Federer and Nadal face German qualifiers at French Open

Sports 05/29/19, 02:17

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play German qualifiers in second-round matches at the French Open.Federer faces 144th-ranked Oscar Otte in the main stadium, Court Philippe Chatrier.Nadal meets 114th-ranked Yannick Maden on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Germany's Yannick Hanfmann during their first round match of the ...

Federer returns to play at French Open after 4-year absence

Sports 05/26/19, 01:45

Roger Federer is in action on the opening day of the French Open.Returning to play at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, Federer opens against 73rd-ranked Lorenzo Sonego in the third match on Court Philippe Chatrier.Also Sunday, 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza faces 96th-ranked American Taylor Townsend in the ...

Pliskova wins biggest clay title of career at Italian Open

Sports 05/19/19, 07:46

Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-clay-court title of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Italian Open final.Adding to a very consistent year from the 2016 U.S. Open runner-up, the victory will move Pliskova up to No. 2 in the rankings and makes her one of ...

Konta beats Bertens to reach Italian Open semifinals

Sports 05/18/19, 08:31

Johanna Konta rallied past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours on Saturday to reach the Italian Open final for the biggest clay-court result of her career.Konta's only previous final on clay came recently in Rabat, Morocco, where she lost the title match to Maria Sakkari.This result ...

Australian Barty beats Pliskova for Miami Open title

Sports 03/30/19, 14:25

Ashleigh Barty had 15 aces and became the 33rd different player to win a title in as many ATP and WTA tournaments this year when she beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (1), 6-3 on Saturday in the final of the Miami Open.The 22-year-old Australian, who was seeded 12th, won her fourth ...

Bencic wins at Indian Wells semis, ensuring return to top 20

Tennis 03/14/19, 15:47

Belinda Bencic has beaten Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the BNP Paribas Open semifinals, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings.Bencic was pushed to three sets Thursday for the first time in four matches at this tournament. She was coming off a straight-set upset of ...

Pliskova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup after Kvitova pulls out

Tennis 01/30/19, 11:30

Karolina Pliskova will be the top player for defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic in its first-round meeting with Romania, after Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova pulled out.Pliskova lost in the Australian Open semifinals this month to Naomi Osaka, who then defeated Kvitova in the final.Katerina Siniakova, who won both ...

Peers, Kontinen 1st into men’s doubles final in Australia

Sports 01/23/19, 22:16

John Peers and Henri Kontinen have combined to become the first pair through to the men's doubles final after beating Leonardo Mayer and Joao Sousa 6-1, 7-6 (6) at the Australian Open.Peers and Kontinen, who combined to win the 2017 Australian Open doubles title, will play either the American team ...

Column: Don’t write off Serena or Federer just yet

Sports 01/23/19, 09:34

Tempting as it might be, don't write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet.Sure, both are 37, and they're showing their age.Yes, both are gone from the Australian Open, each with a loss to a far-younger opponent. Williams exited Wednesday in the quarterfinals against 26-year-old Karolina Pliskova of the ...

Osaka tops Svitolina for 1st Australian semi; Serena next?

Sports 01/22/19, 21:19

Naomi Osaka reached the Australian Open semifinals for the first time by stretching her Grand Slam winning streak to 12 matches.The 21-year-old from Japan moved closer to a second consecutive major championship by parlaying her aggressive and powerful style into a 31-11 edge in winners that helped her put together ...

Update: Naomi Osaka into 1st Australian Open semifinal

Sports 01/22/19, 20:33

The Latest at the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):12:28 p.m.Naomi Osaka has reached her first semifinal at the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Elina Svitolina.Osaka used her aggressive style and big hitting to compile a 31-11 edge in winners, including eight aces.The No. 4-seeded Osaka ...

Update: Elina Svitolina advances at Australian Open

Tennis 01/16/19, 20:39

The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local):12:35 p.m.Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park and kicked off proceedings at Rod Laver Arena with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Viktoria Kuzmova.Svitolina will next play either Karolina Pliskova or Madison Brengle, who were ...

Karolina Pliskova wins second Brisbane International title

Sports 01/06/19, 04:57

Karolina Pliskova has won her second Brisbane International title, beating Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 after being just two points from defeat.Serving for the title at 5-4 Sunday, Tsurenko lost 13 straight points. It came after Tsurenko rolled her ankle in the second game of the deciding set.Tsurenko was 4-0 ...

Medvedev beats Raonic to reach Brisbane International semis

Sports 01/04/19, 04:08

Fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev has beaten Milos Raonic 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals at the Brisbane International.The score was level at 4-4 in the third, when Medvedev got the decisive break on a succession of unforced errors from 2016 Brisbane champion Raonic. Medvedev will next meet either Alex ...

Pliskova out of Fed Cup final, Krejcikova in for Czechs

Tennis 11/03/18, 17:05

World No. 8 Karolina Pliskova has been ruled out of the Czech Republic team in the Fed Cup final against the defending champion United States next weekend due to calf muscle and wrist injuries.The Czech team says Pliskova was injured last week during the WTA Finals in Singapore, where she ...

Svitolina beats Bertens at WTA Finals

Tennis 10/27/18, 07:53

Last year Elina Svitolina became the first Ukrainian woman to play singles at the WTA Finals. This year Svitolina became the first woman from her country to reach the season-ending final after beating Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4 Saturday."It feels amazing and it was such a tough battle today," ...

Osaka retires with injury, Bertens reaches WTA semifinals

Tennis 10/26/18, 08:58

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka finished her debut appearance at the WTA Finals on Friday with an injury and an 0-3 record. Osaka was trailing Kiki Bertens 6-3 when she retired from the match with an upper left leg injury. Naomi Osaka of Japan plays a return shot while competing against Kiki ...

Osaka drawn with 2 other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals

Tennis 10/20/18, 02:38

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka was drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore.Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina are in the other group for the end-of-season tournament starting on ...

US Open champion Osaka reaches Pan Pacific Open final

Tennis 09/24/18, 06:05

Naomi Osaka relied on a dominant serve to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi.The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York, overpowered her unseeded opponent and will face fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova ...

Pliskova beats Osaka on home soil to win Pan Pacific Open

Tennis 09/24/18, 06:04

Fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open and deny the U.S. Open champion a win in her home country.Osaka, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York, hadn't dropped a set previous to Sunday's final and was frustrated from ...

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