• 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

  • Wozniacki, Ivanovic reach Pan Pacific final

    Ana Ivanovic of Serbia ousted top seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets Saturday to reach the final of the $1 million Pan Pacific Open against US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki. Third seed Ivanovic charged back from 3-5 down in the first set to beat the 26-year-old German favourite 7-5, 6-3 in…

  • 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.

  • '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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    The standout career of Li Na (20 photos)

    Li Na, the 32-year-old two-time Grand Slam champion, announced late Thursday that she was retiring due to chronic knee issues. Here's a look at her illustrious career. Li Na of China (L) receives advice from her husband and coach Jiang Shan (R) during

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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 after

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  • Lepchenko upsets Radwanska at Korea Open

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Fifth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States upset defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2 in the Korea Open quarterfinals on Friday. Lepchenko converted three of four break points in the third set to

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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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  • 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

  • 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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  • Wozniacki, Ivanovic make final at Pan Pacific Open

    Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open. Open finalist lost the first two games of the third set but took advantage of an increasingly erratic Muguruza and won when her opponent sent a forehand…

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  • Moya gives up Spain captaincy after Davis Cup exit

    Former world number one Carlos Moya said Thursday he will not renew his captaincy of Spain's Davis Cup team next year after the five-time champions lost their World Group elite status. "I do not know what the tennis federation has planned, but my head is telling me not to continue," Moya was quoted…

  • 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…

  • Li Na career statistics

    BEIJING (AP) — LI NA:Current Ranking: 6Highest Ranking: 2 (Feb. 2014)Age: 32Country: China2014 WTA Singles Titles: 2Career WTA Singles Titles: 9Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — French Open 2011, Australian Open 2014.Career Win-Loss Record: 503-188.Career

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  • Letter from Li Na announcing her retirement from tennis

    As a tennis player representing China on the global stage, I’ve trekked around the world playing hundreds of matches on the WTA tour, for China’s Fed Cup team, at the National Games and at several Olympic Games. Representing China on the tennis court was an extraordinary privilege and a true honor.…

  • 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…