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Klara Zakopalova advances, Francesca Schiavone upset in Rio

RIO DE JANERIO, Brazil, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Klara Zakopalova advanced but second-seeded Francesca Schiavone tumbled Tuesday in first-round play at the inaugural Rio Open.

David Ferrer to face Fabio Fognini in Buenos Aires final

BUENOS AIRES, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Top seeds David Ferrer and Fabio Fognini will meet for the title Sunday after posting semifinal wins Saturday at the Copa Claro tournament in Buenos Aires.

ATP enhances 2015 grass-court season

LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The ATP on Monday released its 2015 schedule, which gives greater weight to the grass-court season.
Serena Williams withdraws from BNP Paribas Open

Serena Williams withdraws from BNP Paribas Open

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams, after expressing an interest in returning to the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., has withdrawn from the event.
Serena Williams withdraws from Qatar Open, citing back injury

Serena Williams withdraws from Qatar Open, citing back injury

DOHA, Qatar, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- World No. 1 and last-year's Qatar Open runner-up Serena Williams withdrew from the upcoming event Friday, citing a back injury.
Wawrinka climbs to No. 3 in men's tennis rankings

Wawrinka climbs to No. 3 in men's tennis rankings

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat the two top-ranked players in claiming the Australian Open title, jumped five places to world No. 3 Monday.
Li to No. 3 in rankings after Australian Open win

Li to No. 3 in rankings after Australian Open win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Li Na returned to the world No. 3 ranking Monday after winning the Australian Open and quarterfinalist Simona Halep made the Top 10 for the first time.
Li captures Australian Open title in straight sets

Li captures Australian Open title in straight sets

MELBOURNE, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Li Na was dominant in the second set Saturday en route to her second Grand Slam title with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 win over Dominika Cibulkova at the Australian Open.
Errani, Vinci repeat as Australian Open doubles champions

Errani, Vinci repeat as Australian Open doubles champions

MELBOURNE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci took a three-set win Friday over Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina and repeated as Australian Open women's doubles champions.
Cibulkova, Li set for women's Australian Open final

Cibulkova, Li set for women's Australian Open final

MELBOURNE, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Dominika Cibulkova goes for a pair of firsts Saturday when she plays Li Na for the 2014 Australian Open women's singles title.
Upset string puts Cibulkova in Australian Open final against Li

Upset string puts Cibulkova in Australian Open final against Li

MELBOURNE, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Dominika Cibulkova Thursday defeated a fourth consecutive seeded player and earned a spot in the Australian Open women's singles finals against Li Na.
Federer tops Murray, Nadal next at Australian Open

Federer tops Murray, Nadal next at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Roger Federer out-battled Andy Murray for a four-set win Wednesday and will face world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open semifinals.
Radwanska ousts Azarenka at Australian Open

Radwanska ousts Azarenka at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Agnieszka Radwanska ousted two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka with a third-set shutout Wednesday at the Australian Open.

Li, Bouchard advance to Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Li Na gained a fourth return to the Australian Open semifinals and Eugenie Bouchard booked her first Grand Slam semifinal berth Tuesday.
Federer, Tsonga to meet in next round of Australian Open

Federer, Tsonga to meet in next round of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both won in straight sets Saturday, setting up the first Top 10 match of the 2013 Australian Open.
Nadal, Serena named top seeds in Australia

Nadal, Serena named top seeds in Australia

MELBOURNE, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams were named the No. 1 seeds Thursday for the first major tennis championship of the year -- the Australian Open.
Sharapova posts straight-set win in Brisbane

Sharapova posts straight-set win in Brisbane

BRISBANE, Australia, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova, returning after a layoff due to injury, dropped only three games in a first-round win Monday at the Brisbane International tennis tournament.

WTA 2014: All chasing Serena Williams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- WTA players to watch in 2014 include Li Na, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep but they're all chasing Serena Williams.

Nadal, Djokovic top ATP rankings going into 2014

LONDON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The 2014 ATP schedule begins next week with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic solidly atop the men's rankings.
List of 2013 sports champions

List of 2013 sports champions

Sports champions for 2013
By United Press International
At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

At year's end: Marathon bombing, baseball suspensions top news

Suspensions for alleged banned substance use, a bombing at the end of the one of the most prestigious marathons and long-term issues from sports injuries top the year in sports.
JOHN HENDEL, UPI Executive Editor at Large
Serena Williams, Djokovic take ITF year-end honors

Serena Williams, Djokovic take ITF year-end honors

LONDON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- No. 2-ranked men's player Novak Djokovic and No. 1 women's player Serena Williams were selected the ITF world champions for 2013.
Serena Williams voted WTA Player of the Year

Serena Williams voted WTA Player of the Year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- World No. 1-ranked Serena Williams was voted the WTA Player of the Year, repeating the honor for a second consecutive year and fifth time overall.
Djokovic beats Nadal for World Tour Finals title

Djokovic beats Nadal for World Tour Finals title

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic defeated world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in straight sets Monday to defend his title at the ATP's World Tour Finals.
Li Na now third in women's tennis rankings

Li Na now third in women's tennis rankings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Li Na's run at the WTA Championships boosts her to No. 3 in the women's world rankings but it's Serena Williams who sets the pace in women's tennis.
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