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 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

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
Sloane Stephens performs in an outrageous circus stunt
Sloane Stephens performs in an outrageous circus stunt

Sloane Stephens tries to stand still during the insane circus stunt 21-year-old American tennis player Sloane Stephens decided to go the unfamiliar route in her preparations for the Australian Open. Most players stick to a strict regime of training and rest to ensure that they are in the best shape for the start of a Grand Slam.  But the 2013 Australian Open semi-finalist headed to the Great Euro Circus and ended up participating

Jan 14 2015
Top 5 female African-American tennis players
Top 5 female African-American tennis players

Since Althea Gibson took to professional tennis at the United States National Championships (now the US Open) in 1950, the game has seen many talented African-American athletes. Gibson was the first African-American player of either gender to play professinal tennis. In 1956, she beat British Angela Mortimer to win her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open. The South Carolina player went on to win two Wimbledon titles (1957, 58), two U

Jun 5 2014
Top 50 marketable sports stars of 2014
Top 50 marketable sports stars of 2014

SportsPro has come out with its latest annual list of the world’s 50 most marketable athletes in association with Eurosport. This is the fifth edition of the list since its inception. After an extensive search around the world of sport, the top 50 were arrived at. The list reveals the marketing potential of an athlete over the next three years starting this summer with the following criteria being considered – Value for money, age, ho

May 20 2014
The Rise and Fall of American men's tennis
The Rise and Fall of American men's tennis

“I let my racket do all the talking” The year was 1983 and this is what the legendary American tennis player John McEnroe had to say when puffed up journalists asked him what he intends to do as he had not won a major for almost a year and a half. He delivered in some style by winning the 1983 Wimbledon. The previous generation saw the likes of Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors. And even while McEnroe was playing, Connors was quite a forc

Mar 16 2014
Serena, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray headline International Premier Tennis League draft
Serena, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray headline International Premier Tennis League draft

Rafael Nadal leads a star studded lineup for the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) Britain’s two-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray will be one of the elite names to feature in the inaugural edition of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). The IPL-style tennis league is a concept that is being planned in the off-season between November 28 and December 20 later this year. Murray is the latest big name to sign

Feb 28 2014
Australian Open 2014: Defending champion Azarenka in quarters
Australian Open 2014: Defending champion Azarenka in quarters

Belarus’s Victoria Azarenka plays a shot during her women’s singles match against Sloane Stephens of the US on day eight of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2014 Melbourne, Jan 20 (IANS) Defending champion Victoria Azarenka remains on course for her third straight Australian Open tennis title after she beat American Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2 in the fourth round here Monday. Stephens accidently hi

Jan 20 2014
Australian Open 2014 Day 4: Heat and rain, but for Del Potro only pain
Australian Open 2014 Day 4: Heat and rain, but for Del Potro only pain

Day 4 at the 2014 Australian Open turned out to be a marathon day for the organisers as Mother Nature had her way, with searing heat and then rain leading to all sorts of suspensions, rescheduling and delays. When the dust finally settled at close to 2am on Day 5, it was time to take a look back at the day and all that happened. Here are few of the highlights from Day 4: Rafael Nadal The ‘usual suspects’ sail through, with a big exception A

Jan 17 2014
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