• Looking forward to winning some tournaments before I stop, says Sania Mirza
    Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): Indian women’s tennis superstar Sania Mirza said that she is looking forward to winning some tournaments in 2022 before quitting the sport.The six-time Grand Slam champion on Wednesday announced her decision after her first-round loss in the women’s doubles at the Australian Open 2022. Mirza hopes to play at least until the US Open in August-September. Further talking about her retirement plan, the 35-year-old on ‘Extraaa Serve’ on Sony Sports Network during the ongoing Australian Open 2022, said: “Oh, I haven’t really thought about that actually, but yeah I’m looking forward to this last season I’m, but I am looking forward to, you know, being at home not leaving out of a suitcase for a change and yeah just living a normal life whatever that is but I’m you know I hope that I can finish the season and my body is healthy enough to play.”“The level is not an issue. It’s just about my body and the travel and stuff. So I’m still looking forward to the season. It’s a long year. We’re only in January. Everybody got really emotional yesterday and made me emotional as well; I didn’t mean it, India, I didn’t mean it. I didn’t mean to make everyone so sad, but yeah, I am looking forward to actually trying to win some tournaments this year before I stop,” she added.On Thursday, the Indo-American pair of Sania […]
  • Australian Open: Halep, Muguruza ease through; Kvitova, Fernandez suffer upsets
    Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): Former World No.1 Simona Halep got her 2022 Australian Open campaign off to a victorious start, as Romanian gritted past Magdalena Frech of Poland 6-4, 6-3 in their first-round battle.In their sole prior meeting, Halep had defeated Frech with the loss of only two games on the clay courts of Prague in 2020. The two-time Grand Slam champion has now improved to 6-0 on the season thus far, having won her 23rd career WTA singles title at Melbourne Summer Set 1 two weeks ago. Halep is seeking her first Australian Open title, which would go with her 2018 Roland Garros and 2019 Wimbledon crowns.Another Romanian claimed a big win on Tuesday, as Sorana Cirstea bundled 2019 runner-up Petra Kvitova out of the Australian Open for the second straight year. Cirstea notched a 6-2, 6-2 first-round victory over the former World No.2 at John Cain Arena.Aussie hope Maddison Inglis also captured an upset win as she shocked 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez of Canada, 6-4, 6-2. Inglis took an hour and 23 minutes to stun the No.23 seed and claim her first main-draw victory at a Grand Slam event.Elsewhere, Garbine Muguruza got off to a winning start on the Australian Open’s main court in 2022 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over France’s Clara Burel.Playing her first-ever match on Rod Laver Arena, British qualifier Harriet Dart started brightly against No.7 seed Iga […]
  • Australian Open will be great with or without Novak Djokovic, says Rafael Nadal
    Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): Rafael Nadal on Saturday said the Australian Open is much more important than any one player while talking about his rival Novak Djokovic, who is currently fighting deportation from Australia.Ahead of the start of the season’s first Grand Slam on Monday, Nadal at Melbourne Park in his pre-event press conference said: “Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him.” Currently, nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is still in the draw to defend his title in Melbourne after the Serbian’s visa was cancelled on Friday by Hawke, the Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs. Djokovic is placed against compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening round.When asked about how different AO 2022 would look with Djokovic in the draw and without him, Rafa said: “I tell you one thing, it’s very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players of the history, without a doubt.”“But there is no one player in history that’s more important than an event, no? The players stays and then goes, and other players are coming. No one, even Roger, Novak, myself, Bjorn Borg, who was amazing at his times, tennis keep going. Australian Open is much more important than any player. If he’s playing finally, okay. If he’s not playing, Australian Open will be great Australian Open with or without him. That’s my point of view,” the […]
  • Australian Open: Pleased and grateful that judge overturned my visa cancellation, says Djokovic
    Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): World number one men’s singles player Novak Djokovic on Monday said he is “pleased and grateful” that the judge has overturned his visa cancellation ahead of the Australian Open.The tennis star won his legal appeal on procedural grounds, quashing the border officer’s initial decision to cancel his visa. Judge Anthony Kelly of the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia quashed the cancellation of Djokovic’s visa and confirmed the twenty-time Grand Slam winner Serbian will be permitted to stay in Australia.Djokovic was also ordered to be released from detention immediately with his passport and “personal effects”.“I’m pleased and grateful that the Judge overturned my visa cancellation. Despite all that has happened, I want to stay and try to compete @AustralianOpen.I remain focused on that. I flew here to play at one of the most important events we have in front of the amazing fans,” Djokovic tweeted.The defending Australian Open champion also thanked his fans for standing with him during the proceedings.“For now I cannot say more but THANK YOU all for standing with me through all this and encouraging me to stay strong,” he added.Notably, Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to enter Australia and compete in the Australian Open because he had recently tested positive for COVID-19, court documents published on Saturday has revealed.The Australian Open organizers granted a medical exemption to vaccine-sceptic Djokovic after which he jetted into Melbourne […]
  • Rafael Nadal downs Cressy to clinch his 89th tour-level title in Melbourne
    Melbourne [Australia]: Rafael Nadal lifted the Melbourne Summer Set trophy on Sunday by downing the American qualifier Maxime Cressy 7-6(6), 6-3.The Spaniard was playing for the first time since August this week after a foot injury curtailed his 2021 season. However, the world number six showed little sign of rustiness in Melbourne, not dropping a set at the ATP 250 event to earn his 89th tour-level crown. In an entertaining match, Cressy attacked Nadal with his high-flying serve-and-volley game, but the Spaniard returned well throughout and showed a great fight. The 35-year-old saved a set point in the first-set tie-break and rallied from a break-down in the second set, before eventually triumphing after one hour and 44 minutes. This was Cressy’s first ATP Tour final.“This court has always been very, very special for me,” Nadal said after the match. “The Rod Laver Arena is very, very special for everyone and it is more special because of you guys. You guys are a great crowd and I can’t thank you enough,” he added.On Saturday, Nadal defeated Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori to book a place in the final of the Melbourne Summer Set. The Spaniard battled past Ruusuvuori by 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 56 minutes.
  • Ramanathan, Bopanna battle past into quarterfinals in Adelaide
    Adelaide [Australia]: India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan and Rohan Bopanna battled their way into the men’s doubles quarterfinals of the Adelaide International 1 ATP tournament in Adelaide on Wednesday.In the ATP 250 men’s event, the Indians defeated the American pair of Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 10-4 in a super tie-breaker in the second round. Earlier in the round of 32, Bopanna-Ramanathan beat American Jamie Cerretani and Brazil’s Fernando Romboli 6-2, 6-1. They will face the winner of the match between the French-Monegasque duo of Benjamin Bonzi and Hugo Nys and the Belgian pair of Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.On Tuesday in the women’s WTA 500 event here, India’s Sania Mirza and her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok advanced to the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles in the Adelaide International tournament. Sania Mirza and Nadiia Kichenok came from a set down to upset second seeds Giuliana Olmos of Mexico and Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski 1-6, 6-3, 10-8.The pair will now face the winner between Priscilla Hon/Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz and Shelby Rogers/Heather Watson in the last eight.
  • ATP Cup: Krajinovic leads Serbia to victory against Norway
    Sydney [Australia]: Filip Krajinovic did double duty Saturday at ATP Cup to guide Serbia to a 2-1 victory against Norway in Group A in Sydney on Saturday.The World No. 42 teamed with Nikola Cacic to overcome Casper Ruud and Viktor Durasovic 7-6(3), 6-3 in the decisive doubles rubber after the two singles matches were split. “It was an amazing point at the end,” Krajinovic said in his on-court interview. “Thank you for watching and thank you for Nikola for playing with me and we are very happy to win today. It is a very good start. We are happy we won and we came here to go all the way if we can and we are going to give our best.”The Serbian tandem hit with power, closed the net effectively throughout and broke three times, winning an epic exchange on match point to clinch the tie after 86 minutes. The 2020 champion next plays Chile on Monday.“We have known each other for a long time, since we were kids and it was a lot of fun to play together today,” Cacic said. “I want to thank Filip for playing with me and everyone who stayed to support us.”In the first match of the day on Ken Rosewall Arena, Krajinovic had survived a scare in the second set to give Serbia a 1-0 lead, defeating Durasovic 6-2, 7-5 to earn his first win of the […]
  • Season 3 of Tennis Premier League launched amidst great fanfare
    New Delhi [India]: Tennis Premier League (TPL) launched its third season in a grand way at The Celebration Sports Club, keeping all COVID-19 protocols in mind.It was a double whammy for all Tennis lovers and enthusiasts to see Tennis Legend Leander Paes and Tennis icon Sania Mirza together in support of the League. Co-Founder of the League Kunal Thakkur was elated with the response and was quoted saying ” For me the biggest victory is to see the entire tennis fraternity of India, supporting and collaborating to promote tennis as a sport, for which I am very grateful “.Co-Founder Mrunal Jain meanwhile added ” We have come this far only with the support of all our owners, celebrities and players and are looking forward to a smashing season 3″.The highlight of the inauguration was the one on one virtual interaction with Goran Ivanisevic, current coach of Novak DJokovic all the way from Europe.The tennis players were elated to hear some valuable tips from the legendary coach and ex Wimbledon champion. The camaraderie between Goran and Leander who came together after the French Open of 1999 was the talking point. The venue was packed with the top players and mentors of India.“We are happy to support TPL as it’s giving such good exposure to all players wherein the entire world will be watching them live on Sony Liv,” said Anil Dhupar chairman of AITA.The other […]
  • Ash Barty, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal among top names in Australian Open
    Melbourne [Australia]: Ash Barty and Novak Djokovic headline stellar player fields that are set to compete at Melbourne Park for Australian Open 2022 in the entry list released on Wednesday.Defending champion Djokovic will play for an incredible 10th Australian Open trophy — and a men’s record 21st major singles title — and will be the favourite in a draw that showcases 49 of the world’s top 50 including world No.2 Daniil Medvedev, who beat top-ranked Djokovic in this year’s US Open final. World No.1 Barty, who will attempt to become the first local player to win an Australian Open singles title in 44 years, leads a women’s field featuring all of the world’s top 40.Defending champion Naomi Osaka is expected to return to action and will target a fifth career major singles title; and reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu will make her Australian Open debut, with the British teenager up to a career-high ranking of No.19.Rafael Nadal, tied with Djokovic at 20 career major singles titles, will compete for the first time since August, while AO 2020 finalist Dominic Thiem will make his comeback after a six-month break to heal a wrist injury.A notable absentee on the men’s side is 16th-ranked Roger Federer, who continues his rehabilitation following knee surgery. Fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the AO 2014 winner, will also miss the event as he too recovers from surgery.In the women’s field, 23-time […]
  • Russia defeat Croatia to lift third Davis Cup title
    Madrid [Spain]: Russia has won the Davis Cup for the third time after the side defeated Croatia 2-0 in the summit clash in Madrid. Andrey Rublev defeated Borna Gojo 6-4, 7-5 in the opening match and then the victory was sealed by Daniil Medvedev after he outclassed Marin Cilic.Medvedev defeated Cilic 7-6, 6-2 to seal the victory for Russia. This was the third final in five years for Croatia. “It feels amazing. But I am more happy for the team than for myself. We have an amazing team, amazing atmosphere,” the official website of Davis Cup quoted Medvedev as saying. “I am happy to be a part of it and bring the points we need. It is never easy to come here at the end of the season but they were some of the best weeks of my career,” he added. (ANI)
  • ATP Finals: Djokovic reaches semis
    Turin [Italy]: Novak Djokovic on Wednesday qualified for the semi-finals at the ATP Finals with his 50th match win of the year.The World No. 1, chasing a record-equalling sixth trophy at the season finale, won Green Group play at the Pala Alpitour in Turin with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over fifth seed Andrey Rublev. With Daniil Medvedev winning the Red Group on Tuesday, a possible World No. 1 versus No. 2 final is on the cards come 21 November.The Serbian will look to carry his momentum into Friday’s round-robin match against British alternate Cameron Norrie, who has replaced Stefanos Tsitsipas (right elbow) in the elite field.In the other singles match of the day, Casper Ruud claimed the first win of his ATP Finals campaign after rallying from a set down against alternate Cameron Norrie 1-6, 6 -3, 6-4.
  • Berrettini withdraws from ATP Finals
    Turin [Italy]: Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday withdrew from the ATP Finals after suffering a left oblique injury that forced him to retire from his match on Sunday evening against Alexander Zverev.After one game in the second set, the Italian took a medical timeout. An emotional Berrettini attempted to continue but was forced to retire. Zverev won a tightly contested first set 7-6(7) in 79 minutes and led 1-0 in the second set when Berrettini was unable to continue. Following a medical timeout, the home favourite attempted to continue. But after playing one more point, he walked to the net to shake hands. Zverev climbed over the net to embrace and console him.Berrettini announced his withdrawal from the ATP Finals through an emotional Instagram post.Now the first alternate Jannik Sinner will take Berrettini’s place. Sinner will face Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.Sinner has enjoyed the best season of his career, lifting four ATP Tour trophies, including the biggest triumph of his career at the Citi Open in Washington. The Italian is 45-21 in 2021.
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