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Serena vs. Sharapova set for prime time on Day 1 of US Open

Aug. 23, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova is, not surprisingly, getting primetime billing at the U.S. Open. The two tennis stars' 22nd career meeting — and first at Flushing Meadows — will be the opening act in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the night session on Monday as the year's last...

US OPEN '19: Things feel better for Osaka back in New York

Aug. 23, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Everything felt better for Naomi Osaka once she returned to the U.S. Open. The knee injury that forced her to retire during her last match no longer is so painful. The disappointment with her tennis that led her last month to say she wasn't having fun playing has been replaced by calmness....

Top seed Wang rallies to reach Bronx Open semifinals

Aug. 22, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Top-seeded Wang Qiang rallied from a dismal start to beat Anna Blinkova 0-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday and reach the semifinals of the Bronx Open. Wang won just six of 20 points on her serve in the first set but turned around the match against Blinkova, a Russian whose next match will be against...

US Open '19: No. 1 Osaka defends; Serena Williams eyes 24th

Aug. 22, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

Women to watch at the U.S. Open, where play begins Monday: ___ NAOMI OSAKA Seeded: 1 Country: Japan Age: 21 2019 Match Record: 26-10 2019 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 3 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — U.S. Open (2018), Australian Open (2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-Won Championship, 2017-3rd,...

US OPEN '19: Osaka, Djokovic return to defend their titles

Aug. 21, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A glance at the U.S. Open, the year's fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament: SURFACE Hard courts SITE USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York SCHEDULE The 14-day tournament begins Monday. The women's singles final is Saturday, Sept. 7; the men's singles final is...

Barty upset in Cincy semifinal; Djokovic also knocked out

Aug. 17, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Ashleigh Barty's chance to move back to No. 1 was only one victory away. At the end of an up-and-down week, she didn't have another comeback left. Neither did Novak Djokovic, who came away with yet another disappointment in Cincinnati. Barty lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 in the...

Naomi Osaka's knee injury lends uncertainty to US Open

Aug. 16, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Naomi Osaka felt a strange sensation in her left knee, different than anything she'd experienced. The U.S. Open champion left the court worried about whether she'll be in shape to defend her precious title. Osaka retired from her quarterfinal match at the Western & Southern Open on...

Strong typhoon crosses southwest Japan; 1 dead, dozens hurt

Aug. 15, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon lashed southwestern Japan on Thursday with massive rain and strong winds, leaving one dead and at least 34 others injured, paralyzing traffic and cutting power to thousands of homes during Japan's Buddhist holiday week. Typhoon Krosa landed near Kure in western Hiroshima on...

No. 4 Simona Halep rallies to avoid upset in Ohio

Aug. 14, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Simona Halep wasn't sure how her left foot would feel. After dropping her first set but feeling no pain, she dug in and advanced at the Western & Southern Open. The fourth-seeded Halep had no problems with her left Achilles as she rallied to beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4...

Serena Williams tops Naomi Osaka in rematch at Rogers Cup

Aug. 10, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup semifinals, beating soon-to-be-top-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-4 Friday night in a rematch of their U.S. Open final. Williams faced Osaka for the first time since losing to her in a contentious 2018 U.S. Open final. The 37-year-old Williams...