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Mona Barthel progresses as rain disrupts Nuremberg Cup

May. 20, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Rain disrupted play at the Nuremberg Cup on Monday, with Mona Barthel the only player to progress on the second day. The German defeated Paula Ormaechea 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 despite an interruption of almost four hours in the first set due to rain. Other matches, including defending...

Fendrich on Tennis: 'Bienvenue a Paris,' Serena Williams

May. 20, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

Welcome back to Paris, Serena Williams. The tennis world can't wait to find out exactly how that bothersome left knee is holding up. Williams practiced at the French Open's redesigned main stadium on Monday — alas, Court Philippe Chatrier's retractable roof won't be ready until next year — and will...

Back on top: Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title

May. 19, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. "You were asking for...

Nadal, Djokovic advance; Federer and Osaka withdraw injured

May. 17, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal put away Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-0 at the Italian Open on Friday to reach the semifinals after conceding only six games in his six sets of tennis at the tournament. Yet he ought to be a little nervous. Nadal has fallen in the semifinals of his last three tournaments — all...

Players debate necessary punishment after Kyrgios outburst

May. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Nick Kyrgios' latest outburst of unruly behavior has other players split on whether the temperamental Australian should be handed a long-term ban. Kyrgios walked off the court and threw a chair onto the red clay during a fit of rage during his second-round match at the Italian Open on Thursday,...

Maria Sharapova out of French Open, citing right shoulder

May. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova pulled out of the year's second Grand Slam tournament on Tuesday because of her surgically repaired right shoulder. Sharapova announced her withdrawal on Instagram. "Sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easiest ones," she wrote. She said she has returned to...

Italy's men are starting to matter in tennis like its women

May. 15, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — After four decades of dormancy, male tennis players in Italy are finally showing signs of becoming as good as the women have been. Marco Cecchinato got things rolling by reaching the French Open semifinals last year — the first Italian man to reach the last four of a major since 1978....

Crafty Kyrgios leaves Medvedev slamming his racket

May. 14, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Nick Kyrgios took full advantage of his crafty game to eliminate Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday. For his first win on clay this year, Kyrgios was full of smiles as he fired aces and passing shots seemingly at will. Kyrgios set the tone by serving...

Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with injured knee

May. 14, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open on Tuesday ahead of her second-round match against sister Venus because of a previously injured left knee. Tournament organizers made the announcement a day after Serena opened her clay-court season with a straight-sets win over Swedish qualifier...

Serena Williams wins clay opener; sister Venus next in Rome

May. 13, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Serena Williams looked sharper than in her previous match two months ago as she opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday. Next up at the Italian Open: Sister Venus Williams in the siblings' first meeting on European clay in...