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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 May 27, 2019, file photo, Serena Williams of the U.S. plays a shot against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. If the French Open were being held as scheduled right now -- instead of postponed to September because of the coronavirus pandemic, Williams again would have had a shot at her 24th major to pull even with Margaret Court for the most in history. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Serena Williams is fit and ready to play after 6-month break

Aug. 8, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Serena Williams flexed and then kissed a sinewy right bicep to show down time well spent in training even without bench pressing. “This is God given, thank you very much,” the 23-time Grand Slam champion said as she thanked her mother, Oracene. Williams now looks to flex...

New York Empire win World TeamTennis title

Aug. 2, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The New York Empire won the World TeamTennis title Sunday, with Coco Vandeweghe and Nicole Melichar surviving a championship point against the Chicago Smash. The Empire edged the expansion Smash 21-20, with title decided in a super tiebreaker. With the match in extended...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2020, file photo, United States' Serena Williams returns a shot to Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko during a Fed Cup qualifying tennis match in Everett, Wash. Williams is planning to make her return to competition at a new hard-court tournament in Kentucky next month. It’ll be Williams' first action since playing for the U.S. in the Fed Cup in February, before all sanctioned tennis was shut down the next month because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Serena Williams to return to action in Kentucky next month

Jul. 16, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Serena Williams is planning to make her return to competition at a new hard-court tournament in Kentucky next month. It’ll be the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion’s first action since playing for the U.S. in the Fed Cup in February, before all sanctioned tennis was...

Springfield Laser tennis player Olga Govortsova delivers a serve during the World TeamTennis tournament at The Greenbrier resort Sunday July 12, 2020, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Fans welcomed to World TeamTennis matches in West Virginia

Jul. 12, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Tennys Sandgren celebrated a game-clinching point in pandemic-appropriate fashion, retrieving the ball himself in the absence of ball kids, and exchanging an awkward fist-to-elbow bump with a teammate as the World TeamTennis season started before mask-wearing fans on...

FILE - In this June 27, 2002, file photo, Venus Williams, left, with her sister Serena, talk during their women's doubles match against Japan's Rika Hiraki and Germany's Kirstin Freye, at Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FIle)

Serena, Venus played 50 fewer times than Evert, Navratilova

Jul. 6, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

Chris Evert knows a thing or two about tennis rivalries and she’s noticed something about Serena Williams’ career: The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion has not had much in the way of rivals. Evert knows that her series of matches through the years against Martina Navratilova — including...

FILE - In this July 14, 2015, file photo, Washington Kastles' Venus Williams serves to Austin Aces' Nicole Gibbs during a tennis match in Washington. World TeamTennis says Venus Williams has committed to play in its three-week season that starts July 12, 2020. Williams will be a member of the Washington Kastles. That is one of nine teams that will gather at a resort in West Virginia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Venus Williams joins World TeamTennis; season starts in July

Jun. 25, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

Venus Williams has signed up to play World TeamTennis for the 15th time, the league announced Thursday. She will be a member of the Washington Kastles, one of nine teams that will gather at a resort in West Virginia for a three-week season starting July 12. Matches normally are played at various sites around the...

FILE - In this July 19, 2013, file photo, Texas Wild's Bob Bryan, left, covers his mouth as he talks with partner and brother, Mike Bryan during their World TeamTennis men's doubles match against the Washington Kastles in Irving, Texas. World TeamTennis is changing two key policies related to players who test positive for COVID-19, including giving full salaries, instead of its original plan to only offer a prorated portion, to those who get sick during the three-week season. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin, File)

World TeamTennis changes policies for COVID-positive players

Jun. 17, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

World TeamTennis is changing two key policies related to players who test positive for COVID-19, including giving full salaries — instead of its original plan to only offer a prorated portion — to those who get sick during the three-week season. WTT CEO Carlos Silva told The Associated Press in a...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Belgium's Kim Clijsters returns the ball to Spain's Gabrine Muguruza during a match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Any World TeamTennis player or coach who tests positive for COVID-19 when arriving for the three-week 2020 season will be dropped from the league without pay. The health plan released Tuesday, June 16, 2020, by the WTT for its matches starting July 12 at The Greenbrier in West Virginia also calls for two daily temperature checks for spectators, no ball kids, a chair umpire aided by electronic line-calling instead of line judges, and no high-fives or handshakes between opponents. The rosters announced for the WTT's nine teams include Grand Slam title winners Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Sofia Kenin and the Bryan brothers.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

World TeamTennis players testing positive for COVID lose pay

Jun. 16, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

A World TeamTennis player or coach who tests positive for COVID-19 when arriving for the three-week 2020 season will be dropped from the league without pay. Someone testing positive once competition has started would be held out for the rest of the season but still be compensated on a prorated basis. The health...