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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Aussie Ash Barty advances to women’s semifinals at Australian Open

Top-ranked Ash Barty is a step closer to ending a long drought for Aussies at the national championship. Barty saved set points in the 11th game and another in the tiebreaker before seizing the momentum against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a 7-6 (6), 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena. She next faces No. 14 Sofia Kenin, who reached the semifinals at a major for the first time with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 78-ranked Ons Jabeur.

Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd major, top ranking

Naomi Osaka recovered after wasting three championship points and won the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title by edging Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4. The victory allows the 21-year-old Osaka to become the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings. She is the first woman to win two majors in a row since Serena Williams took the last of four straight in 2015.

Petra Kvitova back in Grand Slam semis, a 1st in ‘second career’

Petra Kvitova knew the question was coming after she beat Ash Barty at the Australian Open to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since she won Wimbledon in 2014. She was injured in a home invasion and spent time off the tour before returning to in 2017. She was tearful when asked if she’d ever lost faith she could return to the highest level.

Past champions Sharapova, Kvitova beaten at Wimbledon day of upsets

At this edition of The Championships, as they prefer to call the event around here, the initial 48 hours have provided more surprising exits than anyone’s accustomed to: A total of seven top-10 men’s and women’s seeds departed in the opening round, more than in any previous year in the professional era’s half-century.

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 tennis racket. She hopes to be ready to play in the French Open at the end of May.