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Nadal, Ferrer make quarters in Rio

Feb 19, 2016

Nadal, Ferrer make quarters in Rio

Even the King of Clay Rafael Nadal needs victories to boost his confidence, which has waned recently as his dominance has slipped on the slippery red surface. “Winning is the important thing, which gives you confidence and lets you relax,” Nadal said after joining ...

Feb 16, 2016

Serena withdraws from Qatar Open due to flu

World No. 1 Serena Williams on Tuesday become the latest high-profile name to pull out of the Qatar Open, citing flu for her withdrawal. It is the latest blow for organizers coming less than a week after Maria Sharapova pulled out of the Doha ...

Nadal unfazed by Zika fears ahead of Rio Open, Olympics

Feb 16, 2016

Nadal unfazed by Zika fears ahead of Rio Open, Olympics

Former No. 1 Rafael Nadal said Monday he’s not frightened by the Zika virus as he prepares in Brazil — the center of the viral outbreak — for this week’s Rio Open tennis tournament and the city’s Olympics in less than six months. Nadal ...

Nishikori captures fourth consecutive Memphis Open title

Feb 15, 2016

Nishikori captures fourth consecutive Memphis Open title

Kei Nishikori had practiced against teenager Taylor Fritz a few times over the past couple years without beating the American even once. Until they met in a match that actually mattered. Nishikori won his fourth straight Memphis Open title Sunday, beating Fritz 6-4, 6-4 ...

Feb 14, 2016

Doi falls to Venus in Taiwan final

Misaki Doi failed to earn her second title on the WTA tour on Sunday, when she lost the final of the Taiwan Open to former world No. 1 Venus Williams. Williams, currently ranked 12th in the world and the top seed at Kaohsiung’s Yang-Ming ...

Three-time defending champion Nishikori moves into Memphis final

Feb 14, 2016

Three-time defending champion Nishikori moves into Memphis final

Kei Nishikori overcame a slow start to beat 58th-ranked American Sam Querrey in a three-set semifinal on Saturday, keeping alive his hopes of winning a fourth consecutive Memphis Open title. The Japanese world No. 7 had won four of the previous seven matchups between ...

Feb 13, 2016

Doi, Venus reach Taiwan Open final

Misaki Doi will have a shot at her second WTA title on Sunday, when she faces top seed and former world No. 1 Venus Williams in the Taiwan Open final. Doi, the second seed at the Yang-Ming Tennis Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, beat the ...

Nishikori rolls into semifinals

Feb 13, 2016

Nishikori rolls into semifinals

Kei Nishikori remained on course for his fourth consecutive Memphis Open title with a straight-sets win over Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin in the quarterfinals on Friday. Nishikori prevailed 6-2, 6-4 but compatriot Yoshihito Nishioka had his hopes of reaching the last four for the first ...

Feb 12, 2016

Venus books spot in Taiwan Open semifinals

Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-5, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Taiwan Open. Williams won seven of 10 break points against her unseeded opponent to set up a semifinal against third-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. Putintseva ...

Feb 12, 2016

Doi advances to Taiwan Open semifinals in walkover

Misaki Doi reached the semifinals of the Taiwan Open after winning her quarterfinal against compatriot Kurumi Nara in a walkover. Doi, ranked 61st in the world and the second seed at the Yang-Ming Tennis Center will play Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in the semifinals. The ...

Feb 11, 2016

Venus ousts Radwanska at Taiwan Open

Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered Urszula Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the Taiwan Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Williams converted five of seven break-point chances against the unseeded Radwanska. “My opponent started so strong,” Williams said. “She went 4-1, but I was hoping ...

Feb 11, 2016

Billie Jean King praises women's rights icon

Tennis legend Billie Jean King has treated the audience at a Rochester speaking event to a few souvenirs. The 72-year-old Hall of Famer was the keynote speaker Wednesday at an annual luncheon honoring the birthday of suffragist Susan B. Anthony, who was born on ...