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ITF Tennis: Rishabh Sharda of India clinches boys singles crown

Dhaka – Rishabh Sharda of India clinched the boys’ singles crown of the Walton 30th Bangladesh ITF Junior Tennis Championship beating Chan Woo Park of South Korea by 6-4, 7-6 games in the final at the Ramna National Tennis Complex here Saturday afternoon.Jingyi Wang of China clinched the girls’ singles title of the meet beating Tanisha Kashyap of India by ... Read More »

ITF Junior Tennis advance to semifinal

Dhaka – The boys singles, girls singles, boys doubles and girls doubles competitions of the Walton 30th Bangladesh ITF Junior Tennis Championship advanced to the semifinal stages on the 4th day at the Ramna National Tennis Complex here on Thursday.In the boys singles quarterfinals, Mritunjay Badola (IND) [2] beat Ki Bum Kim (KOR) 6-4, 6-4; Rishabh Sharda (IND) [4] beat ... Read More »

ITF Tennis: Preeti moves to pre-quaterfinal of girls singles

Dhaka – Afrana Islam Preeti of Bangladesh advanced to the girls singles pre-quarterfinal of the Walton 30th Bangladesh ITF Junior Tennis Tournament beating Gouri Agarwal of India in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5 at the Ramna National Tennis Complex here on Tuesday.In te day’s other girls singles, top seed Katie LaFrance defeated Muskaan Ranjan by straight 6-0, 6-0 games. Read More »

Murray beats Tsonga in Vienna for 3rd straight ATP title

Dhaka  – Andy Murray closed in on the No. 1 ranking by winning his third straight ATP title at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.The Scot can overtake Novak Djokovic atop the ATP rankings next week if he wins the Paris Masters and the Serb doesn’t reach the final.”I get a step closer with every win but it’s still a ... Read More »

Djokovic under threat from Murray heading into Paris Masters

Dhaka – Novak Djokovic heads into the Paris Masters with his No. 1 ranking under serious threat from Andy Murray, and in the rare position of being second favorite.Djokovic is looking to win the tournament for the fourth straight year and fifth time overall. But he has been in erratic form over the past few months and is not playing ... Read More »

UCL Tennis: Prity, Popy advance semifinals

Dhaka – Afrana Islam Prity and Popy Akter of BKSP advanced to the women’s singles semifinals of the Euro Group-UCL National and Inter-Club Tennis Tournament eliminating their rivals here on Thursday.In the day’s quarterfinals, Afrana Islam Prity beat Rinvi Akter of BKSP by 6-1, 6-1 games while Popy Akter outplayed Zerin Sultana of BKSP by 6-1, 6-0 games,UNB News Agency ... Read More »

Pouille beats Thiem to win Moselle Open and 1st title

Dhaka  – Lucas Pouille clinched his first career title on Sunday, beating top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (5), 6-2 to win the Moselle Open final.The third-seeded Frenchman, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist earlier this month, clipped a neat volley for match point and then hit an ace down the middle.The 22-year-old Pouille tilted his head back and then wagged a ... Read More »

Djokovic says nerves betrayed him during US Open final loss

Dhaka – After considering skipping the U.S. Open because of injury concerns, Novak Djokovic made it all the way to the final for the sixth time in the past seven years.He came up short of the title, though, settling for his fifth runner-up showing at Flushing Meadows because, by his own admission, he got tight at key points – and ... Read More »

Kerber wins US Open for 2nd major title of breakthrough year

Dhaka  – Early in what would become a tight test of a U.S. Open final, Angelique Kerber sprinted forward to somehow reach a drop shot and scoop a down-the-line winner that landed in a corner of the court.The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd roared, and Kerber celebrated by raising her right hand and wagging her index finger in the air, as ... Read More »

After odd win, Djokovic to face Wawrinka in US Open final

Dhaka – For quite a while, Novak Djokovic’s opponent in the U.S. Open semifinals, Gael Monfils, looked as if he didn’t want to win – or even be there at all.That premeditated “great strategy” of hoping to lull the No. 1 seed and defending champion into complacency and mistakes, as Monfils described it later, worked briefly, yet did not prevent ... Read More »

Gong Show: After let call, Murray loses at Open; Serena wins

Dhaka – Andy Murray lost his way, seven consecutive games and, eventually, his riveting five-set U.S. Open quarterfinal against Kei Nishikori after a loud noise from a malfunctioning sound system interrupted a key point, resulting in a do-over.Whether or not the gong-like sound, and chair umpire Marija Cicak’s let ruling, was the reason that Nishikori wound up coming back to ... Read More »

Another free pass for Djokovic at US Open when Tsonga stops

Dhaka – Normally, someone must win five full matches to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. Novak Djokovic has made it that far at the U.S. Open by playing only two complete matches, because three opponents pulled out of the tournament with injuries.Djokovic, the No. 1 seed and defending champion, once again needed to put in very little work, advancing to ... Read More »

Serena Williams overtakes Federer for most Slam match wins

Dhaka- Serena Williams now owns more victories in Grand Slam matches than anyone else in tennis’ Open era, surpassing Roger Federer with her 308th.So, Serena, who’ll wind up with more?”I don’t know. We’ll see,” Williams said during her on-court interview after reaching the U.S. Open quarterfinals by beating Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-3 on Monday. Read More »

Del Potro back in US Open quarterfinals after Thiem retires

Dhaka – Juan Martin del Potro is the lowest-ranked man to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals since Jimmy Connors in 1991, and it turns out a 27-year-old Argentine can share much in common with a 39-year-old American.At its root, the story captivating fans at Flushing Meadows is the same: the former champion making an unlikely run to reclaim past glory,AP/UNB ... Read More »

Nadal falters late, falls to Pouille in US Open fourth round

Dhaka – Rafael Nadal kept making a stand, kept coming back, kept showing he would not depart quietly from this U.S. Open. Facing a much younger, much-less-accomplished opponent, Nadal twice erased a set deficit. Then he staved off a trio of match points.And then, more than 4 hours into the toughest test he’s put his left wrist through since returning from ... Read More »

Kyrgios stops with injury at US Open; Marchenko into 4th Rd

Dhaka – Nick Kyrgios already was flexing his right hip before a game late in the first set of his third-round match at the U.S. Open. Then came a wild point that ended with him skidding to a stop on his knees on the sideline.Not long after that, the 14th-seeded Kyrgios again tried to stretch out his hip, before taking a ... Read More »

Lawsuit pending, Bouchard out at US Open; Serena, Venus win

Dhaka – Eugenie Bouchard wrung her hands at her post-match news conference. She rubbed her lower lip. She squeezed her left arm. While her body language screamed discomfort Tuesday, when the main topic of discussion was Bouchard’s ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. Open rather than her first-round loss, her words were measured. The once rising star answered every question,AP/UNB News ... Read More »

Djokovic’s right arm gives him trouble during US Open win

Dhaka – Novak Djokovic double-faulted, then shook his right arm and grimaced.Seconds later Monday night, a weak serve produced a wince, then was followed by a missed forehand that gave away a set in the defending champion’s first-round match at the U.S. Open. While he managed to emerge with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, ... Read More »

Radwanska beats Svitolina to take Connecticut Open title

Dhaka – Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska completed a dominating week at the Connecticut Open on Sunday, beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the final then spraying her coaches and friends with champagne.The Polish star didn’t drop a set during the tournament, her 19th WTA championship. She took control of the final from the start, winning 20 of the first 27 ... Read More »

Andy Murray 1st to win 2 Olympic tennis singles golds

Dhaka – Andy Murray is making a habit of accomplishing things that hadn’t been done in a while.Or ever.Murray became the first tennis player in Olympic history with two singles gold medals, winning his second in a row by wearing down Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 at the Rio de Janeiro Games in a back-and-forth ... Read More »

Serena Williams tries to hold onto No. 1 in Cincinnati

Dhaka – Defending champion Serena Williams initially opted to skip Cincinnati, figuring she’d be just finishing up in Rio de Janeiro. An early upset changed her plans and got her back in the Western & Southern Open with more than just another trophy at stake. Her No. 1 ranking is on the line, too.Williams’ attempt to hold onto the top ... Read More »

Nadal says ailing left wrist bothers him only on forehand

Dhaka – Rafael Nadal says his ailing left wrist bothers him on his forehand but not on his backhand or serve.The 14-time major champion elaborated on the injury Sunday after his Olympics ended with a loss to Kei Nishikori in the bronze medal match. He says that “without a doubt it’s been a positive week in all aspects – I’ve ... Read More »

Upset over Nadal puts del Potro in tennis final vs. Murray

Dhaka – Juan Martin del Potro ended Rafael Nadal’s bid for an unprecedented second Olympic singles gold medal in a thrill-a-minute semifinal, then celebrated as if the title were already his, kneeling to kiss the court before leaping into the stands.Del Potro, who earned a bronze for Argentina four years ago, will add a silver or gold to that after ... Read More »

In tennis, Puig wins Puerto Rico’s 1st Olympic gold ever

Dhaka – The spectators told Monica Puig they believed she could win Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal in any sport, providing a soundtrack of “Si se puede!” – “Yes, we can!” – during the Rio de Janeiro Games women’s tennis final.She could. And she did. The unseeded and unheralded Puig capped her run of upsets with the biggest one ... Read More »

Nadal, Lopez win Olympic tennis men’s doubles for Spain

Dhaka – Rafael Nadal added a second Olympic tennis gold medal to all of those Grand Slam trophies, teaming with Marc Lopez to win the men’s doubles championship for Spain at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Nadal and Lopez came back from a break down in the third set and claimed the last three games to beat Florin Mergea and Horia ... Read More »

Serena Williams get a wild card for Western & Southern

Dhaka – Defending champion Serena Williams got one of seven wilds cards announced Friday for the Western & Southern Open.The tournament opens Sunday with the men’s draw, which will be missing two of its biggest stars. Seven-time champion Roger Federer will miss the rest of the season to rehabilitate a surgically repaired knee. Novak Djokovic withdrew because of a sore ... Read More »

Ma Long wins gold to extend China’s table tennis supremacy

Dhaka – The world champion beat the defending champion to win Olympic table tennis gold.Not surprisingly, both were from China. Ma Long, the top-ranked player in the world, defeated teammate Zhang Zike in the men’s final Thursday, winning four straight games to sweep the best-of-seven series 4-0.Ma came into the tournament as the favorite, and the pressure was heightened by ... Read More »

Out of sorts, Serena Williams upset at Olympics by Svitolina

Dhaka – Out of sorts and out of answers, defending champion Serena Williams is out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Shanking shots of all sorts, including five – yes, five! – double-faults in one game alone, Williams lost to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, 6-3 in the third round in a real shocker Tuesday, ending the No. 1-seeded American’s bid to ... Read More »