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  • Pellicano joins top coach Lozano in Spain academy

    Pellicano joins top coach  Lozano in Spain academy

    Malta’s rising tennis talent Helene Pellicano has decided to pursue her sport in Spain after agreeing to enrol at the renowned Lozano-Altur Academy in Valencia. For the past three-and-a-half years, Pellicano had been based in Sanremo, Italy, where...

  • Djokovic withdraws from Miami Open with elbow injury

    Serbian world number two Novak Djokovic has pulled out of the Miami Open with a right elbow injury, the tournament’s three-times reigning champion said yesterday. The injury is the latest setback for Djokovic, who has suffered a drop in form since...

  • Kuznetsova and Vesnina set up all-Russian Indian Wells final

    Twice grand slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova and 14th seed Elena Vesnina posted hard-fought, straight-set wins in the semi-finals to set up an all-Russian final in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Kuznetsova played exceptional defence and used...

  • Wawrinka wins Thiem thriller to reach semi-finals, Venus out

    Wawrinka wins Thiem thriller to reach semi-finals, Venus out

    Stan Wawrinka raised his game on the big points and dominated the climactic third-set tiebreaker to beat Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 7-6(2) on Thursday night and reach the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Third seed Wawrinka, who six...

  • Kyrgios beats Djokovic again, to face Federer

    Kyrgios beats Djokovic again, to face Federer

    Nick Kyrgios ended Novak Djokovic’s 19-match winning run at Indian Wells by beating the Serb 6-4 7-6(3) to reach the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals on Wednesday, while Roger Federer also advanced with a straight sets win over Rafa...

  • Nadal and Djokovic advance in Mexico

    Second-seeded Rafael Nadal remained perfect in matches at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel ATP event in Acapulco, Mexico, by easing past Italian Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1 in a second-round match on Wednesday night. Nadal improved his record to 12-0 at...

  • Djokovic wins his opener in Acapulco

    Playing for the first time since his early ouster at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic posted a straight-sets victory in the first round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament in Acapulco, Mexico. Djokovic, a wild-card entrant who is the...

  • Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard

    Former world no.1 Maria Sharapova has been invited to play at the Madrid Open in May, which takes place less than two weeks after her 15-month doping ban expires, tournament organisers said yesterday. The five-time grand slam winner has been given...

  • Holders Argentina ousted by Italy in Buenos Aires

    Holders Argentina ousted  by Italy in Buenos Aires

    Argentina’s reign as Davis Cup champions is over after less than three months following a dramatic 3-2 defeat by Italy in Buenos Aires yesterday. Guido Pella led Fabio Fognini by two sets to love in a deciding rubber held over to yesterday because...

  • Australia, France progress to Davis Cup quarters

    Australia and France moved into the Davis Cup quarter-finals yesterday when their doubles teams got the victories that gave them unassailable 3-0 leads over the Czech Republic and Japan respectively. In Tokyo, French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and...

  • Djokovic the exception as he clocks in for Serbia duty

    Djokovic the exception as he clocks in for Serbia duty

    Novak Djokovic will be a notable exception this week after clocking on for Davis Cup duty for Serbia when a host of other big names are resting up after their Australian Open exertions. World number two Djokovic is the only member of the top 10 in...

  • Kyrgios hopes team spirit can help him overcome loss to Seppi

    Kyrgios hopes team spirit can help him overcome loss to Seppi

    Nick Kyrgios struggled to deal with the furore over his shock second round meltdown at the Australian Open but said the return to a team environment with Davis Cup had helped him through it. The local hope was jeered off the court by sections of...

  • Federer says his style made him believe he could win 18th slam

    Federer says his style made him believe he could win 18th slam

    In his darkest moments last year when he doubted if he would ever get back to full fitness following his knee injury, Roger Federer clung on to one thought – he still had the game to maybe sneak another grand slam title. He was right. Federer, who...

  • Serena to play fewer tournaments in future to aid grand slam quest

    Serena to play fewer tournaments in future to aid grand slam quest

    Serena Williams plans to play fewer tournaments in the future to aid her quest to win more grand slam titles, according to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. The 35-year-old American won her 23rd grand slam title on Saturday at the Australian Open,...

  • Deja vu slam to climax with Roger-Rafa show

    Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal take to Rod Laver Arena to reprise one of the great sporting rivalries of the modern age today, a fitting climax to an Australian Open which has sent tennis back to the future. Federer and Nadal will meet in a grand...

  • Serena Williams beats sister to become most successful tennis player

    Serena Williams beats sister to become most successful tennis player

    Serena Williams beat her sister Venus 6-4 6-4 in the Australian Open final to win her 23rd grand slam singles title and become the most successful tennis player in the open era. The 35-year-old American's victory gave her a seventh Melbourne Park...

  • Nadal edges Dimitrov to set up dream final against Federer

    Nadal edges Dimitrov to set up dream final against Federer

    Rafa Nadal fended off Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4 in a marathon semi-final to set up a dream Australian Open decider against great rival Roger Federer. Nadal was under siege from the dogged Bulgarian for much of the nerve-shredding...

  • Nadal rolls over Raonic

    Nadal rolls over Raonic

    Rafa Nadal continued his brilliant revival at the Australian Open to topple Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 6-4 yesterday and reach his first grand slam semi-final in three years. The ninth-seeded Spaniard joined Roger Federer in the last four, keeping alive...

  • Federer beats Zverev to reach semi-finals

    Federer beats Zverev to reach semi-finals

    Roger Federer did what Andy Murray could not and beat Mischa Zverev to reach his 41st grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open. Zverev has turned back the clock with his serve and volley tactics in Melbourne but the biggest throwback may be...

  • Venus marches on to reach the last four

    Venus Williams continued her astonishing late-career revival by felling Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6 yesterday to reach her first Australian Open semi-final in 14 years and become the oldest woman to reach the last four at Melbourne Park in...

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