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Stefanos Tsitsipas sizzles as Team Europe close in on Laver Cup triumph(AP)

Stefanos Tsitsipas sizzles as Team Europe close in on Laver Cup triumph

Reuters |
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2021 05:20 PM IST
Team Europe have won all three editions of the Laver Cup so far and were on the cusp of a fourth after the Bjorn Borg-captained side went ahead 11-1 at the end of second day's play at Boston's TD Garden.
Greece's Maria Sakkari reacts during her semi final match against Poland's Iga Swiatek(REUTERS)
Greece's Maria Sakkari reacts during her semi final match against Poland's Iga Swiatek(REUTERS)

Sakkari, Kontaveit advance to Ostrava Open final

AP |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2021 10:49 PM IST
  • Fourth-seeded Sakkari broke her Polish opponent for a 6-5 lead in the final set before converting her first match point when Swiatek’s forehand went wide. The Greek advanced to her first final since 2019 after losing nine straight WTA semifinals.
Sharmada Balu on the right. 
Sharmada Balu on the right. 

How the lockdown inspired a former tennis prodigy to make a return

By Rutvick Mehta, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2021 01:21 PM IST
  • Bengaluru’s Sharmada Balu gave up on tennis at her peak in her 20s because of a lack of funds and frequent injuries. Now she is back to winning ways. 
From left: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. (Getty Images)
From left: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. (Getty Images)

In men's tennis, the change of guard is finally happening

By Rutvick Mehta, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 23, 2021 08:23 PM IST
  • Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have a staggering 60 Slams split 20-20-20 between them, but this season has shown that a new generation is ready to take over.
Rohan Bopanna. File(Getty Images)
Rohan Bopanna. File(Getty Images)

Davis Cup: Bopanna, Ramkumar crack in must-win match, India lose 1-3 to Finland

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2021 10:06 PM IST
Captain Rohit Rajpal changed the doubles combination by pairing Bopanna with Ramkumar instead of left-handed Divij Sharan but they lost the crucial match 6-7(2) 6-7(2) to Henri Kontinen and Harri Heliovaara in one hour and 38 minutes.
File image of India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran.(Reuters)
File image of India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran.(Reuters)

Prajnesh loses to lower-ranked Virtanen, India down 0-1

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 11:37 PM IST
Up against Otto Virtanen, ranked as low as 419 in the ATP ranking chart, the 165th ranked Prajnesh lost 3-6 6-7(1) in just one hour 25 minutes.
File image of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.(File Photo)
File image of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.(File Photo)

‘Our friendship was at its lowest when we were standing on podiums’

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2021 09:11 PM IST
  • Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi reflect on a career that featured great professional highs and acute personal lows.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes(File Photo)
Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes(File Photo)

'It was always difficult to get a word out of him': Paes on Bhupathi

PTI |
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2021 05:18 PM IST
Once the poster boys for the sport in the country, being nicknamed the "Indian Express", they played together from 1994 to 2006 and reunited for their second stint from 2008 to 2011. The duo had a public fall out but have now reunited to share their story with "Break Point".
Representational image.(AP)
Representational image.(AP)

Lengthy toilet breaks may soon be thing of the past

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 03:32 PM IST
The practice has long been a bugbear of players, most recently at the U.S. Open where Stefanos Tsitsipas was accused of gamesmanship by Andy Murray for taking a lengthy trip to the bathroom at a critical point in their first-round match.
A file photo of Ramkumar Ramanathan in action.(HT Photo)
A file photo of Ramkumar Ramanathan in action.(HT Photo)

Davis Cup: Indian players need to give their all against Finland

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2021 01:51 PM IST
Prajnesh Guneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan have the experience of playing the big matches. They need to deliver that knockout punch that will take India to the next year's Qualifiers.
Still from US Open women's final
Still from US Open women's final

US Open women's final draws bigger audience than men's decider on ESPN

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 11:32 AM IST
The Saturday broadcast of the women's final peaked at 3.4 million viewers while the men's final, which saw Medvedev win his first major title, had a peak of 2.7 million the following day, ESPN said.
Raducanu's US Open triumph among greatest achievements in women's sport: Thiem(VIA REUTERS)
Raducanu's US Open triumph among greatest achievements in women's sport: Thiem(VIA REUTERS)

Raducanu's US Open triumph among greatest achievements in women's sport: Thiem

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2021 02:25 PM IST
The 18-year-old Briton stunned the sports world by beating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title.
Novak Djokovic chokes in tears as Grand Slam dream dashed(AP)
Novak Djokovic chokes in tears as Grand Slam dream dashed(AP)

Novak Djokovic chokes in tears as Grand Slam dream dashed

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2021 08:15 AM IST
  • As Djokovic sat on his chair at the changeover before what turned out to be the last game of the US Open final, he began sobbing almost uncontrollably, hiding his welled-up eyes under the white towel
Veterans Stosur, Zhang win doubles title at U.S. Open(USA TODAY Sports)
Veterans Stosur, Zhang win doubles title at U.S. Open(USA TODAY Sports)

Veterans Stosur, Zhang win doubles title at US Open

Reuters |
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 08:16 AM IST
Experience triumphed over youth as Australian Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai of China beat Americans Coco Gauff and Caty McNally 6-3 3-6 6-3 in a tightly fought U.S. Open women's doubles final
Daniil Medvedev delivers on biggest stage to win US Open(USA TODAY Sports)
Daniil Medvedev delivers on biggest stage to win US Open(USA TODAY Sports)

Daniil Medvedev delivers on biggest stage to win US Open

Reuters | , New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2021 08:15 AM IST
Competing just a stone's throw from the bright lights of Broadway, Daniil Medvedev delivered the performance of a lifetime to win the U.S. Open on Sunday and deny Novak Djokovic a rare calendar year Grand Slam.
Young Emma Raducanu's winning journey via Pune, Chandigarh, New Delhi(AP)
Young Emma Raducanu's winning journey via Pune, Chandigarh, New Delhi(AP)

Young Emma Raducanu's winning journey via Pune, Chandigarh, New Delhi

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2021 07:24 AM IST
  • In December 2019, the young British player was in India to play a couple of ITF tournaments—second rung in the sport’s competition structure—in Solapur and Pune.
US Open: Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic to lift maiden Grand Slam title; denies Serb the Calendar Slam(AP)
US Open: Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic to lift maiden Grand Slam title; denies Serb the Calendar Slam(AP)

US Open: Medvedev beats Djokovic to lift maiden Grand Slam title

AP |
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2021 07:16 AM IST
  • US Open: Daniil Medvedev, after beating Novak Djokovic in the final, became the first Russian to lift a Grand Slam title  since Marat Safin at the 2005 Australian Open.
Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Leylah Annie Fernandez in Women's Singles final
Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Leylah Annie Fernandez in Women's Singles final

Britain's Emma Raducanu wins US Open 2021

PTI | , New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2021 07:07 AM IST
The 18-year-old Raducanu won 10 matches in a row at Flushing Meadows -- three in qualifying, seven in the main draw -- and is the first woman to win the US Open title without dropping a set since Serena Williams in 2014.
Emma Raducanu, 18 (L), and Leylah Fernandez, 19. (Getty Images)
Emma Raducanu, 18 (L), and Leylah Fernandez, 19. (Getty Images)

Tennis joi de vivre and tales of caution

By Rutvick Mehta, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 10:48 PM IST
  • Emma Raducanu, 18, and Leylah Fernandez, 19, are the first all-teenage Grand Slam singles finalists since Serena beat Martina Hingis at the 1999 US Open.
Tennnis star Sania Mirza is currently in New York for the US Open.
Tennnis star Sania Mirza is currently in New York for the US Open.

Sania Mirza bats for mental health conversations around athletes: People forget we are regular humans

By Juhi Chakraborty
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 06:22 PM IST
Noting how a lot of sporting icons are coming out and discussing matters of mental health, Sania Mirza says it is pretty amazing to see them be so open about their mental well being.
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, speaks after defeating Alexander Zverev, of Germany, during the semifinals of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in New York.(AP)
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, speaks after defeating Alexander Zverev, of Germany, during the semifinals of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in New York.(AP)

'Only one match left, let's do it': Djokovic into US Open final, nears record

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 02:47 PM IST
It came at the conclusion of the third set of what eventually became a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Alexander Zverev in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows on Friday night, making Djokovic 27-0 in major championships this season.
US Open: Novak Djokovic wins semifinal, keeps quest for calendar Grand Slam on(TWITTER/ATP TOUR)
US Open: Novak Djokovic wins semifinal, keeps quest for calendar Grand Slam on(TWITTER/ATP TOUR)

US Open: Djokovic wins semifinal, keeps quest for calendar Grand Slam on track

Reuters |
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2021 09:19 AM IST
  • US Open: Novak Djokovic moved within one win of reaching a men’s record 21 Grand Slam titles and avenged his loss to Zverev at the Tokyo Olympics in front of a roaring crowd inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
US Open: Ram and Salisbury pick up men's doubles title(AP)
US Open: Ram and Salisbury pick up men's doubles title(AP)

US Open: Ram and Salisbury pick up men's doubles title

Reuters | , New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 07:53 AM IST
The 2020 Australian Open champions fired down five aces and 22 winners in the third set as they wrapped up the victory.
US Open: Daniil Medvedev powers his way through to final(AP)
US Open: Daniil Medvedev powers his way through to final(AP)

US Open: Daniil Medvedev powers his way through to final

Reuters | , New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2021 07:47 AM IST
US Open: Daniil Medvedev awaits the winner of the other semifinal between Novak Djokovic, who is gunning for his record 21st Grand Slam title, and German Alexander Zverev.
Emma Raducanu of Great Britain defeats Maria Sakkari of Greece in US Open semifinal(USA TODAY Sports)
Emma Raducanu of Great Britain defeats Maria Sakkari of Greece in US Open semifinal(USA TODAY Sports)

Emma Raducanu stuns Sakkari to reaches US Open final

Reuters | , New York
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 10:02 AM IST
Sakkari then fought off five break points in a near 10-minute seventh game but the 18-year-old Raducanu would not be denied and went on to seal the match to set up a final against fellow teen Leylah Fernandez of Canada.
Leylah Fernandez
Leylah Fernandez

Unseeded Leylah Fernandez defeats No.2 Aryna Sabalenka to enter women's final

AP | , New York
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2021 07:24 AM IST
It was the 73rd-ranked Fernandez's fourth consecutive three-set victory over a seeded opponent. First came No. 3 Naomi Osaka, the 2018 and 2020 U.S. Open champion. Then came No. 16 Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champ. That was followed by No. 5 Elina Svitolina and Sabalenka.
Sumit Nagal and Sasi Mukund's refusal to play for India upsets AITA(REUTERS)
Sumit Nagal and Sasi Mukund's refusal to play for India upsets AITA(REUTERS)

Sumit Nagal and Sasi Mukund's refusal to play for India upsets AITA

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2021 09:47 PM IST
Nagal wrote to All India Tennis Association (AITA) on August 28 that due to a hip injury he won't be able to compete against Finland because playing on the hard courts would aggravate his injury.
Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini
Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini

US Open: Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini to enter semi-finals

AP | , New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2021 10:24 AM IST
Novak Djokovic is two wins away from the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men's tennis since 1969, along with a men's-record 21st major championship overall.
Maria Sakkari(USA TODAY Sports)
Maria Sakkari(USA TODAY Sports)

Rock-solid Sakkari reaches U.S. Open semi-final

Reuters | , New York
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2021 08:25 AM IST
Maria Sakkari was rock-solid with excellent court coverage through the first set, getting the early break as she put up a dozen winners and three aces, as Pliskova struggled to keep up.
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