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Oct 20, 2014

Serving stigmas still haunting resurgent Ivanovic

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – When Ana Ivanovic crunched Serena Williams’s opening serve back past the world number one for a venomous winner it suggested she wasn’t going to be overawed by her illustrious opponent. The Serb’s own serve, however, told a different story.

The duo traded crunching groundstrokes in an entertaining opening match at the WTA Finals on Monday but Ivanovic’s old Achilles’ heel, her ball toss, once again returned to haunt her as she crumbled to defeat on Singapore’s purple hardcourt.

Oct 20, 2014

Tennis-Serving stigmas still haunting resurgent Ivanovic

SINGAPORE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – When Ana Ivanovic crunched Serena Williams’s opening serve back past the world number one for a venomous winner it suggested she wasn’t going to be overawed by her illustrious opponent. The Serb’s own serve, however, told a different story.

The duo traded crunching groundstrokes in an entertaining opening match at the WTA Finals on Monday but Ivanovic’s old Achilles’ heel, her ball toss, once again returned to haunt her as she crumbled to defeat on Singapore’s purple hardcourt.

Oct 20, 2014

Navratilova unhappy with ITF silence on Williams slur

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Multiple grand slam winner Martina Navratilova has questioned the “silence” of the International Tennis Federation after one of its members described world number one Serena Williams and older sister Venus as “brothers”.

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev was swiftly banned for a year and fined $25,000 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) after making the comments on local television on Friday.

Oct 20, 2014

Tennis-Navratilova unhappy with ITF silence on Williams slur

SINGAPORE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Multiple grand slam winner Martina Navratilova has questioned the “silence” of the International Tennis Federation after one of its members described world number one Serena Williams and older sister Venus as “brothers”.

Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev was swiftly banned for a year and fined $25,000 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) after making the comments on local television on Friday.

Oct 19, 2014

Serena slams Russian chief for ‘sexist’ slur

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using “extremely sexist, racist and bullying” comments after the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president described her and sister Venus as the “Williams brothers”.

The WTA took swift action and fined Tarpishchev $25,000 (15,540 pounds) and disqualified him from working in an organisational capacity for a year on Saturday after he made the comments on Russian State Television on Friday.

Oct 19, 2014

Serena slams ‘sexist’ slur by Russian federation chief

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using “extremely sexist, racist and bullying” comments after the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president described her and sister Venus as the “Williams brothers”.

The WTA took swift action and fined Tarpishchev $25,000 and disqualified him from working in an organizational capacity for a year on Saturday after he made the comments on Russian State Television on Friday.

Oct 19, 2014

Tennis-Serena slams “sexist” slur by Russian federation chief

SINGAPORE, Oct 19 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams slammed Shamil Tarpishchev for using “extremely sexist, racist and bullying” comments after the Russian Tennis Federation (RTF) president described her and sister Venus as the “Williams brothers”.

The WTA took swift action and fined Tarpishchev $25,000 and disqualified him from working in an organisational capacity for a year on Saturday after he made the comments on Russian State Television on Friday.

Oct 18, 2014

Serena leads ailing women to Singapore for WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The top eight women in world tennis have limped to the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore this week, with creaking knees and form fears casting a shadow over the WTA’s latest big tournament push in Asia.

World number one Serena Williams headlines the event, but there are concerns about her fitness after the 33-year-old American quit the Beijing tournament earlier this month because of knee pain.

Oct 18, 2014

Preview – Serena leads ailing women to Singapore for WTA Finals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The top eight women in world tennis have limped to the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore this week, with creaking knees and form fears casting a shadow over the WTA’s latest big tournament push in Asia.

World number one Serena Williams headlines the event, but there are concerns about her fitness after the 33-year-old American quit the Beijing tournament earlier this month because of knee pain.

Oct 18, 2014

Tennis-Serena leads ailing women to Singapore for WTA Finals

SINGAPORE, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The top eight women in world tennis have limped to the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore this week, with creaking knees and form fears casting a shadow over the WTA’s latest big tournament push in Asia.

World number one Serena Williams headlines the event, but there are concerns about her fitness after the 33-year-old American quit the Beijing tournament earlier this month because of knee pain.