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Met Gala returns in style with Eilish, Lil Nas X, Rihanna

Sep. 14, 2021 01:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Eilish went full glam in a huge peach ball gown at the pandemic-delayed Met Gala on Monday night, while fellow host of the evening Amanda Gorman was breathtaking in cobalt blue custom Vera Wang with a diamond laurel wreath in her hair. Rihanna,...

Global citizens, teen US Open finalists have fans all over

Sep. 10, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Raducanu first met Leylah Fernandez at a tournament for players 12 and under, around the time one of Fernandez’s teachers urged her to give up the tennis dream. They shared a love of the game and a connection to Canada, where Fernandez lived and...

'Trusting myself': Leylah Fernandez, 19, reaches US Open SF

Sep. 07, 2021 23:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Leylah Fernandez wins a pivotal point at the U.S. Open — and she's won enough of them to become the tournament's youngest semifinalist since Maria Sharapova in 2005 — the teenager with the exciting game and enthusiasm to match raises her right fist or windmills her...

Analysis: Osaka should take whatever time off she needs

Sep. 04, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka does not owe it to anyone to play tennis for the rest of this season. Or, really, ever again. The only person she needs to answer to at this point is herself. The fans and the critics, the tournaments and the TV...

Osaka weighs another break from tennis after US Open loss

Sep. 04, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka looked over at her agent and said she wanted to tell the world what the two of them had discussed privately in an Arthur Ashe Stadium hallway after her U.S. Open title defense ended with a racket-tossing, composure-missing, lead-evaporating defeat in the third...

Osaka wins US Open return, hopes to 'believe more in myself'

Aug. 31, 2021 00:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Here's the realization Naomi Osaka came to, gradually and only recently: If other people think a lot of her, she probably should, too. “Hearing a little kid telling me that I'm their favorite player or I'm a role model, instinctively the first thought...

US OPEN 2021: Osaka defends; Barty tries for 2nd Slam in row

Aug. 29, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

Women to watch at the U.S. Open, which starts Monday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York: ___ ASH BARTY Seeded: 1 Country: Australia Age: 25 ...

US OPEN 2021: Djokovic, Osaka demand much of the attention

Aug. 29, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic is well aware that his two-track pursuit of men’s tennis history at the U.S. Open — the first calendar-year Grand Slam in more than a half-century and a record 21st major title — means all eyes will be on him when he is on the court. ...

Andreescu, Barty, Sabalenka could be in title mix at US Open

Aug. 28, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ash Barty was on the couch, not the court. Bianca Andreescu wasn't at last year's U.S. Open, either, and Aryna Sabalenka wasn't in it for long. All three could be among the top contenders for the women's singles title, trying to take the title from...

US OPEN 2021: Osaka defends title; Djokovic seeks true Slam

Aug. 27, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A glance at the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2021: SURFACE Hard courts. SITE USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. ...