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Top-ranked Ash Barty pulls out of U.S. Open, cites travel concerns

Top-ranked Ash Barty has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she’s not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.


UPDATED: Thu., July 2, 2020

French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournament

The French Tennis Federation said Thursday up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when the French Open starts in September at Roland Garros.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

The world’s sports schedule is cratering at warp speed due to coronavirus.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Jim Litke: Without sports, what will fans talk about?

Going a week without watching sports used to be a dare. It’s the new reality.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

Maria Sharapova retires from tennis at age 32 with 5 Slam titles

Maria Sharapova is retiring as a professional tennis player at age 32 after a career that includes five Grand Slam titles and 21 weeks at No. 1 in the rankings.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Sofia Kenin of U.S. ousts No. 1 Ash Barty to reach Australian Open final

Sofia Kenin of the United States has reached her first Grand Slam final by upsetting No. 1 Ash Barty at the Australian Open


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Alexander Zverev ousts Stan Wawrinka at Australian Open; into 1st Slam semi

Alexander Zverev has reached the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career by eliminating three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka in four sets at Melbourne Park.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Serena Williams stunned by Wang Qiang at Australian Open

Down to what sure felt like her last chance, Serena Williams came through with a cross-court forehand winner to close a 24-stroke point, then raised her arms, held that celebratory …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Red dust, rain hit weather-plagued Australian Open

Red dust and rain combined to give some of the blue courts at the Australian Open a more Roland Garros hue, adding yet another element to the freakish conditions that …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Ash Barty, Elina Svitolina advance at WTA Finals

Top-ranked Ash Barty advanced Saturday to the final of the WTA Finals where she faces defending champion Elina Svitolina, a player she has never beaten in five previous attempts.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Ashleigh Barty upset by alternate Kiki Bertens at WTA Finals

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty was upset by late substitute Kiki Bertens 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the WTA Finals on Tuesday.


Naomi Osaka out of WTA Finals with injured right shoulder

Naomi Osaka withdrew from the WTA Finals on Tuesday with a right shoulder injury.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

1 more for 24: Serena Williams reaches U.S. Open final again

Serena Williams used a strong performance to return to the U.S. Open final and give herself another shot at winning a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title. Williams got past a …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019

Ashleigh Barty upset in Cincy semifinal; Novak Djokovic also knocked out

Ashleigh Barty has lost in the semifinals the Western & Southern Open semifinals, missing her chance to return to the No. 1 ranking ahead of the U.S. Open. Barty lost …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

Naomi Osaka’s knee injury lends uncertainty to US Open

Naomi Osaka began retired from her quarterfinal match at the Western & Southern Open, unsure what’s going on in the knee. She expected to get an MRI to try to …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

A ragged Roger Federer stunned in Cincinnati; Novak Djokovic advances

Seven-time champion Roger Federer was ousted from one of his favorite tournaments in little over an hour, falling in straight sets to a 21-year-old qualifier he’d never faced at the …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019

Serena Williams advances to Rogers Cup semifinals

Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals, beating soon-to-be-top-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-4 at breezy at York University. The 37-year-old Williams won the event in 2001, 2011 …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

Serena Williams reaches Rogers Cup quarters in Toronto

Serena Williams won for the second straight night at the Rogers Cup, beating Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals. Playing her first event since losing …


Wimbledon notebook: Simona Halep star struck at meeting duchesses

Simona Halep joined the list of tennis royalty at Wimbledon and then got a bit star struck at meeting the real thing. The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of …


Serena Williams loses her 3rd consecutive Grand Slam final

Serena Williams’ 6-2, 6-2 loss to Simona Halep at the All England Club was her third consecutive defeat in a Grand Slam final. The 37-year-old American has lost five of …


Seeking 9th Wimbledon title, Roger Federer faces Novak Djokovic in final

Roger Federer will be seeking his record ninth Wimbledon title when he faces defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final. Federer and Djokovic know each other very well. This will …


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019

Simona Halep wins Wimbledon, stops Serena Williams’ bid for 24th Slam

Simona Halep stunned Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to win her first Wimbledon title. Halep played pretty much perfectly throughout. Williams was trying to win her …


Wimbledon notebook: Novak Djokovic wins longest point ever recorded at London’s major

Novak Djokovic won the longest point ever recorded at Wimbledon in his semifinal victory over Roberto Bautista Agut. Djokovic ended a 45-stroke rally with a backhand winner down the line …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019

11 years after epic, Roger Federer tops Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semis

Roger Federer got past Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach his 12th Wimbledon final. Federer is trying to win his ninth title at the All England Club. Federer’s opponent …


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

‘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 …


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. …


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 …


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

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 …