Japan off to strong start against Netherlands in Fed Cup

Tennis Apr 20, 2019

Japan off to strong start against Netherlands in Fed Cup

Japan is in control of its Fed Cup World Group II relegation showdown against the Netherlands following singles wins by Misaki Doi and Nao Hibino on Saturday. Hibino easily overcame Dutch No. l Bibiane Schoofs 6-1, 6-2 after Doi beat Richel Hogenkamp 6-3, 6-4 in ...

Naomi Osaka not named for Japan's Fed Cup clash against Spain

Tennis Jan 30, 2019

Naomi Osaka not named for Japan's Fed Cup clash against Spain

Women's world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was not named for Japan's upcoming Fed Cup clash with Spain, the Japan Tennis Association said Wednesday. Japan will host its World Group II first-round match against Spain on Feb. 9 and 10 at ...

Federer puts end to dream for Willis

More Sports / Tennis 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 until ...

Nishikori practices after injury; Daniel falls to Monaco

More Sports / Tennis Jun 29, 2016

Nishikori practices after injury; Daniel falls to Monaco

A day after needing treatment for an oblique injury during his first-round victory at Wimbledon, fifth seed Kei Nishikori put in about an hour of practice on Tuesday. Nishikori, who received an on-court massage prior to the final set of his straight-sets victory over Australian ...

More Sports / Tennis 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 with ...

More Sports / Tennis Oct 3, 2015

Hibino triumphs in Tashkent Open final

Nao Hibino cruised past Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-2 Saturday to win the Tashkent Open final. Hibino's pace caused problems as Vekic appeared increasingly frustrated by a lively crowd in the capital of Uzbekistan. The 21-year-old Hibino, an Aichi Prefecture native who is ranked 117th in ...

More Sports / Tennis Oct 2, 2015

Vekic, Hibino advance to Tashkent Open final

Donna Vekic of Croatia beat Russa's Evgenia Rodina 7-5, 6-1 Friday to set up a Tashkent Open final against Nao Hibino. Vekic overcame two breaks of serve in the first set and stepped up her game in the second set, allowing Rodina to win just ...