Osaka withdraws from Stuttgart semi with ab strain

Tennis 04/27/19, 11:26

Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals because of an abdominal injury on Saturday.Osaka said she began to feel the injury before her quarterfinal on Friday, when she came back from 5-1 down in the third set to beat Donna Vekic of Croatia."I wanted to wait to ...

Man who stabbed Petra Kvitova gets 8-year prison term

Sports 03/26/19, 08:52

A court in the Czech Republic convicted a man of knifing two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in her home and sentenced him to eight years in prison.The regional court in the city of Brno ruled on Tuesday that Radim Zondra caused Kvitova serious bodily harm in December 2016 when he ...

Petra Kvitova advances to quarterfinals of Miami Open

Tennis 03/25/19, 14:48

Petra Kvitova faced only one break point and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open by beating Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 on Monday.Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is ranked a career-high No. 2 and will rise to No. 1 if she wins the title. No. 1 Naomi Osaka lost ...

3-time champ Venus Williams wins opening match at Miami Open

Tennis 03/21/19, 17:36

Three-time tournament champion Venus Williams won her opening match Thursday at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dalila Jakupovic 7-5, 6-3.Williams won the tournament in 1998, 1999 and 2001 when it was played on Key Biscayne. The event moved this year to the Miami Dolphins' complex, and ...

Venus advances in straight sets at Indian Wells

Tennis 03/11/19, 20:53

Venus Williams is turning back her own clock at the BNP Paribas Open, moving into the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over qualifier Christina McHale.Williams is seeking her 50th career WTA Tour title in the desert, where she has never won the event. And at 38, she's showing ...

Djokovic, Venus earn victories at Indian Wells

Tennis 03/09/19, 23:31

Novak Djokovic beat Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6 (5), 6-2 to open his pursuit of a record sixth title at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday.It was Djokovic's 50th match win at the desert tournament, his highest total at any ATP Masters 1000 event.The world's top-ranked player needed 1 1/2 hours to ...

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 ...

Petra Kvitova beats Azarenka in 2 sets in St. Petersburg

Tennis 01/30/19, 09:28

Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova won eight straight games to take control of the match before needing a tiebreaker to finally beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday in the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.Kvitova, playing her opening match after a first-round bye, went from trailing ...

Azarenka to play Kvitova after beating Gasparyan

Sports 01/29/19, 12:29

Victoria Azarenka set up a meeting with Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Tuesday after a sometimes-shaky 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan.Azarenka, herself a two-time Australian Open champion, struggled on serve at times and gave up three breaks to Gasparyan. However, ...

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 ...

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 ...

American Collins wishes roof stayed open at Australian Open

Tennis 01/24/19, 03:33

The way Danielle Collins looks at it, the end of her surprising run at Melbourne Park was something of an open-and-shut case.The 25-year-old American was every bit Petra Kvitova's equal during their Australian Open semifinal during the time Rod Laver Arena's retractable roof was open — and she never really ...

Update: Extreme heat means break if match goes 3 sets

Tennis 01/23/19, 22:44

The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):2:30 p.m.The extreme heat rule has been invoked for the first women's semifinal as the heat surges toward 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius).That means that there will be a 10-minute break after the second set if the match between Petra ...

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