• Djokovic beats Nadal in Thai exhibition match

    World number one Novak Djokovic comfortably beat his out-of-form rival Rafael Nadal on Friday at an exhibition match in the Thai capital designed to boost tourism in the junta-ruled nation. The Serb, 28, cruised through the best-of-three-set contest at Hua Mark Indoor Stadium in eastern Bangkok,…

  • Veteran Venus on an upswing after Wuhan win

    After more than two decades on the professional tennis circuit, Venus Williams is on an upswing and shows little sign of slowing, turning in one of her strongest seasons in years. The American veteran took the crown at the Wuhan Open Saturday -- her biggest win since 2010 and her 47th career title…

  • Lopez beats Kyrgios in Malaysian Open semifinals

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Second-seeded Feliciano Lopez fired in 12 aces to edge past Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) in the semifinals of the Malaysian Open on Saturday and set up an all-Spanish final against top seed David Ferrer.

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  • Tennis-Japan's Nao Hibino wins Tashkent Open

    Emerging Japanese star Nao Hibino captured her first WTA career title on Saturday when she won the Tashkent Open. Ranked 119th in the world and playing in the main draw of a WTA event for just the second time, the 20-year-old Hibino beat Croatian teenager Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-2 in Saturday's final.…

  • Tennis - Long season takes its toll on WTA Asia swing

    - After the final Grand Slam of the year in Flushing Meadows, there is a migration to Asia as part of the Women's Tennis Association's Asian swing, but the tight end of season schedule may be a bridge too far for some players. Maria Sharapova retired from Wuhan and withdrew from the China Open with…

  • Berdych marches into Shenzhen Open semifinals

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Top-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic defeated countryman Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of Shenzhen Open on Friday.

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  • Venus Williams wins Wuhan Open, Muguruza retires in 2nd set

    Venus Williams won the Wuhan Open on Saturday when her Spanish opponent and fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0. It was the unseeded Williams' 47th WTA singles title. Muguruza said she was ''very sorry'' at having to retire.

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  • Venus wins 47th career title on Muguruza retirement

    Venus Williams won her biggest title in five years at the Wuhan Open on Saturday after Garbine Muguruza retired, making her the fifth player to pull out mid-match in the late-season tournament. Williams took the first set and was three games up in the second when the Spaniard stopped play at 53…

  • Djokovic and Nadal mix tennis with politics on Thailand trip

    BANGKOK (AP) — Two of the world's top tennis players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, came to Bangkok to earn a few million dollars for an exhibition match. But there were a few strings attached.

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  • Venus Williams downs Vinci in China to avenge heartbroken Serena

    Venus Williams beat Roberta Vinci in a closely fought three set match Friday, settling a score on behalf of her sister Serena, to reach the Wuhan Open finals. Williams looked comfortable going into the third set, securing a 4-1 lead over Vinci. It was Vinci's second consecutive semi-final meet…

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  • Ivanovic beats Dellacqua to reach 2nd round at China Open

    BEIJING (AP) — Sixth-seeded Ana Ivanovic beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia 6-4, 6-0 Saturday to advance to the second round of the China Open.

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  • Tennis-Muguruza to meet Venus in Wuhan final

    * Venus survives Vinci test * Muguruza suffers ankle injury but advances (Adds late game and quotes) Oct 2 (Reuters) - Former world number one Venus Williams salvaged a small bit of family pride when she fought back from a set down to see off Italy's Roberto Vinci 5-7 6-2 7-6(4)and reach the final…

  • Venus Williams wins Wuhan Open title

    (Reuters) - Venus Williams captured her 47th WTA career title on Saturday, and her biggest in five years, when she won the Wuhan Open in China, beating Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza. The 35-year-old American was leading Muguruza 6-3 3-0 when the Spaniard, struggling with injury, retired,…

  • Newcomer Hibino beats Vekic to win Tashkent Open

    Nao Hibino of Japan cruised past Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-2 Saturday to win the Tashkent Open final. Hibino's speed on court caused problems for Vekic, who also appeared increasingly frustrated by the noisy crowd which frequently held up play in the capital of Uzbekistan. The 21-year-old…

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  • Kyrgios beats Karlovic in Malaysian Open quarterfinals

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Nick Kyrgios won the key points in both tiebreakers to beat third-seeded Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) Friday in the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open.

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  • Nadal, Djokovic meet Thai PM, visit deadly bomb site

    Tennis titans Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday and visited the site of a deadly Bangkok bomb blast last month. World number one Djokovic and Nadal, a 14-times grand slam champion, are in Thailand for a sold-out exhibition match aimed at…