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Djokovic to meet Nadal for 54th time with Italian Open title at stake

May 19, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Serbian world No. 1 says 'it's the ultimate challenge' of playing the Spanish great

SETTLE THE SCORE. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are 2-2 in their previous 4 meetings. File Photo by Nic Bothma/AFP


Stomach bug hits Nadal's hunt for 6th Madrid title

May 06, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The 17-time Grand Slam winner is racing to make up for lost time after failing to win a clay title so far this spring

HOPING FOR BEST. Rafael Nadal is due to open play in the second round of the Madrid Open. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Naomi Osaka still atop WTA rankings

May 06, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Japanese tennis wonder maintains her lead over Petra Kvitova and Simon Halep

ALL SMILES. Naomi Osaka has every reason to be happy as he keeps hold of the top spot in the WTA rankings. File photo by David Gray/AFP


Injured Naomi Osaka pulls out of Stuttgart Open semifinals

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The world No. 1 is scheduled to play a semifinal tie against Anett Kontaveit, but chooses to withdraw from the match

BACK OUT. Naomi Osaka, though, is thankful she sustained the injury at the beginning of the clay season and not close to the French Open. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP


PH girls tennis team clinches world juniors berth

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Alex Eala leads the national 14-under girls squad to the world stage for the first time in 26 years

LONG WAIT. Philippines nails a world group berth for the first time since 1993. Photo courtesy of Mike Eala

Osaka maintains slender lead over Halep in WTA rankings

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:28 PM

The Japanese holds a 185-point advantage over the Romanian

YOUNG GUN. Naomi Osaka keeps her spot at the top of the world rankings. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP


Djokovic heads into clay season secure as world No. 1

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:22 PM

The Serb is almost 2,500 points ahead of second-running Rafael Nadal

STRONGHOLD. Novak Djokovic has been at the top of the world rankings for 20 weeks now. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP


Osaka silent over ex-coach lawsuit as Miami Open begins

Mar 21, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The former coach of world No. 1 Naomi Osaka wants at least 20% of her career earnings

STILL NEW. Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka says she’s still adjusting to her newfound fame. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Osaka on track in Indian Wells title defense

Mar 12, 2019 - 4:05 PM

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka advances to the 4th round of her Indian Wells 2019 campaign

RISING STAR. Naomi Osaka continues her bid for back-to-back titles in the 2019 Indian Wells tournament. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Illness ends Serena's Indian Wells bid

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The American star retires from her match against Garbine Muguruza after feeling 'extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue'

MOVING ON. Serena William now turns her focus on the Miami Open. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP


Navratilova sorry for transgender 'cheat' claim

Mar 04, 2019 - 1:26 PM

The tennis legend has been branded as 'transphobic' after writing a column that allowing trans athletes to compete with women is 'cheating and unfair'

DROPPED. Martina Navratilova has been dropped as ambassador for the Athlete Ally group which campaigns for LGBT rights in sport. File photo by John Gurzinski/AFP


UAAP tennis powerhouses NU, UE quash foes

Feb 25, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Former champion NU and reigning two-time titlist UE remain unscathed in men's lawn tennis


Kvitová slowly returns to the top in Australian Open

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'I felt very well throughout those 3 weeks I played in Australia,' says Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova

BAD LUCK. Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova aims to win a Grand Slam title in 2019. Photo by Patrick Hertzog/AFP

Sharapova: Australian Open 2019 exit will not dent Slam dreams

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:36 AM

Former world No. 1 Sharapova loses to Australian Ashleigh Barty in 3 sets in the last 16

DREAMING ON. Maria Sharapova moves on as she is still on the lookout for her fifth Grand Slam title. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Federer to play Roland Garros for first time since 2015

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Roger Federer returns to the clay courts of the French Open this year

'FOR FUN'. Roger Federer just wants to have fun in the 2019 Roland Garros. Photo by William West/AFP

Defending champion Federer out of Australian Open

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:33 PM

Stefanos Tsitsipas shocks Roger Federer to become the first Greek to reach the quarterfinals of a Slam

KNOCKED OUT. Roger Federer fails to repeat his bid for a third straight Australian Open title as he exits the tournament in the last 16. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

WATCH: Nadal barrels through Berdych to reach Australian Open quarters

Jan 20, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Rafael Nadal is through to the quarters without dropping a set in Australian Open 2019

RAMPANT. Rafael Nadal flashes his great form to barge into the quarterfinals. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Top seed Halep eclipses Venus to set up Serena clash

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Simona Halep powers past her 38-year-old opponent to face her sister in the last 16

PERSONAL BEST. Simona Halep finishes off Venus in one hour and 17 minutes to post her best performance in the tournament. Photo by Australian Open Twitter

Djokovic cruises to Australian Open last 16 despite floodlight fury

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'I think there was no sense to turn on lights on court at 5pm when we have another 4 hours of daylight,' fumes Novak Djokovic

FURY. Serbia's Novak Djokovic gives up a set to Canada's Denis Shapovalov because of the Australian Open floodlight situation. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Serena Williams rolls into Aussie Open last 16

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Serena Williams powers past teenager Dayana Yastremska to be on track for a record 24th Grand Slam title

ON TRACK. Serena Williams cruises to the Australian Open last 16 and is still in contention for her 24th Grand Slam title. Photo from Twitter (@AustralianOpen)

Japan's Osaka outlasts Hsieh to make Australian Open last 16

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:57 AM

Naomi Osaka survives an error-filled match to equal her best finish in the Australian Open

ALL-ASIAN MATCH. Naomi Osaka rallies back to crash into the last 16 after defeating Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei. Photo by David Gray/ AFP

Sharapova says revenge not behind Wozniacki Open upset

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:54 PM

'I just really like winning,' says Maria Sharapova after bundling out defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki

UPSET. Russia's Maria Sharapova (right) shakes hands with Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki after winning their women's singles match on Day 5 of the Australian Open. Photo by William West/AFP

Osaka romps as Halep and Raonic battle through Open epics

Jan 17, 2019 - 7:27 PM

World No. 1 Simona Halep staggers through as Japanese pair Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori survive on a day of epic battles in the Australian Open

SWEEP. Naomi Osaka hits a return against Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek in the Australian Open duel the Japanese star won in straight sets. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

WATCH: Ageless Federer not overthinking Australian Open title defense

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:28 PM

At 37, a confident Roger Federer targets a 21st Grand Slam title

WATCH: 5 Australian Open stories to follow

Jan 12, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Check out some interesting sidelights as the Grand Slam season gets going

TITLE DEFENSE. Roger Federer targets a seventh Australian Open crown. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Andy Murray to retire, eyes Wimbledon as last event

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) 'I can play with limitations. But having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training,' says the former world No. 1

SWAN SONG. Andy Murray hopes to end his stellar career at Wimbledon, but admits that the Australian Open this January may be his last run. Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP

Djokovic, Halep top seeds at Australian Open

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:56 AM

World No. 1 players Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep face a stern challenge in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year

Kerber through as Stephens avoids shock loss in Sydney

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Angelique Kerber is still in contention for back-to-back titles in Sydney International

TITLE DEFENSE. Angelique Kerber sweeps Camila Giorgi and advances to the third round. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Australian Open 2019: Serena shoots for Grand Slam history

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:29 PM

History beckons as Serena Williams aims to match Margaret Court's mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian's home soil

MAKING HISTORY. Serena Williams hopes that his Australian Open will allow her to match Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slam titles. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal says ‘no pain’ as Australian Open looms

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Rafael Nadal is 'feeling better' after withdrawing from Brisbane International

TITLE CONTENDER. Rafael Nadal still considers himself a contender for the 2019 Australian Open title. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Brilliant Nishikori, Pliskova claim Brisbane titles

Jan 06, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Japanese star Kei Nishikori bags his first men's title in 3 years as Karolina Pliskova storms back to capture the women's crown at Brisbane International

Djokovic's conqueror Bautista Agut takes Qatar Open title

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:45 AM

After stunning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut completes his stellar run with a championship

SURPRISE CHAMP. Roberto Bautista Agut bags his ninth career title and improves his world ranking to No. 23. Photo from Live Tennis

Djokovic crashes out of Qatar Open

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut shocks world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to advance to the final round

FRUSTRATED. Novak Djokovic admits he thought he was ‘pretty much in control’ of his semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Injured Sharapova retires from Shenzhen quarters

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:22 PM

The injury comes 10 days before the start of the Australian Open

SURPRISE EXIT. Maria Sharapova abruptly ends her campaign in the Shenzhen Open. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP


Djokovic to injured Nadal: 'We need you'

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:51 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says Rafael Nadal must return from injury again as the sport needs a 'legend' like him

ALL-TIME GREATS. Novak Djokovic (right) believes Rafael Nadal can pull off another comeback. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Struggling Sharapova progresses at Shenzhen as opponent retires

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:07 PM

China's Wang Xinyu is forced to retire from the match after feeling pain in her thigh

ON TO THE NEXT. Maria Sharapova reaches the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen WTA. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP


Thigh strain forces Nadal out of Brisbane tournament

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The world No. 2 withdraws to ensure he would be fit to play in the Australian Open

SIDELINED. Rafael Nadal is once again bitten by the injury bug. File photo by Oscar del Pozo


Wozniacki on right track ahead of Australian Open title defense

Jan 02, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The world No. 3 topples Laura Siegemund in the first round of the WTA Auckland Classic

LONG WAY TO GO. Caroline Wozniacki gives herself a passing mark as she starts the year with a win in the WTA Auckland Classic. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


LOOK: Serena posts inspirational message to working parents

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:48 PM

With her daughter Alexis Olympia in tow at the Hopman Cup, Serena Williams gives a salute to all working moms and dads

Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Djokovic wins first match of 2019 in just 55 minutes

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The world No. 1 cruises past Damir Dzumhur at the start of the Qatar Open

WARM UP. Competing in Doha has long been part of Novak Djokovic’s build up for the Australian Open. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Federer gets bragging rights over Serena in hugely anticipated match

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Meeting each other on the court for the first time, the Swiss legend and partner Belinda Bencic overcome the American star and teammate Frances Tiafoe

DEEP ADORATION. Serena Williams (left) says her doubles duel against Roger Federer is the "match of my career." Photo by Tony Ashby


Serena ensures meeting with Federer will have an edge

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:10 PM

The American star says she wants to replicate everything the Swiss great has done in his career

BEST VS BEST. Serena Williams will meet Roger Federer on the court for the first time. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP


Osaka cruises as Konta sends Stephens packing

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Osaka and Konta both advance to the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International

WINNING COLUMN. Naomi Osaka starts the new year on the right track. File photo Roslan Rahman/AFP


Federer beats Tiafoe and looks forward to playing Serena

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The Swiss great says it is a 'thrill' to finally face the American star

GREATS COLLIDE. Roger Federer will meet Serena Williams on the court for the first time. File photo by William West/AFP


Murray upbeat after winning start in Brisbane

Jan 01, 2019 - 7:04 PM

Sidelined from competitive play since the China Open in September, the former world No. 1 is slowly returning to his old form

RIGHT TRACK. Andy Murray begins the year on a winning note. File photo by Gyln Kirk/AFP


'Big Four' still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Djokovic

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Since and including 2010, the Serbian star, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have won 32 Grand Slams between them

CRAVING FOR MORE. Novak Djokovic heads into the new season seeking to add to his 14 Grand Slam titles. File photo by Johannes Eiselle / AFP


Venus wins three-set thriller against Azarenka

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:33 PM

In a showdown between two former world No. 1 players, Williams proves the better finisher

LIKE FINE WINE. Venus Williams, although already 38 years old, shows she still has it. Photo by Greg Woods/AFP/Getty Images


Body first, ranking later says Nadal after ankle surgery

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:16 PM

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal says chasing the top seed is no longer a personal goal in the last two years

LONGEVITY. Rafael Nadal says he intends to focus on his health so he can play tennis as long as he can. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Injured world No.5 Del Potro to miss Australian Open

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Top Argentine tennis player Juan Martin del Potro says he has yet to recover from a fractured knee sustained last October

After midnight: Brisbane match starts in 2018, ends in 2019

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Ranked 139 in world tennis, Marie Bouzkova rings in the year with an upset win over former US Open champion Samantha Stosur at Brisbane International

WINNING START. Young bet Marie Bouzkova advances to the 2nd round against fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova. Photo from Brisbane Tennis Twitter