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SPORT & LEISURE - TENNIS

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

Exciting action to continue in Dubai

Posted on 24/02/2003

The tennis cannot get any better. With players like the legendary Martina Navratilova, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Jennifer Capriati and Monica Seles having graced the Dubai Tennis Stadium with their presence, the game can only hop a step higher as the week goes by with the start of the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open from today. Action will commence at 2 pm today with some of the first round matches being worked off. The singles winner receives US$187,500, while the runner-up will have to stay content ...  >>MORE

Henin-Hardenne wins Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open

Posted on 23/02/2003

The last time she was a top seed, Justine Henin-Hardenne had lost in the final. But that was way back in 2001 in Miami where the Belgian top seed had bowed out with a thigh injury against Sandrine Testud. This time the Belgian fared one step better as she clawed back from a set deficit to win 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 against third seed Monica Seles in a gripping final of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open late yesterday. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of ...  >>MORE

Capriati whips Kuznetsova

Posted on 20/02/2003

This was her first win of 2003, and she did it in style. Jennifer Capriati took just a minute more than an hour to whip past Russian teenager Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-1 and enter the quarterfinals yesterday. Capriati was ruthless in her domination of her young Russian opponent, as she broke her in the first and again in the fifth games to lead 4-1. She then went full steam ahead and took the set in less than half an hour. The second set was pretty much the same, as the American ace rattled ...  >>MORE

Seles cruises into Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open quarters

Posted on 19/02/2003

Fourth seed Monica Seles of the US lived up to expectations to cruise to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Francesca Schiavone to become the first one to enter the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open at the Dubai Tennis Stadium yesterday. Seles, a semi-finalist here last year before falling to eventual winner Amelie Mauresmo, looked to be in command as she waited for a double fault from her Italian opponent in the eighth game to go clear 5-3. Seles then kept her serve to wrap up the set 6-3 in ...  >>MORE

Navratilova and Kuznetsova move to second round at the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open

Posted on 19/02/2003

Former World No. 1, Martina Navratilova and Russian teenager Svetlana Kuznetsova took just 56 minutes to crush Nannie de Villiers and Irina Selyutina 6-2, 6-1 and move into the second round of the doubles at the Dubai Duty Free Women"s Open yesterday. All of 46 years and still going strong, Navratilova combined with Kuznetsova - nearly one-third her age - dominated throughout to win easily on centre court before a modest crowd. Navratilova and Kuznetsova will now meet the combination of ...  >>MORE

Top stars set to take Dubai by storm

Posted on 15/02/2003

As the qualifiers for the Dubai tennis championships get underway today, the world's top tennis stars are starting to arrive in Dubai for one of the region's top sporting and social events of the year. The quality of the fields for the Dubai Duty Free Men and Women's Opens means that tennis fans do not have to travel to the Grand Slams to see the top stars in action. The top stars are on their way to Dubai, and this year the Dubai tennis championships will be overflowing with players, who have ...  >>MORE

Venus has Dubai title in her sights

Posted on 11/02/2003

Venus Williams has vowed to make up for her shock defeat at last year's Dubai Duty Free Women's Open by sweeping all before her when the tournament launches the Dubai Tennis Championships fortnight next week. Williams lost in the semi-final to Sandrine Testud in one of the surprise results of the year, but she is close to being back to her best as the world's leading players from the WTA Tour make their final travel plans for Dubai. Fresh from her appearance in the Australian Open final, ...  >>MORE

Tiger set for Classic return in Dubai

Posted on 02/09/2002

The World's Number One golfer Tiger Woods has confirmed he will compete in the 2003 Dubai Desert Classic. The news that Woods will head the line-up of stars at the Emirates Golf Club's Majlis Course from March 6-9, 2003 was confirmed yesterday (Sunday) by the Dubai Desert Classic Executive Committee, the tournament's organisers and promoters. It will be the second time in three years that the 26-year-old American superstar has taken part in the Dubai tournament and is a major boost for the ...  >>MORE

Santoro wins Mens Dubai Tennis Championship

Posted on 07/03/2002

In the finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Fabrice Santoro beat favourite Younes El Aynaoui (6-4), (3-6), 6-3 in the men's singles. In the doubles Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor best Jashua Eagle and Sandon Stolle (3-6), (6-3), (13-11). http://www.dubaitennischampionships.com ...  >>MORE

Winner in the Women’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship

Posted on 28/02/2002

Amelie Mauresmo won in the final match against Sandrine Testud 6-4, 7-6, (7-3). Other players who lost in earlier matches were Venus Williams, Monica Seles and Anna Kournikova. http://www.dubaitennischampionships.com ...  >>MORE

Men’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship begins

Posted on 28/02/2002

The Dubai Duty Free Men's Open tennis championships began on 25 February and will continue till 3 March. In early stages of the tournament Nicolas Kiefer beat Goran Ivanisevic 6-3, 6-4 in the Men's Duty Free Tennis Championship. In another match closely followed locally, UAE tennis hopeful Omar Bahrouzian (ranked 1,010 in the world) played against Britain's Tim Henman (ranked 9 in the world). Bahrouzian lost without winning a game. >>MORE

Kournikova out. Williams, Seles through in Dubai tennis

Posted on 21/02/2002

Anna Kournikova lost to Venus Williams in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open on 20 February. In other matches: Anastasia Myskina beat Jelena Kostanic, Monica Seles beat Tathiana Garbin; Amelie Mauresmo beat Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Tina Pisnik beat Barbara Rittner, Angeles Montolio beat Janette Husarova, and Tamarine Tanasugarn beat Tatiana Panova. The women's tournament continues until 23 February, to be followed by the Men's championship from 25 February – 3 March. >>MORE

Grand Slam tennis stars to play in Dubai Championship

Posted on 14/02/2002

The Dubai Tennis Championships begins on 18 February until 3 March. The women tournament, the Sanex WTA Tour is from 18 February to 23 February. The men's ATP championship follows on 25 February until 3 March. Women players in the tournament include Venus Williams, Monica Seles, Iva Majoli and Anna Kournikova. Men's players include Goran Ivanisevic, Swede Thomas Johansson, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Tim Henman, Younis El Aynaoui, Frabice Santoro and Juan Carlos Ferrero. >>MORE

Kournikova to play at Dubai Tennis Championship

Posted on 31/01/2002

Anna Kournikova, will compete in the Dubai Tennis Championships to be held from February 18 to March 3 in Dubai, it was confirmed on 28 January. http://www.dubaitennischampionships.com ...  >>MORE

Venus, Seles and Goran to play in Dubai tennis championship

Posted on 10/01/2002

Venus Williams and Monica Seles are playing in the $600,000 Dubai Duty Free Tennis championship, held from February 18 to March 3, it was confirmed on 8 January. The women's event at the tournament runs from February 18 to March 3. The officials are in negotiations with Russian Anna Kournikova and Tunisia's Selima Sfar to play at the event. Goran Ivanisevic, 1997 champion and current defending Wimbledon champion, and Juan Carlos Ferrero will play in the men's event. Other well-known players ...  >>MORE

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