Tennis

Borna Coric wins Halle Open 2018

Crotia’s Borna Coric defeated Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer in the final of the Halle Open 2018. Coric, 21, won 7-6 (8-6) 3-6 6-2 to end the Wimbledon champion – Roger Federer’s run of 20 consecutive victories on grass. With this Spainard, Rafael Nadal took over as World No. 1 Coric became only the sixth player to defeat Federer in a grass court final.

Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dies

Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno passed away after a battle with mouth cancer, according to a statement by the hospital. She was 78. Bueno was a former top-ranked player who spent most of her career on the court before the professional era. She won 19 Grand Slam titles overall, seven in singles, 11 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, between 1959 and 1966.

Simona Halep retained top spot in WTA rankings

Romanian tennis star Simona Halep has retained her numero-uno spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Rankings. Halep maintains a lead of 425 points over second-placed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. After the 2017 Wimbledon Championships, Simona Halep became the active player with the most consecutive weeks within the Top 10. Halep started her 2018 season by winning the Shenzhen Open.

Nadal breaks record

Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal broke a 34-year-old record by winning his 50th straight set on clay, the most consecutive sets won by a player on a surface. Nadal eased past Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 in the round of 16 of Madrid Open to storm into the quarter-final round and broke John McEnroe’s long-standing record in Open Era. Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player.

Mary named ambassador for TCS World marathon

Former tennis star Mary Pierce has been named the International Event Ambassador for TCS World 10K 2018 Marathon. The marathon, scheduled to be held in Bengaluru for May 27. Mary Pierce reached her career high ranking of World No. 3 in 1995, post her first Grand Slam Singles title – that of the Australian Open in January 1995.

Rafael Nadal won Barcelona Open tennis title

World number one Rafael Nadal lifted his 11th Barcelona Open tennis title with a win over Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas.Nadal, who won his 400th match on clay in the semifinal, needed the victory in Barcelona to secure his No. 1 ranking.It was the 77th title overall for Nadal tying him with John McEnroe for fourth best in the Open Era.

Prajnesh won maiden singles title

Prajnesh Gunneswaran has clinched his first ever singles tennis title on the ATP Challenger circuit.The 28-year-old from Chennai, ranked 260, pocketed $21,600 and earned 125 points. It was second final at the Challenger level for left-handed Prajnesh, who had lost the Pune summit clash to Sadio Doumbia in October 2016.

India won South Asian U-12 Tennis Championship

India has won the South Asian Under-12 Qualifying Tennis Tournament, defeating host Nepal in the finals.Indian girls and boys team defeated their Nepali opponents in the final by 2-0. Now both the Indian teams will participate in ITF Asian 12 and Under Team Championship to be played in Kazakhstan later this year.

Tennis: Ankita Raina included in TOPS

28 : Tennis player Ankita Raina has been included in the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).She has displayed good form this season both in the Fed Cup and the professional circuit. Ankita recently broke into the top-200, reaching a career-best 197 in the WTA rankings, becoming the third Indian to do so. Before Ankita, Sania and Nirupama Vaidyanathan have made it to the top-200.

Yuki Bhambri back in top-100

Tennis star Yuki Bhambri today broke back into the top-100 for the first time since February 2016.As per the latest rankings, he jumped 22 places to a career-best rank of 83. This follows his title-winning performance at the Taipei Challenger. This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high 62 in July 2011.