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Halep withdraws from Eastbourne due to Achilles pain

Jun. 20, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Recently crowned French Open champion Simona Halep has withdrawn from next week's Nature Valley International grass-court tournament in Eastbourne. The top-ranked Halep says in a statement that she felt Achilles tendon pain and inflammation during her title run in Paris "and it has yet to...

Romania: Cheers for Simona Halep, jeers for Bucharest mayor

Jun. 11, 2018 3:56 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — About 20,000 people have turned out to applaud Simona Halep for becoming the first Romanian tennis player in decades to win a Grand Slam singles title. The fans gathered on a hot Monday evening in Bucharest's giant National Arena to see Halep show off her French Open trophy. But...

Column: Nadal, Federer fight 'the watch,' keep winning Slams

Jun. 11, 2018 10:27 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal was trying to make the point that time stops for no man. "You can't fight against the age," he said, "and you can't fight against the watch. The watch keeps going, always." No arguing against that sentiment. Still, it is rather remarkable how Nadal, a French Open champion yet...

Nadal, Halep 1st pair of No. 1 French Open champs since 1992

Jun. 11, 2018 7:02 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep needed strong French Open showings to hold onto their top rankings. They did just that, becoming the first pair of ATP and WTA No. 1s to both win the title at Roland Garros since Jim Courier and Monica Seles in 1992. Nadal sits barely ahead of No. 2 Roger Federer...

With 11th French, Nadal not obsessed with Federer's 20 Slams

Jun. 11, 2018 2:44 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal's 11th French Open title raised his Grand Slam trophy count to 17, three away from the men's record held by Roger Federer. That doesn't necessarily mean Nadal is fixated on catching his rival. "Of course I would love to have 20, like Roger, in the future — or even more,"...

Already No. 1, French Open champ Halep knew she needed Slam

Jun. 10, 2018 8:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It was the end of a long and rewarding day, one she'll likely never forget, and new French Open champion Simona Halep harbored a couple of overriding concerns. "I'm tired," she said. "I'm hungry. I didn't eat since 9 a.m." It was getting close to 12 hours since that last meal, and Halep was...

4th time's the charm: Halep tops Stephens to win French Open

Jun. 9, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Maybe all of those losses in Grand Slam finals helped Simona Halep actually win one. She'd gone 0-3 in matches with a major trophy on the line before facing Sloane Stephens for the French Open title Saturday, so there was plenty to remember: what it felt like to give a lead away, to make a key...

Sloane Stephens' 1st loss in any final comes at French Open

Jun. 9, 2018 2:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A year ago at this time, Sloane Stephens sat out the French Open while she put in the work it would take to get back on tour after having foot surgery. The payoff was a U.S. Open title last September. Then, less than six months ago, Stephens was exiting the Australian Open in the first round,...

The Latest: French duo Mahut-Herbert win men's doubles title

Jun. 9, 2018 1:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local): ___ 7:50 p.m. French players Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut have won the doubles title at Roland Garros for the first time. With their Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah watching from the stands, Herbert and Mahut claimed their third Grand...

French Open glance: Nadal taking on Thiem in final

Jun. 9, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A quick look at the French Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY Rafael Nadal tries to win an 11th title at the French Open against Dominic Thiem, the only man to beat the top-ranked Spaniard on clay this season. Nadal has a 6-3 record against the seventh-seeded Thiem but the Austrian player prevailed the...