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French Open: Five youngsters to watch in the women’s draw
French Open: Five youngsters to watch in the women’s draw

Daria Kasatkina is the next generation Russian to hit the stageSerena Williams might be the biggest favourite for a fourth French Open crown, but there are plenty of gifted youngsters who can impress and shake up the draw. Some of them have already made their mark on the big stage and some are eagerly waiting to unleash their weaponry at the elite level.Brimming with confidence, these rising stars are not intimidated by the sport’s biggest

May 23 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
Sloane Stephens wins 3rd title of 2016 after beating Elena Vesnina in Charleston final
Sloane Stephens wins 3rd title of 2016 after beating Elena Vesnina in Charleston final

Sloane StephensREUTERS - American seventh seed Sloane Stephens captured her third title of 2016 by defeating Russian qualifier Elena Vesnina 7-6(4) 6-2 in the final of the Volvo Car Open clay court event in South Carolina on Sunday.The 23-year-old American raced out to a 5-2 lead before Vesnina, the 2011 Charleston finalist, used a slew of winners to win four consecutive games before moving within one point of winning the opening set.Stephens, ho

Apr 11 2016
5 best sporting performances from the week 3 April - 10 April
5 best sporting performances from the week 3 April - 10 April

As part of our weekly series chronicling the top 5 sporting performances of the week, here are our best picks, past and present: Sloane StephensThe now 23-year-old saw success early in her tennis career, and in 2013 had arguably her best ever tennis result to date – defeating a powerful Serena Williams in the semi-finals of that year’s Australian Open.That same year, she beat Maria Sharapova, with each of those victories coming i

Apr 11 2016
WTA Charleston: Sloane Stephens wins her third title of the year
WTA Charleston: Sloane Stephens wins her third title of the year

Sloane Stephens with her trophy at Charleston on Sunday (image courtesy: Volvo Car Open Twitter)Seventh seed Sloane Stephens weathered a late surge from qualifier Elena Vesnina in the opening set and then cruised through the second set 7-6(4), 6-2 to win her maiden clay title at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, USA on Sunday.This is the 23-year-old American’s third title of the season after success in Auckland and Acapulco earlier in the y

WTA Charleston: Vesnina, Stephens proceed to final as Kerber retires
WTA Charleston: Vesnina, Stephens proceed to final as Kerber retires

History-maker Elena Vesnina in action at Charleston (image courtesy: Volvo Car Open Twitter)Curtains came down on the campaign of the defending champion Angelique Kerber at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, USA on Saturday as the German World No. 2 had to concede her semi-final match to the seventh seed Sloane Stephens owing to a viral illness. The American was ahead 6-1, 3-0 when the Australian Open winner had to call it quits.Also Read: An

Apr 10 2016
Dominic Thiem edges past Bernard Tomic for Acapulco crown
Dominic Thiem edges past Bernard Tomic for Acapulco crown

Dominic Thiem with the Acapulco trophyThe fast-rising Dominic Thiem underlined his talent even further by capturing his maiden ATP 500 title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco on Saturday. Riding on 22 aces, the 22-year-old Austrian edged past Bernard Tomic 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 in 1 hour 56 minutes for his first title on hardcourts and his fifth career triumph overall.Thiem thus ended the month of February on a high after going an incredible

Feb 28 2016
 Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig through to the quarterfinals of Australian Open
Sania Mirza-Ivan Dodig through to the quarterfinals of Australian Open

Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in actionMelbourne, Jan 26 (IANS) Top seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig shook off the challenge of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Yaroslava Shvedova 7-5, 6-2 in mixed doubles in 1 hour and eight minutes.The Indo-Croatian pair claimed the first set, resisting some stiff contest, in 38 minutes, serving 3 aces, winning 78% of their 1st serve points and 50% of their second serve points and winning a total of 35 points to seal

Jan 26 2016
2016 Australian Open: Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna advance to the Mixed Doubles second round
2016 Australian Open: Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna advance to the Mixed Doubles second round

Paes and Hingis won in one hour and nine minutes.Indian tennis veterans Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna won their respective mixed doubles openers to advance to the second round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park here on Sunday.Defending champions Paes and Swiss Martina Hingis beat Russian-British pairing of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Dominic Inglot 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and nine minutes at the Margaret Court Arena. The Indo-Swiss combine w

Jan 24 2016
5 tennis rivalries to look forward to in 2016
5 tennis rivalries to look forward to in 2016

Federer-Djokovic, Federer-Nadal, Djokovic-Nadal; the Fab Four interchange rivalries amongst them and have done so for years. But 2015 has shown us some new tennis talent waiting to burst on the scene, with some young players already having posed serious challenges to several top-10 players. They could take over from the old guard to create some exciting new tennis rivalries in the future. We explore 5 pairs who could start their own tense compet

Jan 5 2016
Genie in a bottle: What a lack of joy in tennis can do
Genie in a bottle: What a lack of joy in tennis can do

Eugenie Bouchard after her First Round loss to Ying Ying Duan (Wimbledon 2015) In Sports, a sensational victory and a gut wrenching loss can make an athlete the talk of the town. The talk can be effusive praise or scathing criticism. And for a high performing athlete, who is the cynosure of all sporting eyes, these come in cycles depending on how good their winning or losing streak has been. The Rise of Genie – a new phenom on the ho

Jul 4 2015
World No. 1 Serena Williams fights to overcome heir apparent Sloane Stephens
World No. 1 Serena Williams fights to overcome heir apparent Sloane Stephens

Serena Williams exults after triumphing over fellow American Sloane Stephens One of the talked-about rivalries lived up to it's expectations by producing a match full of intrigue which World No. 1 Williams managed to clinch with a hard fought 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 win. Bidding to become just the eighth player ever to beat both the Williams' sisters in the same tournament(last happened at the U.S. open 2009), Stephens got off to a magn

Jun 2 2015
Serena Williams reaches French Open quarter-finals
Serena Williams reaches French Open quarter-finals

  Serena Williams celebrates as she beats Sloane Stephens of the USA at Roland Garros Paris, June 2 (IANS/EFE) US tennis player Serena Williams, ranked No.1 in the world, reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals after beating her compatriot Sloane Stephens 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours. Despite losing the first set against the 40th-ranked Stephens, Serena will press forward in the quarter-finals to chase after her 20th Grand Slam title.

Jun 2 2015
Australian Open Diary: The more things change
Australian Open Diary: The more things change

Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates in his quarterfinal match against Andy Murray on Day 9 The more things change, the more they remain the same. If there is one thing that the 2015 Australian Open has provided us, it might well be a strong validation of this saying. On the surface, this tournament has offered quite a few moments of turbulence. Established champions have been vanquished early, bright young heroes have made their tenta

Jan 31 2015
10 youngsters to watch out for at the 2015 Australian Open
10 youngsters to watch out for at the 2015 Australian Open

The 2014 season saw the old order of men’s and women’s tennis take on the young generation, which made for several riveting contests. The likes of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Serana Williams and Maria Sharapova locked horns with the the Kei Nishikoris, Milos Raonics, Eugenie Bouchards and Simona Haleps on the biggest of stages, but time and again the experienced players stamped their dominance – if onl

Jan 19 2015
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