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April 30, 2010
Paes-Dlouhy move to quarters of Rome Masters
Third seeds Leander Paes and Lukas Dlouhy moved to the quarter-finals of the ATP Rome Masters after getting a walk-over from Croat Ivan Ljubicic and Michael Llodra of France in the second round. Nadal wins, Murray loses in Rome
Holder Rafael Nadal provided more evidence that he is regaining his old dominance on clay after an injury-hit 2009 by cruising past Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-2 at the Rome Masters on Thursday. British world number five Andy Murray struggled, however, and lost 6-3, 6-4 to Nadal's Spanish compatriot David Ferrer.
April 29, 2010
Ruthless Nadal fires warning to Federer
A ruthless Rafael Nadal demonstrated that he was primed to win back the French Open crown from Roger Federer when he whipped Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 6-3 in his opening match at the Rome Masters. A day after the world number one had been felled at the first hurdle by Latvian Ernests Gulbis, Nadal left Kohlschreiber a punched out wreck on Wednesday as he began his charge towards a fifth Rome title in six years. Henin overcomes fiery German in Stuttgart
Four-times French Open champion Justine Henin overcame a broken finger and fired-up German opponent to win her opening match at Stuttgart on Wednesday, her first clay court tournament since her comeback.
April 28, 2010
Federer slips in Rome drizzle, Djokovic cruises
Roger Federer's 2009 claycourt season ended in a blaze of glory, capturing an elusive French Open crown on an unforgettable Paris afternoon last June. His 2010 bow could hardly have been more dreary in comparison.
April 26, 2010
I don't fear anyone, except Nadal: Verdasco
Fernando Verdasco's confidence on clay is sky high as long as he does not have to play Rafa Nadal, the Barcelona Open champion said on Sunday.
April 25, 2010
Fed Cup specialists Italy power into final
Fed Cup holders Italy reached their second straight final after Flavia Pennetta overcame Czech Petra Kvitova to seal an unassailable 3-0 lead on Sunday. Verdasco, Soderling in Barcelona final
Fernando Verdasco found strength to haul his way back from a set and a break down to reach the final of the Barcelona Open with a 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 win over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer on Saturday. Under hot sun at the Reial Club de Tennis, Verdasco initially appeared to be feeling the effects of his run to the final at last week's Monte Carlo Masters but he dug deep to set up a clash with French Open runner-up Robin Soderling. Dementieva draws Russia level in Fed Cup SF
Elena Dementieva and Melanie Oudin won their opening singles matches on Saturday to leave the Fed Cup semi-final between Russia and the United States tied at 1-1.
April 24, 2010
Soderling, Spaniards march on at Barcelona Open
French Open runner-up Robin Soderling ruined Eduardo Schwank's 24th-birthday celebrations when he thrashed the unseeded Argentine 6-2, 6-3 in the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open on Friday. Shoaib's visa extended for a year
Newly-wed sports couple Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik met Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal, following which the Pakistani cricketer was granted one-year visa extension.
April 23, 2010
Soderling strolls into last eight in Barcelona
World No 8 Robin Soderling, the highest-ranked player left in the Barcelona Open after a slew of withdrawals, sprinted into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Thursday.
April 22, 2010
Gonzalez, Hewitt knocked out in Barcelona
Fernando Gonzalez's hopes for a successful claycourt season were dented when he suffered a shock 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 second round loss to Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday.
April 21, 2010
Soderling repels Chela to go through in Barcelona
French Open runner-up Robin Soderling survived a second-set fightback from Juan Ignacio Chela to defeat the Argentine 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Barcelona Open on Tuesday.
April 20, 2010
Wimbledon champs to get million-pound prize money
Winners of this year's Wimbledon singles titles will not only own the world's greatest grasscourt title but also a cool 1 million pounds ($1.53 million) in prize money, organisers said on Tuesday. Sania targets Commonwealth, Asian Games medals
Newly-wed tennis star Sania Mirza said she will try to remain injury-free and her target will be to win medals in the Commonwealth and Asian Games later this year. Nadal slams crammed ATP calendar
Rafael Nadal once again hit out at the crammed ATP calendar and blamed the "poor" scheduling for his decision not to defend his Barcelona Open title this week.
April 19, 2010
Injured Bhupathi retires in Monte Carlo final
Mahesh Bhupathi had to retire due to a leg injury, forcing the him and his partner Max Mirnyi to settle for the runners-up trophy in the men's doubles at the Monte Carlo Masters. The fifth seeds were trailing 3-6, 0-2 against top seeds and defending champions Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia. Stosur pounds Zvonareva to win second WTA title
Samantha Stosur underlined her credentials for next month's French Open by crushing Russia's Vera Zvonareva 6-0, 6-3 in Sunday's final of the Family Circle Cup to claim her second WTA Tour title. French Open puts spring back in Nadal's step
With the French Open looming, Rafael Nadal sprung back to life at the Monte Carlo Masters and left his opponents baffled about how to beat him on clay.
April 18, 2010
Nadal makes it six-in-a-row in Monte Carlo
World number three Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for a record sixth consecutive Nadal sets up showdown with Verdasco
Rafael Nadal left no doubt that he would be the overwhelming favourite at next month's French Open after crushing Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Saturday. World number 12 and fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco will be the last man standing in Nadal's way to a record sixth consecutive title in the glitzy principality after he demolished top seed Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-2.
April 17, 2010
Nadal destroys Ferrer in Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal left no doubt that he would be the overwhelming favourite at next month's French Open after crushing fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Saturday.
April 16, 2010
Now, city franchise-based Indian Tennis League
Taking inspiration from the roaring success of the Indian Premier League, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has decided to launch a city franchise-based tennis league in November-December. Wozniacki advances to Charleston quarters
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark moved into the quarter-finals at the Family Circle Cup with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Switzerland's Patty Schnyder on Thursday.
April 15, 2010
Security on break-point at Sania's reception
The security at the Taj Krishna in the upscale Banjara Hills locality is tight. Actually to say that is an understatement. There are at least two points where the bags are being checked, guests being frisked and suspicious looking characters questioned. Wozniacki cruises into Charleston third round
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki breezed into the third round of the Family Circle Cup with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Wednesday.
April 14, 2010
Sania-Shoaib's lavish sangeet ceremony
The sangeet ceremony of the newly-wed Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who tied the knot with Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik earlier in the week, was on Wednesday held at a city hotel in Hyderabad. Both Sania and Shoaib, who got married on Monday, attended the ceremony.
April 12, 2010
Sania, give us a break!
Whenever a Tiger Woods, a Jude Law, a Salman Khan or a Sania Mirza pleads with the media to respect his/her privacy, they have only to look into the mirror to see who is responsible for the camera crew crowding the driveway. Sania-Shoaib wed, reception on Thursday
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik tied the knot on Monday as the two families advanced the high-profile marriage by three days after a tumultuous build-up to the wedding.
April 09, 2010
Clijsters ousted by Spanish qualifier in Marbella
Belgian Kim Clijsters failed to build on last week's triumph at the Sony Ericsson Open when she was dumped out of the Andalucia Open by qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany in the second round on Thursday. Bopanna-Qureshi in Morocco event final
Indian Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and doubles partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi are in line for their second ATP Tour title of the season after making the final of the clay court event in Casablanca, Morocco. Navratilova to attend French Open despite therapy
Martina Navratilova said on Thursday she will commentate at this year's French Open while undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer. Bopanna-Qureshi in semis of Morocco ATP event
Rohan Bopanna and his partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi have advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Tour event in Casablanca, Morocco after scoring an easy straight-set win over Simon Greul and Peter Luczak.
April 08, 2010
Bopanna-Qureshi in semis of Morocco ATP event
Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP Tour event in Casablanca, Morocco, after a straight sets win over Simon Greul and Peter Luczak. The Indo-Pak pair beat the German-Australian pair 6-3, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the euro 450,000 clay-court tournament.
April 07, 2010
Martina Navratilova has breast cancer: report
A report said the winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles would begin six weeks of radiation therapy in May following minor invasive surgery called a lumpectomy and the prognosis for survival was extremely good. She was diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer, the report said, called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, which in her case had not spread to the breast tissue.
April 05, 2010
Sania rises to 90 in WTA rankings
Out of action owing to a wrist injury, tennis ace Sania Mirza has risen a couple of rungs to 90th in the latest WTA singles rankings issued on Monday. Roddick sinks Berdych to win Miami title
American Andy Roddick defeated the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-4 to win the Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday after an enthralling final.
April 04, 2010
'Shoaib stayed with Ayesha several times'
Even though Shoaib Malik continues to deny marrying Hyderabad girl Ayesha Siddiqui, and even meeting her in person, new evidence reveals that the Pakistan cricketer had indeed met Ayesha in person several times and had stayed at a hotel with her twice. Clijsters crushes Venus in Miami final
Belgian Kim Clijsters brought a swift end to Venus Williams's 15-match winning streak with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the Sony Ericsson Open final on Saturday. The 14th seed needed only 58 minutes to defeat the third-seeded American, who played with bandaging on both legs and said afterwards she may have trained too hard during the tournament.
April 03, 2010
'I have proof to show I have lived with Shoaib'
The Indian woman who claims to be Shoaib Malik's first wife on Saturday said she had two witnesses to prove that she and the former Pakistan cricket captain had shared a room at a hotel in Hyderabad on two occasions after their alleged wedding in 2002. Sania's wedding will be in Hyderabad: friend
Amid speculation that Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza's wedding venue could be changed from Hyderabad to Dubai following Siddiqui family's threat for legal action, a friend of the ace Indian tennis star on Saturday said preparations for the April 15 marriage are on as per schedule. Uddhav Thakeray contradicts father on Sania
Clearly contradicting his father's stand on Tennis player Sania Mirza marrying Shoaib Malik, Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said that it was the tennis player's personal decision to marry Shoaib. 'Ayesha's Nikanamah is invalid'
Islamic scholars and Pakistani lawyers have questioned the validity of the marriage certificate produced by Ayesha Siddiqui to prove herself as the first wife of Shoaib Malik, saying the document cannot prevent the cricketer from tying the knot with Sania Mirza. We aren't deterred by Sena threat: Malik's family
The marriage of Shoaib Malik and Sania would bring the two archivals - India and Pakistan - closer and despite Shiv Sena's threat, the marriage will take place in India, Shoaib Malik's brother-in-law said. Sania-Shoaib marriage to be moved to Dubai
Unfazed by threats of legal action from the family of Ayesha Siddiqui who claimed to have married him, Shoaib Malik on Saturday made a surprise visit to Sania Mirza's house amid reports that their marriage may be shifted to Dubai. We know the truth: Sania
Her prospective groom is facing allegations of marrying and dumping a woman, but Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza backed Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik on the matter, saying that she and her family have known the truth all along. Roddick stuns Nadal to set up Berdych final
Rafa Nadal's 11-month title drought continued after American Andy Roddick beat the Spaniard 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the Sony Ericsson Open final Friday. Sixth seed Roddick will face Tomas Berdych in the final after the Czech swept past Swede Robin Soderling 6-2, 6-2.
April 02, 2010
Paes-Dlouhy in Sony Ericsson Open doubles final
Leander Paes and his partner Lukas Dlouhy breezed past Spaniards Nicolas Almagro and Tommy Robredo to storm into the Sony Ericsson Open doubles final in Miami. Clijsters beats Henin to line up Venus in Miami
Kim Clijsters won a dramatic semi-final battle of the Belgians against Justin Henin to reach the final of the Sony Ericsson Open on Thursday. Berdych to meet Soderling in Miami semis
Czech Tomas Berdych fought back from a set down to beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 on Thursday and set up a Sony Ericsson Open semi-final against Robin Soderling.
April 01, 2010
Sania denied visa for Sialkot, reception in Lahore
The Pakistan High Commission has denied tennis star Sania Mirza a visa for Sialkot, the home town of Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik where a reception (walima) was to be held after the couple's marriage. 'Sania should play for Pakistan after marriage'
Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) chief Dilawar Abbas has said that India's tennis sensation Sania Mirza should represent Pakistan in international tennis tournaments after entering into wedlock with cricketer Shoaib Malik. Belgian duo Henin and Clijsters to meet in semis
Belgian pair Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters will meet in the semi-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open after both advanced through their quarter-final ties on Wednesday. Nadal blasts past Tsonga in Miami
Spain's Rafa Nadal will face American Andy Roddick in the semi-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open after the pair enjoyed convincing victories on Wednesday. 'Sania will be Shoaib's second wife'
Ahmad Siddiqui, father of Ayesha, allegedly Shoiab's first wife, has threatened legal action against Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik if he does not give his daughter a divorce.
March 31, 2010
Shoaib's family dares Siddiqui to sue him
Shoaib Malik's family has challenged M A Siddiqui -- who claimed the cricketer had married his daughter Ayesha before dumping her -- to sue the former Pakistan captain in court. The Hyderabad-based Siddique had claimed that his daughter is the legal first wife of Malik and he wanted Shoaib to divorce her before marrying Indian tennis star Sania Mirza. 'Pak security fears prompted Sania's Dubai shift'
Security concerns and the blow hot blow cold diplomatic ties between India and Pakistan are the reasons why Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik have decided to shift base to Dubai after they get married next month. Berdych stuns Federer, Nadal advance in Miami
World No 8 Andy Roddick needed to overcome a sluggish start to book his ticket to the quarter-finals at the Sony Ericsson Open on Tuesday, while Rafa Nadal also advanced after being tested early in his match.
March 30, 2010
Sania collects Pakistan visa
All set to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, tennis star Sania Mirza flew into Delhi on a brief visit to get her visa to Pakistan, where a post-wedding reception is scheduled next month. Ivanovic pulls out of Fed Cup tie
Former World No 1 Ana Ivanovic has pulled out of Serbia's Fed Cup World Group playoff tie with Slovakia next month over poor form. Federer scrapes through, injured Kuznetsova ousted
Roger Federer escaped being blown off course during an uncharacteristically haphazard 7-6, 7-6 third round win over Florent Serra at a blustery Sony Ericsson Open on Monday.
March 29, 2010
Sania to wed Shoaib Malik next month
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is all set to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik in April, two months after she broke her engagement with childhood friend Sohrab Mirza. Paes, Bhupathi advance in Miami
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had to strain their sinews before the Indian duo, along with their respective partners, cleared the opening round hurdle in the men's doubles event of the Miami Masters. Nadal stretched by Nalbandian in Miami
Rafa Nadal kept alive his chances of ending his 11 month title drought by taming tenacious Argentine David Nalbandian 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open on Sunday.
March 28, 2010
Fish knocks out champion Murray in Miami
Unseeded American Mardy Fish recorded a shock 6-4, 6-4 win over world number three and defending champion Andy Murray in front of a packed crowd in the Sony Ericsson Open second round on Saturday. Top seed Roger Federer then avoided Murray's fate with a 6-3, 6-3 victory in just over an hour over Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti in the late match.
March 27, 2010
Djokovic beaten in Miami opener
Former champion and world number two Novak Djokovic was knocked out of the Sony Ericsson Open on Friday, falling 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 to Belgian Olivier Rochus in his opening match.
March 26, 2010
Erroneous Kuznetsova scrapes through in Miami
Top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame an error-ridden performance to beat China's Peng Shuai 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 on Thursday to advance to the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open on a clear and cool day in Key Biscayne, Florida.
March 25, 2010
Serena voted WTA Player of the Year
Serena Williams, who won the Australian and Wimbledon Grand Slam titles last year, was voted the WTA Tour 2009 Player of the Year for a second successive season, at a ceremony in Miami on Wednesday. Henin cruises into second round in Miami
Justine Henin cruised into the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open with a speedy 6-2, 6-2 victory over American Jill Craybas on Wednesday.
March 24, 2010
Somdev crashes out of Miami qualifiers
India's Somdev Devvarman went down to third seed Ukrainian Illya Marchenko 4-6, 3-6 in the second round of the qualifiers as India's campaign ended at the US $3,645,000 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, on Tuesday. Somdev, who overcame David Guez of France in the first round of the qualifying stage, put up a spirited fight against Marchenko but the Ukrainian managed to get better of him.
March 22, 2010
French Open could move out of Paris
The French Open could move out of Paris in the next few years because of infrastructure problems, the Grand Slam's tennis tournament director said on Monday. Organisers have been considering for years how to extend the current Roland Garros stadium, located on the leafy western edge of the French capital. Sania down eight places to 92nd in rankings
India's Sania Mirza slipped eight places down to 92nd in the latest Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings issued on Monday. Sania, who is currently nursing a wrist injury, has 745 ranking points in her kitty. Jankovic crushes Wozniacki to clinch WTA title
Serbian Jelena Jankovic won her 12th career title with a 6-2, 6-4 demolition of second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the Indian Wells WTA tournament on Sunday. Ljubicic powers past Roddick at Indian Wells
Croat Ivan Ljubicic celebrated his first Masters 1000 title after upsetting seventh-seeded American Andy Roddick 7-6, 7-6 in the final of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Sunday.
March 21, 2010
Ljubicic stuns Nadal, meets Roddick in final
Ivan Ljubicic played the match of his life to upset third seed and holder Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 on Saturday and reach the final of the Indian Wells ATP tournament.
March 20, 2010
Murray stunned by Soderling, Roddick advances
Sixth seed Robin Soderling delivered a tennis master class in the opening set before eliminating fourth seed Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Friday. Wozniacki, Jankovic ease into Indian Wells final
Caroline Wozniacki breezed into the final of the Indian Wells WTA tournament with a commanding 6-2, 6-3 victory over her good friend Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday.
March 19, 2010
Nadal cracks Berdych, to meet Ljubicic in semis
Rafa Nadal stayed on track for a successful title defence at the Indian Wells ATP tournament with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals on Thursday. Jankovic, Stosur advance to semis at Indian Wells
Jelena Jankovic came from 2-4 down in the second set to book her place in the semi-finals of the Indian Wells WTA tournament with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Russian Alisa Kleybanova on Thursday.
March 18, 2010
Wozniacki joins Radwanska in semis
Caroline Wozniacki resisted a sizzling baseline display from China's Zheng Jie to reach the semi-finals of the Indian Wells WTA tournament with a hard-fought 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory on Wednesday. Djokovic dumped out by Ljubicic, Nadal advances
Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Wednesday, upset 7-5, 6-3 by big-serving Croat Ivan Ljubicic in the fourth round.
March 17, 2010
Baghdatis stuns Federer at Indian Wells
Roger Federer squandered three match points before suffering a shock 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 defeat at the hands of Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis at the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Tuesday. Wozniacki toils, Dementieva and Radwanska cruise
Second seed Caroline Wozniacki recovered from a second-set hiccup to move into the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells WTA tournament with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 victory over Russian Nadia Petrova on Tuesday.
March 16, 2010
Djokovic saves three match points to advance
Second seed Novak Djokovic saved three match points before scraping past Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 2-6 7-6 in the third round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Monday. Jankovic survives marathon, Clijsters exits
Jelena Jankovic had to fight her way into the fourth round of the Indian Wells WTA tournament on Monday while former world number one Kim Clijsters was upset by Russian Alisa Kleybanova. Serbian sixth seed Jankovic beat Italian Sara Errani 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 in an error-strewn marathon on the stadium court before twice champion Clijsters of Belgium tumbled out 6-4, 1-6, 7-6.
March 15, 2010
Paes-Dlouhy, Bhupathi-Mirnyi lose
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi suffered shock first round defeats along with their respective partners and bowed out of the Indian Wells ATP Masters series. Third seeds Paes and Czech Lukas Dlouhy went down 4-6, 6-3, 6-10 to the Spanish wild card pair of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez on Sunday night. Bhupathi and his Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi, seeded fourth, lost their first round match 4-6, 4-6 to Igor Andreev of Russia and Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan. Sharapova makes early exit, Wozniacki cruises
Former champion and 10th seed Maria Sharapova of Russia was knocked out of the Indian Wells WTA tournament on Sunday, losing an error-strewn marathon to China's Zheng Jie 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Federer battles to win, Murray eases through
Three-times champion Roger Federer survived a second-set wobble to beat Romania's Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 in the second round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Sunday.
March 14, 2010
Nadal, Davydenko cruise at Indian Wells
Twice champion and holder Rafa Nadal of Spain eased into the third round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament with a commanding 6-4, 6-4 victory over Germany's Rainer Schuettler on Saturday. Top seed Kuznetsova exits, Clijsters advances
Top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was bundled out of the Indian Wells WTA tournament on Saturday, piling up unforced errors in a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 loss to Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round. Twice champion and former world number one Kim Clijsters of Belgium had a much easier time on a sunny afternoon in the California desert, cruising into the third round with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
March 13, 2010
Dulko stuns Henin, Baltacha upsets Li
British qualifier Elena Baltacha "fought her heart out" to record the biggest win of her career when she upset seventh seed Li Na of China at the Indian Wells WTA tournament on Friday. Former world number one Justine Henin was also a shock loser, beaten 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 by Argentina's Gisela Dulko.
March 12, 2010
Indian Wells: Moya, Fish scrape through
Former World No 1 Carlos Moya and American Mardy Fish survived shaky first round encounters to advance in the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Thursday. Federer, Nadal, to play match for charity
Roger Federer and former tennis greats Pete Sampras, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf will play in exhibition matches on Friday to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake.
March 08, 2010
Davis Cup: Spain, Russia reach quarters
David Ferrer crushed Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 to fire depleted champions Spain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup on Sunday and set up a clash away to nine-times winners France. Somdev needs to add to his armoury: Misra
Disappointed with Somdev Devvarman's tame defeat against Mikhail Youzhny, India's Davis Cup captain S P Misra advised the youngster to add some more weapons to his game, saying mere a baseline approach would not win him matches against top players.
March 07, 2010
Davis Cup: Somdev loses tamely to Youzhny
Somdev Devvarman learnt a good tennis lesson from Mikhail Youzhny and was outclassed 2-6, 1-6, 3-6 in the first reverse singles, resulting in India's ouster from the elite World Group of the Davis Cup tournament in Moscow on Sunday. France, Czechs, Croatia through to Davis Cup QF
Doubles specialists Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau combined to fire France into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup Saturday with a battling four-set win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber and Christopher Kas in Toulon. The victory gave the nine-times winners an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five tie and set up a last-eight clash against champions Spain or Switzerland in July.
March 06, 2010
Davis Cup: Lee-Hesh win doubles rubber
Seasoned pros Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi showed their class and chemistry by recording a clinical win over Igor Kunitsyn and Teimuraz Gabashvili to keep India's chances alive in the Davis Cup World Group tie against Russia in Moscow on Saturday. Davis Cup round-up: Serbia lead US 2-0
World number two Novak Djokovic fired Serbia to a 2-0 lead over the United States in Belgrade with a 6-2, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Sam Querrey, after compatriot Viktor Troicki's hard-fought win over John Isner, also in four sets.
March 05, 2010
Davis Cup: Russia win opening singles vs India
Igor Kunitsyn and Mikhail Youzhny gave Russia a 2-0 lead after victories over Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna respectively in the Davis Cup World Group first round tie in Moscow on Friday.
March 04, 2010
Davis Cup: A tough test awaits India in Russia
Returning to the elite World Group of Davis Cup after 11 years, an acid test awaits India when they take on formidable Russia in their first round tie in Moscow on Friday.
February 28, 2010
Djokovic downs Youzhny to retain Dubai crown
World No 2 Novak Djokovic overcame a racket-smashing tantrum and a day-long rain delay to retain his Dubai Championships crown by beating Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 on Sunday. Kleybanova claims Malaysia title
Alisa Kleybanova beat top seed Elena Dementieva 6-3, 6-2 in a rain-disrupted all-Russian final to claim her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open on Sunday. Paes-Dlouhy go down tamely in Dubai final
Unseeded Swede Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley of Australia captured their second ATP World Tour team title on Saturday evening, beating second seeds Leander Paes of India and Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships.
February 27, 2010
Volatile Djokovic to play Youzhny in Dubai final
Second seed Novak Djokovic produced a few flashes of temper as he fought back from a set and a break down to beat Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the Dubai Championships semi-finals on Friday. Paes-Dlouhy in Dubai Open final
The second seeded Indo-Czech pair beat the German-Belgian combination 2-6, 7-6(6), 10-7 in the semi-finals of the US $1,619,500 hard court event.
February 26, 2010
Paes-Dlouhy in semis; Bhupathi, Bopanna crash out
Indian ace Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy advanced to the doubles semi-finals while it was curtains for compatriots Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna in the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday.
February 25, 2010
Blake registers easy win in rain-delayed match
American James Blake quickly finished off his rain-delayed first round match with Taylor Dent 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at the Delray Beach International tennis tournament on Wednesday. Djokovic through, Somdev out of Dubai C'ship
Novak Djokovic recovered from a set down to defeat fellow Serb Viktor Troicki 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday, while India's Somdev Devvarman lost to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.
February 24, 2010
Davydenko, Cilic cruise through in Dubai
Fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko overcame an early fright to beat France's Florent Serra 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 on Tuesday in an error-strewn first-round battle at the Dubai Championships.
February 23, 2010
Top seed Haas stunned at Delray Beach tourney
Top seed Tommy Haas suffered a first-round upset to Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-6, 7-5 on Monday at the Delray Beach International tennis tournament. Murray, Djokovic overcome stern tests in Dubai
World No 4 Andy Murray overcame a gutsy display from Russian Igor Kunitsyn to win 6-2, 6-3 in a floodlit first-round encounter at the Dubai tennis championships. Paes-Dlouhy advance to quarters in Dubai
Leander Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy advanced to the men's doubles quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships with a straight-set win in their opening round match in Dubai.
February 22, 2010
Sharapova secures Memphis title
Top-seed Maria Sharapova breezed to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Swedish qualifier Sofia Arvidsson to easily win the Memphis Championships women's title on Saturday. Ferrero makes it two titles in a row
Juan Carlos Ferrero completed a perfect two-week tour of South America with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 victory over fellow Spaniard and top seed David Ferrer in the Buenos Aires Open on Sunday. Llodra wins fourth career title in Marseille
The unseeded Michael Llodra cruised to his fourth career title when he beat fellow Frenchman and doubles partner Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 in the Marseille Open final on Sunday. Querrey wins all-American final in Memphis
Sam Querrey came back from a set down to overhaul fellow American John Isner 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 and win the Memphis Championships on Sunday.
February 21, 2010
Somdev qualifies for Dubai C'Ship
With Somdev Devvarman qualifying for the singles event, all the members of the Indian Davis Cup team are now set to compete in the $1,619,500 Dubai Tennis Championships, beginning in Dubai on Monday. Querrey, Isner to clash in Memphis final
Davis Cup team mates Sam Querrey and John Isner set up an All-American Memphis Championships showdown with contrasting semi-final victories on Saturday. Eighth seed Querrey held off Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-4 after the sixth-seeded Isner outlasted German Philipp Petzschner 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Benneteau to meet Llodra in all-French final
Eighth seed Julien Benneteau will meet fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra in the final of the Marseille Open. Benneteau ousted compatriot and title holder Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 on Saturday and last year's runner-up Llodra, who is unseeded, overcame German Mischa Zverev 6-1, 7-6. Venus beats Azarenka for Dubai crown
Venus Williams retained her Dubai Championships crown by defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-3, 7-5 in Saturday's final. It was the third-seeded American's 42nd singles title, putting her one ahead of Justine Henin at the top of the list of active players.
February 20, 2010
CWG security plan was stolen before Davis Cup tie
Tennis Australia has claimed that the security plan for this October's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi was stolen last year and it was one of the reasons for its decision to pull out of the Davis Cup tie against India last year. Querrey upsets Roddick to advance in Memphis
Sam Querrey broke top seeded Andy Roddick's serve twice in the deciding set to stun the defending champion 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the Memphis Championships on Friday. Williams to meet Azarenka in Dubai final
Holder Venus Williams ended Shahar Peer's run by sweeping past the unseeded Israeli 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to reach the final of the Dubai Championships. The third-seeded American next meets Victoria Azarenka of Belarus who defeated Pole Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-4. Soderling stunned by Llodra
Frenchman Michael Llodra made up for missing out on a wine-tasting evening with friends by stunning top seed Robin Soderling 7-6, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Marseille Open on Friday.
February 19, 2010
Venus Williams beats Peer to reach Dubai final
Defending champion Venus Williams ended the run of unseeded Israeli Shahar Peer on Friday to reach the final of the Dubai tennis championship. Belgrade Challenger: Somdev, Prakash bite dust
Indian challenge ended in the euro 1065000 ATP Challenger event in Belgrade with the defeats of Somdev Devvarman and Prakash Amritraj in the singles and doubles events respectively. Soderling reaches Marseille Open quarter-finals
Top seed Robin Soderling had to battle for almost two hours to overcome Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the Marseille Open on Thursday. Roddick and Sharapova march on in Memphis
Defending champion Andy Roddick was pushed for the second straight day before prevailing over Lu Yen-hsun 7-6, 6-4 on Thursday during the second round of the Memphis Championships. Paes returns in Davis Cup squad
Leander Paes made a return while Yuki Bhambri was left out of a five-member Indian squad picked for the Davis Cup World Group first round tie against Russia in Moscow from March 5-7.
February 18, 2010
Roddick beats Blake in thrilling contest
Andy Roddick reversed a run of three successive defeats to fellow American James Blake with a hard fought 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 first round victory at the Memphis Championships on Wednesday. Wozniacki, Kuznetsova beaten in Dubai
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki was stunned 6-2, 7-5 by unseeded Israeli Shahar Peer in the third round of the Dubai tennis championships on Wednesday. Second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was also beaten, falling 5-7, 7-6, 6-4 to Russian qualifier Regina Kulikova.
February 17, 2010
Bhupathi-Mirnyi upset at Memphis ATP event
Top seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi made a shock first round exit from USD 1,100,000 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships after suffering a straight set defeat in Memphis. Venus eases through in Dubai
Defending champion Venus Williams eased into the third round of the Dubai Championships on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Germany's Sabine Lisicki. Top seed Caroline Wozniacki had to recover from 1-5 and save a set point to defeat Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 7-6 while second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova received a walkover when Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues withdrew with a back injury.
February 16, 2010
Sania's campaign in Dubai ends
The Indian ace and Spaniard Virginia Ruano Pascual, seeded seventh, lost 3-6, 3-6 to the unseeded Chinese combination of Jie Zheng and Yung-Jan Chan in the first round. Sania bowed out of the singles on Monday. Nadal rejects Shakira romance rumours
Spanish Tennis ace Rafael Nadal has dismissed reports that he's romancing pop star Shakira. Paes felicitated by Bengal Tennis Association
Leander Paes was felicitated by the Bengal Tennis Association on Monday and said he would love to win more Grand Slams. Wrist injury returns to haunt Sania
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza received a setback in her efforts to regain her form after revealing that her career-threatening wrist injury had returned.
February 15, 2010
Sania sent packing from Dubai
Sania Mirza yet again failed to move beyond the first round of a WTA tournament and crashed out of the USD two million Dubai Tennis Championships following her 3-6, 4-6 defeat against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues in Dubai on Monday. Verdasco shocks Roddick to clinch San Jose Open
Fernando Verdasco upset top seed Andy Roddick 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the San Jose Open on Sunday and snap a 15-match losing streak against top 10-ranked players. Soderling clinches Rotterdam title
Swedish third seed Robin Soderling clinched the World Indoor Tournament title when opponent Mikhail Youzhny withdrew injured when trailing 6-4, 2-0 in the final on Sunday. Dementieva rallies to win Paris Indoor title
World No 7 Elena Dementieva came from a set down to defeat Czech Lucie Safarova 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 to win the Paris Indoor Open for the first time on Sunday. Israeli Peer finally gets nod to play in Dubai
Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer will play her first match at the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai on Monday, a year after she was denied an entry visa to compete in the tournament.
February 14, 2010
Zvonareva downs Tanasugarn to retain Pattaya Open
Russia's Vera Zvonareva made a successful defence of her Pattaya Open title after a tense and testing 6-4, 6-4 win over local favourite Tamarine Tanasugarn on Sunday. Roddick defuses Querrey to reach San Jose final
Top seed Andy Roddick survived a bombardment of 32 aces from compatriot Sam Querrey to take a 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory and move into the final of the San Jose Open for the fourth time on Saturday. Roddick, the winner of the title on his three previous visits to the final, will meet Spanish second seed Fernando Verdasco, who overcame Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Zvonareva, Tanasugarn to clash in Pattaya final
Top seed and defending champion Vera Zvonareva booked her place in the final of the Pattaya Open on Saturday after a tough 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova. Zvonareva will meet home favourite Tamarine Tanasugarn in Sunday's final after she overpowered another Kazakh, Sesil Karatantcheva, 6-2, 6-0 to reach the 10th final of her 16-year professional career. Dementieva, Safarova in Paris Indoors final
Number one seed Elena Dememtieva reached the final of the Paris Indoor Open for the second year running on Saturday when she recovered from a set down to beat 18-year-old American Melanie Oudin 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. The Russian, ranked number seven in the world, will face Lucie Safarova in the final after the Czech also came from a set down to overturn the Italian second seed Flavia Pennetta 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Youzhny stuns Djokovic to reach Rotterdam final
Russian Mikhail Youzhny upset top seed Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-6 on Saturday to reach the final of the World Indoor Tournament. Sixth seed Youzhny, the 2007 champion, next faces Swede Robin Soderling who overcame Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 7-6, 6-4.
February 13, 2010
Roddick survives Berdych test to reach semis
Top seed Andy Roddick out-muscled Tomas Berdych 7-6, 7-6 in a tight contest to earn a place in the final four of the $530,000 San Jose Open on Friday.
February 12, 2010
'India capable of upsetting Russia in Davis Cup'
Tennis ace Leander Paes said Russia would be a tough opponent in next month's Davis Cup World Group tie but India are capable of defeating any side in the world in the prestigious team competition.
February 11, 2010
Bopanna-Coetzee crash out of SAP Open
Indian Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and his partner Jeff Coetzee crashed out of the $531,100 ATP SAP Open after suffering a straight-set defeat in the first round in San Jose. Defending champ Stepanek ousted in San Jose
Czech Radek Stepanek became the first defending champion to lose in the first round of the San Jose Open in 20 years when he was ousted by Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday. Davydenko advances at World Indoor tourney
Russian second seed Nikolay Davydenko easily overcame a potentially tough challenger in Spaniard Feliciano Lopez to reach the second round of the World Indoor Tournament with a 6-4, 6-2 win on Wednesday.
February 10, 2010
First round exit for Sania in Pattaya
Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza squandered a one-set lead before crashing out of the $220,000 Pattaya Open with a first-round loss to German Tatjana Malek in Pattaya on Wednesday. Djokovic advances after opponent withdraws
Top seed Novak Djokovic advanced into the second round of the World Indoor Tournament on Tuesday when his Ukrainian opponent Sergiy Stakhovsky withdrew with knee problems while trailing 6-2, 4-1. Prakash advances in doubles
Prakash Amritraj advanced to the doubles quarter-finals of the Italy ATP Challenger event along with his partner but curtains were drawn on the campaign of Harsh Mankad in Bergamo in Italy.
February 09, 2010
Prakash bounced out of ATP Challenger
India's singles challenge ended at the 425,000 ATP Challenger event IN Bergamo with the first round defeat of Prakash Amritraj. Soderling battles to first win of the year
Sweden's Robin Soderling put an indifferent start to the year behind him by beating Frenchman Florent Serra 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the World Indoor Tournament on Monday.
February 08, 2010
Fed Cup holders Italy in semis
Fed Cup holders Italy overcame two stern tests on Sunday to beat Ukraine 4-1 in Kharkiv and book their place in the semi-finals where they will play the Czech Republic. Lopez wins South Africa Open
Third seed Feliciano Lopez claimed his second ATP Tour title when he beat France's Stephane Robert 7-5 6-1 in the final of the South African Open on Sunday. Cilic retains Zagreb Indoors title
Marin Cilic beat unseeded German Michael Berrer 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Zagreb Indoors tournament for the second successive year and clinch his fifth career title.
February 07, 2010
Fed Cup: US go 2-0 up, Serbia draw with Russia
United States were the only team to take a lead after Saturday's Fed Cup World Group first round ties where Serbia's Ana Ivanovic continued her woeful form. Top seeds Monfils, Ferrer beaten in South Africa
Gael Monfils and David Ferrer, the top two seeds, were surprisingly beaten in the South African Open semi-finals on Saturday. Monfils lost to Spain's Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 while Ferrer bowed out 7-5, 6-4 to Stephane Robert of France.
February 06, 2010
Fed Cup: Sania puts India back to Group I
Sania Mirza and veteran Rushmi Charavarthy registered contrasting singles victories as India blanked Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in the play-off tie to win back their place in the Asia/Oceania Group I of the Fed Cup tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur. Bopanna-Qureshi in final of SA Open
Indian Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi extended their good run at the ATP South Africa Open to the final after scoring a hard-fought semi-final victory in the doubles event. Ferrer outclasses Somdev in quarters
Second seed David Ferrer of Spain outclassed India's Somdev Devvarman 6-1, 6-3 to reach his second South African Open semi-finals.
February 05, 2010
Fed Cup: India beat Singapore 3-0
Sania Mirza and Poojashree Venkatesha notched up straight-set wins as India blanked Singapore 3-0 in a Group A rubber to get off to a flying start in the Asia/Oceania Group II competition of the Fed Cup tennis tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. Somdev to meet Ferrer in SA Open quarters
India's Somdev Devvarman cruised into the quarterfinals of the South Africa Open after defeating Brazilian Thiago Alves in straight sets in Johannesburg on Thursday.
February 04, 2010
Barbie unveils Clijsters' lookalike at toy fair
Kim Clijsters' lookalike sports the same tennis kit, golden hair and blue racquet as the US Open champion but her backhand is somewhat stiffer. That's because she is a doll -- the first Barbie to commemorate a female athlete, unveiled at the world's largest toy fair in the German city of Nuremberg on Wednesday.
February 03, 2010
Paes eyes more Grand Slam crowns
'I would love to win five or six more Grand Slams. I would love to take part in my sixth Olympics,' the Indian ace declared at a media interaction in Bangalore on Wednesday.
February 02, 2010
Paes set for Bollywood debut
Leander Paes is to make his Bollywood debut and has already completed a month's shooting for his first film.
February 01, 2010
Former greats laud Leander's effort
Former India players lavished praise on country's tennis ace Leander Paes after the veteran partnered Zimbabwean Cara Black to clinch the mixed doubles title in Australian Open. Paes rises to seventh spot, Sania slips
Newly-crowned Australian Open mixed doubles champion Leander Paes on Monday rose a rung to seventh in the ATP doubles' ranking in the latest list.