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HindustanTimes Sat,02 Aug 2014

Tennis

Venus topples birthday girl Azarenka at Stanford WTA event

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams ousted fourth-seeded birthday girl Victoria Azarenka in straight sets Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford.

Nishikori fights into ATP showdown with Gasquet

Japan's Kei Nishikori battled through a second challenging three-set test on Thursday to reach an ATP Washington Open quarter-final against a foe he has never beaten, Frenchman Richard Gasquet.

Washington Open: Raonic ousts Hewitt, giant-killer Johnson next

Wimbledon semi-finalist Milos Raonic reached the quarter-finals of the ATP and WTA Washington Open with a 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/3) victory Thursday over Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Video: Sabine Lisicki fires fastest ever serve at a WTA event

German Sabine Lisicki fired the fastest serve ever recorded at a WTA event on Tuesday, unleashing a 210.8 kph (131 mph) bomb in her first round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Stanford Classic.

Wimbledon semi-finalist Dimitrov pulls out with flu

Ninth-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, coming off a Wimbledon semi-final run, pulled out of next week's ATP Washington Open after doctors diagnosed him on Sunday with the flu and a sinus infection.

Sania breaks down, asks why she has to 'assert Indianness'

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza broke down on Friday during an interview to a TV news channel, saying she did not deserve to have to prove her 'Indianness' repeatedly.

Top seed Cirstea falls, Svitolina advances in Baku

Top-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania took a 6-1, 6-1, 50-minute beating from Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in the Baku Cup second round on Thursday.

Querrey ousted at Atlanta Open, Istomin also departs

Big serving American Sam Querrey was bounced out of the Atlanta Open in the second round on Wednesday by Israel's Dudi Sela 6-2 6-4.

Wimbledon doubles champion Sock advances at Atlanta Open

Rising US talent Jack Sock eased past Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 but Uzbek Denis Istomin put a dent in the large home field in the first round of the Atlanta Open on Tuesday.

Pak's daughter-in-law Sania not fit to represent Telangana: BJP leader

K Laxman, leader of the BJP in Telangana assembly, questioned the choice of Mirza, who is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, saying she was not 'local' enough and that she was the 'daughter-in-law of Pakistan'. 'Region, not religion, to blame

Wozniacki routs Vinci for Istanbul WTA title

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki won her first title of the year and 22nd of her career on Sunday when she defeated second-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 in the Istanbul WTA final.

Tomic downs Karlovic to clinch Bogota title

Australia's Bernard Tomic claimed his second career title and secured a return to the world top 100 Sunday when he beat defending champion Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4) in the Colombia Open final.

Fognini apologises for racist slur agaist Krajinovic

Temperamental Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini has apologised after being heard hurling a racist insult at a Serb rival that later circulated on YouTube.

Serena in 'difficult period', says coach Mouratoglou

Serena Williams, whose Wimbledon campaign ended with her in tears and on the verge of fainting, is enduring a "difficult period" in her life, her French coach said Wednesday.

CTL not launched to counter IPTL: Vijay Amritraj

The Champions Tennis League must not be perceived as competition to the Mahesh Bhupathi-launched IPTL as CTL is the only way to bring international tennis to India due to a crammed calender, says tennis legend Vijay Amritraj.
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