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 ...

Serena tops Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-3 at Indian Wells

Sports 03/09/19, 11:28

Serena Williams met Victoria Azarenka in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, but it seemed more like a final. Each a two-time winner at the event, Williams edged her friend and rival 7-5, 6-3 on Friday night in a display of fierce forehands and shot-making. Both returned from maternity leave ...

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, ...

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 ...

Teary Azarenka admits to struggling after loss in Australia

Tennis 01/15/19, 06:37

Victoria Azarenka cried, pausing for a minute, trying to reflect on the differences between her past and present experiences of the Australian Open.A back-to-back champion in 2012 and '13, Azarenka sat in a small interview room at Melbourne Park answering questions for 10 minutes in the wake of her 6-7 ...

Serena welcomes rule change on players back from pregnancy

Tennis 12/27/18, 12:32

Serena Williams has welcomed the extra protection given to new mothers when they return to the women's tennis tour."It's great," the 23-time Grand Slam champion said on Thursday in quotes published by BBC Sport. "Women that are younger can go out there and have kids and not have to worry ...

WTA changes rules affecting players returning from pregnancy

Tennis 12/17/18, 17:48

The women's tennis tour approved rule changes Monday that are meant to ensure players are not penalized after they return from pregnancy or an injury that causes a long absence.The changes were prompted, in part, by the experiences of former No. 1 players Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, both of ...

Kasatkina advances to 2nd round of Wuhan Open

Football 09/23/18, 10:21

Daria Kasatkina recorded her first victory over Lesia Tsurenko in three attempts in the first round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday as US Open champion Naomi Osaka was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a viral illness.Kasatkina, the No. 13 seeded Russian, defeated her Ukrainian opponent ...

Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open

Tennis 09/21/18, 08:51

Naomi Osaka raised her game when she needed to, and it landed her a spot in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open.The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York at the beginning of the month, won her ninth straight match Friday, beating Barbora ...

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