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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 | ByHT 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 | ByReuters

‘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 | ByAFP

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 | ByAgence 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 | ByReuters

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 | ByAFP

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 | ByAgence 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 | ByReuters

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 | ByAgence 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 | ByReuters

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 | ByAgence 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 | ByANI

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
File photo.(AFP)
File photo.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 08, 2019 03:50 PM IST
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Hong Kong | ByAFP

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 | ByAFP

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 | ByAgence France-Presse

Australian Open 2019: Sharapova claims underdog status against Wozniacki

Sharapova has struggled since returning from a drugs ban in 2017 and is seeded 30th at the tournament, while Wozniacki is third seed after claiming her maiden major at Melbourne Park last year.
Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after victory over Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in their women's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne(AFP)
Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after victory over Sweden's Rebecca Peterson in their women's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne(AFP)
Updated on Jan 17, 2019 09:40 AM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

Australian Open: Dominant Maria Sharapova win sets up Caroline Wozniacki clash

Maria Sharapova, who is seeded 30th at the tournament and seeking to recapture former glories after coming back from a drugs ban in 2017, brushed aside Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 6-1
Maria Sharapova in action during her Australian Open second round match against Sweden's Rebecca Peterson.(REUTERS)
Maria Sharapova in action during her Australian Open second round match against Sweden's Rebecca Peterson.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 16, 2019 11:58 PM IST
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Melbourne | ByAFP

Simona Halep bags WTA Fan Favourite for second straight season

Simona Halep, who retained her year-end spot at the top of the WTA rankings, also reached a third career major final at the Australian Open before winning her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.
Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates with the French Open trophy at Roland Garros.(REUTERS)
Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates with the French Open trophy at Roland Garros.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 08, 2018 05:40 PM IST
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Florida | ByAsian News International

Serena Williams gifting me her autographed racket is a moment I cherish: Karman Kaur Thandi

From winning the WTA Future Stars U-16 title in 2014 to becoming only the sixth Indian after the likes of Sania Mirza and Shikha Oberoi to break into the Top 200 in women’s singles, Karman Kaur Thandi has achieved a lot at a quite a young age.
File image of Karman Kaur Thandi.
File image of Karman Kaur Thandi.
Updated on Nov 28, 2018 12:07 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySayan Ghosh

Naomi Osaka drawn in tough group in WTA Finals debut

Apart from Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and 2017 U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens, Naomi Osaka will also face Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, who was named as the WTA’s Most Improved Player of the Year.
Finalists Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands (L-R), Sloane Stephens of the U.S., Naomi Osaka of Japan, Angelique Kerber of Germany, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic pose for photos with SC Global founder Simon Cheong after the singles draw ceremony of the WTA Tennis Finals in Singapore.(REUTERS)
Finalists Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands (L-R), Sloane Stephens of the U.S., Naomi Osaka of Japan, Angelique Kerber of Germany, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic pose for photos with SC Global founder Simon Cheong after the singles draw ceremony of the WTA Tennis Finals in Singapore.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 19, 2018 11:19 PM IST
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Singapore | ByReuters

Kremlin Cup: Injured Simona Halep pulls out of tournament

Announcing the withdrawal, the 27-year-old said that it is a disappointing decision to make, but she does not want to take any risk with her health.
File image of Simona Halep reacting during a match.(AFP)
File image of Simona Halep reacting during a match.(AFP)
Published on Oct 16, 2018 11:23 PM IST
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Florida | ByANI

WTA chief backs Serena Williams as row grows over US Open ‘sexism’

Serena Williams claimed that chair umpire Carlos Ramos meted out penalties for infractions that male players could have gotten away with.
Serena Williams yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the women's final against Naomi Osaka of Japan in the US Open tennis tournament.(USA TODAY Sports)
Serena Williams yells at chair umpire Carlos Ramos in the women's final against Naomi Osaka of Japan in the US Open tennis tournament.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Sep 10, 2018 08:33 AM IST
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New York | ByAFP

Kiki Bertens shocks No. 1 Simona Halep to win Cincinnati WTA title

KiKi Bertens ended a nine-match winning streak for Simona Halep, who beat US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the final at Montreal last week.
Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands holds the trophy after defeating Simona Halep of Romania during the women’s final.(AFP)
Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands holds the trophy after defeating Simona Halep of Romania during the women’s final.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 20, 2018 11:35 AM IST
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Cincinnati | ByAgence France-Presse

Serena Williams returns to Wimbledon seeking eighth title

Serena Williams will go into Wimbledon as the 25th seed, the seeding committee having deviated from the WTA ranking list, an exception because she is coming back after maternity leave.
Serena Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon champion.(AP)
Serena Williams is a seven-time Wimbledon champion.(AP)
Published on Jun 28, 2018 05:08 PM IST
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London | ByReuters

Serena Williams seeded 25th for Wimbledon

Serena Williams has been seeded 25th for Wimbledon despite being ranked 183rd in the world, the All England Club announced on Wednesday.
Serena Williams last won the Wimbledon title in 2016.(AFP)
Serena Williams last won the Wimbledon title in 2016.(AFP)
Updated on Jun 27, 2018 05:41 PM IST
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Omnisport, London | ByHT Correspondent

Johanna Konta enters Nottingham Open semis, warms up for Wimbledon in style

Johanna Konta won through to her first semi-final since Wimbledon last year with a straight sets victory over Dalila Jakupovic
Johanna Konta warmed up for the Wimbledon Grand Slam in style by entering the semi-final of the Nottingham Open grass court tournament.(REUTERS)
Johanna Konta warmed up for the Wimbledon Grand Slam in style by entering the semi-final of the Nottingham Open grass court tournament.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 16, 2018 09:42 AM IST
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AFP, Nottingham | ByAgence France-Presse

Maria Sharapova eases past Karolina Pliskova at French Open, Sloane Stephens advances

Maria Sharapova eased past her higher seeded opponent Karolina Pliskova to book her spot in the next round at Roland Garros. Sloane Stephens, reigning US Open champion, also advanced.
Maria Sharapova celebrates after winning her third round match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Maria Sharapova celebrates after winning her third round match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 02, 2018 06:35 PM IST
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Serena Williams ‘on right track’ after victorious start to French Open campaign

Serena Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 to register her first victory at the majors since her 2017 Australian Open triumph.
Serena Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova in her French Open first round encounter on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
Serena Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova in her French Open first round encounter on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 30, 2018 06:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Ivanka Trump slams Serena Williams seeding snub at French Open

Daughter of US President Donald Trump, Ivanka, called on WTA officials to change rules to allow Serena Williams to be seeded as the former world number one continues her comeback following time off to give birth to her first child.
American tennis great Serena Williams has been unseeded at the 2018 French Open.(Reuters)
American tennis great Serena Williams has been unseeded at the 2018 French Open.(Reuters)
Published on May 25, 2018 05:00 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Washington | ByAgence France-Presse

Petra Kvitova defeats Mihaela Buzarnescu to win first Prague Open title

Petra Kvitova came from a set down to beat seventh-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Prague Open final on Saturday.
Petra Kvitova celebrates with the Prague Open trophy after defeating Mihaela Buzarnescu in the final on Saturday.(AP)
Petra Kvitova celebrates with the Prague Open trophy after defeating Mihaela Buzarnescu in the final on Saturday.(AP)
Updated on May 05, 2018 06:42 PM IST
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Reuters, Prague | ByReuters
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