Tennis


  • Tennis Roundup: Pliskova beats Williams for 1st win at WTA Finals 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)SINGAPORE (AP) — Third-seeded Karolina Pliskova cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over fifth-seeded Venus Williams at the WTA Finals on Sunday. “I felt really good,” Pliskova said. “I think everything was fine with my game today. I think I was just a little bit better, even from the baseline, even on my service games, so ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Maria Sharapova loses to Magdalena Rybarikova at Kremlin Cup Maria-USATSI-9165650MOSCOW (AP) — Maria Sharapova was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday, ending her bid for a second title in two weeks. PlSharapova, who won the Tianjin Open two days ago, brought her usual power but lacked accuracy with some wild swings on key points. “I felt fine physically, ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Cornet beats Makarova in Kremlin Cup first round Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return shot against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their third round of the women's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)(Photo: The Associated Press)MOSCOW (AP) — Alize Cornet of France beat hometown favorite Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3 at the Kremlin Cup on Monday to set up a possible second-round meeting with Maria Sharapova. Cornet won a frantic match which included five consecutive breaks of serve in the first set. Her victory means she will play Sharapova if the Russian beats ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters title Laver Cup federer-GTY-853167648-94068442SHANGHAI (AP) — Roger Federer extended his winning streak over Rafael Nadal this year to four matches after beating the top-ranked Spaniard 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. The Swiss 19-time grand slam winner, who still trails Nadal 23-15 in their overall head-to-head record, didn’t face a break point and started and ended ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Rafael Nadal advances to Shanghai final chasing seventh title of 2017 Spanish player Rafael Nadal returns a ball to Russian player Andrey Kuznetsov during the Madrid Open tournament.(Photo: PEDRO ARMESTRE, AFP/Getty Images)SHANGHAI (AP) — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal will play for his seventh title of the year at the Shanghai Masters on Sunday. Nadal improved his current winning streak to 16 matches after beating fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-5, 7-6 (3) Saturday in the semifinals. Nadal, who won a tour-best sixth title of the season at the China ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Juan Martin del Potro advances to second round at Shanghai Masters TENNIS-MIAMI-OPEN-89951152SHANGHAI (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro needed all three sets to reach the second round at the Shanghai Masters, beating Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 on Monday. Del Potro, a Shanghai semifinalist in 2013, struggled with his second serve. Although he won 40 of 49 points on his first serve, he only captured ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Soon-to-be No. 1 Simona Halep loses to Caroline Garcia in China Open final Simona Halep of Romania, left, and Caroline Garcia of France pose with their trophies after Garcia won the China Open.(Photo: Mark Schiefelbein, AP)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Caroline Garcia of France won her second consecutive WTA title by defeating soon-to-be-No. 1 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the China Open final in Beijing on Sunday. The 15th-ranked Garcia, who lost to Halep the two previous times they played, will make her top-10 debut when the new rankings come ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advances to semifinals at China Open Nadal 043016(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal moved into the semifinals of the China Open by beating sixth-seeded John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (0) on Friday. The French Open and U.S. Open champion has won five titles this season and is closing in on the year-end No. 1 ranking. “In general terms, I think I played with ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Rafael Nadal advances to quarterfinals of China Open Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return shot against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their third round of the women's singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)(Photo: The Associated Press)BEIJING (AP) — Rafael Nadal earned his season-leading 58th victory on Thursday by beating Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open. The top-ranked Spaniard, who won the French Open and U.S. Open this year, saved all six break points he faced and increased his lead over Roger Federer at the top ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Kyrgios smashes racket, advances to China Open quarterfinals wta-TENNIS-CITI-OPEN-92855347BEIJING (AP) — Nick Kyrgios smashed a racket after losing the first set, sang a song while relaxing during a changeover, and then advanced to the China Open quarterfinals. The eighth-seeded Australian rallied to beat Mischa Zverev 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Wednesday, finding some degree of redemption for his ill-tempered, suspension-earning performance against the German last year ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Nadal saves 2 match points, advances at China Open NADAL-USATSI-10222435BEIJING (AP) — Rafael Nadal needed to save two match points before advancing to the second round at the China Open. The top-ranked Spaniard, playing for the first time since winning the U.S. Open title last month, rallied to beat Lucas Pouille 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 Tuesday. Pouille held two match points while leading 6-4 in the ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Caroline Garcia wins Wuhan Open for first title of year Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine celebrates a point against Francesca Schiavone of Italy.(Photo: Lachlan Cunningham, Getty Images)WUHAN, China (AP) — Unseeded Caroline Garcia of France won her first title of the year on Saturday, beating Ashleigh Barty 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the Wuhan Open final. “A title is the best, it’s the best thing you can have in tennis. A big one or a small one, it doesn’t matter,” said ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Ashleigh Barty KOs Jelena Ostapenko to meet Caroline Garcia in Wuhan final Ashleigh Barty of Australia return to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia during their semifinals match at the Wuhan Open.(Photo: Wang Zhao, AFP/Getty Images)WUHAN, China (AP) — Ashleigh Barty of Australia reached her biggest WTA final when she beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-0 at the Wuhan Open on Friday. Barty will play Caroline Garcia in the final after the Frenchwoman beat qualifier Maria Sakkari of Greece 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Ostapenko, the last surviving seed ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Top-ranked Garbine Muguruza advances to quarterfinals at Wuhan Open 092717 TENNIS-AFP-AFP-SU2IKWUHAN, China (AP) — Top-ranked Garbine Muguruza advanced to the quarterfinals at the Wuhan Open, beating Magda Linette of Poland 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 Wednesday. The Spaniard went up an early break in the third-round match against No. 83 Linette and the Wimbledon champion needed just a half-hour to win the first set. Linette fought back in the ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Roger Federer clinches first Laver Cup for Europe with singles win Laver Cup federer-GTY-853167648-94068442WUHAN, China (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and runner-up Madison Keys were knocked out of the Wuhan Open in the first round on Monday. In their first matches since the final at Flushing Meadows, the 17th-ranked Stephens lost to Wang Qiang of China 6-2, 6-2, while the 12th-ranked Keys was beaten by Varvara Lepchenko ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Federer, Nadal happy to play doubles, Borg to decide Switzerland's Roger Federer pats the ball back to a ballboy after holding serve as he plays his Men's Singles semifinal match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)(Photo: The Associated Press)PRAGUE (AP) — With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup team tennis tournament, expectations are running high about the chance of seeing the two as doubles partners. The three-day competition at the O2 Arena in Prague starts Friday, pitting a team of the best six European players against the top six from the ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Kerber ousts local favorite Osaka at Pan-Pacific Open US OPEN TENNIS-USATSI-10149012TOKYO (AP) — Seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany got a measure of revenge for a U.S. Open loss by beating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Pan-Pacific Open. Last month, Kerber was knocked out of the U.S. Open by the Japanese teenager in straight sets. “It’s always tough to ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Diyas beats Kato to win 1st WTA title at Japan Women’s Open FILE - In this July 3, 2017, file photo, Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka reacts during his men's singles match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev on the opening day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled out of the U.S. Open with an injured knee. Wawrinka announced Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, he would sit out the rest of 2017 because of the knee. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)TOKYO (AP) — Zarina Diyas won her first WTA title on Sunday, beating home favorite Miyu Kato 6-2, 7-5 to take the Japan Women’s Open title. In a final made up of two qualifiers, the 23-year-old Diyas broke Kato in the first game before a double fault from the Japanese player at 4-2 allowed the Kazakhstani ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Diyas beats defending champion McHale at Japan Women’s Open Maria Sharapova, of Russia, reacts after beating Timea Babos, of Hungary, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)(Photo: The Associated Press)TOKYO (AP) — Qualifier Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan outlasted defending champion Christina McHale 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 Saturday to advance to the final of the Japan Women’s Open. Diyas was down 3-1 in the final set but broke the 25-year-old American twice to complete the victory and secure her second WTA final. Diyas, a finalist here in 2014, ...
  • Tennis Roundup: France favorite to reach Davis Cup final despite poor form Argentinian Davis Cup team players (L-R) Federico Delbonis, Guido Pella, captain Daniel Orsanic, Leonardo Mayer, and Juan Martin del Potro pose with their trophy after defeating Croatia in the Davis Cup final in Zagreb, Croatia, 27 November 2016.(Photo: ANTONIO BAT, EPA)PARIS (AP) — With Novak Djokovic out of the Davis Cup semifinals, even a French lineup struggling for form is heavily favored to reach the team event final for the 18th time. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille lead France in singles play this weekend on clay against Serbia at Stade Pierre Mauroy, the venue where France ...
  • Tennis Roundup: Nadal, Federer back at the top in 2017 FILE - In this July 6, 2016, file photo, Roger Federer, of Switzerland, plays a return to Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during their men's singles match st the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. In January, it appeared that Federer and Rafael Nadal had left their best days behind them. As of Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, they are ranked 1-2. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEW YORK (AP) — Who would have guessed at the start of 2017 that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would divvy up the year’s four Grand Slam titles? And who could possibly pretend to know what 2018 will bring for them? By the time Nadal was biting the handle of the U.S. Open trophy on Sunday night ...
  • 2017 US Open glance: Nadal easily beats Anderson for 3rd title Nadal US OpenA quick look at the U.S. Open : SUMMING UP SUNDAY Rafael Nadal earned his third U.S. Open championship and the 16th Grand Slam title of his career with an easy-as-anticipated 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Kevin Anderson, who was participating in a mrajor final for the first time. Nadal is the first man since 2000 to ...
  • US Open glance: Nadal seeks 16th title vs 1st-timer Anderson Sloane Stephens, of the United States, returns a shot from Madison Keys, of the United States, during the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)(Photo: The Associated Press)A quick look at the U.S. Open : LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY Rafael Nadal goes for his 16th Grand Slam title against Kevin Anderson, who will be trying for his first. Nadal won the French Open in June and a victory will give him two major titles in the same year for the fifth time in his career ...
  • US Open glance: Keys faces Stephens in all-American final NADAL-USATSI-10222435(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-    A quick look at the U.S. Open : LOOK AHEAD TO SATURDAY Madison Keys faces Sloane Stephens in the first all-American women’s final at the U.S. Open since 2002. It will be the first Grand Slam title match for both. Keys is 22, Stephens is 24, and they have been close friends ...
  • 2017 US Open: Stephens tops Williams; faces Keys in all-American US Open F Women US Open FinalsA quick look at the U.S. Open : LOOK AHEAD TO FRIDAY Rafael Nadal vs. Juan Martin del Potro might feel as if it’s a Grand Slam semifinal worthy of a final. Each has won the U.S. Open already — Nadal in 2010 and 2013; del Potro in 2009, when he beat Nadal in the semifinals, then ...

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