Tennis


  • Tennis Roundup: Maria Sharapova wins first match on return from 15-month doping ban Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a shot to Italy's Roberta Vinci during the Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Sharapova was given a lukewarm welcome by 4,500 spectators upon her return to professional tennis on Wednesday after a 15-month doping ban. (Daniel Maurer/dpa via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix by beating Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 Thursday. In her second match after a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova hit nine aces and held serve throughout. She converted three of her four break points. The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1, who ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Murray advances in Barcelona after injured Tomic withdraws United States' Serena Williams prepares to serve to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Top-seeded Andy Murray advanced to the third round at the Barcelona Open after Bernard Tomic withdrew from the tournament on Wednesday. Tomic, who needed three sets to defeat Dustin Brown in the first round on Tuesday, said he would not be able to face Murray because of a lower back injury. The top-ranked ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Serena Williams at No. 1, despite not playing since January FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams is briefly back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, despite not having played a match since January, and with plans to take the rest of 2017 off because she is expecting a baby. Thanks to a calendar quirk, Williams moved up one spot from No. 2, swapping places with Angelique Kerber. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Serena Williams is briefly back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, despite not playing a match since January — and with plans to take the rest of 2017 off because she is expecting a baby. Thanks to a calendar quirk, Williams moved up one spot Monday from No. 2, swapping ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Albert Ramos-Vinolas beats Marin Cilic to reach Monte Carlo semifinals Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas celebrates winning a point against Croatia's Marin Cilic during their quarterfinal match at the Monte Carlo Masters.(Photo: Claude Paris, AP)MONACO (AP) — Albert Ramos-Vinolas won the last four games to beat fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2 and reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals on Friday. Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, seemed to be in command when he broke at the start of the third set. But the Spaniard rallied to ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Andy Murray loses to Albert Ramos-Vinolas at Monte Carlo Masters Britain's Andy Murray celebrates during his match against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller at the Monte Carlo Masters.(Photo: Yann Coatsaliou, AFP/Getty Images)MONACO (AP) — Top-ranked Andy Murray threw away a 4-0 lead in the deciding set of his third-round match on Thursday as 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas won 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 at the Monte Carlo Masters. Murray, who is returning after a spell out with a right elbow injury, looked rusty on the clay-court surface and struggled on ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Andy Murray returns from injury, reaches Monte Carlo third round Britain's Andy Murray celebrates during his match against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller at the Monte Carlo Masters.(Photo: Yann Coatsaliou, AFP/Getty Images)MONACO (AP) — Top-ranked Andy Murray returned from an elbow injury to beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday. The right elbow injury prompted Murray to withdraw from last month’s Miami Open and he also missed Britain’s recent quarterfinal loss to France in the Davis ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Rain washes out matches at US Clay Court Championship Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, shakes hands with Varvara Lepchenko, of the United States, after defeating her 6-1, 6-2 during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)HOUSTON (AP) — Rain washed out all scheduled matches at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Tuesday. The postponed first-round matches were pushed to Wednesday. Among the seeded players now scheduled to be in action Wednesday: No. 5 Fernando Verdasco, No. 6 Feliciano Lopez and No. 7 Donald Young. ____ MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus named an unchanged ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Haas, 39, beats Opelka, 19, in Houston Tennis 062116 -AFP-553241052-82783906HOUSTON (AP) — In a match representing one of the largest age gaps between players in recent decades on the men’s tennis tour, 39-year-old Tommy Haas edged 19-year-old Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 on Monday at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. It was the first ATP tour-level victory since Wimbledon in 2015 for Haas, ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Daria Kasatkina beats Jelena Ostapenko to win first WTA event at Volvo Open russian-teenager-daria-kasatkina-eliminates-world-no1-angelique-kerber-in-sydneyCHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Teenager Daria Kasatkina doesn’t just upset the top-ranked player in the world. She also can win a tournament. The 19-year-old Russian showed patience and poise Sunday to beat fellow teen Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-1 to win her first WTA event at the Volvo Car Open. It was the first final between two teens ...
  • Tennis Roundup: First-time WTA winner on tap in Volvo Car Open finals Mirjana Lucic-Baroni returns during her match against Shelby Rogers, not pictured, at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, S.C.(Photo: Grace Beahm, AP)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Unseeded Daria Kasatkina of Russia and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia each moved into position for their first WTA title, winning semifinal matches Saturday in the Volvo Car Open. Kasatkina rallied from a set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, and Ostapenko held off the tournament’s lone remaining seed in No. ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Ostapenko tops Wozniacki to reach Volvo Car Open semifinals 539123-kerber-and-halep-afp33 CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jelena Ostapenko decided to put Charleston on her schedule this year for the first time. It likely won’t be the last time. The 19-year-old Latvian upset Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 on Friday night to reach the semifinals at the Volvo Car Open. That’s heady stuff against a player that had reached the quarterfinals ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Daria Kasatkina outlasts good friend Daria Gavrilova at Volvo Open AP-CHARLESTON-TENNIS-90044746CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Not the windy conditions nor the sight of good friend Daria Gavrilova on the other side of the net could deter Daria Kasatkina. In a three-set duel between the Russians that lasted well over two hours on Thursday, Kasatkina beat Gavrilova 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 to reach her second straight quarterfinal at the ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Shelby Rogers outlasts Veronica Cepede Royg at Volvo Open Shelby Rodgers celebrates after defeating Veronica Cepede Royg at the Volvo Car Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, in Charleston. Rodgers won 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-6 (6). (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP)CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The expressions just kept changing on the face of Shelby Rogers as the American tried to figure out the winning moves against Veronica Cepede Royg at the Volvo Car Open. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth for close to three hours until Rogers prevailed 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-6 (6) ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Djokovic says elbow healed, looking to return to competition Roger Federer, of Switzerland, right, shakes hands with Rafael Nadal, of Spain, after their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. Federer won 6-2, 6-3. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — With his elbow better and his body rested, Novak Djokovic is ready to get back on court when Serbia faces Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. “I haven’t had too many matches recently, and that’s what I need to get back in shape,” Djokovic said Tuesday. The Serb has dropped from his No. ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Roger Federer set for a break after beating Rafael Nadal to win Miami Open Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, in the men's singles final at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Weary from three months of winning, Roger Federer hit one last shot Sunday, whacking a celebratory forehand into the stands to punctuate his victory over Rafael Nadal in the Miami Open final. Now comes a well-deserved two-month break. “I’m not 24 anymore,” Federer said. “I need a rest. My body needs healing.” He’s ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Johanna Konta beats Caroline Wozniacki for Miami Open title Johanna Konta holds the Butch Buchholz Trophy after her win against Caroline Wozniacki in the women's singles championship of the 2017 Miami Open.(Photo: Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Johanna Konta lofted a lob off the baseline for a winner on championship point, waited for instant replay to confirm the call and even then hesitated to celebrate the biggest title of her 11-year career. “To be honest, I actually couldn’t kind of believe it was over,” she said with a ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Federer beats Kyrgios to reach Miami Open final; Nadal next Roger Federer, of Switzerland, right, and Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, congratulate each other after Federer defeated Kyrgios 7-6 (9), 6-7 (9), 7-6 (5) during a tennis match at the Miami Open, Friday, March 31, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer’s season of resurgence took another thrilling turn Friday night when he won a three-tiebreaker semifinal against Nick Kyrgios at the Miami Open. Federer failed to convert two match points in the second-set tiebreaker but finished off the flashy, unpredictable Kyrgios an hour later, 7-6 (9), 6-7 (9), 7-6 (5). “It’s ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Federer makes semis, Wozniacki reaches Miami Open final Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (6) at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer’s run at the Miami Open was one point from ending. Down 6-4 in a third-set tiebreaker to Tomas Berdych, the situation was officially dire. Yet even in that moment, Federer still felt some hope. “I had belief I could turn it around, even then,” he said. Somehow, he was right, and ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Venus Williams beats No. 1 Kerber in Miami Open quarters Venus Williams, of the United States, returns a shot against Angelique Kerber, of Germany, during a quarterfinal match at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Williams defeated Kerber 7-5, 6-3. (AP Photo/Mario Houben)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Venus Williams whacked a winner on her fifth match point, then spun and threw a celebratory fist toward her father, who watched from the front row while munching popcorn. The taste of victory never gets old. Venus and her dad have been coming together to Key Biscayne for 20 years, and she ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Federer and Nadal advance, Wawrinka ousted at Miami Open Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after defeating Nicolas Mahut at the Miami Open Tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — For Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it was a happy anniversary. For Stan Wawrinka, it was not a happy birthday. Federer and Nadal — playing back-to-back on stadium court on the 13th anniversary of their very first match — both advanced Tuesday to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, surviving strong tests ...
  • Tennis Roundup: 3-time champ Venus Williams reaches 4th round at Miami Open V Willams MiamiKEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — The oldest player in the women’s draw at the Miami Open, Venus Williams is looking forward to the next round. And next year. And the year after that. “Yeah, 2020 here I come,” she said. Williams earned her latest win in this season of resurgence Sunday, beating qualifier Patricia Maria Tig 6-3, ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Federer wins opening match at Key Biscayne against US teen Federer Swiss 03KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer kept waving in apology, twice after he dribbled winners off the net cord and once when he slammed a volley that nearly knocked his opponent down. Afterward Federer praised 19-year-old American qualifier Frances Tiafoe, who acquitted himself well before a near-capacity stadium crowd at the Miami Open. But there ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Mattek-Sands upsets Svitolina at Miami Open; Safarova wins Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, shakes hands with Varvara Lepchenko, of the United States, after defeating her 6-1, 6-2 during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Bethanie Mattek-Sands picked up her first top-10 victory since 2015, upsetting ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Miami Open’s third round. Mattek-Sands, who turned 32 on Thursday, is ranked only 158th in singles and needed a wild-card invitation to get into the hard-court tournament. She is ranked ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Angelique Kerber retakes No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams Angelique Kerber, of Germany, is assured of staying at No. 1 in the WTA rankings at least for the next two weeks.(Photo: Kamran Jebreili, AP)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Angelique Kerber is back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, reclaiming that spot from Serena Williams. Kerber moves atop the rankings on Monday. That’s about six months after she originally ascended to No. 1 for the first time, overtaking Williams by winning the U.S. Open. That ended Williams’ run of 186 ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Federer on ‘dream start’ after winning Indian Wells title Indian Wells FedererINDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Forget the comeback talk. Roger Federer is back. He defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title in an all-Swiss final Sunday to go with his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January after missing most of last year with various ...

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