• Wozniacki eyes maiden Slam title after 'learningful' year

    Caroline Wozniacki set her sights on winning her first Grand Slam title on Saturday as she expressed pride at emerging strongly from a difficult year including her break-up with golfer Rory McIlroy. Wozniacki's narrow loss to Serena Williams in the WTA Finals semis did not stop her reflecting with…

  • Murray ousts fighting Ferrer to boost London bid

    VALENCIA Spain (Reuters) - Andy Murray took another step towards securing a berth at next month's World Tour finals when he fought off a typically dogged David Ferrer to win 6-4 7-5 and move into the final of the Valencia Open on Saturday. A wildcard at the Spanish indoor hardcourt event, which he…

  • Williams puts friendship to side against Wozniacki

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - There were no wild celebrations or fist pumps from Serena Williams after she beat Caroline Wozniacki at the WTA Finals on Saturday. Instead, the world number one was overcome with remorse after beating her good friend in an epic match that could have gone…

  • Federer defeats Karlovic to reach hometown final

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Top-seeded Roger Federer beat big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-3 Saturday to reach a ninth consecutive Swiss Indoors final and his 11th overall in his hometown of Basel.

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  • Torrid season over as Nadal opts for surgery

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal's announcement on Friday that he will miss the ATP World Tour Finals because of appendicitis ended a difficult year for the Spaniard during which he has endured injury, illness and worrying defeats. The 28-year-old's ninth French Open crown in June…

  • Serena Williams gets chance to avenge Halep defeat

    SINGAPORE (AP) -- After Serena Williams' embarrassing defeat to Simona Halep in the WTA Finals group stage, the American narrowed her eyes at the post-match news conference and said she was looking forward to having a chance to avenge the loss.

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  • Tennis besties Serena and Caroline are out on the town again

    Facing off in the U.S. Open finals obviously had no effect on the friendship of Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki

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  • Tennis - Tennis: Halep beats Radwanska to reach WTA Finals title match

    - Romania's Simona Halep beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2 to set up a WTA Finals title match against world number one Serena Williams in Singapore on Saturday.

  • Tennis-Wozniacki targets New York marathon after tennis loss

    Rather than take an immediate break after losing to Serena Williams at the WTA Finals on Saturday, Wozniacki is already looking ahead to another sporting challenge -- her first marathon. The Dane has been pounding the streets for months to prepare herself for the ultimate test of endurance, which…

  • No regrets for Sharapova after meltdown ends her season

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's final match of the year was a bittersweet moment for the Russian ace. She beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2 in an enthralling match at the WTA Finals that encapsulated the best and worst of her game. Her worst came in the…

  • Tennis-WTA considers new women's team event

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Oct 25 (Reuters) - The WTA, the governing body for women's tennis, is considering a plan to set up its own team event. Women already compete in the Fed Cup, which is run by the ITF (International Tennis Federation) but the WTA is looking at starting up its own…

  • Tennis-Halep thumps Radwanska to set up rematch with Williams

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Simona Halep crushed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2 on Saturday to join Serena Williams in the championship decider at the WTA Finals. The pint-sized Romanian rebounded from her loss to Ana Ivanovic in the last group match on Friday to dominate Radwanska…

  • Ferrer gets 600th win to reach Valencia semis

    Top-seeded David Ferrer earned his 600th career win by beating Thomaz Bellucci 6-1, 6-2 Friday to set up a semifinal against Andy Murray at the Valencia Open. Ferrer, a three-time champion in Valencia, became the fourth active player to reach the milestone, joining Roger Federer (986 wins), Rafael…

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  • Nadal calls time on 2014, faces November 3 surgery

    Rafael Nadal suffered a 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) loss in the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors to teenager Borna Coric on Friday and then shut down his season to undergo appendix surgery. Given the circumstances the 28-year-old Spaniard said there was no logic in him competing at either next week's Paris…

  • Williams reaps benefits as her rivals slip up

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - With a little help from her rivals, Serena Williams secured a place in the last four of the WTA Finals on Friday and clinched the year-end number one ranking for the fourth time in her illustrious career. The American was not involved in Friday's final group…

  • Williams and Halep advance to final

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals. The world…

  • Tennis-Nadal rules himself out of ATP World Tour Finals

    LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Former world number one Rafa Nadal will miss the ATP World Tour Finals next month after opting to have surgery to remove his appendix. The Spanish 14-times grand slam champion told reporters after losing to Croatian teenager Borna Coric at the Swiss Indoors in Basel on…

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  • 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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