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ATP cancels 8 more events, WTA scratches 4

May 16, 2020 - 5:18 PM

Tennis tournaments continue to fall to the coronavirus pandemic

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves against John Millman of Australia during their Men's Singles first round match on day two of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

WTA chief backs Federer's ATP merger suggestion

May 06, 2020 - 2:25 PM

A unified tennis circuit 'may not take as long' following calls led by superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

epa08150504 Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his second round match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Ominous Serena ends 3-year title drought with Auckland win

Jan 12, 2020 - 2:28 PM

Serena Williams captures her first crown since 2017 – and her first as a mother – since winning the Australian Open while pregnant

DOMINANT. Serena Williams arranges a title showdown against upset-conscious Jessica Pegula. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Serena, Wozniacki march into Auckland semis

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:24 PM

'The body's feeling great,' says Serena Williams as the former world No. 1 chases her first title in 3 years

Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Laura Siegemund of Germany during their women's singles quarter-final match during the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 10, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

'You said the D word' – teen Gauff chides dad for 'curse'

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:14 PM

The loss dashes a dream quarterfinal match between teen prodigy Coco Gauff and the queen of the court Serena Williams

Coco Gauff  Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Serena powers past Giorgi for 1st win of 2020

Jan 07, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Serena Williams relishes her 1st victory of 2020 over qualifier Camila Giorgi in the Auckland WTA Classic

STATEMENT. Serena Williams kicks off the 2020 season with a victory. File photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Teenage star Gauff makes flying start to new year

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Coco Gauff, 15, breezes past Viktoria Kuzmova in the WTA Auckland Classic and could face Serena Williams down the road

PRODIGY. Coco Gauff continues to impress at a young age. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Serena, Kuznetsova to resume rivalry in Auckland

Jan 04, 2020 - 11:44 AM

Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova rekindle their 16-year rivalry in the Auckland WTA Classic

Serena Williams  Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA-EFE

Naomi Osaka out of WTA Finals with shoulder injury

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Naomi Osaka exits the WTA season with an injury for the second straight year

EXIT. Naomi Osaka ends her 2019 WTA season with an injury. Photo from Wimbledon Instagram

Milliam, Maneja to represent PH in WTA Future Stars

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Alexa Joy Milliam and Justine Hannah Maneja rule the Cebuana Lhuillier Girls' Tennis Challenge Under 14 and Under 16 Qualifying Tournament

UP-AND-COMING. Alexa Joy Milliam (left) and Justine Hannah Maneja will don the national colors in the WTA Future Stars. Contributed photo

Injured Osaka maintains top spot

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Naomi Osaka continues to lead the WTA rankings despite exiting Cincinnati Masters with an injury

NO.1. Naomi Osaka continues to rank No.1 in the WTA standings. Photo from Twitter/@WTA

Serena powers past No. 1-bound Osaka in Toronto

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Naomi Osaka won't be pairing her No. 1 world ranking with a title as Serena Williams avenges her controversial US Open final loss

ALL GOOD. There’s no drama this time as Serena Williams (right) beats Naomi Osaka for the first time in 3 meetings. Photo from WTA

Serena, Osaka book US Open final rematch in Toronto

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I've been actually looking forward to playing her for a while,' Serena Williams on facing Naomi Osaka for the first time since their controversial US Open title match

TAKE TWO. Naomi Osaka (left) says she's excited to face her idol Serena Williams again despite their ugly first meeting. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Ashleigh Barty: From quitting tennis to world No. 1

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Following a brief stint as a professional cricketer, the Australian works her way back to tennis form and rises to the summit of the rankings

CLIMB TO THE TOP. Ashleigh Barty becomes the Australia's first women's world No. 1 since 1976. Photo from WTA's Twitter account (@WTA)

Osaka remains top spot as Wimbledon approaches

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Naomi Osaka holds a slim lead over Ashleigh Barty to keep her place at the top

THRONE SECURED. Naomi Osaka keeps her No. 1 ranking despite crashing out in the third round of the French Open. Photo by David Gray/AFP

French Open triumph propels Barty to world No. 2

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Naomi Osaka narrowly retains the top spot as Ashleigh Barty jumps 6 places by ruling at Roland Garros

MAIDEN. Ashleigh Barty captures her first Grand Slam title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Novak Djokovic tightens grip on top spot in world rankings

May 13, 2019 - 11:37 PM

Trailing the Serbian world No. 1 are fierce rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

LANDSLIDE. Novak Djokovic holds an advantage of more than 4000 points over second-running Rafael Nadal. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Osaka clings to top spot as Halep cuts gap in world rankings

May 13, 2019 - 11:14 PM

The Japanese star will stay at the summit for at least another week as the Romanian misses the chance to reclaim the throne

SUMMIT. Naomi Osaka keeps her spot at the top of the world rankings. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Osaka maintains slender lead over Halep in WTA rankings

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:28 PM

The Japanese holds a 185-point advantage over the Romanian

YOUNG GUN. Naomi Osaka keeps her spot at the top of the world rankings. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Struggling Sharapova progresses at Shenzhen as opponent retires

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:07 PM

China's Wang Xinyu is forced to retire from the match after feeling pain in her thigh

ON TO THE NEXT. Maria Sharapova reaches the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen WTA. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Wozniacki on right track ahead of Australian Open title defense

Jan 02, 2019 - 4:36 PM

The world No. 3 topples Laura Siegemund in the first round of the WTA Auckland Classic

LONG WAY TO GO. Caroline Wozniacki gives herself a passing mark as she starts the year with a win in the WTA Auckland Classic. File photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Venus wins three-set thriller against Azarenka

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:33 PM

In a showdown between two former world No. 1 players, Williams proves the better finisher

LIKE FINE WINE. Venus Williams, although already 38 years old, shows she still has it. Photo by Greg Woods/AFP/Getty Images

Angelique Kerber 2nd to Simona Halep in WTA rankings

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:38 PM

The German improves to her highest ranking since July 2017

CLOSING IN. Angelique Kerber lurks behind world No. 1 Simona Halep. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

US Open champion Osaka says fame won't affect her game

Oct 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Still grappling with her newfound stardom, Naomi Osaka vows to remain focused on tennis

STAR POWER. Naomi Osaka says all the attention feels ‘kind of funny.’ Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Simona Halep secures second year-end No. 1 ranking

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Romanian star spent 40 weeks at No. 1 in 2018, a season that saw her win 3 titles and a tour-leading 6 finals appearances

NO. 1. Simona Halep remains at the top of the world women's rankings. Thomas Samson/AFP

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Oct 12, 2018 - 2:00 PM

This month, two heart-pumping events await thrill seekers in the Lion City

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Aug 02, 2018 - 1:46 PM

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Serena suffers worst defeat of her career

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Unseeded Johanna Konta stuns former world number one Serena Williams at the WTA San Jose

STUNNER. Serena Williams bows to Johanna Konta in just 51 minutes. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Venus hopes to one day experience motherhood

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:35 AM

This week marks the return of Serena to the WTA Tour a little under 190 days since the birth of baby Alexis

MOTHERHOOD. Venus Williams at 37 years old hopes to follow the footsteps of the younger sister Serena. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Venus, Vandeweghe put US up 2-0 in Fed Cup

Feb 11, 2018 - 11:45 AM

USA is the defending champion of the Fed Cup

TEAM USA. Venus Williams advances to the second round of the Fed Cup with team USA team mate CoCo Vandeweghe. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Wozniacki's long, hard road back to the top

Jan 28, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The Dane had other ideas as many believed that she was finished

JOURNEY. Caroline Wozniacki finally clinches her first Grand Slam title after 12 disappointing years. Flie photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Halep battles into Aussie Open final with Wozniacki

Jan 25, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Simona Halep sets up a finals match against Caroline Wozniacki

FINALS. Simona Halep defeats former world number one Angelique Kerber and is now in the 2018 Australian Open Finals. File Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Halep batters Pliskova to set up Kerber semi-final

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Halep will be facing former world number one Kerber in the semi-finals

SEMIS. Simona Halep gets past Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to set up a semis match with former world no. 1 Angelique Kerber. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Kerber, Chung continue into the semis of Aussie Open

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Keys manages to win only 3 games against Kerber

SEMIS. Chung Hyeon and Angelique Kerber cruise to the Australian Open semifinals. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP (Chung) and Paul Crock/AFP (Kerber)

Kerber and Keys set up quarter-final, Berdych fires up

Jan 22, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Germany's Kerber is the only Grand Slam champion left on the women's side of the draw

QUARTER-FINALS. Angelique Kerber (left) and Madison Keys (right) will battle it out in the last 8 to take a step towards the Grand Slam title. Photos by Greg Wood/AFP (Keys) and Paul Crock/AFP (Kerber)

Wozniacki puts title thoughts aside after last-16 romp

Jan 21, 2018 - 4:04 PM

Wozniacki breezes past Rybarikov for a slot in the quarter-finals

ONE MATCH AT A TIME. Caroline Wozniacki is taking each match one at a time until she arrives at the end with her first Grand Slam title. Flie photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Kerber crushes Sharapova in ex-champs showdown at Open

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Kerber makes it to the last 16 in straight sets over Sharapova

LAST 16. Angelique Kerber defeats Maria Sharapova in the battle of ex-champs. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Halep survives 3-hour duel to join Pliskova in last 16

Jan 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

Simona Halep prevents exit from the Australian Open to join Pliskova and Garcia is the last 16

3 HR 44 MIN. Simona Halep finishes the tiring 3-set match, 15-13, over Lauren Davis. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Sixth seed Pliskova battles into last 16 in straight sets

Jan 20, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Pliskova continues her campaign for a first Grand Slam title

ROUND OF 16. Karolina Pliskova makes it to the round of 16 in straight sets against Lucie Safarova. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Wozniacki scrapes through Australian Open epic

Jan 17, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki continues her quest for a first Grand Slam title

QUEST. Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki reacts after beating Croatia's Jana Fett in their women's singles second round match. Photo by William West/AFP.

Shivering Sharapova sails into second round

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Maria Sharapova crawls back to her pre-doping ban form

ECSTATIC. Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory against Germany's Tatjana Maria. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Kerber red-hot with confidence in Melbourne

Jan 16, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Winning the Sydney International restores the confidence of Angelique Kerber

GOODBYE 2017. Angelique Kerber looks to start anew with her hopes high for another Grand Slam title. Photo by Paul Crock/AFP

Rejuvenated Konta off to fast start at Australian Open

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Konta does not show signs of injury at this point of the Australian Open

NUMBER ONE BRIT. Konta dismantles Madison Brengle to advance in the Australian Open 2018. Photo by William West/AFP

Konta sees positives in 'open' women's Grand Slam

Jan 14, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Konta reminds everyone to acknowledge the many great players in the Grand Slam despite the absence of Serena Williams

COMPETITIVE. Konta will be facing a number of great players despite the absence of Serena Williams. Photo by Paul Crock/AFP

Halep, Wozniacki lead race to seize Serena's Aussie crown

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Defending champion Serena Williams' withdrawal from the competition leaves others aspiring for the Grand Slam Title

FILLING IN SERENA'S SHOES. Halep and Wozniacki hope to seize Serena's title in the upcoming Australian Open. Photos from Facebook

Unbeaten Kerber looks to extend winning streak

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Angelique Kerber overcomes Venus Williams on her road to becoming world number one again

RETURN. Angelique Kerber hits a return to Venus Williams at the Sydney International tennis tournament. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Brisbane too hot for Muguruza as Murray also withdraws

Jan 03, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Muguruza and Murray hope for speedy recovery in order to be in shape in the coming Australian Open

WITHDRAWAL. With the Australian Open around the corner, tennis stars Muguruza and Murray opt out of Brisbane International. Photos from Facebook

Federer, Nadal defied time in 2017 as rivals hobble into 2018

Dec 25, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal banner the storylines of world tennis in 2017

RETURNING VETERANS. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, a pair of 30-something legends, surprised many by sweeping the Grand Slam men's singles titles in 2017. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Serena to return to Abu Dhabi with Australian Open in mind

Dec 25, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Fans might just be able to see Serena Williams match up with her rival Maria Sharapova

COMEBACK. Serena Williams plans to make her title defense in the Australian Open. File photo by William West/AFP

Serena Williams sorts out baby teething issues, hints at return

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Serena Williams posts a photo of an open court as the Grand Slam is only 4 weeks away

MOMMY PROBLEMS. Serena Williams solves baby problems while hinting on coming back for the 2018 Australian Open. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP