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As Wimbledon final approaches, Serena Williams recalls loss to Simona Halep

Serena Williams will be seeking her eighth Wimbledon title when she faces Simona Halep in the final. Williams also can collect her 24th Grand Slam singles trophy overall. Halep will …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 10:19 a.m.

‘Not about 24’: Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final

Serena Williams closed in on an eighth Wimbledon championship and 24th Grand Slam title overall by overwhelming Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals. Williams reached her 11th final at …


Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal renew great rivalry in Wimbledon semifinals

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be meeting at a second consecutive Grand Slam tournament when they face off in Wimbledon’s semifinals. They hadn’t played each other anywhere in nearly …


Tennis tech folks who test all stay mum on Wimbledon speed

Roger Federer isn’t entirely sure whether it’s the grass courts themselves or the tennis balls but he does know this: Something feels slower about the way Wimbledon is playing nowadays. …


Wimbledon notebook: Novak Djokovic faces tricky semifinal opponent in Roberto Bautista Agut

Novak Djokovic only has to look back a few months to remind himself that he shouldn’t underestimate his next opponent at Wimbledon. The top-ranked Serb will be facing a player …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal to play at Wimbledon for 1st time since 2008

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play each other in the Wimbledon semifinals in their first matchup at the All England Club since their thrilling five-set final in 2008. Novak …


Wimbledon notebook: Johanna Konta bristles at reporter after loss

Johanna Konta didn’t appreciate having her performance questioned after losing in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Konta got into a testy exchange with a reporter after losing to Barbora Strycova. She …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

With 19 aces, gutsy comeback, Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon semis

Serena Williams dealt with an injured ankle and a third-set deficit before coming back to beat Alison Riske in three sets to reach the Wimbledon semifinals. Williams will try to …


Serena Williams 2 for 2 at Wimbledon; wins in singles, mixed

Serena Williams walked into her news conference at Wimbledon holding her phone, a cold bottle of water and a statistics sheet that reinforced what was clear from watching her third-round …


Wimbledon notebook: Guido Pella making a habit of beating runner-ups

Guido Pella is making a habit of beating the previous runner-up at Wimbledon. The Argentine player eliminated 2018 finalist Kevin Anderson in the third round and last year beat 2017 …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

15-year-old Coco Gauff still unfazed, unbeaten at Wimbledon

Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff came back after facing two match points and beat Polona Hercog in three sets at Centre Court to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon. This is …


‘Lucky loser’ from U.S. upsets 2018 champ Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon

Lauren Davis wasn’t even supposed to be playing in Wimbledon’s main draw. She certainly was supposed to upset defending champion Angelique Kerber in the second round. But that’s exactly what …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Plenty of dramatics as Rafael Nadal tops Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon

There is never a dull moment with Nick Kyrgios, whether he’s smacking a forehand directly at Rafael Nadal’s midsection and earning a staredown in return or arguing with the chair …


Coco Gauff, 15, follows Venus Williams win by reaching Wimbledon’s 3rd round

There are ways in which Coco Gauff is just like any other 15-year-old American. She watches whatever videos YouTube recommends to make her laugh. And then there is what happens …


Wimbledon notebook: 21-year-old Reilly Opelka of U.S. ousts Stan Wawrinka

Reilly Opelka still is getting used to some aspects of visiting Britain. The 6-foot-11 American is doing just fine with the grass-court tennis part. He upset 3-time major champion Stan …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

Just 18, ‘FAA’ taking flight at Wimbledon; Coco Gauff wins again

Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime is only 18 and had never won a Grand Slam match until this week. But he is now among the favorites to win the title at …


Wimbledon notebook: Nick Kyrgios up to usual antics; Sam Querrey ousts Dominic Thiem

Nick Kyrgios was up to some of his usual antics in a five-set victory at Wimbledon. He hit an underhand serve on set point. He dived unnecessarily. He complained about …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

What a team: Serena Williams, Andy Murray to play Wimbledon mixed doubles

Serena Williams is teaming up with Andy Murray for mixed doubles at Wimbledon. Murray’s agent says that the two Grand Slam champions and former No. 1 players will be partners …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 3:09 p.m.

‘Serena is Serena’: Goose bumps, selfie, loss to Serena Williams

Serena Williams moved into the second round at Wimbledon with a straight-set victory. But her opponent was thrilled to get to play Williams. It was a chance to play a …


American teen Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff upsets idol Venus Williams during first day of Wimbledon

Coco Gauff grew up admiring the Williams sisters. Picked up a tennis racket as a little girl because of them. And on Monday at Wimbledon, still just 15, Gauff beat …


What a difference year makes for Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon

A year ago, Novak Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon in a rut. Still working his way back from elbow surgery, still fine-tuning a new service motion, he was more than 24 …


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 …