Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori  given easy openers at U.S. Open

Tennis Aug 23, 2019

Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori given easy openers at U.S. Open

Top seed and world No. 1 Naomi Osaka will begin her title defense at the U.S. Open with a first-round clash against 93rd-ranked Anna Blinkova of Russia, while seventh seed Kei Nishikori faces a yet-unknown qualifier in his opening match. On Thursday, when the U.S. ...

More Sports / Tennis Feb 15, 2017

Becker: Sharapova deserves second chance

Boris Becker believes Maria Sharapova has paid her dues and deserves a second chance when she returns to tennis in April at the end of her 15-month doping ban. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, failed a dope test for the drug meldonium at the ...

More Sports / Tennis Sep 9, 2015

Nishikori to compete in upstart IPTL

World No. 4 Kei Nishikori will play for the Japan Warriors in the International Premier Tennis League in December, organizers said Tuesday. The Japan round, being held for the first time, will take place from Dec. 2-4 at Kobe World Memorial Hall. The IPTL was launched ...

Serena gets scare from Watson

More Sports / Tennis Jul 4, 2015

Serena gets scare from Watson

The needle on the Wimbledon Richter scale sat poised and ready but Serena Williams dug deep into her battle-hardened playbook to ensure there was no earth-shuddering shock at the hands of scurrying Briton Heather Watson on Friday. With the shockwaves of Rafa Nadal's exit at ...

Nishikori into Mexico final, will rise to No. 4

More Sports / Tennis Feb 28, 2015

Nishikori into Mexico final, will rise to No. 4

Kei Nishikori advanced to the final of the Mexico Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 semifinal victory over South Africa's Kevin Anderson on Friday, seizing a career-high world No. 4 ranking. Top seed Nishikori appeared to be cruising to an easy victory before the fifth-seeded ...

More Sports / Tennis Sep 12, 2013

Sharapova withdraws from Pan Pacific Open

Russian world No. 3 Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the upcoming Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, organizers said Thursday. The 26-year-old Sharapova, the winner in 2005, has withdrawn from the Sept. 22-28 tournament, to continue her recovery from a right shoulder injury that kept ...