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'My mission was to win': Coco tops Venus at Australian Open

Jan. 20, 2020 7:44 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Everyone had the same question when the Australian Open draw was revealed: What were the odds that Coco Gauff and Venus Williams would face each other again in the first round at a Grand Slam tournament? “I was a bit shocked,” Gauff said, “I'm sure everyone...

United States' Serena Williams prepares to serve during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN '20: A look at Serena, other things to know

Jan. 19, 2020 1:54 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It's been three years since Serena Williams won a Grand Slam championship. Her drought without a title of any sort just ended, though, right before the start of the Australian Open. Williams got back on the board a week ago at the hard-court event in Auckland, New Zealand, and...

Defending woman's singles champion Japan's Naomi Osaka holds the Daphne Ackhurst Cup following the official draw ceremony on Margaret Court Arena ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN '20: Osaka, Djokovic try to defend titles

Jan. 16, 2020 4:23 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A glance at the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tennis tournament: SURFACE Hard courts SITE Melbourne Park SCHEDULE The 14-day tournament begins Monday (Sunday EST). The women's singles final is Feb. 1; the men's singles final is Feb. 2. Like at the U.S. Open, there...

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, left, is congratulated by Naomi Osaka of Japan, right, after Pliskova won her semifinal match 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Osaka loses semi; Keys rallies to beat Kvitova in Brisbane

Jan. 11, 2020 7:27 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Madison Keys came from a break and set down to beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the Brisbane International semifinals on Saturday. The American won nine of 10 games in her mid-match recovery against the tournament's 2011 champion to beat Kvitova 3-6, 6-2, 6-3....

Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks at a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

From Lebanon, Ghosn defiant against Japan's justice system

Jan. 8, 2020 10:59 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Nissan's fugitive ex-boss Carlos Ghosn made his first public appearance since being smuggled out of Japan , saying Wednesday he fled a “nightmare” that would not end and vowed to defend his name wherever he can get a fair trial. Ghosn spoke to a room packed with journalists for...

FILE - In this May 12, 2016, file photo, then Nissan Motor Co. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn speaks during a press conference in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Japanese Justice Minister Masako Mori vowed Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 to strengthen border departure checks and review bail conditions, given the flight of Ghosn. Mori told reporters at the ministry action has already been taken to prevent a recurrence, while declining to give details. Ghosn skipped bail while awaiting trial on various financial misconduct allegations and appeared in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Japan issues arrest warrant for Nissan ex-chair's wife

Jan. 7, 2020 9:48 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo prosecutors obtained an arrest warrant Tuesday for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's wife on suspicion of perjury, adding to the couple's legal troubles in the country where he once was revered as a star executive. The move against Carole Ghosn, who is not in Japan, followed her...

Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts after missing a point during her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Naomi Osaka wins 1st-round match at Brisbane International

Jan. 7, 2020 8:54 AM EST

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka got an extended workout in her opening match at the Brisbane International, just two weeks away from the defense of her Australia Open title. Osaka defeated Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Tuesday to set up a second-round match with American Sofia Kenin....

Japanese Justice Minister Masako Mori speaks about Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn during a press conference at her ministry in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Mori vowed to strengthen border departure checks and review bail conditions, given the flight of Ghosn. Mori told reporters at the ministry action has already been taken to prevent a recurrence, while declining to give details. Ghosn skipped bail while awaiting trial on various financial misconduct allegations and appeared in Lebanon. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Japan vows to improve border checks, bail after Ghosn escape

Jan. 6, 2020 8:21 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's justice minister vowed Monday to strengthen border checks and review bail conditions after Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, fled the country despite supposedly stringent surveillance. Masako Mori told reporters at a news conference that the ministry has already acted to prevent...

FILE - In this April  25, 2019, file photo, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves Tokyo's Detention Center for bail in Tokyo. By jumping bail, Ghosn, who had long insisted on his innocence, has now committed a clear crime and can never return to Japan without going to jail. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

Ex-Nissan chief made escape to Beirut aboard charter flights

Jan. 3, 2020 5:11 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Charter flights that spirited ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn from Japan to Istanbul and from there to Beirut — an escape made possible with the help of an airline employee who falsified records. Security camera footage reportedly showing he simply walked out of his Tokyo home...

FILE - In this April  25, 2019, file photo, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves Tokyo's Detention Center for bail in Tokyo. By jumping bail, Ghosn, who had long insisted on his innocence, has now committed a clear crime and can never return to Japan without going to jail. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

What we know about ex-Nissan boss Ghosn's escape to Beirut

Jan. 3, 2020 12:11 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn fled Japan while awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges. He escaped to Beirut, where he grew up and is considered a national hero by many. Here's a look at the unfolding case of the fallen auto industry superstar: WHERE IS GHOSN? Ghosn, who...