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Report says Li to retire due to knee injury

China’s two-time Grand Slam-winner Li Na is poised to retire, state media reported Thursday, in a move which would bring down the curtains on Asia’s most successful tennis career. CCTV-5, sports channel of state broadcaster China Central Television, quoted unnamed insiders as saying Li, 32, will announce her retirement because ...

Safarova advances at Pan Pacific Open

Sep 15, 2014

Safarova advances at Pan Pacific Open

Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic rallied from a set down to beat U.S. teenager Madison Keys 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday. The seventh-seeded Safarova saved eight of 10 break points to oust the ...

Sep 14, 2014

France reaches Davis Cup final

France reached the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2010 on Saturday when it took an unassailable 3-0 lead over two-time defending champion Czech Republic in their semifinal. In the Nov. 21-23 final, France will tackle either Switzerland or Italy, whose semifinal ...

Nishikori reaffirms goal to become best in the world

Sep 13, 2014

Nishikori reaffirms goal to become best in the world

Kei Nishikori called his loss at Monday’s U.S. Open final an important step in his career when he arrived in Japan on Saturday. “The frustration of losing the final was big, but it marked my taking a big step in my tennis career,” Nishikori ...

Sep 13, 2014

Federer, Wawrinka spark Switzerland

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka took Switzerland close to its first Davis Cup final in 22 years after cruising to straight-sets wins in the opening singles against Italy on Friday. First, Federer beat 76th-ranked Simone Bolelli 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 without dropping serve to ...

Cilic ends Nishikori's dream run

Sep 9, 2014

Cilic ends Nishikori's dream run

Kei Nishikori came up short in his bid to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam title, losing in straight sets to Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open final on Monday. Tenth-seeded Nishikori fell 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to his Croatian opponent, ...

Nishikori's stock rises despite defeat by Cilic

Sep 9, 2014

Nishikori's stock rises despite defeat by Cilic

Kei Nishikori won’t leave New York as the first Asian man with a Grand Slam title, but his U.S. Open near-miss has shown him what he’s capable of. Nishikori fell 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to Marin Cilic in Monday’s title match, a battle of first-time ...

Williams earns three-peat

Sep 8, 2014

Williams earns three-peat

A couple of months before Serena Williams capped her dominant run to a third consecutive U.S. Open championship and 18th major singles title Sunday night, she sat down with coach Patrick Mouratoglou to decipher why the season had been such a struggle by her ...

Nishikori ready to make history

Sep 8, 2014

Nishikori ready to make history

Kei Nishikori’s journey to the U.S. Open final began a decade ago, when he was spotted as a teen at a tryout in Japan and invited to move to Florida to attend a tennis academy. Nishikori was among the first beneficiaries of a project ...

Nishikori bests Djokovic to make U.S. Open final

Sep 7, 2014

Nishikori bests Djokovic to make U.S. Open final

Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic set up a shock U.S. Open final Saturday as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, with 24 Grand Slams between them, were dumped out in one sensational afternoon. Nishikori, the 10th seed, became the first Asian man to reach a ...

Coach Chang imparting wisdom to Nishikori

Sep 7, 2014

Coach Chang imparting wisdom to Nishikori

Michael Chang knows what it takes to win a Grand Slam title as a player. Lately, as a coach, he’s been trying to transmit some of that knowledge to Kei Nishikori while helping guide him to the U.S. Open final. Chang has been an ...

Williams reaches final

Sep 6, 2014

Williams reaches final

Serena Williams overwhelmed 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals Friday to extend her U.S. Open winning streak to 20 matches. If Williams can make that 21 in a row by beating Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday’s final, the 32-year-old American will ...

Federer saves two match points, rallies past Monfils

Sep 5, 2014

Federer saves two match points, rallies past Monfils

Clearly frustrated by his play and opponent, Roger Federer whacked his racket on the top of the net after a missed volley. Moments later, he barked at the chair umpire: “What’s wrong with you, man?” Not long after that, Federer found himself in the ...