Tennis ‘weird’ without fans –Kvitova

June 2, 2020 Editorial III 0

Petra Kvitova has 27 career titles but winning an all-Czech exhibition tournament last week was a different experience for her and it felt “weird” to play in the absence of fans, the two-time Wimbledon champion told Reuters. The Prague tournament was one of the few global exhibition events held after professional tennis was suspended in early March as countries went Read More

Osaka overtakes Serena, now world’s richest female athlete

May 22, 2020 Editor 0

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4m (£30.7m) in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes. The 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period, Skysports reports. She earned $1.4m (£1.15m) more than American great Williams Read More

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Davis Cup: China withdraw from Romania tie due to coronavirus worries

February 19, 2020 Editorial III 0

China have been forced to pull out of next month’s Davis Cup playoff with Romania due to the ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak, the International Tennis Federation announced (ITF) on Tuesday. They were due to travel to the Romanian city of Piatra Nemat for qualifying matches in the second-tier competition in March. “The Davis Cup Committee has accepted the withdrawal of Read More

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Breaking: China’s Wang knocks Serena Williams out of Australian Open

January 24, 2020 Editor 0

Serena Williams has been sensationally knocked out of the Australian Open in the third round by China’s Wang Qiang this Friday (Jan 24), torpedoing her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam tennis crown. The 38-year-old former world No. 1 was the bookies’ favourite to win an eighth title at Melbourne Park but she came unstuck against a determined Wang, Read More

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Kaduna to organise U-16 clay court tennis tournament

January 12, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Kaduna State Ministry of Sports Development has constituted a six-man committee to organize the maiden edition of the U-16 clay court tennis tournament. A press release signed by the state information officer, Jummai Nuhu and made available to sports reporters in Kaduna on Saturday said the event, which is aimed at reviving tennis in the state, will run from Read More

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Australian Open: Injury rules Murray out

December 29, 2019 Editor 0

Andy Murray will miss the Australian Open as a precautionary measure after suffering an injury setback. Murray feared his career may be over when he underwent surgery to repair a long-term hip injury. The three-time grand slam champion played at the Australian Open last January and made his comeback from the operation only five months later. Murray won the European Open in October and was Read More

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Djokovic knocks down Dimitrov, storms Paris Master final

November 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

Novak Djokovic reached the Paris Masters final for the sixth time when he downed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5) 6-4 with an impressive performance on Saturday. The world number one, who will be supplanted by Rafael Nadal at top of the ATP rankings on Monday, prevailed in a high-octane first-set tiebreak before wearing Dimitrov down in the second. The Serb will Read More

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3 Nigerians crash at 1st day of Wheelchair Open

October 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Apart from the defending champion, Alex Adewale the three Nigerians that played in the early hours of yesterday lost out in first round of the 2nd edition of Puma Engineering Wheelchair tennis Open going on at the National Stadium Tennis Centre. But defending champion, Adewale wasted no time in cruising into the second round after a handsome 2-0 victory over Read More

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Osaka out of WTA Finals with injury

October 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

World number three Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the WTA Finals in Shenzhen because of a shoulder injury. Japan’s Osaka, 22, beat Petra Kvitova in three sets in her opening match on Sunday and was due to play world number one Ashleigh Barty on Tuesday. The Australian Open champion will be replaced in the Red Group by alternate Kiki Bertens, the world Read More

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Nigeria dominates draw as PUMA Engr W/chair Tennis starts in Abuja

October 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

The 2nd PUMA Engineering Wheelchair Tennis Championship has served off Tuesday at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja with Nigerians billed to dominate the main draws. More than 25 Nigerians have registered for the singles events which is round of 16 for men’s and women’s singles. Nigeria swept the titles in the inaugural edition with Alex Adewale and Kafayat Omishore clinching Read More

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Tennis: Mertens ends Sakkari’s WTA elite trophy campaign

October 24, 2019 Editorial III 0

Belgian sixth seed Elise Mertens beat Maria Sakkari 6-2 3-6 6-1 in their round-robin match on Wednesday to end the Greek’s hopes of making the WTA Elite Trophy semi-finals in Zhuhai, China. Although Mertens was let down by her serve on several occasions with eight double faults, she converted seven break points. Her final round-robin clash with Aryna Sabalenka is Read More

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2020: Federer to play Olympics, Wimbledon

October 14, 2019 Editorial III 0

Roger Federer has confirmed that he is planning to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year as part of a packed summer schedule. Federer already has two Olympic medals to his name, having won doubles gold with Stan Wawrinka in 2008 and singles silver in London four years later. But that defeat at Wimbledon to gold medalist Andy Read More

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Osaka battles past Pegula in Beijing opener

September 30, 2019 Editorial III 0

Japan’s two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka produced scowls rather than smiles at the China Open in Beijing on Sunday despite reaching the second round with a straight-sets win. Fourth seed Osaka, fresh off her title triumph at the Pan Pacific Open, struck 26 winners in a 6-3 7-6(5) win over American Jessica Pegula, only to complain about the way Read More

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Lagos Open Tennis: ITF sets registration deadline

September 16, 2019 Editorial III 0

World tennis governing body, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has given players across the world Thursday, 19 September, 2019 as registration deadline for the first leg of this year’s Lagos Open Tennis Championship. The Lagos Open, which enters its 19th edition, holds from October 7 to 20 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. The annual tennis championship is staged Read More

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Teenager Bianca shocks Serena, lifts 2019 US Open

September 8, 2019 Editor 0

Teenager Bianca Andreescu stunned Serena Williams in a gripping US Open final to claim a first Grand Slam title and deny the American a 24th major. Williams, 37, did not cope with the 19-year-old’s quality in a 6-3 7-5 loss. Canadian 15th seed Andreescu, in the main draw here for the first time, blew a double break in the second Read More

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Nadal brushes aside Italian, sets #USOpen final vs Russia’s Medvedev

September 7, 2019 Editor 0

Rafael Nadal reached the US Open final with a dogged straight-set win over Italian Matteo Berrettini. The Spanish second seed, 33, survived two set points in the opener before his class shone through in a 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-1 win at Flushing Meadows. Berrettini, 23, lost momentum after missing his chance but still showed why he is rated highly. Nadal, Read More

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Serena soars into 10th US Open final, sets up Bianca Andreescu clash

September 6, 2019 Editor 0

Serena Williams cruised into a 10th US Open final on Thursday as she brushed aside fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1 to claim a record-equaling 101st win at Flushing Meadows. Williams is seeking a 24th Grand Slam singles title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record and will face either Belinda Bencic or Bianca Andreescu on Saturday in her bid for a Read More

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Breaking: Nadal dusts Schwartzman, sails into US Open semis

September 5, 2019 Editor 0

Champion Rafael Nadal a while ago overcame 6-4 7-5 6-2 to book a place in the semi-final of the ongoing US Open tennis competition. The world number two was twice delayed by the stocky Argentinian as he struggled to see off the 20th seed. But the Spaniard dug deep to beat Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in two hours and 46 minutes on Read More

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Federer suffers early US Open ouster; Serena matches on, grabs 100th win

September 4, 2019 Editor 0

Five-time champion Roger Federer is out of the US Open after Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov won a late-night thriller to finally beat the Swiss great. Federer, 38, had won all seven of their previous meetings but unseeded Dimitrov fought back to win 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2. Federer, who needed treatment for a back injury in the latter stages, said: “I Read More

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Djokovic clashes with US Open fan in angry exchange

August 31, 2019 Editor 0

Djokovic was due to practise for his match with Kudla at 5pm local time but it was pushed back to 6pm then 7pm. The world No 1 finally showed up at around 7.25pm and worked on his game with his coaching team amid fears he may withdraw from the match. But during the session, Djokovic stopped to confront a fan Read More

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Osaka ‘out of US Open’

August 17, 2019 Editorial III 0

Naomi Osaka’s US Open title defence was in doubt on Friday after a left knee injury forced her to retire from her Cincinnati WTA quarter-final. The Japanese star, who could lose her world number one ranking if Australian Ashleigh Barty wins her semi-final on Saturday, was forced to quit in pain in the match with American Sofia Kenin , who Read More

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Serena pulls out of Cincinnati with back injury

August 14, 2019 Editorial III 0

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters with a recurring back injury, just days after pulling out of the Rogers Cup final. Williams, 37, was set to face Zarina Diyas in the first round on Tuesday. “I am so sad to withdraw as it is truly one of the tournaments I most love to play,” the 23-time Grand Slam Read More

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ATP ranking: Osaka back as number one

August 13, 2019 Editor 0

US and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka returned to the world number one spot in the WTA rankings on Monday. The 21-year-old lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals of last week’s Rogers Cup but benefitted from the second round defeat of former number one Ashleigh Barty and the failure of Karolina Pliskova to reach the semis in Toronto. Osaka Read More