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Serena Williams, Djokovic head entry lists for US Open

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic head the direct entry lists for this year's U.S. Open. Williams will aim to break the record she currently shares with Steffi Graf for most Grand Slam titles in the Open era, while Djokovic will seek to reach his sixth final in the past seven years at Flushing Meadows. The fields announced by the U.S. Tennis Association...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic head entry lists for U.S. Open

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic head the direct entry lists for this year’s U.S. Open. Williams will aim to break the record she currently shares with Steffi Graf for most Grand Slam titles in the Open era, while Djokovic will seek to reach his sixth final in the past seven years at Flushing Meadows. The fields announced by the U.S. Tennis Association...
Via The Denver Post
6 days ago

Back on tour after 10 months, Melzer upsets top-seeded Thiem

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Playing his first tournament in 10 months, Jurgen Melzer upset fellow Austrian and top-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Generali Open on Wednesday. Thiem's defeat came only hours after defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber and third-seeded Marcel Granollers also lost in straight sets in the second round of the clay-court...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chardy, Berlocq advance at Croatia Open

UMAG, Croatia (AP) Third-seeded Jeremy Chardy beat past Serbian qualifier Nikola Cacic 6-2, 6-0 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open. In his Croatia Open debut, Chardy needed just 44 minutes to complete the victory - winning 94 percent of his first-serve points and facing no break points. Cacic had recorded his first tour-level victory on Monday when...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Venus Williams advances Bank of the West quarterfinals

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Magda Linette 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2 on Wednesday in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic. Williams, a Wimbledon semifinalist this month, won the first two points of the second-set tiebreaker but lost the next six. She tied it at 6 before Linette closed it out. Williams raced to a 4-0 lead in the third set after twice...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wozniacki stops match in Washington with injured left arm

WASHINGTON (AP) Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki stopped playing her second-round match at the Citi Open against Sam Stosur because of an injured left arm. The right-handed Wozniacki said that she felt pain while hitting a two-handed backhand at 5-all in the first set. She was treated by a trainer and wound up winning that set 7-5, but retired after getting broken to trail 4-3...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Injury forces top-seeded Kerber to quit Swedish Open

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Top-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany withdrew from the Swedish Open on Thursday because of an elbow injury. The left-handed German, who lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final earlier this month, injured her elbow during Wednesday's second-round victory over local wild card Carolina Lister. Kerber came through after a medical timeout, but was unable...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerald Melzer beats brother Jurgen to reach Kitzbuehel semis

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Gerald Melzer of Austria won 10 of the last 11 games to beat his older brother Jurgen 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 and reach his second career semifinal at the Generali Open on Thursday. Gerald Melzer plays the fourth-seeded Paolo Lorenzi of Italy for a place in Saturday's final. In the other semifinal, the sixth-seeded Dusan Lajovic of Serbia takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Johnson tops Ryan Harrison at Citi Open; Karlovic wins

WASHINGTON (AP) Fifth-seeded Steve Johnson ended qualifier Ryan Harrison's season-best run in the Citi Open's third round, winning the all-American matchup 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday. Johnson, a member of the U.S. Olympic team headed to Rio de Janeiro next month, broke Harrison once in each set, did not face a break point himself and ended the match with a 130 mph ace. In the quarterfinals...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Marin Cilic splits with coach Goran Ivanisevic

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) Marin Cilic has split with coach Goran Ivanisevic after nearly three years of cooperation that included winning the U.S. Open in 2014. The 12th-ranked Croat says Thursday on his Facebook page that it was a ''huge privilege to work with Goran, I enjoyed our work all this time and Goran helped me to reach many goals.'' Cilic adds that ''unfortunately, the road...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dominika Cibulkova reaches Bank of the West quarterfinals

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova beat Urszula Radwanska 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the Bank of the West Classic quarterfinals. Cibulkova, the 2013 champion, was ahead 5-2 in the first set before Radwanska rallied to tie it. Cibulkova, playing in her first match of the week after a first-round bye, cruised in the first-set tiebreaker and had no...
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Dominika Cibulkova reaches Bank of the West quarterfinals

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova beat Urszula Radwanska 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the Bank of the West Classic quarterfinals. Cibulkova, the 2013 champion, was ahead 5-2 in the first set before Radwanska rallied to tie it. Cibulkova, playing in her first match of the week after a first-round bye, cruised in the first-set tiebreaker and had no...
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Top-seeded Feliciano Lopez advances to Swiss Open semifinals

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Top-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain set up a Swiss Open semifinal against Dustin Brown by beating Elias Ymer of Sweden in the quarterfinals on Friday. The 20-year-old Ymer, ranked No. 157, saved four match points before the 21st-ranked Lopez sealed a 6-4, 7-6 (2) win at the clay-court event in the Swiss Alps. Germany's Brown, ranked No. 99, also advanced...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Defending champ Larsson advances to Swedish Open semifinals

BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Defending champion Johanna Larsson advanced to the Swedish Open semifinals by beating fourth-seeded Annika Beck 7-5, 6-1 Friday. The eighth-seeded Swede, who won her first WTA title in Bastad in 2015, lost her serve toward the end of the first set but recovered to win the opener, before comfortably taking the second set against her Germna opponent. ''I really...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Karlovic hits 26 aces to beat Sock in Washington quarters

WASHINGTON (AP) Ivo Karlovic hit 26 aces and saved all four break points he faced while beating sixth-seeded Jack Sock 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) on Friday at the Citi Open to reach the hard-court tournament's semifinals for the first time since 2007. Sock had a chance to force a third set, holding a set point at 6-5 in the second tiebreaker. But the 13th-seeded Karlovic erased that with...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Berlocq, Elias advance to Croatia Open semifinals

UMAG, Croatia (AP) Carlos Berlocq put aside his poor form in quarterfinals at the Croatia Open to defeat third-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-4, 6-2. The Argentine had lost three times in quarterfinals at Umag in 2007, 2011 and 2012. In the semifinals Berlocq will face Slovakia's Andrej Martin who upset second-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Last year's runner...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Johnson edges Isner in 2 tiebreakers in Citi Open

WASHINGTON (AP) Steve Johnson weathered a total of 12 set points and withstood 29 aces from top-seeded John Isner to win their all-American quarterfinal at the Citi Open 7-6 (7), 7-6 (15) on Friday. Johnson even won one point in the first tiebreaker by putting in play a 146 mph serve, then producing a lob winner over the 6-foot-10 Isner, a three-time runner-up at the hard-court...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Lobbing 6-foot-10 Isner, Steve Johnson into Citi Open SF

WASHINGTON (AP) Trailing in a tiebreaker against top-seeded John Isner, Steve Johnson managed to put a 146 mph serve into play and then decided to try something even more audacious: lob his 6-foot-10 opponent. Much to Johnson's surprise, the high-arcing backhand worked, winning the point. Hanging in there against the big-serving Isner, Johnson weathered a total of 12 set points...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

For Ivo Karlovic, every win is one for the ages

Tennis has long been a young man’s game, so Ivo Karlovic figured he knew the contours of his career. He made his first splash in his early 20s, beating defending Wimbledon champ Lleyton Hewitt as a 24-year-old. And then he would wind down at 28 or 29, the age when tennis pros used to fade away. That […]
Via DC Sports Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dominika Cibulkova reaches Bank of the West semifinals

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat fifth-seeded Misaki Doi of Japan 7-5, 6-0 on Friday to reach the Bank of the West Classic semifinals. Cibulkova, the 2013 champion, won the final 11 games after falling behind 2-5 in the first set. She will face third-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain on Saturday at The Taube Family Tennis Center. Konta beat...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Venus Williams reaches Bank of the West semifinals

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams reached the Bank of the West Classic semifinals, beating 17-year-old wild-card entry CiCi Bellis 6-4, 6-1 in an all-American match Friday night. The 36-year-old Williams won the last of her 49 singles titles in Taiwan in February. Williams will face Alison Riske on Saturday at The Taube Family Tennis Center. Riske led fourth-seeded...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Martin reaches his 1st final, plays Fognini at Croatia Open

UMAG, Croatia (AP) Andrej Martin of Slovakia reached his first career ATP final after defeating Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-4 Saturday in the last four of the Croatian Open. He faces fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the final. The 2013 finalist beat Gastao Elias of Portugal 6-3, 6-3. Martin and Berlocq played each other in Umag two years ago, when the Argentine...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Venus Williams holds off Riske, reaches Stanford final

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Venus Williams is having such a blast with her tennis again at age 36, she has many more tournament titles in mind before she's done. Her next chance comes Sunday in the Bank of the West Classic - with a shot at adding a 50th singles championship to her decorated career. The top-seeded Williams ran all over the court to extend long points and overcame her...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

At age 37, Ivo Karlovic to face Monfils in Citi Open final

WASHINGTON (AP) Even Ivo Karlovic willingly admits that whatever success he has on a tennis court is due mainly to his big serve. Well, that one stroke is in fine form at the moment, and so is Karlovic, closing in on a second consecutive title at age 37. Karlovic saved all five break points he faced Saturday and ran his service-game record to 43 for 43 this week, beating fifth...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Feliciano Lopez wins Swiss Open for 1st clay-court title

GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Top-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain won his first career clay-court title on Sunday, beating Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-4, 7-5 in the Swiss Open final. The 34-year-old Lopez's fifth career tournament title followed two on grass and two on hard courts. Ten years after losing the Gstaad final to Richard Gasquet of France, Lopez lifted the trophy on...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss
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