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  • Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league

    Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but the organisers pulled off a coup yesterday by naming Roger Federer as replacement for the injured Spaniard. Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a...

  • Injury ends Azarenka’s season

    Victoria Azarenka will miss rest of the tennis season as she tries to make a full recovery from injuries that plagued her year, the former world number one said yesterday. The two-time grand slam champion withdrew from last week’s Wuhan Open in...

  • Tearful Li Na says has no regrets over retirement

    A teary-eyed Li Na said yesterday she has no regrets about her retirement and the Chinese trailblazer was confident her country will produce more grand slam winners in future. In a letter posted on her Facebook page, the 32-year-old Li, Asia’s...

  • China’s Li Na retires

    China’s Li Na retires

    China’s Li Na, Asia’s only grand slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis yesterday, citing the effect of long-term injuries, especially her knees. “It has been a difficult year, and I have had to face a lot of things, such as...

  • Li Na to announce retirement – reports

    China’s two-time grand slam winner Li Na is set to announce her retirement, according to widespread reports in her home country. State broadcaster CCTV claims world number six Li, who won the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open singles...

  • France to face Germany in Davis Cup first round

    Top seeds France were drawn away to Germany yesterday in the opening round of the 2015 Davis Cup World Group. France, who comfortably beat champions the Czech Republic to set up a clash against Switzerland in this year’s final, will play Germany...

  • Davis Cup to remain annual event, says ITF chief

    The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite persistent complaints from some players that it over-burdens an already-crowded schedule, the head of the sport’s governing body said yesterday. Roger Federer was roared on by a capacity...

  • Cilic leads Croatia to playoff win, Spain out

    Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil. Less than a week after winning the US Open, Cilic snatched the...

  • Federer fires Switzerland into the Davis Cup final

    Federer fires Switzerland into the Davis Cup final

    Roger Federer secured Switzerland’s place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy’s Fabio Fognini in Geneva yesterday. Roared on by a capacity crowd in the Palexpo Arena, Federer dismantled world...

  • France reach the final but Switzerland made to wait

    France reach the final but Switzerland made to wait

    Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fired France into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 when they gave the hosts a 3-0 lead against holders Czech Republic yesterday. After dropping the first set the French duo beat Tomas Berdych...

  • Captain’s choice pays off as France lead Czech 2-0

    Captain’s choice pays off  as France lead Czech 2-0

    Richard Gasquet justified France captain Arnaud Clement’s faith with a crushing defeat of Czech Tomas Berdych as the hosts made a flying start in their bid to reach the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 yesterday. Roger Federer...

  • Dovizioso tops practice in San Marino MotoGP

    Andrea Dovizioso splashed his way to the top of the timesheet at the end of two wet practice sessions ahead of the San Marino MotoGP, yesterday. The first session was riddled with crashes as heavy overnight rain, followed by drizzle in the...

  • Czechs chase third straight final at Roland Garros

    Czechs chase third straight final at Roland Garros

    A noisy crowd, big stage and Roland Garros atmosphere could play an important part in France’s Davis Cup semi-final against record-chasing champions Czech Republic, according to old hands Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Radek Stepanek. Tsonga, who leads a...

  • Cilic overwhelms Nishikori to claim US Open title

    Cilic overwhelms Nishikori to claim US Open title

    Croatia’s Marin Cilic swept past Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-3 6-3 to win the US Open and reach the pinnacle of the sport one year after a doping ban kept him out of the year’s final grand slam. The big-serving Croatian overwhelmed a weary...

  • No.18 in the books, Williams targets her next grand slam

    No.18 in the books, Williams targets her next grand slam

    Serena Williams allowed herself a moment to savour a third straight US Open win on Sunday, but only a moment. Just three hours after securing her 18th grand slam title with a dominating 6-3 6-3 win over Caroline Wozniacki, the world no.1 soaked up...

  • Djokovic out of Serbia’s Davis Cup play-off against India

    Novak Djokovic will miss Serbia’s Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against India in Bangalore next weekend, the Balkan nation’s coach Bogdan Obradovic said. “Djokovic will definitely not join us in India and his fatigue is the biggest reason,”...

  • Cilic goes from sidelines to US Open final in 12 months

    Cilic goes from sidelines to US Open final in 12 months

    Last year Marin Cilic watched the US Open from home, serving a four-month doping ban for using a banned stimulant he said he had unknowingly taken. On Saturday, the big Croat played the best tennis of his life to upset 17-times grand slam singles...

  • Russians block Hingis return to grand slam winners circle

    Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina beat Martin Hingis and Flavia Pennetta 2-6 6-3 6-2 to capture the US Open doubles title, denying the Swiss a return to the Flushing Meadows winner circle for the first time in 16 years. Makarova and...

  • Nishikori makes history

    Nishikori makes history

    Kei Nishikori stunned Novak Djokovic last night to become the first Japanese player ever to reach a grand slam singles final. World number one Djokovic was bidding to reach his fifth consecutive US Open final but Nishikori played superbly to win...

  • Serena and friend Wozniacki reach women’s final

    Serena Williams and friend Caroline Wozniacki arranged a get-together in the US Open women’s final, winning their Friday semi-finals in contrasting fashion on a stifling hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows. Top-seeded Williams overpowered Russian...

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