• 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis advances at Miami Open

    Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros - Serena Williams. Bellis, a 15-year-old American who made a big splash at last year's U.S. Open, advanced Friday to a potential third-round match against Williams by beating Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-1. Williams'…

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  • Tennis-Azarenka crushes Jankovic at Miami

    Two times Miami Open winner Victoria Azarenka crushed Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 6-1 6-1 in the second round at Key Biscayne on Friday. The clash of two former world number ones was expected to be a close battle but Azarenka, winner in Miami in 2009 and 2011, wrapped up the first set in just 28…

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  • Tennis - Sharapova shocked by Gavrilova in Miami

    - World number two Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Miami Open hardcourt tennis tournament on Thursday, ambushed by 97th-ranked Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. The upset, biggest so far at the combined WTA and ATP Masters event, took one hour, 49 minutes and marked the worst defeat five-time…

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  • Renee Richards still amazed she broke transgender taboo

    By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than three decades after putting down her tennis racquet, Renee Richards is still astonished she had the moxie to join the women's professional tour after living the first 34 years of her life as a man. For all the frenzy around Olympian Bruce Jenner's…

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  • U.S. game will flourish after Serena - WTA leader

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes REUTERS - Just as American writer Mark Twain described premature reports about his death as "greatly exaggerated", doom and gloom about U.S. women's tennis is way off the mark, according to WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster. While some pundits question the future of the…

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  • Nadal wins Miami opener, but rain sidelines Serena

    Second-seeded Rafael Nadal launched his bid for a first Miami Masters title with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. Nadal, who has four runner-up finishes in 10 prior appearances on the hardcourts of Miami, showed no signs of the training mishap which left him with a sore…

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  • Sharapova suffers shock loss at Miami

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - Second seed Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4) 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the Miami Open on Thursday. Sharapova trailed 3-0 in the second set but battled back to 4-3 down before her serve was broken again by the…

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  • WTA leader sees more growth via TV, fan input

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - With gender equality achieved and a host of new sponsors brought in, WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has set her sights on further growth of the tour via a landmark television deal and by enhancing the fan experience. Allaster, who took over as the tour's…

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  • UPDATE 10-Tennis-Miami women's singles round 2 results

    March 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Friday Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) beat 32-Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 6-2 4-6 6-2 5-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat Irina Falconi (U.S.) 7-5 6-7(4) 6-3 27-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Julia Goerges (Germany)…

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  • Tennis-Miami women's singles round 2 results

    March 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday 23-Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Pauline Parmentier (France) 6-1 3-6 6-0 16-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Urszula Radwanska (Poland) 6-3 6-2 26-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia)…

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  • Del Potro refuses to be downhearted after comeback loss

    Del Potro, the former world number four and U.S. Open winner in 2009, has fallen to 616th in the world rankings after a wrist injury wrecked his 2014 season. Pospisil won 6-4 7-6(7) although Del Potro had his chances in the second when he was broken when serving at 5-4 up and then double faulted on…

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  • UPDATE 8-Tennis-Miami men's singles round 2 results

    March 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Men's Singles Round 2 matches on Friday 6-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Carlos Berlocq (Argentina) 6-7(9) 7-5 6-2 2-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Nicolas Almagro (Spain) 6-4 6-2 Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat 10-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 7-6(4)…

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  • Sharapova loses opening match at Miami Open to Gavrilova

    Maria Sharapova is 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals. Seeded No. 2, Sharapova was upset in her opening match Thursday night by wild-card Daria Gavrilova, 7-6 (4), 6-3. The 21-year-old Gavrilova, who was born in Moscow and is based in Australia, earned her first victory over a top-10 player with a poised,…

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  • Tennis-Miami men's singles round 1 results

    March 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Thursday Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) 6-4 6-1 Vasek Pospisil (Canada) beat Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) 6-4 7-6(7) Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin…

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  • Serena hopes to manage pain while 'going for it' in Miami

    Serena Williams practiced on Wednesday for the first time since a knee injury forced her to withdraw before her BNP Paribas Open semi-final last week but has not lowered her expectations for the Miami Open. Williams, who as the top seed in Miami earned a first-round bye, is scheduled to play…

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  • Congressman asks pro sports leagues about their tax-exempt status

    Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has sent a letter to the NFL and nine other professional sports organizations seeking information about their tax-exempt status, his office said on Thursday. Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, recently introduced legislation to eliminate…

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