• Halep ignores death threat to reach Stuttgart semis

    Romania's Simona Halep shrugged off death threats from a stalker to take her place in the semi-finals at the WTA tournament in Stuttgart by beating Italy's Sara Errani on Friday. The 23-year-old Halep, ranked third in the world, had received a death threat via Twitter on Thursday from a Danish fan.…

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  • Navratilova ends coaching role with Radwanska

    (Reuters) - Eighteen-times grand slam singles champion Martina Navratilova has quit as a part-time consultant to world number nine Agnieszka Radwanska after just five months in the role. The Pole hired Navratilova in December with the aim of reaching the latter stages of more big tournaments but…

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  • Struggling Nadal bemoans 'awful', 'negative' exit

    Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal described his performance as "awful" as he crashed out of the Barcelona Open 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) to Italian Fabio Fognini on Thursday. Despite losing to world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters last week, Nadal came to…

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  • Kerber beats another seed to march into Stuttgart semis

    Germany's Angelique Kerber beat sixth seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-2 in the Stuttgart Grand Prix quarter-finals on Friday to record her second upset win in two days. The world number 14, who ousted title holder Maria Sharapova on Thursday, will next meet unseeded American Madison Brengle. Russian…

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  • Tennis - Tennis chief denies Crimea comments

    - International tennis chief Francesco Ricci Bitti has flatly denied saying he saw no problems with Crimean players turning out for Russia. The ITF president caused a stir in the tennis community when reportedly telling ITAR-TASS news agency on Wednesday that "Crimea is a part of Russia. Crimean…

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  • Champion Sharapova, Kvitova dumped out in Stuttgart

    Three-time defending Stuttgart champion Maria Sharapova lost her opening claycourt match of the season Thursday, going down 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 to Germany's Angelique Kerber in the German city. The defeat was Sharapova's first at the venue after sweeping to the title in 2012, 2013 and 2014 on the back of…

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  • Spaniard Ferrer puts good form down to renewed confidence

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain's David Ferrer has put his strong start to the season down to having rediscovered his confidence. Ferrer, ranked eighth in the world, has won in Doha, Rio and Acapulco this year and is in the Barcelona Open semi-finals. He next faces compatriot Pablo…

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  • 7th-seeded Vesely reaches semifinals of Nastase Tiriac

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Seventh-seed Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic reached his third ATP tour semifinal of the season by overcoming third-seeded Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-4 on Friday at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy.

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  • Halep, Wozniacki to meet in Porsche Grand Prix semifinals

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Simona Halep of Romania and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will meet in the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix after winning their respective quarterfinals on Friday.

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  • Tennis-Bucharest International men's singles round 2 results

    April 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Bucharest International Men's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday 1-Gilles Simon (France) beat Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) 7-5 6-4 Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) beat Nikola Mektic (Croatia) 7-5 6-2 2-Gael Monfils (France) beat Mikhail Youzhny (Russia)…

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  • Tennis-Barcelona Open men's singles round 3 results

    April 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Barcelona Open Men's Singles Round 3 matches on Thursday 9-Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 6-2 6-2 12-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat Benoit Paire (France) 6-4 7-6(6) 13-Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat 2-Rafa Nadal (Spain) 6-4…

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  • Tennis-Stuttgart Grand Prix women's singles round 2 results

    April 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Stuttgart Grand Prix Women's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday 8-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 6-4 7-6(1) Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat 1-Maria Sharapova (Russia) 2-6 7-5 6-1 4-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat…

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  • Tennis - Nishikori storms into Barcelona quarters

    - Defending champion Kei Nishikori thrashed Colombian 15th seed Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-1 to move into the quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open. The Japanese top seed is making his first appearance of the season on clay in the Catalan capital, but showed no signs of rustiness early on as he romped…

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  • Nadal felled by Fognini in Barcelona third round

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal's bid to get back to top form before the French Open suffered a setback when he crashed to a 6-4 7-6(6) defeat to 13th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the third round of the Barcelona Open on Thursday. Nadal, the world number four and second seed,…

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  • Nishikori, Ferrer advance to Barcelona Open semifinals

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Defending champion Kei Nishikori made his way into the Barcelona Open semifinals by holding off Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 on Friday.

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  • Reuters Sports Schedule at 1400 GMT on Thursday, April 23

    Reuters sports schedule at 1400 GMT on Thursday: - - - - SOCCER Premier League Wenger not worried by poor record against Mourinho LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to put an end to his winless run against Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho when the Premier League leaders visit the Emirates…

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  • Tennis - Struggling Nadal bemoans 'awful', 'negative' exit

    - Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal described his performance as "awful" as he crashed out of the Barcelona Open 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) to Italian Fabio Fognini on Thursday. Despite losing to world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters last week, Nadal came to…

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  • Tennis - Kvitova ousted by unseeded American in Stuttgart

    - World number four Petra Kvitova suffered a shock defeat in the WTA Stuttgart tournament, beaten in straight sets by unseeded American Madison Brengle. Brengle, 25, ran out a 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) winner as Kvitova failed to make it past the second round in her first tournament since February. Brengle…

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  • Tennis-Nadal dumped out by Fognini in Barcelona third round

    BARCELONA, April 23 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal's bid to get back to top form before the French Open suffered a setback when he crashed to a 6-4 7-6 (6) defeat to 13th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the third round of the Barcelona Open on Thursday. Nadal, the world number four and second seed,…

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