Tennis

12:42 AM ET Associated Press AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Top-seeded Serena Williams had her toughest workout of 2020 before beating fellow American Christina McHale 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic. Williams dropped a set for the first time in singles or doubles this year and at times Thursday appeared
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12:26 AM ET Associated Press SYDNEY — Dan Evans beat Alex de Minaur on his fifth match point in a 3-hour, 23-minute singles encounter to send the ATP Cup quarterfinal between Britain and Australia to a deciding doubles. For de Minaur, that meant going almost straight back on court for Australia. Lleyton Hewitt, the Australian
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4:38 PM ET Former Grand Slam finalists Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have both been knocked out of the Qatar Open by unseeded opponents at the last 16 stage. Raonic, the fourth seed in the tournament, suffered an injury-plagued 2019 which saw him miss the US Open and Canada’s run to the Davis Cup final.
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8:21 AM ET Associated Press PRAGUE — An appeals court in the Czech Republic on Wednesday upheld a lower court conviction of a man for knifing two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in her home and increased his sentence from eight to 11 years in prison. The regional court in the city of Brno ruled in
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8:57 PM ET Tennis Australia has announced Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios will headline a charity exhibition event called Rally for Relief on Rod Laver Arena to aid bushfire relief efforts. Australian Open tournament organiser Craig Tiley told reporters on Wednesday that Naomi Osaka, Caroline Wozniaki and Stefanos Tsitsipas will also take part
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10:17 AM ET Associated Press SYDNEY — Daniil Medvedev helped Russia to a 3-0 sweep of its pool matches to join Australia, Serbia and Britain in the quarterfinals of the inaugural ATP Cup on Tuesday. Medvedev clinched victory against Norway by beating Casper Ruud 6-3, 7-6 (6) in Perth. Karen Khachanov had already routed Victor
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3:26 AM ET Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia — Naomi Osaka got an extended workout in her opening match at the Brisbane International just two weeks before the defense of her Australian Open title. Osaka defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Tuesday to set up a second-round match with American Sofia Kenin. The
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11:23 AM ET The WTA season begins in earnest Monday, with 14 women 21-and-under ranked in the Top 100. They are such fresh faces and so good that even the most expert commentators have trouble keeping up with their development and progress. We’ve whittled the group down to an elite eight — some of whom
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4:03 AM ET Associated Press Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki are friends and former World No. 1s in singles, and on Monday they became doubles partners for the first time, teaming to win a first-round match at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. Williams and Wozniacki overwhelmed Japan’s Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya 6-2,
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6:17 AM ET Samantha Stosur has lifted her Brisbane curse in fine fashion, toppling former world No.1 Angelique Kerber to reach the second round of her home event for just the second time in seven years. The 35-year-old withstood the German’s best efforts in a 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) win built on smart serving and
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8:06 PM ET Serena Williams hopes her famed determination can end the longest drought of her storied tennis career and lift her alongside Margaret Court as the owner of the most grand slam singles titles. The American superstar said she felt relaxed two weeks out from the Australian Open, where her pursuit of a 24th
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12:58 PM ET Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia — Daniil Medvedev beat John Isner 6-3, 6-1 to give Russia two wins from two starts at the ATP Cup, leaving the U.S. as the only winless team so far in Group D. Russia followed its 3-0 opening win over Italy with another comfortable victory in Perth on
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2:20 AM ET Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia — Ash Barty was flying home across Australia following the Fed Cup final when she saw the early signs of devastation from the wildfires that are still raging in large parts of the vast island continent. So the problem hasn’t just dawned on her, the highest-profile tennis star
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9:54 PM ET The surprise withdrawal of Nick Kyrgios has not stopped Australia taking a 1-0 lead in their ATP Cup clash against Canada in Brisbane on Sunday. After Kyrgios pulled out with a back complaint, hometown hero John Millman stepped up to down world No.21 Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4 6-2 at Pat Rafter Arena. World
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12:05 PM ET Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia — Novak Djokovic has voiced concerns about the impact of the devastating wildfires in Australia on tennis’ season-opening major, saying organizers may have to consider delaying the tournament if conditions around Melbourne deteriorate. Djokovic has won a record seven Australian Open men’s championships at Melbourne Park among his
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1:58 AM ET Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia — No. 1-ranked Ashleigh Barty will begin the new year with a tough draw at the Brisbane International. She’s one of six Grand Slam champions in her half of the draw. There are three others her quarter at her home tournament. Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, who
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4:44 PM ET Alexander Zverev has crumbled at the hands of Alex de Minaur to secure Australia victory in their ATP Cup opener in Brisbane. World No.18 de Minaur showed trademark grit to hang with Germany’s world No.7 in the early stages, before swamping him in a 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 win. It followed a
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12:26 AM ET Denis Shapovalov has pulled off the ATP Cup’s first upset to seal victory for Canada in their opening clash with Greece in Brisbane on Friday. The big serving left-hander upstaged world No.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (6-4) to give Canada an unbeatable 2-0 lead in their tie with the doubles rubber
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