Tennis

Barty beaten in WTA’s biggest rivalry

Petra Kvitova battled past world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty 6-4 2-6 6-4 on Saturday morning (AEDT) to set up a Qatar Open final against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. The two-time Wimbledon winner overcame a second-set blip to reach the 37th WTA final of her career and her second in Doha, where she won the 2018 title. Kvitova ended a run of four straight defeats to Barty, including in the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic: Gael Monfils’ biggest problem explained ahead of Dubai Championships match

Gael Monfils’ biggest problem when facing Novak Djokovic is that the world No 1 just does everything better. That is the assessment of respected coach Paul Annacone. Djokovic and Monfils meet for the 17th time in their careers with the Serbian never experiencing defeat to the Frenchman. It means Djokovic prepares for the Dubai Championships semi-final with a mental edge over Monfils, who has won his last two tournaments. Monfils

Dan Evans' hopes of reaching Dubai final ended by Stefanos Tsitsipas

Dan Evans received a reality check as he was beaten 6-2 6-3 by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Playing the fourth ATP Tour semi-final of his career, British No 1 Evans was comfortably beaten by rising star Tsitsipas, who did not face a break point during the match. Evans had battled through to the last four with a victory over Andrey Rublev which

Andrey Rublev gives fiery reply to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal question

Andrey Rublev has bitten back over calls for the younger generation to put up a bigger challenge to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. It’s now 13 Grand Slam events the ‘Big Three’ have won between them with Stan Wawrinka’s triumph at the 2016 US Open being the last time any other player won one of the big majors. There has been growing pressure on the next generation of