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Tennis: Lisicki withdraws from Pattaya Open

Top seed Sabine Lisicki has withdrawn from the Pattaya Open due to a right shoulder injury. The 2013 runner-up struggled in her first round match on Monday, taking two hours to overcome Croatia's Donna Vekic in three sets, and admitted after the match that it had been almost impossible for her to serve effectively. "It was pretty obvious I wasn't able to serve in the second and third sets," she said on Tuesday.

Tennis: Russia have no chance - Fed Cup skipper

Russia have no chance of winning their Fed Cup final against Italy in Cagliari, team captain Shamil Tarpishchev said on Wednesday. Announcing a young, severely-depleted side for the tie, to be played on November 2 and 3, Tarpishchev was frank about the outcome. The team features Alexandra Panova, ranked 138th in the world, Alisa Kleibanova, 186th, Irina Khromacheva (231) and Margarita Gasparyan (317). "Frankly speaking we have practically no chances to win the final," Tarpishchev said. "We're going there not to win but to give our young tennis players experience."

Tennis: Kremlin Cup ATP/WTA results - collated

Results on day six of the ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup on Saturday (x denotes seeding): Men Semi-finals Richard Gasquet (FRA x1) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-4, 7-5 Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x2) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 Women Semi-finals Simona Halep (ROM x5) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-2, 6-1 Samantha Stosur (AUS x7) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) 6-2, 6-4 afp

Tennis: Kremlin Cup ATP/WTA results - 1st update

Results on day six of the ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup on Saturday (x denotes seeding): Men Semi-finals Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 Women Semi-finals Simona Halep (ROM x5) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-2, 6-1 Samantha Stosur (AUS x7) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) 6-2, 6-4 afp

Tennis:In-form Stosur in sight of second successive title

Australia's Samantha Stosur moved to within a match of winning her second successive WTA title on Saturday beating Russia's two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 in their semi-final. The 29-year-old Australian, who won the Osaka title last Sunday, will meet fifth seed Simona Halep of Romania, who saw off Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 to record her third win over the 22-year-old Russian player in as many meetings.

Tennis: Kremlin Cup ATP/WTA results

Results on day six of the ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup on Saturday (x denotes seeding): Women Semi-finals Simona Halep (ROM x5) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-2, 6-1 Samantha Stosur (AUS x7) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x8) 6-2, 6-4 afp

Tennis: Stosur hands Ivanovic repeat dose of Moscow misery

Australia's Samantha Stosur handed out another Moscow defeat to Ana Ivanovic on Friday as the seventh seed reached the Kremlin Cup semi-finals with a 7-5, 6-4 win. World number 19 Stosur, the champion in Osaka last week, had defeated Ivanovic, the fourth seed, in the semi-finals in 2012 and she maintained her stranglehold over the Serb player with an 85-minute win. "Probably having won here last year, I certainly had a few things in my head that I wanted to try to do today against her," Stosur said.

Tennis: Kleybanova reaches new landmark after cancer battle

Russia's Alisa Kleybanova reached her first WTA quarter-final since she overcame cancer when she beat sixth seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 in the joint ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup on Wednesday. The 24-year-old -- winner of two WTA titles -- was once ranked as high as 20th in the world but she has been battling to regain some form ever since she returned to the circuit this year after being treated in 2011 and part of 2012 for Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer. "I always liked to play with Carla and I knew it would be a tough match today," said Kleybanova.

Tennis: Stakhovsky ousts seventh seed Sousa at Kremlin Cup

Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovky produced an opening day upset at the joint ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup so far, ousting Portuguese seventh seed Joao Sousa in straight sets here on Monday. The 98th ranked player in the world saw off the 24-year-old Sousa 6-4, 6-3 in one hour 17 minutes. Sousa, 50th in the ATP rankings, started this first round tie confidently, clinching a comfortable 4-1 lead with a break in the fourth game. However unseeded Stakhovsky refused to surrender and broke back twice to take the five consecutive games and the first set in 37 minutes.

Venus Williams battles through to Tokyo semis

International Sports Desk, Sep 26 (EFE).- American Venus Williams battled past Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 Thursday at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo to advance to the semifinals of this hard-court event. Williams needed more than three hours but finally overcame the stiff challenge from the 19-year-old Canadian. The American heaped constant pressure on Bouchard's service games, getting four service breaks in the first set and three in the third set.
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