tennis

Garbine Muguruza storms into second Wimbledon final

Garbine Muguruza stormed into her second Wimbledon final in three years with a 6-1, 6-1 demolition of nerve-ridden Magdalena Rybarikova in just 64 minutes on Centre Court. Muguruza, seeded 14th, took advantage of a woeful performance from the Slovak world number 87 to secure her third Grand Slam final appearance. The 23-year-old, beaten by Serena Williams in the 2015 Wimbledon final, will take on Britain’s Johanna Konta or five-time champion

I`m not the only one who wants to be the best: Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admitted that he is not the only player who wants to be the best players in the world. Ahead of the Dubai Tennis Championships, the Serbian said “With the results I`m having, I have to be optimistic. I try not to be over-confident, I have respect for the other players, I realize that I`m not the only one who wants to be the best in

Rafael Nadal Returns With a Win in Buenos Aires

Rafael Nadal returned to action on Thursday for the first time since his shock first-round exit from the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Juan Monaco in the ATP Argentina Open. Defending Buenos Aires champion Nadal wasn’t his sharpest self in the rematch of last year’s final. He dropped his serve three times but broke Monaco in the final game of each set to emerge with a 6-4, 6-4

Roger Federer set to play mixed doubles with Martina Hingis in Rio Olympics

Roger Federer is expected to play mixed doubles with fellow Swiss national Martina Hingis at the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, Le Matin Dimanche newspaper reported, revealing what the paper called a “Dream Team”.   There had been widespread speculation that the two Swiss stars would team up. Hingis had reportedly made the offer to play with Federer and was waiting for a response from the winner of 17 Grand

Novak Djokovic to face Marin Cilic for US Open final spot

Novak Djokovic defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/2) to reach the US Open semi-finals, a 21st last-four spot in his last 22 Grand Slams. The top seed and 2011 champion, playing in his 26th consecutive quarter-final at the majors, claimed his 55th match win in New York. Djokovic, this year`s Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, also enjoyed his fifth win in five meetings against Lopez and will take

Amelie Mauresmo inducted into Hall of Fame

France`s Amelie Mauresmo, a two-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday. Expectant mum Mauresmo wasn`t able to attend the ceremony — on the penultimate day of the ATP`s Hall of Fame Championships in Newport — but there were plenty of luminaries on hand to pay tribute to her career. “It`s an honor to have my career celebrated

Novak Djokovic sweeps to third Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic withstood a ferocious challenge from Roger Federer to successfully defend his Wimbledon men’s singles title – the third of his career – and claim his ninth Grand Slam trophy as a professional. The world No.1 recovered superbly from the disappointment of missing seven set points to open up a two-set lead, hitting back to beat the 17-time Grand Slam champion 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3. The top two players in the world treated

Clinical Novak Djokovic crushes Richard Gasquet to reach final

Defending champion Novak Djokovic emphatically booked his place in a fourth Wimbledon final with a clinical 7-6(2) 6-4 6-4 defeat of gallant Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Friday. Underdog Gasquet offered fans on a sun-baked Centre Court plenty of “oooh-aahh” moments with his trademark single-handed backhand but there were not enough to really concern the world number one who looked supreme. There were a few more unforced errors than normal off

Wimbledon still abuzz over dread-locked Dustin Brown

Dread-locked German Dustin Brown was nowhere to be seen at Wimbledon on Friday, at least into the early afternoon, but his shock upset of Rafa Nadal the night before remained the talk of the tournament. Brown`s Twitter account, @DreddyTennis, was alive with congratulatory messages, some in German, some in English. “So proud of @dreddytennis #Yaaaaaasssssssss,” tweeted a follower using the hashtag @herrealhighness. Newspapers and broadcasters were falling over one another

Monica Seles to marry 72-year-old billionaire

Monica Seles has said “yes” to 72-year-old billionaire, Tom Golisano, and is all set to walk down the aisle with him. The 40-year-old former tennis ace, who had claimed nine grand slam titles, had been dating Golisano since 2009, who`s the founder of Paychex and former co-owner of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, News.com.au reported. Seles, who was born in Yugoslavia, had gained her US citizenship in 1994.

Gary Player takes shot at Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

Player, following Nick Faldo’s lead, is the latest former player to pin McIlroy’s struggles on girlfriend and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Rory McIlroy diagnosed himself as “brain-dead” at the British Open, but Gary Player has another opinion: The Northern Irishman is lovesick. Player, following Nick Faldo’s lead, is the latest former player to pin McIlroy’s struggles on girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. After telling Britain’s Talksport radio how much he loved McIlroy, Player clumsily played

Marion Bartoli: Victorious, yet defeated in a sexist world

Marion Bartoli’s victory at Wimbledon was marred (not for her I’m sure) by a precious statement made by Radio 5 Live presenter John Inverdale, ‘Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little, ‘You’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be a Maria Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight’?’ Snort. Yes, that’s what her father was thinking when he was busy coaching a future Wimbledon