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  • Serena Williams on verge of year-end no.1 ranking

    Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time yesterday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was...

  • World no.1 Williams walloped by Halep

    World no.1 Williams walloped by Halep

    Simona Halep handed an out of sorts Serena Williams the joint heaviest defeat of her illustrious career as the Romanian beat the world no.1 6-0 6-2 at the WTA Finals yesterday. As well as Halep played in moving her opponent back and around...

  • Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova

    Wozniacki outlasts erratic Sharapova

    Caroline Wozniacki put a huge dent in Maria Sharapova’s bid to finish the season as world number one by overcoming some distracting bright lights to down the Russian 7-6 6-7 6-2 in their marathon opening group match of the WTA Finals...

  • Williams battles past Ivanovic in Singapore WTA Finals opener

    Serena Williams shook off the rust and a feisty challenge from Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic to open the defence of her WTA Finals title with a 6-4 6-4 victory in the opening match of the elite eight-player tournament yesterday. In the second match,...

  • Williams gets kind draw for WTA Finals defence

    World number one Serena Williams was handed the best possible draw for her WTA Finals title defence with the 33-year-old American grouped with two injury doubts and avoiding the in-form players. Williams was pooled in the Red Group on Saturday for...

  • ‘Williams brothers’ jibe leads to ban for Russia tennis boss

    ‘Williams brothers’ jibe leads to ban for Russia tennis boss

    The president of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 and banned from the women’s tour for a year after referring to Serena and Venus Williams (picture) as “the Williams brothers” on a television chat show last...

  • No Lendl link-up for Berdych

    No Lendl link-up for Berdych

    Andy Murray’s former coach Ivan Lendl will not be linking up with Tomas Berdych. Berdych has made no secret of his desire to work with the eight-time grand slam champion, who also hails from the Czech Republic, and floated the possibility at the...

  • Federer wins Shanghai Masters

    Roger Federer claimed one of the few titles to have previously eluded him after he overcame a sluggish start to beat injured Frenchman Gilles Simon in the Shanghai Masters final yesterday. The Swiss 17-times grand slam singles champion triumphed...

  • Federer halts Djokovic run to reach the Shanghai final

    Federer halts Djokovic run to reach the Shanghai final

    Roger Federer brought world number one Novak Djokovic’s juggernaut to a halt when a 6-4 6-4 victory in the Shanghai Masters yesterday set up a final against unseeded Gilles Simon. The 33-year-old Swiss was in aggressive mood against his younger...

  • Rafael Nadal keen to battle on

    Rafael Nadal will remain on anti-biotics and hopes to keep playing as he continues to battle a bout of appendicitis. The Spanish world number two was diagnosed with the condition last Sunday but decided to play at the Shanghai Masters, where he...

  • Slick Federer sets up Djokovic showdown

    Slick Federer sets up Djokovic showdown

    Two time champion Novak Djokovic thumped Spain’s David Ferrer 6-4 6-2 to march into the last four of the Shanghai Masters yesterday and set up a semi-final showdown with third seed Roger Federer. The Serbian world number one, who won the China...

  • Ferrer sets up Djokovic quarter-final

    Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer notched up contrasting victories to reach the Shanghai Masters last eight yesterday while David Ferrer fought back from a set down to beat Andy Murray. Djokovic laboured to a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over Kazakh Mikhail...

  • Nadal, Wawrinka suffer early exits in Shanghai

    Nadal, Wawrinka suffer early exits in Shanghai

    An ailing Rafa Nadal added his name to the list of upsets at the Shanghai Masters after the Spaniard suffered a 6-3 7-6(6) loss to Feliciano Lopez in yesterday’s second round, as fourth seed Stan Wawrinka and in-form Kei Nishikori also made early...

  • Nadal to play in Shanghai despite appendicitis

    Rafa Nadal will play in this week’s Shanghai Masters despite being diagnosed with appendicitis which will require a surgery, the world no.2 said yesterday. The Spaniard went to hospital on Sunday after complaining of stomach pains and was given...

  • Karlovic stuns Cilic as Isner aces it in Shanghai

    US Open champion Marin Cilic made a shock first-round exit from the Shanghai Masters yesterday after losing 7-5 2-6 7-6 to fellow Croatian Ivo Karlovic. After dropping the first set, Cilic broke his opponent twice in the second to force a decider...

  • Djokovic destroys Berdych in final

    Djokovic destroys Berdych in final

    World number one Novak Djokovic destroyed Tomas Berdych in a lop-sided contest to win his fifth China Open crown yesterday while Maria Sharapova overcame Petra Kvitova 6-4 2-6 6-3 in the women’s final to move up to number two in the world...

  • Unstoppable Djokovic knocks out Murray in Beijing semis

    Unstoppable Djokovic knocks out Murray in Beijing semis

    World number one Novak Djokovic continued his love affair with the China Open yesterday, dumping Andy Murray 6-3 6-4 to storm into his fifth final in Beijing where he has been simply unstoppable. The 27-year-old Serb took an hour and 37 minutes to...

  • Nadal stunned by Klizan in China, injured Serena out

    Rafa Nadal’s return to action came to a shuddering halt yesterday when the Spaniard was beaten by Slovakia’s Martin Klizan in the quarter-finals at the China Open. After world number one Novak Djokovic had continued his march through the draw to...

  • Berdych boosts London hopes

    Berdych boosts London hopes

    World number two Rafa Nadal sailed into the quarter-finals of the China Open, his first tournament in 13 weeks, with a 6-3 6-4 win over German qualifier Peter Gojo-wczyk yesterday. The Spaniard, returning from a wrist injury, won 85 per cent of...

  • Djokovic maintains his record, Wozniacki exits

    Djokovic maintains his record, Wozniacki exits

    Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic maintained his perfect China Open record but Caroline Woz-niacki’s hopes of qualifying for the year-ending WTA Finals in Singapore took a hit after she crashed out yesterday. World number one Djokovic needed 85...

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