7 years after 2nd ‘retirement,’ Clijsters returns to tennis
Seven years after retiring from tennis a second time, Kim Clijsters is attempting another comeback at age 36.
The former No. 1 and four-time major champion, who already is a member of the...
Tennis trailblazer Li Na sees some similarities with Osaka
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Li Na saw much of herself in a young player on the women's tour early last year.
The two-time Grand Slam champion didn't hesitate to identify Japan's Naomi Osaka as the player with a bright future.
So Li, set to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July along with fellow former Australian Open champions Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, was not surprised when Osaka won the 2018 U.S. Open.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Caroline Wozniacki was able to control her nerves this time, reaching her first Australian Open final seven years after squandering a match point and losing in her only previous run to the semis at Melbourne Park.
Former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki is potentially one win away from a breakthrough Grand Slam title after advancing 6-3, 7-6 (2) over Elise Mertens on Thursday.
Elise Mertens leading next generation of Belgian tennis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When Elise Mertens was growing up in the medieval city of Leuven, Belgium, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin were taking Belgian tennis to new heights. She remembers, back to when she was five, seeing Clijsters play for the first time — the year Clijsters made her first French Open final.
"I mean, what they achieved was amazing, and of course I looked up to them," Mertens said.
Wozniacki still in frame for return to No. 1, 6 years later
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki had just been beaten by Kim Clijsters in the 2012 Australian Open quarterfinals, causing her to lose her No. 1 ranking on the WTA Tour, and she had some fighting words.
"I will get it back eventually, so I'm not worried," she said. "The media talks to me like I'm finished ... the fact is I still have quite a few good years in front of me."
Ranked 418th, Estonia’s Kanepi reaches US Open quarterfinals
NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago at this time, Kaia Kanepi figures she probably was spending her September afternoons taking her dog for a walk. Or maybe reading a book.
Just look where she is now.
After a series of health issues kept her off the professional tennis tour for most of the past two seasons, Kanepi is ranked only 418th and yet she has made it all the way to the U.S. Open quarterfinals — the first female qualifier to do that in 36 years.
Ace! Lindsay Davenport among female coaches in pro tennis
NEW YORK (AP) — Lindsay Davenport sat on the edge of her seat in the coaching box at Arthur Ashe Stadium, watching her player, 15th-seeded Madison Keys, compete in the U.S. Open.
Davenport is a former No. 1 and winner of three Grand Slam singles titles who is among a handful of female coaches in professional tennis. Keys is one of three players ranked in the WTA's top 20 with a female coach, joining French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and 20th-ranked Daria Gavrilova.
Belgian players enjoy strong week at Connecticut Open
NEW HAVEN — Elise Mertens was still a couple months shy of her sixth birthday the last time the WTA tour stop in New Haven could boast of having a pair of quarterfinalists from her native Belgium, so she was not about to reflect on that special circumstance. However, just being mentioned in the same sentence with retired Belgian tennis legends Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin certainly brought a smile to her face.
Former runner-up Zvonareva advances in US Open qualifying
NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Open runner-up Vera Zvonareva of Russia beat China's Xinyun Han 7-6 (4), 6-1 on Monday to advance in the qualifying rounds for this year's U.S. Open.
The 32-year-old Zvonareva has not played in the main draw of a Grand Slam event since the 2015 Australian Open. In 2010, she lost the Wimbledon final to Serena Williams and the U.S. Open final to Kim Clijsters.
Angelique Kerber retakes No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams
Angelique Kerber is back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, reclaiming that spot from Serena Williams.
Kerber moves atop the rankings on Monday. That's about six months after she originally ascended to No. 1 for the first time, overtaking Williams by winning the U.S. Open.
That ended Williams' run of 186 consecutive weeks at the top.
Clijsters, Roddick joining International Tennis Hall of Fame
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Roddick was the last American man to capture a Grand Slam singles trophy, winning the 2003 U.S. Open championship. He also reached the final at Wimbledon in 2004, 05 and '09 and the U.S. Open in '06.
Qualifier Mertens is now a champion at Hobart International
HOBART, Australia (AP) — Belgian qualifier Elise Mertens' decision to forego singles qualifying for the Australian Open paid big dividends Saturday when she beat Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-1 in the Hobart International final.
As the 21-year-old Mertens advanced through the Hobart field, including a win over top-seeded Kiki Bertens, she had a difficult decision to make: withdraw from the tournament and head to Melbourne for Open qualifying, or stay in the Tasmanian state capital and keep playing.
Clijsters, Roddick nominated for tennis hall of fame
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick are the International Tennis Hall of Fame nominees in the recent player category for the class of 2017.
Tennis star Azarenka pregnant, plans to resume career
Two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka says she is pregnant and plans to resume her career after the baby is born.
The 26-year-old Azarenka posted a letter on her Twitter account Friday saying that when she was recovering from the knee injury that kept her out of Wimbledon, she and her boyfriend learned they were expecting a child at the end of the year.
"We couldn't be happier and feel very blessed to begin this exciting journey of building a family...