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Fifth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States advanced to the second round of the Korea Open by beating Olivia Rogowska of Australia 6-1, 6-2 Monday. Lepchenko converted all three break points in first set at Olympic Park Tennis Center.
John Isner and Sam Querrey won their singles matches Sunday as the U.S. completed a 5-0 sweep of Slovakia in the Davis Cup World Group playoff. Isner captured the final nine games and beat Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-0.
Thomaz Bellucci, of Brazil, is lifted in the air by teammates as they celebrate after he defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, at the end of a singles tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group play-off in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.
Leonardo Mayer defeated Dudi Sela 6-2, 6-1, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon, keeping Argentina alive in a best-of-five Davis Cup World Group playoff at the Sunrise Tennis Center. Mayer has both of Argentina's points this weekend.
The Davis Cup World Group playoff between Serbia and India will be decided on Monday after the fifth and decisive singles match was suspended because of rain. Filip Krajinovic was leading 6-3, 4-4 against India's 22-year-old Yuki Bhambri when play was stopped.
Gael Monfils wrapped up a 4-1 victory for France in its Davis Cup semifinal against Czech Republic with a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 defeat of Lukas Rosol on Sunday. France earned its place in the final for the first time since 2010 on Saturday when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet won the doubles to give the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead against the two-time defending champions.
Hong Kong German top seed Sabine Lisicki recovered from a woeful start to beat Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-5 6-3 in the final of the WTA Hong Kong Open for her first title in more than three years. The world number 31, who received a wild card to play in the $250 000 tournament, suffered two early breaks to fall behind 5-1 in the opening set but fought back to win the next six games and the set.
Italy kept alive their hopes of reaching the Davis Cup final when Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli won a five-set doubles rubber against Swiss pair Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli on Saturday. Trailing 2-0 after Roger Federer and Wawrinka won Friday's singles matches, Fognini and Bolelli had no margin for error but produced a battling display in front of a sea of Swiss fans in the Palexpo Arena to win 7-5 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-2.
Former world number one Venus Williams and Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni advanced to the final of the WTA Quebec City tournament with semi-final triumphs Saturday. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia returns a shot during a match on August 31, 2014 in New York - by Timothy A. Clary Seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams, ranked 19th and coming off a third-round exit at the US Open, defeated American fourth seed Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-3 while Lucic-Baroni advanced to her first WTA final since 1998 by defeating German fifth seed Julia Goerges 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
TOKYO Japan's Kei Nishikori was given a hero's welcome by over 200 fans when he arrived in Tokyo on Saturday after becoming the first Asian man to reach a grand slam final at the US Open. The 24-year-old's dream of claiming the holy grail of a first major title came to a shuddering halt in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 thrashing by Serbian giant Marin Cilic in last Monday's final in New York.
Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 on Friday to give Spain a 1-0 lead over Brazil in a World Group playoff in the Davis Cup. The 15th-ranked Bautista Agut, Spain's top player for the series in Brazil, dominated from the start against the 201st-ranked Silva, winning the clay-court match in 1 hour, 31 minutes.
Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek hope to extend their winning partnership in the Davis Cup as two-time defending champion Czech Republic changed its doubles lineup in a bid to overturn a 2-0 deficit against France in their semifinal. France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates after defeating Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic during their single match in the semifinal of the Davis Cup at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, Friday, Sept.
Sam Querrey gave the U.S. a commanding 2-0 lead Friday night in its Davis Cup World Group playoff against Slovakia with a 7-6 , 6-3, 6-3 win over Martin Klizan. In the opening match of the night, American John Isner hit 29 aces in a 7-6 , 6-4, 6-2 win over Norbert Gombos.
Chicago Bears free safety Ryan Mundy prepares to run onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Sept. 7, in Chicago.
Britain erupted in a frenzy of national fervour when Andy Murray won Wimbledon in 2013. An agonizing 77-year wait for a home-grown men's champion had finally ended.
Top seed Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia will defend her Tashkent Open title in the final after outlasting local wild card Nigina Abduraimova 6-4, 7-5 on Friday. Jovanovski, who committed eight double faults to 12, prevailed in a semifinal in which 10 of the 22 games were broken serves.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 03:23 am
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