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Tennis

  • Williams wins seventh title

    Proving there is no place like home, world number one Serena Williams swept past China’s Li Na 7-5 6-1 in the final of the Sony Open yesterday, collecting a record seventh win on the Miami hardcourts. Williams, who lives an hour’s drive from the...

  • Nadal outslugs Raonic to reach the semis in Miami

    World number one Rafa Nadal took another step towards a first Miami title by out-slugging big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic 4-6 6-2 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Sony Open. Nadal, a three-time runner-up on the Miami hardcourts, will play...

  • Serena beats Sharapova to reach Miami final

    World number one Serena Williams continued her decade-long domination over Maria Sharapova with a clinical 6-4 6-3 win yesterday to reach her ninth Sony Open final. The rematch of last year’s final produced the same result as Williams, a six-time...

  • Nadal brushes off bomb scare to cruise through in Miami

    Nadal brushes off bomb scare to cruise through in Miami

    Unruffled by a bomb scare that locked down the Sony Open late on Tuesday, world number one Rafa Nadal brushed past Italy’s Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-2 to join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the last eight. Officials announced a...

  • Djokovic first through to Miami quarter-finals

    Novak Djokovic moved one step closer to a fourth Miami title after easing by Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3 7-5 yesterday to become the first man through to the Sony Open quarter-finals. It was just the second match of the tournament for Djokovic, who...

  • Serena, Sharapova again on Miami collision course

    Serena, Sharapova again on Miami collision course

    Six-times Miami champion Serena Williams and five-times runner-up Maria Sharapova remained on another Sony Open collision course after each recorded fourth-round wins last night. While Williams and Sharapova clashed in last year’s final there will...

  • Del Potro confirms surgery on injured wrist

    Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has confirmed he is to have an operation on his injured left wrist, which is likely to sideline him for most of the rest of the tennis season. The Argentine world number eight, whose career was...

  • Nadal powers through in Miami

    World number one Rafa Nadal launched his bid for one of the few titles to elude him by crushing Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-1 6-3 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Sony Open. The Spaniard has won 62 titles, including 13 grand slams and...

  • Federer and Djokovic dominate in Miami

    Federer and Djokovic dominate in Miami

    World number two Novak Djokovic led a parade of champions that included Roger Federer and Andy Murray into the third round of the Sony Open in Miami. The best of men’s and women’s tennis was on display at Crandon Park with the winners of over 30...

  • Williams shrugs off slow start to win Miami opener

    Williams shrugs off slow start to win Miami opener

    World number one Serena Williams overcame a wobbly start to open the defence of her Sony Open crown with a spirited 7-6 6-2 win over Kazakhstan’s Yaro-slava Shvedova. Fourth seeded Russian Maria Sharapova, who lost to Williams in last year’s...

  • Petkovic dances way into second round

    Andrea Petkovic has not had much reason to dance this season but the effervescent German flashed some of her moves after advancing to the second round of the Sony Open on Wednesday with a 6-3 6-4 win over Spain’s Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor. Ranked in...

  • Britain’s Murray splits with his coach Lendl

    Britain’s Murray splits with his coach Lendl

    Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has split with coach Ivan Lendl after two years, the British world number six said yester­day. A statement on his Twitter page said they had mutually agreed to end a partnership that saw Murray win two grand slam...

  • Cassar Torreggiani reaches Aegon Tour last eight

    Cassar  Torreggiani reaches Aegon Tour last eight

    The Aegon British Tour provides a circuit of tournaments in the UK designed to complement the international calendar, giving upcoming players an opportunity to figure on the international stage and gain experience as they bid to become...

  • Djokovic beats Federer in Indian Wells final

    Novak Djokovic beat his old rival Roger Federer 3-6 6-3 7-6 on Sunday to win a nailbiting BNP Paribas Open final at Indian Wells and capture his first title of 2014. The Serbian overcame a shaky start when he dropped his opening service game, then...

  • Pennetta to face Radwanska in final

    Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta upset China’s Australian Open champion Li Na to join Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska in the women’s final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The 32-year-old Pennetta qualified for the biggest singles final of her...

  • Federer rolls on at Indian Wells

    Federer rolls on at Indian Wells

    Roger Federer (picture) charged into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday with a straight sets win over Kevin Anderson. The Swiss succeeded where others had failed by blunting the serve of Anderson to win 7-5...

  • Federer, Djokovic advance as Murray, Wawrinka fall

    Federer, Djokovic advance as Murray, Wawrinka fall

    Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic cruised into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday after Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka both fell in the fourth round. In a tournament...

  • Henman believes doping not significant in tennis

    Tennis must guard against doping even if performance enhancing drugs have not been a major problem in the sport, former world number four Tim Henman warned. “People have cheated, we’ve had positive drugs tests in tennis and we’ve got to be...

  • Djokovic, Li Na safely through at Indian Wells

    Djokovic, Li Na safely through at Indian Wells

    Normal service resumed at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Tuesday when Novak Djokovic safely booked his place in the fourth round of the men’s draw and Li Na moved into the women’s quarter-finals. Djokovic had a little hiccup when he...

  • Nadal and Sharapova lose at Indian Wells

    Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova were both knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after stunning upsets at one of the world’s biggest tournaments outside the four grand slams. Nadal was sent packing by Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 3-6 7-6...

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