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Belarus prevails against Japan in Fed Cup showdown

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Former world’s No. 1 Victoria Azarenka teamed up with Olga Govortsova to beat Japan’s pair of Ayumi Morita and Shuko Aoyama 6-3, 6-4 in the doubles match, giving Belarus a 3-2 triumph in the Fed Cup Group II playoffs on Sunday at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum. With the result, Belarus qualified ...

Djokovic, Nadal to clash

Apr 18, 2015

Djokovic, Nadal to clash

Winning a game against Novak Djokovic these days is quite an achievement. Even when you’re an U.S. Open champion. Djokovic won the first eight games of his Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal match Friday before Marin Cilic managed to hold his serve, raising a thumb ...

Monfils takes out Federer

Apr 17, 2015

Monfils takes out Federer

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both exited the Monte Carlo Masters in the third round Thursday, and Rafael Nadal continued his road to recovery by overcoming John Isner in three sets. Federer, who played his first tournament in nearly four weeks, made too many ...

Big guns roll into third round in Monte Carlo

Apr 16, 2015

Big guns roll into third round in Monte Carlo

Rafael Nadal is back on the clay he loves so much, and he looks like his old self again. Nadal, who has a mediocre 16-5 record this year, got the flawless start he was hoping for Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters, beating 21-year-old ...

Apr 16, 2015

Aussie tennis star Coyne Long dies

The International Tennis Hall of Fame said that Thelma Coyne Long, an Australian who won 19 Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles or mixed doubles, has died. She was 96. The Hall made the announcement Wednesday. Long was inducted in 2013. She won two ...

Djokovic starts clay season with win

Apr 15, 2015

Djokovic starts clay season with win

Even when it comes to foreign languages skills, Novak Djokovic wants to be the best. After strolling into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-1, 6-4 win over qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas, the top-ranked Serb told spectators in fluent French how ...

Apr 14, 2015

Hozumi withdraws from Fed Cup tie

Eri Hozumi withdrew from this weekend’s Fed Cup World Group II Playoff against Belarus at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum because of a sprained left ankle, the Japan Tennis Association announced on Tuesday. Hozumi will be replaced by Ayumi Morita. The 25-year-old Hozumi was making her ...

Bouchard bounced by Davis at Family Circle Cup

Apr 9, 2015

Bouchard bounced by Davis at Family Circle Cup

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard slumped to yet another early exit on Wednesday, beaten in her first match in the Family Circle Cup by American Lauren Davis. Davis, ranked 66th in the world, needed just 67 minutes to subdue the world No. 7 6-3, 6-1 and ...

Apr 6, 2015

Nishikori reclaims No. 4 ranking

Kei Nishikori moved back up to fourth in the latest ATP world rankings released on Monday. Nishikori had reached a career-best No. 4 in the March 2 rankings, but dropped to No. 5 a week later where he had stayed ever since. Novak Djokovic ...

Djokovic overcomes Murray, heat to win Miami Open title

Apr 6, 2015

Djokovic overcomes Murray, heat to win Miami Open title

Hot but happy, Novak Djokovic had just begun celebrating his latest championship when he tossed his towel and sweatbands into the crowd. They were soggy souvenirs for sure. Djokovic earned his fifth Key Biscayne title Sunday, beating Andy Murray for the seventh consecutive time ...

Serena sweeps by Suarez Navarro for eighth Miami Open title

Apr 5, 2015

Serena sweeps by Suarez Navarro for eighth Miami Open title

Clutching her latest trophy, Serena Williams brushed confetti from her arms and smiled for the cameras as she chatted with Martina Navratilova, her relaxed multitasking a reflection of vast experience with championship ceremonies. Williams wins everywhere she goes, and she wins on Key Biscayne ...

Nole, Murray into Miami final

Apr 4, 2015

Nole, Murray into Miami final

Two hours before the Miami Open semifinal, Novak Djokovic practiced his returns in an empty stadium, the ball coming at him quickly because his hitting partner stood several feet inside the baseline to emulate big-serving John Isner. The drill helped. Djokovic achieved a breakthrough ...