Fans praise Li for impact as tennis pioneer

Sep 19, 2014

Fans praise Li for impact as tennis pioneer

On the day China’s first tennis superstar announced her retirement, fans praised Li Na as a pioneer both in the Western-dominated sport in which she excelled and in China’s tightly controlled system for training and managing athletes. Few players from Asia had excelled at ...

Fans rally behind Nishikori despite loss

Sep 9, 2014

Fans rally behind Nishikori despite loss

by Kazuaki Nagata

Despite a disappointing loss for Kei Nishikori in the U.S. Open final Tuesday in New York, Japanese fans rallied behind the young tennis star, saying that his improbable run to the final will be a valuable experience for him. Nishikori’s loss “was of course ...

Azarenka makes short work of Swiss Oprandi

Feb 15, 2013

Azarenka makes short work of Swiss Oprandi

by Jack Gallagher

Top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka scored a convincing 6-2, 6-3 victory over Switzerland’s Romina Oprandi on Wednesday to move into the third round of the Qatar Total Open. Playing on a windswept Centre Court at the Khalifa Tennis Center, Azarenka had her ...

Sharapova, Serena advance in Doha

Feb 14, 2013

Sharapova, Serena advance in Doha

by Jack Gallagher

Third seed Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Qatar Total Open on Tuesday night with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Caroline Garcia of France. Sharapova, who had a first-round bye, broke Garcia’s serve in the opening game of the match ...

Wozniacki breezes past Jugic-Salkic

Feb 13, 2013

Wozniacki breezes past Jugic-Salkic

by Jack Gallagher

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki recovers from having her serve broken in the opening game of the first set Monday night to post a 6-1, 6-2 victory over qualifier Mervana Jugic-Salkic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in their first-round match at the Qatar Total ...

Strong field assembles for Qatar Total Open

Feb 11, 2013

Strong field assembles for Qatar Total Open

by Jack Gallagher

Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams headline a strong field for the WTA’s Qatar Total Open that features 17 of the top 18 players in the world beginning here on Monday. Belarussian Azarenka, fresh off her second straight title in ...