Osaka’s coach, Bajin, wins 1st WTA Coach of the Year award
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Sascha Bajin has been chosen as the first winner of the WTA Coach of the Year award after helping Naomi Osaka collect the U.S. Open title.
The women's tennis tour announced its annual honors Monday.
The first season as a team for Bajin and Osaka produced her first WTA title at Indian Wells, then her first Grand Slam title in New York, where she beat Serena Williams in the final. Bajin used to work with Williams.
Czech star Safarova retiring after Australian Open
PRAGUE (AP) — Former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova will retire after the Australian Open in January due to health concerns and will not play in any tournaments before then.
The 31-year-old Safarova announced her decision on Saturday in Prague before the Fed Cup final between the Czech Republic and United States.
"I had a great career but my health doesn't allow me to continue," Safarova said.
She helped the Czechs win four Fed Cup titles but is not in the current team.
Radwanska beats Mattek-Sands to advance at Korea Open
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Agnieszka Radwanska began her quest for a second Korea Open title with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Tuesday.
Radwanska, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2012 and won the Korea Open the following year, broke Mattek-Sands' serve in the last game to clinch the victory.
Mattek-Sands completes comeback with Open title with Murray
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 her own power rebuffed because her right kneecap had been so ruptured she would need a stretcher.
LONDON (AP) — Bethanie Mattek-Sands first needed to make peace with the incremental and painful process of rehabilitating her right knee after dislocating the kneecap and rupturing the patellar tendon during a match at Wimbledon in 2017.
PARIS (AP) — The scene was bone-chilling: Bethanie Mattek-Sands, then the top-ranked woman in doubles, writhing in agony on Wimbledon's green turf and screaming: "Help me, please! My knee!"
So when the American made her return to Grand Slam tennis on Tuesday, on Court 14 at Roland Garros, she wasn't merely aiming to win. She was also marking a milestone on her long road back.
Keys sends US into second straight Fed Cup final
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — Defending champion United States will play in a second consecutive Fed Cup final after defeating France 3-2 on Sunday.
Madison Keys secured the decisive point for the visiting team by beating Pauline Parmentier 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the second reverse singles. Keys' victory gave the U.S. an unassailable 3-1 lead over France in the World Group semifinals.
The Czech Republic will host the U.S. in the Nov. 10-11 final after defeating Germany 4-1 in Stuttgart.
Fed Cup: Stephens to open for US against France in semis
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will open play for the U.S. against Pauline Parmentier of France in the Fed Cup semifinals.
France No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic and CoCo Vandeweghe will follow on Saturday in the second singles at the new 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix. France has opted for an indoor clay court.
Mladenovic and Amandine Hesse are set to face Madison Keys and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the doubles on Sunday following the reverse singles.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, runner-up Madison Keys and semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe, along with former No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, are on the American roster that will face France in the Fed Cup semifinals.
The U.S. Tennis Association has announced captain Kathy Rinaldi's picks for the April 21-22 matches on an indoor clay court in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Stephens is ranked No. 9 this week, with Keys 13th and Vandeweghe 16th.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — New WTA No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and top-ranked man Andy Murray headline the direct entry lists for the U.S. Open.
Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up at Flushing Meadows, is joined by four past U.S. Open champions: Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams, Sam Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Other past Grand Slam champions in the field: Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka and Jelena Ostapenko.
LONDON (AP) — Top-ranked women's doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands needs surgery after dislocating her right kneecap and rupturing her patellar tendon during a singles match at Wimbledon.
"One of the most painful injuries that I've had," the 32-year-old American said on Facebook Live on Saturday, "and I've had a few in my career."
LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):
American tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands says she's been through a "painful & emotional" 36 hours after injuring her right knee during a match at Wimbledon.
Mattek-Sands sent out a tweet Friday night to thank "the best family, friends and fans a girl could ask for."
LONDON (AP) — The screams were startling.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a 32-year-old American who came to Wimbledon eyeing a fourth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title, fell to the grass when her right knee buckled as she moved toward the net in a second-round singles match Thursday.
She immediately clutched her knee and, down on the turf, wailed loudly, imploring for someone to "Help me! Help me!"
PARIS (AP) — For Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, the French Open this year was all about laid-back entertainment.
No wonder they sipped champagne from their trophies after clinching their third consecutive major doubles title on Sunday at Roland Garros.
Mattek-Sands, who was born in Minnesota and is based in Arizona, and her Czech partner easily defeated Australian duo Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 6-1 in the final.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local):
Rafael Nadal qualified for his 10th French Open final, having achieved the feat without dropping a set in six matches.
The nine-time champion beat sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in their semifinal.
Nadal, who has won all nine finals he has played in Paris, will take on 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.
PARIS (AP) — As a professional athlete who is judicious about what she eats and drinks, Bethanie Mattek-Sands knows all too well how impossible it is to avoid the sweet aroma emanating from a stand selling waffles with a chocolate-hazelnut spread just outside the French Open's main stadium.
"We would walk by that every day," the 32-year-old American said last week at Roland Garros, recalling her run to the 2015 women's doubles title. "We could even smell it from one of the match courts."
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova will continue her comeback from a knife attack by playing at the Connecticut Open in August, the final WTA tune-up before the U.S. Open.
The two-time Wimbledon champion returned to tennis at the French Open, less than six months after suffering a serious injury to her left hand when she was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic.
PARIS (AP) — There are at least two things that haven't changed during Petra Kvitova's six-month layoff. She remains a fierce competitor, and she still has her sense of humor.
The two-time Wimbledon champion's comeback ended in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday after a close match against qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who recorded her best result at a major in nearly two years with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) victory.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Bethanie Mattek-Sands picked up her first top-10 victory since 2015, upsetting ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Miami Open's third round.
Mattek-Sands, who turned 32 on Thursday, is ranked only 158th in singles and needed a wild-card invitation to get into the hard-court tournament. She is ranked No. 1 in doubles.
Against Svitolina, Mattek-Sands saved 12 of the 15 break points she faced.
Charleston's Shelby Rogers was in a celebratory mood Sunday after seeing her first Fed Cup women's tennis action and notching a doubles victory with world's No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Maui, Hawaii.
Shelby Rogers named to Fed Cup team after upset loss at Taiwan Open
Charleston touring tennis professional Shelby Rogers was upset by big-serving 181st-ranked qualifier Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, 7-5, 6-2, on Wednesday in the round of 16 in the $250,000 Taiwan Open in Taipei City. But Wednesday was still an exciting and career breakthrough day for the 24-year-old Rogers.
The loss was tempered by news that the 48th-ranked Rogers has been named to the U.S. Fed Cup team for its World Group first-round tie against Germany on Feb. 11-12 In Maui, Hawaii.
No Williams sisters or Kerber for Germany-US in Fed Cup
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber will sit out the first-round Fed Cup matches between the United States and Germany.
New U.S. captain Kathy Rinaldi announced her roster on Wednesday for the best-of-five series on Feb. 11-12 in Maui, Hawaii.
Mattek-Sands, Safarova win 2nd Aussie Open doubles title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Czech Lucie Safarova enhanced their reputation as the dominant duo in women's doubles by winning the Australian Open title for the second time.
The second-seeded pair had to scramble from behind to eventually overwhelm Czech Andrea Hlavackova and China's Peng Shuai 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 in a tense final.
Destined for WTA records: Destanee Aiava’s 1st main draw win
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Her name is Destanee, and she's a teenager with a record that nobody born in this millennium can match.
The 16-year-old Destanee Aiava advanced through qualifying before becoming the first player born in the 2000s to win a main draw match at an elite WTA event, beating veteran American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday in a first-round match at the Brisbane International.
Halep into 3rd round at Wuhan Open
WUHAN, China (AP) — Former French Open finalist Simona Halep took less than 70 minutes to reach the third round of the Wuhan Open, advancing Monday when fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu retired in the second set of their second-round match.
The No. 4-seeded Halep was leading 6-3, 2-0 when Begu retired with a back injury amid warm and humid conditions. Halep, who skipped the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo last week because of a hamstring strain, had a first-round bye at Wuhan.
US Open Glance
NEW YORK (AP) — A look at Sunday's play, the final day of the $46.3 million U.S. Open tennis championships:
WEATHER: Mix of sun and clouds with less humidity. High of 82.
The Latest: US Open champ Wawrinka notes 9/11 in victory
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):
U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka took time out at the end of his victory speech to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
"It's been a big battle on the court ... four hours," Wawrinka told the crowd in Arthur Ashe Stadium after defeating No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. "But I just want to remember what happened 15 years ago."