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Mar 25, 2015

Nash upbeat despite anticlimactic end to stellar career

EL SEGUNDO, California (Reuters) – Steve Nash could have felt cheated after assorted injuries over the past two years culminated in his retirement from the NBA, but he prefers to focus on all the positives during a stellar career.

A two-time NBA most valuable player who is one of the best point guards ever to grace the game, the 41-year-old Canadian held a news conference at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo on Tuesday to mark his formal farewell.

Mar 18, 2015

U.S. game struggles to attract new players

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) – An ageing core of recreational players and plunging sales of entry-level rackets are the biggest concerns facing tennis in the United States, according to experts.

Though the U.S. tennis economy grew by 3 percent last year compared to 2013, based on data compiled by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), much still needs to be done to lure the 18-35 age group to the sport.

Mar 18, 2015

Tennis-U.S. game struggles to attract new players

RANCHO MIRAGE, California, March 18 (Reuters) – An ageing core of recreational players and plunging sales of entry-level rackets are the biggest concerns facing tennis in the United States, according to experts.

Though the U.S. tennis economy grew by 3 percent last year compared to 2013, based on data compiled by the Tennis Industry Association (TIA), much still needs to be done to lure the 18-35 age group to the sport.

Mar 17, 2015

Djokovic, Murray tested in Indian Wells wins

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded Andy Murray each had to contend with different degrees of adversity before they advanced to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.

Djokovic, the top seed in the elite ATP Masters 1000 event, was broken twice in his opening set against Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas before advancing 7-5 6-3 in an evening match lasting just under an hour and a half.

Mar 17, 2015

Sharapova and Bouchard win, Wozniacki exits

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki became the biggest name to fall at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday when the fourth seed was ousted 6-4 6-4 by Swiss teen Belinda Bencic on Monday.

Second seed Maria Sharapova won an absorbing baseline battle with long-time rival Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-3 in just under two hours while sixth-seed Eugenie Bouchard demolished American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3 6-2.

Mar 17, 2015

Bouchard cruises, Wozniacki exits Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki became the biggest name to fall by the wayside in the women’s event at the BNP Paribas Open when she was ousted 6-4 6-4 by Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on Monday.

Wozniacki, champion at Indian Wells in 2011, had overwhelmed Bencic 6-0 6-0 in their only previous meeting in Istanbul last year but it was a very different story at the California desert venue as the Dane struggled for consistency.

Mar 17, 2015

‘Unreal’ first win for Bencic over a top-five player

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Teenager Belinda Bencic achieved an “unreal” life-long dream by pulling off the biggest win of her career with a 6-4 6-4 upset of fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.

With her fellow Swiss Martina Hingis looking on from the stands, the 18-year-old clinched her first victory over a top-five ranked player to reach the fourth round of the elite WTA event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Mar 17, 2015

Tennis-’Unreal’ first win for Bencic over a top-five player

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 16 (Reuters) – Teenager Belinda Bencic achieved an “unreal” life-long dream by pulling off the biggest win of her career with a 6-4 6-4 upset of fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.

With her fellow Swiss Martina Hingis looking on from the stands, the 18-year-old clinched her first victory over a top-five ranked player to reach the fourth round of the elite WTA event at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Mar 17, 2015

Tennis-Bouchard cruises, Wozniacki exits Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 16 (Reuters) – Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki became the biggest name to fall by the wayside in the women’s event at the BNP Paribas Open when she was ousted 6-4 6-4 by Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic on Monday.

Wozniacki, champion at Indian Wells in 2011, had overwhelmed Bencic 6-0 6-0 in their only previous meeting in Istanbul last year but it was a very different story at the California desert venue as the Dane struggled for consistency.

Mar 16, 2015

Bouchard eager to carve out new memories

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – After a stellar 2014 campaign that ended with her at seventh in the world rankings, Eugenie Bouchard has already piled up plenty of career highlights but would prefer now to carve out new ones.

Having celebrated her 21st birthday last month, the self-assured Canadian with a lethal forehand dreams of rising to top spot in the global pecking order and winning her first grand slam singles crown.