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Venus Williams returns to WTA Finals for 1st time since 2009

SINGAPORE (AP) -- Venus Williams returns to the year-end WTA Finals for the first time since 2009 and will face Karolina Pliskova on Sunday.

Goerges ends 6-year title wait with victory at Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW (AP) -- Julia Goerges ended her six-year wait for another WTA singles title by defeating Daria Kasatkina 6-1, 6-2 in the Kremlin Cup final on Saturday.

Dimitrov, Del Potro to clash in Stockholm final

Stockholm (AFP) - Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov beat Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) to make the Stockholm ATP final on Saturday to consolidate his bid to play in a first end-of-season Masters.

Venus at number one? Could happen at WTA Finals

A supremely unpredictable women's tennis season will culminate in fitting style at the elite WTA Finals, where seven out of eight players can win the trophy and also be crowned year-end world number one. Simona Halep, who became 2017's fifth number one earlier this month, leads a field which

Goerges thrashes Kasatkina in Kremlin Cup final

Germany's Julia Goerges clinched a career third WTA title with a straight-sets romp over Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the final of the Kremlin Cup on Saturday. The seventh-seeded German prevailed 6-1, 6-2 in one hour six minutes to chalk up her third victory over the 20-year-old Kasatkina in their

Anne Keothavong's verdict on each of the eight WTA Finals Singapore contenders

Simona Halep World ranking: 1 Age: 26 Nationality: Romania Titles in 2017: 1 Win/loss in 2017: 44-15 Strengths The best mover on the tour. You think the point is over, but suddenly she is there. And her timing is so impeccable that the ball comes back with unexpected force. The backhand is her safety

Finals rookies ready to rock in Singapore

By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - All three debutants at the WTA Finals will be hoping to continue their stellar campaigns for at least another week by making a positive impact at the season-ending elite eight-woman event in Singapore. The trio of newcomers are Ukraine's Elina Svitolina

Top-ranked Halep hoping to keep dream alive at WTA Finals

By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Simona Halep is still coming to terms with her rise to the top of the world rankings at the start of the month but is trying not to let the euphoria of the achievement distract her at the eight-woman WTA Finals which starts on Sunday. Halep became the first

Refreshed Muguruza braced for big hitters in Singapore

By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Garbine Muguruza feels fit and fresh ahead of the WTA Finals with the Spanish world number two keen to bank on her experience of previous visits to Singapore to emerge from a group containing the tour's hardest hitters in the round-robin phase. The Wimbledon

Nick Palladino interview after Round 2 of the Lexus Peru Open

Following his second-round of 7-under 65 at the 2017 Lexus Peru Open, Nick Palladino talks about staying patient and within the moment for his bogey-free performance today.

Wimbledon champ Muguruza earns WTA Player of the Year honors

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is the WTA Player of the Year, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens is the Comeback Player of the Year.

Tennis: Dimitrov through to semis in Stockholm

(Reuters) - Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov moved closer to qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Germany's Mischa Zverev to reach the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open on Friday, setting up a clash with Fabio Fognini. Dimitrov needed six match points to complete the

Tennis: Muguruza is WTA's Player of the Year

Spain's Garbine Muguruza has been named the Women's Tennis Association's (WTA) Player of the Year after reaching number one in the rankings and winning Wimbledon. Muguruza is only the second Spanish woman after Arantxa Sanchez Vicario to reach number one and by claiming the Wimbledon title

Goerges to play Kasatkina in Kremlin Cup final

MOSCOW (AP) -- Julia Goerges will seek to end a six-year wait for a title when she faces Daria Kasatkina of Russia in the Kremlin Cup final.

Russia's Kasatkina, Germany's Goerges reach Kremlin Cup final

Russia's Daria Kasatkina and Julia Goerges of Germany will meet in the final of the Kremlin Cup after defeating their semi-final opponents in Moscow on Friday. Kasatkina, 28th in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings, took charge early in her 6-2 6-3 win against Romania's Irina-Camelia

Venus secures Muguruza rematch at WTA Finals

By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Venus Williams will get an opportunity to avenge her Wimbledon final defeat by Garbine Muguruza at the eight-player WTA Finals after the veteran American was placed in the same round-robin group as the Spaniard at Friday's draw. World number two Muguruza

Tennis: Hopeful Eight seek starring role in Singapore showdown

By John O'Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) - All eight women competing at the WTA Finals will go into the tournament believing they have a genuine chance of finishing the season on a high note when round-robin play starts on Sunday without a clear favorite for the title. Three women in the field have

Top-seeded Carreno Busta knocked out of Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW (AP) -- Top-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta was knocked out of the Kremlin Cup in the second round by Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday.

Tennis: Berdych, Kyrgios cut seasons short due to injuries

Czech Tomas Berdych and Australian Nick Kyrgios are the latest leading players to end their seasons early due to injury problems, they said on Thursday. Twelve-times grand slam champion Novak Djokovic, three-times major winner Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic will not play competitively

Who of the eight WTA finalists in Singapore is Serena Williams' most likely successor? 

It's been one of the most unpredictable years in the history of the WTA Tour, with 2017 providing four different slam winners (two of whom were unseeded), and five separate world No 1s.  The WTA Finals in Singapore brings together the eight best players from the year, and should in theory provide

Mladenovic, Vandeweghe lose opening matches at Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW (AP) -- Kristina Mladenovic and Coco Vandeweghe were among six seeded players to make an exit from the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday.

Sharapova, Puig heading to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief

Maria Sharapova and Monica Puig will head to Puerto Rico next week to help with recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, and Puig, who won Puerto Rico's first Olympic gold medal in any sport at the Rio de Janeiro Games last summer, will go to the island

Johanna Konta splits with coach Wim Fissette and will not play again in 2017 

  Few could have imagined, when Johanna Konta walked out for the Wimbledon semi-final on July 13, that she would end the season by splitting with her coach. Yet that was the latest development on Wednesday in what has been the ultimate Jekyll-and-Hyde season. At that high point of the English midsummer

Konta splits with coach, ends season

British number one Johanna Konta split with coach Wim Fissette on Wednesday and shut down her season in a disappointing finale to a campaign which had seen her reach the Wimbledon semi-finals. The 26-year-old Australian-born world number 10, who won just four matches since Wimbledon due to a combination

Johanna Konta splits from coach, cuts short 2017 season

Johanna Konta has split from her coach and says she will not play in the remaining tennis tournaments this season while she recovers from a foot injury. The British player started working with Wim Fissette ahead of the 2017 season, during which she won the Miami Open and reached the Wimbledon semifinals

Nadal withdraws from Basel with knee problem

(Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the upcoming Basel indoors tournament due to a knee issue, the Spaniard has said. With the ATP Finals coming up next month, Nadal said on his Facebook page he had made the decision to pull out of next week's Basel tournament after getting

Sharapova out, Gavrilova through to second round of Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova was swept away in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Tuesday by Magdalena Rybarikova, while sixth-seeded Daria Gavrilova beat Kristyna Pliskova to make it to the round of 16. Slovakian Rybarikova spoiled Sharapova's first appearance at the Kremlin Cup

Sharapova loses to Rybarikova at Kremlin Cup

Maria Sharapova was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday, ending her bid for a second title in two weeks. Sharapova was under pressure on serve from the start and saved six break points before finally being broken for 6-5. Rybarikova, seeded eighth

Marino returns, 4 years after retiring because of depression

MONTREAL (AP) -- Former top-50 tennis player Rebecca Marino will come out of retirement after more than 4+ years and enter a pair of tournaments.

Nadal to miss Basel in boost to Federer's No.1 bid

Rafael Nadal on Tuesday announced he will miss this month's Swiss Indoors tournament, boosting arch rival Roger Federer's dream of ending the season as world number one. The 16-time Grand Slam winner told his Facebook followers he was skipping the October 21-29 tournament due to a knee injury

Sharapova in shock Kremlin Cup 1st-round exit

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova crashed out in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Tuesday, losing in straight sets to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova. Rybarikova, seeded eighth, overcame the former world number one 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in one hour, 53 minutes to level her head-to-head

Nadal cites knee injury to miss Federer's hometown event

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Swiss Indoors next week, denying fans a possible final against Roger Federer.

Sharapova loses to Rybarikova in Kremlin Cup return

By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova lost 7-6(3) 6-4 to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova at the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday in her first match in Russia since returning from a doping ban this year. Sharapova's first appearance at her home WTA event since 2007 came two days

The Tennis Podcast: How has 'liberated' Roger Federer overturned his rivalry with Rafael Nadal?

With Roger Federer defeating Rafael Nadal in straight sets for the third consecutive time this year to lift the Shanghai Masters title on Sunday, the latest Tennis Podcast analyses how Federer has been able to transform a once poor record against his great rival. How significant is the mental edge that

Cornet beats Makarova in Kremlin Cup first round

MOSCOW (AP) -- Alize Cornet of France beat hometown favorite Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup on Monday to set up a possible second-round meeting with Maria Sharapova.

The Tennis Debate: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's unchallenged dominance shames the chasing pack

Agree with the arguments put forward here? Disagree? Have your say in the comments section below. First of all, a caveat: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the greatest tennis players of all time, and their collective renaissance this year has been nothing short of sensational. Sunday's

Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: The five ages of tennis's greatest rivalry

2017 has so far been the year when tennis went back to the future. For the first time since 2010 Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal picked up the first two slams of the year, and the thrilling Australian Open final between the two evergreen legends was a reminder of why the match-up is viewed by most observers

Federer eyes ATP Finals title, top ranking after Shanghai triumph

(Reuters) - Roger Federer is eyeing a seventh ATP Finals crown and has not ruled out pinching the world number one ranking from Rafa Nadal if he maintains the form that won him his second Shanghai Masters trophy on Sunday. The 19-times grand slam winner claimed his 94th title and sixth this year with

Sharapova eyes strong finish to season after Tianjin title

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova is looking for a strong finish to a season that began with a doping ban and hit a high in China on Sunday when she won her first title in over two years. The former world number one, who returned from the 15-month ban in April, defeated Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka

Pavlyuchenkova overcomes bad weather to win in Hong Kong

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia won her third WTA singles title of the year on Sunday, beating Daria Gavrilova of Australia 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the Hong Kong Open final. ''This morning we were ready to share this trophy and I actually think we both deserve this trophy,'' sixth-seeded

Pavlyuchenkova beats Gavrilova in Hong Kong final

Russian sixth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova claimed her third title of the year by beating seventh-seeded Australian Daria Gavrilova in the final of the Hong Kong Tennis Open on Sunday. Pavlyuchenkova prevailed 5-7 6-3 7-6(3) in a match heavily disrupted by the weather. The final started later than

Sharapova wins her 1st title since doping ban

Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title since returning from a doping ban after defeating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open on Sunday. The former top-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium at the Australian

Tyrrell Hatton puts on impressive Sunday close to win for second straight week at Italian Open

Tyrrell Hatton's slow summer has turned into an impressive fall as he closes with a 65 at the Italian Open to win his second European Tour title

Strycova beats Rybarikova in Linz final for 2nd career title

Barbora Strycova ended a six-year wait for her second WTA singles title on Sunday by defeating Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 at the Ladies Linz. Having won 20 doubles tournaments, the 26th-ranked Czech player improved to 2-6 in career singles finals after winning her maiden title in Quebec

Maria Sharapova Wins First Title Since Drug Ban

Maria Sharapova won the Tianjin Open on Sunday winning her first tournament since her return for a drug ban.Sharapova beat Aryna Sabalenka 7–5, 7–6 (8) as a tournament wild card.It was Sharapova's first tournament title on the WTA tour since claiming the Italian Open in 2015.Sharapova, a five-time

Federer beats Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title

Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. The Swiss 19-time grand slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn't face a break

Federer Beats Nadal to Win Shanghai Masters Title

SHANGHAI (AP) Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.The Swiss 19-time grand slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn't

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Federer beats great rival Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet. It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and a fifth victory in a row against world number one

Federer brushes aside Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

(Reuters) - Roger Federer brushed aside world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival. The Swiss world number two beat Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open and Miami Masters and in the last 16 at Indian

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Maria Sharapova born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. As of February 25, 2013 she is ranked world no. 3.
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