Kerber who was relegated to third position in the women's tennis rankings released on Monday.Garbine Muguruza of Spain came in fourth place with 5.196, as Belarusian Victoria Azarenka was placed fifth, reports Efe.United States icon Serena Williams continues to lead the rankings with 9.030 points.The current WTA

May 16 2016
Rome Masters: Serena Williams to take on Madison Keys in final
Rome Masters: Serena Williams to take on Madison Keys in final

Serena defeated Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4, 6-1Serena Williams advanced on Saturday to the Italian Open final with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu and will try to clinch her first title of the season when she squares off against Madison Keys in an all-American final on Sunday.The world No. 1 and top seed, who lost the Australian Open and Indian Wells finals to Germany's Angelique Kerber and Belarusian Victo

May 15 2016
Rome Masters: Rafael Nadal to meet Novak Djokovic; Roger Federer out
Rome Masters: Rafael Nadal to meet Novak Djokovic; Roger Federer out

Rafael Nadal in action at Rome on ThursdayThere were contrasting fortunes for tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in two of the most-anticipated generational battles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Thursday. The Swiss maestro, whose movement was restricted because of his ailing back, was shown the door by the in-form 22-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem, 6(2)-7, 4-6.Nadal, on the other hand, managed to survive the o

May 13 2016
Rome Masters: Easy win for Serena Williams in second round; Stan Wawrinka made to work hard
Rome Masters: Easy win for Serena Williams in second round; Stan Wawrinka made to work hard

Serena Williams in action at Rome on TuesdayShe hadn’t played a competitive match since losing in the round of 16 at the Miami Open in March, but World No. 1 Serena Williams was sure to light up the Foro Italico when she took the court on Tuesday against the 50th ranked Anna-Lena Friedsam at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The result was a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 second round victory for the top seed, who is a three-time champio

May 11 2016
Rome Masters 2016 - Resurrection and Realignment: How Ready Are The biggies?
Rome Masters 2016 - Resurrection and Realignment: How Ready Are The biggies?

Serena Williams and Roger Federer have one last chance at Rome to resurrect their clay campaigns. Beset by injuries, th two 34-year-old legends have tricky draws to deal with. What are their chances?Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray now have one nemesis in common – Novak Djokovic. They will have to realign in order to deal with him. How ready are they?Players in Resurrection modeSerena Williams back in the grindSerena Williams will be playing he

May 11 2016
Rome Masters: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdraws; Gael Monfils crashes out
Rome Masters: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdraws; Gael Monfils crashes out

Monfils in action against Thomaz Bellucci 14th seed Gael Monfils was the only seed to crash out on the men’s side at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome on Monday as his compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga announced his withdrawal from the tournament. The 31-year-old had stretched his adductor during training and could not risk aggravating it further with the French Open less than two weeks away.Monfils, who reached the Monte

May 10 2016
Roger Federer confirms participation in Madrid Masters, Serena Williams withdraws
Roger Federer confirms participation in Madrid Masters, Serena Williams withdraws

Earlier, Federer was not scheduled to take part in the tournamentIn a tale of contrasting fortunes for two of the world’s biggest tennis stars, 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has announced that he will be playing at the upcoming Mutua Madrid Open while the women’s World No. 1 Serena Williams had to opt out because of flu.“Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from Madrid because I’ve been battling the flu and I’

Apr 29 2016
WTA Madrid Open: Serena Williams pulls out
WTA Madrid Open: Serena Williams pulls out

Serena Williams in action at the Miami Open earlier this year.World No.1 and former champion Serena Williams on Friday withdrew from this year's Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament.Williams was suffering from flu, ruling her out from returning to the tournament she won in 2012 and 2013, tournament organisers said."Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from Madrid because I've been battling the flu and I'm not at 100%. I look forward

Apr 29 2016
Tennis dominates Laureus Awards as Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams crowned top athletes
Tennis dominates Laureus Awards as Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams crowned top athletes

Novak Djokovic with the Laureus Award in Berlin on Monday (Image courtesy: Reuters)Tennis made a clean sweep of the top Laureus World Sports Awards as World No. 1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were crowned the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively in Berlin on Monday.Both of them had an exceptionally dominating 2015 season that saw them clinch three Grand Slam titles each. While the Serb won a staggering 82 out of 88 matches, S

Apr 19 2016
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