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Venus beats Ivanovic in Dubai 2nd round

Venus Williams of the U.S. returns the ball to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during the third day of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. AP

Venus Williams pummeled Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1 in a second-round match between former world No. 1s at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.

Posted: February 20th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Li Na wins 1st match after Australian Open triumph

Li Na of China returns the ball to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the third day of the WTA Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Qatar,Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. AP

Top-seeded Li Na, playing her first match since winning the Australian Open last month, beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the second round at the Qatar Open on Wednesday.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Sharapova and Pavlyuchenkova reach Open GDF semis

Maria Sharapova. AP File Photo

Top-seeded Maria Sharapova thrashed eighth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-2, 6-2 on Friday to set up an all-Russian semifinal against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Open Gaz de France.

Posted: February 1st, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Huey, Inglot drop Australian Open Final 4 bid

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TREAT Huey. AFP

Treat Huey of the Philippines and Dominic Inglot of Great Britain faded in the crucial point of the match and dropped a 6-7 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, decision Tuesday to unseeded American Eric Butorac and South African Raven Klaasen in the Australian Open men’s doubles quarterfinals.

Posted: January 22nd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Huey, British pal barge into Australian Open quarterfinals

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TREAT Huey. AFP

Filipino Davis Cupper Treat Huey and British partner Dominic Inglot stunned seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam Qureshi of Pakistan, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), on Sunday and reached their second successive Grand Slam quarterfinal round.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

Record number of pull-outs as Australian Open swelters

Frank Dancevic of Canada applies an ice pack to his head after collapsing during his first round match against Benoit Paire of France as temperatures topped at 43 C (108 F) at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. AP

The heat-baked Australian Open has been hit by a record number of pull-outs, organizers said Wednesday, as temperatures hovered around 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for a second straight day.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Li handles the Melbourne heat, reaches 3rd round

Li Na of China makes a forehand return to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. AP

Coming from one of China’s three “Stove Cities” had its benefits for Li Na on another scorching day at the Australian Open, where she completed back-to-back wins over the two youngest players in the draw to reach the third round.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal, Murray, Federer all in the same half

Serbia's Novak Djokovic jokes with the crowd as he takes his shirt off during his match against Juan Monaco of Argentina at the Kooyong Classic ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. AP

As three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic held the Australian Open trophy in a photo shoot before Friday’s draw, he joked that having his fingerprints on it may in some way help him win the title for a fourth consecutive year.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Tennis: Murray hopes to follow Nadal’s recovery

Rafael Nadal. AP FILE PHOTO

Record-breakers Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray could begin the new year by forging another link in the chain of coincidences which have marked their careers.

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Nadal clinches year-end No. 1 at ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning the ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the O2 Arena in London Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

This time last year, as the world’s best tennis players faced each other in London at the season-ending finale, Rafael Nadal couldn’t even practice.

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

Nadal, Federer move closer to US Open showdown

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after defeating Ivan Dodig, of Croatia, during the third round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer cruised into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday, taking a crucial step toward a possible first-ever Grand Slam matchup on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts.

Posted: September 1st, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Murray comes from 2 sets down, into Wimbledon semis

Andy Murray of Britain reacts after defeating Fernando Verdasco of Spain in their Men's singles quarterfinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. AP/Jonathan Brady

When Andy Murray dropped the first two sets of his Wimbledon quarterfinal Wednesday, the 15,000 Centre Court spectators were reduced to a silence so complete that birds could be heard chirping.

Posted: July 4th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Djokovic beats Chardy to reach Wimbledon 4th round

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Even by his own lofty standards, Novak Djokovic put in a Wimbledon performance that was close to perfect.

The top-ranked Serb played near-flawless tennis to reach the fourth round of the grass-court Grand Slam on Saturday, going close to a full match without making an unforced error in dispatching Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Posted: June 30th, 2013 in Latest Sports Stories,Other Sports | Read More »

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