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French Open champ Krejcikova 15th in singles, 1st in doubles

  • French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova's twin titles at Roland Garros earned jumps in the WTA rankings to No. 15 in singles and No. 1 in doubles.
Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova holds the French Open tennis tournament women's cup, left, and women's doubles cup during a photocall.(AP)
Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova holds the French Open tennis tournament women's cup, left, and women's doubles cup during a photocall.(AP)
Published on Jun 14, 2021 10:22 PM IST
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Olympic-bound tennis ace Sania included in TOPS after gap of four years

Sania was selected in the TOPS during the 56th meeting of the Mission Olympic Cell here.
Indian tennis player Sania Mirza: File photo(Getty Images)
Indian tennis player Sania Mirza: File photo(Getty Images)
Published on Apr 07, 2021 05:21 PM IST
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PTI | , New Delhi

The clay too is greener on the other side

For Ankita Raina, who has been a professional tennis player since 2009, it’s odd to have experienced a new surface on the tour after more than a decade.
Ankita Raina in action.(Instagram/Ankita Raina)
Ankita Raina in action.(Instagram/Ankita Raina)
Updated on Nov 13, 2020 08:51 AM IST
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Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta

ATP allows four new events for 2020, WTA adds Czech tournament

Four new tournaments were added to the provisional ATP calendar for the remainder of the 2020 season while the WTA added an event in the Czech Republic in October
File image of tennis balls.(Getty Images)
File image of tennis balls.(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 11, 2020 08:36 AM IST
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London | By Reuters

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal object to Djokovic proposal for player union

Djokovic and Pospisil are seeking support for the formation of what they’re calling the Professional Tennis Players Association; they would be the co-presidents.
Aug 29, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Novak Djokovic (SRB) serves the ball against Milos Raonic (CAN) during the Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 29, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Novak Djokovic (SRB) serves the ball against Milos Raonic (CAN) during the Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 07:34 AM IST
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NEW YORK | By Associated Press

Jennifer Brady claims first WTA title at Top Seed Open as WTA marks US return

In the first set, a defensive effort saw Brady save all four break points faced before going on
Jennifer Brady poses with the championship trophy after defeating Jil Belen Teichmann in the WTA tennis tournament championship match in Nicholasville, Ky., Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/James Crisp)(AP)
Jennifer Brady poses with the championship trophy after defeating Jil Belen Teichmann in the WTA tennis tournament championship match in Nicholasville, Ky., Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/James Crisp)(AP)
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 06:06 AM IST
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Brady defeats Gauff in straight sets to reach first WTA final

“I’ve been working a little bit on all aspects of the serve, mainly the stroke and the timing of the serve, more technique, things like that,” said Brady. “If I’m able to serve well, I’m able to start the point aggressive, start it in my favor.”
Jennifer Brady, left, taps rackets with Coco Gauff after their WTA tennis tournament semifinal match in Nicholasville, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Brady won 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/James Crisp)(AP)
Jennifer Brady, left, taps rackets with Coco Gauff after their WTA tennis tournament semifinal match in Nicholasville, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Brady won 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/James Crisp)(AP)
Updated on Aug 16, 2020 07:28 AM IST
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Hit by losses, tennis players seek different paying field

In May, tennis’ governing bodies—International Tennis Federation (ITF), men’s ATP, women’s WTA and the four Grand Slams—joined hands to raise over $6 million to compensate lower-ranked players struggling due to the ‘no play, no income’ period after the tours were halted in March.
FILE PHOTO: Dark clouds drift over centre court during the finals match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London July 6, 2008.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Dark clouds drift over centre court during the finals match between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London July 6, 2008.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 27, 2020 07:17 AM IST
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Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta

WTA adds events to calendar, announces new rankings system

The WTA Tour, suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last month announced it would resume in Palermo on Aug. 3 and the tournaments in Prague and Lexington are scheduled to begin a week later.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Naomi Osaka of Japan, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, Ashleigh Barty of Australia, Simona Halep of Romania, Bianca Andreescu of Canada, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic pose for a selfie ahead of the 2019 WTA Finals at Lotus Hill Park on October 25, 2019 in Shenzhen, China.(Getty Images)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Naomi Osaka of Japan, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, Ashleigh Barty of Australia, Simona Halep of Romania, Bianca Andreescu of Canada, Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic pose for a selfie ahead of the 2019 WTA Finals at Lotus Hill Park on October 25, 2019 in Shenzhen, China.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 10, 2020 08:59 AM IST
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Tennis establishes virus player fund, raises $6 million

With the tennis season suspended until at least July 13, some “800 ATP/WTA singles and doubles players” are in need of financial support, the statement continued, with eligibility for the fund determined by a player’s ranking and previous prize money earnings.
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Representational image.(File)
Updated on May 06, 2020 08:58 AM IST
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Paris | By Agence France-Presse

WTA chief backs Roger Federer’s ATP merger suggestion

Federer’s statement drew enthusiastic support, with Nadal and trailblazing women’s tennis legend Billie Jean King among those aligning with the Swiss ace.
A file photo of Roger Federer.(AP)
A file photo of Roger Federer.(AP)
Updated on May 05, 2020 11:17 PM IST
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New York | By AFP

Laver Cup postponed until 2021 due to French Open clash

“It’s unfortunate that the Laver Cup has to be pushed back a year, but at this stage it’s the right thing to do for everyone concerned,” Roger Federer, a key backer of the Laver Cup, said in a statement released by organizers.
File photo of Laver Cup.(REUTERS)
File photo of Laver Cup.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 17, 2020 09:34 PM IST
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Paris | By Agence France-Presse

Montreal WTA tournament put off until 2021

The event, scheduled for August 7-16, had been in jeopardy after Quebec Province requested that all sporting and cultural events be cancelled through August 31 as a means of slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
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Representational image.(File)
Updated on Apr 12, 2020 09:58 AM IST
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Montreal | By AFP

French Open date change over Coronavirus pandemic rocks tennis

Organisers said strict confinement measures imposed by the French government to tackle COVID-19 had made it impossible to continue with preparations.
Spectators leave the court during Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Austria's Dominic Thiem semifinal match.(REUTERS)
Spectators leave the court during Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Austria's Dominic Thiem semifinal match.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 18, 2020 10:29 PM IST
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London | By Agence France-Presse

Indian Wells tennis becomes first big US sports casualty of coronavirus

Officials said in a news release on Sunday that they opted to cancel because California health officials had declared a public health emergency for the Coachella Valley -- in the desert east of Los Angeles -- after a confirmed case of COVID-19.
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Representational Image.(Twitter)
Updated on Mar 09, 2020 11:51 AM IST
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Los Angeles | By Agence France-Presse

Mary Pierce on her career, current generation of players, and domination of Big Three in Men’s tennis

Mary Pierce was at the Hindustan Times office for an interaction with the sports team, on her career, the current generation of players and the domination of the Big Three in men’s tennis.
New Delhi, India - Feb. 26, 2020: Former tennis player Mary Pierce during an interview, at Hindustan Times building, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. (Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - Feb. 26, 2020: Former tennis player Mary Pierce during an interview, at Hindustan Times building, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. (Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 27, 2020 01:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents

Coaches welcome WTA trial of allowing coaching from stand

Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou gestured to Williams during her defeat by Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows, leading to a code violation and sparking a heated row between the American great and the chair umpire.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic gestures as she sits with her coach Daniel Vallverdu.(AP)
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic gestures as she sits with her coach Daniel Vallverdu.(AP)
Updated on Jan 27, 2020 07:05 PM IST
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MELBOURNE | By Reuters

‘She smelled expensive’ - Naomi Osaka reveals Beyonce pep talk

The two-time Grand Slam champion, who will be defending her Australian Open title this month, bumped into Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z while still “depressed” after losing in the fourth round at the US Open.
Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)
Naomi Osaka of Japan(AP)
Updated on Jan 06, 2020 08:33 AM IST
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Brisbane | By AFP

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to retire after Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki, who finished 11 straight seasons in the world top 20, is currently ranked 37th after struggling with injuries and poor form in 2019, reaching only one final.
A file photo of Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.(AP)
A file photo of Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.(AP)
Updated on Dec 06, 2019 08:18 PM IST
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Paris | By Agence France-Presse

US Open 2019: Serena mentor on coaching at 2018 final - “I’d do it again”

Beaten finalist Williams was given a warning for a coaching violation after Mouratoglou gestured in the stands during the dramatic decider against Naomi Osaka.
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns to Petra Martic, of Croatia(AP)
Serena Williams, of the United States, returns to Petra Martic, of Croatia(AP)
Published on Sep 02, 2019 09:06 AM IST
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New York | By Reuters

Serena Williams’ US Open plans in disarray as injury hands Bianca Andreescu Toronto crownn

Andreescu, 19, was up 3-1 with a break of serve when 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams found she couldn’t continue.
Canada's Bianca Andreescu, right, consoles Serena Williams, of the United States.(AP)
Canada's Bianca Andreescu, right, consoles Serena Williams, of the United States.(AP)
Updated on Aug 12, 2019 02:17 AM IST
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Toronto | By AFP

Novak Djokovic, Ashleigh Barty on top in latest tennis rankings post Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic collected his fifth Wimbledon title and 16th major Sunday with a thrilling five-set win over Roger Federer, a match that last three minutes short of five hours.
Novak Djokovic holds the winner's trophy during the presentation.(AFP)
Novak Djokovic holds the winner's trophy during the presentation.(AFP)
Updated on Jul 15, 2019 04:27 PM IST
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Paris | By Agence France-Presse

Wimbledon: Karolina Pliskova on the fast lane to success against Monica Puig

Karoiina Pliskova showed why she is considered as one of the front runners for this year’s Wimbledon crown.
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates winning her second round match against Puerto Rico's Monica Puig.(REUTERS)
Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova celebrates winning her second round match against Puerto Rico's Monica Puig.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 03, 2019 09:59 PM IST
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London | By Reuters

Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches career-high ranking, Karolina Pliskova climbs five places ahead of French Open

Stefanos Tsitsipas failed to repeat his Madrid last-four win over Rafael Nadal, as the 17-time Grand Slam champion went on to lift his ninth Rome title.
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his semi final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 20, 2019 11:50 PM IST
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Paris | By Agence France-Presse

Simona Halep to face Kiki Bertens in Madrid Open final

Halep broke the unseeded Bencic in the first game of the first set, the Swiss’s errant backhand flying out, but she broke back to tie at 2-2.
Romania's Simona Halep in action during her semi final match against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic.(REUTERS)
Romania's Simona Halep in action during her semi final match against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 11, 2019 02:10 PM IST
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Madrid | By Reuters

Ashleigh Barty defeats Karolina Pliskova to capture WTA Miami Open title

Ashleigh Barty quit tennis five years ago after finding the mental grind of the tour too much to bear, turning to professional cricket in a bid to find sporting happiness.
Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, celebrates after defeating Carolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic.(AP)
Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, celebrates after defeating Carolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic.(AP)
Updated on Mar 31, 2019 01:23 AM IST
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Miami | By Agence France-Presse

Miami Open: Karolina Pliskova beats Simona Halep, sets up final against Ashleigh Barty

“I think I played great the second set. I think (Halep) could maybe do a little bit better. Maybe she was, of course, frustrated about the first set where it didn’t really go her way. I played some good shots, and it turned after the break. But, yeah, that’s how it is, and I’m happy with my level,” WTA quoted Karolina Pliskova as saying after the match.
File image of Karolina Pliskova.(AFP)
File image of Karolina Pliskova.(AFP)
Published on Mar 29, 2019 05:20 PM IST
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Florida | By ANI

Women’s tennis chief open to transgender players after Martina Navratilova furore

The women’s tennis tour would welcome transgender players, its chief executive told AFP on Friday, after Martina Navratilova caused a furore by branding trans athletes as cheats
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File photo.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 08, 2019 03:50 PM IST
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Hong Kong | By AFP

Victoria Azarenka books Serena Williams showdown at Indian Wells

Azarenka, a former world number one now ranked 48th in the world, said she started a little too passive in dropping the first two games against her fellow Belarussian, but roared back to seal the win with ease.
File image of Victoria Azarenka.(AP)
File image of Victoria Azarenka.(AP)
Updated on Mar 07, 2019 10:31 AM IST
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Indian Wells | By AFP

Kiki Bertens fights back against Donna Vekic to clinch St Petersburg title

The 27-year-old fired eight aces to prevail 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 in one hour 43 minutes to record her first ever win over Vekic in their fourth head-to-head meeting.
Kiki Bertens poses with the trophy after her victory over Croatia's Donna Vekic.(AFP)
Kiki Bertens poses with the trophy after her victory over Croatia's Donna Vekic.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 03, 2019 10:21 PM IST
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St Petersburg | By Agence France-Presse
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