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Nishikori bests Benneteau; Doi sends Pliskova packing

Fifth seed Kei Nishikori recovered from an early stumble to power past Julien Benneteau of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday and reach the third round at Wimbledon. “After I dropped the first set, I decided to play more aggressively,” said Nishikori, who is nursing an oblique injury suffered ...

Jun 28, 2016

Serena begins title defense by beating Sadikovic

Defending champion Serena Williams stuttered to a low-key and error-strewn 6-2, 6-4 first-round victory over Swiss qualifier Amra Sadikovic on Tuesday. Looking ill-at-ease, as though her quest for an elusive 22nd Grand Slam title was weighing heavily on her shoulders, Williams struggled with her ...

Nishikori puts away Groth in straight sets in opener

Jun 28, 2016

Nishikori puts away Groth in straight sets in opener

Fifth seed Kei Nishikori defeated big-serving Australian Sam Groth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday. The 124th-ranked Groth, who four years ago recorded the world’s fastest serve at 263 kph, dished up 15 aces compared to just one from ...

Nishikori determined to finally make impact at Wimbledon

Jun 26, 2016

Nishikori determined to finally make impact at Wimbledon

Kei Nishikori has set his sights on finally making a strong run at Wimbledon despite admitting he is less than 100 percent fit. Nishikori was forced to withdraw from the Wimbledon warm-up event in Halle before his second-round match last week due to an ...

Djokovic, Federer are potential foes in Wimbledon semifinals

Jun 24, 2016

Djokovic, Federer are potential foes in Wimbledon semifinals

Seven-time winner Roger Federer has been placed in defending champion Novak Djokovic’s top half of the Wimbledon draw. That means Djokovic could face the third-seeded Federer in the semifinals as he bids for a fifth consecutive Grand Slam title. The second-seeded Andy Murray could ...

Nishikori tops Gasquet in warm-up

Jun 24, 2016

Nishikori tops Gasquet in warm-up

Kei Nishikori defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet in an exhibition match on Thursday and came through it without any fitness issues ahead of Wimbledon, which gets underway on Monday. Nishikori, who pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open for the second straight season earlier this ...

Jun 23, 2016

Injured Azarenka withdraws from Wimbledon

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of a right knee injury. It was the same knee she hurt at the French Open, forcing her to retire during her first-round match. She hasn’t played since. Azarenka, ranked No. 6, was ...

Sharapova's lawyer blasts WADA chief

Jun 21, 2016

Sharapova's lawyer blasts WADA chief

Maria Sharapova’s attorney, John Haggerty, hit out at World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) head Craig Reedie for comments he made about the Russian tennis star’s earnings. Speaking at a WADA symposium in London on Monday, Reedie complained that his organization’s yearly budget of $30 million ...

Rising teen star Zverev beats Federer

Jun 19, 2016

Rising teen star Zverev beats Federer

Roger Federer’s bid for a ninth title at the Gerry Weber Open came to an end Saturday when he was beaten in the semifinals by Alexander Zverev, a rising German prospect who notched the biggest win of his young career. Zverev’s 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, ...

Becker surprised by Lendl's comeback

Jun 18, 2016

Becker surprised by Lendl's comeback

Boris Becker, coach to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, admits he was surprised to see Andy Murray reunited with Ivan Lendl. Murray persuaded United States-based Lendl to fly to London this week to start a second spell as the world No. 2’s coach, two ...

Murray eases into Queen's Club quarterfinals

Jun 17, 2016

Murray eases into Queen's Club quarterfinals

Andy Murray kept on track to claim a record fifth title at Queen’s Club by beating fellow Briton Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals on Thursday. American John Isner fired 43 aces and held 10 match points but failed to overcome Gilles ...

Federer advances in Germany

Jun 16, 2016

Federer advances in Germany

Roger Federer got his bid for a ninth Halle grass-court title off to a winning start on Wednesday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory over Germany’s world No. 88 Jan-Lennard Struff. The top seed and world No. 3 will face Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, ranked ...

Nishikori suffers pre-Wimbledon injury blow

Jun 15, 2016

Nishikori suffers pre-Wimbledon injury blow

World No. 6 Kei Nishikori withdrew from the Gerry Weber Open for the second straight season on Wednesday. Nishikori forfeited his second-round match against Germany’s Florian Mayer due to an injury to his oblique muscles. During his first-round match against France’s Lucas Pouille on ...