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  • Nadal breaks McEnroe's set record in Madrid Open

    Madrid: Spanish world No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in a hard-fought baseline battle here to advance to the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open. With his 21st consecutive straight-set victory on clay dating back to last year's French Open, Nadal also set...

  • Coming back to tennis is priority: Sania Mirza

    New Delhi: After a career-pausing break and motherhood, will Sania Mirza bounce back to the tennis court for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? It's a long way off, feels the former doubles World No.1 who says resuming her game is a priority as soon as the pregnancy is done. She wants to set an example that...

  • Nadal downplays chances of finishing as year-end No.1

    Madrid: Spain's Rafael Nadal, the world's top-ranked tennis player, has said that despite a torrid start to his clay-court campaign it was unlikely he would be able to overcome an injury hiatus earlier in the season and finish as tennis' year-end No.1 for the fifth time. Nadal, in an...

  • Nadal swats aside Tsitsipas, wins 11th Barcelona title

    Barcelona: World No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain earned his 11th Barcelona Open tennis title on Sunday as he crushed the rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1. Nadal, who won his 11th Monte-Carlo Masters title last Sunday, extended his clay court winning streak to an Open Era record...

  • Monfils beats Rublev to win Doha title

    Doha: Given a wildcard following his return from a four-month injury-layoff, Frenchman Gael Monfils made full use of the opportunity by annexing the Qatar Open tennis title with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-3 win over Andrey Rublev of Russia. Monfils' win on Saturday night was his seventh...

  • Serena to be back on court after maternity leave

    New York: American tennis idol Serena Williams will soon return to action after almost a year of absence due to maternity leave. The 23-time Grand Slam champion will participate in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on December 30 against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko of...

  • Former Wimbledon champ Jana Novotna passes away

    Prague: Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna passed away at her home in the Czech Republic on Monday following a long battle with cancer. She was 49. Novotna won the 1998 women's singles at Wimbledon, beating Nathalie Tauziat in the final, to then become the oldest first-time...

  • Nadal thrashes Kyrgios, wins 2nd China Open title

    Beijing: Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal on Sunday got the better of Australian Nick Kyrgios and beat him 6-2, 6-1 to clinch the China Open title for the second time in his career.Nadal, world No.1, saved all four break points he faced and broke Kyrgios's serve several times to win the match...

  • Caroline Garcia stuns Halep at China Open final

    Beijing: French tennis player Caroline Garcia on Sunday defeated Romanian Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) at the China Open final to earn her second title within eight days.Hours after securing the top spot on the WTA, Halep paid for the unforced errors she made in the important moments of a match that...

  • Hockey: Six new players included for Europe tour

    New Delhi: As many as six youngsters have been included in the 18-member Indian mens team for the tour of Belgium and Netherlands that is slated to begin from August 9. Apart from goalkeeper Suraj Karkera, junior World Cup stars Varun Kumar, Dipsan Tirkey, Nilakanta Sharma, Gurjant Singh and...

  • Ramanathan's win over Thiem a great achievement: Jaidip Mukherjea

    Kolkata: Former Davis Cup winner and India's non-playing captain Jaidip Mukherjea on Wednesday lavished praise on India's top singles player Ramkumar Ramanathan, saying his victory over world No 8 Dominic Thiem is a great achievement. Ramanathan, ranked 222nd, on Tuesday pulled off a straight...

  • Shuttler Prannoy stuns defending champion to enter Indonesia Open quarters

    Jakarta: Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy stunned defending champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia to enter the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier badminton tournament here on Thursday.The unseeded Prannoy outplayed top seed Wei 21-10, 21-18 in a match which lasted around 40 minutes,...