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Kerber, Wozniacki book spots in Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinals

Sep 19, 2014

Kerber, Wozniacki book spots in Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinals

The top two seeds, Angelique Kerber of Germany and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, roared into the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo Friday. Top-seeded Kerber outplayed sixth-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-0 and Wozniacki, a former world No. 1, overcame Spain’s Carla ...

Fans praise Li for impact as tennis pioneer

Sep 19, 2014

Fans praise Li for impact as tennis pioneer

On the day China’s first tennis superstar announced her retirement, fans praised Li Na as a pioneer both in the Western-dominated sport in which she excelled and in China’s tightly controlled system for training and managing athletes. Few players from Asia had excelled at ...

Sep 19, 2014

Moya steps down

Carlos Moya has decided not to stay on as Spain’s Davis Cup coach next year after the five-time winners, missing their top players, were eliminated from the elite World Group by Brazil at the weekend. Injured world No. 2 Rafa Nadal and No. 5 ...

Report says Li to retire due to knee injury

Sep 18, 2014

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, ...

Nara, Date-Krumm eliminated in first round at Pan Pacific Open

Sep 16, 2014

Nara, Date-Krumm eliminated in first round at Pan Pacific Open

Kurumi Nara crashed out in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday in a grueling three-set match against eighth-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. It was a bad day all round for the host nation as 43-year-old veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm also made ...

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 ...