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Teenage star Gauff wins first WTA title 0

Linz – Teenage prodigy Coco Gauff won her first WTA title on Sunday following a 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 victory over Jelena Ostapenko in the final in Linz that saw her hold her first trophy aloft aged 15. Gauff, who only entered the field as a lucky loser after failing

Jeff Coetzee’s Colombian duo to finish year atop ATP rankings 0

Shanghai – Grand Slam double for SA tennis coach They will make it a scarcely believable three majors in a row if they go one better than 2018 and win the final at the Australian Open in January. “It’s been amazing, it’s been a crazy run, we are just

Murray confident he can hit old heights 0

Cape Town – Andy Murray says that he can feel some of the old magic starting to return as he grows ever more confident about his movement on a tennis court. Murray won three Grand Slam titles and rose to world number one, based largely on his incredible ability

Osaka meets Andreescu in mouthwatering China Open quarter-final 0

Beijing – Two of the most exciting talents in tennis will meet for the first time on Friday when Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu clash in the China Open quarter-finals. On the eve of what could be the start of a long rivalry, the 21-year-old Osaka called the 19-year-old

Andreescu survives China Open scare 0

Beijing – Bianca Andreescu had to dig deep as the Canadian teenager won her first match since her US Open heroics with victory in the China Open first round Monday. The 19-year-old defeated 60th-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in what was at times an unconvincing performance.

Father Gets 4 Months for Bribing Son’s Way Into Georgetown 0

BOSTON – A Los Angeles businessman was sentenced Thursday to four months in prison for paying $400,000 to get his son into Georgetown University as a fake tennis recruit. Stephen Semprevivo, 53, pleaded guilty in May to fraud and conspiracy. He is the third parent to be sentenced in

From smoking to vaping: Why do we abuse our lungs? 0

Today’s growing toll of deaths and serious illnesses associated with vaping represents just the latest variation on an age-old theme: our propensity to willfully inhale substances that damage our lungs. Just as flavoring agents and ethylene glycol (often a component in antifreeze) seem likely culprits in damaging the lungs

Pliskova closes gap on world No 1 Barty 0

Paris – Karolina Pliskova’s victory at the Zhengzhou Open at the weekend means the Czech is now just 86 points behind Ashleigh Barty who remains at the top of the WTA Tour’s rankings released on Monday. Pliskova claimed her fourth title of the year as she defeated Petra Martic

SA, Bulgaria level in Davis Cup tie 0

Cape Town – South Africa and Bulgaria are level at 1-1 after the first day’s play of their Europe/Africa II Davis Cup tie at Kevin Grove Club. This is after South Africa’s Ruan Roloefse lost 7-5, 7-5 to Dimitar Kuzmanov in the second singles rubber on Friday afternoon. The

Montjane’s Grand Slam hopes crushed in US Open final 0

Cape Town – Kgothatso Montjane’s first Grand Slam success hopes were crushed with a defeat in the US Open doubles final on Monday morning at the USTA Billie Jean King Stadium in New York, the United States. The 33-year-old from Limpopo and her German partner Sabine Ellerbrock lost 6-2

Montjane reaches US Open women’s doubles final 0

Cape Town – South African wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane reached a Grand Slam women’s doubles final for the first time on Friday at the US Open, where she and partner Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany eliminated the second seeds. The 33-year-old South African and Ellerbrock, dominated second-seeded pair Marjolein

Zverev advises Medvedev, Tsitsipas to ‘talk with racquet’ 0

New York – Alexander Zverev suggested his youthful rivals ditch the on-court antics and let their “racquet talk for them” – somewhat ironically after the German incurred a point penalty for swearing in Monday’s US Open loss. The German singled out Daniil Medvedev, who has revelled in his role

‘No magic pill’ as Konta lifts Grand Slam game 0

New York – Britain’s Johanna Konta extended her strong run of Grand Slam results this year by blasting past Chinese 33rd seed Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 to make the US Open last 16 on Friday. Konta, the 16th seed, equaled her 2015 and 2016 runs to the fourth round

Serena chases record 24th Slam as Osaka, Halep eye US Open 0

New York – Serena Williams has the US Open spotlight as she chases tennis history, but a host of Grand Slam winners and high-ranked rivals are also taking aim at the title. The 37-year-old American will be the focus of attention when the Flushing Meadows fortnight begins Monday with

Post-Brexit US-UK Trade Deal Under Threat 0

U.S. Democratic party lawmakers are threatening to kill any free trade deal Britain strikes with the Trump administration, if a post-Brexit border is re-established across the island of Ireland. They argue a so-called “hard border” threatens a peace agreement the U.S.-brokered in the 1990s, which ended three-decades of violence

Barty’s quest for return to No. 1 ended by Kuznetsova 0

Cincinnati – Resurgent Svetlana Kuznetsova denied Ashleigh Barty a chance to reclaim the world number one ranking Saturday as the Russian veteran thrashed the Australian 6-2, 6-4 in the WTA Cincinnati Masters semi-finals. Barty could have re-taken the top ranking she lost last week to Japan’s Naomi Osaka had

AITA wants Davis Cup venue to be shifted from Pakistan 0

New Delhi [India], Aug 14 (ANI): Amid tension between India and Pakistan after the abrogation of Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, All India Tennis Association (AITA) has written a letter to International Tennis Federation (ITF) to shift the Davis Cup venue from Pakistan or

Pliskova puts No 1 pressure back on Osaka 0

Toronto – Karolina Pliskova reached the third round of the Toronto WTA tournament on Wednesday putting the pressure back on Naomi Osaka in the battle to reclaim the world number one ranking. World number three Pliskova of the Czech Republic defeated America’s 37th-ranked Alison Riske 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2

Knee pain sidelines SA’s 11th-ranked Anderson 0

Washington – World number 11 Kevin Anderson of South Africa withdrew from the ATP Washington Open on Wednesday due to right knee pain, tournament organizers announced. Anderson, a Grand Slam runner-up in each of the past two years, was set to begin his hardcourt run-up to the US Open

India threatens Commonwealth Games boycott 0

New Delhi – The Commonwealth Games Federation on Sunday pledged to hold talks with India after its Olympic body threatened a boycott of the 2022 event in Birmingham over the exclusion of shooting. India topped the table for shooting at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia, taking home 16

Brazil’s Maia suspended after failed drugs test 0

London – Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia has been provisionally suspended for failing a drugs test, just three weeks after one of her greatest results when she knocked 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza out of Wimbledon. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said the 23-year-old world No 99 had tested positive for

I’ve evolved so much, says Peaty after smashing magical 57 seconds 0

Gwangju – Britain’s Adam Peaty promised to go even faster after shattering his own 100 metres breaststroke world record on Sunday. The Olympic champion stormed home to win his semi-final in a time of 56.88 seconds, becoming the first swimmer to break 57 seconds and eclipsing his previous mark