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Jennifer Brady returns a shot against Coco Gauff during action in her WTA tennis tournament semifinal match in Nicholasville, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Brady won 6-2, 6-4. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Brady beats Gauff, 16, in Lexington to reach 1st WTA final

Aug. 15, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jennifer Brady reached the first WTA final of her career by using a power-based game to beat 16-year-old Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday at the Top Seed Open, the first tennis tournament in the U.S. since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Brady, a 25-year-old based in Florida,...

Bencic out of US Open; 3 of 4 '19 semifinalists won't play

Aug. 15, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Belinda Bencic became the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open, meaning three of the four female semifinalists in 2019 will not be at the Grand Slam tournament this year. Bencic wrote on social media on Saturday that she “made the difficult decision to skip the US...

The Latest: Tennis player tests positive in Prague

Aug. 15, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A tennis player has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of an ATP Challenger event in Prague. The ATP tour tweeted that “the player has entered mandatory quarantine” at his home in line with ATP and Czech...

Serendipities Williams arrives at center court wearing a mask before the start of her match against Shelby Rogers at the WTA tennis tournament in Nicholasville, Ky., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Serena Williams loses to woman ranked 116th; Coco Gauff wins

Aug. 14, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Entering Friday, Serena Williams had played 967 tour-level singles matches as a professional, with just four losses against opponents ranked outside the top 100 — and none in eight years. Well, it's time to add to that list: Williams was beaten by No. 116 Shelby Rogers 1-6,...

ATP adjusts schedule, plans season-end Finals without fans

Aug. 14, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Italian Open is shifting to a week earlier than originally planned in September, and the Hamburg European Open -- scrapped in July because of the coronavirus pandemic -- will follow it on a provisional ATP calendar for the rest of the 2020 men’s tennis season. The season-ending ATP...

Serena Williams returns a shot to her sister Venus Williams during the WTA tennis tournament in Nicholasville, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Sibling rivalry: Serena beats Venus to take 31st meeting

Aug. 13, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — There was zero interaction between the two, not even a furtive glance, when Venus Williams walked past Serena Williams in the Top Seed Open's warmup area Thursday before their 31st matchup as pros. Moments later, both headed to the court, each wearing a face covering — Serena...

A player carries his shoes and a lunch bag in front of a closed gate leading to Memorial Stadium's playing field in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: Cowboys owner confident about having fans

Aug. 13, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident about having fans for all home games, and the club has now announced details toward that end. The Cowboys say they are selling tickets in groups to try to prevent people who don't...

Robert Ryland, first Black pro tennis player, dead at 100

Aug. 13, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Robert Ryland, the first Black professional tennis player and later a coach to such stars as Arthur Ashe and Serena and Venus Williams, has died. He was 100. Ryland died Aug. 2 at his stepson’s home in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, his wife, Nancy Ingersoll, confirmed to The New York Times. She...

FILE - In this Aug, 27, 2019, file photo, Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, returns a shot to Katie Volynets, of the United States, during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament in New York. Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, saying the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from properly preparing for competition. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

'19 US Open champ Andreescu withdraws; pandemic limited prep

Aug. 13, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

This year's U.S. Open will be missing both 2019 singles champions, because Bianca Andreescu announced Thursday she was pulling out of the Grand Slam tournament, joining Rafael Nadal on the sideline. Both cited the coronavirus pandemic in their explanations for withdrawing. One big name who said Thursday he will...

Defending champion Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from the U.S. Open tennis tournament

Aug. 13, 2020 3:21 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from the U.S. Open tennis tournament.