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  • Nadal to face Thiem in Barcelona Open final

    By Aditya Soni → Sunday, 30 April 2017
    Thiem became the first Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1996 to reach the final of the claycourt tournament after subduing Murray for the first time in his career.


    Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory against Argentina's Horacio Zeballos during their Barcelona Open semi-final on Saturday.

    Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Barcelona Open by dispatching Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to book his place in Sunday's showpiece against Dominic Thiem where he will be looking to win the tournament for a 10th time.

    Nadal struck the first blow by breaking the unseeded Zeballos in the fourth game and the difference in quality between the two players soon began to show.

    Zeballos earned two break points in the fourth game of the second set but 14-time grand-slam winner Nadal recovered to hold his serve and wrapped up his victory in 94 minutes, setting up a re-match with Thiem, who beat him last year on clay in the Argentina Open semi-finals.


    World No 1 Andy Murray was knocked out 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 by Austria's Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open on Saturday.

    Thiem became the first Austrian since Thomas Muster in 1996 to reach the final of the claycourt tournament after subduing Murray for the first time in his career.

    Just as in Friday's gruelling quarter-final with Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Murray got off to a bad start.

    The Briton relied on his serve to recover the second set but could not sustain the level and bowed out.

    Thiem will meet either nine-times Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal or Argentine Horacio Zeballos in Sunday's final.
  • Gutsy Mladenovic beats Sharapova's comeback at Stuttgart

    By Aditya Soni →

    Former world number one Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Stuttgart Grand Prix semifinal in her first event back after a 15-month doping suspension, losing to France's Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Saturday.


    Former world number one Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Stuttgart Grand Prix semifinal in her first event back after a 15-month doping suspension, losing to France's Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 7-5 6-4 on Saturday.

    Wildcard entrant Sharapova, a five-time grand-slam winner, squandered a 6-3 2-0 lead as Mladenovic clawed her way back into the game to win after two hours and 38 minutes.

    Sharapova had not lost a set in the previous three matches of her comeback this week.

    Her defeat means she will finish outside the top 200 when the rankings are released on Monday, ruling out a qualifier spot for the French Open.

    Sharapova, who was banned for using meldonium after testing positive at the 2016 Australian Open, has also received wildcards for forthcoming tournaments in Madrid and Rome.

    The Russian was in complete control at the start, with her French opponent showing nerves, and a second double fault allowed Sharapova to race 4-1 clear.

    She sealed the first set when Mladenovic sent a crosscourt backhand into the net after just 38 minutes.

    The Russian, a three-time champion in Stuttgart, broke Mladenovic again at the start of the second set and looked to be cruising to victory as she took a 2-0 lead, attacking her opponent's second serve.

    But despite conceding 11 double faults, Mladenovic improved her baseline game, chasing Sharapova with powerful ground strokes across the court.

    She almost paid the price for her weak second serve -- a liability throughout the match -- but Mladenovic survived three break points to move into a 6-5 lead.

    She took the set when Sharapova sent a forehand wide on Mladenovic's first break opportunity.

    The pair traded blows early in the third before the Frenchwoman grabbed a break to go 4-2 up.

    The 23-year-old world number 18 stood her ground when she found herself 0-40 in the next game, moving to 5-2, but a disastrous service game allowed the Russian briefly to come back before Mladenovic completed a memorable win to reach her first Stuttgart final with another break.
  • Exclusive : Rafael Nadal with his 10 Monte Carlo titles

    By Aditya Soni →
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    From 2005 to 2017, here is a compilation of Nadal’s Monte Carlo trophies. Click next to see more pictures.

    2) 2005 was Nadal’s breakthrough year and he dominated the spring clay court season. He won his first Monte Carlo trophy after defeating Argentina's Guillermo Coria 6-3, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5.


    3) Nadal’s clay-court dominance over Roger Federer was just on the rise when he defeated the Swiss Maestro at the Monte Carlo Open in 2006. Nadal won 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.


    4) The duo met again in the finals next year.. the match throwing up the same result with Nadal winning 6-4, 6-4 over Federer.


    5) The duo met again in the finals next year.. the match throwing up the same result with Nadal winning 6-4, 6-4 over Federer.


    6) Nadal defeated first-time finalist Novak Djokovic at the Monte Carlo tournament 6–3, 2–6, 6–1 in 2009. Little did he know that his opponent would break his winning streak a few years later.


    7) Nadal met fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco at the 2010 Monte Carlo tournament, defeating him with a bagel to boot - 6–0, 6–1.


    8) New finalist, same result. Nadal celebrates with his Monte Carlo trophy after winning the final 6-4, 7-5 against his compatriot David Ferrer.


    9) Djokovic met Nadal at the finals yet another year in 2012, but couldn’t convert it into a victory. He was defeated 6–3, 6–1 by Nadal who won the Monte Carlo title for the eighth consecutive time. The duo met in the finals next year, where Djokovic finally scored his revenge and broke Nadal’s winning streak 6–2, 7–6 (7-1)


    10) Nadal never made it to the finals in both 2014 and 2015, losing to Ferrer in the quarterfinals and Djokovic in the semifinals respectively. He was back to his winning ways in 2016, however, defeating Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 to win a record ninth title.


    11) In what was seen as a reprise of his yesteryear clay dominance, Nadal won a record 10th Monte Carlo title defeating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-3.


  • Journey of Maria Sharapova - from ban to wildcard entry

    By Aditya Soni →


    Maria Sharapova is set to make her comeback to competitive tennis starting with the Stuttgart Open, from April 26, after serving her ban for failing a drugs test. Here’s a timeline of events over the last 15 months.

    2016


    January 26: Loses to long-term rival Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-final.

    March 7: Reveals failed drug test for meldonium – controversially added to WADA banned list on January 1, 2016 – which she has used for various health issues for 10 years.

    March 8: Porsche, Tag Heuer and Nike suspend lucrative sponsorship deals.

    March 10: Racquet manufacturer Head stands with Sharapova, and offers to extend her contract.

    March 12: Provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). She insists that warnings about changes to anti-doping rules were not communicated effectively.

    March 15: United Nations removes Sharapova as goodwill ambassador. She had been active in helping recovery efforts after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

    June 8: Banned for two years by the ITF.

    October 4: Court of Arbitration for Sport reduces the ban from 24 months to 15 months, saying “she bore some degree of fault, for which a sanction of 15 months is appropriate".

    October 10: Plays at charity event to support Elton John’s AIDS Foundation.

    Maria Sharapova Pics 2017





    2017


    January 10: Announces that she will make a comeback in April for the Stuttgart Grand Prix.

    February 8: Granted wildcard for the Madrid Open.

    March 1: Granted wildcard for Rome Masters. Andy Murray is critical of the decision to hand wildcards, saying offenders would need to “work their way back.”

    April: Set to play in Stuttgart from April 26, despite event beginning two days before suspension expires.
  • More Anti-doping Tests Before French Open 2017

    By Aditya Soni → Saturday, 29 April 2017


    LONDON - The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said it will conduct more anti-doping tests with professional players this season.

    The ITF, ATP, Grand Slam Committee and WTA said they will join forces to perform 8,000 tests this season, compared to 4899 in 2016. In addition, samples will be stored longer in preparation for Future tests.

    ITF President David Haggerty said "we welcome the tightening of anti-doping efforts."

    "Protecting the integrity of tennis is a priority of all the organizations that oversee tennis to ensure that the sport remains clean, and these improvements will help bring us closer to that goal," said Haggerty.


  • Serena Williams revealed her pregnancy by accident !

    By Aditya Soni →

    Serena Williams, who ended her season because pregnancy , revealed that she had accidentally announced her pregnancy on social networks, fault to a bad handling.

    Interviewed about her future motherhood, Serena Williams took advantage of her interview with CBS journalist Gayle King to reveal that she did not intend to share the news of her pregnancy but that an awkwardness which Forced.

    " I have this craze to check where I am and take a picture every week to see the evolution of my pregnancy , detailed the current No. 1 worldwide . I kept the pictures for myself. I did it well, but I only needed one time. "

    Indeed, Serena Williams had let the news by publishing a photo of her on the social network Snapchat , with a message saying " 20 weeks ." A photograph shared by mistake so and suppressed in stride, in vain. She admitted that she was pregnant two days before the start of the Australian Open, which she won. " It was not easy," admits the American . You hear all these stories about people when they are pregnant - they get sick, are tired, stressed. I had to take all that energy and put it in a bag, way to talk, and throw it away. Pregnant or not, nobody knew and I was supposed to win the tournament. Every time I play, I'm expected to win. If I do not win, that's great news. "



    As for the rest of his career, Williams was categorical: " I planned to come back. I have not finished. This maternity is just a new part of my life. My baby will be in the bleachers and I hope he will cheer me up. "
  • Roland Garros 2017: € 36 million in prizes including 2.1 for the winner

    By Aditya Soni →


    The winner of the 2017 edition of Roland-Garros will pocket 2.1 million euros, 100,000 euros more than in 2016, for a total allocation of 36 million, announced Wednesday by the tournament director Guy Forget.

    "We are on a substantial increase since 36 million euros will go to the players, an increase of 12% compared to 2016, that is to say 4 million more," he said. 

    Also stated same at a press conference.

    Interesting to know : A loser in the first round will receive 35,000 euros. "The most important effort has been made on qualifying," said the boss of the Paris tournament. "We wanted to focus on qualifying because there is an increasing gap between those who trust the top places and those who try to live tennis." According to Forget, the effort is about 33% additional.

     The tournament will announce which players have been given wild cards on Facebook Live on May 16, including its decision on Maria Sharapova.

    The two-time former champion made her return from a 15-month doping ban in Stuttgart on Wednesday with victory over Roberta Vinci.

    French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli insisted no decision has yet been made, although it is understood the preferred option is to award her a wild card into qualifying, should she require it.

    If Sharapova reaches the final in Stuttgart, her ranking will be high enough to earn her direct entry into qualifying.

    Giudicelli said: " As things stand today, there is no reason to assign one particular wild card before any of the others. We will not take our decision lightly."
    The president, meanwhile, revealed there will be extra security measures in place in an effort to keep the tournament safe from the terrorist threat that has been all too prevalent in Paris over the past couple of years.
    Giudicelli said: "The 2017 tournament will be played under reinforced security measures. We have maintained and built up the measures around the stadium.

    "Protecting the players, the public and everyone in the stadium is an imperative for us. People will therefore need to show some understanding and leave enough time for the security checks when they come to the stadium."



  • French Open 2017 Everything ! (May 2017) : Dates, TV info, tickets, odds on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray

    By Aditya Soni →

    Everything you need to know ahead of the 2017 French Open with Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza defending their titles at Roland Garros.



    When is French Open 2017?

    The French Open gets underway with qualifying on Monday, May 22.

    The first round of the main draw begins on Sunday, May 28.

    The women's singles final is on Saturday, June 10 with the men's singles final following on Sunday, June 11.

    You can see the schedule in full via the official Roland Garros website.



    Where is French Open 2017 Matches?

    The French Open takes place at Roland Garros in Paris.


    Is French Open 2017 on TV?

    It certainly is, and Eurosport and the Eurosport Player will offer you full access to the tournament. You can check in with the Eurosport Player and make sure you are signed up via this link.

    French Open qualification starts on Monday May 22nd with LIVE coverage on Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player. Eurosport’s LIVE studio coverage of the tournament starts on Sunday 28th May and will be presented by Rob Curling with analysis from former British number ones Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft. Catherine Whitaker will be the court-side reporter at Roland Garros. Former French Open champion Mary Pierce will be amongst Eurosport’s team of experts providing additional analysis throughout our coverage.

    Eurosport Player gives fans access to our bonus channels so you can follow up to 15 courts live.

    Seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe will resume his role as the ‘Commissioner of Tennis’, setting the tennis world to rights in his exclusive Eurosport series. Meanwhile, fellow former world number one Mats Wilander will provide analysis on his daily show Game, Set and Mats. Eurosport’s impressive list of experts also includes Novak Djokovic’s former coach Boris Becker and Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, whose show The Coach analyses the match of the day at Roland Garros with the latest stats and data concerning the players.




    What are the latest odds for the men's singles in French Open 2017?
    • Novak Djokovic - 13/8
    • Rafael Nadal - 11/4
    • Andy Murray - 3/1
    • Stan Wawrinka - 8/1
    • Roger Federer - 20/1
    • Kei Nishikori - 20/1
    • Dominic Thiem - 20/1
    • Nick Kyrgios - 25/1
    • Milos Raonic - 40/1
    • Juan Martin Del Potro - 50/1 
     


    What are the latest odds for the women's singles?
    • Serena Williams - 2/1
    • Garbine Muguruza - 9/2
    • Simona Halep - 10/1
    • Angelique Kerber - 12/1
    • Maria Sharapova - 14/1
    • Petra Kvitova - 18/1
    • Karolina Pliskova - 18/1
    • Madison Keys - 25/1
    • Johanna Konta - 33/1
    • Agnieszka Radwanska - 40/1  
     


    Can Nadal win French Open 2017 again?

    The Spaniard recently told Eurosport in 'Universe Nadal' just what the tournament means to him and how he feels about winning it again.



    Who won the singles titles in French Open 2016?
    Novak Djokovic took the men's title, beating Andy Murray in the final.

    Garbine Muguruza won the women's title, defeating Serena Williams on the big stage.