Wimbledon

Djokovic returns to No. 1 in rankings after 2-year absence

Novak Djokovic is back at No. 1 in the ATP rankings after a two-year absence — and the first man in nearly two decades to rise to the top spot after being outside the top 20 in the same season. Djokovic moved up from No. 2 to overtake Rafael Nadal on Monday. When the 31-year-old … Continue reading Djokovic returns to No. 1 in rankings after 2-year absence

WIMBLEDON, England | Wimbledon to introduce 5th-set tiebreakers starting in 2019

WIMBLEDON, England — The All England Club says it will introduce fifth-set tiebreakers at Wimbledon next year when a match reaches 12-12. The grass-court Grand Slam tournament is the second of the four majors to use a fifth-set tiebreaker to determine a singles match. The U.S. Open, however, start its fifth-set tiebreakers at 6-6. At … Continue reading WIMBLEDON, England | Wimbledon to introduce 5th-set tiebreakers starting in 2019

TIANJIN, China | Garcia, Mertens cruise into Tianjin quarterfinals

TIANJIN, China  — Second-seeded Caroline Garcia of France moved into the Tainjin Open quarterfinals after defeating Chinese qualifier Zhang Yuxuan 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday. The 16th-ranked Garcia will play sixth-seeded Petra Martic of Croatia for a semifinal berth on Friday. Third-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium also advanced by defeating Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova 6-2, 6-3. … Continue reading TIANJIN, China | Garcia, Mertens cruise into Tianjin quarterfinals

NEW YORK | The Latest: Defending Open champ Stephens gets past Azarenka

NEW YORK— The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens grabbed the last three games after a brief break while the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof was shut because of a light rain and beat two-time runner-up Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: Defending Open champ Stephens gets past Azarenka

NEW YORK | The Latest: No. 2 seed Wozniacki out in US Open’s 2nd round

NEW YORK  — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 11:05 p.m. No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki is out of the U.S. Open in the second round, joining No. 1 Simona Halep on the sideline. Wozniacki lost 6-4, 6-2 to 36th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine. Wozniacki is the reigning Australian Open … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: No. 2 seed Wozniacki out in US Open’s 2nd round

LONDON  | Djokovic, Kerber, Williams each made a comeback at Wimbledon

LONDON  — From champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber, to runner-up Serena Williams, this edition of Wimbledon was all about comebacks of various sorts. When Djokovic won his fourth title at the All England Club and first at a Grand Slam tournament in more than two years by beating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) … Continue reading LONDON  | Djokovic, Kerber, Williams each made a comeback at Wimbledon

LONDON | No doubt: Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon, 1st Slam in 2 years

LONDON — Novak Djokovic acknowledged that he was worried. His coach was, too. Could Djokovic ever return to the top of tennis? To the heights he’d already reached? Could he put aside the time lost to a painful right elbow that required surgery and the disappointment of poor-for-him results? Could he end a Grand Slam … Continue reading LONDON | No doubt: Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon, 1st Slam in 2 years

LONDON | The Latest: Swiatek wins Wimbledon girls’ title

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Iga Swiatek defeated Leonie Kung 6-4, 6-2 to win the Wimbledon girls’ title. Swiatek, a 17-year-old from Poland, hit 33 winners to 13 unforced errors as she overcame Swiss qualifier Kung. Swiatek, who missed seven months of 2017 following ankle surgery, made it to … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Swiatek wins Wimbledon girls’ title

LONDON | Kerber tops Williams at Wimbledon for 3rd Grand Slam title

LONDON — Angelique Kerber was not about to be overwhelmed by the setting or the stakes in this Wimbledon final. She knew exactly what to expect — and what to do — against Serena Williams. Two years after losing to Williams with a title on the line at Centre Court , Kerber came through. So … Continue reading LONDON | Kerber tops Williams at Wimbledon for 3rd Grand Slam title

LONDON | Anderson tops Isner 26-24 at Wimbledon; other SF suspended

LONDON — To say that Kevin Anderson won this interminable Wimbledon semifinal, and that John Isner lost it, didn’t really seem fair. To Anderson, anyway. They had played on and on, through 6 1/2 hours of ho-hum hold after ho-hum hold, during the second-longest match in the history of a tournament that began in 1877, … Continue reading LONDON | Anderson tops Isner 26-24 at Wimbledon; other SF suspended

LONDON | Anderson edges Isner 26-24 in 5th for 1st Wimbledon final

LONDON — Kevin Anderson won the longest Centre Court match in history and earned a chance to try to collect his first Grand Slam championship, edging John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24 at Wimbledon in a marathon between two big servers that lasted more than 6½ hours Friday. The fifth set … Continue reading LONDON | Anderson edges Isner 26-24 in 5th for 1st Wimbledon final

LONDON  | Nadal-Djokovic, Isner-Anderson in Wimbledon men’s semifinals

LONDON  — The Wimbledon semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is their 52nd tour-level meeting, more than any other two men in tennis history. Nadal leads their series 26-25 heading into Friday’s match, including 9-4 at Grand Slam tournaments. Nadal has 17 major titles, two at the All England Club. Djokovic owns 12 Slam … Continue reading LONDON  | Nadal-Djokovic, Isner-Anderson in Wimbledon men’s semifinals

LONDON | The Latest: Kerber takes opening set in Wimbledon semifinal

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Angelique Kerber advanced to her second Wimbledon final with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jelena Ostapenko. Two-time Grand Slam champion Kerber made just seven unforced errors as she saw off an early barrage of Ostapenko winners to break twice in the first set. The … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Kerber takes opening set in Wimbledon semifinal

LONDON  | Williams looks to extend Slam finals streak at Wimbledon

LONDON  — Serena Williams will attempt to reach a Grand Slam final for the 12th straight season as she faces Julia Goerges in the Wimbledon semifinals on Thursday. When Williams took a leave of absence to have her first child soon after claiming her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, it appeared her … Continue reading LONDON  | Williams looks to extend Slam finals streak at Wimbledon

LONDON | Federer stunned in Wimbledon QF; Nadal, Djokovic, Isner win

LONDON — Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. One lousy point. And then, slowly, over the next two-plus hours, all the way until the fifth set reached its 24th game, as the temperature dropped and the spectators’ cries of “Let’s go, Roger!” echoed through the … Continue reading LONDON | Federer stunned in Wimbledon QF; Nadal, Djokovic, Isner win

LONDON | The Latest: Mattek-Sands’ Wimbledon return ends in quarters

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Bethanie Mattek-Sands‘ return to Wimbledon won’t get a perfect ending. Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova lost in the women’s doubles quarterfinals, ending their first tournament together since the American sustained a gruesome injury to her right knee at the All England Club a year ago. … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Mattek-Sands’ Wimbledon return ends in quarters

MOSCOW | The Latest: Wimbledon fans tuning in to World Cup semifinal

MOSCOW — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 9:55 p.m. It seems even some tennis fans at Wimbledon would rather watch England‘s World Cup semifinal than closely watch the action at the All England Club. Wimbledon’s No. 1 Court was less than one-third full for the men’s quarterfinal match between … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Wimbledon fans tuning in to World Cup semifinal

LONDON  | The Latest: Federer returns to No. 1 Court at Wimbledon

LONDON  — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Roger Federer has played his first Wimbledon point away from Centre Court since 2015. The eight-time champion’s quarterfinal with eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson is underway on No. 1 Court, after Federer was scheduled away from the All England Club’s main stadium for the first time … Continue reading LONDON  | The Latest: Federer returns to No. 1 Court at Wimbledon

LONDON | The Latest: Williams drops first set at 2018 Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Serena Williams has lost a set for the first time at this Wimbledon. Camila Giorgi of Italy leads seven-time champion Williams 6-3 on Centre Court in the quarterfinals. Giorgi overpowered Williams in the first set, hitting more winners and aces. ___ 2:45 p.m. … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Williams drops first set at 2018 Wimbledon

LONDON | The Latest: Anderson through to first Wimbledon quarterfinal

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Kevin Anderson advanced to his first Wimbledon quarterfinal after edging Gael Monfils 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4). The eighth-seeded Anderson hit 20 aces on his way to setting up a last-eight meeting with defending champion Roger Federer. Anderson, who reached his first … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Anderson through to first Wimbledon quarterfinal

LONDON | The Latest: Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon quarterfinals

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Serena Williams is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the 13th time after beating Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-4, 6-2. In a matchup of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, Williams jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon quarterfinals

LONDON | Williams vs. Rodina is matchup of Mom vs. Mom at Wimbledon

LONDON  — Serena Williams’ fourth-round match against Evgeniya Rodina in Wimbledon’s fourth round will be a rare meeting of Mom vs. Mom. Such matchups could happen with greater frequency as parenthood becomes increasingly popular on the women’s tennis tour. There were a half-dozen mothers in the singles main draw at the All England Club this … Continue reading LONDON | Williams vs. Rodina is matchup of Mom vs. Mom at Wimbledon

LONDON | The Latest: Tiafoe of US blames stomach issue at Wimbledon

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Frances Tiafoe blamed stomach problems for derailing his bid to become the youngest U.S. man in Wimbledon‘s fourth round since 1990. The 20-year-old Tiafoe said he started feeling badly late in the third set after taking the opening two against Karen Khachanov of Russia … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Tiafoe of US blames stomach issue at Wimbledon

LONDON | No. 1 Halep calls self ‘unprofessional’ after Wimbledon loss

LONDON — Simona Halep was ready for a vacation. It’s going to start a week earlier than she wanted after she gave away a big lead, wasted a match point and lost at Wimbledon, joining the procession of top women on the way out. Ranked and seeded No. 1, fresh off her winning first Grand … Continue reading LONDON | No. 1 Halep calls self ‘unprofessional’ after Wimbledon loss

LONDON | The Latest: Djokovic beats Edmund at Wimbledon

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Novak Djokovic didn’t let a bad call on a crucial point get the better of him as he knocked out home favorite Kyle Edmund in Wimbledon’s third round. The three-time champion won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Centre Court, serving out the match with … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Djokovic beats Edmund at Wimbledon

LONDON | The Latest: Nadal’s 3rd-Rd Wimbledon win keeps him at No. 1

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Rafael Nadal guaranteed he will stay No. 1 in the rankings after Wimbledon as he reached the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over 19-year-old Australian Alex de Minaur. Nadal hasn’t dropped a set so far in the tournament. Against de Minaur, … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Nadal’s 3rd-Rd Wimbledon win keeps him at No. 1

LONDON | Hey, Serena, you’ve won 7 Wimbledon titles; could 8 be next

LONDON — It’s hard to blame Serena Williams for having some trouble keeping track of all of her many titles at the All England Club. “I don’t necessarily have to win another Wimbledon in my career,” she was saying Friday, making a point about not having anything left to prove, “(because) I won — was … Continue reading LONDON | Hey, Serena, you’ve won 7 Wimbledon titles; could 8 be next

LONDON | The Latest: Pliskova into Wimbledon 4th Rd after scare

LONDON — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Karolina Pliskova came back from the brink of defeat to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory over Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu. Having been a set and a break down, the seventh-seeded Czech lifted her … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Pliskova into Wimbledon 4th Rd after scare