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SPORT & LEISURE - TENNIS

Venus beats Razzano to win Dubai title

Posted on 22/02/2009

She said she had a bad week but got lucky in the end. Venus Williams of the US of A outclassed Virginie Razzano in straight sets to emerge champion in the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships here on Saturday. This is Williams 40th singles career titles and seventh victory in her last eight final appearances. The Wimbledon champion, though was not in the peak of form on a cool Saturday evening. But her performance was adequate enough to defeat her determined, courageous French opponent 6-4 6-2 ...  >>MORE

All-star cast set to sparkle at WTA and ATP tournaments next month

Posted on 11/01/2009

A10 out of the top 10 women's players in the world will grace the court at the Dubai Tennis Stadium when the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships gets underway on February 15th, organisers said yesterday. They said at least six of the top 10 men's players will be in action for the ATP tournament at the same venue the following week. This extraordinary line-up will include both men's and women's defending champions, Andy Roddick and Elena Demetieva, as well as crowd favourites Roger Federer, ...  >>MORE

Murray triumphs in Capitala thriller

Posted on 04/01/2009

Andy Murray, the young Scotsman, claimed a thrilling victory over the world No 1 Rafael Nadal in the final of the Capitala World Tennis Championship last night. Murray won a hard-fought match lasting two hours and 45 minutes at the Zayed Sports City Stadium. The match brought to a close three days of top-quality tennis, played in front of a 5,000-strong capacity crowd, which left a worldwide television audience in no doubt that the UAE capital is now on the tennis map. An exhausted Murray, ...  >>MORE

Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/12/2008

The first service of the world's eight seeded player Andy Roddick or his opponent the fifth seeded Nikolay Davydenko will inaugurate the first international tennis championship in Abu Dhabi on the first day of the new year. Preparations are in full swing to set up the Capitala World Tennis Championship in the capital of UAE, a three-day event at the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, from 1-3 January 2009. Peter Wilding, deputy CEO at Capitala said that the tournament plays host to six of the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to bid for WTA event

Posted on 29/06/2008

The Women's Tennis Association has confirmed that they have opened negotiations with Abu Dhabi Sports Council about staging a major tournament in the capital. They emphasise, however, that no official bid has yet been made, meaning an event will not take place until 2010 at the earliest. Andrew Walker, the communications vice president of the WTA, said: "We are in discussions with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, who have expressed a strong interest in joining the Tour, though no formal ...  >>MORE

Men's event back with a bang

Posted on 03/03/2008

The men's tournament of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships will get under way today, and the focus will be on the feature match between defending champion and world No 1 Roger Federer and British sensation Andy Murray. Federer - who has won this event on four previous occasions in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 - was drawn to play Dubai debutant Murray in the first round at the official draw held on Saturday. Federer's four titles is a record for this event and he will be more than eager to add ...  >>MORE

Serena to chase elusive Dubai title

Posted on 13/02/2008

Been there, done that. That's how one can possibly qualify Serena Williams. The American has spent 57 weeks as the number one player in the world and amassed an impressive 28 singles titles, including eight Grand Slams. But there is a gap in her portfolio: she has not yet won the Dubai Tennis Championships. In her previous appearance in 2005, she reached the semi-finals, but then had to retire against Jelena Jankovic with an injury. Now she's returning to Dubai to make a second attempt to claim ...  >>MORE

Tiger Woods wins Dubai Desert Classic

Posted on 04/02/2008

Tiger Woods wrote the latest chapter in his colourful career with a stunning one-stroke victory in the US$2.5million Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday. The world No 1, who started the day four shots behind the leader Ernie Els, took the fight to the big-hitting South African with a blistering round of 65 that saw him reclaim the top spot on the leaderboard. And despite throwing everything he had into Sunday's game, Els, whose painful memories of losing to Woods on the first extra hole two years ...  >>MORE

Emirates to sponsor Rogers Cup in Canada

Posted on 27/07/2007

Toronto: In conjunction with Tennis Canada, Emirates Airline, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, has announced that it has become a platinum sponsor of the Rogers Cup, Canada's leading tennis tournament taking place at the Rexall Centre in Toronto from August 11-19. Leading up to the launch of the airline's first direct service from Toronto to Dubai, the sponsorship links Emirates to one of Canada's long-standing sports traditions. The Rogers Cup is one of 10 Tier 1 tournaments on ...  >>MORE

Federer wins Dubai Open

Posted on 04/03/2007

Roger Federer won his fourth Dubai tennis title, thanks to an awesome second set display which blew away Russian fighter Mikhail Youzhny. He defeated unseeded Youzhny 6-4 6-3, marking his 41st consecutive victory stretching back to the beginning of the US Open in August. Youzhny, who upset defending champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals, was seeking his second title in two weeks after winning in Rotterdam. Usually the overwhelming crowd favourite, Federer must have been surprised to ...  >>MORE

Nadal feels he is on the right track

Posted on 03/03/2007

World number two Rafael Nadal knows he has a lot of hard work to do before he peaks again and starts becoming a worthy opponent to the top players, more so to his arch-opponent Roger Federer. Nadal was knocked out in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open late on Thursday by last week's Rotterdam Open winner Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets 7-6 (5), 6-3 in nearly two hours of intense action on centre court. Thursday's win squares the win-loss record between the two at 3-3, ...  >>MORE

Nadal aims to be a splash hit in Dubai

Posted on 26/02/2007

Rafael Nadal is banking on Dubai to put his season on track after an unremarkable start. And nothing would give him a greater boost than victory over Marcos Baghdatis tomorrow as he starts the defence of his Dubai Duty Free Men's Open crown. The world No 2 said: "It's one of the most difficult draws I have had. "Baghdatis has been playing well – he was champion in Zagreb and reached the final in Marseille. "He is one of the best players in the world. He reached the Australian Open finals ...  >>MORE

A Henin encore in Dubai

Posted on 25/02/2007

Justine Henin maintained her dream record in Dubai when she successfully defended her singles title at the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open with a 6-4, 7-5 win over second seed Amelie Mauresmo late last night. Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, Dubai Director of Information and President of Tennis Emirates, was the chief guest and presented the winners with the trophies and prizes along with Colm McLoughlin, Managing Director of Dubai Duty Free and Larry Scott, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Sony ...  >>MORE

Seeds sail into quarters

Posted on 22/02/2007

Amelie Mauresmo led a host of top seeded players into the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open with an emphatic 6-2, 6-2 win against qualifier Vera Dushevina yesterday. On a perfect day for tennis, Mauresmo was in complete control - making her opponent work all the time to wrap up things in just over an hour. Mauresmo, winner of the $1 million diamond-studded racquet in Antwerp last week, faced no problems switching to the game outdoors. The defending Wimbledon and French ...  >>MORE

It could be between Henin and Mauresmo

Posted on 19/02/2007

Three-time winner and hot favourite Justine Henin is hoping to add a fourth title here when the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open gets under way at the Dubai Tennis Stadium from today. Henin, who is here to defend the title she won last year, also took home the dhow trophy in 2003 and 2004. "I want to win here because I like this place a lot. This is like playing at home for me," Henin said while attending a press conference to launch a sponsorship tie-up between watchmakers Rolex and the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Serena to renew pursuit of elusive Dubai crown

Posted on 29/01/2007

The Dubai Tennis Championships received a another boost after Australian Open winner Serena Williams announced that she will make a second bid to claim one of the few titles missing from her bulging portfolio. The American superstar, who on Saturday overwhelmed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 to win her third Australian Open crown, is still searching for her first Dubai title. Now fully fit again, Williams confounded critics that had written her off as she made a massive leap up the rankings, ...  >>MORE

Federer and Nadal confirm for Dubai Duty Free Championships

Posted on 09/01/2007

Dubai will once again take centre stage in international sport following the confirmation by Dubai Duty Free that the top two tennis players on the ATP Tour will square up at the 2007 Dubai Tennis Championships. The return appearance of tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who played a blockbuster final in last year's Dubai Duty Free Men's Open, further underlines the UAE as a destination that consistently attracts the leading tennis players in the world. The Dubai Tennis ...  >>MORE

It was yesterday once more in Dubai

Posted on 02/11/2006

Some of the greatest tennis names of yesteryears thrilled a near-full arena of spectators at the Madinat Jumeirah on the opening day of The Legends Rock Dubai yesterday evening. The second edition of the popular tennis show being held in Dubai drew an appreciative audience, who cheered the two singles players Peter McNamara and Guy Forget as emcee Bob Connor led them on court. Next on was chair umpire Bruno Rebeuh, who in the past has officiated in matches involving all eight players at this ...  >>MORE

Nadal stuns Federer for Dubai crown

Posted on 05/03/2006

Rafael Nadal sounded a warning to his prospective opponents with a stunning come-from-behind victory over World No. 1 Roger Federer in an action-packed Dubai Duty Free Men's Open final yesterday. Federer, a three time winner here, could hardly have lost with a bigger bang. The eruption being caused by a feisty Nadal who won in three heart-stopping sets 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. A large crowd over close to 7,000 fans packed the Aviation Club stadium and generated a tremendous atmosphere fitting for the ...  >>MORE

Henin reigns supreme

Posted on 26/02/2006

Justine Henin-Hardenne extended her impressive run in Dubai by clinching the third Dubai Duty Free Women's title with an engrossing 7-5, 6-2 win over glamour girl Maria Sharapova in the final at the Dubai Tennis Stadium last night. Henin-Hardenne, a back-to-back winner here in 2003 and 2004, raised her game when needed to overcome a stiff challenge from a resurgent Sharapova to claim her second title of the season. Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Maria Sharapova and world greats in Dubai for tennis tournament

Posted on 21/02/2006

Four of the top five, five of the top 10 and 10 of the top 20 players in the world are in Dubai for the sixth edition of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open which commenced yesterday. Boosting the entry list at the last moment with a wild card was Australian Open winner Amelie Mauresmo. Despite losing the Williams sisters Venus and Serena due to injuries this year's field promises to be the best-ever in the short history of this Tier II tournament. Mauresmo, champion here in 2002, has been ...  >>MORE

Williams sisters all set for Dubai tennis showpiece

Posted on 13/02/2006

Serena and Venus Williams have paid the Dubai Tennis Championships the greatest compliment possible by agreeing to make another tournament appearance together. The Dubai Tennis Championships is owned and organised by Dubai Duty Free and takes place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. After their participation in the event for the first time last year, the greatest sister act in tennis ...  >>MORE

Henin-Hardenne returns to Dubai

Posted on 07/02/2006

Justine Henin-Hardenne will be hoping that her injury problems are behind her when she begins her quest for a third Dubai Tennis Championships title later this month. The plucky Belgian lifted the trophy in 2003 and 2004 but was unable to play last year because of a knee injury. But she has started the 2006 season in superb form, winning the Sydney title and beating world number one and defending Dubai champion Lindsay Davenport on her way the final of the Australian Open. However, she was ...  >>MORE

Tennis superstars set for Dubai championships

Posted on 15/01/2006

Roger Federer, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport will head the strongest field of players ever to gather for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The greatest tennis extravaganza in the Middle East will kick-off at the Dubai Tennis Stadium on February 20th with the US$1,000,000 women's event featuring no less than six Grand Slam champions, and will be followed from February 27th when another US$1,000,000 will be up for grabs in the 14th staging of the ATP ...  >>MORE

Borgmania hits Dubai

Posted on 09/11/2005

Swedish tennis legend Bjorn Borg obliges young autograph hunters during Kids Day, the opening day of the Legends Rock Dubai event. The man who conquered the killing clay courts of Roland Garros a record six times and Wimbledon five times, mingled with more than 200 youngsters at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel courts. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

ATP Marketing and Promotion Award of Excellence for the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open

Posted on 09/08/2005

For the second consecutive year, the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open has won the ATP Award of Excellence for 'Marketing and Promotion'. The award, which was presented in London by the governing body of men's professional tennis, recognizes the outstanding marketing and promotional activities of the 2004 tournament. Owned and organized by Dubai Duty Free, the ATP men's tournament attracts the top tennis players in the world and is run back-to-back with the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open to form ...  >>MORE

Davenport triumphs in Dubai Open

Posted on 06/03/2005

The Dubai Duty Free Women's Open had a worthy new champion in the form of world No.1 Lindsay Davenport as she got past a battling Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at the Dubai Tennis Stadium last night. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Dubai Tennis Championship - Serena reaches quarters

Posted on 03/03/2005

Former World No 1 Serena Williams braved windy conditions and a gritty opponent before advancing to the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open here last night. Williams, who was off to a slow start in her Dubai debut, slipped off in the first set before winning 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 in 1 hour and 28 minutes against Elena Bovina of Russia. "I thought I was trying to kill myself. I really could not understand what was happening as all my shots were just flying off in the first set," ...  >>MORE

Federer clinches a thriller

Posted on 28/02/2005

Roger Federer thwarted a late surge from Ivan Ljubicic to win 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 and complete a hat-trick of wins at the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open here late last night. ...  >>MORE

Federer in a class of his own

Posted on 27/02/2005

Defending champion Roger Federer made a third straight final here at the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open late last night. Federer struck form when it mattered most to live up to his top status yesterday. The top-seeded Swiss played two close matches in one day to enter the final. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

On top of the world

Posted on 23/02/2005

World No. 1 Roger Federer and tennis great Andre Agassi could not resist the temptation of hitting some balls on the world's highest tennis court, the helipad of the Burj Al Arab. Swiss star and Agassi, are in Dubai to compete in the US$1 million Dubai Duty Free Men's open, which is the first round of the two-week Dubai Tennis Championships. Federer is the reigning champion while Agassi is making is debut in the ATP Tour event. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Agassi holds court in Dubai

Posted on 22/02/2005

American veteran Andre Agassi, who stretches for a backhand return, quelled a stiff challenge from Radek Stepanek in the first round of the Dubai Tennis championships. Agassi won the encounter 6-4, 7-5. ...  >>MORE

Federer simply unstoppable

Posted on 08/03/2004

World No 1 and top seed Roger Federer hates playing left-handed players. But that did not stop the Swiss from continuing from where women's world champion Justine Henin-Hardenne left off last week to juggle away with his 13th career win with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory against Spain's Feliciano Lopez at the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open late last night. It was never going to be easy and Federer himself was aware of it after wearing down Jarrko Nieminen, another left-handed opponent, in the ...  >>MORE

Time for boom-boom tennis

Posted on 01/03/2004

With top seed and World No.1 Roger Federer showing his eagerness at defending his title and another 31 players eyeing it, this year's 12th edition of the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open has more than its fair share of ingredients for high-charged tennis during the week. "Ever since I came to Dubai last year, there have been only ups in my career," said Federer who won at Wimbledon last season and Australia, earlier this year. "The Dubai tournament was great for me and I could launch my season on ...  >>MORE

Justine stays the queen; wins Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open

Posted on 29/02/2004

World No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne successfully defended her title at the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open with a fighting 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory against Russian teenager Svetlana Kuznetsova on centre court late last night. The ball is now literally in Roger Federer's court as he starts the defence of his men's singles crown starting tomorrow at the same venue. Should Federer win next Sunday, it will be the first time-ever that both champions have successfully defended their titles here. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

It's Henin versus Kuznetsova in Dubai Open final

Posted on 28/02/2004

Russian teenager Svetlana Kuznetsova will be out for some revenge against top seed and World No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne when they meet in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open on centre court later this evening. Kuznetsova was ruthless in her 6-0, 7-5 demolition of fifth seed and World No.8 Ai Sugiyama for her third seeded victim of the week, while Henin-Hardenne eased past Meghann Shaughnessy 6-4, 6-2 later in the evening to take her winning record to an impressive 13-0 for this ...  >>MORE

Tennis Emirates unveil ambitious programme

Posted on 25/02/2004

The UAE is aiming to make its presence felt on the world stage within a decade, should everything go as planned. Tennis Emirates, the supreme body for the control of the sport in the UAE is looking seriously at a futuristic and phased plan, which will be capable of producing a player of international standard in the next 10-15 years. "That's the realistic target," said Mohammed Al Marri, general secretary of TE while overseeing the TE Kids' Day organised with the support of Dubai Duty Free ...  >>MORE

UAE juniors achieve a rare feat

Posted on 24/12/2003

They might be young, but their deeds speak volumes. The jubilant UAE junior squad returned to a rousing welcome at the Dubai International Airport yesterday after winning their maiden GCC tennis championships in Oman. Having not won this prestigious event before, the youngsters had a lot to prove. But they responded magnificently to claim a slice of sporting history. The UAE were unbeaten in all five matches in the under-12 event of the six-team round robin championship. Elaborating on ...  >>MORE

Nader, Abbas claim UAE titles

Posted on 04/05/2003

Mahmoud Nader lived up to his billing as among the best players in the UAE when he floored junior Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi in the men's final of the 20th UAE Nationals Tennis Championships, which concluded at the Al Nasr Club tennis courts on Friday. While pocketing his third Nationals title, Nader excelled in the all-Al Ain encounter to win 6-3, 6-3 without much difficulty. Of the four tournaments he has participated in the past two months, Nader has won three - the DCC Open, the Al ...  >>MORE

Federer captures Dubai crown

Posted on 03/03/2003

Don't know if 13 is going to be lucky for Roger Federer. But for the time-being, the top seed here could not have asked for anything better as he pocketed his 13th win from 14 in the past four weeks to walk away with the Dubai Open title with a 6-1, 7-6 over Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic. Having being knocked out of the way last year by German Rainer Schuettler early in the competition, and then being accused of throwing away‚ that match only to be cleared by an ATP enquiry later - the ...  >>MORE

Ljubicic, Federer move into semis

Posted on 01/03/2003

Australian Open losing finalist Rainer Schuettler was one of the two seeds to fall, going down to Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-4 at the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open yesterday. Ljubicic, who has a fairly successful year reaching the semi-finals at the Milan Indoors and the Australian Open, was in complete control as he decimated Schuettler in straight sets in one hour and eight minutes. Top seeded Federer was equally devastating earlier during the evening as he scored past Hicham Arazi 7-5, 6-3. After ...  >>MORE

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Venus beats Razzano to win Dubai title


All-star cast set to sparkle at WTA and ATP tournaments next month


Murray triumphs in Capitala thriller


Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi to bid for WTA event


Men's event back with a bang


Serena to chase elusive Dubai title


Tiger Woods wins Dubai Desert Classic


Emirates to sponsor Rogers Cup in Canada


Federer wins Dubai Open


Nadal feels he is on the right track


Nadal aims to be a splash hit in Dubai


A Henin encore in Dubai


Seeds sail into quarters


It could be between Henin and Mauresmo


Serena to renew pursuit of elusive Dubai crown


Federer and Nadal confirm for Dubai Duty Free Championships


It was yesterday once more in Dubai


Nadal stuns Federer for Dubai crown


Henin reigns supreme


Maria Sharapova and world greats in Dubai for tennis tournament


Williams sisters all set for Dubai tennis showpiece


Henin-Hardenne returns to Dubai


Tennis superstars set for Dubai championships


Borgmania hits Dubai


ATP Marketing and Promotion Award of Excellence for the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open


Davenport triumphs in Dubai Open


Dubai Tennis Championship - Serena reaches quarters


Federer clinches a thriller


Federer in a class of his own


On top of the world


Agassi holds court in Dubai


Federer simply unstoppable


Time for boom-boom tennis


Justine stays the queen; wins Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open


It's Henin versus Kuznetsova in Dubai Open final


Tennis Emirates unveil ambitious programme


UAE juniors achieve a rare feat


Nader, Abbas claim UAE titles


Federer captures Dubai crown


Ljubicic, Federer move into semis