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  • Serena Williams insists pressure not a factor in Grand Slam bid

    Serena Williams insists pressure not a factor in Grand Slam bid

    Serena Williams said she is treating the upcoming US Open just like any other, even though she is well aware of the historical impact the year’s final grand slam may have. The three-times defending champion enters the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 tournament...

  • Djokovic gets back at Wawrinka, reaches Cincinnati semi-finals

    Top seed Novak Djokovic avenged his French Open final loss to Stan Wawrinka by crushing the Swiss 6-4 6-1 yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Djokovic, now two wins away from becoming the first player...

  • Wawrinka’s mind wanders, but advances in Cincinnati

    Wawrinka’s mind wanders, but advances in Cincinnati

    World number one Novak Djokovic cruised through his opening match at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati while Stan Wawrinka had to dig deep to beat Borna Coric and conceded his thoughts had been far from tennis over the past few days. Andy...

  • Bencic rolls on in Cincinnati

    Bencic rolls on in Cincinnati

    Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams were big-name withdrawals from the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati yesterday as they attempt to fully recover from injury and illness ahead of the US Open. Russian second seed Sharapova, who has yet to...

  • Williams staves off Diyas test to set up Ivanovic meeting

    Venus Williams held off young challenger Zarina Diyas 7-6 6-4 to reach the second round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, where she will meet Ana Ivanovic. Diyas, a rising 21-year-old from Kazakhstan, fell behind in both sets but...

  • Murray ends drought against Djokovic with win

    Murray ends drought against Djokovic with win

    Andy Murray recorded his first win over Novak Djokovic in more than two years on Sunday night beating the world number one 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the final of the Rogers Cup. Murray snapped an eight-match losing streak to Djokovic with his first win over...

  • Murray and Djokovic reach final in Montreal

    Second Andy Murray breezed to a 6-3 6-0 semi-final victory over Kei Nishikori late Saturday to set up a final with Novak Djokovic at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Top seed Djokovic defeated unseeded Jeremy Chardy, of France, 6-4 6-4 in the earlier...

  • Nishikori downs Nadal in Montreal quarters

    Nishikori downs Nadal in Montreal quarters

    Kei Nishikori (picture) swept aside Rafa Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal with a swift 6-2 6-4 victory, while world number one Novak Djokovic saved two match points before beating Latvian Ernests Gulbis. Japan’s Nishikori,...

  • Djokovic advances to cheers, Kyrgios exits to boos

    World number one Novak Djokovic, second seed Andy Murray and three-time champion Rafa Nadal were all cheered into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Thursday while controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios exited to boos and a hefty...

  • Kyrgios fined for Wawrinka insult

    Kyrgios fined for Wawrinka insult

    Nick Kyrgios has been fined for an insulting remark made to Stanislas Wawrinka during their Rogers Cup match in Montreal this week. French Open champion Stan Wawrinka branded Kyrgios “unacceptable’’ and called for action to be taken against him...

  • Efstathiou, Mikhaylova claim U-16 titles at VLTC

    The VLTC Nexia BT U-16 European tournament came to a close last Saturday. The boys’ singles final was contested by two youngsters who were determined to collect maximum points from this Euro U-16 tournament to strengthen their position in the...

  • Djokovic starts hard-court campaign with a stiff test

    Djokovic starts hard-court campaign with a stiff test

    World number one Novak Djokovic kicked off his bid for a fourth Canadian crown with a 6-3 7-6 second round win over a stubborn Thomaz Bellucci at the Rogers Cup late Tuesday. Bellucci, with just one win in five visits to Canada and coming off a...

  • Gatt nets doubles bronze in Sofia

    Recently, Mark Gatt returned from Bulgaria with another ITF seniors bronze medal after winning the doubles event. Gatt and playing partner Sergey Malkov, from Russia, missed out on silver after bowing to the Euro champions Daniel Dolbea (Germany)...

  • Nishikori beats Isner in DC for 10th career ATP title

    Nishikori beats Isner in DC for 10th career ATP title

    Kei Nishikori (picture) broke the serve of American John Isner once in the second set and again in the third set and that was enough for the rising Japanese player to claim the Citi Open title in Washington, DC late Sunday. The second-seeded...

  • Bouchard splits with coach

    Eugenie Bouchard’s coaching merry-go-round will take an-other turn after the Canadian announced she had split with Sam Sumyk following six months blighted by injury and a succession of early exits from tournaments. The 21-year-old will be coached...

  • Gabashvili stuns top seed Murray in Washington

    Andy Murray’s preparations for the US Open got off to a poor start when the Briton suffered a stunning 6-4 4-6 7-6 (4) loss to unseeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili in the second round of the Citi Open in Washington on Wednesday. The top-seeded...

  • Mixed fortunes for Malta team in San Marino tournament

    Mixed fortunes for Malta team in San Marino tournament

    The Maltese Davis Cup squad, made up of Matthew Asciak, Bradley Callus and brothers Bernard and Matthew Cassar Torregiani, together with team captain Stephen Caruana, have just returned from San Marino where they competed in the Davis Cup European...

  • Nadal turns tables on Fognini to claim Hamburg title

    Nadal turns tables on Fognini to claim Hamburg title

    Spaniard Rafa Nadal turned the tables on Italian Fabio Fognini to win the Hamburg Open yesterday and claim his 67th career title – winning 7-5 7-5 on the red clay. Fognini had already beaten the 29-year-old Spaniard twice this year, in Rio de...

  • Federer pulls out of Rogers Cup in Montreal

    World number two Roger Federer has withdrawn from next month’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, though he gave no reason for his decision in a statement released by organisers on Wednesday. Federer, a 17-times grand slam singles champion, has twice won the...

  • Italian youngsters prevail at VLTC U-14 tournament

    The Kettle Chips U-14 European tournament came to a close last weekend at the Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC). On a hot day, the boys’ singles final was contested by two promising players, both determined to collect maximum points and...

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