Kim Clijsters http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24221/all en Tennis-Subdued Serena set for sixth title at Melbourne Park http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/tennis-subdued-serena-set-sixth-title-at-melbourne-park <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A belated discovery that tranquility makes a useful ally in the pursuit of glory has Serena Williams in the box seat to win a third consecutive grand slam title at the Australian Open next week.</p> <p>The Williams of explosive on-court tantrums and off-court drama has largely been banished, and a calmer, more mature prototype arrives at Melbourne Park with her game rivalling the peak of her brilliant career.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/tennis-subdued-serena-set-sixth-title-at-melbourne-park" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australian Open Disaster Grand Slam Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova Person Career Quotation Samantha Stosur Serena Williams Serena Williams Tennis Venus Williams Victoria Azarenka WTA Tour Championships Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:05:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731566 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Li pines for Melbourne Park tormentor Clijsters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/tennis-li-pines-melbourne-park-tormentor-clijsters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Li Na's Melbourne Park nemesis Kim Clijsters no longer stalks the Australian Open draw but her absence is no cause for celebration, according to the Chinese sixth seed.</p> <p>If anyone should be popping champagne corks in the non attendance of the retired Belgian, it should be 30-year-old Li, Asia's first grand slam singles champion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/tennis-li-pines-melbourne-park-tormentor-clijsters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Li Na Li Na Tennis Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 07:00:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733720 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-China's Li continues Melbourne love affair http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/tennis-chinas-li-continues-melbourne-love-affair <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 18(Reuters) - China's tempestuous trailblazer Li Na sailed into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday and is poised for a deep run into the second week should she be able to overcome her greatest opponent - herself.</p> <p>The sixth seed had little trouble despatching Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-4 6-1 on a breezy day at Rod Laver Arena to underline her title credentials in Melbourne.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/tennis-chinas-li-continues-melbourne-love-affair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova Tennis Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 07:15:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735978 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Flipkens flying high after life-threatening blood clots http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/tennis-flipkens-flying-high-after-life-threatening-blood-clots <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Simon Cambers</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Few people enjoy the long flight from Europe to Australia but for one player in Melbourne, it is even worse than most.</p> <p>Nine months ago, Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens stepped off a flight from Thailand and felt like her calves "were about to explode".</p> <p>Used to pain as a professional athlete, Flipkens shrugged it off and played another tournament that week, but eventually consulted a doctor, to be told she had blood clots in both legs.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/tennis-flipkens-flying-high-after-life-threatening-blood-clots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Human Interest Kim Clijsters Kirsten Flipkens Kirsten Flipkens Labor Tennis Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736035 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Tennis-Brutal Sharapova causes total eclipse of Venus http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-tennis-brutal-sharapova-causes-total-eclipse-venus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Sharapova sends warning to Serena</p> <p>* To play Flipkens in fourth round</p> <p>* Says tennis is clean of doping (Writes through with quotes)</p> <p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A merciless Maria Sharapova continued her serene progress through the Australian Open draw on Friday, obliterating third-round opponent Venus Williams 6-1 6-3 and throwing down the gauntlet to her younger sister Serena.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-tennis-brutal-sharapova-causes-total-eclipse-venus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Tennis Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:31:06 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736089 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-China's Li says wouldn't 'use' medical timeout http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/tennis-chinas-li-says-wouldnt-use-medical-timeout <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - China's Li Na declined to pass judgement on Victoria Azarenka's controversial medical time-out during her Australian Open semi-final match, but said she would not do it herself when match points were at stake.</p> <p>Defending champion Azarenka was accused of gamesmanship by former players and pundits for taking a nearly 10-minute medical time-out after blowing five match-points in her 6-1 6-4 defeat of American Sloane Stephens.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/tennis-chinas-li-says-wouldnt-use-medical-timeout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Tennis Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:30:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739218 at http://www.globalpost.com PREVIEW-Tennis-Azarenka faces headwinds in back-to-back bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/preview-tennis-azarenka-faces-headwinds-back-back-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Accused of gamesmanship and dogged by injury, Victoria Azarenka's bid for successive Australian Open titles on Saturday will pit her against an opponent in the form of her life and a centre-court crowd wary of any hint of bad sportsmanship.</p> <p>The Belarusian will take on sixth seed Li Na, who has not dropped a set all tournament and boosted her sky-high confidence further by demolishing last year's finalist Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-2 in the semi-finals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/preview-tennis-azarenka-faces-headwinds-back-back-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Li Na Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:30:36 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739250 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Azarenka eyes second straight Australian Open crown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/tennis-azarenka-eyes-second-straight-australian-open-crown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Defending champion Victoria Azarenka will bid for back-to-back titles at Melbourne Park on Saturday when she takes on China's late-blooming Li Na in the final of the Australian Open.</p> <p>The 23-year-old Belarusian holds a 5-4 career record against former French Open champion Li, including the last four of their encounters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/tennis-azarenka-eyes-second-straight-australian-open-crown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Tennis Victoria Azarenka Victoria Azarenka Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:15:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739502 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis-Gallant Li sees lighter side of defeat after black-out http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/tennis-gallant-li-sees-lighter-side-defeat-after-black-out <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Li Na's bid for a second grand slam title ended tearfully with an injured ankle, a bruised head and a heart-breaking defeat to Victoria Azarenka, but she could still laugh off her "stupid" falls after a gallant failure in the Australian Open final.</p> <p>Li raised gasps from the Rod Laver Arena crowd as she rolled her left ankle twice in the 4-6 6-4 6-3 loss on Saturday, and banged her head on the blue centre court on the second fall, causing her to black out momentarily.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/tennis-gallant-li-sees-lighter-side-defeat-after-black-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Li Na Li Na Technology Tennis Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:30:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739837 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis: Sharapova beats Vesnina to reach 4th rd http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/tennis-sharapova-beats-vesnina-reach-4th-rd <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Third-seeded Maria Sharapova battled to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over fellow Russian Elena Vesnina on Sunday to book her fourth-round berth at the Miami ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt tournament.</p> <p>Sharapova, who won the title last week at Indian Wells, will take on Czech Klara Zakopalova for a quarter-final berth on Monday.</p> <p>The Russian star has never won the Miami title, although she's reached the final four times.</p> <p>Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters are the only women to win both Indian Wells and Miami in the same year -- Graf in 1994 and 1996 and Clijsters in 2005.</p> <p>bb/dj</p> Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova Tennis AFP Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:01:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5792753 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis: Sharapova beats Vesnina to reach 4th rd http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/tennis-sharapova-beats-vesnina-reach-4th-rd-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Third-seeded Maria Sharapova battled to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over fellow Russian Elena Vesnina on Sunday to book her fourth-round berth at the Miami ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt tournament.</p> <p>Sharapova, who won the title last week at Indian Wells, will take on Czech Klara Zakopalova for a quarter-final berth on Monday.</p> <p>The Russian star has never won the Miami title, although she's reached the final four times.</p> <p>Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters are the only women to win both Indian Wells and Miami in the same year -- Graf in 1994 and 1996 and Clijsters in 2005.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130324/tennis-sharapova-beats-vesnina-reach-4th-rd-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Tennis AFP Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5792781 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis: Sharapova advances to fifth Miami final http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/tennis-sharapova-advances-fifth-miami-final-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Maria Sharapova, seeking her first title at the Miami WTA and ATP Masters hardcourt event, advanced to her fifth final here on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Serbian 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic.</p> <p>Third-seeded Sharapova will play for the crown on Saturday against the winner of a later match between top seed and World No. 1 Serena Williams and fourth-seeded defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/tennis-sharapova-advances-fifth-miami-final-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova Tennis AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:02:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5796500 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis: Sharapova advances to fifth Miami final http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/tennis-sharapova-advances-fifth-miami-final-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Maria Sharapova, seeking her first Miami title, advanced to her fifth final at the WTA and ATP hardcourt event on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Serbian 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic.</p> <p>Third-seeded Sharapova will play for the crown on Saturday against the winner of a later match between top seed and World No. 1 Serena Williams and fourth-seeded defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/tennis-sharapova-advances-fifth-miami-final-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova Tennis AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:31:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5796567 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis: Williams, Sharapova to clash in Miami final http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/tennis-williams-sharapova-clash-miami-final <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Five-time champion Serena Williams wasted no time booking her berth in the WTA Miami final by steamrolling Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-3 to set up a title clash with third seed Maria Sharapova.</p> <p>Russia's Sharapova, a four-time runner up in Miami, was equally dominant as the newly-crowned Indian Wells winner hammered Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 in the other semi-final on Thursday.</p> <p>"Today my game wasn't great but I had to keep trying," Williams said. "I am excited because I am in the final.</p> <p>"My family and friends are here so I have to do well. I can't let my friends down."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/tennis-williams-sharapova-clash-miami-final" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova Tennis AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:00:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5796802 at http://www.globalpost.com Tennis: Williams, Sharapova to clash in Miami final http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/tennis-williams-sharapova-clash-miami-final-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Five-time champion Serena Williams wasted no time booking her berth in the WTA Miami final by steamrolling Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-3 to set up a title clash with third seed Maria Sharapova.</p> <p>Russia's Sharapova, a four-time runner up in Miami, was equally dominant as the newly-crowned Indian Wells winner hammered Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 in the other semi-final on Thursday.</p> <p>"I am excited because I am in the final," Williams said. "It definitely felt really good today. I kept my unforced errors rather low.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/tennis-williams-sharapova-clash-miami-final-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Clijsters Maria Sharapova Tennis AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:30:20 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5796805 at http://www.globalpost.com