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Nishikori rolls past Ram in first match since U.S. Open

Sep 25, 2014

Nishikori rolls past Ram in first match since U.S. Open

Kei Nishikori said his recent defeat in the U.S. Open final left him drained, but Japan’s tennis star showed no hint of that Wednesday, cruising into the Malaysian Open last eight in his return to the court. The world No. 8 sent Rajeev Ram ...

Ivanovic, Wozniacki advance to final

Sep 20, 2014

Ivanovic, Wozniacki advance to final

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia ousted top seed Angelique Kerber in straight sets Saturday to reach the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open against U.S. Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki. The third seed charged back from 3-5 down in the first set to beat the ...

Sep 20, 2014

Nishikori happy to step into breach

Kei Nishikori expressed shocked over Chinese star Li Na’s injury-forced retirement on Friday but added that he hopes to become the new leader of tennis in Asia. The U.S. Open finalist, now Asia’s top-ranked player at eighth, was speaking after 32-year-old Li quit over ...

Kerber, Wozniacki book spots in Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinals

Sep 19, 2014

Kerber, Wozniacki book spots in Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinals

The top two seeds, Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, roared into the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Friday. Top-seeded Kerber outplayed sixth-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-0 and Wozniacki, a former world No. 1, overcame Spain’s Carla ...

Fans praise Li for impact as tennis pioneer

Sep 19, 2014

Fans praise Li for impact as tennis pioneer

On the day China’s first tennis superstar announced her retirement, fans praised Li Na as a pioneer both in the Western-dominated sport in which she excelled and in China’s tightly controlled system for training and managing athletes. Few players from Asia had excelled at ...

Sep 19, 2014

Moya steps down

Carlos Moya has decided not to stay on as Spain’s Davis Cup coach next year after the five-time winners, missing their top players, were eliminated from the elite World Group by Brazil at the weekend. Injured world No. 2 Rafa Nadal and No. 5 ...

Report says Li to retire due to knee injury

Sep 18, 2014

Report says Li to retire due to knee injury

China’s two-time Grand Slam-winner Li Na is poised to retire, state media reported Thursday, in a move which would bring down the curtains on Asia’s most successful tennis career. CCTV-5, sports channel of state broadcaster China Central Television, quoted unnamed insiders as saying Li, ...

Nara, Date-Krumm eliminated in first round at Pan Pacific Open

Sep 16, 2014

Nara, Date-Krumm eliminated in first round at Pan Pacific Open

Kurumi Nara crashed out in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday in a grueling three-set match against eighth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. It was a bad day all round for the host nation as 43-year-old veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm also made ...

Safarova advances at Pan Pacific Open

Sep 15, 2014

Safarova advances at Pan Pacific Open

Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic rallied from a set down to beat U.S. teenager Madison Keys 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday. The seventh-seeded Safarova saved eight of 10 break points to oust the ...

Sep 14, 2014

France reaches Davis Cup final

France reached the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 on Saturday when it took an unassailable 3-0 lead over two-time defending champion Czech Republic in their semifinal. In the Nov. 21-23 final, France will tackle either Switzerland or Italy, whose semifinal ...