Nishikori advances to third round in Rio

Aug 9, 2016

Nishikori advances to third round in Rio

World No. 7 Kei Nishikori battled past John Millman of Australia to reach the third round at the Rio Olympics on Monday. Nishikori, the fourth seed, was made to work in the first set but took another step toward becoming the first Japanese to ...

Jul 21, 2016

Venus, Doi post early round wins at Bank of the West Classic

Top seed Venus Williams fended off a spirited challenge in her opening match against world No. 87 Magda Linette at the Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday as she needed three sets to advance. Williams defeated Linette 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2 to reach ...

Nishikori, Doi exit Wimbledon in fourth round

Jul 4, 2016

Nishikori, Doi exit Wimbledon in fourth round

Kei Nishikori and Misaki Doi both crashed out of Wimbledon in the fourth round on Monday. Taking to No. 2 court following Doi’s straight-sets defeat to Australian Open champion and women’s fourth seed Angelique Kerber, men’s fifth seed Nishikori was sluggish and retired in ...

Nishikori, Doi advance to fourth round at Wimbledon

Jul 3, 2016

Nishikori, Doi advance to fourth round at Wimbledon

Kei Nishikori and Misaki Doi both reached the fourth round after straight-set third-round victories on Saturday, a day of frequent rain interruptions at Wimbledon. In the only Grand Slam in which he has yet to reach the quarterfinals, Nishikori has begun to look comfortable ...

Serena rallies into third round

Jul 2, 2016

Serena rallies into third round

Down a break in the final set and one point away from falling behind 3-0, Serena Williams refused to buckle on Centre Court. Facing the prospect of her earliest ever loss at Wimbledon, the six-time champion summoned her big-match experience — as well as ...

Nishikori bests Benneteau; Doi sends Pliskova packing

Jul 1, 2016

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 ...

Federer puts end to dream for Willis

Jun 30, 2016

Federer puts end to dream for Willis

Roger Federer was not about to let this feel-good story spoil his own Wimbledon. The seven-time champion — perhaps the greatest player of all time — showed little mercy Wednesday against Marcus Willis, a 772nd-ranked British qualifier who had never won a tour-level match ...

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 ...

Jun 6, 2016

Nishikori, Doi to represent Japan in Rio

Kei Nishikori has secured his place at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after the latest world rankings were released on Sunday. Sixth-ranked Nishikori will be joined in Rio by Misaki Doi, who is 48th in the women’s rankings. Nishikori, who reached the quarterfinals at ...

Nadal breezes past Groth into French Open second round

May 24, 2016

Nadal breezes past Groth into French Open second round

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal stormed into the French Open second round on Tuesday with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 mauling of Australia’s Sam Groth. Nadal, the fourth seed, took his overall record in Paris to 71 wins against just two losses. The Spaniard needed only ...

Nishikori puts away Bolelli in straight sets after delay

May 24, 2016

Nishikori puts away Bolelli in straight sets after delay

Kei Nishikori chalked up his 50th career Grand Slam win Monday at the French Open, finishing his rain-delayed opening match in a straight-set win over Italy’s Simone Bolelli, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3. Resuming play from Sunday with a 2-1 lead in the third set, Nishikori ...