Tennis


  • Day 2 at the Australian Open: Federer, Djokovic on court Venus Williams celebrates winning her singles round-robin match against Garbine Muguruza at the WTA Finals.(Photo: Wallace Woon, EPA-EFE)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, with 11 Australian Open titles between them and 31 Grand Slam singles titles combined, take to the court at Melbourne Park under vastly different circumstances on Tuesday. Federer, with five Australian and a leading 19 major titles overall, plays Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia to open ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Federer deflects attention to Nadal, Djokovic in Australia NADAL-USATSI-10222435MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer prefers to think of Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic as the favorites for the Australian Open title, despite entering as defending champion and coming off a worry-free preparation. “I play down my chances just because I don’t think a 36-year-old should be a favorite of a tournament,” Federer said Sunday ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Angelique Kerber wins Sydney championship for first title since 2016 U.S. Open Angelique Kerber celebrates the winning point after beating Ashley Barty.(Photo: Peter Parks, AFP/Getty Images)SYDNEY (AP) — Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday. The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No. 1-ranked Kerber won four singles matches at the Hopman Cup in ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Angelique Kerber wins eighth match in a row, advances to Sydney final Kerber-AFP-AFP-WD9TC-96509471SYDNEY (AP) — Angelique Kerber won her eighth consecutive match of the new season, coming from 3-1 down in the final set to beat qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Sydney International final on Friday. Kerber, a former No. 1 and the 2016 Australian Open champion, won all four singles at the Hopman Cup ...
  • Tennis Roundup – Australian Open draw: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic in same half Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer met in the semifinals of the 2016 Australian Open.(Photo: Peter Parks, AFP/Getty Images)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw. Just being there. A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be after landing in the same half as six-time champion Novak Djokovic. “This is not normal,” Federer told a ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Garbine Muguruza out of Sydney International with thigh injury Novak Djokovic reacts after winning against Dominic Thiem in their match of the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.(Photo: JULIAN SMITH, EPA-EFE)SYDNEY (AP) — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza has withdrawn with an injury from her second consecutive tournament to start the new year. Muguruza, who retired in the third set from her first match at the Brisbane International last week with leg cramps, beat Kiki Bertens 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals. But Muguruza ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Kerber beats Venus Williams at Sydney International Britain's Andy Murray reacts as he loses a point to Sam Querrey of the United States during their Men's Singles Quarterfinal Match on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)(Photo: The Associated Press)SYDNEY (AP) — Former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber won her sixth consecutive match of the new season, beating second-seeded Venus Williams 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday in a Sydney International match delayed for two hours by a thunderstorm. Kerber, who dropped to No.22 following a poor 2017 season, needed to save two match points before ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Angelique Kerber advances; Sloane Stephens out in Sydney International Angelique Kerber (GER) reacts against Karolina Pliskova (CZE) in the finals during the Western & Southern Open.(Photo: Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports)SYDNEY (AP) — Former No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber needed to save two match points before fending off Lucie Safarova 6-7 (3), 7-6 (8), 6-2 on Monday to set up a second-round match against Venus Williams. Kerber, coming off a run to the Hopman Cup final in Perth, overcame two rain delays and a tricky second-set tiebreaker ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Nick Kyrgios beats Ryan Harrison to win Brisbane International title Nick Kyrgios plays a shot in his final match against Ryan Harrison during the Brisbane International tennis tournament.(Photo: Tertius Pickard, AP)BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Nick Kyrgios won an ATP title on home soil for the first time with a commanding 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ryan Harrison at the Brisbane International on Sunday night. It was a fourth title for the enigmatic 22-year-old Australian, and his first since 2016. Harrison had five breakpoint chances in the first set ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Halep defeats Siniakova in 3 sets to win Shenzhen Open title Venus Williams celebrates winning her singles round-robin match against Garbine Muguruza at the WTA Finals.(Photo: Wallace Woon, EPA-EFE)SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep beat defending champion Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 in the final of the Shenzhen Open on Saturday. Halep coasted through the first set, breaking Siniakova twice in a dominant start in which she lost just seven points on serve. Siniakova found her rhythm in the second set, breaking in the ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Serena Williams, Andy Murray withdraw from Australian Open Serena Williams said she is not quite ready for major competition after delivering her first child. (Kamran Jebreili / Associated Press) (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Defending champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open, saying she is not ready to return to tournament tennis. Williams, 36, was pregnant with her first child when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title of her career last year at Melbourne Park. “Although I am super close, I’m not ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep advance to semifinals at Shenzhen Open In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, Maria Sharapova returns the ball during a quarterfinal match against Zarina Diyas at the WTA Shenzhen Open.(Photo: Mao Siqian, AP)SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova continued her preparations for an Australian Open return by beating Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-3 Thursday to advance to the Shenzhen Open semifinals along with top-seeded Simona Halep. The five-time major winner dictated play against Diyas, hitting 24 winners and five aces to clinch victory in just under 90 minutes on ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Maria Sharapova wins, Jelena Ostapenko loses at Shenzhen Open Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her second-round match against Alison Riske of the U.S. at the Shenzhen Open.(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Maria Sharapova had 11 aces and saved seven of 10 break points to beat Alison Riske 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday and advance to the Shenzhen Open quarterfinals. The five-time major winner will next face Zarina Diyas, who upset third-seeded Zhang Shuai 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4. “Although I would’ve wanted a quick and ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Rafael Nadal, Garbine Muguruza win ITF player of the year awards NADAL-USATSI-10222435LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza have won the International Tennis Federation’s player of the year awards. At 31, Nadal becomes the oldest ITF men’s world champion after a season in which he won a 10th French Open and a third U.S. Open. The Spaniard also became the oldest player to finish the year at ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Grigor Dimitrov wins ATP Finals, sets his eyes on the Grand Slam Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, lifts the trophy after beating David Goffin, of Belgium, in their ATP World Tour Finals singles final tennis match at the O2 Arena in London.(Photo: Tim Ireland, AP)LONDON (AP) — Grigor Dimitrov’s talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win — but he needed more than that to get over the line. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian claimed the title at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunday, prevailing on his fifth match point to beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Dimitrov reaches semifinals at ATP Finals, beats Goffin Ashleigh Barty of Australia return to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia during their semifinals match at the Wuhan Open.(Photo: Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images)LONDON (AP) — The coaching seemed to have helped, whether Grigor Dimitrov heard it or not. The sixth-seeded Bulgarian made his way into the semifinals at the ATP Finals on Wednesday by beating David Goffin 6-0, 6-2, but he was given a violation for coaching during the second set. A linesman informed the chair umpire of the ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Jack Sock beats Marin Cilic in straight sets at ATP Finals Tennis 110117LONDON (AP) — Jack Sock won for the first time at the ATP Finals on Tuesday, beating Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4). Sock lost his debut match to Roger Federer, but he is now 1-1 in his round-robin group. Cilic, who has won only one of his eight matches overall at the season-ending tournament, ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Vandeweghe gives US early lead in Fed Cup final vs Belarus Davis Cup BelrusMINSK, Belarus (AP) — CoCo Vandeweghe gave the United States a 1-0 lead in the Fed Cup final against Belarus on Saturday with the Americans looking to break a 17-year championship drought. Vandeweghe beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4 in front of a boisterous home crowd in Belarus. “I think that’s part of having the home court advantage ...
  • Tennis Roundup: CoCo Vandeweghe to open against Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Fed Cup final -AP-Belarus-Tennis-Fed-CupMINSK, Belarus (AP) — CoCo Vandeweghe will play in the opening match of the Fed Cup final on Saturday when the United States takes on Belarus looking for its record 18th title in the competition. The 10th-ranked Vandeweghe was drawn to face Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first singles match. U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will then ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Sloane Stephens provides boost for USA in Fed Cup final at Belarus WTA-stephens1108MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sloane Stephens is back in the United States team for the Fed Cup final, and Victoria Azarenka is missing for Belarus. That alone gives the early advantage to the Americans. Stephens, who won the U.S. Open this year for her first major title, missed the opening two rounds of the international team competition ...
  • Tennis Roundup: London finals up next for Jack Sock after Paris Masters win WTA-sockPARIS (AP) — After being one game away from going home early in the tournament, Jack Sock won the Paris Masters on Sunday to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals in London. Sock beat Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1. It is easily the biggest trophy so far in the 25-year-old American’s career. Before coming to Paris the ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Goerges tops Vandeweghe to win WTA Elite Trophy 092717 TENNIS-AFP-AFP-SU2IKZHUHAI, China (AP) — Julia Goerges defeated CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-1 in the WTA Elite Trophy final on Sunday. Goerges fell behind 5-2 in the first set before rallying to win 10 of the next 11 games as she cruised to her second straight WTA title. “I can’t imagine a better ending to this season, two titles ...
  • Tennis Roundup: U.S. Open champ Sloane Stephens leads U.S. in Fed Cup final vs. Belarus Tennis 110117WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will lead the United States against Belarus in the Fed Cup final this month. The U.S. Tennis Association announced captain Kathy Rinaldi’s roster on Wednesday. Joining Stephens for the best-of-five-matches final on an indoor hard court in Minsk, Belarus, on Nov. 11-12 are two-time Grand Slam semifinalist ...
  • Tennis Roundup: CoCo Vandeweghe Opens WTA Elite Trophy with win over Peng Shuai CoCo Tennis -AFP-AFP-TV4V2ZHUHAI, China (AP) — Second-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe opened the WTA Elite Trophy with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Chinese wild-card entry Peng Shuai on Tuesday. Vandeweghe overcame a slow start and two service breaks in the first set, recovering to finish with six aces and converting five of her eight break-point chances in the Bougainvillea ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Kerber and Stephens headline WTA Elite Trophy field Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a shot to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico during their women's singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)ZHUHAI, China (AP) — A year after finishing the season as the No. 1-ranked player in the world, Angelique Kerber will be playing at the WTA Elite Trophy with an eye on 2018. Kerber won the Australian Open and U.S. Open last year, but has struggled in 2017 and has dropped to No. 19. “I’m not trying ...

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