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World number three Simona Halep has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open, organisers of the WTA event announced on Tuesday.

Simona Halep pulls out of Qatar Open

World number three Simona Halep has pulled out of next week’s Qatar Open, organisers of the WTA event announced on Tuesday.
World number one Ashleigh Barty battled into the China Open semi-finals on Friday with a gutsy three-set victory over familiar foe Petra Kvitova.

Ashleigh Barty to skip French Open over virus fears

World number one Ashleigh Barty announced Tuesday she will not defend her French Open crown, citing the coronavirus fears that also prompted her and several other top players to withdraw from the US Open.

Former French Open champion opts out of US Open

Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is the latest player to withdraw from the United States Open, organisers of the tennis Grand Slam confirmed on Monday.
Nigerian table tennis star Aruna Quadri has described his defeat to Ahmed Saleh of Egypt in the final of 2020 ITTF Africa Cup as a painful one.

Aruna Quadri drops to 20 in ITTF ranking

Following the decision by the Executive Committee of the International Table tennis Federation (ITTF) to release the April 2020 world ranking, Aruna Quadri’s inactivity in March may have cost him his slide in the latest rating.
Nigerian table tennis star Aruna Quadri has described his defeat to Ahmed Saleh of Egypt in the final of 2020 ITTF Africa Cup as a painful one.

Aruna Quadri forced out of ITTF world tour by thigh injury

Quadri Aruna, Africa’s best-ranked player, has been forced to withdraw from the ongoing International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) world tour following a recurring thigh injury.
Stan Wawrinka owns a 6-5 record at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Stan Wawrinka looks to end title drought in desert sideshow

Stan Wawrinka hopes the Qatar Open ends his worrying title drought although the fanfare surrounding the newly-created ATP Cup more than 10,000km away in Australia means his efforts this week may struggle to register barely a blip on the global tennis radar.

Early exit for Aruna Quadri, Olajide Omotayo at Qatar Open

It was not a good outing for Aruna Quadri and Olajide Omotayo at the ITTF World Tour tagged Qatar Open as the duo were shown early exits in the men’s singles event of the championship.
Andy Murray

Roger Federer ‘shocked’, Novak Djokovic ‘hurt’ by Andy Murray retirement bombshell

Roger Federer admitted Sunday he was shocked that tennis was to lose “legend” Andy Murray this year while long-time friend Novak Djokovic said the bombshell news had “hurt” him.
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic favorite as ‘Big Four’ take final bow

The sun may be setting on a golden era of men’s tennis, but Novak Djokovic’s star still burns bright as he returns to Melbourne Park in search of a record seventh Australian Open title.
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic loses to Roberto Bautista Agut in Qatar Open semis

Novak Djokovic suffered his first defeat of the new season in the Qatar Open semi-finals on Friday, losing in three sets to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.

Maria Sharapova knocked out of Qatar opener by Monica Niculescu

Maria Sharapova looked out of sorts after surrendering an early advantage as she was stunned 4-6 6-4 6-3 by Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu in the Qatar Open first round.

Grand Slam hasn’t changed my life – Caroline Wozniacki

Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki insisted on Sunday that despite last month's breakthrough Grand Slam triumph her life has not changed in the slightest.

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic lead the cast of injured players

The Australian Open begins tomorrow in Melbourne, but the year’s first Grand Slam is being buffeted by an unusually long list of players who are nursing all sorts of injuries.

France’s Gael Monfils wins Qatar Open on fourth attempt

France’s Gael Monfils has won the Qatar Open final in straight set, brushing aside Russia’s Andrey Rublev in a one-sided final, 6-2, 6-3.

Injured Andy Murray out of Australian Open

Former world number one Andy Murray withdrew from the Australian Open on Thursday after failing to recover from a hip injury, joining injured Japanese star Kei Nishikori on the sidelines.

Australia doubts as Novak Djokovic pulls out of Qatar Open

Former world number one Novak Djokovic on Saturday withdrew from next week's Qatar Open, casting doubt on his participation at the Australian Open later in January.

Novak Djokovic comeback stalls after more pain in right elbow

The comeback plans for Novak Djokovic stalled on Friday when a recurrence of pain in his right elbow forced him to withdraw from an exhibition tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

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President Buhari, security heads in close-door meeting in Aso Rock

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Crystal Palace confirm Premier League safety with win at Sheffield Utd

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Barcelona feel used by Neymar to extend PSG contract

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Jose Mourinho will not be rushing back into management, with the Portuguese claiming that a return to the dugout in 2021-22 may be premature as he continues to mull over his options.

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