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Serena takes opener at finals

A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official — none of it could stop Serena Williams from extending her winning streak at the WTA Finals. The three-time defending champion made it 16 straight victories at the season-ending championships by beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in ...

Oct 19, 2014

Serena hits back at Russian official

Serena Williams says comments by the head of the Russian Tennis Federation referring to her and older sister Venus as “brothers” were bullying, sexist and racist. Shamil Tarpischev was fined $25,000 and suspended from tour involvement for a year for making the comments on ...

Oct 18, 2014

Tarpischev gets one-year WTA ban

Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Venus and Serena Williams’ gender in comments on Russian television. The WTA Tour said Friday that it is seeking Tarpischev’s ...

Federer outlasts Simon to win Shanghai Masters

Oct 12, 2014

Federer outlasts Simon to win Shanghai Masters

Roger Federer edged a resilient Gilles Simon of France 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-2) to win the Shanghai Masters and claim the 81st title of his career on Sunday. The 17-time Grand Slam winner had blown away world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals ...

Stosur retains Japan Open title in Osaka

Oct 12, 2014

Stosur retains Japan Open title in Osaka

Big-serving Australian Samantha Stosur retained a title for the first time in her career Sunday with a resounding 7-6, 6-3 victory over Zarina Diyas in the Japan Women’s Open final. Top seed Stosur, who has struggled to hit the heights since winning the U.S. ...

Federer powers past Djokovic, into Shanghai Masters final

Oct 12, 2014

Federer powers past Djokovic, into Shanghai Masters final

Roger Federer blew away Novak Djokovic in a fearsome Shanghai Masters performance Saturday to end the Serb’s incredible winning streak in China and set up a final with Gilles Simon. A brilliant attacking display from the 17-time Grand Slam winner, who served with aggression ...

Rivals set for Shanghai semi

Oct 11, 2014

Rivals set for Shanghai semi

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer set up a rematch of their Wimbledon final with convincing straight-set wins to reach the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters on Friday. The top-ranked Djokovic defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2 to extend his winning streak in China to 28 ...

Djokovic rallies past Kukushkin

Oct 10, 2014

Djokovic rallies past Kukushkin

Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided being the latest seed to lose at the upset-hit Shanghai Masters, rallying to defeat No. 85-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the third round Thursday. Roger Federer also advanced to the quarterfinals with a routine 6-4, 6-2 ...

Oct 9, 2014

Davis eliminates Aoyama in Japan Women's Open second round

Shuko Aoyama crashed to a straight-sets defeat to American No. 8 seed Lauren Davis in the second round in singles competition at the Japan Women’s Open on Thursday. Davis took a little over an hour to thrash qualifier Aoyama 6-1, 6-1 and secure her ...

Wawrinka falls to Simon in Shanghai Masters second round

Oct 8, 2014

Wawrinka falls to Simon in Shanghai Masters second round

Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka crashed out of his second successive tournament at the first hurdle Wednesday, losing his Shanghai Masters opener after squandering a 3-0 lead in the final set. It was a misery for the fourth seed in Shanghai, who was in ...

Nadal to play in Shanghai despite appendicitis

Oct 8, 2014

Nadal to play in Shanghai despite appendicitis

Rafael Nadal is counting on antibiotics to control his appendicitis so he can get through the Shanghai Masters this week. The second-ranked Nadal began feeling pain in his abdomen late Saturday, and the next day went to the hospital where he learned he had ...