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  • Victoria Azarenka through to Miami Open semi-finals after defeating Karolina Pliskova

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    Victoria Azarenka booked her place in the semi-finals of the Miami Open after edging Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-3.

    The three-time champion got off to a strong start, breaking her opponent twice in the opening set, but the number five seed dug deep to take three games in a row and tie the set at 5-5.

    From there, Pliskova gifted Azarenka a break after her fourth double fault and on her fifth set point, Azarenka converted for the early lead.

    Pliskova's problems on her second serve continued in the second set and despite back-and-forth breaks, Azarenka continued to apply the pressure to seal the match in an hour and a half.

    Azarenka is now 9/4 favourite with Sky Bet to win the tournament.

    Speaking on the court after the match, she said: "It wasn't easy. Karolina is a very good player. I felt like I had a very good lead and I let it go - she really stepped it up so I had to fight back."

    She will now face US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who brushed aside Angelique Kerber in straight sets to advance to her first semi-final place since her victory in New York

    The American stunned the number 10 seed with a forceful forehand despite windy conditions, notching up 11 winners in the 23-minute first set, and going on to claim a 6-1 6-2 victory in just over one hour on court.
  • Rafael Nadal set for return to action in Davis Cup

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    Rafael Nadal is set to make his return from injury in Spain's Davis Cup quarter-final against Germany next month.

    The 31-year-old has not played a match since retiring during the fifth set of his quarter-final against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in January with a hip muscle injury.

    Nadal had been scheduled to play in a tournament in Acapulco last month but pulled out ahead of his first-round match and subsequently withdrew from the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.

    The clash between Spain and Germany will take place on Nadal's favoured clay at the Plaza de Toros in Valencia from April 6-8.

    Assuming he is fit enough to play in the tie, Nadal will make his first Davis Cup appearance since a World Group play-off victory over India in 2016, when he only featured in the doubles rubber.

    Speaking about his number one player, Spain captain Sergi Bruguera said on the Spanish Federation website: "Rafa is getting better and training more. There is still a week and a half to start the matches and there is time."

    Nadal will return to action as world number one following Roger Federer's second-round loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis in Miami but will need to match his superb results during the clay season from 2017 if he is to hang on to top spot.

    He is joined in the Spain team by Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer.
  • Juan Martin del Potro beat Filip Krajinovic to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Open

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    Juan Martin del Potro extended his winning streak to 14 matches as he defeated Filip Krajinovic to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Open.

    The world number six's excellent run of form continued as he fought back from 1-4 down in the first set to beat the 22nd seed 6-4 6-2.

    The Argentinian, on the back of his triumph at Indian Wells, improves his record to a career best 20-3 start to the year and is now 7/4 favourite with Sky Bet to claim another title.

    He will now go on to face Milos Raonic, who overcame Jeremy Chardy 6-3 6-4, winning 85% of his first service points and winning a break in the final game to see out the match.

    Croatia's Borna Coric, meanwhile, denied Denis Shapovalov a place in the last eight, beating the Canadian 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 6-4 after two hours, 17 minutes on court.

    A 33-shot rally in the third set saw Coric move ahead before three double faults from his 18-year-old opponent gave him the opportunity to seize on two match points.

    American Frances Tiafoe appeared on court twice, first to finish off his defeat of Tomas Berdych 6-7 (2/7) 6-2 7-6 (7/1) after rain interrupted play the day before, and then to face Kevin Anderson in pursuit of a quarter-final place.

    Anderson proved to be stronger on the day, hitting 22 winners and nine aces to claim the match 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 and set up his fifth quarter-final of the season.

    Elsewhere in Miami, second seed Marin Cilic suffered an upset after John Isner advanced to the quarter-final 7-6 (7/0) 6-3. He will be joined by Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta, who saw off compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-3, and Hyeon Chung, who beat Joao Sousa 6-4 6-3.

    In a late game, Alex Zverev claimed the final spot in the final eight, topping Nick Kyrgios 6-4 6-4 after the Australian notched up 27 unforced errors compared with just 13 for the German.
  • Johanna Konta's title defence ended in defeat to Venus Williams

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    Johanna Konta's defence of her Miami Open title ended on Monday as Venus Williams beat the British number one 5-7 6-1 6-2 in their fourth-round match in Key Biscayne.

    The result will see 11th seed Konta drop from 14th in the world rankings to outside the top 20.

    Williams, making her 19th appearance at the tournament and reaching the quarter-finals for a 13th time, enjoyed the vocal home support as she produced an outstanding display after coming off second best in a wobbly opening set.

    Sky Bet make Williams an 11/2 chance to win the title and the 37-year-old will face fellow American Danielle Collins in the last eight. Collins triumphed 3-6 6-4 6-2 against Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, who had seen off world number two Caroline Wozniacki at the weekend.

    Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza followed Konta out of the tournament, with Sloane Stephens winning 6-3 6-4. Stephens - seeded 13 - will next play 10th seed Angelique Kerber, who rallied for a hard-fought 6-7 (1/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory over China's Yafan Wang.

    Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was sent packing in the late match, with French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko seeing off the rain as well as the ninth-seeded Czech. The Latvian fifth seed prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 to reach the last eight, where she will take on Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

    Fourth seed Svitolina overcame Australian Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-4 and she's 11/4 favourite.

    Fifth seed Karolina Pliskova was leading Zarina Diyas 6-2 2-1 when the Kazakh retired injured. The Czech will next take on Victoria Azarenka, who overpowered fellow former Miami champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2.
  • Denis Shapovalov into fourth round of Miami Open after beating Sam Querrrey

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    Canada's Denis Shapovalov ended the run of 11th seed Sam Querrey at the Miami Open with victory in their third-round match.

    Shapovalov, the world number 46, beat his American opponent, ranked 32 places above him, 6-4 3-6 7-5.

    Querrey was made to pay for squandering nine of the 12 break points he carved out as Shapovalov took his chances when they came along to earn a clash with Borna Coris, which he's 5/4 to win with Sky Bet.

    Elsewhere, Fernando Verdasco had to fight back from a set down against Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis 3-6 6-4 7-6 and the Spaniard will be joined in the fourth round by Nick Kyrgios, who swept aside Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-3, and his compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Steve Johnson 6-4 6-4.
  • Miami Open: Venus Williams comes back from the brink to book last 16 spot at the Miami Open

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    Three-time Miami Open champion Venus Williams was forced to save three match points against Kiki Bertens before moving into the tournament's last 16 on Sunday.

    Williams came through a topsy-turvy match 5-7 6-3 7-5 but only after surrendering a 5-0 lead to lose the first set, then rallying from 1-4 down in the decider to take the match.

    Williams' win sent her through to the Miami Open last 16 for the 15th time in her career and she will next face Britain's Johanna Konta who continued her fine return to form.

    Konta, whose game has suffered since her loss to Williams in last year's Wimbledon semi-finals, beat Belgium's Elise Mertens 6-2 6-1 in just 65 minutes.

    Sixth seed Jelena Ostapenko also booked her place in the fourth round with a 6-2 7-6 (3) win over Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil.

    Australian 21st seed Ashleigh Barty was a 6-4 6-3 winner over Petra Martic of Croatia, while Monica Puig and American qualifier Danielle Collins were other early winners.

  • Roger Federer will not contest this season's French Open at Roland Garros 2018

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    Roger Federer will not compete in the French Open for the third year running after announcing he will skip the entire clay-court season.

    The 36-year-old made the announcement after he was knocked out of the Miami Open by Thanasi Kokkinakis - a qualifier ranked 175 in the world.

    Federer, who won at Roland Garros in 2009, also pulled out of the tournament in 2016 and again last year citing the need to avoid playing on clay in order to prolong his career.

    When asked in his post-match press conference if he would discuss the clay-court season with his team following the loss, the Swiss said: "I've decided not to play."

    Federer gave a curt response when asked to clarify whether he would also miss the French Open, adding: "Yes, that is what I said. Clay is the French (Open) as well."

    The 20-time Grand Slam winner is currently the to claim another Wimbledon title later in the year.
  • Andy Murray to play exhibition matches at Aspall Tennis Classic

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    Andy Murray is to warm up for Wimbledon with two exhibition matches at the Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham next week.

    The world number one has added the event into his schedule following his early exit at Queen's Club, where he suffered a shock loss to world number 90 Jordan Thompson on Tuesday.

    The likes of last year's Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Lucas Pouille and Tommy Haas are also playing at Hurlingham.

    The exact schedule of Murray's matches has not yet been confirmed but he is likely to play on Tuesday and Friday.

    The Scot said: "It is great to be back at The Hurlingham Club. It's a great setting and an ideal opportunity to get grass court practice ahead of Wimbledon."

    Murray last played at the event in 2014 after he lost in the last 16 at Queen's.

    As defending champion, the 30-year-old will play the first match of the Championships on Wimbledon 2017's Centre Court on July 3.

  • Marin Cilic confident he’s closed gap with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray & Rafael Nadal

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    Marin Cilic believes he’s closed the gap on Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray and is confident of challenging the usual suspects at Wimbledon.

    The 28-year-old, who will rise to world No. 6 after beating Donald Young to qualify for the semi-finals at Queen’s, has been in excellent form in recent months and reached the quarter-finals of the French Open for the first time earlier this year.

    Despite winning a Grand Slam at the US Open in 2014, Cilic has never really been held in the same regard as the ‘Big Four’ or Stan Wawrinka.

    But he believes the gap between him and them is closing and he’s confident of pushing them hard at Wimbledon.

    When asked if he’d closed the gap with the ‘Big Four’, he replied: ‘I think so.

    ‘You know, it’s such, sometimes, really small margins. For me, during my career, comparing myself to the top guys, I have been different in a way that I was not able to keep that play really consistent as they were.

    ‘I think overall when I would be playing my best, I think I could match them up, definitely. But overall, during the course of the year, it was difficult for me to keep it up.

    ‘But these last 12 months, I have been improving on that, and that is helping me to get closer to the top 5. Now with my own game, getting that level up, I think I’m getting closer into that consistency level as they have, so that’s I think the biggest step for me.

    ‘I think I’m just playing better. Just raised the level a little bit more up. And even, you know, getting closer to Wimbledon, I’m going to definitely prepare a little bit more better playing on grass that much.’

    The Croat once again reiterated his desire to move into the top five this year, and insists he’s confident of achieving that goal.

    ‘I believe in top-five,’ he added.

    ‘Definitely with my improvement so far and looking ahead for the rest of the year, I feel that, you know, my game still can keep up with the level that I’m playing.

    ‘ And also being the right schedule is also extremely important. I know it’s not definitely going to be easy, but I believe in myself and that’s what I’m targeting.’
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  • Sharapova to return in July for World Team Tennis matches

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    Maria Sharapova will return to competitive tennis in July for two World Team Tennis matches.

    Sharapova recently returned to the WTA Tour after a 15-month doping ban. She is skipping Wimbledon because of an injured left thigh that prevented her from competing in qualifiers.

    Sharapova plans to play for the Orange County Breakers -- a team she has played for seven years -- on July 16 and July 24.

    Sharapova had originally planned to return for a hard court tournament in Stanford, California, on July 31.

    The five-time major champion is ranked 179th in the world.
  • Halep accepts wildcard to Wimbledon tuneup in Eastbourne

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    World No.2 Simona Halep will get her grass court season underway before Wimbledon after all, as she accepted a wildcard to the Aegon International.

    The number of top 10 players competing at the Aegon Internation in Eastbourne next week grew to eight on Thursday, as World No.2 Simona Halep followed World No.1 Angelique Kerber in accepting a wildcard to the tournament.

    “I am very much looking forward to playing in Eastbourne,” Halep said. “The quality of the draw is very high so I’m hoping for some great matches to give me the best possible preparation ahead of Wimbledon.”
    Halep has not played since losing in the final of Roland Garros to Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, as she withdrew from the Aegon Classic in Birmingham this week with a right ankle injury.

    Added tournament director Gavin Fletcher: “It’s great to have another member of the top 10 fighting it out for this year’s title. Simona is one of the most exciting players to emerge onto the WTA Tour in recent years and we look forward to watching her bring her classic counter-punching style to bear on Devonshire Park’s grass courts.”

    Kerber accepted a wildcard to play in Eastbourne last week, and the World No.1 ranking will again be in play between her, Halep and Karolina Pliskova in the coming weeks.

    Halep will be making her debut in Eastbourne, having reached the quarterfinals in Birmingham in 2015 ahead of the third Grand Slam on the calendar. The Romanian reached the last four at Wimbledon in 2014 for her best-ever result, and was also a quarterfinalist last year.
  • Elina Svitolina may decide to skip Wimbledon because of a foot problem

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    The world number five was knocked out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham by Camila Giorgi on Thursday.

    Svitolina has been one of the form players of the season but has only ever won two matches at Wimbledon and does not want to jeopardise her chances of success on hard courts.

    The Ukrainian said: "I'm disappointed I'm out of the tournament, but not disappointed about my performance because I couldn't really show even like 50 per cent of what I can do.

    "I was really looking forward to this year at Wimbledon. But today the court was slippery and it's so bad for my foot.

    "I will do my best. But for the moment it's very uncomfortable, and there is a question, I think, about it, because the season is still long and there is lots of big tournaments as well where I will feel more comfortable and confident on the hard court."

    Svitolina started the Aegon Classic as the highest-ranked player following the withdrawal of world number one Angelique Kerber, but the second seed was out-hit by Italian qualifier Giorgi, who triumphed 6-4 4-6 6-2.

    Giorgi, ranked 102, moves through to a quarter-final clash with Australia's Ashleigh Barty.

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