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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/27/19 at 9:48 am

Britain's Cameron Norrie and Johanna Konta both won to reach the second round of the Mexican Open. Norrie, 23, beat Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2 2-6 6-2, while Konta, 27, overcame Germany's Laura Siegemund 6-3 6-2 in Acapulco. Spain's Rafael Nadal beat Germany's Mischa Zverev 6-3 6-2 in his first match since losing the Australian Open final in January. Nadal has reached the Mexico Open final in his three previous appearances.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/02/19 at 11:21 am

Roger Federer has won his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Tennis Championships - 6,600 days after winning his first in Milan. The 37-year-old Swiss - a 20-time Grand Slam champion - beat Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4. Federer's first ATP title came at the Milan Indoors on 4 February, 2001, when he beat Frenchman Julien Boutter. "It is an absolute dream come true right now," said Federer, who will become world number four on Monday.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/47428945

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/07/19 at 7:37 am

British number one Johanna Konta went out of the Madrid Open in the second round, losing to Romanian world number three Simona Halep.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/17/19 at 8:26 am

World number three Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Italian Open before his quarter-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas with a right leg injury. Federer, 37, a four-time finalist in Rome, was competing at the event for the first time since 2016. The Swiss saved two match points to defeat Borna Coric 2-6 6-4 7-6 (9-7) on Thursday, having beaten Joao Sousa in straight sets earlier in the day. Tsitsipas will face Fernando Verdasco or Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/17/19 at 10:23 pm

Defending champion and eight-time winner Rafael Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-0 to reach the Italian Open semi-finals. Nadal, who has lost in the semi-finals of his past four tournaments, came from 2-0 down to win in one hour 38 minutes. He next faces 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who went through following the withdrawal of Roger Federer.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/19 at 10:26 am

British number one Johanna Konta came from a set down against Kiki Bertens to reach the final of the Italian Open. Konta - who will be seeded at the French Open later this month - beat Dutch sixth seed Bertens 5-7 7-5 6-2 in two hours 49 minutes in Rome. The 28-year-old will play Karolina Pliskova or Maria Sakkari in her first WTA Premier clay final on Sunday. Konta is the first British woman to reach the Italian Open final since Virginia Wade in 1971.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/22/19 at 12:31 pm

Andy Murray could play doubles at Wimbledon but has effectively ruled out competing in the singles this year. The former world number one had a hip resurfacing operation in January and has since said he is "pain-free". No player has competed in singles after that operation but American doubles player Bob Bryan has returned. "It's not enough time," Murray, 32, told the Times. "I'd say there's very little chance I'd play singles during the grass . "Potentially doubles, but I'm not trying to get ready for singles. I've only just started moving now," added the Scot. Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray has returned to training and was hitting with Australian Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon on Monday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/26/19 at 10:18 am

FRENCH OPEN:

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber said the pain from an ankle injury was "not my excuse" after her shock first-round exit at the French Open. The German fifth seed lost 6-4 6-2 to world number 81 Anastasia Potapova. The three-time Grand Slam champion said she "did not have much expectation" after pulling out of the Madrid and Rome clay tournaments this month. Elsewhere, Spanish 19th seed Garbine Muguruza came from a set down to beat American Taylor Townsend 5-7 6-2 6-2.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/26/19 at 1:56 pm

FRENCH OPEN:

Ukrainian ninth seed Elina Svitolina overcame a tricky first-round draw by beating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in straight sets at the French Open. Both players struggled on serve before 24-year-old Svitolina finished both sets stronger to win 6-3 6-3. American Williams, 38, has not gone past the third round of a Slam since reaching the 2017 US Open semi-finals. Svitolina will play compatriot Kateryna Kozlova, the world number 67, next.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 05/31/19 at 1:45 pm

FRENCH OPEN:

Johanna Konta became the first British woman to reach the French Open last 16 since 1983 after thrashing Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova at Roland Garros. Konta, 28, continued her fine clay-court season with a 6-2 6-1 late-evening victory at Roland Garros. Despite suffering sickness this week, the 26th seed broke serve five times to win in 54 minutes. Konta will play Croatian 24th seed Donna Vekic next. The Briton had never won a main-draw match at Roland Garros before this week, but now finds herself with a shot at the quarter-finals.

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Written By: MyAdidas on 06/07/19 at 10:12 pm

Nadal beat Federer in straight sets.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/09/19 at 1:54 pm

Rafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in four sets to lift a 12th men's singles title. The Spaniard won for the third straight year at Roland Garros with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory in a high-quality final. The 33-year-old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall. "I can't explain what I've achieved and how I feel. It's a dream," said Nadal.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/12/19 at 4:12 pm

Britain's Andy Murray hopes to return to the singles court before the end of the year, but thinks he is unlikely to be ready in time for August's US Open.

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Written By: MyAdidas on 06/21/19 at 3:02 am


Rafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in four sets to lift a 12th men's singles title. The Spaniard won for the third straight year at Roland Garros with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory in a high-quality final. The 33-year-old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall. "I can't explain what I've achieved and how I feel. It's a dream," said Nadal.


First heard of this guy in 2006, he’s pretty good.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/19 at 6:11 am

Wimbledon has began!

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/19 at 8:19 am

Fifteen-year-old American qualifier Cori Gauff caused a stunning upset by defeating five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the first round. World number 313 Gauff beat Williams - 24 years her senior at 39 - 6-4 6-4. Fellow American Williams had won four Grand Slam titles - including two at Wimbledon - before Gauff was born. "It's the first time I have ever cried after winning a match," said Gauff, who previously said Venus and sister Serena were her "idols". "I don't know how to explain how I feel.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/19 at 8:45 am

WIMBLEDON

Harriet Dart and Dan Evans led the British charge into the Wimbledon second round on a bumper day of matches for home players. Dart, whose first set was watched by the Duchess of Cambridge on court 14, beat American Christina McHale 4-6 6-4 6-4 in a tight tussle. British number three Evans had a much more straightforward time in a 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 win over Federico Delbonis. Six other Britons are in action on Tuesday, including Johanna Konta.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/19 at 9:57 am

WIMBLEDON

World number one Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Angelique Kerber comfortably navigated their way into the Wimbledon second round with straight-set victories on Tuesday. French Open champion Barty overcame Chinese world number 43 Zheng Saisai 6-4 6-2 and will now play Belgian Alison van Uytvanck. Kerber saw off fellow German Tatjana Maria 6-4 6-3 on Centre Court. She will face American world number 95 Lauren Davis in round two.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/19 at 10:59 am

WIMBLEDON

Eight-time champion Roger Federer survived a first-set scare to see off South African debutant Lloyd Harris and reach the Wimbledon second round. Federer, 37, moved through the gears to win 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court. After Harris left the crowd stunned by taking the opener, Federer began to find his rhythm and rattled off victory in one hour and 50 minutes. The Swiss, aiming for a record-extending ninth men's title, could face Britain's Jay Clarke next. Clarke, 20, is out on court against American Noah Rubin, with a prize of meeting the 20-time Grand Slam champion awaiting.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/19 at 3:07 pm

WIMBLEDON

Britain's Andy Murray has confirmed he will play mixed doubles with Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/19 at 3:58 pm

WIMBLEDON

Nick Kyrgios came through a five-set tussle with fellow Australian Jordan Thompson to set up a second-round meeting with Rafael Nadal. It was a theatrical display from the eccentric 24-year-old, who played shots through his legs, served underarm, joked with fans and slumped on the net. Kyrgios, the world number 43, eventually won 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 7-6 (12-10) 0-6 6-1 in three hours 26 minutes.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/03/19 at 4:45 am

WIMBLEDON: Order of Play

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/03/19 at 9:49 am

WIMBLEDON

British number two Heather Watson was outclassed by 20th seed Anett Kontaveit in the Wimbledon second round. The 27-year-old pushed the Estonian hard in the first set before succumbing 7-5 6-1 on Court One.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/03/19 at 2:10 pm

WIMBLEDON

American Reilly Opelka overcame three-time Grand Slam winner Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5 3-6 4-6 6-4 8-6 to reach the third round of Wimbledon.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/03/19 at 3:45 pm

WIMBLEDON

Top seed Novak Djokovic cruised into the Wimbledon third round after three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka lost to American Reilly Opelka. Serbia's Djokovic, 32, needed just one hour and 33 minutes to beat American Denis Kudla 6-3 6-2 6-2.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/09/19 at 1:33 am

WIMBLEDON

Roger Federer reached a record-extending 17th Wimbledon quarter-final as young Italian Matteo Berrettini was overwhelmed on Centre Court. The Swiss great, bidding for a ninth title, needed just an hour and 14 minutes to seal a 6-1 6-2 6-2 win. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also continued to breeze through the draw with equally-comfortable last-16 wins. Defending champion Djokovic knocked out inexperienced Frenchman Ugo Humbert, while Nadal beat Portugal's Joao Sousa. Serbian top seed Djokovic showed the gulf in class as he won 6-3 6-2 6-3 against world number 66 Humbert, while Nadal - only tested so far by second-round opponent Nick Kyrgios - eased to a 6-2 6-2 6-2 win over Sousa.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/09/19 at 1:55 am

WIMBLEDON

Serena Williams has been fined $10,000 (£7,988) for damaging one of the Wimbledon courts with her racquet. The incident occurred during a practice session before this year's tournament at the All England Club. The seven-time Wimbledon champion, 37, is playing just her sixth tournament of 2019 but beat Carla Suarez Navarro on Monday to reach the quarter-finals. Italy's Fabio Fognini has been fined $3,000 (£2,396) after he said that Wimbledon should be bombed. The 32-year-old made the outburst in his native tongue during his third-round loss to Tennys Sandgren on Saturday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/09/19 at 2:49 am

WIMBLEDON

Australia's world number one Ashleigh Barty has been knocked out of Wimbledon, losing her fourth-round match against American Alison Riske. World number 55 Riske fought back from a set down to win 3-6 6-2 6-3 in one hour 36 minutes on court two to reach a first Grand Slam quarter-final. French Open champion Barty, 23, had not dropped a set at the tournament. Riske will face seven-time champion Serena Williams after she beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/09/19 at 9:39 am

WIMBLEDON

Serena Williams battled past American compatriot Alison Riske despite a sluggish performance to reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon. The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat Riske 6-4 4-6 6-3 to set up a last four meeting with Britain's Johanna Konta or Czech Barbora Strycova. Williams is chasing her eighth Wimbledon title and her first Grand Slam title since January 2017. "It was really satisfying," the 37-year-old told the BBC.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/09/19 at 12:28 pm

WIMBLEDON

Johanna Konta failed in her bid to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals after an error-strewn display in a straight-set defeat by Czech Barbora Strycova. The British number one started strongly, racing to a 4-1 lead, before collapsing to lose 7-6 (7-5) 6-1. Let down by her previously dominant serve and firing long when she had the whole court at her disposal, Konta could not find a way back. Strycova will face 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the semis. "I think this was one of the best matches I have played," Strycova, 33, said after reaching her maiden Grand Slam singles semi-final.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/09/19 at 1:50 pm

WIMBLEDON

Andy Murray and Serena Williams wowed Wimbledon again as their box office partnership continued with another straight-set win in the mixed doubles. Britain's Murray, 32, and American Williams, 37, moved into the last 16 with a 7-5 6-3 win over 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/09/19 at 3:11 pm

WIMBLEDON

Seventh seed Simona Halep is through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2014 after a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 victory over China's Zhang Shuai. Halep, 27, the highest seed left in the womens' singles, had to fight back from 4-1 down to take a thrilling first set. The Romanian former world number one then raced away with the second to triumph in 86 minutes. Halep will play eighth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, a 7-5 6-4 winner over Karolina Muchova, in the last four.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/09/19 at 3:52 pm

Andy Murray says playing singles at the US Open looks "pretty unlikely" as he continues his return from hip surgery. Murray, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2012, is through to the last 16 of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon with Serena Williams.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/10/19 at 5:19 am

WIMBLEDON

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/10/19 at 11:01 am

WIMBLEDON

Andy Murray and Serena Williams' memorable Wimbledon run is over after they lost to top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar in the mixed doubles. Britain's Murray, 32, and American Williams, 37, have illuminated SW19 with their blockbuster partnership but came unstuck in a 6-3 4-6 6-2 defeat. The loss means the Scot's Wimbledon return - almost six months after serious hip surgery - is over. Now he must decide the next step as he ultimately hopes to play singles again.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/10/19 at 1:55 pm

WIMBLEDON

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet at Wimbledon for the first time since the 2008 final after both advanced to the semi-finals. Federer beat Kei Nishikori 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 for his 100th match win at the All England Club, while Nadal beat Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2. In 2008, Nadal won 9-7 in the fifth set against Federer in a rain-affected final that spanned nearly seven hours. Together, they have won 10 Wimbledon titles between them. Four-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic will face Roberto Bautisa Agut in Friday's other semi-final. It is the first time for 12 years that Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have all made the last four.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/10/19 at 3:10 pm

WIMBLEDON

Defending champion Novak Djokovic snuffed out a promising start by David Goffin to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals. The Serbian world number one went a break down in the first set to the speedy Belgian before turning it round in clinical fashion to win 6-4 6-0 6-2. He faces Roberto Bautista Agut in the last four on Friday after the Spaniard beat Guido Pella 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-3. Top seed Djokovic is chasing a fifth Wimbledon crown and 16th Grand Slam. "He started well," Djokovic, 32, told BBC television. "He was dictating the play from the baseline. "Things could have gone a different way - who knows what the match would have looked like if I had lost the first set - but I was very pleased with the second and third."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/06/19 at 10:06 am

British number one Johanna Konta lost in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, beaten 6-3 6-2 by Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/09/19 at 1:21 pm

Andy Murray will make a return to singles action at the Cincinnati Masters next week - seven months after fearing he might have to retire. Britain's former world number one has been playing doubles since June as he regains fitness after hip surgery.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/13/19 at 7:26 am


Andy Murray will make a return to singles action at the Cincinnati Masters next week - seven months after fearing he might have to retire. Britain's former world number one has been playing doubles since June as he regains fitness after hip surgery.
Former world number one Andy Murray says he will not play singles at the US Open later this month. On Monday Murray played his first singles match since career-saving hip surgery in January - a 6-4 6-4 loss to France's Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati. However, he had been asked to make a decision on accepting a wildcard for the US Open prior to facing Gasquet. "I didn't feel I was able to make that decision before today's match," said Murray, 32.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/13/19 at 11:59 am

American teenager Coco Gauff has been awarded a wildcard for the women's singles at the US Open this month. Gauff, 15, became the youngest player in the Open era to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon, beating former world number one Venus Williams en route to the fourth round. The 2011 champion Sam Stosur will join Gauff in the main draw at the US Open after also accepting a wildcard. The tournament begins at Flushing Meadows in New York on 26 August.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/14/19 at 1:21 am


Former world number one Andy Murray says he will not play singles at the US Open later this month. On Monday Murray played his first singles match since career-saving hip surgery in January - a 6-4 6-4 loss to France's Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati. However, he had been asked to make a decision on accepting a wildcard for the US Open prior to facing Gasquet. "I didn't feel I was able to make that decision before today's match," said Murray, 32.
Andy Murray says he has had some second thoughts about his decision not to play singles at the US Open.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/49339267

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/14/19 at 1:51 pm

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters with a recurring back injury, just days after pulling out of the Rogers Cup final.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/22/19 at 1:43 pm

U.S. OPEN

Serena Williams will play Maria Sharapova in the first round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows in New York.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/30/19 at 4:21 am

U.S. OPEN

Dan Evans set up another Grand Slam meeting with Roger Federer by beating French 25th seed Lucas Pouille in the US Open second round in New York.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/30/19 at 12:48 pm

U.S. OPEN

British number two Dan Evans was outclassed as Swiss great Roger Federer rediscovered his best form to ease into the US Open fourth round. Federer, 38, played with his trademark fluency in a 6-2 6-2 6-1 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The third seed had dropped the first sets in both of his previous two matches, but played with a swagger. Five-time champion Federer, who lost in the last 16 last year, will play David Goffin or Pablo Carreno Busta next.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/30/19 at 1:27 pm

U.S. OPEN

Third seed Karolina Pliskova overcame a mid-match blip to beat Tunisia's Ons Jabeur and reach the US Open fourth round. The Czech had been a set and a break up before being taken to a decider, eventually winning 6-1 4-6 6-4. Pliskova had appeared to be cruising before Jabeur took a medical timeout early in the second set and won five games in a row to make a match of it. Pliskova will face Britain's Johanna Konta or China's Zhang Shuai next.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/30/19 at 3:33 pm

U.S. OPEN

British number one Johanna Konta was in devastating form to beat China's Zhang Shuai and reach the US Open fourth round. The 29-year-old won 6-2 6-3 in 71 minutes to reach the last 16 for the third Grand Slam in a row. Konta, ranked 16th in the world, will face Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/31/19 at 10:41 am

U.S. OPEN

Roger Federer says he is "sick and tired" of being asked if he demands favourable scheduling after admitting he had a "competitive advantage" over Britain's Dan Evans.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/15/19 at 1:39 pm

Karolina Pliskova swept past Petra Martic in straight sets to win the WTA Zhengzhou Open in China. Pliskova only needed 77 minutes to beat the Croatian 6-3 6-2 in a rain-interrupted final for her fourth tournament success of 2019. The Czech player, top seed at the event, only dropped one set all week on her way to the title. Victory in Zhengzhou followed earlier titles in Brisbane, Rome and Eastbourne for the 26-year-old. The world number two will close the gap on Australia's Ashleigh Barty in the rankings, however she has yet to secure a first Grand Slam title. Her best performance this year was reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open in January before losing to eventual champion Naomi Osaka.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/19 at 3:16 pm

Andy Murray reached his first singles quarter-final in a year by beating fellow Briton Cameron Norrie in the second round of the China Open. After two tight sets taken on tie-breaks, Murray raced through the decider to win 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 after nearly three hours in Beijing. It is the first time he has won two straight ATP Tour singles matches since hip resurfacing surgery in January. Murray will now face Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem on Friday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/09/19 at 12:06 pm

World number one Novak Djokovic continued his fine form with a straight-set win over Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the Shanghai Masters. Serbia's 16-time Grand Slam champion, who won the Japan Open last week without dropping a set, cruised to a 6-3 6-3 second-round victory. Defending champion Djokovic will play American John Isner next. Isner hit 19 aces and lost only six points on his first serve in a 7-5 6-3 win over France's Lucas Pouille.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/16/19 at 12:21 pm

Teenager Coco Gauff was knocked out of the Luxembourg Open in the first round - just days after winning her maiden WTA title. American world number 71 Gauff, 15, was beaten 6-4 6-0 by Russian eighth seed Anna Blinkova in just 59 minutes. Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years in beating former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz Open final. Gauff and compatriot Caty McNally are in the women's doubles quarter-finals.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/16/19 at 3:44 pm

Tennis player Naomi Osaka, who ranks number three in the world, has said she will give up her US citizenship to represent Japan at Tokyo 2020.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/50016772

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/16/19 at 4:30 pm

Roger Federer has confirmed he intends to play in next summer's Olympics in Tokyo as he chases an elusive gold medal in the men's singles. The Swiss great, who turns 39 during the Games, is one of the sport's most decorated players but he has never won the Olympic singles title. Federer won silver at London 2012 after losing to Britain's Andy Murray. "At the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play the Olympic Games again," Federer said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/19 at 3:34 am

Andy Murray said he would reassess his goals after a "surprise" win at the European Open, and joked that he needed to get back on tour to stop his family growing too large. The Scot, 32, had hip surgery in January and won his first title in two years in Antwerp on Sunday. He is now likely to take a break until next month's Davis Cup finals while he waits for the birth of his third child.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/24/19 at 4:38 pm

Stan Wawrinka secured a quarter-final with nine-time champion Roger Federer after a 6-3 3-6 7-5 win over American Frances Tiafoe at the Swiss Indoors. The 34-year-old seventh seed, who lost to Andy Murray in last week's European Open final, won on his fourth match point in two hours 32 minutes in Basel. Three-time Grand Slam winner Wawrinka has won only three times in 26 previous meetings with fellow Swiss Federer. Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Ricardas Berankis 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-4.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/19 at 4:59 pm

Andy Murray starts to believe he can beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic again

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/13/19 at 1:56 pm

Rafael Nadal saved a match point to beat Russian Daniil Medvedev and boost his hopes of a first ATP Finals title. Nadal, bidding to keep his world number one ranking, could have been eliminated on Wednesday with defeat but beat the fourth seed 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4). The Spaniard trailed 5-1 in the third set and saved match point on his serve at 5-2 before a stunning comeback. "This match is one of those that one out of 1,000 you win," Nadal said. "Honestly, I was super lucky." The 33-year-old's hopes of progression to the semi-finals rest on his meeting with Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday. Greek Tsitsipas plays Alexander Zverev, who beat Nadal in their opening round-robin match, later on Wednesday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/10/20 at 7:37 am

Serena Williams reached the Auckland Classic semi-finals with a straight-set victory over Germany's Laura Siegemund. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion beat 73rd-ranked Siegemund 6-4 6-3. Williams, whose last singles title came at the 2017 Australian Open, will play fellow American Amanda Anisimova after she beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 3-6 6-4. Caroline Wozniacki reached the semi-finals with a 6-1 6-4 victory over the 2019 champion, German fourth seed Julia Gorges. The Dane, who will retire after the Australian Open in Melbourne, will next play unseeded American Jessica Pegula. Wozniacki and Williams are through to the doubles final in Auckland after beating Belgian pair Kirsten Flipkens and Alison van Uytvanck 7-6 (11-9) 6-2.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/11/20 at 4:46 am

US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from the Australian Open in Melbourne as she continues her recovery from a knee injury. The Canadian, ranked fourth in the world, picked up the injury at the season-ending WTA Finals in October. Andreescu beat Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in September to win her maiden Grand Slam title. "I have to respect the recuperation plan for my knee and body," the 19-year-old wrote on Twitter. "I feel better and stronger every day but the Australian Open is unfortunately too soon in my rehab process." Andreescu reached the second round in Melbourne in 2019.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/12/20 at 7:58 am

Serena Williams won her first title in three years and first since becoming a mother with victory over Jessica Pegula at the Auckland Classic. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion beat her fellow American 6-3 6-4. It is the 38-year-old's first singles title since she won the Australian Open in 2017 and her 73rd WTA title overall. Williams, in her fourth decade on the WTA Tour, lost the Wimbledon and US Open finals in 2018 and 2019 and retired from the 2019 Rogers Cup final. She said after her victory that she would donate her prize money in Auckland and a dress she had worn to the Australian bushfire appeal. "It feels good. It's been a long time, I think you could see the relief on my face," said Williams.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/12/20 at 8:37 am

Rafael Nadal will play Novak Djokovic as Spain take on Serbia in the inaugural ATP Cup final in Sydney. Top-ranked Nadal came from a set down to beat Australia's Alex de Minaur 4-6 7-5 6-1 and give Spain an unassailable 2-0 lead over the hosts. World number two Djokovic had earlier beaten US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev 6-1 5-7 6-4 as Serbia beat Russia 3-0. Djokovic beat Nadal in straight sets in last year's Australian Open final and leads their head-to-head 28-26. He has also not lost to Nadal on a hard court since the 2013 US Open final.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/12/20 at 10:25 am

The Australian Open - the first Grand Slam of the year - begins on 20 January.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/14/20 at 4:09 am

Dalila Jakupovic says she was "really scared" as she retired from her Australian Open qualifying match because of the "unhealthy" air quality from ongoing bushfires in the country. The Slovenian world number 180 had to be helped off court after she retired at 6-5 5-6 against Swiss Stefanie Vogele in the first round in Melbourne. "It was really bad. I never experienced something like this," Jakupovic said. "I was really scared I would collapse because I couldn't walk any more." Qualifying was delayed by an hour on Tuesday and practice was temporarily suspended because of the air quality. Organisers said the conditions were expected to improve and would be "monitored constantly".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/14/20 at 8:27 am

British number one Dan Evans beat Alexander Bublik to reach the quarter finals of the Adelaide International. Evans needed just 75 minutes to beat Kazakhstan's Bublik 7-5 6-2. The Briton, who will be seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time when the Australian Open begins on 20 January, will face either Russia's Andrey Rublev or American Sam Querrey next. Elsewhere, Britain's Kyle Edmund claimed his first victory of the year at the Auckland Open. Edmund, who has slipped to 67 in the world rankings, beat Spain's Alejandro Davidovich 6-2 4-6 6-3. He will play either Italy's Andreas Seppi or French seventh seed Adrian Mannarino in the second round.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/15/20 at 4:25 am

Australian Open qualifying was cancelled for the day because of rain after earlier delays caused by the "very poor" air quality from ongoing bushfires in the country. Play was delayed by three hours after the air quality was rated "unhealthy". Matches began at 13:00 local time (02:00 GMT) but were later suspended for the day because of heavy rain. On Tuesday, Slovenia's Dalila Jakupovic had to be helped off court after retiring from her match. Air quality in the city was rated as moderate by late afternoon

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/16/20 at 7:20 am

AUSTRALIA OPEN

Australian Open organisers are confident the tournament will start and finish on time despite continuing health concerns over Melbourne's air quality from bushfires in the country. Some players have complained about having to play qualifying matches in smoky conditions. "There is a lot of speculation about the Australian Open not happening, or starting later," said tournament director Craig Tiley. "The Australian Open is happening."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/20 at 1:51 am

AUSTRALIA OPEN

British number one Johanna Konta made her earliest exit from the Australian Open by losing to Tunisia's Ons Jabeur in the first round. Konta, seeded 12th, was beaten 6-4 6-2 by the tricky world number 78 at Melbourne Park. The 28-year-old was playing only her second match in almost five months because of a knee injury. Compatriot Kyle Edmund was also knocked out with a 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) loss to Serbia's 24th seed Dusan Lajovic.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/20 at 10:05 am

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World number one Rafael Nadal cruised into the Australian Open second round with a straightforward victory over Bolivia's Hugo Dellien in Melbourne. Nadal, champion in Melbourne in 2009, dropped just five games in a 6-2 6-3 6-0 win over his 72nd-ranked opponent. The Spaniard, runner-up last year, is bidding to equal Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam men's singles titles. He will play either Federico Delbonis of Argentina or Portugal's Joao Sousa next.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/21/20 at 11:58 am

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Maria Sharapova is not sure if she will be at the Australian Open next year, with a first-round exit meaning she is set to drop out of the world's top 350. The five-time Grand Slam champion, who won at Melbourne Park in 2008, lost 6-3 6-4 to Croatian 19th seed Donna Vekic. It was only the Russian's second competitive outing since September's US Open because of a shoulder injury. Asked whether this might be her last appearance at the tournament, she said: "I don't know. I don't know."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 1:50 am

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Sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the Australian Open third round after opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew injured. Organisers said the 36-year-old German had a muscle strain. Greece's Tsitsipas, 21, will face Canadian Milos Raonic or Cristian Garin of Chile in the third round. Among the men in second-round action on Wednesday at Melbourne Park are defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Britain's Dan Evans.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 3:35 am

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Defending champion Naomi Osaka put an angry outburst behind her to reach the Australian Open last 32 as world number one Ashleigh Barty also progressed. Japanese third seed Osaka beat Saisai Zheng 6-2 6-4 to set up a potential third-round meeting with teenager Coco Gauff, who plays Sorana Cirstea later. Osaka, 22, threw her racquet on the floor and kicked it after China's Zheng broke her serve in the second set. "I just wanted to fight," said Osaka, who won in one hour and 20 minutes.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 5:10 am

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Britain's Heather Watson showed tremendous fight to reach the Australian Open second round before Dan Evans missed out on the chance of a potential meeting with Novak Djokovic. Watson, ranked 75th, won 4-6 6-3 6-1 in blustery conditions against Czech Kristyna Pliskova. British number one Evans, seeded 30th, lost 6-4 6-3 6-4 to Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in his second-round match. Watson and Harriet Dart are the only remaining Britons in the singles draws. Watson will meet Belgian 16th seed Elise Mertens for the second time in a week after winning their Hobart International quarter-final last Thursday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 5:28 am

AUSTRALIA OPEN

Serena Williams continued her unbeaten start to the year as she powered past Slovenian Tamara Zidansek to reach the third round. The 38-year-old American, bidding for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, needed just over an hour to win 6-2 6-3. The eighth seed has dropped eight games in her opening two matches. Next she will face China's 27th seed Wang Qiang, who was thrashed by Williams at September's US Open. Wang froze as she lost in 44 minutes on her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final appearance and will be hoping to put up a better fight in Melbourne on Friday.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/22/20 at 7:25 am

AUSTRALIA OPEN

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both enjoyed comfortable wins to reach the third round of the Australian Open. Federer beat world number 41 Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 6-1 6-4 6-1 to maintain his bid to match Djokovic's seven Australian Open titles. The Swiss, 38, wrapped up victory in 92 minutes and will face Australia's John Millman next. Djokovic, the defending champion, dismissed Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito 6-1 6-4 6-2 in 95 minutes. The 32-year-old Serb, chasing a 17th Grand Slam title, faces Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka next after he knocked out British number one Dan Evans.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/20 at 2:42 am

AUSTRALIA OPEN

Roger Federer defied age and logic once again to save seven match points before beating unseeded American Tennys Sandgren in a sensational Australian Open quarter-final. The out-of-sorts Swiss fought off form and fitness concerns before winning 6-3 2-6 2-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-3.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/20 at 3:35 am

AUSTRALIA OPEN

Ashleigh Barty became the first Australian woman to reach the semi-finals at her home Grand Slam for 36 years with victory over Petra Kvitova in an absorbing encounter in Melbourne. The top seed made 2019 runner-up Kvitova pay for a host of missed chances in a 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 victory at the Australian Open. French Open champion Barty will face American 14th seed Sofia Kenin next. Kenin reached her first major semi after a 6-4 6-4 win over Ons Jabeur. The last Australian woman to reach the semi-finals in the singles at Melbourne Park was Wendy Turnbull in 1984, who was the most recent finalist from the home nation in 1980.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/28/20 at 4:35 am

AUSTRALIA OPEN

Britain's Joe Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram are through to the semi-finals of the men's doubles at the Australian Open. The 11th seeds beat Finn Henri Kontinen and German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 6-4 with a break of serve in each set. The pair, French Open quarter-finalists last year, will face Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin for a place in Sunday's final. Fellow Briton Ken Skupski can still join Salisbury in the semi-finals. Skupski and Mexican partner Santiago Gonzalez play Australian wildcards Max Purcell and Luke Saville on Tuesday. Elsewhere, Britain's Jonny O'Mara and his partner Marcelo Arevalo from El Salvador lost 6-3 6-2 to fourth seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Slovakia's Filip Polasek in the quarter-finals.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/29/20 at 1:33 am

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Simona Halep brilliantly took apart Anett Kontaveit in just 53 minutes to race into the Australian Open semi-finals. Estonian Kontaveit won the first game but was never in it from that point as Halep raced to a 6-1 6-1 win. Wimbledon champion Halep won 11 games in a row before the 28th seed managed to hold serve in the penultimate game. The Romanian, 28, will face Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, 26, in the last four in Melbourne.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/29/20 at 4:51 am

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Britain's Jamie Murray and American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands are through to the semi-finals of the mixed doubles at the Australian Open. The US Open champions beat China's Saisai Zheng and Belgium's Joran Vliegen 6-3 6-4. They saved six break points, including two while serving for the match. It is the first time Murray has reached the last four in the mixed doubles in Melbourne but Mattek-Sands won the title in 2012 with Horia Tecau.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/29/20 at 5:07 am

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Britain's Jordanne Whiley was knocked out of the Australian Open in the women's wheelchair singles quarter-finals, losing to Yui Kamiji. Whiley, returning to Australia for the first time since 2016 after making a comeback from maternity leave, lost 6-2 7-6 (7-5) to the Japanese second seed. The pair will team up in the doubles, having won the titles in Melbourne in 2014 and 2015. Three Britons are competing in the men's wheelchair and quad singles.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/29/20 at 9:20 am

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Top seed Rafael Nadal was denied a place in the Australian Open semi-finals as Austria's Dominic Thiem rattled the Spaniard with a powerful display to win a four-set thriller. Fifth seed Thiem won 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (8-6) at Melbourne Park. The 26-year-old, beaten by Nadal in the past two French Open finals, missed two match points before taking a third to win in four hours and 10 minutes. He will now face Germany's Alexander Zverev in Friday's last-four match.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/30/20 at 3:41 am

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Sofia Kenin reached her first Grand Slam final by beating a nervous top seed Ashleigh Barty in straight sets in the Australian Open semi-finals. The 21-year-old American, seeded 14th, won 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 in sweltering conditions at Melbourne Park. Australian Barty, aiming to become the first home woman to reach the final in 40 years, failed to convert two set points in each set. Kenin will meet Simona Halep or Garbine Muguruza in Saturday's final.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/30/20 at 6:25 am

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Britain's Joe Salisbury is through to his first Grand Slam final after he and Rajeev Ram won their men's doubles semi-final at the Australian Open.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/30/20 at 9:17 am

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Garbine Muguruza continued her recent revival by reaching the Australian Open final with a straight-set win over Romania's Simona Halep. The unseeded Spaniard, 26, battled past the fourth seed in a tense 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 semi-final victory. The two-time Grand Slam champion fought off four set points in the opener and twice came back from a break down in the second. She will face American Sofia Kenin in Saturday's final.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/30/20 at 9:43 am

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The key to the longevity of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer is their willingness to constantly "listen, learn and improve every single day", says the Serb's coach Goran Ivanisevic. Djokovic, 32, and Switzerland's Federer meet for the 50th time in Thursday's Australian Open semi-final. Federer, 38, has not beaten Djokovic at a Grand Slam since 2012. "Sometimes you think why the heck do you want to learn more? That's why they - and Rafael Nadal - are the best," Ivanisevic told BBC Radio 5 Live. Defending champion Djokovic is going for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park, while Federer is aiming to match his opponent's current tally with a seventh victory.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/12/20 at 3:06 pm

British number one Johanna Konta suffered her fourth straight singles defeat as she was knocked out of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy. Konta, 28, stepped up her return from a knee injury with a doubles win on Monday and, as the fourth seed, had a bye to the last 16 of the singles. The world number 14 faced Oceane Dodin of France in just her third singles match since September's US Open. But Dodin, ranked 145 places below Konta, won 6-3 6-4 in Russia.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/20 at 1:10 pm

One of the leading coaches in tennis, Jose Higueras, is tipping Andy Murray to make a successful return. The former world number one is currently off the tour with pelvic bone bruising, having had hip replacement surgery at the beginning of 2019. The 32-year-old Scot has not played since the Davis Cup finals in November. "If there's a chance anyone can come back from an injury like that, I think Andy will," said Higueras, who has worked with Roger Federer. Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Chang are other Grand Slam winners to have worked with the 66-year-old Spaniard, who is is guest coach for a week at the new LTA tennis academy in Stirling.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/25/20 at 6:44 am

British number two Heather Watson came from a set down to beat American Coco Vandeweghe 4-6 6-4 6-4 in the first round of the Mexico Open.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/26/20 at 8:54 am

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is "saying goodbye" to tennis at the age of 32. In an article written for Vogue and Vanity Fair, Sharapova said her body "had become a distraction" after a struggle with shoulder injuries. The Russian won her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 2004 aged 17 and completed the career slam - all four major titles - by winning the French Open in 2012. In 2016, she served a 15-month ban after testing positive for meldonium.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/16/20 at 12:28 pm

No WTA tournaments will be played until at least 2 May after the tour extended its suspension because of coronavirus. The tour was initially on hold until 20 April but events in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague have now also been dropped. The WTA says it will make a decision this week about the season's remaining European clay court tournaments in Madrid, Rome and Strasbourg. It added it "will continue to monitor this situation closely and its impact on the 2020 WTA Tour season".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/17/20 at 11:37 am

One of the world's major tennis tournaments, the French Open, has postponed the competition until the autumn. Instead of starting on 24 May, it will be held from 20 September to 4 October 2020, organisers Roland Garros announce.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/18/20 at 2:28 pm

The suspension of the professional tennis tours because of coronavirus has been extended to 7 June, ruling out the entire clay-court season. The ATP and WTA Tours were already off until 27 April and 2 May respectively. The extension covers joint tournaments in Madrid and Rome, plus women's events in Strasbourg and Rabat and men's events in Munich, Estoril, Geneva and Lyon. All men's and women's rankings have been frozen until further notice.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/25/20 at 2:42 pm

The All England Club says a decision regarding this year's Wimbledon will be made next week. In a statement on Wednesday, the club said postponement and cancellation of the event, scheduled between 29 June-12 July, because of the impact of coronavirus were possible outcomes. Playing behind closed doors has been formally ruled out. Earlier this month, the French Open, due to have begun in May, was rescheduled to 20 September-4 October.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 03/31/20 at 3:22 pm

A series of emergency meetings is under way to decide whether Wimbledon can go ahead this year. The All England Club says a final decision is yet to be made, but the cancellation of the Championships for the first time since World War Two now seems inevitable. The Wimbledon Championships are due to run for two weeks from Monday 29 June. The French Open has already been pushed back four months to late September because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/09/20 at 1:10 pm

British tennis star Andy Murray will take part in an online computer game version of the Madrid Open, which was postponed because of coronavirus. Murray is one of 16 male and 16 female tennis players who will play from their own homes in the Mutua Madrid Open Virtual Pro from 27 to 30 April. The tournament will be shown on television and online. Some money will be raised for charity from the event.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 04/30/20 at 4:21 am

Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Maria Sharapova are among the tennis stars who will compete in a live-streamed tournament of Mario Tennis Aces. Top tennis players will partner celebrities and play as characters from the game on Nintendo Switch. E-sports have surged in popularity as the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the cancelation of live events. Facebook Gaming will stream the event. The social media giant is making a push into hosting online gaming. The pairs competing include Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid, Naomi Osaka and Hailey Bieber, Maria Sharapova and Karlie Kloss, Kevin Anderson and Ryan Tannehill, Venus Williams and Deandre Hopkins, Kei Nishikori and Steve Aoki, Madison Keys and Seal, Taylor Fritz and Addison Rae. With live sports on hold due to lockdown and social distancing requirements, players and leagues have turned to online gaming as a way to keep fans engaged.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52481838

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/10/20 at 8:03 am

Roger Federer will miss the rest of the 2020 season after having a further operation on his right knee. The 20-time Grand Slam winner had the initial arthroscopic surgery in February but said he suffered a "setback" with his rehabilitation. Professional tennis has been suspended since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. "I will look forward to seeing everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season," the 38-year-old Swiss said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/11/20 at 6:58 am

Tennis legend Billie Jean King says she thinks this year's US Open "might happen". Speaking to the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, she said: "I'm also going to add that if they do the US Open then they're most likely to do the other tournament that they have ownership in. And that is the Cincinnati tournament. "So they might do two tournaments all at the US Open site, is what they're thinking. But probably no people. "They have been working on this diligently as has the ATP, the men's Association, the WTA... you cannot believe the work they've all done to make this happen hopefully. But the US Open, yes, I think it might happen."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/21/20 at 11:25 am

The United States Tennis Association is now offering to stage wheelchair events at this year's US Open after a change of mind. It admitted it should have worked with players when developing a plan for this year's tournament. Australia's quad world number one Dylan Alcott had described an initial decision to scrap the wheelchair events as "disgusting discrimination". Details of the offer to players was revealed by France's Stephane Houdet. The 22-time Grand Slam champion said the players were presented with three options in a meeting on Friday, and are set to put them to a vote on Monday. If they decide they do want to play in New York during the Championships, they will receive 95% of last year's prize fund. The alternatives are a delayed tournament in Orlando in October, or $150,000 in compensation to be shared between the players to make amends for their events not going ahead.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/21/20 at 2:54 pm

World number 19 tennis player Grigor Dimitrov has tested positive for coronavirus. The Bulgarian, 29, , played in both of Novak Djokovic's recent Adria Tour events, withdrew from the second tournament in Zadar, Croatia on Saturday with sickness after his opening loss to Borna Coric. "I am so sorry for any harm I might have caused," he said. Sunday's final, which would have featured world number one Djokovic, has been cancelled.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/22/20 at 3:02 am

Andy Murray will play his first match in seven months when he takes on Liam Broady on Tuesday on the opening day of the 'Battle of the Brits'. The Scot, 33, has not played since the Davis Cup Finals in November after sustaining a pelvic injury. The six-day charity event, organised by his brother Jamie, is being played behind closed doors at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton. British number one Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund are among the others in action. With the professional tour still suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, this singles and doubles tournament will give the top British players some competition practice before August's planned restart and raise money for NHS Charities Together. Murray's opening match is the fourth of the day on Tuesday and so is likely to start around 17:00 BST.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/20 at 7:52 am

World number one Novak Djokovic has become the latest tennis player to test positive for Covid-19. It comes after Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all revealed they had coronavirus after playing at Djokovic's Adria Tour competition. Djokovic, 33, played fellow Serb Troicki in the first event in Belgrade. Great Britain's Andy Murray said the positive tests were a "lesson for us", while Australian Nick Kyrgios called playing a "bone-headed decision".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 06/25/20 at 3:31 am

Kyle Edmund won a physical battle against Andy Murray to reach the Battle of the Brits semi-finals. Murray, playing only his second match since November, lost 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 10-5 and must now beat James Ward on Thursday to advance. The encounter was billed as good gauge of where Murray is after a pelvic injury and there were some positives. The six-day charity event, organised by Murray's brother Jamie, is at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/20 at 11:48 am

Fans will be allowed to attend the French Open when it begins in September, the French Tennis Federation has said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/04/20 at 2:04 pm

Defending champion Rafael Nadal has decided not to play the US Open later this month because the coronavirus pandemic remains "out of control".

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/31/20 at 2:44 pm

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Top seed Karolina Pliskova made a confident start to her US Open campaign with a 6-4 6-0 win over Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinina in New York.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/31/20 at 3:44 pm

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Britain's Cameron Norrie fought back from two sets down to earn a memorable win over Argentine ninth seed Diego Schwartzman on day one of the US Open. Norrie, ranked 76th, looked set for a routine defeat before turning it around to win 3-6 4-6 6-2 6-1 7-5 in New York. Both struggled to hold serve in a match with 58 break points, Norrie saving two match points in the decider before winning in almost four hours.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 08/31/20 at 4:44 pm

U.S. OPEN

Andy Murray is expecting a "weird" experience when he competes at this week's US Open, which is being held without any fans behind closed doors. The first grand slam since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic begins in New York on Monday. The Briton, 33, is playing Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka in his first singles match at a major since the 2019 Australian Open after injury problems. "Mentally it's going to be difficult for the players," said Murray.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/20 at 5:32 am

U.S. OPEN

World number one Novak Djokovic began his pursuit of an 18th Grand Slam title with a straight-set win over Damir Dzumhur in the US Open first round. The Serb, 33, raced through the opening set before being tested in the second on his way to a 6-1 6-4 6-1 win. Djokovic is seeking to capitalise on the absence of fellow greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in New York.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/20 at 7:54 am

U.S. OPEN

Fourth seed Naomi Osaka overcame a scare to beat fellow Japanese player Misaki Doi in three sets and avoid a major shock in the US Open first round. Osaka, who won the first of her two Grand Slams at Flushing Meadows in 2018, wobbled in the second set before recovering for a 6-2 5-7 6-2 victory. Elsewhere, teenager Coco Gauff's hopes of another Grand Slam run were ended by 31st seed Anastasija Sevastova. But top seed Karolina Pliskova and sixth seed Petra Kvitova advanced.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/20 at 9:38 am

U.S. OPEN

A number of US Open players have been put in what one described as "a bubble in the bubble" after having contact with France's Benoit Paire, who tested positive for coronavirus. Compatriot Kristina Mladenovic says her movements have been restricted as she was in a group of players who played cards with Paire in a hotel lobby. Mladenovic, who won her first-round match on Monday, said she had not been sure if she would be allowed to play. She and the others will do daily tests.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/03/20 at 1:59 am

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Briton's Kyle Edmund lost to US Open top seed Novak Djokovic, while compatriot Cameron Norrie advanced to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. Edmund, 25, unexpectedly won the first set but ultimately struggled to keep up with the world number one's intensity. The 33-year-old maintained the level that has helped him stay unbeaten in 2020 and won 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 6-2. Norrie, 25, beat Argentine Federico Coria 6-3 6-4 6-4. The world number 76 upset ninth seed Diego Schwartzman in the first round and will face Spanish world number 99 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina next. Djokovic is seeking his 18th Grand Slam title and plays German 28th seed Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/06/20 at 4:07 am

U.S. OPEN

Six-time champion Serena Williams fought back from a slow start to beat fellow American Sloane Stephens and reach the last 16 of the US Open. Third seed Williams, 38, was sluggish in the opening set before raising her intensity to win 2-6 6-2 6-2 against 26th seed Stephens in New York. "It was intense, we always have some incredible matches," she said. Williams, aiming for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, faces Greek 15th seed Maria Sakkari next. Sakkari, 25, beat Williams in the three sets at the Western and Southern Open last week.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/06/20 at 6:30 am

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Britons Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski reached the US Open men's doubles quarter-finals with a 6-3 6-2 win over Matwe Middelkoop and Marcelo Demoliner. Murray, 34, struggled with his serve early on and was broken in the fifth game, immediately after the Dutch-Brazilian pair had been broken. Two great shots down the line from Skupski in the eighth game earned the second crucial break in the first set.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/06/20 at 7:04 am

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Top seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos have been withdrawn from the US Open women's doubles because of coronavirus restrictions in New York.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/06/20 at 2:39 pm

U.S. OPEN

American Jennifer Brady reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final by disposing of 2016 champion Angelique Kerber at the US Open. The 25-year-old, seeded 28th, won 6-1 6-4 on Louis Armstrong Stadium at Flushing Meadows. German 32-year-old Kerber, a three-time major champion, lost the first set in just 22 minutes and won only 35% points on her second serve throughout. Brady faces Yulia Putintseva, who beat eighth seed Petra Martic 6-3 2-6 6-4.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/07/20 at 4:04 am

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Novak Djokovic has apologised for hitting a line judge with a ball at the US Open, saying he is "extremely sorry for creating her such stress". World number one Djokovic, 33, was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta because of the incident. The Serb took a ball out of his pocket and hit it behind him, striking the woman in her throat. "This whole situation has left me really sad and empty," said Djokovic. "I checked on the linesperson and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling OK. "I'm extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I'm not disclosing her name to respect her privacy."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/07/20 at 9:08 am

U.S. OPEN

Former champion Naomi Osaka powered past Estonia's Anette Kontaveit to reach the US Open quarter-finals. Japan's Osaka - winner in 2018 - failed to convert five match points before sealing a 6-3 6-4 victory in New York. The 22-year-old fourth seed will now face Shelby Rogers for a semi-final place after the American upset Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova on Sunday. Osaka is bidding for her third Grand Slam success after adding the 2019 Australian Open to her US Open title.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/24/20 at 7:54 am

FRENCH OPEN

Bianca Andreescu will miss her third Grand Slam of 2020 after pulling out of the French Open to focus on recovering from a knee injury before a busy 2021. Andreescu, 20, won the 2019 US Open but was injured at the WTA Finals in October and has not competed since. The world number seven said she will now miss the rest of the season. "As hard as it was to come to this conclusion, I have so much to look forward to in 2021, including the Olympics," said the Canadian. "I want to use this time to focus on my game so I can come back stronger and better than ever."

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/24/20 at 10:16 am

FRENCH OPEN

Britain's Liam Broady qualified for the French Open for the first time with a straight-set win over Australian 12th seed Marc Polmans. The 26-year-old won 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in the final qualifying round and has not dropped a set in all three matches. Broady joins compatriots Andy Murray, Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie and Kyle Edmund at the clay-court Grand Slam, which starts on Sunday. They find out their first opponents in Thursday's draw (17:00 BST).

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/27/20 at 3:44 pm

FRENCH OPEN

Andy Murray's return to the clay proved to be a chastening experience as he lost in straight sets to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open first round. The 33-year-old Scot was well below the level of 2015 champion Wawrinka, who eased to a 6-1 6-3 6-2 victory. Murray's exit came after British number one Dan Evans lost to Japan's Kei Nishikori in a fluctuating five-setter. Evans has lost on all three appearances in the main draw at Roland Garros after a 1-6 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 1-6 6-4 defeat. British number three Cameron Norrie and qualifier Liam Broady are left to carry the flag in the men's singles.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 09/28/20 at 1:04 pm

FRENCH OPEN

Spain's 12-time champion Rafael Nadal encountered few problems as he started the French Open with a three-set win over Belarusian Egor Gerasimov. Nadal, 34, wrapped up a 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory in two hours five minutes against the world number 83, who was making his main-draw debut in Paris. American Mackenzie McDonald, ranked 211th, is Nadal's next opponent.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/20 at 9:23 am

FRENCH OPEN

Novak Djokovic continued his dominant start to the French Open with a ruthless straight-set win against Lithuanian world number 66 Ricardas Berankis in the second round. The world number one won 6-1 6-2 6-2, meaning he has lost just 10 games in his first two matches. Djokovic, 33, is one of the favourites to win the tournament and put together an almost flawless performance to triumph in one hour and 23 minutes. "I felt really good," Djokovic said.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/20 at 10:39 am

FRENCH OPEN

Britons Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski came from a set down to beat unseeded Manuel Guinard and Arthur Rinderknech and reach the French Open third round.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/05/20 at 3:04 am

FRENCH OPEN

Twelve-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal raced into the quarter-finals with a straight-set victory over American qualifier Sebastian Korda.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/05/20 at 5:56 am

FRENCH OPEN

Top seed Simona Halep is out of the French Open after losing to Iga Swiatek in the fourth round in just 68 minutes.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/05/20 at 7:09 am

FRENCH OPEN

The seventh seed, who has yet to drop a set at the tournament, needed 85 minutes to see off the

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/05/20 at 9:05 am

FRENCH OPEN

Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas reached his first French Open quarter-final with victory over Grigor Dimitrov in a high-quality encounter.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/05/20 at 3:43 pm

FRENCH OPEN

Top seed Novak Djokovic reached the French Open quarter-finals for a record-extending 11th successive year by easing through his biggest test yet in Russian 15th seed Karen Khachanov.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/20 at 10:59 am

FRENCH OPEN

An investigation has begun into alleged match-fixing in a French Open women's doubles first-round match, the Paris prosecutor's office has confirmed. Officials began investigating on 1 October after suspicions of "organised fraud" and "corruption in sports". A source close to the investigation told the BBC the inquiry focuses on Andreea Mitu and Patricia Maria Tig v Yana Sizikova and Madison Brengle. Russian Sizikova and American Brengle lost 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 to the Romanians. The investigation is likely to take several weeks. The Tennis Integrity Unit and International Tennis Federation declined to comment.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/20 at 3:20 pm

FRENCH OPEN

Britain's Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski have been beaten by defending champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in the French Open quarter-finals. The 13th seeds lost 6-4 6-4 in Paris. Murray, 34, and Skupski, 30, were the last Britons left in the doubles after defeat for Joe Salisbury and his American partner Rajeev Ram on Monday. German eighth seeds Krawietz and Mies will face ninth seeds Nikola Mektic and Wesley Koolhof or Nicholas Monroe and Tommy Paul in the semi-finals. Murray and Skupski, who were broken early in both sets, failed to recover and despite fending off four match points on the Skupski serve to hold for 5-4, they succumbed when the Germans held to love in the next game.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/20 at 4:31 pm

FRENCH OPEN

Elina Svitolina suffered a shock 6-2 6-4 loss as Nadia Podoroska became the first qualifier to reach the French Open women's semi-finals.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/07/20 at 7:18 am

FRENCH OPEN

Petra Kvitova reached the French Open semi-finals for the first time since 2012 as an emotional run continued with victory over Germany's Laura Siegemund.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/07/20 at 12:01 pm

FRENCH OPEN

Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas reached his first French Open semi-final with a commanding straight-set victory over Andrey Rublev.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/20 at 10:33 am

FRENCH OPEN

Polish teenager Iga Swiatek is a step away from a remarkable first Grand Slam after brushing aside Nadia Podoroska 6-2 6-1 in her French Open semi-final. The 19-year-old needed only 70 minutes to beat the Argentine, who also was a first-time major semi-finalist. Swiatek, whose devastating forehand did much damage, never relinquished control after breaking the world number 131's opening service games in both sets. The Pole will now play either Sofia Kenin or Petra Kvitova in the final.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/20 at 2:06 am

FRENCH OPEN

Rafael Nadal produced one of his finest French Open displays to stun Novak Djokovic and equal Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam men's titles. Spanish second seed Nadal outclassed world number one Djokovic in a 6-0 6-2 7-5 win, which clinched a record-extending 13th title at Roland Garros. Questions had been asked about 34-year-old Nadal's level, but he responded with an almost flawless performance. Top seed Djokovic, 33, lost a completed match for the first time in 2020.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/12/20 at 6:17 am

FRENCH OPEN

Polish teenager Iga Swiatek completed a stunning rise by becoming the lowest-ranked woman to win the French Open after beating American Sofia Kenin. Swiatek, 19, is a former junior Wimbledon champion but the world number 54's rise to Roland Garros history has been swift and surprising. She showed few nerves to beat fourth seed Kenin 6-4 6-1, lifting the trophy without losing a set in the tournament. "I don't know what is going on, I'm so happy," a smiling Swiatek said. Swiatek is the first player from Poland to win a Grand Slam singles title.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/14/20 at 7:08 am

Britain’s Andy Murray went out in the first round of the Bett1 Hulks Indoors event in Cologne, Germany, losing 6-4 6-4 against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco. Murray, 33, was handed a wildcard to play in the tournament, but was beaten by the 36-year-old world number 62.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/14/20 at 1:35 pm

Britain's Cameron Norrie is through to the second round of the St Petersburg Open in Russia after beating Taylor Fritz. The 25-year-old overcame the American, who is ranked 47 places above him in the world at 28th, 6-4 4-6 6-3. Norrie will play either Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan or Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic in the last 16. Dan Evans, the British number one, was beaten 3-6 7-6 (3) 7-5 by Stan Wawrinka in his first-round match.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 10/22/20 at 10:54 am

British number one Dan Evans won consecutive matches on the ATP Tour for the first time since February, beating American Frances Tiafoe to reach the European Open quarter-finals.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/04/20 at 3:52 pm

Rafael Nadal became the fourth player to record 1,000 ATP Tour wins with victory over fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez at the Paris Masters. American legend Jimmy Connors leads with 1,274, followed by Nadal's long-time rival Roger Federer (1.242) and Czech great Ivan Lendl (1,068). The feat comes a month after Nadal won his 20th Grand Slam, matching Federer's record, with a 13th French Open title. "To arrive at that number I must have done a lot of things well," said Nadal.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 11/17/20 at 1:27 pm

Dominic Thiem came out on top in a high-quality match to beat Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals.

The Austrian won 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-4) for his second victory of the season-ending event at the O2 Arena in London.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/14/21 at 5:03 am

Former world number one Andy Murray's participation at the Australian Open is in doubt after the Briton tested positive for coronavirus.

The 33-year-old Scot was set to fly out to Melbourne on a chartered flight over the next 36 hours.

Instead he remains in quarantine and isolating at home in London.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 01/19/21 at 4:44 am

Two Australian Open tennis players have tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in the city of Melbourne, amid growing controversy over the event.

A third case involved a "non-playing participant", according to the state of Victoria's chief health officer.

Some 1,200 people, including players, staff and officials, have flown into Australia for the tournament, which begins on 8 February.

But a row over quarantine rules has cast a shadow over the upcoming event.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/09/21 at 1:41 am

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Serena Williams launched her latest bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam with a 56-minute demolition of Laura Siegemund at the Australian Open. The American, 39, said it was "vintage Serena" as she thrashed the German 6-1 6-1 in front of a small, unmasked crowd on Rod Laver Arena. US Open champion Naomi Osaka also made a convincing start with a 6-1 6-2 win over Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. But former champion Angelique Kerber was the first seed to be knocked out.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/09/21 at 9:04 am

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British number one Johanna Konta says she is in "shock" after an abdominal injury forced her to retire from her Australian Open first-round match. The 13th seed had won the first set 6-4 and left the court for treatment before falling 2-0 behind in the second and conceding to Slovenia's Kaja Juvan.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/10/21 at 4:03 am

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Serena Williams breezed into the Australian Open third round but Petra Kvitova and Bianca Andreescu were the biggest casualties on the third day. American Williams, who has dropped just five games in her two matches so far, beat Serbia's Nina Stojanovic 6-3 6-0. Czech ninth seed Kvitova, who reached the final in 2019, was stunned 6-4 1-6 6-1 by Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Andreescu, playing in her first major since winning the 2019 US Open, lost 6-3 6-3 to tricky Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/11/21 at 9:04 am

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Rafael Nadal will meet Britain's Cameron Norrie in the Australian Open third round after both won their matches on Thursday. Nadal's bid for an outright men's record 21st Grand Slam continued with a 6-1 6-4 6-2 win over American qualifier Michael Mmoh on Rod Laver Arena. British number three Norrie eventually beat Russia's Roman Safiullin to reach the last 32 for the first time. After a long rain delay, Norrie clinched a 3-6 7-5 6-3 7-6 (7-3) win.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/17/21 at 7:08 am

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Rafael Nadal saw his bid for a 21st Grand Slam title end as Greek fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas fought back from two sets down to reach the Australian Open semi-finals. The Spanish second seed was stunned as Tsitsipas claimed a 3-6 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 7-5 victory in Melbourne. Tsitsipas, 22, broke out into a huge smile, almost in disbelief, after converting his third match point. Tsitsipas will face Russia's Daniil Medvedev in Friday's semi-final.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/22/21 at 4:12 am

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Japan's Naomi Osaka cemented her place as the outstanding star of the women's game by beating American Jennifer Brady in the Australian Open final to win her fourth Grand Slam title. Osaka, 23, is unbeaten in major finals after a 6-4 6-3 win in Melbourne. Osaka edged the first set when Brady, in her first Grand Slam final, paid for some glaring errors in the final game. The third seed seized control from that point, racing 4-0 ahead in the second set before sealing a deserved victory.

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Written By: Philip Eno on 02/22/21 at 6:34 am

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of the Australian Open by overwhelming an irritated Daniil Medvedev to win a record-extending ninth men's title. Top seed Djokovic won 7-5 6-2 6-2 to claim his 18th Grand Slam, leaving him two behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the men's record books. The 33-year-old Serb has never lost a final at Melbourne Park and beating Medvedev is a third triumph in a row. Russian fourth seed Medvedev, 25, has lost both of his Grand Slam finals. After collecting the trophy, Djokovic told the Rod Laver Arena: "I love you each year more and more. The love affair keeps going."

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