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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 …


Venus Williams loses first match since Australian Open final

Venus Williams lost her first match since the Australian Open to Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-1 in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Thursday. Seeded fourth, Williams showed none of the …


Camila Giorgi issued 9-month Fed Cup ban by Italian federation

Camila Giorgi has been banned for nine months by the Italian Tennis Federation for refusing a Fed Cup callup. The 74th-ranked Giorgi was also fined 30,000 euros ($32,000) for turning …


Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Lucie Safarova win 2nd Aussie Open doubles title

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova enhanced their reputation as the dominant duo by winning the Australian Open women’s doubles final 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 over Andrea Hlavackova and China’s Peng …


Williams sisters, Roger Federer advance to Australian Open finals

It was one, two and three for the ages as Venus and Serena Williams set up another all-sisters Australian Open final and Roger Federer ensured he’ll contend for another Grand …


Bryan Brothers reach Australian Open doubles final

Bob and Mike Bryan earned a shot at a seventh Australian Open doubles title after a rain-interrupted 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 semifinal win Friday over Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.


Rafael Nadal holds off Alexander Zverev to reach 4th round at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal had a good, hard look at the future before pulling a few tricks from his past to hold it back – for now. The 14-time Grand Slam winner, …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

‘Crazy’ good: Roger Federer into 4th round at Australian Open

Roger Federer showed that his first two wins against qualifiers at the Australian Open really were warmups. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, seeded a lowly-by-his-standards 17th after spending six months …


Denis Istomin credits coach (and mother) for upset over Novak Djokovic

When Denis Istomin walked off court the after upsetting Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open – without a doubt the biggest win of his career – his mother had just …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 4:57 p.m.

Novak Djokovic out in 2nd round, loses to Denis Istomin in Melbourne

Novak Djokovic won’t be setting the Australian Open record for most men’s titles this year, losing to wild-card entry Denis Istomin in the second round. It was the earliest loss …


Karolina Pliskova, Johanna Konta continues winning runs in Australia

U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova has carried her title-winning form in the warmup tournament into the season’s first major, dropping just four games en route to the third round at …


Australian Open draw: Novak Djokovic to open against Fernando Verdasco; Roger Federer, Andy Murray in same quarter

Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic drew a difficult first round against Fernando Verdasco, and Roger Federer’s fall in the rankings complicated his chances at Melbourne Park when he ended …


Johanna Konta makes few mistakes en route to Sydney title

Johanna Konta made up for two previous losses to Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-4, 6-2 win in the Sydney International final on Friday. The win came just three days ahead …


Fall in rankings has Roger Federer seeded 17th at Australian Open

A long injury layoff and a fall in the rankings have created a tougher draw for 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer at the Australian Open.


Caroline Wozniacki’s Sydney International ends again at quarterfinals

Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s streak of not advancing past the quarterfinals in her past seven Sydney Internationals was extended in stifling heat on Wednesday. In temperatures reaching 40 degrees …


Top-ranked Angelique Kerber loses her opening match in Sydney

Top-ranked Angelique Kerber lost her opening match at the Sydney International on Tuesday, upset 7-6 (5), 6-2 by Darya Kasatkina in a setback ahead of her Australian Open title defense …


Maria Sharapova tries to end Serena Williams’ streak in Wimbledon semifinals

LONDON – Now it’s Maria Sharapova’s turn at Wimbledon to try to put an end to Serena Williams’ bid for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam – and …


Wimbledon notes: No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads top 4 into quarters

LONDON – Novak Djokovic is developing a nasty habit of playing Grand Slam matches over two days. Wimbledon’s defending champion and No. 1 seed at the All England Club will …


Serena Williams gets past Victoria Azarenka at Wimbledon; Sharapova next

LONDON – Even as Serena Williams piled up aces and groundstroke winners from all angles, even as she stormed through seven games in a row and 10 of the last …


‘Unbelievable’: Jankovic tops 2-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova

LONDON – About an hour after flopping on her back and kicking her feet overhead to celebrate a stunning comeback against defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic still was …


Wimbledon: 2 points from loss, Serena Williams wins; sister Venus next

LONDON – Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close …


For 4th year in row, Rafael Nadal loses early at Wimbledon

LONDON – On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand – and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg …


At hot-for-Wimbledon, Venus Williams nears Serena showdown

LONDON – Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition. At …


Serena Williams opens against Camila Giorgi in Italy-US Fed Cup playoff

Top-ranked Serena Williams will open against No. 36 Camila Giorgi today in Brindisi, Italy, when the United States meets Italy in the Fed Cup playoffs. Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti made …


Serena Williams earns 700th win to reach Miami Open semis

Seven-time champion Serena Williams overcame some shaky play Wednesday for her 700th career victory, beating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (4), 1-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the Miami Open. Williams …


Error-prone Serena Williams makes quarters at Indian Wells

Struggling with her serve and a rash of errors, Serena Williams overcame a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round at the BNP …