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Bachinger upsets Nishikori to meet Simon in Metz final

METZ, France (AP) -- Qualifier Matthias Bachinger of Germany rallied past second-seeded Kei Nishikori to reach his first ATP final at the Moselle Open on Saturday.

Zverev fightback puts Europe on top at Laver Cup
Zverev fightback puts Europe on top at Laver Cup

Alexander Zverev saved a match point to defeat John Isner as Europe took control of the Laver Cup team tennis tournament here Saturday. Zverev, 21, dug deep to hold off the big-serving Isner to win 3-6, 7-6 (8/6), 10-7 and give Europe a 5-1 lead over the World team on day two at Chicago's United

ATP roundup: Klizan, Thiem reach St. Petersburg final
ATP roundup: Klizan, Thiem reach St. Petersburg final

Slovakia's Martin Klizan will put his unbeaten record in ATP finals on the line Sunday against top-seeded Dominic Thiem in the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. Klizan is 6-0 in finals, including a 2012 win in St. Petersburg. Deadlocked at 5-5 in the deciding set, Klizan broke Wawrinka with a backhand

Klizan battles past Wawrinka into St Petersburg
Klizan battles past Wawrinka into St Petersburg's final

Slovakia's Martin Klizan battled back from a set down to beat Stan Wawrinka on Saturday and reach the Saint Petersburg Open final. Klizan, the 2012 champion here, won in 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours 16 minutes to chalk up his first win over the 33-year-old Wawrinka in their fourth head-to-head meeting

Thiem to play Klizan in St. Petersburg final
Thiem to play Klizan in St. Petersburg final

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Martin Klizan's perfect record in ATP finals will be tested by top-seeded Dominic Thiem in the St. Petersburg Open decider.

WTA roundup: Osaka into Tokyo final
WTA roundup: Osaka into Tokyo final

U.S. Open champ Naomi Osaka cruised past Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. It was Osaka's 10th match victory in a row, dating back to the start of the U.S. Open. "The way that she plays, if she's on, it would be almost impossible

Experience tells as Simon brushes past Albot in Metz semi
Experience tells as Simon brushes past Albot in Metz semi

Frenchman Gilles Simon reached his 21st career final when he beat the Moldovan Radu Albot in two sets (6-3, 6-1) in the Metz Open on Saturday. Simon, who has already reached the final in Metz three times and won twice, cruised to victory over an opponent appearing in his first ATP semi-final. Simon

Murray to end season after playing in Shenzhen and Beijing
Murray to end season after playing in Shenzhen and Beijing

(Reuters) - Andy Murray will end his season after playing in the Shenzhen and Beijing tournaments over the next two weeks to be "in the best possible shape" for the Australian Open in January," the Scot said on Saturday. The former world number one returned to the ATP tour in June after

China
China's Wang wins second WTA title with Guangzhou triumph

(Reuters) - China's Wang Qiang picked up her second career WTA title with a surprisingly straightforward 6-1 6-2 victory over Yulia Putintseva in the final of the Gunagzhou International Women's Open on Saturday. It was the second title on home soil for he two-time Asian Games singles champion

Bertens, Tomljanovic in Seoul final

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Ajla Tomljanovic has ended Hsieh Su-wei's eight-match winning streak with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 win over the Taiwanese player on Saturday at the Korea Open.

Europe leads Laver Cup despite shock defeat for star duo

(Reuters) - Team Europe took a commanding 3-1 lead over Team World in the Laver Cup on Friday, despite seeing their high-profile doubles pairing of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic suffer the defending champions' only defeat of the first day in Chicago on Friday. Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson combined

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic beaten in Laver Cup doubles
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic beaten in Laver Cup doubles

Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson saw off Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic 6-7 6-3 10-6 in the Laver Cup doubles to give Team World their first point of the tournament in Chicago. Excitement had been building ever since it was announced the former world number ones would pair up for Team Europe in the competition

Osaka wins 10th straight match to power into Tokyo final
Osaka wins 10th straight match to power into Tokyo final

Osaka's victory in front of an expectant home crowd was her 10th in a row and did not look in doubt from the moment she pounded down a huge ace with her first serve of the match. Osaka has carried the poise and power that saw her overcome Serena Williams in the Flushing Meadows final across the

US Open champion Osaka reaches Pan Pacific Open final
US Open champion Osaka reaches Pan Pacific Open final

Naomi Osaka eased into the final of the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 semifinal win over Camila Giorgi. The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York this month, overpowered her unseeded opponent with a dominant serve and will face fourth-seeded

By Giorgi! Japan
By Giorgi! Japan's Osaka romps into Tokyo final

Japan's Naomi Osaka crushed Italian Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 in Tokyo on Saturday to set up a Pan Pacific Open final against Czech Karolina Pliskova. Third seed Osaka needed just 71 minutes to complete her 10th straight win after capturing a historic US Open title earlier this month. Former world

Team World socks it to Federer-Djokovic at Laver Cup
Team World socks it to Federer-Djokovic at Laver Cup

Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock spoiled the doubles debut of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic but Team Europe still led Team World 3-1 after the first day of the 2018 Laver Cup. Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund all won their opening singles matches Friday to give Team Europe a commanding 3

Dimitrov, Edmund win to give Europe 2-0 lead in Laver Cup

CHICAGO (AP) -- Britain's Kyle Edmund regained command in a tiebreaker and beat American Jack Sock on Friday as Team Europe took a 2-0 lead in the Laver Cup.

Europe races to 2-0 early lead in Laver Cup
Europe races to 2-0 early lead in Laver Cup

Grigor Dimitrov and Kyle Edmund won their opening matches Friday to give Team Europe a 2-0 lead over Team World going into the night session on day one of the Laver Cup. Dimitrov cruised past Frances Tiafoe 6-1, 6-4 while Edmund had a tougher time beating World's Jack Sock 6-4, 5-7, 10-6. Dimitrov

Thiem, Wawrinka reach St. Petersburg semifinals
Thiem, Wawrinka reach St. Petersburg semifinals

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Top-seeded Dominic Thiem and fit-again Stan Wawrinka won their quarterfinal matches at the St. Petersburg Open on Friday.

Lille again chosen to stage Davis Cup final
Lille again chosen to stage Davis Cup final

PARIS (AP) -- The Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille will host the Davis Cup final for the second successive year when defending champion France takes on Croatia from Nov. 23-25, organizers said on Friday.

Laver Cup 2018: Schedule, Teams, How to Watch
Laver Cup 2018: Schedule, Teams, How to Watch

The Laver Cup returns for its second year as Team World looks to take the title from Team Europe. The three-day tournament kicks off on Sept. 21 and wraps up on Sept. 23 in Chicago.

Wawrinka dethrones Dzumhur to reach St Petersburg semis
Wawrinka dethrones Dzumhur to reach St Petersburg semis

Stan Wawrinka beat last year's St Petersburg champion Damir Dzumhur in straight sets to reach the semifinals on Friday. "The level of my play was good today and the win makes me feel positive," Wawrinka said. In the last four, Wawrinka will face Slovak Martin Klizan, the 2012 champion

France to host third Davis Cup final in Lille
France to host third Davis Cup final in Lille

Paris (AFP) - Reigning Davis Cup champions France will return to Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy for the final clash against Croatia in November, the French tennis federation (FFT) announced on Friday.

Former Australian Open junior champ found guilty of match-fixing
Former Australian Open junior champ found guilty of match-fixing

Paris (AFP) - Former Australian Open junior champion Oliver Anderson was convicted of match-fixing on Friday after admitting deliberately losing a set during an ATP tournament in 2016.

Japan
Japan's Osaka below par but safely into Tokyo semi-finals

Japan's Naomi Osaka exuded a major champion's aura Friday as she dispatched Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Pan Pacific Open semi-finals, despite being nowhere near her best. The third seed, who stunned Serena Williams to capture the US Open title earlier this month, failed to hit the

Alexandrova beats top-seeded Ostapenko at Korea Open

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Ekaterina Alexandrova broke top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko's serve five times Friday to beat the defending champion 6-3, 6-2 in a rain-delayed match at the Korea Open.

Osaka eases into Tokyo semis

The 20-year-old is competing at her first event since winning her debut Grand Slam earlier this month and looks to have brought her New York form home with her as she has yet to drop a set so far in Tokyo. Osaka proved too powerful for Strycova from the off, storming into a 4-1 lead in the first set

Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open
Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open

Naomi Osaka raised her game when she needed to, and it landed her a spot in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open. The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York at the beginning of the month, won her ninth straight match Friday, beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. '

Australian tennis player serves 19-month ban for fixing

LONDON (AP) -- Australian tennis player Oliver Anderson can return to playing immediately after serving a 19-month suspension for deliberately losing a set in a match in a second-tier Challenger event in 2016.

Baseball- Tennis champion King joins LA Dodgers ownership group
Baseball- Tennis champion King joins LA Dodgers ownership group

(Reuters) - Tennis Hall of Famer and social activist Billie Jean King has joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as a minority owner, the Major League Baseball franchise announced on Thursday. King, born and raised in southern California, said she and her partner Ilana Kloss were delighted to join an organization

Federer to play doubles with Djokovic at Laver Cup
Federer to play doubles with Djokovic at Laver Cup

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have played against each other 46 times. Federer and Djokovic will close out the first day of the second edition of the Laver Cup when they take on Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson in doubles at the United Center. Federer and Djokovic are playing for Team Europe, while

Tennis poised for new Majesty Cup tournament with winner takes all pot of £7.5m prize money
Tennis poised for new Majesty Cup tournament with winner takes all pot of £7.5m prize money

As the second edition of the Laver Cup begins on Friday in Chicago, tennis's warring administrators have come up with yet another format: a 64-man, winner-takes-all event that goes under the working title of the Majesty Cup. The new idea is technically an exhibition and would be staged in the week after

Bear-hugged by Yeltsin, Davis Cup warrior
Bear-hugged by Yeltsin, Davis Cup warrior 'Colonel' Youzhny calls it quits

Mikhail Youzhny brought the curtain down on his two-decade career on Thursday, a rollercoaster ride which saw him win 10 titles, earn the affectionate nickname of 'Colonel' and get a sweaty hug from former Russian president Boris Yeltsin. The 36-year-old, who also once became a brief internet

Defending champ Dzumhur into St. Petersburg quarterfinals
Defending champ Dzumhur into St. Petersburg quarterfinals

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- St. Petersburg Open defending champion Damir Dzumhur reached the quarterfinals by beating Guido Pella 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday.

No 2 seed Tsitsipas blows match point and exits Moselle Open
No 2 seed Tsitsipas blows match point and exits Moselle Open

METZ, France (AP) -- Second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas squandered a match point and was upset by Ricardas Berankis in the second round of the Moselle Open on Thursday.

Giorgi ousts top seed Wozniacki to reach Tokyo quarters
Giorgi ousts top seed Wozniacki to reach Tokyo quarters

Unseeded Camila Giorgi rallied from a break point down in the final set to beat two-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 and advance to the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Trailing 2-0 in the final set, Giorgi broke back immediately and won six of the last eight games

Bertens, Minella advance to quarterfinals at Korea Open

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Second-seeded Kiki Bertens advanced to the quarterfinals of the rain-hit Korea Open by beating Dalila Jakupovic 6-4, 7-5 Thursday.

Giorgi upstages defending champion Wozniacki in Tokyo

(Reuters) - Italian Camila Giorgi once again frustrated Caroline Wozniacki on a hard court as she beat the defending champion 6-2 2-6 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Thursday. Giorgi has now beaten the Australian Open champion in each of their three hardcourt meetings

Podcast: Daniel Nestor on His Retirement, Canada
Podcast: Daniel Nestor on His Retirement, Canada's Rising Young Stars and What's Next

On the Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor, Tennis Channel commentator and host Jon Wertheim takes fans between the lines with tennis commentary and exclusive interviews with the top players and newsmakers on the ATP and WTA tours.

Laver Cup 2018: How does it work, where will it be shown and what players are competing? 
Laver Cup 2018: How does it work, where will it be shown and what players are competing? 

After a successful introduction last year, the Laver Cup returns this weekend in Chicago with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic among the world's best players taking to the court. Twelve months ago it was Team Europe, led by captain Bjorn Borg and featuring both Federer and Rafael Nadal, who came

Italian job: Wozniacki
Italian job: Wozniacki's Tokyo reign ended by Giorgi

Italian Camila Giorgi dashed Caroline Wozniacki's hopes of a winning a third consecutive Pan Pacific Open title with a stunning ambush of the top seed on Thursday. Giorgi, ranked 35 places below Wozniacki at 37th in the world, completed a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 upset in Tokyo to set up a quarter-final with

Nishikori beats defending champ Gojowczyk at Moselle Open

METZ, France (AP) -- Top-seeded Kei Nishikori reached the quarterfinals of the Moselle Open by beating defending champion Peter Gojowczyk of Germany, 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Wednesday.

Wawrinka on song in Saint Petersburg
Wawrinka on song in Saint Petersburg

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka advanced to the quarter-finals of the St Petersburg Open on Wednesday with a win over Russian fourth seed Karen Khachanov in two tie-break sets. The 33-year-old Swiss star Wawrinka, a wildcard entry, knocked off world number 24 Khachanov 7-6 (12/10), 7-6

Wawrinka reaches St. Petersburg Open quarterfinals
Wawrinka reaches St. Petersburg Open quarterfinals

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Stan Wawrinka continued his injury comeback with a hard-fought win over Karen Khachanov to reach the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday.

Mailbag: The Agassi-Djokovic Breakup; Are Women Unfairly Treated by Umpires?
Mailbag: The Agassi-Djokovic Breakup; Are Women Unfairly Treated by Umpires?

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Wawrinka on song in Saint Petersburg
Wawrinka on song in Saint Petersburg

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka advanced to the quarter-finals of the St Petersburg Open on Wednesday with a win over Russian fourth seed Karen Khachanov in two tie-break sets. The 33-year-old Swiss star Wawrinka, a wildcard entry, knocked off world number 24 Khachanov 7-6 (12/10), 7-6

Nishikori downs Metz champion in first match since US Open semi-final run
Nishikori downs Metz champion in first match since US Open semi-final run

Metz (France) (AFP) - Japan's Kei Nishikori returned to action for the first time since losing in the US Open semi-finals with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over defending champion Peter Gojowczyk in the Metz second round Wednesday.

Rafael Nadal to skip tournaments in Asia because of bad knee
Rafael Nadal to skip tournaments in Asia because of bad knee

MADRID (AP) -- Rafael Nadal says he will not play in upcoming tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai because of an injured right knee.

Nadal to skip ATP Asian swing due to knee injury
Nadal to skip ATP Asian swing due to knee injury

(Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal said on Wednesday he would skip the Asian leg of the ATP tour to recover from the knee injury he picked up at the U.S. Open, a decision that will boost Novak Djokovic's chances of ending the year top of the rankings. Nadal was forced to retire during his semi-final

Top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko reaches 2nd round of Korea Open

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Top-seeded Jelena Ostapenko beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Korea Open on Wednesday.

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