• Serena Williams overcomes the wind and Errani in Fed Cup

    Top-ranked Serena Williams had to fight back from a set down and figure out how to deal with strong winds before overcoming Italy's Sara Errani 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a Fed Cup playoff Sunday. Brindisi-born Flavia Pennetta then got the home crowd back into it by evening the best-of-five series with…

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  • Canada and Romania tied in FedCup playoff tie

    Canada and Romania were knotted at 1-1 on Saturday after two upsets on the first day of their FedCup World Group playoff tie. Francoise Abanda, ranked 260th in the world, got the tie off with a bang for the hosts with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over 33rd-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu. Bouchard, who became…

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  • Nadal confident he on right path despite loss to Djokovic

    Although comprehensively beaten by Novak Djokovic on the Monte Carlo semi-finals, claycourt king Rafa Nadal believes he is on the right path as his beloved French Open looms. The Spaniard, looking to clinch a record-extending 10th title at Roland Garros, lost 6-3 6-3 to the world number one in the…

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  • Losing return for Hingis in Fed Cup playoffs

    ZIELONA GORA, Poland (AP) -- Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis played and lost her first competitive singles match since 2007 as Switzerland and Poland tied 1-1 on the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday.

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  • Fed Cup: Russia on brink of final with 2-0 lead over Germany

    SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia was on the brink of making the Fed Cup final with a 2-0 lead after Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova saved a match point to beat Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Saturday.

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  • Djokovic beats Nadal to reach Monte Carlo Masters final

    Monte Carlo is not Rafael Nadal's playground anymore, and Novak Djokovic is claiming the throne left vacant by the King of Clay. For the second time in three years, the top-ranked Serb ended Nadal's run at the clay-court Masters tournament, overcoming a strong challenge from the Spaniard to reach…

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  • Tennis-Holders Czech Republic beat France to reach Fed Cup final

    PARIS, April 19 (Reuters) - Holders Czech Republic reached their second consecutive Fed Cup final when Petra Kvitova beat Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-4 to give her team an unassailable 3-0 lead over France on Sunday. The Czech will face either Russia or Germany in the Nov 14-15 final. Lucie Safarova…

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  • Belarus, Japan tied 1-1 in Fed Cup World Group playoff

    TOKYO (AP) — Victoria Azarenka beat Masaki Doi 6-1, 6-2 on in the opening singles match Saturday before Japan came back to draw level 1-1 with Belarus in their Fed Cup World Group playoff.

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  • Serena Williams gets a rare test from Giorgi but holds on

    Serena Williams' vast experience proved the difference during an extremely tight first set against Italy's Camila Giorgi in a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win for the United States in a Fed Cup playoff. Wearing red, white and blue, the top-ranked Williams was put to the test as she kicked off her clay season in…

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  • Djokovic sweeps Nadal aside in Monte Carlo semi

    World number one Novak Djokovic laid down an early French Open marker when he reached the Monte Carlos Masters final with a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 win over eight-times champion Rafa Nadal on Saturday. Serbian Djokovic, who ended Nadal's reign on the principality's claycourts in the 2013 final, will…

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  • Swiss Miss Hingis hoping to be a big hit in Fed Cup

    By Ian Chadband ZIELONA GORA, Poland (Reuters) - It is not a gimmick and the way Martina Hingis is talking, it will be no mismatch either. After the Swiss announcement on Friday, made amid some excitement in a provincial Polish town hall, that she will play her first tour-level singles for eight…

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  • Tennis-Monte Carlo Masters men's singles quarterfinal results

    April 17 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Monte Carlo Masters Men's Singles Quarterfinal matches on Friday 3-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat 5-David Ferrer (Spain) 6-4 5-7 6-2 1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat 8-Marin Cilic (Croatia) 6-0 6-3 14-Gael Monfils (France) beat 9-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 6-1…

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  • Fed Cup: Netherlands and Australia 1-1

    'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) — Casey Dellacqua, a late replacement for the injured Samantha Stosur, beat Arantxa Rus in straight sets to draw Australia level with the Netherlands after the first day Saturday of their Fed Cup World Group playoff.

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  • Tennis - Improving Nadal downplays clay chances against Djokovic

    - Rafael Nadal insists he is not yet ready to reclaim his long-held title of king of clay despite winning through to a semi-final against Novak Djokovic at the Monte Carlo Masters. Though he staged a third-set fightback to get past longtime Spanish rival Davids Ferrer 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, Nadal believes…

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  • Returning Hingis loses Fed Cup tie after courageous effort

    Fifteen-times grand slam champion Martina Hingis made a courageously impressive return to big-time singles tennis in the Fed Cup on Saturday but was eventually outplayed by Agnieszka Radwanska. Hingis was persuaded to play her first tour-level singles for nearly eight years because of injuries in…

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  • Djokovic and Nadal to renew rivalry in Monte Carlo semis

    A near flawless Novak Djokovic crushed Marin Cilic 6-0 6-3 to set up a blockbuster Monte Carlo Masters semi-final with claycourt king Rafa Nadal, who came through a testing workout by David Ferrer on Friday. World number one Djokovic won the first eight games against U.S. Open champion Cilic, whose…

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  • Pavlyuchenkova puts Russia 2-0 up against Germany

    Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova battled back from a set down to defeat Sabine Lisicki as Russia took a comfortable 2-0 lead over Germany in the Fed Cup World Group semi-final on Saturday. Svetlana Kuznetsova earlier beat Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-4 at the red clay court of Adler Arena as four-time champions…

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  • Tennis-Pavlyuchenkova sparks Russia to 2-0 Fed Cup lead over Germany

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy SOCHI, Russia, April 18 (Reuters) - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova produced a stunning comeback to help Russia into a 2-0 lead against Germany in their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday. The world number 38 came from a set down to beat Sabine Lisicki 4-6 7-6 6-3 in two hours and 29…

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  • Czechs lead France 2-0 in Fed Cup semi-finals

    Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova gave holders the Czech Republic a 2-0 lead over France in the Fed Cup semi-finals after the opening rubbers on Saturday. On the hardcourt of the CEZ Arena in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, world number 13 and Czech number two Safarova took an hour and 58 minutes…

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