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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, U.S. Fed Cup members from left, Martina Navrartilova, Lisa Raymond, Meghann Shaughnessy, Alexandra Stevenson and Fed Cup Captain Billie Jean King, accept a replica of the Betsy Ross Flag at the Advanta Championships, in VIllanova, USA.  The Fed Cup is changing its name to honour tennis great Billie Jean King, becoming The Billie Jean King Cup, the first major global team competition to be named after a woman, it is announced Thursday Sept. 17, 2020.(AP Photo/Miles Kennedy, FILE)

Fed Cup changes name to honor tennis great Billie Jean King

Sep. 17, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

The Fed Cup is changing its name to honor tennis great Billie Jean King, the woman whose lifelong battle for equality and social justice laid the foundation for generations that followed. The Billie Jean King Cup will become the first major global team competition to be named after a woman, the International...

Naomi Osaka, of Japan, holds up the championship trophy while posing for photographs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Analysis: Naomi Osaka is poised to lead tennis on, off court

Sep. 13, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka is at the top of tennis right now, poised to lead the way on the court -- and off it -- for years to come. Still just 22, she already owns three Grand Slam titles after winning the U.S. Open. All were claimed in a span of the past seven major tournaments, thanks primarily to her...

Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Maria Sakkari, of Greece, during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Moms matchup: Serena vs Pironkova in US Open quarterfinals

Sep. 9, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open: LOOKAHEAD TO WEDNESDAY The battle of all mothers will be waged Wednesday at the U.S. Open when Serena Williams faces unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova for a berth in the semifinals. Williams missed more than a year of competition when she had a daughter in 2017, and...

Jennifer Brady, of the United States, reacts after defeating Yulia Putintseva, of Kazakhstan, during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

American Brady overcomes jitters to reach US Open semifinals

Sep. 8, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

Chris Evert says the subdued atmosphere at the U.S. Open has helped American Jennifer Brady make a lot of noise. Brady notched the biggest victory yet in her breakout run at the Open, beating Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday. Seeded 28th, Brady said she was nervous at the start of her first...

FILE - In this April 7, 2012, file photo, members of the original nine women, from left to right, Billie Jean King, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kristy Pigeon, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Tegart Dalton, Julie Heldman, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey and Rosie Casals, who helped start the women's professional tennis tour are honored at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C. The nine signed a dollar contract 50 years ago, and it turned into millions for female tennis players. They were tired of being squeezed out of events by promoters and paid 10 times less than men. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

King, Original 9 mark 50 years of women's pro tennis tour

Sep. 6, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams could send a thank-you note to Billie Jean King and eight other players who signed $1 contracts to launch a new women's pro tennis circuit 50 years ago. The bold move by King and her peers, known as the “Original 9,” led to the lucrative prize funds and...

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, serves to Jan-Lennard Struff, of Germany, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

US Open Glance: Djokovic can get to 27-0 in 2020 on Day 7

Sep. 5, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY The tournament moves into the fourth round on Day 7, with past champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka on the schedule. Djokovic carries a 29-match winning streak — 26-0 in 2020 — into his matchup in Arthur Ashe Stadium on...

FILE - In this July 22, 2017, file photo, tennis Hall of Fame inductee Kim Clijsters of Belgium smiles during a news conference before enshrinement ceremonies at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. Clijsters is scheduled to compete in the U.S. Open tennis tournament, scheduled to run Aug. 31-Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

US OPEN '20: Clijsters' return, Serena, other things to know

Aug. 30, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The first time Kim Clijsters entered the U.S. Open, all the way back in 1999, she faced a certain someone by the name of Serena Williams. All these years later, with play at Flushing Meadows set to begin Monday, three-time U.S. Open champion Clijsters is back on the scene, out of retirement...