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Venus Williams ends losing streak against Jo Konta

Venus Williams powered into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a dominant 6-1 3-6 6-1 victory over fifth seed Jo Konta. Williams had lost her last three encounters with the British No 1,

Ilie Nastase insists he is 'fully cooperating' with ITF

Ilie Nastase said on Thursday he is fully cooperating with an International Tennis Federation investigation into his foul-mouthed comments and bad behaviour last month.

Maria Sharapova granted Aegon Classic wild card by LTA

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has accepted a request from Maria Sharapova to play at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham next month despite being refused entry to the French Open.

Nadal backs Andy Murray to be challenge for French Open

Andy Murray will be ready to challenge for Roland Garros despite his poor recent form, nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal has predicted ahead of his Italian Open last 16 match.

Novak Djokovic beats Roberto Bautista Agut to reach Italian Open quarters

Four-time Italian Open champion Djokovic beat Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4.        

UPDATE 5-Tennis-Italian Open women's singles round 3 results

May 18 (Gracenote) - Results from the Italian Open Women's Singles Round 3 matches on Thursday 3-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Julia Goerges (Germany) 7-5 6-4 15-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) beat Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 7-6(3)...Show More Summary

UPDATE 4-Tennis-Italian Open men's singles round 3 results

May 18 (Gracenote) - Results from the Italian Open Men's Singles Round 3 matches on Thursday 2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Roberto Bautista (Spain) 6-4 6-4 John Isner (U.S.) beat 3-Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 7-6(1) 6-4 5-Milos Raonic...Show More Summary

Tennis-Sharapova gets wildcard for Wimbledon warm-up event

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard to the Wimbledon warm-up tournament in Birmingham in June, Britain's Lawn Tennis Association said on Thursday.

Tennis-Dominant Williams sees off Konta to reach Rome quarters

May 18 (Reuters) - Venus Williams powered into the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday with a dominant 6-1 3-6 6-1 victory over fifth seed Johanna Konta.

Tennis-Home favourite Fognini defeated in Italian Open third round

May 18 (Reuters) - Germany's Alexander Zverev defeated home favourite Fabio Fognini in straight sets in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday in a match which saw the Italian lose his cool over a line call and fail to reco...

Tennis-Federer smart to target quicker surfaces, says Djokovic

May 18 (Reuters) - Roger Federer made a smart decision by pulling out of this month's French Open, where he has less chance of adding to his 18 grand slam titles than on the sport's quicker surfaces, world number two Novak Djokovic said on Thursday.

Tennis-Nadal expects Murray challenge at French Open despite form dip

May 18 (Reuters) - World number one Andy Murray will be ready for Roland Garros despite his poor recent form, nine-time French Open champion Rafa Nadal has said.

Tennis-Sharapova's sponsor backs French Open snub, blames WADA

May 18 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's racket sponsor backs French Open's decision to deny the former world number one a wildcard entry and blames the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for her exclusion.

Maria Sharapova snubbed for TV duty at French Open too

EXCLUSIVE - KIERAN GILL: Maria Sharapova's French Open exile will extend to media coverage, with Eurosport and ITV to snub signing the Russian as a pundit for Roland Garros.

Angelique Kerber loses to Anett Kontaveit at Italian Open

The German, who earlier this week replaced Serena Williams at the top of the WTA rankings, went down 6-4, 6-0 against 21-year-old Kontaveit, the world No 68. The match took less than an hour.

Stan Wawrinka beats Benoit Paire in Italian Open

Stan Wawrinka dropped a set but still moved into the third round of the Italian Open n Rome, where he will face big-serving American John Isner.

What is really up with world No 1 Andy Murray? 

You need to go back to 2008 to find a season in which Murray has, by his standards, made such a poor start. So where is it going wrong for the world No 1, who last year carried it all before him?

British tennis divided over Maria Sharapova wildcard

MIKE DICKSON: Wimbledon and the Lawn Tennis Association look set to be on opposite sides of the Maria Sharapova debate after her exclusion from Roland Garros.

Kyle Edmund crashes out of Internazionali BNL d'Italia

Great Britain No 2 Kyle Edmund followed world No 1 Andy Murray out of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia after a straight-sets defeat in his clash against Juan Martin del Potro in Rome.

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