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Tennis

  • Conchita Martinez to take over as Spain team captain

    Conchita Martinez will take over as Spain’s Davis Cup captain for the Group I tie away to Russia in two weeks following Friday’s dismissal of Gala Leon, the Spanish tennis federation (RFET) said. A former Wimbledon champion who turned to coaching...

  • Upsets unlikely as big guns set for last-16 stage

    Upsets unlikely as big guns set for last-16 stage

    Rafa Nadal may have left the stage but the smooth progress into Wimbledon’s second week of the remaining members of tennis’s established powerbase suggests further upsets are unlikely in the men’s last 16 today. The ‘Big Four’ have been whittled...

  • Williams sisters renew rivalry

    Williams sisters renew rivalry

    With her heart racing as she stood two points from defeat in her third round match at Wimbledon, Serena Williams looked in serious danger of missing out on a 26th on-court date with older sister Venus. For a fleeting second, the American even...

  • European Under-14 tournament at VLTC

    For the eighth consecutive year, Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC), in conjunction with the Malta Tennis Federation, will be hosting an international Under-14 European Tournament at their premises, starting next weekend. The tournament, launched...

  • Holder Kvitova stunned

    Holder Kvitova stunned

    Holder Petra Kvitova suffered a shock defeat by Serbia’s former world number one Jelena Jankovic who rolled back the years to produce an inspired Centre Court display in the Wimbledon third round yesterday. World number two Kvitova had breezed...

  • Serena survives almighty Watson scare to advance

    Serena survives almighty Watson scare to advance

    World number one Serena Williams survived an almighty scare at Wimbledon on Friday, battling back to beat Britain’s Heather Watson in three sets and stay on course for a 21st grand slam title. Williams, who has lifted this year’s Australian and...

  • Nadal on verge of first slam-less year since 2005

    Rafa Nadal is likely to end the year without a grand slam singles title for the first time since his debut French Open crown in 2005 following his shock Wimbledon exit yesterday, his uncle and coach Toni has conceded. Nadal, a 14-times grand slam...

  • Brown knocks out Nadal

    Brown knocks out Nadal

    Two-times champion Rafa Nadal crashed out in the second round of Wimbledon yesterday after being out-muscled and out-thought in four sets by an inspired Dustin Brown of Germany. The Spaniard fell 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-4 as Brown, ranked 102 in the world,...

  • Djokovic, Sharapova turn up heat as Wimbledon sizzles

    Djokovic, Sharapova turn up heat as Wimbledon sizzles

    With everyone “feeling hot, hot, hot” at the All England Club yesterday it was little wonder that Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova were eager to escape the Wimbledon furnace as quickly as possible. Spectators sitting under the searing sun on...

  • Federer, Kvitova feast on Wimbledon prey

    Federer, Kvitova feast on Wimbledon prey

    When Roger Federer’s game flows at Wimbledon and his opponent knows his place you half expect him to slide into a deckchair at changeovers, pour cream on to some strawberries and tuck in. It was like that on Centre Court yesterday as the King of...

  • Serena, Djokovic up and running at Wimbledon

    Serena, Djokovic up and running at Wimbledon

    Serena Williams moved past the halfway mark in her quest for a rare calendar year grand slam and Novak Djokovic clicked smoothly back into gear as the 129th Wimbledon Championships opened for business yesterday. Serial title winner Williams, 33,...

  • Kyrgios argues with umpire in easy win

    Australia’s Nick Kyrgios denied calling an official “dirty s***” but could find himself in trouble following a bad-tempered exchange in his first-round victory over Diego Schwartzman at Wimbledon yesterday. Kyrgios was two sets up in his 6-0 6-2...

  • Nadal leads players’ criticism of federation

    Rafa Nadal and David Ferrer along with other high-profile figures in Spanish tennis have signed an open letter criticising their federation over the poor running of the sport in the latest development of an ongoing feud. A total of 44 people put...

  • Communicating with Becker not cheating – Djokovic

    Communicating with Becker not cheating – Djokovic

    Coaches will come under nearly as much scrutiny as the players over the next fortnight at Wimbledon with every facial gesture captured on the TV cameras and repeated in super slow motion. The relationships between the players and those in their...

  • No pressure for Serena to complete Grand Slam

    No pressure for Serena to complete Grand Slam

    Such has been Serena Williams’s iron-fisted dominance of women’s tennis that the American is one Wimbledon title away from achieving a ‘Serena Slam’ and halfway towards completing a rare calendar Grand Slam. While Wimbledon was abuzz yesterday at...

  • Nishikori feels no pressure ahead of first major bid

    Nishikori feels no pressure ahead of first major bid

    Kei Nishikori has shrugged off the pressure of being Japan’s highest-seeded player at Wimbledon in the Open era and believes he is getting closer to the levels of the world’s top players. US Open runner-up Nishikori is the fifth seed in the men’s...

  • I’ve never felt better before Wimbledon, says Federer

    Roger Federer has not won a grand slam title since 2012 and he is at that age when he keeps getting asked about his retirement plans. Rather than looking back on a stellar career that has earned him a record 17 grand slam titles, the 33-year-old...

  • Tough opener for holder Djokovic

    Tough opener for holder Djokovic

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic will have to hit the ground running at Wimbledon next week after being drawn against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in round one. The Serb, seeded one, has not played a competitive match since losing to Stanislas...

  • Coaching clinics at TCK

    Having reached the end of yet another winter coaching clinic, the Tennis Club Kordin (TCK) will be promoting the sport among youngsters in summer with another specialised training programme. The summer lessons will cater for players at all levels...

  • Andy Murray seeded third at Wimbledon

    Andy Murray seeded third at Wimbledon

    Britain’s Andy Murray (picture, right), seeking to win the Wimbledon title for the second time in three years, has been named as third seed for the competition which starts next Monday. Defending champion Novak Djokovic, seeking a third Wimbledon...

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