Tennis

4:47 PM ET Associated Press LEXINGTON, Ky. — Serena Williams flexed and then kissed a sinewy right biceps to show downtime well spent in training even without bench pressing. “This is God-given, thank you very much,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion said as she thanked her mother, Oracene. Williams now looks to flex her muscles
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3:33 PM ET Associated Press PALERMO, Sicily — Fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit will play 53rd-ranked Fiona Ferro on Sunday for the first tour-level tennis title in five months at the Palermo Ladies Open. Kontaveit beat top-seeded Petra Martic 6-2, 6-4, and Ferro rallied past Camila Giorgi of Italy 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, in the semifinals Saturday. It’s
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4:06 PM ET Associated Press PALERMO, Sicily — Top-seeded Petra Martić and fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit advanced to the semifinals of in five months at the Palermo Ladies Open on Friday. Martić beat qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) then Kontaveit defeated Italian teenager Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. The other semifinal will feature Fiona
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4:28 PM ET Associated Press A player testing positive for COVID-19 will be dropped from the US Open, but the U.S. Tennis Association has not established how many infected participants would force the Grand Slam tournament to be called off. According to a 10½-page “Player Q&A Update” sent out this week by the USTA, “There
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10:19 AM ET Women’s world No. 5 Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens, ranked seventh, joined a growing list of players withdrawing from this month’s US Open due to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday. Men’s defending champion Rafael Nadal and women’s world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty have opted against travelling to New York to play the
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1:52 AM ET New South Wales deputy premier John Barilaro says his state would be willing to act as a temporary host for major sports events such as the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam if they cannot be held in neighbouring Victoria due to COVID-19. Barilaro told Australian radio on Friday he had written to
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6:22 PM ET Associated Press PALERMO, Sicily — Top-seeded Petra Martic rallied past Russian qualifier Liudmilla Samsonova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Palermo Ladies Open quarterfinals Thursday in the first tournament following a five-month break due to the coronavirus. “The struggle was real out there today,” Martic said after the 2.5-hour match. “She’s not
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12:51 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Past US Open champions Kim Clijsters and Andy Murray received wild-card invitations for the Grand Slam tournament Thursday. The U.S. Tennis Association gave all of its other wild cards for singles play to Americans. 2 Related Clijsters, 37, is a four-time major champion and former No. 1
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6:19 PM ET Associated Press PALERMO, Sicily — Former French Open finalist Sara Errani showed signs of reviving her clay-court prowess by rallying past Kristýna Plíšková 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Wednesday to reach the Palermo Ladies Open quarterfinals. It was the second consecutive three-set win for Errani, who received a wild-card entry for the first tour-level
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12:25 PM ET Associated Press Despite a loss in revenue from holding its marquee event without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Tennis Association announced Wednesday that its overall compensation to players at this year’s US Open will be $53.4 million — which is 93.3% of the roughly $57.2 million awarded in 2019. The
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2:36 PM ET Associated Press Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer‘s men’s tennis record for Grand Slam titles. Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English on Tuesday. “The situation is very
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1:34 PM ET Associated Press PALERMO, Sicily — Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan upset second-seeded Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 Tuesday in the first round of the Palermo Ladies Open, the first official WTA event since March. Vondrousova won the first set in just 29 minutes and then came from 4-0 down
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11:47 AM ET Associated Press MADRID — The Madrid Open in September was canceled on Tuesday because of a new spike in coronavirus cases in Spain. The joint men’s and women’s tournament was originally scheduled in May, but moved when Spain became a hotbed for the virus. Its new slot in September allowed it again
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6:16 PM ET Associated Press BUENOS AIRES — Retired tennis player Mariano Puerta has admitted he lied to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reduce his suspension after a second positive doping test. Four months after the high point of his career — the final of the 2005 French Open — the Argentine tested
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2:43 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was one of four men given wild-card entries Monday for the tuneup tournament that will be held at Flushing Meadows before the US Open. Murray won the Western & Southern Open in 2008 and 2011. The hard-court event is usually held
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12:18 PM ET Associated Press PALERMO, Sicily — Tour-level tennis resumed after a five-month enforced break on Monday, 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 pandemic included no showers on site, and no autographs or photos
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9:50 PM ET Associated Press WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The New York Empire won the World TeamTennis title Sunday, with Coco Vandeweghe and Nicole Melichar surviving a championship point against the Chicago Smash. The Empire edged the expansion Smash 21-20, with the title decided in a super tiebreaker. With the match in extended play
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