FRENCH OPEN ’19: A look at younger, less-famous challengers

Sports 05/25/19, 12:37

There's been unprecedented tennis parity so far in 2019, including the clay-court circuit leading to the French Open: A total of 23 players split the 25 WTA and ATP titles on the slow, red surface.That means there are plenty of people who can succeed over the next two weeks at ...

Unfamiliar, but nice: Halep back in Paris to defend title

Tennis 05/24/19, 07:08

Simona Halep is experiencing something new at the French Open this year.The Romanian player is back in Paris to defend her title, a situation she's never been in before.And she likes it.Defending champion Romania's Simona Halep smiles as she poses next to the cup during the draw of the French ...

Nadal opens bid for 12th French Open title against qualifier

Tennis 05/23/19, 14:23

Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting.The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday at ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: Serena Williams tries again for 24th major

Tennis 05/22/19, 10:45

Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:___NAOMI OSAKAFILE - In this May 30, 2018, file photo, Japan's Naomi Osaka returns a shot against Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (AP ...

Fed Cup semifinal: Mladenovic vs. Halep in opening singles

Tennis 04/19/19, 07:59

Kristina Mladenovic of France will face second-ranked Simona Halep of Romania in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semifinal Saturday.No. 21 Caroline Garcia meets Mihaela Buzarnescu in the second singles at the clay-court Kindarena in Rouen, northwest France.Following the reverse singles on Sunday, Garcia and Mladenovic will take on ...

Djokovic, Nishikori, Halep ousted at Indian Wells

Sports 03/12/19, 20:49

It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic the biggest name ushered out in the desert.Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match on Tuesday that had been suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the ...

Federer, Halep earn straight-set wins at Indian Wells

Sports 03/10/19, 16:59

Roger Federer beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5 on Sunday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.Federer saved six of seven break chances against the German after losing just two points on his serve in the first set.Federer has reached the final of the desert tournament in his last ...

Bertens beats Vekic to win St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

Tennis 02/03/19, 10:45

Kiki Bertens won her third title in six months on Sunday, beating Donna Vekic 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the final of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.Second-seeded Bertens came back from 5-2 down in the first set to win four straight games and force a tiebreaker. Eighth-seeded Vekic saved three match ...

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 ...

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 ...

Serena vs No. 1 Halep at Australian Open feels like a final

Tennis 01/19/19, 14:43

The Australian Open matchup between former No. 1 Serena Williams and current No. 1 Simona Halep sure feels as if it could be the showdown of the tournament, a meeting to determine the champion.Alas, all the winner will earn Monday is a quarterfinal berth.And while Halep is the one who ...

Update: Osaka advances to 4th round at Australian Open

Sports 01/18/19, 21:17

The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local):1:10 p.m.U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka overcame a frustrating first set and a tricky rival to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win over Hsieh Su-wei.The fourth-seeded Osaka got a warning from the ...

Osaka, Serena Williams set for action at Australian Open

Tennis 01/18/19, 19:29

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has started her third-round match at the Australian Open against Hsieh Su-wei on Margaret Court Arena.Serena Williams will continue her bid for an eighth Australian title and an Open-era record 24th Grand Slam singles title overall when she plays Dayana Yastremska later Saturday on Rod ...

Defending champ gone: Sharapova ousts Wozniacki in Australia

Sports 01/18/19, 02:18

Maria Sharapova showed that she's ready to be a Grand Slam factor once again, eliminating defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the Australian Open's fourth round. Sharapova's victory Friday was built on aggressive groundstrokes that gave her a 37-10 edge in total winners. She is seeded only 30th at ...

Australian Open: Serena, Novak, NIshikori highlight Day 4

Sports 01/16/19, 19:06

Kei Nishikori will be hoping for a better start Thursday in his second-round match against Ivo Karlovic on Margaret Court Arena than he did in his first at the Australian Open.The Japanese star lost the first two sets against Kamil Majchrzak and advanced when the Polish qualifier had to retire ...

Aussie Open No. 1 seed Halep avoids another 1st-round exit

Tennis 01/15/19, 07:16

It was happening all over again to Simona Halep: Seeded No. 1 at a Grand Slam tournament, in danger of bowing out in the first round — and against the same opponent, no less.This time, Halep dug herself out of a deficit and figured out a way to stay at ...

Champions Wozniacki, Federer on different ends of spectrum

Sports 01/12/19, 23:44

Caroline Wozniacki is entering new territory at the Australian Open as a defending champion for the first time at a major. For Roger Federer, it's a well-worn experience.A women's final last year featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep ...

No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open

Sports 01/12/19, 09:32

Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open.Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round against Venus and Serena, top-ranked Halep has ...

Kvitova beats Barty in Sydney International women’s final

Sports 01/12/19, 06:49

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the women's singles final on Saturday at the Sydney International.Barty led the deciding set 3-0 before Kvitova began a comeback to win her 26th WTA title.Barty beat No. 1 Simona Halep, No.9 Kiki Bertens and No.12 Elise ...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: So many Slam champs over past 2 years

Sports 01/11/19, 02:32

When Serena Williams was at her best, there was never much doubt that she'd be the favorite at pretty much any tournament she entered. While she was off the tour becoming a mom, women's tennis was as wide open as ever.Could the Australian Open, where play begins Monday (Sunday EST), ...

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