WTA Tour

Maria Sharapova too strong for Li Na in Stuttgart final

Maria Sharapova returns the ball against Li Na. Photo: Reuters

Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova claimed the Stuttgart WTA title yesterday, beating China's Li Na 6-4, 6-3 in just over 90 minutes to get her clay-court season off to a winning start.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 4:05am

Serena Williams becomes oldest woman to be world No 1

Serena Williams during her victory over Petra Kvitova. Photo: Xinhua

The 31-year-old American's 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Petra Kvitova in the Qatar Open quarter-finals put her back on top of the world after an interval of 2-1/2 years during which she sometimes thought she might never play again.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Serena Williams expected to dominate at Brisbane tournament

Serena Williams. Photo: EPA

American superstar Serena Williams has played down concerns about recent foot surgery as she looks to continue her dominance of the women's game at next week's Brisbane International.

The opening tournament of the Australian summer features eight of the world's top 10 women, with reigning US Open champion Andy Murray headlining the men's draw.

29 Dec 2012 - 3:34am

Victorious Claudia eyes 'Steffi' battle

Claudia Ng Hei-ching, Hong Kong's top-ranked junior girl tennis player, won a coveted place to play on the red clay at Roland Garros, the Paris home of the French Open tournament, after a tough selection battle with threeother contenders on Sunday.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Schnyder joins star-studded Challenge line-up

World number nine Patty Schnyder will replace mother-to-be Lindsay Davenport in the Watsons Water Champions Challenge at Victoria Park next month. The left-handed Schnyder (pictured), a Swiss national, is one of the most 'dangerous' players on the tour and has a reputation for upsetting the big names.

23 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Navratilova replaces Capriati

Jennifer Capriati has pulled out of this month's Watsons Water Champions Challenge at Victoria Park because of injury.

1 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Tennis head-turners' stairway of the stars

Tennis players (from left) Tong Ka-po, Angelique Widjaja, Lina Krasnoroutskaya, Tamarine Tanasugarn, Amanda Coetzer, Barbara Schett, Elena Dementieva and Mary Pierce attend a welcoming party at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel yesterday, where they were later joined by reigning Australian and French Open champion Jennifer Capriati (far right) who flew in from Florida.

2 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

'All the kids who saw this match might be inspired by Serena and myself playing'

IT was an exhibition match but it easily could have been a Grand Slam final. There was no horsing around, no show-boating and light moments were hard to come by. It was deadly serious from beginning to end as both competitors played their hearts out in front of a near-capacity crowd at Victoria Park.

1 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Down and out

DOWN AND OUT: Top seed Mary Pierce shows her dejection as she makes an early exit from the US$170,000 Madrid tournament. The American-born Frenchwoman fell to Italian qualifier Germana Natale 6-4, 6-4. Pierce was in good company heading for the exit after the second round, as seeds two and three - Amy Frazier of the United States and Japan's Ai Sugiyama - were also knocked out.

26 May 2000 - 12:00am

Second loss

Moscow: Russian sixth seed Anna Kournikova suffered a second crushing defeat in a week, crashing out of the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament at the first hurdle to Italy's Silvia Farina, who advanced 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-1.

23 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Golf and tennis stars lined up

Wild man of golf John Daly and tennis legend Steffi Graf are just two of the sports stars lined up for tournaments in the next four months, it was announced yesterday.

Graf will line up in an exhibition event alongside Russian teenager Anna Kournikova and American sisters Venus and Serena Williams at Victoria Park from January 7 to 9.

25 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Graf to drop out of rankings

Paris: Five-time French Open champion Steffi Graf, who has played only two tournaments in the past 12 months because of injuries, will drop out of the WTA rankings next Monday for the first time since January 1983.

Players must play three tournaments in a 12-month period to hold a ranking. Graf first entered the ranking at 213 when she joined the Tour as a 13-year-old.

3 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Faber Grand Prix

Unseeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland yesterday beat top-seeded Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic in the final of the US$450,000 Faber Grand Prix women's tournament in Hanover, Germany.

23 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Omens bleak for Seles

Monica Seles got a free pass into the third round of the US Open when her second-round opponent, Laurence Courtois of Belgium, withdrew with bone inflammation in her left knee.

The walkover could prove costly, however.

31 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

WTA tournament called off

Scheduling complications have forced the cancellation of September's Hong Kong leg of the WTA Tour, organisers said yesterday.

The US$450,000 Hong Kong Open was supposed to feature former French Open champion Mary Pierce, American Chanda Rubin and Wimbledon semi-finalist Kimiko Date of Japan.

19 Jul 1996 - 12:00am