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May 9, 2015

Kvitova downs ailing Kuznetsova for second Madrid title

MADRID (Reuters) – Petra Kvitova swept to a second Madrid Open title and put her recent struggles behind her when she thumped an ailing Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-2 in a hopelessly one-sided final on Saturday.

Champion on the clay at the premier event in 2011, the Czech fourth seed’s powerful ground strokes were far too much to handle for the unseeded Kuznetsova, a former world number two who was hampered by a thigh problem.

May 9, 2015

Tennis-Kvitova downs ailing Kuznetsova for second Madrid title

MADRID, May 9 (Reuters) – Petra Kvitova swept to a second Madrid Open title and put her recent struggles behind her when she thumped an ailing Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-2 in a hopelessly one-sided final on Saturday.

Champion on the clay at the premier event in 2011, the Czech fourth seed’s powerful ground strokes were far too much to handle for the unseeded Kuznetsova, a former world number two who was hampered by a thigh problem.

May 9, 2015

Nadal into Madrid final after seeing off Berdych

MADRID (Reuters) – Defending champion Rafa Nadal continued to look more like his old self as he crushed Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(3) 6-1 to reach the Madrid Masters final on Saturday.

The home favorite, bidding for a third consecutive Madrid title but still searching his for his best form, will face either Andy Murray or Kei Nishikori in the final.

May 9, 2015

Tennis-Nadal into Madrid final after seeing off Berdych

MADRID, May 9 (Reuters) – Defending champion Rafa Nadal continued to look more like his old self as he crushed Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(3) 6-1 to reach the Madrid Masters final on Saturday.

The home favourite, bidding for a third consecutive Madrid title but still searching his for his best form, will face either Andy Murray or Kei Nishikori in the final.

Apr 27, 2015

Real battling hard to thwart Barca treble charge

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.

Barca became the first, and so far only, Spanish side to achieve the feat in 2009 and with coach Luis Enrique in his first year at the helm are well placed for a repeat performance with five matches left in La Liga.

Apr 27, 2015

Preview: Real battling hard to thwart Barca treble charge

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.

Barca became the first, and so far only, Spanish side to achieve the feat in 2009 and with coach Luis Enrique in his first year at the helm are well placed for a repeat performance with five matches left in La Liga.

Apr 27, 2015

Soccer-Real battling hard to thwart Barca treble charge

MADRID, April 27 (Reuters) – Real Madrid have never won the Spanish treble and are fighting tooth and nail in La Liga to prevent arch-rivals Barcelona scooping Champions League and domestic league and Cup titles for a second time.

Barca became the first, and so far only, Spanish side to achieve the feat in 2009 and with coach Luis Enrique in his first year at the helm are well placed for a repeat performance with five matches left in La Liga.

Apr 27, 2015

Hernandez making strong case for permanent Real move

MADRID (Reuters) – Javier Hernandez gave another boost to his chances of making his loan move to Real Madrid permanent when he followed up his match-winning Champions League performance midweek with a La Liga double on Sunday.

The Mexico striker known as ‘Chicharito’ (little pea) struck a late winner to earn a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday before helping Real to a 4-2 success at Celta Vigo that kept them hard on the heels of leaders Barcelona with five matches left.

Apr 27, 2015

Soccer-Hernandez making strong case for permanent Real move

MADRID, April 27 (Reuters) – Javier Hernandez gave another boost to his chances of making his loan move to Real Madrid permanent when he followed up his match-winning Champions League performance midweek with a La Liga double on Sunday.

The Mexico striker known as ‘Chicharito’ (little pea) struck a late winner to earn a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday before helping Real to a 4-2 success at Celta Vigo that kept them hard on the heels of leaders Barcelona with five matches left.

Apr 23, 2015

Celta keen to make life difficult for Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Celta Vigo have secured their place in Spain’s top flight for another season and Real Madrid’s La Liga visit on Sunday is another chance for them to show they can compete with the nation’s wealthy elite.

A well organised side who play attractive football under Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, Celta surprised champions Atletico Madrid 2-0 at their Balaidos stadium in February and held out until 17 minutes from time at home to leaders Barcelona this month before falling 1-0.