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Jan 5, 2016

Sharapova pulls out of Brisbane International

Defending champion and tournament drawcard Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the season-opening Brisbane International with a left forearm injury, organizers said Tuesday. World No. 4 and third seed Sharapova said she “hurt my forearm in practice a couple days ago” and needed to withdraw ...

Jan 4, 2016

Murray opens season with easy victory

World No. 2 Andy Murray was satisfied with the start to his season after romping past France’s Kenny de Schepper 6-2, 6-2 at the Hopman Cup on Monday. Murray, who led Britain to its first Davis Cup triumph in 79 years just over a ...

Jan 4, 2016

Serena skips Hopman Cup opening match

Serena Williams withdrew from her opening match at the Hopman Cup because of inflammation in her left knee, an early setback in preparations for her Australian Open title defense. No. 1-ranked Williams practiced Monday ahead of her scheduled season-opener against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine ...

Dec 29, 2015

Nishikori sets sights on Grand Slam title in 2016

Kei Nishikori is looking to leave his mark with a Grand Slam title in the coming year as he seeks a quick return to the world top five. “Producing good results in big tournaments like Grand Slams will be important,” Nishikori told reporters after ...

Serena top female athlete again

Dec 26, 2015

Serena top female athlete again

Serena Williams spent a good portion of 2015 deflecting questions about whether she could complete the Grand Slam. After coming oh-so-close, she can acknowledge how much she cared about the rare feat. “I wanted it. But . . . winning one (major title) is ...

Dec 24, 2015

Soderling announces retirement

Two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling is retiring at the age of 31 due to illness, it was announced on Wednesday. The big-serving Swede, who ended Rafael Nadal’s 31-match winning streak at the French Open in 2009, has never fully recovered from contracting glandular ...

Dec 22, 2015

Djokovic, Williams recognized for excellence

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named ITF World Champions for 2015, after both players won three Grand Slam titles this year. Djokovic won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, amassing a career-best total of 11 titles in 2015 and an ...

Dec 17, 2015

Nishikori shot picked as year's best

Kei Nishikori’s unbelievable tweener lob at August’s Rogers Cup in Montreal was named the best play of the year on Tuesday in a fan poll on the ATP World Tour website. With Nishikori at the net, David Goffin reached the Japanese star’s drop shot ...

Dec 15, 2015

Serena named SI Sportsperson of Year

Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year — the first female athlete honored on her own by the magazine in more than 30 years. Williams came within two matches of tennis’ first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, a bid that ended with ...

Dec 12, 2015

Federer, Hingis to team up in Rio

Roger Federer says he’ll be teaming up with Martina Hingis for Switzerland in mixed doubles at next year’s Rio Olympics. Federer wrote Friday on Twitter that he is “really excited” about the pairing, and posted a photo of the two tennis stars from what ...

Dec 9, 2015

Federer, coach Edberg part ways

Roger Federer says his coaching relationship with his “childhood idol” Stefan Edberg has ended, and the six-time Grand Slam singles champion will not travel with him next year. In a statement to the ATP website, Edberg said: “Roger and I had a wonderful two ...

Dec 2, 2015

Aussie tennis chief says Kyrgios, Tomic have matured

Bad boys Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic have matured and turned the corner, Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley says, after a season which will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Both players endured turbulent years with on- and off-court controversies, including brushes with ...