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Nishikori beats Harrison to open Memphis title defense

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori opened his bid for a fourth straight Memphis Open title with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over American Ryan Harrison on Wednesday night. Nishikori was cruising through the second set up a break at 5-3. Harrison held serve, then broke the Japanese player in the lengthy 10th game. ...

Feb 10, 2016

Tennis star Murray becomes father

Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has joined the fathers’ club at the top of men’s tennis after his wife Kim gave birth to a daughter at the weekend. Media reports said Kim gave birth to a baby girl. Messages of congratulations flooded in on ...

Feb 9, 2016

Nara reaches second round at Taiwan Open

Kurumi Nara earned a spot in the second round at the Taiwan Open on Tuesday, while a pair of compatriots made early exits in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Nara, ranked 89th in the world, dispatched 94th-ranked Wang Qiang of China 6-1, 6-3 in just over an ...

Feb 5, 2016

Japan advances to Fed Cup zone playoff final

Japan reached the promotion playoff final of the Asia-Oceania zone in the Fed Cup on Friday with a 2-1 win over Thailand. Japan fell behind the host nation after Eri Hozumi lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Bunyawi Thamchaiwat, but Nao Hibino tied it up ...

Feb 4, 2016

Federer sidelined after knee surgery

Roger Federer has had knee surgery and will miss tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai this month. “Roger Federer underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery today in Switzerland to repair a torn meniscus,” a statement on his official website said Wednesday. It is a rare injury ...

Djokovic still hungry after latest triumph

Feb 1, 2016

Djokovic still hungry after latest triumph

Novak Djokovic has a new goal for the year. He calls it the Djoker Slam. The No. 1-ranked player has one thing missing from his fast-growing collection of 11 Grand Slam trophies. “The French Open. It’s the one I never won,” Djokovic said early ...

Djokovic thrashes Murray to claim sixth Australian Open title

Jan 31, 2016

Djokovic thrashes Murray to claim sixth Australian Open title

Novak Djokovic was still walking around Melbourne Park with his trophy, celebrating his record sixth Australian title, when five-time runnerup Andy Murray was heading for the airport in a rush to reunite with his pregnant wife. Top-ranked Djokovic maintained his perfect streak in six ...

Kerber, Germans celebrate

Jan 31, 2016

Kerber, Germans celebrate

After all the advice that Steffi Graf gave her, Angelique Kerber was able to return a favor to the retired champion on Saturday. Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era is intact — for now — after Kerber staged ...

Kerber shocks Serena in Australian Open final

Jan 30, 2016

Kerber shocks Serena in Australian Open final

A tearful Angelique Kerber stunned an errant Serena Williams to win the Australian Open on Saturday and thwart the American top seed’s bid to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles. In a huge upset, the seventh seed toppled the 34-year-old ...

Murray outplays Raonic to reach Australian Open final

Jan 29, 2016

Murray outplays Raonic to reach Australian Open final

Iron-clad defense triumphed over all-out attack as Andy Murray overhauled Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to book another Australian Open final against Melbourne Park nemesis Novak Djokovic. World No. 2 Murray came from behind twice to topple the rangy ...

Serena, Kerber set up Australian final clash

Jan 28, 2016

Serena, Kerber set up Australian final clash

Serena Williams is one win away from another Grand Slam milestone after beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal that was almost a non-contest between the players who’ll be Nos. 1 and 3 in the next women’s rankings. If Williams wins ...

Murray sinks Ferrer

Jan 27, 2016

Murray sinks Ferrer

Andy Murray and a much lesser-known British player, Johanna Konta, advanced to the Australian Open semifinals Wednesday, when the action on court had to compete with news about the integrity of the sport. Murray, making his 18th trip to a Grand Slam semifinal, beat ...