Tennis


  • 2018 French Open set to start with Venus Williams, and rain PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams and rain are on the schedule as the year’s second Grand Slam tournament is set to start at Roland Garros. The French Open is the only major tennis championship that begins on a Sunday, making it a 15-day event. The forecast calls for showers in the afternoon. In addition to seven-time major champion ...
  • TENNIS – FRENCH OPEN ’18: Defending champ Ostapenko in action Day 1 (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    A quick look at the French Open: SURFACE Red clay SITE Roland Garros SCHEDULE The 15-day tournament begins Sunday. The women’s singles final is Saturday, June 9; the men’s singles final is Sunday, June 10. LOOK AHEAD TO SUNDAY Jelena Ostapenko will not only be starting the defense of her first Grand Slam title when she steps on ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Garbine Muguruza opts for relaxed approach at French Open PARIS (AP) — If there is one player that should not be afraid of Serena Williams’ return to Grand Slam tennis at the French Open, it’s certainly Garbine Muguruza. Despite an inconsistent clay-court season so far from Muguruza, the two-time Grand Slam champion from Spain is among the top contenders at Roland Garros, where she won ...
  • Tennis Roundup: French Open organizers won’t give Serena Williams a seeding (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   PARIS — Serena Williams’ return to Grand Slam tennis from maternity leave just got even tougher. French Open organizers announced on Monday they will not give Williams a seeding. “This year again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women’s seeds based on the WTA ranking,” the French Tennis ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Two-time champ Bertens begins Nuremberg Cup defense with win NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Two-time champion Kiki Bertens began her Nuremberg Cup defense by beating Serbian qualifier Dejana Radanovic 6-1, 6-1 on Monday. Second-seeded Julia Goerges saved a match point but was upset by Kristyna Pliskova 6-2, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5) in 2 ½ hours. Bertens had no difficulties as she made it 13 wins in a ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Svitolina beats Kontaveit to return to Italian Open final ROME (AP) — Defending champion Elina Svitolina returned to the Italian Open final with a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 win over 26th-ranked Anna Kontaveit on Saturday. Aiming for the third title defense in her career, Svitolina will face either top-ranked Simona Halep or three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova in Sunday’s championship match on the red clay of ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Nadal overcomes crowd and Fognini to reach Rome semifinals ROME (AP) — Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a poor first set and a partisan crowd to beat Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and reach the Italian Open semifinals on Friday. The crowd at the Foro Italico was decidedly behind Fognini, Italy’s top player, and Nadal was under pressure when Fognini won five straight games to ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Halep’s hold on No. 1 gets a boost with Keys’ withdrawal ROME (AP) — Simona Halep’s hold on the No. 1 ranking received a boost when American opponent Madison Keys withdrew from their third-round match at the Italian Open on Thursday due to a right rib injury. Halep needed to reach the quarterfinals and progress further than No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki to hold onto the top spot, ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Fognini fires up Foro Italico crowd with win over Thiem ROME (AP) — Fabio Fognini got the Foro Italico crowd fired up Wednesday with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round of the Italian Open. The top Italian player came out wearing a black shirt with a red lightning bolt design down his chest and he was energized from the ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Shapovalov shoots up the rankings with win over Berdych ROME (AP) — Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov pulled off another big win, overcoming a slow start to beat 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Shapovalov is coming off a semifinal appearance in last week’s Madrid Open, where he beat fellow Canadian Milos Raonic ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Petra Kvitova beats Kiki Bertens to win record third Madrid Open title MADRID – When Petra Kvitova thought she couldn’t go on, the Czech hit the critical shots to finally edge Kiki Bertens and claim a record third Madrid Open title on Saturday. Kvitova outlasted Bertens 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 in a grueling final decided when the unseeded Dutch player hit a backhand long on the final point ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Thiem beats Anderson to reach Madrid Open final MADRID (AP) — Dominic Thiem beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the Madrid Open final on Saturday. The fifth-seeded Thiem arrived at the semifinals after dealing top-ranked Rafael Nadal his first loss on clay in a year. Thiem beat the sixth-seeded Anderson after breaking both of his first service games in each set. He will play ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Djokovic loses to Edmund in 2nd round of Madrid Open MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic added another early elimination to his disappointing season, losing to Kyle Edmund 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 on Wednesday in the second round of the Madrid Open. It’s the sixth straight tournament in which Djokovic has failed to reach the quarterfinals. The 12-time Grand Slam champion has struggled this year after saying he ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Top-ranked Halep beats Mertens at Madrid Open MADRID (AP) — Top-ranked Simona Halep reached the third round of the Madrid Open by beating Elise Mertens 6-0, 6-3 on Tuesday. Halep converted her fifth match point to win her 14th straight match in Madrid and stay on track for a third consecutive title in the Spanish capital. “I knew she was coming with a lot ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Djokovic defeats Nishikori in 1st round of Madrid Open MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic got the type of win he needed to boost his confidence and get his game back on track. He beat 20th-ranked Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Madrid Open on Monday, his highest-ranked win in 10 months. Djokovic broke serve late in each set to get past Nishikori ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Venus loses to Kontaveit in first round of Madrid Open MADRID (AP) — Venus Williams lost to Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday. Kontaveit rallied from a set down to beat the eighth-seeded Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the outdoor clay court. “I’d lost to her two times already, and so I had nothing to lose,” Kontaveit said. “I ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Petra Kvitova rallies to win Prague Open final PRAGUE (AP) — Second-seeded Petra Kvitova came from a set down to beat seventh-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Prague Open final on Saturday. It was the 23rd career WTA title for the two-time Wimbledon champion. Kvitova broke Buzarnescu in the fourth game of the deciding set and held her serve for a ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Serena Williams withdraws from Madrid Open MADRID (AP) — Serena Williams has withdrawn from next week’s Madrid Open, saying she wasn’t ready to compete. Tournament organizers say Williams withdrew because she needs more time to train before returning to action. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, returned to the tour in Indian Wells this year after a 14-month absence because of the birth ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Fognini, Monfils, Sugita eliminated in 1st round in Munich MUNICH (AP) — Fifth-seeded Fabio Fognini lost 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to Italian compatriot Marco Cecchinato on a day of upsets at the Munich Open on Tuesday. Cecchinato, who won his first title in Hungary on Sunday, saved five of the eight break points he faced and converted five of his own to win the first-round match ...
  • Tennis Roundup: 2014 champ Klizan rallies to surprise Mayer in Munich MUNICH (AP) — Former champion Martin Klizan rallied to surprise home player Florian Mayer 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Munich Open on Monday. The 122nd-ranked Slovak, who won the clay-court tournament in 2014, was 3-0 down in the deciding set but recovered by winning the next six games to take the match ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Pliskova beats Vandeweghe 7-6, 6-4 to win Stuttgart Open STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Karolina Pliskova ended CoCo Vandeweghe’s brilliant week with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday. The sixth-seeded Czech held her nerve at key times to win her first title of the season and her 10th overall in just under two hours. Pliskova, who fired 41 aces over ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Djokovic loses to 140th-ranked Klizan; Nadal advances BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — While Novak Djokovic struggles, Rafael Nadal keeps impressing. Djokovic lost again on Wednesday, this time falling to 140th-ranked Martin Klizan 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Barcelona Open. Nadal, however, won again. He beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-4 for his 10th win in 11 ATP Tour matches this season. Djokovic ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Goffin defeats Granollers in 2nd round of Barcelona Open BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — David Goffin saved a match point to defeat Marcel Granollers of Spain 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 Tuesday in the second round of the Barcelona Open. Goffin was down 5-1 in the second set before recovering to reach the third round for the second consecutive year in Barcelona. The fourth-seeded Belgian will play either ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Even modest Rafael Nadal impressed by his record 31st Masters title (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —  MONACO — Usually modest about his achievements, Rafael Nadal allowed himself a moment to appreciate his record 31st Masters title on Sunday. Nadal was at his dominant best against Kei Nishikori, beating him 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final to become the first man in the Open era to ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Stephens to open for US against France in semis AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will open play for the U.S. against Pauline Parmentier of France in the Fed Cup semifinals. France No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic and CoCo Vandeweghe will follow on Saturday in the second singles at the new 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d’Aix. France has opted for an indoor clay court. Mladenovic ...

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