Vogue editor joins push to re-name Margaret Court Arena
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Vogue editor Anna Wintour has added her voice to those calling for the renaming of Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open because of the tennis great's outspoken condemnation of same-sex marriage.
Wintour is an avid tennis fan who has been at Melbourne Park this week and spent time in the stadium player boxes of Serena Williams and Roger Federer She used a speech at an Australian Open function on Thursday to raise the issue.
Midnight run: Muguruza edges Konta at 3 a.m. in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Better late than never, right?
Garbine Muguruza finally won what is believed to be the latest-starting match in Australian Open history, edging Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5 in an after-midnight marathon that began at 12:30 a.m. and concluded at 3:12 a.m. on Friday.
The Latest: Muguruza wins match after 3 a.m. in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local):
An Australian Open match that began after midnight is finally over — and didn't end until past 3 a.m.
In what is believed to be the latest start in tournament history, Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta got going at 12:30 a.m. because of lengthy matches earlier. They then played three sets across more than 2½ hours, concluding at 3:12 a.m.
Sharapova, Wozniacki to meet in 3rd round at Australia Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A side effect of not playing much for Maria Sharapova is the likelihood of having to face highly ranked rivals in the first week of a major.
It doesn't come much tougher in the third round than a match against the defending champion.
That's the equation at the Australian Open after Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki beat Swedish players in straight sets on the same court — technically on different days.
US Open glance: Serena Williams faces Naomi Osaka in final
NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open:
Net gain: Williams into 9th US Open final, will face Osaka
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams was a bit shaky at the start of her U.S. Open semifinal.
For all of six minutes.
That's how long it took her to drop the opening two games Thursday night. Williams spent the next hour playing flawlessly, particularly up at the net, grabbing 12 of 13 games to beat No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 and reach her ninth final at Flushing Meadows and 31st at all Grand Slam tournaments.
US Open glance: Serena Williams seeks 1st final since 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open:
LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has been saying it over and over and over: Wimbledon is only her fourth tournament since returning to the tour after having a baby.
"Every time I go out there, I want to, I guess, take a giant step forward," she said. "Keep taking giant steps, but keep improving."
PARIS (AP) — A quick look at the French Open:
NADAL WINS AGAIN
Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to win a record-extending 11th title at the French Open. Nadal became the second player in tennis history to win 11 singles titles at any Grand Slam tournament after Margaret Court, who claimed 11 Australian Open titles. Nadal will remain at the top of the ATP rankings ahead of Roger Federer. Nadal and Federer have won the past six Grand Slam tournaments between them.
PARIS (AP) — A quick look at the French Open:
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Evert expects new mom Serena Williams will eclipse the Grand Slam record of 24 singles titles, maybe even this season.
The former No. 1 tennis player also says the name of current record-holder Margaret Court should remain on the arena at the Australian Open despite her controversial views on LGBT rights.
"I don't agree with Margaret and her thinking," said the ESPN analyst and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion. "I think it honors her tennis career."
Federer wins 20th major; Wozniacki wins her 1st in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Once he'd become the first man to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the questions to Roger Federer shifted to another major milestone.
The record for most major singles titles is 24, set by Margaret Court across the amateur and professional eras. Serena Williams set the Open era record last year when she beat her sister Venus in the Australian Open final for her 23rd major title.
The Latest: Hsieh beats Radwanska at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Hsieh Su-wei, who beat Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in the second round, added another seeded player to her Australian Open victory collection with a 6-2, 7-5 win over No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska.
Tsonga leaps, stretches, lunges in Australian Open comeback
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — In a match between shot-makers new and old, this time the young kid was ultimately given a tennis lesson by the flashy veteran.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga casually hit a between-the-legs shot that kept him in a winning point, lunged with one of his patented stretch forehands for a winner, and generally provided the Margaret Court Arena crowd with 3 hours, 37 minutes of premium entertainment at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Criticism of Margaret Court is muted at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Marriage equality proponents draped themselves in rainbow flags at Margaret Court Arena on the first day of the Australian Open to protest tennis great Margaret Court's controversial views on gay marriage and the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Several, however, stopped short of saying Court's name should be removed from the venue — a move advocated by Billie Jean King before the tournament began.
Day 2 at the Australian Open: Federer, Djokovic on court
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, with 11 Australian Open titles between them and 31 Grand Slam singles titles combined, take to the court at Melbourne Park under vastly different circumstances on Tuesday.
Billie Jean King backs calls to rename Margaret Court Arena
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Billie Jean King thinks one of the main venues at the Australian Open should be renamed because of Margaret Court's comments about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
King, a trailblazer for equality and diversity in tennis, said she had initially been a proponent of having Margaret Court Arena named in 2003 in recognition of the 24-time Grand Slam singles winner's contribution to the sport.
Federer, Djokovic drawn in same half for Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer found himself in a slightly awkward position before the Australian Open draw.
Just being there.
A few minutes later when the formalities were completed, Federer found out how difficult defending his title could be after landing in the same half as six-time champion Novak Djokovic.
Wawrinka says he’s ready for Aussie Open, knee not a worry
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka says he's ready for this year's tournament beginning next Monday after being sidelined from competitive tennis for six months.
Wawrinka hasn't played since Wimbledon and had left knee surgery in August, forcing him to miss the U.S. Open, where he was defending champion.
"Happy to be back on the tour and seeing the sun. Still a lot to do but I'm feeling really positive so looking forward to starting," Wawrinka said Tuesday.
Kuznetsova out of Australian Open after left wrist surgery
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova has withdrawn from next month's Australian Open after having surgery on her left wrist.
Tennis Australia on Friday said No. 12-ranked Kuznetsova and China's Sasai Zheng, with a right knee injury, were the only players ranked in the top 100 who are confirmed as not playing the Jan. 15-28 tournament at Melbourne Park.
How a tennis player became a ‘Battle of the Sexes’ actress
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — She might be known as a two-time Kentucky tennis champ, but Lauren Kline now has a new title: Hollywood actress.
It's kind of a funny story how the former North Oldham High School player ended up starring alongside A-listers Emma Stone and Steve Carell in "Battle of the Sexes."
Kline was originally supposed to be the tennis-playing body double for Stone but ended up looking more like actress Jessica McNamee, who portrays tennis champ Margaret Court in the movie.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Mervyn Rose, who won two Grand Slam singles titles and two Davis Cups before going into coaching and working with stars including Billie Jean King and Margaret Court, has died. He was 87.
Tennis Australia issued a statement late Monday confirming the death of Rose, a feisty left-hander who won the Australian Open in 1954 and the French Open in 1958 before turning pro.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Former tennis great Margaret Court, now a Christian pastor, has taken to the pulpit to defend her opposition to same-sex marriage.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Martina Navratilova has written an open letter criticizing Margaret Court's comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She is recommending that tennis officials rename the arena that bears the Australian great's name at Melbourne Park.
PARIS (AP) — Andy Murray joined other current players in rejecting tennis great Margaret Court's recent public stance against same-sex marriage.
The topic has generated discussion at the French Open — including about whether the Australian Open stadium that honors Court should have its name changed. There was also talk about whether a protest of some sort could take place in connection with that Grand Slam tournament next year.
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Former tennis great and now Christian pastor Margaret Court says she will stop using Qantas "where possible" in protest over the Australian airline's promotion of same-sex marriage.
"I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage," Perth resident Court said in the letter published in The West Australian newspaper.
Venus focused on tennis, not age, in record 73rd Grand Slam
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One could never accuse Venus Williams of being sensitive about her age. Not the way she keeps making self-deprecating jokes about it at the Australian Open.
Case in point: Asked about the Australian great Margaret Court after her third-round win over China's Duan Yingying at Margaret Court Arena on Friday, Williams said she had a letter from the 24-time major winner hung on the wall in her room as a memento.