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Coco Gauff beats former No. 1 Naomi Osaka in straight sets

Aug. 05, 2022 07:41 AM EDT

SAN JOSE (AP) — Coco Gauff held off four-time major champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. Gauff, the No. 6 seed, held all of her serves in the opening set and finished the 45-minute session with three...

Osaka wins at San Jose in 1st match since May

Aug. 02, 2022 23:53 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Four-time major champion Naomi Osaka won the first match she’s played since May, beating Zheng Qinwen 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday night at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. Osaka hit 11 aces and saved 7 of 8 break points in the hard-court tournament that...

Could Wimbledon champ Rybakina join Swiatek, Osaka at top?

Jul. 10, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — With Serena Williams nearing the end of her career and Ash Barty newly in retirement, Elena Rybakina served her way right into the Wimbledon void. With some consistency at the biggest tournaments, tennis might just have a new rival for Iga Swiatek and...

Let coaches coach? After Wimbledon, men's tennis will try it

Jul. 07, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — As in many sports, tennis has its share of well-known coaches. Unlike in other sports, tennis does not always allow them to coach. Indeed, at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic can’t get any sort of instructions from Goran Ivanisevic at Centre Court during the...

Spit, 'disrespect' arrive at Wimbledon as tennis turns ugly

Jun. 28, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — This is not what one thinks of when pondering the supposedly genteel roots of tennis, and the purportedly proper atmosphere at dates-to-the-1800s Wimbledon, a country club sport being contested at a place officially called the All England Lawn Tennis Club: a player, Nick...

WIMBLEDON 2022: No Russians, no rankings, but Serena’s back

Jun. 26, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — At least at the outset, before a tennis ball is struck, this edition of Wimbledon is as much about who — and what — is missing as who’s here. And that’s even taking this into account: It is no small matter that the grass-court Grand Slam tournament...

Naomi Osaka, LeBron James team up for entertainment venture

Jun. 21, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James and Naomi Osaka are becoming teammates in the entertainment world. Tennis star Osaka and her agent and business partner, Stuart Duguid, are forming a media company called Hana Kuma in partnership with The SpringHill Company, which was created by NBA...

Naomi Osaka won't play at Wimbledon, citing Achilles tendon

Jun. 18, 2022 11:28 AM EDT

Naomi Osaka pulled out of Wimbledon on Saturday, citing a lingering problem with her left Achilles tendon and marking the second consecutive year she's decided to sit out the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. The four-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player posted a photo...

US Open lets Russian tennis players in after Wimbledon ban

Jun. 14, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

The U.S. Open will allow tennis players from Russia and Belarus to compete this year despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, which prompted Wimbledon to ban those athletes. U.S. Tennis Association CEO and Executive Director Lew Sherr, whose group runs the U.S. Open, said in a telephone...

Can Gauff top Swiatek? At Surprise Slam, anything can happen

Jun. 03, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Even Coco Gauff looked ahead to her French Open final against Iga Swiatek and concluded: “She’s definitely the favorite going into the match, on paper.” In an interview last weekend, Swiatek’s sports psychologist, Daria Abramowicz, saw the way the bracket was...