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India warms up for the challenge against Latvia in Billie Jean King Cup

India takes on Latvia in their first-ever World Group Playoff tie, to be played on the indoor courts of National Tennis Centre Lielupe in Jurmala on 16th and 17th April. The Indian team arrived in Latvia on Saturday and had to spend 24 hours in quarantine before hitting the courts on Monday. The Indian team will be represented by six-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one in doubles, Sania Mirza (Doubles WTA rank: 156), India’s top ranked single player on the WTA, Ankita Raina (Single: 165, Doubles: 98), Rutuja Bhosale (Singles: 420, Doubles: 209), debutant Zeel Desai (Singles: 568), Karman Kaur Thandi (Singles: 637) and the reserve player Riya Bhatia (Singles: 358, Doubles: 491). India will be up […]

2021 French Open pushed back by one week

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced on Thursday that Roland-Garros will be pushed back one week due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now be played from 30 May through 13 June 2021. Last year, the clay-court Grand Slam was moved from its traditional dates to 27 September-11 October because of the pandemic. The ATP and WTA released a joint statement on the tournament’s one-week postponement: “Tennis has required an agile approach to the calendar over the past 12 months in order to manage the challenges of the pandemic, and this continues to be the case. The decision to delay the start of Roland-Garros by one week has been made in the context of recently heightened COVID-19 […]

Aoyama, Shibahara win Miami Open for their third title of the year

No.5 seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara won their third title of the season and perhaps the biggest of their careers at the Miami Open with a 6-2, 7-5 win over No.8 seeds Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani. “Miami Open was one of the few tournaments that I was really looking forward to playing, especially because I was born and raised in the U.S.,” Shibahara said. “Indian Wells/Miami are like the sunshine tournaments. Every time it would be playing on my TV screen when I was little, I was, like, I want to play on this stage. For me, this title is really special.” In a reprise of the Abu Dhabi final, where Aoyama and Shibahara defeated Carter and Stefani […]

Niki Poonacha Wins Title at M15 New Delhi, India

India’s Niki Kaliyanda Poonacha scored a convincing 6-3, 7-6 win over American fourth seed Oliver Crawford in the ITF men’s $15,000 New Delhi final at the RK Khanna Tennis Stadium on Sunday. With this triumph, Poonacha also ended his title drought on the ITF Men’s Tour since his maiden win in Indonesia in 2018. “It feels great. A big thank you to all the support staff, everyone played an important role in improving my game. It’s a very happy moment, just too nervous. It’s a good feeling. The one thing that kept me going was that I have worked so hard and did not want to give up so easily. So, I just kept on fighting,” said Poonacha. The 25-year-old […]

SANIA AND ANKITA TO LEAD LINE FOR INDIA IN LATVIA

Sania Mirza and Ankita Raina have both been named in India’s squad for April’s Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas Play-Off showdown with Latvia. Mirza, the former doubles world No. 1, and Raina, who became the second Indian player to win a WTA title in February, will be joined by Rutuja Bhosale, Karman Kaur Thandi, debutant Zeel Desai and reserve Riya Bhatia in captain Vishal Uppal’s team, according to the All India Tennis Association. India will face Latvia at the National Tennis Centre Lielupe in Jurmala on April 16-17 with a place in the 2022 Qualifiers on the line, having sealed promotion alongside China at the Asia/Oceania Group I event in Dubai last year, Mirza and Raina securing the […]

Sohyun Park won the Women’s 15K in Antalya

Sohyun Park of South Korea lifted the singles trophy after defeating the Italian, Nuria Brancaccio 6-4, 6-0 in finals of the second week of ITF Women 15K tournament held in Antalya. In the previous week, Sohyun Park was beaten by Nuria Brancaccio in the semifinals 5-7, 0-6 before she defeated Su Jeong Jang in the finals by 7-6, 6-4 and       lifted the title. The data collected about the match shows that the Korean managed to break her rival’s serve 6 times, had an 81% effectiveness in the first serve, committed a solitary double fault and managed to win 62% of the points on her service. As for the Italian player, she managed to break her opponent’s serve twice, had a […]

Yuki Bhambri matches world No.59 in ATP 500

Qualifier Yuki Bhambri from India played well before being beaten 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 by the ATP 59th ranked Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the first round of the ATP 500 in Dubai on Monday. Yuki, playing only in his third tournament on return after a two-year forced hibernation owing to injury, collected 10 ATP points for qualifying into the main draw. After competing in the ATP Tour event in Singapore on a protected rank, Yuki won the doubles title with Saketh Myneni in the $15,000 ITF tournament in India, before stepping it up in the ATP-500 event in Dubai. Earlier Yuki eased past his fellows Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan to make the main draw in Dubai.

Rutuja-Emily pair lifts ITF W25 double title in Pune

Top seeds Rutuja Bhosale from India and Britain’s Emily Webley Smith put on a solid demonstration of the i-formation as they clinched the doubles title with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Riya Bhatia of India and Romanian Miriam Bianca Bulgaru in the $25,000 KPIT MSLTA ITF W25 tournament held in Pune, India. Riya and Miriam lacked the coordination and let the rivals dominate the opener but began to find their groove in the second. The Indo-Romanian combination erased a 1-4 deficit and levelled the score at 5-5 in the second, breaking Rutuja’s serve twice. But the top seeds were more solid tactically and broke back on Miriam’s serve immediately to go up 6-5. Emily then served out without further drama […]

Japan Booked Place in 2022 Davis Cup Qualifiers

Japan extended their unbeaten run against Pakistan in the Davis Cup by outsmarting them 4-0 at the grass courts of Pakistan Sports Complex at World Group 1 tie. Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan, who had already conceded 2-0 deficit on Friday in the singles, seemed off-colour against young Japanese pair of Shintaro Mochizuki and Sho Shimabukuro. Pakistan duo of Aisam and Aqeel though started the tie well and after a tough fight, managed to win the first set 6-4. But this was all that the Pakistan tennis stars could get from the match, as the Japanese pair bounced back strongly and won the second set 6-4. They played more aggressive tennis in the third set and won the match […]

Naomi beats Brady to lift Australian Open title

Japan’s Naomi Osaka dismissed Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win the Australian Open in dominant style for her fourth Grand Slam title on Saturday. Osaka edged a tight first set but controlled the second to win 6-4, 6-3 in 77 minutes in front of thousands of fans at Rod Laver Arena. Third seed Osaka preserves her 100 percent record in Grand Slam finals after winning the 2018 and 2020 US Opens and the 2019 title in Melbourne. “We played in the semis of the US Open a couple of months ago and I told everyone that you’re going to be a problem,” Osaka told Brady at the trophy presentation. “And I was right. It’s really incredible to me to […]

Osaka sweeps past Hsieh into Australian Open semifinals

Naomi Osaka’s perfect record in Grand Slam quarterfinal matches was extended Tuesday. The No.3 seed eased past Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-2 to reach the Australian Open semifinals. “Today it was really important to have a plan, just because she’s an opponent that I’m not really sure what’s going to happen,” Osaka said in her post-match press conference. “So just having something to structure myself and not get carried away with what she’s going to do was definitely really important.” Osaka next has a showdown with Serena Williams, who took out Simona Halep in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Osaka leads that series 2-1. Osaka is two wins away from a fourth Grand Slam title after her breezy 66-minute victory on Rod […]

Naomi Osaka and Hsieh Su-wei Storms into quarterfinals of Australian Open

Naomi Osaka has sounded her Australian Open title intentions loud and clear, saving two match points in an impressive fourth-round comeback over former No.1 Garbine Muguruza on Sunday. Trailing by a set and a break in the second, Osaka managed to won the second set. She went down a break in the third set and was staring down the defeat with match points at 4-5, the No.3 seed however shifted up a gear to conjure up a 4-6 6-4 7-5 victory. “I feel like today I didn’t know what to expect because I’d never played her before, but I just knew it was going to be tough,” Osaka said. “I feel like I was a bit intimidated because I knew […]

Japanese duo S Aoyama and E Shibahara won doubles title in Yarra Valley Classic

The Japanese duo of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara picked up doubles title of Yarra Valley Classic (WTA 500) with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Anna Kalinskaya of Russia and Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia. The trophy continues an incredible run for the tandem in the 2021 season, as Aoyama and Shibahara have racked up two consecutive titles, with their win team record standing at 8-0 so far this year. They also triumphed at Abu Dhabi in the first event of the season. “We spend most of our time with each other and I think that adds to our chemistry on court. We just know that we have each other’s back no matter what, and even if I’m not playing the […]

Indian Tennis Legend Akhtar Ali passes away at the age of 83

Akhtar Ali, a former Davis Cup coach and a legendary figure in Indian tennis passes away on Sunday due to multiple health issues. Akhtar Ali, father of India’s current Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali, was 83 and breathed his last in Kolkata. Akhtar, whose coaching style emphasised on playing aggressive serve and volley game, shaped many Indian players, including the legendary Leander Paes and other famous players like Vijay Amritraj, Anand Amritraj, Ramesh Krishnan, Enrico Piperno and Somdev Devvarman. He was an advisor to Sania Mirza. Born on July 5, 1939, Akhtar made his mark in 1955 when he became the National junior champion and reached the junior Wimbledon semifinals. He represented India in eight Davis Cup ties between 1958 […]

THE ASIAN 14&U CIRCUIT IS BACK TO LIFE

Two back to back tournaments in the city of Aktobe, Kazakhstan marked the return of Asian 14 & under circuit, after the circuit was suspended in March 2020 due to covid-19 pandemic. A new Category 2A was formulated, on resumption of the circuit, to give boost to the tournaments locally at Asian 14&U Circuit till 31st March 2021. Tournaments in Category 2A are only open for the domestic players of the host country. In the month of March 2020, the restriction was imposed on the Asian 14&U tournaments and more than 50 tournaments had to be cancelled across Asia, and now with the resumption of the circuit , lot more tournaments would be hosted to enable young budding kids of Asia […]

Naomi Osaka sails into Semi Finals of Gippsland Trophy

World No.3 Naomi Osaka kept an unblemished run going by booking her spot in the Gippsland Trophy semifinals on Friday, after the three-time Grand Slam champion eased past Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, 7-5, 6-1. In a competitive opening frame, Osaka saved two break points to hold for 5-4 and prevent Begu from serving out the first set. The Japanese star eventually got ahead just in the nick of time, leaping to a 0-40 lead at 6-5 before Begu double faulted to hand over the opening set to her. The second set was much more straightforward for the two-time US Open champion. Serving for the match at 5-1, Osaka slammed three straight unreturnable serves to reach triple match point. On her […]

Eala, Asian Junior No 1 captures her first ITF Pro title in Manacor

The 15-year-old Alexandra Eala from the Philippines captured her first professional ITF women’s title at the Manacor, showing her rich potential and becoming the one to watch in the upcoming years. Following the final, Nadal congratulated Eala on her young career’s significant moment, urging her to work hard and achieve even more in the years to come. Eala, the current junior world No. 3, has become something of a trend-setter for the Philippines. She reached the semi-finals of the girls’ singles event at Roland Garros last year and won the girls doubles at the 2020 Australian Open alongside Indonesian Priska Madelyn Nugroho. She was the first Filipino to win a Junior Grand Slam title since Francis Casey Alcantara won the boys’ doubles at the 2009 Australian Open. […]

Asian 14&Under Circuit resumes

The first Asian 14 & under tournament for the year 2021 took placed in Kazakhstan, upon partial resumption of Asian 14 & Under circuit. It has been successfully concluded in the Aktobe city of Kazakhstan under the strict covid-19 measures. It was category 2A tournament, which is a new category of tournament, formulated due to Covid-19 pandemic and is being permitted only till 31st March 2021. It is open only for the domestic players of the host country. The event saw singles main draw of 32 for both boys and girls. Demid Gorbachev who was seeded 2, won the single title in the boys category after defeating No 1 seed, Mansur Shaken by 6-4,6-1. In the girls’ event, No. 4 […]

Singapore to host ATP 250 in February

Singapore will host an ATP 250 tennis tournament next month, under strict COVID-19 measures and travel protocols for players and officials. This comes after the ATP, the governing body of men’s professional tennis, awarded single-year licences for the 2021 season to Singapore. The Singapore tournament will be a hard court event and is scheduled to take place at the Singapore Sports Hub OCBC Arena from Feb 20 to 28. Outside of the four annual grand slam events, the ATP 250 is the third-highest tier of the ATP tournaments, after the ATP Masters 1000 and ATP 500 events. With the two-week Australian Open finishing in Melbourne on 21 February, the Singapore tournament could see some top tennis stars entering, should they […]

Mayo Hibi battled pass her way to Australian Open 2021

The 2021 Australian Open women’s singles qualifiers have been determined after a fierce four-day qualifying event came to a close on Wednesday in Dubai, with 16 women booking their spots in the main draw of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament. WTA ranked 182, Mayo Hibi was one of the fortunate players who battled their way into the main draw, as the Japanese outlasted WTA ranked 155 Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia 6-4, 6-4. The match data show that the Japanese managed to break her rival’s serve 3 times, achieved 65% in the first service, committed 2 double faults and won 74% of the service points. As for Rakhimova, she managed to break the serve once and her effectiveness data is […]

Aoyama and Shibahara captured the doubles title

No.5 seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara captured their fourth team title at the 2021 Abu Dhabi WTA Women’s Tennis Open, defeating No.8 seeds Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani 7-6(5) 6-4. The Japanese duo, who first paired at the 2019 Toray Pan Pacific, capped off a successful week that began with having to save four match points to defeat Andrea Klepac and Marta Kostyuk in the first round, prevailing 4-6, 7-5, 12-10, and included a dominant win over top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Krejcikova in the quarterfinals. The win took Aoyama and Shibahara’s title tally to four, having won previously at 2019 Tianjin, 2019 Moscow, and 2020 St. Petersburg. “Our goal is always to win a Grand Slam, but […]

Bublik retires due to injury in final of Antalya Open

Alexander Bublik retired in the final of Antalya Open against Aussies player on Wednesday, 13th January. The fourth-seeded Australian was leading eight seed Alexander Bublik 2-0 in the first set, when the Kazakhstani retired after seven minutes of the final. Bublik attempted to play after extensive physio, but had twisted his right ankle on Tuesday in his semi-final victory over Jeremy Chardy of France. The World No. 49 told ATPTour.com, “I twisted my ankle yesterday and finished with an adrenaline rush for the best win of my life. I was so lucky to win. I tried to play. I was in the physio room for three hours yesterday and I tried to get ready for the match today. It’s hard […]

Resumption of Asian 14&U tour

Asian Tennis Federation is pleased to announce plans for the resumption of Asian 14 & Under tour and the tour is set to resume in the week commencing 18th January 2021. To start the resumption of the circuit for the first 3 months of 2021 i.e., till 31st March 2021 only Category 2. An additional Grade “2A” is being introduced for the first 3 months of 2021. The 14 & under national events of a country could be run as part of ATF 14 & under circuit with reduced ATF ranking points in the countries facing strict lockdown and where there is complete ban on inbound foreign travel. These tournaments will be run by the National Associations in totality and the results will […]

ITF REGIONAL COACHES CONFERENCE 2020

Registration is now open for the ITF Regional Coaches Conferences by BNP Paribas, with a number of top international players, former players and experts in coaching already confirmed to speak at the events. Three Regional Coaches Conferences will be hosted online in 2020, with bespoke three-day schedules and speakers catering for English, French and Spanish-speaking audiences. 29 November–1 December: ITF Regional Coaches Conference – French language 4-6 December: ITF Regional Coaches Conference – English language 11-13 December: ITF Regional Coaches Conference – Spanish language The conferences are designed to provide an education forum to share insight and expertise and hear from some of the leading coaches in the game. Two hours of lectures will be delivered each day via the […]

Obituary – Randy Villanueva

The Asian tennis community is mourning the loss of former Vice President of Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) Mr. Randy Villanueva, who left for heavenly abode. As former Vice President of PHILTA and long-time Davis Cup administrator for Philippines, Villanueva helped revive the popularity of tennis that saw the PH Davis Cup team rise to the elite Group I in the Asia Oceania Zone. Former PH Davis Cup non-playing captain Roland Kraut also shared his unforgettable memories with Villanueva including his first stint as Davis Cup captain in 2014. “Will miss this. Good times. Rest well. Prayers to the family,” Kraut wrote on his Facebook. Asian Tennis Family will also deeply miss the loss of an experienced tennis enthusiast and tennis […]

OBITUARY: SLAH BRAMLY

Asian Tennis Federation is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Slah Bramly, the National Technical Director at Tennis Emirates (UAE), who passed away on 30 September at the age of 60. Asian Tennis Family will deeply miss the loss of an experienced tennis enthusiast and tennis administrator. Many of the friends and ATF staff members who had pleasure of working with Bramly, would remember him as a cheerful, hardworking and a true professional gentleman. Bramly had held the position of National Technical Director at Tennis Emirates for a long stint of 19 years and dedicated his life to the sport, enjoying success on court as both a coach and team captain before turning to the administrative side of […]

Kei Nishikori battles past Dan Evans in five sets

Japan’s Kei Nishikori surrendered the first set tamely at 6-1 but overcame the rusty start and  managed to battle past Britain’s Dan Evans on Sunday and sail into the second round of the French Open. The 30-year-old, playing only his fifth match of the year after elbow surgery and a positive Covid 19 test which ruled him out of U. S. Open, won 1-6 6-1 7-6(3) 1-6 6-4. Evans, the 32nd seed, looked on course for his first ever French Open win as he romped through the opening set but Nishikori polished off the second set in equally quick time. Nishikori led 5-2 in the third set only to be dragged into a tiebreaker, which he won but again lapsed […]

Kazakhstan’s Bublik reached in the quarterfinal of Germany Open

Alexander Bublik is making the most of his second chance, being handed over lucky lose spot, at the Hamburg European Open. Bublik who lost to Tommy Paul in the final round of qualifying, but got into the main draw as a lucky loser , knocked out Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2 in 78 minutes on Wednesday for a place in the quarter-finals. “When you step on a clay court, which is not my favourite surface, and play someone as great as Felix, you have a little pressure,” said Bublik, in after the match interview. “Felix got off to a fast start, so I am happy to have found my rhythm and get through.” Having trailed 0-3, Bublik recovered to 3-3 and […]

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan storms into the quarterfinals

No.5 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan marched into the quarterfinals of the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Tuesday, fighting through a closely-contested second set before, ousting the 2013 champion Alizé Cornet of France, 6-3, 7-6(8). After a perfect start to the year, where she won the title in Hobart and reached finals at three other tournaments, World No.18 Elena Rybakina had yet to reach a quarterfinal in her first three events since the resumption of tournaments which were stalled due to covid-19 pandemic. But Rybakina found her winning touch back , moving into the elite eight with her win over homeland hope Cornet. “I was just focusing on every point, because it’s not the first time I’m actually up [in the […]

Japan’s Nao Hibino stuns Sloane Stephens in Strasbourg

Japan’s Nao Hibino stunned No.8 seed Sloane Stephens in the first round of the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Monday by score of 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. The Japanese World No.83 did not fare well in her first three events of the, but secured a well-earned first-round victory on the French clay against the former Roland Garros finalist in one hour and 45 minutes. In a match that saw a combined 34 break points for both players, Hibino broke serve nine times and never trailed in each of the  set she won. After both players split sets, the American was  unable to capitalize on 3 break points she had in the first game of the decider and never again got close to […]

Taiwan’s Hsieh claims Rome Ladies doubles title with Czech partner

Taiwanese tennis player Hsieh Su-wei tasted victory in the women’s doubles final at Italian Open with  partner, Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday. The duo, top-seeded at the women’s doubles event of the tournament, Hsieh and Strycova sealed their fourth title of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany and Raluca Olaru of Romania. The victory extended their winning streak  to 12 matches and their 2020 win-loss record to rocking figure of  21-1. Hsieh and Strycova, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world in doubles, respectively, had only on blemish in pair’s record this season which was at the Australian Open in January, where they fell short in the final. Hsieh […]

Compatriots Elena and Yulia will face each other in Italian Open

Elena Rybakina and Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan will go head to head in the third round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. In the second-round match world number 30 Putintseva ousted Croatian Petra Martic 6-3, 6-7, 6-4. The three-set thriller lasted for 3 hours.  It was looking  all set for an easy win  for the 25-year-old as she led 6-3, 5-1 at one point. She however failed to serve out the match and  eventually went on to drop the set in a tiebreak. Putintseva recovered quickly from this lapse and won the deciding set 6-4 to close out the match. On the other hand, Elena Rybakina, world number 18 eliminated Czech Marie Bouzkova in straight sets 7-5, 7-6 (3) […]

Nishikori wins first match in a year

Kei Nishikori defeated two-time ATP Tour titlist Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 7-6(3) on Monday evening to reach the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. It is the first win of the season for the Japanese star. The clay tournament is a run up to French Open which is slated to start soon. The 30-year-old is working his way back from right elbow surgery, which he had in last October. Nishikori needed six match points to finish off the Spaniard, triumphing after two hours and four minutes. He saved the two break points he faced against Ramos-Vinolas and converted one of the 10 break points he earned. “I tried to be aggressive when I could. He hits a lot […]

Osaka beats Azarenka to lift her second U.S. Open title

Asian sensation Naomi Osaka bagged the U.S. Open title after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Osaka came from a set down to triumph in three sets 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim her second title at Flushing Meadows and third Grand Slam overall in one hour and 53 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Azarenka, who overcame 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the semifinals, broke Osaka’s serve thrice to race through the first set 1-6 in just under half an hour. Osaka, the fourth seed, seemed on verge of an embarrassing   defeat after losing first set and losing  serve to trail 0-2 in the second set,  but she managed to lift her game just at the right moment. Osaka broke […]

Naomi Osaka storms into the US Open final

Two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka from Japan is back into the championship match at the US Open after edging past No.28 seed Jennifer Brady of USA in a thrilling three set contest, 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3. There nothing to differ between the two players in the opening set, however in light of 11 unforced errors as against 4 from Osaka, the opening set went to Japanese. Brady however capitalized on the opportunity in the second set and converted the only break point that came her way to clinch the second. The deciding set was a close contest. Brady saved 3 break points, however Osaka pulled up her game with 16 winners to seal the third set and the match. 2018 […]

China’s Xu Yifan reached in the Women’s Double Final at US Open 2020

China’s Xu Yifan teamed up with American Nicole Melichar to edge past Asia Muhammad/Taylor Townsend of the United States in three sets to reach the women’s doubles final at the US Open on Wednesday. The third seeds were down a match point in final-set tiebreak, which they saved to prevail in a tremendous tussle 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7) and earn their berth in the final. Melichar said: “Before the match, I told my coach I was prepared for a 7-6 in the third set. Obviously I’m thrilled we won 7-6 in the third. You always wish that it’s easier, but we fought our hearts out.” “Asia and Taylor played a great match,” Melichar continued. “We’ve known each other for so […]

Naomi Osaka overcame unseeded Shelby Rogers

Fourth seed Naomi Osaka overcame unseeded Shelby Rogers in straight sets to reach the US Open semi-finals on Tuesday. The Japanese 2018 US Open champion brushed aside the 27-year-old American 6-3, 6-4, in 1hr 20min inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka, 22, will play 28th-seeded American Jennifer Brady on Thursday for a place in the final. Despite going into the last-eight match as favorite, the world number 9 Osaka said she was apprehensive about playing the 93rd-ranked Rogers because she had failed to beat her in three previous outings. Brady, 25, earlier ousted 23rd seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2.

Putintseva into quarterfinals after beating Martic

No.23 seed Kazakh Yulia Putintseva reached her maiden US Open quarterfinal, upsetting No.8 seed Petra Martic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 37 minutes. Putintseva, the first Kazakh to reach the fourth round in Flushing Meadows since Yaroslava Shvedova in 2016, becomes the first player from her country ever to make the last eight of the US Open, and adds a third major quarterfinal, and first off clay, to her two Roland Garros runs in 2016 and 2018. In a first career meeting with Martic – who had also never progressed beyond the US Open fourth round – Putintseva varied her spins, used slice intelligently and wheeled out a series of perfectly executed dropshots to first dominate and ultimately […]

Naomi Osaka continued her quest for a second US Open title

Former World No.1 Naomi Osaka eased into her second US Open quarterfinal and first since winning the title in 2018 with a decisive win over Estonian rival Anett Kontaveit, advancing in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. Facing an opponent who pushed her to three sets just last week, Osaka made it through the match without facing a break point to advance in 72 minutes under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Osaka twice recovered from second-set lulls against Misaki Doi and Ukrainian teen Marta Kostyuk to reach a third straight US Open second week, and was on a roll after winning the final five games against Kostyuk. In all, Osaka played a clean match, striking 21 winners to 18 unforced errors […]

Kukushkin ousts Garin in five sets up third round

Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin out played Christian Chilean , who was seeded 13th at the US Open. Kukushkin had to fight hard to win in five sets , setting up a third round encounter  with Australian Jordan Thompson. The 32-year-old Kazakhstan player won the first two sets with ease, before Garin hit back in the next two sets to level the match at two sets all. However Mikhail stayed composed and managed to win the deciding set to emerge winner in five sets, 6-2 6-1 3-6 4-6 7-5 in a match lasting just under four hours. Kukushkin helped his cause by converting 9 out of 13 of break points available to him , as against 6 out of 16 by his […]

Osaka defeats Giorgi in straight sets to reach the third round

Japanese Naomi Osaka demolished Italian Camila Giorgi in straight sets to set up 3rd round clash with Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine. Osaka spent only 1hr 9min on court to brush aside Giorgi, the world number 74, winning 6-1, 6-2. Osaka hit 14 winners to dominate her hard-hitting Italian opponent. Osaka later said “I never want to depend on what the other person’s going to do” Her powerful service game also looked in good order, with Osaka winning 79 per cent of points on her first serve. Osaka, the 2018 US Open champion, will now play Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine in the last 32 on Friday.

Sumit Nagal from India Stormed into the 2nd Round of US Open

Sumit Nagal from India stormed into the second round of US Open on Tuesday. Sumit Nagal recorded his first win in a Grand Slam by beating Bradley Klahn of the United States 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the men’s singles first round at the US Open to progress further into the tournament. Returning to the Flushing Meadows where he took a set off Roger Federer, Nagal came out all guns blazing in the first two sets of the opening round match against Klahn as he registered comprehensive wins of 6-1, 6-3. However, in the third set, Klahn came back to defeat Nagal and the match was poised for an intense finish. Nagal, once again rose to the top in the […]

Return to Tennis Map – Updated as on 1st September

The following information has been compiled by the ITF/ATF with help from ITF Development Officers. Please note: This information relates to recreational tennis being permitted under the restrictions of the relevant national authority. National government guidelines have formed the basis of the information provided; nations may impose further regional restrictions not detailed here. Players must follow any health and safety instructions put in place by the local authority – for example: social distancing measures, use of indoor facilities, or restrictions regarding doubles. This information is up to date as of 1 September 2020 and will be updated weekly. The following list is for illustrative purposes only – all tennis players should follow the instructions of their local authority. To get […]

Naomi Osaka beat Misaki Doi in the first round of US Open

Fourth seed Naomi Osaka advanced to the second round of the US Open on Monday but was made to work hard during a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Japanese compatriot Misaki Doi at Arthur Ashe Stadium Osaka showed little sign of a fitness problem after wrapping up the first set in just over half an hour. But the 22-year-old Doi deserted her in the second set, as a string of unforced errors crept into her game and allowed Doi to seize the initiative. Osaka raised her game noticeably in the third set, cutting down the errors and putting Doi under pressure on her service. Two breaks helped Osaka into a 5-2 lead and she held serve to close out the […]

U.S. Open scheduled to begin on Monday, 31st August 2020, without spectators

2020 U.S. Open draws for men’s singles and women’s singles were announced on Thursday with the matches slated to commence on Monday, 31st August and for the first time would be played without presence of any spectators. Novak Djokovic, seeded No. 1 in the men’s draw for the seventh year is also record holder for being  the No. 1 seed at the US Open more times than any other man in the Open era. Karolina Pliskova is the women’s top seed at the US Open for the second time. She was also the No. 1 seed in 2017. 10 Asian male players and 7 female players from Asia have secured the place in singles main draw of the Grand Slam. […]

Osaka reached semis in Cincinnati

Naomi Osaka, 4th seed, moved to  semifinals at the Western & Southern Open coming back from deficit of a set to defeat seed number 12 Anett Kontaveit. 1st set was closely contested and  went to the Estonian, Anett. Osaka raised her game to different level in the second set to pocket it at 6-2. Up next for Osaka will be the 14th seed Mertens who eased past American qualifier Jessica Pegula 6-1, 6-3 earlier in the day.

Return To Tennis Map – Updated as on 24 August

The following information has been compiled by the ITF/ATF with help from ITF Development Officers. Please note: This information relates to recreational tennis being permitted under the restrictions of the relevant national authority. National government guidelines have formed the basis of the information provided; nations may impose further regional restrictions not detailed here. Players must follow any health and safety instructions put in place by the local authority – for example: social distancing measures, use of indoor facilities, or restrictions regarding doubles. This information is up to date as of 24 August 2020 and will be updated weekly. The following list is for illustrative purposes only – all tennis players should follow the instructions of their local authority. To get […]

Naomi Osaka crushes Yastremska in Cincinnati clash

Naomi Osaka put on a solid serving performance to beat Dayana Yastremska 6-3, 6-1 at the Southern and Western Open on Tuesday. The victory sends Osaka into her second quarterfinal of the year after starting the season with a run to the final four in Brisbane. Osaka , who reached  third-round at the Australian Open this year which was indecently her last tournament before the tour’s five-month COVID-19 shutdown. The two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka fired eight aces to overrun Yastremska , 20-year-old Ukrainian. Osaka will run into 12th seed Anett Kontaveit, who edged past Marie Bouzkova 6-3, 6-3 earlier in the day to advance to the quarter finals. The tournament is being played at Flushing Meadows in New York […]

Schedule confirmed for TOKYO 2020 Paralympic Games

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has confirmed the event line-up for each session of the Paralympic Games, following their postponement to 2021. The International Paralympic Committee agreed in April that, given the critical impact of the competition schedule on every aspect of preparation, each session of the 2021 competition would in principle be scheduled as originally planned for 2020. This has been reflected in the confirmed competition schedule. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 539 events across 22 sports hosted at 21 venues from 24 August to 5 September 2021. Events featuring the most popular sports will be spread throughout the Games, allowing Paralympic fans to enjoy the dramatic highs and lows from beginning to end. Of the total […]

ITF PLANS FOR RETURN OF JUNIOR, SENIOR, WHEELCHAIR AND BEACH TENNIS

The International Tennis Federation has announced plans for the resumption of play on the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the ITF Seniors Tour, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and the ITF Beach Tennis World Tour. The plans have been drawn up in collaboration with each tour’s committee and approved by the ITF Board, with the health and safety of all involved the primary focus in all decision-making. Tournaments are currently set to resume on both the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors and the ITF Beach Tennis World Tour in the week commencing 31 August 2020. The ITF is working with tournament organisers to produce provisional calendars for the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors and the ITF Beach Tennis World Tour, […]

Tokyo 2020 announces schedule for Olympic Tennis Event

The Tokyo Organising Committee has confirmed the Olympic Tennis event schedule after the 2020 Games were postponed to 2021. Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee agreed in April that each session of the 2021 would in principle be schedule as planned for 2020. This has been reflected in the confirmed competition schedule, which for operational reasons remains subject to change. The Olympic Tennis Event in 2021 will take place in the same competition venue (Ariake) as previously planned for 2020. The tennis event will start on Saturday 24 July 2021 and is scheduled to finish on what Tokyo 2020 organisers are calling “Golden Sunday” on 1 August 2021. The men’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles will be three […]

WTA 2020 provisional calendar

The WTA has released an update to the 2020 provisional Tour calendar, which features 21 tournaments, beginning with the 31° Palermo Ladies Open on August 3, 2020. The 2020 provisional calendar now includes two additional WTA International events the week of August 10 – the Prague Open in the Czech Republic and the Top Seed Open presented by Bluegrass Orthopaedics in Lexington, marking the first WTA tournament to be held in Kentucky, USA. “As the WTA Tour looks to return to competition in 2020, we are pleased to provide additional playing opportunities for our athletes,” said Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO. “We are delighted to welcome the teams in Prague and Lexington onto the 2020 provisional calendar and look […]

ATP Announces Adjustments To It’s Rankings

Rankings will now cover a period of 22 months (March 2019 – December 2020) The ATP has announced how the revised FedEx ATP Rankings will be calculated once the Tour resumes. The Rankings, which reflect a player’s standing among the world’s best players and are used for tournament entry and seedings, are the lifeblood of professional tennis. In anticipation of a return to competition in August, the Rankings, which traditionally operate on a “Best 18” results basis over 52 weeks, will now cover a period of 22 months (March 2019 – December 2020). The Rankings have been frozen since 16 March 2020, just days after the ATP Tour was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.. The revised Rankings system aims […]

Webinar Hosted by Asian Tennis Federation

Asian Tennis Federation hosted the first Webinar on Saturday, 27th June 2020 on the topic -­ “Officiating in Asia & Cohesive Working with the National Federations“. Webinar was hosted on Zoom application with a total 140 participants  including representatives of the National Federations from Asia and Officials. ATF  President,  Mr.  Kitsombat  Euammongkol  delivered  the  opening  address  and  welcomed the experts of the field and thanked Mr. Salim Saifullah Khan, Chairman, ATF officiating & Tournaments Committee for his valuable inputs and participation. President assured that ATF will be working forward towards raising more opportunities for the development of Officiating in Asia and welcomes suggestions from all. Mr. Salim Saifullah Khan also encouraged the panelists and attendees and shared his experience and […]

ITF WTT events to resume in August

The International Tennis Federation has announced that ITF World Tennis Tour will resume from 3 August for the women’s events and 17 August for the men’s events and both will include singles qualifying, main draw singles and doubles rounds. This follows the announcements made today by the ATP, WTA, USTA and FFT regarding the resumption of the tours and the staging of the US Open and Roland Garros. The ITF is currently finalising a provisional calendar of ITF World Tennis Tour events from 3 August to 27 September, which will be available on itftennis.com. The decision for an event to be held will remain at the discretion of individual tournaments to determine if it is feasible for their event to […]

Cancellation of 2020 ITF Junior Team Competitions

Keeping in view the COVID 19 Pandemic, ITF has cancelled the 14 & under ITF World Junior Tennis Competition and the 16 & under Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. ITF has issued a statement on cancellation of the said events on 12th June 2020. With the same, we would like to enumerate that the 14 & under ITF World Junior Tennis Finals which were scheduled to take place in Czech Republic from 3-8 August 2020 and the 16 & under Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas finals which were scheduled to take place in USA from 28 September  to 3 October 2020 stand cancelled. Further the regional qualifying events which had […]

Return to Tennis Map – 15 June

The following information has been compiled by the ITF/ATF with help from ITF Development Officers. As of 15 June 2020. Please note: This information relates to recreational tennis being permitted under the restrictions of the relevant national authority National government guidelines have formed the basis of the information provided; nations may impose further regional restrictions not detailed here. Players must follow any health and safety instructions put in place by the local authority; for example, this may include who you are permitted to play with, or restrictions regarding doubles This information will be updated weekly. The following maps and list are for illustrative purposes only – all tennis players should follow the instructions of their local authority. To get in […]

Return to Tennis – June 1, 2020

The following information has been compiled by the ITF/ATF with help from ITF Development Officers. As of 1 June 2020. Please note: This information relates to recreational tennis being permitted under the restrictions of the relevant national authority National government guidelines have formed the basis of the information provided; nations may impose further regional restrictions not detailed here. Players must follow any health and safety instructions put in place by the local authority; for example, this may include who you are permitted to play with, or restrictions regarding doubles This information will be updated weekly.

ATF has extended the suspended of all tournaments till 31st July

Asian Tennis Federation has extended suspension of all ATF tournaments till 31st July 2020, due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. This announcement is in line with the earlier announcement made by ITF effecting similar suspension of all ITF tournaments. Main and immediate concern for Asian Tennis Federation is health and safety of players. Covid-19 global pandemic prevents international tournaments at this stage, however some nations are witnessing partial lifting of the restrictions. The ATF 14 & under rankings will also remain frozen till further notice. Asian Tennis Federation will continue to liaise with the nations and make sincere efforts to ensure that as many tournaments as possible can be rescheduled for later in the year. Asian Tennis Federation office remains […]

Return to Tennis – Asia

The following information has been compiled by the ITF/ATF with help from ITF Development Officers. As of 18 May 2020. Please note: This information relates to recreational tennis being permitted under the restrictions of the relevant national authority National government guidelines have formed the basis of the information provided; nations may impose further regional restrictions not detailed here. Players must follow any health and safety instructions put in place by the local authority; for example, this may include who you are permitted to play with, or restrictions regarding doubles This information is up to date as of 18 May 2020 and will be updated weekly

Sania Mirza won maiden Fed Cup Heart Award

Sania Mirza’s return to Fed Cup action for the first time since 2016 saw India book their place in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Play-offs after overcoming Korea, Rep., Indonesia, Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan to finish second behind China in Dubai. With 18-month-old son Izhaan watching from the stands, Mirza went 3-0 in doubles for India, including victory in the decisive doubles over Indonesia that secured second place in the group. “It’s an honour to win the Fed Cup Heart Award as the first Indian,” said Mirza, who was also India’s first Heart Award nominee. “I dedicate this award to the entire country and to all my fans and thank everyone for voting for me. I hope to bring […]

Live Workshop for Asia on ITF Academy

ITF Academy is progressing at a very rapid pace  in these tough times due to effect of Covid-19 pandemic. Since the launch of ITF Academy ,  there are numerous courses that have been added along with Q & A on various topics. 33 courses have so far been added in English while 22 courses are available in French and Spanish and 8 in Portugese. A course for the parents of tennis players was recently launched in English/ French and Spanish “Parents of Beginner Players – Introduction to tennis”. Five new courses/ Q& A sections are slated to be launched during the week of 27th April 2020. The number of registered user has been increasing at a rapid pace and it […]

Miguel Crespo from ITF Coaching Department, on Education Webinar for Indian Coaches

Indian tennis coaches have capitalised on the time available due to the lockdown by enriching themselves with the resources available freely at the ITF Academy. In an attempt to help coaches around the world, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has stepped up online content from its invaluable resources and made it free. The coaches have to only register, make use of the resources, and get themselves certified with about 30 courses available at the moment.The International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Miguel Crespo has recognised India as the number one country in terms of coaches registered with the ITF Academy during his ‘Education Webinar for Coaches’ session. Miguel Crespo from the ITF’s tennis development department and Jonathan Stubbs, ITF’s development officer — […]

OBITUARY – COL SALVADOR ANDRADA

The ATF is saddened of the passing of the former President of the Asian Tennis Federation, Col Salvador Andrada, who passed away on the morning of 8th April 2020 in Philippines. Col Salvador Andrada was an accomplished Sports Administrator and had held various distinguished posts in Sports during his time. He had been the distinguished former President of Asian Tennis Federation, former President of Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA), former Vice President of Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and former Commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). He had been a greatly admired and loved personality not just in Philippine Sports Fraternity but also in the Asian Tennis Fraternity and across. He had been ailing for last few years and breathed his […]

ATF freezes Asian 14 & under rankings

Asian Tennis Federation had already suspended all the tennis tournaments and tennis related activities till Monday 8th June 2020, keeping in line the decision of ITF/ ATP/WTA with the evolving situation of covid-19 across the globe. The above effected cancellation of all the tournaments from the week of 16th March 2020 till 7th June 2020 effectively means no ATF 14& under tournaments for a duration of 12 weeks. ATF office is keeping a close watch on covid-19 situation and we do sincerely hope that the situation improves soon so that the tournaments can start for the benefit of the Asian players. At the same time ATF has decided to freeze the Asian 14 & under rankings and there will be […]

ATF ANNOUNCES FURTHER POSTPONEMENT OF ALL TOURNAMENTS

Asian Tennis Federation joins the sport’s governing body, the ITF, and the professional tours, the ATP and WTA in announcing a further suspension of all ATF tournament activity until 13th July, 2020 in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Asian Tennis Federation had earlier suspended all the tennis activities till 8th June 2020. The All England Lawn Tennis Club and LTA also made an announcement to cancel The Championships , Wimbledon for the year 2020. Asian Tennis Federation will make sincere efforts to ensure that as many tournaments as possible can be rescheduled for later in the year.

ITF ACADEMY EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES MADE AVAILABLE FOR FREE

To assist the 164,000 tennis coaches globally during this time of uncertainty, the ITF is making more resources on its ITF Academy platform available for free for the duration of this period of imposed shutdown. ITF Academy features a wealth of resources that will not only benefit coaches, but also parents, teachers and anyone who wants to improve their own game. More than 340 theory-led content pieces, including videos, articles and scientific research papers, are available for free on the ITF’s educational platform, enabling users to make tangible progress in their personal and professional development from home. Interactive online courses have recently been added to the platform for the first time, with 18 courses currently available in English and a […]

TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC GAMES POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

Source of information (https://www.itftennis.com/en/news-and-media/articles/tokyo-2020-olympic-and-paralympic-games-postponed-until-2021/) The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been postponed until 2021 due to the global coronavirus outbreak, the IOC and organisers of Tokyo 2020 announced in a joint statement on Tuesday. The Olympic Games had been due to begin on 24 July, with the tennis event scheduled to run from 25 July – 2 August and the Paralympic Tennis Event running from 25 August – 5 September, but will now take place “no later than Summer 2021”. The decision was taken on Tuesday morning following a conference call between the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo. In a joint statement, the IOC and organisers of Tokyo […]

ATF FURTHER POSTPONES ALL EVENTS TILL MONDAY, 8TH JUNE 2020

Asian Tennis Federation is joining the International Sport’s governing body, the ITF, and the Professional Tours, the ATP and WTA in announcing a suspension of all tournament activity until Monday June 8th, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Asian Tennis Federation had earlier suspended all the tennis activities till and inclusion of week of 20th April 2020. Asian Tennis Federation will make sincere efforts to ensure that as many tournaments as possible can be rescheduled for later in the year. Asian Tennis Federation office remains open for business as usual, with staff currently working from home and the ATF staff would be available on emails for any assistance.

ATF POSTPONES ALL TOURNAMENTS

Asian Tennis Federation has announced a six-week postponement of all tournament activity in response to increasing health and safety concerns relating to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The move brings the Asian  Tennis Federation in line with the sport’s governing body, the International Tennis Federation, and the ATP Tour, both of which made similar announcements on Thursday. All Asian Tennis Federation events scheduled until (and including) the week of April 20th will therefore be postponed with immediate effect. Asian Tennis Federation  has been closely monitoring the situation across the region and has been in regular consultation with local authorities, governments, national associations and tournament organisers. Asian Tennis Federation  will continue to support all tournament organisers as we attempt to re-establish the […]

Davis Cup by Rakuten- Updated Results

Here are the updated results from the Davis Cup by Rakuten. Qualifying Round Croatia defeated India, 3-1 USA defeated Uzbekistan, 4-0 Italy defeated Korea, 4-0 Ecuador defeated Japan, 0-3 Kazakhstan defeated Netherlands, 3-1. Kazakhstan brought cheer to the Asian camp, by beating Netherland in a home tie. Kazakhstan will be the lone Asian Nation who will compete in the Davis Cup finals in Madrid during November 2020. World Group I Play off Ukraine beat Chinese Taipei- Chinese Taipei squandered 2-0 lead and lost the tie to Ukraine by 3-2 in a very close tie which went to the last rubber. Pakistan vs Slovenia- Pakistan sweep past Slovenia by 3-0. Veterans Aisam and Aqeel shouldered the burden among them to take […]

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas- Updated Results

The Asia Oceania Group I finally took place in Dubai . The round robin format played at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium had 6 Asian Nations in fray. The format which was played over 5 days, saw the top 2 nations after the round robin play advancing to the Play Offs. China, India, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Uzbekistan were all in running to grab the 2 spots of Play Offs. China proved too strong to their other Asian counterparts. They defeated all the nations easily to finish at the top of the pool . In fact china lost only 1 match to Uzbekistan in the entire tournaments. China advanced to Play offs . India was the 2nd team […]

Impact of COVID 19 on Asian Tennis

COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to wreak havoc on world and fuel fears of widespread contagion, major events such as conferences, summits, concerts, and many sporting events are being forced to cancel or postpone, worldwide. The major sporting event like Indian Wells Masters (also known as the BNP Paribas Open) was canceled after local health officials declared a public health emergency in the Coachella Valley due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The corona virus has infected more than 116,000 people and killed more than 4,000 around the world since it surfaced in China late last year. The Asian Tennis Federation following significant consultation with independent travel advisors, ITF and the host nations, have agreed to postpone the upcoming junior tennis events […]

Davis Cup by Rakuten- Updated Results

Here are the updated results after first day of business in the Davis Cup by Rakuten. Qualifying round  India vs Croatia – India is down 0-2 to Croatia after losing 2 very close singles matches. USA vs Uzbekistan – USA lead 1-0 over Uzbekistan Italy vs Korea – Italy is leading 2-0 Japan vs Ecuador – Japan trails 0-2 Kazakhstan vs Netherlands– Split at 1-1. Kazakhstan came back to win the second singles after losing the first singles. Setting up the stage on fire for final day. World Group I Play off Ukraine vs Chinese Taipei – Chinese Taipei are up 2-0 Pakistan vs Slovenia – Not yet started Lebanon vs Thailand – Lebanon lead 1-0 over Thailand Romania vs […]

Davis Cup by Rakuten- Davis Cup Week Round Up

Next few days are very important for the Davis Cup competition , as the Qualifiers and Play offs for World  Group I and Group II tie are scheduled to be held across the world. There are many Asian nations playing Davis Cup this week. Qualifying round Twenty Four nations will compete in Qualifying round for 12 spots in the Finals. The losing nations will be relegated to the World Group I. India, Japan and Kazakhstan , Uzbekistan and Korea are the 5 Asian Nations competing for a pace in finals. India vs Croatia in Zagreb-Croatia USA vs Uzbekistan in Honolulu-USA Italy vs Korea in Cagliari-Italy Japan vs Ecuador in Miki-Japan Kazakhstan vs Netherlands in Nur-Sultan-Kazakhstan World Group I Play off […]

Dev Javia, Vaishnavi Adkar win ticket to Paris

Young tennis players Dev Javia and Vaishnavi Adkar emerged victorious at the Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series by OPPO held at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association, India. Roland-Garros in their continuing support to the Asian Nations held the RG-JWC of Indian Circuit with top-8 Indian Under-18 boys and girls in the competition for a ticket to Paris. In the Boys finals, top seed Dev Javia marched his way past Chirag Duhan 6-2, 6-1 to claim the entry for wild card event in Paris. With the experience of the Australian Open behind him and a career-best rank of 54, the left-handed Dev was no doubt easily the best player in the boys section. Javia said, “Playing in this tournament is great […]

Asian teams complete Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup qualifying line-up

The 2020 edition of the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Asia Oceania Pre-Qualifying was held from 21st Feb – 29th Feb 2020 at Jakarta, Indonesia. Eleven countries participated in the Junior Davis Cup pre-qualifying tournament while seven nations competed in Junior Fed Cup pre qualifying event for 3 places in the final qualifying event. In JDC, Malaysia just about managed to get past the team from Philippines in the deciding doubles which was stretched to the match tie break, to emerge as the winners. 3rd place play off was no different, where Kazakhstan managed to scale past Vietnam in the match tie break of the deciding doubles match. The top 3 teams qualified for the final round of […]

Four Asian teams get Tickets to A/O final qualifying event of World Junior Tennis Competition

The Asia/Oceania Pre-Qualifying event of World Junior Tennis Competition was held from 17th to 22nd February 2020 at Jakarta, Indonesia. There were 9 nations in boys event and 5 nations in girls, who joined together to fight for 2 spots in the final qualifying round. The number of qualifiers from pre-qualifying were increased to three after the tournament finished as China pulled out from the qualifying event. In the boy’s category the top 3 seeds lived up to the expectation and finished in that order. Nepal justified the top billing given to them and won the event by defeating Sri-Lanka 2-1 in the finals. While Singapore managed to overcome Philippines in the play off for the 3rd place. In the […]

Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova announces retirement

Maria Sharapova, the five-time Grand Slam champion and former No.1-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, has called it quits. The 32-year-old Russian enjoyed a glittering career that saw her complete a career Grand Slam, win 36 WTA titles, and spend 21 weeks as WTA World No.1. Her first major success arrived as a 17-year-old at Wimbledon in 2004 defeating Williams and was followed by the US Open title two years after that. In 2008, she triumphed at the Australian Open before a pair of French Open victories arrived in 2012 and 2014. She won the 2004 WTA Tour Championships, the 2008 Fed Cup and a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics. After a succession of shoulder injuries, which […]

Vaishnavi Adkar, Dev Javia win ticket to Paris

Rank outsider Vaishnavi Adkar asserted her fighting qualities to get past Sanjana Sirimalla 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) in the girls final of the Roland Garros junior wild card tennis tournament on the clay courts of the DLTA Complex on Wednesday. There was no such contest in the boys final, as top seed Dev Javia exploded his way past Chirag Duhan 6-2, 6-1. With the experience of the Australian Open behind him, even though he could not feel the joy of winning in Melbourne, and a career-best rank of 54, the left-handed Dev, trained by coach Shrimal Bhatt, was easily the best player among the boys. In the normal course, Dev may have been able to get into the Grand Slam with […]

Leander Paes knocks out second seeds in Dubai Open

Leander Paes in partnership with Mathew Ebden of Australia knocked out the second seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in the doubles pre-quarterfinals of the $2,950,420 ATP-500 tennis tournament in Dubai on Tuesday. In the quarterfinals, Leander and partner, who got a wild card entry, will play qualifiers Henri Kontinen of Finland and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, who won their first round in two tie-break sets against Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares. In the singles, however, wild card entrant, Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by qualifier Dennis Novak of Austria.

Li Hanwen captured the Maiden Grade A Titles at Historic Banana Bowl

China’s Li Hanwen celebrated the maiden Grade A titles of his career as the historic Banana Bowl marked its 50th anniversary. The tournament was held from 10th – 16th Feb in Brazil. Li, who reached the second round of the boys’ draw at January’s Australian Open made very little impact at Grade A level previously. But this time, the 17-year-old made light of past results and bulldozed his way to the final where he overcame top seed and home favourite Natan Rodrigues, who was forced to retire after the first set. Li was leading 6-4 at the time. Li Hanwen navigated the entire tournament without conceding a set, defeating Valentino de Pellegrin, Matheus Costa Paiva, Luka Petrovic, Bruno Kuzuhara and […]

Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova defends their Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships doubles title

Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova defended their Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships doubles title by overcoming Barbora Krejcikova and Zheng Saisai, 7-5, 3-6, (10-5) in a nearly two-hour match. Scoring their second trophy of the season. The No.1 seeds had stormed through the draw without the loss of a single set to this point, sealing their second title of the year after winning in Brisbane, but were unable to repeat their feat of 12 months ago by going the entire week unblemished. The Australian Open runners-up took command of the match from the beginning but were forced to fend off a brave fight back from the No.5 seeds to seal the win. Throughout this entertaining encounter, there would be a […]

Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and British’s Dominic Inglot won their first ATP Tour doubles titles as a team at the New York Open 2020

Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and British’s Dominic Inglot won their first ATP Tour doubles titles as a team at the New York Open 2020 with a tight 7-6(5), 7-6(6) win over USA duos Steve Johnson and Reilly Opelka. “They put up an absolute fight and it’s never over until it’s over. We were panicking when they kept breaking us, so pulling this out means a lot,” Inglot said. “Aisam and I had a tough week losing in the final last week, so I’m glad we were able to make it one step further here.” Qureshi and Inglot started highly, damaging Opelka in the 2nd video game of the suit as well as taking 12 of the initial 13 factors. The American […]

Jason Jung, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi partner Dominic in Semifinals New York Open

Jason Jung of Chinese Taipei is blessed with Cheetah-like speed and also known as “the Chisel” due to his ability to file harder-hitting opponents down to size, defeated Reilly Opelka of USA in the quarterfinals 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Jung will face Andreas Seppi of Italy in the Semifinals of the New York Open. While in the doubles, Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan partnered Dominic Inglot of Great Britain defeated Roman Jebavy of Czech and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark in the Quarterfinals 4-6, 6-1, 10-5. The duo will face USA pair of Nicholas Monroe and Jack Sock in the semifinals.

Rohan Bopanna/Denis Shapovalov enters semi-finals at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

India’s favorite Rohan Bopanna and partner Denis Shapovalov of Canada edged their way into the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi-finals with a 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 victory over fourth seeds and 2015 champions Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands and Romania’s Horia Tecau in 74 minutes. Bopanna and Shapovalov, who reached their first ATP Tour final in June last year at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart (l. to Peers/Soares), will next meet the winners of the quarterfinal between Henri Kontinen and Jan-Lennard Struff, and, Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski.

Defending champion Prajnesh Gunneswaran loses to Benjamin Bonzi, Leander Paes advances to doubles Semi-finals, Bengaluru Tennis Open

The country’s No.1 singles player and defending champion, seventh seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran was beaten with surprising ease by Benjamin Bonzi of France 7-6(5), 6-0 in the pre-quarterfinals of the $162,480 Bengaluru Open Challenger tennis tournament at the KSLTA Stadium on Thursday. Sumit Nagal, who had won the title in 2017 was also beaten without much of a tussle by Blaz Rola of Slovenia 6-3, 6-3. Saketh Myneni put up a good fight before bowing to Thomas Fabbiano of Italy in three sets. Ramkumar Ramanathan could fight only till the tie-break of the first set against Ilya Ivashka of Belarus, Sidharth Rawat bowed out in two tight sets to Julian Ocleppo of Italy, national champion Niki Poonacha was beaten 7-5, 6-3 […]

Alex Eala and Priska Nugroho wins Junior Grand Slam title in the 2020 Australian Open

Alexa Eala made history with her maiden Juniors Grand Slam title with Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho in the 2020 Australian Open Juniors doubles tournament defeating Slovenia’s Ziva Falkner and Britain’s Matilda Mutavdzic, 6-1, 6-2. The 14-year-old Eala is the first Filipino to win a juniors Grand Slam since 2009 when Francis Casey Alcantara also captured the Australian Open boys doubles title with Hsieh Cheng-Peng of Chinese Taipei. Fresh from upsetting the top-ranked pair of Latvia’s Kamila Bartone and Czech Republic’s Linda Fruhvirtova, Eala and Nugroho rode on their winning momentum as they cruised to a 5-0 lead in the opening set. Falker and Mutavdzic were able to fight back due to the Southeast Asians’ unforced errors, but the winning pair […]

Djokovic beats Thiem in thrilling five-setter Australian Open final

Novak Djokovic clinched his 17th Grand Slam title and record-extending eighth Australian Open crown with an epic five-set win over Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 after three hours, 59 minutes at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Djokovic has claimed the title every time he has reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, and he maintained that record while closing in on Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (19) for most majors won by a player. The 32-year-old also joined duo as the only men to win a single major eight times, with Nadal (12 French Open crowns) and Federer (eight Wimbledon titles) having also achieved that feat. The Serbian legend is also the first man to win a […]

Kamiji and Whiley seal third Australian Open doubles title

Japan’s Yui Kamiji was in tears as she celebrated winning a third Australian Open wheelchair doubles title with her British partner Jordanne Whiley, who picked up her first Grand Slam trophy since becoming a mother. Kamiji and Whiley, who have now captured 10 Grand Slam titles together, posted a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Dutch pair top seeds Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot in a 90-minute battle that took place in challenging weather conditions. The unseeded Japanese-British pair needed 90 minutes to overcome the Dutch No.1 seeds after a delayed start to the match due to soaring temperatures. “It’s really good to be back, I’ve only been back 11 months after having a baby so I’m so pleased I’ve […]

Top seeds Hsieh-Strycova soars into doubles final – Australian Open.

Top seeds Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova booked a ticket for their maiden Australian Open women’s doubles final with a first-class display on Margaret Court Arena. The pair defeated Czech duo and No 4 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-3. Hsieh-Strycova will face No 2 seeds and 2018 champions Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos in the finals. In the Men’s doubles category, Kazakhstan’s duo Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin reached the semifinals at the Grand Slam tournament for the first time defeating Australian pair of James Duckworth and Marc Polmans 7-6(6), 7-5.  The duo will next play Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.

Chan Sister’s, Hseih Su-wei rolls into Australian Open doubles Quarterfinal.

Taiwanese Chan sisters are back and this time with a full swing. Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching have qualified for the quarterfinal defeating Romania’s Monica Niculescu and Japan’s Misaki Doi 7-6(5), 6-4. The sisters will face Elise No 3 seeds Belgian’s Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the Quarterfinals at the Australian Open 2020. The other Taiwanese player to enter quarterfinal of the competition in women’s doubles is Hseih Su-wei who along with her Czech partner Barbora Strycova beat Nina Stojanovic of Serbia and Darija Jurak of Crotian 6-4, 6-4. The pair will meet US duo Jennifer Brady and Caroline Dolehide.

Chan sisters, Hseih, Aoyama in doubles third round of Australian Open

Taiwanese sisters Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching sailed through second-round of Australian Open 2020 defeating Chile’s Alexa Gaurachi and Kaitlyn Christian of USA 6-4, 6 -2 in the women’s doubles. The Chan sisters will play Monica Niculescu and Japan’s Misaki Doi in the third round. The other Taiwanese player to enter third round of the competition in women’s doubles is Hseih Su-wei who along with her Czech partner Barbora Strycova defeated Lauren Davis and Viktorija Golubic 6-1, 7-5 in the second round.  The duo will face Darija Jurak (Croatia) and Nina Stojanovic (Serbia). Meanwhile, Japan’s  Shuko Aoyama and her partner Ena Shibahara of USA also made it to the third round after a pull-out from their second round opponents A […]

Wang Qiang stuns Serena Williams : Australian Open 2020

China’s 27th seed Wang Qiang stunned seven time champion Serena Williams 6-4, 6-7(2-7), 7-5 in the third round at the Australian Open 2020. Wang, who was thrashed 6-1, 6-0 by Williams in the US Open quarter-finals last year, savoured sweet revenge at Rod Laver Arena to end the US tennis star’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, sending shockwaves through Melbourne Park on Friday. A day before the Chinese New Year, 27th seed Wang wavered when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but delivered under pressure in the decider. She broke Williams’s formidable serve to seal the thriller on the third match point when the American dumped a backhand into the net. It was Williams’s […]

Yoshito Nishioka to face Novak Djokovic in 3rd Round at the Australian Open 2020

Yoshihito Nishioka surprisingly ousted Bristish hope by defeating 30th seed Daniel Evans in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, leaving him baffled by the prowess of the Japanese. The 24year old Nishioka will meet 16 time Grand Slam Champion Novak Djokovic in the 3rd round of the Australian Open 2020. The duel had met at the 2019 Davis Cup where Serb had won quite easily. “He (Nishioka) is very quick, probably one of the quickest on tour.” Said Djokovic. “I’m playing all the Japanese players in the field,” Djokovic laughed on court.

Osaka begin title defense with straight sets victory – Australian Open 2020

Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka continued her 2020 Australian Open campaign with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Zheng Saisai, advancing into the third round. “I just wanted to fight. I know I’ve been in these positions on this court before, and I’ve had to play third sets, so I was just thinking about how I really didn’t want to play a third set this time.” The No.3 seed played the final game with aplomb, blasting winners to earn a pair of match points, and only needed one as Zheng threw in a double fault. In all, she struck 20 winners and 30 unforced errors and broke serve six times, winning over half of her points played on return and […]

Ben McLachlan & Luke Bambridge Win Auckland Doubles Title at ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand

Ben McLachlan partnering Luke Bambridge made their first ATP Tour event together this year powering past Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald 7-6(3), 6-3 to win the doubles title at the ASB Classic in Auckland. “It means a lot to win this tournament. I grew up watching this tournament and was a ball kid here,” said McLachlan, a New Zealand native who represents Japan on the ATP Tour. “To be able to do this in front of my parents, my brother and friends is awesome.” The British-Japanese duo won 75 per cent of their second-serve points (6/8) to help guide them through a tight opening set. They secured the lone break of the second set at 4-3 before serving out the […]

Top Seeds Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar claimed the doubles title at the Adelaide International 2020

The top seeds Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar saved match points and came back from a set down against Gabriela Dabrowski and Darija Jurak to claim their first title of the season at the Adelaide International. Playing in their second tournament as a team in 2020, Xu and Melichar turned around a one-sided opening set loss and combined for eight breaks of serve to win, 2-6, 7-5, [10-5] in a hard-fought one-hour and 29-minute battle. “It’s awesome [to start the season with a title], especially on a comeback,” Melichar told press afterward. “Hopefully it can continue. After winning a title after being down, it means that we can just fight for every point. Anything can happen.” Xu claimed her first […]

Sania Mirza partner Nadia wins Hobart International Tournament 2020

In a stunning comeback after a 2-year-long maternity break from tennis, Sania Mirza claim the WTA Hobart International doubles title along with her partner Nadiia Kichenok 6-4, 6-4 defeating No.2 seeds China duos Peng Shuai and Zhang Shuai. It is Mirza’s first WTA title in just over two years and 42nd of her storied doubles career, while Kichenok wins her fifth, and first since partnering her twin sister, Lyudmyla, to win the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai in 2018. The Indian star last won a trophy alongside Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the Brisbane International in the first week of the 2017 season, one of three doubles finals she reached that year before announcing her pregnancy in April of 2018. Kichenok and Mirza […]

Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova claimed the doubles trophy at the Brisbane International 2020

Top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova claimed the doubles trophy at the Brisbane International defeating locals favorite’s Ashleigh Barty and Kiki Bertens in a dramatic final clash 3-6, 7-6(7), 10-8. “I think we win this tournament and normally I don’t play very good in Brisbane, so I’m very happy,” Hsieh grinned in their post-match press conference. “Barbora was helping to win this title.” Strycova added, “But it’s also good to start the year like that and you never know what to expect when you have one month off, and we actually didn’t really practice with each other. So you can, it’s good to go for Melbourne with such a win like this and to beat players like we did […]