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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Tennis

Veteran Leander Paes wants to retire on top

Leander Paes has said he wants to retire from tennis on a career high by aiming for gold in Rio in 2016, 20 years after winning his first Olympic medal.

Top seed Stosur crashes out in first round of Guangzhou WTA

Four of the top five seeds including number one pick Samantha Stosur crashed out of the $500,000 WTA Guangzhou Open in the first round, as the former US Open champion's poor run of form continued.

Yuki falls tamely, India lose to Serbia in Davis Cup playoff

Filip Krajinovic denied India a place in the Davis Cup World Group by defeating Yuki Bhambri in the decisive reverse singles on Monday to clinch the playoff 3-2 for Serbia.

Marin Cilic leads Croatia to Davis Cup playoff win, Spain out

Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil.

Davis Cup: Federer win sets up Switzerland vs France final

Roger Federer reached the first Davis Cup final of his career with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) win over Fabio Fognini in the first of the semi-final's reverse singles. France will host Switzerland in the Davis Cup final.

Somdev floats, India come alive

From a team that was staring down the barrel after a 2-0 drubbing on Day 1, the Indian challenge was pushed to a high after Somdev Devvarman pulled off a courageous 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win against Dusan Lajovic.

Again, it is that man Leander Paes for India

Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes came back from two sets down to beat Ilija Bozoljac and Nenand Zimonjic in the doubles match and narrowed Serbia's lead to 2-1 in the Davis Cup play-off in Bangalore.

Sania Mirza does a U-turn, decides to play in Asian Games

In a significant development, Sania Mirza has agreed to play in the upcoming Asian Games, two days after AITA announced that they would allow top players to miss the Incheon event.

India lacking arsenal for miracle in Bangalore

India's challenge on the opening day of the Davis Cup World Group qualifying tie on Friday seemed to lack the all-crucial self-belief which may have made the miracle of downing a tennis giant like Serbia possible.

Davis Cup: Serbia take 2-0 lead against hosts India

Even a second-string Serbia proved mighty opponents as Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman suffered crushing singles defeats to leave India trailing 2-0 on the opening day of the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie in Bangalore on Friday.

Battle-hardened hosts, India are no pushovers

The rankings say that Yuki Bhambri has a mountain to climb. He opens India’s campaign against Serbian Dusan Lajovic, who sits high at 61 on the list while our man is at 153. Now, on the face of it, it may be possible to dismiss India’s chances in the opener.

Davis Cup: Federer says Switzerland ready to make history

Roger Federer will lead Switzerland in their Davis Cup semi-final against Italy on Friday. Switzerland have never won the Davis Cup, one of the few honours missing from 33-year-old's trophy cabinet.

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.

Nishikori loses US Open, wins $940,000 bonus

Japanese tennis sensation Kei Nishikori may have lost the US Open final, but he has won a $940,000 special bonus from a sponsor delighted about seeing its brand splashed across screens worldwide.

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