Tennis / Sports

'Cheater' Sharapova should not play tennis again - Bouchard

Apr 27 2:13am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Maria Sharapova is a cheater and should not have been allowed to return to tennis, says 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard.
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Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray Advance In Barcelona

Apr 27 12:43am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Andy Murray didn't have to play and Rafa only lost 3 games.
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Maria Sharapova Victorious Over Vinci In Return From Drug Ban

Apr 27 12:35am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Maria Sharapova won her first match back after a 15-month doping ban.
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Australia defends INAS World Tennis Championships

Apr 26 9:43pm Tennis Australia
All the results from the latest INAS World Tennis Championships in Bolton, England.
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Aussie results daily update, 27 April 2017

Apr 26 9:07pm Tennis Australia
All the latest Aussie results from abroad.
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Sharapova returns with flying start, beats Vinci in Stuttgart

Apr 26 8:56pm The Grandstand
Maria Sharapova's return to tennis off a 15-month doping suspension got off to a successful start with a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 round-one victory over former U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Wednesday. [...] The post Sharapova returns with flying start, beats Vinci in Stuttgart appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Unbowed, Maria Sharapova Retakes the Tennis Stage

Apr 26 8:12pm NYT > Tennis
In her first match since a 15-month suspension for a failed drug test, Sharapova defeated Roberta Vinci at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Germany.
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Tomic withdraws from Barcelona Open

Apr 26 8:05pm Tennis Australia
Bernard Tomic, who won through to a second-round meeting in Barcelona with No.1 seed Andy Murray, withdrew from…...
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End is near for Haas, but hes not done yet

Apr 26 7:35pm The Grandstand
Tommy Haas is five years older than Andy Roddick. Roddick retired in 2012. Haas is three years older than Fernando Gonzalez. Gonzalez retired in 2012. Haas is two years older than Juan Carlos Ferrero. Ferrero, at least in singles, retired in--you guessed it--2012. But the 39-year-old is not done yet. [...] The post End is near for Haas, but he’s not done yet appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Apr 26 7:00pm Tennishead
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Barcelona R3 previews and predictions: Zverev vs. Chung, Goffin vs. Khachanov

Apr 26 5:50pm The Grandstand
Hyeon Chung and Karen Khachanov have made surprising runs to the Barcelona third round. Things will get even tougher prior to the quarterfinals, however, as they are set for respective meetings on Thursday with Alexander Zverev and David Goffin. [...] The post Barcelona R3 previews and predictions: Zverev vs. Chung, Goffin vs. Khachanov appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Wednesdays Set Points, WTA Stuttgart Day 2: Sharapova returns, beats Vinci in straight sets

Apr 26 5:17pm Moo's Tennis Blog
Wednesday was one of the most anticipated days on the 2017 WTA calendar and it was an early one in Stuttgart as journalists were out in force to watch Maria Sharapova’s practice on the main court. First groundstrokes for Sharapova on site of a WTA event in over a year. pic.twitter.com/X0NUTRWsUm — René Denfeld (@Renestance) April…...
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Genie Bouchard wants Maria Sharapova banned for life. That's a terrible idea.

Apr 26 4:47pm Tennis | For The Win
Suggesting she be banned for life is just pure bad sportsmanship.
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Maria Sharapova: Russian beats Roberta Vinca on return from doping ban

Apr 26 2:49pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Maria Sharapova is victorious on her return to action following a 15-month doping ban as she beats Roberta Vinci in Stuttgart.
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What is Padel? | Miami Padel Master 2017

Apr 26 2:47pm Tennis Plaza Blog
Padel (not to be confused with Paddle) is the sport of the month in Miami as the city holds the first international Padel tournament in the USA, the World Padel Tour (WPT) Miami Master 2017. Padel, a sport not know by everybody is thought to be the little brother of tennis however, Padel brings excitement, […]...
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Maria Sharapova Returns From Doping Ban With a Victory

Apr 26 2:45pm NYT > Tennis
In her first match after a 15-month suspension, Sharapova defeated Roberta Vinci, who had criticized Sharapova’s receiving a wild card into the event.
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Barcelona R3 previews and predictions: Nadal vs. Anderson, Murray vs. Lopez

Apr 26 2:36pm The Grandstand
Rafael Nadal remained in clay-court cruise control on Wednesday and he will be back in action--weather permitting--against Kevin Anderson on Thursday in Barcelona. Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez are also aiming for a spot in the quarterfinals. [...] The post Barcelona R3 previews and predictions: Nadal vs. Anderson, Murray vs. Lopez appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Johanna Konta: British number one beats Naomi Osaka in Stuttgart

Apr 26 11:18am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Johanna Konta puts a difficult week behind her to reach the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix with victory over Naomi Osaka.
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Diego Schwartzmans Return Game Is Even Better Than I Thought

Apr 26 10:17am Heavy Topspin
Diego Schwartzman is one of the most unusual players on the ATP tour. Even shorter than David Ferrer, his serve will never be a weapon, so the only way he can compete is by neutralizing everyone else’s offerings and winning baseline battles. Up to No. 34 in this week’s official rankings and No. 35 on … Continue reading Diego Schwartzman’s Return Game Is Even Better Than I Thought...
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Serena Williams Says Posting of Pregnancy Picture Was an Accident

Apr 26 9:32am NYT > Tennis
Williams told Gayle King at the TED 2017 Conference in Vancouver that the mishap wasn’t a big deal because she planned to share the news shortly.
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Why Serena Williams was 'angry' when Alexis Ohanian proposed

Apr 26 8:15am Tennis | For The Win
She was in the middle of her training season.
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Maria Sharapova: Russian to learn French Open fate on 16 May

Apr 26 7:08am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Former world number one Maria Sharapova will find out on 16 May if she has been given a wildcard for the French Open.
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Murray through as Tomic withdraws in Barcelona

Apr 26 6:41am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
World number one Andy Murray is through to the third round of the Barcelona Open as Australia's Bernard Tomic withdraws before the match.
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Serena Williams: World number one revealed pregnancy news by accident

Apr 26 3:32am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Serena Williams says she revealed her pregnancy on social media by accident, after mistakenly uploading a photograph on Snapchat.
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Aussie results daily update, 26 April 2017

Apr 26 12:47am Tennis Australia
All the latest Aussie results from abroad.
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Barcelona R2 previews and predictions: Goffin vs. Basilashvili, Cuevas vs. Khachanov

Apr 25 8:23pm The Grandstand
Monte-Carlo semifinalist David Goffin will try to continue his fine form when he takes the court in Barcelona for second-round action against Nikoloz Basilashvili. Pablo Cuevas and Karen Khachanov are also aiming for a spot in the last 16. [...] The post Barcelona R2 previews and predictions: Goffin vs. Basilashvili, Cuevas vs. Khachanov appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Stosur surprised in Stuttgart

Apr 25 7:42pm Tennis Australia
Anastasija Sevastova produced a strong performance to stun Sam Stosur in the opening round of the Porsche Tennis…...
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Tomic snaps losing streak

Apr 25 7:24pm Tennis Australia
Bernard Tomic scored his first win since the Australian Open and got a much-needed confidence boost on clay…...
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Serena vows to return after pregnancy

Apr 25 7:00pm Tennishead
The 23-time Grand Slam champion made the headlines last week when she uploaded a photograph to social media app Snapchat with the caption “20 weeks” before deleting it. Her publicist later confirmed the news, but Williams revealed the photograph was not meant to be shared with the world. "I was just saving it," Williams said during her TED Talk with journalist Gayle King. "I've been so good about it, but this was the one time it slipped." Williams, who is due to give birth in the autumn, discovered she was pregnant two days before the Australian Open, where she went on to win her 23rd major title – an Open era record. "It wasn't very easy," said the world No.1. "You hear all these stories about people when they're pregnant - they get sick, they get really tired, really stressed out. I had to really take all that energy and put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away. "Pregnant or not, no one knew and I was supposed to win that tournament. Every time I play, I'm expected to win. If I don't win, it's actually much bigger news." Williams will be 36 in September, but she insists she fully intends to return to the tour in 2018. "I definitely plan on coming back. I'm not done yet," she said. "If [Venus is] still playing, I know I can play. This is just a new part of my life. My baby's going to be in the stands and hopefully cheering for me."...
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Sharapova wins on comeback

Apr 25 7:00pm Tennishead
On the day her 15-month ban was lifted, the Russian won 7-5 6-3 after accepting a wildcard at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. "My job is as a competitor and as a tennis player to go out on the court and to perform no matter if I’m having a tough day or an easy day," said Sharapova, who tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. "There are people in the stands who bought a ticket and they are going to watch you play, and so you have to show them what you’re capable of doing." Sharapova, whose original two-year suspension was reduced on appeal, faces fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the second round. She has also been granted wildcards for the WTA clay court events in Madrid and Rome next month, but must wait until May 16 to find out whether she will be offered a wildcard for Roland Garros, where she is a two-time champion. "I trained quite intensively since January but it’s been in different phases,” said Sharapova. “I spent a lot of time in the gym and then I moved on to the court before I started playing matches in the last few weeks. "So, it’s a process and of course you want to have that smooth transition. But nothing in training is like going out there today. I was definitely rusty. I made a few return unforced errors. I could name a lot of things. But overall I got through it and that’s the process I look forward to getting through."...
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Maria Sharapova Reportedly Wont Get A French Open Main Draw Wildcard

Apr 25 5:13pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Former champion Maria Sharapova might have to play qualifying at the French Open!...
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Serena Williams Fires Back At Ilie Nastase, Calling Romanian A Racist

Apr 25 5:00pm The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Serena Williams slammed Ilie Nastase.
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Tuesdays Set Points, WTA Stuttgart Day 1: Makarova moves past Radwanska

Apr 25 5:00pm Moo's Tennis Blog
The 2017 Stuttgart main draw finally got underway on Tuesday with Barbora Strycova the first winner of the tournament. In a surprisingly efficient display and dropping just nine points (!) behind her serve, Strycova defeated lucky loser, Jennifer Brady, 6-2 6-2. Next up for the Czech player will be Simona Halep on Wednesday. .@BaraStrycova picks…...
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The data in American tennis tell the story

Apr 25 3:35pm
In the past 30 years American tennis has seen a 73\% decline in the amount of top 100 players in the ATP tour. This alarming number basically tells us that we lose every decade 25\% of our players in the … Continue reading → The post The data in American tennis tell the story appeared first on Tennis blog. Advice from tennis experts.
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Sarasota Open makes It cant be that good shirts

Apr 25 3:20pm The Grandstand
In addition to a paycheck and a trophy, Frances Tiafoe--who triumphed at the Sarasota Open this past Sunday--won a prize that would not have made sense when the week began. But it made plenty of sense based on what transpired during first-round action. [...] The post Sarasota Open makes “It can’t be that good” shirts appeared first on The Grandstand.
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With Baby in Tow, Victoria Azarenka Returns to Tennis and Her Roots

Apr 25 3:16pm NYT > Tennis
After an extended break from competition, Azarenka is training in her native Belarus with a new coach and a new traveling companion: her infant son.
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Barcelona Open: Dan Evans beats Mischa Zverev in second round

Apr 25 2:04pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Britain's Dan Evans continues his unlikely run at the Barcelona Open with a straight-set win over world number 35 Mischa Zverev.
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WTA chief Steve Simon defends Maria Sharapova wildcards

Apr 25 1:06pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Maria Sharapova's wildcard entry at Stuttgart Open is in keeping with how former dopers are treated in other sports says WTA chief Steve Simon.
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Soft and Absorbent: The Universal Appeal of Player Towels

Apr 25 1:04pm Blog – Grand Slam Tennis Tours
Don’t look now, but there is a gift-store item that is quickly becoming an icon and cult item from tennis events around the world. You’ve definitely seen them. Maybe you’ve even felt one, either after a player throws his sweaty one to the crowd after a brilliant 5-set win, or in your bathroom, at home, Continue Reading... The post Soft and Absorbent: The Universal Appeal of Player Towels appeared first on Grand Slam Tennis Tours.
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Stuttgart R1 preview and prediction: Vinci vs. Sharapova

Apr 25 11:33am The Grandstand
Maria Sharapova will play her first match since the 2016 Australian Open when she goes up against Roberta Vinci in round one of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Wednesday in Stuttgart. Sharapova has been suspended for 15 months (reduced from two years) after testing positive for meldonium last January. [...] The post Stuttgart R1 preview and prediction: Vinci vs. Sharapova appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Barcelona R2 previews and predictions: Nadal vs. Dutra Silva, Murray vs. Tomic

Apr 25 11:13am The Grandstand
Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray will kick off their Barcelona campaigns on Wednesday with respective matchups against Rogerio Dutra Silva and Bernard Tomic. Tomic is coming off a solid first-round win over Dustin Brown. [...] The post Barcelona R2 previews and predictions: Nadal vs. Dutra Silva, Murray vs. Tomic appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Serena Williams Fires Back at Ilie Nastase Over Racist Comment

Apr 25 8:22am NYT > Tennis
“It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments.”...
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Stosur No.4 in the world on clay

Apr 24 10:05pm Tennis Australia
Sam Stosur's stellar 2016 claycourt season has helped her take fourth position in the WTA Insider's recently-released Claycourt…...
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Maria Sharapova is Back!

Apr 24 7:20pm TENNIS EXPRESS
Maria Sharapova is Back! After a 15-month suspension, Maria Sharapova will return to the professional tennis scene as a wild card in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, in Stuttgart, Germany. Taking a look back, Maria claimed the Stuttgart championship title...
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Sharapova is Back!

Apr 24 7:20pm TENNIS EXPRESS
Sharapova is Back! After a 15-month suspension, Maria Sharapova will return to the professional tennis scene as a wild card in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, in Stuttgart, Germany. Taking a look back, Maria claimed the Stuttgart championship title in...
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Serena Williams brands Ilie Nastase comments 'racist' and backs investigation

Apr 24 5:04pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Serena Williams says Ilie Nastase's comments about her unborn child are racist and backs an International Tennis Federation investigation.
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Unique Skills Anyone Can Learn from the ATP Top 5

Apr 24 4:44pm The MyTennisLessons Blog
Often when watching the top players in the game you find yourself saying, “How did he just do that?”. Despite the gulf in skill between the worlds best players and us mere mortals there are still many nuanced aspects of their … Continued The post Unique Skills Anyone Can Learn from the ATP Top 5 appeared first on The MyTennisLessons Blog.
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Serena Williams uses the words of Maya Angelou to respond to racist comments

Apr 24 4:31pm Tennis | For The Win
From her first Snapchat, Serena Williams has shown nothing but excitement about her pregnancy. Williams posted a sweet note to her (...)...
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Serena Williams' fiance posts adorable baby announcement

Apr 24 3:16pm Tennis | For The Win
“A new Snoo is on the way!”...
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Sharapova's comeback opponent questions wildcard

Apr 24 2:25pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Maria Sharapova's first opponent following her 15-month doping ban questions the decision to give the Russian wildcards on the WTA Tour.
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Barcelona previews and predictions: Thiem vs. Edmund, Tomic vs. Brown

Apr 24 12:58pm The Grandstand
Second-round action will get underway on Tuesday in Barcelona, where Dominic Thiem is kicking off his campaign against Kyle Edmund. The first-round slate, meanwhile, includes Bernard Tomic and Dustin Brown. [...] The post Barcelona previews and predictions: Thiem vs. Edmund, Tomic vs. Brown appeared first on The Grandstand.
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Staying as number one will be tough - Murray

Apr 24 12:22pm BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Andy Murray says keeping his world number one ranking will be challenging as he prepares for the climax of the clay-court season.
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Sharapova Set for Possibly-Unwelcoming 2017 Debut at Stuttgart; WTA Preview

Apr 24 10:52am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Sharapova will enter the Stuttgart battlefield when she takes on Italy's Roberta Vinci in her opener on the red clay.
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Barcelona Open: Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund through to second round

Apr 24 10:50am BBC Sport | Tennis | World Edition
Dan Evans claims his first ATP Tour win on Clay at the Barcelona Open as fellow Briton Kyle Edmund also progresses to the second round.
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Serena Williams' beautiful note to her unborn baby is perfect in every way

Apr 24 9:46am Tennis | For The Win
“From the world’s oldest number one to the world’s youngest number one.”...
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Rafael Nadal Closes Gap With Roger Federer For Rankings Race Lead

Apr 24 9:42am The Dysfunctional Tennis Blog
Rafael Nadal is closing in on the lead in the ATP Race.
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Podcast Episode 4: La Decima, a Wild Fed Cup Weekend, and Sharapovas Return

Apr 24 9:39am Heavy Topspin
In the Episode 4 of the Tennis Abstract Podcast, Carl Bialik and I desperately try to cover everything going on in tennis right now. We start with Rafael Nadal’s Decima of Monte Carlo titles, along with the bizarre underperformance of the rest of the ATP elites. From there, we touch on various highlights from the weekend’s Fed Cup … Continue reading Podcast Episode 4: La Decima, a Wild Fed Cup Weekend, and Sharapova’s Return...
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