Friday, 14 December 2018

Tag Archives: tennis

Federer says he’s too old to be Australian Open favourite

MELBOURNE: Defending champion Roger Federer says rivals Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic should be seen as leading contenders for the Australian Open as he is too old to be considered favourite . The 36-year-old is bidding for a record 20th Grand Slam title and is in form and fit, unlike ...

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Konta ‘facing challenges’ after poor start to year

SYDNEY: Johanna Konta admitted she was facing “challenges” at the start of the season but insisted she would take the positives after injury and an early defeat cast a cloud over her Australian Open preparations. The British world number nine, who made the Melbourne Park semis in 2016 and the ...

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Siniakova tames Sharapova, faces Halep in Shenzhen final

SHENZEN: Czech defending champion Katerina Siniakova fended off Maria Sharapova in a fiercely contested match at the Shenzhen Open to set up a final with world number one Simona Halep. Siniakova fired 27 winners and 10 aces to prevail 6-2 3-6 6-3 but was made to work hard for the win ...

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Brisbane too hot for Muguruza as Murray also withdraws

BRISBANE: World number two Garbine Muguruza suffered a fitness scare ahead of this month’s Australian Open when she was forced to retire from the Brisbane International with severe cramping. The men’s draw also suffered a major blow when Andy Murray withdrew – the second star player to pull out after ...

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Halep, Sharapova off to flying 2018 starts

SHENZHEN: World number one Simona Halep began the year in emphatic style with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Nicole Gibbs as Maria Sharapova also romped through her first-round match at the Shenzhen Open on Monday. Romania’s Halep, who will be seeking her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open ...

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Tennis: Federer, Nadal shine as rivals hobble into 2018

PARIS: Written off as dead men walking, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal defied time to sweep the Grand Slams in 2017 while the injury curse which dogged their rivals looks set to be the new year’s early storyline. Evergreen Federer, who will turn 37 in 2018, took his majors tally ...

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Tennis: Nadal set to seal year-end No 1 spot in Paris

PARIS: Rafael Nadal will be crowned as the year-end world number one if he wins his first match at this week’s Paris Masters, after Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament. The two old rivals have both had stunning seasons, returning to form and fitness with two Grand Slam titles each. ...

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Kohli overtakes Messi in Forbes list of most valuable athletes

LONDON: India captain Virat Kohli has shot past Barcelona star Lionel Messi in Forbes’ list of the world’s most valuable athletes. According to Forbes, the 28-year-old cricketer is ranked seventh in the list with a brand value of $14.5 million, which puts him ahead of Messi who is at ninth ...

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Pavlyuchenkova lifts Hong Kong Open title

HONG KONG:  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova came from behind to win a typhoon-delayed marathon Hong Kong Open final 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) against Daria Gavrilova. It was three minutes past one o’clock in the morning (1703 GMT) when sixth seed Pavlyuchenkova converted the third of her match points. It enabled the world ...

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Federer Beats Nadal to Win Shanghai Masters Title

SHANGHAI: Roger Federer said he “saved the best for last” after he beat great rival Rafael Nadal for the fifth time in succession to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. The surprisingly one-sided 6-4, 6-3 victory over the world number one from Spain brought a 94th title for the Swiss ...

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