Tennis

FILE - In this June 9, 2018, file photo, Romania's Simona Halep clenches her fist after defeating Sloane Stephens of the United States during the women's singles final of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
August 17, 2020 - 7:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Wimbledon champion Simona Halep will skip the U.S. Open, saying Monday she is putting her health first and prefers to stay in Europe amid the coronavirus pandemic. Halep, a former No. 1-ranked player who is currently No. 2, won the title in Prague on Sunday. “After weighing up all...
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Jennifer Brady holds the championship trophy after defeating Jil Belen Teichmann in the WTA tennis tournament championship match in Nicholasville, Ky., Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. Brady defeated Teichmann. Brady won 6-3, 6-4 on the way to her first WTA title. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
August 16, 2020 - 2:56 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Wearing a pandemic-appropriate mask, Jennifer Brady walked over to accept the first WTA trophy of her career, making sure to apply hand sanitizer before raising the new hardware overhead. Brady claimed her initial tour-level title at the Top Seed Open on Sunday, overcoming...
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August 16, 2020 - 8:29 am
PRAGUE (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep defeated third-seeded Elise Mertens 6-2, 7-5 in the Prague Open final on Sunday to claim her 21st WTA title. The second-ranked Romanian broke Mertens for a 6-5 lead in the final set before converting her first match point to win her second title this year after...
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Jennifer Brady returns a shot against Coco Gauff during action in her WTA tennis tournament semifinal match in Nicholasville, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Brady won 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
August 15, 2020 - 2:58 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jennifer Brady reached the first WTA final of her career by using a power-based game to beat 16-year-old Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday at the Top Seed Open, the first tennis tournament in the U.S. since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Brady, a 25-year-old based in...
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Serendipities Williams arrives at center court wearing a mask before the start of her match against Shelby Rogers at the WTA tennis tournament in Nicholasville, Ky., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
August 14, 2020 - 7:02 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Entering Friday, Serena Williams had played 967 tour-level singles matches as a professional, with just four losses against opponents ranked outside the top 100 — and none in eight years. Well, it's time to add to that list: Williams was beaten by No. 116 Shelby Rogers 1-6, 6-...
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August 13, 2020 - 3:34 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Southern Conference has canceled its fall conference seasons, shifting competition to the spring because of the pandemic. The NCAA Division I league’s Council of Presidents voted on the move Thursday. The...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2002, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with her sister Venus after Serena won the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus 7-5, 6-3. Serena entered this match with one Grand Slam singles title; she now owns a professional-era record 23. This also began a Sister Slam streak in which Serena beat her older sibling in four consecutive all-in-the-family major finals. Two days after the finale in Paris, they would move atop the rankings together, with Venus at No. 1, and Serena No. 2 -- two people from one household at 1-2 for the only time in tennis history. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
August 11, 2020 - 5:04 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Serena Williams was calm in a return more dramatic than some might have expected even after a long layoff. Williams needed to rally to win in her comeback following a six-month layoff, beating unseeded American Bernarda Pera 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Tuesday's first round of the Top...
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FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Southern Utah celebrates with the trophy after defeating Northern Arizona in an NCAA college football game for the Big Sky Conference title Cedar City, Utah. The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well.(Jordan Allred/The Spectrum via AP)
August 07, 2020 - 6:37 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence said he considered opting out of this season when he was unsure what college football would look like going forward amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Lawrence said Friday once...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019, file photo, Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, returns a shot to Serena Williams during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York. Two more top-10 women -- Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens -- will miss the U.S. Open, joining No. 1-ranked Ash Barty in skipping the Grand Slam tennis tournament during the coronavirus pandemic. Svitolina posted Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, on social media that she doesn’t “feel comfortable to travel to US without putting my team and myself at high risk.”(AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
August 07, 2020 - 12:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Two more top-10 women -- Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens -- will miss the U.S. Open, joining No. 1-ranked Ash Barty in skipping the Grand Slam tennis tournament during the coronavirus pandemic. The fifth-ranked Svitolina, a Ukrainian who was a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows a...
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A view of the central court during Palermo Ladies Open tennis tournament in Palermo, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Tour-level tennis resumed after a five-month enforced break and players at the Palermo Ladies Open had to handle their own towels and not shake hands of opponents. The strict rules because of the coronavirus included no showers on site, and no autographs or photos with fans. Players in the singles main draw come from 15 countries, all in Europe. (Palermo Ladies Open via AP)
August 07, 2020 - 8:48 am
ROME (AP) — The only player who tested positive for the coronavirus was withdrawn from the tournament without ever setting foot at the venue. Another player was admonished for venturing outside the event bubble and posting a selfie on social media showing her posing in front of a downtown fountain...
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