Tennis player Irina Falconi pledges to help Ecuadorians

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The house Irina Falconi grew up in Ecuador was destroyed.

Her grandmothers, aunts, uncles and dozens of cousins all survived, but many were displaced by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador on April 16.

That's why Falconi didn't celebrate as expected the next day after winning her first WTA tournament since leaving ...Read more

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori for Miami Open title

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic continued his tear through the world of men's tennis Sunday by defeating sixth-ranked Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 in the Miami Open, tying Andre Agassi's record of six men's title in Miami.

Djokovic, 28, became the first player to win three straight Miami Open titles since Agassi did it from 2001-2003...Read more

Nishikori set to give streaking Djokovic his best shot in Miami Open final

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- On paper the Miami Open men's final is a huge mismatch in favor of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Fortunately for his opponent, sixth-ranked Kei Nishikori, the match will be played on a much harder surface and Japan's greatest player does have a few pleasant memories to draw from.

Djokovic, who's in the midst of one of the ...Read more

Azarenka knocks off Kuznetsova to capture Miami Open title

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- It wasn't pretty but Victoria Azarenka continued her march back to the top of the tennis world with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in an error-filled Miami Open final on a sweltering Saturday afternoon at Crandon Park Tennis Center.

Azarenka, the 13th seed, pulled off the difficult Indian Wells-Miami Open ...Read more

Miami Open final pits two past champions in Azarenka, Kuznetsova

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The Miami Open women's final on Saturday afternoon may not be star-studded or feature a Williams' sister, but 13th-seeded Victoria Azarenka and 15th-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova are certainly no slouches.

Each has won two Grand Slams and combined have won 35 WTA titles and $47 million.

A refocused Azarenka, 26, hasn't ...Read more

Djokovic grinds out victory against Goffin to reach Miami Open final

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- A relieved and weary Novak Djokovic raised his arms seemingly more in relief than triumph.

The world No. 1 then pounded his chest before bending down to plant a kiss on the purple scuffed-up Stadium Court where he continued his Miami Open mastery with a hard-fought 7-6 (5), 6-4 semifinal victory over Belgian underdog David...Read more

Andy Murray irate after women's ball fiasco at Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Lost in all the Miami Open upsets and the discussion about equal pay for male and female tennis players earlier this week was the revelation of a little-known fact: Men and women play with slightly different balls at most tournaments, including the one on Key Biscayne.

World No. 2 Andy Murray got extremely irritated during...Read more

Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 15th seed, advances to Miami Open final

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Svetlana Kuznetsova let out a yell and looked to the sky after her backhand match point winner on Thursday. It was an expression of relief and a celebration. She didn't necessarily play well, but she played well enough to win and earn a spot in the Miami Open finals.

Kuznetsova, the 30-year-old Russian who won the 2006 ...Read more

Victoria Azarenka cruises to semifinals of Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- It's been a long road back to the top for Victoria Azarenka and despite her on-court feistiness, she seems to be enjoying the ride.

After finishing the year-ending No. 1 in 2012 and No. 2 in 2013 with two Australian Open titles on her resume, Azarenka was pegged to be the successor to Serena Williams' throne. However, ...Read more

Serena Williams latest big name bounced from Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Another day, another one of the world's best out at the Miami Open. This time, though, the tournament lost the biggest name left on the slate -- Serena Williams.

Williams, the three-time defending Miami Open champion, saw her run at the tournament end Monday afternoon when she was upset 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 by 15th-ranked ...Read more

Nadal withdraws during match; Serena advances at Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- In the span of about 24 hours the men's Nos. 3, 4 and 5 seeds were out of the Miami Open. And Saturday's second-round upset of fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka and fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal retiring during the third set of his match might have equaled third-seeded Roger Federer (stomach virus) withdrawing Friday for shock value....Read more

Rafael Nadal retires from his opening match at the Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- A day after Roger Federer withdrew from the Miami Open with a stomach virus, Rafael Nadal retired from his match Saturday, trailing 6-2, 4-6, 0-3 to Damir Dzumher in the third set.

The Spaniard, a four-time finalist here, appeared to be suffering from heat exhaustion or dehydration. He called for medical help after losing ...Read more

Unseeded Elena Vesnina upsets Venus Williams at Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- At first, it looked like Elena Vesnina would roll to an easy upset.

She had her way with No. 10 Venus Williams through half of their match Friday in the second round of the Miami Open. In the end, the stunning victory required every ounce of energy.

Vesnina outlasted Williams 6-0, 7-6 (5), 6-2 at Crandon Park in a match ...Read more

Roger Federer pulls out of Miami Open with stomach virus

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Miami Open due to a stomach virus.

The world's No. 3-ranked player was scheduled to play Juan Martin del Potro in the second round Friday at Crandon Park Tennis center. He will be replaced by Horacio Zeballos of Argentina.

"I am very sorry that I have to pull out of the Miami Open with...Read more

Roger Federer at Miami Open after knee surgery: 'Expectations really low'

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Third-ranked Roger Federer spoke to the Miami Open media Thursday for the first time in two years, and more importantly, for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery Feb. 3 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

He looked refreshed after sitting out of tennis since he lost to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open ...Read more

Djokovic backtracks on equal prize money issue for men and women

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The world's top-ranked male tennis player once again backtracked Wednesday in "clarifying" what he meant when he set off a firestorm in the tennis world Sunday regarding the issue of equal pay in men's and women's tennis.

In a news conference during the first full day of matches at the Miami Open, world No. 1 Novak Djokavic told a packed room: ...Read more

Playing in Miami Open 'extra special' for Novak Djokovic

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There were signs that April Fools' Day of 2007 in Key Biscayne, Fla., that Novak Djokovic, the charismatic 19-year-old in the bright yellow shirt, was destined to become a shining star on the men's tennis tour.

He had just won the Sony Ericsson Open, knocking off Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal and Guillermo Canas in the final. He didn't drop ...Read more

Tennis tournament director resigns after comments about female players

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Raymond Moore, the tournament director and chief executive officer of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, has stepped down from those positions in the aftermath of his controversial comments about female players.

The move was announced late Monday night in a three-paragraph statement from the tournament's owner, Larry Ellison. Moore made ...Read more

Miami Open starts as director talks future, Raymond Moore dispute

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The Miami Open got started Monday in Key Biscayne with chillier-than-usual temperatures and under overcast skies and a cloud of uncertainty about the long-range future of the 31-year-old tennis tournament.

A lengthy legal battle over proposed improvements has led to rumors that the tournament will eventually move to another U.S. city or ...Read more

Novak Djokovic dominates Milos Raonic in BNP Paribas final

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Novak Djokovic arrived at the BNP Paribas Open a day and a half later than he had planned and in a state of exhaustion, the result of a busy schedule that included playing for Serbia in the Davis Cup, and his concern about an eye injury that forced him to retire from a tournament in Dubai last month.

If there was even a ...Read more