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Wozniacki wins in Qatar amidst rash of upsets

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:00

DOHA, Qatar (AP)—Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki defeated 2006 champion Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Qatar Ladies Open.

The Dane joins No. 2 Vera Zvonareva and No. 5 Jelena Jankovic as the remaining seeded players in the tournament. Zvonareva downed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2, and Jankovic...


Djokovic, Federer, Berdych reach Dubai quarters

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:00

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)—Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer reached the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships in contrasting fashion on Wednesday.

Djokovic struggled to overcome the inspired net play of Feliciano Lopez of Spain, winning 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Federer had an easier time, beating Marcel Granollers of Spain...


Djokovic living in Monaco to protect privacy

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:00

Novak Djokovic, who is now living in the tax haven of Monaco with his girlfriend, Jelena Ristic, says that one of the reasons for his move was the lack of privacy in his home country of Serbia.

"I just don't have my private life," he said. "That's what I looked for and I found it in Monaco. I just feel great spending time there. I miss a lot of...

Schiavone needs break but won't take it

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:00

After China's Peng Shuai upset her 7-5, 6-3 in Doha, Francesca Schiavone said that maybe she should take a break but compared her plight to that of journalists. "I should take some days off, but there is no time...sometimes tennis players can decide, sometimes not. Sometimes you write even when you don't like (it), but you write. It's the same for...

ATP's Helfant says men's tennis on uptick

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:00

ATP CEO Adam Helfant tells USA Today that men’s tennis is on the upswing, noting that the number of hours of ATP events that were televised increased 26% in 2010 from 2009; viewership was up almost 20% globally; the Masters 1000 events set attendance records; and there’s been better TV deals. "We've seen a more than 50% increase in television ...

Safarova, Bartoli, Petrova advance in Qatar Open

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 01:00

DOHA, Qatar (AP)—Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic upset seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the opening round of the Qatar Open on Monday.

Marion Bartoli of France, the 2007 Wimbledon finalist, beat Alisa Kleybanova of Russia 7-5, 6-2, while Nadia Petrova of Russia ousted Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-2.



Djokovic beats Llodra in Dubai Championships opener

Tuesday, 22 February 2011 01:00

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP)—Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Dubai Championships by beating Michael Llodra of France 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday in his first match since winning his second Grand Slam" title.

Djokovic had little trouble against Llodra, losing his serve only once at the Aviation Club.

“I have to say I’m ...


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