HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014


Davis Cup: At home, India unlikely to turn on the heat against Serbia

Late afternoon starts and choosing to play on hard courts may not work in India's favour in their Davis Cup tie against Serbia in Bangalore.

No Asian Games for Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna

Indian tennis stars Leander Paes, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna will skip the Asian Games to be held in the South Korean city of Incheon from September 19 to October 4 to focus on the professional circuit.

Marin Cilic defeats Kei Nishikori at comeback US Open for 1st Slam title

Croatia's Cilic won his first Grand Slam title by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday at Flushing Meadows, using 17 aces - including four in one game - and the same powerful groundstrokes that helped him eliminate Roger Federer in the semifinals.

After US Open win, Serena targets next Grand Slam

Just three hours after securing the US Open trophy, her 18th Grand Slam title, Serena Williams soaked up the accolades and applause and then admitted that she was already thinking about number 19.

Paes to play; Djokovic uncertain for Davis Cup tie

Leander Paes' participation in next weekend's Davis Cup world group playoff here was confirmed on Sunday, but it was still uncertain whether World No.1 Novak Djokovic will be assisting Serbia.

The great ‘national cause’ baggage

Each time an athlete turns down the call to represent the country, a major hullaballoo breaks out. Accusations are bandied about and the individual is labelled a traitor to the national cause, writes Sukhwant Basra.

Serena Williams to face Caroline Wozniacki in US Open final

Serena Williams and friend Caroline Wozniacki arranged a get-together in the US Open women's final, winning their semi-finals in contrasting fashion at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic, Federer aim for title showdown at US Open

Seven years after their first grand slam final meeting, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stand on the verge of a third showdown at the highest level.

Still proud Indian, says Sania Mirza after US Open win

Sania Mirza captured her third Grand Slam mixed doubles title on Friday, winning the US Open crown with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares and then declared herself 'a proud Indian'.

Sania Mirza dedicates US Open title to Telangana and India

Left teary-eyed after her 'Indianness' was put into question just weeks back, tennis star Sania Mirza dedicated her US Open title to the country and the new state of Telangana, where her appointment as brand ambassador triggered a political furore.

Leander to feature in Davis Cup play-off against Serbia

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has a surprise in store for fans at the World Group play-off tie against Serbia in Bangalore next weekend. India’s most accomplished Davis Cup player Leander Paes will step out for the flag once again even though he was not part of the initial squad announced by the federation.

India tennis stars have points to score

India’s chances in the Asian Games tennis are set to get a severe jolt as it has been learnt that apart from our top singles player Somdev Devvarman, even ace doubles proponents Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza are set to miss the quadrennial event.

Federer comes back from two sets down to reach US Open semis

Roger Federer battled back from two sets down and double match point to defeat 20th seed Gael Monfils 4-6 3-6 6-4 7-5 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.

Sania-Cara knocked out in US Open women's doubles semi-final

It was the end of the road for India's Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black as the third seeded duo lost to Swiss-Italian pair Martina Hingis and Flavia Pennetta in straight sets in the US Open women's doubles semi-finals in New York.

Resurgent Marin Cilic powers into US Open semis

A resurgent Marin Cilic blasted his way by sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 7-6 (4) to become the first Croatian to reach the US Open semi-finals since his coach Goran Ivanisevic in 1996.
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