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    Maria Sharapova battles back to beat Jelena Ostapenko at Italian Open

    Former world No 1 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 her Latvian opponent in a gripping contest lasting three hours and 10 minutes.Fifth seed Ostapenko saved a set point before edging the opener in a tie-break but failed to maintain her level in the second as Sharapova forced a decider. Maria Sharapova clenched her left hand into a fist after beating Jelena Ostapenko in Rome Former world ...

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    The French Open 2018: Roland Garros dates, schedule and tickets revealed

    The French Open 2018 is just around the corner.The second Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season, also known as Roland Garros, will begin in just over a week and will see the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams battle it out on the clay courts of Paris.Roger Federer, the men’s World Number 1, opted to skip the tournament in a strategic effort to extend his already prolific career.The tennis superstar last won the French Open in 2009 but has skipped it in 2016, 2017 and now 2018. World Number 2 Rafael Nadal won the ...

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    LTA sees funding for British tennis dip by over £4m

    The profits from last year's Wimbledon that go towards funding British tennis dipped by more than £4million, largely due to the expense of the redevelopment of Court No 1.The figure emerged as the Lawn Tennis Association held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, where Lord Mervyn Davies, a former Labour cabinet minister, was unveiled as the new Chair of the national governing body.The LTA, which receives 90 per cent of Wimbledon's annual profits for the betterment of the sport in the UK, was handed £33.6m according to the latest accounts, down from £37.7m  the previous year. While not especially dramatic ...

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  • Tennis

    Jo Konta suffers birthday defeat as she bows out of Italian Open after defeat by Jelena Ostapenko

    Jo Konta was unable to celebrate her 27th birthday with her best win since Wimbledon, although she pushed French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko close at the Foro Italico on Thursday.For the fourth time this year against a top-10 player Konta won the first set but could not close the deal, and ended up losing 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 against the world No 6 in their Italian Open third round.There are definitely signs of an upturn in the form of the British No 1, which has been patchy in the last nine months, and although she battled hard until the end she ...

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  • Tennis

    Jo Konta races past Su-Wei Hsieh to set up clash with Jelena Ostapenko at Italian Open

    Jo Konta earned herself a shot at the reigning French Open champion after making surprisingly quick progress through to the last 16 at the Foro Italico.The British No 1 will face Jelena Ostapenko after overcoming Su-Wei Hsieh 6-0, 6-4 at the Italian Open, gaining revenge for her clay-court loss to the same player in the first round of Roland Garros last year.Konta seems to be running into some decent form at an opportune time, given the amount of points she has to defend from 12 months ago. British No 1 Jo Konta (above) needed little over an hour to beat ...

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    Jo Konta finds ruthless streak to beat Magdalena Rybarikova at Italian Open

    Jo Konta finally found her ruthless streak as she overcame fellow Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova to make the second round of the Italian Open.The British No 1 needed 10 break points before she finally converted one, and had to come from behind in the second set before winning 6-4 6-3.She has lost several of these type of matches in the past year, but will be pleased to have got past the world number 19, ranked three places higher than her. Jo Konta overcame Magdalena Rybarikova to advance to the second round of the Italian Open The British No 1 came from ...

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  • Tennis

    Kyle Edmund reaches career-high 19th in the world rankings as he prepares for the Rome Masters

    Kyle Edmund has climbed to a career-high 19th in the world rankings heading into this week's Rome Masters.The 23-year-old British No 1 broke into the top 20 after making the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open last week.Edmund becomes the seventh British male player to reach the world's top 20 since the rankings began in 1973. Kyle Edmund has climbed to a career-high 19th in the world rankings ahead of Rome Masters The Davis Cup champion was sent crashing out of the Madrid Open on Friday by Canadian Denis Shapovalov after losing his quarter-final match 7-5, 6-7, 6-4.Edmund started brightly but was broken twice ...

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    Alexander Zverev beats Dominic Thiem to claim Madrid Open title

    Alexander Zverev continued to underline his status as one of his sport's new stars with a dominant performance to beat Dominic Thiem and claim the Madrid Open title on Sunday.The 21-year-old stretched his run of consecutive set wins to 18 with his 6-4 6-4 success, which follows on from his triumph on clay at the BMW Open in Munich last week.Thiem had stunned the seemingly unstoppable Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals but could not repeat the feat against Zverev. Alexander Zverev defeated Dominic Thiem to claim the Madrid Open title on Sunday Zverev won the title with a thrillingly aggressive performance, ...

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    Kyle Edmund crashes out of Madrid Open after losing to Denis Shapovalov

    Kyle Edmund has crashed out of the Madrid Open following defeat by Denis Shapovalov.Edmund lost the quarter-final match 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 to end an otherwise promising tournament in Spain.Before beating world No 10 David Goffin to reach the last eight, Edmund recorded a famous win over Novak Djokovic.  Kyle Edmund crashed out of Madrid Open following 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 defeat by Denis Shapovalov The defeat by Shapovalov put an end to an otherwise promising tournament for British No 1

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  • Tennis

    Simona Halep defeated in straight sets by Karolina Pliskova at quarter final stage of Madrid Open

    Top-ranked Simona Halep lost to Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarter finals on Thursday.Halep was the two-time defending champion and on a 15-match winning streak at the clay-court tournament.But Pliskova gave the Romanian no chance, breaking her serve four times and hitting 20 winners. Simona Halep was defeated in straight sets by Karolina Pliskova in the Madrid Open Halep was the two-time defending champion and on a 15-match winning streak before her loss 'This was one of my best matches of the year,' the sixth-seeded Pliskova said. 'I feel amazing since in the last six matches I lost to ...

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  • Tennis

    Caroline Wozniacki fails to reclaim world No 1 spot

    Caroline Wozniacki's bid to reclaim the world No 1 ranking this week ended when she lost to world No 20 Kiki Bertens in the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.Bertens, who reached the 2016 French Open semi-finals, beat the 27-year-old Dane 6-2, 6-2 in an hour to claim the biggest scalp of her career.Australian Open champion Wozniacki had to win the Madrid title to overhaul Simona Halep in the top spot but her defeat means the Romanian will retain first place. Caroline Wozniacki plays a forehand shot in her third round defeat at the Madrid Open Kiki Bertens ...

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  • Tennis

    Kyle Edmund defeats Novak Djokovic in Madrid Open second round

    Kyle Edmund returned to the form that took him to the Australian Open semi-finals when he scored a huge win over Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open that takes him into the top twenty for the first time.The 23 year-old Yorkshireman clinched a high quality deciding set against the former world No 1 to make the third round courtesy of a 6-3 2-6 6-3 victory.While it was not quite the Djokovic of 2016 for much of the match there is no such thing as an insignificant win against the great Serb, who beat Kei Nishikori in the previous round and ...

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    Caroline Wozniacki survives scare to edge past Ashleigh Barty in three sets and reach last 16 of Madrid Open

    World No 2 Caroline Wozniacki survived a scare from Ashleigh Barty on Monday, edging the Australian 6-2 4-6 6-4 to reach the last-16 of the Madrid Open.Wozniacki found herself on the brink of defeat as she trailed 4-2 in the final set, but the Dane roared back to claim the last four games to seal the victory.The 22-year-old Barty was ultimately let down by her groundstrokes in crucial stages of decider as she finished with 54 unforced errors for the match. Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after overcoming 22-year-old Ashleigh Barty in three sets Wozniacki will next face former French Open semi-finalist Kiki ...

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  • Tennis

    British No 1 Johanna Konta beats 16th seed Magdalena Rybarikova in first round of the Madrid Open

    Johanna Konta claimed an encouraging win over world number 17 Magdalena Rybarikova to book her place in the second round of the Madrid Open.The British No 1 is no fan of playing on clay and had suffered an embarrassing straight sets defeat to world No 219 Fanny Stollar in her previous match in Charleston last month.But Konta was in much more impressive form as she battled through two tight sets to see off her fellow Wimbledon semi-finalist 6-3 7-5 in two hours. Johanna Konta, unseeded in Madrid, beat Magdalena Rybarikova in an hour and 59 minutesKonta made a flying start ...

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    Gael Monfils dumped out of BMW Open in round one after losing to Bosnian Mirza Basic in Munich

    Gael Monfils became an early casualty at the BMW Open as he was beaten in the first round in Munich by Bosnia's Mirza Basic.Monfils, the seventh seed, lost 6-2 3-6 6-3 to the world number 90 in one hour and 37 minutes.Basic took a firm grip on the match as he won 12 of the first 15 points in the deciding set. Gael Monfils became an early casualty at the BMW Open in Munich on Tuesday Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, the sixth seed, led a good day for the home nation with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Ivo Karlovic.Kohlschreiber withstood 15 aces ...

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