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Maria Sharapova says she’ll ‘rise up again’ after French Open snub

Maria Sharapova is vowing to “rise up again,” a day after she was denied a wild-card entry for the French Open. Sharapova recently returned to the tour after serving a …


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017, 9:53 a.m.

Rafael Nadal extends winning streak to 16 when Nicolas Almagro retires

Rafael Nadal’s winning streak was extended to 16 matches when Nicolas Almagro retired in the first set at the Italian Open. Nadal was leading 3-0, 15-30 when Almagro bent over …


Howard Fendrich: Maria Sharapova’s French ‘ban’ raises question

Maria Sharapova was not invited to play in the French Open, even though her drug suspension is over. It is up to individual tournaments to decide whether or not to …


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

After loss in Rome, Andy Murray looks to regroup for Paris

Defending champion Andy Murray is eliminated by local favorite Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4 before a raucous crowd in his opening match at the Italian Open. Maria Sharapova retires with a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017, 5:14 p.m.

Maria Sharapova’s popularity doesn’t earn a French Open wild card

Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has missed out on a wild-card entry for the French Open because of her doping ban. Announcing the decision on a live Facebook broadcast, French Tennis …


UPDATED: Sat., May 13, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

Rafael Nadal snaps winless streak vs Novak Djokovic to reach Madrid final

Rafael Nadal ends his seven-match winless streak against Novak Djokovic with a 6-2, 6-4 win that puts him in the final of the Madrid Open again. Nadal overpowers Djokovic from …


Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal advance to 3rd round in Madrid Open

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has recovered from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to defeat Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 and reach the third round at the Madrid Open. …


UPDATED: Sat., May 6, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Karolina Pliskova struggles to win Madrid Open opener

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova struggled to beat Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-2 in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday. Pliskova was up 5-2 in the …


Mona Barthel wins Prague Open for 4th WTA title

Qualifier Mona Barthel rallied to win the Prague Open on Saturday. The German beat unseeded Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. Barthel broke Pliskova for a 4-2 …


Defending champion Lucie Safarova withdraws from Prague Open

Defending champion Lucie Safarova withdrew from the Prague Open ahead of her second-round match against Kristyna Pliskova because of illness. Organizers said she was ill before the tournament and her …


Recovering from knife attack, Petra Kvitova back at practice

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder. Kvitova posted on Instagram a photo of herself swinging a …


Caroline Wozniacki reaches 2nd round at Prague Open

Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round of the Prague Open by beating Misaki Doi of Japan 6-0, 7-5. The former No. 1 from Denmark will next face Jelena …


Maria Sharapova’s return ends in semifinal defeat to Mladenovic

Maria Sharapova’s first tournament since her controversial return to tennis is over after losing to Kristina Mladenovic of France in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals. Mladenovic beat former top-ranked Sharapova …


Maria Sharapova wins again, reaches semifinals at Porsche GP

Maria Sharapova advanced to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix by beating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-4. It was Sharapova’s third match following a 15-month doping ban. She …


Eugenie Bouchard: ‘Cheater’ Maria Sharapova should be banned for life

If Eugenie Bouchard had her way, Maria Sharapova would have been banned from tennis for life. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist from Canada called Sharapova a cheater upon the Russian’s return …


Maria Sharapova wins 1st match on return from 15-month doping ban

Maria Sharapova has won her first match on return from a 15-month doping ban, beating Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Porsche Grand Prix. The five-time …


Decision on Maria Sharapova’s French Open wild card set for May 16

Maria Sharapova will find out next month if she can compete at the French Open. French tennis federation president Bernard Giudicelli says the announcement will be made on Facebook on …


Simona Halep, Alize Cornet give Maria Sharapova wild-card debate new impetus

The debate about Maria Sharapova’s wild-card entry for the Porsche Grand Prix continued with Simona Halep and Alize Cornet joining the growing legion of players criticizing tournament organizers for offering …


Ilie Nastase will be the ‘bad boy’ if he says more about Serena Williams

Ilie Nastase says he would be considered the “bad boy” if he says anything more about Serena Williams. The captain of Romania’s Fed Cup team last week speculated about the …


Maria Sharapova told week of May 15 if she can play at French Open

Maria Sharapova is going to find out the week starting May 15 if she can compete at the French Open two weeks later. The French Tennis Federation says the decision …


Love game for Serena: Spox says Williams is pregnant

A spokeswoman for Serena Williams confirms that the tennis player is pregnant. Williams posted a selfie on Snapchat with the caption ‘20 weeks.’ Williams is 35 and announced her engagement …


Jack Sock wins another 3-setter to gain Indian Wells semifinals

Jack Sock defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 for the biggest singles victory of his career in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals on Friday. The 24-year-old American finally broke through …


Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic loses at Indian Wells

Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday in a fourth-round match that saw the longtime rivals meeting much earlier in a tournament than …


Heather Watson advances in BNP Paribas Open

Heather Watson beat Nicole Gibbs 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open.


Rafael Nadal advances to the Mexican Open final

Rafael Nadal routed Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-2 on Friday night to advance to the Mexican Open final. Seeking his first title this season and 70th overall, the 30 year-old …


Rafael Nadal advances to Acapulco semifinals

Rafael Nadal ran his Mexican Open winning streak to 13 matches, beating Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6 (2), 6-3 to reach the semifinals. Nadal won the tournament in 2005 and 2013.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 8:29 p.m.

Feet of Clay: Tennis in Latin America may flee the surface

The days of clay-court tennis in Latin America are numbered. The clay-court circuit lost a major event several years ago when this week’s Mexican Open in Acapulco switched to hardcourts. …


Elina Svitolina beats Angelique Kerber and will face Caroline Wozniacki in the final

Top-seeded Angelique Kerber struggled with a knee injury during a 6-3, 7-6 (3) loss to seventh seed Elina Svitolina in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday. Kerber …


American teen CiCi Bellis upsets Agnieszka Radwanska in Dubai

American teen Catherine Bellis captured her first career top 10 win when she upset sixth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 at the Dubai Tennis Championship. Angelique Kerber reached the tournament’s …


Caroline Wozniacki to face Karolina Pliskova in rain-delayed Qatar Open final

Former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki will face second-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Qatar Open after both were forced to play back-to-back matches in the quarterfinals and semifinals …