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Upsets send Fritz, Basilashvili to semis at Indian Wells

Oct. 16, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Taylor Fritz beat No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Friday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in front of a hometown crowd, scoring the biggest win of his young career. Fritz rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the third...

Allyson Felix, Naomi Osaka earn women's sports awards

Oct. 14, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Olympians Allyson Felix and Jordan Larson were honored as Sportswomen of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Felix won two medals at the Tokyo Games — giving her 11 in her career — to surpass Carl Lewis as the most decorated American in...

Rogers, Stephens win opening matches at Indian Wells

Oct. 07, 2021 02:14 AM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Shelby Rogers beat Anhelina Kalinina 7-6 (2), 6-2, and Sloane Stephens outlasted Heather Watson 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1 on Wednesday in opening matches at the BNP Paribas Open. Rogers and Stephens were joined by fellow American Madison Keys in...

Sabalenka positive for virus, out of BNP Paribas Open

Oct. 03, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Second-ranked Aryna Sabalenka says she has tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the upcoming BNP Paribas Open. The Belarusian player was due to be top-seeded for the Oct. 4-17 tournament at Indian Wells after No. 1-ranked...

Djokovic is latest big name to drop out of Indian Wells

Sep. 29, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is the latest big name to drop out of the BNP Paribas Open set for next month in the Southern California desert. “I am sorry I won't get to see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favourite place to...

US Open champ Raducanu gets wild card into BNP Paribas Open

Sep. 28, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu has received a wild card into the BNP Paribas Open next month. The combined men’s and women’s tournament will be played Oct. 4-17 in the Southern California desert, a move from its usual March date because...

Naomi Osaka withdraws from next month's Indian Wells tourney

Sep. 22, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Naomi Osaka pulled out of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, a move that was expected after she indicated following her U.S. Open loss this month that she planned to take another extended break from tennis. The withdrawal was announced by the...

Inside Met Gala, where there's always someone more famous

Sep. 14, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe had just gotten her beverage at the bar at the edge of the room. She looked back at the throbbing crowd of celebrities packed into the center of the airy Petrie Court, where the Met Gala was holding its cocktail reception. ...

Raducanu's US Open title moves her up 127 spots to No. 23

Sep. 13, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Raducanu's qualifier-to-champion run at the U.S. Open vaulted her 127 spots in the WTA rankings to a career-high No. 23 on Monday. The 18-year-old from Britain began the year ranked 345th, rose to 179th in July by reaching...

Analysis: US Open champion Raducanu shows poise at just 18

Sep. 12, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Raducanu sat on her sideline chair at Arthur Ashe Stadium with her left knee, in her words, “gushing with blood.” OK, maybe a bit of hyperbole there. Still, the 18-year-old from Britain had just hurt herself on a fall behind the baseline at a...