Tennis

  • Ivanovic beats Wozniacki to win Pan Pacific Open

    Third-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia beat second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 7-6 (2) on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open and capture her fourth WTA title of the year. In a match that featured two former World No. 1s, Ivanovic broke Wozniacki three times in the first set at Ariake…

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  • Tennis - Nishikori shocked at Li Na news

    - Japan's Kei Nishikori expressed shock over Chinese star Li Na's injury-forced retirement on Friday but added that he hopes to become the new leader of tennis in Asia.The US Open finalist, now Asia's top-ranked player at eighth, was speaking after 32

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  • 'Sad day' for tennis, says Hingis on Li's exit

    Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis said Friday Li Na's retirement was a loss to world tennis, crediting the Chinese star with raising the game's profile in her home country. "It's a sad day for Chinese tennis and for the global sport in general," Hingis, who won the five singles and nine doubles…

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  • Tennis-Davis Cup final to be played in Lille - French federation

    This year's Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland from Nov. 21-23 will be played in Lille, the French tennis federation (FFT) said on Friday. The FFT said in a statement that the tie would be played at Ligue 1 club Lille's Pierre Mauroy stadium. France have yet to choose the surface.

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  • Goffin beats top-seeded Tsonga in Moselle quarters

    METZ, France (AP) -- Eighth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium rallied to beat top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 Friday to reach the Moselle Open semifinals. Goffin next plays Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff for the first time. Struff advanced

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  • Tennis-Pliskova, Lepchenko set up Korea showdown

    Second seed Karolina Pliskova and American Varvara Lepchenko will battle it out for the Korea Open title after both players rallied to hard-fought victories in the semi-finals on Saturday. Pliskova, ranked 32 in the world, came back from a set down to beat Russian wildcard Maria Kirilenko 4-6 7-6…

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  • Nishikori says hopes to fill Li void in Asia

    The retirement of China's Li Na may have robbed Asian tennis of its brightest star, but U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori has put up his hand to fill the breach. With Li's departure, the 24-year-old Japanese is now Asia's top player, having reached a career high ranking of eight after his fairytale…

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  • Cornet cruises into Guangzhou Open final

    GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- Alize Cornet of France will play for her second title of the year in the Guangzhou Open final after beating Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 6-1, 7-6 (5) on Friday. The second-seeded Cornet, the only seed of eight to get out of

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  • RPT-Tennis-The wit and wisdom of Li Na

    No changes to text) Sept 19 (Reuters) - China's Li Na, the first Asian to win grand slam singles titles in tennis, announced her retirement from the sport on Friday. Known also for her wit, her wisdom and her pithy one-liners, below are a selection from her years on the tennis circuit, compiled by…

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  • Tennis - Wozniacki and Kerber in Tokyo semis

    - Top two seeds Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki roared to the semi-finals of the $1 million WTA Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Friday.Top-seeded Kerber outplayed sixth-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-0 and Wozniacki

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  • UPDATE 1-Tennis-Reactions to retirement of China's Li Na

    (Adds more reactions) BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Reactions to the decision of Asian tennis trailblazer Li Na to retire on Friday due to knee injuries: - - WTA Tour chief executive Stacey Allaster

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  • Chinese fans tout Li Na as tennis pioneer

    On the day China's first tennis superstar announced her retirement, fans praised Li Na as a pioneer both in the Western-dominated sport in which she excelled and in China's tightly controlled system for training and managing athletes. Few players from Asia had excelled at the tennis majors before…

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  • A selection of what they said when Li Na retired

    Two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na of China has retired due to recurring knee injuries. In a trailblazing career, the WTA credits Li with being the first player from Asia to win a Grand Slam title, at the 2011 French Open. After losing the 2013 Australian Open final to Victoria Azarenka, Li…

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  • Tennis-Metz International men's singles quarterfinal results

    Sept 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Metz International Men's Singles Quarterfinal matches on Friday 6-Joao Sousa (Portugal) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) 2-Gael Monfils (France) beat 7-Jerzy Janowicz

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  • 18-year-old Australian Barty to take tennis break

    Australian teenager and former Wimbledon junior champion Ashleigh Barty says she is taking a break from tennis. The 18-year-old Barty says she needs to take time out and offered no timetable for a return or a reason for the layoff. Despite reaching three Grand Slam doubles finals last year with…

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  • China's Li Na retires over knee injuries

    China's Li Na announced her retirement at the age of 32 over persistent knee injuries on Friday, prompting a wave of adulation for Asia's greatest and most influential tennis player. Li, the first Asian national to win a Grand Slam singles title, said "my body is begging me to stop the pounding" as…

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  • Tennis - Lille confirmed for Davis Cup final

    - Lille will host the November 21-23 Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland with a near-record crowd of around 27,000 expected to see Roger Federer compete in his first championship match. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced that the French Tennis Federation (FFT) had…

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