Li Na 'most influential player of the decade', says former great Chris Evert

Li Na soaks up the moment of her Australian Open victory alongside former great Chris Evert and Dominika Cibulkova in Melbourne. Evert says Li is destined for a place in tennis' Hall of Fame. Photo: AFP

Li Na is destined for more grand slams and a place in the Hall of Fame after the Australian Open win cemented her position as the most influential female player of the last decade, says former great Chris Evert.

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Del Potro declines playing in Argentina’s Davis Cup

Juan Martin del Potro has declined to play in Argentina’s Davis Cup. Photo: EPA

Juan Martin del Potro has declined to play in Argentina’s Davis Cup tie against Italy next year and said efforts by the country’s tennis association (AAT) to get him back on the team were “two-faced”.

16 Nov 2013 - 3:09pm

Nadal secures top spot at ATP world finals

Rafael Nadal on his way to victory over Tomas Berdych. Photo: Xinhua

Rafael Nadal secured top spot in Group A at the ATP Tour World Finals with a victory over Tomas Berdych that also sent Stanislas Wawrinka into the semi-finals.

Nadal had already qualified for the last four of the season-ending event at London’s O2 Arena and his 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win against Berdych ensured a first place finish with a 100 per cent record from his three group matches.

9 Nov 2013 - 4:49pm

Nadal says he’s fed up with tennis politics

Nadal still believes too many tournaments are played on hard courts. Photo: AFP

Rafael Nadal says his belief that too many tournaments are played on hard courts hasn’t changed with his success on the surface this year - he’s simply given up trying to change the system.

The Spaniard, who reclaimed the No 1 ranking from Novak Djokovic this week, has a 27-1 record on hard courts this year, including his second US Open crown and three Masters titles.

8 Oct 2013 - 4:05pm

Roddick says he tried to fight Djokovic

oddick said he pinned Djokovic up against a locker. Photo: AP

Retired American tennis player Andy Roddick has lifted the lid on his feud with world number one Novak Djokovic, revealing the two players almost came to blows in a locker room bust-up.

4 Oct 2013 - 4:41pm

Li Na keeps local hopes alive

Li Na returns a backhand to Sabine Lisicki. Photo: EPA

Li Na kept alive local hopes of a first homegrown champion in the China Open when she reached the quarterfinals with a tough 7-5, 6-4 win over Sabine Lisicki of Germany on Wednesday.

Also, 2005 champion Rafael Nadal edged Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (3) to move into the third round.

3 Oct 2013 - 1:26pm

Djokovic and Nadal advance in straight sets at China Open

Serbian Novak Djokovic is firing on all cylinders in a bid to keep his No 1 world ranking.  Photo: AP

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – vying for the world’s top ranking – powered through their openers at the China Open on Tuesday but women’s top seed Serena Williams stumbled her way into the third round.

2 Oct 2013 - 1:38pm

Williams powers into third round of China Open

Serena  Williams overcomes Francesca Schiavone to move into the third round of China Open. Photo: AFP

Serena Williams stumbled her way through to the third round of the China Open on Tuesday, claiming victory over Francesca Schiavone in an unconvincing two sets.

The world number one at times appeared agitated during her 6-4, 7-5 victory over the Italian, shouting at herself over lost points.

1 Oct 2013 - 5:54pm

Kvitova tames Kerber to win Pan Pacific Open

Petra  Kvitova eat fellow left-hander Angelique Kerber. Photo: AP

Czech Petra Kvitova recovered from a second-set meltdown to beat fellow left-hander Angelique Kerber 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 and capture the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday for her second title of the year.

Seventh seed Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, burst from the blocks in the Tokyo final, storming through the first set, but inexplicably suffered a dreaded 0-6 ‘bagel’ in the second.

1 Oct 2013 - 12:14am

Big-serving Berdych reaches Thai Open semi-finals

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic hits a return to Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan during the quarter final round of the ATP Thailand Open 2013 tennis tournament in Bangkok. Photo: AFP

World number six Tomas Berdych battled his way into the semi-finals of the Thailand Open on Friday, slamming 20 aces in a hard-fought victory over Lu Yen-Hsun.

The top seed was made to sweat for his 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 win against his Taiwanese rival, who has lost all 10 of his career quarter-finals.

28 Sep 2013 - 11:43am

Serena Williams secures world No 1 year-end crown for third time

Serena Williams has won the year-end women’s world number one ranking for the third time. Photo: AFP

Serena Williams has clinched the year-end women’s world number one ranking for the third time in her career after winning two grand slam titles during an excellent this year.

The American has compiled a 67-4 record this season and won nine singles titles on the WTA Tour, including the French Open and the US Open crowns.

27 Sep 2013 - 2:43pm

Venus Williams denied new record for world’s fastest serve

Venus Williams has been denied a new record for the world’s fastest serve. Photo: AP

Venus Williams was denied a new record for the world’s fastest serve on Friday after tennis chiefs said a bullet delivery clocked at 209 kilometres an hour was not measured by the right equipment.

The resurgent American star, 33, hit the rocket serve during Thursday’s 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 quarter-final win over Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard at the Pan Pacific Open.

27 Sep 2013 - 2:22pm

Li Na qualifies for WTA Championships

Li Na has now booked her place in next month’s WTA Championships. Photo: Xinhua

Li Na on Friday became the fifth player to qualify for the US$6 million end-of-season grand finale, organisers said, as China’s top player prepares for her home country’s premier tennis tournament.

The world number five booked her place in next month’s WTA Championships in Istanbul featuring the top eight women’s players, the tennis organisation announced on its website.

27 Sep 2013 - 3:41pm

Li Na seeks biggest home win

Li Na is targeting a place in next month's WTA Championships in Istanbul, featuring the top eight players. Photo: Xinhua

Li Na will hope to confirm her spot at the end-of-year championships and seal her biggest win on home soil when she takes on a star-studded field at the China Open starting this weekend.

26 Sep 2013 - 4:44pm

Bouchard advances at Pan Pacific Open

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns to Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during their third round match of the Toray Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: EPA

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada upset sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.

Bouchard, making her debut in the Tokyo tournament, broke Jankovic to go up 5-2 in the second set and then held serve to win the match in 1 hour, 10 minutes at Ariake Colosseum.

25 Sep 2013 - 4:04pm