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Sports >> Tennis

Federer digs deep to reach Basel second round
Roger Federer had to fight hard to hold off Serbia's Filip Krajinovic on Tuesday, edging to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win to reach the second round of the Swiss Indoors. "I was up 6-2, 3-1, it could have ended very quickly," Federer said. Earlier, Jan-Lennard Struff ended the possibility of a rematch
10/23/2018 - 08:05 PM


Federer survives scare to beat Krajinovic in Basel opener
(Reuters) - Top seed Roger Federer showed signs of ring rust in his first match at the Swiss Indoors on Tuesday but still had enough in the tank to push past unseeded Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-2 4-6 6-4 and reach the last-16 in Basel. Playing in front of his home fans Federer struggled to find his usual
10/23/2018 - 04:38 PM


Federer tested, beats Krajinovic in Swiss Indoors 1st round
Roger Federer was tested by Filip Krajinovic before winning 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of his hometown tournament Swiss Indoors on Tuesday. Seeking a ninth title at Basel - where he has once a ball boy and reached the final in his last 11 appearances - Federer last dropped a set in his opening
10/23/2018 - 04:07 PM


Father knows best for Wozniacki as dad calls the shots
The 28-year-old former world number one made her Grand Slam breakthrough at the Australian Open in January and after getting her WTA Finals title defense back on track with a win over Petra Kvitova on Tuesday, Wozniacki praised her father's influence. "I think he's always treated me as
10/23/2018 - 02:21 PM


What a difference a year makes for high-flying Svitolina
Fast forward 12 months and the Ukrainian sits on the brink of a semi-final berth following two big wins despite arriving in Southeast Asia lacking self-belief after struggling in the second half of a season that had started so well. "It's a tricky situation, because last year I was going into
10/23/2018 - 02:19 PM


Wozniacki back on track in Singapore with win over Kvitova
A tenacious Caroline Wozniacki revived her WTA Finals title defence with a third set masterclass against Petra Kvitova on Tuesday, leaving the former Wimbledon champion's Singapore campaign in danger. Rebounding from a disappointing opening defeat against Karolina Pliskova, Wozniacki wore down Kvitova
10/23/2018 - 02:06 PM


Wozniacki gets 1st win at this year's WTA Finals
Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki earned her first victory at this year's WTA Finals, beating Petra Kvitova 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 on Tuesday. Elina Svitolina earned her second straight win in the other group match, outlasting Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. Wozniacki, who became the first Danish woman
10/23/2018 - 01:43 PM


Wozniacki backs on-court coaching
World number three Caroline Wozniacki has backed on-court coaching in tennis, believing her interactions with her coach and father Piotr Wozniacki have been invaluable. The issue has been in the spotlight since Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou called for on-court coaching to be allowed
10/23/2018 - 01:43 PM


At the Open Week: Biggest Positive Surprise
We have reached the open week and now is the time to look back at what we have already seen before we go forward.
10/23/2018 - 10:00 AM


Not televising Kyle Edmund's maiden title win was a missed opportunity to inspire and engage fans
Kyle Edmund winning his first ATP title on Sunday was a momentous occasion. Not since Greg Rusedski 13 years ago had a British man other than Andy Murray triumphed at a main-tour event.  The significance of Edmund's victory in Antwerp was obvious, as the normally reserved Yorkshireman wept with
10/23/2018 - 08:26 AM


The Tennis Podcast: Is on-court coaching good for tennis?
The issue of on-court coaching in tennis has been a contentious one ever since the WTA Tour began trialling it in 2008. This week, the debate takes centre stage on The Tennis Podcast. David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime Video, Eurosport) discuss the coaching intervention
10/23/2018 - 08:01 AM


Cilic downs Shapovalov to reach second round in Basel
Third seed Marin Cilic eased into the second round of the Swiss Indoors tournament with a 6-4 6-2 victory over young Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Basel on Monday. The Croatian, who was champion in Basel in 2016 and can seal a spot at the ATP Finals if he wins the title again this year, opened up a 4
10/22/2018 - 05:38 PM


Injured Wawrinka withdraws from Basel
A back injury suffered during a Sunday practice session with compatriot Roger Federer forced Stan Wawrinka to pull out of the Swiss Indoors tournament on Monday, while Marin Cilic eased into the second round in Basel. "I turned my back, and retiring was the only decision I could make," said
10/22/2018 - 05:02 PM


Wawrinka withdraws from Swiss Indoors as Cilic wins opener
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has ended his season after withdrawing from the Swiss Indoors with a back injury.
10/22/2018 - 04:25 PM


Narduzzi on the open week, the offense and more
Pat Narduzzi talked to the media on Monday about the open week and more, and here's everything he said.
10/22/2018 - 03:27 PM


Bertens finds formula to make dream debut from nightmare start
Bertens, only in the eight-player field when world number one Simona Halep withdrew through injury, had been swept aside 6-1 in the first set and was 2-1 down in the second to Kerber when she called on Raemon Sluiter for a tactical debate. "Then I had a chat with Raemon.
10/22/2018 - 02:38 PM


Stephens benefits from positive attitude in WTA Finals debut
Stephens, Osaka's predecessor as U.S. Open champion, stayed calm throughout the contest, adopting a patient approach from the baseline before unleashing her devastating forehand to keep her Japanese opponent pinned at the back of the court. "No, I kept playing positive and strong," the
10/22/2018 - 02:14 PM


Stephens beats Osaka in 3 sets at WTA Finals
In a match between the last two U.S. Open champions, Sloane Stephens came out on top. The 2017 champion beat Naomi Osaka 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Monday at the WTA Finals, the season-ending tournament for the top eight players in the world. Both players are making their debut appearances at the tournament, but
10/22/2018 - 02:00 PM


Tennis: Calm Stephens edges Osaka, Kerber stunned by Bertens
Stephens and Osaka are making their debuts at the season-ending event but it was the American who opened Red Group action with a 7-5 4-6 6-1 win built on the foundations of solid defense from the baseline and a devastating forehand when she attacked. "I just competed really well and never gave
10/22/2018 - 01:31 PM


Tennis: Frustrated Osaka looking for answers after opening defeat
Osaka rarely gets animated on court, yet the world number four spent much of the match chastising herself over unforced errors and even sank to her knees when she was broken for a second time in the deciding set. Osaka added that she tended to enjoy matches more when she was nervous and that her desire
10/22/2018 - 01:31 PM


Confident Sloane Stephens downs Osaka in Singapore
A confident Sloane Stephens stormed to victory Monday with a commanding third set performance against Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka to highlight another night of stunning upsets at the WTA Finals in Singapore. It was followed by another marathon match with number eight seed Kiki Bertens overcoming
10/22/2018 - 01:27 PM


The on-court coaching debate trending in Singapore
Lindsay Davenport can see the benefits. Jennifer Capriati is right in the middle. The three tennis greats took part in a news conference Monday at the WTA Finals to discuss the topic, which made plenty of headlines after Serena Williams was penalized for on-court coaching during the U.S. Open final
10/22/2018 - 11:17 AM


Tennis: Organizers hope revamped Davis Cup can match Ryder Cup
The revamped competition has caused divisions in the sport because it breaks with the tradition of ties hosted by one of the competing nations and threatens the partisan atmosphere the Davis Cup has become renowned for. "The kind of thing we have in mind is the Ryder Cup. Look where it has come
10/21/2018 - 09:01 PM


Federer reveals long-standing hand injury
Roger Federer has revealed that he has been suffering with a hand injury since the summer, but said the problem is no longer a worry as he heads into his home Swiss Open starting on Monday. The 20-time Grand Slam winner told Germany's Sonntag Zeitung of the problem which began when he trained for
10/21/2018 - 08:01 PM


Tsitsipas wins Stockholm Open, 1st Greek to claim ATP title
Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek tennis player to win an ATP World Tour title when he beat Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday. The 20-year-old Tsitsipas tossed his racket in the air and put both hands to his head when Gulbis put a forehand into the net after
10/21/2018 - 03:35 PM


ATP roundup: Tsitsipas first Greek to win tour-level title
No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first ATP title on Sunday, beating Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Intrum Stockholm Open in Sweden. It was the third final of the year for the 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who became the first Greek player to win an ATP title. Tsitsipas
10/21/2018 - 01:57 PM


Kyle Edmund wins maiden ATP tour title and becomes Britain's first new men's champion since Andy Murray
Britain has a new champion on the ATP tour, the first since Andy Murray 12 years ago, after Kyle Edmund overcame the experienced Frenchman Gaël Monfils to claim the European Open in Antwerp. Having begun his season in fine style with his run to the Australian Open semi-finals, Edmund had gone a little
10/21/2018 - 01:32 PM


Tsitsipas becomes first Greek ATP champion with Stockholm triumph
Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek man to win an ATP title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis in Stockholm, ending the Latvian player's perfect record in finals. World number 16 Tsitsipas, who had lost both his previous finals this year to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona and
10/21/2018 - 01:09 PM


Tennis: First ATP title for Britain's Edmund
British number one Kyle Edmund won the first ATP title of his career when he beat Gael Monfils of France 3-6 7-6(2) 7-6(4) in the final of the European Open in Antwerp on Sunday. Edmund, who will rise to a career-high 14th in the world on Monday, lost a set for first the time in the tournament as Monfils
10/21/2018 - 01:03 PM


Britain's Edmund wins first ATP title in Antwerp
British number one Kyle Edmund fought back to down Gael Monfils in a final-set tie-break and claim his maiden ATP Tour title at the European Open in Antwerp on Sunday. The 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4) victory caps a breakthrough season for the 23-year-old and keeps alive his slim hopes of qualifying for
10/21/2018 - 12:33 PM


Khachanov beats Mannarino in 55 minutes to win Kremlin Cup
Karen Khachanov breezed past Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-2 to win his third career ATP title at the Kremlin Cup on Sunday. Khachanov's powerful serve dictated the match, as it has done all tournament. The 22-year-old Russian was only broken once all week and faced a single break point against Mannarino
10/21/2018 - 11:58 AM


Tsitsipas becomes first Greek ATP champion with Stockholm triumph
Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek man to win an ATP title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ernests Gulbis in Stockholm, ending the Latvian player's perfect record in finals. World number 16 Tsitsipas, who had lost both his previous finals this year to Rafael Nadal in Barcelona and
10/21/2018 - 11:55 AM


Tennis: Tsitsipas claims maiden ATP title in Stockholm
Greek 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas added another notch to a remarkable breakthrough season as he beat Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 6-4 6-4 to win the Stockholm Open and claim a maiden ATP title on Sunday. Tsitsipas, who has rocketed up the rankings to 16th heading into Stockholm, made up for losing
10/21/2018 - 11:52 AM


Tennis: Home favorite Khachanov crushes Mannnarino to win Kremlin Cup
Home favorite Karen Khachanov raced past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-2 6-2 to claim his third career title at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Sunday. World number 26 Khachanov, who was broken only once all week, dictated against Mannarino and lost just eight points on his serve to wrap up the victory
10/21/2018 - 11:49 AM


Tennis: Pliskova revels in 'top win' over Wozniacki at WTA Finals
Pliskova has not enjoyed a great record against the defending champion, trailing 6-3 in head-to-head meetings before their latest encounter, but she served brilliantly this time to banish the memory of last year's loss to the Dane. The pair had not faced each other this season which was unusual,
10/21/2018 - 11:37 AM


Home hope Khachanov wins Kremlin Cup to realise childhood dream
Third seeded wildcard Karen Khachanov of Russia beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in straight sets on Sunday to secure his second ATP title of the season at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Khachanov became the first home player to lift the trophy since Mikhail Youzhny in 2009 while Mannarino was losing his
10/21/2018 - 10:56 AM


Wozniacki struggles in WTA title defence
Karolina Pliskova issued a warning to her opponents at the WTA Finals with a convincing straight-sets victory against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. The dynamic 26-year-old's easy 6-2, 6-4 triumph in Singapore was sweet revenge for Pliskova, who lost to Wozniacki in the semis at last year
10/21/2018 - 10:54 AM


Svitolina and Pliskova win opening matches at WTA Finals
Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina secured opening round-robin match wins at the WTA Finals on Sunday. Pliskova, who now leads the tour with 48 wins this season, defeated defending champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 6-4 in the second match. The Czech closed out the match on a third match
10/21/2018 - 10:54 AM


Marathon man Isner backs Wimbledon rule-change
John Isner has backed the change to Wimbledon's rules which will see the final set decided by a tie-break when the game score reached 12-12. The 33-year-old American was involved in the longest match in professional tennis history when he eventually overcame Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the final set
10/21/2018 - 10:25 AM


Wozniacki struggles in WTA title defence
Karolina Pliskova issued a warning to her opponents at the WTA Finals with a convincing straight-sets victory against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. The dynamic 26-year-old's easy 6-2, 6-4 triumph in Singapore was sweet revenge for Pliskova, who lost to Wozniacki in the semis at last year
10/21/2018 - 10:11 AM


Tennis: Pliskova stuns Wozniacki in Singapore, Svitolina downs Kvitova
In the earlier White Group encounter at the eight-woman event, Elina Svitolina tore up the form book with a brilliant display of serving and retrieving to register a 6-3 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova. Wozniacki had beaten Pliskova in the semi-finals a year ago and held a 6-3 lead in head-to-head encounters
10/21/2018 - 10:09 AM


Tennis: Sick Svitolina halts news conference after Kvitova win
After leaving the stage and taking a few minutes to compose herself, Svitolina refused to elaborate on the exact nature of her illness, saying "I'm just not feeling good" when asked what the problem was. Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova are the other players
10/21/2018 - 09:58 AM


Tennis: Isner welcomes Wimbledon's new tiebreak rule
Tennis's marathon man John Isner has welcomed Wimbledon's decision to introduce tiebreaks at 12-12 in the final set. The American became something of a Wimbledon cult hero when beating France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set in 2010 - a record-breaking duel lasting 11 hours five minutes
10/21/2018 - 07:19 AM


Kasatkina beats Jabeur to win Kremlin Cup
Daria Kasatkina won the Kremlin Cup as qualifier Ons Jabeur narrowly failed to become the first WTA winner from Tunisia on Saturday. Jabeur was a set and a break up at 4-1 when she seemed to tire in her eighth match in as many days, allowing Kasatkina to win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 with vocal support from
10/20/2018 - 04:53 PM


Gulbis beats Isner to reach Stockholm Open final
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Ernests Gulbis reached his first ATP final since 2014 by beating top-seeded John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the Stockholm Open on Saturday.
10/20/2018 - 02:16 PM


Top seed Edmund faces Monfils for ATP Antwerp title
ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) -- Top-seeded Kyle Edmund defeated 2016 champion Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 to reach the European Open final on Saturday.
10/20/2018 - 02:15 PM


ATP roundup: Gulbis stuns Isner in Sweden
Latvia's Ernests Gulbis stunned top-seeded American John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the Intrum Stockholm Open in Sweden. "I was fighting for every point," said Gulbis, who will try for his sixth title and first since 2014. "I think I returned a lot smarter
10/20/2018 - 02:05 PM


Kasatkina beats hobbling Jabeur in Kremlin Cup final crying game
In a match which ended with both players on their knees after the final point, sixth seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia beat Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur in a tough three-setter to win the Kremlin Cup on Saturday. The 21-year-old Kasatkina had to battle back from a set down to win 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in
10/20/2018 - 01:56 PM


'I can beat anybody': Gulbis stuns Isner to reach first final in four years
Former top 10 player Ernests Gulbis reached his first final in four years on Saturday when he stunned top seed John Isner 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the Stockholm semi-finals. The 30-year-old Latvian, ranked 145 and who came through qualifying, has never lost a final and will bid for a seventh title on Sunday
10/20/2018 - 01:48 PM


WTA roundup: Goerges claims Luxembourg title
Top-seeded German Julia Goerges claimed her second title of the year on Saturday, beating Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-5 in the final of the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open. For Goerges, it was her first final in Luxembourg -- the site of her WTA debut -- since 2010. "This tournament
10/20/2018 - 12:56 PM



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