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Tennis Racquet Stringing Machine.(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

WTA Finals, 10 other tennis tournaments in China canceled

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 08:16 AM IST
Rather than try to move or reschedule any of those events, the ATP and WTA tours announced they were scrapping all of them after China’s General Administration of Sport said that country would not host any international sporting events the rest of this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
People wearing face masks are seen at the Sanlitun shopping area, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China July 1, 2020. (Representational photo)(REUTERS)
People wearing face masks are seen at the Sanlitun shopping area, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China July 1, 2020. (Representational photo)(REUTERS)

China cancels all international sports events for the year

Beijing | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON JUL 09, 2020 07:36 PM IST
Shanghai was also due to host two big golf events, the men’s HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championship event two weeks after the LPGA Shanghai.
File image of Angelique Kerber.(File)
File image of Angelique Kerber.(File)

Angelique Kerber backs Ashleigh Barty to handle world No.1 pressures

Brisbane | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2020 09:40 AM IST
The Australian had a breakout year in 2019, winning the French Open along with the prestigious WTA Finals, where she cemented her place atop the year-end rankings.
Canada's Bianca Andreescu(REUTERS)
Canada's Bianca Andreescu(REUTERS)

Ongoing injury forces Andreescu out of Australian Open warm up

Wellington | By AFP
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 11:57 AM IST
The Canadian 19-year-old sensation, who rocketed through the rankings from 152 to number five in the world this year and referred to 2019 as her “Cinderella story”, was billed as the top-seed in Auckland.
Australia's Ash Barty(AP)
Australia's Ash Barty(AP)

Ashleigh Barty produces ‘best ever’ tennis to level France Fed Cup final

Perth | By AFP
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 01:51 PM IST
The world number one, fresh from winning the WTA Finals in China, came on court in Perth under pressure after the nervous Tomljanovic was thrashed 6-1, 6-1.
Ashleigh Barty of Australia poses with her winning trophy.(AP)
Ashleigh Barty of Australia poses with her winning trophy.(AP)

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty wins WTA Finals

Shenzhen | By AFP
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 08:02 PM IST
Barty, who had never beaten Svitolina in five previous attempts, won 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 26 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty reacts during her semi final match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty reacts during her semi final match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)

Ashleigh Barty comeback sets up WTA decider against Elina Svitolina

Shenzhen | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 11:02 PM IST
The French Open champion prevailed 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes in a matchup of the top two ranked players in the world.
Romania's Simona Halep reacts during her group stage match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Romania's Simona Halep reacts during her group stage match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)

Simona Halep defends coach Darren Cahill after courtside dressing down

Shenzhen | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 05:37 PM IST
Halep lost a see-saw battle with the Czech to exit the end-of-season championship after the group phase, while Pliskova will meet Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after scoring a point against Simona Halep.(AP)
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic reacts after scoring a point against Simona Halep.(AP)

WTA Finals: Pliskova, Svitolina through to semi finals

Shenzhen | By AFP
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 09:25 PM IST
The world number two lost six straight games in the second and third sets but eventually prevailed 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes to secure the Purple Group’s second spot.
Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.(AP)
Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.(AP)

WTA Finals: Top ranked Ash Barty books berth in last four

Hong Kong | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2019 08:27 PM IST
Barty needed to win to be sure of progressing having won one and lost one of her opening matches, and she did so in style as she dominated to win in 88 minutes against a tired looking Kvitova.
Kiki Bertens reacts during her match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty.(REUTERS)
Kiki Bertens reacts during her match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty.(REUTERS)

Kiki Bertens stuns world number one Ashleigh Barty in WTA Finals

Shenzhen | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 11:52 PM IST
Kiki Bertens won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and nine minutes in a see-saw match featuring 12 breaks of serve against Ashleigh Barty in WTA Finals.
Simona Halep of Romania gestures after defeating Bianca Andreescu of Canada.(AP)
Simona Halep of Romania gestures after defeating Bianca Andreescu of Canada.(AP)

Simona Halep mounts raging comeback for win over Bianca Andreescu

Shenzhen | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2019 11:38 PM IST
Andreescu, who at 19 is the youngest player in the draw, had a match point in the 12th game of the second set but was unable to convert and fell away after that.
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates winning her match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates winning her match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)

Elina Svitolina eases past Karolina Pliskova in WTA finals

Shenzhen | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2019 08:08 PM IST
The eighth seed started her title defence impressively with a 7-6 (14/12), 6-4 win in one hour and 53 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova.(REUTERS)
Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova.(REUTERS)

Naomi Osaka beats Petra Kvitova in thrilling WTA finals opener

Shenzhen, China | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2019 05:42 PM IST
Opening the $14 million round-robin tournament, the first in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the world No.3 regrouped from several lethargic stretches to win 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 39 minutes.
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus hits a return against Alison Riske of the US.(AFP)
Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus hits a return against Alison Riske of the US.(AFP)

Sabalenka reigns supreme in China again to lift WTA Elite Trophy

Zhuhai | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2019 04:36 PM IST
Sabalenka, who won in Shenzhen and Wuhan earlier this year, was hardly troubled as she dispatched Bertens in 76 minutes without dropping serve and breaking her Dutch opponent three times in the contest.
File photo of Naomi Osaka.(REUTERS)
File photo of Naomi Osaka.(REUTERS)

World No.3 Naomi Osaka says steeled for WTA finals

Shenzhen | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2019 02:54 PM IST
Having learned the lessons from that bitter experience, Osaka said she knew what to expect in the $14 million tournament pitting the eight best ranked players of 2019.
File photo of Ashleigh Barty of Australia.(AP)
File photo of Ashleigh Barty of Australia.(AP)

No favourites in WTA Finals, says Ashleigh Barty

SHENZHEN | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2019 11:00 AM IST
Barty will be meeting Bencic, the number seven seed, for the first time in her career after being drawn in the Red Group also containing Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka of Japan and Ashleigh Barty of Australia with their trophies.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Naomi Osaka of Japan and Ashleigh Barty of Australia with their trophies.(REUTERS)

WTA Finals: Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka drawn in same group

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2019 09:44 PM IST
French Open champion Barty and Australian Open winner Osaka were joined by the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova and Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in the Red Group.
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates her victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.(AP)
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland celebrates her victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.(AP)

Belinda Bencic wins Kremlin Cup after sealing WTA Finals slot

Moscow | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2019 07:56 PM IST
The victory came a day after the 22-year-old clinched the final slot at the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen, a tournament boasting record $14 million prize money.
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in action.(USA TODAY Sports)
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in action.(USA TODAY Sports)

Kremlin Cup finalist Belinda Bencic books last Shenzhen slot

Moscow | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 08:33 PM IST
The 22-year-old Swiss needed to reach the final and outperform Kiki Bertens, who lost to Mladenovic in the quarter-finals, to secure her berth in the singles at Shenzhen.
Simona Halep during a Tennis match(USA TODAY Sports)
Simona Halep during a Tennis match(USA TODAY Sports)

Simona Halep’s China woes continue with Wuhan retirement

Wuhan, China | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 12:08 PM IST
During the changeover after the ninth game Halep took a medical timeout for treatment to her back, but soon after the former world number one retired while serving at 4-5, 30-30
Simona Halep of Romania(USA TODAY Sports)
Simona Halep of Romania(USA TODAY Sports)

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep targets strong finish in Asia

Wuhan (China) | By AFP
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 01:20 PM IST
A solid contender for clinching one of the six remaining spots in the WTA Finals in Shenzhen, sixth-ranked Halep also has a shot at finishing the year as world number one for a third consecutive time with a strong finish to the season in Asia
Karolina Pliskova at the US Open.(AP)
Karolina Pliskova at the US Open.(AP)

World number two Karolina Pliskova qualifies for WTA Finals in Shenzhen

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2019 01:45 PM IST
The big-serving Czech reached the semi-finals of the last two editions of the tournament held in Singapore, losing to eventual winner Caroline Wozniacki in 2017 and runnerup Sloane Stephens last year.
File photo.(AFP)
File photo.(AFP)

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

Hong Kong | By AFP
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 03:50 PM IST
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
Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates her victory against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.(AFP)
Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates her victory against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.(AFP)

Australian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka powers past injured Elina Svitolina into semis

Melbourne | By AFP
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2019 07:34 AM IST
It was the 21-year-old’s second straight Grand Slam semi-final after her triumph at Flushing Meadows
Defending women's singles champion Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki smiles during a press conference at the . (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)
Defending women's singles champion Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki smiles during a press conference at the . (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)(AP)

Australian Open: Excited Wozniacki more careful of her body in title defence

Melbourne | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2019 09:36 AM IST
“I think you just always try to figure out what’s working and what’s not, then you listen to the body, you try a few different things,” Wozniacki told reporters on Sunday.
File image of former world number two tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska(AFP)
File image of former world number two tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska(AFP)

Former world number two Agnieszka Radwanska announces retirement

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 09:43 PM IST
Radwanska reached a career high world singles ranking of number two in 2012 after finishing as runner-up at Wimbledon.
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina kisses her winning trophy after defeating Sloane Stephens of the US at WTA Finals.(AFP)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina kisses her winning trophy after defeating Sloane Stephens of the US at WTA Finals.(AFP)

Elina Svitolina climbs to fourth in latest rankings after WTA Finals triumph

Paris | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2018 05:21 PM IST
Elina Svitolina overcame American Sloane Stephens in three sets in Sunday’s final at the WTA Finals and moves above US Open champion Naomi Osaka.
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates with her winning trophy after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States.(AP)
Ukraine's Elina Svitolina celebrates with her winning trophy after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States.(AP)

Elina Svitolina beats Sloane Stephens to win season-ending WTA Finals title

Singapore | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2018 11:27 PM IST
Elina Svitolina claimed the biggest title of her career with a gritty comeback victory against Sloane Stephens at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.
France's Kristina Mladenovic, right, and Hungary's Timea Babos celebrate with the trophy after winning the doubles final against Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova and Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.(AP)
France's Kristina Mladenovic, right, and Hungary's Timea Babos celebrate with the trophy after winning the doubles final against Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova and Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore.(AP)

WTA Finals: Babos, Mladenovic stun top-ranked duo to clinch title

Singapore | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2018 04:05 PM IST
The world number three held the edge throughout to triumph 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 24 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
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