• Tennis - Uncle Toni opens door to 'super-coach' for Nadal

    - Rafael Nadal's lifelong mentor, his uncle Toni, has opened the door to hiring a 'super-coach' if the 14-time Grand Slam-winner fails to recapture his spark next season. Toni Nadal said the 29-year-old should consider following Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and others by bringing in a superstar…

  • 'Li Na factor' not enough for China

    Li Na's Grand Slam wins did miraculous things for tennis in China but a cultural shift away from central planning towards individual development is needed if the country is to emerge as a powerhouse, experts say. Tangible evidence of tennis's growth in China comes in the form of the Wuhan Open's…

  • Pennetta struggles in 1st match since US Open victory

    U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta struggled in her first match since winning her maiden Grand Slam, needing nearly 2 1/2 hours to beat Chinese wild card Han Xinyun 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of the China Open on Sunday. Top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania retired from her match against…

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  • Berdych and Garcia-Lopez to meet in Shenzhen Open final

    (Reuters) - Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the final of the Shenzhen Open on Monday after both men won their rain-delayed semi-finals. The two semis were originally scheduled to be played on Saturday but were postponed because of a typhoon.…

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

    Oct 4 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the China Open Women's Singles Round 1 matches on Sunday Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 6-1 1-6 6-3 8-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia) 6-2 6-4 Bethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.) beat Alize Cornet (France)…

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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…

  • Tennis - Halep injury plunges WTA Finals spot into doubt

    - World number two Simona Halep lasted less than a set before retiring injured at the China Open on Sunday, plunging her appearance at the year-ending WTA Finals into doubt.Halep and Petra Kvitova, who was playing on painkillers and suffering the ongoing effects of glandular fever, both crashed out…

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

    WUHAN, China (AP) — 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.

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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…

  • Ferrer beats Lopez to win Malaysian Open

    David Ferrer beat his fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-5 7-5 in the final of the Malaysian Open on Sunday to capture the 25th title of his career and his fourth this year. Appearing in his 50th ATP career final, the 33-year-old Ferrer won the hard-fought match against his good friend and Davis Cup…

  • 'Humble' Ivanovic coy on WTA Finals hopes

    Ana Ivanovic didn't dare to discuss her chances of reaching the end-of-season WTA Finals on Saturday despite making a rip-roaring start to the China Open. After a slow opening, the former world number one reeled off 10 games in a row to beat a shell-shocked Casey Dellacqua 6-4, 6-0 and set up a…

  • Tennis - My best year yet, says 'more complete' Djokovic

    - Novak Djokovic has no regrets about missing a calendar-year Grand Slam in what he described as his best season yet -- even better than his sublime 2011. Defeatfeat to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final gave him the hunger to win Wimbledon and the US Open, and a newfound maturity helped him…

  • Long season takes its toll on women's tennis players

    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. The line-up for the last tournaments of the year has been hit by…

  • Berdych, Garcia-Lopez qualify for Shenzhen Open final

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) -- Tomas Berdych and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez won their semifinals after multiple rain delays at the Shenzhen Open and will meet in a Monday final.

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  • Ferrer wins 25th title at Malaysian Open

    Top seed David Ferrer clinched his 25th title Sunday after beating fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 7-5 to win the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. The match was tightly contested but Ferrer's determination and deep forehands ultimately proved too much for Lopez. Ferrer netted victories in…