Tennis

  • Li Na receives teary goodbye at China Open

    BEIJING (AP) — It was a fitting goodbye for China's biggest tennis star, complete with hugs from her former competitors, cheers from Chinese fans, and a bouquet of flowers from Rafael Nadal.

    Associated Press
  • Serena avoids bagel, then cruises at China Open

    BEIJING (AP) -- Serena Williams narrowly avoided a bagel against Spanish qualifier Silvia Soler-Espinosa, then won 13 of the next 15 games to pull out a 7-5, 6-2 victory Monday in the first round of the China Open.

    The Associated Press
  • Top seed Wawrinka rolled by Japanese outsider in Tokyo

    Tokyo (AFP) - Tatsuma Ito followed the winning example of compatriot Kei Nishikori as the number 103-ranked local dumped top seed Stan Wawrinka out 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the Japan Open on Tuesday.

    AFP
  • Serena leads march of China Open top seeds

    BEIJING (Reuters) - WTA Finals qualifiers Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep confirmed their class with straight-sets victories at the China Open on Tuesday as two contenders to join them in the season-ending tournament suffered surprise defeats. World number one and defending…

    Reuters
  • Serena and Cilic advance in China, Nadal loses on return

    BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. Open champions Marin Cilic and Serena Williams kicked off their China Open campaigns with straight sets victories against battling underdogs on Monday, but Rafa Nadal suffered defeat in a rare doubles outing on his return from injury. Williams, who won her 18th grand slam…

    Reuters
  • Nadal dominates in return at China Open

    BEIJING (AP) — Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 at the China Open on Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Inspired Nishikori ready for London ATP final

    Kei Nishikori will take his growing confidence on court into the concluding weeks of the ATP season, with hopes of becoming the first Asian man to qualify for the eight-man final in November.

    AFP
  • Tennis-China Open women's singles round 1 results

    Sept 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the China Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday Alize Cornet (France) beat 10-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 7-5 3-6 6-4 Peng Shuai (China) beat Zhang Kailin (China) 6-4 6-1 14-Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat Christina Mchale (U.S.) 7-6(3) 6-4 1-Serena…

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  • Tennis - Nadal returns in style

    - Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the $5.4 million China Open.

    AFP
  • Tennis-Ferrer folds to Granollers in Japan

    TOKYO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - World number five David Ferrer's poor start to the ATP's Asian swing continued on Monday when he was dumped out of the Japan Open in the first round by fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers. Granollers, ranked 44th, fought back for a 4-6 6-4 6-4 win on the Tokyo hard courts…

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  • Li named ambassador for WTA Finals in Singapore

    By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Recently retired Chinese tennis trailblazer Li Na, Asia's only grand slam singles winner, has been appointed as an ambassador for next month's season ending WTA Tour Finals in Singapore. The 32-year-old was in position to qualify for the lucrative Oct.…

    Reuters
  • Top seed Wawrinka humbled by local wildcard in Japan

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Local wildcard Tatsuma Ito claimed the biggest win of his career when he ousted top seed and world number four Stan Wawrinka 7-5 6-2 in the first round of the Japan Open on Tuesday. The world number 103 sealed the stunning victory on his second match point, blasting a backhand…

    Reuters
  • Ito upsets top seed Wawrinka at Japan Open

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese wild card Tatsuma Ito upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the Japan Open on Tuesday.

    Associated Press
  • Tennis-Japan Open men's singles round 1 results

    Sept 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Japan Open Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) beat Taro Daniel (Japan) 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 7-5 Jack Sock (U.S.) beat 8-Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 6-4 6-1 Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) 6-4…

    Reuters
  • Tennis-Nadal, Djokovic and Murray enjoy Beijing wins

    (Adds Murray win, Nadal quote) * Djokovic improves Beijing record to 20-0 * Nadal returns from three-month absence with emphatic win * Murray overcomes loss of opening set to down Janowicz BEIJING, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal enjoyed an emphatic return to singles action as he powered past…

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  • Marcel Granollers beats David Ferrer at Japan Open

    TOKYO (AP) -- Marcel Granollers of Spain rallied from a set down to beat second-seeded David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Monday and advance to the second round of the Japan Open.

    The Associated Press
  • Williams fights back in China, Cilic also through

    US Open Champions Serena Williams and Marin Cilic powered through their openers at the $5.4 million China Open Monday, with the women's number one crushing her opponent after being 5-0 down.

    AFP