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Apr 6, 2014

Petkovic, Cepelova advance to final

No matter how the final match goes, there will be a surprise champion at the Family Circle Cup. No. 14 seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany and Jana Cepelova of Slovakia advance to the final Saturday, both rallying late in their matches to set up ...

Czech Republic crushes Japan

Apr 5, 2014

Czech Republic crushes Japan

by Jack Gallagher

Lukas Rosol and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic scored a comprehensive 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Japan’s Tatsuma Ito and Yasutaka Uchiyama in doubles on Saturday in their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal. The victory clinched the tie 3-0 for the two-time defending ...

Venus survives test in Charleston

Apr 3, 2014

Venus survives test in Charleston

Venus Williams advanced in the tournament where her top-ranked sister could not, battling from behind at the Family Circle Cup to defeat Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 7-5 on Wednesday. It was another long day for Williams, ranked No. 28 in the world, who needed 1 ...

Injured Nishikori to miss Davis Cup quarterfinal

Apr 2, 2014

Injured Nishikori to miss Davis Cup quarterfinal

Kei Nishikori said Wednesday he will miss Japan’s meeting this weekend in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against the Czech Republic due to a nagging groin injury. Nishikori beat former World No. 1 Roger Federer to reach the semifinals of last week’s Sony Open, but ...

Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Mar 31, 2014

Djokovic puts away rival Nadal to win Sony Open crown

Novak Djokovic stretched like a rubber band to hit a backhand. He sprinted into the other corner and scooped out forehands as if he was wielding a shovel. He ran forward to slice a ball off his shoetops. And he flicked a difficult half-volley ...

Serena beats Li to win title

Mar 30, 2014

Serena beats Li to win title

The celebration began with a series of happy hops that propelled Serena Williams across the court. Soon she was twirling, waving, laughing and mugging for the cameras — a familiar ritual by a perennial champion. Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title Saturday ...

Nishikori can't play semi

Mar 29, 2014

Nishikori can't play semi

No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the Sony Open final without playing a point on Friday. Both received walkovers when their semifinal opponents withdrew for health reasons. That left Nadal and Djokovic to play for the title on Sunday ...

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Mar 28, 2014

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Between points, Serena Williams stood motionless behind the baseline with her back to the net, as if trying to match — or mimic — the methodical ritual of her opponent, Maria Sharapova. They took turns waiting on each other, the pace of play plodding, ...

Nishikori upsets Federer in Sony Open quarters

Mar 27, 2014

Nishikori upsets Federer in Sony Open quarters

Roger Federer squandered a big lead and lost to No. 20-seeded Kei Nishikori 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open. Federer was up a service break twice in the second set but couldn’t close out the victory. He lost ...