PERTH, Australia (AP) — Australia captain Alicia Molik has lamented upcoming changes to the format of the Fed Cup as she vowed to complete a drought-breaking triumph on foreign soil after a...
NEW YORK (AP) — It's rather rare that a third-round Grand Slam match involving a player ranked merely 140th and playing in her second major tournament would generate a ton of buzz.
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they'll do it in their very first match.
A long-awaited Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal showdown could...
NEW YORK (AP) — American teenager Amanda Anisimova withdrew from the U.S. Open on Tuesday because of the recent death of her father and coach, Konstantin.
LONDON (AP) — The Fed Cup is following the Davis Cup with a new tournament format.
Starting next year, the women's tennis event will be a six-day final tournament in April with 12 teams...
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — As the start of Wimbledon approaches, two recent trends capture the completely disparate states of men's and women's tennis at the moment.
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's greatest female tennis players, Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong Cawley, have joined in celebrating the rise of compatriot Ashleigh Barty to the No. 1 world ranking...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln women's tennis coach has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.
Lancaster County Court records say 59-year-old Scott Jacobson entered the...
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska women's tennis head coach Scott Jacobson has been suspended without pay following his arrest last week on suspicion of driving drunk.
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...
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."
When Serena Williams was at her best, there was never much doubt that she'd be the favorite at pretty much any tournament she entered. While she was off the tour becoming a mom, women's tennis was as wide open as ever.
Could the Australian Open, where play begins Monday (Sunday EST), end the recent run in which eight women divvied up the past two years' worth of Grand Slam championships, the first time that had happened since the 1930s?
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Serena Williams has welcomed the extra protection given to new mothers when they return to the women's tennis tour.
"It's great," the 23-time Grand Slam champion said on Thursday in quotes published by BBC Sport. "Women that are younger can go out there and have kids and not have to worry about it, and not have to wait until the twilight of their years to have children."
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The women's tennis tour approved rule changes Monday that are meant to ensure players are not penalized after they return from pregnancy or an injury that causes a long absence.
The changes were prompted, in part, by the experiences of former No. 1 players Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, both of whom returned to competition after giving birth.
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.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan University is reinstating its women's tennis team after a lawsuit filed by two former athletes.
TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the U.S. Open against Serena Williams. Off the court — on the marketing front — experts say she could have the same potential as Williams, and maybe more.
"It's very, very rare to find a Japanese-born female athlete who appeals to an international audience," said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert and creative director at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, California.
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Women's Tennis Association has dedicated its trophy for the top-ranked player of the year in honor of Chris Evert.
Simona Halep has received the newly named Chris Evert WTA World No. 1 Trophy. She's the year-end No. 1 for the second straight season. Halep isn't playing in the current WTA Finals because of a back injury.
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Women's Tennis Association said Thursday that No. 1-ranked Simona Halep has withdrawn from the WTA Finals because of a lower back injury.
Halep's withdrawal means Kiki Bertens has qualified for the final spot, joining Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina in Singapore for the $7 million tournament from Oct. 21-28.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ola Malmqvist is being promoted to director of coaching for U.S. Tennis Association player development.
The USTA also announced two other moves Friday: Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi is replacing Malmqvist as head of women's tennis, and director of player identification and development Kent Kinnear is becoming head of men's tennis.
Kinnear steps in for Brian Boland, who left the USTA in May to become Baylor's tennis coach.
NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka began the U.S. Open having never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament and seeded 20th. She also arrived with big goals.
"It would be really sad if I kept playing for years and my biggest goal was to get to the quarters of a Slam," she announced after her first-round victory. "I think everyone plays Slams to win, especially the younger players now."
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Open tournament director Anne Worcester heard the same story over and over last week from top players who had committed to her event, the final WTA tuneup before the U.S. Open.
They had an injury or an illness and while it was nothing serious, with the major in New York coming up ... well, you understand.
LONDON (AP) — When Serena Williams steps out on Centre Court to play Evgeniya Rodina in Wimbledon's fourth round on Monday, it will be a rare meeting of Mom vs. Mom.
Such matchups could happen with greater frequency as parenthood becomes increasingly popular on the women's tennis tour.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno, who helped usher in modern women's tennis, was buried Saturday in her home town shortly after a wake was held for her at the Sao Paulo state Governor's Palace.
Bueno died Friday in a Sao Paulo hospital after battling mouth cancer. She was 78.
"She was very courageous," her nephew Pedro Bueno told reporters. "She faced the disease with the same courage she always faced challenges. She played tennis until the very last moment."
SAO PAULO (AP) — Maria Bueno, a Brazilian tennis great who won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped usher in modern women's tennis, has died after battling mouth cancer. She was 78.
Bueno was admitted to the Nove de Julho hospital in Sao Paulo in May. The hospital released a statement on Friday afternoon confirming her death, but declined to provide more details out of respect for her family.
PARIS (AP) — Through 14 years and 21 matches, Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova has evolved into one of the most enduring and multi-faceted, if also lopsided, rivalries in women's sport.
The next episode comes Monday, in their fourth-round match at the French Open.
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota State University is cutting its men's and women's tennis programs at the end of the academic year.
Athletic Director Justin Sell says a lack of quality tennis courts on campus and in Brookings was a primary factor in the decision.
The move will affect 19 athletes, a full-time coach and a student assistant coach. The school will honor the athletes' scholarships and help those who want to transfer to other schools.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Without defending champion Serena Williams in the draw at the Australian Open, there's certainly an opportunity for another player to go on a surprising run and emerge as a first-time Grand Slam champion.
Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko did it last year.
Just don't describe the first Grand Slam of the year as "more open" than usual.
PRAGUE (AP) — Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world when she sobbed on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a heartbreaking loss in the Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49.
The WTA announced Novotna's death on Monday, saying she died Sunday in her native Czech Republic following a long battle with cancer.
Novotna died "peacefully, surrounded by her family," the women's tennis body said.
PRAGUE (AP) — Jana Novotna, who won the hearts of the tennis world by sobbing on the shoulder of a member of the British royal family after a tough loss in the Wimbledon final, has died at the age of 49.
The WTA announced Novotna's death on Monday. The women's tennis body said she died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Novotna died in her native Czech Republic surrounded by her family, the women's tennis body said.
Her family confirmed her death to the Czech Republic's CTK news agency.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is the WTA Player of the Year, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens is the Comeback Player of the Year.
The women's tennis tour announced the annual honors on Friday. The awards are voted on by members of the media.
Other recipients include French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Most Improved Player, CiCi Bellis as Newcomer of the Year, and Martina Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan as Doubles Team of the Year.
DALLAS (AP) — Nancy P. Jeffett, who was instrumental in arranging the first network broadcast of women's tennis, has died. She was 88.
International Tennis Hall of Fame spokeswoman Anne Marie McLaughlin on Friday confirmed the 2015 inductee's death. A news release said she died peacefully Thursday.
Serena Williams has no interest in John McEnroe's thoughts on what would happen if she tried to play on the men's tennis tour.
Williams responded Monday via Twitter to comments McEnroe made during a weekend interview with NPR to promote his latest book.
Williams tells McEnroe , "I adore and respect you," but asks him to "please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based."
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — It's never too early to start working on an event that could bring your city potentially millions of dollars.
That's the mindset the City of Stillwater leaders had when they said they would help accommodate an NCAA Tennis Championship if Oklahoma State were to earn a bid. When the NCAA announced April 18 that OSU and Stillwater were to host such an event, the city had already started preparing.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Brienne Minor gave Michigan its first NCAA women's tennis title, while Virginia's Thai-Son Kwiatkowski beat a familiar foe to capture the men's championship.
Minor defeated Florida's Belinda Woolcock 6-3, 6-3 on Monday to become only the third player from the Wolverines to capture a singles title. The other two were men's champions: Barry MacKay in 1957 and Mike Leach in 1982.