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Column: Tennis's 'new week, new champ' 2019 is unprecedented

Mar. 20, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer has won one trophy so far in 2019, which puts him in a tie for the ATP lead — with 18 other players. That same type of unprecedented parity is happening in the WTA, too, with 13 different champions from 13 tournaments. No tennis season in the Open era's 50...

Former champ Azarenka wins 1st match at new Miami Open site

Mar. 20, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

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. The unseeded Azarenka is a three-time Miami Open champion. After a one-day delay because of rain, the tournament started Wednesday at the...

Changeover: Miami Open tennis moves to Dolphins' home

Mar. 18, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — At the main entrance to the Miami Dolphins' stadium stands a statue of Dan Marino as a witness to a game-changing completion. A remarkable transformation is done, and the complex is ready for tennis. The Miami Open has moved 18 miles north from its location since 1987, the...

Federer, Nadal on collision course in semis at Indian Wells

Mar. 16, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — It's Federer vs. Nadal again, only this time it'll be in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open. Roger Federer beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 and Rafael Nadal got by Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) on Friday to set up the old rivals' 39th career meeting and first in 16 months....

Teen spirit: Andreescu, Kecmanovic win at Indian Wells

Mar. 14, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — A couple of teenagers are shaking things up at the BNP Paribas Open. Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, routed two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza 6-0, 6-1 in 52 minutes Wednesday to reach the semifinals. Miomir Kecmanovic, a 19-year-old Serb ranked 130th in the...

Osaka wins, Djokovic match delayed by rain at Indian Wells

Mar. 12, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

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 title. Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked men's player, held serve to win his opening game against Philipp...

Williams, Duggan weigh in on US soccer discrimination suit

Mar. 11, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

While Serena Williams admittedly doesn't follow soccer, the U.S. women's national team caught her attention with its lawsuit seeking equitable pay. The players accuse the U.S. Soccer Federation of "institutionalized gender discrimination" that includes unequal pay with their counterparts on the men's national...

Ailing Serena out at Indian Wells, Federer, Nadal move on

Mar. 10, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams' return to tennis after a five-week break ended early with her retiring from the BNP Paribas Open because of a viral illness Sunday. Williams raced to a 3-0 lead over two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza in their third-round match before dropping six straight...

Serena tops Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-3 at Indian Wells

Mar. 9, 2019 11:28 AM EST

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams met Victoria Azarenka in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, but it seemed more like a final. Each a two-time winner at the event, Williams edged her friend and rival 7-5, 6-3 on Friday night in a display of fierce forehands and shot-making. Both returned...

No. 1 Naomi Osaka hires Jermaine Jenkins as new coach

Feb. 28, 2019 9:48 PM EST

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 champion. Osaka had tweeted about "taking this moment to thank Jermaine for joining us and coming on board lol." The move...