• WTA semis: Williams-Wozniacki, Halep-Radwanska

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Serena Williams made the semifinals of the WTA Finals and earned the year-end No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball on Friday.

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  • Tennis legend King calls equal prize money row 'really sad'

    Tennis legend Billie Jean King slammed opposition to equal Grand Slam prize money for men and women as "really sad" Thursday and called for more men to follow Andy Murray's lead by hiring a female coach. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) founder also said men's tennis should emulate the women's…

  • Federer shrugs off slow start to reach Basel quarters

    Roger Federer shrugged off dropping the first set against journeyman Denis Istomin on Thursday before hitting back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals. He now stands at a perfect 6-0 over world number 55 Istomin, who gave Federer plenty of trouble during their one-hour,…

  • Tennis - Murray downs Fognini to reach Valencia last eight

    - Andy Murray eased into the quarter-finals of the Valencia Open on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Italian Fabio Fognini.

  • Tennis-Williams reaps benefits as her rivals slip up

    * Williams seals number one ranking and place in semis * Sharapova and Ivanovic bow out despite winning * Wozniacki thumps Kvitova, allowing Radwanska to advance (Updates after final group match) By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Oct 24 (Reuters) - With a little help from her rivals, Serena Williams…

  • Tennis-Halep leaves a big impression on King

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Long before Simona Halep's demolition job on Serena Williams at the WTA Finals, the Romanian was already winning over another of the game's greats. In an era when the biggest and most powerful women seem to win all the titles, the pint-sized Halep…

  • Tennis-Williams reveals crisis of confidence after humiliation

    By John O'Brien SINGAPORE, Oct 23 (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams has rarely suffered a humiliating loss in her glittering career, so the 33-year-old American was quick to praise her coach for dragging her out of the pit of despair to return to winning ways. A day after she was…

  • Wozniacki beats Radwanska in Singapore

    Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki beat Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-5, 6-3 at the WTA Finals in Singapore Wednesday to take top position in White Group of the season finale. Wozniacki, who earlier beat Maria Sharapova in three sets, will qualify for the semifinal if the Russian beats Petra Kvitova of…

  • Bouchard positive despite 'butt kicking' in Singapore

    By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Eugenie Bouchard has enjoyed a breakthrough season, reaching the Wimbledon final and climbing to number five in the world, and although she "got her butt kicked" at the season-ending WTA Finals, the 20-year-old Canadian has loved every minute of it. Bouchard…

  • UPDATE 1-Tennis-Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking

    (Updates after Sharapova match, adds quotes) * Williams assured of year-end top ranking for fourth time * American faces anxious wait for semis spot By John O'Brien SINGAPORE, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a…

  • Wozniacki close to semis after Radwanska victory

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki all but booked her place in the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with an impressive 7-5 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska on Thursday. Showing no signs of fatigue after her exhausting three-set win over Maria Sharapova two days…

  • Williams guaranteed year-end number one ranking

    By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams clinched the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time without hitting a ball on Friday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, was eliminated from the WTA Finals. Needing to win in straight sets to…

  • Williams on verge of year-end No. 1 ranking

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams was on the verge of clinching the year-end world number one ranking for the fourth time on Thursday after Maria Sharapova, the only woman with any chance of overtaking her, lost for the second time at the WTA Finals. Sharapova was beaten 6-3…

  • Ferrer, Murray reach Valencia quarterfinals

    David Ferrer and Andy Murray both advanced to the Valencia Open quarterfinals after easy wins against error-prone opponents on Thursday. The top-seeded Ferrer beat Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 after jumping out to early leads in both sets by breaking his his fellow Spaniard's first service games,…

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  • Federer beats Istomin in Swiss Indoors 2nd round

    Top-seeded Roger Federer again had to fight back from a set down before beating Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors on Thursday. Istomin had taken just a set off Federer in five previous meetings, last year in Basel, but the Uzbekistan player took the lead…

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  • Ferrer beats Seppi to advance at Valencia Open

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) -- Top-seeded David Ferrer powered his way past Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Valencia Open on Wednesday.

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  • Williams sisters get written apology from Russian boss

    Serena Williams said Thursday that she and her sister Venus have received a written apology from the head of the Russian tennis federation after he caused a storm by calling them the "Williams brothers". Williams said Shamil Tarpischev, who has been fined $25,000 and banned for a year by the…