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Serena posts heartfelt baby message on fiance’s birthday

This handout photo taken and released by Tennis Australia shows Serena Williams of the US posing with the championship trophy in the locker room after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women’s singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28, 2017. PHOTO: Fiona Hamilton / TENNIS AUSTRALIA / …

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Sharapova back in business after 15-month doping ban

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova banned for doping goes to the back entrance of a tennis hall in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on April 24, 2017.Sharapova’s 15-month doping ban — imposed for testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open — comes to an end, and she prepares for her fist match during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix tournament running …

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Nadal wins historic 10th Monte Carlo title

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament final tennis match, on April 23, 2017 in Monaco. PHOTO: VALERY HACHE / AFP Rafael Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters for a record-breaking 10th time with a dominant 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Sunday. The 30-year-old Nadal …

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Sharapova to face Vinci with critic Radwanska waiting

Maria Sharapova / AFP PHOTO / PAUL CROCK Maria Sharapova was drawn to face veteran Italian Roberta Vinci in her opening match at next week’s Stuttgart tournament as the five-time Grand Slam champion returns from a 15-month doping ban. The former world number one was controversially handed a wildcard into the claycourt event after her suspension wiped out her ranking. …

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Nastase investigated over Serena ‘racial slur’

Ilie Nastase Romanian tennis great Ilie Nastase is subject of an investigation by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) over an alleged racist remark about Serena Williams’ pregnancy. Nastase, who is Romania’s Fed Cup captain, was heard to say to a member of the team at Friday’s press conference ahead of a tie with Britain: “Let’s see what colour it has. …

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Funding, key to developing young table tennis stars, says Oshodi

Junior table tennis star, Tosin Oribamise, could not travel to Tunisia for the African junior championship due to lack of funds President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi, has said more funds need to be made available to allow the talents in the game of table tennis to flourish. Nigeria failed to send its athletes to the recently …

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Serena hints at pregnancy with ’20 weeks’ post

(FILES) This file photo taken on September 7, 2016 shows Serena Williams of the United States serving against Simona Halep of Romania during their 2016 US Open Women’s Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. Tennis great Serena Williams hinted April 19, 2017 that she’s expecting her first child, posting a photo of …

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Oribamise, Abdel-Aziz, others to represent Africa at Youth Olympic Games

Oribamise qualifies as Nigeria sole representative at next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Argentina after missing out of ITTF African Junior and Cadet Championships in Tunisia. Nigeria’s Esther Oribamise, Egypt’s duo of Marwa Alhodaby and Youssef Abdel-Aziz and Tunisia’s Nathael Hamdoun yesterday qualified for next year’s Youth Olympic Games holding in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the African Continental Qualification tournament concluded …

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Toriola, Oshonaike lead Team Nigeria to 2017 ITTF World Championships

Africa’s most decorated player, Segun Toriola, Experienced campaigners, Segun Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike lead a seven-man strong Nigerian contingent to the ITTF World Championships holding in Dusseldorf, Germany from May 29 to June 5. According to a list released by the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), also in the team are Africa’s highest ranked player, Aruna Quadri and Italy-based Olajide …

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Plenty on the line in Monte Carlo for Murray, Djokovic

Andy Murray The top two players in the world, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, both have something to prove as the pair return to the tour from injury to play this week’s Monte Carlo Masters. Both have been struggling with elbow injuries, but world number one Murray proved his fitness during a recent exhibition with Roger Federer in the Swiss …

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