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Two-time champ Bertens begins Nuremberg Cup defense with win

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) -- Two-time champion Kiki Bertens began her Nuremberg Cup defense by beating Serbian qualifier Dejana Radanovic 6-1, 6-1 on Monday.

Roland Garros overhaul in full swing ahead of French Open
Roland Garros overhaul in full swing ahead of French Open

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Legal challenges have pushed the promised overhaul of Roland Garros back to 2020 but with construction finally well underway, this year's French Open is poised to offer fans a "nouvelSle" experience. A stroll down the alleys of the venue reveals how

Nishikori needs French Open success to reignite career
Nishikori needs French Open success to reignite career

By Jack Tarrant TOKYO (Reuters) - It has been a long and frustrating road back to fitness for Japan's Kei Nishikori, who will arrive at Roland Garros without an ATP title for more than two years and desperate to prove that his career has not already peaked. For much of the last decade Nishikori

Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open
Rival players support seeding Serena Williams at French Open

Several of Serena Williams' biggest rivals believe that the 23-time Grand Slam champion deserves more than just a guaranteed spot in the French Open draw. Williams, who is expected to play in her first major since returning from maternity leave, should also receive a top seed that befits the No.

Nadal back at number one ahead of bid for 11th French Open crown
Nadal back at number one ahead of bid for 11th French Open crown

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal returned to the top of the world rankings on Monday after winning his eighth Italian Open title at the weekend to confirm once more his status as the king of the clay court. Sunday's 6-1 1-6 6-3 victory over German Alexander Zverev on the Rome dirt ensured the 31-year-old

Tennis Podcast: Alexander Zverev lost in Rome, but is he Rafael Nadal
Tennis Podcast: Alexander Zverev lost in Rome, but is he Rafael Nadal's biggest French Open threat?

Moments after Rafael Nadal is crowned Champion in Rome for the eighth time, Tennis Podcast presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law bask in the London sunshine to discuss the King of Clay's rain-assisted victory over Alexander Zverev, and the extraordinary performance of Elina Svitolina to dismantle

Raonic pulls out of French Open with knee injury
Raonic pulls out of French Open with knee injury

(Reuters) - Milos Raonic has withdrawn from next week's French Open with a knee injury and is targeting a return during the grasscourt season, the former world number three said on Sunday. The Canadian has not played since losing to Denis Shapovalov in the round of 16 at the Madrid Open earlier

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Serena's highs and lows at Roland Garros

Paris (AFP) - Serena Williams's highs and lows at the French Open as the 23-time major winner prepares to make her Grand Slam return next weekend in Paris:

Wedding belle Serena sounds French Open alarm for rivals
Wedding belle Serena sounds French Open alarm for rivals

Fresh from attending the Royal wedding, Serena Williams will take aim at the upstarts who have been honeymooning at the majors in her absence when she makes her long-awaited Grand Slam return at Roland Garros. The 36-year-old American, who first played the French Open in 1998, has been the champion

Nadal eyes 11th French Open but insists
Nadal eyes 11th French Open but insists 'Rome triumph means nothing'

Rafael Nadal insisted Sunday that his stunning 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 comeback win over Alexander Zverev which delivered an eighth Rome Masters title will have no impact on his campaign to lift an 11th French Open. German second seed and defending champion Zverev was 3-1 up in the deciding set in Sunday'

Nadal edges Zverev to win Italian Open in rainy Rome
Nadal edges Zverev to win Italian Open in rainy Rome

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal made the best of a rain delay to come from behind in the deciding set and beat defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1 1-6 6-3 in the Italian Open final on Sunday. The win gave the Spaniard his 56th title on clay and he will reclaim the world number one ranking from Roger Federer

From Harry and Meghan to Roland - Serena trains at French Open
From Harry and Meghan to Roland - Serena trains at French Open

Just a day after attending the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Serena Williams went back to business on Sunday, enjoying her first practice session at Roland Garros ahead of the French Open. The 36-year-old Williams, a three-time champion in Paris, has yet to decide if she will compete

2016 Wimbledon runner-up Raonic pulls out of French Open

PARIS (AP) -- Milos Raonic, the 2016 Wimbledon runner-up, has withdrawn from the French Open a week before the clay-court Grand Slam tournament begins.

Rain comes to Rafa
Rain comes to Rafa's rescue in Rome

Rome (AFP) - Heavy rain came to Rafael Nadal's rescue in the Rome Masters final on Sunday just when defending champion Alexander Zverev was pushing towards victory.

Injured Raonic out of French Open
Injured Raonic out of French Open

Canada's Milos Raonic, who has been battling a knee injury, pulled out of the French Open on Sunday. The world number 22, a Wimbledon runner-up in 2016 and who reached the French Open quarter-finals in 2014, had withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters in April with a knee injury before his third

Svitolina dominates Halep to defend Italian Open crown
Svitolina dominates Halep to defend Italian Open crown

(Reuters) - Fourth seed Elina Svitolina successfully defended her Italian Open title on Sunday with a dominant 6-0 6-4 victory over an out-of-sorts Simona Halep. World number one Halep came through a tough three-set semi-final against Maria Sharapova on Saturday and was well off the pace, failing to

Svitolina defends Italian Open title as Halep injured again
Svitolina defends Italian Open title as Halep injured again

Elina Svitolina faced little resistance from Simona Halep in a 6-0, 6-4 win Sunday to defend her Italian Open title. Just like in last year's final, Halep appeared bothered by an injury. ''I was a little bit too stiff with my body and I couldn't stay in the rallies,'' Halep

Svitolina lays down French Open marker in Rome
Svitolina lays down French Open marker in Rome

Elina Svitolina underlined her status as a top favourite for the French Open by sweeping Simona Halep aside 6-0, 6-4 to successfully defend her Italian Open crown on Sunday. In a repeat of last year's final at the Foro Italico, Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fourth, was up against Halep a day after

Nadal beats Djokovic, sets up Zverev clash in Rome final
Nadal beats Djokovic, sets up Zverev clash in Rome final

Rafael Nadal closed in on an eighth Rome Masters title as he dismissed old rival Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final for a record-extending 10th time. The Spanish top seed will meet second-seeded holder Alexander Zverev, a 7-6 (15/13), 7-5 winner over Australian Open finalist

Halep downs Sharapova to set up Rome final rematch with Svitolina
Halep downs Sharapova to set up Rome final rematch with Svitolina

Simona Halep profited from a miserable day on serve for Maria Sharapova to reach the Italian Open final with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat of the five-time Grand Slam winner on Saturday. The Romanian world number one will bid for the title on Sunday against Elina Svitolina in a repeat of last year's final

Halep downs Sharapova to set up Rome final rematch with Svitolina
Halep downs Sharapova to set up Rome final rematch with Svitolina

Simona Halep profited from a miserable day on serve for Maria Sharapova to reach the Italian Open final with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 defeat of the five-time Grand Slam winner on Saturday. The Romanian world number one will bid for the title on Sunday against Elina Svitolina in a repeat of last year's final

Super idea: tennis channel pushing Italian Open development
Super idea: tennis channel pushing Italian Open development

Even without Roger Federer and Serena Williams, the Italian Open is setting records for crowd attendance. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Italian Tennis Federation's TV channel, SuperTennis. The channel, which operates 24 hours per day broadcasting tournaments worldwide year-round to

Rampant Nadal beats Djokovic to reach Italian Open final
Rampant Nadal beats Djokovic to reach Italian Open final

(Reuters) - A rampant Rafa Nadal turned on the style to beat his old rival and former world number one Novak Djokovic 7-6(4) 6-3 in Rome on Saturday, reaching his first Italian Open final since 2014. The meeting, an open-era record 51st been the two adversaries, was played out in typically thrilling

Novak Djokovic produces best performance of the year but is outlasted by Rafael Nadal in Rome 
Novak Djokovic produces best performance of the year but is outlasted by Rafael Nadal in Rome 

With fears growing that this year's French Open could turn into a procession, Novak Djokovic issued a warning on Saturday that Rafael Nadal may not have things all his own way in Paris. Djokovic was ultimately outlasted in a pulsating Italian Open semi-final 7-6, 6-3, but after two years of struggle

Nadal beats angry Djokovic to reach 10th Rome Masters final
Nadal beats angry Djokovic to reach 10th Rome Masters final

Rafael Nadal closed in on an eighth Rome Masters title as he dismissed old rival Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final for a record-extending 10th time. The last-four success will give the Spanish top seed added confidence ahead of the French Open, where he has won a record 10

Nadal beats Djokovic to reach 10th Rome Masters final
Nadal beats Djokovic to reach 10th Rome Masters final

Rafael Nadal closed in on an eighth Rome Masters title as he dismissed old rival Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final for a record-extending 10th time. The last-four success will give the Spanish top seed added confidence ahead of the French Open, where he has won a record 10

Tennis: Defending champion Svitolina sails into Italian Open final
Tennis: Defending champion Svitolina sails into Italian Open final

(Reuters) - Defending champion Elina Svitolina reached the final of the Italian Open on Saturday after putting in a clinical performance to beat unseeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-4 6-3. The 22-year-old Kontaveit offered stiff resistance, hitting 24 winners to Svitolina's 18, but her opponent converted

Svitolina sinks Kontaveit to return to Rome final
Svitolina sinks Kontaveit to return to Rome final

Holder Elina Svitolina dominated Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-3 in 74 minutes on Saturday to reach a second straight final at the Italian Open. The Ukrainian will play for the trophy in Sunday against the winner of the high-profile semi-final between Maria Sharapova and top seed Simona Halep. Svitolina moved

Svitolina beats Kontaveit to return to Italian Open final

ROME (AP) -- Defending champion Elina Svitolina returned to the Italian Open final with a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 win over 26th-ranked Anna Kontaveit on Saturday.

Queen of tennis Serena Williams preps for royal wedding
Queen of tennis Serena Williams preps for royal wedding

American tennis star Serena Williams rose early on Saturday to get ready for her friend Meghan Markle's wedding to Britain's Prince Harry with a gold face treatment mask and personal make-up artist. Former world number one Williams, 36, posted videos on her Instagram account of herself and her

Del Potro doubt for Roland Garros
Del Potro doubt for Roland Garros

Paris (AFP) - World number six Juan Martin del Potro could be a doubt for Roland Garros after sustaining a groin strain in Rome.

Tennis: Groin strain puts Del Potro
Tennis: Groin strain puts Del Potro's French Open in jeopardy

Juan Martin del Porto has suffered a groin strain and is a doubt for the French Open, the Argentine world number six said on Friday. Del Porto was forced to pull out of the Italian Open in Rome on Thursday after feeling a pain in his left groin. "After the medical examinations today, it has been

Nadal sets up Djokovic semi-final in Rome, Zverev marches on
Nadal sets up Djokovic semi-final in Rome, Zverev marches on

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal rallied from a set down before easing past Fabio Fognini 4-6 6-1 6-2 in the Italian Open quarter-finals on Friday to set up a mouth-watering clash against long-time adversary Novak Djokovic for a place in Sunday's final. Djokovic plotted a similar path to the Spanish claycourt

Nadal sets up Djokovic semi-final in Rome, Zverev marches on
Nadal sets up Djokovic semi-final in Rome, Zverev marches on

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal rallied from a set down before easing past Fabio Fognini 4-6 6-1 6-2 in the Italian Open quarter-finals on Friday to set up a mouth-watering clash against long-time adversary Novak Djokovic for a place in Sunday's final. Djokovic plotted a similar path to the Spanish claycourt

Nadal, Djokovic to meet for 51st time in Rome
Nadal, Djokovic to meet for 51st time in Rome

Novak Djokovic set up an Italian Open semi-final blockbuster against old rival Rafael Nadal after both former world number one players battled back in thrilling last-eight clashes on Friday. The Serb fought back against Kei Nishikori to earn a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win while top seed Nadal continued his clay

Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic claim their best wins of the seasons in Rome 
Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic claim their best wins of the seasons in Rome 

Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, two of tennis's most famous names, claimed season's-best results in Rome on Friday. Old friends as well as near-contemporaries in their arrival on the tour, they look to be hitting form just in time for Roland Garros. Sharapova went first, scraping through an apparently

Nadal, Djokovic to meet for 51st time in Rome
Nadal, Djokovic to meet for 51st time in Rome

Novak Djokovic set up an Italian Open semi-final blockbuster against old rival Rafael Nadal after both former world number one players battled back in thrilling last-eight clashes on Friday. The Serb fought back against Kei Nishikori to earn a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win while top seed Nadal continued his clay

Sharapova supports special Grand Slam seeding for old rival Serena
Sharapova supports special Grand Slam seeding for old rival Serena

Maria Sharapova says she supports a Grand Slam seeding for longtime rival Serena Williams as the American tries to rebuild her career after giving birth nine months ago. The Russian, who reached the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Friday with a 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 7-5 defeat of reigning Roland Garros

Nadal, Djokovic to meet for 51st time in Rome
Nadal, Djokovic to meet for 51st time in Rome

Novak Djokovic set up an Italian Open semi-final blockbuster against old rival Rafael Nadal after both former world number one players battled back in thrilling last-eight clashes on Friday. The Serb fought back against Kei Nishikori to earn a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win while top seed Nadal continued his clay

Tennis: Sharapova edges Ostapenko in Italian Open, Wozniacki out
Tennis: Sharapova edges Ostapenko in Italian Open, Wozniacki out

(Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova stepped up her French Open preparations with a battling 6-7(6) 6-4 7-5 win over reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko in the Italian Open quarter-finals on Friday. Sharapova produced one of her best performances of the season to overcome

Djokovic sets up Nadal semi-final clash in Rome
Djokovic sets up Nadal semi-final clash in Rome

Novak Djokovic defeated Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 to reach the Italian Open semi-finals on Friday where he will face old rival Rafael Nadal. Djokovic will meet Nadal for the 51st time with the Serb holding a 26-24 edge in career meetings with the pair locked at 3-3 in Rome. Nadal won their last encounter

Sharapova wins Rome epic as Nadal makes semis
Sharapova wins Rome epic as Nadal makes semis

Maria Sharapova fired a French Open warning with an epic three-hour win over Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko to reach the Rome semi-finals on Friday as Rafael Nadal continued his clay court domination. Former world number one and five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova found herself in a dogfight

Louis Armstrong Stadium Readies For US Open Debut
Louis Armstrong Stadium Readies For US Open Debut

The new tournament venue will seat 14,000 fans and have a have a retractable roof as the first naturally ventilated tennis stadium in the world. CBS2's Otis Livingston reports.

Sharapova wins Rome epic as Nadal makes semis
Sharapova wins Rome epic as Nadal makes semis

Maria Sharapova fired a French Open warning with an epic three-hour win over Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko to reach the Rome semi-finals on Friday as Rafael Nadal continued his clay court domination. Former world number one and five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova found herself in a dogfight

Sharapova into Italian Open semi-finals after epic Ostapenko win
Sharapova into Italian Open semi-finals after epic Ostapenko win

Rome (AFP) - Maria Sharapova won a battle of French Open champions, taking more than three hours to get past Jelena Ostapenko 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 7-5 on Friday and reach the Italian Open semi-finals.

Nadal bounces back from slow start to reach Rome semis
Nadal bounces back from slow start to reach Rome semis

Rafael Nadal continued his clay domination on Friday, rallying from a set down to reach the Italian Open semi-finals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Fabio Fognini. The world number two needs to lift an eighth career title at the Foro Italico on Sunday to return to the top of the ATP rankings after

Nadal overcomes crowd and Fognini to reach Rome semifinals
Nadal overcomes crowd and Fognini to reach Rome semifinals

Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a poor first set and a partisan crowd to beat Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and reach the Italian Open semifinals on Friday. The crowd at the Foro Italico was decidedly behind Fognini, Italy's top player, and Nadal was under pressure when Fognini won five

US Open set to open second roofed stadium with new Armstrong
US Open set to open second roofed stadium with new Armstrong

The old No. 1 stadium at the U.S. Open is about to be replaced by a better-than-ever No. 2. Louis Armstrong Stadium hosted two decades of championship tennis, memorable matches on the court that often hid its inadequacies off it. When the new Armstrong opens for play in August at the U.S. Open'

Nadal, Djokovic romp into Rome quarter-finals
Nadal, Djokovic romp into Rome quarter-finals

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal swept into the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday with a ruthless 6-4 6-1 victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov. The top seed, who will reclaim the world number one ranking from Roger Federer if he wins his eighth title in Rome, turned in a near-flawless

Alex de Minaur gets Australian wild card for Roland Garros

Tennis Australia said Friday that Alex de Minaur has been given Australia's reciprocal wild card into the French Open starting on May 27. De Minaur, 19, has improved his ATP ranking by almost half in 2018 to move to No. 106, nearly qualifying him for the main draw. In January, he advanced to the

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