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Tennis

  • Ruthless Djokovic crushes Nadal in China

    World number one Novak Djokovic continued his recent dominance over Rafa Nadal when he beat the Spaniard in the final of the China Open to win the tournament for the sixth time yesterday. The Serbian showed no mercy against the Spaniard, who was...

  • Nadal to face Djokovic in Beijing final

    Rafa Nadal will take on world number one Novak Djokovic in the China Open final after the multiple grand slam champions bludgeoned their way to straight-sets wins yesterday. Nadal extracted a modicum of revenge on new Italian foe Fabio Fognini...

  • Venus Williams wins Wuhan Open

    Venus Williams wins Wuhan Open

    Venus Williams captured her 47th WTA career title yesterday, and her biggest in five years, when she won the Wuhan Open in China, beating Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza. The 35-year-old American was leading Muguruza 6-3 3-0 when the...

  • Serena ends season early to focus on health

    Serena ends season early to focus on health

    World number one Serena Wil-liams has opted against defending the WTA Finals title and decided to end her season early following a rollercoaster campaign littered with pains and prizes, the American said yesterday. The 34-year-old’s last match was...

  • San Michel Open

    The Vittoriosa Lawn Tennis Club (VLTC) is once again organising the San Michel Junior Open tournament. This competition, which gets underway on October 24, is open for players in different age-groups, namely Under-10, 12, 14, 16 and 18. Closing...

  • Old rivals Australia, US in 2016 Davis Cup encounter

    Traditional rivals Australia and the US will clash in the first round of the 2016 Davis Cup, while Great Britain and Japan will meet for only the second time, after the draw was made yesterday. Australia (28) and the US (32) have won the Davis Cup...

  • Belgium to host Britain in Davis Cup final on clay

    Andy Murray will lead Great Britain’s bid for glory in Ghent after the Belgian city was announced as the venue for the 2015 Davis Cup final. Britain, who have not won the competition since 1936, beat Australia in the semi-finals and will now...

  • Noah on rescue mission for France

    Yannick Noah is looking to restore old-fashioned values to the French Davis Cup team as he embarks on his third stint as captain. Les Bleus were beaten in last year’s final, their third at that stage in 13 seasons, and Noah believes they need to...

  • Noah named as France Davis Cup captain

    Noah named as France Davis Cup captain

    Yannick Noah, the last French man to win a grand slam title, was named as his country’s new Davis Cup captain yesterday by the French tennis federation (FFT). Noah, who won the French Open in 1983, is taking over from Arnaud Clement and is...

  • Classy Murray sends Britain into final

    Britain reached the Davis Cup final for the first time in 37 years yesterday as Andy Murray outclassed Australia’s Bernard Tomic in straight sets to give them an unbeatable 3-1 lead. World number three Murray had teamed up with brother Jamie to...

  • Federer keeps Swiss afloat

    Roger Federer guided Switzerland to victory in their Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against the Netherlands with an easy 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over Thiemo de Bakker yesterday. The 17-times grand slam champion, beaten by Novak Djokovic in the US...

  • Britain, Australia level in semi

    An exhausted Bernard Tomic fought off a tenacious fightback by Britain’s lowly-ranked Dan Evans to draw Australia level at 1-1 after the first day of their Davis Cup semi-final yesterday. Australian number one Tomic won the day’s second singles...

  • Murray has Kokkinakis in his sights at Davis Cup semi

    Friendship will be left in the locker room when Andy Murray takes on Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first singles match of Britain’s Davis Cup semi-final against Australia in Glasgow today. “I expect a tough match,” said the world no.3 three after...

  • Hewitt puts pressure on Murray for Davis Cup clash

    All the pressure is on Andy Murray in Britain’s Davis Cup semi-final with Australia, according to opponent Lleyton Hewitt. The teams meet in Glasgow this weekend, with the British side playing at this stage of the team competition for the first...

  • Djokovic in his prime and threatening record books

    Djokovic in his prime and threatening record books

    With Novak Djokovic’s 10th grand slam title secured and the year-end number one ranking already in the bag, his stranglehold on men’s tennis looks unshakeable. The 28-year-old Serb’s initial slow accumulation of major silverware after his...

  • Djokovic secures 10th grand slam title

    Djokovic secures 10th grand slam title

    Novak Djokovic closed out the grand slam campaign in style, beating long-time rival Roger Federer to claim the US Open on Sunday night, leaving the Serb a hair away from one of the greatest seasons of all-time. The 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 victory gave...

  • Pennetta lifts the title

    Pennetta lifts the title

    Italy’s Flavia Pennetta became a shock grand slam champion by winning the US Open title and then revealed another surprise by announcing her retirement from tennis. Pennetta had been rated 150/1 to triumph at Flushing Meadows before the tournament...

  • Djokovic, Federer on high alert

    Djokovic, Federer on high alert

    On high alert after a day of upsets during which Serena Williams was sent packing from the US Open, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer made sure their names were not added to the list of shocks yesterday as they posted emphatic semi-final...

  • Vinci ends Serena’s grand slam hopes

    Vinci ends Serena’s grand slam hopes

    Serena Williams suffered one of the greatest shocks in tennis history as unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci ended the American’s hopes of a calendar grand slam with a stunning victory in the US Open semi-finals yesterday. Vinci, ranked 43rd in the...

  • Sports round-up

    Tennis: Maria Sharapova (picture) will compete in her eighth WTA Finals next month in Singapore after officially qualifying this week, the women’s tennis governing body said. The 28-year-old Russian, who missed the US Open because of injury, won...

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