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  • Nadal ends season to recover from left wrist injury

    Former world number one Rafael Nadal ended his 2016 early yesterday in a bid to fully recover from the left wrist injury that has plagued him this year. In a statement, the Spanish 14-times gram slam champion said he would play no more tournaments...

  • Serena pulls out of WTA Finals with injured shoulder

    Serena Williams has withdrawn from the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore later this month citing a persistent shoulder injury, the world number two said yesterday. The 22-times grand slam singles champion has played only eight tournaments this...

  • Murray captures third title, trims gap on Djokovic

    Murray  captures third title, trims gap on Djokovic

    Andy Murray powered his way to a third Shanghai Masters title by beating Spanish 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(1) 6-1 in yesterday’s final to close in on Novak Djokovic at the top of the world rankings. Bautista Agut beat world number one...

  • Djokovic stunned in Shanghai

    Djokovic stunned in Shanghai

    World number one Novak Djokovic suffered a shock 6-4 6-4 loss to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and his fierce rival Andy Murray beat France’s Gilles Simon 6-4 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters semi-finals yesterday. Serbian Djokovic, 12-times grand...

  • Wozniacki ends Jankovic’s title defence

    Fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki ousted defending champion Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open yesterday. The 26-year-old Wozniacki will play Kristina Mladenovic in the final today after the Frenchwoman beat Australian...

  • Djokovic survives Zverev scare

    Novak Djokovic recovered from a first-set loss to overcome Germany’s Mischa Zverev while Britain’s Andy Murray swept past Belgium’s David Goffin to reach the Shanghai Masters semi-finals yesterday. Djokovic committed 37 unforced errors before...

  • Asciak and Genovese crowned champions

    Asciak and Genovese crowned champions

    Matthew Asciak and Elaine Genovese are the winners of the 2016 Malta Open Tennis Championships which was held at the Marsa Sports Club last weekend. Asciak had little difficulty to retain his title after brushing aside young Miguel Galea 6-0,...

  • Simon knocks out Wawrinka in Shanghai

    Frenchman Gilles Simon upstaged world number three Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-4 in the third round of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, while top seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray eased into the quarter-finals. Djokovic enjoyed a 6-4 6-4 win over...

  • Kyrgios risks fine after bizarre exit at Masters

    Australian Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the Shanghai Masters and appeared to give up during a 6-3 6-1 defeat to qualifier Mischa Zverev. Kyrgios, 21, had said he was “bored” after a first-round victory over Sam Querrey, which followed a run to the...

  • Kyrgios has turned the corner after Japan win

    Kyrgios has turned the corner after Japan win

      Melbourne’s notoriously changeable weather threatened to wash out the soft launch of the Australian Open yesterday but the rain was unable to dampen the cheer among tournament organisers enthused by Nick Kyrgios’s weekend victory in Japan. The...

  • Murray battles past Dimitrov to clinch China Open title

    Andy Murray outgunned Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 7-6(2) in the final of the China Open yesterday to claim his 40th career title. Murray closed out the match in an hour and 57 minutes to draw closer in the rankings to world number one Novak...

  • Malta Open tennis finals at Marsa SC

    The Malta Open championships will come to a close at the Marsa Sports Club, this afternoon. In the women’s Open, Elaine Genovese plays young Alina Shcherbinina in the title decider. Genovese beat Emma Mallia 6-0 6-1 and Brenda Galea 6-1 6-1 on her...

  • ITF denies allegations that Sharapova’s doping hearing was ‘not neutral’

    ITF denies allegations that Sharapova’s doping hearing was ‘not neutral’

    The International Tennis Federation has denied allegations from Maria Sharapova that the hearing into her doping violation was “not neutral”. Sharapova made the claims in her first television interview after the Court of Arbitration for Sport...

  • Sponsors hail reduced ban for Sharapova

    Sponsors hail reduced ban for Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova’s reduced suspension for a doping violation is set to provide a healthy boost to her bank balance with corporate sponsors reaffirming their commitment to the Russian player. The 29-year-old can return to the court next April after...

  • Sharapova can play again in April after ban reduced

    Sharapova can play again in April after ban reduced

    Maria Sharapova said she could not wait to return to tennis next April after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the former world number one’s two-year drugs ban by nine months yesterday. Hailing one of the happiest days of her...

  • Murray reveals he was stalked by a hotel maid

    Murray reveals he was stalked by a hotel maid

    Andy Murray has revealed he was stalked around Europe by a hotel maid who once woke him by entering his bedroom and stroking his arm. The Wimbledon and Olympic champion believes the uninvited guest followed him to two tournaments after she was...

  • Murray aims to narrow Djokovic’s rankings lead

    Andy Murray begins his late-season assault on Novak Djokovic’s world number one ranking at the China Open this week hoping to take a chunk out of the 4,695-point gap separating them. While on the face of it the gap still looks huge, Djokovic is...

  • Wozniacki to meet Osaka in Tokyo final

    Wozniacki to meet Osaka in Tokyo final

    Caroline Wozniacki (picture, right) outlasted Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6 7-5 6-4 in a dog fight of a semi-final at the Pan Pacific Open yesterday to end the Pole’s reign at the Ariake Coliseum. The former world number one prevailed in two hours and...

  • Neutral venue for final unappealing to Murray

    Neutral venue for final unappealing to Murray

    Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is not overly enthusiastic about the possibility of a neutral venue hosting the Davis Cup finals, but backed proposals to shorten matches in the competition. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is considering...

  • Tennis chiefs plan revamp of the Davis, Fed Cup finals

    Tennis chiefs plan revamp of the Davis, Fed Cup finals

    Tennis chiefs plan to adopt the American NFL’s Super Bowl model in future, by selecting fixed-venue cities in advance for their showcase Davis and Fed Cup finals. The switch away from one of the finalists hosting the decider is part of a broader...

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