BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Ashleigh Barty defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-5 to win the Birmingham Classic title on Sunday, a victory that ensures the Australian will be No. 1 in the rankings on...
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — French Open champion Ashleigh Barty will play Julia Goerges for the Birmingham Classic title on Sunday, and clinch the world No. 1 spot if she wins.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — French Open champion Ashleigh Barty remains on course for the No. 1 ranking after beating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 at the Birmingham...
Top-ranked Osaka loses in 2nd round in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Naomi Osaka lost in straight sets at the Birmingham Classic grass-court tournament on Thursday — and could soon lose her No. 1 ranking, too.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — A day after saying she was "not really that comfortable" playing on grass, top-ranked Naomi Osaka needed three sets to get past her first-round opponent at the...
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Defending champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from next week's Birmingham Classic because of an arm injury that ruled her out of the French Open, but is still hopeful...
PARIS (AP) — French Open champion Ash Barty's first Grand Slam title allowed her to rise to a career-best No. 2 on Monday, almost three years to the day after she re-entered the WTA rankings...
PARIS (AP) — Beating 23-time major champion Serena Williams or No. 1-ranked Naomi Osaka at the French Open was one thing. Following up those upsets with other victories two days later was entirely...
PARIS (AP) — This was one deficit too big to overcome for Naomi Osaka, whose Grand Slam winning streak is over.
The No. 1-ranked Osaka couldn't muster a comeback after falling way behind yet...
Osaka wins but takes tough road at French Open
PARIS (AP) — Naomi Osaka is grinding her way through the French Open the hard way.
To cling onto her quest for a third consecutive Grand Slam title, the top-ranked Osaka has twice had to...
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PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam,...
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ROME (AP) — Play at the Italian Open has been wiped out by rain, meaning Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will have to wait until Thursday to play their opening matches at the...
MADRID (AP) — Naomi Osaka won her opening match at the Madrid Open, Caroline Wozniacki withdrew due to injury and Garbine Muguruza was upset by Petra Martic in straight sets on...
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MADRID (AP) — Petra Kvitova opened her title defense in the Madrid Open by dispatching Sofia Kenin of the United States 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday.
The second-seeded Kvitova, a three-time champion...
Kvitova beats Kontaveit for 2nd title this year
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Third-seeded Petra Kvitova beat No. 8 Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-6 (2) to win the Porsche Grand Prix final on Sunday.
The 29-year-old Czech clinched her second title of...
Osaka withdraws from Stuttgart semi with ab strain
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals because of an abdominal injury on Saturday.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Top-ranked Naomi Osaka came from behind in the final set to beat Donna Vekic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) on Friday and reach the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix.
Osaka opens clay campaign by beating Hsieh in Stuttgart
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Top-ranked Naomi Osaka opened her clay-court season by beating Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan 6-4, 6-3, on Thursday to reach the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The new site for the Miami Open suddenly is missing a lot of star power.
Serena Williams withdrew Saturday, blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury. Less...
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Facing the setting sun, Serena Williams tried to shield her eyes with her left hand as she hit a shot, lost the point and then waved in frustration at the bothersome...
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Three-time tournament champion Venus Williams won her opening match Thursday at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dalila Jakupovic 7-5, 6-3.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Victoria Azarenka won the first match on the stadium court at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked players, ushered out in the...
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, keeping the world's No. 1 player on track to defend her...
Djokovic, Osaka earn victories at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, both ranked No. 1 in the world, cruised to straight-set victories at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Playing just her seventh match of the year, Venus Williams rallied to beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on...
No. 1-ranked Naomi Osaka has a new coach: Jermaine Jenkins.
Osaka's agent confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that Jenkins has started working with the two-time major...
Media watchdog says Williams cartoon didn’t breach standards
SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being...
Kvitova, Halep advance at Dubai Championships
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former champions Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep overcame windy conditions to reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.
No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach.
Serena Williams back in top 10 after giving birth
LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has returned to the top 10 in the tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child.
Williams dropped as low as 491st upon her return to competition in March 2018 but is up to No. 10 after reaching two Grand Slam finals since, losing to Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon and Naomi Osaka at the U.S. Open.
Shiffrin, the new face of skiing, cites Osaka as inspiration
ARE, Sweden (AP) — During her inexorable rise to someday becoming the most successful Alpine skier in history, Mikaela Shiffrin has been shooting some admiring glances at another young female athlete excelling at her chosen sport.
And she, too, is emerging from the shadow of an all-time great.
No. 1 Osaka splits with coach 2 weeks after 2nd major title
Naomi Osaka surprisingly split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title and moved to No. 1 in the WTA rankings.
"Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha," Osaka posted on Twitter on Monday. "I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future."
Kvitova loses to Vekic in St Petersburg quarters
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova struggled with her serve and was eliminated from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy after losing to eighth-seeded Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The second-ranked Kvitova landed only 48 percent of her first serves, double-faulted six times, and was broken five times.
Pliskova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup after Kvitova pulls out
PRAGUE (AP) — Karolina Pliskova will be the top player for defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic in its first-round meeting with Romania, after Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova pulled out.
Pliskova lost in the Australian Open semifinals this month to Naomi Osaka, who then defeated Kvitova in the final.
Svitolina in Fed Cup dispute with Ukraine tennis officials
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Australian Open quarterfinalist Elina Svitolina is in a dispute with the Ukrainian Tennis Federation and has withdrawn from her country's Fed Cup team.
Svitolina, who is ranked seventh in the world, says she can't play upcoming Fed Cup matches in Poland because she is injured. But the federation says she and Dayana Yastremska originally agreed to play but withdrew after their agent made unreasonable financial demands.
Weekend Sports In Brief
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17. Djokovic improved to 7-0 in finals at Melbourne Park with a remarkably dominant and mistake-free performance against Nadal.
Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the first player from Asia to top the men's or women's tennis rankings — and the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years.
"I feel like I'm literally just still learning," the 21-year-old Osaka said. "Everyone kind of adjusts to being No. 1 in a different way."
Novak, Naomi, other things we learned at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The way things went at the Australian Open didn't exactly teach the world that Novak Djokovic is the best there is in men's tennis right now. Certainly confirmed it, though.
And while those within the game knew all about Naomi Osaka, she made sure her talent is more obvious to more people.
Japanese fans celebrate Osaka’s rise to top of tennis world
TOKYO (AP) — Led by a congratulatory tweet from the prime minister, Japan reveled in Naomi Osaka's dramatic Australian Open win on Sunday.
Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday to claim a second consecutive Grand Slam singles title. The 21-year-old Osaka also became the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings.
Now No. 1, Osaka wins majors to strains of Jay Rock’s ‘Win’
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Like the 21-year-old she is, Naomi Osaka stepped into Rod Laver Arena for the Australian Open final with a cellphone in her right hand and music in both ears.
The headphones she wore carried the swirling brass, bouncing beat and boastful lyrics of Jay Rock's "Win," the same pre-match song Osaka listened to throughout the tournament — and at last year's U.S. Open, too.
"You might wanna keep score," the rapper says. "I win, win, win, win."