Tennis

Bouchard surprised with male presenter's 'twirl' request at Oz Open

Eugenie BouchardSydney, Jan 22 : Canadian tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard was left surprised after a male presenter conducting her on-court interview, post her dominating 6-0, 6-3 win over Kiki Bertens at the Australian Open, made an unusual request by asking her to give them a twirl.

The male presenter asked Bouchard if she could give them a twirl, and the Canadian surprisingly asked a twirl. The presenter coaxed her saying that yes a twirl, like a pirouette, urging the Canadian to show her outfit, a pink skirt and top with bright yellow straps, to the crowd.

The world number seven twirled somewhat uncomfortably, and then she laughed and buried her face in her hands, News. com. au reported.

Ex coach Smith believes Murray among 'favourites' for Oz open

Leon Smith and Andy MurrayLondon, Jan 17 - Head of British tennis Leon Smith believes that Britain number one Andy Murray is one of the favourites to win the Australian Open as he is in good condition .

The former coach of Murray said that he was in great shape and was hitting the ball extremely well, adding that he had got as good a chance as anyone to win the tournament, the BBC reported.

According to Smith, Murray is in good shape and has played a lot of matches in the last three or four months of 2014. He further said that there's no doubt that helped condition his body, get match fit and, importantly, build confidence and get his ranking back to number six, the report added.

Federer beats Raonic in Brisbane International final to secure 1,000th career win

Federer beats RaonicLondon, Jan 12 : 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer beat big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic to secure his 1,000th career win as he bagged the Brisbane International title.

Federer beat Raonic 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4 on Pat Rafter Arena to clinch his 83rd career title and the Swiss becomes the third man, after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, to secure 1,000 ATP wins.

The world number two said that he has played a lot of tennis over the years so to get to 1,000 wins means a lot to him, adding that it is a special moment undoubtedly, and insisting that he would never forget this match, the BBC reported.

Serena Williams destroys racquet in frustration post Poland's maiden Hopman Cup win

Serena WilliamsWellington, Jan 11 - A defeat is not what world number one women's tennis player Serena Williams expected and she was left visibly agitated as she destroyed her racquet in frustration and called the chair umpire a liar after Poland grabbed a historic Hopman Cup title on Saturday.

Agnieszka Radwanska shocked 18-time major champion Williams 6-4, 6-7 (7-3), 6-1 to take Poland ahead 1-0 in front of 10,867 fans at Perth Arena .

Isner ensured the top seeds stayed alive with a 7-6 (12-10), 6-4 win over Jerzy Janowicz, but Poland bagged their maiden Hopman Cup after prevailing 7-5, 6-3 in the deciding mixed doubles, Stuff. co. nz reported.

Qualifier Aljaz Bedene knocks out Bautista Agut; sets up final with Stan Wawrinka

Aljaz BedeneChennai: Continuing his giant-killing spree, Slovakian qualifier Aljaz Bedene knocked out third seed and world number 15 Roberto Bautista Agut to reach his maiden ATP tour singles final, here on Saturday.

The 25-year-old Bedene, ranked as low as 156, shocked his Spaniard opponent 3-6 6-3 7-6 (8) in a marathon and intense semifinal that lasted two hours and 42 minutes.

Beden has become first qualifier in the 20-year history of Chennai Open to reach the summit clash. It has been a dream run in the USD 450,000 tournament for the Slovakian as he had also upset second seed Feliciano Lopez and fifth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in previous rounds.

Djokovic floats past Stakhovsky with straight set win in Doha

Novak DjokovicLondon, Jan 08 - World number one Novak Djokovic brushed aside his Ukrainian rival Sergiy Stakhovsky in straight sets in the second-round contest at the Qatar Open in Doha .

The Serbian took only 61 minutes to thrash Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal clash against Croatian opponent Ivo Karlovic.

Djokovic said that he had never played there before but he would definitely be coming back next year, adding that he was feeling better, BBC reported.

Earlier in the week, Djokovic pulled out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship final showdown against Andy Murray in Abu Dhabi due to illness. (ANI)

Murray bags Abu Dhabi title as 'sick' Djokovic pulls out of final

Andy MurrayLondon, Jan 04 - British number one Andy Murray started the year on a winning note as he bagged his first title of 2015 after world number one Novak Djokovic pulled out of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship final showdown in Abu Dhabi on account of illness .

Djokovic, who defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals, said that he had been sick then with a fever and he was not fit to play, the BBC reported.

Murray, who swept aside Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals, revealed that he felt pain in his shoulder but confirmed that it was fine, adding that there weren't any tears instead just soreness.

Murray to face Djokovic in Abu Dhabi final after cruising past Nadal 6-2, 6-0

Andy Murray, Rafael NadalLondon, Jan 03 - British number one Andy Murray brushed aside world number three Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship semifinals in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the
2013 Wimbledon final clash.

Murray, who thrashed Nadal 6-2, 6-0, would face top ranked Novak Djokovic in the finals of professional tennis exhibition tournament on Saturday.

Nadal, who was playing his first match since losing to 17-year-old Borna Coric in the Swiss Open, appeared to be completely out-of-form as the Spaniard failed to convert any of his 12 break points, the BBC reported.

Wimbledon champ Kvitova becomes 'Right To Play' ambassador

Petra KvitovaBeijing, Jan 01 : Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been chosen as a Global Athlete ambassador for Right To Play, an organization emphasizing on sports and play in order to educate and empower more than one million children around the world.

An elated Kvitova, who is currently ranked number four, said that she was excited to be a Global Athlete Ambassador for Right To Play, adding that it was a charity whose work she really believe in - giving children the opportunity to learn through sport is a cause that's very close to her heart, the China Daily reported.

Radwanska names 'idol' Navratilova as her new coach

Agnieszka RadwanskaLondon, Dec 09 - Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska has named tennis legend Martina Navratilova as her new coach, which would be the former world number one's first major coaching role.

The 18-time Grand Slam singles-winner, who would link up with the world number six at the end of the year, said that she cannot wait to get started on this new phase of her career and she is really excited.

Navratilova will work with Radwanska's full-time coach Tomasz Wiktorowski, and will train with the Pole for the first time in Miami after Christmas , The BBC reported.

Federer says IPTL doesn't sit easy with his 'traditional' views on tennis

Roger FedererLondon, Dec 08 - 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has said that he is unconvinced by the new and innovative International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), admitting that the tournament doesn't sit easily with his traditional views on the sport.

The IPTL was launched last month and top male and female players are featuring in teams representing four cities: New Delhi, Manila, Singapore and Dubai.

Federer, who went undefeated on his debut for the Indian Aces in New Delhi as a late replacement for Rafael Nadal, said that his mind was scrambling trying to remember all the rules, adding that it's crazy, but it's good fun, The BBC reported.

Djokovic continues dominance on unchanged top 10 in latest ATP world tennis rankings

Djokovic continues dominance on unchanged top 10 in latest ATP world tennis rankingsJohannesburg, Nov 25 : Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic has continued his domination on an unchanged top 10 in the latest world tennis rankings released by the ATP on Monday.

Djokovic tops the standings with 11,360 points to hold an advantage of 1,585 over second placed Swiss Roger Federer, who added to his own total by leading his country to Davis Cup victory over France at weekend, Sport24 reported.

Nadal set for return to court in Jan

Rafael NadalJohannesburg, Nov 19 : Former world number one Rafael Nadal has said that he would return to playing tennis at the start of next year.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played since having his appendix removed this month, which forced him to miss the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, Sport24 reported.

Nadal said that he would play in Abu Dhabi in January, and after that he would play his first official tournament in Doha.

The Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament is scheduled for January 1-3, with the Doha tournament to be played the following week, the report added. (ANI)

Saina Nehwal wins China Open Super Series Premier to clinch third title of this year

Saina NehwalNew Delhi, Nov 16 : Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has ended the year on a high, as she beat Japanese qualifier Akane Yamaguchi in straight sets in the China Open Super Series Premier to win her third title of the year.

Nehwal charged to victory in a highly entertaining contest that lasted 43 minutes, defeating Yamaguchi 21-12, 22-20.

Nehwal won the India Open Grand Prix Gold and Australian Super Series as well this year and is currently placed at the seventh position in the world rankings. (ANI)

Murray laments heavy defeat against Federer at World Tour Finals

Andy MurrayLondon, November 15 : Britain number one Andy Murray revealed that he has never endured a heavy defeat like his 6-0, 6-1 thrashing by Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Murray believes that he has never been in that position in his entire career as he struggled to earn some points in order to counter strikes made by Federer. He further laments that it would be a tough task to look back at this defeat in the future. It may never happen again, said Murray in his column, the BBC reported.

Djokovic says coach Becker's contribution 'lot more' than people see

Novak DjokovicLondon, November 13 : World number one Novak Djokovic believes that Boris Becker contributes a lot more to the team than he actually gets praised for, and relationship between both has, indeed, grown stronger ever since Becker took over as head coach.

Commenting on the decision to approach Becker as head coach, he said that people would naturally wonder if one introduces a new coach to the team. It is logical on their part, he added. According to him, it took them some time to understand each other initially and since then they have hit it off really well, with winning many title especially Wimbledon, The BBC reported.

Serena Williams says 'big ass' stops her from running NYC Marathon

Serena WilliamsMelbourne, Nov 8 - Serene Williams has revealed that she thinks her ass is "too big" for her to run a marathon.

The current No. 1 in women's singles tennis conducted a question-and-answer session with fans on Twitter responded to a query about whether she would follow in gal pal Caroline Wozniacki's footsteps and run the New York Marathon, News.com.au reported.

Williams also said that she's desperate she is to start a family and how she's not single by choice. (ANI)

Federer says 'does not matter' if he's No. 1 this year or next post Paris Masters fallout

Roger FedererJohannesburg, Nov 01 - 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has said that it does not matter if he is number one at the end of this year or next after his hopes of knocking Novak Djokovic off the top of the ATP World rankings before the year end took a hit when he lost to Canadian Milos Raonic in the Paris Masters quarterfinals.

The big-serving Canadian beat Federer 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 and Djokovic later saw off Britain's Andy Murray 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals of a tournament he won last year. The Swiss had narrowed the points gap on Djokovic in recent weeks but defeat in Bercy halted his charge.

Murray books place in Tour Finals post straight sets win over Dimitrov at Paris Masters

Andy MurrayLondon, Oct 31 - Britain number one Andy Murray recorded a straight sets win over Wimbledon champion Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters to book his place at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Murray, who lost in straight sets at Wimbledon , beat the Bulgarian 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals. He is seeking to win his fourth title in six weeks and also required to reach the last eight to qualify for the season-ending finals in London.

The Scot would next face world number one Novak Djokovic, who needed a second-set tie-break for a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) win over Gael Monfils, in the last eight on Friday, The BBC reported.

Murray says 'deserves to be' in London Tour Finals

andy murrayLondon, Oct 30 - Britain number one Andy Murray has said that if he gets in to London he deserves to be there, after he moved to within one win of qualifying for the World Tour Finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Julien Benneteau at the Paris Masters.

Murray, who is fifth in the race to qualify for November's finals, outclassed his French opponent in 71 minutes to reach the third round. He just needs to reach the quarterfinals in France to clinch his place in London.

The Scot, who has won three titles in five weeks, would face Grigor Dimitrov , who beat Murray at Wimbledon, next, The BBC reported.

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