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Barcelona Open: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal reach semi-finals with contrasting wins

Barcelona Open: Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal reach semi-finals with contrasting wins

Nadal will be a strong favourite to reach the final when he takes on Russia`s Karen Khachanov or Argentine Horacio Zeballos in the last four.

Tennis great Ilie Nastase sorry for Serena Williams `chocolate with milk` remarks

Tennis great Ilie Nastase sorry for Serena Williams `chocolate with milk` remarks

The comments last Friday prompted outrage from Williams, the 23-time Grand Slam winner, and messages of support from the world of tennis and beyond.

Maria Sharapova eases into Stuttgart semis on doping return

Maria Sharapova eases into Stuttgart semis on doping return

The 30-year-old five-time Grand Slam winner has yet to drop a set in Stuttgart and powered past Estonia`s Kontaveit, ranked 73rd, for a 6-3, 6-4 quarter-final win in one hour, 23 minutes.

Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray advance to quarter-final with comprehensive wins

Barcelona Open: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray advance to quarter-final with comprehensive wins

The 29-year-old is the last Briton in the draw after the country`s number two Dan Evans lost 7-6(5) 6-2 to Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who faces Yuichi Sugita for a semi-final place.

'I'm way above' Eugenie Bouchard 'cheat' blast, says Maria Sharapova

'I'm way above' Eugenie Bouchard 'cheat' blast, says Maria Sharapova

Bouchard, long seen as the Russian`s heir in the sport`s marketability stakes, had attacked Sharapova over her return from a drugs ban and suggested the former world number one should be kicked out of tennis for life.

Stuttgart WTA: 'Solid' Maria Sharapova wins second match on comeback, beats Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets

Stuttgart WTA: 'Solid' Maria Sharapova wins second match on comeback, beats Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets

The 30-year-old five-time Grand Slam winner dominated Makarova, ranked 43 in the world, for a 7-5, 6-1 win in just one hour, 20 minutes, in the second-round tie.

WTA sending wrong message to young kids by allowing 'cheater' Maria Sharapova to play again: Eugenie Bouchard

WTA sending wrong message to young kids by allowing 'cheater' Maria Sharapova to play again: Eugenie Bouchard

Russia's Sharapova -- the world's highest-paid female athlete for more than a decade until last year, according to Forbes -- won on Wednesday on her comeback after testing positive for meldonium.

Maria Sharapova's comeback: Russian superstar describes it as 'best feeling in world'

Maria Sharapova's comeback: Russian superstar describes it as 'best feeling in world'

Sharapova was given a wildcard to play in Stuttgart tournament, where she has been champion three times, a move which drew a barrage of criticsm from rivals who believed she was receiving preferential treatment.

Stuttgart Grand Prix: Maria Sharapova beats Roberta Vinci to mark winning comeback from doping ban

Stuttgart Grand Prix: Maria Sharapova beats Roberta Vinci to mark winning comeback from doping ban

She had a nervous start in front of a supportive crowd but quickly found her strokes and her trademark shrieks to power past the world number 36 7-5 6-3 and set up a second-round clash against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam winner, promises to be back on court after baby's birth

Serena Williams, 23-time Grand Slam winner, promises to be back on court after baby's birth

Serena won her record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January -- where she beat her elder sister Venus in the final.

Serena Williams, Nadia Comaneci blast Ilie Nastase for 'racist', 'sexist' remark during Fed Cup

Serena Williams, Nadia Comaneci blast Ilie Nastase for 'racist', 'sexist' remark during Fed Cup

Nastase was overheard by a journalist commenting on Williams`s unborn child -- who will be mixed race as her fiance is white -- on Friday, saying: "Let`s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?"

ATP men's singles rankings: Rafael Nadal jumps up to 5th place,  Andy Murray sits atop

ATP men's singles rankings: Rafael Nadal jumps up to 5th place, Andy Murray sits atop

Nadal rose in the rankings after winning 6-1, 6-3 over his compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters final, reports Efe.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova rejoins the action on Wednesday after completing 15-month doping ban

Tennis star Maria Sharapova rejoins the action on Wednesday after completing 15-month doping ban

She was even given a Wednesday start as that`s the day her ban -- imposed for testing positive for meldonium at last year`s Australian Open -- comes to an end.

Rafael Nadal wins historic 50th clay court title with Monte Carlo Masters triumph

Rafael Nadal wins historic 50th clay court title with Monte Carlo Masters triumph

Nadal will now move on to his home event in Barcelona next week where he will be eyeing another magical 10th title.

Monte Carlo Masters: Rohan Bopanna-Pablo Cuevas pair wins men's doubles crown

Monte Carlo Masters: Rohan Bopanna-Pablo Cuevas pair wins men's doubles crown

The crown is the the first of the season for Bopanna and Cuevas and the third overall for the Indian.

Ilie Nastase banned from Fed Cup after controversial racial slur over Serena Williams' unborn baby

Ilie Nastase banned from Fed Cup after controversial racial slur over Serena Williams' unborn baby

"The ITF has launched an investigation into this matter as well as previous comments made by Mr Nastase during the week. The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behaviour of any kind."

Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal to face Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas for 10th title

Monte Carlo Masters: Rafael Nadal to face Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas for 10th title

The Spaniard, who saved seven of nine break points, had come to the principality with only three previous victories from 29 matches against top 10 opponents. 

Monte Carlo Masters: Rohan Bopanna, Pablo Cuevas wrestle into semi-finals

Monte Carlo Masters: Rohan Bopanna, Pablo Cuevas wrestle into semi-finals

With the win, Bopanna and Cuevas have now set up a clash against the French team of Hugo Nys and Romain Arneodo for a place in the summit showdown.

Monte Carlo Masters: Belgian David Goffin stuns Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5

Monte Carlo Masters: Belgian David Goffin stuns Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5

The Serb saved four match points but slumped to his first loss to Goffin after five successive wins on a fifth match point, hindered by a time violation as he prepared to serve.

Monte Carlo Masters: Rohan Bopanna, Pablo Cuevas move to quarter-finals after three-set battle

Monte Carlo Masters: Rohan Bopanna, Pablo Cuevas move to quarter-finals after three-set battle

The unseeded Indo-Uruguay pair pipped the Protea-American combination 6-7(6) 6-4 10-6 in the pre-quarterfinals.