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Mar 12, 2015

Serena says ‘right time’ to end Indian Wells boycott

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Serena Williams said on Thursday her decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open after suffering racist abuse in the 2001 final came down to “timing.”

Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort after winning her second title here by beating Kim Clijsters in a final marred by the behavior of some spectators who booed and heckled the American and her family.

Mar 12, 2015

Tennis-Serena says ‘right time’ to end Indian Wells boycott

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 12 (Reuters) – Serena Williams said on Thursday her decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open after suffering racist abuse in the 2001 final came down to “timing.”

Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort after winning her second title here by beating Kim Clijsters in a final marred by the behaviour of some spectators who booed and heckled the American and her family.

Mar 12, 2015

I’ve never served better, says Federer

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Though Roger Federer has not won a grand slam singles title since he claimed the Wimbledon crown in 2012, the Swiss master believes he is playing some of the best tennis of his career at the age of 33.

He outclassed his long-time rival, Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, with a brilliant all-round display in the final of the Dubai Championships earlier this month and cannot recall ever serving better.

Mar 12, 2015

Tennis-I’ve never served better, says Federer

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 11 (Reuters) – Though Roger Federer has not won a grand slam singles title since he claimed the Wimbledon crown in 2012, the Swiss master believes he is playing some of the best tennis of his career at the age of 33.

He outclassed his long-time rival, Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic, with a brilliant all-round display in the final of the Dubai Championships earlier this month and cannot recall ever serving better.

Mar 11, 2015

Serena’s U-turn on Indian Wells praised by peers

INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) – Serena Williams’ decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open has been warmly welcomed by her peers with good friend and rival Caroline Wozniacki saying it was “great for tennis”.

Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort of Indian Wells after winning her second title there in 2001, beating Kim Clijsters in a final marred by the racist abuse of some fans who booed and heckled the American and her family.

Mar 11, 2015

Tennis-Serena’s U-turn on Indian Wells praised by peers

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 11 (Reuters) – Serena Williams’ decision to end a 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open has been warmly welcomed by her peers with good friend and rival Caroline Wozniacki saying it was “great for tennis”.

Williams had skipped the showpiece event at the desert resort of Indian Wells after winning her second title there in 2001, beating Kim Clijsters in a final marred by the racist abuse of some fans who booed and heckled the American and her family.

Mar 5, 2015

Holmes takes control at Doral, McIlroy cards a 73

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – American J.B. Holmes made light of the daunting Blue Monster course as he fired a sizzling 10-under-par 62 to seize a commanding four-shot lead in the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami on Thursday.

While world number one Rory McIlroy recovered from a dismal start to open with a one-over 73, the long-hitting Holmes piled up an eagle and eight birdies to take control of the first of the year’s four elite World Golf Championships (WGC) events.

Mar 5, 2015

Beckham effect ‘pretty significant’ on MLS

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As Major League Soccer prepares to open its 20th season, the impact made on MLS by former England captain David Beckham during his six years with LA Galaxy is widely viewed as “pretty significant.”

Though Beckham’s time in the U.S. began unpromisingly as he was sidelined by injury and then skipped several Galaxy games to play on loan with AC Milan in Italy, his eventual influence on the sport extended well beyond his performances on the field.

Mar 5, 2015

Soccer-Beckham effect ‘pretty significant’ on MLS

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (Reuters) – As Major League Soccer prepares to open its 20th season, the impact made on MLS by former England captain David Beckham during his six years with LA Galaxy is widely viewed as “pretty significant.”

Though Beckham’s time in the U.S. began unpromisingly as he was sidelined by injury and then skipped several Galaxy games to play on loan with AC Milan in Italy, his eventual influence on the sport extended well beyond his performances on the field.

Feb 27, 2015

Masters countdown ticks fast for Tiger

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As the clock counts down for the April 9-12 Masters, fans, players and medical experts continue to speculate on whether a shockingly out-of-sorts Tiger Woods will be able to compete at the year’s opening major.

Woods missed the Masters last year for the first time in his career after being advised by doctors to have back surgery and his participation in the 2015 edition is in serious doubt given his struggle for form and fitness this season.