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Tennis stars Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Caroline Wozniacki enrol at Harvard

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Emotional high five!

12 days ago  
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New York: Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title in thrilling fashion on Sunday by winning the US Open final, outlasting Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to seize his fourth crown in New York. The Spanish left-hander moved one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record 20 Grand Slam triumphs and became the second-oldest New York champion in the Open era after Ken Rosewall in 1970 at age 35. "Has been one of the most emotional nights in my tennis career," Nadal said. World No. 2 Nadal took the top prize of $3.85 million (Rs 27.5 cr) at Arthur Ashe Stadium and added to his US Open trophy haul from 2010, 2013 and 2017. Nadal, who was in his fifth US Open championship match and 27th Grand Slam final, is the first man to claim five major titles after turning 30. But it took a supreme effort from the Spanish maestro, who nearly became the first player to drop the final after leading by two sets since Ted Schroeder in 1949. "This victory means a lot," Nadal s..
                 

Sania Mirza shares a stunning picture from her vacation tour

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I don't like spending a lot on flights: Tennis star Daniil Medvedev

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Hong Kong Open postponed due to protests

9 days ago  
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Hong Kong: Hong Kong Tennis Association (HKTA) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) on Friday announced that the upcoming Hong Kong Open has been postponed due to the prevailing situation in the city. The tournament was scheduled to take place from October 5 to 13, but due to the ongoing protests, the organisers have decided to postpone the competition. "In light of the present situation, Hong Kong Tennis Association and the WTA are announcing a postponement of the 2019 Hong Kong Tennis Open. The event will no longer take place during 5-13 October," HKTA said in an official statement. The organisers are expected to announce fresh dates for the tournament. The protests in the city have been going on since June this year because of a proposed bill that would have allowed criminal extraditions to mainland China. Though the draft has since been shelved, the agitations against the government have continued with protesters issuing five major demands including the resignation of Chief Executi..
                 

Not thinking about Federer's 20-Slam record, insists Rafael Nadal

12 days ago  
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New York: An emotional Rafael Nadal says extending the years among the top players in tennis means more to him than overtaking Roger Federer's all-time Grand Slam record or chasing after the World No. 1 ranking. The Spanish grabbed his 19th Grand Slam title outlasting Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev. The dramatic victory pulled him within one Slam title of matching Federer's all-time men's record with top-ranked Novak Djokovic a close third on 16. But second-ranked Nadal stressed he's more concerned with extending his career as long and as well as possible than he is setting a major win record. "I would love to be the one who wins more, but I am not thinking and I'm not going to practice every day or playing tennis for it," Nadal said. "I'm playing tennis because I love to play tennis. I can't just think about Grand Slams. Tennis is more than Grand Slams. I play to be happy. Of course, the victory makes me super happy." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. A..
                 

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Jamie Murray are mixed champions again

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Britain's Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US captured their second consecutive US Open mixed doubles title on Saturday, defeating top seeds Chan Hao-Ching and Michael Venus 6-2, 6-3. They became the first mixed doubles duo to win back-to-back US Open titles since South African Kevin Curran and American Anne Smith in 1981 and 1982. Murray, who also won the 2017 US Open mixed doubles crown with Martina Hingis, became the first man to capture three US Open mixed doubles titles in a row since Australia's Neale Fraser from 1958-1960. "We played amazing the whole two weeks, especially the semi-finals and finals," Murray said. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.c..
                 

See Photos: Sania Mirza and sister Anam get goofy during holiday in France

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Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, who is currently not playing in any tournament, is making the most of her free time. Sania Mirza recently took to Instagram to post a couple of photos from her vacation with sister Anam Mirza in France. In the pictures, Sania Mirza is seen sporting a long black dress along with a cream coat and white sneakers. In the first pic, Sania captioned it, 'Cause happy girls are the prettiest'.       View this post on Instagram Cause happy girls are the prettiest ðŸ§ÂŸ‍♀ï¸ÂðŸ˜… A post shared by Sania Mirza (@mirzasaniar) onSep 18, 2019 at 1:27pm PDT She can be seen playing around and posing as well and she is all smiles. Sania Mirza's younger sister Anam was also with her during this holiday. Sania Mirza then goofily poses as her sister Anam tried to get a proper photograph clicked. She captioned it, 'When she’s trying to take that perfect Instagram pic BUT I won’t let it happen.' ..
                 

Sumit Nagal rises to career-best 159 in ATP rankings

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New Delhi: Continuing his good run, India's Sumit Nagal jumped 15 places to achieve a career-high ranking of 159 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. The 22-year-old from Haryana ended runners up in the Banja Luka ATP Challenger following a first round appearance at the US Open last month. He had leapfrogged 16 places after his first-round exit in the US Open where te took a set off Swiss maestro Roger Federer before losing the match. Meanwhile, Prajnesh Gunneswaran continued his run in the top-100. He rose three places to be world no. 82. Ramkumar Ramanathan slipped three spots to be 179th, rounding up the top-three Indians in the men's singles. In doubles, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan maintained their 43rd and 49th position, while Leander Paes moved one spot to be placed 78. In the WTA rankings, Ankita Raina continues to be India's top-ranked player at 191 and is followed by Pranjala Yadlapalli, who is placed at 338. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here..
                 

Naomi Osaka splits with coach for second time this year

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Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka announced on Friday she was splitting with her coach, her second break-up this year as she battles for form and slips down the world rankings. On the eve of the Pan Pacific Open tournament in Osaka, western Japan, the 21-year-old announced she would no longer be working with Jermaine Jenkins, who joined her team after her triumph at the Australian Open in January. "Writing this to let you guys know that me and Jay won't be working together anymore," Osaka tweeted. "I'm super grateful for the time we spent together and the things I learned on and off the court but I feel like now is a (sic) appropriate time for a change... Thank you for everything, it was a blast," added Osaka. Thank you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/lezK48041H — NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) September 12, 2019 Osaka had already caught the tennis world by surprise when she announced she was parting ways..
                 

Tennis ace Flavia Pennetta on married life

12 days ago  
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Former Italian tennis ace Flavia Pennetta says it's tough to be the wife of a fellow tennis player (Fabio Fognini) as there is a delicate balancing act involved. Flavia, 37, and Fabio, 32, got married in 2016 and the 2015 US Open winner said she always tries to help her husband with his game besides supporting him with household chores. "It's difficult to be a wife and also give some advice as a former player. Sometimes your husband wants to be with you and speak, at other times he doesn't even want to look at you. So you have to find a balance! Sometimes you can speak, other times you just have to be there without saying anything," Flavia was quoted as saying by Tennis World USA."I try to help Fabio as much as I can. I give him advice. Sometimes I stay on court with him too. But in general, I try to help him in everything else as well like organising the day and traveling. It's tough," she added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-d..
                 

Rafael Nadal bags his 19th Frand Slam title by winning the US Open final

13 days ago  
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Rafael Nadal captured his 19th career Grand Slam title in thrilling fashion on Sunday by winning the US Open final, outlasting Russia's Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 to seize his fourth crown in New York. The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander moved one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record 20 Grand Slam triumphs and became the second-oldest New York champion in the Open era after Ken Rosewall in 1970 at age 35. World number two Nadal took the top prize of $3.85 million at Arthur Ashe Stadium and added to his US Open trophy haul from 2010, 2013 and 2017. Nadal, who was in his fifth US Open championship match and 27th Grand Slam final, is the first man to claim five major titles after turning 30. But it took a supreme effort from the Spanish maestro, who nearly became the first player to drop the final after leading by two sets since Frederick Schroeder in 1949. Nadal, who rose to 22-12 in five-set matches, has dropped only one Grand Slam match out of more than 200 when he..
                 

Maria Sharapova reveals early struggles while travelling

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Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova recently revealed when she first got excited over money in 2004. Sharapova, 32, owns a candy brand, Sugarpova. "The first time I really got excited about money was when, after winning Wimbledon (2004), I used to take trips to Los Angeles from Florida to train with a coach and we could only afford to do that so many times during the year because of the expenses of hotels and travels," Sharapova was quoted as saying by Tennis World USA. "But after winning Wimbledon, we stayed at a much better hotel and I remember there was a yellow rubber duck and I called my manager as soon as I walked into the tub in the bathroom and I was like, Winning Wimbledon, is the best thing ever," she added. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Retired player Kim Clijsters to make comeback to tennis in 2020

9 days ago  
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New Delhi: Tennis star Kim Clijsters has announced that she would be coming out of retirement and will be making a return to the tennis court in 2020. She posted a video on Twitter and said what do I really want in life? For the past seven years, I have been a full-time mom. And I love it. I really, really do. But I also loved being a professional tennis player. And honestly, I miss that feeling. So... what if I tried to do both? Could I be a loving mom to three kids and best tennis player I possibly could be? Let's do this, let's come back one more time. See you in 2020. The 36-year-old last played competitive matches seven years ago. Following her retirement, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2017. This will be the Belgian's second comeback into tennis as she first made a return in 2009. Her outing proved to be successful as he managed to win three out of four titles. She won the US Open in 2009 and 2010 and she also was successfu..
                 

Serena Williams hits Fashion Week in style!

11 days ago  
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Serena Williams is quite an optimistic sports star and has found a way to recover from her US Open loss this Sunday. Just 3 days after Serena Williams lost in shocking fashion at the US Open final to Bianca Andreescu, the multiple Grand Slam winner went on to present the latest collection of her fashion label, S by Serena Williams. Not only that, but Serena Williams also brought her baby daughter along for the event. Serena Williams showed up in a snakeskin miniskirt that was designed by herself. She carried her little daughter Olympia, age 2, in her arms. Serena Williams, who is one of tennis' famous icons had notable personalities such as Kim Kardashian, TV host Gayle King, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour as attendees for her event.#MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke, said that Serena Williams was "strong in so many ways, not just physically. I'll always support her." The runway show which was held in midtown Manhattan kicked off with a lush brown trench-style coat and was followed by..
                 

I fought like hell, says runner-up Daniil Medvedev

12 days ago  
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New York: Daniil Medvedev said the energy of the New York crowd helped instigate his stunning fightback that saw him fall just short against Rafael Nadal in a five-set classic in Sunday's US Open final. "First of all I just want to congratulate Rafa, 19th Grand Slam title is something unbelievable, outrageous," Medvedev said. "What you've done for tennis in general, it's amazing for our sport. Thank you and congrats again." Medvedev has experienced a love-hate relationship with fans at Flushing Meadows after an obscene gesture in a third-round match prompted loud boos, to which the Russian later responded with a taunt of his own. But he won the crowd over during his run to the final, where he was attempting to become the youngest Grand Slam champion since Juan Martin del Potro won the US Open in 2009. "To be honest in my mind, I was already thinking, 'What do I say in the speech, it's going to be in 20 minutes," Medvedev recalled, having fallen two sets behind to Nadal. "I was like I h..