Osaka wins Toray Pan Pacific, her 1st title on Japan soil
Naomi Osaka won her first singles title since the Australian Open in January by beating Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in the Toray Pan Pacific final on Sunday.
The Latest: Monfils takes his show to the Open fourth round
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):
Gael Monfils is taking his dazzling shotmaking into the fourth round of the U.S. Open after...
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Peter McNamara, who won three Grand Slam doubles titles with fellow Australian Paul McNamee and reached a career-high No. 7 in singles, has died. He was 64.
No. 1 Osaka’s 16-match winning streak at Slams ends in Paris
PARIS (AP) — This was one deficit too big to overcome for Naomi Osaka, whose Grand Slam winning streak is over.
The No. 1-ranked Osaka couldn't muster a comeback after falling way behind yet...
Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win his 3rd Madrid Open title
MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic celebrated a lot more than a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Open.
Djokovic left the Spanish capital feeling pretty good about his game, too,...
Column: Tennis’s ‘new week, new champ’ 2019 is unprecedented
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer has won one trophy so far in 2019, which puts him in a tie for the ATP lead — with 18 other players.
Opelka edges top-seeded Isner to reach New York Open final
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Reilly Opelka edged top-seeded John Isner the same way he knocked his fellow American out of the Australian Open, winning a match full of tiebreakers Saturday night in a New York Open semifinal that set a record for combined aces in a three-set match.
Opelka fought off six match points in a marathon second set and went on to win 6-7 (8), 7-6 (14), 7-6 (4) to move within a victory of his first ATP title.
Isner gets another shot at Opelka in New York Open semis
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — John Isner advanced to the semifinals of the New York Open, where he will face the player who knocked him out of the Australian Open.
The top-seeded Isner beat No. 7 seed Jordan Thompson of Australia, 6-4, 6-1 on Friday night. He will play fellow American Reilly Opelka, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
Tiafoe upset in first match since Australian Open run
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Frances Tiafoe lost his first match since the Australian Open quarterfinals, falling to Jason Jung of Taiwan 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday night in the second round of the New York Open.
Tiafoe was the No. 2 seed after accepting a wild card into the field and had a first-round bye. The American has a career-high ranking of No. 29 after his run in Melbourne, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.
No. 1 Osaka splits with coach 2 weeks after 2nd major title
Naomi Osaka surprisingly split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title and moved to No. 1 in the WTA rankings.
"Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha," Osaka posted on Twitter on Monday. "I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future."
Baghdatis beats top-seeded Pouille at Open Sud de France
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Veteran Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus beat top-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille 7-6 (2), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Open Sud de France quarterfinals.
Baghdatis, a 2006 Australian Open finalist, served for the match at 5-3 in the second set. But Pouille, who lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic at this year's Australian Open, fought back to take it into a third set.
Defending champ Anderson out of New York Open with injury
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Defending champion Kevin Anderson has withdrawn from the New York Open because of a right elbow injury.
Frances Tiafoe, the American who reached the Australian Open quarterfinals before falling to runner-up Rafael Nadal, was added to the field Thursday. The tournament begins Sunday.
Kvitova testifies at trial of suspect in knife attack
PRAGUE (AP) — Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova testified in the Czech Republic on Tuesday at the trial of the man who allegedly knifed her in her home.
After the December 2016 attack in her home in Prostejov, Kvitova had surgery on injuries to her playing left hand. It took the tennis star more than five months to recover.
Her testimony was requested by a lawyer for the suspect, the 33-year-old Radim Zondra.
Kvitova loses to Vekic in St Petersburg quarters
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova struggled with her serve and was eliminated from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy after losing to eighth-seeded Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The second-ranked Kvitova landed only 48 percent of her first serves, double-faulted six times, and was broken five times.
Zhang retires dizzy in steamy Thailand; Wang, Linette go on
HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) — Australian Open doubles champion Zhang Shuai retired from her second-round singles against Chinese countrywoman Wang Yafan citing dizziness at the Thailand Open on Thursday.
The fifth-seeded Zhang was trailing 4-1 when she retired against Wang in hot and humid conditions.
"I'm not feeling well. I feel so tired since the Australian Open," Zhang said.
"I still felt OK in the first round (on Tuesday). But on Wednesday my body really felt bad. I'm sorry that I have to retire."
Keys, Collins among US Fed Cup team vs Australia
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — No. 17 Madison Keys and No. 23 Danielle Collins will lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Australia next month.
Sofia Kenin and Nicole Melichar will join them on the team announced Wednesday by the U.S. Tennis Association and team captain Kathy Rinaldi. The 25-year-old Collins recently reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open.
The first round of the World Group will be held Feb. 9-10 in Asheville, North Carolina.
Pliskova to lead Czechs in Fed Cup after Kvitova pulls out
PRAGUE (AP) — Karolina Pliskova will be the top player for defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic in its first-round meeting with Romania, after Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova pulled out.
Pliskova lost in the Australian Open semifinals this month to Naomi Osaka, who then defeated Kvitova in the final.
Petra Kvitova beats Azarenka in 2 sets in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova won eight straight games to take control of the match before needing a tiebreaker to finally beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday in the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
Kvitova, playing her opening match after a first-round bye, went from trailing 2-1 in the first set to a 3-0 lead in the second. But she double-faulted on match point at 5-1 to let Azarenka back into the match.
Azarenka to play Kvitova after beating Gasparyan
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Victoria Azarenka set up a meeting with Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Tuesday after a sometimes-shaky 6-4, 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan.
Azarenka, herself a two-time Australian Open champion, struggled on serve at times and gave up three breaks to Gasparyan. However, the Belarusian won six straight games from 3-4 in the first set to 3-0 in the second to get the victory.
Svitolina in Fed Cup dispute with Ukraine tennis officials
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Australian Open quarterfinalist Elina Svitolina is in a dispute with the Ukrainian Tennis Federation and has withdrawn from her country's Fed Cup team.
Svitolina, who is ranked seventh in the world, says she can't play upcoming Fed Cup matches in Poland because she is injured. But the federation says she and Dayana Yastremska originally agreed to play but withdrew after their agent made unreasonable financial demands.
US qualifier Brady upsets 2nd seed Garcia in Thailand Open
HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) — American qualifier Jennifer Brady achieved her second career top-20 win when she upset Caroline Garcia of France 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the first round of the Thailand Open on Tuesday.
Brady, ranked 117th, used aggressive and consistent groundstrokes to upset Garcia, ranked 19th, in two hours for her first win against the Frenchwoman in three attempts.
"I knew what to expect," Brady said. "From the first point of the match, I knew my intensity was up."
3-time major champion Andy Murray says he had hip operation
Andy Murray did have a second hip operation, after all, getting a metal implant one year after his first procedure on the joint.
The three-time major champion posted a message Tuesday on Instagram saying that he had the surgery in London on Monday.
"Feeling a bit battered and bruised just now," Murray wrote, "but hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain."
Weekend Sports In Brief
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17. Djokovic improved to 7-0 in finals at Melbourne Park with a remarkably dominant and mistake-free performance against Nadal.
Column: ‘Why not?’ Djokovic, coach eye Nadal, Federer totals
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic sounds like a man ready to embrace the chase.
Already at 15 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is now only two majors behind Rafael Nadal's total of 17, and five shy of Roger Federer's men's record of 20.
So a day after winning the Australian Open for his third Slam trophy in a row, Djokovic was asked about whether he is pursuing them.
Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the first player from Asia to top the men's or women's tennis rankings — and the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years.
"I feel like I'm literally just still learning," the 21-year-old Osaka said. "Everyone kind of adjusts to being No. 1 in a different way."
Novak, Naomi, other things we learned at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The way things went at the Australian Open didn't exactly teach the world that Novak Djokovic is the best there is in men's tennis right now. Certainly confirmed it, though.
And while those within the game knew all about Naomi Osaka, she made sure her talent is more obvious to more people.
Lucky 7: Djokovic routs Nadal for record 7th Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so flawless, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance.
Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent — just a guy, really — and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his famous forehands entirely.
Nadal keeps heavy Australian loss to Djokovic in perspective
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Lesser experienced players than Rafael Nadal have felt destroyed by the kind of defeat Novak Djokovic inflicted on him in the Australian Open final.
Nadal secured his spot in Sunday's championship match by conceding just six games in an overwhelming semifinal win over 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, who admitted it was an utterly shattering experience. Three days later, Nadal was on the receiving end. But the 17-time major winner had a different perspective.
Australian Open Glance: Djokovic wins a record 7th title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open:
Partly cloudy, high of 28 Celsius (82 Fahrenheit).
Men's singles final: No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat No. 2 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Men's doubles final: No. 5 Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat No. 12 John Peers and Henri Kontinen 6-4, 7-6 (1).
STAT OF THE DAY
7 — Djokovic's record for most Australian Open men's singles titles, surpassing the marks of Roger Federer and Roy Emerson.
The Latest: Djokovic beats Nadal for 7th Australian title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):
Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final at Rod Laver Arena.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17.
Novak Djokovic overwhelms Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for record seventh Australian Open title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic overwhelms Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for record seventh Australian Open title .
1 major goal achieved for Mahut-Herbert; next goal is gold
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Not long after Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut completed their career Grand Slam in men's doubles, the Frenchmen were already turning their attention to the next goal. And that's gold.
Japanese fans celebrate Osaka’s rise to top of tennis world
TOKYO (AP) — Led by a congratulatory tweet from the prime minister, Japan reveled in Naomi Osaka's dramatic Australian Open win on Sunday.
Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday to claim a second consecutive Grand Slam singles title. The 21-year-old Osaka also became the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings.
Now No. 1, Osaka wins majors to strains of Jay Rock’s ‘Win’
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Like the 21-year-old she is, Naomi Osaka stepped into Rod Laver Arena for the Australian Open final with a cellphone in her right hand and music in both ears.
The headphones she wore carried the swirling brass, bouncing beat and boastful lyrics of Jay Rock's "Win," the same pre-match song Osaka listened to throughout the tournament — and at last year's U.S. Open, too.
"You might wanna keep score," the rapper says. "I win, win, win, win."
53rd matchup for Djokovic, Nadal in Australian Open final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was fascinating to hear Novak Djokovic explain what it will be like to face Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.
"The intensity that he brings on the court is immense," Djokovic said. "Without a doubt, probably the most intense tennis player that I have witnessed and played against."
"It makes you be alert, so to say, from the very first point," Djokovic said. "He doesn't allow you to kind of ease your way into the match."
Naomi Osaka wins Australian Open for 2nd major, top ranking
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — So close to victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too.
She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. Tugged at her visor's pink brim. Trudged to the locker room between sets with a towel draped over her head.
Ram-Krejcikova combine to win Australian Open mixed doubles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — First-time partners Rajeev Ram and Barbora Krejcikova are Grand Slam mixed doubles champions.
The U.S.-Czech combination beat Australian wildcards John-Patrick Smith and Astra Sharma 7-6 (3), 6-1 to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title on Saturday.
The Latest: Ram-Krejcikova win Australian Open mixed final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local):
First-time combination Rajeev Ram and Barbora Krejcikova have won the Australian Open mixed doubles title with a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over Aussie pair John-Patrick Smith and Astra Sharma.
It was the first tournament together for each team, the winners as the No.3 seeds and the Australians needing a wildcard to even get into the draw.
Kvitova thrilled to be in Slam final, 2 years after attack
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Petra Kvitova really wanted to be the Australian Open champion. Of course she did.
That she lost the final at Melbourne Park to Naomi Osaka 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday night was "painful, for sure," to use Kvitova's words. It was not, however, what caused her eyes to well up during the trophy ceremony.
Merely standing there was enough to stir her emotions.
The Latest: Osaka takes 1st set in Aussie final vs Kvitova
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Naomi Osaka has won the first set 7-6 (2) in her Australian Open final against Petra Kvitova and is potentially one set from winning back-to-back major titles.
The U.S. Open champion had to save two break points in the fifth game and three in the seventh, when she came back from 0-40, to hold. From then on, she applied most of the pressure on Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner.
No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was about as perfect as can be in his semifinal at Rod Laver Arena. Didn't miss much. Almost couldn't, really.
It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic from claiming a record seventh Australian Open title: Rafael Nadal. As it happens, that is who he'll face in Sunday's final.
The Latest: A pep talk from son helps Djokovic in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):
Fans across the world tuned in to see Novak Djokovic set up an Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal with a straight-sets win over Lucas Pouille.
His son was not among them.
Four-year-old Stefan was busy with other things, although he took time to give his old man a pep talk.
Australian Open Glance: A look at the women’s final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open:
Kvitova-Osaka: Australian final from different perspectives
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Petra Kvitova has shed her tears. The tears, for a long time private, were in a very public arena this week.
A violent home invasion that caused serious knife wounds to her left hand was a punctuation point in her career, as she sees it. There's the before — two Wimbledon titles — and her "second career" — which so far is highlighted by her run to Saturday's Australian Open final.
Australia bakes in heat that’s sparking fires, taxing grid
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Scorching heat knocked out power to homes and businesses, raised wildfire risks and sent tennis fans looking for water and shade Friday in Australia's second-largest city, which recorded its hottest day in five years.
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Japan's Naomi Osaka smiles and Spain's Rafael Nadal sweats during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Osaka is seeking her second Grand Slam title in the women's singles final on Saturday, while Nadal will try to earn his second Australian Open title and his 18th Slam trophy in Sunday's men's final.
Nissin drops Osaka ad after complaints, star focused on game
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka says she hopes her sponsors will consult with her about how they portray her, but her focus is on her game as she heads into the final at the Australian Open.
Osaka was asked about criticism over one of her main sponsors, Nissin Foods Holdings, after they took down an online ad campaign that depicted her with pale skin after it was criticized as insensitive. Critics said the depiction does not reflect Osaka's biracial background
The Latest: Australians in the mix for all doubles titles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):
Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith ensured Australians would be playing for all three doubles titles at the season's first major after beating second-seeded Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the mixed.
The Australian pair broke in the first game and then there were no service breaks for the remainder of the match.
Nadal breaks, beats Tsitsipas for 5th Australian Open final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal is certainly not treating tennis' next generation well at the Australian Open.
Add 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas to the list of youngsters Nadal has bullied on his way to his fifth final at Melbourne Park and 25th at all Grand Slam tournaments.
Osaka vs. Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she's suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship.