• Tops seeds Williams, Kerber pull out of Dubai Open

    Top seeds Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber have withdrawn from the WTA Tennis Championships, organisers announced on Saturday. "We regret to announce that Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber have withdrawn due to illness and injury," the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships wrote on their…

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  • Fritz youngest American in ATP semifinal since Chang in '89

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Teenager Taylor Fritz beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (5) on Friday at the Memphis Open, becoming the youngest American to reach an ATP Tour semifinal since 1989.

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  • Venus Williams bags tough win to reach Taiwan final

    Venus Williams fought a challenging match to defeat Russia's Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-3 on Saturday, securing her spot in the Taiwan Open final. The seven-time Grand Slam winner bagged a suspenseful win in the opening set with Putintseva closing in on Williams' early lead after a pep talk from her…

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  • Hot stuff Nadal into Argentina Open semi-finals

    Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the Argentina Open semi-finals Friday, braving sweltering temperatures of 33 degrees to clinch a 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 win over Italian journeyman Paolo Lorenzi. Nadal, the world number five, is back on his favourite clay court surface and is playing…

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  • Banned tennis umpire officiated at US Open, Qatar

    A tennis umpire who was suspended for a year as part of a betting investigation continued to work at tournaments, including last year's US Open, the US Tennis Association (USTA) confirmed Friday. Croatia's Denis Pitner, banned for a year in August after passing on information about a player's…

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  • Kohlschreiber upsets Cilic to set up Monfils semi

    Marin Cilic has fallen in the last eight of the Rotterdam Open as Philipp Kohlschreiber set up a semi-final against Gael Monfils.

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  • Bencic to meet Vinci in St Petersburg final

    The top two seeds will contest the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy final on Sunday after recording comfortable semi-final victories.

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  • Fritz beats 2nd-seeded Johnson in Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — American teenager Taylor Fritz won the biggest match of his career Thursday night, beating second-seeded Steve Johnson 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) in the second round of the Memphis Open.

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  • Wozniacki beaten by Cibulkova in St. Petersburg

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy by Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 7-5 after a heated dispute with the umpire over a mistaken call.

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  • Nadal unconvincing in Buenos Aires, Ferrer through to quarters

    Rafael Nadal was making his first appearance since losing in the first round of the Australian Open last month.

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  • Nishikori on track for Memphis Open defence

    Kei Nishikori is still in the hunt for his fourth-straight Memphis Open triumph after defeating Mikhail Kukushkin in straight sets.

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  • Venus fights back to reach Taiwan semis

    Venus Williams fought back from a slow start against Latvian world number 103 Anastasija Sevastova to reach the Taiwan Open semi-finals 7-5, 6-2 on Friday. The seven-time Grand Slam-winner was struggling at 2-5 down in the first set, but she then won five straight games and fended off two set…

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  • Bencic to play Vinci in St. Petersburg final

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Belinda Bencic of Switzerland beat Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-4, 6-3 in a battle of 18-year-olds to book a St. Petersburg final against Roberta Vinci of Italy, who earlier in the day downed Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.

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  • Tennis-Banned umpire worked at 2015 U.S. Open due to 'flaw'

    Denis Pitner was suspended by the International Tennis Federation in August after sending information about a player to a coach during a tournament and regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches. "We had a flaw in our system. Denis Pitner did work as a…

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  • Nadal returns with a win in Buenos Aires

    Rafael Nadal returned to action for the first time since his shock first-round exit from the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Juan Monaco in the ATP Argentina Open. Defending Buenos Aires champion Nadal wasn't his sharpest self in the rematch of last year's final. Monaco hadn't played…

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  • Bencic beats Pavlyuchenkova to make St. Petersburg semifinal

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Top-seeded Belinda Bencic won a late-night battle with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to take the final spot in the semifinals at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

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  • Williams beats Sevastova to reach semifinals of Taiwan Open

    Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Taiwan Open on Friday. Williams rallied from 5-2 down in the first set and broke Sevastova three more times to set up a semi with third-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. ''I didn't think…

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