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  • Chardy makes Federer fight for 3rd round berth

    Roger Federer kept up his hopes of finishing the year as world number one when he downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6 6-7 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters yesterday. The world number two, who has a chance of leapfrogging Novak Djokovic...

  • Battling victory boosts Murray

    Battling victory boosts Murray

    Andy Murray claimed his Valencia Open title triumph stands him in good stead for upcoming challenges after he fended off five match points to beat Tommy Robredo in the final late Sunday. In a match which swung first one way and then the other, the...

  • Ruthless Williams avenges loss to Halep

    Ruthless Williams avenges loss to Halep

    Serena Williams destroyed Romania’s Simona Halep 6-3 6-0 yesterday to win the WTA Finals championship in Singapore, proving once again why she remains the most formidable force in women’s tennis. Williams avenged her “embarrassing” loss to Halep...

  • Williams and Halep advance to the final

    Williams and Halep advance to the final

    Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6 yesterday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals. The...

  • WTA chief considers new women’s team event

    The WTA, the governing body for women’s tennis, is considering a plan to set up its own team event. Women already compete in the Fed Cup, which is run by the ITF but the WTA is looking at starting up its own tournament. WTA chief executive Stacey...

  • Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals

    Ivanovic bows out despite beating Halep at WTA Finals

    Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the season-ending WTA Finals despite beating Simona Halep in the final group match yesterday. Under the rules of the round-robin competition, Ivanovic needed to win in straight...

  • Nadal to miss ATP World Tour Finals

    Rafa Nadal will miss the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London next month after the ailing Spaniard called time on his season yesterday. The former world number one has been treating appendicitis with antibiotics and has decided to bring...

  • 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...

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