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Howard Fendrich: Don’t write off Serena or Federer just yet

Tempting as it might be, don’t write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet. Sure, both are 37, and they’re showing their age.


1 point away, Serena Williams stunned by Karolina Pliskova at Australian Open

Serena Williams turned her left ankle and wasted four match points on the way to a startling 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the …


‘Barbecued chicken’: Frances Tiafoe’s Australia run ended by Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is back to feeling healthy. Probably not a coincidence that he’s back in the Australian Open semifinals. Nadal claimed 20 of his first 23 service points and saved …


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 …


Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches 1st Slam semi, plugs YouTube; Danielle Collins wins

Stefanos Tsitsipas followed up his upset of Roger Federer at the Australian Open by beating Roberto Bautista Agut to become the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since …


Svitolina beats Keys to reach Australian Open quarterfinals

The sixth-seeded Svitolina fended off five break points in game that went to deuce 11 times, contained 28 points, and was pivotal in a momentum-swinging 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win that …


‘Don’t cry’: Serena Williams consoles Australian Open foe; Simona Halep next

No one has challenged Serena Williams at the Australian Open so far: She has ceded 9 games through 3 matches. A test could be coming in the fourth round, though, …


All of 17, Amanda Anisimova of U.S. scores upset at Australian Open

Amanda Anisimova is making quite a first impression at the Australian Open. The 17-year-old American had never won a Grand Slam match until this week. Anisimova showed precisely why there …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 8:43 a.m.

Simona Halep edges American in Australia; Venus next; Serena wins

Top-seeded Simona Halep was pushed to the brink at the Australian Open again but came through with a victory by taking the last four games against 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin. …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:01 a.m.

Big flex: Young Americans Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz stun seeds in Australia

20-something Americans Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz upset seeded players at the Australian Open to get to the third round in Melbourne for the first time. Tiafoe eliminated two-time Grand …


Serena Williams wins Australian Open return; Venus gets by

Serena Williams easily beat Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2 in her first match at the Australian Open since winning the 2017 title while pregnant and first official match anywhere since a …


Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova advance in straight sets at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn’t missed a beat. The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry …


Djokovic’s start may follow Murray’s finale at Aussie Open

Novak Djokovic knows there’s a chance he may not have played his opening match at the Australian Open before Andy Murray is out of the tournament. Perhaps even finished on …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

Roger Federer on winning team after facing Serena Williams for first time

Roger Federer won the bragging rights over fellow tennis great Serena Williams as they faced each other on court for the first time on Tuesday, with Federer spearheading Switzerland’s 4-2, …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Norman Chad: Making sports better with New Year’s revolutions, not resolutions

We need change – radical change – and we need it now, so in 2019 please join Couch Slouch as we make Sports Nation a better place:


Return to sender: Roger Federer looking forward to Serena Williams’ serve

Roger Federer’s wish is about to be granted – he’s getting the chance to return Serena Williams’ powerful serve.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

Serena Williams voted AP Female Athlete of the Year for 5th time

Serena Williams has been voted The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fifth time. Williams reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open after a remarkable …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Marin Cilic stays in control as Croatia wins Davis Cup

After an agonizing defeat in Croatia’s previous Davis Cup final, there was no letdown for Marin Cilic this time.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 24, 2018, 11:10 a.m.

Doubles win keeps French hopes alive in Davis Cup final

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert kept French hopes alive in the Davis Cup final with a four-set win over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic in the doubles in Lille. …


Alexander Zverev beats Novak Djokovic in two sets to win ATP Finals title

Alexander Zverev claimed the biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 upset of Novak Djokovic on Sunday, becoming the youngest champion of the season-ending ATP Finals since Djokovic …


Roger Federer advances to record-extending 15th ATP Finals semi

LONDON – Roger Federer advanced to the last four of the ATP Finals for a record-extending 15th time with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson on Thursday. Six-time champion …


Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win his first Paris Masters title

Karen Khachanov upset a tired-looking Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters title and deprive Djokovic of the chance on Sunday to match Rafael Nadal’s record of 33 …


Dominic Thiem eliminates Jack Sock to reach Paris Masters semifinals

Dominic Thiem beat defending champion Jack Sock in three sets to reach the Paris Masters semifinals. The Austrian served out the match and clinched victory on his first match point …


Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic advance to Paris Masters quarterfinals

Roger Federer’s bid for a 100th career title remains on as he beat Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the Paris Masters quarterfinals. If he wins that, against …


Roger Federer wins 99th title

Roger Federer won his 99th career ATP Tour title on Sunday, beating qualifier Marius Copil 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors final.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

Elina Svitolina beats Sloane Stephens to win season-ending WTA Finals

Elina Svitolina secured the biggest title of her career on Sunday, becoming the first Ukrainian player to win the season-ending WTA Finals trophy.


WTA Finals: Sloane Stephens rallies to reach final vs. Elina Svitolina

Sloane Stephens overcame a terrible start against Karolina Pliskova to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Saturday, setting up a championship match against Elina Svitolina. “I came …


Karolina Pliskova reaches WTA Finals semifinals with win over Kvitova

Karolina Pliskova won the first set to eliminate Petra Kvitova and then won the second set to advance to the semifinals at the WTA Finals. Pliskova beat Kvitova 6-3, 6-4 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens win in 3 sets at WTA Finals

Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber both earned three-set victories at the WTA Finals on Wednesday to leave their group wide open ahead of the last round. Stephens beat Kiki Bertens …


Caroline Wozniacki gets 1st win at this year’s WTA Finals

Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki earned her first victory at this year’s WTA Finals. She beat Petra Kvitova 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Wozniacki is now 1-1 in her group while Kvitova is …