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Tennis-Pliskova, Lepchenko set up Korea showdown

Sep 20th 2014
SEOUL, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Second seed Karolina Pliskova and American Varvara Lepchenko will battle it out for the Korea Open title after both players rallied to hard-fought victories in the semi-finals on Saturday.






Tennis-Ivanovic downs Kerber, to meet Wozniacki in Tokyo final

Sep 20th 2014
TOKYO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Ana Ivanovic overcame a slow start to beat top seed Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 in the semi-final of the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday to set up a title clash with second seed Caroline Wozniacki.






Tennis-Niculescu beats heat and Cornet to win Guangzhou title

Sep 20th 2014
Sept 20 (Reuters) - Romanian Monica Niculescu overcame heat and fatigue to beat second seed Alize Cornet in the final of the Guangzhou International Women's Open for her second WTA career title on Saturday.






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Seoul Open women's singles semifinal results

Sep 20th 2014
Sept 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Seoul Open Women's Singles Semifinal matches on Saturday 5-Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) beat Christina Mchale (U.S.) 3-6 6-1 7-6(5) 2-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Maria Kirilenko (Russia) 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Pan Pacific Open women's singles semifinal results

Sep 20th 2014
Sept 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Pan Pacific Open Women's Singles Semifinal matches on Saturday 3-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat 1-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 7-5 6-3 2-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) 6-4 2-6 6-2






Tennis-Nishikori says hopes to fill Li void in Asia

Sep 20th 2014
Sept 20 (Reuters) - The retirement of China's Li Na may have robbed Asian tennis of its brightest star, but U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori has put up his hand to fill the breach.






Tennis-Guangzhou International women's singles final result

Sep 20th 2014
Sept 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Result from the Guangzhou International Women's Singles Final on Saturday Monica Niculescu (Romania) beat 2-Alize Cornet (France) 6-4 6-0






UPDATE 4-Tennis-Metz International men's singles quarterfinal results

Sep 19th 2014
Sept 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Metz International Men's Singles Quarterfinal matches on Friday 6-Joao Sousa (Portugal) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) 2-Gael Monfils (France) beat 7-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) 6-3 6-4 8-David Goffin (Belgium) beat 1-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 1-6 7-6(5) 7-5 Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) beat 3-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 5-0 (Kohlschreiber retired)






Tennis-Tsonga's London hopes hit by Metz last eight exit

Sep 19th 2014
PARIS, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's hopes of reclaiming his Open de Moselle title were ruined on Friday when the top seed lost 1-6 7-6(5) 7-5 to Belgian David Goffin in the quarter-finals.






Tennis-Davis Cup final to be played in Lille - French federation

Sep 19th 2014
PARIS, Sept 19 (Reuters) - This year's Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland from Nov. 21-23 will be played in Lille, the French tennis federation (FFT) said on Friday.






UPDATE 3-Tennis-Pan Pacific Open women's singles quarterfinal results

Sep 19th 2014
Sept 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Pan Pacific Open Women's Singles Quarterfinal matches on Friday 3-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat 7-Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-2 1-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat 6-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 6-3 6-0 2-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat 8-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 6-3 6-3 Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Casey Dellacqua (Australia) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-3






FACTBOX-UPDATE 1-Tennis-Reactions to retirement of China's Li Na

Sep 19th 2014
BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Reactions to the decision of Asian tennis trailblazer Li Na to retire on Friday due to knee injuries:






UPDATE 3-Tennis-Seoul Open women's singles quarterfinal results

Sep 19th 2014
Sept 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Seoul Open Women's Singles Quarterfinal matches on Friday Christina Mchale (U.S.) beat 4-Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 6-2 2-0 (Rybarikova retired) Maria Kirilenko (Russia) beat 6-Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3 5-Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) beat 1-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 6-7(4) 6-2 6-2 2-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Nicole Gibbs (U.S.) 6-3 6-4






RPT-Tennis-The wit and wisdom of Li Na

Sep 19th 2014
Sept 19 (Reuters) - China's Li Na, the first Asian to win grand slam singles titles in tennis, announced her retirement from the sport on Friday. Known also for her wit, her wisdom and her pithy one-liners, below are a selection from her years on the tennis circuit, compiled by Simon Cambers of The Tennis Space http://www.thetennisspace.com/:






FACTBOX-Tennis-Early reaction to retirement of China's Li Na

Sep 19th 2014
BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Early reaction to the decision of Asian tennis trailblazer Li Na to retire on Friday due to knee injuries:






UPDATE 2-China's Li Na announces her retirement from tennis

Sep 19th 2014
* Says decision more difficult than winning Australian Open






UPDATE 1-Tennis-Guangzhou International women's singles semifinal results

Sep 19th 2014
Sept 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Guangzhou International Women's Singles Semifinal matches on Friday 2-Alize Cornet (France) beat Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) 6-1 7-6(5) Monica Niculescu (Romania) beat Wang Yafan (China) 6-0 6-2






NEWSMAKER-Tennis-Trailblazer Li hangs up racquet

Sep 19th 2014
Sept 19 (Reuters) - A typical "neighbourhood kid" toting a badminton racquet in the Yangtze river port of Wuhan, eight-year-old Li Na could have had little idea the path the Chinese state set for her might lead to tennis glory, riches and Asia's first grand slam singles title.






Tennis-Letter from Li Na announcing her retirement from tennis

Sep 19th 2014
Sept 19 (Reuters) - Full transcript of letter from China's two-time grand slam winner Li Na, announcing her retirement from tennis on Friday.






FACTBOX-Tennis-The rise of China's women

Sep 19th 2014
Sept 19 (Reuters) - Milestones in the progress of Chinese women's tennis after Li Na, the first Asian to win grand slam singles titles, announced her retirement from the sport on Friday.