Djokovic beats Delbonis in 3rd round at Miami Open
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Novak Djokovic pulled a spare ball from his pocket, angrily whacked it against the backstop and then pounded his uncooperative racket into the concrete.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Three-time tournament champion Venus Williams won her opening match Thursday at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dalila Jakupovic 7-5, 6-3.
Raonic ends lucky loser’s run, Venus out at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic's good luck finally ran out at the BNP Paribas Open.
Raonic beat the 19-year-old Serb 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the...
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Playing just her seventh match of the year, Venus Williams rallied to beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on...
No. 1-ranked Naomi Osaka has a new coach: Jermaine Jenkins.
Osaka's agent confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that Jenkins has started working with the two-time major...
Indian Wells tennis to feature all top 75 men and women
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — The BNP Paribas Open will include all of the top 75 ranked men's and women's players in the world, including defending champions Juan Martin del Potro and Naomi Osaka.
The tournament runs March 4-17 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Southern California desert.
Del Potro skipped the Australian Open while recovering from a knee injury, but he is on the entry list for Indian Wells.
Game from quick exit, Venus Williams wins at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Things were looking bad for Venus Williams, who was perilously close to an opening-round exit at the Australian Open for the fourth time in six years.
When she double-faulted twice in the span of three points, Williams suddenly trailed by a set and a break against 25th-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu. At that moment, 1½ hours into the match, all that separated Williams from defeat was one game. Just one.
No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open.
Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round against Venus and Serena, top-ranked Halep has to get through an opening match against Kaia Kanepi, who beat her in the first round at the U.S. Open last year.
Andreescu continues hot streak, qualifies for Aussie Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bianca Andreescu has followed up her wins last week over defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki and seven-time major winner Venus Williams by qualifying for the season's first Grand Slam tournament.
The 18-year-old Canadian would like to follow it up with another win over a big-name player — like No. 1 Simona Halep or Serena Williams.
Goerges beats Andreescu to win ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Julia Goerges defended her singles title at the WTA Tour's ASB Classic, ending the amazing run of Canadian qualifier Bianca Andreescu 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in Sunday's final.
At first, the 18-year-old Andreesecu, ranked 152, looked likely to continue the form that saw her emerge from the qualifying tournament to beat Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and third-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei on the way to her first final.
Goerges and surprising Andreescu to meet in ASB final
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Unseeded Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu beat third-seeded Su-wei Hsieh 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the final of the ASB Classic against defending champion Julia Goerges.
After qualifying and then leaving a trail of seeded opponents in her wake, 18-year-old Andreescu, ranked 152, outplayed the 28th-ranked Hsieh to reach her first WTA Tour final.
Bianca Andreescu beats Venus Williams at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu knocked off another former No. 1 on Friday, beating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 6-7 (1) 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semifinals at the ASB Classic.
The 18-year-old Andreescu, who is ranked 152nd in the world and had to go through qualifying to make the tournament, defeated top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.
Andreescu upsets former No. 1 Wozniacki at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Overcoming a back injury and a cold, Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-4 Thursday and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ASB Classic.
The 18-year-old Andreescu, a qualifier ranked No. 152, has won Australian Open and French Open junior doubles titles and was ranked No. 3 as a junior.
Venus Williams beats Azarenka in 1st round at ASB Classic
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Venus Williams rallied from a break down in the third set to beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 at the ASB Classic on Tuesday in what she described as one of the toughest first-round matches of her career.
That was saying something as the 38-year-old Williams has spent more than two decades on the WTA Tour.
Tennis star Venus Williams settles fatal crash lawsuit
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tennis star Venus Williams has settled a wrongful death lawsuit related to a fatal car crash in Florida, court records show.
Palm Beach County court records show that the case was closed Friday. Terms of the agreement between Williams and the estate of Jerome Barson, 78, weren't included in the documents.
Williams sisters, Stephens, Keys out of Fed Cup final for US
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Four of the top five U.S. women in the WTA singles rankings will skip the country's Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic, including both Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens.
Instead, the roster announced for the defending champions by captain Kathy Rinaldi on Wednesday includes No. 35 Danielle Collins, No. 48 Sofia Kenin and No. 63 Alison Riske in singles, along with Nicole Melichar, who is ranked 15th in doubles.
Venus and Serena Williams help inspire diversity in tennis
NEW YORK (AP) — A crowd gathered when Venus Williams practiced with Sachia Vickery at the U.S. Open. Kids waited by the fence for autographs.
The seven-time Grand Slam singles champion helped Vickery prepare for her first-round match. Vickery lost, but the thrill of hitting with her idol was a lasting memory.
"That was actually an experience of a lifetime for me, so I'm still in shock a little bit," said Vickery, a 23-year-old African-American and former top-ranked junior player.
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Serena Williams: Athletes should be grateful for Kaepernick
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams said every athlete "should be completely grateful and honored" for the protests started by former NFL players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.
US Open glance: Williams vs. Williams highlights 3rd round
A quick look at the U.S. Open:
Fendrich on Tennis: 20 years on, Williams-Williams in a Slam
NEW YORK (AP) — Back when Serena Williams, then 16, and Venus Williams, then 17, played each other on tour for the very first time, at the Australian Open in January 1998, no one possibly could have known it would start a series that would last for two decades.
Actually, Serena did sort of predict it.
"What you guys saw today," she said after losing to Venus way back then, "is definitely something in the future to watch for."
Serena, Venus set up Williams vs. Williams match at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready for the latest Grand Slam installment of Williams vs. Williams. One big difference this time: The superstar siblings will be meeting in the third round at the U.S. Open, their earliest showdown at a major tournament in 20 years.
US Open glance: Williams sisters can set showdown with wins
A quick look at the U.S. Open:
Serena, Venus Williams could meet in US Open 3rd round
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena and Venus Williams could be headed toward their earliest Grand Slam meeting in 20 years, facing a potential third-round matchup at the U.S. Open.
If the sisters do play each other, the winner might face No. 1-ranked Simona Halep in the fourth round.
That section of the women's bracket, and a possible Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic quarterfinal showdown in the men's, provided the most intrigue when the brackets were revealed at Thursday's draw for the last major of the year.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Maria Sakkari of Greece upset third-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
Sakkari came back from 0-3 in the first set and 3-5 in the second set. She advanced to face American Danielle Collins — with the winner reaching her first WTA final.
Collins, a two-time NCAA champion for Virginia, advanced after former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus retired midway through the second set due to injury.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Venus Williams beat Heather Watson 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on Thursday night in the second round of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.
The third-seeded Williams is the highest-seeded player remaining in the event after defending champion Madison Keys joined top-seed Garbine Muguruza, a Wednesday scratch, on the sideline due to a right wrist injury.
Keys, an American, was slated to play Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 winner over lucky-loser Magdalena Frech of Poland.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is ranked just below the cutoff for direct entry into the year's last Grand Slam tournament.
Azarenka, a former No. 1 and twice the champion at the Australian Open, is No. 108 this week, seven spots outside of an automatic spot in the main draw.
PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams has lost her opening match at two consecutive Grand Slam tournaments for the first time in her illustrious career.
Her coach, David Witt, thinks the quick exit at the French Open on Sunday was because Williams did not do a good enough job of switching tactics on the red clay that has never been her best surface.
PARIS (AP) — A year after stunning the tennis world by winning the French Open for her initial tour-level title, Jelena Ostapenko is again in rare company: a first-round loser as the defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament.
Something even more unusual happened at Roland Garros, too: Venus Williams was beaten in her opening match at a second consecutive major, the only time in her lengthy, distinguished career she's had such early back-to-back exits.
PARIS (AP) — Two-time champions Serena and Venus Williams will compete in doubles at the French Open.
The American sisters were handed a wild-card entry on Thursday into the tournament they won together in 1999 and in 2010.
They have not played doubles together at a major since they won Wimbledon two years ago.
MADRID (AP) — Venus Williams lost to Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday.
Kontaveit rallied from a set down to beat the eighth-seeded Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the outdoor clay court.
"I'd lost to her two times already, and so I had nothing to lose," Kontaveit said. "I didn't go out there feeling scared. I do feel like I can challenge anybody here, so I was feeling good to go on the court."
Fed Cup: Stephens to open for US against France in semis
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will open play for the U.S. against Pauline Parmentier of France in the Fed Cup semifinals.
France No. 1 Kristina Mladenovic and CoCo Vandeweghe will follow on Saturday in the second singles at the new 6,700-capacity Arena Pays d'Aix. France has opted for an indoor clay court.
Mladenovic and Amandine Hesse are set to face Madison Keys and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the doubles on Sunday following the reverse singles.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, runner-up Madison Keys and semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe, along with former No. 1 doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands, are on the American roster that will face France in the Fed Cup semifinals.
The U.S. Tennis Association has announced captain Kathy Rinaldi's picks for the April 21-22 matches on an indoor clay court in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Stephens is ranked No. 9 this week, with Keys 13th and Vandeweghe 16th.
A day before playing in the 2005 final at the All England Club, Venus Williams addressed a meeting of the Grand Slam Board, urging Wimbledon and the French Open to offer equal pay to male and female players.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Venus Williams and Serena Williams will highlight a weekend full of tennis set for The Greenbrier resort this fall.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Danielle Collins' favorite player, for as long as she can remember, has been Venus Williams.
Clearly, she wasn't star-struck when facing her idol.
Collins got the biggest win of her pro career Wednesday night, shocking the eighth-seeded Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the Miami Open quarterfinals. Collins needed to survive two qualifying matches before making the main draw at Key Biscayne, and will now meet sixth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko in Thursday's semifinals.