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Venus Williams outlasts Jakupovic to reach Miami Open Round 2

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Venus Williams displayed the mental strength that has made her a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion on Thursday, holding off a spirited challenge by Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic at the WTA Miami Open. The American, 38, a quarter-finalist at Indian Wells last week, turned back Jakupovic 7-5, 6-3 to reach the second round after a rough start. Venus credits her mother, Oracene Price, with instilling the character and desire to match the tennis skills developed by their father and coach Richard Williams. "Growing up, we weren't allowed to be weak, so it just wasn't an option," Venus said. "The only option was to be strong. You had a choice of being strong or being strong, so we were strong," 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..
                 

Novak plays down rift with Roger, Nadal over ousting of ATP chief

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Novak Djokovic played down a reported rift with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Wednesday, saying he welcomed their views on the controversial ousting of ATP Chairman Chris Kermode. Federer and Nadal ripped top-ranked Djokovic, current president of the ATP Player Council, for failing to contact them over the decision to terminate Englishman Kermode, whose reign began in 2014 and concludes at year's end after a vote at Indian Wells earlier this month. Serbian star Djokovic vociferously pushed for change despite many within the game strongly advocating for Kermode to remain in charge. Federer said on Wednesday he was not "chasing" Djokovic for an explanation despite claiming it was "hard to understand" why Djokovic turned down a request to discuss the situation. Djokovic maintains he would welcome the input of the Swiss and Spanish legends. "We welcome them as well as anyone else who wants to join the political discussions," Djokovic said ahead of the Miami Open, where he is due to ..
                 

India's Prajnesh enters second straight Masters main draw

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India's No. 1 singles player Prajnesh Gunneswaran beat Jay Clarke in straight sets to make the main draw of the Miami Open, his second straight Masters appearance. Prajnesh, 29, defeated Great Britain's Clarke 6-4, 6-4 in the second qualifying round of the ATP-1000 tennis tournament in Miami to progress to the main draw. Having reached a career-high rank of 84 earlier this week, the India No. 1 began on a strong note, breaking Clarke in the first game of the match. He saved two break points in the other games on his way to sealing the first set. The starting of the second game was no different as the Indian again broke his 20-year-old opponent in the first game. Clarke managed to save two break points but could not prevent Prajnesh from sealing the set and match in his favour. This is Prajnesh's second straight Masters main draw appearance, coming a week after reaching the third round at Indian Wells. The Indian will meet Jaume Munar of Spain in the first round main draw Friday. C..
                 

Serena Williams joins Priyanka Chopra as Bumble investor

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Tennis star Serena Williams has joined actress Priyanka Chopra as an investor of social and dating application Bumble. Bumble on Wednesday announced Williams, who had earlier teamed up with the company for an ad campaign #InHerCourt, will be joining the organisation as an investor and active member of the Bumble Fund. Being an investor, the 37-year-old tennis champion wants to "amplify female entrepreneurs and creating a place for them to personally and professionally champion their growth", read a statement. She said: "In my life, and today more than ever, I've learned how impactful one woman's voice can be when given a platform to speak and be heard. "I am passionate about building on this progress and opening doors for women of all backgrounds, especially women of colour, to share their message and trust in their potential to accomplish great things." Bumble was set up by Whitney Wolfe Herd shortly after she left Tinder, a dating app she co-founded. On her collaboration with Will..
                 

Roger Federer after loss: It's frustrating, disappointing and sad

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Roger Federer departed Indian Wells empty-handed for a second straight year, but the Swiss great sees no reason he can't get back on track at the Miami Masters. "Sure, it's frustrating and disappointing and sad to some extent," Federer said after falling 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Austrian Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final. But Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam winner who claimed a remarkable 100th career title in Dubai last month, can afford to take the defeat in stride - especially when he's playing well and feels his body is fully fit. "It's just not as dramatic," he said of falling to a player who was just a bit better when it mattered. "Whereas, when you're hurt and things are difficult, maybe those hurt more. I'm going to Miami. The body is perfectly fine. That also always keeps me upbeat, and I feel it's a privilege when I feel this way leaving a tournament. I have been playing every single day for the last three weeks. I can be happy and proud of that fact." Federer shied away from predic..
                 

Dominic Thiem stuns Roger Federer, wins Indian Wells

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Austrian Dominic Thiem won the biggest title of his career by beating Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3 and 7-5 in two hours and three minutes in the final at Indian Wells, the first Masters 1000 of the season. It is Thiem's maiden Masters 1000 title, and also his first final in Indian Wells, reports Efe news. Federer, who congratulated his rival with the best of his smiles and an affectionate gesture, was denied winning his sixth crown on Sunday, which would have been a record, in the Californian desert after his victories in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2017. The match record between the two players is now 3-2 in favour of Thiem, although Federer had won the two previous times played on hard court. Before this match, Thiem had never beaten the Swiss on a hard surface. It was a magnificent match, with great runs of play for both and lavish points, although it was the former world number one who began by sweeping ahead 3-0 against a hesitant opponent in the early stages. Federer took the first ..
                 

Sania Mirza takes her 'laddu' Izhaan along for tennis practice

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Sania Mirza is a full-time mommy these days after giving birth to Izhaan Mirza Malik last year. She posted a picture of herself with her son Izhaan who is checking out his mum's tennis racket on court, she captioned, "This racket might be slightly big for you Izzy #MyLaddu #Izhaan #MashaAllah @wilsontennis"       View this post on Instagram This racket might be slightly big for you Izzy ðŸ˜Â…❤ï¸ÂðŸ¤±ðŸ½ #MyLaddu #Izhaan #MashaAllah @wilsontennis A post shared by Sania Mirza (@mirzasaniar) onMar 12, 2019 at 5:48am PDT A few days back Sania Mirza had posted another picture with her baby Izhaan Mirza Malik and captioned it, "Gucci gang #mylittleposerfoundthecameraagain #Izzy"       View this post on Instagram Gucci gang ðŸ¤..
                 

Dizzy Serena Williams retires due to viral illness

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Serena Williams's first tournament since the Australian Open came to an abrupt end on Sunday as the ailing 23-time Grand Slam champion retired from her third-round WTA match against Garbine Muguruza at Indian Wells. Muguruza was leading 6-3, 1-0 when Williams called it a day in the battle of former World No. 1's because of a viral illness. "Before the match, I did not feel great, and then it just got worse with every second; extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue," Williams said in comments released via tournament organisers. The 10th-seeded American, continuing to work her way back up the rankings in the wake of time off to have a baby, had made a strong start, winning the first three games. But she called for the trainer after dropping six straight. After a long talk with medical personnel, Williams took to the court for the second set, but after Muguruza held serve at love, Williams called a halt. "By the score, it might have looked like I started well, but I was not feeling at al..
                 

Swiss tennis ace Hingis welcomes daughter Lia

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Former world number one and five-time Grand Slam title winner Martina Hingis on Friday became the latest tennis mother after giving birth to a baby girl. Hingis, 38, revealed on Twitter that she and husband Harald Leemann, the Switzerland team's Fed Cup doctor, were now parents. And then we were three! Harry and I are excited to welcome our baby girl Lia to the world. We are already so in love ❤ 🎀💕 pic.twitter.com/C9NUA3tMxT — Martina Hingis (@mhingis) March 8, 2019 "And then we were three! Harry and I are excited to welcome our baby girl Lia to the world. We are already so in love," tweeted the Swiss star who retired from the sport in 2017. Fellow tennis mothers Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are still active in the sport. Like Hingis, Williams and Azarenka are former number ones and major winners. They face each other at the Indian Wells tournament later Friday. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also do..
                 

Canadian Andreescu topples Kerber for Indian Wells crown

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Canadian sensation Bianca Andreescu became the first wild card to win the WTA title at Indian Wells on Sunday with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber. Andreescu, 18, shook off fatigue to topple the eighth-ranked German. Ranked 60th coming into the tournament, Andreescu will rise to 24th in the world with her first WTA title. When she finally converted her fourth match point she kissed the sun-baked court and flopped spread-eagled on her back. "If you believe in yourself, anything is possible," Andreescu said as she hoisted the crystal trophy as the youngest player ever to win one of the WTA's prestigious Premier Mandatory tournaments. It's another giant step in a breakout season for Andreescu, who finished 2018 ranked 178th in the world. 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..
                 

Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu stuns Garbine Muguruza

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Bianca Andreescu's breakout season continued Wednesday as the Canadian teenager swept past two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza and into the Indian Wells WTA semi-finals. Andreescu, 18 and ranked 60th in the world, won the first nine games on the way to a 6-0, 6-1 victory that took just 52 minutes. She reached her third semi-final of the season after a run to the final in Auckland and the last four in Acapulco. "I just went out there, went for it," Andreescu said. "I didn't focus on who was on the other side. "It really helped me. I used my serve to my advantage. She didn't serve so well today, so I took advantage that as well." Andreescu, who began 2019 ranked 152nd in the world, is now headed for the top 40. The win over Muguruza, now ranked 20th, followed a victory over 18th-ranked Wang Qiang of China in the fourth round and took her win-loss record to a remarkable 26-3 in 2019, including qualifying matches. "I had a good day," Andreescu said. "She didn't have such a good ..
                 

Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka crash out of ATP Indian Wells Masters

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Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber stunned Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday, claiming his first career win over a World No. 1 player to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters. Halep ousted tooMeanwhile, World No. 1 Naomi Osaka crashed out of Indian Wells, routed by Belinda Bencic on a day that saw second-ranked Simona Halep sent packing, too. Bencic ranked 23rd in the world, defeated Osaka 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the prestigious WTA premier mandatory event, where Osaka won her first tour title last year. Naomi Osaka. Pics/AFP Halep, the 2015 Indian Wells winner, fell to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.Serbian superstar Djokovic was playing his first tournament since lifting a record seventh title in Melbourne, taking his tally of Grand Slam victories to 15. He had won eight of nine prior meetings with Kohlschreiber, but could find no answer to the 39th-ranked veteran, who had come up empty in 11 prior attempts ..
                 

Movie on Eugenie Bouchard's blind date under production

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Indian Wells Masters: It feels unreal, says Thiem after beating Federer

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Dominic Thiem denied Roger Federer a record sixth Indian Wells title, beating the Swiss great 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday to claim his first ATP Masters 1000 crown. The Austrian, 25, ranked eighth in the world, had fallen in two prior Masters finals, both in Madrid. But he rallied for a third career win over Federer in five meetings, his first over the Swiss on hard courts. "It feels just unreal what happened in this 10 days," Thiem said. "I came from a really bad form in all categories, and now I'm the champion of Indian Wells. It feels not real at all," added Thiem, the first Austrian to win a masters 1000 title since Thomas Muster at Miami in 1997. Thiem earned the crucial break in the 11th game of the final set, connecting on two sharply angled passing winners off of Federer drop shots to give himself a break point which he converted with a stinging forehand winner. "He stayed cool under pressure there," Federer said. "When he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot." Thiem c..
                 

Federer, Nadal heading for semi-final clash at ATP Indian Wells Masters

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Former champions Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal edged closer to a blockbuster semi-final showdown at the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday with brisk fourth-round wins. World number two Nadal overpowered Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 to book his quarter-final berth in one hour and 26 minutes. Federer, seeking a record sixth title in the California desert, needed just 64 minutes to get past Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-4. Nadal said his performance on a windy stadium court wasn't as good as his 6-3, 6-1 third-round win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman. But he was more than a match for 113th-ranked Krajinovic, breaking him early in each set and saving the only break point he faced. Nadal, who lifted the Indian Wells trophy in 2007, 2008 and 2013, is in the last eight for the first time in three years after missing last year's edition, skipping both Indian Wells and the Miami Masters with a hip injury. He next will take on 13th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat w..
                 

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer advance at ATP Indian Wells Masters

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World No. 2 Rafael Nadal raced into the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters as Roger Federer made a less speedy but still successful start to his quest for a sixth title on Sunday. Nadal, a three-time Indian Wells winner, needed just 72 minutes to get past overmatched Jared Donaldson, 6-1, 6-1. Federer, who is seeking to break out of a tie with top seed Novak Djokovic for most titles in the California desert, looked set for a similarly easy time of it, but had to turn back a second-set challenge from German Peter Gojowczyk in a 6-1, 7-5 win. Fourth-seeded Federer said he was relieved not to go to a second-set tie-breaker after falling behind 3-1 to the free-swinging German, who is ranked 85th in the world. The Swiss regained the break and, after saving four break points to make it 4-4, cruised home. "I struggled a little bit with my serving in that second set and that gave him chances. Because he was serving better, he started to swing more freely and then it was tough," Fed..
                 

Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams advance

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Novak Djokovic shook off some rust and US qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo Saturday, opening his ATP Indian Wells Masters campaign with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 victory. The second-round clash was Djokovic first match since he won his seventh Australian Open title in January. Meanwhile the seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and reach the third round. Earlier, Japan's World No. 1 Naomi Osaka launched her Indian Wells Masters title defence with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in a grudge match against Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday. 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.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without..