Tennis

September 23, 2018 - 9:13 am
WUHAN, China (AP) — Daria Kasatkina recorded her first victory over Lesia Tsurenko in three attempts in the first round of the Wuhan Open on Sunday as US Open champion Naomi Osaka was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a viral illness. Kasatkina, the No. 13 seeded Russian, defeated her...
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France's Nicolas Mahut, left, and Julien Benneteau play Spain's Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez during their Davis Cup semifinals double match against Spain in Lille, northern France, Saturday, Sept.15, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
September 15, 2018 - 9:26 am
LILLE, France (AP) — Doubles pair Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut sealed France's win over Spain in their Davis Cup semifinal on Saturday, giving the defending champions an unassailable 3-0 lead. The French veterans, both aged 36, defeated Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez 6-0, 6-4, 7-6 (7)...
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Melbourne-based newspaper Herald Sun displays a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams that has been widely condemned as a racist depiction of the tennis great, in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The newspaper defended its cartoonist Mark Knight's depiction of Williams and is asserting the condemnation, which has come from all parts of the world, is driven by political correctness. (AP Photo)
September 12, 2018 - 12:24 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — 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...
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Chair umpire Carlos Ramos, left, talks with referee Brian Earley as Serena Williams talks with Donna Kelso during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
September 12, 2018 - 4:09 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final has spoken publicly for the first time since the match, saying he is "fine." Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week. "I'm fine, given the...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. Some black women say Serena Williams’ experience at the U.S. Open final resonates with them. They say they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not. Otherwise, they say, they risk being branded an "Angry Black Woman." (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
September 10, 2018 - 10:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger. Willingham isn't a tennis star, but she is a black...
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US Open women's singles champion Naomi Osaka poses for photographers with her trophy at Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 10, 2018 - 2:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka began the U.S. Open having never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament and seeded 20th. She also arrived with big goals. "It would be really sad if I kept playing for years and my biggest goal was to get to the quarters of a Slam," she announced after...
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Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, kisses the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, in the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 09, 2018 - 7:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open final suddenly appeared to be slipping away from Novak Djokovic. He dropped three consecutive games. He was angered by a crowd roaring for his popular opponent, Juan Martin del Potro. He was, in short, out of sorts. And then came Sunday's pivotal game, a 20-minute, 22-...
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Chair umpire Carlos Ramos, second from left, is lead off the court by referee Brian Earley after Naomi Osaka, of Japan, defeated Serena Williams in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 09, 2018 - 1:53 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Billie Jean King says there's a double standard in tennis when it comes to rules applied to women compared to men. Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended...
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Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
September 08, 2018 - 9:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The events and the arguing and the booing that would make this a U.S. Open final unlike any other began when Serena Williams' coach made what she insisted was an innocent thumbs-up, but the chair umpire interpreted as a helpful signal. It was the second game of the second set...
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Jamie Murray, of Great Britain, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands hold the trophy after defeating Alicja Rosolska, of Poland, and Nikola Mektic, of Croatia, in the mixed doubles finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
September 08, 2018 - 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bethanie Mattek-Sands got down on her right knee to hit a volley and landed unscathed on her right leg with each backhand. Mattek-Sands never felt the searing pain at Flushing Meadows as she did when she was left crumpled on the court last year at Wimbledon, her plea to walk off on...
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