Media watchdog says Williams cartoon didn’t breach standards

Tennis 02/25/19, 01:50

A media watchdog has ruled that a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper was not in breach of the Australian Press Council's standards of practice.The depiction of Williams by cartoonist Mark Knight last September showed her reacting angrily ...

No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach

Sports 02/19/19, 14:23

Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach.The two-time major champion had trouble with her serve and was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Championships in a little more than an ...

Shiffrin, the new face of skiing, cites Osaka as inspiration

Sports 02/12/19, 12:24

During her inexorable rise to someday becoming the most successful Alpine skier in history, Mikaela Shiffrin has been shooting some admiring glances at another young female athlete excelling at her chosen sport.And she, too, is emerging from the shadow of an all-time great."Somebody I've been watching lately, and I'm really ...

No. 1 Osaka splits with coach 2 weeks after 2nd major title

Sports 02/11/19, 17:12

Naomi Osaka surprisingly split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title and moved to No. 1 in the WTA rankings."Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha," Osaka posted on Twitter ...

Kvitova testifies at trial of suspect in knife attack

Tennis 02/05/19, 10:14

Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova has testified in the Czech Republic at the trial of the man who allegedly knifed her in her home.After the December 2016 attack in her home in Prostejov, Kvitova had surgery on injuries to her playing left hand. It took the tennis star more than ...

Petra Kvitova loses to Vekic in St. Petersburg

Tennis 02/01/19, 09:31

Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova struggled with her serve and was eliminated from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Friday after losing to eighth-seeded Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.The second-ranked Kvitova landed only 48 percent of her first serves, double-faulted six times and was broken five times.Kvitova, the ...

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 ...

Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

Sports 01/28/19, 02:38

Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years and the first man or woman from Asia to lead the tennis rankings.Simona Halep's 48-week stay atop the WTA ended Monday. She slid to No. 3 after a fourth-round loss to ...

Novak, Naomi, other things we learned at Australian Open

Tennis 01/27/19, 12:53

The way things went at the Australian Open didn't exactly teach the world that Novak Djokovic is the best there is in men's tennis right now. Certainly confirmed it, though.And while those within the game knew all about Naomi Osaka, she made sure her talent is more obvious to more ...

Now No. 1, Osaka wins majors to strains of Jay Rock’s ‘Win’

Tennis 01/26/19, 14:46

Like the 21-year-old she is, Naomi Osaka stepped into Rod Laver Arena for the Australian Open final with a cellphone in her right hand and music in both ears.The headphones she wore carried the swirling brass, bouncing beat and boastful lyrics of Jay Rock's "Win," the same pre-match song Osaka ...

Japanese fans celebrate Osaka’s rise to top of tennis world

Sports 01/26/19, 08:39

Japanese fans celebrated Naomi Osaka's Australian Open title on Saturday, saying her win will serve as an inspiration to future generations.Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 to claim a second consecutive Grand Slam title. The 21-year-old Osaka also becomes the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. ...

Osaka edges Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking

Tennis 01/26/19, 06:23

Naomi Osaka recovered after wasting three championship points and reasserted herself down the stretch to win the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title, edging Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday night.The victory allows the 21-year-old Osaka to become the first tennis player from Japan to ...

Update: Osaka edges Kvitova for Australian Open title

Tennis 01/26/19, 06:17

The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Naomi Osaka has won the Australian Open for her second consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 in the final. The 21-year-old Osaka also becomes the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 ...

Kvitova-Osaka: Australian final from different perspectives

Tennis 01/25/19, 02:43

Petra Kvitova has shed her tears. The tears, for a long time private, were in a very public arena this week.A violent home invasion that caused serious knife wounds to her left hand was a punctuation point in her career, as she sees it. There's the before — two Wimbledon ...

Indian Wells tennis to feature all top 75 men and women

Tennis 01/24/19, 22:51

The BNP Paribas Open will include all of the top 75 ranked men's and women's players in the world, including defending champions Juan Martin del Potro and Naomi Osaka.The tournament runs March 4-17 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Southern California desert.Del Potro skipped the Australian Open while ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Tennis 01/24/19, 21:40

Japan's Naomi Osaka smiles and Spain's Rafael Nadal sweats during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Osaka is seeking her second Grand Slam title in the women's singles final on Saturday, while Nadal will try to earn his second Australian Open title and his 18th Slam trophy in Sunday's ...

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 ...

Nissin takes down ad after complaints on Osaka’s depiction

Tennis 01/23/19, 21:26

One of Naomi Osaka's main sponsors has taken down an online ad campaign that depicts the Japanese tennis player with pale skin after it was criticized as insensitive.Daisuke Okabayashi, a spokesman for Japanese noodle-maker Nissin Foods Holdings, said Thursday that two animation clips, which went up earlier this month, were ...

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 ...

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