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Serena Williams returns a shot to her sister Venus Williams during the WTA tennis tournament in Nicholasville, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Sibling rivalry: Serena beats Venus to take 31st meeting

Aug. 13, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — There was zero interaction between the two, not even a furtive glance, when Venus Williams walked past Serena Williams in the Top Seed Open's warmup area Thursday before their 31st matchup as pros. Moments later, both headed to the court, each wearing a face covering — Serena...

A player carries his shoes and a lunch bag in front of a closed gate leading to Memorial Stadium's playing field in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: Cowboys owner confident about having fans

Aug. 13, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident about having fans for all home games, and the club has now announced details toward that end. The Cowboys say they are selling tickets in groups to try to prevent people who don't...

Robert Ryland, first Black pro tennis player, dead at 100

Aug. 13, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Robert Ryland, the first Black professional tennis player and later a coach to such stars as Arthur Ashe and Serena and Venus Williams, has died. He was 100. Ryland died Aug. 2 at his stepson’s home in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, his wife, Nancy Ingersoll, confirmed to The New York Times. She...

FILE - In this Aug, 27, 2019, file photo, Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, returns a shot to Katie Volynets, of the United States, during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament in New York. Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, saying the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from properly preparing for competition. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

'19 US Open champ Andreescu withdraws; pandemic limited prep

Aug. 13, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

This year's U.S. Open will be missing both 2019 singles champions, because Bianca Andreescu announced Thursday she was pulling out of the Grand Slam tournament, joining Rafael Nadal on the sideline. Both cited the coronavirus pandemic in their explanations for withdrawing. One big name who said Thursday he will...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts after breaking the serve of Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Djokovic announced Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York.(AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he'll play at US Open, after all

Aug. 13, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

The Big Three will be represented at the U.S. Open, after all: Novak Djokovic announced Thursday he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York. Djokovic initially complained about the U.S. Tennis Association’s plans to try to protect people from the coronavirus...

FILE - In this July 5, 2019, file photo, Cori

Coco Gauff, 16, beats No. 2 seed to reach Lexington quarters

Aug. 12, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — American teenager Coco Gauff overcame some shaky serving Wednesday to beat No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-4 and reach the Top Seed Open quarterfinals with her third career victory over a top-15 opponent. The 16-year-old Gauff hit 10 double-faults and was broken seven...

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, USA's Venus Williams, left, and Serena Williams, right, talk between points in their doubles match against Netherlands' Leslie Herkhove and Demi Schuurs in the first round of Fed Cup tennis competition in Asheville, N.C. The siblings meet each other for the 31st time when they take the court at a WTA tournament in Kentucky on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Analysis: 31st Serena-Venus match heralds return of tennis

Aug. 12, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

Well, this sure is a fine way for tennis to herald its return after the pandemic-caused hiatus: Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams. The siblings meet each other for the 31st time when they take the court at a WTA tournament in Kentucky on Thursday. “It’s so special,” Venus said. “Here...

FILE - In this June 8, 2002, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with her sister Venus after Serena won the women's final of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Serena Williams defeated her sister Venus 7-5, 6-3. Serena entered this match with one Grand Slam singles title; she now owns a professional-era record 23. This also began a Sister Slam streak in which Serena beat her older sibling in four consecutive all-in-the-family major finals. Two days after the finale in Paris, they would move atop the rankings together, with Venus at No. 1, and Serena No. 2 -- two people from one household at 1-2 for the only time in tennis history. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Serena and Venus win, now Williams sisters play each other

Aug. 12, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Serena Williams was calm in a return more dramatic than some might have expected — even after a long layoff. Williams needed to rally to win in her comeback following a six-month layoff, beating unseeded American Bernarda Pera 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Tuesday's first round of the Top...

WTA players adjust to new normal in return to action in U.S.

Aug. 11, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Marie Bouzkova expected some adjustments for her first tennis tournament in nearly six months. First was the matter of shedding rust from the layoff caused by the coronavirus shutdown. The Czech Republic player also had to get her mind around a significantly subdued competitive...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2019, file photo, Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, returns to Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women's final match during the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio. 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is adding her name to the growing group of players withdrawing from the Grand Slam tennis tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kuznetsova wrote on Instagram that she is pulling out of the U.S. Open and the tournament preceding it at the same site in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

2004 champ Kuznetsova out of US Open, citing pandemic

Aug. 10, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open champion, added her name to the growing group of players withdrawing from the Grand Slam tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kuznetsova wrote Monday on Instagram that she was pulling out of the U.S. Open and the tournament preceding it at...