• Baltimore death saddens Serena Williams

    Tennis world number one Serena Williams declared her sadness at the ongoing racial tension in Baltimore following the death of an unarmed African-American man due to injuries suffered whilst in police custody. A curfew was imposed in the American city after rioting and protests following the death…

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  • Nadal coming to terms with rankings slide

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - This is normally the time of year when Rafa Nadal comes into his own, honing his formidable claycourt skills in preparation for Roland Garros and leaving a trail of brutalized opponents to pick themselves up off the red clay. Since hitting the big time in 2005,…

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  • Federer ends clay drought with 85th title

    Roger Federer defeated Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay to clinch the Istanbul Open on Sunday for his 85th career crown and first title on red clay for over a half a decade. Top seed Federer showed dexterity and power despite resolute defence from his opponent, who required two injury timeouts for treatment…

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  • Halep, Venus lose in Madrid Open 1st round, Serena advances

    MADRID (AP) -- Second-seeded Simona Halep and Venus Williams both lost in the opening round of the Madrid Open on Sunday, while top-seeded Serena Williams had a trouble-free debut.

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  • Tennis-Murray snaps claycourt jinx with first title in Munich

    Andy Murray claimed the first claycourt title of his career on Monday with a 7-6(4) 5-7 7-6(4) win over twice champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the rain-delayed Munich Open final. Fired on by new coach Jonas Bjorkman in the stands, world number three Murray got the mini break he needed and snatched…

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  • Gasquet beats Kyrgios to win Estoril Open title

    Richard Gasquet of France won the Estoril Open final in straight sets on Sunday, beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2. Fifth-seeded Gasquet, who broke seventh-seeded Kyrgios three times on the clay court, won in just over an hour for his 12th career title and second of the year after also…

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  • Ma wins men's singles at world championships

    Top-seeded Ma Long of China beat teammate Fang Bo 4-2 in a close fought match to win the men's singles title at the world table tennis championships in Suzhou Sunday. Ma, 26, trumped 14th-ranked Fang 11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-13, 11-4 to win the title for the first time. World number one Ma had…

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  • Murray defends 'hate Rosol' outburst

    Andy Murray defended his astonishing outburst at Lukas Rosol on Saturday when he told the controversial Czech he was the tour's most hated man. Top-seeded Murray blasted his opponent during his stormy 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 quarter-final win at the Munich Open claycourt tournament when Rosol barged the Scot…

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  • Murray wins BMW Open for 1st clay-court title

    Andy Murray won his first clay-court title on Monday when he overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (4) in the rain-delayed final of the BMW Open. The top-seeded Murray was the steadier player in the decisive tiebreaker and clinched the close match when Kohlschreiber sent a backhand long…

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  • Petkovic replaces Suarez Navarro in WTA rankings

    Paris (AFP) - Andrea Petkovic of Germany, who replaces Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, is the only new entry in the WTA Top 10 rankings published on Monday.

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  • Elina Svitolina wins title at Grand Prix SAR

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) -- Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina saved eight of 11 break points on her way to her third WTA title as she defeated unseeded Timea Babos 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the Grand Prix SAR final on Saturday.

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  • Wozniacki beats McHale to reach 3rd round of Madrid Open

    MADRID (AP) — Carolina Wozniacki of Denmark powered her way past Christina McHale of the United States to book her place in the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday.

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  • Ivanovic survives scare as Keys, Makarova fall in Madrid

    World number seven Ana Ivanovic fought back from a set down to move into the second round of the Madrid Open on Sunday after Alexandra Dulgheru retired when trailing 4-0 in the decider. The Romanian wildcard shocked Eugenie Bouchard on Fed Cup duty last month and looked on course to produce another…

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  • Tennis-Federer ends three-year claycourt drought with Istanbul title

    Roger Federer won the inaugural Istanbul Open on Sunday, beating third seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6 (11) for his first clay title in three years. "It's been a while since I won a title on clay," said the jubilant Swiss after receiving a hero's welcome all week in Istanbul. "It's been a pleasure…

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  • Tennis - Halep stunned by Cornet, Sharapova through in Madrid

    - World number two Simona Halep slumped to a shock 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 defeat to France's Alize Cornet in the first round of the Madrid Open. Halep reached the final in the Spanish capital last year, but looked out of sorts as a double fault handed Cornet the opening set in a tie-break.

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  • Tennis-Federer needs three sets to make Istanbul final

    Roger Federer stood one match away from his first claycourt title in three years after reaching the final of the inaugural Istanbul Open with a 2-6 6-2 7-5 win over Argentine eighth seed Diego Schwartzman on Saturday. The Turkish crowd backed world number two Federer throughout the match, even when…

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  • Halep, Bouchard crash in Madrid as Serena, Sharapova cruise

    World number two Simona Halep crashed to a shock 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 defeat to France's Alize Cornet, whilst Eugenie Bouchard's slump continued in the first round of the Madrid Open on Sunday. Sharapova showed no signs of her recent struggles as she beat Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-3.

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