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Subject: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/12/17 at 8:43 pm

The Australian Open commences on next Monday.

Britain's world number one Andy Murray will play Ukraine's Ilya Marchenko in the Australian Open first round. Murray was drawn in the same quarter as Roger Federer - meaning the pair could face each other in the last eight. Murray is chasing a fourth Grand Slam title of his career and his first in Melbourne, where he has reached the final five times. Britain's word number 10 Johanna Konta will face Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium.

Subject: Re: Tennis in 2017

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/12/17 at 8:52 pm

Briton Dan Evans reached the Sydney International semi-finals by upsetting top seed Dominic Thiem - his first victory over a top-10 ranked player. Evans beat the Austrian world number eight 3-6 6-4 6-1 and will now face Russian Andrey Kuznetsov on Friday.

Subject: Re: Tennis in 2017

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/13/17 at 3:09 am

British number one Johanna Konta has won the Sydney International with an impressive 6-4 6-2 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska in Australia. World number 10 Konta broke her Polish opponent in the third game and hit 18 winners to five in the first set. The 25-year-old dominated world number three Radwanska with some stunning returns and powerful hitting, and she convincingly won the second set. Konta finished the match off with an ace to claim her second WTA tour title.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/14/17 at 4:57 am

Dan Evans lost in his first ATP Tour final, while fellow Briton Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares were beaten in the doubles in Sydney.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/20/17 at 3:35 am

Defending champion Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by world number 117 Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open. The six-time winner struggled for rhythm and lost 7-6 (10-8) 5-7 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in four hours and 48 minutes. It is the first time Djokovic, 29, has lost in the second round of a Grand Slam since 2008 at Wimbledon.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/20/17 at 6:25 am

Dan Evans joined Andy Murray in the last 16 of the Australian Open with a brilliant performance to give Britain two men in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2002. Top seed Murray made short work of American Sam Querrey, winning 6-4 6-2 6-4 in one hour and 59 minutes. Evans, the world number 51, then upset Australian 27th seed Bernard Tomic with a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-3) victory. Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski reached round four at Wimbledon 15 years ago.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/17 at 7:07 pm

Serena Williams was thrilled to win a record 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open but would not speculate on how many more she could secure. The American, 35, beat sister Venus 6-4 6-4 to overtake Steffi Graf in the list of Open-era major champions. She is now just one behind Australia's Margaret Court in terms of all-time Grand Slam singles victories.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: nally on 01/28/17 at 7:11 pm


Serena Williams was thrilled to win a record 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open but would not speculate on how many more she could secure. The American, 35, beat sister Venus 6-4 6-4 to overtake Steffi Graf in the list of Open-era major champions. She is now just one behind Australia's Margaret Court in terms of all-time Grand Slam singles victories.

WTG Serena! O0

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/17 at 7:20 pm

Roger Federer says he will not let his long-standing rivalry with Rafael Nadal affect his performance in the Australian Open final on Sunday. The 35-year-old Swiss has met Nadal, 30, in eight Grand Slam finals, most recently at the French Open in 2011. Federer, attempting to secure his 18th Grand Slam title, has not beaten 14-time major winner Nadal in the final of a Slam since Wimbledon in 2007. "I've got to have a sort of a nothing-to-lose mentality," said Federer. "I know this court allows me to play a certain game against Rafa that I cannot do on centre court at the French Open."

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/29/17 at 4:07 am


Roger Federer says he will not let his long-standing rivalry with Rafael Nadal affect his performance in the Australian Open final on Sunday. The 35-year-old Swiss has met Nadal, 30, in eight Grand Slam finals, most recently at the French Open in 2011. Federer, attempting to secure his 18th Grand Slam title, has not beaten 14-time major winner Nadal in the final of a Slam since Wimbledon in 2007. "I've got to have a sort of a nothing-to-lose mentality," said Federer. "I know this court allows me to play a certain game against Rafa that I cannot do on centre court at the French Open."
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Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/04/17 at 4:54 am

Britain's Andy Murray beat Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-1 to reach his second Dubai Championships final. The world number one, who was involved in a 31-minute tie-break in his quarter-final, struggled in the first set against seventh seed Pouille.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/05/17 at 6:43 pm

Britain's Andy Murray saw off Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in straight sets to win the Dubai Championships for the first time. The world number one dropped his first two service games but recovered to win 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 14 minutes. It is Murray's first tournament win of 2017 and the 45th of his career, which will see him extend his lead over Novak Djokovic at the top of the rankings.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/07/17 at 8:54 pm

World number one Serena Williams says a knee injury has forced her to pull out of this week's BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Williams, 35, said she will also miss the Miami Open later this month.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/08/17 at 9:56 pm

Heather Watson set up an all-British second round tie against Johanna Konta by beating American Nicole Gibbs at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Gibbs took the first set 6-4 before Watson won the next two sets 6-2, including 10 of the final 12 games. Friday's match will be the first meeting between world number 11 Konta and Watson on the WTA Tour. Their only previous match was a second-tier event in 2013, when Watson retired after losing the first four games.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/16/17 at 2:27 am

Roger Federer played superbly to claim a third straight win over Rafael Nadal for the first time in his career and reach the last eight in Indian Wells. The Swiss, 35, won 6-2 6-3 to follow up his Australian Open final victory over the Spaniard two months ago, when Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title. He will next face Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who upset world number two Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/16/17 at 7:02 am

The rules on wildcards handed to players who have been suspended could be reviewed in the wake of Maria Sharapova's return from a doping ban, says the head of women's tennis. But WTA chief Steve Simon says it would be unfair to "wipe out a career's worth of work", by changing the rules. The Russian has been given wildcards to April's Porsche Grand Prix and May's tournaments in Madrid and Rome. That move has been criticised by current players including Andy Murray.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/39288838

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/16/17 at 6:09 pm

France's Kristina Mladenovic beat former champion Caroline Wozniacki to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals and break into the world's top 20. The fast-improving 23-year-old, seeded 28th, saw off 2011 winner and 13th seed Wozniacki 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2. Mladenovic next faces American Venus Williams or Russia's Elena Vesnina.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/18/17 at 9:21 pm

World number one Andy Murray has pulled out of next week's Miami Open because of an injury to his right elbow. A lacklustre Murray lost to Canadian world number 129 Vasek Pospisil in the second round at Indian Wells last week.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/19/17 at 6:40 pm

Australian Open champion Roger Federer beat Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in an all-Swiss final to win the BNP Paribas Open - his fifth Indian Wells triumph.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/20/17 at 2:12 am

World number two Novak Djokovic has pulled out of next week's Miami Open because of an elbow injury. The 29-year-old Serb is the second big name to withdraw from the event, after world number one Andy Murray did likewise for the same reason. Defending champion Djokovic apologised to fans who had bought tickets to see him play in Miami.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/03/17 at 6:11 am

World number one Andy Murray expects Maria Sharapova to receive a wildcard for Wimbledon qualifying if she does not make it through her ranking. The Russian, 30, returned to action in Stuttgart last month after a 15-month doping ban.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/13/17 at 2:50 am

Four-time champion Rafael Nadal will take on two-time winner Novak Djokovic in the Madrid Open semi-finals after the Spaniard saw off David Goffin. Nadal, seeded fourth, beat the Belgian ninth seed 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 after Djokovic earlier had a walkover when Kei Nishikori withdrew with a wrist injury. In the other half of the draw, Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas will play Dominic Thiem.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/17 at 10:56 pm

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 to win his fifth Madrid Open title and move into the world's top four. The Spaniard has now won three straight titles, after his Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters victories, while his record on clay this year is 15-0.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/16/17 at 3:11 am

Eighteen-time major winner Roger Federer will sit out the French Open and the rest of the clay-court season. The 35-year-old, fifth in the world rankings, says he made the decision in an attempt to continue playing on the ATP Tour "for many years to come". The Swiss added he will now prepare for the grass and hard-court seasons, which begin in June. "I need to recognise that scheduling will be the key to my longevity," he said.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/12/17 at 2:24 am

Rafael Nadal described his "joy" at winning a record 10th French Open after beating Swiss third seed Stan Wawrinka in the final. The Spaniard, 31, won 6-2 6-3 6-1 to secure 'La Decima' at Roland Garros, and his 15th major title. Nadal - who won without dropping a set in the tournament for the third time - said he could not have imagined such success when he first won 12 years ago. He said: "In 2005, I thought in 2017 I'd be fishing on my boat in Mallorca."

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/04/17 at 9:20 am

Kyle Edmund fought back to claim his first Wimbledon win and end the hopes of fellow Briton and world number 869 Alex Ward. Edmund, ranked 50th, won 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1 on court three to reach the second round for the first time - at the fifth time of asking. Ward, 27, had come through qualifying to take his place in the main draw.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/04/17 at 6:31 pm

Andy Murray is ready to face a barrage of serve-volleying when he takes on Germany's Dustin Brown in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday.

The defending champion plays world number 97 Brown in the second match on Centre Court.

Fellow British number one Johanna Konta faces Donna Vekic of Croatia in the opening match on Centre Court.

Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams, Heather Watson and Aljaz Bedene are also in action on day three.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/19/17 at 4:39 am

Roger Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic. The Swiss third seed won 6-3 6-1 6-4 as seventh seed Cilic struggled with a blister on his left foot and broke down in tears during the second set. Federer, 35, finished the contest in one hour and 41 minutes to claim his first Wimbledon title since 2012. He becomes the oldest man in the Open era to win at the All England Club.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/17 at 3:38 pm

Maria Sharapova is set to play in her first Grand Slam since her 15-month drugs ban after being given a wildcard for the US Open main draw.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/17 at 4:49 pm

Rafael Nadal will be the new world number one from next Monday after Roger Federer withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters with a back injury.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/16/17 at 7:14 pm

German Alexander Zverev's 10-match winning streak ended with defeat by unseeded American Francis Tiafoe in the second round of the Cincinnati Open.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/24/17 at 11:52 am

US OPEN

World number 11 Milos Raonic is the latest high-profile player to pull out of the US Open, which starts on Monday. Canadian Raonic, 26, has withdrawn because of a persistent wrist injury but said that he planned to return to action before the end of 2017. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka is unable to defend his singles title at Flushing Meadows because of a knee injury. Novak Djokovic (elbow) and Victoria Azarenka will also be absent. Belarusian Azarenka, 28, is missing the final Grand Slam of the year because of an "ongoing family situation". World number 10 Kei Nishikori is also out after tearing a tendon in his right wrist. Raonic said he was unable give "full effort" as a result of his injury. "I have too much respect for the US Open and my fellow competitors to take a spot in the draw when I know I cannot give full effort due to this injury," he said.

Subject: Serena Williams gives birth to baby girl

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/02/17 at 2:18 am

Tennis star Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl at a clinic in Florida. Williams, 35, whose partner is Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was admitted to the St Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach on Wednesday. The 23-time Grand Slam winner said last month she was planning to return to tennis for the Australian Open in January.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41130969

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/17 at 12:33 am

U.S. OPEN

Venus Williams booked her place in the US Open quarter-finals with a three-set victory over Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spanish world number 35 capitalised on an error-strewn Williams display in the second set to level the match and take it to a decider. But the 37-year-old American ninth seed recovered to win six games in a row and came through 6-3 3-6 6-1. She will now face either Petra Kvitova or Garbine Muguruza, who beat Williams to the Wimbledon title in July.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/17 at 1:22 am

U.S. OPEN

Maria Sharapova's first Grand Slam tournament in 19 months ended with defeat by Anastasija Sevastova in the US Open fourth round. Latvia's Sevastova, the 16th seed, won 5-7 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals in New York. The 27-year-old will play Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals, after the American beat Julia Goerges. Sharapova, ranked 146th after returning from a doping ban in April, was given a wildcard into the main draw.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/04/17 at 6:42 am

U.S. OPEN

Petra Kvitova powered past Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in Sunday's US Open night session to reach the quarter-finals. The Czech 13th seed fought back from 1-4 down in the first set to win 7-6 (7-3) 6-3. It is Kvitova's best effort at a Grand Slam since she reached the last eight in New York two years ago.  The 27-year-old returned to action in May following a knife attack at her home last December.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/05/17 at 1:56 am

U.S. OPEN

Juan Martin del Potro came back from two sets down and saved two match points to beat sixth seed Dominic Thiem in a raucous US Open classic. The 24th seed, cheered on by a large Argentine contingent on the Grandstand court, won 1-6 2-6 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-4. Despite feeling ill and requiring treatment, he came through in three hours and 35 minutes to set up a quarter-final against Roger Federer. The Swiss third seed beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-2 7-5.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/06/17 at 1:18 am

U.S. OPEN

Venus Williams reached her 23rd Grand Slam semi-final with a thrilling win over Petra Kvitova in a final-set tie-break. The 37-year-old American won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) in front of a rapturous night-session crowd in New York. "I was so fortunate to win that match," said Williams. "It came down to the wire and I'm hoping we have more matches like that." She next faces Sloane Stephens, with all-American semi-finals possible.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/06/17 at 6:05 am

Andy Murray says he will "most likely" miss the rest of the season because of his ongoing hip injury. The British world number two, 30, pulled out of the US Open two days before the tournament began and has not played since Wimbledon in July.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/41171849

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/17 at 4:16 am

Rafael Nadal won his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title with a one-sided victory over South Africa's Kevin Anderson in New York. The world number one powered to a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory in Sunday's final at Flushing Meadows. The Spaniard, 31, has now won two Slams in the same year for the first time since 2013, having won the French Open in June. "It's just unbelievable what happened this year," said Nadal. "After a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, sometimes playing not good - since the beginning of the season it has been very, very emotional."

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/18/17 at 7:27 am

Great Britain's Heather Watson was knocked out in the first round of the Seoul Open, losing 6-3 0-6 6-1 to Sara Sorribes Tormo. The Spanish world number 92 served 13 double faults to Watson's five but the Briton won less than half the points on her own serve. Watson, who is ranked 78th, claimed the second set to love. However, she was broken four times in the decider as the 25-year-old lost in one hour and 36 minutes.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/18/17 at 8:04 am

Belgium will play France in the Davis Cup final after coming back from 2-1 down to beat Australia in Brussels.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/21/17 at 4:02 pm

British number one Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the Pan Pacific Open after a 7-5 7-6 (7-5) defeat by Czech Barbora Strycova. The world number seven held a 3-0 lead in the first set before Strycova fought back to take the opener.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/25/17 at 2:00 pm

British number one Johanna Konta's poor run continued as she was beaten by unseeded Ashleigh Barty in the second round of the Wuhan Open in China. World number seven Konta had the chance to serve for the match but lost 6-0 4-6 7-6 (7-3) to the Australian. The 26-year-old has lost five of her past seven matches since reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals. Defending champion Petra Kvitova also fell as she lost her first-round match against Peng Shuai. The Chinese world number 24 beat 11th seed Kvitova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (9-7) 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) in an entertaining encounter.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/17 at 9:59 am

British tennis player Laura Robson says she is "in shock" but safe after attending a Las Vegas concert where 50 people were killed and at least 200 injured in a mass shooting. A gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Hotel toward an open-air country music festival being held close by. Robson, 23, indicated on social media she was unhurt. "I'm okay. We were right there..sounded like fireworks at first then everyone started running. Scary," she said. The British number five added: "My friend who was deeper in the crowd has been helping people who were shot. We're all in shock."

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/03/17 at 2:39 pm

British tennis player Dan Evans has been banned for one year after testing positive for cocaine, which he explained had accidentally mixed with his medication in a washbag.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/17 at 10:02 am

The Davis Cup will experiment with a two day, best-of-three set, format in the lower tiers of next year's event. The World Group, which features 2015 champions Great Britain, will continue to contest best-of-five set matches over three days. But all captains will be able to select five rather than four man teams. The trial for Zone Groups I and II will see two singles matches played on day one, with the doubles match plus two reverse singles matches on day two. Other changes for the trial include no fifth rubber being played if the fourth match is decisive. International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty said: "Should the trial prove to be a success, we will be in a position to consider whether it should be applied for the World Group as well after 2018."

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/17 at 11:10 am

World number one Rafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios 6-2 6-1 in the China Open final to win his sixth title of the season. Australian Kyrgios began well but lost his way after he became frustrated by a line call in the first set in Beijing. The temperamental world number 19 continued to let the incident bother him and later received a one-point penalty for continuing to complain. French and US Open winner Nadal won nine games in a row on his way to reclaiming the trophy he won in 2005.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/10/17 at 1:08 pm

Nick Kyrgios was booed off court at the Shanghai Masters after going through with a threat to quit his match if he lost the first-set tie-break. The Australian lost the tie-break 7-5 to Steve Johnson soon after receiving a warning for smashing two balls out of court in frustration at a line call. He was also given a point penalty for an audible obscenity in the first-round match. At the same tournament last year he was fined for his behaviour and banned.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/17 at 1:20 pm

British number one Johanna Konta will miss this month's WTA Finals after withdrawing from next week's Kremlin Cup with a foot injury.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/17 at 1:38 pm

Top seed Rafael Nadal continued his bid for a first Shanghai Masters title by seeing off Italy's Fabio Fognini in an impressive last-16 victory. The world number one, 31, won 6-3 6-1 in little over an hour to set up a quarter-final against Grigor Dimitrov. Second seed Roger Federer progressed with a 6-4 6-2 win over unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. Marin Cilic is also through after a win against Steve Johnson, while Juan Martin del Potro beat Alexander Zverev.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/17 at 2:39 pm

Fabio Fognini has been fined $96,000 (£72,806) and given a suspended Grand Slam ban after verbally abusing an umpire at the US Open in September. The Italian used insulting language towards Louise Engzell in his first-round defeat by Stefano Travaglia. The 30-year-old world number 28 was initially fined $24,000 (£18,000) and suspended from the US Open. If he does not commit another offence in the next two Grand Slam seasons, his punishment will be reduced.

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/17 at 3:27 pm

Maria Sharapova moved into the Tianjin Open quarter-finals as she chases her first tournament victory since returning from a doping ban. The former world number one, 30, took her fourth match point to win 7-5 6-3 against Poland's Magda Linette. She will play either Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele or Kazakh fifth seed Yulia Putintseva in the last eight. The Russian, who is now ranked 86th, was given a wildcard to play in China as she continues her comeback

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/13/17 at 5:44 am

Maria Sharapova beat Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele to reach the Tianjin Open semi-finals. The Russian took one hour and five minutes to beat Voegele, ranked 196th in the world, 6-3 6-1 in China. Sharapova was broken in the first game of the match but hit back straight away, using her forehand to break down her opponent. She will face either Sara Sorribes Tormo or third seed Peng Shuai next. Sharapova, who returned from a 15-month ban in April, has yet to drop a set in Tianjin

Subject: Re: 2017 Tennis Season

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/13/17 at 6:12 am

World number one Rafael Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov to register his 15th consecutive win and reach the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters. The Spaniard won 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes. Nadal, who has never won the title in Shanghai, will face fourth seed Marin Cilic in the last four. Briton Jamie Murray and Brazil's Bruno Soares reached the doubles semi-finals with a 6-1 7-6 (8-6) victory over Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram. The victory ensured that the pair, who have won two Grand Slams and six titles together, qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/15/17 at 11:03 am

Wimbledon champion Roger Federer beat world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters final to capture his sixth title of the year. The 36-year-old Swiss, who has lost only four times in 2017, was again in imperious form as he won in 72 minutes. It was his fourth win of the year against Nadal and his fifth in succession over the Spaniard. Federer fired 10 aces, and the 19-time Grand Slam winner's 94th career title cut his deficit against Nadal to 23-15. It moves him level with Ivan Lendl in terms of Open era titles, with only American Jimmy Connors (109) having more.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/15/17 at 11:09 am

Former world number one Maria Sharapova won her first title since May 2015, beating Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6 (10-8) in the Tianjin Open final. The 30-year-old Russian was playing her seventh event since she returned to the tour in April from a 15-month drug ban. She trailed 4-1 in both sets before overcoming the 19-year-old Belarusian, who was contesting her first WTA final, in two hours and five minutes. It is the five-time Grand Slam winner's 36th WTA tournament victory.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/19/17 at 4:37 pm

Britain's Heather Watson and Naomi Brady were both knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Open. Twenty-five-year old Watson, the British number two and world number 81, lost 6-4 6-4 to Beligian Elise Mertens. British number three Naomi Broady, 25, was beaten 6-0 5-7 6-1 in her first WTA quarter-final by Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig of Puerto Rico. Puig meets Belgian Elise Mertens in the semis and France's Pauline Parmentier will play German Caroline Witthoft.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/17 at 8:57 am

British number two Kyle Edmund registered a straight-set win over David Ferrer to reach the second round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Edmund, ranked 63rd in the world, beat the Spanish world number 29 6-2 7-6 (7-5) in one hour and 48 minutes. Ferrer struggled for rhythm, with five double faults in his first two games allowing Edmund to start strongly. The Briton will face either qualifier Denis Novak or lucky loser Thomas Fabbiano in the next round. Edmund squandered a first-set lead against Ferrer at the Rogers Cup in August, but he showed more consistency in Vienna.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/26/17 at 7:35 am

Caroline Wozniacki thrashed world number one Simona Halep to reach the WTA Finals last four in Singapore. Wozniacki, who beat Elina Svitolina in her first match, broke Halep's serve five times in a 6-0 6-2 victory that secured progress from Red Group. The Dane is one of five players who could finish the year as world number one by winning the tournament. Caroline Garcia won the last four games to beat Svitolina 6-7 (9-7) 6-3 7-5 in Wednesday's other Red Group match. The result means any one of Halep, Garcia or Svitolina could join Wozniacki in the semi-finals depending on the results of Friday's last robin-round matches.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/26/17 at 12:09 pm

Martina Hingis - the world number one doubles player and five-time Grand Slam singles champion - will retire from tennis after this week's WTA Finals. The Swiss, 37, originally retired as a 22-year old in 2003 and then again in 2007 after a brief comeback. Returning in 2013, she won this year's Wimbledon and US Open mixed doubles titles with Britain's Jamie Murray.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/28/17 at 6:42 am

Romania's Simona Halep will end 2017 as world number one after Caroline Wozniacki beat Karolina Pliskova in the WTA semi-finals in Singapore. Sixth seed Wozniacki, 27, who finished second in her group behind Caroline Garcia, saw off Halep's only remaining challenger Pliskova 7-6 (11-9) 6-3. The Dane's defence was key in the second set after both players wasted chances to win the opener in Singapore. American Venus Williams plays France's Garcia in Saturday's other semi-final. "That was a little bit crazy. It was a rollercoaster, I'm just happy I got that first set under my belt," said Wozniacki who reached her first final in seven years. "I've been playing really great tennis this week so to be in the finals, it means a lot to me."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/01/17 at 5:12 am

British number three Kyle Edmund saved a match point as he fought back to beat Evgeny Donskoy in three sets to reach the second round of the Paris Masters. The 22-year-old defeated his Russian opponent 5-7 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 to set up a meeting with Jack Sock on Wednesday. Edmund was 7-6 down in the second-set tie-break, but saved match point on his serve before taking the set and clinching victory in the third. The world number 50 has reached three ATP semi-finals this year.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/03/17 at 1:06 pm

World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters with a knee injury. The Spaniard was due to face Serb Filip Krajinovic in the quarter-finals on Friday, but pulled out with a right knee problem before the match. Nadal had the knee strapped during his third-round win over Pablo Cuevas.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/17 at 1:57 pm

Britain's Andy Murray hopes to make his competitive return in Brisbane in January following a hip injury - but only if he is 100% fit. The Scot, 30, will play world number two Roger Federer as part of a charity event in Glasgow on Tuesday. It will be the first time Murray has played in public since he lost to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in July. "I am in a significantly better place than at the end of Wimbledon and in the build-up to the US Open," said Murray. "Walking was a big problem for me," he told BBC Sport.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/08/17 at 10:59 am

World number one Rafael Nadal will play David Goffin in his opening ATP Finals match on Monday. Spaniard Nadal has been grouped with Belgium's Goffin, Dominic Thiem of Austria and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. The first group begins on Sunday, with six-time Swiss winner Roger Federer playing Jack Sock of the USA, and Germany's Alexander Zverev against Czech Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/17 at 9:59 am

Six-time champion Roger Federer opened with a straight-set win over Jack Sock at the ATP Finals in London. The 36-year-old Swiss, making his 15th appearance at the season-ending event for the top eight players in the world, won 6-4 7-6 (7-4) at the O2 Arena.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/13/17 at 5:39 pm

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov admitted he had felt "pretty nervous" after seeing off Austrian Dominic Thiem in three dramatic sets on his ATP Finals debut. Sixth seed Dimitrov beat fourth seed Thiem 6-3 5-7 7-5 in the opening round-robin match in the Pete Sampras Group. Dimitrov failed to serve out the match at the first time of asking, only for Thiem to hand him a second opportunity with two double faults in a row. Rafael Nadal takes on David Goffin in the second singles match at 20:00 GMT. Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev won the opening matches in the Boris Becker Group on Sunday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/30/17 at 11:36 am

World number two Alfie Hewett won his opening men's singles match on day one of the season-ending Wheelchair Tennis Masters in Loughborough.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 12/29/17 at 8:04 am

Andy Murray has delayed his departure to Australia but still hopes to begin his season in Brisbane in January. The three-time Grand Slam champion has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon because of a hip condition. The Scot is due to play in the Brisbane International, which starts on New Year's Day, before the Australian Open in Melbourne from 15-29 January. Murray, 30, had originally planned to go to Australia before 25 December.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/04/18 at 1:18 am

Britain's Andy Murray has pulled out of the Australian Open after failing to recover from an ongoing hip injury. The three-time Grand Slam champion has not played a competitive match since Wimbledon last summer. Murray, 30, boarded a flight from Brisbane to Melbourne at noon local time on Thursday but his ultimate destination will be London and not the Rod Laver Arena.

The Australian Open starts on 15 January.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/05/18 at 2:12 am

Former world number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from this month's Australian Open in Melbourne. The 36-year-old American last week played her first match since giving birth in September. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam winner and the reigning Australian Open champion, said: "Although I am super close, I'm not where I want to be."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/10/18 at 4:30 am

Britain's Heather Watson is through to the quarter-finals of the Hobart International after a 6-2 6-2 win over wildcard Jaimee Fourlis. The 25-year-old, who won the tournament in 2015, took just an hour and 10 minutes to defeat the Australian, 18. Watson, who lost only 13 points on serve in the match, now faces world number 55 Donna Vekic from Croatia. "I felt the match was a lot tougher than the score suggested," said Watson, the British number two. "We had a lot of close games and I think just because I'm feeling really confident I was able to come through a lot of those."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/15/18 at 7:48 am

Kyle Edmund claimed the best win of his career as he knocked out 11th seed Kevin Anderson in five sets at the Australian Open. Edmund, the only British man in the singles draw, won 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the first round in Melbourne. The 23-year-old, ranked 49th, twice came back from a set down and recovered from 2-0 behind in the final set to win in a minute short of four hours. He goes on to face Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in the second round.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/18 at 1:04 am

British number one Johanna Konta made swift progress into the second round of the Australian Open with victory over American Madison Brengle. Konta, seeded ninth, won 6-3 6-1 on Hisense Arena, the third show court at Melbourne Park.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/18 at 9:50 am

Defending champion Roger Federer outclassed former Briton Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3 to reach the Australian Open second round in Melbourne. The Swiss produced a majestic display to show why he is favourite to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title at the age of 36. Bedene, who has switched his allegiance back to Slovenia, played well but the result was never in doubt. Federer won in 99 minutes and will face Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff next.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/18/18 at 1:48 am

British number one Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat by world number 123 Bernarda Pera in the second round of the Australian Open. The American won 6-4 7-5 to claim only her second win at Grand Slam level.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/19/18 at 3:03 am

Kyle Edmund fought back in punishing heat to beat Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in five sets and reach the Australian Open fourth round. The Briton, 23, recovered from a mid-match slump as the temperature hit 39C to win 7-6 (7-0) 3-6 4-6 6-0 7-5.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/24/18 at 12:41 am

World number one Rafael Nadal is expected to recover from an upper thigh injury within three weeks. The Spaniard retired during the fourth set of his Australian Open last-eight defeat against Marin Cilic on Tuesday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/24/18 at 3:21 am

Chung Hyeon became South Korea's first Grand Slam semi-finalist with a straight-set win over American Tennys Sandgren at the Australian Open. Chung, 21, won the surprise quarter-final between two unseeded players 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena. The world number 58 is the youngest Grand Slam semi-finalist for eight years, and the lowest-ranked Australian Open semi-finalist for 14 years. He will face Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in the last four on Friday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/24/18 at 6:03 am

Defending champion Roger Federer reached his 14th Australian Open semi-final with a straight-sets victory over Tomas Berdych. Second seed Federer, 36, beat the Czech 19th seed 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-4 in the Rod Laver Arena night session. It was their 10th meeting at Grand Slams, and an eighth win for the Swiss player. Federer goes on to face unseeded 21-year-old Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the last four on Friday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/25/18 at 5:22 am

Briton Kyle Edmund's Australian Open run came to an end with a straight-set defeat by Croatia's sixth seed Marin Cilic in the semi-finals. Cilic won 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to reach his first Melbourne final, where he will face Roger Federer or Hyeon Chung. Edmund, 23, had been trying to become just the fourth British man to reach a Grand Slam final since tennis turned professional in 1968. His ranking is set to rise from 49th in the world to around 25th next week.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/16/18 at 3:03 pm

Roger Federer says becoming the oldest world number one in tennis history - 14 years after he first topped the rankings - is a "dream come true". The 36-year-old beat Robin Haase 4-6 6-1 6-1 in the last eight of the Rotterdam Open to replace Rafael Nadal, 31, at the top of the standings. Federer surpassed eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi, who was 33 when he was deposed in September 2003. "This one means the most at 36 years of age, almost 37," the Swiss said. "When you're older you have to work double the amount. You have to wrestle it back from someone who's worked hard to get there. "Reaching number one is the ultimate achievement in tennis. It's been an amazing journey and to clinch it here, where I got my first wildcard in 1998, means so much."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/18 at 7:21 am

Serena Williams say she has "a long way to go" on her comeback after the birth of her child following defeat by sister Venus in round three at Indian Wells.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/15/18 at 1:46 pm

British number one Kyle Edmund lost his maiden ATP Tour final as he was beaten by Spain's Pablo Andujar at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakesh. Andujar, 32, a two-time former champion who has fallen to 355th in the world after a series of elbow operations, won 6-2 6-2 in 83 minutes. Edmund, 23, won twice on Saturday but struggled on a slow surface and had his service broken six times. Andujar's fourth career title was his first since the Swiss Open in 2014.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/01/18 at 6:23 pm

Seven-time champion Serena Williams could still be made the number one seed at Wimbledon this year, even if the American does not climb back into the world's top 32 before the tournament. Williams, 36, has dropped to 449th in the world since giving birth last year.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/04/18 at 5:43 pm

British number one Kyle Edmund is out of the Estoril Open after losing in the quarter-finals to Joao Sousa. Edmund, ranked 23rd in the world, was beaten 6-3 1-6 6-0 by the Portuguese world number 68 in 88 minutes. The two will meet again on Saturday, however, when Edmund and Cameron Norrie play Sousa and Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in the men's doubles semi-finals. Sousa will go on to play Greek world number 44 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the singles semi-finals in Portugal

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/06/18 at 4:23 pm

British number one Johanna Konta beat 16th seed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 7-5 in the first round of the Madrid Open.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/18 at 3:56 am

British number one Kyle Edmund continued his fine run of form with a hard-earned round one win over Malek Jaziri at the Italian Open. The world number 19 saved break points in his opening service game but beat the Tunisian 6-3 3-6 6-3. Edmund moved inside the world's top 20 for the first time on Monday after reaching the quarter-finals of last week's Madrid Open. He now faces either Lucas Pouille or Andreas Seppi in round two in Rome. Edmund, 23, beat Novak Djokovic on his way to the quarter-final in Madrid and he continues to look most comfortable on clay.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/30/18 at 1:51 pm

Serena Williams said she felt like a "superhero" in the black catsuit she wore during the 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova at the French Open.

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Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/18 at 7:04 am

British number two Heather Watson was unable to reach the French Open third round for the first time after losing to 16th seed Elise Mertens. Watson, 26, paid the price for a slow start in a 6-3 6-4 defeat. The world number 80 could not hold any of her opening seven service games and trailed 4-1 in the second set. She briefly rallied to level at 4-4 but dropped serve again and has now lost all six of her second-round matches at Roland Garros.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 3:46 am

Novak Djokovic came through a gruelling four-hour match against Spanish 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the last 16 at the French Open. The 12-time Grand Slam champion was given his toughest test this year but won 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 after three hours and 48 minutes. The Serb, 31, is seeded 20th as he searches for his best form following his return from an elbow injury. "It was a great test. I had to earn my victory," said Djokovic.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 6:16 am

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina became the highest-profile casualty in the women's draw at the French Open after a surprise straight-sets defeat. The Ukrainian lost 6-3 7-5 to Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu, the world number 33 who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week. But Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki eased into the last 16. Wozniacki, the second seed at Roland Garros, defeated France's Pauline Parmentier 6-0 6-3. She will next face Russian 14th seed Darya Kasatkina, who beat Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-1 1-6 6-3.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 7:47 am

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was knocked out of the French Open in the third round by Estonia's Anett Kontaveit. The Czech eighth seed, who was among the favourites after winning the Madrid Open, lost 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-4). Garbine Muguruza, the 2016 French Open champion, beat Australia's Sam Stosur 6-0 6-2 in 63 minutes to reach round four at Roland Garros in Paris. Serena Williams and top seed Simona Halep are in action later on Saturday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/02/18 at 8:53 am

British number one Kyle Edmund missed out on a first appearance in the French Open last 16 as he lost a five-set thriller to Italy's Fabio Fognini. Edmund lost 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4 in a fluctuating contest with the 18th seed at Roland Garros. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman has reached his first Grand Slam semi-final and broken into the world's top 20 for the first time this year. But the 16th seed could not break new ground on his preferred surface. Fognini, 31, will play either Croatian third seed Marin Cilic or American Steve Johnson in the fourth round.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/03/18 at 4:23 pm

Novak Djokovic strengthened his claims as a French Open contender by reaching the quarter-finals with a straight-set victory over Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Djokovic, seeded 20th, won 6-3 6-4 6-2 against 30th seed Verdasco. The 31-year-old Serb has reached the last eight at Roland Garros for a 12th time - an Open era record. The 12-time Grand Slam champion will play Marco Cecchinato in the last eight after the Italian upset Belgian eighth seed David Goffin.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/08/18 at 2:40 pm

Top seed Rafael Nadal will bid for a record-extending 11th French Open title after breezing past fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals. Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-1 6-2 to set up a meeting with Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final. The Spaniard, who has only lost twice in 87 matches at Roland Garros, beat the Argentine in just over two hours. Nadal is only the second man after Roger Federer to reach 11 finals at the same Grand Slam. "I am very happy to be back in the final here at Roland Garros. For me it's incredible," said Nadal.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/18 at 4:04 am

South America's most successful female tennis player, Maria Bueno of Brazil, has died at the age of 78. Bueno won 19 major titles during her career in the 1950s and 60s, including three Wimbledon singles titles and four US championships.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/18 at 8:19 am

World number one Simona Halep says she will "stay chilled" in Saturday's French Open final as she attempts to vanquish memories of defeat in her previous three Grand Slam finals. The Romanian, who was runner-up in Paris in 2014 and 2017 and at the Australian Open in January, will play American Sloane Stephens.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/18 at 11:40 am


World number one Simona Halep says she will "stay chilled" in Saturday's French Open final as she attempts to vanquish memories of defeat in her previous three Grand Slam finals. The Romanian, who was runner-up in Paris in 2014 and 2017 and at the Australian Open in January, will play American Sloane Stephens.
World number one Simona Halep finally won her first Grand Slam title with a gutsy comeback victory over American 10th seed Sloane Stephens in the French Open final. Halep, who had lost her three previous major finals, went a set and a break down at Roland Garros. But the 26-year-old Romanian battled back to take a see-saw second set against the US Open champion. She then raced away with the third to win 3-6 6-4 6-1.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/10/18 at 11:25 am

World number one Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title by beating Austria's Dominic Thiem in straight sets. Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-3 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three adrift of Roger Federer's all-time men's record.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/13/18 at 10:07 am

World number one Rafael Nadal has apologised for having to withdraw from next week's Fever-Tree Championships at the Queen's Club in London. Nadal won his 11th French Open title on Sunday and said he needed to rest before next month's Wimbledon. "I have spoken to my doctors and need to listen to what my body is telling me," the 32-year-old Spaniard said. "I would like to say sorry to the tournament organisers and the fans that were hoping to see me play."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/13/18 at 11:35 am

Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has abandoned her attempt to return to competitive tennis. Bartoli, 33, retired six weeks after winning Wimbledon in 2013 and three years later contracted an unknown virus that caused dramatic weight loss and left her "fearing for her life". But in December she announced she intended to return to the WTA Tour. "To my dismay I must unfortunately stop my comeback attempt," the Frenchwoman wrote on Twitter.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/19/18 at 1:17 pm

Andy Murray's comeback after almost a year out with a hip injury ended in a narrow defeat by Nick Kyrgios at Queen's. The 31-year-old Briton lost 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 against the Australian world number 21. Murray was playing his first competitive match since losing at Wimbledon last year. He tested Kyrgios in an encouraging performance, saving two match points before losing.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/20/18 at 10:04 am

Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week's tournament in Eastbourne - the final grass-court event before Wimbledon - because of injury. Romania's world number one said she had "yet to recover" from pain and inflammation in her Achilles tendon, which began during the French Open. Halep, 26, went on to claim her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros. "I've been advised by my doctors that it needs more rest while continuing treatment," she said in a statement.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/18 at 9:30 am

Roger Federer beat Matthew Ebden to win his 19th successive match on grass and reach the Halle Open semi-finals. The Swiss, who is aiming for a 10th title in Germany, beat Australian world number 60 Ebden 7-6 (7-2) 7-5. Victory in Halle will ensure 36-year-old Federer retains his world number one ranking.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/30/18 at 2:20 am

WIMBLEDON 2018

Two-time champion Andy Murray says he is "most likely" to play Wimbledon next week as he continues his comeback from almost a year out with a hip injury. Murray, 31, has been drawn against Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round of the Championships, which start on Monday. British number one Kyle Edmund opens against Australia's Alex Bolt. In the women's singles, Johanna Konta - who reached the semi-finals in 2017 - plays Natalia Vikhlyantseva. Seven-time champion Serena Williams, who has been seeded 25th following her return from maternity leave, plays Arantxa Rus while 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza will face Britain's Naomi Broady. Defending men's champion Roger Federer - who will play in his 20th Wimbledon Championship - faces Serbia's Dusan Lajovic, while world number one Rafael Nadal will take on Dudi Sela of Israel. Meanwhile, three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, now ranked 225th in the world after knee surgeries, meets sixth seed and current ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/30/18 at 1:15 pm

World number two Caroline Wozniacki beat Aryna Sabalenka to claim her second Eastbourne title. The Danish top seed outlasted her Belarusian opponent, ranked 45th in the world, 7-5 7-6 (7-5) at the Nature Valley International. Sabalenka served for both sets and led 4-1 in the tie-break, but Wozniacki, 27, dominated the crucial moments. It is her second title of the year, after her Australian Open success, and comes just two days before Wimbledon. Wozniacki has never progressed past the fourth round at SW19.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/01/18 at 10:56 am

BREAKING

Two-time champion Andy Murray withdrew from Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament with a "heavy heart". The 31-year-old Briton said it was "too soon" to play five-set matches after his comeback from hip surgery. Murray returned at Queen's last month after almost a year out, losing to Nick Kyrgios, then played at Eastbourne, where he was beaten by Kyle Edmund, In a statement, the Scot said he is "looking forward" to the US hard-court season, which starts in August. Murray, who won Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, had been drawn against Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round of the Championships, which start on Monday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/15/18 at 12:39 am

Serena Williams says her run to the Wimbledon final showed she can still be a contender to win Grand Slams and that this is just the start of her comeback. The 36-year-old American lost 6-3 6-3 to Angelique Kerber in Saturday's final, as the German capitalised on her error-strewn performance. Williams had been seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title 10 months after giving birth. "These two weeks have really showed me that, OK, I can compete," she said. "I didn't know a couple of months ago where I was, where I would be, how I would do, how I would be able to come back. It was such a long way to see light at the end of the road. "Obviously I can compete for the long run in a Grand Slam. I can come out and be a contender to win Grand Slams."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/15/18 at 4:02 am

Novak Djokovic says he has "not much to lose" when he goes for his first Grand Slam title in almost two years against Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon final. Djokovic, 31, has won 12 majors but has struggled for form and fitness since claiming the 2016 French Open. South African Anderson, 32, is bidding to win his first Slam after losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2017 US Open final. "Considering he's playing only his second Grand Slam final, obviously he has a lot more to gain," said Djokovic. "If I take my last couple years, I don't have much to lose myself."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/15/18 at 10:27 am


Novak Djokovic says he has "not much to lose" when he goes for his first Grand Slam title in almost two years against Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon final. Djokovic, 31, has won 12 majors but has struggled for form and fitness since claiming the 2016 French Open. South African Anderson, 32, is bidding to win his first Slam after losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2017 US Open final. "Considering he's playing only his second Grand Slam final, obviously he has a lot more to gain," said Djokovic. "If I take my last couple years, I don't have much to lose myself."
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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/18 at 2:24 am

British number one Kyle Edmund lost 6-4 7-5 to Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round in Cincinnati. Edmund, 23, had his serve broken in the final game of a tight first set and, after seeing off five previous match points, finally succumbed to lose in an hour and 53 minutes. World number 16 Edmund will continue his US Open preparation at the Winston-Salem Open, which begins on Saturday. His best Flushing Meadows campaign was a run to the last 16 in 2016.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/15/18 at 3:32 pm

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino and move into the third round in Cincinnati. The 13-time Grand Slam winner defeated his French opponent, the world number 25, 4-6 6-2 6-1. Serbia's Djokovic, ranked 10 in the world, will next play Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or German Mischa Zverev. Earlier on Wednesday, Croatia's Marin Cilic beat Marius Copil of Romania 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4. And Robin Haase of the Netherlands beat Germany's Alexander Zverev 5-7 6-4 7-5.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/11/18 at 9:54 am

Serena Williams has been the victim of misogyny and racism throughout her life, but that does not make her immune from sanction when she steps out of line. Williams was fined a total of $17,000 (£13,100) for the three code violations she was issued in the US Open final she lost to Naomi Osaka - a tiny fraction of her winnings, admittedly, but a significant fine nonetheless in the context of the sport.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/14/18 at 2:26 pm

Dan Evans put Great Britain ahead in their Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan with victory over Denis Istomin in a gripping opening singles rubber. Playing for Great Britain for the first time since returning from a 12-month drug ban, Evans beat world number 60 Istomin 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 0-6 6-4 7-5. Cameron Norrie takes on Jurabek Karimov in Friday's second singles rubber. A doubles match follows on Saturday before Sunday's reverse singles in the best-of-five-match tie in Glasgow.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/15/18 at 4:53 am

Great Britain and Uzbekistan are level at 1-1 in their Davis Cup tie after a gutsy victory for Dan Evans and shock defeat for Cameron Norrie in Glasgow.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/16/18 at 8:22 am

Cameron Norrie gave Great Britain a 3-1 victory in their Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan by winning his singles match against Sanjar Fayziev. The British number two, who lost his opening singles match on Friday despite having had a match point in the third set, triumphed 6-2 6-2 6-0. Victory in the tie ensures GB are seeded in the revamped Davis Cup when it starts in February. Fayziev was a late replacement for world number 60 Denis Istomin.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/27/18 at 10:38 am

Britain's Andy Murray beat world number 11 David Goffin - his highest-ranked opponent since returning from hip surgery - to reach the Shenzhen Open quarter-finals. Scot Murray, 31, won 6-3 6-4 against the Belgian top seed in China. Former world number one Murray, now ranked 311th in the world, returned in June after almost a year out. Next he will face Taro Daniel or fifth seed Fernando Verdasco, who beat Murray at the US Open in August.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/18 at 4:41 am

Britain's Kyle Edmund cried with tears of joy on the court after securing a maiden ATP title against Gael Monfils at the European Open in Antwerp. Monfils, 32, the world number 38, broke in top-seed Edmund's first service game and took the opening set in 31 minutes. But Edmund, 23, world ranked 15, then won successive tie-breaks to clinch the title 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-4). "A lot of hard work goes into this, it's just the emotion of it," Edmund told BBC Sport.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/23/18 at 4:57 pm

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki beat Petra Kvitova for the first time in four years with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/31/18 at 1:38 am

Novak Djokovic broke off from serving for victory against Joao Sousa to help a spectator who was taken ill at the Paris Masters. The match came to a stop as the spectator was attended to, with Djokovic providing him with a towel before he left his seat for treatment. The world number two was nearly broken when play resumed but served out for the match to win 7-5 6-1. Djokovic will play Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in the third round.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/31/18 at 11:38 am

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters with an abdominal injury. It means Novak Djokovic, 31, will replace him as world number one when the rankings are released on Monday. Earlier on Wednesday, Roger Federer made it through to the last 16 without playing when Milos Raonic pulled out with an elbow injury. Nadal's opponent, 34-year-old Fernando Verdasco, will play Jack Sock in the next round after the American beat France's Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-3.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/18 at 12:57 pm

World number one Novak Djokovic took a big step towards the semi-finals at the ATP Finals with a clinical victory over Alexander Zverev. After a very physical and close first set, the 31-year-old Serb ran away with the second to win 6-4 6-1. Djokovic, chasing a first ATP Finals title since 2015, will reach the last four if John Isner beats Marin Cilic later on Wednesday.

Subject: Re: World Tennis

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/18 at 4:47 pm

Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 29. The former world number two was runner-up to Serena Williams in 2012 and won 20 WTA titles in her 13-year career. She finished every season between 2008 and 2016 ranked inside the world's top 15, but is currently ranked 75th and has not won a title since October 2016. Radwanska said the decision to retire was "one of the most important" of her life and was "not easy". "Unfortunately I am no longer able to train and play the way I used to, and recently my body can't live up to my expectations," she added. "Taking into consideration my health and the heavy burdens of professional tennis, I have to concede that I'm not able to push my body to the limits required."

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