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Last Updated Thursday March 22 2018 09:15 AM IST


Serena marks return with a win

Serena Williams shook off rustiness on her return to professional tennis after more than a year to secure a 7-5, 6-3 win over Zarina Diyas in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open.

Somdev defends decision to drop Ankita from TOP scheme

The national tennis observer has made it clear that he has nothing 'personal' against Ankita and his decision to exclude her from the TOP scheme was based on his assumption that she would not make it to the Tokyo Olympics.

Serena says 'almost died' after giving birth

Williams was bedridden for six weeks from a series of complications, including a pulmonary embolism that led to multiple surgeries, after her daughter was delivered by emergency cesarean section.

Serena unsure about competing in Grand Slams this year

Serena has not played a WTA tournament since she won the Australian Open title last year and skipped this year's opening Grand Slam due to concerns about her fitness four months after giving birth to her first child.

Serena ready to go, says US Fed Cup captain

Serena has not played a WTA tournament since she won the Australian Open title last year and skipped this year's opening Grand Slam due to concerns about her fitness four months after giving birth to her first child.

Kerala boy has his big moment before idol Federer

It was a proud moment for Gautham Santhosh, member of a Malayalee family settled in Australia, as he was tasked with the honor of tossing the coin prior to the Australian Open semifinal between Federer and Hyeon Chung.

Kerber crushes Keys to reach Australian Open semis

Making a mockery of the 21st seeding she landed after a miserable 2017, the former world No 1 outplayed Keys in almost every facet of the 51-minute match to seal a semifinal date with Simona Halep.

Australian Open: Cilic, injury end Nadal's campaign

Nadal took a medical time-out late in the fourth set for treatment on an apparent hip injury and was clearly struggling. After being broken to fall behind 2-0 in the fifth, the top seed called it quits.

Australian Open: Muguruza defeated by Hsieh

In searing heat on Rod Laver Arena, the powerful Wimbledon champion never got to grips with 88th-ranked Hsieh's unusual game style and looked totally perplexed by the end.

Lower-ranked professionals need more money: Rafa

Nadal's comments follow media reports this week that Novak Djokovic, the president of the Players' Council, had urged players to unionize at a pre-Australian Open meeting and revolt over the way the revenues from the Grand Slams are distributed.

Australian Open: Petkovic packs off Kvitova

Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's return to the Australian Open a year after being attacked by an intruder at her home ended in disappointment with a marathon 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 first-round loss.

Sharapova sizzles on Australian Open return

The 30-year-old former champion, whose positive doping test after a quarterfinal defeat by Serena Williams in 2016 resulted in a 15-month ban from the sport, was in dominant mood as she beat Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-4.

A new world for Nadal without uncle Toni

Nadal returns to the Australian Open after overcoming his chronic knee problems just in time and hoping to continue last year's progress under new coach Carlos Moya.

Wawrinka, Nadal give Australian Open huge lift

The Australian Open has been hit hard by absences with Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Kei Nishikori among those to have withdrawn, while Nadal and Novak Djokovic have also been struggling with injuries.

Serena Williams pulls out of Australian Open

Serena had told Vogue magazine last August about her 'outrageous plan' to defend her title, but the short turnaround after giving birth has proven too much for even the greatest player of her generation.

Injured Djokovic to miss Qatar Open

The 30-year-old Serb had been scheduled to start the new season at an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi on Friday when an elbow injury flared up.

Federer wants to keep a lid on expectations

Federer, who begins his 2018 campaign at the combined teams Hopman Cup tournament in Perth, recognizes that while expectations might be a little higher, he was trying to ensure they did not get out of control.

Former Wimbledon champion Bartoli announces comeback

The Frenchwoman shocked the tennis world when she quit the sport in 2013, a little over a month after winning her maiden Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, saying her body could no longer keep up with the demands of the sport.

Serena, Kuznetsova may miss Australian Open

Serena was around two months pregnant when she captured her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne earlier this year and was hoping to defend her crown next January following the birth of her daughter in September.

Federer leaves Sock standing in London opener

Whatever else happens to Jack Sock at the ATP Finals this week, his between-the-legs volley at 4-4 in the second set of his debut match will feature in the end-of-tournament showreel.

Martina Hingis announces retirement

The retirement will be Hingis' third in a long and illustrious career during which she claimed 25 Grand Slam titles since her WTA Tour debut in 1994, five in singles, seven in mixed doubles and 13 in women's doubles.

Nadal hammers Kyrgios to clinch China Open

The Spaniard, appearing in the 110th final of his career, cruised to his first China Open title since 2005 as eighth-seeded Kyrgios was hindered by his own inconsistency and rarely troubled the top seed.

Nadal back to his menacing best

The world No. 1 comes up with a near-perfect performance against Kevin Anderson in the final to win his third US Open and 16th Grand Slam title.

Stephens drubs Keys to claim US Open title

Sloane Stephens stayed composed throughout an all-American US Open final and played near-perfect tennis to win her maiden Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Madison Keys.

Nadal crushes del Potro to reach US Open final

The Spaniard struggled to handle his opponent's serve and huge forehand in the opening set before finding his stride to set up a title decider with South Africa's Kevin Anderson on Sunday.

Sania Mirza enters US Open semis

The fourth seeded Sino-Indian pair needed an hour and 56 minutes to carve out a 7-6, 6-4 victory over their fifth seeded opponents in the quarter-finals.

US Open: Roger Federer knocked out by del Potro

Del Potro, who swept aside Federer in the 2009 final at Flushing Meadows, now faces world No. 1 Nadal, denying fans a potential first encounter between the Swiss maestro and Spaniard in New York.

US Open: Zverev, Kyrgios bite the dust

Fourth seed Zverev, whose five ATP titles this year include a win over Roger Federer in this month's Montreal final, fell to 61st-ranked Croatian Borna Coric.

Andy Murray too pulls out of US Open

The Scot, who had not played since Wimbledon, said he had tried everything to be fit for the final Grand Slam of the year, which starts on Monday.

ATP chief hails Nadal's return to top

The 31-year-old Nadal became the world number one for the first time since July, 2014, after replacing Britain's Andy Murray at the top spot on Monday.

Errani denies using banned substance

The Italian, who was suspended by the ITF for two months after she failed a drug test, suspects that accidental food contamination occurred at some stage in her house.

Bopanna lashes out at AITA for Arjuna Award snub

The deadline to send applications expired on April 28, but the AITA made up its mind to send Bopanna's name only on June 14 after he won the French Open mixed doubles title with Gabriela Dabrowski.

Injured Wawrinka to miss US Open

The three-time Grand Slam champion joins last year's US Open runner-up Novak Djokovic on the sidelines for the remainder of 2017.

Sharapova's injury woes continue

Sharapova, who was competing as a wildcard in her fourth tournament back after a 15-month doping ban, said she started to feel pain in her forearm late during her first-round win over American Jennifer Brady.

Federer - simply the greatest

Regaining the No. 1 spot and touching the incredible figure of 20 Slams could be next on the list of Federer after his record-breaking Wimbledon triumph.

Serena backs Venus to win her sixth Wimbledon

Venus beat Johanna Konta to reach her ninth Wimbledon final and Serena, who missed her title defense after becoming pregnant with her first child, believes her sibling can win a sixth All England Club crown.

Mattek-Sands undergoes tests after awful Wimbledon fall

The American was playing Romania's Sorana Cirstea on Thursday when she appeared to slip as she approached the net at the beginning of the third set. She fell awkwardly to the grass and, after a moment's silence, screamed out in pain.

Konta pulls out the stops to battle past Vekic

Konta has reached the third round for the first time at the All England Club, but after a strong year in which she has established herself in the top 10, the Briton will be looking to advance much further.

Venus breaks down in tears after first-round win

The five-time champion broke down in tears during her post-match news conference at Wimbledon on Monday when asked about a recent car crash she was involved in, which led to the death of a 78- year-old Florida man.

Women's field wide open at Wimbledon

The absence of Serena Williams and a failure by any of the other top women to produce the kind of dominance the American has consistently delivered makes this year's Wimbledon the most open in years.

McEnroe suggests men vs women contest to end Serena debate

An unapologetic John McEnroe has proposed competition between men and women players to prove his claim that 23-time Grand Slam singles winner Serena Williams would be ranked "like 700 in the world" if she competed on the men's circuit.

Injury scare for Svitolina ahead of Wimbledon

Svitolina, 22, has never won a tournament on grass and says that withdrawing from Wimbledon could help her get a head start on preparations for hard court tournaments later this year.

Djokovic to compete in Eastbourne

The three-time Wimbledon champion has broken with tradition and taken a wildcard into the Aegon International at Eastbourne next week.

Home favorite Mladenovic crashes out

Mladenovic failed to handle the atmosphere, the wind or the rain, as well as Timea Bacsinszky who checked into the semifinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win.

French Open: Murray fells Del Potro in Paris

Murray did enough to keep his nose in front throughout, while the giant Argentine was unable to reprise the heroics that saw the pair produce such magic in last year's Rio Olympics gold medal match.

Navratilova hits back at 'homophobe' Court

Court, who won a record 24 Grand Slam titles, came under fire again on Wednesday when she claimed tennis was "full of lesbians", a week after expressing her opposition to same-sex marriage.

Tennis full of lesbians: Margaret Court

Court drew public criticism last week after writing an open letter saying that she would not fly with Qantas Airlines due to its support for same-sex marriage.

Sharapova handed wild card for Rogers Cup in Toronto

Maria Sharapova's comeback from a doping ban will include an appearance at the Rogers Cup in August after the former world number one was granted a wild card by the organisers of the Toronto tournament on Tuesday.

Nastase terms Wimbledon organizers 'small-minded'

The 70-year-old was provisionally banned from all International Tennis Federation events after verbally abusing opposing team members and the umpire when he captained Romania in a Fed Cup tie against Britain last month.

Murray expects Sharapova to play at Wimbledon

Sharapova returned last month from a doping ban to reach the semifinals at the Stuttgart Open, but did not earn enough points to qualify for Roland Garros and is reliant on a wildcard for the qualifying tournament.

Smooth Sharapova cruises into Stuttgart semis

Wildcard entrant Sharapova returned to action this week following her 15-month ban, but has looked like she never really went away in winning her three matches so far without dropping a set.

Sharapova through to quarterfinals

Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova eased past fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 to reach the Stuttgart Grand Prix quarterfinals and continue her winning comeback from a 15-month doping ban.

Serena slams Nastase for 'racist' comments

Former tennis bad boy Nastase, who won two Grand Slam titles in the 1970s, was quoted by Romanian and some British media as saying in response to William's pregnancy announcement: "Let's see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?"

Querrey stuns Nadal in Mexican Open final

Sam Querrey upset Spanish star Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6(7-3) in the final of the Mexican Open, becoming the first American to win the title in the tournament's 24-year history.

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