World number one Simona Halep came from a set down to beat Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova and reach the second round of the Stuttgart Open. Romania’s Halep, who won the Shenzhen Open in China earlier this year, triumphed 4-6 6-2 6-3. Meanwhile, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was beaten 6-3 6-2 by Germany’s Angelique Kerber. World
Former world number one Novak Djokovic fell to a surprise defeat by Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan in the second round of the Barcelona Open. Klizan, ranked 140th in the world, beat 12th-ranked Djokovic 6-2 1-6 6-3. The Serb hit 19 winners but struggled with his backhand, notching 22 unforced errors and winning just eight of
A “tsunami” of match-fixing is plaguing lower-level tennis events, says a long-awaited report into corruption in the sport. But the Independent Review Panel (IRP) has found no evidence of a cover up of these issues by governing bodies or the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU). The report also shows no evidence of top-level players being implicated.
Andy Murray has decided not to launch his comeback to tennis following injury in Glasgow next week. He was considering playing in the new ATP Challenger event in Scotstoun, which gets under way on Sunday. But the former world number one has opted to continue his recovery from hip surgery away from the match court.
Maria Sharapova will drop out of the world’s top 50 after losing four matches in a row for only the second time in her career. The five-time Grand Slam champion, 31, was beaten 3-6 7-6 (7-6) 6-4 by French world number seven Caroline Garcia at the Stuttgart Open in Germany. The Russian spoke this week
A long-awaited tennis corruption report is not expected to find that evidence of match-fixing has been suppressed. The Independent Review Panel (IRP) was set up in January 2016 after a BBC and BuzzFeed News investigation uncovered suspected illegal betting. The panel – which BBC Sport understands has cost close to £20m to fund – has
The Lawn Tennis Association says it wants to double the number of female tennis coaches in Britain to 1,600 in the next five years. The LTA, the governing body in Britain, outlined the plans at its Women’s Coach Conference in Birmingham. “I believe that girls respond better to female role models,” Judy Murray, Britain’s former
Grand Slam-winning Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik are expecting their first child. Mirza, 31, broke the news on her social media accounts with an image of a baby vest and a feeding bottle between two T-shirts bearing her and Malik’s names. Mirza has won six Grand Slam doubles
Naturally everyone in the Great Britain team is disappointed after the narrow 3-2 Fed Cup defeat in Japan extended our 25-year wait to play in the World Group. It didn’t go our way this time but that’s not to say it won’t go our way next year. You still have to draw on the positives.
The Czech Republic will face defending champions USA in the Fed Cup final. Petra Kvitova beat Angelique Kerber 6-2 6-2 in Stuttgart as the Czechs defeated Germany 4-1. Madison Keys beat Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to hand the USA an unassailable 3-1 lead in their best-of-five semi-final tie against hosts France in Aix-en-Provence. The