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Sports >> Tennis

Cilic battles past Djokovic to claim Queen's title
(Reuters) - Top seed Marin Cilic saved a match point before edging past Novak Djokovic 5-7 7-6(4) 6-3 to win his second Queen's Club Championships crown on Sunday. The Croatian, who last won the title in 2012, controlled the early exchanges from the baseline but missed six break point chances in
06/24/2018 - 04:36 PM


Brooks Koepka is still on a high after his U.S. Open win as he gets set to rest up for Carnoustie
Brooks Koepka had to be tired after his U.S. Open win, but he finished out his week at the Travelers knowing he's got time off before the British Open
06/24/2018 - 04:17 PM


Battling Petra Kvitova hits peak form to retain her Birmingham Classic crown
Petra Kvitova became the first player in 13 years to successfully defend the Nature Valley Classic title in Birmingham with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Magdalena Rybarikova in a compelling final at the Edgbaston Priory Club. The victory was Kvitova’s fifth WTA title of 2018 and provided her with the perfect
06/24/2018 - 04:04 PM


Djokovic ready for Wimbledon despite Queen's final defeat
Less than a month after casting doubt over his participation at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic is heading for the tournament as a genuine title contender. Despite coming up just short in a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 loss to Marin Cilic in the Queen's Club final on Sunday, Djokovic produced one of his best performances
06/24/2018 - 03:59 PM


Novak Djokovic hopes are dashed as Marin Cilic clinches Queen's title
There must have been a bittersweet tang to Novak Djokovic’s thoughts as he accepted the runner-up trophy at Queen’s Club on Sunday. On a mechanical level, he has rediscovered much of his old timing. But where is the cold-eyed ruthlessness we used to know? Against Marin Cilic, Djokovic held match point
06/24/2018 - 03:47 PM


Celebration, defiance mix at New York City gay pride parade
Celebration and pride mixed with defiance in New York City on Sunday as throngs of people crowded the streets, rainbow flags waving, for the annual gay pride march. Tennis legend Billie Jean King was one of the grand marshals, along with transgender advocate Tyler Ford and civil rights organization
06/24/2018 - 03:40 PM


Cilic targets grass-court double after winning Queen's Club
Marin Cilic has gone from Queen's Club runner-up 12 months ago to being the 2018 champion. Now he wants to do the same at Wimbledon. The top-seeded Croat saved match point on his way to defeating Novak Djokovic 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the final on Sunday to claim his second title at the west London
06/24/2018 - 03:24 PM


Roger Federer keeps his 'head high' despite Borna Coric defeat in Halle final
The script for Roger Federer’s ­summer looked so neat. Win a 98th career title in Stuttgart, a 99th in Halle and then raise his bat at ­Wimbledon, on the Centre Court stage that he has turned into his own front room. But not even Federer can control all the controllables. In Sunday’s Halle final, he
06/24/2018 - 02:43 PM


Kvitova beats Rybarikova to retain Birmingham title
Petra Kvitova fought back from a set down to beat Magdalena Rybarikova and retain her grass-court Birmingham Classic title on Sunday as the Czech player continued her impressive form ahead of Wimbledon. Kvitova hadn't dropped a set in Birmingham but was tested by Rybarikova before eventually prevailing
06/24/2018 - 02:05 PM


'I'm not a Wimbledon contender' - Djokovic rules out fourth All England Club title
Novak Djokovic surveyed the wreckage of his painful Queen's Club final collapse against Marin Cilic and admitted he doesn't expect to challenge for the Wimbledon title. Djokovic was within touching distance of his first title for 12 months after earning a match point in the second set of Sunday
06/24/2018 - 01:51 PM


Collins, Pavlyuchenkova through to 2nd round in Eastbourne
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) -- Danielle Collins is through to the second round of the Eastbourne International after beating British wild card Katie Swan on Sunday.
06/24/2018 - 01:37 PM


Roger Federer upset by youngster in Gary Weber Open final, will lose #1 ATP ranking
Tennis great Roger Federer lost Sunday to #34-ranked Croatian youngster Borna Coric, and will lose his world #1 spot to Rafael Nadal Monday.
06/24/2018 - 01:08 PM


King of Queen's! Cilic saves match point to beat Djokovic for title
Marin Cilic was crowned Queen's Club champion for the second time as the Croatian stunned Novak Djokovic with a dramatic fightback in his 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory on Sunday. Cilic was on the verge of a third loss in the Queen's final when Djokovic held a match point in the second set. Inspired
06/24/2018 - 01:03 PM


Kvitova sees off Rybarikova to retain Birmingham title
(Reuters) - Petra Kvitova displayed her credentials for a third Wimbledon title after beating Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6 6-1 6-2 to defend her title at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Sunday. Rybarikova started the contest on the front foot, punishing Kvitova for her whopping
06/24/2018 - 11:54 AM


Federer loses top spot and chance of 10th Halle title in Coric shock
Borna Coric denied Roger Federer the 99th title of his career on Sunday with a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-2 victory in the final of the ATP Halle grass court event. Federer also lost the world number one spot in the ATP world rankings to Rafael Nadal heading into Wimbledon, and missed a chance to earn a record
06/24/2018 - 11:35 AM


Coric ends Federer's winning streak to take Halle title
Borna Coric defeated defending champion Roger Federer 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2 to win the Gerry Weber Open final on Sunday. The 21-year-old Croat saved three of the four break points he faced and took his second match point to end Federer's 20-match winning streak on grass for his second career title.
06/24/2018 - 11:22 AM


Federer loses No.1 spot as Coric stuns him in Halle final
(Reuters) - Borna Coric ended Roger Federer's 20-match winning streak on grass, beating him 7-6(6) 3-6 6-2 in the Halle Open final on Sunday while also bringing to a halt the Swiss maestro's reign as world number one. Federer was denied a 10th title in the German grasscourt tournament as Croatian
06/24/2018 - 11:18 AM


Nick Kyrgios fined for 'inappropriate behaviour' at Queen's Club
Nick Kyrgios has been fined €15,000 (£13,000) by the Association of Tennis Professionals after making suggestive gestures with a water bottle during Saturday’s semi-final defeat at the hands of Marin Cilic at Queen’s Club. This was the latest bizarre moment in a career that has been full of them. The
06/24/2018 - 10:35 AM


Federer loses world No.1 spot after Coric defeat
Croatian Borna Coric denied Roger Federer the 99th title of his career on Sunday with a 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-2 defeat in the final of the ATP Halle grass event. Federer also lost the number one spot in ATP rankings to Rafael Nadal, and missed a chance to earn a record 10th title at the German venue. Federer
06/24/2018 - 10:02 AM


Injured Berdych to miss Wimbledon with back injury
(Reuters) - Former finalist Tomas Berdych has been forced to withdraw from next month's Wimbledon with a back injury. The 32-year-old Czech reached his only Grand Slam final at Wimbledon in 2010, losing to Rafa Nadal, and has been a semi-finalist for the last two years at the championships that
06/24/2018 - 09:42 AM


Former tennis champion Becker says diplomatic passport is real
Former tennis champion Boris Becker said on Sunday he has a genuine diplomatic passport from the Central African Republic after the country's foreign minister called it a fake. Becker, 50, has claimed diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in London by taking up a role with Central African
06/24/2018 - 08:29 AM


Novak Djokovic coach Marian Vajda excited to help ‘start up’ 12-time grand slam champion again
Novak Djokovic will compete in his first ATP World Tour final in a year today when he takes on Marin Cilic at the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen’s Club, and his coach Marian Vajda has lifted the lid on the day that he got the call to return to Djokovic’s side. Vajda had coached Djokovic to all
06/24/2018 - 07:50 AM


'It was tough to be on a tennis court. I just needed to go home' - Steve Johnson on managing his mental health
On May 11 last year, American tennis player Steve Johnson was checking in for an early morning flight at Los Angeles International Airport. His mother, Michelle, rang, distraught. His father, Steve Sr, his mentor and confidant, had died suddenly in his sleep. He had suffered a heart attack. Johnson,
06/24/2018 - 04:00 AM


'It's a special moment' -- Djokovic relief at final return
Novak Djokovic admits his first final in a year will be a "special moment" as the former world number one prepares to face Marin Cilic in the Queen's Club title match. Djokovic has endured a barren 12 months due to a combination of a nagging elbow injury last year and poor form in 2018
06/23/2018 - 05:40 PM


Serena Williams should be seeded at Wimbledon, says John McEnroe - 'I don't think anyone would complain'
Serena Williams deserves a seeding at this year’s Wimbledon, according to the three-time former champion John McEnroe, who said “I don’t think there would be a player that would complain”. At the moment, Williams is entitled to a protected ranking after missing more than a year’s tennis because of the
06/23/2018 - 05:30 PM


U.S. Open will factor maternity leave into seedings
(Field Level Media) - Serena Williams was unseeded at the French Open last month due to an extended absence for the birth of her first child but she is not likely to face the same problem at the U.S. Open. The Flushing Meadows grand slam will update its seeding policy to take into account a player returning
06/23/2018 - 04:21 PM


US Open will consider Serena pregnancy in seedings: report
The US Open will start considering pregnancy situations when making seedings so players aren't penalized for starting families, US Tennis Association president Katrina Adams said in a New York Times report Saturday. The change comes after criticism of French Open officials for how they handled the
06/23/2018 - 03:25 PM


Djokovic to face Cilic in Queen's Club final
After reaching his first ATP Tour final in almost a year, Novak Djokovic still appeared far from content. Djokovic's last final - and title - also came on a British grass court when he defeated Gael Monfils in Eastbourne last July. ''I'm just self-critical, I guess, at times,''
06/23/2018 - 01:43 PM


Amelie Mauresmo next Davis Cup captain in France, 1st woman
PARIS (AP) -- Former top-ranked Amelie Mauresmo will become the first woman to captain France's Davis Cup men's team when she replaces Yannick Noah next season.
06/23/2018 - 01:40 PM


Gods not smiling on Andy Murray as he draws Stan Wawrinka at Eastbourne
The tennis gods have not been generous to Andy Murray since his comeback from hip surgery began at the Fever-Tree Championships last week. Having drawn Nick Kyrgios for his opening match at Queen’s Club on Tuesday, Murray waited until Friday afternoon to confirm that he would enter Monday’s Nature Valley
06/23/2018 - 12:51 PM


Relentless Cilic edges Kyrgios to set up Djokovic final
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Top seed Marin Cilic ended Nick Kyrgios's entertaining run at the Fever-Tree Queen's Club championships with a 7-6(3) 7-6(4) victory on Saturday as he reached the final for the fourth time. A high-level semi-final full of thundering serves boiled down to
06/23/2018 - 12:31 PM


Federer chases 99th title, faces Coric in Halle final
Defending champion Roger Federer will play 21-year-old Borna Coric in the Gerry Weber Open final as he chases his 99th career singles title on Sunday. Federer reached his 12th final in Halle after beating qualifier Denis Kudla 7-6 (1), 7-5 on Saturday. Coric advanced when fourth-seeded Roberto Bautista
06/23/2018 - 12:18 PM


Kvitova faces Rybarikova in Birmingham final
Defending champion Petra Kvitova raced impressively into the Birmingham Classic final on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Mihaela Buzarnescu. Rybarikova, a grass-court expert whose career was at risk of ending after wrist and knee surgeries, overcame Barbora Strycova 7-6 (1), 6-4 to reach the Birmingham
06/23/2018 - 12:08 PM


Finally! Djokovic ends 12-month drought to reach Queen's showpiece
Novak Djokovic ended his final drought as the former world number one reached his first title match for a year with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 win against Jeremy Chardy at Queen's Club on Saturday. Djokovic will play top seed Marin Cilic on Sunday in the Serb's first final since he won the grass-court
06/23/2018 - 12:02 PM


Federer beats Kudla to reach 12th Halle final
Roger Federer booked his 12th career final at the ATP Halle grass tournament on Saturday, beating qualifier Denis Kudla 7-6 (7/1), 7-5. The Swiss needs to win the title on Sunday - it would be his tenth at the event - to remain world number one heading into Wimbledon. Federer's win over Kudla was
06/23/2018 - 11:47 AM


Amelie Mauresmo to become first female captain of French Davis Cup team
Amelie Mauresmo was unveiled as the first woman to captain France's team at the Davis Cup on Saturday. The French Tennis Federation announced on Twitter that Mauresmo will succeed former French Open champion Yannick Noah as Davis Cup captain. Mauresmo will begin her tenure as captain at the all-male
06/23/2018 - 11:11 AM


Defending champion Kvitova races into Birmingham final
(Reuters) - Defending champion Petra Kvitova dispatched Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-2 with a powerful display to reach the final at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Saturday. The two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova is yet to drop a set this week as she continues her preparations for
06/23/2018 - 11:00 AM


U.S. Open to Change its Seeding Protocol for Pregnancies
The U. S. Open is changing its seeding protocol for players coming back from pregnancy, reports The New York Times.
06/23/2018 - 10:59 AM


Nadal doing light preparation for Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal, fresh from winning his 11th title on the clay at Roland Garros, will start on the grass courts at Wimbledon on July 2 "with less preparation," he told Spanish newspaper El Espanol. Nadal, 32, has been training for the past week on Mallorca, his home island. "I had a very
06/23/2018 - 10:35 AM


Report: U.S. Open to add pregnancy caveat to seeding process after Serena was unseeded at French Open
Williams beat two seeded players in the first three rounds of the French Open before she withdrew because of a pec injury.
06/23/2018 - 10:14 AM


Murray to face Wawrinka in Eastbourne first round
Andy Murray will face fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka in the first round of the Eastbourne championships next week as both players continue their comebacks from injury. Former world number one Murray returned after almost a year out with a hip injury at this week's Queen'
06/23/2018 - 10:09 AM


Clinical Federer beats Kudla to set up Coric final in Halle
(Reuters) - Defending champion Roger Federer extended his unbeaten run on grass to 20 matches by defeating American qualifier Denis Kudla 7-6(1) 7-5 on Saturday, and set up a Halle Open final with young Croatian Borna Coric. The pair exchanged early breaks in overcast conditions before top-seeded Federer
06/23/2018 - 09:30 AM


City Of Philadelphia To Open 10 Pools A Day Until All 74 Are Open
Vittoria Woodill reports.
06/23/2018 - 09:32 AM


Mauresmo becomes first woman to lead France's Davis Cup team
Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo will become the first woman to lead France's team at the Davis Cup over the next two years, the country's tennis federation said on Saturday. Mauresmo will replace former French champion Yannick Noah as captain at the all-male tournament, the federation
06/23/2018 - 07:52 AM


Murray faces tough test against Wawrinka at Eastbourne
Former world number one Andy Murray should have his fitness fully tested at the ATP Eastbourne event next week after being drawn against Swiss three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. The 31-year-old Scot -- a two-time Wimbledon champion -- will hope he gives a good account of himself against Wawrinka
06/22/2018 - 08:55 PM


'Groundbreaking' Mauresmo appointed French Davis Cup captain
Amelie Mauresmo was on Saturday unveiled as the first woman to captain France's Davis Cup team, a ground-breaking appointment in which Andy Murray played a major role. Mauresmo singled out the Scot, who had hired her as a coach in 2014. "I am thinking of Andy because without him I would not
06/22/2018 - 08:37 PM


No limits says Djokovic as he reaches 800 wins milestone
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic chalked up his 800th career victory to reach the semi-finals of the Fever-Tree Queen's Club championships on Friday and suggested he could play on past his 40th birthday. The 31-year-old Serb has been in the doldrums since winning the French Open
06/22/2018 - 04:47 PM


Dazzling Kyrgios downs Lopez to set up Cilic clash
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Australian maverick Nick Kyrgios blazed past Feliciano Lopez with a barrage of aces to reach the semi-finals of the ATP 500 Fever-Tree championships at Queen's Club on Friday. The 23-year-old was in dazzling form as he claimed a 7-6(5) 7-6(3) victory over the
06/22/2018 - 04:45 PM


Landmark win as Djokovic reaches Queen's semis
LONDON (AP) -- Novak Djokovic became the 10th man to register 800 victories since the Open Era began in 1968 when he beat France's Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-1 on Friday to reach the Queen's Club semifinals.
06/22/2018 - 03:42 PM


Federer again pushed hard, advances to Halle semifinals
HALLE, Germany (AP) -- Roger Federer defeated Matthew Ebden 7-6 (2), 7-5 to reach the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open grasscourt event on Friday.
06/22/2018 - 03:22 PM



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