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MELBOURNE, Australia | Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 28, 2019— Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years and the first man or woman from Asia to lead the tennis rankings. Simona Halep’s 48-week stay atop the WTA ended Monday. She slid to No. 3 after a fourth-round loss … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia | 1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 23, 2019—Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals. On the first such chance, at 5-1, 40-30 in the third set, she turned her left ankle awkwardly. The owner of the best serve in the sport would lose … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | 1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia | 17-year-old from Jersey, Anisimova, wins at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 18, 2019—All of 17, never the winner of a Grand Slam match until this week, Amanda Anisimova is making quite a first impression at the Australian Open. Anisimova showed precisely why there are those who consider her a possible future star, producing one spectacular shot after another Friday to upset 11th-seeded Aryna … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | 17-year-old from Jersey, Anisimova, wins at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia | No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia—Jan 12, 2019—Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round against Venus and Serena, top-ranked Halep has to … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open

WARSAW, Poland | Former Wimbledon finalist Radwanska retires from tennis

WARSAW, Poland  — Former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska says she is retiring from tennis after a 13-year career. The 29-year-old Pole, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 2, says she is “no longer able to train and play the way I used to.” Radwanska won 20 WTA titles in her career. She reached the … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Former Wimbledon finalist Radwanska retires from tennis

TOKYO | Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO — Naomi Osaka raised her game when she needed to, and it landed her a spot in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open. The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York this month, won her ninth straight match Friday, beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. “This was my … Continue reading TOKYO | Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open

LAS VEGAS | Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls at Las Vegas event

LAS VEGAS — Tennis star Serena Williams talked about her fashion business, not tennis fouls during an appearance before a business convention in Las Vegas. The 23-time Grand Slam champion said not a word Friday about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls at Las Vegas event

MELBOURNE, Australia | Newspaper reprints controversial cartoon of Serena Williams

MELBOURNE, Australia — A cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist depiction of the tennis great has been partially reprinted on the front page of the Melbourne-based newspaper that initially published it. The Herald Sun newspaper printed an edited portion of the cartoon — featuring 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Newspaper reprints controversial cartoon of Serena Williams