• Tennis - Sharapova shocked by Gavrilova in Miami

    - World number two Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Miami Open hardcourt tennis tournament on Thursday, ambushed by 97th-ranked Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. The upset, biggest so far at the combined WTA and ATP Masters event, took one hour, 49 minutes and marked the worst defeat five-time…

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  • Renee Richards still amazed she broke transgender taboo

    By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than three decades after putting down her tennis racquet, Renee Richards is still astonished she had the moxie to join the women's professional tour after living the first 34 years of her life as a man. For all the frenzy around Olympian Bruce Jenner's…

    Reuters
  • McIlroy split was like someone dying, says Wozniacki

    Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki says she felt like someone close to her had died after the split from golfer Rory McIlroy last year. "In my head I had everything until that moment," said Wozniacki.

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  • Criticism of my candy business is unfair: Sharapova

    Tennis star Maria Sharapova has defended her own-brand candies "Sugarpova" and does not think criticism is "fair".

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  • Tennis-Miami women's singles round 2 results

    March 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday 23-Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Pauline Parmentier (France) 6-1 3-6 6-0 16-Venus Williams (U.S.) beat Urszula Radwanska (Poland) 6-3 6-2 26-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia)…

    Reuters
  • Tennis-Sharapova suffers shock loss at Miami

    * Sharapova bundled out in second round by compatriot * Venus continues march after month off * Wozniacki hammers Brengle (Adds quotes) By Simon Evans MIAMI, March 26 (Reuters) - Second seed Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4) 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova in the second…

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  • Serena hopes to manage pain while 'going for it' in Miami

    Serena Williams practiced on Wednesday for the first time since a knee injury forced her to withdraw before her BNP Paribas Open semi-final last week but has not lowered her expectations for the Miami Open. Williams, who as the top seed in Miami earned a first-round bye, is scheduled to play…

    Reuters
  • Sharapova loses opening match at Miami Open to Gavrilova

    Maria Sharapova is 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals. Seeded No. 2, Sharapova was upset in her opening match Thursday night by wild-card Daria Gavrilova, 7-6 (4), 6-3. The 21-year-old Gavrilova, who was born in Moscow and is based in Australia, earned her first victory over a top-10 player with a poised,…

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  • WTA leader sees more growth via TV, fan input

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - With gender equality achieved and a host of new sponsors brought in, WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster has set her sights on further growth of the tour via a landmark television deal and by enhancing the fan experience. Allaster, who took over as the tour's…

    Reuters
  • Tennis-Del Potro refuses to be downhearted after comeback loss

    Del Potro, the former world number four and U.S. Open winner in 2009, has fallen to 616th in the world rankings after a wrist injury wrecked his 2014 season. Pospisil won 6-4 7-6(7) although Del Potro had his chances in the second when he was broken when serving at 5-4 up and then double faulted on…

    Reuters
  • Tennis-Miami men's singles round 1 results

    March 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Thursday Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) 6-4 6-1 Vasek Pospisil (Canada) beat Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) 6-4 7-6(7) Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin…

    Reuters
  • Tennis-Azarenka through at Miami to face Jankovic

    Two-times Miami Open winner Victoria Azarenka defeated Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1 6-3 on Wednesday to set up a second round meeting with Serbia's Jelena Jankovic. Former world number one Azarenka made her name with victory in Miami in 2009 and followed that up with another triumph in 2011…

    Reuters
  • Tennis-Chung gets maiden ATP Tour-level win, Sock advances in Miami

    MIAMI, March 25 (Reuters) - South Korean teenager Chung Hyeon won his first ATP Tour-level match at the Miami Open with a stunning 6-0 4-6 6-4 upset of 50th ranked Spaniard Marcel Granollers on Wednesday. The 18-year-old Suwon native needed two hours and 13 minutes to secure a victory that will…

    Reuters
  • Congressman asks pro sports leagues about their tax-exempt status

    Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has sent a letter to the NFL and nine other professional sports organizations seeking information about their tax-exempt status, his office said on Thursday. Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, recently introduced legislation to eliminate…

    Reuters
  • Tennis-Miami women's singles round 1 results

    March 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Miami Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Wednesday Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) 6-1 6-3 Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) beat Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 7-5 2-6 6-0 Julia Goerges (Germany) beat Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) 6-1…

    Reuters
  • Hard for Halep to think of top spot while Serena rules

    By Simon Evans MIAMI (Reuters) - World number three Simona Halep says it is hard to imagine reaching the top of the world rankings as long as Serena Williams is playing the game but believes she has what it takes to win a grand slam. The Romanian arrives in Florida for this week's Miami Open off…

    Reuters
  • Tennis - Serena set to fight through knee pain at Miami

    - World number one Serena Williams is prepared to fight through pain to get onto the court and begin defending her title at the ATP and WTA Miami Open. The 19-time Grand Slam singles champion, forced out before her Indian Wells semi-final last week against eventual champion Simona Halep, said that…

    AFP
  • Serena Williams hoping to play at Miami Open

    Less than one week after Serena Williams withdrew from her Indian Wells semifinal with a knee injury, the two-time Miami Open defending champion said on Wednesday she's hoping to be fit to play on Friday night. One reason Williams is so intent on playing at Miami is she considers it her home…

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