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WTA Finals: Karolina Pliskova beats Venus Williams in Singapore

Karolina Pliskova was world number one for seven weeks this year Karolina Pliskova breezed past Venus Williams in the opening match of the WTA Finals in Singapore. The Czech, ranked third in the world, needed just 72 minutes to beat American Williams 6-2 6-2. Pliskova served five aces as she dominated with her first serve, […]

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Kremlin Cup: Anna Smith and Nicola Melichar lose doubles final

Anna Smith is ranked 55 in the world in doubles Britain’s Anna Smith and her American partner Nicola Melichar have been beaten in the Kremlin Cup women’s doubles final by Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova. The top seeds won the first set in 26 minutes but had to fend off a comeback from their opponents […]

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Luxembourg Open: Watson & Broady lose in quarter-finals

British number two Watson had beaten third seed Annett Kontaveit to reach the last eight Britain’s Heather Watson and Naomi Brady were both knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Open. Twenty-five-year old Watson, the British number two and world number 81, lost 6-4 6-4 to Beligian Elise Mertens. British number three Naomi Broady, […]

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Tomas Berdych to miss rest of season because of back pain

Tomas Berdych has won 13 singles titles World number 18 Tomas Berdych will not play again this season because of a back injury. The 32-year-old Czech, a Wimbledon finalist in 2010, said he had been advised by his medical team to “give it a few weeks of rest”. “I have been playing matches with back […]

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Luxembourg Open: Heather Watson through to quarter-finals

Heather Watson is ranked 85th in the world Britain’s Heather Watson is through to the the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Open after beating Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in straight sets. Watson, 25, beat the third seed 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 24 minutes. The British number number two will play Elise Mertens in the last […]

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Maria Sharapova knocked out of Kremlin Cup by Magdalena Rybarikova

Magdalena Rybarikova reached the Wimbledon semi-finals this year, losing to eventual champion Garbine Muguruza Maria Sharapova has been knocked out of the Kremlin Cup in the first round, two days after winning her first tournament since 2015. The Russian, 30, was beaten 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 by Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova in her fifth match in seven […]

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Swiss Indoors Basel with knee injury

Rafael Nadal played in Sunday’s Shanghai Masters final – where he lost to world number two Roger Federer World number one Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Swiss Indoors Basel tournament with a knee injury. The Spaniard, 31, says he is suffering from an “over-stressing of the knee”, and has been advised by […]