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Ashleigh Barty beats Julia Goerges in Birmingham final to take No. 1 spot

Ashleigh Barty defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-5 to win the Birmingham Classic title on Sunday, a victory that ensures the Australian will be No. 1 in the rankings on Monday. …


Roger Federer wins record 10th Halle Open title, 102nd overall

Roger Federer set another benchmark in his remarkable career by winning his 10th Halle Open title on Sunday. The Swiss great defeated David Goffin 7-6 (2), 6-1 to extend his …


Andy Murray completes fairytale return, Feliciano Lopez claims 2 titles

Andy Murray completed a fairytale return from hip surgery by winning the Queen’s Club doubles title with Feliciano Lopez. Lopez ended Sunday with two titles after earlier winning the singles …


Grip on Sports: After Blues’ Stanley Cup triumph, only one more winter sport is hanging on

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The hockey season is over. Basketball could follow as early as tonight. Forgot the hot temperatures. That’s how we know winter is really about to …


Tennis of Spokane still only full-service shop of its kind in area

Karen and David Benish, ages 82 and 84, have specialized in stringing tennis racquets for 38 years.


Grip on Sports: Athletic excellence can take many forms and appear in many places

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we before we took Sunday morning off? Oh ya, thinking about excellence.


Novak Djokovic Slam run ends at French; Dominic Thiem vs. Rafael Nadal in final

Novak Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak has ended in the French Open semifinals. The loss comes because he made some odd strategic choices, because the wild weather bothered him …


UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019, 12:39 p.m.

It’s a Barty party: Australian Ash Barty wins 1st major at French Open

Ash Barty defeated Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win the French Open for her first Grand Slam title. Barty is the first Australian to win the championship at Roland Garros …


Rafael Nadal breezes by Roger Federer in French Open semifinal

King of clay Rafael Nadal blew away Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on a windswept center court on Friday to reach the French Open final for a 12th time, seeking …


Novak Djokovic has tennis history within grasp at the French Open

Novak Djokovic is poised to become only the second man in history to hold all four major titles at once on two separate occasions. Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev 7-5, 6-2, …


Fendrich on Tennis: Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal semifinal in Paris is magnifique

The French Open semifinal between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal comes 15 years after their first match against each other. For tennis’ sake, maybe this won’t be their last meeting …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 8:02 a.m.

Amanda Anisimova, 17, tops ’18 French Open champ Simona Halep in quarters

Seventeen-year-old American Amanda Anisimova has upset defending champion Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4 in the French Open quarterfinals. The 51st-ranked Anisimova’s first Grand Slam semifinal will come against another player making …


An appreciation: French Open bids adieu to its ‘Bullring’

When the French Open ends, its Court No. 1 will bid adieu, too, demolished to make way for a grassy gathering place at Roland Garros. In a sign of the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:09 a.m.

Paris in the springtime? French Open rainout sinks schedule

The second full-day washout at the French Open since 2000 made a mess of the schedule and raised the possibility that the Grand Slam tournament will not finish on time. …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 12:47 p.m.

Johanna Konta sweeps Sloane Stephens off the court to reach French semis

Johanna Konta produces a remarkably dominant performance against Sloane Stephens in a 6-1, 6-4 victory to become the first British woman to reach the French Open semifinals since Jo Durie …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 8:52 a.m.

Choreography comes to clay: No replay review at French Open

Leave replay review to other tennis tournaments and other sports. The French Open does things its way and relies on eyes instead of electronics to get officiating calls right. That …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

Here we go: Just like old times, Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal in France

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet again at the French Open. Their matchup in the semifinals will be the sixth time they’ve played each other at Roland Garros. Nadal …


American Amanda Anisimova youngest to reach French Open quarterfinals since 2006

To Amanda Anisimova, it seems “like, forever ago” that she was playing in the French Open main draw for the first time. For the record: It’s been all of two …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 1:14 p.m.

Serena Williams bids early adieu at French, like Naomi Osaka before her

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are out of the French Open. Williams’ bid for Grand Slam title No. 24 ends with her earliest loss at a major tournament in five …


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Back on tour in Paris, Roger Federer keeping an eye on the present

Like a rock star back on tour after years away, Roger Federer is playing his greatest hits in Paris: the over-the-shoulder volley winner, the sliced backhand returns, the aces to …


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

All’s well that ends well for No. 1 Naomi Osaka at French Open

Naomi Osaka again got off to a terrible start at the French Open. And the No. 1 seed again prevailed. Osaka went down a set and a break against former …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 12:27 p.m.

‘Super old’ Roger Federer to face ex-contemporary’s son at French Open

Roger Federer’s next opponent at the French Open is the son of someone who was in the field the first time Federer entered the tournament back in 1999. Maybe that’s …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka survives upset at French Open

Five times just two points from defeat in a swirling wind, Naomi Osaka held it together enough to overcome all of those miscues and stretch her winning streak at majors …


Serena Williams cruises to first-round win at French Open

Serena Williams returns to win first-round match at French Opeen


Roger Federer wins easily in first French Open match since 2015

Roger Federer returns to refurbished Court Philippe Chatrier for his first French Open match since 2015 and wins easily


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019, 2:25 p.m.

Rafael Nadal gets his revenge over Stefanos Tsitsipas; Novak Djokovic up next

After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Players debate necessary punishment after Nick Kyrgios outburst

Nick Kyrgios’ opponent during his latest outburst of unruly behavior believes the Australian should be suspended from tennis for at least six months. Roger Federer thinks Kyrgios already paid enough …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 9:06 a.m.

Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with injured knee

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open ahead of her second-round match against sister Venus due to a continuing left knee injury. Tournament organizers made the announcement Tuesday, a …


‘In the mood’: Roger Federer seeks more clay matches in Rome

Roger Federer is 37 and has won 20 Grand Slam titles but he still gets excited about playing tennis. That’s why he added this week’s Italian Open to his schedule. …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Crafty Nick Kyrgios leaves Daniil Medvedev slamming his racket

Nick Kyrgios took full advantage of his crafty game to eliminate 12th-seeded Daniil Medvedev in three sets in the first round of the Italian Open. For his first win on …