Rybakina downs Pliskova to reach Dubai semis, Muguruza out

Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina produced another upset by beating second seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6(1) 6-3 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday to move into the semi-finals. Having knocked out Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin in the first round, the 20-year-old Rybakina struck 33 winners and 11 aces to oust

ATP roundup: Thiem fights off scare in Rio opener

Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria overcame a second-set hiccup on Tuesday to win in the opening round of the clay-court Rio Open, downing Brazilian wild card Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in Rio de Janeiro. Thiem, ranked fourth in the world, needed 37 minutes to claim the opening set,

Kenin and Bencic fall at first hurdle on day of upsets in Dubai

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, defending champion Belinda Bencic and third seed Elina Svitolina made swift exits at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after they all fell in the first round on Tuesday. Fifth seed Kenin was eliminated by Kazakh Elena Rybakina, who came back from a set down to

Djokovic targets Grand Slam record in two seasons

MELBOURNE - No sooner had Novak Djokovic claimed his 17th Grand Slam trophy by triumphing at the Australian Open for the eighth time on Sunday, the Serb was already setting himself a deadline to claim the record of major titles. Djokovic’s 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 victory in a thriller over

Thiem slays nemesis Nadal to reach Australian Open semi-finals

MELBOURNE - Dominic Thiem ended six years of Grand Slam frustration against Rafa Nadal on Wednesday with a seismic 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6) upset that booked his maiden Australian Open semi-final and rocked the old guard of men’s tennis. After pulling off a nerve-shredding win that quashed doubts about his prowess

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