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  • French Open Lookahead: Venus Williams seeks 1st QF in decade

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Five of the first 10 times Venus Williams entered the French Open, she made it to at least the quarterfinals, including a run to the final in 2002.Her most recent trip to Roland Garros of that length? That came all the way back in 2006.Williams can return to the round of eight at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament for the first time in a decade if she can win her fourth-round match Monday against No. 8 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.

  • The Latest: Williams-Williams, Hingis-Mirza lose in doubles

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---9:45 p.m.A couple of top pairings exited women's doubles at the French Open on Sunday, when the Williams sisters lost their second match of the day and Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza's bid for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title ended.

  • The Latest: End of play at French Open on Day 8

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---9 p.m.That's it, folks. With the rain beating down and night falling, French Open organizers say there will be no more play Sunday.---8:40 p.m.Rain has again put a dampener on proceedings at the French Open.

  • The Latest: Rain on, players off at French Open

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---8:40 p.m.Rain has again put a dampener on proceedings at the French Open.Umpires have halted Simona Halep vs. Samantha Stosur and Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska in their fourth-round matches, and covers are going on the courts again for the second rain interruption of a humid Sunday.

  • The Latest: 13 is a charm for Gasquet at French Open

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---8:20 p.m.France's sole survivor at the French Open, Richard Gasquet, has reached the quarterfinals for the first time in 13 attempts.His opponent, fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, never looked at home in front of the partisan crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier. Spectators chanted, ''Allez Richard!'' between points and grew so excitable that Gasquet angrily yelled, ''Shut your traps!'' when noise during a point distracted him in the final set.

  • The Latest: Murray handles Isner's serve to reach French QF

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:35 p.m.Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals for the 20th time in his past 21 Grand Slam tournaments, handling the big serve of John Isner and beating the 15th-seeded American 7-6 (9), 6-4, 6-3 at the French Open.

  • The Latest: Martina-Mirza out of the French Open

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:25 p.m.The No. 1 women's double pairing of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza is out of the French Open, losing 6-3, 6-2 to the Czech team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova. Hingis and Mirza are the reigning Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open champions.

  • The Latest: 13th time lucky for Gasquet at French Open?

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7 p.m.Try, try and try again. It could be that the 13th time is lucky for Richard Gasquet.The Frenchman who has never made the quarterfinals of his home Grand Slam tournament in 12 previous visits to Roland Garros is up two sets against No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori from Japan.

  • The Latest: Play resumes at French Open after hour delay

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6 p.m.Play has resumed at the French Open after a rain delay of about an hour.---5 p.m.Rain on Roland Garros has stopped play at the French Open with Andy Murray leading 15th-seeded John Isner 7-6 (9) and 2-1 in the second set of their fourth-round match, and Kei Nishikori of Japan ahead a break at 4-2 in the first set against Richard Gasquet on Court Philippe Chatrier.

  • The Latest: Rain stops play at French Open

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---5 p.m.Rain on Roland Garros has stopped play at the French Open with Andy Murray leading 15th-seeded John Isner 7-6 (9) and 2-1 in the second set of their fourth-round match, and Kei Nishikori of Japan ahead a break at 4-2 in the first set against Richard Gasquet on Court Philippe Chatrier.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka on song advancing to French quarters

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:40 p.m.Stan Wawrinka was so in control during his 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-2 win against Viktor Troicki for a place in the French Open quarterfinals that the defending champion even had time to hit shots with a ball boy.

  • The Latest: Shelby Rogers of US into 1st Slam QF in Paris

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3:15 p.m.Shelby Rogers, an American ranked 108th, reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating 25th-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday.Rogers only once before had been as far as the third round at a major tournament, losing at that stage at last year's U.S. Open. Otherwise, of her nine previous Slam appearances, six ended in the first round, the others in the second.

  • Muguruza into French Open quarters; Raonic out

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Garbine Muguruza advanced to the French Open quarterfinals for the third straight year with an intensely fought 6-3, 6-4 victory against 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on Sunday.Under storm-laden skies, the fourth-seeded Spanish player started at lightning pace, serving an ace with her first and third balls of the first game. In the last game, she needed five match points to finish off the 13th-seeded Russian.

  • The Latest: Raonic out of French Open

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---1:45 p.m.Milos Raonic is out of the French Open, the eighth-seeded Canadian losing 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the fourth round in front of new coach John McEnroe.The 55th-ranked player from Spain is into the quarterfinals of a major for the first time, having never made it past the second round of 18 previous Grand Slam tournaments.

  • The Latest: Muguruza into French quarters for 3rd year

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---1 p.m.Garbine Muguruza is into the French Open quarterfinals for the third straight year, ousting 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 in an intense contest on Court Philippe Chatrier.

  • Muguruza has one foot in French quarters

    May 29, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Garbine Muguruza has one foot in the French Open quarterfinals after winning the first set 6-3 in Sunday's fourth-round match against 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.Under storm-laden skies, the fourth-seeded Spanish player started at lightning pace, serving an ace with her first and third ball of the first game.

  • French Open Lookahead: Isner faces Murray for rare QF berth

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) John Isner is all too aware of his lack of success in fourth-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments: 1-5.To reach the second major quarterfinal of his career - and first at the French Open - the 31-year-old American will need to do something he's never done, not even once, in five tries: beat Andy Murray.

  • The Latest: Djokovic reaches 4th round at French Open

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---9:45 p.m.Novak Djokovic made sure he won't have to play for a second consecutive day at the French Open by finishing his third-round match before darkness on Saturday.After rain halted play for more than 2 1/2 hours, Djokovic was unable to start his match against Aljaz Bedene until late in the afternoon. The top-ranked Serb needed a little bit more than two hours to beat British player Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in fading light.

  • The Latest: Keys moves into 4th round at French Open

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---9:20 p.m.No. 15 seed Madison Keys has reached the fourth round at the French Open for the first time.The 21-year-old American produced 30 winners en route to a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over 53th-ranked Monica Puig of Portugal on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Venus Williams moves into 4th round in Paris

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:25 p.m.Venus Williams now needs one more victory to reach the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in 10 years.Playing a terrific final set, the ninth-seeded Williams beat France's Alize Cornet 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-0 in a rain-interrupted match Saturday to reach the fourth round. Williams lost at that stage in Paris in 2010, missed the tournament the next year, then lost in the first or second round in every appearance from 2012-15.

  • The Latest: Tsonga stops with injury against Gulbis in Paris

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:10 p.m.Sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France has retired from his third-round match at Roland Garros with a leg injury while leading Ernests Gulbis 5-2 in the first set.The Frenchman, twice a semifinalist at Roland Garros and the runner-up at the 2008 Australian Open, left the court with a trainer. When he returned, he said he no longer could play.

  • The Latest: Ferrer into 4th round at French Open

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6:10 p.m.Former French Open runner-up David Ferrer will play in the fourth round at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament for a sixth consecutive year.The 11th-seeded Ferrer came out on top from an all-Spanish match with Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, winning 6-4, 7-6 (6), 6-1. He'll next face either seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych or Pablo Cuevas.

  • The Latest: Williams gets past Mladenovic on 5th match point

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6 p.m.Serena Williams needed five match points after waiting out a rain delay of more than 2 1/2 hours, but she eventually moved into the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-4, 7-6 (10) victory over 26th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France.

  • The Latest: Clement and French federation end their dispute

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3:50 p. m.The French tennis federation (FFT) says it has ended its dispute with former Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clement.Clement was fired last September with one year remaining on his contract and was replaced by Yannick Noah as the team captain. He filed a lawsuit for damages.

  • Svitolina downs former champion Ivanovic at French Open

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) In her seven previous matches with Ana Ivanovic, Elina Svitolina had only managed to win a set.She had also lost twice at Roland Garros against the 2008 champion.The 18th-seeded Ukrainian ended that winless run on Saturday, downing Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 on the Parisian clay to return to the fourth round of the major tournament.

  • The Latest: Rain halts play with Williams sisters on court

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3 p.m.With Serena Williams about to start a second-set tiebreaker against Kristina Mladenovic, heavy rain has halted play in the French Open's third round.Williams, the defending champion, took the first set 6-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier against her 26th-seeded French opponent. Mladenovic had just held serve to get to 6-all in the second set when they were sent to the locker room because of a thunderstorm.

  • The Latest: Thiem wins duel of rising tennis stars

    May 28, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---2:10 p.m.Dominic Thiem has prevailed in the duel of rising tennis stars, downing teenager Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.The 13th-seeded Thiem equaled his best result at a major tournament after reaching the round of 16 at the U.S. Open in 2014.

  • French Open Lookahead: Williams sisters vs. home-crowd faves

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) A reporter at the French Open wanted to know whether the prospect of playing Serena Williams for the first time worried 26th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic.''Well, no, I'm not frightened,'' Mladenovic said. ''No, I'm quite happy, I must say.''

  • The Latest: John McEnroe says he'll help Raonic at Wimbledon

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---9:25 p.m.John McEnroe says he is returning to Grand Slam tennis - as a coach.The seven-time major title winner said Friday on the Eurosport show ''The Commissioner'' that he is going to be a consultant to Canada's Milos Raonic at Wimbledon, which begins next month.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka eases into French Open 4th round

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---8:00 p.m.After a rough start, defending champion Stan Wawrinka is finding his mojo at the French Open.The third-seeded Swiss hit 36 winners in a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 victory against Jeremy Chardy that advanced him to the fourth round.

  • The Latest: Stephens rolls with punches at French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:30 p.m.Sloane Stephens isn't beating herself up for not making the French Open fourth round for what would have been a fifth successive year.Seeded No. 19, the American lost seven games in a row and lasted just 51 minutes in a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Tsvetana Pironkova, a Bulgarian ranked 102.

  • The Latest: Isner sets up Murray showdown at French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7 p.m.With a rare five-set victory, 15th-seeded John Isner made it to the French Open's fourth round, equaling his best showing at the Grand Slam tournament.Isner, the last American man in the draw, used 34 aces to beat 79th-ranked Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 7-6, (7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Friday.

  • The Latest: Shelby builds winning habit at French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6:30 p.m.The high point, at least so far, of Shelby Rogers' career is ''a little bit blurry.'' Hardly surprising given her tears.The 108th-ranked player from Charleston, South Carolina, defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the French Open to make the fourth round of a major tournament for the first time.

  • The Latest: Nishikori labors into 4th round of French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6:10 p.m.After two flawless rounds, Kei Nishikori dropped two sets en route to the fourth round of the French Open with a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Fernando Verdasco.The fifth-seeded Japanese player hadn't dropped a set before going 3 hours, 21 minutes against the 52nd-ranked Spaniard playing his 13th French Open.

  • The Latest: Gasquet beats Kyrgios at French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---5:30 p.m.Richard Gasquet is into the fourth round of the French Open for the fifth time in six years.The ninth-seeded French player beat Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7), 6-2.Late in the first set, the 17th-seeded Australian had his left shoulder massaged by a trainer.

  • 9-time champion Nadal out of French Open with injured wrist

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament on Friday, citing an injury to his left wrist.''A very tough moment, because you ... wait for these two weeks for the whole year,'' said a glum-looking Nadal, who announced his withdrawal the day before his third-round match.

  • The Latest: Nadal pulls out of French Open with wrist injury

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:50 p.m.Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal says he is pulling out of the French Open because of an injury to his left wrist.The left-handed Nadal made the announcement at a hastily arranged news conference Friday, one day before he would have been scheduled to play his third-round match.

  • The Latest: Murray builds up an appetite at French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:45 p.m.Andy Murray's reward for a straight-set win in the third round of the French Open: a steak dinner.Fabrice Santoro, one of the former tennis pros who conduct on-court interviews at Roland Garros, told Murray he had heard that the Scottish player does the meal-ordering in Paris restaurants for himself and members of his team.

  • The Latest: Sock done in Paris, leaving Isner as lone US man

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:30 p.m.So much for the United States getting two men into the fourth round of the French Open for the first time in 15 years.No. 23-seeded Jack Sock bowed out Friday, beaten 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 by 55th-ranked Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain in a match that lasted 4 hours, 11 minutes.

  • The Latest: Kvitova stunned 6-0 in 3rd set by Rogers

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3:50 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova played one good set between two poor ones and was stunned in the third round of the French Open 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-0 by 108th-ranked Shelby Rogers of the United States.

  • The Latest: Murray finally gets short workday at French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3:15 p.m.This was just what Andy Murray needed at the French Open: a simple victory and a short workday.After needing comeback after comeback and 10 sets across more than 7 hours to get through his first two matches this week, the second-seeded Murray breezed into the fourth round by beating No. 27 Ivo Karlovic 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Friday.

  • The Latest: Stosur into French Open 4th round

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3:10 p.m.Using her powerful, high-kicking serve to great effect on the red clay, Samantha Stosur is into the fourth round of the French Open for the fifth time in 13 visits to Roland Garros.

  • The Latest: With a bit of trouble from hip, Raonic into 4th

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---2:10 p.m.Bothered a bit by his hip, and despite some trouble closing things out, Milos Raonic moved into the fourth round of the French Open for the second time in three years.The eighth-seeded Canadian converted his fifth match point to get past 133rd-ranked ''lucky loser'' Andrej Martin of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3 at Court 1 on Friday.

  • Muguruza and Halep into 4th round at French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Garbine Muguruza became the first player to reach the fourth round at the French Open, and Simona Halep followed closely behind.The fourth-seeded Muguzura beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-3, 6-0 Friday, while the sixth-seeded Halep had a tougher time against Naomi Osaka in what was the Japanese teen's first match against a top-10 player. Halep won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

  • The Latest: Halep joins Muguruza in 4th round of French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---1:00 p.m.Simona Halep rallied from a set down to beat 18-year-old Naomi Osaka 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and advance to the fourth round at the French Open.The 2014 French Open runner-up says the 101st-ranked Japanese teen ''played unbelievable.''

  • Garbine Muguruza into 4th round of French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Garbine Muguruza became the first player to reach the fourth round at the French Open by beating Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-0 Friday.The fourth-seeded Spanish player lost one service game in the first set but otherwise encountered little resistance from her Belgian opponent, who has yet to get past the third round in nine visits to Roland Garros.

  • The Latest: Muguruza 1st player into French Open's 4th round

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---12:40 p.m.Garbine Muguruza is the first player into the fourth round of the French Open, making it at least that far for the third year in a row.The fourth-seeded Spaniard played nearly flawlessly while beating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-3, 6-0 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

  • The Latest: Halep pushes Osaka to 3rd set at French Open

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---12:30 p.m.Things are looking up for Simona Halep in the third round of the French Open.The 2014 runner-up has forced a third set against 18-year-old Naomi Osaka of Japan. Halep took the second set 6-2 after dropping the first 6-4.

  • The Latest: Simona Halep in trouble against Osaka

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---12:10 p.m.Simona Halep has lost the first set of her third-round match to Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 6-4 at the French Open.Halep's second serve is letting her down. In the third and ninth games, Osaka pounced on weak second serves to break the sixth-seeded Romanian, who reached the French Open final in 2014.

  • Simona Halep in trouble at French Open against Osaka

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Simona Halep has lost the first set of her third-round match to Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 6-4 at the French Open.Halep's second serve is letting her down. In the third and ninth games, Osaka pounced on weak second serves to break the sixth-seeded Romanian, who reached the French Open final in 2014.

  • Tennis pros need a CEO's head on top of strong shoulders

    May 27, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Two rounds of French Open tennis haven't come close to turning Marco Trungelliti into a millionaire.But even after taxes, the ,000 the Argentine earned this week in prize money for one win and one loss should cover much of his costs for the rest of the year, including travel to other tournaments and paying his coach.

  • What to watch Friday at French Open: Murray vs Karlovic

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) It's hard to say who will be in better shape Friday when Andy Murray plays Ivo Karlovic in the third round of the French Open.The second-seeded Murray already has been pushed to five sets twice in Paris. Karlovic, seeded No. 27, needed 41 aces to win his second-round match in five sets. He became, at 37, the oldest man to reach the third round of a major since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 U.S. Open. Karlovic spent 4 hours, 31 minutes on the red clay to set up his match with Murray.

  • The Latest: Venus Williams in 3rd Rd for 1st time in 6 years

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6:55 p.m.Venus Williams is into third round of the French Open for the first time since 2010.The seven-time major champion, seeded ninth in Paris, overpowered 20-year-old American qualifier Louisa Chirico 6-2, 6-1 in 54 minutes Thursday at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

  • The Latest: Tsonga erases 2-set deficit at French Open

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6:45 p.mSixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied from two sets down against Marcos Baghdatis to reach the third round of the French Open for the eighth consecutive year.In a matchup between two former Australian Open runner-ups, Tsonga prevailed 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to complete a 100th Grand Slam match win on Court Philippe Chatrier.

  • The Latest: Mattek-Sands, Safarova out in women's doubles

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---5:40 p.m.Last year's French Open women's doubles champions, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, were eliminated in the first round Thursday.Mattek-Sands and Safarova, seeded second at Roland Garros, lost to Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-3.

  • The Latest: Serena Williams gets quick, clean win in Paris

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---5:30 p.m.Defending champion Serena Williams picked up a quick, clean victory to reach the third round of the French Open.Williams needed only 66 minutes to beat 81st-ranked Teliana Pereira of Brazil 6-2, 6-1, piling up a 31-6 edge in winners Thursday.

  • Maria Sharapova on Russia's provisional Olympic team for Rio

    May 26, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russia has included Maria Sharapova on its preliminary team for the Olympic tennis tournament in August despite her provisional suspension for failing a drug test.Sharapova has been suspended since March after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January, but the Russian Tennis Federation hopes she could be cleared in time to play in Rio de Janeiro.

  • The Latest: Just 19, Corna into 3rd round at French Open

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:15 p.m.Still only 19, Borna Coric made his way into the third round of the French Open for the second straight year.The Croatian beat 20th-seeded Bernard Tomic 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) and will next meet another seeded player, No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut.

  • The Latest: Djokovic 7th man with 50 French Open match wins

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:05 p.m.Novak Djokovic is now the seventh man with at least 50 match wins in the French Open.Next on his agenda: joining the other six on that list with a title at Roland Garros.Trying to complete a career Grand Slam, the top-seeded Djokovic moved into the third round by beating 161st-ranked qualifier Steve Darcis of Belgium 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday, overcoming 42 unforced errors on a windy afternoon.

  • The Latest: Bouchard blames mind for French Open exit

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3:10 p.m.Eugenie Bouchard attributes her early exit from the French Open more to her mind than her tennis.After her 6-4, 6-4 second-round loss to Timea Bacsinszky, the 2014 Wimbledon finalist says ''tennis is 90 percent mental'' and that ''the brain is like a muscle'' that needs workouts.

  • The Latest: After slow start, Nadal earns 200th Slam win

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---2:50 p.m.Once Rafael Nadal got past the briefest of slow starts, he was just fine, easily collecting the 200th Grand Slam match victory of his career.Nadal fell behind 2-0 against 99th-ranked Facundo Bagnis of Argentina, then cleaned up his act and took 14 of the next 15 games Thursday en route to winning 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 in the second round of the French Open.

  • The Latest: Ana Ivanovic into 3rd round of French Open

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---2:10 p.m.Ana Ivanovic has reached the third round of the French Open for the 10th time, beating Kurumi Nara 7-5, 6-1.Ivanovic, who won the title at Roland Garros in 2008, is seeded No. 14 this year.

  • The Latest: Berdych foils Tunisian milestone at French

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---1:50 p.m.Malek Jaziri has failed in his bid to become the first Tunisian man in 53 years to reach the third round of the French Open.Jaziri lost to seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

  • The Latest: From AP archive, slice of French tennis history

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---1:20 p.m.With a victory over Marcos Baghdatis in the second round French Open, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga would become only the third Frenchman with 100 wins in Grand Slam tournaments.The others were Jean Borotra, with 103, and Henri Cochet, with 102.

  • The Latest: Bouchard comeback fails vs. Bacsinszky at French

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---12:50 p.m.Eighth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky, a French Open semifinalist last year, advanced to the third round at Roland Garros by beating Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 6-4.Bacsinszky was broken in her first service game, but the 2014 Wimbledon finalist couldn't hold the lead. The Swiss broke back in the seventh game, broke Bouchard again with a backhand winner for a 5-4 lead, and served out the first set.

  • Career milestones beckon on Day 5 of the French Open

    May 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Rafael Nadal can win his 200th Grand Slam match on Thursday if he beats Facundo Bagnis of Argentina in the second round of the French Open.Nadal, a record nine-time champion at Roland Garros, would become the eighth man in history to win 200 matches at major tournaments. The man with the most wins is Roger Federer, who has 302 over his career but is missing from this year's French Open because of injury.

  • French Open Lookahead: Djokovic, Nadal seek milestone wins

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both will be expected to beat much lower-ranked opponents in the second round of the French Open on Thursday.If they do, they'll achieve milestone victories.Djokovic, trying to complete a career Grand Slam and win his fourth consecutive major title, can become the seventh man with at least 50 match wins at Roland Garros. The others - Nadal, Roger Federer, Guillermo Vilas, Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi and Nicola Pietrangeli - all won at least one title at the clay-court tournament.

  • The Latest: Stephens wraps up play at French Open with win

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---9:40 p.m.Sloane Stephens wrapped up play for the day at the French Open with a 7-6 (0), 6-1 win over qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg in the second round.Stephens, who has reached the round of 16 at Roland Garros in each of the past four years, made a slow start but won 17 consecutive points after trailing 6-5, 15-30 on her serve in the first set.

  • The Latest: Begu wins marathon match at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---8:56 p.m.Another marathon match has just ended on Court 2 at the French Open, where 25th-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu needed 3 hours and 38 minutes to rally past American Coco Vandeweghe.Begu prevailed 6-7, (4), 7-6 (4), 10-8 and will be up against Annika Beck in the third round.

  • The Latest: Bourgue inspired by Muhammad Ali at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---8:15 p.m.A video of Muhammad Ali fired up French wild-card entry Mathias Bourgue before he took on Andy Murray at the French Open.The 22-year-old French player ranked 164th led 2-1 in sets before bowing out 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday.

  • The Latest: Clinical Raonic advances at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---8:00 p.m.Milos Raonic faced little resistance as he posted a 50th Grand Slam match win on Wednesday at the French Open.The eighth-seeded Canadian advanced to the third round for the third time on the Parisian red clay with a clinical 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 win over 58th-ranked Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

  • The Latest: Serena Williams gets foot treatment but seems OK

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:25 p.m.Agnieszka Radwanska made the most of Caroline Garcia's struggles with her serve to reach the third round at the French Open.The second-seeded Polish player had 13 break chances on Court Suzanne Lenglen and converted six in 6-2, 6-4 victory.

  • The Latest: Isner, Sock give US 2 men in 3rd round in Paris

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6:30 p.m.No. 15 John Isner and No. 23 Jack Sock both won in straight sets at the French Open, leaving two of the 10 American men who entered the tournament still in the field.Now they'll try to give the United States a pair of men in the fourth round for the first time in 15 years.

  • The Latest: Murray rallies into 3rd round at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---5:45 p.m.Andy Murray rallied past French wild-card entry Mathias Bourgue to reach the third round of the French Open, winning 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.The second-seeded Murray made the most of Bourgue's drop of energy to claw his way back into the match and set up a contest with big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the next round.

  • The Latest: Murray struggling again at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:40 p.m.Andy Murray needs to win a second consecutive five-set match to continue his run at the French Open.The second-seeded Briton is trailing 2-1 in sets against French wild-card entry Mathias Bourgue, who is showing his vast array of shots on Court Philippe Chatrier with some superb drop shots and volleys.

  • The Latest: Ivo Karlovic into 3rd round of French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:20 p.m.When it comes to hitting aces, big-serving Ivo Karlovic has no rival.At 37, the lanky Croatian player proved it again to drag himself out of a tough battle with Jordan Thompson and become the oldest male player to reach the third round at a Grand Slam since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 U.S. Open. Connors was 39 when he progressed to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows that year.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka still not perfect, but better this time

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3:10 p.m.There still were some hiccups for Stan Wawrinka in the second round of the French Open. All in all, though, things went a lot more smoothly than in his opening match.After needing to come back and win in five sets to barely avoid becoming the first defending champion in tournament history to lose in the first round, Wawrinka moved into the third with a 7-6 (7), 6-3, 6-4 victory over 93rd-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan on Wednesday.

  • The Latest: Zverev posts 1st ever win at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---2:45 p.m.Teenager Alexander Zverev has completed his first ever win in the main draw of the French Open.The 19-year-old German, who is regarded as one of the most talented youngsters on the circuit, advanced to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam with a 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (6), 7-5 win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Their match was suspended at the start of the fourth set on Tuesday because of darkness.

  • The Latest: Muguruza advances at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---2:00 p.m.Fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza is through to the third round of the French Open, beating wild-card entry Myrtille Georges 6-2, 6-0.A two-time quarterfinalist in Paris, the 2015 finalist at Wimbledon says ''I really want to win here.''

  • Japanese players Nishikori and Osaka win at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Japanese players Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka both advanced to the third round at the French Open on Wednesday with straight-set wins.Nishikori broke Andrey Kuznetsov six times and saved seven break points in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win on Court 1.

  • The Latest: Nishikori advances to 3rd round at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---1:30 p.m.Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori advanced to the second round at the French Open by beating Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.Nishikori, a U.S. Open finalist in 2014, reached the quarterfinals in Paris last year.

  • The Latest: Kvitova, Kuznetsova, Halep to French 3rd round

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---12:45 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 2009 French Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2014 finalist Simona Halep have all advanced to the third round at Roland Garros.The 10th-seeded Kvitova beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-1. Kvitova, who reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2012, looked more comfortable than in her first-round match.

  • The Latest: Tight security testing patience at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---12:30 p.m.Tightened security measures at the French Open, with multiple pat-downs and bag checks, are making getting into Roland Garros a bit of a chore.There were long lines on Wednesday morning as spectators waited - mostly patiently - to be cleared for entry into the smallest of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

  • Sun is out after 3 days of damp, cold weather at French Open

    May 25, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The French Open is finally basking under blue skies after three opening days of damp, cold weather.Those already out on court Wednesday include fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori, former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and 2014 finalist Simona Halep.

  • Virginia tops Oklahoma for NCAA men's tennis title

    May 25, 2016

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) Henrik Wiersholm rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the second set for a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Andre Biro, clinching a 4-1 victory for Virginia over Oklahoma in the NCAA men's tennis final Tuesday night.It was the second straight championship for top-seeded Virginia (30-4) and third in the past four seasons.

  • French Open Lookahead: Raonic's serve could be 'painful'

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Milos Raonic's second-round opponent at the French Open knows what he's in for: a real challenge when it comes to returning serve.Canada's Raonic has won 90 percent of his service games in 2016, which ranks second on the ATP tour. His 315 aces entering Roland Garros is the third-highest total this season. He hit a 136 mph (219 kph) serve in the first round, the second-fastest of the tournament.

  • Stanford tops Oklahoma St to take NCAA women's tennis title

    May 24, 2016

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) Stanford's Taylor Davidson fought off a match point for 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Oklahoma State's Vladica Babic that gave the Cardinal a 4-3 win and their 18th NCAA women's tennis championship on Tuesday.Babic won the first set 6-3 and had match point at 5-4 in the second, but Davidson rallied for the title-clinching win, the team's first since 2013.

  • The Latest: Serena Williams barely sweats in French Open win

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---8:15 p.m.Serena Williams' defense of her French Open title is off to a comfortable start, with a 6-2, 6-0 first-round win against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia that took just 42 minutes.

  • The Latest: Azarenka hobbles injured out of French Open

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:30 p.m.Hobbling around court on a gimpy right knee, two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka is out of the French Open in the first round, but not without putting up a fight.The fifth seed from Belarus locked up the knee in the second set when preparing to return the serve of Karin Knapp from Italy. Azarenka got treatment, laying on a mat on the red-clay court, and endured through a tiebreaker to level the match at one-set all, saving a match point.

  • The Latest: Djokovic favors ranking points at Olympics

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:10 p.m.Novak Djokovic thinks the ATP and WTA tours should be offering ranking points to players who participate in the Olympics.The No. 1-ranked Djokovic, who owns 11 Grand Slam titles and earned a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, said Tuesday after winning his first-round match at the French Open that he ''would definitely encourage'' a reconsideration of the decision to not award points in Rio de Janeiro this year.

  • The Latest: Quite a 'tweener by Rafael Nadal at French Open

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---5:15 p.m.Even the normally intense Rafael Nadal cracked a mid-match smile in appreciation of the 'tweener he produced Tuesday at the French Open.The bit of magic came in the next-to-last game of the nine-time champion's lickety-split 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Sam Groth.

  • The Latest: Murray insists no bad blood with Mauresmo

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---5:10 p.m.Andy Murray says his sometimes fiery on-court behavior wasn't the cause of his split from coach Amelie Mauresmo.Speaking after a first-round win at the French Open, Murray insisted ''we certainly didn't fall out,'' and their relationship remains ''good'' despite the end of their ground-breaking, two-year coaching tie last month.

  • The Latest: No early exit for Venus Williams this time

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:50 p.m.Venus Williams avoided a second consecutive first-round Grand Slam loss - and a second consecutive first-round French Open loss.The ninth-seeded American needed nearly 2 hours to get past 82nd-ranked Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) on Court 1 at Roland Garros on Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Djokovic moves into French Open 2nd round

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:35 p.m.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is through to the second round at the French Open.Bidding to complete a career Grand Slam in Paris after losing in the final three times over the past four years, Djokovic defeated 95th-ranked Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 on Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Reports of Schiavone's retirement premature

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:30 p.m.The French Open's Twitter feed posted a video of the crowd at Court Suzanne Lenglen giving 2010 title winner and 2011 runner-up Francesca Schiavone a standing ovation after her 6-2, 6-4 first-round loss to 26th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic.

  • The Latest: Bouchard beats stress-related eating disorder

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:10 p.m.Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard says she has overcome an eating disorder brought on by ''a lot of pressure'' and the added expectation that followed her breakthrough year in 2014.

  • The Latest: Isner's 40 aces let him reach 2nd round in Paris

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3:10 p.m.John Isner used 40 aces to move into the French Open's second round with a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (12), 7-6 (7), 7-5 victory over 60th-ranked John Millman of Australia in a match played over two days.

  • The Latest: Murray completes comeback against Stepanek

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---2:40 p.m.Andy Murray completed his ninth career comeback from two sets down, erasing that big deficit and beating 37-year-old Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the French Open.

  • The Latest: Nadal off to easy winning start at French Open

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---2:30 p.m.Rafael Nadal is back doing what he does best: Demolishing opponents on the red clay of Roland Garros.The nine-time champion's 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory against Sam Groth of Australia added another notch to the Spanish player's stunning record in Paris, now at 71 wins, with just two losses.

  • The Latest: Kerber loses in 1st round at French Open

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---12:55 p.m.Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber has lost in the first round at the French Open.The third-seeded Kerber was beaten 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 by 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

  • The Latest: French teenager loses 6-0, 6-0 at French Open

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---12:20 p.m.Tessah Andrianjafitrimo lasted just 51 minutes and 12 games in her first match in the main draw at the French Open.The 17-year-old French player, a wild card, lost 6-0, 6-0 to Wang Qiang of China on Court 17.

  • The Latest: Kerber opening play on center court

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---11:15 a.m.First on Court Philippe Chatrier is Angelique Kerber, the third-seeded Australian Open champion.Kerber, yet to advance past the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, takes on 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

  • Djokovic scheduled to play on Day 3 at French Open

    May 24, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic begins his bid to win a fourth straight major title against 95th-ranked Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan on Tuesday at the French Open.Also, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal opens against big-serving Sam Groth and Serena Williams faces 77th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova as she starts the defense of her title.

  • French Open Lookahead: Nadal-Groth; Djokovic, Williams start

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Rafael Nadal has lost two French Open matches in his career. His first-round opponent has lost only one.The difference? Nadal is 70-2 at Roland Garros, owner of a record nine championships. Sam Groth is 0-1.Sure sets up as a mismatch.The No. 4-seeded Nadal makes his 2016 debut at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament Tuesday on Court Suzanne Lenglen against Groth, a gifted server who is ranked 100th and never has won a tour-level title on any surface. And while Nadal is 363-34 on red clay, including 19-4 this season, Groth is 1-3 as a pro on the stuff - and his most recent match on it was a first-round loss at Roland Garros a year ago.

  • The Latest: Bad light stops Murray in clawback at Paris

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---9:40 p.m.Dusk has put an end to play at the French Open, with the umpire pulling Andy Murray off the Court Philippe Chatrier after the Briton clawed back from losing the first two sets. He won the third set against Radek Stepanek and led 4-2 in the fourth set.

  • The Latest: Former US Open champ Marin Cilic falls in Paris

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---9:20 p.m.Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic has fallen at the first hurdle in Paris - to a player 156 spots below him in the rankings.The tenth seed from Croatia lost 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Monday in the first round to Marco Trungelliti, a 26-year-old Argentinian who made the French Open main draw through its qualifying tournament.

  • The Latest: Murray in trouble at French Open, down 2 sets

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---8:30 p.m.Andy Murray is in trouble at the French Open - losing the first two sets and looking very out of sorts in his first-round match against the oldest player in the men's draw, 37-year-old Radek Stepanek.

  • The Latest: M mark beckons for American Shelby Rogers

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---8:15 p.m.Shelby Rogers is edging closer to the million-dollar mark in prize money.The 23-year-old American's first-round win Monday at the French Open - downing seeded player Karolina Pliskova - guarantees her at least 60,000 euros in prize money. That is just over ,000. There will be more for the Charleston, South Carolina, resident if she gets beyond the second round in Paris.

  • The Latest: Williams tormentor Vinci out of French Open

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:45 p.m.Roberta Vinci, the Italian who derailed Serena Williams' hopes of a rare calendar-year Grand Slam of major titles in 2015, is out of the French Open in the first round.Vinci, seeded seventh, became the highest-ranked woman to fall so far when she lost 6-1, 6-3 to unseeded Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine on Monday.

  • The Latest: Jack Sock of US wins rain-interrupted match

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:20 p.m.Jack Sock is that rare American tennis pro these days who professes to love playing on red clay, and he took the initial step toward another run at the French Open by wrapping up a rain-delayed victory Monday.

  • The Latest: Nishikori posts 50th Grand Slam match win

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---7:00 p.m.Kei Nishikori has posted a 50th Grand Slam match win over two days to reach the second round at the French Open.The fifth-seeded Japanese player, who last year recorded his best performance at Roland Garros by making it to the quarterfinals, completed a 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 win over Simone Bolelli on Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday.

  • The Latest: 1st Grand Slam match win for a woman from Turkey

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6:35 p.m.Cagla Buyukakcay has become the first woman from Turkey to win a main-draw match at a Grand Slam tournament.The 83rd-ranked Buyukakcay, who got into the French Open via qualifying, beat 98th-ranked Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2 on Monday in a first-round match carried over from the night before when rain interrupted play.

  • Defending champion Wawrinka survives French Open scare

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Defending champion Stan Wawrinka got off to a shaky start at the French Open, surviving five tough sets to beat Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Monday in the first round.Struggling against his Czech opponent on Court Philippe Chatrier, Wawrinka was at risk of becoming the first defending champion ever to lose in the first round at Roland Garros.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka edges Rosol in 5 sets to avoid stunner

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---Stan Wawrinka narrowly avoided becoming the first defending champion to lose in the first round of the French Open, coming back to edge 59th-ranked Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Monday.

  • The Latest: Muguruza advances to 2nd round at French Open

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:20 p.m.Fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza has recovered after losing the first set and advanced to the second round of the French Open.The two-time quarterfinalist from Spain struggled early but rallied to beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

  • The Latest: Defending champion Wawrinka gets to 5th set

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---4:10 p.m.Stan Wawrinka has pushed Lukas Rosol to a fifth set at the French Open.Wawrinka is trying to avoid becoming the first defending champion to lose in the tournament's first round.Rosol led 2-1 in sets, but Wawrinka evened the match by taking the fourth 6-3. Wawrinka had converted only two of 11 break points before using his signature backhand for a cross-court passing winner to go up 5-3 in the fourth, then held serve.

  • No roof at French Open before 2020

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Year after year, as rain affects the schedule and players spend long hours waiting in the locker rooms, a key question keeps coming up at the French Open: Why isn't there a roof over center court?''Welcome to France,'' said tournament director Guy Forget as poor weather in Paris on Monday disrupted play for the second consecutive day at the clay-court tournament.

  • The Latest: Defending champion Wawrinka in trouble at French

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---3:30 p.m.Stan Wawrinka is one set away from becoming the first defending French Open champion to lose in the first round.The third-seeded Swiss player, struggling for range and rhythm, is losing to Lukas Rosol 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

  • The Latest: Defending champ Wawrinka drops 1st set to Rosol

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---2:20 p.m.Defending champion Stan Wawrinka has made a less than ideal start at the French Open, losing the first set of his first match 6-4 to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.Rosol broke the third-seeded Swiss player in the fifth game with a drop shot that died on the rain-dampened red clay of Court Philippe Chatrier.

  • The Latest: Play starts at French Open after rain delay

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---1:45 p.m.After a delay of more than 2 1/2 hours, play has finally started at the French Open.Wearing a fluorescent yellow shirt and shoes, defending champion Stan Wawrinka is up against Lukas Rosol on Court Philippe Chatrier.

  • The Latest: Rain easing up at French Open

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---1:00 p.m.The rain at the French Open has eased and the grounds crew at Roland Garros is now sweeping water off the court covers.Play has been delayed by two hours but matches could be starting soon.

  • The Latest: Play further delayed at French Open on rainy day

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---12:25 p.m.It is still raining in Paris and French Open organizers have announced there will be no play at least before 1 p.m.---11:00 a.m.Poor weather is playing havoc with the French Open schedule for the second consecutive day.

  • Rain delays start of play at French Open on Day 2

    May 23, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Poor weather is playing havoc with the French Open schedule for the second consecutive day.Showers over Paris on Monday have forced the organizers to delay the start of play by 1 1/2 hours after only 10 out of 32 matches were completed on Day 1.

  • While Djokovic, Williams wait, Wawrinka gets going in Paris

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Thanks to rain, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams must wait an extra day to start their bids for history at the French Open.The two No. 1-seeded players originally were slated to play first-round matches on Monday, the second day of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

  • The Latest: Safarova dodges rain for French Open win

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---6:30 p.m.Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic has closed out a comfortable 6-0, 6-2 win against Vitalia Diatchenko, getting back to the warmth of the locker room just as rain picked up again at the French Open and forced the cancellation of all remaining matches Sunday.

  • The Latest: Play resumes at French Open after rain delay

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):---5:50 p.m.Heavy showers have stopped and play has resumed under still overcast skies at the French Open.The rain delay of nearly three hours has forced the postponement of matches that were scheduled for later Sunday, the tournament's opening day.

  • Kvitova escapes 1st-round scare in rainy French Open Day 1

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Screaming in anger and hitting her racket on the red clay of Court Philippe Chatrier, Petra Kvitova came close to an early exit at the French Open on the first day of the Grand Slam tournament.On a rainy Sunday, the two-time Wimbledon champion was pushed to a suspenseful three-set battle by 59th-ranked Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, who served for the match before Kvitova raised her game and eventually prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, taking the last three games.

  • The Latest: Williams sisters entered in French Open doubles

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):3:50 p.m.With an eye on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Serena and Venus Williams are entered in women's doubles at the French Open - their first Grand Slam tournament as a team since 2014.In the doubles draw for Roland Garros, announced Sunday, the sisters will open against Jelena Ostapenko and Yulia Putintseva.

  • The Latest: Rain halts play at French Open

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):3:10 p.m.Play is being delayed on all courts at the French Open because of rain.Among the matches in progress, fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan leads Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-1, 5-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier, and No. 23 Jack Sock of the United States leads Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 2-1.

  • The Latest: Warned for 'Towel!' shout, Kyrgios wins opener

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):1:55 p.m.Nick Kyrgios was warned by a French Open chair umpire for shouting at a ballkid to retrieve a towel, leading to a prolonged and angry monologue by the 21-year-old Australian.Otherwise, the 17th-seeded Kyrgios did just fine in his first-round match Sunday.

  • The Latest: Kvitova through to 2nd round at French Open

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):1:40 p.mPetra Kvitova is through to the second round of the French Open after battling more than 2 hours on Court Philippe Chatrier.Danka Kovinic came close to creating the first upset of this year's tournament but failed to build on her momentum when she served for the match in the deciding set.

  • The Latest: Kvitova in trouble at French Open

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):12:50 a.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is having trouble on Court Philippe Chatrier.The 10th-seeded Czech looked in control after breaking Danka Kovinic twice to win the first set 6-2 but dropped the second 6-4.

  • The Latest: Rain greets French Open start

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The Latest on the French Open (all times local):11:35 a.m.Despite rain much of the morning, the French Open has started.The forecast calls for showers on Sunday, but a break in the weather allowed two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova onto Court Philippe Chatrier to face 59th-ranked Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in a first-round match.

  • Rain greets French Open start; Kvitova, Nishikori scheduled

    May 22, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Despite rain much of the morning, the French Open has started.The forecast calls for showers on Sunday, but a break in the weather allowed two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova onto Court Philippe Chatrier to face 59th-ranked Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in a first-round match.

  • Mauresmo explains coaching split with "complex" Murray

    May 21, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Amelie Mauresmo has revealed the reasons for her coaching split with Andy Murray, explaining they ''reached the end'' of what they could achieve and he was a ''complex'' player to work with.Murray became the first high-profile tennis player to hire a woman as a coach when he took on Mauresmo in June 2014, but they ended their working relationship on May 9.

  • Nadal back in Paris, no title to defend, no Federer to face

    May 21, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Through the years, Rafael Nadal grew accustomed to a couple of givens at the French Open: He would arrive as the defending champion, and Roger Federer would be somewhere in the draw, often awaiting a showdown in the final.This time around, neither is the case.

  • Turning 29, Novak Djokovic still chasing elusive French Open

    May 21, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic will be celebrating his 29th birthday when the French Open starts on Sunday. If nothing else, it underlines just how frustrating it has become for the top-ranked Serb to win the only major to elude him.Djokovic, who has lost the past two finals here and three altogether, is playing his 12th tournament and would set a record for most appearances at Roland Garros before winning the title in the Open era. Four players - Stan Wawrinka last year, Roger Federer in 2009, Andre Agassi in 1999 and Andres Gomez in 1990 - all won on their 11th appearance. Goran Ivanisevic holds the Open era Grand Slam record of needing 14 attempts before winning Wimbledon in 2001.

  • Garcia beats Lucic-Baroni to win Strasbourg International

    May 21, 2016

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Caroline Garcia of France beat veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 6-4, 6-1 to win the Strasbourg International on Saturday for her second career title.The 10th-seeded Garcia improved her overall record against Lucic-Baroni to 4-0, two on hard courts and two on clay.

  • Thiem beats Zverev to win Nice Open for 6th career title

    May 21, 2016

    NICE, France (AP) Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria beat German teen Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 to win the clay-court Nice Open final and clinch his third ATP title of the year on Saturday.Thiem, ranked 15th, dropped serve four times but broke Zverev's serve six times on his way to a sixth career title.

  • Stan Wawrinka beats Marin Cilic to win Geneva Open title

    May 21, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) Stan Wawrinka warmed up for his French Open title defense by winning the Geneva Open on Saturday, beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (11) in the final.The top-seeded Swiss took his second match-point chance in a long tiebreaker when the third-seeded Croatian sent a backhand long.

  • Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens wins Nuremberg tournament

    May 21, 2016

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens defeated Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-2, 6-2 to win the Nuremberg clay-court tournament on Saturday.The 89th-ranked Bertens, who beat top-seeded Roberta Vinci in the second round and Germany's Julia Goerges in the semifinals, converted 11 of her 17 break points.

  • 19 years later, Lucic-Baroni reaches Strasbourg final

    May 20, 2016

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni routed fourth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-1, 6-1 to reach the final of the Strasbourg International on Friday, 19 years after losing to Steffi Graf in the championship decider.The 34-year-old Croatian needed one hour to beat Mladenovic, a wild card playing in her first semifinal this season, saving all four break points she faced and breaking the Frenchwoman's serve five times.

  • Thiem will face teenager Zverev in Nice Open final

    May 20, 2016

    NICE, France (AP) Top-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria eased past Adrian Mannarino of France 6-1, 6-3 to reach the Nice Open final on Friday.Thiem, ranked 15th, is chasing his third title of the year and sixth of his career. He will play German teen Alexander Zverev, who beat fifth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to reach his first career final.

  • Andy Murray heads into French Open in confident form on clay

    May 20, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Andy Murray heads into the French Open buoyed by his form on clay, especially after handing top-ranked Novak Djokovic a stinging defeat recently.Murray lost to Djokovic in last year's semifinals at Roland Garros, but not before he frustrated the Serb by battling back from two sets down to force a decider.

  • Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic advance to Geneva Open final

    May 20, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka will play Marin Cilic for the Geneva Open title after both advanced from the semifinals on Friday.French Open champion Wawrinka beat Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to reach his first final in his native Switzerland for 11 years.

  • Mariana Duque-Marino wins 2 matches, reaches Nuremberg final

    May 20, 2016

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Mariana Duque-Marino had to play two matches and won them both on Friday to reach the Nuremberg final.Duque-Marino will seek her second career title against Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens in Saturday's final.The Colombian played three sets for nearly three hours in the morning in outlasting Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-2 in a quarterfinal that was postponed on Thursday because of rain.

  • Security tightened at French Open in wake of attacks

    May 20, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Security will be tighter than ever at the French Open in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris last November.The French Tennis Federation (FFT) said there will be three mandatory check points for entry into Roland Garros, and spectators will be subjected to systematic body searches.

  • Williams still haunted by hard-fought 2015 French Open win

    May 20, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Serena Williams is still haunted by her struggles en route to winning last year's French Open title.After getting the flu early in the tournament, Williams was in major trouble during her three-set semifinal win over Timea Bacsinszky, wrapping herself in ice towels during changeovers, breathing heavily between points, the strain etched on her face.

  • Djokovic and Nadal could meet in French Open semifinals

    May 20, 2016

    PARIS (AP) In his quest to complete a career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic could have to beat nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the French Open semifinals.Djokovic, who will face 100th-ranked Lu Yen-hsun in the first round, was put in the same side of the draw as Nadal on Friday. The top-ranked Serb beat Nadal in the quarterfinals last year, the Spaniard's second loss of his career at Roland Garros.

  • Organizers: Monfils withdraws from French Open

    May 20, 2016

    PARIS (AP) French Open organizers say Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the clay-court Grand Slam tournament because of a viral infection.The 14th-ranked Monfils reached the Monte Carlo Masters final this season but a drop in form over recent weeks resulted in early exits in Madrid and Rome. He was also hampered by a hamstring injury last month.

  • Zverev saves 2 match points to reach Nice Open semis

    May 19, 2016

    NICE, France (AP) Alexander Zverev saved two match points to beat second-seeded Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (1) and book a spot in the semifinals of the Nice Open on Thursday.Zverev led 6-4 in the tiebreak of the second set, but Simon managed to stay in contention and had two chances to seal the match on the German's serve at 6-5 in the decider.

  • Federer out of French Open; 1st Slam he'll miss since 1999

    May 19, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Roger Federer pulled out of the French Open on Thursday, ending his record streak of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments - every one since the start of 2000.The 17-time major champion, who had a knee operation this year but returned to play at the Monte Carlo Masters in early April, has been dealing with a back problem that has limited his schedule in recent weeks.

  • Three French players into Strasbourg semifinals

    May 19, 2016

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Fourth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic will play in her first semifinal this season after downing Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-4, 6-2 at the Strasbourg International on Thursday.Mladenovic, who received a wild card, led two other Frenchwomen in the last four, Caroline Garcia and lucky loser Virginie Razzano.

  • 2 Germans advance to the semis in Nuremberg

    May 20, 2016

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Third-seeded Annika Beck topped seventh-seeded Anna-Lena Friedsam 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-2 in an all-German quarterfinal in Nuremberg on Thursday.That was the only match that was completed on a bizarre day interrupted by rain.Beck will next play Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens, who advanced when Bogota champion Irina Falconi of Italy quit with a right-ankle injury after losing the first set 6-1.

  • French Open organizers revoke Frenchman's wild card

    May 19, 2016

    PARIS (AP) French Open officials have revoked the wild card they granted to French player Constant Lestienne because of new information provided by the Tennis Integrity Unit.Tournament organizers said on Thursday that Lestienne, who received a wild card based on recent results, was under investigation because he infringed anti-corruption rules.

  • Roger Federer pulls out of French Open

    May 19, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Roger Federer pulled out of the French Open on Thursday, ending his record of appearing in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments dating back to 2000.The 17-time major champion, who had a knee operation this year but returned to play at the Monte Carlo Masters in early April, has been dealing with a back problem that has limited his schedule in recent weeks.

  • Russian tennis head backtracks on Sharapova retirement claim

    May 19, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The head of the Russian Tennis Federation backtracked on his earlier comments Thursday, saying he did not mean to suggest that Maria Sharapova's failed doping test could spell the end of her career.Russian news agency R-Sport had earlier quoted Shamil Tarpishchev as saying that Sharapova's situation is ''bad'' and that it is ''very doubtful'' that she will resume her career.

  • Head of Russian tennis says Sharapova could end career

    May 19, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The head of the Russian Tennis Federation says Maria Sharapova's failed doping test could spell the end of her career.Shamil Tarpishchev tells Russian news agency R-Sport that Sharapova's situation is ''bad'' and that it is ''very doubtful'' that she will resume her career.

  • Mladenovic overcomes late challenge from Riske in Strasbourg

    May 18, 2016

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Fourth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic held off strong resistance from Alison Riske to reach the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg International on Wednesday with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory.After trailing 5-1 in the decider, Riske saved four match points and leveled at 5-5. Mladenovic stayed calm in the tiebreaker and sealed the match with an ace after more than three hours.

  • Zverev beats Granollers to reach Nice quarterfinals

    May 18, 2016

    NICE, France (AP) Eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev fought for more than 2 1/2 hours to beat Marcel Granollers and reach the quarterfinals of the Nice Open on Wednesday.Zverev, who lost to Granollers in three sets at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier this season, converted five of his seven break points in a 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-2 win at the clay-court tournament, a traditional French Open warm-up.

  • FRENCH OPEN: Capsules on women to watch

    May 18, 2016

    Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:---SERENA WILLIAMSRanked: 1Age: 34Country: United States2015 Match Record: 18-32015 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 70Major Titles: 21 - French Open ('02, `13, `15), Wimbledon ('02, `03, `09, `10, `12, `15), U.S. Open ('99, `02, `08, `12, `13, `14), Australian Open ('03, `05, `07, `09, `10, `15)

  • FRENCH OPEN: Capsules on men to watch

    May 18, 2016

    Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:---NOVAK DJOKOVICRanked: 1Age: 28 (Turns 29 on Sunday)Country: Serbia2016 Match Record: 37-32016 Singles Titles: 5Career Singles Titles: 64Major Titles: 11 - Australian Open ('08, `11, `12, `13, `15, `16), Wimbledon ('11, `14, `15), U.S. Open ('11, `15)

  • FRENCH OPEN: Tournament at a glance

    May 18, 2016

    A glance at the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament:Site: Roland Garros in Paris.Surface: Red clay.Schedule: Main-draw play begins Sunday. The 15-day tournament closes with the women's singles final June 4, and the men's singles final June 5.

  • FRENCH OPEN: Djokovic eyes Nole Slam; Serena bids for No. 22

    May 18, 2016

    Once again, Novak Djokovic heads to the French Open knowing full well that a title at Roland Garros will complete a career Grand Slam, something only seven other men have done.He's already come quite close to adding the Coupe des Mousquetaires to his trophy collection, finishing as the runner-up in three of the past four years.

  • Top-seeded Vinci loses to Bertens in Nuremberg

    May 18, 2016

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Qualifier Kiki Bertens advanced to the quarterfinals of the clay-court tournament in Nuremberg by beating top-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-4, 7-6 (4) Wednesday.Vinci was last year's runner-up at the tournament, which serves as a warm-up for the French Open.

  • Top-seeded Wawrinka cruises to win in Geneva Open 2nd round

    May 17, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka cruised past Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-1, 6-1 in the Geneva Open second round on Tuesday.The French Open champion spent just 53 minutes on court against his 53rd-ranked opponent to warm up for his defense in Paris starting next week.

  • Stosur into Strasbourg quarterfinals

    May 17, 2016

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Third-seeded Samantha Stosur extended her perfect record against Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan to reach the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg International on Tuesday.The 2011 U.S. Open champion, who never dropped a set in her three previous matches against 83rd-ranked Hsieh, secured a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win and will be up against Caroline Garcia of France next.

  • Anderson advances to Nice quarterfinals in straight sets

    May 17, 2016

    NICE, France (AP) Third-seeded Kevin Anderson won for only the third time this year in reaching the Nice Open quarterfinals on Tuesday.Anderson, who received a wild card at the clay-court tournament, hit seven aces and broke Diego Schwartzman of Argentina twice to win 7-6 (4), 6-3.

  • Former No. 1 Wozniacki withdraws from French Open

    May 17, 2016

    PARIS (AP) The WTA says former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has pulled out of the French Open because of an injured right ankle.The 34th-ranked Wozniacki hasn't played since she lost her second match at the Miami Open in March.Her participation at Roland Garros was already in doubt after she withdrew from clay-court tournaments in Madrid and Rome because of the injury she suffered during practice.

  • Vinci, Lisicki advance to 2nd round in Nuremberg

    May 17, 2016

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Roberta Vinci advanced to the second round by beating Czech qualifier Barbora Krejcikova 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 Tuesday at the clay-court tournament in Nuremberg.Vinci will next face Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens.Fifth-seeded Sabine Lisicki had fewer problems against Lara Arruabarrena, winning 6-3, 6-4, while Julia Goerges defeated Cristina Dinu of Romania 6-1, 6-2.

  • No. 8 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland pulls out of French Open

    May 17, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Eighth-ranked Belinda Bencic of Switzerland has pulled out of the French Open after dealing with a back injury since March.Bencic's withdrawal was announced by the clay-court Grand Slam tournament on Tuesday.She will be replaced in the main draw by Lauren Davis of the United States.

  • Delbonis beats fit-again Tipsarevic in Geneva Open 1st round

    May 16, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) Sixth-seeded Federico Delbonis of Argentina beat Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 7-6 (6) on the Serbian's return from an eight-month injury absence at the Geneva Open on Monday.Tipsarevic, a former No. 8, is ranked 686th after not playing consistently injury-free since 2013.

  • Qualifier Donald Young beats Fabio Fognini at Nice Open

    May 16, 2016

    NICE, France (AP) Qualifier Donald Young rallied to reach the second round at the Nice Open, beating sixth-seeded Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Monday.Young served 10 aces, twice as many as Fognini.Fifth-seeded Joao Sousa needed three sets to overcome another qualifier, Quentin Halys, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. Halys had 12 aces, but also had nine double-faults.

  • Lepchenko, Friedsam advance to 2nd round in Nuremberg

    May 16, 2016

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Seventh-seeded Anna-Lena Friedsam advanced to the second round of the clay-court tournament in Nuremberg, beating Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-4 Monday.The event is warm-up tournament for the French Open, which starts Sunday in Paris.

  • Top-seeded Errani eliminated at Strasbourg International

    May 16, 2016

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Top-seeded Sara Errani lost in the first round of the clay-court Strasbourg International on Monday, falling to Monica Puig 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.It was the third straight tournament that Errani lost in the opening round. The Strasbourg tournament is a warm-up for the French Open, which starts Sunday.

  • Tomas Berdych fires coach Dani Vallverdu

    May 16, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Tomas Berdych says he has fired his coach Dani Vallverdu after a 17-month partnership.Berdych's announcement comes days after a 6-0, 6-0 loss to David Goffin in the third round of the Italian Open.In Monday's statement, the eighth-ranked Berdych says the move is a reaction to his unimpressive recent form. He is 19-10 in 2016.

  • Ninth-seeded Alize Cornet upset at Strasbourg WTA event

    May 15, 2016

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva rallied to upset ninth-seeded Alize Cornet 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the WTA tournament in Strasbourg on Sunday.Fourth-seeded Kristina Mladenovic needed three sets to outlast Madison Brengle of the United States 6-4, 2-6, 7-5.

  • Estrella Burgos, Mannarino advance at Nice ATP event

    May 15, 2016

    NICE, France (AP) Victor Estrella Burgos used a steadier serve to beat Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round of the ATP tournament in Nice on Sunday.Estrella Burgos won 72 percent of his first-serve points, while Kudla managed only 58 percent.In the other match Sunday, Adrian Mannarino came from behind to beat Robin Haase 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.

  • Tsurenko beats Antonitsch in Nuremberg

    May 15, 2016

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Fourth-seeded Lesia Tsurenko beat wild card Mira Antonitsch 7-5, 6-1 in the opening round of the WTA tournament in Nuremberg on Sunday.Irina Falconi eased past another wild card, Katharina Gerlach, 6-0, 6-3.Nicole Gibbs defeated Kristyna Pliskova 6-4, 6-3 to also advance to the second round.

  • Italian tennis federation wants to host under-21 tournament

    May 15, 2016

    ROME (AP) The Italian tennis federation wants to host a year-end tournament in Milan or Turin starting next year for the world's top under-21 male players.The tournament would award 1.5 million euros (.7 million) in prize money, federation president Angelo Binaghi announced Sunday before the Italian Open finals.

  • Serena Williams ends 9-month title drought at Italian Open

    May 15, 2016

    ROME (AP) Serena Williams ended a nine-month title drought with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Madison Keys in an all-American Italian Open final Sunday.Williams' previous title came in Cincinnati in August - a month before her attempt at a calendar-year Grand Slam ended with a semifinal loss to Roberta Vinci at the U.S. Open.

  • An all-American final in Rome: Serena Williams vs. Keys

    May 14, 2016

    ROME (AP) It's going to be a rare all-American affair in the Italian Open final.Top-ranked Serena Williams will meet 21-year-old Madison Keys on Sunday to mark the first time two American women have met in a final on clay since Serena beat older sister Venus in the 2002 French Open.

  • In Rome, Murray advances to 2nd straight clay-court final

    May 14, 2016

    ROME (AP) Andy Murray beat French qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-2, 6-1 at the Italian Open on Saturday to advance to his second clay-court final in two weeks.Murray maintained his focus through two rain delays at the Foro Italico and will face either top-ranked Novak Djokovic or sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori for the title on Sunday.

  • Lucky loser Pouille reaches Italian Open semifinals

    May 13, 2016

    ROME (AP) French qualifier Lucas Pouille reached the Italian Open semifinals on Friday when Argentine opponent Juan Monaco withdrew because of injury.Organizers said Monaco, who upset fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka in three sets Thursday, had a problem with his left side.

  • Del Potro skips French Open to focus on grass-court season

    May 12, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Juan Martin del Potro will skip the French Open to focus on the grass-court season.The former U.S. Open champion, who dropped to No. 229 in the ATP rankings while recovering from his third wrist operation, said on Twitter he will not play on the Parisian clay this month.

  • Woof: Serena Williams eats dog food, instantly regrets it

    May 12, 2016

    ROME (AP) The gourmet food Serena Williams ordered off the hotel room-service menu for dogs looked good enough for her to eat. So the top-ranked tennis player sampled it, and later got sick.Williams posted a video Wednesday on Snapchat showing the salmon and rice dish she ordered for her Yorkshire Terrier at their hotel during the Italian Open.

  • Federer not the least bit concerned after loss in Rome

    May 12, 2016

    ROME (AP) Roger Federer was not the least bit concerned after getting beat 7-6 (2), 6-4 by 15th-ranked Dominic Thiem in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday.After withdrawing from last week's Madrid Open with lower back pain, Federer was just glad that he was able to play two matches on the clay in Rome.

  • Federer loses to Thiem in 3rd round of Italian Open

    May 12, 2016

    ROME (AP) Roger Federer was eliminated from the Italian Open on Thursday, losing to 15th-ranked Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the third round.Federer withdrew from last week's Madrid Open with lower back pain and has only 10 days before the French Open begins.

  • Federer beats rising German player Zverev at Italian Open

    May 11, 2016

    ROME (AP) Roger Federer put his full array of shots on display in a 6-3, 7-5 win over German player Alexander Zverev in the second round of the Italian Open on Wednesday.After withdrawing from last week's Madrid Open with lower back pain, Federer looked sharp from the start against the 44th-ranked Zverev, using his backhand slice drop shot especially well.

  • Bouchard beats Jankovic in 1st round of Italian Open

    May 10, 2016

    ROME (AP) Eugenie Bouchard piled more misery on Jelena Jankovic by winning the first-round matchup of former top-10 players 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the Italian Open on Tuesday.Jankovic won this clay-court tournament in 2007 and 2008, but has gone three months without reaching a quarterfinal.

  • Murray hopes Mauresmo split not seen as failure for women

    May 10, 2016

    ROME (AP) Andy Murray hopes his split with Amelie Mauresmo isn't seen as a failure for women coaching top players.The British star improved as a clay-court player under Mauresmo but failed to add to his collection of Grand Slam titles.''It did work. For two years the results that we had were good,'' Murray said at the Italian Open on Tuesday, a day after the breakup was announced. ''Maybe unless I win a Grand Slam, then maybe ultimately that's how people may judge whether it worked or not, but when she first came into the team, I was really struggling.''

  • Venus Williams wins singles, loses doubles with Serena

    May 9, 2016

    ROME (AP) Singles was the easy part for Venus Williams on Monday. The difficult part came with younger sister Serena in doubles.After Venus comfortably beat CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open, the Williams sisters lost to Andreja Klepac and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-1, 7-5.

  • Andy Murray splits from coach Amelie Mauresmo

    May 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray split with coach Amelie Mauresmo on Monday, ending a groundbreaking two-year relationship during which the British star improved as a clay-court player but failed to add to his collection of Grand Slam titles.A statement released by Murray's management company didn't disclose the reason behind the decision, although Mauresmo said ''dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for me.''

  • Djokovic beats Murray to win record 29th Masters title

    May 8, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the Madrid Open final on Sunday to win a record 29th career Masters title.Djokovic saved seven break points in the final game and converted on his third match point to secure the win over the defending champion, moving one victory ahead of Rafael Nadal in Masters tournament victories.

  • Before Ranieri, Roberta Vinci was Italy's upset queen

    May 8, 2016

    ROME (AP) Before Claudio Ranieri coached Leicester to the top of English football, Roberta Vinci was Italy's upset queen.Seven months after ending Serena Williams' bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam in the semifinals of the U.S. Open, Vinci will be the local favorite at the Italian Open this week.

  • Tomic retires after less than 10 minutes due to sickness

    May 8, 2016

    ROME (AP) Bernard Tomic retired from his first-round match at the Italian Open against Benoit Paire after less than 10 minutes Sunday due to sickness.Paire was ahead 2-1 in the first set when Tomic ended it.The retirement comes less than a week after the young Australian was widely criticized for giving up on match point in a loss at the Madrid Open. Facing Fabio Fognini, Tomic turned his racket around with the handle facing forward when facing three match points and only watched as the ball bounced for an ace.

  • 'Just dance': Serena recounts taking part in Beyonce video

    May 8, 2016

    ROME (AP) Beyonce told Serena Williams to dance and the tennis champion let loose.Top-ranked Williams recounted Sunday how she came to have a part in the singer's video, ''Lemonade.''Williams says, ''I have known the director since I was like nine years old. I know Beyonce pretty well, so they were like, `We would love for you to be in this particular song. It's about strength and it's about courage and that's what we see you as.'''

  • Townsend of Atlanta earns French Open wild card from USTA

    May 7, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Taylor Townsend of Atlanta has clinched a French Open main-draw wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association.Townsend compiled the top results in a series of USTA Pro Circuit clay-court tournaments, including reaching the final of an event at Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, on Saturday.

  • Nadal says he's on right path despite Madrid loss to Murray

    May 7, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal is not overly disappointed at losing to Andy Murray for the second straight year at his home tournament.Following the 7-5, 6-4 defeat to Murray in the Madrid Open semifinals on Saturday, Nadal said he was on the right path heading into the French Open, which starts in nine days.

  • Murray beats Nadal, reaches Madrid Open final again

    May 7, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Continuing to impress on clay ahead of the French Open, Andy Murray defeated Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday to reach his second straight Madrid Open final.Murray fought off a strong challenge from Nadal, serving eight aces and saving 11 break points to win a rematch of last year's final at the Masters tournament.

  • Murray and Nadal to meet in Madrid Open semifinals

    May 6, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal will meet again in the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Saturday, a rematch of last year's final won by the British player.The second-ranked Murray defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2 on Friday to make the last four for the second consecutive Masters tournament on clay, while Nadal had to fight hard to get past Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

  • Djokovic criticizes Tomic for giving up on match point

    May 6, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Novak Djokovic has criticized Bernard Tomic for giving up on match point in a loss at the Madrid Open this week, saying the young Australian player is lacking commitment to the sport.Tomic turned his racket around when facing three match points against Fabio Fognini in a first-round match on Tuesday. With the handle facing forward, he only watched as the ball bounced for an ace.

  • Murray beats Berdych to reach Madrid Open semifinals

    May 6, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Playing on clay and under a closed roof, Andy Murray did just fine.The second-ranked Murray advanced to the semifinals at the Madrid Open on Friday, beating Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2 to reach the last four for the second consecutive Masters tournament on clay.

  • USTA picks Beaverton, Oregon, to host Davis Cup QF in July

    May 5, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Tennis Association has chosen the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Oregon, to host the Americans' Davis Cup quarterfinal against Croatia on July 15-17.The USTA announced the site on Thursday and says it will construct a 6,000-seat stadium around the center's current main court.

  • Murray beats Simon to reach Madrid Open quarterfinals

    May 5, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Andy Murray put on another impressive performance on clay Thursday, defeating Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Madid Open.The second-seeded Murray broke Simon's serve in the final game of the first set and twice in the second to stay on track to defend his title.

  • Arizona State adds men's tennis program

    May 4, 2016

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State is adding men's tennis, eight years after it dropped the sport.Led by a million donation from athletic director Ray Anderson and wife Buffie, the school said Wednesday that it has raised million of the million needed to sustain the program.

  • Novak Djokovic won't stay in Village for Rio Olympics

    May 4, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Novak Djokovic says he wants to win gold at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and will not be staying at the athletes' village during the games.Djokovic lost to subsequent champion Andy Murray in the semifinals of the London Olympics in 2012, after winning the bronze for Serbia in Beijing in 2008.

  • Djokovic beats Coric, advances to Madrid Open 3rd round

    May 4, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Top-ranked Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the Madrid Open by beating Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday.Djokovic had not played in Madrid since 2013 and said that although he didn't serve well against the 19-year-old Croatian - the youngest competitor in the tournament - he was satisfied with his game.

  • Victoria Azarenka retires from Madrid Open with back injury

    May 4, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka has pulled out of the Madrid Open because of a back injury.The 26-year-old Azarenka says she ''tweaked'' her back during her opening match against Laura Robson and that the pain persisted during her second-round win over Alize Cornet.

  • Andy Murray won't stay at Olympic Village at Rio Games

    May 3, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Defending champion Andy Murray says he won't be living in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, preferring to stay at an apartment with the British tennis team.Murray stayed in the athletes' village in Beijing in 2008, but not in London in 2012, when he won the Olympic gold medal in the singles tournament.

  • Documents seized after searches at French Tennis Federation

    May 3, 2016

    PARIS (AP) French prosecutors have seized documents after carrying out a series of searches at the national tennis federation and the home of its president Jean Gachassin on Tuesday.France's financial prosecutors' office said in a statement that the searches related to possible ''misappropriation of property and influence trafficking'' relating to the existence of ''an illicit system of reselling tickets for the French Open tournament'' and the ''awarding of the contract for the renovation and enlargement of Roland Garros.''

  • Nadal beats Kuznetsov to reach 3rd round at Madrid Masters

    May 3, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal defeated Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday to win his 11th consecutive match this year and advance to the third round of the Madrid Masters.Nadal broke Kuznetsov's serve once in the first set and twice in the second to secure the win in his opening match at the clay-court tournament that he has won twice in the last three seasons.

  • Azarenka beats Cornet to advance to 3rd round in Madrid

    May 2, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka continued her fine form, beating Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-2 to win her 16th straight match and advance to the third round of the Madrid Masters on Monday.Azarenka, seeking her third consecutive title, broke Cornet's serve five times to secure the victory. The fifth-ranked Belarusian saved seven of the eight break points she conceded to the Frenchwoman.

  • Murray with high expectations after breakthrough Madrid win

    May 2, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Andy Murray returns to the Madrid Masters with different expectations after his breakthrough win at the tournament a year ago.Murray won in Madrid last season for his first ever Masters title on clay, a surface he struggled on for most of his career. He has turned things around since then, and is again a favorite this week when he has a chance to boost his confidence even further heading into Roland Garros in three weeks.

  • Federer withdraws from Madrid Masters because of back injury

    May 2, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Roger Federer's injury woes continue.In the latest setback to an already complicated season, Federer was forced to withdraw from the Madrid Masters on Monday because of a back injury.The third-ranked Federer said that he was hurt in practice during the weekend and didn't want to take any chances aggravating the injury.

  • Radwanska, Kerber have 1st-round exits in Madrid

    May 1, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and second-seeded Angelique Kerber were upset in the opening round of the Madrid Masters on Sunday.Radwanska, who replaced Serena Williams as the highest-seeded player after the No. 1-ranked American fell ill on Friday, was beaten 4-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6 by Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

  • Almagro rallies to beat Carreno Busta for Estoril Open title

    May 1, 2016

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Nicolas Almagro recovered from a set down to beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3 and win the Estoril Open on Sunday.Almagro claimed his 13th career title - all on clay - and his first since Nice in 2012.

  • Diego Schwartzman of Argentina rallies to win Istanbul Open

    May 1, 2016

    ISTANBUL (AP) Unseeded Diego Schwartzman staged a stunning comeback Sunday to upset second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-0 and claim his maiden ATP Tour title at the Istanbul Open.Playing his first final, the Argentine was trailing 5-2 in the second set before winning four straight games. Schwartzman failed to serve the set out but prevailed in the tiebreaker, before dominating the third set with three breaks and completing the victory in 2 hours, 47 minutes.

  • Kohlschreiber defeats Thiem in 3 sets for 3rd BMW Open title

    May 1, 2016

    MUNICH (AP) Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Dominic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (4) to win his third BMW Open title on Sunday.Kohlschreiber, whose previous victories at his home tournament came in 2007 and 2012, converted his third match point to beat the third-seeded Thiem in 2 hours, 32 minutes.

  • 2nd-seeded Kerber loses in 1st round of Madrid Open

    May 1, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Second-seeded Angelique Kerber lost 6-4, 6-2 to Barbora Strycova in the first round of the Madrid Open on Sunday.Heading into their clay-court opener, this year's Australian Open champion hadn't dropped a single set to Strycova in four prior meetings.

  • Nadal looks to keep momentum at Madrid Masters

    May 1, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal arrives at the Madrid Masters with a chance to erase any doubts about his form going into the French Open.The Spaniard is coming off two straight titles. Another win at his home Masters, which will feature all top-10 players, would re-establish him as a leading contender heading into Roland Garros, which starts 16 May.

  • Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky wins in Morocco

    April 30, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky comfortably beat qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-2, 6-1 to win the Grand Prix SAR on Saturday.It was a fourth career title for Bacsinszky and a first on clay for last year's French Open semifinalist.

  • Errani loses to Giorgi in 1st round at Madrid Masters

    April 30, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Sara Errani lost in the first round for the third time this season, losing 7-5, 7-5 to Camila Giorgi at the Madrid Masters on Saturday.The 15th-seeded Errani was broken seven times in the all-Italian match. She had already been defeated in the first round at the Australian Open and in Brisbane, but was coming off a semifinal appearance in Charleston.

  • Dimitrov, Schwartzman to play Istanbul Open final

    April 30, 2016

    ISTANBUL (AP) Second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria faces unseeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the final of the Istanbul Open with the two players meeting for the first time.Dimitrov reached his eighth ATP Tour final by defeating third-seeded Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (0), 7-6 (2). Big-serving Karlovic served nine aces and never faced a break point but Dimitrov hit 10 aces and dominated both tiebreakers to get a chance of claiming his fifth title.

  • Almagro faces Carreno Busta in Estoril Open final

    April 30, 2016

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Clay-court specialist Nicolas Almagro defeated second-seeded Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5 at the Estoril Open on Saturday to reach his second final of the season.Almagro will face fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, who upset third-seeded Benoit Paire of France 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal at the clay-court tournament.

  • Dominic Thiem beats Alexander Zverev to reach BMW Open final

    April 30, 2016

    MUNICH (AP) Dominic Thiem of Austria surpassed Novak Djokovic for most wins on tour this year as he reached the BMW Open final by defeating Alexander Zverev of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday.Thiem's 29th ATP singles win gives him a chance on Sunday to add to titles he won in February in Buenos Aires and Acapulco.

  • Lucie Safarova wins Prague Open for 7th career WTA title

    April 30, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic came from a set down to win the Prague Open, overcoming Sam Stosur of Australia 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the final on Saturday.Safarova broke Stosur for 4-3 in the final set and served out with her 14th ace to claim her seventh WTA title, and first in 14 months. She improved her record against Stosur to 11-3.

  • 2nd-seeded Dimitrov, Karlovic in semis of Istanbul Open

    April 29, 2016

    ISTANBUL (AP) Second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov rebounded from a slow start on Friday to defeat sixth-seeded Jiri Vesely 7-6 (1), 6-1 and advance to the semifinals of the Istanbul Open.Dimitrov trailed 5-2 in the first set before recovering, saving a set point at 4-5 on the way. He faces third-seeded Ivo Karlovic, who fired 20 aces to overcome fifth seed Marcel Granollers 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-4.

  • Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky reaches Grand Prix SAR final

    April 29, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland beat fifth-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4, 7-5 on Friday to reach the Grand Prix SAR final, where she will face qualifier Marina Erakovic of New Zealand.Bacsinszky, ranked 15th, broke Babos' serve six times in their first meeting since 2010 and now goes for her fourth career title.

  • Carreno Busta beats top-seeded Simon to reach Estoril semis

    April 29, 2016

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain ousted top-seeded Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4 in the Estoril Open quarterfinals on Friday.Carreno Busta struck five aces and saved the only two break chances he offered to Simon.The eighth-seeded Carreno Busta will face another French player in the semifinals after third-seeded Benoit Paire beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (2), 6-2.

  • Belarus tennis player escapes punishment over meldonium

    April 29, 2016

    LONDON (AP) A player from Belarus has escaped punishment after testing positive for meldonium, the same substance found in Maria Sharapova's sample at the Australian Open, the International Tennis Federation says.Doubles specialist Sergei Betov will not face a ban because the concentration in his sample taken at the same Australian Open on Jan. 21 was less than one microgram per milliliter, the level set by the World Anti-Doping Agency for more lenient treatment.

  • Agassi to face Bruguera in Atlanta Open exhibition

    April 29, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Andre Agassi will face Sergi Bruguera in an exhibition as part of the Atlanta Open on July 31, providing a rematch of the 1996 Olympics gold medal final in Atlanta.The exhibition will be played as Atlanta marks the 20-year anniversary of the Olympics.

  • Zverev upsets Goffin for BMW Open semifinal against Thiem

    April 29, 2016

    MUNICH (AP) Alexander Zverev of Germany upset the top-seeded David Goffin 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 on Friday to reach the BMW Open semifinals.The eighth-seeded Zverev fired 10 aces and converted 12 of his 18 break opportunities to prevail over the 13th-ranked Belgian in 2 hours, 22 minutes.

  • Safarova, Stosur to play Prague Open final

    April 29, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Second-seeded Lucie Safarova and fourth-seeded Sam Stosur advanced to the Prague Open final on Friday.In an all-Czech semifinal of two former top-10 players, Safarova defeated defending champion Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 7-6 (4).Safarova trailed 4-1 in the second set. Pliskova saved two break points at 5-5, the first one with one of her nine aces, but Safarova converted her first match point with a forehand winner to beat Pliskova for the second time after three losses.

  • Serena Williams to miss Madrid Open because of illness

    April 29, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Serena Williams will miss the Madrid Open because of illness.The tournament says Williams won't be able to play at the tournament that starts this weekend because of a fever that has left her feeling ''less than 100 percent.''Williams won the Madrid Open in 2012 and 2013.

  • Top-seeded Bernard Tomic knocked out of Istanbul Open

    April 28, 2016

    ISTANBUL (AP) Top-seeded Bernard Tomic was knocked out of the Istanbul Open, losing to unseeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday.As the top seed, Tomic also lost his opening match a week ago at the Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest.

  • Top-seeded Bacsinszky reaches semifinals at Grand Prix SAR

    April 28, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland advanced to the semifinals of the Grand Prix SAR, saving all four break-points she faced against Johanna Larsson of Sweden in a 6-4, 6-1 win on Thursday.Bacsinszky, ranked 15th, broke Larsson's serve three times, and next faces either fifth-seeded Timea Babos of Hungary or Pauline Parmentier of France, who played their quarterfinal late.

  • Busta, Almagro reach Estoril Open quarterfinals

    April 28, 2016

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Eighth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain reached his fourth clay-court quarterfinal of the year when he defeated Taro Daniel of Japan 6-4, 7-5 in the Estoril Open on Thursday.Busta broke Daniel five times. He was runner-up in Sao Paulo this year, and is still chasing his first ATP title.

  • Safarova, defending champ Pliskova in semis of Prague Open

    April 28, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Second-seeded Lucie Safarova extended her resurgence into the semifinals of the Prague Open by fighting past unseeded Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan 7-6 (3), 7-5 on Thursday.Safarova didn't win a singles match this season before claiming three in a row in Prague.

  • Top-seeded Goffin needs 3 sets to reach BMW Open quarters

    April 28, 2016

    MUNICH (AP) Top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium advanced to the quarterfinals of the BMW Open Thursday by beating Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.Goffin, who had a bye into the second round, next plays eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, who beat Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4.

  • Bill Tilden: A US tennis hero, but with a morals clause

    April 28, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) In the 1920s and 1930s, Bill Tilden was to tennis what Babe Ruth was to baseball. Honoring him with a historical marker should be an ace - if not for questions about his conduct with teenage boys.Tilden's athletic accomplishments are hard to overstate. He became the first American to win Wimbledon in 1920, won seven U.S. championships, triumphed at Wimbledon twice more and maintained his prowess on the court for decades. The Associated Press voted him the greatest player of the first half of the century in 1950, and he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1959.

  • Doubles specialists face unusual pressure, atmosphere in Olympic tennis

    April 27, 2016

    Bob and Mike Bryan are the most decorated doubles team in professional tennis history, combining for 16 Grand Slam titles and over 100 overall in their career. They have been a part of a Davis Cup championship team representing the United States and are closing in on winning 1,000 matches on the ATP Tour.

  • 2nd-seeded Dimitrov makes quarterfinals at Istanbul Open

    April 27, 2016

    ISTANBUL (AP) Second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov had to overcome some tough resistance from qualifier Adrian Ungur before coming through 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 for a place in the quarterfinals of the Istanbul Open on Wednesday.Dimitrov, who reached the semifinals in Istanbul last year, next faces sixth-seed Jiri Vesely, who rallied to beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2.

  • Bacsinszky survives scare to reach Grand Prix SAR quarters

    April 27, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland overcame five breaks of serve to beat Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 and reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR on Wednesday.Bacsinszky, who is ranked 15th, next plays Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who beat Teliana Pereira of Brazil 6-4, 6-4.

  • Garcia-Lopez, Borna Coric in quarterfinals of Estoril Open

    April 27, 2016

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Fifth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain beat Stephane Robert of France 6-3, 7-6 (3) to advance to the quarterfinals of the clay court Estoril Open on Wednesday.The 47th-ranked Spaniard will next face the winner of a late match between France's Benoit Paire and Kyle Edmund of Britain.

  • 2nd-seeded Safarova reaches quarterfinals at Prague Open

    April 27, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Second-seeded Lucie Safarova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Prague Open on Wednesday after Lucie Hradecka retired with an injury while trailing 6-4, 2-0.Safarova will next face Hsieh Su-Wei, who defeated Ana Konjuh 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.Defending champion Karolina Pliskova also advanced, beating Czech wild-card entry Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-4.

  • Monfils pulls out of BMW Open with groin injury

    April 27, 2016

    MUNICH (AP) Second-seeded Gael Monfils pulled out of the BMW Open with a groin injury sustained in practice on Wednesday.Monfils said cold weather may have been behind the injury or ''because I've played a lot recently.''It was the third consecutive year that Monfils had to withdraw from the clay-court event because of injury. He had a bye into the second round.

  • Pittsburgh's Fratangelo earns USTA wild card for French Open

    April 26, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Tennis Association says that 2011 French Open junior champion Bjorn Fratangelo of Pittsburgh has earned a wild-card entry for the main draw at Roland Garros.The 22-year-old Fratangelo clinched a spot in the French Open, which begins May 22, by accumulating the most points based on results at USTA Pro Circuit clay-court tournaments.

  • Granollers, Vesely advance to 2nd round of Istanbul Open

    April 26, 2016

    ISTANBUL (AP) Fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers had to fight hard in the second set to advance to the second round of the Istanbul Open on Tuesday, beating the 413rd-ranked wild card Cem Ilkel 6-1, 7-6 (9).Sixth-seeded Jiri Vesely defeated Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 7-5 in the first round, while seventh-seeded Teymuraz Gabashvili was upset 6-4, 6-2 by Damir Dzumhur.

  • Garcia-Lopez advances to 2nd round in Estoril Open

    April 26, 2016

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Fifth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez survived a late collapse to defeat Michael Berrer of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday and advance to the second round of the Estoril Open.Garcia-Lopez served for the match at 5-1 in the second set but allowed Berrer to come back and force the tiebreaker. Garcia-Lopez also squandered a match point at 5-4 before recovering to win the match at the clay-court tournament.

  • Bad weather wipes out most of play at BMW Open

    April 26, 2016

    MUNICH (AP) Heavy rain and snow wiped out most of Tuesday's play at the BMW Open, with Florian Mayer beating Matthias Bachinger 6-4, 6-4 in the only full-length match.The two German qualifiers played in long sleeves and two layers of clothing as they battled strong winds before snow and rain interrupted play for four hours. Play resumed briefly in the afternoon before organizers finally called it a day.

  • Top-seeded Bacsinszky eases into Grand Prix SAR second round

    April 26, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) Top-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland beat Anna Blinkova of Russia 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Grand Prix SAR on Tuesday.The 15th-ranked Bacsinszky, who broke Blinkova's serve six times, next plays Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine.

  • Safarova, Pliskova advance at Prague Open

    April 26, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Second-seeded Lucie Safarova rallied to advance to the second round of the Prague Open on Tuesday, beating Mariana Duque-Marino 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.For the Czech, last year's finalist at the French Open, it was her first singles victory of the season.

  • Rafael Nadal wants his drug-test results made public

    April 26, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Fed up with being accused of doping, Rafael Nadal has written to the president of the International Tennis Federation and asked for all of his drug-test results and blood profile records to be made public.''It can't be free anymore in our tennis world to speak and to accuse without evidence,'' the 14-time Grand Slam champion said in a letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

  • Wimbledon prize money increased by 5 percent for 2016

    April 26, 2016

    LONDON (AP) This year's men's and women's singles champions at Wimbledon will each receive nearly million, as the Grand Slam tournament increases overall prize money by 5 percent.The All England Club also announced Tuesday that it is increasing spending to fight match-fixing and doping, although it provided no figures.

  • Coric, Mayer, Almagro advance to 2nd round at Estoril Open

    April 25, 2016

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Sixth-seeded Borna Coric defeated Italian qualifier Andrea Arnaboldi of Italy 6-4, 6-1 on Monday to reach the second round of the Estoril Open.Coric broke Arnaboldi's serve four times to win his opening match at the clay-court tournament. The 40th-ranked Croat will face either Benjamin Becker of Germany or Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil, who play on Tuesday.

  • Makarova, Bertens advance to 2nd round at Grand Prix SAR

    April 25, 2016

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) Second-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia beat Alexandra Dulgheru 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Grand Prix SAR on Monday, while third-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia was routed 6-0, 6-1 by former champion Kiki Bertens.

  • Nadal sues former French minister who accused him of doping

    April 25, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal filed suit Monday against a former French minister who accused him of doping, saying he needs to defend his integrity and image as an athlete.The Spanish tennis star said his lawyers lodged the defamation suit in Paris against Roselyne Bachelot because of her ''offensive remarks'' on French television last month.

  • Nadal suing former French minister who accused him of doping

    April 25, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal is suing a former French minister who accused him of doping, saying he needs to defend his integrity and image as an athlete.The player says he filed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against Roselyne Bachelot, France's former minister for health and sport.

  • Dodig beats Gulbis as bad weather disrupts BMW Open

    April 25, 2016

    MUNICH (AP) Ivan Dodig advanced to the second round of the BMW Open by beating Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (3), 6-2 Monday as bad weather, including light snowfall, disrupted the opening day.Play at the outdoor clay-court tournament was briefly interrupted several times as unseasonably cold weather hit the Bavarian capital.

  • 6th-seeded Ostapenko eliminated from Prague Open

    April 25, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Sixth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko was eliminated from the Prague Open on Monday, losing to Ana Konjuh 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.Konjuh will next face Hsieh Su-Wei, who defeated Kristyna Pliskova 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.Also, Madison Brengle beat Naomi Broady 6-2, 6-0, Jana Cepelova defeated Margarita Gasparyan 7-6 (7), 7-5, and Katerina Siniakova beat Alize Cornet 7-6 (5), 6-3.

  • Fernando Verdasco wins Nastase Tiriac Trophy

    April 25, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Fernando Verdasco won his seventh ATP title by beating Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-2 Monday in the Nastase Tiriac Trophy final.It was the Spaniard's first title since 2014, while Pouille was playing in his first final.After taking the first set, Verdasco broke Pouille in the opening game of the second set and again to lead 4-1.

  • Nadal wins Barcelona Open, equals clay-court record

    April 24, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rafael Nadal beat defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 to win the Barcelona Open for the ninth time on Sunday, equaling Guillermo Vilas' record of 49 career clay-court titles.Nadal added this title to his trophy from Monte Carlo last week as the 14-time Grand Slam winner regains form on his favorite surface ahead of next month's French Open.

  • Rain postpones Nastase Tiriac Trophy final till Monday

    April 24, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) The Nastase Tiriac Trophy final between unseeded Lucas Pouille and Fernando Verdasco scheduled for Sunday has been postponed because of rain.The final will now be played on Monday, with Pouille appearing in his first career ATP World Tour final and Verdasco seeking his seventh title.

  • Kerber beats Siegemund to defend Porsche Grand Prix title

    April 24, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Angelique Kerber defended her Porsche Grand Prix title with a comprehensive 6-4, 6-0 win over qualifier Laura Siegemund in Sunday's all-German final.Siegemund made a great start and went 3-0 up in nine minutes, but Kerber recovered and converted three of her five break opportunities to take the first set in 39 minutes at the indoor clay-court tournament.

  • Pouille, Verdasco advance to Nastase Tiriac Trophy final

    April 23, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Unseeded Lucas Pouille and former top-10 player Fernando Verdasco will meet in Sunday's final of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy.After eliminating second-seeded Ivo Karlovic in the second round, Pouille knocked out third-seeded Federico Delbonis 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the semifinals on Saturday to reach his first career ATP World Tour final.

  • Defending champion Kerber reaches Porsche Grand Prix final

    April 23, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Defending champion Angelique Kerber reached her second successive Porsche Grand Prix final with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 defeat of Petra Kvitova.Kerber, the No. 2 seed, saved 10 of the 13 break points she faced Saturday and converted five of her 10 opportunities to beat the fifth-seeded Czech in 2 hours and 4 minutes on her first match point.

  • Nishikori tops Paire to reach final at Barcelona Open

    April 23, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori beat Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to return to the final of the Barcelona Open.Nishikori dominated Paire on the outdoor clay court, finishing the match with a total of five of nine break chances converted.

  • Nishikori tops Paire to reach final at Barcelona

    April 23, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori beat Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2 to return to the final of the Barcelona Open.The second-seeded Japanese will face either eight-time winner Rafael Nadal or Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday.Nishikori got an early break to take a 3-2 lead before Paire ceded the first set Saturday with consecutive double faults.

  • Tennis Integrity Unit says 48 betting alerts in 1st quarter

    April 22, 2016

    LONDON (AP) World tennis' anti-corruption unit says it received alerts of unusual or suspicious betting on 48 matches between January and March, including one at the Australian Open.The Tennis Integrity Union says one alert involved a WTA Tour match, but other matches were from lower-ranking tournaments.

  • Kerber faces Kvitova in semifinals in Stuttgart

    April 22, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Defending champion Angelique Kerber will face Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals.The second-seeded Kerber easily overcame seventh-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-2, 6-4 in Friday's quarterfinals, needing just 29 minutes to win the first set and 72 minutes overall.

  • Nishikori tops Dolgopolov to advance to Barcelona semifinals

    April 22, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori overcame a lackluster start to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-5, 6-0 and advance to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open on Friday.Nishikori saved four set points before holding on to claim the first set.

  • Delbonis, Garcia-Lopez semifinals at Nastase Tiriac Trophy

    April 22, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Third-seeded Federico Delbonis advanced to the semifinals of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Friday by beating Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-2.The Argentine is seeking his second ATP title this month after winning another clay-court tournament, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Morocco.

  • Murray to remain outspoken against doping

    April 22, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray plans to remain outspoken against doping, despite facing a backlash for some of his recent comments on performance-enhancing drugs in tennis.The No. 2-ranked player was branded ''out of order'' by Novak Djokovic's coach, Boris Becker, for saying in a newspaper interview that he wonders whether some players are doping.

  • Halep upset by qualifier Siegemund at Porsche Grand Prix

    April 21, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) German qualifier Laura Siegemund upset fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix on Thursday.Siegemund is set to improve on her career-high No. 71 ranking at the indoor clay-court tournament. She equaled her previous best result of making the quarterfinals at the clay event in Charleston this month.

  • Nadal beats Montanes to reach Barcelona Open quarterfinals

    April 21, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open by beating Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2 Thursday.The Spanish players exchanged early breaks in the first set but the top-seeded Nadal soon took control to secure victory at the clay-court tournament.

  • Ivo Karlovic eliminated from Nastase Tiriac Trophy

    April 21, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic was eliminated from the Nastase Tiriac Trophy in the second round on Thursday, losing to unseeded Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-4.The big-serving Karlovic had 10 aces but converted only one of his four break points. He was broken three times.

  • Iranian player suspended after chasing official off court

    April 21, 2016

    LONDON (AP) An Iranian tennis player has been provisionally suspended after chasing a tournament official off the court at a low-tier event in Turkey.The International Tennis Federation says Majid Abedini faces an investigation for a possible ''major offense of aggravated behavior.''

  • Pliskova upsets Safarova at Porsche Grand Prix

    April 20, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Karolina Pliskova fired 16 aces to upset eighth-seeded Czech compatriot Lucie Safarova 7-6 (4) 4-6, 7-5 at the WTA Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.Safarova had 12 aces but also produced nine double-faults in the first-round match.

  • Rain forces postponement of matches at Nastase Tiriac Trophy

    April 20, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Play at the Nastase Tiriac Trophy has been postponed because of rain.All four matches scheduled for Wednesday, including the match between second-seeded Ivo Karlovic and Lucas Pouille, will now take place on Thursday.

  • Nishikori beats Bakker in 2nd round of Barcelona Open

    April 20, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round at the Barcelona Open by beating Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 6-2 Wednesday.The second-seeded Nishikori broke the Dutchman's serve three times in his opening match at the clay-court tournament.

  • Serbia to host Britain on outdoor clay in Belgrade

    April 20, 2016

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Serbia will host defending champion Britain on outdoor clay in central Belgrade in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.The matches at the renovated 6,100-seat Tasmajdan Stadium on July 15-17 could see top-ranked Novak Djokovic face No. 2 Andy Murray.

  • ITF president says hearing scheduled in Sharapova case

    April 20, 2016

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) A disciplinary hearing has been scheduled in Maria Sharapova's doping case, with a ruling possible before Wimbledon starts.International Tennis Federation president David Haggerty said Wednesday that its doping cases typically take ''two to three months'' to process. That could deliver a verdict in June.

  • Croatian tennis official banned for 10 years

    April 19, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The International Tennis Federation banned a Croatian official on Tuesday for 10 years for working at tournaments without telling organizers he had been suspended from the sport.Denis Pitner was found guilty of violating the code of conduct for tennis officials and was stripped of his officiating certification.

  • Kvitova sweeps past qualifier Chirico in Porsche Cup

    April 19, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova swept past qualifier Luisa Chirico 6-0, 6-0 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the WTA Porsche Cup.The fifth-seeded Kvitova needed only 55 minutes to dismiss the American, winning 17 of 19 first-serve points. The Czech also faced only one break point.

  • Granollers beats De la Nava in Barcelona, plays Nadal next

    April 19, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Marcel Granollers will play Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Barcelona Open after defeating Daniel Munoz de la Nava 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday.The 50th-ranked Granollers had 10 aces on his way to victory over his fellow Spaniard to set up the match against title favorite Nadal.

  • Baghdatis eliminated in 1st round of Nastase Tiriac Trophy

    April 19, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Fifth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis was eliminated in the first round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Tuesday, losing to unseeded Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-2, 6-4.Baghdatis wasted all four of his break points and was broken three times. Cecchinato will face Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia in the second round.

  • Caroline Wozniacki out of Madrid, Rome with injured ankle

    April 18, 2016

    Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki says she is pulling out of clay-court tournaments in Madrid and Rome because of an injured right ankle, putting her status for the French Open in doubt.Wozniacki sent out a tweet Monday announcing the withdrawals from the two tuneups for Roland Garros, saying she ''still needs time to heal.''

  • Caroline Wozanicki out of Madrid, Rome with injured ankle

    April 18, 2016

    Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki says she is pulling out of clay-court tournaments in Madrid and Rome because of an injured right ankle, putting her status for the French Open in doubt.Wozniacki sent out a tweet Monday announcing the withdrawals from the two tuneups for Roland Garros, saying she ''still needs time to heal.''

  • Friedsam beats Konta at Porsche Cup

    April 18, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Wild card Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany defeated Johanna Konta of Britain 6-3, 6-3 at the start of the Porsche Cup, a WTA tournament on indoor red clay.In the second match Monday, Timea Babos of Hungary defeated Sabine Lisicki of Germany 7-6 (4), 6-3).

  • Pella, Edmund make 2nd round of Nastase Tiriac Trophy

    April 18, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Sixth-seeded Guido Pella of Argentina defeated wild card Adrian Ungur of Romania 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the second round of the the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Monday.On the first day of the clay-court tournament, the 2013 champion Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic was eliminated by Briton Kyle Edmund, who hit 11 aces in the 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) victory.

  • Donskoy of Russia beats Argentina's Bagnis in Barcelona Open

    April 18, 2016

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Evgeny Donskoy of Russia defeated Facundo Bagnis of Argentina 7-5, 7-6 (5) to advance to the second round of the Barcelona Open on Monday.Elsewhere, crowds welcomed newly-crowned Monte Carlo Masters champion and eight-time Barcelona Open winner Rafael Nadal as he arrived at the club.

  • Belarus beats Russia to move into World Group

    April 17, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Belarus secured its place in the World Group of the Fed Cup for the first time when Aliaksandra Sasnovich rallied to beat Russia's Margarita Gasparyan 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Sunday.The victory gave Belarus an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series, which finished 3-2 to the visitors after Russia won the doubles match.

  • France beats the Netherlands 3-2 to reach Fed Cup final

    April 17, 2016

    TRELAZE, France (AP) Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic beat Kiki Bertens and Richel Hogenkamp 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a decisive doubles match on Sunday as France rallied from 2-1 down against the Netherlands to win 3-2 and reach its first Fed Cup final in 11 years.

  • Defending champion Czechs edge Swiss to reach Fed Cup final

    April 17, 2016

    LUCERNE, Switzerland (AP) Two-time defending champion the Czech Republic advanced to the Fed Cup final after edging Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday, sealing victory in a decisive doubles rubber against Martina Hingis and unheralded Swiss star Viktorija Golubic.

  • Germany beats Romania in Fed Cup World Group playoff

    April 17, 2016

    CLUJ,Romania (AP) Angelique Kerber fought off Simona Halep to clinch a 6-2, 6-2 win while Andrea Petkovic overcame Monica Niculescu to give Germany an insurmountable 3-1 lead on Sunday over Romania in their Fed Cup World Group playoff.It took Kerber just 67 minutes on the red clay indoor court to win the reverse singles against Halep, who appeared to be struggling from the previous day when she needed almost three hours to beat Petkovic.

  • Nadal overcomes Monfils to win 9th Monte Carlo Masters title

    April 17, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Rafael Nadal overcame a sloppy performance on his serve to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 on Sunday and win the Monte Carlo Masters for the ninth time.This was the Spaniard's first tournament win in Monte Carlo since winning the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. It is also the record-equaling 28th Masters title for Nadal, bringing him alongside top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

  • Fed Cup: Muguruza leads Spain to playoff victory vs. Italy

    April 17, 2016

    LLEIDA, Spain (AP) Garbine Muguruza cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Roberta Vinci on Sunday, giving Spain an insurmountable 3-0 lead against Italy for a spot in the top tier of the Fed Cup.The fourth-ranked Muguruza had eight aces and didn't concede a single break point to Vinci in the World Group playoff tie on outdoor red clay. She broke Vinci's serve four times at the Lleida Tennis Club in northeastern Spain.

  • No Williams, no problem, as US beats Australia at Fed Cup

    April 17, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Even without Serena and Venus Williams, the United States was too strong for Australia in their Fed Cup playoff, clinching a spot in the elite eight-nation World Group next year with a 4-0 sweep.CoCo Vandeweghe replaced Madison Keys in the opening reverse singles match on Sunday and came from a set and a break down to beat Australian No. 1 Sam Stosur 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, giving the Americans an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five playoff on temporary indoor clay court at Pat Rafter Arena.

  • Fed Cup: Mladenovic wins as France ties Netherlands in semi

    April 16, 2016

    TRELAZE, France (AP) Kristina Mladenovic beat Richel Hogenkamp 6-2, 6-4 to draw France level with the Netherlands in their Fed Cup semifinal after Kiki Bertens defeated Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-2 on Saturday.Mladenovic, ranked 28th, broke the 139th-ranked Hogenkamp's serve five times.

  • Defending champion Czechs held 1-1 by Swiss in Fed Cup semi

    April 16, 2016

    LUCERNE, Switzerland (AP) Two-time defending champion Czech Republic was held 1-1 by Switzerland after threatening to dominate the opening singles rubbers in their Fed Cup semifinal.After 33rd-ranked Barbora Strycova routed No. 17 Timea Bacsinszky 6-0, 6-2 Saturday, Karolina Pliskova led 129th-ranked Viktorija Golubic by one set and a break up in the second set.

  • Fed Cup: Mladenovic wins as France levels vs. Netherlands

    April 16, 2016

    TRELAZE, France (AP) Kristina Mladenovic beat Richel Hogenkamp 6-2, 6-4 to draw France level with the Netherlands on Saturday in their Fed Cup semifinal after Kiki Bertens defeated Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-2.Mladenovic, ranked 28th, had four aces and broke the 139th-ranked Hogenkamp's serve five times. Earlier, the strong-serving Bertens had six aces and broke Garcia's serve four times in another lopsided contest.

  • Germany, Romania tied 1-1 in Fed Cup World Group playoff

    April 16, 2016

    CLUJ, Romania (AP) Romania's top woman player Simona Halep battled to a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4 victory over Germany's Andrea Petkovic to even the Fed Cup World Group playoff at 1-1.At the end of a contest lasting 2 hours and 49 minutes Saturday, Halep said: ''It was a very difficult match and I had a low point in the middle,'' adding: ''It doesn't matter how I play tomorrow, the main thing is to win.''

  • Spain leads Italy 2-0 in Fed Cup World Group playoff

    April 16, 2016

    LLEIDA, Spain (AP) Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro gave Spain a 2-0 lead over Italy after winning the opening matches of their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Saturday.Fourth-ranked Muguruza beat Francesca Schiavone 7-6 (4), 6-0, before Suarez Navarro eased past Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 on the outdoor red clay court in Lleida.

  • Nadal rallies to beat Murray and reach Monte Carlo final

    April 16, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal beat Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final for the first time since 2013.Murray had dominated on his serve - and pressured Nadal's - throughout the first set, using his drop shot effectively. But Nadal broke Murray to start the second set, regaining momentum to defeat Murray for the third time in a semifinal here.

  • Fed Cup: Germany leads Romania 1-0 in World Group playoff

    April 16, 2016

    CLUJ, Romania (AP) Angelique Kerber has given Germany the lead against Romania in their Fed Cup World Group playoff, defeating Irina-Camelia Begu 6-2, 6-3.It was the sixth meeting between the two players, with Kerber increasing her head-to-head lead to 4-2.

  • United States leads Australia 2-0 in Fed Cup

    April 16, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Christina McHale rewarded a selection gamble when she beat Sam Stosur 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 Saturday to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup world group tennis playoff.U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez made a surprise decision to play McHale ahead of Coco Vandeweghe in the second singles and the move paid off when McHale, ranked 57, ended a run of four losses to the 26th-ranked Stosur.

  • Nadal and Murray win to set up Monte Carlo Masters semifinal

    April 15, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals, where he will face Andy Murray again.In a one-sided contest between former champions, the Spaniard broke Wawrinka four times, and made the semis for the 11th time.

  • Garcia opens against Bertens in Fed Cup semifinals

    April 15, 2016

    TRELAZE, France (AP) Caroline Garcia will face Kiki Bertens and Kristina Mladenovic will play Richel Hogenkamp on Saturday in the opening singles matches when France takes on the Netherlands in the Fed Cup semifinals.Reverse singles will be on Sunday followed by a doubles match, with French pair Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier scheduled to play Cindy Burger and Arantxa Rus.

  • Murray routs Raonic to reach Monte Carlo Masters semifinals

    April 15, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Andy Murray advanced to the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters by beating Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 Friday.The second-seeded Murray, who was inconsistent in his previous two matches, did not face a break point against the big-serving Canadian.

  • Keys to open Fed Cup playoff for US against Gavrilova

    April 14, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) This Fed Cup World Group playoff was always going to be a little bit different, so the quirky draw on an artificial beach in sub-tropical Brisbane set the scene for the first match in three decades between the United States and Australia in this competition.

  • Petra Kvitova hires Frantisek Cermak as new coach

    April 14, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says former doubles specialist Frantisek Cermak will be her new coach.Kvitova has been without a coach since she terminated her seven-year partnership with David Kotyza in January. That came after she was eliminated from the second round of the Australian Open. The seventh-ranked Kvitova has been struggling since.

  • French Open prize money raised 14 percent to 32 million

    April 14, 2016

    PARIS (AP) French Open prize money will increase by 14 percent this year, with the men's and women's champions winning 2 million euros (.25 million) each - an increase of 200,000 euros (5,000).Roland Garros organizers say that the total prize money of about 32 million euros ( million) is an increase of 4 million euros (.5 million) from last year.

  • Murray rallies from a set and 3-0 down to beat Paire

    April 14, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Second-seeded Andy Murray rallied from a set and 3-0 down to beat the erratic Benoit Paire 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 on Thursday in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.Paire had 47 winners among a number of eye-catching shots but the 16th-seeded Frenchman also made 52 unforced errors.

  • Absence of Williams sisters highlights scheduling issue

    April 14, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez says the Fed Cup format may have to change if the world's best players are to find time in their schedules to take part more consistently in the international women's tennis competition.The United States will be without its top three singles players, Serena and Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens, when it faces Australia in a World Group playoff this weekend.

  • Murray beats Herbert to reach Monte Carlo Masters 3rd round

    April 12, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Andy Murray overcame some sloppy serving to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 on Tuesday in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters.The Briton sealed the first set when Herbert's forehand sailed long but dropped his serve three times in the second as Herbert leveled with a volley at the net.

  • Giorgi risks being left off Italy's Olympic tennis team

    April 12, 2016

    ROME (AP) Camila Giorgi risks being left off Italy's Olympic tennis squad for this year's Rio de Janeiro Games after severing ties with her national federation, and she plans to skip next month's Italian Open due to the dispute.''The ITF (International Tennis Federation) rules say that players must be `in good standing' with their federation to qualify for the games. For me, right now Giorgi is not in good standing,'' Italian Tennis Federation president Angelo Binaghi said Tuesday.

  • Gasquet and Monfils reach 2nd round of Monte Carlo Masters

    April 11, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Richard Gasquet converted all six of his break points in a 6-4, 6-0 win over Nicolas Almagro on Monday in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.Gael Monfils, a semifinalist last year, also advanced, beating Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5, 6-0.

  • Federer confident his knee will hold up on return to action

    April 11, 2016

    MONACO (AP) Roger Federer fully expects his left knee to hold up when he returns to action at the Monte Carlo Masters on Tuesday, and the 17-time Grand Slam champion feels ''mentally and physically'' rested after more than two months out.Seeded third, Federer opens in the second round against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. He leads the Spaniard 3-0 in career head-to-heads.

  • Argentina's Juan Monaco wins US Men's Clay Court

    April 10, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Argentina's Juan Monaco won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship for the second time in five years, beating defending champion Jack Sock 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday.The 32-year-old Monaco also won in 2012 at River Oaks.Sock, the 23-year-old American seeded fourth, had won 16 consecutive sets in the event dating to his first-round match last year.

  • American Stephens captures Volvo Car Open over Vesnina

    April 10, 2016

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) American Sloane Stephens outlasted Elena Vesnina to capture her third WTA title this year with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory at the Volvo Car Open on Sunday.The seventh-seeded Stephens squandered a 5-2 lead in the opening set before prevailing in a tiebreaker. She let three match points disappear in the contest's final game before Vesnina hit her service return wide to secure the match.

  • Delbonis beats Coric to win Grand Prix Hassan II title

    April 10, 2016

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Fourth-seeded Federico Delbonis beat third-seeded Borna Coric 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday to clinch the clay-court Grand Prix Hassan II for his second career title.The Argentine was more consistent on his serve in their first-ever meeting, winning 80 percent of first-serve points and saving the three break points he faced against Coric.

  • Giorgi, Ostapenko advance to semifinals of Katowice Open

    April 8, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Third-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia played Timea Babos for the first time, beating the seventh-seeded Hungarian 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Katowice Open.The 18-year-old Ostapenko broke Babos twice in the decisive set to advance.

  • Defending champion Jack Sock advances in Houston

    April 7, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Defending champion Jack Sock beat Australia's Matthew Barton 6-2, 7-6 (5) on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.The fourth-seeded American won last year at River Oaks for his first ATP Tour title. He will face the winner of a match between seventh-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus and Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

  • Schiavone eliminates 2014 champ Cornet at Katowice Open

    April 7, 2016

    KATOWICE, Poland (AP) Unseeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy eliminated the 2014 champion, fourth-seeded Alize Cornet of France 7-6 (5), 6-1 to make the Katowice Open quarterfinals on Thursday.Schiavone, who improved to 11-1 against Cornet, faces eighth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia next.

  • Top-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez reaches Hassan II quarters

    April 7, 2016

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Top-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez reached the Grand Prix Hassan II quarterfinals after rallying to beat Spanish countryman Nicolas Almagro 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday.Almagro broke twice in the first set, but Garcia-Lopez took the only break of the second to level. Although Almagro had six aces in the decider, he was broken again and could not force a chance on Garcia-Lopez's serve.

  • Australian Open champ Kerber reaches Charleston quarterfinal

    April 7, 2016

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovakia's Kristina Kucova at the Volvo Car Open on Thursday.Kerber is the defending champion after winning the title in last year's Family Circle Cup. The second-ranked German star was not her best, but good enough to put away Kucova, who is ranked No. 142. Kerber broke her opponent's serve seven times, including the final game.

  • Isner ousts Kudla at US clay court championships

    April 7, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Top-seeded John Isner had a two-set tournament-record 24 aces to knock out fellow American Denis Kudla 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) in the second round of the U.S. men's clay court championships on Wednesday night.The 30-year-old Isner, ranked 15th in the world, had 12 aces in each set and was never pushed despite failing to break Kudla's serve in the match.

  • Coric advances to Hassan II quarters without hitting a ball

    April 6, 2016

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Third-seeded Borna Coric advanced to the Grand Prix Hassan II quarterfinals on Wednesday with a walkover after Italian opponent Simone Bolelli withdrew with a left-knee injury.The 19-year-old Croat next faces veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu after the 34-year-old Frenchman beat Maximo Gonzalez 7-6 (4), 6-0, breaking the Argentine's serve four times.

  • Madison Keys loses in 3 sets in Charleston; finalist in 2015

    April 6, 2016

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Madison Keys stay at the Volvo Cars Open was much shorter this year, the 2015 American finalist losing her opening match in three sets to Laura Siegemund of Germany on Wednesday.The eighth-seeded Keys rallied from 5-3 down to win the opening set, but could not overcome Siegemund's steady barrage of drop shots and solid returns in losing 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4. Keys broke Siegemund's serve two straight times to lead 4-3 in the final set before dropping the final three games.

  • Hingis, Bencic picked to lead Swiss in Fed Cup semifinal

    April 6, 2016

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) Martina Hingis has been picked for Switzerland's team for a Fed Cup semifinal against the defending champion Czech Republic, 18 years after leading the team to its previous final appearance.Hingis, the 35-year-old world's top-ranked doubles player, was named along with No. 10-ranked singles player Belinda Bencic and No. 17 Timea Bacsinszky.

  • Tennis Hall of Fame expels Bob Hewitt, convicted of rape

    April 6, 2016

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) In an unprecedented step, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has expelled Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt, who was convicted in South Africa last year of rape and sexual assault.The Hall of Fame announced its decision Wednesday. Hewitt, who was inducted in 1992, is the first member expelled.

  • Keys returns to US Fed Cup team to face Australia this month

    April 6, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Madison Keys is returning to Fed Cup play for the first time in two years, leading the U.S. team that will face host Australia on April 16-17 in the World Group playoffs.In addition to the 22nd-ranked Keys, captain Mary Joe Fernandez's roster, which was announced Wednesday, includes No. 36 CoCo Vandeweghe, No. 57 Christina McHale and doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

  • Mauresmo names full-strength team for Fed Cup semifinals

    April 6, 2016

    PARIS (AP) France captain Amelie Mauresmo will have her best players against the Netherlands in the Fed Cup semifinals next week.Maursemo named Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier on Wednesday for the April 16-17 series on clay in Trelaze.

  • Azarenka to play Fed Cup for Belarus against Russia

    April 6, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) World No. 5 Victoria Azarenka is in the Belarus team for the Fed Cup tie with Russia next week.Azarenka will be joined by Olga Govortsova, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and Aryna Sabalenka for the April 16-17 match in Moscow for the right to play in the top-tier World Group next season.

  • Defending champion Schmiedlova eliminated from Katowice Open

    April 6, 2016

    KATOWICE, Poland (AP) Defending champion Anna Karolina Schmiedlova was eliminated from the first round of the Katowice Open on Wednesday, losing to unseeded Pauline Parmentier of France 6-2, 6-0.Parmentier broke Schmiedlova five times and didn't drop her serve. She will next face Naomi Broady of Britain.

  • Maursemo names full-strength team for Fed Cup semifinals

    April 6, 2016

    PARIS (AP) France captain Amelie Mauresmo will have her best players against the Netherlands in the Fed Cup semifinals next week.Maursemo named Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia, Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier on Wednesday for the April 16-17 series on clay in Trelaze.

  • Czechs to miss Kvitova, Safarova in Fed Cup at Switzerland

    April 6, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Defending champion Czech Republic will be without its two highest-ranked players - Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova - in next week's Fed Cup semifinals at Switzerland.Kvitova and Safarova were key members of the Czech team that won four Fed Cup titles in five years.

  • Verdasco advances at US men's clay court championships

    April 5, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Former champion Fernando Verdasco of Spain became the last player to advance to the second round of the U.S. men's clay court championships Tuesday night with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.Verdasco, who won North America's only men's clay-court tournament in 2014, came back from a break down in the second set to close out the match by winning the last five games. He's one of seven players among the final 16 who are at least 30 years old.

  • Defending champ Kerber wins in Charleston

    April 5, 2016

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber opened defense of her Volvo Car Open title with a three-set victory over Lara Arruabarrena on Tuesday night.Kerber, the top seed and ranked No. 2 in the world, moved on and won her sixth straight match here with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (3) win. It was also the second straight year Kerber upended Arruabarrena in Charleston, although the Spaniard put up more of a fight than in the 6-3, 6-0 defeat in 2015.

  • Ostapenko, Cornet, Giorgi make 2nd round of Katowice Open

    April 5, 2016

    KATOWICE, Poland (AP) Third-seeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia beat qualifier Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the second round of the Katowice Open on Tuesday.The 2014 champion, fourth-seeded Alize Cornet of France, struggled in the second set before defeating qualifier Isabella Shinikova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3. She next plays Francesca Schiavone of Italy after her 6-4, 6-3 win over lucky loser Valeriya Strakhova of Ukraine, while Ostapenko takes on Czech player Kristyna Pliskova.

  • Paul-Henri Mathieu upsets Albert Ramos-Vinolas in Marrakech

    April 5, 2016

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Paul-Henri Mathieu upset sixth-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-5, 6-3 to reach the second round of the Grand Prix Hassan II on Tuesday.The 34-year-old Mathieu won the clay-court tournament when it was held in Casablanca back in 2007.

  • Giorgi turns down call-up to Italy's Fed Cup team

    April 5, 2016

    ROME (AP) Camila Giorgi has turned down a call-up to Italy's Fed Cup team for its World Group playoff against Spain, choosing to compete in qualifying for a tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, instead.The 48th-ranked Giorgi announced last week that she was cutting off ties with the Italian Tennis Federation - apparently because the federation insisted she play Fed Cup. Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti called her up anyhow for the April 16-17 series.

  • Monaco wins first-round match at US Clay Court Championship

    April 5, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Juan Monaco beat Gerald Melzer 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Monday night in the first round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.Monaco won the tournament in 2012. It was Melzer's 2016 Tour debut after winning three Challenger Series titles.

  • Longtime Michigan State tennis coach Stan Drobac has died

    April 4, 2016

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Stan Drobac, who spent over three decades as the coach of Michigan State's men's tennis team and became a member of the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, has died. He was 88.Drobac died Sunday in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. The school did not provide a cause of death.

  • Voegele upsets Tsurenko in 1st round of Katowice Open

    April 5, 2016

    KATOWICE, Poland (AP) Unseeded Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland upset sixth-seeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-4, 6-0 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Katowice Open.In another first-round match, ninth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium eliminated Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-1, 6-4.

  • Montanes advances to 2nd round in Marrakech

    April 5, 2016

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Former runner-up Albert Montanes advanced to the second round of the Grand Prix Hassan II on Monday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over qualifier Franko Skugor on Monday.The 35-year-old Spaniard reached the final of the clay-court tournament back in 2007.

  • Champion Djokovic says Miami Open will stay in Key Biscayne

    April 3, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Novak Djokovic says the Miami Open will remain in Key Biscayne for a long time, and South Florida tennis fans hope he's right.Tournament officials were mum about the future of the event, which has been in question since an appeals court decision last year that prevents the Miami Open from upgrading its complex. Following that ruling, a lawyer for the tournament said relocation was all but certain.

  • Djokovic wins 6th Key Biscayne title by beating Nishikori

    April 3, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Novak Djokovic won a record-tying sixth Key Biscayne title and his third in a row Sunday, beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 in the Miami Open final.The top-ranked Djokovic improved to 28-1 this year. His only loss came when he retired during his quarterfinal against Feliciano Lopez in Dubai with an eye infection.

  • Djokovic beats Goffin in Key Biscayne semis 7-6 (5), 6-4

    April 1, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Novak Djokovic won a thrilling tiebreaker and advanced to the Miami Open final by beating David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-4 Friday.Djokovic needs one more victory to match Andre Agassi's tournament record of six men's titles. His opponent Sunday will be the winner of the second semifinal between No. 6-seeded Kei Nishikori and No. 24 Nick Kyrgios. Both are bidding for their first berth in an ATP Masters final.

  • Kuznetsova beats Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3 in Miami Open semis

    March 31, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Svetlana Kuznetsova is back in the Key Biscayne final 10 years after she won the tournament.Kuznetsova erased 12 of the 14 break points she faced and beat Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3 Thursday in the semifinals of the Miami Open.

  • Azarenka beats Konta 6-4, 6-2 in Miami Open quarterfinals

    March 30, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Victoria Azarenka advanced to the semifinals of the Miami Open by beating Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 Wednesday.Azarenka, who won the tournament in 2009 and 2011, will next play the winner of Wednesday night's quarterfinal between No. 2-seeded Angelique Kerber and No. 22 Madison Keys, the lone remaining American in either draw.

  • Russian tennis president: Sharapova hearing could be in June

    March 30, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The president of the Russian tennis federation says Maria Sharapova could have her disciplinary hearing for doping in June.Sharapova has been provisionally suspended and faces a possible ban of up to four years after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, though a reduced punishment is possible if she can show she did not intend to cheat.

  • Russian tennis president Sharapova hearing could be in June

    March 30, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The president of the Russian tennis federation says Maria Sharapova could have her disciplinary hearing for doping in June.Sharapova has been provisionally suspended and faces a possible ban of up to four years after testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, though a reduced punishment is possible if she can show she did not intend to cheat.

  • New Australian Gavrilova to play vs US in Fed Cup in April

    March 30, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Daria Gavrilova will be allowed to play for her adopted home country when Australia hosts the United States in the Fed Cup World Group playoffs next month.Team captain Alicia Molik said Wednesday at Pat Rafter Arena, where a red clay court is being installed for the April 16-17 playoff, that Russian-born Gavrilova will be Australia's second singles player behind Sam Stosur.

  • Bacsinszky pulls off another Miami Open rally, beats Halep

    March 29, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky has pulled off another upset at the Miami Open, rallying past fifth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the semifinals.It was the second straight win against a top-five seed for Bacsinszky on Key Biscayne, both coming after she dropped the opening set. She ousted third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the round of 16.

  • Berdych edges Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 at Miami Open

    March 27, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Tomas Berdych erased all 10 break points he faced and defeated American Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 Sunday at the Miami Open.Berdych, seeded No. 7, was the tournament runner-up in 2010. Johnson, seeded 31st, fell to 0-13 against top-10 opponents.

  • Nadal retires in 3rd set at Miami Open against Dzumhur

    March 26, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla., (AP) Rafael Nadal faded in the subtropical heat and retired after falling behind in the third set of his opening match Saturday at the Miami Open against Damir Dzumhur.The No. 5-seeded Nadal trailed 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 when he called it quits after losing a point to fall behind 30-15. He had earlier consulted with a trainer three times at his chair between games, and had his blood pressure checked.

  • Nice grab - Novak Djokovic catches ball in his pocket

    March 25, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Along with some nifty shots, Novak Djokovic came up with the catch of the day at the Miami Open.The world's No. 1 player caught a ball in his pocket during his opening match Friday against Kyle Edmund, to the amusement of a capacity stadium crowd.

  • Federer's return from knee surgery delayed by stomach virus

    March 25, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Roger Federer's return from knee surgery has been delayed by a stomach virus.Federer was scheduled to play Friday for the first time in nearly two months at the Miami Open, but he withdrew shortly before the match because of the illness, which he has been battling for several days.

  • Hradeka beats Bouchard in first round of Miami Open

    March 23, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) The Czech Republic's Lucie Hradeka beat slumping Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on Wednesday in the first round of the Miami Open.Bouchard entered the week ranked 45th in the world, 40 spots higher than Hradeka.

  • Novak Djokovic meets with Billie Jean King, Chris Evert

    March 23, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Novak Djokovic met with former women's tennis greats Billie Jean King and Chris Evert on Wednesday to hear their thoughts about equal prize money, and backpedaled on his controversial comments Sunday after his tournament victory at Indian Wells.

  • ITF rejects Bedene appeal to play Davis Cup for Britain

    March 23, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Slovenian-born tennis player Aljaz Bedene has lost his appeal to be able to compete for Britain in Davis Cup.The International Tennis Federation said Wednesday that its board of directors ruled that the 26-year-old Bedene did not meet the eligibility requirements.

  • Serena, Djokovic differ on issue of equal pay in tennis

    March 22, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Some of the top players in tennis expressed disgust Tuesday with the comments made by the now-former director of the BNP Paribas Open tournament in Indian Wells, with Serena Williams also disagreeing with fellow No. 1 Novak Djokovic on the issue of equal pay.

  • Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium wins at Miami Open

    March 22, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium moved into the second round of the Miami Open with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Laura Robson of Great Britain on Tuesday.Flipkens declined to talk after the match about the terrorist attacks that took place in Belgium on Tuesday.

  • Men players support women players equality

    March 22, 2016

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Some of the top men's tennis players at the Miami Open on Tuesday disagreed with Raymond Moore's controversial comments regarding women's tennis.Moore, the former BNP Paribas Open chief operating officer and tournament director, resigned on Monday night despite apologizing for his remarks. He had spent the past 29 years in various roles with the California tournament that hosts a combined men and women's Masters event each March.

  • Juan Margets to leave post as ITF's chief operating officer

    March 22, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Juan Margets will leave his position as chief operating officer of the International Tennis Federation later this year.The decision was announced Tuesday by ITF President David Haggerty.Margets, who has served in various roles at the ITF for 25 years, was among the three rival candidates defeated by Haggerty in last year's vote for the presidency of the world governing body.

  • Tennis tourney director quits after criticizing women pros

    March 22, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open who said women's pro tennis players ''ride on the coattails of the men'' resigned Monday night, ending his 29-year association with the event.Tournament owner Larry Ellison said in a statement that Raymond Moore was quitting as chief executive officer and tournament director of the million event featuring men's and women's players in the California desert. Moore informed Ellison of his decision when they spoke earlier in the day.

  • WTA Tour CEO assails 'alarming' criticism of female players

    March 21, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) The former tournament director at Indian Wells who now runs the WTA Tour calls his successor's critical comments about women's tennis players ''disappointing and alarming.''Before Sunday's finals at the BNP Paribas Open, current tournament director Raymond Moore said women ''ride on the coattails of the men.'' He later issued a written apology.

  • Women's tour CEO says 'WTA stands on its own'

    March 21, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) The former tournament director at Indian Wells who now runs the WTA Tour calls his successor's critical comments about women's tennis players ''disappointing and alarming.''Before Sunday's finals at the BNP Paribas Open, current tournament director Raymond Moore told reporters that the women ''ride on the coattails of the men.'' He later issued a written apology.

  • Tennis tourney director: Women 'ride on coattails of men'

    March 20, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) The tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open criticized the WTA Tour on Sunday, saying women's pro tennis players ''ride on the coattails of the men'' while describing them as ''physically attractive and competitively attractive.''

  • Tournament director: women 'ride on coattails of men'

    March 20, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) The tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open criticized the WTA Tour on Sunday, saying women's pro tennis players ''ride on the coattails of the men'' while describing them as ''physically attractive and competitively attractive.''

  • Tournament director of BNP Paribas Open criticizes WTA Tour

    March 20, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) The tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open has criticized the WTA Tour, saying women's pro tennis players ''ride on the coattails of the men'' while describing them as ''physically attractive and competitively attractive.''

  • Azarenka beats error-prone Williams to win BNP Paribas Open

    March 20, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Victoria Azarenka defeated error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, returning Azarenka to the world's top 10 for the first time since August 2014.Clearly the crowd favorite, Williams gave fans little to cheer about on a 91-degree (32 C) day in the California desert while making 33 unforced errors. After getting broken to trail 3-0 in the second set, Williams returned to her seat and smashed her racket.

  • Raonic beats Goffin in 3 sets to reach Indian Wells semis

    March 19, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Milos Raonic fired 10 aces on his way to overpowering David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Saturday to reach the final of the BNP Paribas Open.Raonic improved to a career-best 14-1 this year and will play either top-ranked Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final. Djokovic and Nadal own a combined seven titles in the California desert.

  • Goffin beats Cilic to reach semifinals at Indian Wells

    March 17, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) David Goffin defeated Marin Cilic 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open, the best result so far of the Belgian's career.Cilic was the second higher seeded player to lose to Goffin, who upset No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round. Cilic lost to Goffin nearly two weeks ago on clay in Belgium during first-round Davis Cup play.

  • Nadal rallies in tiebreaker to beat Verdasco at Indian Wells

    March 15, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Rafael Nadal survived a wild tiebreaker to beat Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 7-6 (9) in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.The three-time Indian Wells champion saved five set points in the tiebreaker and finally closed it out on his second match point when Verdasco's backhand sailed beyond the baseline.

  • Judy Murray resigns as Britain's Fed Cup captain

    March 15, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The Lawn Tennis Association says Judy Murray has resigned as Britain's Fed Cup captain.Murray, the mother of Andy Murray, is stepping down after five years to spend more time with her family as well as concentrating on her grassroots programs.

  • UN agency stops work with ambassador Maria Sharapova

    March 15, 2016

    GENEVA (AP) A United Nations agency says it has stopped working with Maria Sharapova pending the tennis star's doping case.Sharapova faces being banned by tennis authorities after testing positive for meldonium, a blood-flow enhancing medication.The New York-based United Nations Development Program says ''in light of Ms. Sharapova's recent announcement, we last week suspended her role as a Goodwill Ambassador and any planned activities while the investigation continues.''

  • Murray loses in 3 sets in third round of BNP Paribas Open

    March 14, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Andy Murray has lost in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, getting beaten in three sets by 53rd-ranked Federico Delbonis of Argentina.Delbonis scored the biggest win of his career, outlasting Murray 6-4, 4-6 7-6 (3) on Monday in a 2-hour, 46-minute struggle. Three years ago, Delbonis defeated then-fifth-ranked Roger Federer in the semifinals at Hamburg.

  • USTA hires former WTA CEO Allaster as chief of pro tennis

    March 14, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Former WTA CEO Stacey Allaster has been hired as the U.S. Tennis Association's chief executive for professional tennis.The USTA announced the move Monday and said that Allaster will report to USTA Executive Director Gordon Smith.

  • Serena Williams advances in Indian Wells

    March 13, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams moved into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday with a ragged 7-6 (2), 6-0 victory over Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.In the opening set, the two-time tournament champion showed the effects of a six-week layoff since losing the Australian Open final. She made 29 unforced errors and seemed completely out of a rhythm against Putintseva, who played aggressively and challenged every close line call.

  • Australian Open champ Angelique Kerber falls in Indian Wells

    March 12, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber dropped out of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday and two other top-seeded women also exited in the second round at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.The second-seeded Kerber, from Germany, lost 7-5, 7-5 to Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic in the opening match of the day on the main stadium court. Fourth-seeded Angelique Garbine Muguruza of Spain dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to American Christina McHale, and sixth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain withdrew because of a right ankle injury.

  • Real Madrid backs Nadal after doping accusations from France

    March 12, 2016

    MADRID (AP) Real Madrid has joined the defense of Rafael Nadal after doping accusations made by a former French minister.The Spanish soccer giant expressed its ''total support'' for the 14-time Grand Slam winner in a statement Saturday which called the accusations by former French Minister for Health and Sport Roselyne Bachelot ''unjustifiable and intolerable.''

  • Maria Sharapova posts letter to her fans on Facebook page

    March 11, 2016

    Maria Sharapova posted a letter to her fans Friday on her Facebook page, four days after the Russian tennis star said she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for the little-known meldonium.The former world No. 1 took full responsibility for her mistake when she made the announcement at a news conference Monday in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old player could face a lengthy ban from the International Tennis Federation, possibly ending her season and preventing her from competing for Russia at the Rio Olympics.

  • Petra Kvitova staves off upset bid in BNP Paribas Open

    March 11, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat 51st-ranked Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Friday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.The eighth-seeded Kvitova, who never has gone past the quarterfinals in six appearances at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, lost to players ranked outside the top 50 (Madison Brengle and Jelena Ostapenko) in her past two matches.

  • Spain defends Nadal from doping accusations from France

    March 11, 2016

    MADRID (AP) The Spanish government and Olympic committee have defended Rafael Nadal from doping accusations made by a former French official.Former French Minister for Health and Sport Roselyne Bachelot told French television on Thursday that Nadal's seven-month injury hiatus in 2012 was ''probably due to a positive doping test.''

  • Sharapova's racket sponsor: meldonium shouldn't be banned

    March 11, 2016

    VIENNA (AP) Maria Sharapova's racket supplier says the drug she tested positive for at the Australian Open shouldn't be on the banned list.''We question WADA's decision to add meldonium to its banned substances list in the manner it did,'' Head CEO Johan Eliasch said Friday, one day after he publicly backed Sharapova and announced a new racket deal with the five-time Grand Slam champion, who has been using the equipment since 2011.

  • Switzerland returns to WTA Tour with new event in Gstaad

    March 11, 2016

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) The WTA Tour is returning to Switzerland after an eight-year gap with a clay-court tournament in July.Organizers of the Ladies Championship in Gstaad say the tour has confirmed their event will replace the previously scheduled tournament in Bad Gastein, Austria, on the calendar.

  • Teenagers shine as tournament heats up at Indian Wells

    March 10, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Teenagers Frances Tiafoe and Brona Coric grabbed the center-court spotlight when the men joined the women for first-round play Thursday in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.Tiafoe outlasted Taylor Fritz 3-6, 6-2, 3-6, in a battle of 18-year-old Americans, and Coric, a 19-year-old Croatian, beat Lucas Pouille of France 6-2, 7-5.

  • Murray: Careful to read everything that is relevant to him

    March 10, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Scottish tennis star Andy Murray reacted to Maria Sharapova's failed drug test by noting that he's careful to read everything that is relevant to him.Sharapova said this week that she had tested positive for meldonium because she didn't read the email from the World Anti-Doping Agency that said the drug was on the prohibited list this year. The Russian called it a huge mistake.

  • Fed Cup: Australia to host US on clay in Brisbane

    March 10, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Australia will host the United States at Brisbane's Queensland Tennis Centre in next month's Fed Cup World Group playoff.Tennis Australia said Friday that a clay court would be built on Pat Rafter Arena for the April 16-17 matches. The center, which hosts the annual Brisbane International each January, usually features a hard-court surface.

  • Serena says it's 'really cool' having sister Venus with her

    March 10, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Serena Williams said it is ''really cool'' to have older sister Venus with her at the BNP Paribas Open.''This is kind of where everything started for us,'' Serena said Thursday during a press conference at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. ''This was such a big event for us early in our careers. We both played qualifying here back in `97, a long time ago, so it's just been a place for us that has really meant a lot.

  • Chris Kermode appointed to 2nd term as chairman of ATP

    March 10, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Chris Kermode has been appointed to a second term as head of the ATP, the governing body of men's tennis.Kermode, who became the ATP's executive chairman and president in 2014, will serve another term through 2019.Kermode says he looks forward ''to working with the other governing bodies of tennis to continue to protect the integrity of our sport.''

  • Racket sponsor backs Sharapova despite failed drug test

    March 10, 2016

    VIENNA (AP) Maria Sharapova's racket supplier became the first main sponsor to publicly back the five-time Grand Slam champion after she admitted to failing a doping test.Austria-based company Head announced Thursday it was planning to extend its sponsorship deal, three days after Sharapova revealed her use of the banned substance meldonium.

  • Column: Nothing courageous about Sharapova coming clean

    March 10, 2016

    It's always a bit surprising when fellow athletes defend cheaters in their midst, something Serena Williams seemed more than eager to do for Maria Sharapova.Then again, perhaps Williams can afford to be a bit magnanimous since Sharapova's doping never really affected her. She owned their head-to-head series, winning the last 18 meetings over more than a decade.

  • Players shocked, saddened by Maria Sharapova's 'big mistake'

    March 9, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska said she was ''shocked, like everyone else'' when Maria Sharapova revealed Monday that she failed a drug test in January at the Australian Open.''It was a very sad day for tennis, that's for sure,'' Radwanska said Wednesday at BNP Paribas Open at The Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

  • Vania King beats Taylor Townsend 6-2, 6-3 at Indian Wells

    March 9, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Vania King beat qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday in an all-American match in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open at The Indian Wells Tennis Garden.British wild-card Heather Watson rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the first set to beat Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1.

  • Pound: Sharapova guilty of 'willful negligence' in drug test

    March 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Maria Sharapova was guilty of ''willful negligence'' for using meldonium, and international tennis officials were aware that many players were taking the drug before it was banned this year, former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound said Wednesday.

  • Inventor of drug in Sharapova case says it's 'not doping'

    March 9, 2016

    RIGA, Latvia (AP) Meldonium doesn't enhance the performance of athletes, the Latvian scientist who invented the drug at the center of Maria Sharapova's doping case told The Associated Press.Ivars Kalvins said that the drug ''is not doping,'' but added it does protect athletes against heart damage during extreme physical exercise.

  • Kremlin says Sharapova doping case doesn't reflect Russia

    March 9, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Kremlin says Maria Sharapova's doping case and others like it should not be considered a reflection of Russian sport as a whole.Sharapova is the most prominent name to test positive for heart medicine meldonium since it was banned this year, but there have been five other reported cases in Russia across various sports.

  • Smith extends deal as Britain's Davis Cup captain

    March 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Leon Smith has signed a new contract as Britain's Davis Cup captain through 2018 after leading the country to its first title in the team event in 79 years.Britain's Lawn Tennis Association made the announcement on Wednesday.Smith was appointed as captain in April 2010 and has guided Britain to victory in 13 of its last 15 matches in the Davis Cup. Britain beat Belgium in the final last year and began its title defense with a win over Japan at the weekend.

  • Serena Williams beats Wozniacki in exhibition at Garden

    March 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams beat good friend Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-4 in an exhibition at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.The 21-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played a match since losing the Australian Open final Jan. 30, pulling out of two tournaments because of illness. She's scheduled to return to competition at Indian Wells this week.

  • Sponsors ditch Sharapova, despite her textbook apology

    March 8, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Nike and other sponsors swiftly distanced themselves from Maria Sharapova on Tuesday after the world's highest-earning female athlete outed herself as a longtime user of a recently banned drug.Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer and German luxury car company Porsche quickly followed the sportswear giant, suspending their support of the five-time Grand Slam winner after she announced on Monday that she failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open in January, days after the substance was banned.

  • Sponsors ditch Sharapova, world's top-earning female athlete

    March 8, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Maria Sharapova, the world's highest-earning female athlete for many years, was abandoned Tuesday by some of her biggest sponsors after the Russian tennis star acknowledged taking a recently banned substance for a decade.Sportswear giant Nike, Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer and German luxury car company Porsche quickly distanced themselves from the five-time Grand Slam winner, who announced on Monday that she tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open, days after the drug was banned.

  • Drug in Sharapova doping case used by Soviet troops in 1980s

    March 8, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The drug at the center of Maria Sharapova's doping case, regularly given to Soviet troops in the 1980s to boost their stamina while fighting in Afghanistan, is normally prescribed for medical use for periods of four to six weeks.Sharapova faces possible sanctions after testing positive for meldonium, also known as mildronate, a drug the Russian tennis star said she started using 10 years ago for various medical issues. Sharapova did not indicate in her announcement Monday how often she has taken it.

  • Serena lauds Sharapova for owning up to failed drug test

    March 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams says Maria Sharapova ''showed a lot of courage'' in taking responsibility for her failed drug test.On Monday, the Russian star revealed she tested positive the day she lost to Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals in January. At a news conference Tuesday to promote an exhibition at Madison Square Garden, Williams didn't want to talk about the fact she had faced an opponent with a banned substance in her system.

  • Henin, Safin elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame

    March 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Justine Henin and Marat Safin have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.With a classic one-handed backhand, Henin won seven Grand Slam singles titles and an Olympic gold medal and helped Belgium win its first Fed Cup championship. She spent 117 weeks ranked No. 1 and finished the 2003, 2006 and 2007 seasons in the top spot.

  • 4-6 weeks is normal treatment for drug in Sharapova case

    March 8, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latvian company that manufactures meldonium says the normal course of treatment for the drug is four to six weeks - not the 10 years that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova says she used the substance.The five-time Grand Slam champion said Monday she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, which became a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency code this year.

  • 3 sponsors cut ties with Sharapova after positive drug test

    March 8, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Three of Maria Sharapova's major sponsors are cutting ties with the Russian tennis star after she acknowledged failing a doping test at the Australian Open.Sportswear giant Nike, Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer and German luxury car company Porsche moved quickly to distance themselves from the five-time Grand Slam winner after she announced the positive test at a news conference in Los Angeles on Monday.

  • 2 sponsors cut ties with Sharapova after positive drug test

    March 8, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Two of Maria Sharapova's major sponsors are cutting ties with the Russian tennis star after she acknowledged failing a doping test at the Australian Open.Sportswear giant Nike and Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer moved quickly to distance themselves from the five-time Grand Slam winner after she announced the positive test at a news conference in Los Angeles on Monday.

  • Sponsors suspend ties with Sharapova after failed drug test

    March 8, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Two of Maria Sharapova's top sponsors have suspended ties with the Russian tennis star after she admitted failing a doping test.Sportswear giant Nike suspended its sponsorship, saying in a statement that it was ''saddened and surprised by the news.'' Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer says its deal with the Russian will not be renewed.

  • Capriati 'angry and disappointed' after Sharapova drug test

    March 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati is unhappy after current champion Maria Sharapova failed a drug test.On her Twitter account Monday, Capriati said she was ''extremely angry and disappointed'' in Sharapova, who acknowledged testing positive for a recently banned drug. Sharapova claims she had been taking meldonium for 10 years.

  • Things to know about Meldonium after Sharapova fails test

    March 7, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova says she failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open. The drug was only banned in January and there has been a string of failed tests by athletes in several sports since.Here are some things to know about meldonium:

  • Sharapova says she failed drug test; penalty unknown

    March 8, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Maria Sharapova's tennis career and Olympic hopes are in jeopardy, and she claims it's all because she failed to click on a link in an email that would have told her to stop taking meldonium.The five-time major champion says she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for the little-known drug, which became a banned substance under the WADA code this year. The former world No. 1 took full responsibility for her mistake when she made the announcement at a news conference Monday in Los Angeles.

  • Djokovic-led Serbia beats Kazakhstan 3-2 in Davis Cup

    March 6, 2016

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Viktor Troicki swept past Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 as Serbia defeated Kazakhstan 3-2 in their first-round Davis Cup tie Sunday. The winner will face Britain in the next round.Earlier, Novak Djokovic rallied to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (6), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 of Kazakhstan as Serbia came back to even the match 2-2.

  • Teenager Borna Coric seals Croatia's victory in Davis Cup

    March 6, 2016

    LIEGE, Belgium (AP) Teenager Borna Coric defeated Kimmer Coppejans of Belgium in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-2, in the decisive singles match to book a spot for Croatia in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup on Sunday.The 19-year-old Coric hit seven aces and converted four of five break chances against Coppejans, ranked 122nd in the world.

  • Davis Cup: Murray wins in 5 sets, Britain beats Japan 3-1

    March 6, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Once again, Britain had Andy Murray to thank for a victory in the Davis Cup.Murray recovered from squandering a two-set lead to beat Kei Nishikori and give the defending champions a 3-1 win over Japan in the first round on Sunday.

  • Davis Cup: Murray wins in 5 sets, Britain beats Japan

    March 6, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Andy Murray recovered from losing a two-set cushion to beat Kei Nishikori and give defending champion Britain an insurmountable 3-1 lead over Japan in the first round of the Davis Cup on Sunday.Murray won 7-5, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 for his 14th straight victory in the Davis Cup, earning Britain a quarterfinal match against Serbia or Kazakhstan in July.

  • Davis Cup: Djokovic ties Serbia 2-2 against Kazakhstan

    March 6, 2016

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Novak Djokovic rallied to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (6), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 as Serbia leveled 2-2 against Kazakhstan in their Davis Cup first-round tie Sunday.Top-ranked Djokovic, recovering from an eye infection but also struggling with apparent thigh problems, fought back in the 4-hour, 57-minute match played before the final rubber of the five-match series.

  • Svitolina wins rain-interrupted Malaysian Open title

    March 6, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Second-seeded Elina Svitolina came back to beat Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 in the rain interrupted Malaysian Open final on Sunday.The match finished at midnight local time as rain interrupted play for well over three hours before the 21-year-old won out.

  • Rosol defeats Zverev as Czechs beat Germany 3-2 in Davis Cup

    March 6, 2016

    HANNOVER, Germany (AP) Lukas Rosol defeated 18-year-old Davis Cup debutant Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 to book a place for the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals with a 3-2 win over Germany on Sunday.Rosol, ranked 50th in the world, had 13 aces and converted half of his 12 break points to win in 1 hour, 38 minutes.

  • Sharapova calls news conference to make 'major announcement'

    March 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Maria Sharapova has called a news conference to make what her agent calls a ''major announcement.''The news conference is scheduled for noon on Monday in Los Angeles. Her agent, Max Eisenbud, declined to say what the subject of the announcement is.

  • Isner moves US into Davis Cup quarterfinals with 4-set win

    March 6, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The court surface didn't make a bit of difference to the United States - its Davis Cup team is through to the quarterfinals.John Isner defeated Australia's Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (4) on Sunday to clinch a 3-1 victory in the World Group first-round tie on grass at Kooyong.

  • Davis Cup: Italy, France reach quarters, Serbia trail

    March 5, 2016

    A Novak Djokovic-led Serbia surprisingly fell behind 2-1 at home to Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup first round after he lost in doubles on Saturday.Meanwhile, Italy and France were first through to the quarterfinals after beating weakened visitors Switzerland and Canada respectively.

  • Tsonga and Gasquet seal Davis Cup victory for France

    March 5, 2016

    BAIE-MAHAULT, Guadeloupe (AP) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet sent France into the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup with a straight-sets victory in the doubles match of their first-round tie with Canada on Saturday.Tsonga and Gasquet defeated Philip Bester and Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (4), 6-1, 7-6 (4) to give the hosts an unsurmountable 3-0 lead on the outdoor clay court of the Velodrome Amedee Detraux.

  • Davis Cup: Italy reach quarters, Serbia trail Kazakhstan

    March 5, 2016

    Italy was first through to the Davis Cup quarterfinals after beating weakened visitor Switzerland 3-0 on Saturday.France was close to joining the Italians, at the expense of Canada in Guadeloupe.A Novak Djokovic-led Serbia surprisingly fell behind 2-1 at home to Kazakhstan after he and Nenad Zimonjic lost their doubles to Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-5. It was the second notable cup win for Golubev and Nedovyesov, who beat Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in doubles in 2014.

  • Davis Cup: Murray brothers beat Japan, put Britain 2-1 ahead

    March 5, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray partnered his brother Jamie to guide Britain to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Japan in a doubles match in the Davis Cup on Saturday, moving the titleholders into a 2-1 lead ahead of the reverse singles.Andy Murray has now won his last 13 matches in the competition, 11 of them coming last year when Britain won the title for the first time in 79 years.

  • Italy through to Davis Cup quarters, 3-0 up vs. Switzerland

    March 5, 2016

    PESARO, Italy (AP) Italy eased into the Davis Cup quarterfinals with an insurmountable 3-0 lead against Switzerland after Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi beat Marco Chiudinelli and Henri Laaksonen in straight sets on Saturday.The duo won 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in less than two hours on the indoor clay court to help Italy reach its third quarterfinal in four years and preserve its seven-year unbeaten home record.

  • Kazakhstan leads Serbia 2-1 in Davis Cup after doubles win

    March 5, 2016

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Kazakhstan leads Serbia 2-1 in the first round of the Davis Cup after Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov beat Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the doubles match.Golubev and Nedovyesov dominated, serving strongly and allowing the Serbs little space to fight back despite the presence of the world's top-ranked player Djokovic and the home crowd.

  • Croatia on brink of quarterfinals in Davis Cup

    March 5, 2016

    LIEGE, Belgium (AP) Croatia needs only one more point to reach the Davis Cup quarterfinals after Ivan Dodig and Franko Skugor won the doubles against Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans and David Goffin on Saturday.After a tense first set, Dodig and Skugor broke their opponents four times and prevailed 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-1 to give Croatia a 2-1 lead ahead of Sunday's reverse singles.

  • Davis Cup: Murray brothers beat Japan to put Britain 2-1 up

    March 5, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray teamed with his brother Jamie to guide Britain to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Japan in a doubles match in the Davis Cup on Saturday, moving the titleholders into a 2-1 lead ahead of the reverse singles.Andy Murray has now won his last 13 matches in the competition, 11 of them coming last year when Britain won the title for the first time in 79 years.

  • Bryan brothers give US 2-1 Davis Cup lead over Australia

    March 5, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Hard court or grass court, it didn't seem to matter to Bob and Mike Bryan on Saturday when the twin brothers gave the United States a 2-1 lead over Australia in their World Group Davis Cup first-round tie.The Bryans, overcoming some mid-match jitters, beat Australia team captain Lleyton Hewitt - who came out of a 41-day retirement to replace Sam Groth - and John Peers 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in doubles to put the Americans in front ahead of Sunday's reverse singles. Hewitt had replaced an ill Nick Kyrgios in the Australian squad but didn't play in either of the opening singles.

  • Dick Enberg remembers his friend, Bud Collins

    March 4, 2016

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Dick Enberg only followed tennis casually before NBC sent him to Wimbledon in 1979 for the first live coverage of what would become ''Breakfast at Wimbledon.''A little nervous about tennis terminology, he quickly found a friend: Bud Collins.

  • Lleyton Hewitt to play Davis Cup doubles for Australia

    March 4, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australia team captain Lleyton Hewitt has come out of a short-lived retirement to replace Sam Groth in Davis Cup doubles on Saturday against the United States at Kooyong, where the court surface has become a subject of controversy.

  • ITF says Australia-US match played on wrong surface

    March 4, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The International Tennis Federation says that the first-round Davis Cup match between Australia and the United States should have been played on hardcourts, and not grass.It said the confusion came from a three-way ''oversight'' by the ITF, the United States Tennis Association and Tennis Australia.

  • Davis Cup: New dad Murray takes 1st match, Djokovic wins

    March 4, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray won his first match since becoming a father as defending champion Britain and Japan tied 1-1 on the first day of their Davis Cup first-round match on Friday, while Novak Djokovic provided the point for Serbia, which is also 1-1 against Kazakhstan.

  • Davis Cup: Italy survives scares to lead Switzerland 2-0

    March 4, 2016

    PESARO, Italy (AP) Italy survived scares in both its singles rubbers Friday to take a 2-0 lead in its Davis Cup first-round tie against a Switzerland team missing Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.Paolo Lorenzi let slip a two-set lead and was forced to save three match points before beating Marco Chiudinelli, and Andreas Seppi recovered to defeat Henri Laaksonen in four sets, winning 7-5, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3.

  • Bud Collins, US voice of tennis in print and on TV, has died

    March 5, 2016

    Bud Collins, the tennis historian and American voice of the sport in print and on TV for decades, has died. He was 86.His wife, Anita Ruthling Klaussen, said in a telephone interview that Collins died Friday at home in Brookline, Massachusetts, after suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia.

  • Berdych beats Zverev to draw Czechs level 1-1 in Davis Cup

    March 4, 2016

    HANNOVER, Germany (AP) Tomas Berdych defeated Alexander Zverev in a five-set encounter to draw the Czech Republic level with Germany at 1-1 in their Davis Cup first-round tie on Friday.Seventh-ranked Berdych needed 4 hours, 20 minutes to prevail 7-6 (6), 1-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 over the 18-year-old Zverev, who was making his Davis Cup debut.

  • Davis Cup: France moves into 2-0 lead in Guadeloupe

    March 4, 2016

    BAIE-MAHAULT, Guadeloupe (AP) Gilles Simon overcame a sloppy start to beat Vasek Pospisil in straight sets and give France a 2-0 lead over Canada in their Davis Cup first-round tie with Yannick Noah as the team's new captain.Simon trailed 5-0 in the opening set before rallying past Pospisil 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.

  • Goffin puts Belgium back on track in Davis Cup

    March 4, 2016

    LIEGE, Belgium (AP) Belgium leveled the Davis Cup first-round tie with Croatia at 1-1 after David Goffin defeated Borna Coric in five sets on Friday.The 19-year-old Coric recovered from a two-set deficit to force a decider but lost as 16th-ranked Goffin put last year's runner-up Belgium back on track with a 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 3-6, 6-3 victory.

  • Davis Cup: Kazakhstan ties Serbia 1-1 after opening day

    March 4, 2016

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Mikhail Kukushkin beat Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 as Kazakhstan tied Serbia 1-1 after the first day of their Davis Cup first-round tie on Friday.Kukuskhin, who dominated Troicki throughout the match, says his victory could pave the way for a surprise win against the 2010 champion.

  • Murray: 'Why can't we win Davis Cup again?'

    March 3, 2016

    BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Andy Murray sees no reason why Britain can't retain the Davis Cup.After leading the team to its first title in 79 years last November, Murray has recommitted to all of Britain's ties this year.''One of the reasons I'm here is because I really want to try and do it again, after experiencing it last year,'' Murray said at the draw on Thursday for the first-round tie with Japan.

  • Monfils to open for France against Canada in Davis Cup

    March 3, 2016

    POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe (AP) Gael Monfils will open for France against Frank Dancevic of Canada in their Davis Cup first round tie on clay.French Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah picked Monfils despite the player's criticism of the decision to play overseas. Monfils questioned playing in Guadeloupe because of the logistics involved but made clear he was thrilled to play for his country.

  • Djokovic to open for Serbia against Kazakhstan

    March 3, 2016

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Novak Djokovic will play the opening match against Aleksandr Nedovyesov on Friday when Serbia takes on Kazakhstan in the first round of the Davis Cup.Djokovic's participation is a boost for the host team after he pulled out of the quarterfinals at the Dubai Championships last week with an inflammatory infection in both eyes.

  • Czech No. 1 Berdych to play Davis Cup debutant Zverev

    March 3, 2016

    HANNOVER, Germany (AP) Philipp Kohlschreiber and debutant Alexander Zverev will open for Germany against the Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol and Tomas Berdych in their Davis Cup first round tie Friday.German No. 1 Kohlschreiber, ranked 30th, will play Rosol first before the 18-year-old Zverev takes on the world's No. 7 Berdych, playing for the first time since the 2014 semifinals.

  • So much for retirement: Hewitt on standby as playing captain

    March 2, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Lleyton Hewitt called it quits on a 20-year career during the Australian Open in January. On Thursday, he was placed on standby as playing captain for Australia against the United States in the first round of World Group play at the Davis Cup.

  • Hewitt on standby as playing captain for Australia vs US

    March 2, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Lleyton Hewitt will end his short retirement to become playing captain for Australia against the United States in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group this weekend, although he was not immediately included in the opening three matches and he's officially on standby.

  • Davis Cup: Hewitt to be playing captain for Australia vs US

    March 2, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Lleyton Hewitt will end his short retirement to become playing captain for Australia against the United States in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group this weekend, although he was not immediately included in the opening three matches.

  • Davis Cup: Hewitt to be playing captain for Australia

    March 2, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Lleyton Hewitt will end his short retirement to become playing captain for Australia against the United States in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group this weekend.Davis Cup officials said Hewitt, who retired after a second-round singles loss at the Australian Open in January, will replace Nick Kyrgios, who has a virus.

  • Djokovic, Murray set to decide fate of Davis Cup this year

    March 2, 2016

    LONDON (AP) It's easy to believe the Davis Cup in the last few years has been the plaything of the Big Four in tennis.Since 2010, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray have won the Davis Cup for the first time. Rafael Nadal has more Davis Cup titles than all of them combined, having featured in three winning finals - the last in 2011 - and helped Spain to a fourth triumph.

  • Djokovic hopes to play in Davis Cup against Kazakhstan

    March 2, 2016

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Novak Djokovic says he is recovering from an eye infection and hopes to be ready to play for Serbia against Kazakhstan this weekend in the Davis Cup.The top-ranked Djokovic pulled out of the quarterfinals at the Dubai Championships last week with an inflammatory infection in both eyes.

  • Australia Davis Cup coach says captain Hewitt might play

    March 2, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australia Davis Cup coach Jason Stoltenberg has indicated new captain Lleyton Hewitt might play in the first-round tie against the United States this week if a virus-affected Nick Kyrgios withdraws.If so, it would rank among the shortest ''retirements'' of any sportsperson. Two-time Grand Slam champion Hewitt called it quits after a 20-year career only in late-January during the Australian Open, where he lost in the second round in singles.

  • Australian coach leaves open possibility of Hewitt return

    March 2, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australian Davis Cup coach Jason Stoltenberg has indicated new team captain Lleyton Hewitt might play in this weekend's first-round World Group Davis Cup match against the United States due to the possible withdrawal of a virus-affected Nick Kyrgios.

  • Venus says 'Serena paved the way' for Indian Wells return

    March 1, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Venus Williams says ''Serena paved the way'' for her to return to the WTA tournament in Indian Wells, 15 years after the older sister's last appearance.Venus hasn't been back to the event in the desert since 2001, when she withdrew, citing a knee injury, 20 minutes before she was scheduled to face Serena in the semifinals. Serena, then 19, was booed throughout the final. Their father, Richard Williams, later said he heard racial taunts from the crowd.

  • Even with new roof over Ashe, US Open wants 'outdoor' event

    February 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) For once, U.S. Open organizers were hoping for more rain.With the retractable roof atop Arthur Ashe Stadium set to be ready in 2016, they planned to use last year's tournament as a rehearsal, analyzing the forecasts then discussing whether they would or wouldn't cover up at a particular moment.

  • Cuevas beats Carreno Busta to keep title in Brazil

    February 28, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Third-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay successfully defended his Brazil Open title on Sunday with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.The 27th-ranked Cuevas needed less than 90 minutes to beat No. 67 Carreno Busta, who was playing in his first ATP final.

  • Cuevas will defend Brazil title in final vs. Carreno Busta

    February 27, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay will defend the Brazil Open title in the final against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain on Sunday.Cuevas beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday to reach his second final in two weeks. Last weekend, he lifted the Rio Open trophy.

  • Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro rallies to win Qatar title

    February 27, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain rallied after losing the first set to beat Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia and win the Qatar Open on Saturday.The eighth-seed needed one hour, 52 minutes to beat the 18-year-old 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, for the second WTA Tour title of her career.

  • Wawrinka wins Dubai title in straight sets over Baghdatis

    February 27, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Stan Wawrinka won the battle of the 30-year-olds by defeating Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 7-6 (13) to win the Dubai Tennis Championships title Saturday.Wawrinka, seeded second, had been two points from defeat in the Dubai tournament's first round to Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.

  • Cervantes and Carreno Busta to meet in Brazil Open semifinal

    February 26, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Inigo Cervantes and Pablo Carreno Busta will meet in the semifinals of the Brazil Open with a Spaniard guaranteed to be in the final.No. 65-ranked player Cervantes overcame a deficit of 16 ranking places to beat fourth-seeded Federico Delbonis, the 2014 champion, 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4.

  • Brazil tennis open will have a Spanish finalist

    February 26, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Inigo Cervantes and Pablo Carreno Busta will meet in the semifinals of the Brazil Open with a Spaniard guaranteed to be in the final.No. 65-ranked player Cervantes overcame a deficit of 16 ranking places to beat fourth-seeded Federico Delbonis, the 2014 champion, 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4.

  • Suarez Navarro beats Radwanska 6-2, 6-0 to reach Qatar final

    February 26, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Carla Suarez Navarro restricted No.3-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska to only two games as she reached the final of the Qatar Open with a 6-2, 6-0 semifinal victory on Friday.The eighth-seeded Suarez Navarro needed only 62 minutes to beat Radwanska and will next face Latvian 18-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, who reached her first WTA Tour final when German Andrea Petkovic retired with a leg injury while trailing 7-5, 1-0.

  • Shelter dogs take center stage at Brazil tennis open

    February 26, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Four trained shelter dogs that once roamed the streets of Sao Paulo found themselves center stage at the Brazil Open tournament.In an exhibition with players Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain and Gastao Elias of Portugal, the canines Frida, Costela, Mel and Isabelle engaged onlookers Thursday night by picking up balls that went out of bounds. Not long ago, the same dogs had run abandoned in Sao Paulo, Brazil's biggest city.

  • France to host Netherlands on clay in Fed Cup semi in April

    February 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) France has chosen to play on clay when it hosts the Netherlands in the Fed Cup semifinals in April.The tie will be at the 4,400-seat Arena Loire in Trelaze in northwestern France from April 16-17, the French Tennis Federation said Friday.

  • France to play Netherlands on clay in Fed Cup semifinal

    February 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) France has chosen to play on clay when it hosts Netherlands in their Fed Cup semifinal.The tie will be held at the 4,400-seater ''Arena Loire'' in Trelaze in northwestern France from April 16-17, the French Tennis Federation said Friday.France leads the Netherlands 5-1 in their head-to-heads but the countries have not met since the 1997 final, won 4-1 by France.

  • Wawrinka reaches Dubai final after Kyrgios retires hurt

    February 26, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Stan Wawrinka advanced to the Dubai Tennis Championships final after Nick Kyrgios of Australia retired during their semifinal with a back injury on Friday.Wawrinka was leading 6-4, 3-0 at the time.He will be looking for his second title of the year when he plays either sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain or unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

  • Guy Forget named new director of French Open tournament

    February 26, 2016

    PARIS (AP) Guy Forget has been appointed as the new director of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros.The French Tennis Federation said in a statement Friday that Forget - who was France's Davis Cup captain from 1999-2012 - will replace Gilbert Ysern, who was fired earlier this month.

  • Top seeds Paire and Bellucci out of Brazil Open

    February 25, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) The top-seeded Benoit Paire of France and No. 2 Thomaz Bellucci lost in the second round of the Brazil Open on Thursday.Paire fell to Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.Home crowd favorite Bellucci was ousted by Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

  • Petkovic ousts Muguruza to reach Qatar semis

    February 25, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Andrea Petkovic of Germany eliminated fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the Qatar Open semifinals on Thursday.Petkovic, a former top-10 player who has dropped to 29th, met Muguruza with a 2-0 record against the Spaniard, but both wins were before 2014, since when Muguruza has risen to a career-high ranking of No. 5.

  • Nick Kyrgios beats Berdych to reach semifinals in Dubai

    February 25, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Nick Kyrgios advanced to the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships by beating third-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4.The Australian, making his debut at the tournament in Dubai, received treatment on his back while up a break and leading 3-2 in the first set.

  • Radwanska beats Niculescu to reach Doha quarterfinals

    February 24, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska came through a tough first set before beating Monica Niculescu 7-5, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open.Radwanska, who was down a double break in the first set, struggled with her first serves. But as the match progressed, her superb shot-making rarely her Romanian opponent much chance.

  • ATP president: More should be spent on combating corruption

    February 24, 2016

    LONDON (AP) As the number of suspected cases of match-fixing in tennis soars, the head of the ATP said Wednesday that more money needs to be given to the agency working to combat corruption.Chris Kermode, the ATP's president and chief executive, and Nigel Willerton, director of the Tennis Integrity Unit, addressed a panel of UK lawmakers amid allegations of match-fixing and corruption in tennis.

  • Tomas Berdych advances to Dubai quarterfinals

    February 24, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Tomas Berdych advanced to his fourth quarterfinal of the season by beating Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 6-2 at the Dubai Championships on Wednesday.Berdych, a two-time Dubai finalist, holds a 22-4 win-loss record at the tournament. He's reached at least the semifinals in four of the last five years.

  • Monteiro beats Almagro to follow up win over Tsonga

    February 23, 2016

    SAO PAULO (AP) Only six days after beating No. 9-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Monteiro has added another prominent player to his list of upset victories.In the ATP 250 Brasil Open at Sao Paulo, Monteiro beat seventh-seeded, two-time Brazil Open champion Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday. The 21-year-old Brazilian, who is still recovering from a series of injuries, is ranked No. 278 - 228 places below Almagro.

  • Kerber loses in 1st match since winning Australian Open

    February 23, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber made a disappointing return to competitive tennis on Tuesday, losing 7-5, 6-1 to China's Zheng Saisai in the second round at the Qatar Open.Kerber beat Serena Williams at Melbourne in the opening Grand Slam of the year on Jan. 30. The top-seeded Kerber received a first-round bye at Doha.

  • Isner, Sock picked for US against Australia's Tomic, Kyrgios

    February 23, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) John Isner, Jack Sock and the Bryan twins will represent the United States against Australia in the first round of the Davis Cup next month.U.S. captain Jim Courier's roster was announced Tuesday.It will be Lleyton Hewitt's first Davis Cup competition as Australia's captain. His players for the March 4-6 matches on an outdoor grass court in Kooyong, Australia, will be Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios, Sam Groth and John Peers.

  • Djokovic to lead Serbia against Kazakhstan in Davis Cup

    February 23, 2016

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will lead Serbia's team against Kazakhstan next week in the first round of the Davis Cup.Serbia's tennis federation said Tuesday its squad will also include 22nd-ranked Viktor Troicki, Filip Krajinovic and doubles veteran Nenad Zimonjic in the World Group matchup.

  • Andy Murray to return from fatherhood in Davis Cup

    February 23, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Returning to tennis for the first time since becoming a father, Andy Murray will lead Britain's Davis Cup team when it opens the defense of its title against Japan next week.Murray and his brother, doubles specialist Jamie, were part of the five-man squad selected Tuesday by captain Leon Smith for the first-round World Group series in Birmingham on March 4-6.

  • Berdych advances to 2nd round at Dubai Tennis Championships

    February 23, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships by beating Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday.''A first match, playing outside after a while, it's a good test,'' Berdych said. ''Don't make it more complicated than needed.''

  • Berdych returns to Czech Davis Cup squad to play Germany

    February 23, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Tomes Berdych is returning to the Czech Republic's squad after one-year absence to play next month's Davis Cup's first round series at Germany.Berdych, who helped his country to win back-to-back Davis Cup titles in 2012-13, focused on the ATP Tour last year. He didn't play in the 3-2 loss to Australia in the first round and also missed a 3-1 victory in India in the Davis Cup World Group playoff.

  • Nishikori cruises in opener against de Bakker in Acapulco

    February 23, 2016

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) Kei Nishikori cruised to victory in his opening match in Acapulco on Monday, defeating Thiemo de Bakker 6-0, 6-3 in less than an hour.The second-seeded Nishikori was sharp in his first match since capturing his fourth Memphis Open title a week ago, breaking his Dutch opponent six times and fending off the only break point he faced.

  • Hewitt picks Tomic, Kyrgios to play vs US in Davis Cup

    February 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Lleyton Hewitt has selected doubles specialist John Peers as a reinforcement for Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic and Sam Groth on Australia's team for the Davis Cup match against the United States on grass at Kooyong next month.

  • Wozniacki works overtime to reach Doha 2nd round

    February 22, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki worked overtime at the Qatar Open on Monday to avoid a first-up loss for the third time in her last four tournaments.Wozniacki, whose ranking has dropped to No. 22, overcame Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

  • Lopez wins 400th match of his career at Dubai Championships

    February 22, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez won the 400th match of his career on Monday, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 at the Dubai Tennis Championships.The 34-year-old Spaniard, the oldest player in the draw, is playing in Dubai for the 10th time. He reached the final in 2004 and 2008.

  • Pablo Cuevas takes Rio Open with victory over Guido Pella

    February 21, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay claimed his fourth ATP singles title with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory over Guido Pella of Argentina in the final of the Rio Open on Sunday.The match was delayed for more than three hours by a torrential downpour with the first set tied at 3-3. Cuevas, who defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, came out of the break fresher than Pella, a first-time ATP Tour finalist.

  • Bouchard beats Latvia's Sevastova in 1st round in Doha

    February 21, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Eugenie Bouchard took another step in her comeback on the WTA Tour by battling to a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova in the first round of the Qatar Open on Sunday.The 22-year-old Canadian, who reached as high as world number five in October 2014, the year when she reached the final of Wimbledon before losing to Petra Kvitova, is now ranked 61st on the WTA Tour.

  • Kyrgios beats Cilic at Open 13 to win 1st title

    February 21, 2016

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) Big-serving Nick Kyrgios won his first career title with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over fourth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia in the Open 13 final on Sunday.Kyrgios closed out the match with his 17th ace to cap a dream week for the 20-year-old Australian, who didn't lose a set and was unbroken in 47 games. Ranked 41st, he beat two top-10 players in No. 10 Richard Gasquet and No. 8 Tomas Berdych.

  • Djokovic back from vacation to face Robredo in Dubai

    February 21, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) After taking a three-week vacation from tennis after winning his sixth Australian Open title, Novak Djokovic is ready to get back on court Monday at the Dubai Tennis Championships.Having won his first two tournaments of the year - the Qatar Open and his 11th Grand Slam title in Australia - the top-ranked Serb has been focusing on his family.

  • Cuevas, Pella into Rio Open final; Nadal and Thiem beaten

    February 20, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Pablo Cuevas and Guido Pella will face off in the final of the Rio Open after beating highly favored opponents in the semifinals to get there.Cuevas upset Rafael Nadal - who used to be unbeatable on clay - 6-7 (6), 7-6 (3), 6-4 on Saturday. It was the Uruguayan's first victory over Nadal in three attempts, and he finished off the match with an ace.

  • Kyrgios dominates Berdych to set up Open 13 final vs. Cilic

    February 20, 2016

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) Big-serving Nick Kyrgios remains on course for his first career title after beating second-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to set up an Open 13 final against fourth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic.After Cilic had downed No. 8 Benoit Paire of France 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in the earlier semifinal, Kyrgios followed up in style. The unseeded Australian, ranked 41st, broke Berdych's serve three times and did not concede a single break-point chance.

  • Errani beats Svitolina to reach second Dubai final

    February 19, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Sara Errani of Italy advanced to her second Dubai Tennis Championships final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 21st-ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Friday.The 22nd-ranked Errani was a 2013 finalist, losing to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.

  • Teenager Fritz, del Potro earn wild cards at Indian Wells

    February 18, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) American teenager Taylor Fritz, former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and Australian Open quarterfinalist Zhang Shuai of China have been awarded wild cards into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open next month.Tournament officials announced the wild cards Thursday.

  • 2nd-seeded Berdych and No. 3 Gasquet reach last 8 at Open 13

    February 18, 2016

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) Second-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych and third-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet reached the Open 13 quarterfinals on Thursday.Berdych, a finalist three years ago, needed more than two hours to get past the 18-year-old German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and next meets No. 6 David Goffin of Belgium.

  • Smyczek, Chardy reach quarterfinals at Delray

    February 18, 2016

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Fifth-seeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and American Tim Smyczek fought through swirling winds to reach the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach Open on Thursday.Chardy joined fourth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria as one of only two seeded players left.

  • Ferrer into quarterfinals and matchup with rising star Thiem

    February 18, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Defending champion David Ferrer of Spain advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rio Open with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Spanish countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas.Ferrer faces young Austrian Dominic Thiem in the last eight, a matchup of one of the most consistent players on clay against a 22-year-old viewed as a star of the next generation.

  • World TeamTennis' Empire to use famed Forest Hills site

    February 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Empire of World TeamTennis will use the famed Forest Hills Stadium as the site for its home matches.The venerable stadium that once hosted the U.S. Open and Davis Cup matches has been configured to seat 2,500 for six home dates from July 31-Aug. 13. It is located on the grounds of the West Side Tennis Club, which first hosted the national championships in 1915. The stadium was built in 1923, the nation's first tennis stadium.

  • Errani, Garcia advance to Dubai semifinals

    February 18, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Sara Errani of Italy advanced to the semifinals with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Madison Brengle of the U.S. at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday.Brengle, leading 4-1 in the third set, called her coach, former French player Julie Coin, to the court during the changeover. Brengle fell apart from that point on, losing the next five games and the match.

  • Wawrinka saves 2 match points to reach quarters in Marseille

    February 17, 2016

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka hit 49 winners and saved two match points to reach the quarterfinals of the Open 13 in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8) win over Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday.The defending French Open champion was on the verge of defeat in the tiebreak but hit two big serves to stay in the match, and then sealed his win on his second match point with a backhand passing shot.

  • Becker rallies to beat Johnson in Delray Beach Open

    February 17, 2016

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Benjamin Becker overcame a slow start, rallying past sixth-seeded Steve Johnson 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-3 Wednesday in the second round of the Delray Beach Open.Becker was down 4-0 in the second set before his comeback.Eighth-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating qualifier Tatsuma Ito of Japan 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (4).

  • Tsonga out in first round on clay in Rio de Janeiro

    February 17, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was beaten 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 by Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in the first round of the Rio Open on Wednesday.Tsonga has had a tough week in Brazil. The Frenchman's doubles match was rained out on Monday and his match against the Brazilian in singles on clay was washed out Tuesday.

  • Garcia upsets third-seeded Suarez Navarro at Dubai tennis

    February 17, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) France's Caroline Garcia upset third-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Wednesday.Garcia was four points from victory at 5-3, 15-15 in the third set when a hailstorm swept the area, suspending play for 3 hours, 39 minutes.

  • Sears blames bad sushi for Australian Open collapse

    February 17, 2016

    LEWES, England (AP) Tennis coach Nigel Sears says his collapse at the Australian Open was down to some bad sushi, not heart problems.Sears, who coaches Ana Ivanovic, blacked out during the Serbian player's third-round match last month with Madison Keys of the United States.

  • Noah picks Monfils for Davis Cup despite criticism of venue

    February 17, 2016

    PARIS (AP) French Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah has picked Gael Monfils to face Canada despite the player's criticism of the decision to play the first-round tie overseas.After his Australian Open quarterfinal loss to Canadian Milos Raonic, Monfils questioned the decision to play in the overseas region of Guadeloupe because of the logistics involved.

  • Roddick, McEnroe join World Team Tennis' return to New York

    February 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) World Team Tennis returns to New York this summer at the historic West Side Tennis Stadium in Queens.Andy Roddick and Patrick McEnroe will join the New York Empire team to compete at the former site of the U.S. Open. Roddick will play and McEnroe will coach the team at six home matches during the season, which runs July 31-Aug. 13.

  • 5th-seeded Simon loses to Gabashvili in 1st round of Open 13

    February 16, 2016

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) Fifth-seeded Gilles Simon of France lost 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) to Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in the first round of the Open 13 on Tuesday.Simon did not face a break point in the first set, where he broke Gabashvili once, but dropped his serve twice in the second as Gabashvili leveled.

  • Top-seeded Pereira of Brazil knocked out in 1st round in Rio

    February 16, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Top-seeded Teliana Pereira of Brazil has been knocked out in the first round of the Rio Open as Petra Martic of Croatia advanced 6-3, 7-5.Pereira's early loss is a blow for the women's side of the combined WTA-ATP event on outdoor clay. She is only ranked No. 43 but gave local organizers a hometown favorite.

  • Serena Williams pulls out of Qatar Open, citing the flu

    February 16, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Serena Williams has withdrawn from her second consecutive tournament, announcing Tuesday that she will miss next week's Qatar Open because of the flu.The No.1-ranked Williams pulled out of this week's Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday, also citing illness.

  • Ivanovic drops just 1 game in beating Gavrilova in Dubai

    February 16, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Former top-ranked Ana Ivanovic swept past Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.The 17th-ranked Ivanovic came to Dubai after having reached the semifinals in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lost to eventual champion Roberta Vinci.

  • Dimitrov reaches 2nd round of rain-filled Delray Beach

    February 15, 2016

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) Fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov persevered through a four-hour rain delay and wind gusts greater than 30 mph to defeat Israeli Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-2 and reach the second round of the Delray Beach Open on Monday.Also advancing was eighth-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, a semifinalist here last year, who needed an hour and 31 minutes to dispatch Tunisian Malek Jaziri 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.

  • No. 3 Danka Kovinic and No. 5 Polona Hercog advance in Rio

    February 15, 2016

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Third-seeded Danka Kovinic of Montenegro and No. 5 Polona Hercog of Slovenia each advanced to the second round of the Rio Open clay-court tournament on Monday.Kovinic defeated Sachia Vickery of the United States 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, and Hercog also won over an American, beating Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2.

  • Goffin and Paire reach 2nd round at Open 13

    February 15, 2016

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) Sixth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium breezed past South Korean Chung Hyeon 6-3, 6-1 to reach the second round of the Open 13 on Monday.Eighth-seeded Benoit Paire also advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 defeat of Simone Bolelli.Paire, one of the 10 Frenchmen competing in the singles draw in Marseille, converted four of 16 break points. He next plays either Nicolas Mahut, who reached the semifinals in Rotterdam last week, or qualifier Vincent Millot.

  • Brengle overcomes Makarova in first round in Dubai

    February 15, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) In her Dubai Tennis Championships debut, American Madison Brengle came from behind in both sets to beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 7-5 in the first round on Monday.Brengle trailed 2-0 in the first set, and 4-0 in the second.

  • Thiem wins Argentina Open to take 4th career singles title

    February 14, 2016

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Dominic Thiem defeated Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (4) to win the Argentina Open on Sunday and claim his fourth ATP singles title.The 22-year-old Austrian reached the final after beating former No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Nadal won this event a year ago and was once nearly unbeatable on clay.

  • Nishikori beats American teen for 4th straight Memphis title

    February 14, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Kei Nishikori of Japan won his fourth straight Memphis Open title Sunday, beating American teen Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4.Nishikori joined Jimmy Connors as the only four-time winners of the event and became only the fourth active player to win an event four times, joining Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

  • Martin Klizan beats Gael Monfils to win title in Rotterdam

    February 14, 2016

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Martin Klizan rallied past fifth-seeded Gael Monfils 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-1 to win the indoor World Tennis Tournament on Sunday.The 26-year-old Slovak, who saved eight match points on his way to the final, won six of the seven break points he faced against Monfils in their two-hour match.

  • Vinci beats Bencic to win St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy

    February 14, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Roberta Vinci snapped a losing streak in finals to beat top-seeded Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-3 and take the inaugural St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Sunday.It is the 10th career win for No. 16-ranked Vinci in a WTA singles final and ends her 0-4 streak in finals dating back to 2013 - including last year's U.S. Open, where she lost to fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta.

  • No Serena or Kerber as Halep eyes title defense in Dubai

    February 14, 2016

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Simona Halep wasn't sure she would be healthy enough to defend her title at the hardcourt Dubai Tennis Championships, which start Monday, so she didn't enter the event at first.Feeling better, the Romanian postponed nose surgery to repair a deviated septum and got a wildcard.

  • Venus Williams beats Misaki Doi to win Taiwan Open

    February 14, 2016

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered Misaki Doi of Japan 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Taiwan Open without dropping a set in the tournament.Williams saved six of nine break points in her first meeting against the second-seeded Doi.

  • American teen Taylor Fritz reaches final in 3rd ATP event

    February 13, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Teenager Taylor Fritz beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the Memphis Open final, becoming the youngest American to reach a final since Michael Chang in 1989.The 18-year-old Fritz, from Rancho Sante Fe, California, already had made a mark as the youngest American to reach an ATP semifinal since Chang won Wembley in 1989 at age 17.

  • Monfils and Klizan to meet in World Tennis Tournament final

    February 13, 2016

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Fifth-seeded Gael Monfils of France beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to set up a World Tennis Tournament final against Martin Klizan of Slovakia, who earlier beat qualifier Nicolas Mahut of France 6-7 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-2.

  • Thiem bounces Nadal from Argentina Open clay-court event

    February 13, 2016

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Rising star Dominic Thiem of Austria has knocked former top-ranked Rafael Nadal out of the Argentina Open with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) victory over the defending champion on Saturday.Nadal had a match point at 5-4 on clay in the final set of the semifinal but failed to convert.

  • Bencic to play Vinci in St. Petersburg final

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Belinda Bencic of Switzerland beat Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-4, 6-3 in a battle of 18-year-olds to book a St. Petersburg final against Roberta Vinci of Italy, who earlier in the day downed Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in straight sets.

  • Williams advances to final of Taiwan Open

    February 13, 2016

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the final of the Taiwan Open.Williams, who improved to 3-0 against Putinseva, converted five of eight break points and survived 12 double faults against the third-seeded player.

  • Fritz youngest American in ATP semifinal since Chang in '89

    February 12, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Teenager Taylor Fritz beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (5) on Friday at the Memphis Open, becoming the youngest American to reach an ATP semifinal since 1989.Fritz needed 2 hours, 20 minutes to continue his amazing run at The Racquet Club. Fritz, who turned 18 on Oct. 28, used his big serve and strong forehand to advance to his first career ATP semifinal as the youngest American since Michael Chang won Wembley in 1989 at the age of 17.

  • Nadal into semifinals in Argentina; sets up match with Thiem

    February 12, 2016

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Defending champion Rafael Nadal has reached the semifinals of the Argentina Open with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over Paolo Lorenzi of Italy on clay in the Argentine capital.It followed Nadal's defeat of Juan Monaco on Thursday.

  • Tennis corruption probe to take at least 1 year

    February 12, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The independent investigation into allegations of match-fixing and corruption in tennis will take at least a year, the sport's four governing bodies said Friday.Tennis leaders set out the terms of the probe, saying an independent review panel ''will investigate thoroughly the allegations of corruption in international professional tennis and the effectiveness of existing anti-corruption practices and procedures.''

  • Tennis leaders announce details of corruption probe

    February 12, 2016

    LONDON (AP) International tennis leaders have set out the scope of their independent investigation of allegations of match-fixing and corruption in the sport.The sport's four governing bodies announced the terms of the probe Friday, saying an independent review panel ''will investigate thoroughly the allegations of corruption in international professional tennis and the effectiveness of existing anti-corruption practices and procedures.''

  • Vinci, Ivanovic reach St. Petersburg semis

    February 12, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Roberta Vinci survived a scare from Timea Babos of Hungary to reach the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy semifinals on Friday.Vinci broke Babos when the latter was serving for the match in the deciding set, and bounced back from 4-2 down in the tiebreak to win 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (4).

  • Mahut beats Troicki to reach Rotterdam semifinals

    February 12, 2016

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) French qualifier Nicolas Mahut dispatched eighth-seeded Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-1 to reach the World Tennis Tournament semifinals on Friday.Mahut, the oldest player in the draw at 34, lost just three points on his first serve, saved the three breaks points he faced, and broke the 22nd-ranked Troicki four times.

  • Vinci survives scare to beat Babos in St. Petersburg

    February 12, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Roberta Vinci survived a scare from Timea Babos of Hungary to reach the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy semifinals on Friday.Vinci broke Babos when the latter was serving for the match in the deciding set, and bounced back from 4-2 down in the tiebreak to win 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (4).

  • Williams beats Sevastova to reach semifinals of Taiwan Open

    February 12, 2016

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-5, 6-2 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Taiwan Open.Williams won seven of 10 break points against her unseeded opponent to set up a semifinal against third-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

  • Donald Young wins second-round match in Memphis Open

    February 11, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Third-seeded Donald Young beat Marcel Granollers 6-1, 7-6 (2) in the second round of the Memphis Open on Thursday.Young was the only seeded player to win in the afternoon matches as seventh-seeded John Millman of Australia lost to Germany's Benjamin Becker, while Ricardes Berankis of Lithuania ousted No. 8 seed Damir Dzumhur of Boznia and Herzegovina. Berankis won 6-3, 6-4, and Becker survived a tiebreaker in a 6-2, 7-6 (6) victory.

  • Ferrer, Cuevas advance to quarterfinals in Argentina

    February 11, 2016

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) David Ferrer of Spain and Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas have reached the quarterfinals of the Argentina Open.Second-seeded Ferrer defeated Argentina's Renzo Olivo 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday, and Cuevas beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-4, 6-2.

  • Tennis umpires banned over corruption; 4 officials suspended

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The International Tennis Federation says two umpires have been banned for corruption offenses and four more are suspended.The sanctions were concealed until being confirmed by the governing body in response to a story Tuesday in The Guardian.

  • Andy Murray becomes first-time father with birth of girl

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray has become a father for the first time after his wife, Kim Sears, gave birth to a girl.Murray's management company says Sears gave birth on Sunday, a week after the 28-year-old Scot lost the Australian Open final. No further details were provided.

  • US drawn against Australia in Fed Cup playoffs

    February 9, 2016

    LONDON (AP) The United States will travel to Australia in April as they try to win back their place in the top tier of the Fed Cup.The Americans and Australia were drawn on Tuesday in the World Group play-offs from April 16-17.In other pairings, Germany travels to Romania, Spain hosts four-time champion Italy and Belarus is in Russia.

  • Kudla into 2nd round of Memphis Open

    February 8, 2016

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) No. 5 seed Denis Kudla moved into the second round of the Memphis Open with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Rajeev Ram on Monday.Kudla, seeded in an ATP World Tour event for the first time, broke Ram's serve to open the second set. The 23-year-old American finished with five aces and did not face a break point.

  • Almagro defeats Montanes to reach second round in Argentina

    February 8, 2016

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Nicolas Almagro of Spain advanced to the second round of the clay-court Argentina Open after defeating countryman Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-3.Almagro won this tournament in 2011, but has not won an ATP singles tournament in the last three seasons.

  • 2nd-seeded Cilic and Dodig advance to 2nd round in Rotterdam

    February 8, 2016

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia had 10 aces in a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the first round of the World Tennis Tournament on Monday.Istomin saved six break-point chances in the second set, but conceded the only break as Cilic got on top.

  • Venus Williams advances US team in Fed Cup

    February 7, 2016

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Venus Williams clinched victory for the U.S. Fed Cup team against Poland on Sunday in the Group II first round, advancing her team to the World Group Playoff in April.A win in April would put the U.S. in contention for the Fed Cup title next year. The draw for the playoffs is Tuesday.

  • Victor Estrella Burgos retains his Ecuador Open title

    February 7, 2016

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic rallied from a set down to beat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Sunday to retain his title on clay in the Ecuador Open in Quito.It was only the Dominican's second ATP singles title, and both have come in this tournament.

  • Bautista-Agut downs Troicki to win Sofia Open

    February 7, 2016

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Viktor Troicki to win the inaugural Sofia Open on Sunday for his fourth career title.The top-seeded Spaniard downed the second-seed Troicki 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour, 22 minutes.The 27-year-old dominated, not losing a single set in three matches en route to capturing the first Sofia Open.

  • Bencic, Hingis help Switzerland beat Germany 3-2 in Fed Cup

    February 7, 2016

    LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) Belinda Bencic and Australian Open doubles champion Martina Hingis sent Switzerland to the Fed Cup semifinals with a 3-2 win over Germany on Sunday.The 18-year-old Bencic and Hingis, who won with Sania Mirza in Melbourne, converted four of their five break points to defeat Andrea Petkovic and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-3, 6-2 in the deciding doubles match.

  • Czech Republic beats Romania 3-2 in Fed Cup

    February 7, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Defending champion Czech Republic beat host Romania 3-2 Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the Fed Cup.Karolina Pliskova again won her singles rubber of the first-round match, defeating Monica Niculescu 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 after playing for more than 2 1/4 hours.

  • Gasquet beats Mathieu to retain Open Sud de France title

    February 7, 2016

    MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Top-seeded Richard Gasquet defended his Open Sud de France title with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Paul-Henri Mathieu in all-French final on Sunday.Gasquet dropped serve twice in the first set, rallying from 3-0 down by breaking Mathieu's serve three times on the way to a 13th career title and third at the Montpellier event.

  • Romania, Czech Republic 2-2 in Fed Cup

    February 7, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Karolina Pliskova won her second singles match to put defending champion Czech Republic level at 2-2 with host Romania in their Fed Cup first-round match.Pliskova beat Romania's Monica Niculescu, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a match lasting 2 hours, 17 minutes.

  • Garcia tops Giorgi to seal France's Fed Cup win over Italy

    February 7, 2016

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) Caroline Garcia followed Kristina Mladenovic's earlier win by beating Camila Giorgi 6-3, 6-4 as France clinched a spot in the Fed Cup semifinals on Sunday with a comprehensive 4-1 win against Italy in their first-round tie.Garcia had 11 winners and broke Giorgi's serve three times to dominate the match. Giorgi had seven aces but was let down by 13 double faults on her wayward serve.

  • Beck beats Bacsinszky to draw Germany level 2-2 in Fed Cup

    February 7, 2016

    LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) Annika Beck defeated Timea Bacsinszky to pull Germany level with Switzerland 2-2 in their Fed Cup first-round tie after Belinda Bencic had beaten Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber on Sunday.The 39th-ranked Beck won 7-5, 6-4 in two hours, seven minutes on her Fed Cup debut to ensure the tie will be decided with the doubles rubber.

  • Romania leads Czech Republic 2-1 in Fed Cup

    February 7, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Home favorite Simona Halep has won a crucial point for Romania in a three-set battle against the Czech star Petra Kvitova on Sunday, increasing Romania's lead to 2-1 at their Fed Cup first-round matchup.The world's No. 3 completed a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win in two hours, 11 minutes in the Transylvanian city of Cluj to roars of approval from the Romanian crowd.

  • Bencic upsets Kerber to give Switzerland 2-1 lead in Fed Cup

    February 7, 2016

    LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) Belinda Bencic upset Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 7-6 (4), 6-3 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead over Germany in their Fed Cup first-round tie on Sunday.The 18-year-old Bencic, ranked 11th, came from 1-4 down to win the first set tiebreak and she needed just one match point to seal the win in 1 hour, 32 minutes.

  • Bertens gives Dutch a surprise win over Russia in Fed Cup

    February 7, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Last year's finalist Russia suffered a surprise first-round defeat in the Fed Cup on Sunday as the Netherlands built an unassailable 3-0 lead when Kiki Bertens beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-4 in the first reverse singles match.Russian No. 1 Maria Sharapova had been scheduled to play only the final doubles match because of a shoulder injury. But with tie already lost, she was replaced by Ekaterina Makarova, who teamed with Darya Kasatkina to quickly beat Dutch pair Cindy Burger and Arantxa Rus 6-0, 6-2 to give Russia its only point. The second reverse singles was canceled.

  • Bertens gives Dutch surprise win over Russia in Fed Cup

    February 7, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Last year's finalist Russia suffered a surprise first-round defeat in the Fed Cup on Sunday as the Netherlands built an unassailable 3-0 lead.With Russian No. 1 Maria Sharapova only scheduled to play the final doubles rubber because of a shoulder injury, Russia had suffered two losses on the opening day before Kiki Bertens secured the win for the Dutch in Sunday's first rubber, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 6-4.

  • Williams, Stephens give US 2-0 Fed Cup lead over Poland

    February 6, 2016

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Venus Williams beat Paula Kania 7-5, 6-2, and Sloane Stephens beat Magda Linette, 6-2 6-4 on Saturday to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead over Poland after the opening day of their Fed Cup first round.The Americans are one match away from advancing to the World Group II semifinals in April.

  • Gasquet beats Brown to set up Montpellier final vs. Mathieu

    February 6, 2016

    MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Defending champion Richard Gasquet remains on course to defend his Open Sud de France title after rallying to beat Dustin Brown of Germany 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday, setting up an all-French final against veteran Paul-Henri Mathieu.

  • Garcia wins to draw France level 1-1 with Italy in Fed Cup

    February 6, 2016

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) Caroline Garcia beat former French Open runner-up Sara Errani 6-3, 7-5 to move France level with Italy 1-1 after the opening day of their Fed Cup first-round tie on Saturday.France coach Amelie Mauresmo will be relieved and frustrated in equal measure, after Kristina Mladenovic lost the opening singles to Camila Giorgi 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

  • Fed Cup: Halep, Kvitova lose, Romania-Czech Republic, 1-1

    February 6, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Monica Niculescu beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-4 to ensure Romania tied with the Czech Republic 1-1 on the opening day of their Fed Cup first-round tie on Saturday.In the first singles, Karolina Pliskova overcame Simona Halep 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 for the first time, in a match lasting more than 2 1/2 hours in the Transylvanian city of Cluj.

  • Kerber draws Germany level with Switzerland 1-1 in Fed Cup

    February 6, 2016

    LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber defeated Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-3 to draw Germany level with Switzerland 1-1 after the opening day of their Fed Cup first-round tie on Saturday.Playing one week after claiming her first Grand Slam title with an three-set victory over Serena Williams in Melbourne, the world No. 2 showed no tiredness as she wrapped up the first set in 30 minutes and then converted her fifth match point to beat the 15th-ranked Bacsinszky in 1 hour 14 minutes.

  • Top-seeded Batista-Agut through to finals of Sofia Open

    February 6, 2016

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Top-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut advanced to the finals of the Garanti Koza Sofia Open by beating Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (5), 6-4.Bautista Agut won 75 per cent of total service points and Muller did well to save six of seven break points, but after dropping the opener in a tie-break, he was broken in the third game of the second set.

  • Halep loses to Pliskova in Fed Cup

    February 6, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Karolina Pliskova ended a three-match losing streak against Simona Halep to give the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead on the opening day of its Fed Cup first-round tie against Romania on Saturday.The 23-year-old Pliskova had never beaten Halep before her 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 win in the Transylvanian city of Cluj. The match lasted more than 2 1 /2 hours.

  • Bencic gives Switzerland 1-0 lead over Germany in Fed Cup

    February 6, 2016

    LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) Belinda Bencic defeated Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead over Germany on the opening day of their Fed Cup first-round tie on Saturday.Petkovic started well and raced into a 2-0 lead but 16 unforced errors cost her dearly as she lost the first set. Bencic converted all three of her break opportunities to wrap it up in just 35 minutes.

  • Bertens gives Netherlands lead over Russia in Fed Cup

    February 6, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Four-time Fed Cup champion Russia was on the brink of a surprise first-round defeat to the Netherlands after going 2-0 down on the first day Saturday.Despite leading Russian Maria Sharapova being scheduled to play only Sunday's doubles, the home team was expected to win comfortably against a Dutch team it has never lost to, and lacking any players ranked in the top 100.

  • German teen Zverev reaches Open Sud de France semifinals

    February 5, 2016

    MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Teenager Alexander Zverev beat Michael Berrer 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-5 in an all-German match to reach the Open Sud de France semifinals on Friday.The 18-year-old Zverev saved 16 of 18 break-points faced, including 10 in the third set, and won on his fifth match point.

  • Halep delays nose op to play title-holding Czechs in Fed Cup

    February 5, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Simona Halep postponed a nose operation so she can play for Romania against the defending champion Czech Republic in the first round of the Fed Cup this weekend.Halep will face Karolina Pliskova in the first singles on Saturday in Cluj.

  • Halep postpones op for Fed Cup against Czechs

    February 5, 2016

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) World No. 2 Simona Halep has postponed a nasal operation so she can play for Romania against the Czech Republic in the first round of the Fed Cup World Group.Halep is expected to face Karolina Pliskova in the first singles match on Saturday in the city of Cluj. The 24-year-old year old Halep appeared in good spirits Friday as she appeared with her teammates.

  • Top-seeded Bautista-Agut reaches semifinals at Sofia Open

    February 5, 2016

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Top-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut advanced to the semifinals of the Sofia Open by beating eighth-seeded Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-3 Friday.Bautista Agut won 77 percent of his service points and converted two of his five break points.

  • Kerber playing on 1st day for Germany against Switzerland

    February 5, 2016

    LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber will play on the opening day of Germany's Fed Cup first-round tie against Switzerland on Saturday.One week after claiming her first Grand Slam title with an upset three-set victory over Serena Williams in Melbourne, Kerber faces the 15th-ranked Timea Bacsinszky.

  • Mladenovic to open against Giorgi in Fed Cup 1st round

    February 5, 2016

    MARSEILLE, France (AP) Kristina Mladenovic will open against Camila Giorgi when France meets Italy in the first round of the Fed Cup on Saturday.In the second singles, Caroline Garcia will take on Italy No. 1 Sara Errani.After Sunday's reverse singles, the indoor hard-court tie could be decided by the doubles between Oceane Dodin and Pauline Parmentier against Martina Caregaro and Errani.

  • Sharapova playing doubles not singles in Fed Cup

    February 5, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Maria Sharapova was passed over for the singles and scheduled to play doubles for Russia against the Netherlands in their Fed Cup first-round tie starting on Saturday.Sharapova was warned last week by Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev that she must play in the tie if she wants to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. After losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals, Sharapova said she would join the Russia team in Moscow but rest a left forearm injury.

  • Dustin Brown beats Gilles Simon at Open Sud de France

    February 4, 2016

    MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Third-seeded Gilles Simon lost his opening match at the Open Sud de France in straight sets Thursday, struggling to return Dustin Brown's serves in a 6-4, 6-4 loss.Simon, who pushed Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic to five sets in the fourth round last month, was broken four times.

  • Top 2 seeds in Sofia Open advance to quarterfinals

    February 4, 2016

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Second-seeded Viktor Troicki reached the Sofia Open quarterfinals after defeating German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday.Troicki, through to his second quarterfinal in three tournaments this year, said of Brands: ''He has a very aggressive game, which I usually like to play against, and that's maybe why I played really well.''

  • Gasquet reaches Montpellier quarterfinals as Cilic goes out

    February 3, 2016

    MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Top seed Richard Gasquet comfortably reached the quarterfinals of the Open Sud de France by beating Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-4, 6-4, while second-seeded Marin Cilic went out to lowly ranked Alexander Zverev 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) on Wednesday.

  • Del Potro returning after wrist surgery, long layoff

    February 3, 2016

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Juan Martin del Potro says he will make a comeback from his latest injury this month at the Delray Beach Open.The former U.S. Open champion played only two tournaments last year before having surgery on his left wrist in June.

  • Brazil's Bellucci reaches quarterfinals in Ecuador

    February 3, 2016

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) Third-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil defeated Albert Montanes of Spain 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Ecuador Open on Wednesday.Bellucci will be up against No. 8 Pablo Carreno Busta in the last eight. The Spaniard defeated countryman Inigo Cervantes 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 6-2.

  • Slovakia's Klizan through to quarterfinals in Sofia

    February 3, 2016

    SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) Martin Klizan of Slovakia is the first player to reach the quarterfinals of the inaugural Sofia Open.The seventh-seeded Klizan took more than two hours to defeat Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday. Klizan awaits either fourth-seeded Andreas Seppi or Thiemo de Bakker of the Netherlands.

  • Roger Federer has knee surgery, will skip 2 tournaments

    February 3, 2016

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Roger Federer has had knee surgery and expects to miss tournaments in Rotterdam and Dubai this month.''Roger Federer underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery today in Switzerland to repair a torn meniscus,'' a statement on his official website said on Wednesday.

  • Baghdatis reaches 2nd round in Montpellier

    February 1, 2016

    MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis advanced to the second round of the Open Sud de France on Monday with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Lukas Lacko.Baghdatis hit nine aces and converted four of his eight break points to win his first match this season at the indoor tournament.

  • Latin American clay-court swing kicks off in Ecuador

    February 1, 2016

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain defeated Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3, 6-1 on Monday to reach the second round of the Ecuador Open.No. 8 Carreno Busta was the only seeded player in action on Monday.Bernard Tomic of Australia is the top-seeded player followed by Feliciano Lopez of Spain.

  • What We Learned from the Australian Open

    February 1, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) It didn't take long for the Australian Open to become controversial this year, although it had nothing to do with play on the courts.On the first morning of Jan. 18, BBC and BuzzFeed News reports that match-fixing had gone unchecked in tennis overshadowed the start of the event known often as the ''Happy Slam,'' because of its laid-back nature. Officials twice held media conferences over the first 10 days to address the issue.

  • Djokovic names his 2016 goal the Djoker Slam

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic has a new goal for the year. He calls it the Djoker Slam.The No. 1-ranked player has one thing missing from his fast-growing collection of 11 Grand Slam trophies.''The French Open. It's the one I never won,'' Djokovic said early Monday, after winning his record sixth Australian Open, but already casting an eye toward Paris. ''I'll try to put myself in a position to get that trophy.''

  • Distracted Murray comes up short again in Melbourne

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Andy Murray had one thing on his mind as he walked off the court with the Australian Open runner-up trophy, yet again: Would he make his early-morning flight back to Britain to be with his wife Kim, who is about to give birth to their first child?

  • The Latest: Djokovic spurns presidential suggestions

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):12:25 a.m.Novak Djokovic for president? His Serbian fans might think so, but the man who clinched his sixth Australian Open title on Sunday night isn't interested at the moment.

  • The Latest: Djokovic wins sixth Australian Open title

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):10:40 p.m.Novak Djokovic has maintained his perfect streak in six Australian Open finals with a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory Sunday that consigned Andy Murray to a fifth defeat in championship deciders at Melbourne Park.

  • The Latest: Djokovic leads Australian Open final by 2 sets

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):9:35 p.m.Five-time champion Novak Djokovic has taken a 2-set lead in the Australian Open final against Andy Murray, winning the second set 7-5 after taking the first 6-1.Djokovic, down three game points in the 11th game, rallied to break Murray, including a point from a 36-shot rally.

  • The Latest: Djokovic wins 1st set 6-1 vs Murray in final

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):8:15 p.m.Five-time champion Novak Djokovic has steamrolled Andy Murray 6-1 in a 30-minute first set of the Australian Open men's final.Djokovic took a 2-0 lead when he held his opening service game after saving a break point, then watched as Murray double-faulted to give him a break in the next game. He held his service at love in the next game for a 3-0 lead, then broke again when Murray's backhand floated long.

  • While Down Under, tennis players give Vegemite a try

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) For a little healthy fun off the courts, a group of players at the Australian Open took part in a Vegemite taste test.For Australians, it is the country's signature spread, a beloved national snack typically slathered on toast. It is to Australians what peanut butter is to Americans, or Nutella to the French.

  • Soares wins 2nd doubles title on same day at Australian Open

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Bruno Soares didn't have much down time between his Australian Open doubles championship matches. No worries, he won them both.On Sunday afternoon, he added the mixed doubles title with Elena Vesnina to the men's doubles championship he won with Jamie Murray.

  • The Latest: Vesnina, Soares win Aussie mixed doubles title

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):5:30 p.m.Elena Vesnina and Bruno Soares won the last four points of the match tiebreaker to capture the mixed doubles championship at the Australian Open with 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 win over Coco Vandeweghe and Hora Tecau.It was Soares' second doubles title in 18 hours at Melbourne Park - he and partner Jamie Murray beat Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a match that ended after midnight Saturday.

  • The Latest: Raonic, Ferrer move in rankings; Top 5 stable

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):5:00 p.m.Australian Open quarterfinalist David Ferrer has moved up to sixth place in projected ATP rankings effective Monday in a straight switch with Tomas Berdych, who slips down to eighth.

  • The Latest: Kerber takes murky plunge in Yarra River

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):2:40 p.m.Angelique Kerber has gone where at least one brave soul before her has - for a quick swim in the murky Yarra River after winning the Australian Open.Kerber's upset three-set victory over Serena Williams on Saturday was followed by a Sunday morning plunge in the river near Rod Laver Arena.

  • Murray dodges birth recall ahead of Australian Open final

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Andy Murray has played through the Australian Open knowing that at any moment he would have to pull out and go to London for the birth of his first child.His wife Kim is not due until early February and there has been no sign of early labor.

  • Kerber beats Williams for her 1st Grand Slam title

    January 31, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) After all the advice that Steffi Graf gave her, Angelique Kerber was able to return a favor to the retired champion on Saturday.Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era is intact - for now - after Kerber staged a stunning upset of No. 1-ranked Serena Williams to win her first major at the Australian Open.

  • Murray, Soares capture Australian Open men's doubles title

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Jamie Murray is leaving Melbourne with one Australian Open trophy for his family after capturing the men's doubles title with partner Bruno Soares in a match ending early Sunday morning.It's now up to his brother, Andy, to add a second.

  • The Latest: Andy Murray in stands to support brother Jamie

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):1:15 a.m.Andy Murray showed Jamie Murray a little brotherly love early Sunday morning, even if he had a singles final to play against Novak Djokovic about 18 hours later.

  • The Latest: Jamie Murray, Bruno Soares win doubles title

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):1 a.m.Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares have won the men's doubles title at the Australian Open, beating the oldest team to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open era, Daniel Nestor and Radek Stepanek.

  • The Latest: Kerber likely to move up to No. 2 on WTA tour

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):11:30 p.m.Angelique Kerber's upset victory over Serena Williams in the Australian Open final on Saturday is expected to see her move from sixth to second on the WTA Tour rankings.

  • Djokovic, Murray on opposite streaks into Aussie Open final

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Based on records alone, Novak Djokovic would appear to be the favorite in the Australian Open final against Andy Murray. After all, Djokovic is a perfect 5-0 in his previous finals at Melbourne Park, while Murray is 0-4, with three losses to the top-ranked Serbian player.

  • The Latest: Kerber upsets Williams to win Australian title

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open (all times local):9:50 p.mAngelique Kerber has upset Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open title, ending the six-time champion's unbeaten streak in finals at Melbourne Park.

  • The Latest: Djokovic helps cheer on trophy winner

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):7:15 p.m.Novak Djokovic provided a nice touch on Saturday shortly after Australian Dylan Alcott won the quad wheelchair singles final over David Wagner of the United States.

  • The Latest: Anderson wins boys title at Australian Open

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):5:30 p.m.Australian wildcard entry Oliver Anderson has won the boys singles title with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over No. 7-seeded Jurabek Karimov of Uzbekistan.The 17-year-old Anderson was the fifth Australian in the last decade to win the junior title, joining the likes of Nick Kyrgios (2013) and Bernard Tomic (2008) as champion.

  • Lapko wins Australian Open girls singles title

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Vera Lapko has followed in Victoria Azarenka's footsteps by becoming just the second Belarusian to capture the girls' singles trophy at the Australian Open.The 17-year-old Lapko upset defending champion and No. 2-seeded Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-4.

  • The Latest: Murray brothers make Grand Slam history

    January 30, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):12:15 a.m. (Saturday)Andy Murray and his older brother Jamie have become the first brothers to reach the finals in both the singles and doubles championships at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era.

  • Murray beats Raonic in 5 to reach 5th Australian Open final

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Now that he has reached the Australian Open final for the fifth time, Andy Murray has a more anxious wait than ever to see if he can break his drought.No. 2-ranked Murray had a 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 13-seeded Milos Raonic in a momentum-swinging match that finished just before midnight Friday night.

  • The Latest: Murray beats Raonic, reaches 5th Aussie final

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):11:45 p.m.Andy Murray has advanced to his fifth Australian Open final with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 win over Milos Raonic.Murray, who lost all four previous finals he has contested at Melbourne Park, will play Novak Djokovic in Sunday's championship decider.

  • The Latest: Murray wins 4th sets, levels at 2-2 v Raonic

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):11:10 p.m.Andy Murray has leveled his Australian Open semifinal with Milos Raonic by winning the fourth set 6-4.Raonic won the first set 6-4, Murray the second 7-5 and the Canadian won the third set 7-6 (4).

  • The Latest: Raonic wins 3rd set, leads semifinal 2-1

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):10:15 p.m.Milos Raonic has won a third-set tiebreaker 7-6 (4) and leads by two sets to one in his Australian Open semifinal against Andy Murray.Murray, a four-time losing finalist at Melbourne Park, won the second set 7-5 after Raonic took the first 6-4.

  • The Latest: Laver looking for company in Grand Slam group

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):9:45 p.m.Rod Laver wants some company in the Grand Slam group, and thinks it could be Novak Djokovic.Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal each had seasons when they won three of the four major titles, but couldn't complete the calendar-year Grand Slam. Djokovic's only loss in a major last year was in the final of the French Open. He's a five-time champion in Australia and has already secured his place in the final, where the pursuit of the season Grand Slam must begin.

  • The Latest: Murray wins 2nd set to level semifinal vs Raonic

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):9:20 p.m.Andy Murray has leveled his Australian Open semifinal with Milos Raonic, winning the second set 7-5 after Raonic won the first 6-4.Murray broke Raonic's service in the last game after setting up set point with a crosscourt forehand winner and sealing it when the Canadian netted a backhand.

  • The Latest: Raonic wins 1st set 6-4 v Murray in semifinal

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):8:20 p.m.Milos Raonic broke Andy Murray's serve at love in the opening game and went on to win the first set of their Australian Open semifinal 6-4 on Friday.Day-long rain at Melbourne Park subsided before the match began, allowing the roof to be open on Rod Laver Arena.

  • Steffi Graf's presence looms large at Australian Open final

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) It's been two decades since Steffi Graf won her last Australian Open, but her presence looms large over Saturday's final.Serena Williams is one match away from tying Graf's Open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles.The only obstacle for No. 1-ranked Williams is Angelique Kerber, a 28-year-old German who is seeking Graf's advice on how to win the biggest match of her life.

  • The Latest: Laver Cup to pit Europe against Rest of World

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):7:10 p.m.Tennis Australia, Roger Federer's management firm and a Brazilian businessman have combined to establish the Laver Cup, a Ryder Cup-style team event expected to pit the top players from Europe against the best players from the rest of the world.

  • Hingis, Mirza win Australian Open doubles title

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have continued what Hingis calls their "fairytale" run as a doubles combination.Hingis and Mirza maintained their perfect record in Grand Slam doubles finals, beating the Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (1), 6-3 at the Australian Open on Friday to extend their winning streak to 36 matches on the way to a third major title.

  • The Latest: Hingis-Mirza win Australian doubles title

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):6:30 p.m.The No. 1-ranked team of Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have won the Australian Open doubles title, beating the Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (1), 6-3 to extend their winning streak to 36 matches on the way to a third Grand Slam title together.

  • Saturday at the Australian Open: 22nd major for Williams?

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - With the kind of 2015 Serena Williams had, and her form so far at this Australian Open, it begs the question: Does it really matter who's across the net from her in Saturday's final?Angelique Kerber is the only player who can answer that now.

  • The Latest: American/Romanian duo advance in mixed doubles

    January 29, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):4:20 p.m.American Coco Vandeweghe and Horia Tecau of Romania have advanced to Sunday's mixed doubles final at Melbourne Park with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Slovenian Andreja Klepac and Treat Huey of the Philippines.

  • The Latest: Graf wishes Kerber well before Aussie Open final

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):3:50 p.m.Angelique Kerber checked her phone and confirms she received a text message from Steffi Graf ahead of the Australian Open final against Serena Williams on Saturday.

  • The Latest: The price of success for Serena Williams

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):1:55 p.m.Serena Williams, who plays Angelique Kerber in the women's final at the Australian Open on Saturday, says the price of fame means she doesn't get out much, but she'll take that scenario as long as she's at the top of the women's game.

  • True or not, match-fixing reports overshadow Australian Open

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The ''Happy Slam'' got off to a somber start when allegations of match-fixing in tennis overshadowed the opening day of play at the Australian Open.Hours before the tournament started, the BBC and BuzzFeed reported that 16 players, all ranked in the top 50 at some stage and including at least one Grand Slam champion, had played in matches that had been flagged with tennis authorities because of suspicious betting patterns.

  • True or not, match-fixing charges overshadow Australian Open

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The ''Happy Slam'' got off to a somber start when allegations of match-fixing in tennis overshadowed the opening day of play at the Australian Open.As the two-week tournament comes to close, the suspicion of corruption lingers but the focus has returned to the tennis court.

  • The Latest: Angelique Kerber waits for Steffi Graf's advice

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):11:20 p.m.Angelique Kerber knows she faces a daunting task trying to beat 21-time major champion Serena Williams in her first Grand Slam final on Saturday.So she's reaching out to someone who might be able to help - Steffi Graf, who leads Williams by one major title on the all-time list and was the last German to win the Australian Open in 1994.

  • Day 12 of the Australian Open: Murray vs Raonic semifinal

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Andy Murray plays in his sixth Australian Open semifinal in seven years on Friday against Milos Raonic, who is into his first. Based on current form by both players, it should be a good one.The two play a Rod Laver Arena night match to earn the right to take on Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final. On Thursday, Djokovic beat Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to his sixth Australian Open final, and he's won his previous five.

  • Williams reaches 7th Australian Open final in dominant form

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) When Serena Williams plays as well as she did in the semifinals of the Australian Open, there's little an opponent can do to challenge her. Even one who's soon to be ranked No. 3 in the world, just two places behind her.''I was just standing there kind of watching her play,'' the fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska said after her 6-0, 6-4 drubbing by Williams on Thursday. ''There was just no mistake. Unbelievable serve. Everything, she was going for it. I couldn't do much. Not at all, actually.''

  • Konta made British history in Australia, heads home proud

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The extent of what she accomplished at the Australian Open hasn't fully sunk in, but Johanna Konta expects it will when she returns home to England.The 24-year-old Konta's strong run at Melbourne Park became big news back home and Down Under when she became the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since 1983.

  • The Latest: Djokovic beats Federer to reach Australian final

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):10 p.m.Five-time champion Novak Djokovic has beaten four-time winner Roger Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals to advance to his 6th Australian Open final.

  • The Latest: Federer takes 3rd set v Djokovic

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):9:25 p.m.Roger Federer has come back to win the third set against Novak Djokovic 6-3 in their semifinal at Melbourne Park.With Djokovic leading by two sets and serving at 2-3, Federer finally got his first break points of the match. The top-seeded Djokovic saved the first three break points he faced, but Federer converted on the fourth.

  • The Latest: Djokovic wins 2nd set vs Federer at Aussie Open

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):8:35 p.m.Novak Djokovic has won the second set 6-2 of his semifinal against Roger Federer after taking the first 6-1.The No. 3-ranked Federer saved a break point in the first game and held serve, as the crowd roared trying to pull the Swiss star back into the match.

  • The Latest: Djokovic wins 1st set vs Federer at Aussie Open

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):8:05 p.m.Novak Djokovic has easily won the first set 6-1 in his semifinal against Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena.The top-ranked and defending champion Djokovic started strongly, holding his opening service game to love, then breaking No. 3-ranked Federer's service in the second game to take a 2-0 lead after four minutes. He won the first set in 22 minutes.

  • The Latest: Hingis, Paes out of mixed doubles in Melbourne

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):7 p.m.Defending mixed doubles champions Martina Hingis and Leander Paes are out of the Australian Open in the quarterfinals, beaten 7-6 (1), 6-3 by the top-seeded team of Sania Mirza of India and Croatia's Ivan Dodig.

  • The Latest: Kerber beats Konta in Australian Open semifinal

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):4:40 p.m.Seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber has ended the strong run of Johanna Konta at Melbourne Park, beating the British player 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals.Kerber, who has advanced to her first Grand Slam singles final, broke Konta's serve to open the second set and again in the fifth game to take a 4-1 lead.

  • The Latest: Kerber wins 1st set of Aussie Open semi

    January 28, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):4:10 p.m.Angelique Kerber has won the first set 7-5 in her Australian Open semifinal against Johanna Konta.No. 7-seeded Kerber led 3-0 before Konta went on a four-game roll to get back into the set. Kerber broke Konta's serve in the 11th game, and held in the next to take the set in 49 minutes.

  • The Latest: Williams wins semifinal at Australian Open

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):2:50 p.m.Six-time champion Serena Williams has beaten Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 to advance to her seventh Australian Open final.With the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena because of rain showers in the area, Williams broke Radwanska's service to open the match and was rarely troubled in the 21-minute first set.

  • The Latest: Williams takes 1st set 6-0 in Aussie semifinals

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):2:10 p.m.Six-time champion Serena Williams has taken the first set 6-0 in her Australian Open singles semifinal against Agnieszka Radwanska.With the roof closed on Rod Laver Arena because of rain showers in the area, Williams broke Radwanska's service to open the match and was rarely troubled in the 21-minute set.

  • The Latest: Jamie Murray into doubles final at Aussie Open

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):12:35 p.m.Jamie Murray and Brazil's Bruno Soares are through to the men's doubles final at the Australian Open after a 6-3, 6-1 win over the French team of Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille.

  • Play under way on Day 11 of Australian Open

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Play is under way at the Australian Open on Thursday, with a men's doubles match involving Andy Murray's older brother Jamie providing a prelude to the women's singles semifinals.Jamie Murray and Brazil's Bruno Soares are taking on the French team of Adrian Mannarino and Lucas Pouille in a semifinal on Rod Laver Arena.

  • Orange County Breakers return to TeamTennis this summer

    January 27, 2016

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) The Orange County Breakers are returning to World TeamTennis this summer with a permanent outdoor home court at Newport Beach Tennis Club.Former ATP Tour player Rick Leach, brother-in-law of former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, will coach the team.

  • Sinclair Broadcast Group acquires Tennis Channel

    January 27, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Sinclair Broadcast Group is acquiring Tennis Channel.Sinclair announced Wednesday that it is buying the cable network's stock for 0 million. In a news release, Sinclair says it estimates the deal will reduce future tax payments by about million as it carries forward over 0 million of Tennis Channel's net operating losses.

  • Serena and Venus Williams to compete at Indian Wells tourney

    January 27, 2016

    INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Serena Williams will be joined by big sister Venus in the women's field for the BNP Paribas Open in March, a year after Serena returned to the desert tournament in an end to her 14-year boycott.Entry lists for the two-week tournament were released Wednesday, with world No. 1 Serena Williams leading the women's field and men's No. 1 Novak Djokovic heading the men's draw. Djokovic has won the event four times, including last year.

  • What to Watch on Thursday, Day 11 at the Australian Open

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) A blockbuster Australian Open semifinal between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer will be the latest installment in the tennis rivalry that has come to define recent seasons.It will be a rematch of last year's final at the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon, both of which Djokovic won.

  • Venus Williams, not Serena, on US Fed Cup team vs. Poland

    January 27, 2016

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens will lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Poland next month - but Williams' sister Serena is not on the roster.The U.S. Tennis Association announced captain Mary Joe Fernandez's picks Wednesday.

  • Sharapova in Russia Fed Cup squad despite Olympic dispute

    January 27, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Maria Sharapova was named Wednesday in Russia's team for its Fed Cup match against the Netherlands despite a dispute with the national federation over her Olympic eligibility.Sharapova requires one more Fed Cup appearance for Russia in order to be eligible to represent her country at the Olympics in August.

  • The Latest: A longer stay means more to see for Raonic

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):11:45 p.m.Milos Raonic is learning how to unwind on his days off during tournaments. This week in Melbourne, he even found time to take in some art. Raonic, who advanced to the Australian Open semifinals with a win over Gael Monfils on Wednesday, visited the National Gallery of Victoria to see an exhibition of works by Andy Warhol and the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

  • What to Watch on Wednesday, Day 11 at the Australian Open

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) A blockbuster Australian Open semifinal between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer will be the latest installment in the tennis rivalry that has come to define recent seasons.It will be a rematch of last year's final at the U.S. Open and at Wimbledon, both of which Djokovic won.

  • The Latest: Raonic reaches Australian Open semifinals

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):10 p.m.Milos Raonic has set another first for Canadian men in tennis by reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open.No. 13-seeded Raonic had a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 23 Gael Monfils of France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night to reach the final four. He'll play four-time finalist Andy Murray for a spot in the final.

  • Johanna Konta makes name for herself at Australian Open

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Meet the female Jason Bourne.Not that she's a spy, or a fictitious character of any kind, but Johanna Konta does have a multiple identity and a few passports. The 24-year-old tennis player who was born in Australia to Hungarian parents and moved to England as a teen, however, considers herself fully British.

  • The Latest: Ivanisevic not pleased with corruption reports

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):7:05 p.m.Goran Ivanisevic is not one to shy away from speaking his mind. And the 2001 Wimbledon champion had plenty to say about the match-fixing allegations that have rocked the sport this week at the Australian Open.

  • Tennis to review integrity unit to restore public confidence

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Tennis leaders are taking steps at damage control as they grapple with allegations of match-fixing in recent media reports, which have cast a shadow over the first Grand Slam of the year and shaken confidence in the integrity of the sport.

  • The Latest: Reid beats Kunieda in wheelchair quarterfinals

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):3:55 p.m.Gordon Reid had the biggest win of his career when he beat eight-time Australian Open and former world champion Shingo Kunieda in the quarterfinals of men's wheelchair tennis at Melbourne Park.Reid, who played before fellow Scotsman Andy Murray went on court for his quarterfinal in the main draw, beat Kunieda 6-3, 7-6 (1) to advance to a semifinal against Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina.

  • The Latest: Konta beat Zhang to reach semis in Melbourne

    January 26, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):2:45 p.m.Johanna Konta beat Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-1 to reach the semifinals at the Australian Open, becoming the first British woman to advance the last four of a Grand Slam event since 1984.

  • The Latest: Kerber beats Azarenka to advance to semifinals

    January 26, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):1:10 p.m.Angelique Kerber needed all the belief she could muster to come back from 5-2 down in a set against a player she hadn't beaten in six career meetings.

  • Kerber beats Azarenka to advance to Australian Open semis

    January 26, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Angelique Kerber won five consecutive games in the second set and saved five set points to beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-5 in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.Kerber broke Azarenka's serve to end the match, hitting a cross-court backhand at the net to beat the Belarussian for the first time in seven career matches.

  • Federer vs Djokovic in Australian Open semifinals

    January 26, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic has a larger than life presence at the Australian Open.His face smiles at fans from sponsor's billboards. His voice gives inspirational advice over center-court speakers between matches.There's even a new addition to Melbourne Park called ''Novak's World,'' where fans can slip on virtual reality goggles and feel as if they're walking in Djokovic's shoes - as he stretches in the locker room and then walks out onto the court as the crowd roars.

  • Tennis bodies announce review of anti-corruption unit

    January 27, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Tennis authorities are taking steps at damage control as they grapple with recent media reports alleging match-fixing, which have cast a shadow over the first Grand Slam of the year and shaken confidence in the integrity of the sport.

  • AP Source: Review coming of tennis' anti-corruption group

    January 26, 2016

    Responding to reports that possible evidence of match fixing was not properly investigated, tennis' governing bodies are setting up an independent review of the sport's anti-corruption group, a person familiar with the plans tells The Associated Press.

  • Federer vs. Djokovic in Australian Open semifinals

    January 26, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic has a larger than life presence at the Australian Open.His face smiles at fans from sponsor's billboards. His voice gives inspirational advice over center-court speakers between matches.There's even a new addition to Melbourne Park called ''Novak's World,'' where fans can slip on virtual reality goggles and feel as if they're walking in Djokovic's shoes - as he stretches in the locker room and then walks out onto the court as the crowd roars.

  • What to Watch on Wednesday, Day 10 at the Australian Open

    January 26, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The remaining semifinalists will be determined Wednesday at the Australian Open, with Andy Murray hoping to extend his quest for redemption at Melbourne Park and Milos Raonic aiming to continue his strong form which has included wins over No. 3 Roger Federer and No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in the past three weeks.

  • Kvitova to lead Czechs in 1st round of Fed Cup at Romania

    January 26, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova will lead defending champion Czech Republic in next month's first round of the Fed Cup at Romania.The No. 7-ranked Kvitova announced Monday that she was terminating her partnership with coach David Kotyza after seven years and 17 WTA titles. The move came after she was eliminated from the Australian Open by Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-4 in the second round, the third time she's fallen before the third round in the past four years.

  • The Latest: Djokovic beats Nishikori, sets up semi v Federer

    January 26, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):9:35 p.m.Defending champion Novak Djokovic won for the 37th time in 38 matches at the Australian Open, beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to set up a semifinal against Roger Federer.After making 100 unforced errors in his five-set win over Gilles Simon in the fourth round, Djokovic was much less error-prone on Tuesday night at Rod Laver Arena. He made just 27 unforced errors in the 2 hour, 7 minute match and clinched it on his third match point with a backhand cross-court winnner.

  • Meet the young Canadians poised for breakout at Aussie Open

    January 26, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Growing up in Quebec City, Felix Auger Aliassime learned to play from his father, a tennis instructor who had emigrated from Togo in West Africa. It wasn't until he saw Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play their classic Wimbledon final in 2008, though, that he fell in love with the game.

  • The Latest: Federer reaches his 39th Grand Slam semifinal

    January 26, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):5: 15 p.m.Roger Federer has advanced to his 39th Grand Slam semifinal, beating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4 in the Australian Open quarterfinals.The No. 3-ranked Federer put on a dazzling display of footwork and shot variety against the No. 6-ranked Czech, improving his record over Berdych to 16-6.

  • The Latest: Rod Laver gets a trophy to go with is stadium

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):3:35 p.m.Rod Laver finally got his Australian Open trophy, even if it took 47 years to do so.When Laver won the title in 1969, the Australian Open didn't award replicas of the Norman Brookes trophy to the winner, as it does today.

  • The Latest: Serena Williams through to Australian Open semis

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):2:32 p.m.Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova for the 18th consecutive time, a 6-4, 6-1 win that advances the defending champion to the semifinals of the Australian Open.

  • The Latest: Radwanska advances to Australian Open semifinals

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):12:45 p.m.Agnieszka Radwanska said she wouldn't be as nervous this time around after reaching a Grand Slam semifinal for the fifth time. She beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

  • Petra Kvitova fires coach David Kotyza after 7 years

    January 25, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says she is terminating her cooperation with coach David Kotyza.Kvitova announced the move on Twitter and Facebook on Monday.During her seven years with the coach, Kvitova won a total of 17 WTA titles, including Wimbledon in 2011 and '14.

  • Zhang's run continues with 4th-round win over injured Keys

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Nine days ago, Zhang Shuai was nearly on a plane back to China before the Australian Open began. The French veteran Virginie Razzano was serving for the match against her in the final round of qualifying, but Zhang was able to break back and win the third set 8-6 - along with a spot in the main draw.

  • The Latest: Zhang beats limping Keys, reaches quarterfinals

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):12:15 a.m. (Tuesday)Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai has advanced to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park after beating a limping Madison Keys 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.Zhang had never won a Grand Slam match before this year's Australian Open, entering with a 0-14 record at the majors. She's now into the quarterfinals against another unseeded player, Johanna Konta of Britain.

  • Football fan Azarenka into quarterfinals at Australian Open

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Victoria Azarenka's ''dream final'' has come true, the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers.For another day at the Australian Open, tennis collided with football in Azarenka's arena. She has been ''dabbing'' for days now after each victory and on Monday informed fans that she is a strong supporter of both NFL teams heading to the Super Bowl.

  • What to Watch on Tuesday, Day 9 at the Australian Open

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) A lop-sided rivalry contested over more than a decade, and a newer but just as compelling one highlight the featured quarterfinals at the Australian Open on Tuesday.Defending champion Serena Williams takes a 17-match winning streak into her last-eight encounter with Maria Sharapova that is a rematch of last year's final at Melbourne Park. Williams is 18-2 in their head-to-head encounters that began in 2004, and Sharapova hasn't beaten Williams since the WTA season-ending championships that year.

  • The Latest: Murray reaches quarterfinals at Australian Open

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):10:05 p.m.Andy Murray moved to within two matches of the Australian Open final - and another chance for Melbourne Park redemption - when he beat local hope Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round.Murray has lost all four finals he's contested at the Australian Open, including last year's championship match to Novak Djokovic.

  • Roger Federer's wisdom on tennis and life for his kids

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Over the course of his celebrated career, Roger Federer has acquired wisdom on the tennis courts that translates to life lessons which he hopes his children can learn from.A father of four, Federer has two sets of twins. The girls are 6 and the boys are just 18 months and everyone travels together for his job. Young Myla and Charlene have joined their mother, Mirka, in Federer's box at matches, their heads buried in books, as their famous dad has expertly navigated his way into the second week of his 36th consecutive Grand Slam - one of his many records.

  • The Latest: Ferrer advances to Australian Open quarterfinals

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):8:55 p.m.David Ferrer has reached his sixth quarterfinal at the Australian Open, without dropping a set. No. 8-seeded Ferrer beat strong-serving John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in their fourth-round match.

  • The Latest: Konta's strong Australian Open run continues

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):8:40 p.m.Johanna Konta's strong run at the Australian Open has continued with a 4-6, 6-4, 8-6 win over Ekaterina Makarova, advancing her to the quarterfinals.The Sydney-born British player served for the match at 5-4 in the final set but was broken by Makarova.

  • The Latest: Djokovic conqueror Wawrinka out of Aussie Open

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):7:55 p.m.Milos Raonic's five-set win over French Open champion Stan Wawrinka means the only man to have beaten Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open after 2010 is out of the singles draw at Melbourne Park.

  • The Latest: Raonic beats Wawrinka, reaches quarterfinals

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):6:40 p.m.Milos Raonic beat French Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.The hard-serving Canadian came into the fourth-rounder winless in four matches against Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion, and all their results had been close and involving tiebreakers.

  • Tennis officials interview players over mixed doubles match

    January 25, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Players involved in a mixed doubles match at the Australian Open said Monday they were interviewed by the Tennis Integrity Unit after a newspaper reported it had attracted suspicious betting patterns.According to The New York Times report, the gambling website Pinnacle Sports said it had received an unusual spike in bets for Lukasz Kubot and Andrea Hlavackova to beat David Marrero and Lara Arruabarrena, causing it to suspend betting before the teams played on Sunday.

  • The Latest: Monfils into 1st quarterfinal at Australian Open

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):3: 40 p.m.Gael Monfils had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Andrei Kuznetsov to reach the quarterfinals for the first time in 11 trips to the Australian Open.

  • Azarenka, in form, and into Australian Open quarterfinals

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Victoria Azarenka couldn't get off court quickly enough to check the score after reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals.To her excitement, it was a Broncos win.The two-time Australian Open champion had just beaten Barbaro Strycova 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth round on Monday - continuing a three-year sequence of wins against the Czech player that started in the second round in 2013 and included the third round last year - when she wanted to know the result of the AFC title game.

  • The Latest: Azarenka into quarterfinals at Australian Open

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):2:30 p.m.Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka is into the quarterfinals for the fourth time in five years after a 6-2, 6-4 win over Barbaro Strycova, the third year in a row the pair have met at Melbourne Park. Azarenka improved her career record against her Czech opponent to 5-0, including a third-round win here last year and a second-round victory in 2014, both in straight sets. Azarenka won her Australian titles in 2012 and 2013.

  • The Latest: Play under way on 8th day of Australian Open

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):11:20 a.m.Play is under way in bright sunshine on the eighth day at Melbourne Park which features the final group of fourth-round matches that will determine singles quarterfinalists.

  • Djokovic survives 5-setter v Simon to reach quarterfinals

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic was looking everywhere for answers, even in the crowd.The top player in tennis, who won 27 of a possible 28 matches in Grand Slam matches in 2015, had the number 100 in the unforced errors column after his 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gilles Simon at the Australian Open.

  • The Latest: Federer reaches quarterfinals at Australian Open

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):12:20 a.m. (Monday).Roger Federer ensured he didn't have too late a night on Rod Laver Arena, beating David Goffin 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park.The four-time Australian Open champion didn't get on court until 10:45 p.m. because of to late-finishing matches in the afternoon and a subsequent delayed start to the night program.

  • Serena-Sharapova rivalry comes again to Australian Open

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Serena Williams says she doesn't remember much about the first time she played Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open.It was 11 years ago, after all, way back in 2005. But she does remember the outcome.''I was down a match point. I remember hitting it as hard as I could,'' recalled Williams, who ultimately saved three match points in that semifinal. ''I remember, obviously, winning and that was really great.''

  • What to Watch on Monday, Day 8 at the Australian Open

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) French Open champion Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic meet for the fifth time when they play a fourth-round match Monday at the Australian Open. The 25-year-old Canadian hopes their first meeting in a Grand Slam tournament will go better than the previous four in non-majors.

  • Teary finish: Radwanska holds off cramping Friedsam

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska's fourth-round match against Anna-Lena Friedsam had a little of everything: a blown third-set lead, severe cramping, an underhand serve, and a point penalty for delay of game. There were also tears - lots of tears.

  • The Latest: Suarez Navarro advances to quarterfinals

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):10:30 p.m.Tenth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro overcame a seriously slow start to rebound for a 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Russian-born Australian Daria Gavrilova and reach the quarterfinals.

  • The Latest: Radwanska into Australian Open quarterfinals

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):9 p.m.Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanksa has advanced to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park with a 6-7 (6), 6-1, 7-5 win over Anna-Lena Friedsam, who suffered from severe cramping and was in tears for the last two games.

  • The Latest: Berdych through to Australian Open quarterfinals

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):8:15 p.m.Tomas Berdych has outlasted Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park for the sixth consecutive year.The sixth-seeded Berdych only converted four of 22 break-point opportunities against his Spanish opponent, finally prevailing 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in three hours, 18 minutes.

  • Djokovic survives five-setter v Simon to reach quarterfinals

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic survived a frustrating five-setter against Gilles Simon at the Australian Open, spraying 100 unforced errors on Rod Laver Arena before reaching the quarterfinals for the 27th consecutive Grand Slam.That's rarified territory for the five-time and defending champion, equaling Jimmy Connors' career mark of consecutive quarterfinals - only Roger Federer has done better with his 36.

  • The Latest: Djokovic survives tough 5-set match vs Simon

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):7:40 p.m.An error-riddled Novak Djokovic has advanced to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 27th consecutive time, persevering over a dogged and determined Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a 4-hour, 32-minute match at Melbourne Park.

  • Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australian Open quarterfinals

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Serena Williams is convinced that a loss makes her a better player. A really upsetting loss - like missing out on an oh-so-close calendar-year Grand Slam loss - may have her primed for an Australian Open quarterfinal against Maria Sharapova.

  • The Latest: Hewitt officially retired after doubles loss

    January 24, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):4:40 p.m.Now, Lleyton Hewitt's career as a professional tennis player really has ended.The 34-year-old Australian player had announced he would retire after this year's Australian Open. A center court ceremony was held for him Thursday night after he lost his second-round singles match to David Ferrer.

  • The Latest: Kyrgios avoids sanction for using phone on court

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):3:35 p.m.Nick Kyrgios won't be sanctioned by tournament officials for answering his phone on court before a mixed doubles match at the Australian Open because the call was taken before the pre-match meeting.

  • The Latest: Williams into quarterfinals at Australian Open

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):2:40 p.m.Six-time and defending champion Serena Williams is through to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park after a 6-2, 6-1 win over Russian Margarita Gasparyan on Rod Laver Arena in 55 minutes.

  • Sharapova advances to quarterfinals at Australian Open

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova held her end of the bargain, beating Belinda Bencic 7-5, 7-5 on Sunday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals and a possible rematch of last year's final with Serena Williams.The fifth-seeded Sharapova fired 21 aces and hit 58 winners but needed 2 hours, 5 minutes to beat Bencic on her second match point, converting it with a successful challenge after her forehand was initially called long but getting it overturned when the ball tracker showed it hitting the baseline.

  • The Latest: Nishikori into quarterfinals at Australian Open

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):1:30 p.m.Kei Nishikori is the first male player through to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in front of a hugely partisan crowd filled with flag-waving Japanese fans.

  • The Latest: Sharapova reaches quarterfinals in Australia

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):1:20 p.m.Maria Sharapova is through to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after a 7-5, 7-5 win over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.The fifth-seeded Sharapova needed 2 hours, 5 minutes to beat Bencic, breaking the Swiss players serve for the fourth time in the last game - sealing it when she successfully challenged a call on the baseline on the opposite end of the court.

  • The Latest: Rain delays play on Australian Open side courts

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):11:15 a.m.Light rain is delaying the start of play on outdoor courts at Melbourne Park on Sunday, although matches on three covered stadiums have begun as scheduled.

  • What to Watch on Sunday at the Australian Open

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Defending and six-time champion Serena Williams faces her second unheralded Russian in a row at the Australian Open on Sunday. If she wins her fourth-round match, she could play yet another Russian in the quarterfinals - the most well-known and successful player from the country.

  • The Latest: Chinese qualifier Zhang reaches 4th round

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):11:25 p.m.Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai's unexpected run continues in Australia. Zhang, who had considered retiring from the game a few months ago, has won her third main draw match at Melbourne Park, eliminating American Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-3 to reach the fourth round.Before this year's Australian Open, Zhang had been 0-14 at the Grand Slam matches in her nine-year career. Now, she's 3-0 to start 2016.

  • Azarenka: Tennis hunger comes from childhood in Belarus

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Pressure is merely a matter of perspective for Victoria Azarenka, who can recall days when she was worried as much about going hungry as she was about her next match.The two-time Australian Open champion is emerging as a favorite for the title, growing in confidence following two injury-interrupted seasons as she tallies victories and while leading contenders are making early-round exits to open up the draw.

  • The Latest: Distracted Ivanovic loses to Keys in 3rd round

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):10:10 p.m.Ana Ivanovic has lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Madison Keys under difficult circumstances in a third-round match that was suspended for nearly an hour while her coach, Nigel Sears, was taken to hospital early in the second set at Rod Laver Arena.

  • The Latest: Murray into 4th round in Australia

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):9:55 p.m.Four-time finalist Andy Murray is through to the round of 16 after beating Portugal's Joao Sousa at the Australian Open.The second-seeded Murray converted six of nine breakpoint chances and served 13 aces in the 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. He's beaten Sousa all seven times they've played, including at the 2015 and 2013 Australian Opens.

  • Isner makes 2nd week at Aussie Open for 1st time since 2010

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) John Isner could have a slight scheduling conflict when he plays his fourth-round match at the Australian Open on Monday - it may coincide with the NFC Championship game being played in the U.S. between the Arizona Cardinals and his beloved Carolina Panthers.

  • The Latest: Play resumes in Ivanovic's match after delay

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):8:47 p.m.Play has resumed between Ana Ivanovic and Madison Keys at Rod Laver Arena almost an hour after they stopped for a medical emergency reportedly involving Ivanovic's coach Nigel Sears, who is Andy Murray's father-in-law.

  • The Latest: Another Ivanovic match suspended at Rod Laver

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):8 p.m.For the second consecutive round, a medical emergency has caused Ana Ivanovic's match to be suspended at the Australian Open.Ivanovic won the first set against American Madison Keys 6-4 and was ahead on serve 1-0 in the second when play was stopped. Medical teams were assisting with the emergency.

  • The Latest: John Isner not a big fan of Vika's "dab"

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):7 p.m.No offense, Vika, but John Isner has a comment about your ''dabbing.''Isner, originally from North Carolina, is a big fan of the Carolina Panthers, the team where the so-called dab originated, courtesy of quarterback Cam Newton.

  • Born an Aussie, raised a Brit. Konta's a star in Melbourne

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Johanna Konta became the first British woman in 29 years to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open on Saturday, giving rise to ''a lot of Australia questions'' at Melbourne Park.The 24-year-old Konta was born in Sydney and moved with her family to England in 2005, long before becoming a British citizen in 2012. Her success at the season's first Grand Slam has given the Brits and Aussies something to celebrate, and scrutinize.

  • The Latest: Ferrer advances at Australian Open

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):David Ferrer is back in the round of 16 at the Australian Open for the sixth consecutive year.The eighth-seeded Spaniard, who ended Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt's career in the second round, overwhelmed Steve Johnson of the United States 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Osaka's surprising run ends in loss to Azarenka

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):4:25 p.m.Naomi Osaka's surprising run at Melbourne Park came to an end with a loss to two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round, but the 18-year-old Japanese qualifier fully expects to be back on the big stage again soon.When asked about her future goals, Osaka replied, ''Oh, to be the No. 1 and to win a lot of Grand Slams and to play Fed Cup and then to play the Olympics and to be happy.''

  • The Latest: Wawrinka sets up 4th-round match with Raonic

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):4:15 p.m.Stan Wawrinka won his 400th tour-level match with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over Lukas Rosol in the third round at the Australian Open.It's the fourth year in a row Wawrinka has made it to the fourth round at Melbourne Park. Last year as defending champion he lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

  • The Latest: Kerber advances to the 4th round at Melbourne

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):4:00 p.m.Angelique Kerber has advanced to the fourth round after beating Madison Brengle 6-1, 6-3.No. 7-seeded Kerber's win on Saturday makes her the highest-ranked player in the bottom half of the draw, following No. 3 Garbine Muguruza's loss earlier in the day.

  • The Latest: With 44 aces, Isner advances over Lopez

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):3:45 p.m.John Isner has aced his way back into the round of 16 at Melbourne Park, avenging a loss to 18th-seeded Feliciano Lopez in the same round on the same court four years ago.

  • Raonic dedicates Melbourne win to Canadian shooting victims

    January 23, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Milos Raonic dedicated his third-round victory at the Australian Open on Saturday to victims of a shooting in Canada which left four people dead and at least two injured.A gunman opened fire at the La Loche Community School in a remote aboriginal community in Saskatchewan, and at a second location.

  • The Latest: Raonic dedicates win to community at La Loche

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):2:45 p.m.Milos Raonic has dedicated his third-round victoryat t6he Australian Open to victims of a shooting in Canada which left four people dead and at least two injured.

  • The Latest: Raonic reaches 4th round at Australian Open

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):2:30 p.m.No. 13-seeded Milos Raonic has reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the fourth time, defeating Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to advance.Raonic trailed 4-1 in the third set before winning five consecutive games and the match. He set up match point with an ace, his 14th of the match, and clinched it when No. 21 Troicki hit a forehand long.

  • The Latest: Azarenka into 4th round at Australian Open

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):2 p.m.Victoria Azarenka has cruised into the fourth round with another quick victory, dispatching Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-1 in 56 minutes.The two-time Australian Open champion, seeded 14th this year, has lost just five games in three matches so far at Melbourne Park.

  • No. 3 Muguruza out in 3rd round at Australian Open

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Garbine Muguruza's rapid rise to the No. 3 ranking sharpened the focus on her run at the Australian Open, attention which only increased after No. 2-ranked Simona Halep and No. 8 Venus Williams lost in the first round in her half of the draw.

  • The Latest: 3rd-seeded Muguruza out of Australian Open

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):12:35 p.m.Third-seeded Garbine Muguruza has become the latest casualty in the women's draw at Melbourne Park, beaten by Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-2 in the day's first match on Rod Laver Arena.

  • The Latest: Konta through to 4th round at Australian Open

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):12:25 p.m.Johanna Konta has become the first British woman to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open in 29 years.Konta beat No. 8 Venus Williams in straight sets in the first round and on Saturday had another straight-sets win over Denisa Allertova, 6-2, 6-2.

  • Adopted Aussie Gavrilova excites the crowds with upset wins

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Russian-born Daria Gavrilova hasn't been an Australian citizen for very long, only receiving her passport in December and permission to represent the country at WTA Tour events.It certainly hasn't muted the country's excitement as Gavrilova advanced to the round of 16 at the Australian Open on Friday with a stirring 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 win over 28th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France in front of a rowdy, highly partisan crowd.

  • Serena's midriff, naval ring take center stage at Aust Open

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Serena Williams' latest on-court fashion statement is an attempt to ''push the envelope'' with a nod to classic tennis style.So says Williams, the No. 1-ranked player who is baring her midriff and naval ring at this year's Australian Open.

  • What to Watch on Saturday at the Australian Open

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Victoria Azarenka aim to continue their quests for a third Grand Slam singles title when they play their third-round matches Saturday at the Australian Open. Up-and-comers Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic and Garbine Muguruza hope to remain in contention for their first.

  • The Latest: Berdych moves into 4th round in Melbourne

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):11:30 p.m.No. 6-seeded Tomas Berdych had a 6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 win over No. 29 Nick Kyrgios to finish off play Friday on Rod Laver Arena, reaching the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the sixth consecutive year.

  • The Latest: Marin Cilic out of Australian Open in 3rd round

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):10:30 p.m.Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic has been defeated in the third round at Melbourne Park, beaten 6-4, 7-6 (5), 7-5 by Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

  • The Latest: Australian Gavrilova advances at Melbourne Park

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):10:19 p.m.Daria Gavrilova hasn't been an Australian citizen for very long, but it hasn't muted the country's celebration for its latest breakout tennis star.The Russian-born Gavrilova, who became a permanent resident in 2013 and received her Australian passport in December, advanced to the round of 16 at Melbourne Park with a 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 win over Kristina Mladenovic of France.

  • The Latest: Djokovic beats Seppi, reaches 4th round

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):9: 40 p.m.Defending champion Novak Djokovic, seeking a sixth Australian Open title, has advanced to the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the 10th consecutive year with a 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (6) win over No. 28-seeded Andreas Seppi.At 6-4 down in the tiebreaker, Djokovic saved two sets points and then earned match point when Seppi netted a shot. He clinched it when Seppi missed a return.

  • The Latest: Injured Verdasco withdraws from doubles

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):9:20 p.m.Fernando Verdasco withdrew from the Australian Open doubles competition Friday, three days after beating 14-time major winner Rafael Nadal in the first round of the singles tournament and a day after his own exit in the second round.Verdasco beat Nadal in 4 hours, 41 minutes on Tuesday, then lost to Dudi Sela in four sets on Thursday.

  • The Latest: Williams wins 6-1, 6-1 to reach 4th round

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):8:25 p.m.Defending and six-time champion Serena Williams is into the fourth round at the Australian Open after a 6-1, 6-1 win in 45 minutes over 18-year-old Russian Daria Kasatkina.

  • Sharapova wins her 600th match and asks am 'I getting old?'

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova reached a career milestone on Friday, which came as a nice surprise after a tough match.''Oh, wow. I've won 600 matches?'' Sharapova said, when an on-court interviewer congratulated her for the achievement earned by winning her third-round match Friday at the Australian Open.The No. 5-seeded player then thought a moment, and laughed nervously.

  • Healthy Nishikori back in Australian Open round of 16

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Kei Nishikori came to the Australian Open this year hoping to put his injury-ravaged 2015 season behind him.Just five matches into the season, though, spectators at Margaret Court Arena cringed at a familiar sight on Friday: Nishikori plopped down in his chair during a changeover, grabbed his heavily taped right wrist and called for the trainer.

  • The Latest: Federer wins his 300th Grand Slam match

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):6:40 p.m.Roger Federer has won his 300th Grand Slam singles match, moving into the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov.

  • The Latest: Radwanska rolls into 4th round in Melbourne

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):6:30 p.m.Agnieszka Radwanska has reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open for the sixth straight year, beating Puerto Rico's Monica Puig 6-4, 6-0.Puig kept pace through the first eight games before the fourth-seeded Radwanska was finally able to break her and take the opening set. Puig didn't win another game after that.

  • The Latest: Snack attack, Davis goes for almond butter

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):5:10 p.m.Lauren Davis was a little hungry after edging Maria Sharapova in a tight, second-set tiebreaker on Rod Laver Arena, so she decided to have a little snack in her courtside chair.

  • The Latest: Vinci loses in 3rd round at Australian Open

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):5 p.m.Roberta Vinci has lost 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Australian Open to Anna-Lena Friedsam in her first Grand Slam tournament since beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open semifinals.

  • The Latest: Tsonga advances to 4th round at Australian Open

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):4:50 p.m.Former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has advanced to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 6-4, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) win over fellow Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

  • The Latest: Rain holds up play at Rod Laver Arena

    January 22, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):4:10 p.m.Roger Federer and Grigor Dimitrov experienced a rarity at Rod Laver Arena - a rain delay.Dimitrov had just held serve to start the match when rain began falling and the match was briefly suspended while the roof was closed. It had been closed for Maria Sharapova's earlier three-set win over American Lauren Davis, but it was re-opened for the start of the men's match Friday.

  • The Latest: Sharapova wins in 3 sets at Australian Open

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):3:35 p.m.Maria Sharapova steadied herself and overcame a feisty opponent to beat American Lauren Davis 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-0 to reach the fourth round.The five-time Grand Slam winner raced through the first set Friday in just 26 minutes, then struggled through a 77-minute second set before coming back in the third to earn her 600th career win.

  • Nishikori, Goffin reach 4th round at Australian Open

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Kei Nishikori had some trouble with his wrist, taking a medical timeout and losing the next set before recovering to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open with a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 win Friday over No. 26-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

  • The Latest: Rain beginning to clear at Melbourne Park

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):3:15 p.m.The rain is beginning to clear at Melbourne Park and tournament officials hope to get play on outside courts started.Seven doubles matches have already been postponed until Saturday, and more could follow. Matches had been scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

  • The Latest: Bencic beats Bondarenka to reach 4th round

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):1:05 p.m.Belinda Bencic has become the first player to advance to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Kateryna Bondarenko in the opening match Friday on Rod Laver Arena.

  • The Latest: Rain delays Australian Open start on side courts

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):11:35 a.m.Rain has delayed the start of play Friday on outdoor courts at the Australian Open.Play began on time at the three covered stadiums, including a third-round match between 12th-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland and Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine on the main Rod Laver Arena.

  • Lleyton Hewitt retires in farewell at Australian Open

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Baseball cap turned backward, pumping himself up with cries of ''C'MON!'' Lleyton Hewitt fought one last feisty encounter. Then he gathered his three young kids on center court and said farewell.After a career spent trying to win the Australian Open, the 34-year-old Hewitt had said that this year's tournament - his 20th attempt - would be his last.

  • On brink of quitting, Chinese player finds key to winning

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Zhang Shuai went eight years without a victory at a Grand Slam tournament. Now, within a span of two days, she has two.Zhang has turned her career around at the Australian Open with a shocking upset win over No. 2 Simona Halep in the first round and another victory on Thursday against France's Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3.

  • What to Watch on Friday at the Australian Open

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are back on court Friday for their third-round matches at the Australian Open.Six-time champion Williams is playing Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina.Djokovic, seeking his sixth Australian Open title, plays No. 28-seeded Andreas Seppi. Djokovic has never lost in 11 career meetings with the Italian player, including a straight-set victory in the third round of the U.S. Open last year, but he's not taking anything for granted.

  • The Latest: Tomic advances to 3rd round at Aussie Open

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):11:48 p.m.Within hours of Lleyton Hewitt's last match, Bernard Tomic was representing the next generation of Australian players in the men's draw.The No. 16-seeded Tomic had a 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 win over Simone Bolelli on Margaret Court Arena to reach the third round.

  • The Latest: Hewitt loses final singles match of career

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):9:50 p.m.Lleyton Hewitt has bid farewell to the Australian Open and to his singles career as a professional tennis player.The 34-year-old Hewitt had said he would retire at this year's tournament and his last singles match came Thursday when he lost in the second round to No. 8 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

  • The Latest: Sock out of Australian Open in straight sets

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):9:05 p.m.Jack Sock's disappointing results at Grand Slam tournaments continue.The American lost in straight sets to Lukas Rosol in the second round of the Australian Open, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3.

  • With Rio approaching, jockeying begins for doubles teams

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) When Roger Federer and Martina Hingis decided to team up to play mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympics, a Swiss newspaper boasted the country would bring a ''Dream Team'' to Rio de Janeiro that could sweep all the tennis medals.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka beats Stepanek, reaches 3rd round

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):8:53 p.m.French Open champion Stan Wawrinka has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the eighth consecutive year with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win over Radek Stepanek.

  • Victoria Azarenka introduces "dabbing" Down Under

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Victoria Azarenka is introducing tennis fans Down Under to ''the dab.''The what?''The dab. D-a-b,'' Azarenka said, and then spelled, when asked about the distinctive victory salute she has displayed after winning her first two matches at the Australian Open. It entails leaning into a bended elbow and raising the other arm up straight.

  • The Latest: Nadal conqueror out of Australian Open

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):6:06 p.m.Fernando Verdasco, who beat fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the first round, is out of the Australian Open in the second.The veteran lefthander was beaten 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Thursday by Dudi Sela of Israel.

  • The Latest: Raonic through to 3rd round at Australian Open

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):4:50 p.m.Milos Raonic has advanced to the third round after overcoming determined veteran Tommy Robredo 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 7-5. Raonic closed out the match on his third match point, breaking Robredo's serve to win with the only service break.

  • The Latest: Murray advances to 3rd round at Australian Open

    January 21, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):4:20 p.m.Andy Murray maintained his perfect record against Australian opponents when he defeated Sam Groth 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 Thursday, his 17th consecutive win against players from Down Under.

  • Ivanovic, Muguruza reach 3rd round at Australian Open

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Ana Ivanovic was concerned when she heard a loud noise as a spectator fell on some stairs at Rod Laver Arena, an accident that delayed her second-round match for almost a half hour at the Australian Open.The 2008 finalist was leading qualifier Anastasija Sevastova 4-3 in the first set when medical personnel rushed to the woman's aid in the upper level of the 15,000-seat stadium. The players stayed on the court during the break, getting regular updates from tournament officials, before Ivanovic returned to win 6-3, 6-3.

  • The Latest: Victoria Azarenka advances at Melbourne

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):2:38 p.m.Victoria Azarenka has quickly dispatched another opponent at Melbourne Park, defeating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour.The two-time Australian Open champion hasn't given up more than three games in any of the 14 sets she has played this year, including her run to the title at the Brisbane International two weeks ago.

  • The Latest: No. 3 Muguruza wins at Australian Open

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):2:26 p.m.Third-seeded Garbine Muguruza had a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kirsten Flipkens to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the third straight year.Muguruza, who lost last year's Wimbledon final to Serena Williams, made it to the fourth round in 2014 and 2015 at Melbourne Park. Last year, Williams beat the Venezuelan-born Spaniard in the fourth round here.

  • The Latest: Isner advances to Australian Open 3rd round

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):1:50 p.m.John Isner is back in the third round at Melbourne Park for the fifth time in seven years following a 6-3, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) win over Marcel Granollers of Spain.

  • The Latest: Ivanovic advances to Australian Open 3rd round

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):12:50 p.m.Ana Ivanovic has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park following a 6-3, 6-3 win over qualifier Anastasija Sevastova in a match that was suspended when a spectator fell on the stairs at Rod Laver Arena.

  • The Latest: Spectator falls in Rod Laver Arena

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):12 noon.Play was suspended on Rod Laver Arena early Thursday when a spectator became ill on a stairwell in the upper level of the 15,000-seat stadium.Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic was up a service break and leading qualifier Anastasija Sevastova 4-3 in the first set of their third-round match when play was stopped to allow medical personnel to come to the aid of the spectator. No other details were immediately available.

  • The Latest: Rain delays play on Aussie Open outside courts

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Latest from the Australian Open on Thursday (All times local):11:40 a.m.Misty rain has briefly delayed the start of play on outdoor courts at the Australian Open.Play has begun on the three main stadiums with roofs at Melbourne Park, including the opening match on Rod Laver Arena between 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and qualifier Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia.

  • Agassi says match-fixing wasn't on his radar when he played

    January 20, 2016

    Andre Agassi says match-fixing in tennis ''never even made my radar'' while he was on tour.The eight-time Grand Slam title winner, who retired from the sport in 2006, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that he never had any brush with the sort of corruption that was alleged in recent media reports and has been the main topic of conversation at the Australian Open.

  • Tsonga to the rescue of ailing ball girl

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came to the aid of a ball girl in distress and won accolades on social media from fans who called him a gentleman.The No. 9-seeded Frenchman said he noticed the ball girl was unwell during the third set of his match Wednesday, so he paused before serving and walked over to see what was wrong.

  • The Latest : Djokovic again faces match-fixing questions

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):12:15 a.m. (Thursday)For the second time in three days, Novak Djokovic has faced questions about match-fixing.On Wednesday after his 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3), Australian Open win over Quentin Halys of France, Djokovic was asked at a media conference if reports from an Italian newspaper that ''you lost on purpose'' were true. Djokovic replied ''It's not true.''

  • The Latest: Kvitova "felt tired" during Australian Open loss

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):MidnightPetra Kvitova isn't really sure what went wrong in her second-round loss to Australia's Daria Gavrilova at Melbourne Park.The two-time Wimbledon champion said she felt ''a little tired'' and ''a little slow'' and ''a little bit weird'' during her 6-4, 6-4 loss - the third time she's fallen before the third round in the past four years.

  • What to Watch on Thursday at the Australian Open

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) A veteran Spanish lefthander and a 25-year-old Chinese qualifier who nearly quit tennis last year are back in action Thursday at the Australian Open, hoping to prove that their upset wins over two of the top players in the first round were no flukes.

  • Bouchard's comeback stalls in 2nd-round loss at Aussie Open

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) It was only two years ago that Eugenie Bouchard made her arrival on the big stage at the Australian Open, reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal and talking confidently about how she always expected to be one of the game's stars.

  • The Latest: Tsonga comes to aid of Australian Open ball girl

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came to the aid of a ball girl in distress and won accolades on social media from fans who called him a gentleman.The No. 9-seeded Frenchman said he noticed that the ball girl was unwell during the third set of his match Wednesday, so he paused before serving and walked over to see what was wrong.

  • The Latest: Kvitova out of the Australian Open

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):10:50 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is out of the Australian Open, beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Russian-born Australian Daria Gavrilova.Playing on Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday night, Gavrilova had one match point in the eighth game of the second set which the sixth-seeded Kvitova saved. The Czech player was broken in the last game, dropping serve for the fifth time in the match.

  • The Latest: Djokovic into 3rd round at Australian Open

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):10:43 p.m.Novak Djokovic has reached the third round of the Australian Open for the 10th consecutive year after defeating 19-year-old wild card-entry Quentin Halys of France 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3).

  • The Latest: Bouchard flags a potential issue

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):10:20 p.m.''Whoops!''Eugenie Bouchard compared her new tennis dress with a national flag - but chose the wrong one.The 21-year-old Canadian described her lightweight tank dress for the Australian Open as having ''red and white stripes like an American flag or something.''

  • The Latest: Radwanska beats Bouchard at Australian Open

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):8:39 p.m.Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska has ended Eugenie Bouchard's strong start to the year with a 6-4, 6-2 win in a match featuring two former Wimbledon finalists in the second round at Melbourne Park.

  • Tennis stars, past and present, want names of match-fixers

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Around the world, players, commentators and fans echoed the call of Roger Federer, who wants to know names of those suspected of match-fixing in a growing scandal that one ex-pro described as a ''major wake-up call for the world of tennis.''

  • The Latest: Dimitrov earns Australian Open match vs Federer

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):6:25 p.m.Grigor Dimitrov has struggled to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Marco Trungelliti of Argentina in a second-round match at Melbourne Park.Next up for Dimitrov will be a much more formidable opponent in 17-time Grand Slam singles champion Roger Federer. Serving for the match on Court 6 after breaking Trungelliti's service in the 11th game of the final set, Dimitrov clinched the match when the Argentinian player netted a backhand.

  • The Latest: Federer twins in training, maybe not for tennis

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):5:15 p.m.Roger Federer says his 6-year-old twin daughters, Myla and Charlene, have started taking tennis lessons, but the sport's great ambassador doesn't necessarily hope they follow in his footsteps someday. ''I'm happy if they won't end up being on this court, actually,'' Federer said after his second-round win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

  • The Latest: Serena says Venus should be back at Aussie Open

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):3:57 p.m.As Venus Williams slowly walked off court following her loss to Britain's Johanna Konta on Tuesday, Australian fans may have wondered whether she'd be back for her 17th Australian Open next year.

  • Federer cruises into 3rd round of Australian Open

    January 20, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer has moved into the third round at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.Federer improved his career record against the Ukrainian player to 3-0 without facing a break point in the 93-minute match.

  • The Latest: Roger Federer into Australian Open 3rd round

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):3:50 p.m.Roger Federer has moved into the third round at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.Federer improved his career record against the Ukrainian player to 3-0 without facing a break point in the 93-minute match.

  • The Latest: Serena Williams into Australian Open 3rd round

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):1:56 p.m.Serena Williams has swiftly moved through to the third round at Melbourne Park with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei in exactly one hour.Williams has only fallen in the second round of a Grand Slam tournament wice in her career - losing to her sister Venus in her Australian Open debut in 1998, and being beaten by Garbine Muguruza at the 2014 French Open.

  • The Latest: Nishikori reaches 3rd round for 6th time

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):1:10 p.m.Kei Nishikori reached the third round of the Australian Open for the sixth consecutive year, beating Austin Krajicek 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena.

  • Fifth-seeded Sharapova reaches 3rd round at Australian Open

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich, staying on course for a potential quarterfinal meeting with Serena Williams.Sharapova was finished in 71 minutes Wednesday on Rod Laver Arena, the first match completed on day three after light rain caused delays on outside courts.

  • The Latest: Kuznetsova loses at Australian Open

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):12:56 p.m.Kateryna Bondarenko notched one of her biggest wins since coming out of retirement after having a baby in 2013, beating two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 7-5 in the second round at Melbourne Park.

  • Venus Williams fined ,000 for avoiding media

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Venus Williams has been fined ,000 by tournament organizers for skipping a news conference after her first-round exit at the Australian Open.The Australian Open announced the fine Wednesday after a meeting by the committee of Grand Slam supervisors.

  • The Latest: Venus Williams fined ,000 for avoiding media

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):12:35 p.m.Venus Williams has been fined ,000 by tournament organizers for skipping a news conference after her first-round exit at the Australian Open.The Australian Open announced the fine Wednesday after a meeting by the committee of Grand Slam supervisors.

  • The Latest: Sharapova through to Australian Open's 3rd round

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):12:24 p.m.Maria Sharapova became the first player to advance to the third round at the Australian Open when she beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-2, 6-1.

  • The Latest: Rain delays outdoor play at Australian Open

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):11:07 a.m.Light rain is falling at Melbourne Park, delaying the start of play on side courts at the Australian Open on Wednesday.Tournament officials said play would not start on those courts until at least 11:30 a.m. Ball boys and girls were sponging the courts off.

  • Tennis stars ask why is courtside gambling OK?

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Andy Murray finds it ''hypocritical'' that tennis authorities are trying to stamp out match-fixing run by gambling syndicates but have partnered with a major gambling company that is now advertising on the Australian Open's show courts.

  • The Latest: Brian Baker makes return to Australian Open

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):11:59 p.m.Brian Baker made a long-awaited return to Melbourne Park three years after collapsing on the court with a torn meniscus in his right knee during a second-round match at the Australian Open.

  • The Latest: Double bagel for Azarenka at Australian Open

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):11:47 p.m.It was double bagel time at Rod Laver ArenaTwo-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka made short work of her Belgian opponent to advance to the second round at Melbourne Park. The No. 14-seeded Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013, beat Alison Van Uytvanck 6-0, 6-0 in just 53 minutes Tuesday.

  • Tennis stars ask why are courtside gambling OK?

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Andy Murray finds it ''hypocritical'' that tennis authorities are trying to stamp out match-fixing run by gambling syndicates but have partnered with a major gambling company that is now advertising on the Australian Open's show courts.

  • What to Watch on Wednesday at the Australian Open

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) A quarterfinal loss to Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open in 2014 ended Novak Djokovic's 25-match winning streak at Melbourne Park, which included titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013.The No. 1-ranked Djokovic started another Melbourne streak last year when he won a fifth Australian Open title, and he extended his winning streak to eight matches with a first-round win over Chung Hyeon on Monday.

  • The Latest: Emergency - Tomic match delayed for sick woman

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):10:50 p.m.Play was halted during a dramatic moment in Bernard Tomic's first-round match against Denis Istomin when a female spectator required emergency medical treatment.

  • The Latest: French Open champion Wawrinka into 2nd round

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):10:36 p.m.French Open champion Stan Wawrinka advanced to the second round at Melbourne Park when his opponent Dmitry Tursonov retired from their first-round match with what appeared to be an upper leg injury.

  • The Latest: Hewitt's retirement delayed after 1st-round win

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):10:28 p.m.Lleyton Hewitt's retirement will have to wait at least another two days.The Australian veteran, playing in his 20th consecutive national championship, beat fellow wild-card entry and countryman James Duckworth 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the second round.

  • The Latest: Halep conqueror nearly quit tennis last year

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):10:15 p.m.Zhang Shuai nearly quit tennis last year when she couldn't win a match, her ranking plummeted from inside the top 50 on the WTA Tour, and she nearly retired.

  • The Latest: 1 for the ages - Stepanek wins in 1st round

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):9:12 p.m.Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek has become the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open in more than 38 years.Stepanek, who is 37 years and 65 days old, defeated Tatsuma Ito of Japan 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in 3 hours, 16 minutes Tuesday to advance to the second round.

  • After big win, Naomi Osaka gets another test: Japanese media

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Naomi Osaka, an 18-year-old tennis player from Japan, faced a room overflowing with Japanese journalists on Tuesday after beating Donna Vekic in the first round of the Australian Open for her first-ever win at a Grand Slam tournament.

  • The Latest: No. 2-seeded Halep loses at Australian Open

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):8:27 p.m.Second-seeded Simona Halep is the latest seed to fall at Melbourne Park, losing to Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-3 in just over an hour.The No. 133-ranked Zhang overpowered the Romanian with 31 winners, including a forehand down the line on match point.

  • Resurgent Venus stopped in 1st round at Australian Open

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) When Johanna Konta found out she was playing Venus Williams in the first round of the Australian Open, she thought to herself, ''I just hope I stay out there more than an hour.''The Sydney- born British player did last more than an hour on Tuesday - one hour, 19 minutes to be exact - to reach the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

  • The Latest: Nadal loses to Verdasco at Australian Open

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):Fernando Verdasco has knocked fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal out of the opening Grand Slam of the season, beating his fellow Spanish lefthander 7-6 (6), 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first round.

  • The Latest: Murray says tennis betting links "hypocritical"

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):5:27 p.m.Andy Murray thinks it's ''hypocritical'' that tennis tournaments are sponsored by betting companies as the sport tries to combat match-fixing.A day after reports by BBC and BuzzFeed alleged that tennis authorities were suppressing evidence of match-fixing at the sport's highest level, Murray said he didn't agree with the fact the Australian Open is being sponsored this year by a London-based betting agency.

  • Madison Keys adjusts to new year and new coach

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Madison Keys is starting the new season with a new coach - who is a man - which is going well now that he's toned down the topspin.The 20-year-old American had a breakthrough season last year, starting with a run to the semifinals at the Australian Open, during her partnership with Lindsay Davenport. The former No. 1-ranked Davenport couldn't travel full time because of family and commentating responsibilities this year, so Keys is now working with former ATP player Jesse Levine.

  • The Latest: Non-contact sport, but Raonic uses mouth guard

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):4:47 p.m.Fortunately for Milos Raonic, he didn't have to grind out a win against Lucas Pouille in the first round at Melbourne Park. He's got his teeth protected, though, just in case.

  • The Latest: Andy Murray advances at the Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):3:20 p.m.Second-seeded Andy Murray has had little trouble advancing to the second round, beating sometime practice partner Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.Murray, who has lost in all four finals he has contested at Melbourne Park, broke Zverev's serve to open the second and third sets and dominated his opponent throughout. Zverev wasn't helped by seven double-faults.

  • Venus Williams loses to Konta in Australian Open's 1st round

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Venus Williams tried to rally, winning two games and getting another break-point chance after falling a set and 5-0 behind, before her 16th trip to the Australian Open finished in a first-round loss to Johanna Konta.The 35-year-old, seven-time major winner trudged off Rod Laver Arena, waving to the crowd at 1:55 p.m. on the second day of the tournament following a surprising 6-4, 6-2 loss to the No. 47-ranked Konta, a Sydney-born British player who was making her debut in the main draw at the Australian Open after losing twice previously in qualifying.

  • The Latest: VWilliams out in 1st round at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):2:03 p.m.Venus Williams has been knocked out of the first round 6-4, 6-2 by Britain's Johanna Konta. The eighth-seeded Williams reached the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park last year to kick off a resurgent season that saw her return to the top 10 for the first time since 2011.

  • The Latest: Keys advances to 2nd round at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):1:10 p.m.Madison Keys had a slow start in her return to Melbourne Park, but advanced to the second round with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win over Zarina Diyas.Keys, who reached her first Grand Slam semifinal last year at the Australian Open, fended off two set points in the ninth game before coming back to win the first in a tiebreaker. She then raced out to a 5-0 lead in the second set to put the match away.

  • The Latest: Raonic reaches 2nd round at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):12:40 p.m.Milos Raonic followed up his victory at the Brisbane International with a clinical, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 first-round win over Lucas Pouille on the second day of the season's first major.

  • The Latest:3rd-seeded Muguruza into 2nd round in Melbourne

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Tuesday (all times local):12:14 p.m.Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza needed only an hour to advance through the first round, beating No. 85-ranked Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-4 in the opening match on Rod Laver Arena on day two.

  • Australian Open Glance

    January 19, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) A look at the Australian Open on Tuesday:WEATHER: Sunny with a high of 27 Celsius (81 Fahrenheit).ATTENDANCE: Day: 43,789; Night 24,748; TOTAL: 68,537.SEEDED MEN'S RESULTS: No. 2 Andy Murray def. Alexander Zverev, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka def. Dmitry Tursunov, No. 5 Rafael Nadal lost to Fernando Verdasco, No. 8 David Ferrer def. Peter Gojowczyk, No. 10 John Isner def. Jerzy Janowicz, No. 11 Kevin Anderson lost to Rajeev Ram, No. 13 Milos Raonic def. Lucas Pouille, No. 16 Bernard Tomic def. Denis Istomin, No. 18 Feliciano Lopez def. Daniel Evans, No. 20 Fabio Fognini lost to Gilles Muller, No. 21 Viktor Troicki def. Daniel Munoz-De La Nava, No. 23 Gael Monfils def. Yuichi Sugita, No. 25 Jack Sock def. Taylor Fritz, No. 30. Jeremy Chardy def. Ernests Gulbis, No. 31 Steve Johnson def. Aljaz Bedene, No. 32 Joao Sousa def. Mikhail Kukushkin.

  • 'Super Serena' returns with 1st round win at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) At the time, she called herself ''Super Serena'' and posted a picture of herself dressed like Superwoman.In hindsight, tennis star Serena Williams thinks it wasn't the best idea to chase after a man who appeared to be stealing her cell phone.

  • The Latest: Tsonga beats Baghdatis in tough 1st-round match

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):11:30 p.m.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wrapped up play on the first day of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Marcos Baghdatis in a first-round match featuring two former finalists.

  • Federer: It's time to name players suspected of match fixing

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Roger Federer has heard enough speculation about match-fixing in tennis. If players are suspected of corruption, he wants names.Federer was responding to reports by BBC and BuzzFeed News published Monday that tennis authorities have suppressed evidence of match-fixing and overlooked suspected cases involving players ranked in the top 50, including Grand Slam singles and doubles winners.

  • American Noah Rubin upsets 17th seed Paire for 1st major win

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Noah Rubin surprised more than a few people with his upset win over 17th-seeded Benoit Paire at the Australian Open on Monday.''My girlfriend's sending me pictures - I'm trending on Twitter. I mean, that stuff is cool,'' Rubin said after his 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) first-round victory.

  • The Latest: Stosur's Australian Open woes continue

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):10:40 p.m.Samantha Stosur's woes at her national championship continued when she was beaten 6-4, 7-6 (6) by qualifier Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic.Stosur has never advanced past the fourth round at the Australian Open, and has lost in the first or second round eight times in 14 appearances.

  • What to Watch on Tuesday at the Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Day Two at the Australian Open features a two-time former champion with a renewed spring in her step, a hard-luck former finalist (times four) and a national hero who could be making his final appearance as a player in his native Australia.

  • The Latest: Federer in easy 1st-round win at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):8:49 p.m.Roger Federer has advanced to the second round at Melbourne Park, setting a record just by showing up.The No. 3-seeded Swiss star is appearing in a record 65th consecutive major, an impressive run that started at the Australian Open in 2000. Federer had little trouble Monday beating Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-2, 6-1, 6-2.

  • The Latest: Bouchard wins 1st-rounder at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):8:38 p.m.A resurgent Eugenie Bouchard continued her injury comeback with a first-round win. The 37th-ranked Bouchard beat Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-3, 6-4 to advance to a second-round matchup against No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska.

  • The Latest: Sharapova easily advances at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Monday (all times local):8:24 p.m.Fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova has eased to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Nao Hibino in a first-round match to start the night program at Margaret Court Arena.Sharapova, who pulled out of the Brisbane International with a left forearm injury, appeared to show no side effects from the ailment in her 73-minute win over the Japanese player.

  • The Latest: American wins 1st Grand Slam match in upset

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):7:25 p.m.Nineteen-year-old wild-card entry Noah Rubin got the biggest win of his career, upsetting 17th-seeded Benoit Paire of France 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) for his first Grand Slam victory.

  • Tennis officials deny suppressing fixing alleged in reports

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Tennis authorities have denied suppressing evidence of match-fixing or overlooking suspected cases amid reports on the opening day of the Australian Open alleging widespread corruption at the top level of the sport.In the reports published before the tournament began Monday, the BBC and BuzzFeed News alleged that the Tennis Integrity Unit, the sport's anti-corruption body, had failed to thoroughly investigate a group of 16 players that bookmakers, foreign police and other investigators had warned it about.

  • The Latest: Djokovic to wife: Let's 'make more babies!'

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):6:40 p.m.Coming off the best season of his career, new dad Novak Djokovic joked that he needs to make some more babies.''Ever since I became a father everything is going uphill on the tennis court,'' Djokovic said after winning his first-round match at the Australian Open on Monday.

  • The Latest: Wozniacki loses in 1st round at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):6:29 p.m.Former No.1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki is out of the Australian Open, losing 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.The 16th-seeded Wozniacki was up a service break in the second set. She received treatment on her right ankle during a medical time out in the third set.

  • Sloane Stephens exits, again, in Australian Open 1st round

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Sloane Stephens figures she's got plenty more Grand Slams ahead of her to improve upon her performance at this year's Australian Open.The 2013 semifinalist exited in the first round Monday, losing 6-3, 6-3 to Chinese qualifier Wang Qiang, who is ranked No. 102.

  • The Latest: Radwanska into 2nd round at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):4:54 p.m.Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska has moved into the second round at Melbourne Park with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Christina McHale of the United States.The fourth-seeded Radwanska started her 2016 season on a roll, winning the Shenzhen Open before pulling out of the Sydney Invitational last week with a left leg injury.

  • The Latest: Djokovic wins opening match at Australian Open

    January 18, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):4:47 p.m.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic took his first steps toward a sixth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South Korea at Rod Laver Arena.

  • The Latest: Sixth-seeded Berdych starts 50th major with win

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):3:12 p.m.Sixth-seeded Thomas Berdych advanced to the second round with a 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 win over Yuki Bhambri in a straight-forward opener to his 50th consecutive major tournament. Bhambri was playing his first tour-level match since the last Australian Open.

  • Bright start: Serena Williams advances at Australian Open

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Serena Williams made a bright start to her Australian Open title defense, holding up one finger and twirling in her neon yellow two-piece outfit to mark victory No. 1 after advancing 6-4, 7-5 over Camila Giorgi on Monday.Williams withdrew from a warmup tournament because of inflammation in her left knee, so the win over Giorgi was her first completed match since her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam ended in a semifinal loss at the U.S. Open.

  • The Latest: Sloane Stephens loses at Australian Open

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):2:51 p.m.Sloane Stephens lost 10 straight games before losing her first-round match at the Australian Open to Chinese qualifier Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-3.The No. 24-seeded Stephens was up 3-1 in the first set and then lost 10 games in a row to the Chinese player, who is ranked 102nd.

  • The Latest: Serena Williams wins opener at Australian Open

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open (all times local):2:32p.m.Defending champion Serena Williams has won her first-round match, beating Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-4, 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena.Williams, who just missed a calendar-year Grand Slam in 2015 when she lost in the U.S. Open semifinals, was helped by 12 double-faults by the Italian player, including on break point in the 11th game of the second set to give Williams a 6-5 lead.

  • The Latest: Kei Nishikori wins match at Australian Open

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) 1:05 p.m.Kei Nishikori has become the first of the seeded men's players to advance to the second round of the Australian Open.The seventh-seeded Nishikori, who reached the quarterfinals last year, beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 without facing a break point Monday.

  • The Latest: Tennis officials dismiss match-fixing claims

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) 12:45 p.m.ATP chairman Chris Kermode and the Tennis Integrity United have rejected news reports that match-fixing has gone unchecked in the sport.In reports published on the morning the Australian Open began, the BBC and BuzzFeed News said secret files exposed evidence of widespread suspected match-fixing at the top level of world tennis. The report said that in the last decade 16 players - all at some stage ranked in the top 50 - have been repeatedly flagged to the integrity unit.

  • The Latest: Kvitova wins opening match at Australian Open

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) 12:22 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has the distinction of winning the first completed match at the 2016 Australian Open, avenging a loss to Luksika Kumkhum from two years ago.Kvitova beat the Thai qualifier 6-3, 6-1. In 2014, Kumkhum beat Kvitova in three sets to send the-then sixth-ranked player out of the tournament.

  • The Latest: Play under way at the 2016 Australian Open

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) 11:12 a.m.Under sunny skies and a temperature of 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit), two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has begun play in her first-round match against Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand, the first match on the center court at the Australian Open.

  • The Latest: Australian Open begins with match-fixing claims

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) 10:55 a.m.An International Tennis Federation spokesman at the Australian Open says the Tennis Integrity Unit plans to issue a statement on Monday in reaction to reports over match-fixing in the sport.The BBC and BuzzFeed News says secret files exposed evidence of widespread suspected match-fixing at the top level of world tennis. The report said that in the last decade, 16 players who have been ranked in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the integrity unit.

  • Women's tennis elite shaking off injuries, colds at Aus Open

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Before the sneezing and sniffling set in, the world's No. 2-ranked women's tennis player listed her goals for the year.Top priority: ''Just to stay healthy,'' Simona Halep said without hesitating.Almost as an afterthought, the rising 24-year-old Romanian who was a finalist at the 2014 French Open added that her biggest goal was ''to win a Grand Slam.''As the 2016 Grand Slam season kicks off Monday at the Australian Open, Halep is hardly alone in her quest to stay off the injured list and win a major. Most of the top 10-ranked women's players started the year with injuries or illness that forced them to retire or withdraw from tournaments in the first weeks of the season.

  • What to Watch on Monday at the Australian Open

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The opening day of the Australian Open should provide quick answers to injury questions which developed over the past few weeks with two of the biggest stars in the women's game.Will six-time winner and defending champion Serena Williams be affected by inflammation in her left knee that forced her out of the Hopman Cup in Perth? And will Maria Sharapova, who lost to Williams in last year's final, get through her first-round match without the recurrence of left forearm soreness that made her withdraw from the Brisbane International, where she was defending champion?

  • Djokovic offers a healthy choice ahead of Australian Open

    January 17, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic doesn't really need to offer sweeteners to attract a crowd at the Australian Open.Still, in what has become something of a tradition, he handed out some delicacies at his news conference on Sunday. He doled out chocolates at his first meeting with media at previous Australian Open tournaments and it's worked - no man has won more titles here than Djokovic in the Open era.

  • Troicki wins Sydney International title over Dimitrov

    January 16, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Defending champion Viktor Troicki's backhand cross-court winner on match point gave the Serbian player a 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7) victory over Grigor Dimitrov in the Sydney International final on Saturday.Each player saved match points in the tiebreaker - the conclusion to an 82-minute third set - before Troicki fell to his back when his winner left Dimitrov flat-footed at the net.

  • Take 2: Resurgent Azarenka ready for Australian Open

    January 16, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) In her new music video, Victoria Azarenka spins wheels on a motorbike and sprays graffiti on a wall. There's not a tennis racket to be seen.If her recent resurgence is any guide, the clip isn't a metaphor for her career. It's not a case of the writing being on the wall. She hasn't entirely lost traction.

  • Federer adds "star" to Djokovic's name ahead of Aussie Open

    January 16, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Roger Federer says the so-called Big Four in men's tennis - he, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal - still exists, with one possible notation and an addition.''Novak deserves like a little star next to his name right now because he's been doing extremely well,'' Federer said Saturday.

  • Serena Williams not worried about injury, or what lies ahead

    January 16, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Injury? What injury? The draw? Don't mention the draw.Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams worked her way through the pre-Grand Slam rituals on Saturday, practicing on the center court at Melbourne Park, and fielding questions about the inflammation in her left knee that restricted her preparations, and about a tough road to another title.

  • Cornet wins Hobart International in final over Bouchard

    January 16, 2016

    HOBART, Australia (AP) Alize Cornet ended Eugenie Bouchard's strong run at the Hobart International with a 6-1, 6-2 win over the Canadian in the final on Saturday.Cornet won her fifth WTA title and first since April 2014 in her third attempt at the Hobart International, one of the Australian Open Series warmup tournaments.

  • Hewitt set to end tennis career in his 20th Australian Open

    January 15, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) In one of his final media conferences as a player, Lleyton Hewitt told everyone on Saturday what they already knew - that's he's never lacked for motivation during a career which spanned three decades.And also no surprise that the motivation part is what he'll miss most when he concludes his injury-hit career at the Australian Open, his 20th appearance in his national championship and one which he's never managed to win.

  • Bautista Agut wins ASB Classic as ill Sock retires

    January 15, 2016

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut won the ASB Classic singles title when his American opponent Jack Sock was forced to retire with illness while trailing 6-1, 1-0 in Saturday's final.Sock said after his 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 semifinal win over top-seed and four-time champion David Ferrer that he came close to withdrawing from that match after waking Friday with ''flu-like symptoms.''

  • Sock beats Ferrer to reach Auckland final

    January 15, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Jack Sock ended David Ferrer's hopes of a fifth singles title in Auckland when he beat the top-seeded Spaniard 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the ASB Classic semifinals on Friday.Ferrer seemed on track for another final when he took the first set. But the 26th-ranked Sock broke the eighth-ranked Ferrer's serve in the second game of the second set and held for 3-0, and was never threatened the rest of the way.

  • Sock floors Ferrer to reach Auckland final

    January 15, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Jack Sock ended David Ferrer's hopes of a fifth singles title in Auckland when he beat the top-seeded Spaniard 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Friday's semifinals of the ASB Classic.Ferrer seemed on track for another title when he took the first set. But the 26th-ranked Sock broke the eighth-ranked Ferrer's serve in the second game of the second set and held for 3-0, and was never threatened the rest of the way.

  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2016: Capsules on top women's players

    January 15, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Women to watch at the Australian Open, which begins Monday at Melbourne Park:SERENA WILLIAMSSeeded: 1Age: 34Country: United States2015 Match Record: 53-32015 Singles Titles: 5Career Singles Titles: 69Major Titles: 21 - Australian Open ('03, `05, `07, `09, `10, `15), French Open ('02, `13, `15) , Wimbledon ('02, `03, `09, `10, `12, `15), U.S. Open ('99, `02, `08, `12, `13, `14)

  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2016: Capsules on top men's players

    January 15, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Men to watch at the Australian Open, which begins Monday:NOVAK DJOKOVICSeeded: 1Age: 28Country: Serbia2015 Match Record: 82-62015 Singles Titles: 11Career Singles Titles: 59Major Titles: 10 - Australian Open ('08, `11, `12, `13, `15), Wimbledon ('11, `14, `15), U.S. Open ('11, `15),

  • Djokovic, Williams prepared for Australian Open defenses

    January 15, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic is in the kind of form that has rivals no less than Rafael Nadal describing it as being close to perfection. Serena Williams has been injured, has hardly played since the U.S. Open and had to withdraw from her only tune-up event ahead of the Australian Open.

  • American Jack Sock reaches Auckland's ASB Classic final

    January 15, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Jack Sock ended David Ferrer's hopes of a fifth singles title in Auckland when he beat the top-seeded Spaniard 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Friday's semifinals of the ASB Classic.Ferrer seemed on track for another title when he took the first set in 28 minutes. But the 26th-ranked Sock broke the eighth-ranked Ferrer's serve in the second game of the second set and held serve for 3-0, and was never threatened the rest of the way.

  • Troicki stays in hunt for 2nd straight Sydney International

    January 14, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Viktor Troicki won his rain-delayed quarterfinal at the Sydney International on Friday, and Australian Bernard Tomic retired from his match against Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili while trailing 6-3, 3-0.Tomic said he was feeling ill and may have had food poisoning. He plays his first-round match at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

  • Schiavone Grand Slam streak 0f 61 straight ends in Melbourne

    January 14, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Francesca Schiavone's record of playing in 61 consecutive Grand Slam events over 15 years has ended after a loss in the in the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open.Schiavone, whose 2010 French Open title has been her only career major, lost Friday to Virginie Razzano 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 in the second round of qualifying at Melbourne Park.

  • Serena Williams, Sharapova in same quarter at Aussie Open

    January 14, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Defending champion Serena Williams and No. 5-ranked Maria Sharapova were drawn into the same section for the Australian Open on Friday, setting up a potential quarterfinal match featuring the 2015 finalists.Six-time champion Williams has a tough draw starting in the opening round against Camila Giorgi of Italy, who finished 2015 at No. 34 and was the highest-ranked player who was not seeded for the season's first major which begins Monday.

  • Ferrer keeps Auckland success going, in semis for 6th time

    January 14, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Four-time champion David Ferrer kept alive one ritual and American Jack Sock tried starting another at Auckland's ASB Classic on Thursday.The top-seeded Ferrer reached the semifinals for the sixth time after beating Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-4, and advanced to play Sock.

  • Ferrer keeps Auckland success going, advances to semifinals

    January 14, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Four-time champion David Ferrer will play Jack Sock in the semifinals of Auckland's ASB Classic after beating Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-4 in a quarterfinal Thursday.The top-seeded Ferrer was appearing in the quarterfinals for the 10th time in 11 Auckland tournaments, and reached the semifinals for the sixth time.

  • Tomic, Azarenka move into top 16 in Australian Open seedings

    January 14, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Defending champions and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams top the Australian Open seedings lists, which follow rankings ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of 2016.Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka moved back into the top 16 with her victory at the Brisbane International last week, her first title since 2013. She finished last season at No. 22 but moved up the rankings with her title run in the Australian Open warmup tournament and was seeded No. 14 at Melbourne Park, meaning she avoids early-round encounters with the top-ranked players.

  • Halep, Dimitrov win at Australian Open tune-up in Sydney

    January 13, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Top-seeded Simona Halep has booked a semifinal berth at the Sydney International, while fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the men's quarterfinals of the Australian Open tune-up event.Halep beat last year's Sydney runner-up Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 7-5 and will next play two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated Sara Errani of Italy 7-6 (1), 6-0 on Wednesday.

  • Kuznetsova, Dimitrov win at Sydney International

    January 13, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia has booked a semifinal berth at the Sydney International, while fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the men's quarterfinals of the Australian Open tune-up event.The 30-year-old Kuznetsova, who won the 2004 U.S. Open and 2009 French Open, beat Sara Errani of Italy 7-6 (1), 6-0 on Wednesday and will meet either 2015 Sydney runner-up Karolina Pliskova or top-seeded Simona Halep in the semifinals.

  • Ferrer wins at Auckland, Kyrgios quits in Melbourne

    January 12, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Four-time champion David Ferrer beat Australian qualifier Matthew Barton 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of Auckland's ASB Classic for the 10th time in 11 appearances.Fourth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson beat another qualifier, Robin Haase of the Netherlands, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5).

  • Kerber withdraws from Sydney International with illness

    January 12, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Angelique Kerber brought to eight the number of the top-10 women's players laid low by injuries or illness in the lead up to the Australian Open when she withdrew from the Sydney International on Tuesday with a stomach illness.The No. 7-ranked Kerber reached the final of last week's Brisbane International and beat Ukraine's Eline Svitolina in the first round in Sydney before falling ill and pulling out of her second-round match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

  • Kerber withdraws from Sydney tournament with illness

    January 12, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Angelique Kerber brought to eight the number of the top-10 women's players laid low by injuries or illness in the lead up to the Australian Open when she withdrew from the Sydney International on Tuesday with a stomach illness.The No. 7-ranked Kerber reached the final of last week's Brisbane International and beat Ukraine's Eline Svitolina in the first round in Sydney before falling ill and pulling out of her second-round match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

  • Kerber withdraws from Sydney tournament with stomach illness

    January 12, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Angelique Kerber brought to eight the number of the top-10 women's tennis players laid low by injuries or illness in the lead up to the Australian Open when she withdrew from the Sydney International on Tuesday with a stomach illness.No. 7-ranked Kerber reached the final of last week's Brisbane International and beat Ukraine's Eline Svitolina 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the first round in Sydney. But she started to feel ill during that match and informed tournament organizers she would be unable to play her second-round match against Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

  • Bouchard wins in Hobart 1st round

    January 11, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Eugenie Bouchard provided relief from a deluge of bad injury news in the women's game ahead of the Australian Open, as the Canadian won 6-2, 6-1 against Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the Hobart International on Monday.The former No. 5 is on the comeback trail since sustaining a concussion when she fell in the dressing room during last year's U.S. Open, with the Shenzhen Open last week being her first tournament since.

  • Wawrinka beats Coric for 4th Chennai Open title

    January 10, 2016

    CHENNAI, India (AP) Stan Wawrinka won his fourth title at the Chennai Open on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-5 win over promising teenager Borna Coric of Croatia.Fifteen aces and trademark backhand shots helped the top-seeded Swiss dominate against 19-year-old Coric, the youngest player in the world's top 50 at No. 44.

  • Raonic wins Brisbane title, reversing 2015 result v Federer

    January 10, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Milos Raonic got one back on Roger Federer to start the new season. After losing coach Ivan Ljubicic to the Federer camp leading into 2016, Raonic achieved something nobody else born in the 1990s has managed to do against the 17-time major winner - beat him twice.

  • Injury, illness hit top 6 WTA players before Australian Open

    January 10, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) It's been an injury and illness-filled start to 2016 for the top six women in tennis, and just a week from the start of the Australian Open.Defending Sydney International champion Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, pulled out of the Sydney tournament on Sunday, the second week in a row she's had to quit due to a stomach virus. She was joined a few hours later by Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 2-seeded player in Sydney, who has a left leg injury.

  • Kvitova withdraws from Sydney International with virus

    January 10, 2016

    SYDNEY (AP) Defending women's champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the Sydney International, marking the second consecutive week that the two-time Wimbledon winner has pulled out of tournaments due to a lingering stomach virus.Kvitova retired during the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week. She was scheduled to play her first match in Sydney against Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Monday.

  • Top-seeded Wawrinka in line for 4th Chennai Open title

    January 9, 2016

    CHENNAI, India (AP) Stan Wawrinka will play for a third successive Chennai Open title against Borna Coric, the youngest finalist on the ATP Tour in eight years.The final was set on Saturday when top-seeded Wawrinka defeated Benoit Paire of France 6-4, 6-4, and Coric ruined Aljaz Bedene's hopes of a repeat of the 2015 final, beating the Briton 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-3 after almost three hours.

  • Djokovic crushes Nadal in Qatar Open final

    January 9, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Novak Djokovic won his first title of the year by dominating Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday.This marked Djokovic's 16th straight final since the Serbian lost in the Qatar Open quarterfinals last year.Going into the final, Djokovic and Nadal were tied at 23 wins apiece in their career meetings, the most between any players in ATP Tour history.

  • Australia wins Hopman Cup for 1st time in 17 years

    January 9, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova had singles wins over Ukraine to lead Australia Green to the Hopman Cup, the country's first title in the mixed teams event in 17 years.Gavrilova's 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory over Elina Svitolina gave Australia a 1-0 lead before Kyrgios clinched the title with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

  • Australia takes early lead vs Ukraine in Hopman Cup final

    January 9, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Daria Gavrilova beat Elina Svitolina 6-4 ,7-6 (6) Saturday to give the Australia Green team an early 1-0 lead over Ukraine in the Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis final.Gavrilova trailed 6-1 in the second-set tiebreaker before reeling off seven consecutive points for an unlikely victory.

  • Radwanska defeats Riske for Shenzhen Open title

    January 9, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska scored a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 victory over Alison Riske of the United States on Saturday to win the Shenzhen Open.The top-seeded Pole continued her fine form from the end of last season when she won titles at Tokyo, Tianjin and the WTA Finals in Singapore.

  • Raonic beats Tomic to reach successive Brisbane finals

    January 9, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Milos Raonic reached the Brisbane International final for the second year running when he beat local Bernard Tomic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) on Saturday in the semifinals.Fourth-seeded Raonic lost the 2015 decider to Roger Federer and could meet the 17-time major winner in the championship match again. Federer was playing eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second semifinal.

  • Stephens beats Wozniacki to reach ASB Classic final

    January 8, 2016

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Fifth-seeded American Sloane Stephens coped with an overnight rain break and a stern rally from Caroline Wozniacki to advance to the final of the ASB Classic with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (3) victory Saturday.Stephens led 5-2 in the first set when rain curtailed the match on Friday night, forcing it to be decided Saturday only hours before the scheduled final.

  • Djokovic to play Nadal in final of Qatar Open

    January 8, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will break their 23-23 head-to-head record when they meet for the 47th time in the Qatar Open final Saturday.Top-seeded Djokovic beat third-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-6 (3) to reach his 16th consecutive final Friday.

  • Two-time defending champion Wawrinka in Chennai semifinals

    January 8, 2016

    CHENNAI, India (AP) Stan Wawrinka advanced to the semifinals of the Chennai Open with a 6-4, 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain Friday.The top-seeded Swiss, a two-time defending champion, fired 14 aces to set up a clash with third-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire.

  • Rafael Nadal advances to final at Qatar Open

    January 8, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Rafael Nadal advanced to the 99th final of his career on Friday at the Qatar Open.The second-seeded Spaniard, who has won 67 titles, including 14 majors, beat Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4.Nadal will face either top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia or third-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the final - his first on a hard court since he won the 2014 Qatar Open title.

  • Defending champion Federer into Brisbane semifinals

    January 8, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Roger Federer overcame a lingering sickness to hold off Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4 on Friday and take his title defense into the semifinals at the Brisbane International.Another former winner, the unseeded Victoria Azarenka, moved into the women's final by seeing off U.S. qualifier Samantha Crawford 6-0, 6-3.

  • Tomic upsets Nishikori, sets up semi vs Raonic in Brisbane

    January 8, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Bernard Tomic ended Kei Nishikori's streak of semifinal appearances at the Brisbane International on Friday with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win, his first over a top10 player on home soil.Beating the second-seeded Nishikori set Tomic on course for a semifinal against 2015 finalist Milos Raonic, and a possible top-16 seeding for the Australian Open, which starts in 10 days in Melbourne.

  • Radwanska to face Riske in Shenzhen Open final

    January 8, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the final of the Shenzhen Open with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Anna-Lena Friedsam on Friday, ensuring she will jump past Maria Sharapova to No. 4 in the rankings just in time for seeding at the upcoming Australian Open.

  • Tomic upsets Nishikori, sets up SF vs Raonic in Brisbane

    January 8, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Bernard Tomic ended Kei Nishikori's streak of semifinal appearances at the Brisbane International with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 win on Friday, his first over a Top 10 player on home soil.The victory over second-seeded Nishikori set him on course for semifinal against 2015 finalist Milos Raonic and a possible top 16 seeding for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 18 in Melbourne.

  • Raonic reaches semifinals at Brisbane International

    January 7, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Milos Raonic became the first man to secure a semifinal spot at the Brisbane International with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Lucas Pouille.The fourth-seeded Raonic, who lost the 2015 Brisbane final to Roger Federer, relied on his big serve to dictate play against No. 78-ranked Pouille.

  • French Open finalist Lucie Safarova out of Australian Open

    January 7, 2016

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The WTA Tour says French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of the lingering effects of a bacterial infection she picked up last year.Safarova also tweeted: ''As an athlete I'm used to fight on court to win. Today it's off court to get my health back...''

  • Novak Djokovic joins Rafael Nadal in Qatar Open semifinals

    January 7, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Top-seeded Novak Djokovic survived a second set challenge to dismiss eighth-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Qatar Open semifinal Thursday.Mayer made four unforced errors when serving for the second set at 5-4 which opened the door for Djokovic to take a straight-set victory.

  • Rafael Nadal gets through to semifinals at Qatar Open

    January 7, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Despite being broken four times, Rafael Nadal managed to make his way into the Qatar Open semifinals by beating Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 Thursday.Nadal lost his serve on all four break points he faced against the 79th-ranked Kuznetsov. The second-seeded Spaniard broke his opponent's serve five times in 10 attempts.

  • Paire makes Chennai quarterfinals but Muller knocked out

    January 7, 2016

    CHENNAI, India (AP) Local wild card Ramkumar Ramanathan and Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano reached their first ATP quarterfinals at the Chennai Open on Thursday.Also, third-seeded Benoit Paire of France advanced but sixth-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg was knocked out, by Fabbiano 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.

  • Federer opens his 2016 season with comfy win in Brisbane

    January 7, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Roger Federer recalled the celebrations and the festive atmosphere of his 1,000th match victory on tour as soon as he returned to the Brisbane International to fine-tune his preparations for the Australian Open.He achieved the milestone in the final here last year, when he beat Milos Raonic and shared the podium with some of the players he revered from a previous era.

  • Radwanska only seeded player to make Shenzhen semifinals

    January 7, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the semifinals of the Shenzhen Open by beating Wang Qiang of China 6-3, 6-2.The top-seeded Pole, who saved two break points in the second set, will next face Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany. Friedsam beat Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

  • Azarenka advances to semifinals at Brisbane International

    January 7, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Victoria Azarenka maintained her surge in form while the leading women on the tour are struggling with injuries or inconsistency at the start of the season, reaching the Brisbane International semifinals with a 6-1, 6-2 win over eighth-seeded Roberta Vinci.

  • Bouchard's comeback ends in loss to Babos at Shenzhen Open

    January 7, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Eugenie Bouchard's comeback from the concussion she suffered at the U.S. Open was stalled by a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Hungary's Timea Babos at the Shenzhen Open on Thursday.This week, Bouchard won her first match on tour since slipping and falling in the locker room at the U.S. Open in September and hitting her head. The sixth-seeded Canadian then reached her first quarterfinal in nearly a year by beating Nicole Gibbs in the second round.

  • Raonic wins at Brisbane, advances to quarters

    January 7, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Canadian Milos Raonic opened his 2016 season with a prickly 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-4 win over Croatia's Ivan Dodig at the Brisbane International on Thursday.The fourth-seeded Raonic, who had a first-round bye, appeared agitated at times with Dodig's play and was seen on camera mouthing an obscenity at his opponent when Dodig hit a half-volley drop shot at the net for a winner.

  • Milos Raonic wins at Brisbane, advances to quarterfinals

    January 7, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Canadian Milos Raonic opened his 2016 season with a 6-7 (2), 6-1, 6-4 win over Croatia's Ivan Dodig on Thursday at the Brisbane International.The fourth-seeded Raonic, who had a first-round bye, appeared agitated at times with Dodig's play and was seen on camera mouthing an obvious obscenity at his opponent when Dodig hit a half-volley drop shot at the net for a winner.

  • Kerber advances to Brisbane International semifinals

    January 7, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber, the highest-ranked woman remaining at the Brisbane International, advanced to the semifinals on Thursday with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Top-seeded Simona Halep and defending champion Maria Sharapova withdrew injured ahead of their matches on Tuesday, while second-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain retired with an injury in the second set of her match Wednesday.

  • Stan Wawrinka advances to Chennai Open quarterfinals

    January 6, 2016

    CHENNAI, India (AP) Stan Wawrinka advanced to the quarterfinals of the Chennai Open by beating Russian teenager Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday.The top-seeded Swiss player did not face a break point during the match. He will next face fifth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who beat Ante Pavic of Croatia 7-6 (5), 6-1.

  • Novak Djokovic advances to quarterfinals at Qatar Open

    January 6, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open by beating Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2 Wednesday.Djokovic, who saved two break points in his service game, is now 8-4 against the Spaniard. He's also on a 17-match winning streak against Spanish players dating back to a 2014 loss to Tommy Robredo.

  • Serena Williams withdraws from Hopman Cup with knee problem

    January 6, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Serena Williams withdrew from the Hopman Cup on Wednesday because of inflammation in her left knee, a setback in her preparations for the Australian Open.Williams has been replaced by Vicky Duval in the U.S. team for the last Group A match against the Czech Republic on Thursday. Williams withdrew ahead of her season-opening match against Ukraine on Monday, with Duval filling in for her, and retired in the second set against Australia's Jarmila Wolfe on Tuesday.

  • Ball boy struck by racket as tempers flare at ASB Classic

    January 6, 2016

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) A tennis match at the ASB Classic turned into a heated spat between two players on Wednesday after Naomi Broady accused Jelena Ostapenko of deliberately throwing her racket and hitting a ball boy.Ostapenko was running for a shot during the second-set tiebreak when her racket flew out of her hand, hit the back wall and then hit a ball boy on the shoulder.

  • Radwanska advances in Shenzehn but 3 other seeds knocked out

    January 6, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland sailed into the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open but three other seeded players were knocked out in the second round Wednesday.Radwanska, who won last year's WTA finals, scored a 6-1, 7-5 win over Chinese player Shuai Zhang.

  • Azarenka advances to quarterfinals at Brisbane International

    January 6, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) After two injury-interrupted seasons, Victoria Azarenka is emerging from the shadows of some her highly-ranked rivals who have either withdrawn from Australian Open warmup events or lost in the early rounds.The two-time Australian Open champion reached the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International - a tournament she won in 2009 - with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ysaline Bonaventure.

  • Azarekna advances to quarterfinals at Brisbane International

    January 6, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) After two injury-interrupted seasons, Victoria Azarenka is emerging from the shadows of some her highly-ranked rivals who have either withdrawn from Australian Open warmup events or lost in the early rounds.The two-time Australian Open champion reached the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International - a tournament she won in 2009 - with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ysaline Bonaventure on Wednesday.

  • Nishikori reaches quarterfinals at Brisbane International

    January 6, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Second-seeded Kei Nishikori advanced to the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin on Wednesday in his first competitive outing in Australia ahead of the season's first major.Nishikori conceded an early break but dominated the remainder of the second-round match to improve to 4-0 in career meetings with Kukushkin. He'll be aiming to reach the semifinals of the season-opening tournament for the fourth straight year with a win over either Bernard Tomic or Radek Stepanek in his next match.

  • Qualifier beats Kuznetsova in NZ, 2nd upset win in 2 days

    January 5, 2016

    Austrian qualifier Tamira Paszek continued her strong run at the ASB Classic on Wednesday by beating two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova after defeating former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the first round.Paszek's 6-2, 6-3 win over fourth-seeded Kuznetsova deprived the Auckland tournament of another of its drawcards after the top two seeds, defending champion Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic, were beaten in the first round.

  • Bedene knocks out Vasek Pospisil in Chennai Open 1st round

    January 5, 2016

    CHENNAI, India (AP) Vasek Pospisil of Canada became the only seed not to reach the Chennai Open second round when he lost to Aljaz Bedene of Britain 7-5, 7-6 (6) on Tuesday.Pospisil, seeded seventh, beat Bedene just over two months ago indoors in Valencia, but the closely ranked pair virtually went point for point outdoors in Chennai. Bedene earned the only break.

  • Tomas Berdych advances to 2nd round at Qatar Open

    January 5, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Third-seeded Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open by beating Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday.The sixth-ranked Czech reached the Qatar Open final last year, losing to David Ferrer of Spain.Berdych struggled with his first serve against Stahovsky, but he only dropped serve once and faced only two break points.

  • Kvitova withdraws from Shenzhen Open due to illness

    January 5, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Petra Kvitova's new year began with a withdrawal from the Shenzhen Open due to illness on Tuesday after losing the first set against China's Zheng Saisai.Saisai was leading 6-2 in the first round match when the second-seeded Kvitova withdrew.

  • Serena Williams withdraws at Perth, injury toll grows

    January 5, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Serena Williams retired during her Hopman Cup match in Perth on Tuesday, completing a day of injuries and upsets for the leading women's players less than two weeks from the Australian Open.Williams, who missed the U.S. team's opening loss to Ukraine on Monday because of inflammation in her left knee, was trailing 7-5, 2-1 against Jarmila Wolfe when she left the court in her first match of the season.

  • Defending champion Venus Williams ousted in 1st round in NZ

    January 6, 2016

    AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Defending champion and top-seeded Venus Williams has lost 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 to Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina in the first round of the ASB Classic.The 18-year-old Kasatkina, ranked No. 75 and the third-youngest player inside the top 100, was handed a wildcard in recognition of her potential and fulfilled that promise with a win over the No. 7-ranked Williams.

  • Injured Sharapova, Halep withdraw from Brisbane tournament

    January 5, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Defending champion Maria Sharapova and top-seeded Simona Halep withdrew from the Australian Open warmup tournament in Brisbane within an hour of each other on Tuesday, without playing a match.Sharapova was scheduled to play fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova but withdrew hours before the first-round match rather than risk further damage to a sore left forearm ahead of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.

  • Injured Sharapova withdraws from Brisbane International

    January 4, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova withdrew from her season-opening event at the Brisbane International rather than risk further damage to a sore left forearm ahead of the Australian Open.Sharapova, the defending champion, was scheduled to play fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Tuesday but withdrew hours before the first-round match.

  • Nadal fed up of talking about subpar 2015 season

    January 4, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) After a disappointing season last year, Rafael Nadal's goal for 2016 is simple.''The most important thing - play better,'' the Spaniard said Monday, citing the physical and mental struggles he went through in 2015.Nadal managed to recapture some confidence toward the end of the year, posting a 17-5 record following the U.S. Open. The late push enabled him to finish the year ranked No. 5, keeping his top five season-ending ranking streak alive for an 11th year.

  • Borna Coric, Ante Pavic advance with 3-set wins in Chennai

    January 4, 2016

    CHENNAI, India (AP) Croatian players Borna Coric and Ante Pavic each earned three-set wins over Spanish opponents on Monday to reach the second round of the Chennai Open.The eighth-seeded Coric defeated Marcel Granollers 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4 while Pavic beat Nicolas Almagro 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (1).

  • Novak Djokovic opens season with win at Qatar Open

    January 4, 2016

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) Novak Djokovic opened his season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over German qualifier Dustin Brown on Monday at the Qatar Open.The top-ranked Serb avoided the post-season exhibitions last month after an exhausting 2015 season in which he won three major titles and reached the final in the other.

  • Riske eliminates Beck in 1st round of Shenzhen Open

    January 4, 2016

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Alison Riske advanced to the second round of the Shenzhen Open by beating eighth-seeded Annika Beck 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-2 Monday.The unseeded American will next face Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan. Hsieh beat Ying-Ying Duan 6-4, 7-5.Irina-Camelia Begu was among three seeded players to advance. The third-seeded Begu beat Lara Arruabarrena of Spain 6-3, 6-2, while fourth-seeded Monica Niculescu defeated Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 and seventh-seeded Zarina Diyas beat Zhang Kai-Lin of China 6-4, 7-6 (3).

  • Serena Williams skips Hopman Cup opener with knee injury

    January 4, 2016

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Serena Williams withdrew from her opening match at the Hopman Cup on Monday because of inflammation in her left knee, an early setback in her preparations for an Australian Open title defense.The top-ranked Williams practiced ahead of her scheduled season-opener against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the international mixed-team competition at Perth Arena, but withdrew from the match and was replaced by Vicky Duval.

  • Czech Republic beats Hewitt, Australia team at Hopman Cup

    January 3, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Lleyton Hewitt lost just weeks away from his retirement as Czech Republic beat the Australia Gold team at the Hopman Cup mixed teams event Sunday.Jiri Vesely defeated Hewitt, who will retire after the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-4 before Karolina Pliskova came from 3-1 down in the second set to beat Jarmila Wolfe Gajdosova 7-5, 6-3 at Perth, Western Australia.

  • Nick Kyrgios gives Australian team win at Hopman Cup

    January 3, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Nick Kyrgios broke Alexander Zverev's service at 3-3 in the deciding set for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win Sunday, giving his Australia Green team the winning edge over Germany at the Hopman Cup.Earlier, Russian-born Daria Gavrilova beat Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-2 to give the Australian side the early lead in the mixed teams tournament, part of the Australian Open Series ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year beginning Jan. 18 at Melbourne Park.

  • Lepchenko, Gavrilova win easily in Australian Open warm-ups

    January 2, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) An Uzbekistan-born American and a Russian-born Australian had easy straight-set victories Sunday in Australian Open Series warmup tournaments.At the Brisbane International, U.S. citizen Varvara Lepchenko, who was born in Tashkent, beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.

  • Tough tennis act to follow: Can Serena dominate again?

    January 2, 2016

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) There may be no tougher act to follow in any sport in 2016 than Serena Williams' attempt to match her nearly perfect season of tennis last year.Williams, who won the first three majors in 2015 and lost in the U.S. Open semifinals - 26 consecutive wins in majors, just missing a calendar-year Grand Slam - will begin that attempt when she teams with Jack Sock for the American team at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia.

  • Gael Monfils out of Hopman Cup with leg injury

    December 31, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Gael Monfils has withdrawn from the Hopman Cup mixed team event due to an unspecified leg injury and will be replaced by French compatriot Kenny De Schepper.It was not clear whether the injury would prevent the 24th-ranked Monfils from competing in the Australian Open beginning Jan. 18 in Melbourne.

  • Attorney: Miami Open all but certain to leave Key Biscayne

    December 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Open is all but certain to leave Key Biscayne because of a court decision, a lawyer for the tennis tournament said Wednesday.The ruling blocks the tournament from upgrading its complex on the island near Miami. Tournament officials have long said improvements are essential if the event is to remain among the most prestigious in tennis.

  • Richard Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open

    December 29, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) World No. 9 Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a back injury.Tournament organizers tweeted news of Gasquet's withdrawal late Tuesday, adding ''we wish him a speedy recovery.''France's Gasquet is the third withdrawal from the Grand Slam tournament which starts on Jan. 18 at Melbourne Park, after Juan Monaco and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Britain's Kyle Edmund will take his place in the main draw.

  • Soderling, 2-time French Open finalist, retires at 31

    December 23, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) Two-time French Open finalist Robin Soderling is retiring at the age of 31 due to illness.The big-serving Swede, who ended Rafael Nadal's 31-match winning streak at the French Open in 2009, has never fully recovered from contracting glandular fever in 2011, when he last played competitively.

  • Davis Cup: Kooyong to host Australia-US match on grass

    December 23, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Lleyton Hewitt's debut as Australia's Davis Cup captain will take place against the United States at Kooyong, the former home of the Australian Open, in March.Tennis Australia says Thursday the March 4-6 first-round match will be on a temporary grass court at the Melbourne complex that has hosted 10 Davis Cup matches, including Australia winning 1983 and 1986 finals against Sweden.

  • Djokovic and Williams named 2015 ITF World Champions

    December 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named ITF World Champions for 2015, after both players won three Grand Slam titles this year.Djokovic won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, amassing a career-best total of 11 titles in 2015 and an 82-6 win-loss record.

  • Mary Pierce, Mark Woodforde to serve on ITF board

    December 21, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Former Grand Slam champions Mary Pierce and Mark Woodforde have been appointed to the board of directors of the International Tennis Federation.The two former players will serve four-year terms as athlete members of the 15-member board, subject to ratification by the ITF general assembly next June. The ITF earlier this year approved a change mandating athlete representation on the board.

  • Rodionova falls 1 match short of wild-card win after wedding

    December 19, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Russian-born Australian Arina Rodionova has fallen one match short of gaining a wild-card entry into January's Australian Open, losing the deciding match a day after her marriage.Teenager Maddison Inglis beat Rodionova 6-4, 6-2 in the women's wild-card final Sunday to gain entry to the main draw of the Grand Slam tournament beginning Jan. 18.

  • Arina Rodionova wins wildcard semifinal on her wedding day

    December 18, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Arina Rodionova's wedding day started with a bonus Saturday - a semifinal win in the Australian Open wildcard qualifying tournament.The Russian-born Australian beat Storm Sanders 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a morning match to advance to Sunday's final.

  • Arina Rodionova wins playoff semifinal her wedding day

    December 18, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Arina Rodionova's wedding day started with a bonus Saturday - a semifinal win in the Australian Open wildcard qualifying tournament.The Russian-born Australian beat Storm Sanders 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a morning match to advance to Sunday's final.

  • Britain to hand out 10,000 free rackets to find new talent

    December 18, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Britain is launching a new drive to develop young tennis talent in the wake of the country's Davis Cup success.The Lawn Tennis Association says it will hand out 10,000 free rackets and offer 10,000 free junior tennis courses across the country.

  • Greek tennis player Jakupovic gets life ban for corruption

    December 18, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Greek tennis player Alexandros Jakupovic has been banned from the sport for life for breaking rules on match-fixing.The Tennis Integrity Unit says on Friday that 34-year-old Jakupovic was found guilty of five charges under the sport's anti-corruption program.

  • Wedding, tennis day conflict, but no worries for Rodionova

    December 17, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Arina Rodionova has a big day planned Saturday - a semifinal match in an Australian Open wildcard qualifier and, in a fairly huge conflict for timing, her wedding.The Russian-born Australian is into the semifinals of the Australian Open playoffs, which could see her gain a spot in the main draw for the first Grand Slam tournament of 2016 if she wins Sunday's final.

  • Andy Murray will leave Australian Open early if baby comes

    December 16, 2015

    Andy Murray will leave the Australian Open early if his wife goes into labor prematurely.Kim Sears isn't expecting until mid-February, but Murray told the Daily Mail newspaper that he's prepared to withdraw from the first major of the year if she goes into labor early.

  • Andy Murray will quit Australian Open early if baby comes

    December 16, 2015

    Andy Murray says he's ready to leave the Australian Open early so as not to miss the birth of his first child.His wife Kim Sears isn't expecting until mid-February, but Murray tells the Daily Mail newspaper in Wednesday's edition that he's prepared to withdraw from the first major of the year if she goes into labor prematurely.

  • For Serena Williams, Grand Slam is 1 feat to still chase

    December 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams says completing a Grand Slam is a goal she'd like to accomplish. For now, her focus is on winning another major tournament, not four in a row.Williams was two victories away from sweeping all four in the same year when she was stunned by Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals in September. Her dominant season earned her Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year honors, and she was feted Tuesday night at a banquet in Manhattan.

  • Serena Williams honored as SI's Sportsperson of the Year

    December 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year - the first female athlete honored on her own by the magazine in more than 30 years.Williams came within two matches of tennis' first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, a bid that ended with a semifinal loss at the U.S. Open.

  • Federer, Edberg coaching deal ends, Ivan Ljubicic hired

    December 9, 2015

    Roger Federer says his coaching relationship with his ''childhood idol'' Stefan Edberg has ended, and the six-time Grand Slam singles champion will not travel with him next year.In a statement to the ATP website, Edberg said: ''Roger and I had a wonderful two years together ... it became very clear from the start that this was going to be a special partnership, working with the greatest ambassador tennis has ever seen.''

  • Serena Williams wins 4th WTA Player of Year award in a row

    December 8, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Serena Williams has won the WTA's Player of the Year award for the fourth consecutive time and seventh overall.The women's tennis tour announced its annual awards Tuesday.Williams was ranked No. 1 throughout 2015, going 53-3 with a WTA-high five titles, including three at major tournaments - Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon. Bidding for the Grand Slam, she lost in the semifinals of the U.S. Open to Roberta Vinci.

  • France to host Davis Cup tie vs. Canada in Guadeloupe

    December 4, 2015

    PARIS (AP) France will play its Davis Cup first-round tie against Canada in the overseas department of Guadeloupe in March, the French Tennis Federation said on Friday.New captain Yannick Noah - the last Frenchman to win a Grand Slam when he won the French Open in 1983 - will lead the team for the first time in the town of Baie-Mahault from March 4-6.

  • Dellacqua to miss Australian Open due to a concussion

    December 4, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Doubles specialist Casey Dellacqua has been forced to withdraw from the Australian Open due to the lingering effects of a concussion she sustained at the China Open in October.The 30-year-old Australian, who reached two doubles Grand Slam finals this year, fell heavily during the Beijing tournament and was hospitalized.

  • Andy Murray gives Britain Davis Cup title after 79 years

    November 29, 2015

    GHENT, Belgium (AP) With one perfect lob, Andy Murray ended eight decades of Davis Cup frustration for Britain.By beating David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday, Murray secured Britain's 3-1 victory over Belgium in the Davis Cup final and ended a drought for the country dating back to 1936. The 79-year gap is the longest between titles in Davis Cup history.

  • Britain wins doubles, 1 point away from Davis Cup title

    November 28, 2015

    GHENT, Belgium (AP) Britain is one point away from lifting the Davis Cup title for the first time in 79 years after winning the doubles against Belgium on Saturday.Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray beat David Goffin and Steve Darcis 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give Britain a 2-1 lead in the final going into the reverse singles on Sunday.

  • Britain and Belgium tied 1-1 after opening day in Davis Cup

    November 27, 2015

    GHENT, Belgium (AP) Andy Murray kept Britain in contention in the Davis Cup final when he beat Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans in straight sets to leave the two nations level at 1-1 after the opening singles Friday.Murray, ranked No. 2 in the world, made a smooth transition to clay and won 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 against his left-handed opponent, who is ranked No. 108.

  • Goffin beats Edmund, Belgium leads 1-0 over Britain

    November 27, 2015

    GHENT, Belgium (AP) David Goffin came back from two sets down for the first time in his career to give Belgium a 1-0 lead over Britain in the Davis Cup final with a 3-6, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 win over Kyle Edmund on Friday.Edmund came close to making his Davis Cup debut a memorable one after rolling through the first two sets against the much higher ranked Belgian. But Goffin stepped up his game as the 20-year-old Edmund started making mistakes.

  • Andy Murray leads Britain's Davis Cup bid against Belgium

    November 26, 2015

    GHENT, Belgium (AP) Andy Murray ended a 77-year wait for a British man to win the Wimbledon title and he is on the verge of snapping an even longer drought in the Davis Cup final.The best-of-five series between Britain and Belgium starts Friday with David Goffin playing Kyle Edmund, who will be making his Davis Cup debut in the final. Murray then plays Ruben Bemelmans, who was surprisingly picked over higher-ranked Steve Darcis.

  • Melzer out for 9 months after surgery, misses Rio Olympics

    November 26, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) Jurgen Melzer says he will be out for nine months and miss the 2016 Rio Olympics following surgery on his left shoulder.The formerly eighth-ranked Melzer, who hasn't played since the U.S. Open, has been struggling for years with persistent shoulder problems.

  • Goffin to start Davis Cup final against Edmund

    November 26, 2015

    GHENT, Belgium (AP) Kyle Edmund will make his Davis Cup debut for Britain when he opens the Davis Cup final against David Goffin of Belgium on Friday.Andy Murray, leading Britain's bid for its first title in 79 years, will play Ruben Bemelmans in the second singles match, also Friday.

  • Betting company to sponsor Davis Cup and Fed Cup tennis

    November 25, 2015

    LONDON (AP) A leading online betting company has become an international sponsor of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup tennis competitions.The International Tennis Federation says Betway will sponsor the men's and women's team events for three years through 2018.

  • Tennis final to go ahead in Belgium with increased security

    November 24, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Davis Cup final is set to go ahead as planned in Ghent this weekend with increased security measures because of the ongoing terror alert in Belgium, the International Tennis Federation said Monday.After delaying the trip by a day, Britain's team flew into Ghent on Monday ahead of the three-day final against Belgium, which begins on Friday.

  • Rojer and Tecau win doubles title at ATP finals

    November 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania won the doubles title at the ATP finals on Sunday, beating Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea 6-4, 6-3.The second-seeded Rojer and Tecau, who have been playing together for two seasons, went 5-0 without losing a set at the season-ending tournament. They beat top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.

  • Djokovic beats Nadal, advances to final at ATP finals

    November 21, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic is back in the final of the season-ending ATP finals.The top-ranked Serb beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3 Saturday at the O2 Arena, putting him one win away from a fourth straight title at the tournament for the top eight players in the world.

  • Nadal outlasts Ferrer to stay unbeaten at ATP finals

    November 20, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Rafael Nadal outlasted David Ferrer 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 Friday to finish the group stage unbeaten at the ATP World Tour Finals.Neither player had much at stake as Nadal had already clinched first place in the group and Ferrer had been eliminated, but the two baseline sluggers still went at it relentlessly for more than 2 1/2 hours in a match full of heavy hitting and long rallies.

  • Federer agrees to play Stuttgart tournament through 2017

    November 20, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Roger Federer has agreed to play in the grass-court tournament in Stuttgart for the next two years, which would take his playing career at least halfway through 2017.Organizers of the Mercedes Cup made the announcement on the tournament website Friday. The June tournament switched from clay this year to open the extended grass-court season and is a key warmup event for Wimbledon, where Federer is still seeking a record eighth title.

  • Federer beats Nishikori in 3 sets at ATP finals

    November 19, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Roger Federer made up for his own mistakes in a see-saw match to earn his third straight victory at the ATP finals on Thursday, beating Kei Nishikori 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to secure top spot in his group and eliminate the Japanese player.Federer broke for a 3-1 lead in all three sets but Nishikori came back each time, taking advantage of some rare mishits by the Swiss star along the way. But he finally ran out of comebacks as Federer earned his sixth break of the match in the last game, clinching the win with a smash at London's O2 Arena.

  • Nadal wins another at ATP finals, beats Murray in 2 sets

    November 18, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Rafael Nadal won his second straight match at the ATP finals, beating Andy Murray 6-4, 6-1 Wednesday to close in on a spot in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament.Nadal has been having one of the worst years of his career with 19 losses so far, but his game has improved since the U.S. Open, when he lost in the third round.

  • ITF: Davis Cup final to go ahead next week in Ghent

    November 17, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain will go ahead next week despite security concerns following the Paris attacks, the International Tennis Federation said on Tuesday.Belgium's soccer friendly with Spain, scheduled for Tuesday in Brussels, was canceled amid safety concerns, but the ITF was confident that the final in Ghent, 55 kilometers (35 miles) from the Belgian capital, will not be affected.

  • Kei Nishikori beats Tomas Berdych in 3 sets at ATP final

    November 17, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Kei Nishikori won his first match at the ATP Finals, beating Tomas Berdych 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 Tuesday.The eighth-seeded Nishikori, who reached the semifinals at the season-ending tournament last year, is 1-1 after losing to Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

  • Britain names Davis Cup team for final against Belgium

    November 17, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray heads the five-man British team for next week's Davis Cup final against Belgium.Murray is joined by brother Jamie, James Ward, Kyle Edmund and Dominic Inglot in an unchanged side to the team that beat Australia in the semifinals.

  • Florida's Crawford earns Australian Open wild card from USTA

    November 17, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Samantha Crawford of Tamarac, Florida, has earned a main-draw Australian Open wild-card berth from the U.S. Tennis Association.The USTA announced Monday that Crawford clinched the spot in the first Grand Slam tournament of 2016 by winning a lower-level event in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is the 20-year-old's first professional singles title.

  • Murray wins his opening match at ATP finals in straight sets

    November 16, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Instead of practicing on clay for this month's Davis Cup final, Andy Murray is playing on a hard court.And winning.The second-seeded Murray won his opening match at the season-ending ATP finals on Monday, beating David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 less than two weeks before he will lead Britain against Belgium in the Davis Cup.

  • Defending champ Czechs beat Russia in Fed Cup final

    November 15, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Defending champion Czech Republic clinched its fourth Fed Cup title in five years after Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova won the decisive doubles Sunday against the Russian pair of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina.The Czechs rallied to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory to take the best-of-five series 3-2 on an indoor hard court at Prague's O2 Arena, where security was stepped up following the attacks in Paris.

  • Pliskova beats Pavlyuchenkova to level Fed Cup final

    November 15, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Karolina Pliskova kept defending champion Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final by defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-4 in the second reverse singles on Sunday to level the match at 2-2.Earlier, Maria Sharapova came from a set down to beat Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the first reverse singles to give Russia a 2-1 lead.

  • No. 1 Djokovic stretches ATP finals winning streak to 15

    November 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic stretched his winning streak to 15 straight at the ATP finals by beating Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1 Sunday.The top-ranked Serb has not lost at the season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena since 2011. He has won three straight titles since then.

  • ATP holds minute's silence for victims of Paris attacks

    November 15, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The ATP has held a minute's silence for the victims of the Paris attacks.The tribute came Sunday before Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori were to play in the opening match of the season-ending ATP finals at the O2 Arena.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks on the Stade de France, a concert hall and Paris cafes that left 129 people dead and more than 350 wounded, 99 of them seriously.

  • Sharapova beats Kvitova, Russia leads 2-1 in Fed Cup final

    November 15, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Maria Sharapova came from a set down to defeat Petra Kvitova in the first reverse singles on Sunday to give Russia a 2-1 lead over defending champion Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final.In a matchup of two top 10 players, the fourth-ranked Sharapova rallied to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over the sixth-ranked Kvitova to put Russia one win away from its first Fed Cup title since 2008.

  • Sharapova beats Pliskova to even Fed Cup final in Prague

    November 14, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Maria Sharapova won to put Russia level with the defending champion Czech Republic at 1-1 in the Fed Cup final on Saturday.Sharapova defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4, after two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova overcame a slow start to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

  • ATP enhances World Tour Finals security after Paris attacks

    November 14, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Spectators attending the ATP World Tour Finals in London over the next week will not be allowed to bring food or drinks into the O2 arena after organizers enhanced security following the terrorist attacks in Paris.The ATP said in a statement Saturday that ''no bags larger than a small laptop bag or handbag will be permitted'' and asked visitors to make time for security checks.

  • Czech Republic leads Russia 1-0 in Fed Cup final

    November 14, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Petra Kvitova overcame a slow start and rallied for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Saturday to give defending champion Czech Republic a 1-0 lead over Russia in the Fed Cup final.Amid increased security measures following the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Czech player converted her first match point when the 28th-ranked Russian double-faulted.

  • Kvitova to open Fed Cup final against Pavlyuchenkova

    November 13, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Petra Kvitova will open the Fed Cup final against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova when the defending champion Czech Republic faces Russia.The sixth-ranked Czech is 6-3 against the Russian and will look to give the hosts a good start in their quest for fourth title in five years.

  • Sharapova eyes first Fed Cup final against Czechs

    November 11, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Seven years after she helped Russia win its last Fed Cup title, Maria Sharapova finally gets to play in a final this weekend.Her rare presence in the team is a boost for Russia's hopes of taking the cup from the defending champion Czech Republic on an indoor hard-court at Prague's O2 Arena.

  • Djokovic, Federer, Bryan brothers get top ATP awards

    November 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and the Bryan brothers are the winners of the ATP's top awards for 2015.Djokovic, who won three Grand Slam titles this year, will receive the ATP World Tour No. 1 award for the second straight year and fourth time overall. He has been ranked No. 1 since July 7, 2014.

  • 8-time Slam champ Ivan Lendl helps USTA try to develop stars

    November 10, 2015

    Ivan Lendl is getting back into coaching to try to groom the next American tennis champion.Lendl, an eight-time Grand Slam title winner and former coach of Andy Murray, is working with about a half-dozen 15- and 16-year-old boys as part of the U.S. Tennis Association's player development program.

  • Djokovic easily beats Murray to win Paris Masters title

    November 8, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters for the third straight year and a record fourth time, dominating the second-seeded Briton from the outset in a one-sided final that saw Murray on the back foot throughout.The top-ranked Serb was largely untroubled clinching his 10th title of the season - four ahead of Roger Federer and six more than Murray. It was the 58th title of his glittering career and 26th in Masters events, two more than Federer and one behind leader Rafael Nadal.

  • Venus Williams beats Pliskova to win WTA Elite Open

    November 8, 2015

    ZHUHAI, China (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (6) to win the WTA Elite Trophy on Sunday.Pliskova had a set point at 6-5 in the tiebreaker but Williams hit back-to-back forehand winners to close out the win.''Seven weeks here in Asia and now I feel like it's my home,'' Williams said. ''I'm so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai. All the players felt so welcome here and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm.''

  • Nishikori OK, early arrival in London for World Tour Finals

    November 7, 2015

    Kei Nishikori plans to arrive in London one week early for the World Tour Finals after retiring from the Paris Masters because of a back injury.Agent Olivier R. van Lindonk says Saturday that Nishikori will start practicing next week to get ready for the last tournament of the season, which begins Nov. 15 at the O2 Arena and features the top eight players.

  • Andy Murray beats David Ferrer to reach Paris Masters final

    November 7, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Andy Murray reached the Paris Masters final for the first time after beating David Ferrer 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to record a fourth consecutive win against the eighth-seeded Spaniard.Murray beat Ferrer in the French Open quarterfinals this year and now leads him 11-6 overall, including six of their last seven encounters.

  • Venus Williams beats Vinci in semis of WTA Elite Trophy

    November 7, 2015

    ZHUHAI, China (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the final of the WTA Elite Trophy.Williams broke serve six times to dispatch the fourth-seeded Italian in just 65 minutes.''Today wasn't an easy match,'' Williams said. ''Every game was really well-contested and she never gave me any points. She's had a great year; I felt like I really earned it today.''

  • Murray reaches semifinals at Paris Masters

    November 6, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Second-seeded Andy Murray overcame strong resistance from local favorite Richard Gasquet to reach the semifinals of the Paris Masters for the first time on Friday.Playing in his sixth quarterfinal at the indoor tournament, Murray struggled with his first serve but managed to break the 10th-seeded Gasquet three times to advance with a 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3 win.

  • Svitolina rallies to beat Suarez Navarro at WTA Elite Trophy

    November 6, 2015

    ZHUHAI, China (AP) Elina Svitolina advanced to the semifinals of the WTA Elite Trophy by beating second-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-3 Friday.The eighth-seeded Ukrainian took control after dropping a marathon 80-minute first set, saving four of seven break points in the second and third sets.

  • Murray, Djokovic advance to quarterfinals at Paris Masters

    November 5, 2015

    PARIS (AP) In a prelude to this month's Davis Cup final, Andy Murray routed David Goffin 6-1, 6-0 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals at the Paris Masters while top-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced in straight sets.Murray lost only eight points on his serve and broke the 16th-seeded Belgian five times.

  • Andy Murray advances to quarterfinals at Paris Masters

    November 5, 2015

    PARIS (AP) In a prelude to this month's Davis Cup final, Andy Murray routed David Goffin 6-1, 6-0 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals at the Paris Masters.Murray lost only eight points on his serve and broke the 16th-seeded Belgian five times.Murray and Goffin are expected to face each other again in the Davis Cup final between Britain and Belgium in Gent from Nov. 27-29.

  • Williams advances to semifinals of WTA Elite Trophy

    November 5, 2015

    ZHUHAI, China (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams rallied to beat Saisai Zheng of China, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 and advance to the semifinals of the WTA Elite Trophy on Thursday.Williams hit six aces and saved two of four break points against Zheng, who entered the tournament on a wild-card berth.

  • Murray advances to quarters with easy win at Paris Masters

    November 5, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Second-seeded Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters on Thursday after beating David Goffin in straight sets.Murray lost just eight points on his serve and broke the 16th-seeded Belgian five times as he cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win.

  • Andy Murray eliminates Coric in 2nd round of Paris Masters

    November 4, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Andy Murray advanced to the third round of the Paris Masters by beating 18-year-old Croatian Borna Coric 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday.The second-seeded Murray won 84 percent of his first-serve points and broke Coric twice in each set.Murray will next play 16th-seeded David Goffin of Belgium, who beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-2. Murray and Goffin will also face each other later this month in the Davis Cup final.

  • Vinci beats Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4 at WTA Elite Trophy

    November 4, 2015

    ZHUHAI, China (AP) U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci won her first match at the WTA Elite Trophy, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday.One break in each set proved enough for the fourth-seeded Italian, who saved all three break points she faced.

  • Vinci overpowers Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4 at WTA Elite Trophy

    November 4, 2015

    ZHUHAI, China (AP) U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday in her first match of the WTA Elite Trophy.The fourth-seeded Italian saved all three break points she faced against No. 11 Kuznetsova.The tournament brings together 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week's WTA Finals in Singapore, including Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Venus Williams. Zheng Saisai of China was added to the field as a wild-card entry.

  • Former British tennis player Mike Davies dies at 79

    November 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Mike Davies, a former British Davis Cup player and Wimbledon doubles finalist, has died. He was 79.The International Tennis Federation says Davies died Monday ''after a battle with illness.''Davies was a former general manager and marketing director of the ITF.

  • Nadal building for next season after confidence crisis

    November 3, 2015

    PARIS (AP) This season left Rafael Nadal so frustrated that he even considered skipping the ATP finals.Not that he thought he would not qualify for the season-ending tournament after a dismal year that saw him drop to 10th in the rankings last June, but the Spaniard felt so uncomfortable on the court that he was convinced making the trip to London would not be worth it.

  • David Ferrer advances to 3rd round at Paris Masters

    November 3, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Former champion David Ferrer advanced to the third round of the Paris Masters by beating Alexandr Dogolpolov 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday.The eighth-seeded Ferrer, who has qualified for the ATP finals, did not face a single break.Next up for the 2012 champion will be either 12th-seeded Marin Cilic or Grigor Dimitrov.

  • Williams opens WTA Elite Trophy with win over Keys

    November 3, 2015

    ZHUHAI, China (AP) Venus Williams opened the WTA Elite Trophy on Tuesday with a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 win over Madison Keys.Williams has already won two titles in a resurgent season and could return to the top 10 in the rankings for the first time in more than four years with a strong showing in the 12-player tournament.

  • Federer still having too much fun to think about retiring

    November 2, 2015

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Like many dads, Roger Federer is talking with his family about how to spend Christmas.But unlike most, the father-of-four has the 2017 holidays on his mind - on the eve of the tennis season when he will turn 36.It is an age few reach while still on tour. Yet the player who beat Rafael Nadal in three sets to take the Swiss Indoors title on Sunday seemed far from retirement.

  • Thiem, Bellucci advance at Paris Masters

    November 2, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Dominic Thiem advanced to the second round of the Paris Masters with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win over local favorite Adrien Mannarino on Monday.Opening play at the refurbished Bercy arena, the 22-year-old Thiem saved five of the six break points he faced to set up a second-round match with Kevin Anderson.

  • Sousa wins Valencia Open final

    November 1, 2015

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Joao Sousa won the Valencia Open final by beating seventh-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday.''I've lost five finals before, so going into this match I was prepared to give it all until the end,'' Sousa said.The unseeded Portuguese, who picked up his second career title after Kuala Lumpur in 2013, was broken in the eighth game of the opening set which his opponent closed out on serve.

  • Djokovic wants to cap 'best season' in style in Paris

    November 1, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic wants to finish ''the best season I've ever had'' in the perfect way by successfully defending his titles at the Paris Masters and season-ending ATP finals.The 28-year-old Serb's list of highlights for 2015 already includes winning nine tournaments, beating a resurgent Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final for his 10th Grand Slam title, and dismantling Rafael Nadal in the French Open quarterfinals.

  • Sousa in Valencia Open final after beating Pospisil

    October 31, 2015

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Joao Sousa is through to the final of the Valencia Open after beating Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-4 6-4 Saturday.The Portuguese broke Pospisil in the fifth game with a deep forehand return which forced the error as his opponent sent his forehand long. Sousa remained untroubled for the remainder of the set and closed it out on serve in 37 minutes.

  • Nadal beats Gasquet, advances to Swiss Indoors final

    October 31, 2015

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Rafael Nadal played his best tennis of the week to beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6 (7) in the Swiss Indoors semifinals on Saturday.The third-seeded Nadal could now face Roger Federer in a final for the first time since May 2013.

  • Radwanska vs Kvitova in WTA Finals decider

    October 31, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic will chase her second WTA Finals title after outplaying third-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals Saturday.The fourth-seeded Kvitova, who won this title on her first attempt in 2011, plays fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the final.

  • Radwanska beats Muguruza in 3 sets

    October 31, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland advanced Saturday to the title match of the season-ending WTA Finals for the first time in seven appearances, beating second-seeded Garbine Muguruza 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5.Fifth-seeded Radwanska's previous best results were two semifinal finishes in 2012 and 2014.

  • Nadal edges Cilic in 3 sets, advances to Swiss Indoors semis

    October 30, 2015

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Rafael Nadal rode another comeback win into the Swiss Indoors semifinals, beating Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Friday.Third-seeded Nadal trailed by a set and a break before getting his third three-set win this week.The match turned when seventh-seeded Cilic's service faltered and Nadal seized a fourth straight break-point chance to lead 5-3 in the second.

  • Pospisil beats Brand to reach Valencia Open semis

    October 30, 2015

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Vasek Pospisil beat German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-3 6-3 Friday to set up a Valencia Open semifinal against Joao Sousa of Portugal.The big-serving Canadian broke to go up 4-2 in the first set and then again in the third and last games of the second. Sousa beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-4, saving all five break points he faced.

  • Muguruza reaches semifinals at WTA Finals; Safarova out

    October 30, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Garbine Muguruza reached the semifinals of the WTA Finals by beating former champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 on Friday, with the Czech player also advancing after Lucie Safarova beat Angelique Kerber in straight sets.Muguruza finished the round-robin stage 3-0 and only needed to win a set against Kvitova to earn a semifinal berth. The other three players in the group all finished 1-2, but Kvitova advanced because of more sets won. After losing to Muguruza, Kvitova needed the already eliminated Safarova to beat Kerber without dropping a set, and her compatriot came through by winning 6-4, 6-3.

  • Federer beats Kohlschreiber, advances to Swiss Indoors QF

    October 29, 2015

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Roger Federer was pushed to three sets before beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the Swiss Indoors second round on Thursday.The match swung on a single break of serve in each set, and top-seeded Federer took two of only three break-point chances he had.

  • German qualifier Zverev beats Fognini at Valencia Open

    October 29, 2015

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) German qualifier Mischa Zverev advanced to the quarterfinals of the Valencia Open by beating fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini 6-2, 7-6 (3) Thursday.Zverev, who was treated for a leg injury in the second set, took advantage of a series of unforced errors in the first set to take the lead.

  • Sharapova, Radwanska reach semifinals at WTA Finals

    October 29, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Maria Sharapova reached the semifinals of the WTA Finals and sent U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta into retirement by beating the Italian 7-5, 6-1 on Thursday.The 33-year-old Pennetta was eliminated with the loss and was playing in her last career tournament, having announced at the U.S. Open she would retire at the end of the season.

  • Top-seeded Simona Halep eliminated from WTA Finals

    October 29, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Top-seeded Simona Halep became the first player eliminated from the WTA Finals after losing to Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (5), 6-1 Thursday.Halep, a finalist in her first WTA appearance last year, was 1-2 in the round-robin stage.''I go home,'' Halep said. ''I go to the holiday. It's OK. I think I had a good year this year.''

  • Nadal gets past Dimitrov, advances to Swiss Indoors QF

    October 28, 2015

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Rafael Nadal was pushed to three sets again at the Swiss Indoors before beating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round on Wednesday.Third-seeded Nadal struggled past Lukas Rosol on Monday, and had his serve broken in each set by Dimitrov.

  • Cuevas upsets Tomic to reach Valencia Open quarterfinals

    October 28, 2015

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay upset third-seeded Bernard Tomic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Valencia Open.Cuevas landed just 38 percent of his first serves in the first set, but saved six of the seven break points he faced in the second and then earned the only break in the decider to clinch the win in 1 hour, 48 minutes.

  • Kvitova beats Safarova 7-5, 7-5 at WTA Finals

    October 28, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Second-seeded Garbine Muguruza improved to 2-0 in group-stage matches at the WTA Finals by beating Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday.In the day's other match, fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova defeated fellow Czech Lucie Safarova 7-5, 7-5 for her first win in Singapore.

  • Serena Williams to face pal Caroline Wozniacki in exhibition

    October 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams will play her good friend Caroline Wozniacki in a rematch of last year's U.S. Open final, and Stan Wawrinka will face Gael Monfils in exhibition matches at Madison Square Garden on March 8.Williams, who came within two match wins of completing the Grand Slam this year, will be participating in the BNP Paribas Showdown for the third time.

  • Federer eases past Kukushkin in Swiss Indoors 1st round

    October 27, 2015

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Roger Federer eased to a 6-1, 6-2 first-round win at his hometown Swiss Indoors on Tuesday against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.Top-seeded Federer, a six-time champion at Basel, took just 55 minutes to complete victory over 64th-ranked Kukushkin.

  • Sharapova improves to 2-0 at WTA Finals by beating Halep

    October 27, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Maria Sharapova improved to 2-0 at the WTA Tour finals by beating top-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday.The Russian's two wins this week are her only victories since a leg injury sidelined her after losing to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals.

  • Bedene beats Chardy in 3 sets in 1st round of Valencia Open

    October 27, 2015

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Aljaz Bedene of Britain won 12 of the last 15 games Tuesday to beat eighth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Valencia Open.The Slovenia-born Briton, who had 14 aces, will next face Vasek Pospisil of Canada. Bedene won their only previous meeting at the 2014 Sony Ericsson Open.

  • Pennetta improves to 1-1 at WTA Finals by beating Radwanska

    October 27, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta improved to 1-1 at the WTA Finals on Tuesday by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6 (5), 6-4.The 33-year-old Pennetta, who will retire after this event, forced the tiebreaker after trailing 5-3. In the second set, the Italian broke Radwanska with a backhand in the seventh game.

  • Nadal rallies from brink to beat Rosol at Swiss Indoors

    October 26, 2015

    BASEL, Switzerland (AP) Rafael Nadal rallied from losing positions twice to beat Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Swiss Indoors first round on Monday.The 69th-ranked Rosol, who beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012, served for the match leading 5-4 in the second set but lost seven straight games.

  • Pospisil beats Giraldo in first round of the Valencia Open

    October 26, 2015

    VALENCIA, Spain (AP) Vasek Pospisil advanced to the second round of the Valenica Open following a 6-4, 6-3 win over Santiago Giraldo on Monday.Pospisil, the fifteenth-seeded Canadian, had won all three of his previous matches against the Colombian.Extending that record proved straightforward, as Pospisil used his big serve and powerful forehand to good effect, wrapping up the victory in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

  • Muguruza beats Safarova on her WTA Finals debut

    October 26, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Second seed Garbine Muguruza had a successful debut at the WTA Finals, recording a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win against Lucie Safarova on Monday.Muguruza, who is the first Spaniard to play in the WTA Finals since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 2001, didn't face a break point in the first set and captured it by breaking Safarova's serve in the final game.

  • Berdych beats Sock to win 3rd Stockholm Open title

    October 25, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) Top-seeded Tomas Berdych won the Stockholm Open for a third time on Sunday, beating American Jack Sock 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the final.Berdych didn't drop a set in the tournament and secured his second title of the year after winning in Shenzhen last month.

  • Miskaki Doi wins 1st title at Luxembourg Open

    October 25, 2015

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) Misaki Doi claimed her first WTA title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-0 win over Mona Barthel in the Luxembourg Open final.The 92nd-ranked Japanese player saved all five break points she faced to deny the big-hitting Barthel a fourth career title.

  • Ferrer rallies to beat Johnson in Vienna for 26th ATP title

    October 25, 2015

    SOELDEN, Austria (AP) Eighth-ranked David Ferrer clinched his 26th career win after rallying to defeat Steve Johnson of the United States 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 at the Erste Bank Open Sunday.The top-seeded Spaniard improved to 5-0 in finals this season after also winning in Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco, and Kuala Lumpur.

  • Sharapova edges Radwanska in opening match at WTA Finals

    October 25, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Maria Sharapova won her first match since the Wimbledon quarterfinal in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against Agnieszka Radwanska at the WTA Finals on Sunday.Sharapova was sidelined after the Wimbledon semifinals until the Wuhan tournament in China four weeks ago with a prolonged foot injury.

  • Cilic retains Kremlin Cup title, beating Bautista Agut

    October 25, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Marin Cilic retained his title at the Kremlin Cup, beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in a repeat of last year's final - and the same score.The big-hitting Croatian came under pressure in the early stages but soon took control, breaking Bautista Agut's serve at 3-3 before closing out the first set.

  • Halep routs Pennetta in opening match at WTA Finals

    October 25, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Top-seeded Simona Halep defeated U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta 6-0, 6-3 to win the opening match of the WTA Finals on Sunday.Halep, last year's finalist in Singapore, raced to a 6-0 1-0 lead before Pennetta won a game.''I feel that I can play my best tennis here,'' Halep said. ''I can say that I didn't play my best today, but I played good tennis. I played solid. I was dominating the match.''

  • Sock to play Berdych in Stockholm Open final

    October 24, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) American Jack Sock reached his second ATP tour final of the season Saturday by beating second-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-4, 6-2 at the Stockholm Open.He will play defending champion Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final, after the top-seeded Czech player advanced when Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus retired with a right groin injury after losing the first set 6-1 in the other semifinal.

  • Mona Barthel to face Misaki Doi in Luxembourg Open final

    October 24, 2015

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) Misaki Doi will take on Mona Barthel in her first WTA tour final after Alison Van Uytvanck was forced to retire when trailing 6-4 against the Japanese player in their semifinal at the Luxembourg Open on Saturday.Van Uytvanck, a quarterfinalist at the French Open, cited a viral illness. The Belgian had defeated Ana Ivanovic and Barbora Strycova en route to the semifinals.

  • Johnson beats Gulbis in Vienna to reach 1st career final

    October 24, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) Steve Johnson of the United States advanced to his maiden ATP final by defeating Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the Erste Bank Open on Saturday.The 47th-ranked American will play top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain or sixth-seeded Gael Monfils of France in Sunday's final.

  • Sharapova set for WTA Finals in Singapore

    October 24, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Maria Sharapova hasn't played a whole match since Wimbledon but the Russian believes she's healthy enough to compete Sunday at the season-ending WTA Finals.''It's a big step for me to be here and feel that I am healthy,'' Sharapova said. ''It will be a bigger step that I'll be able to compete in those three (group) matches and finish them off healthy. That's my goal.''

  • Kuznetsova wins Kremlin Cup, beating Pavlyuchenkova

    October 24, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Svetlana Kuznetsova swept aside a tired Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1 to win the Kremlin Cup on Saturday.Kuznetsova's dominance was never in doubt against a fellow Russian who admitted being exhausted as she played her 10th match in 12 days.

  • Defending champ Berdych advances to semis

    October 23, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) Defending champion Tomas Berdych advanced to the semifinals of the Stockholm Open after a straight-sets victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Friday.The top-seeded Berdych beat Bulgaria's Dimitrov 7-5, 6-4 in a repeat of last year's final.After edging the first set, Berdych broke for a 5-4 lead in the second. The Czech saved one break point while serving for the match as he moved one step closer to reclaiming his title.

  • Johnson beats second-seeded Anderson to reach Vienna semis

    October 23, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) Steve Johnson of the United States rallied to defeat second-seeded Kevin Anderson 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4 and reach his fourth career semifinal at the Erste Bank Open on Friday.The 47th-ranked Johnson dropped serve once in the opening set and had to save four break points in the second but denied the 11th-ranked South African any break chances in the final set.

  • Reigning champion Pavlyuchenkova into Moscow final

    October 23, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is one match away from retaining her Kremlin Cup title after beating fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina on Friday in the semifinals.Pavlyuchenkova's serve was patchy throughout and she was put under heavy pressure by qualifier Kasatkina but eventually prevailed to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in just over two hours.

  • Henin, Safin nominated for International Tennis Hall of Fame

    October 23, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Justine Henin and Marat Safin, who each won multiple Grand Slam titles and reached a No. 1 ranking, were nominated Friday for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.Others eligible for the Class of 2016 are doubles specialist Helena Sukova, Yvon Petra and Margaret Scriven. Induction is in July.

  • Sharapova, Halep drawn together in WTA finals group

    October 23, 2015

    SINGAPORE (AP) Maria Sharapova was drawn with top-seeded Simona Halep on Friday in the tougher group for the season-ending WTA finals.With top-ranked Serena Williams skipping the event, the red group features the two highest-ranked women in Singapore in Halep and Sharapova. U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta and and Angieszka Radwanska of Poland are also in that group.

  • Berdych to face Dimitrov in Stockholm Open quarterfinal

    October 22, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) Top-seeded Tomas Berdych will face Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open, in a rematch of last year's final.Berdych beat unseeded German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday, while the fifth-seeded Dimitrov saw off Nicolas Almagro of Spain, 6-4, 6-4.

  • Siegemund beats Flipkens to reach quarters Luxembourg Open

    October 22, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) Laura Siegemund of Germany defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 7-6 (2), 6-1 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinal of the Luxembourg Open.Siegemund only qualified for the main draw as a `lucky loser' in qualifying, and advanced to the second round when top seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland pulled out injured during their first-round encounter late Wednesday.

  • Top-seeded Ferrer routs Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-1 in Vienna

    October 22, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) Top-seeded David Ferrer routed fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-1 at the Erste Bank Open on Thursday to reach his 12th quarterfinal of the season.Ferrer saved two break points early in the opening set and converted five of eight chances on Garcia-Lopez's serve.

  • Safarova qualifies for WTA finals as Suarez Navarro loses

    October 22, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Lucie Safarova qualified for the WTA finals Thursday after her last rival Carla Suarez Navarro lost to a qualifier at the Kremlin Cup.Suarez Navarro could have qualified for the season-ending tournament in Singapore by reaching the final in Moscow but was beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Russia's Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals.

  • Baghdatis ousts Tomic, Muller defeats Millman

    October 21, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus upset fourth-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia 7-6 (7), 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the Stockholm Open quarterfinals.Baghdatis, who won the tournament in 2009, said he had used his ''brain a lot'' against Tomic.

  • Gulbis beats 3rd-seeded Isner to reach Vienna quarterfinals

    October 21, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) Ernests Gulbis of Latvia upset third-seeded John Isner 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 at the Erste Bank Open on Wednesday to reach his third quarterfinal of the season.In a match dominated by strong serving, Gulbis hit 23 aces against the American's 16. Each set was decided by just one break though both players had to fight off six break points.

  • Lucic-Baroni beats Errani to reach Luxembourg Open quarters

    October 21, 2015

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia defeated third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Luxembourg Open.In an all-German battle, Mona Barthel edged Tatjana Maria 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 to join Lucic-Baroni in Friday's quarterfinal.

  • Pavlyuchenkova ousts 2nd-seeded Safarova at Kremlin Cup

    October 21, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia ousted second-seeded Lucie Safarova from the Kremlin Cup 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3 on Wednesday, leaving the Czech player vulnerable to being left out of the season-ending WTA finals.Top-seeded Flavia Pennetta, the U.S. Open champion, secured her spot in Singapore next week by advancing to the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Daria Gavrilova of Russia. Germany's Angelique Kerber also was guaranteed a spot thanks to Safarova's second-round loss.

  • Serena Williams, Andy Murray confirmed for Hopman Cup

    October 21, 2015

    PERTH, Australia (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams will combine with Jack Sock once again when she opens her 2016 tennis season at the Hopman Cup tournament in January.Williams, who won the event in 2003 with James Blake and in 2008 with Mardy Fish, has been troubled by injury late this year, but expects to be ready for her now standard Australian Open preparation event.

  • Hawaii to host Fed Cup tennis for 1st time, Poland vs. US

    October 20, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Hawaii will host Fed Cup matches for the first time when the United States faces Poland on Feb. 6-7.The U.S. Tennis Association announced Tuesday that the countries will have their 2016 first-round meeting in World Group II at Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

  • Sock, Baghdatis through to 2nd round at Stockholm

    October 20, 2015

    STOCKHOLM (AP) American Jack Sock and Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus advanced to the second round of the Stockholm Open with hard-fought wins Tuesday.Seventh-seeded Sock beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3, while 2009 champion Baghdatis was taken to a first-set tiebreaker by Sam Querrey of the United States before winning 7-6 (2), 6-1.

  • Russia's Donskoy upsets 6th-seeded Coric at Kremlin Cup

    October 20, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Evgeny Donskoy of Russia upset sixth-seeded Borna Coric 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday,Donskoy, the world No. 118, only faced one break point against the 39th-ranked Croatian.Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas, seeded fifth, was leading 6-1 against Pere Riba when his opponent retired with a right leg injury.

  • Sara Errani through to 2nd round of Luxembourg Open

    October 20, 2015

    LUXEMBOURG (AP) Third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy advanced to the second round of the Luxembourg Open by beating Julie Coin of France 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 on Tuesday.Also, seventh-seeded Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic defeated Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-4, 6-2, Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic beat Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, and Johanna Larsson of Sweden defeated Andreea Mitu of Romania 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-3.

  • Isner beats De Schepper in straight sets in Vienna opener

    October 20, 2015

    VIENNA (AP) John Isner relied on his strong serve to beat French qualifier Kenny De Schepper 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) in the opening round of the Erste Bank Open on Tuesday.The third-seeded American hit 16 aces and avoided break points, but failed to convert four chances on De Schepper's serve.

  • Djokovic caps successful China swing with Shanghai title

    October 18, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Novak Djokovic wore a red shirt in his matches at the Shanghai Masters this week to connect with his Chinese fans and perhaps give himself a little boost.''I know it's a lucky national color, so it's my lucky charm,'' he said.With the way he dominated, he didn't need any luck.

  • Pavlyuchenkova beats Friedsam in Linz final for 8th title

    October 18, 2015

    LINZ, Austria (AP) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova clinched her first title of the season by defeating Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Generali Ladies on Sunday.It was the eighth WTA title overall for the 29th-ranked Russian, who improved to 8-4 in career finals. She had lost her only other final this year - in Washington in August.

  • Jankovic wins Hong Kong Open for 15th WTA title

    October 18, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Jelena Jankovic of Serbia came back from the brink of defeat on Sunday to outpower Angelique Kerber in the final of the Hong Kong Open, putting on hold the German's hopes of playing in the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.Fourth-seeded Jankovic, who beat Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, was a set and 6-5 down before rallying to beat second-seeded Kerber 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 at Hong Kong's Victoria Park for her 15th WTA title.

  • Djokovic wins 9th title of year at Shanghai Masters

    October 18, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Novak Djokovic captured the ninth title of his impressive season with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the Shanghai Masters on Sunday.The top-seeded Serbian player extended his winning streak to 17 straight matches dating back to his championship run at the U.S. Open. He has also won 22 consecutive sets.

  • Radwanska wins Tianjin Open to qualify for WTA Finals

    October 18, 2015

    TIANJIN, China (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Danka Kovinic 6-1, 6-2 in less than an hour to win the Tianjin Open title on Sunday and clinch a spot in the WTA Finals in Singapore.The second-seeded Radwanska broke Kovinic five times and saved all five break points she faced.

  • Pavlyuchenkova beats Flipkens, plays Friedsam in Linz final

    October 17, 2015

    LINZ, Austria (AP) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Saturday to set up a final against Anna-Lena Friedsam at the Generali Ladies.The seventh-seeded Russian is eyeing her eighth WTA title and first of the season, while Friedsam will appear in her maiden final.

  • Friedsam beats Larsson to reach maiden final in Linz

    October 17, 2015

    LINZ, Austria (AP) Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany advanced to her first career WTA final by beating Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 at the Generali Ladies on Saturday.The 118th-ranked Friedsam will play seventh-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Kirsten Flipkens in Sunday's final.

  • Djokovic defeats Murray to reach Shanghai Masters final

    October 17, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Novak Djokovic reached his 13th consecutive ATP Tour final with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Andy Murray at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday, one of his most lopsided victories ever over his rival.Djokovic will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday's final after the Frenchman upset Rafael Nadal 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in the other semifinal.

  • Radwanska reaches Tianjin final with win over Pliskova

    October 17, 2015

    TIANJIN, China (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska is one win away from sealing her spot at the WTA Finals after beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-1 to reach the final of the Tianjin Open on Saturday.The second-seeded Pole will reach the WTA Finals in Singapore if she captures the Tianjin title.

  • Jankovic beats Venus Williams in Hong Kong Open semifinals

    October 17, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Venus Williams saw her chance of qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals slip away Saturday after losing in straight sets to Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the semifinals of the Hong Kong Open.Seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams, seeded third, was defeated 6-4, 7-5 in a tense encounter which lasted 2 hours, 4 minutes in front of a packed center court at Victoria Park.

  • Tsonga stops Nadal to reach Shanghai Masters final

    October 17, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached only his second final of the year after upsetting Rafael Nadal 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.Nadal had been attempting to reach back-to-back finals following his run last week at the China Open in Beijing, where he eventually lost to Novak Djokovic.

  • Kerber beats Stosur in Hong Kong Open semifinals

    October 17, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Angelique Kerber of Germany beat fifth-seeded Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-2 Saturday in the Hong Kong Open semifinals to move within one win of cementing her place in the WTA Finals in Singapore.The second-seeded Kerber plays the winner of the other semifinal between Venus Williams and Jelena Jankovic.

  • Larsson, Friedsam have straight-set wins to reach Linz semis

    October 16, 2015

    LINZ, Austria (AP) Johanna Larsson of Sweden defeated Madison Brengle 7-5, 7-6 (6) at the Generali Ladies on Friday, setting up a semifinal against Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany.The 59th-ranked Larsson rallied from 5-2 down to take the opening set against her American opponent and saved a set point at 5-4 in the second.

  • Radwanska to face Pliskova in Tianjin Open semifinals

    October 16, 2015

    TIANJIN, China (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska will take on Karolina Pliskova in the semifinals of the Tianjin Open in a match-up between players trying to wrap up spots in the WTA Finals in Singapore.The second-seeded Radwanska rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the opening set against Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia on Friday to win 7-6 (3), 6-2.

  • Venus Williams reaches semifinals at Hong Kong Open

    October 16, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Venus Williams closed in on a spot in the season-ending WTA Finals by beating Alize Cornet 6-1, 6-1 Friday to reach the Hong Kong Open semifinals.The third-seeded American, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month.

  • Nadal routs Wawrinka 6-2, 6-1 to reach Shanghai semifinals

    October 16, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Rafael Nadal beat a top-five player for the first time in more than a year with a convincing 6-2, 6-1 win over Stan Wawrinka on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic also advanced with his 15th consecutive victory, holding off Australia's Bernard Tomic in a tight first-set tiebreaker before closing it out 7-6 (6), 6-1.

  • Pavlyuchenkova beats Voegele to reach Linz quarterfinals

    October 15, 2015

    LINZ, Austria (AP) Seventh-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland 6-4, 6-0 Thursday to reach her sixth quarterfinal of the season at the Generali Ladies.The 29th-ranked Russian was broken when serving for the first set at 5-2 before taking seven straight games to close out the win.

  • Venus Williams reaches quarterfinals of Hong Kong Open

    October 15, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open by beating Wang Yafan of China 6-0, 6-2 Thursday.The 35-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, won the Wuhan Open this month. Another win this week would bring her closer to qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.

  • Venus Williams eases into quarterfinals of Hong Kong Open

    October 15, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Venus Williams brushed aside Wang Yafan of China 6-0, 6-2 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open.Williams will next play eighth-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who outlasted Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.

  • Djokovic beats Lopez to reach Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

    October 15, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Novak Djokovic reached the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Feliciano Lopez of Spain.The top-seeded Serbian player earned his 14th straight victory dating back to the U.S. Open and has now won 16 sets in a row. He's been winning so convincingly since the start of the China Open last week, he hasn't surrendered more than five games in a single match.

  • Radwanska reaches quarterfinals of Tianjin Open

    October 15, 2015

    TIANJIN, China (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat China's Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-1 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Tianjin Open.The second-seeded Radwanska saved all five break points she faced and won in just under an hour.Also, Montenegro's Danka Kovinic upset sixth-seeded Teliana Pereira 6-2, 5-7, 6-1, Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia defeated countrywoman Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 7-5, and Tianjin native Duan Ying-Ying beat Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.

  • Murray beats Isner to reach Shanghai Masters quarterfinals

    October 15, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Andy Murray saved all seven break points he faced and held on to beat big-serving John Isner 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday.Isner had multiple break chances, including when Murray was serving for the second set and for the match, but failed to convert. The American lost his ninth straight match to a top-10 opponent.

  • Eugenie Bouchard suing USTA over slip-fall at US Open

    October 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the United States Tennis Association that alleges the sport's national governing body was negligent, leaving her to slip and fall in a locker room during the U.S. Open.Bouchard, who was a runner-up at Wimbledon last year, has suffered severe pain and economic loss after the Sept. 4 incident, she said in the federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn that seeks unspecified monetary damages.

  • Wozniacki rallies to beat Lucic-Baroni in Linz opener

    October 14, 2015

    LINZ, Austria (AP) Caroline Wozniacki was the only player among the top-five seeded women to reach the second round at the Generali Ladies, rallying to beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 on Wednesday.The 11th-ranked Wozniacki, who is seeded second, went up 2-0 in the opening set but won only two points in the next five games. She missed a set point at 5-4 in the second set but turned the match around in the tiebreaker.

  • Organizer could move Italian Open tennis event to Milan

    October 14, 2015

    ROME (AP) After 80 years at the historic Foro Italico, the Italian Open tennis tournament could be headed to Milan.Italian tennis federation president Angelo Binaghi threatened to make the move Wednesday, changing his tune after suggesting earlier this year that organizers were considering a new location near Rome's main airport.

  • Kyrgios gets closer to suspension with Shanghai outbursts

    October 14, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Nick Kyrgios is toeing the line on the tennis court these days, and he knows it.The emotional Australian was placed on probation by the ATP Tour for derogatory comments he made to Stan Wawrinka during a match in August and warned he would face a 28-day suspension if he totaled more than ,000 in fines before February.

  • Jankovic, Stosur advance to quarterfinals at Hong Kong Open

    October 14, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Jelena Jankovic and Samantha Stosur advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open on Wednesday, both winning in straight sets.Jankovic, a former top-ranked player from Serbia, beat Anastasia Rodionova of Australia 6-0, 6-2. Stosur defeated Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 6-4.

  • Nishikori holds off Kyrgios to advance in Shanghai

    October 14, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Kei Nishikori overcame a stiff challenge from an emotional Nick Kyrgios to advance to the third round of the Shanghai Masters with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win on Wednesday.After winning the first set in 30 minutes, Kyrgios began to unravel at the end of the second set when he smacked a ball in frustration toward the baseline, causing a line judge to bend to avoid being hit.

  • Romania's Mitu upsets top-seeded Safarova in 2 sets in Linz

    October 13, 2015

    LINZ, Austria (AP) Andreea Mitu of Romania upset the seventh-ranked Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the Generali Ladies on Tuesday.French Open finalist Safarova, who was the top-seeded player at the Austrian indoor event, went 3-0 down in the opening set after winning just four of the first 16 points. She dropped her serve again at 3-3 in the second set.

  • Federer loses opening match at Shanghai Masters

    October 13, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) For the second straight year, Roger Federer found himself in trouble in his opening match at the Shanghai Masters.This time, he couldn't pull through.The 17-time Grand Slam champion was broken late in the third set against Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Tuesday and lost 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3.

  • Venus Williams rallies to advance to 2nd round in Hong Kong

    October 13, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Venus Williams rallied to beat Yuliya Beygelzimer of Ukraine 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday in the opening round of the Hong Kong Open.The third-seeded Williams wore a bandage on her left thigh and looked hampered in her movements. However, she came from a break down three times in the final set to close out the win in 2 hours, 13 minutes.

  • Federer upset in opening match at Shanghai Masters

    October 13, 2015

    SHANGHAI (AP) Roger Federer was upset in his opening match at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday by Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3.Federer looked rusty from the outset, failing to convert two break points in the opening set and making a flurry of backhand errors to lose the tiebreaker.

  • US Open champion Pennetta loses in 1st round at Tianjin Open

    October 13, 2015

    TIANJIN, China (AP) U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta lost in the first round of the Tianjin Open on Tuesday, hurting her chances of qualifying for the WTA Finals in Singapore.The top-seeded Italian lost to No. 414-ranked qualifier Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine 6-3, 7-5.

  • Lleyton Hewitt to be honored at 2016 Australian Open

    October 13, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt has a wild card into January's Australian Open to mark a record 20th-straight appearance in his national tennis Grand Slam, which is also likely to be his last.The 34-year-old Hewitt, now ranked No. 296, had his best result when he finished runner-up in 2005 but hasn't been past the second round in the last three years.

  • Gasparyan rallies to beat Witthoeft at WTA event in Linz

    October 12, 2015

    LINZ, Austria (AP) Margarita Gasparyan of Russia rallied from a break down in the final set to beat Carina Witthoeft of Germany 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 on Monday on the opening day of the Generali Ladies.Gasparyan, who won her maiden WTA title in Baku in August, converted all six break points to set up a second-round match against last year's finalist Camila Giorgi of Italy or Julia Goerges of Germany.

  • Djokovic beats Nadal for 6th China Open title

    October 11, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-2 Sunday to win his sixth China Open title and improve his record at the tournament to a sterling 29-0.Djokovic had seven aces to none for his Spanish rival, and saved both break points he faced in the match, which was the 45th between the two players.

  • Top-seeded Wawrinka wins Japan Open for 4th title of year

    October 11, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) French Open champion Stan Wawrinka defeated Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Japan Open for his career-best fourth title of the season.The top-seeded Wawrinka was in control from the outset and secured the win in 65 minutes when the unseeded Paire double-faulted on match point.

  • Venus Williams targets WTA finals berth at Hong Kong Open

    October 10, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Venus Williams comes to Hong Kong hoping she can get a ticket to Singapore.Williams enters the Hong Kong Open knowing that a strong showing here can put her name back where it used to be a mainstay - the season-ending WTA finals for the world's elite.

  • Italian tennis players have life bans lifted in fixing case

    October 10, 2015

    ROME (AP) Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace have had their life bans for match-fixing lifted by the Italian tennis federation.The federation's appeals court decided Saturday to clear Starace entirely and reduce Bracciali's ban to one year.Bracciali's fine was also reduced by half to 20,000 euros (,500).

  • Nadal, Djokovic to renew rivalry in final of China Open

    October 10, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will renew their long rivalry in the China Open final on Sunday after both won their semifinals in straight sets.The top-ranked Djokovic improved his perfect record at the tournament to 28-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over David Ferrer of Spain, while Nadal defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-3.

  • Paire upsets Nishikori to advance to Japan Open final

    October 10, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Unseeded Benoit Paire of France beat defending champion Kei Nishikori 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to advance to the Japan Open final where he faces top-seeded Stan Wawrinka.After breezing through the opener when he broke Paire twice, Nishikori struggled in the second set and failed to convert any of his five break points. Paire won the set with a powerful backhand winner down the line to break the second-seeded Nishikori, who was bidding for his third Japan Open title.

  • Nadal beats Fognini to reach final of China Open

    October 10, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Rafael Nadal reached his first hard-court final in more than a year on Saturday, beating Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-3 in the China Open semifinals.The third-seeded Nadal's previous hard-court final was at the Sony Open in Miami in March 2014. The Spaniard last won a hard-court tournament two months before that in Doha, Qatar.

  • Venus targets Singapore berth at HK Open

    October 10, 2015

    HONG KONG (AP) Venus Williams will enter the last-chance saloon at the Hong Kong Open starting Monday as she eyes a berth in the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore and a top-10 spot for the first time since 2011.For seven-time Grand Slam winner Williams, 35, the event represents her final chance to break into the top nine and thereby qualify for Singapore.

  • Paire upsets Nishikori to advance to final of Japan Open

    October 10, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Benoit Paire of France beat defending champion and local favorite Kei Nishikori 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the final of the Japan Open.The unseeded Paire took the second set with a backhand winner to break the second-seeded Nishikori, who was bidding for his third Japan Open title.

  • Djokovic tops Zhang to improve to 26-0 at China Open

    October 8, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Novak Djokovic matched Jimmy Connors for the second-longest unbeaten record at an ATP Tour event by beating Chinese wild card Zhang Ze 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday to improve to 26-0 at the China Open.Djokovic has won five titles at the China Open in the past six years, excluding 2011, when he didn't play the tournament.

  • Cilic beats Johnson to reach quarterfinals at Japan Open

    October 8, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Marin Cilic overpowered Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open.The sixth-seeded Croat saved all five break points he faced to set up a quarterfinal with second-seeded Kei Nishikori, who is bidding for his third Japan Open title.

  • Berdych falls in 1st round of China Open

    October 7, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Tomas Berdych crashed out in the first round of the China Open on Wednesday, losing to Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-4 just two days after winning his first title of the year in the rain-delayed Shenzhen final.The second-seeded Berdych will now have to wait at least another week to secure a spot in the eight-player field at the ATP Finals in London.

  • Nishikori beats Querrey to advance at Japan Open

    October 7, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Local favorite Kei Nishikori advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Open with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over Sam Querrey on Wednesday.Second-seeded Nishikori set up match point with a blistering backhand down the line and won with a forehand smash, securing his third straight win in seven matches against the unseeded Querrey.

  • Djokovic improves to 25-0 at China Open with 1st-round win

    October 6, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Novak Djokovic improved his perfect record at the China Open to 25-0 by beating Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-1, 6-1 Tuesday in the first round.The top-seeded Djokovic's winning streak started in 2009, when he won the first of his five titles at the tournament. He has dropped only three sets out of 51 in his five appearances. He didn't play in 2011.

  • Wawrinka downs Stepanek, next races Ito again at Japan Open

    October 6, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) French Open winner Stan Wawrinka secured his second-round spot at the Japan Open by beating Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in straight sets on Tuesday, avoiding a repeat of last year's shock exit.The top-seeded Wawrinka crashed out to local wildcard Tatsuma Ito in the first round in 2014, and the Swiss will face Ito again in the second round after overpowering Stepanek 7-5, 6-3.

  • Simon to take over as WTA's new CEO, replacing Allaster

    October 5, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Steve Simon will take over as the new CEO of the Women's Tennis Association.Simon has run the tournament at Indian Wells since 2004. He replaces Stacey Allaster, who said on Sept. 22 that she was stepping down.The WTA's board of directors acted quickly and announced Monday that it had made a unanimous decision.

  • Nishikori rallies to foil Coric in Japan Open

    October 5, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Defending champion Kei Nishikori, of Japan, was given a real scare by teen ace Borna Coric, of Croatia, on Monday, before sealing a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 comeback win in the first round of the Rakuten Japan Open.The 38th-ranked Coric, the youngest player in the top 50 of the ATP world rankings, showed a maturity beyond his years to take the first set, and looked likely to upset the home-crowd favorite.

  • Bouchard retires from opening match at China Open

    October 5, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) A teary-eyed Eugenie Bouchard retired from her opening match against Andrea Petkovic at the China Open due to dizziness on Monday, her first match since falling at the U.S. Open last month and suffering a concussion.Bouchard slipped in the locker room after her third-round win against Dominika Cibulkova at the U.S. Open, falling backward and landing on the back of her head. She was forced to withdraw from the tournament, as well as subsequent tournaments in Tokyo and Wuhan.

  • Tomas Berdych wins his 1st ATP Tour title of season

    October 5, 2015

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Top-seeded Tomas Berdych won his 11th ATP Tour title by defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (7) Monday in the Shenzhen Open final.Heavy rain on Sunday had postponed the final for a day and after another rain interruption on Monday, Berdych finally clinched the title.

  • Rain washes out Shenzhen Open semifinals

    October 3, 2015

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Persistent rain has washed out the semifinals of the Shenzhen Open on Saturday.Both semifinals will now be played on Sunday with the final later the same day.Top-seeded Tomas Berdych will take on Tommy Robredo on center court while second-seeded Marin Cilic meets fourth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on court one.

  • Lopez beats Kyrgios in Malaysian Open semifinals

    October 3, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Second-seeded Feliciano Lopez fired in 12 aces to edge past Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) in the semifinals of the Malaysian Open on Saturday and set up an all-Spanish final against top seed David Ferrer.The 34-year-old Lopez won 85 per cent of his first-serve points in an intense battle against his 20-year-old Australian opponent.

  • Newcomer Hibino beats Vekic to win Tashkent Open

    October 3, 2015

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) Nao Hibino of Japan cruised past Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-2, 6-2 Saturday to win the Tashkent Open final.Hibino's speed on court caused problems for Vekic, who also appeared increasingly frustrated by the noisy crowd which frequently held up play in the capital of Uzbekistan.

  • Venus Williams wins Wuhan Open, Muguruza retires in 2nd set

    October 3, 2015

    WUHAN, China (AP) Venus Williams won the Wuhan Open on Saturday when her Spanish opponent and fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0.It was the unseeded Williams' 47th WTA singles title.''Well, this is a sad day today,'' said Muguruza. ''I'm very sorry I had to retire today, but I had a really amazing week here in Wuhan.''

  • Kyrgios beats Karlovic in Malaysian Open quarterfinals

    October 2, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Nick Kyrgios won the key points in both tiebreakers to beat third-seeded Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2) Friday in the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open.Kyrgios served 11 aces, two less than Karlovic as both players held serve throughout the match.

  • Berdych marches into Shenzhen Open semifinals

    October 2, 2015

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Top-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic defeated countryman Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of Shenzhen Open on Friday.Berdych will take on third-seeded Tommy Robredo in the semifinals after the Spaniard beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.

  • Venus Williams beats Vinci to reach final of Wuhan Open

    October 2, 2015

    WUHAN, China (AP) Venus Williams did what her sister Serena couldn't do, beating Roberta Vinci on Friday after saving a match point in the semifinals of the Wuhan Open.The unseeded Williams won 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) after Vinci came from 4-1 down in the final set but failed to serve out the match when leading 6-5, 40-30.

  • Vekic to play Hibino in Tashkent Open final

    October 2, 2015

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) Donna Vekic of Croatia beat Evgenia Rodina or Russia 7-5, 6-1 Friday to set up a Tashkent Open final against Nao Hibino of Japan.Vekic overcame two breaks of serve in the first set and stepped up her game in the second set, allowing Rodina to win just 15 points in a one-sided contest.

  • Djokovic and Nadal mix tennis with politics on Thailand trip

    October 2, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) Two of the world's top tennis players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, came to Bangkok to earn a few million dollars for an exhibition match. But there were a few strings attached.Before their Friday night match, Djokovic and Nadal swapped tennis clothes for formal Thai silk jackets in baby blue and pastel yellow. The dress code was part of a tightly scripted trip meant to boost military-ruled Thailand's image, which included a meeting with the junta leader.

  • Hibino beats Jovanovic for place in Tashkent Open final

    October 2, 2015

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) Japan's Nao Hibino beat Bojana Jovanovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to reach the WTA Tour's Tashkent Open final.Hibino was strong on serve throughout and fought off a late comeback by Jovanovic, who bounced back from 4-1 down to level the second set at 4-4.

  • Pospisil beats Baghdatis for a place in quarterfinals

    October 1, 2015

    KUALA KUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Eighth-seeded Vasek Pospisil advanced to the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open by beating Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 Thursday.The Canadian struggled with cramps late in the match but still managed to win.Pospisil, who reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals, will next meet Feliciano Lopez of Spain. The Spaniard defeated qualifier Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (4).

  • Top-seeded Beck beaten by Jovanovski at Tashkent Open

    October 1, 2015

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) Top-seeded Annika Beck was eliminated in the Tashkent Open quarterfinals, losing to Bojana Jovanovski 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 Thursday as four unseeded players reached the semifinals.Beck lost only two points on her serve in the first set, but Jovanovski's return improved for the remainder of the match.

  • Mannarino advances to Shenzhen Open quarterfinals

    October 1, 2015

    SHENZHEN, China (AP) Adrian Mannarino advanced to the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open by beating Chinese wild-card entry Yan Bai 7-5, 7-6 (7) Thursday at the Shenzhen Open.The fifth-seeded Mannarino, who won titles in Zagreb and Budapest, converted three of his seven break points. The Frenchman will next face fourth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who defeated Lukas Rasol 6-4, 6-3.

  • Nadal praises Djokovic for his 'amazing season'

    October 1, 2015

    BANGKOK (AP) The text message wasn't enough, so Rafael Nadal praised rival Novak Djokovic in person Thursday for the top-ranked Serb's ''amazing season'' after winning his third major of 2015 at the U.S. Open.The seventh-ranked Nadal is in Bangkok for a sold-out exhibition match against Djokovic dubbed ''Back to Thailand.''

  • Serena Williams withdraws from WTA Finals and China Open

    October 1, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) The 2015 season is over for Serena Williams.The No. 1-ranked Williams withdrew from her final two scheduled tournaments of the year on Thursday, saying she needs time to heal from a series of injuries and the heartbreak of coming up short in a bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam.

  • Vinci beats Pliskova to reach semifinals of Wuhan Open

    October 1, 2015

    WUHAN, China (AP) U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (2), 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Wuhan Open on Thursday.The 15th-seeded Italian saved three of four break points and took advantage of 30 unforced errors by the eighth-seeded Pliskova.

  • Report: Miami charges against Bernard Tomic dropped

    September 30, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Australian media has reported that prosecutors in Miami have dropped charges against tennis player Bernard Tomic.The 22-year-old Tomic was charged in July with resisting a police officer and trespassing after being accused of playing loud music in his hotel suite in Miami Beach. He also was said to have ignored police requests to leave the hotel.

  • Lucic-Baroni defeats Stosur in 1st round at Wuhan Open

    September 27, 2015

    WUHAN, China (AP) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia beat former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-1 on Sunday in the opening round of the Wuhan Open.The 85th-ranked Lucic-Baroni saved all four break points and wrapped up the match in just under an hour against her 22nd-ranked opponent. Stosur won the U.S. Open in 2011 and also made the final of the French Open in 2010.

  • Begu defeats Sasnovich to clinch Korea Open title

    September 27, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Top-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania scored a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 victory over unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in the final of the Korea Open on Sunday.In a match that lasted only 78 minutes, 29th-ranked Begu saved three break points in each set on way to her second WTA title.

  • Radwanska takes Pan-Pacific Open title with win over Bencic

    September 27, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska won the Toray Pan-Pacific Open title for the second time with a dominating 6-2, 6-2 victory over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on Sunday.The win by Radwanska - her first title since the Rogers Cup in Montreal last year - helped the seventh-seeded Pole gain revenge for her defeat by the 18-year-old Swiss player in this year's Eastbourne final.

  • Wawrinka withdraws from Open de Moselle

    September 25, 2015

    METZ, France (AP) Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka has withdrawn from the Open de Moselle with an ankle injury.The French Open champion was scheduled to face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals at the indoor hard-court tournament on Friday.Wawrinka, who is already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals from Nov. 15-22 in London, hurt his right ankle during his 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Dustin Brown in the second round.

  • Jelena Jankovic advances to Guangzhou International final

    September 25, 2015

    GUANGZHOU, China (AP) Serbia's Jelena Jankovic came from three points down in the 11th game of the deciding set to break Yanina Wickmayer's serve and advanced to the Guangzhou International final with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win Friday.Jankovic also fought off a match point in the 10th game of the final set to help end an eight-match winning streak by Wickmayer. The Belgian player won her first WTA title in more than five years at the Japan Open last week, and won three more matches in Guangzhou this week.

  • Wozniacki sets up Tokyo semifinal against Bencic

    September 25, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki overcame No. 5 Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Toray Pan-Pacific Open.Wozniacki saved five break points in the fifth game of the deciding set before clinching the match after 2 hours, 12 minutes.

  • Qualifier Sasnovich upsets Stephens in Seoul quarterfinals

    September 25, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus upset third-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of Korea Open on Friday.Sasnovich converted five of her 12 break points against the American to set up a semifinal against second-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, who beat Germany's Mona Barthel 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

  • Raonic blasts past Donskoy at St. Petersburg Open

    September 24, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Canada's Milos Raonic used his powerful serve to blast past Russian opponent Evgeny Donskoy and into the quarterfinals at the St. Petersburg Open on Thursday.Raonic, the second seed in St. Petersburg, fired in 13 aces and held serve throughout as he won 6-4, 6-4, knocking out the last Russian player left in the draw.

  • Klizan advances to quarterfinals in Metz

    September 24, 2015

    METZ, France (AP) Sixth-seeded Martin Klizan advanced to the quarterfinals of the Open de Moselle with a 6-4, 7-6 (7) win over Canadian Vasek Pospisil on Thursday.The 35th-ranked Slovakian, playing at the indoor hard-court tournament for the first time, needed nearly two hours to win a match that featured just one break of serve.

  • Cibulkova beats Suarez Navarro to reach quarters in Tokyo

    September 24, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia reached the quarterfinals of the Toray Pan-Pacific Open on Thursday by beating sixth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-4, 6-4.Cibulkova improved her record to 3-0 against Suarez Navarro, who had not won a match in seven tournaments before beating Kateryna Bondarenko here in the first round.

  • Davis Cup: 2015 finalists get home draws in 2016

    September 24, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) This year's Davis Cup finalists Britain and Belgium have been handed home draws in the first round of the 2016 competition.The draw for next year's elite World Group, which took place at the International Tennis Federation's annual general meeting on Wednesday, gave Belgium a home fixture against Croatia while Britain will host Japan from March 4-6, 2016.

  • Davis Cup: 2015 finalists gets home draws in 2016

    September 24, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) This year's Davis Cup finalists Britain and Belgium have been handed home draws in the first round of the 2016 competition.The draw for next year's elite World Group, which took place at the International Tennis Federation's annual general meeting on Wednesday, gave Belgium a home fixture against Croatia while Britain will host Japan from March 4-6, 2016.

  • Thiem reaches quarterfinals at St. Petersburg Open

    September 23, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Third-seeded Dominic Thiem breezed into the quarterfinals of the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday, beating his fellow Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 7-6 (2).From 2-1 down in the first set, Thiem won the next seven games to take the set and go a break up in the second as Haider-Maurer struggled with his serve.

  • Muller advances to quarterfinals in Metz

    September 23, 2015

    METZ, France (AP) Gilles Muller of Luxembourg hit 17 aces to reach the quarterfinals of the Open de Moselle with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) win over eighth-seeded Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday.The 45th-ranked Muller, who produced his first win in three meetings with his Spanish rival, will next face the winner of an all-French contest between two-time former champion Gilles Simon and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

  • Davis Cup final to be played in Ghent on clay

    September 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain will be played in Ghent on clay, Andy Murray's least favorite surface.The final of the sport's premier team competition will take place on Nov. 27-29 at the Flanders Expo on an indoor clay court, the International Tennis Federation announced Wednesday. The multi-use arena will be set up for a capacity crowd of 13,000.

  • Muguruza advances to quarterfinals of Pan Pacific Open

    September 23, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Garbine Muguruza of Spain beat Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.The third-seeded Muguruza saved 11 of 14 break points to dispatch of Strycova in 1 hour, 45 minutes at Ariake Colosseum and set up a quarterfinal with eighth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

  • Schmiedlova outlasts McHale to reach Korea Open quarters

    September 23, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia outlasted Christina McHale 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in a nearly two-hour match on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Korea Open.The second-seeded Schmiedlova had eight aces and broke McHale seven times in the match to overcome dropping her own serve five times.

  • Robredo beats Youzhny at St. Petersburg Open

    September 22, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Fifth-seeded Tommy Robredo beat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the second round of the St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday.Youzhny won more points than his Spanish opponent overall, but lacked consistency on the key points in a match between two 33-year-old veterans.

  • James Blake to join Billie Jean King, Elton John in Vegas

    September 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) James Blake has been added to the Mylan World Team Tennis lineup for its Smash Hits event with Billie Jean King and Elton John.WTT announced its final teams Tuesday for the charity AIDS event, which will be held Oct. 12 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

  • Martin Klizan advances to 2nd round in Metz

    September 22, 2015

    METZ, France (AP) Sixth-seeded Martin Klizan advanced to the second round of the Open de Moselle on Tuesday after local favorite Paul-Henri Mathieu retired with an Achilles' tendon injury.Playing for the first time in Metz, Klizan led 6-7 (1), 6-3, 3-2 when Mathieu called it quits after nearly two hours of play.

  • Noah puts discipline at the heart of Davis Cup project

    September 22, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Usually an image of coolness, Yannick Noah wants to use authority in order to bring back a winning culture within the French Davis Cup team.Speaking in his first press conference since his appointment as the country's Davis Cup captain, Noah said on Tuesday that he won't tolerate any breach of discipline.

  • Stacey Allaster leaving as WTA's chief executive

    September 22, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Women's Tennis Association says Stacey Allaster is leaving next month as chief executive.Her departure takes effect Oct. 2. The governing body said Tuesday its board is leading a search for a successor. No timetable was announced for filling the job.

  • Halep advances but Petkovic shocked in Guangzhou Open

    September 22, 2015

    GUANGZHOU, China (AP) Top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania cruised into the second round of the Guangzhou Open on Tuesday but second-seeded German Andrea Petkovic crashed out in the first round.The 23-year-old Halep, who had reached the semifinals at this month's US Open, registered a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win over qualifier Petra Martic of Croatia while Petkovic was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

  • ATP expects Murray at World Tour Finals before Davis Cup

    September 22, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray will be expected to play in the World Tour Finals in London in November, despite suggesting he may miss the event to prepare for Britain's Davis Cup final against Belgium.The Association of Tennis Professionals say Murray is obliged to feature in the showpiece competition, which concludes five days before the start of the Davis Cup.

  • Sasnovich knocks out sixth-seeded Dulgheru in Korea Open

    September 22, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus knocked out sixth-seeded Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday in the first round of the Korea Open.The 136th-ranked Sasnovich took one hour, nine minutes to dispose of the 54th-ranked Dulgheru, who struggled with her serves early on with five double-faults in the first set.

  • Kerber beats Gavrilova to reach Tokyo 2nd round

    September 22, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Germany's Angelique Kerber advanced to the second round of the Tokyo Pan Pacific Open on Tuesday following a 6-2, 6-2 win over Daria Gavrilova of Russia.The fifth-seeded Kerber converted the second of six break points against Gavrilova to close out the match in just over an hour. It was her fourth win over the Russian this year.

  • Muller advances to 2nd round at Open de Moselle

    September 21, 2015

    METZ, France (AP) Gilles Muller of Luxembourg advanced to the second round of the Open de Moselle with a 6-3, 6-4 win over British player Aljaz Bedene on Monday.The 45th-ranked Muller hit 20 aces and converted three break points to progress at the indoor hard court event.

  • Haider-Maurer advances to 2nd round at St. Petersburg Open

    September 21, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria beat Daniel Gimeno Traver of Spain on Monday in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open, which returned to the ATP tour following a one-year absence.The day's only main-draw singles match was close until Haider-Maurer seized the initiative in the second-set tiebreaker, taking the first five points on his way to winning 7-5, 7-6 (2).

  • Yannick Noah appointed as new France Davis Cup captain

    September 21, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Yannick Noah, the last Frenchman to win a Grand Slam tournament, was appointed as the country's Davis Cup captain on Monday.Noah replaced Arnaud Clement, who was fired last week following a disappointing campaign and growing tension between him and the players.

  • Schmiedlova, Van Uytvanck rally for 1st round victories

    September 21, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Second-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia and eighth-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium were stretched to three sets on Monday in the first round of the Korea Open.Schmiedlova defeated Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in just over two hours. Pliskova served five of her nine aces in the third set but saw 31st-ranked Schmiedlova save three break points to clinch the decider.

  • Radwanska advances to 2nd round of Pan Pacific Open

    September 21, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Coco Vandeweghe of the United States 6-3, 6-3 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open.Seventh-seeded Radwanska saved five of seven break points en route to ousting Vandeweghe in 1 hour, 26 minutes at Tokyo's Ariake Colosseum.

  • Annika Beck wins 2nd career title in Quebec

    September 21, 2015

    QUEBEC CITY (AP) Germany's Annika Beck won her second career WTA title on Sunday, defeating Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Coupe Banque Nationale.The fifth-seeded Beck had defeated defending champion Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in a lengthy three-setter in the semifinals, but showed no fatigue in the title match against the 18-year-old Ostapenko.

  • 1904 rematch: Britain sets up Davis Cup final vs Belgium

    September 20, 2015

    It's like 1904 all over again in the Davis Cup.Britain and Belgium clinched 3-2 victories in the semifinals of tennis' premier team competition on Sunday to set up a rematch of their final 111 years ago - the last time Belgium reached the title match. Britain won 5-0 that time and will be the favorite again in November courtesy of Andy Murray, who defeated Bernard Tomic of Australia in the first reverse singles to give Britain an unassailable lead.

  • Belgium beats Argentina to reach Davis Cup final

    September 20, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) Steve Darcis sent Belgium into its first Davis Cup final for more than a century by beating Federico Delbonis on Sunday in the decisive fifth match against Argentina.Darcis, who lost his opening singles match and was defeated in doubles on Saturday as Argentina built a 2-1 lead, finally grabbed a point with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) win in a deafening atmosphere at the Forest National.

  • Spain beats Denmark 5-0 in Davis Cup relegation playoff

    September 20, 2015

    ODENSE, Denmark (AP) Roberto Bautista Agut and David Ferrer won their matches Sunday as Spain defeated Denmark 5-0 in the Davis Cup's second-tier relegation playoff.Agut beat Frederik Nielsen 6-3, 6-4 and Ferrer defeated Mikael Torpegaard 6-1, 6-3 to close out the hard-court tie.

  • Murray sends Britain into 1st Davis Cup final in 37 years

    September 20, 2015

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Andy Murray sent Britain into its first Davis Cup final in 37 years on Sunday, securing victory against Australia with a straight-sets win over Bernard Tomic.Murray - ranked third in the world - produced a 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 triumph to send Britain into an unassailable 3-1 lead and ensure it will face Belgium or Argentina in the Nov. 27-29 final.

  • Federer win in singles lifts Swiss to Davis Cup playoff win

    September 20, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) Roger Federer ensured Switzerland beat the Netherlands in a Davis Cup playoff on Sunday to retain its place in the elite World Group next season.Second-ranked Federer beat No. 144 Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to seal a decisive 3-1 lead for the Swiss in the best-of-five series.

  • Wickmayer beats Linette in 3 sets to win Japan Open

    September 20, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium rallied on Sunday to defeat Magda Linette of Poland 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Japan Open.Wickmayer won seven of 11 break points at Ariake Colosseum en route to claiming her fourth WTA career title.Linette, who was playing in her first WTA final, got off to a promising start but struggled with her serve in the second set and was unable to recover.

  • Sock beats Istomin to clinch US victory over Uzbekistan

    September 20, 2015

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) Jack Sock clinched the United States' Davis Cup World Group playoff win over Uzbekistan with a four-set victory over Denis Istomin on Sunday.Sock, ranked No. 29, struggled at times on the clay surface in the Central Asian nation, but held his nerve in a wild fourth set to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 against Istomin, who is ranked 33 places below him.

  • Britain, Argentina move to within 1 win of Davis Cup final

    September 19, 2015

    The Murray brothers and an Argentine duo moved Britain and the South American country to within one victory of the Davis Cup final on Saturday.Before a raucous crowd in Glasgow, Andy Murray and his brother Jamie led Britain to a five-set victory against Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth of Australia on Saturday to take a 2-1 lead in their semifinal.

  • Argentina takes 2-1 lead over Belgium in Davis Cup semifinal

    September 19, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) Leonardo Mayer and Carlos Berlocq gave Argentina a 2-1 lead over Belgium in their Davis Cup semifinal Saturday after a tense doubles match against Steve Darcis and Ruben Bemelmans that lasted four hours.Spurred on by the vocal Belgium fans on the hard court at Forest National, Darcis and Bemelmans got off to a sluggish start but saved 16 of 21 break points they faced before the Argentine pair prevailed 6-2, 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (5).

  • Nadal, Verdasco seal Spain's win over Denmark in Davis Cup

    September 19, 2015

    ODENSE, Denmark (AP) Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco had to work harder than expected to give Spain the winning point in Saturday's doubles match to secure an unassailable 3-0 lead over Denmark in the Davis Cup's second-tier relegation playoff.The Spanish pair overcame unheralded Danish duo Frederik Nielsen and Thomas Kromann 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

  • Britain takes 2-1 lead over Australia in Davis Cup semifinal

    September 19, 2015

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Andy Murray and his brother Jamie led Britain to a hard-fought five-set victory against Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth of Australia on Saturday to seize a vital 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup semifinal.The Scottish brothers enjoyed vociferous home support in Glasgow but had to come from a set down to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4.

  • Federer, Swiss lose Davis Cup doubles match to Netherlands

    September 19, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) Roger Federer and late replacement Marco Chiudinelli missed a chance to seal Switzerland's victory in a Davis Cup relegation playoff on Saturday, losing a five-set doubles match to the Netherlands.Dutch pair Thiemo De Bakker and Matwe Middelkoop rallied from a set down to win 7-6 (7), 4-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 after Federer's regular partner Stan Wawrinka scratched citing fatigue.

  • United States takes 2-1 lead over Uzbekistan in Davis Cup

    September 19, 2015

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) A straightforward win in the doubles for Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey on Saturday lifted the United States to a 2-1 lead over Uzbekistan and the brink of victory in their Davis Cup World Group playoff.Johnson and Querrey held their serve throughout the 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin and Farrukh Dustov, wrapping up the match in just over 90 minutes.

  • Czech Republic takes 2-1 lead over India in Davis Cup

    September 19, 2015

    NEW DELHI (AP) Veteran Leander Paes had a rare doubles defeat in the Davis Cup on Saturday as India conceded a 2-1 lead to the Czech Republic in their World Group playoff.Radek Stepanek and Adam Pavlasek beat favorites Paes and Rohan Bopanna 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

  • US takes 2-1 lead over Uzbekistan in Davis Cup

    September 19, 2015

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) A straightforward win in the doubles for Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey on Saturday lifted the United States to a 2-1 lead over Uzbekistan and the brink of victory in their Davis Cup World Group playoff.Johnson and Querrey held their serve throughout the 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin and Farrukh Dustov, wrapping up the match in just over 90 minutes.

  • Wickmayer overpowers Tomljanovic to reach Japan Open final

    September 20, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium overpowered Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the final of the Japan Open.Wickmayer converted all five of her break point chances to dispatch the seventh-seeded Tomljanovic in 1 hour, 27 minutes at Ariake Colosseum.

  • Davis Cup semis: Belgium-Argentina, Britain-Australia level

    September 18, 2015

    Australia's Bernard Tomic beat Dan Evans in four sets after Andy Murray gave Britain the early lead to leave its Davis Cup semifinal at Glasgow level at 1-1 on Friday.The other semifinal between Belgium and Argentina at Brussels was also level at 1-1 after the opening singles, while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal helped put Switzerland and Spain, respectively, into commanding positions in their playoffs.

  • More than 1,000 fans welcome US Open champion Pennetta home

    September 18, 2015

    BRINDISI, Italy (AP) More than a thousand fans have lined the streets of Flavia Pennetta's hometown of Brindisi, in southern Italy, to welcome back the U.S. Open champion.Pennetta arrived Friday at a seafront stage on an open-top bus, accompanied by 50 children from the local tennis club where she learned to play.

  • Belgium 1-1 with Argentina in Davis Cup semifinals

    September 18, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) Leonardo Mayer defeated Steve Darcis in four sets and almost four hours to draw Argentina level with Belgium at 1-1 in their Davis Cup semifinal on Friday, after David Goffin had put the hosts ahead.Goffin defeated Federico Delbonis 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the first singles match before Mayer used his big serve to come out on top against Darcis 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3.

  • Federer, Wawrinka lead Swiss to 2-0 lead over Netherlands

    September 18, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) Roger Federer cruised and Stan Wawrinka labored in lifting Switzerland to a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands in a Davis Cup relegation playoff on Friday.Facing an opponent ranked 434 places below him, No. 2 Federer eased to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jesse Huta Galung in the second singles rubber.

  • Nadal, Ferrer give Spain 2-0 Davis Cup lead against Denmark

    September 18, 2015

    ODENSE, Denmark (AP) Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer gave Spain a 2-0 lead over Denmark in their Davis Cup relegation playoff on Friday.Both Spaniards beat their rivals in three sets, with Nadal overcoming Mikael Toregaard 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to put Spain ahead while Ferrer defeated Frederik Nielsen 6-1, 7-5, 6-2.

  • Britain 1-1 with Australia after wins for Murray and Tomic

    September 18, 2015

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Bernard Tomic defeated Dan Evans in four sets to draw Australia level with Britain at 1-1 in their Davis Cup semifinal on Friday, after Andy Murray had put the hosts in front.Murray brushed aside Thanasi Kokkinakis with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 win, but a surprise decision to pick the 300th-ranked Evans for the second match failed to deliver as Tomic came through for a 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (4), 6-4 victory.

  • Nadal gives Spain 1-0 lead in Davis Cup against Denmark

    September 18, 2015

    ODENSE, Denmark (AP) Rafael Nadal beat Mikael Toregaard 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to give Spain a 1-0 lead over Denmark in their Davis Cup relegation playoff on Friday.Nadal returned to Davis Cup tennis after a two-year absence for the Group 1 match and secured his 22nd consecutive win in the competition.

  • Goffin gives Belgium 1-0 lead over Argentina

    September 18, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) David Goffin gave Belgium a 1-0 lead over Argentina in their Davis Cup semifinal on Friday with a 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Federico Delbonis in the first singles match.The 15th-ranked Goffin failed to convert three match points on Delbonis' serve but sealed the match with an ace in the next game to improve his Davis Cup record to 10-3.

  • Murray gives Britain 1-0 lead in Davis Cup against Australia

    September 18, 2015

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Andy Murray swept to a convincing 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis on Friday to give Britain lead a 1-0 lead against Australia in their Davis Cup semifinal.Murray, who served 10 aces to Kokkinakis' two, played an aggressive game that was simply too much to handle for the 19-year-old Australian, who is ranked 72nd.

  • France Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clement gets the sack

    September 18, 2015

    PARIS (AP) The French tennis federation fired Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clement on Friday after growing tension between him and the players.The federation said that Clement, who led France to a runner-up finish in the team competition last year, was dismissed because of his struggles to unite and motivate the team.

  • Sock draws US level against Uzbekistan in Davis Cup

    September 18, 2015

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) Jack Sock breezed past Farrukh Dustov in straight sets Friday to draw the United States level with Uzbekistan at 1-1 in their Davis Cup World Group playoff.The 29th-ranked Sock was rarely in trouble against the little-known Dustov, who is ranked 129 places lower, winning his first career Davis Cup match 7-5, 6-3, 6-2 in 1 hour, 52 minutes.

  • Tomljanovic beats Brengle to advance to semis at Japan Open

    September 18, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia rallied to beat Madison Brengle of the United States 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Japan Open.Seventh-seeded Tomljanovic got off to a sluggish start but won the first three games of the second set and first two of the third en route to ousting the third-seeded Brengle.

  • United States goes 1-0 down against Uzbekistan

    September 18, 2015

    TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) Steve Johnson lost a tough five-setter to Denis Istomin on Friday as Uzbekistan took a 1-0 lead over the United States in their Davis Cup World Group playoff.The two players took turns dictating periods of the match before the 62nd-ranked Istomin prevailed 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 7-5 against Johnson, who is ranked 15 places higher.

  • Murray faces practice partner Kokkinakis in Davis Cup semis

    September 17, 2015

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Andy Murray will play his friend and practice partner Thanasi Kokkinakis in the opening match of the Davis Cup semifinal between Britain and Australia as the host country bids to reach its first final since 1978.Murray will open the best-of-five series on Friday against Kokkinakis on an indoor hard court at the Emirates Arena. Dan Evans, who was brought in at late notice as Britain's second singles player ahead of James Ward and Kyle Edmund, was drawn to face Bernard Tomic in the second match.

  • Andy Murray faces Thanasi Kokkinakis in Davis Cup semifinal

    September 17, 2015

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Andy Murray has been drawn to play Thanasi Kokkinakis in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup semifinal between Britain and Australia.Thursday's draw also pitted Dan Evans, who was brought in as the second singles player ahead of James Ward and Kyle Edmund, against Bernard Tomic.

  • Federer to face 436th-ranked Dutch opponent in Davis Cup

    September 17, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) Second-ranked Roger Federer will face No. 436 Jesse Huta Galung in Davis Cup singles on Friday when Switzerland hosts the Netherlands in a World Group playoff.Fourth-ranked Stan Wawrinka was drawn on Thursday to open the five-match series for the home team against No. 144 Thiemo De Bakker.

  • Goffin to open against Delbonis in Davis Cup semifinals

    September 17, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) Belgium's David Goffin will open play Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the first singles match of their Davis Cup semifinal.The 15th-ranked Goffin, who has a 9-3 record in Davis Cup, takes on No. 65 Delbonis on hard court at the Forest National in Brussels on Friday before Steve Darcis and Leonardo Mayer square off in the second match.

  • Murray to donate 50 pounds () per ace to help refugees

    September 17, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray says he will donate 50 pounds () for every ace he hits from now until the end of the year to help the cause of refugees.Murray, who is playing for Britain in this week's Davis Cup semifinals against Australia in Glasgow, decided on the idea after seeing images of migrants coming to Europe on the news.

  • Johnson to start for US in Davis Cup against Uzbekistan

    September 17, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Steve Johnson will play the first singles match for the United States against Uzbekistan's No. 1 player Denis Istomin in their Davis Cup World Group playoff.The 47th-ranked Johnson takes on No. 62 Istomin on Friday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, before the second match pits Jack Sock against Farrukh Dustov.

  • Absent Kyrios focus of attention before Davis Cup semifinal

    September 16, 2015

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) As Britain prepares to take on Australia in the Davis Cup semifinals this week, the focus will be as much on who's missing as who will be taking the court in Glasgow.Andy Murray will lead a team bidding to win Britain's first title since 1936, while the visitors will be without Nick Kyrgios, who lost to the Scot in the opening round of the U.S. Open and who has frequently drawn controversy for his antics this season.

  • Lucie Safarova in Czech hospital with infectious disease

    September 16, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) French Open finalist Lucie Safarova has been hospitalized in the Czech Republic with an unspecified infectious disease, and it's not clear when she may recover.Safarova posted a message with a photo from the hospital in Brno on Facebook on Wednesday: ''It's been really hard month for me. Injury and now fighting bacteria infection in hospital!''

  • Brengle beats Hibino to reach quarterfinals at Japan Open

    September 16, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Third-seeded Madison Brengle of the United States overpowered Japanese wild card Nao Hibino 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the Japan Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.Brengle won six of eight break points at Ariake Colosseum to see off Hibino, one of three players from the host country to exit the tournament on the third day.

  • Fendrich On Tennis: Djokovic in Grand Slam driver's seat

    September 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Novak Djokovic could not find his keys.Alone in a parking lot outside Arthur Ashe Stadium at about 2 a.m. Monday, a handful of hours after beating Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final for his third major title of 2015 and 10th overall, there stood Djokovic, unable to unlock the car he'd been using to drive himself between the tournament site in Queens and the hotel near Central Park where he stayed with his wife and their 10-month-old son the past two weeks.

  • Date-Krumm beats Doi to reach 2nd round of Japan Open

    September 14, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Four-time champion Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan cruised into the second round of the Japan Open on Monday with a straight-set win over a player 20 years her junior.The 44-year-old Date-Krumm, ranked 160th, beat 83rd-ranked Misaki Doi of Japan 6-4, 6-2.

  • What We Learned at US Open: Djokovic is gaining on Federer

    September 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For the second time in his career, Novak Djokovic ends a season with three Grand Slam titles. Unlike in 2011, though, he played in all four major finals this year.His riveting 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final Sunday night left so little between his three titles and a perfect Grand Slam season - a loss to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final.

  • Federer laments blown chances in US Open final loss

    September 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Roger Federer wonders what might've been if only he'd converted any of those three break points in the last game of the U.S. Open final.The crowd roaring, Federer rolling, Novak Djokovic reeling - maybe he could have come all the way back from down two breaks in the fourth set to win in five.

  • Djokovic beats Federer for 2nd US Open title, 10th major

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Thrilled to win a point in the U.S. Open final, and bent on proving a point, Novak Djokovic leaped and roared and threw an uppercut, then glared at some of the thousands of spectators pulling for Roger Federer.After winning another point in that game, Djokovic nodded as he smiled toward the stands. And moments later, Djokovic shook his right arm, bloodied by an early fall, and screamed, ''Yes! Yes!'' to celebrate a missed forehand by Federer.

  • The Latest on US Open: Djokovic beats Federer for title

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):10:40 p.m.Novak Djokovic has defeated Roger Federer in four sets in the U.S. Open final for his 10th Grand Slam title.The top-ranked Serb beat Federer 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday night to win three major championships in a year for the second time in his career. He also topped Federer in the Wimbledon final in similar fashion - dropping the second set and taking the next two.

  • The Latest on US Open: Djokovic wins 3rd set over Federer

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:55 p.m.Novak Djokovic is one set from his 10th Grand Slam title.The top-ranked Serb took the third set against Roger Federer 6-4 on Sunday night after the players split the first two. Djokovic broke Federer at 4-4 then served out set - though not without some tense moments.

  • The Latest on US Open: American Fritz wins boys title

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:20 p.m.Top-ranked junior Taylor Fritz has won his first Grand Slam boys title, beating fellow American Tommy Paul at the U.S. Open.Paul had defeated Fritz in this year's French Open final. Another American, Reilly Opelka, won Wimbledon, making this the first time since the U.S. Open began hosting junior championships in 1973 that three different American boys won major junior titles in the same year.

  • The Latest on US Open: Federer evens up final vs Djokovic

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:05 p.m.Roger Federer has evened the U.S. Open final against Novak Djokovic at a set apiece.After a rocky start to the match Sunday, the 17-time major champion upped his game and clinched the second set 7-5 when he broke Djokovic's serve after squandering his first three set points.

  • The Latest on US Open: Men's final has 1st female chair ump

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:15 p.m.Eva Asderaki-Moore of Greece has become the first female chair umpire for a U.S. Open men's singles final.The U.S. Tennis Association said Sunday that this year's tournament also is the first major in which a woman chaired both singles finals. Marija Cicak of Croatia handled Saturday's women's final.

  • The Latest on US Open: Djokovic takes 1st set 6-4 vs Federer

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:05 p.m.A bloodied Novak Djokovic has won the first set of the U.S. Open final against Roger Federer.The top-ranked Djokovic was briefly rattled by a scary fall in the fourth game, but he settled down to take the set 6-4 on Sunday in a match that started more than three hours late because of rain. Federer looked tight, with an uncharacteristic 15 unforced errors.

  • The Latest on US Open: Djokovic, Federer finally take court

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):7:10 p.m.Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have taken the court for the U.S. Open men's final after a rain delay of more than three hours.---6:30 p.m.They're still in a rain delay at the U.S. Open - because there's still no roof atop Arthur Ashe Stadium. That's supposed to be in place for next year's tournament.

  • The Latest on US Open: Men's final still delayed by rain

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:30 p.m.They're still in a rain delay at the U.S. Open - because there's still no roof atop Arthur Ashe Stadium. That's supposed to be in place for next year's tournament.The men's final between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer was scheduled for a 4 p.m. start. After 2 1/2 hours of rain, everyone is still waiting.

  • Flavia Pennetta wins 1st major title in Grand Slam finale

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Even Flavia Pennetta was a tiny bit disappointed that Serena Williams didn't complete the first Grand Slam since 1988 at the U.S. Open.''Of course,'' she said hours after she won her first major title in her final chance before retiring - well aware that had Williams accomplished the feat, it would've meant no championship for Pennetta.

  • The Latest on US Open: Start of men's final delayed by rain

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4 p.m.The start of the U.S. Open men's final between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer is being delayed by rain.---3:20 p.m.Dalma Galfi of Hungary won the U.S. Open junior title by beating Sofia Kenin of the United States 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Hungary's Galfi wins girls' title

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3:20 p.m.Dalma Galfi of Hungary won the U.S. Open junior title by beating Sofia Kenin of the United States 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday.Galfi converted all four break points she had against Kenin, a 16-year-old from Hollywood, Florida.

  • Hingis, Mirza team to win US Open women's doubles title

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Martina Hingis earned her 11th Grand Slam women's doubles title and second at the U.S. Open.At 34 years old and already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Hingis paired with Sania Mirza of India to beat Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 in the U.S. Open final Sunday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Hingis, Mirza win doubles title

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):1:25 p.m.Martina Hingis won her 11th Grand Slam women's doubles title 18 years after the first, teaming with Sania Mirza to beat Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3, 6-3 in the U.S. Open final Sunday.

  • 'Build a Mount Rushmore' for Pennetta and Vinci

    September 13, 2015

    ROME (AP) Italy should build a Mount Rushmore-like monument for U.S. Open finalists Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci.That was the suggestion Sunday from the Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy's leading sports newspaper.Under a front-page headline of ''We're the champions'' that also referred to Fabio Aru's exploits in the Spanish Vuelta cycling race, a Gazzetta editorial said:

  • The Latest on US Open: Italian Premier Renzi watches final

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:45 p.m.Italian Premier Matteo Renzi flew to New York to attend the first Grand Slam final involving two women from his country, got a standing ovation from the U.S. Open crowd when he was shown on the videoboards at Arthur Ashe Stadium, then posed for photos with champion Flavia Pennetta and runner-up Roberta Vinci.

  • Still smiling, Roberta Vinci savors 1st Grand Slam final

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Roberta Vinci was congratulated over and over in the 24 hours after her stunning semifinal win at the U.S. Open.''Because I beat Serena?'' she would ask the well-wishers.Instead, she recalled, she'd be told: ''No, for your interview.''

  • Pennetta's hometown erupts in joy after US Open win

    September 12, 2015

    ROME (AP) In Brindisi, Flavia Pennetta's hometown, there were shouts of joy.In nearby Taranto, Roberta Vinci's hometown, there was appreciative applause amid mild disappointment.Big video screens were set up in both cities of the Puglia region to watch the first all-Italian U.S. Open women's final.

  • The Latest on US Open: Serena offers congrats to Pennetta

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5:45 p.m.Flavia Pennetta's first major title - and surprise retirement announcement - drew congratulations from around the tennis world.Serena Williams, whose Grand Slam bid ended Friday with a stunning U.S. Open semifinal loss to eventual runner-up Roberta Vinci, tweeted: ''congrats I'm so happy you won. You deserved it. I am also happy for the rest of your life's journey. I will miss your smile.''

  • Italy's Flavia Pennetta wins US Open, 1st Grand Slam title

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) To win the U.S. Open for her first Grand Slam title at age 33, Flavia Pennetta did not have to beat Serena Williams.Instead, Pennetta needed to get past the woman who ended Williams' Grand Slam bid, Roberta Vinci. And Pennetta was able to do just that, pulling away in a matchup between a pair of Italians who were opponents and doubles partners as kids.

  • The Latest on US Open: Pennetta, 33, wins 1st major title

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4:55 p.m.Flavia Pennetta has defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets to become the oldest first-time women's major champion in the Open era.The 33-year-old Pennetta won the U.S. Open final 7-6 (4), 6-2 on Saturday, a day after Vinci stunned Serena Williams in the semis. Unlike the top-ranked Williams, Pennetta was unfazed by her former junior doubles partner's slices and volleys, and the 43rd-ranked Vinci couldn't recapture her brilliant play from Friday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Pennetta wins 1st set in final

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4:25 p.m.Flavia Pennetta has won the first-set tiebreaker 7-4 in the unexpected all-Italian U.S. Open women's final against Roberta Vinci.The winner Saturday will be the oldest first-time major champion in the Open era, which started in 1968. Pennetta is 33 and Vinci 32, and their combined age is the highest for a Grand Slam women's final in the Open era.

  • US Open men's final features No. 1 Djokovic, No. 2 Federer

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The blockbuster U.S. Open final between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Roger Federer on Sunday is tantalizing for so many reasons.They have built a long and riveting rivalry, this duo with a combined 26 major trophies - a record 17 for Federer, nine for Djokovic.

  • The Latest on US Open: France's Mahut, Herbert win doubles

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):1:45 p.m.Nicolas Mahut, best known for losing the longest match in tennis history, can now be known for being a Grand Slam champion.The eighth-seeded French pair of Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert teamed up Saturday to win the U.S. Open men's doubles championship, beating 12th-seeded Jamie Murray of Britain and John Peers of Australia 6-4, 6-4.

  • Italy's Fed Cup team laid groundwork for success at US Open

    September 12, 2015

    ROME (AP) The sudden success of Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta isn't really so sudden.The groundwork behind Saturday's all-Italian U.S. Open final was laid down nine years ago.It all started when an Italy team led by Francesca Schiavone, Pennetta and Vinci beat a Belgium side featuring Justine Henin-Hardenne for the 2006 Fed Cup title - the country's first.

  • Italian PM Renzi flies to NY for all-Italian US Open final

    September 12, 2015

    ROME (AP) Italian Premier Matteo Renzi was flying to New York to attend the first all-Italian U.S. Open final.Fresh off her remarkable upset win over Serena Williams, Roberta Vinci will face childhood rival Flavia Pennetta later Saturday.Renzi canceled his appointments and was flying to the United States with Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago and Italian Tennis Federation president Angelo Binaghi, a statement from the premier's office said.

  • US Open Lookahead: Italians Vinci, Pennetta go way back

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The day before Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta went out and won their U.S. Open semifinals - Vinci stunningly ending Serena Williams' Grand Slam bid; Pennetta pulling off a lesser upset - Pennetta forwarded Vinci a photo she saw on Facebook.

  • No. 1 Djokovic, No. 2 Federer easily reach US Open final

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) At 34, and more than three years removed from his most recent Grand Slam title, Roger Federer arrived at this U.S. Open with some changes in store.There's his much-discussed ''SABR'' - ''Sneak Attack By Roger'' - tactic, in which he half-volleys the occasional second-serve return. He skipped a hard-court tuneup tournament last month, choosing to rest and prepare. And he's now completely comfortable with the larger racket head he had experimented with off and on in the past.

  • The Latest on US Open: Federer beats Wawrinka in semifinal

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:55 p.m.Roger Federer has made his first U.S. Open final since 2009.The 17-time Grand Slam champion hasn't dropped a set at this year's tournament after beating countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 in 92 minutes Friday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Williams will finish year at No. 1

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:15 p.m.Little consolation for Serena Williams, surely, but the WTA announced hours after her loss in the U.S. Open semifinals that the 33-year-old American has clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking.

  • A look at some big upsets in women's Grand Slam tennis

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams' loss to Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals rates as one of the most significant surprises in tennis history.Williams was seeded No. 1, ranked No. 1, already owns 21 major titles, including the past three at Flushing Meadows, and was seeking to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam, something last done by Steffi Graf in 1988.

  • In Italy, Vinci's parents celebrate on the couch in tears

    September 11, 2015

    ROME (AP) It was late in the third set when Roberta Vinci cupped her ear with a hand, pointed to her chest and waved both arms at the pro-Serena Williams U.S. Open crowd.The Italian had just closed a spectacular 18-stroke exchange with a volley winner and wanted some encouragement from fans growing nervous that Williams' bid at a Grand Slam was at risk.

  • Williams earns a place on the biggest sports upset list

    September 11, 2015

    Serena Williams seemed destined to make history from the time she first stepped onto the court at the U.S. Open.Instead, she found herself planted firmly on a list no athlete wants to be: A victim of one of the bigger upsets in sports history.Roberta Vinci's stunning win Friday over Williams in the semifinals of the Open wasn't exactly Buster Douglas beating 42-1 favorite Mike Tyson for the heavyweight title in Japan. Still, Williams put herself in the conversation about the biggest upsets by losing to a journeyman opponent with the first Grand Slam in tennis since 1988 on the line.

  • Djokovic routs defending champ Cilic in US Open semifinal

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Novak Djokovic is into his sixth U.S. Open final, and he knows this much: He'll be well-rested for his match against a Swiss opponent.In the most lopsided men's semifinal at the tournament in the Open era, the top-ranked Serb routed defending champ Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 in 85 minutes Friday.

  • Column: What a letdown! Serena loses shot at Grand Slam

    September 11, 2015

    No one saw this coming.Not with Serena Williams so close to tennis' grandest of feats, to one of the greatest achievements in any sport, on her home court at the U.S. Open no less.Not even Roberta Vinci, the unheralded Italian on the other side of the net.

  • The Latest on US Open: Djokovic crushes Cilic in semifinal

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:50 p.m.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic crushed defending champ Marin Cilic in the U.S. Open semifinals.Djokovic improved to 14-0 against Cilic with a 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 victory in 85 minutes Friday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Paes and Hingis win mixed doubles

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4:55 p.m.Leander Paes and Martina Hingis have become the first mixed doubles team since 1969 to win three major titles in the same year.They beat Americans Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 tiebreak in the U.S. Open final Friday.

  • Buy! Buy! Buy! Ticket prices drop after Serena loss

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Talk about a market crash.Ticket prices in the secondary market for the U.S. Open women's final dropped by 83 percent after Serena Williams' bid for the Grand Slam ended with her loss against Roberta Vinci in the semifinals on Friday.With high expectations for the first Grand Slam since 1988, the USTA said the women's final sold out before the men's, days ahead of the first match of the tournament. The cheapest ticket prices on resale website Stubhub.com for the Saturday match reached 1 after Williams defeated her sister Venus in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Dignitaries send tweets of support

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4 p.m.Roberta Vinci's stunning upset of Serena Williams drew reactions from dignitaries on both sides of the Atlantic.After the American's bid for the first Grand Slam since 1988 ended, first lady Michelle Obama tweeted: ''So proud of you, (at)SerenaWilliams. What you did this year was amazing.''

  • The Latest on US Open: Could Serena's loss be Drake Curse?

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3:45 p.m.If Serena Williams' U.S. Open loss to Roberta Vinci seemed inexplicable, one popular theory is circulating about it on social media.See, rapper Drake was in the stands rooting on Williams, and even before Friday he had developed a reputation as bad luck for teams and athletes. Hang around Drake too long, the evidence is starting to mount, and stunning losses happen. Case in point: Kentucky basketball, whose undefeated season ended in - sound familiar? - the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament against Wisconsin.

  • The Latest on US Open: Vinci stuns Serena, ends Grand Slam

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3 p.m.Roberta Vinci has stunned Serena Williams to end her Grand Slam bid in one of the greatest upsets in tennis history.The 43rd-ranked Italian won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the U.S. Open semifinals Friday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Vinci pushes Serena to 3 sets

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2:10 p.m.Unseeded Roberta Vinci has pushed Serena Williams to a third set in the U.S. Open semifinals.With Williams two victories from completing the first Grand Slam since 1988, Vinci won a set off the 21-time major champion for the first time in five meetings.

  • Pennetta makes 1st major final at 33, routs Halep at US Open

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Flavia Pennetta never made it past a Grand Slam quarterfinal throughout her 20s.She finally reached her first major semi at the 2013 U.S. Open at age 31. Now 33 years young, in her 49th career Grand Slam tournament, Pennetta is into a title match.

  • The Latest on US Open: Pennetta, 33, reaches 1st major final

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):12:20 p.m.Flavia Pennetta has reached her first Grand Slam final at age 33.The Italian routed second-seeded Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 at the U.S. Open on Friday. While Pennetta looked calm and moved freely, Halep, a decade her junior, seemed tense and drained.

  • US Open Women's Lookahead: Serena's Grand Slam bid resumes

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Let everyone else go ahead and assume Serena Williams will beat Roberta Vinci of Italy in the U.S. Open semifinals.Williams, at least publicly, is not taking anything for granted as she closes in on tennis' first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century.

  • US Open Lookahead: Federer close to, yet far from, No. 18

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) More than three years have passed since Roger Federer last won a Grand Slam title.That's not to say he hasn't played well in the meantime: As he likes to point out, it takes some doing just to make it to the latter stages of a major tournament, and Federer has managed to continue to do that.

  • The Latest on US Open: And thanks to rain, that's a wrap

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:30 p.m.And that's a wrap for the day.The rain that was expected to come and stick around did just that.The women's doubles semifinal that was in progress when showers hit before 6 p.m. Thursday - Anna-Lena Groenefeld and CoCo Vandeweghe against Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova - was initially suspended, then called off for the day entirely, because of the downpour.

  • The Latest on US Open: Downpour arrives at Flushing Meadows

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6 p.m.The anticipated rain that led U.S. Open organizers to postpone the women's semifinals hours ahead of time has arrived.A downpour began Thursday a little more than an hour before the 7 p.m. scheduled start of Serena Williams' semifinal against Roberta Vinci. That match and the other women's semifinal were pushed back to Friday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Andy Murray's brother wins doubles SF

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5:30 p.m.Andy Murray lost in the fourth round at the U.S. Open, but brother Jamie still has a shot at a trophy.Jamie Murray and John Peers advanced to the men's doubles final at Flushing Meadows by beating the U.S. pairing of Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (7) on Thursday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Serena Williams plays 2nd semi Friday

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4:15 p.m.The U.S. Open's singles semifinal schedule for Friday has been released, with all matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium.Starting at 11 a.m., No. 2 Simona Halep will play No. 26 Flavia Pennetta in the first women's semifinal, followed by No. 1 Serena Williams against unseeded Roberta Vinci.

  • Serena Williams' Slam bid delayed; US Open SF postponed

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams will have to wait to try to continue her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam: Her U.S. Open semifinal was postponed because of rain in the forecast.The top-seeded Williams was supposed to face 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci of Italy on Thursday night at Flushing Meadows, but nearly four hours before that match would have started, the U.S. Tennis Association - citing a prediction of ''rain throughout the evening'' - pushed back both women's semifinals until Friday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Women's semis postponed by rain

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3:15 p.m.Serena Williams' U.S. Open semifinal has been postponed until Friday because of rain in the forecast.Williams is trying to become the first tennis player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four Grand Slam singles titles - the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open - in the same season.

  • 2 Polish tennis players suspended in corruption cases

    September 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Two Polish tennis players have been suspended and fined for violating the sport's anti-corruption rules.The Tennis Integrity Unit says Piotr Gadomski and Arkadiusz Kocyla were found guilty of charges involving match-fixing.The 24-year-old Gadomski was suspended for seven years and fined ,000.

  • Halep, Pennetta win in 3 sets in US Open quarterfinals

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) - Simona Halep appreciated the help from the heavens in her U.S. Open quarterfinal.Worn down after dropping the second set to Victoria Azarenka, the second-seeded Romanian got to rest up for nearly an hour-and-a-half when the sky opened up.

  • The Latest on US Open: Federer tops Gasquet for 38th Slam SF

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:55 p.m.Roger Federer has moved into his 38th Grand Slam semifinal - and he hasn't dropped a set in this U.S. Open so far.Federer had no trouble beating 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals Wednesday night, never facing a break point and compiling a remarkable 50-8 edge in winners.

  • The Latest on US Open: Wawrinka beats Anderson in quarters

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:25 p.m.Stan Wawrinka solved Kevin Anderson's serve to advance to the U.S. Open semifinals in straight sets.The fifth-seeded Wawrinka had lost four straight meetings to the South African, but he little trouble Wednesday in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 victory.

  • US Open Lookahead: Serena's Grand Slam bid resumes vs. Vinci

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Let everyone else go ahead and assume Serena Williams will beat Roberta Vinci of Italy in the U.S. Open semifinals.Williams, at least publicly, is not taking anything for granted as she closes in on tennis' first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century.

  • The Latest on US Open: Halep beats Azarenka in 3 sets

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:15 p.m.Second-seeded Simona Halep beat Victoria Azarenka in three sets to reach her first U.S. Open semifinal.Halep won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Wednesday in a match delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes by rain early in the final set.

  • The Latest on US Open: Halep-Azarenka resumes after rain

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5:45 p.m.The U.S. Open quarterfinal between Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka has resumed after a rain delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes.The players were on serve in the fourth game of the third set when the match was halted Wednesday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Wawrinka-Anderson moved to Armstrong

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5:15 p.m.The U.S. Open quarterfinal between Stan Wawrinka and Kevin Anderson has been moved from Arthur Ashe to Louis Armstrong Stadium because of rain.The match was supposed to be the last of the day session at Ashe on Wednesday. But the previous match, a women's quarterfinal between Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka, was halted early in the third set by rain. The other men's quarterfinal, between Roger Federer and Richard Gasquet, was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Ashe.

  • The Latest on US Open: Rain delays Azarenka-Halep match

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4:20 p.m.The U.S. Open has its first rain delay of the final year without a roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium.The quarterfinal between Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka was halted in the fourth game of the third set Wednesday, the 10th day of the tournament. The players were on serve in the final set.

  • Serena Williams beats Venus at US Open to extend Slam bid

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) - For stretches of the 27th edition of Williams vs. Williams, Venus gave Serena all she could handle.And when Serena took control down the stretch to emerge with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory in a well-played U.S. Open quarterfinal, allowing her to continue pursuing the first calendar-year Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century, a smiling Venus wrapped both arms around her little sister for a warm hug at the net and whispered, ''So happy for you.''

  • Pennetta rallies to top Kvitova in 3 sets, into US Open semi

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Flavia Pennetta loves visiting New York for a week or two every year.Once again, she's sticking around as long as she can.The 26th-seeded Italian rallied from down a set and a break against two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova on Wednesday to reach her second U.S. Open semifinal in three years.

  • How a tennis Grand Slam compares to other rare sports feats

    September 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Two more wins.That's all Serena Williams needs to complete the Grand Slam, a feat so rare that it has been accomplished just six times in tennis history.Steffi Graf was the last winner, taking all four major tournaments in 1988.Williams has already won four straight major titles, dating back to last year's U.S. Open, but she has never won all four in the same year.

  • The Latest on US Open: Pennetta rallies to beat Kvitova in 3

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2 p.m.Flavia Pennetta rallied from down a set and a break to reach her second U.S. Open semifinal in three years.The Italian beat fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 on a steamy afternoon Wednesday. Kvitova, who has battled mononucleosis this summer that has limited her practice time, was struggling physically by the end of the 2-hour, 23-minute match.

  • The Latest on US Open: Federer-Gasquet match moved up

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):12:45 p.m.The U.S. Open quarterfinal between Roger Federer and Richard Gasquet has been moved up an hour because of rain in the forecast.The match was originally scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with the night session opening with a doubles exhibition in which Jim Courier and Mardy Fish face Michael Chang and John McEnroe.

  • No. 1 Djokovic into US Open semifinals for 9th year in row

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Novak Djokovic's U.S. Open quarterfinal was suddenly tied at a set apiece, and he tore off his shirt as he headed to the sideline. He sat, halfheartedly tried to smash his racket, then began screaming.Hardly the first time, nor likely to be the last, that Djokovic has let out a little emotion during a match. Whatever gets you through the day, right?

  • The Latest on US Open: Djokovic beats Lopez in US Open QF

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):1:05 a.m.Novak Djokovic has reached the U.S. Open semifinals for the ninth consecutive year, beating 18th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).The match began after 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, and finished a little after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Serena Williams wants to go to sleep

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):12 a.m.Give Serena Williams points for being forthright.During her news conference after beating older sister Venus in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, Serena was straight-faced and spoke in subdued tones - prompting a question from a reporter who wanted to know why she wasn't smiling or laughing.

  • Vinci beats Mladenovic at US Open, into 1st major at 32

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) - Roberta Vinci planned to watch the Williams sisters play in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Tuesday night. She wasn't rooting for one or the other.''Doesn't matter,'' she said with a wide grin. ''I am in the semifinal.''For the first time in a major, at the age of 32.

  • The Latest on US Open: Boos for Donald Trump from fans

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):10:15 p.m.U.S. Open fans cheered on Serena and Venus Williams in their quarterfinal match - a bit more loudly for Serena. Then Donald Trump was shown on the video screens during a third-set changeover Tuesday and the crowd lustily booed the Republican presidential contender.

  • The Latest on US Open: Serena beats Venus in 3 sets

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):10 p.m.Serena Williams has defeated sister Venus in three sets to move within two victories of completing the first Grand Slam since 1988.The younger Williams won 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Tuesday night in front of a celebrity-filled crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was her 11th three-set victory at a major this year.

  • The Latest on US Open: Venus takes Serena to 3rd set

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:28 p.m.Venus Williams has pushed sister Serena to a third set in their U.S. Open quarterfinal.The younger Williams will need to win her 11th three-set match at a major this year to keep alive her bid for the first Grand Slam since 1988. Venus took the second set 6-1 after Serena won the first 6-2.

  • The Latest on US Open: Serena wins 1st set against Venus

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9 p.m.Serena Williams has won the first set of her U.S. Open quarterfinal against sister Venus as she seeks to complete the first Grand Slam since 1988.The younger Williams took the set 6-2 in 33 minutes Tuesday night in front of a celebrity-filled crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

  • Pushed to 5th set, 2014 US Open champ Cilic edges Tsonga

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pushed to a fifth set after coming so close to victory, defending champion Marin Cilic kept his act together and held on to get back to the U.S. Open semifinals.Unfazed by wasting a big lead or match points, the ninth-seeded Cilic stretched his winning streak at Flushing Meadows to 12 matches by beating 19th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Tuesday night.

  • The Latest on US Open: Cilic holds on to beat Tsonga in 5

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):7:15 p.m.Defending champion Marin Cilic stretched his U.S. Open winning streak to 12 matches and returned to the semifinals by holding on to beat 19th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4.

  • Federer expects 'tougher' Gasquet in US Open quarterfinal

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Roger Federer is impressed by Richard Gasquet's recent play, one guy with a sweet one-handed backhand appreciating another.The 17-time major champion remembers what Gasquet did against Federer's countryman, Stan Wawrinka, in the quarterfinals of the previous major. The Frenchman won the fifth set 11-9 at Wimbledon with the sort of gritty performance he hasn't been known for in his career.

  • The Latest on US Open: Cilic heading to 5th set with Tsonga

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:25 p.m.Defending U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic is heading to a fifth set in his quarterfinal against 19th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.Cilic won the first two sets, but Tsonga took the next two, saving three match points in the fourth.

  • Vinci beats Mladenovic at US Open, into 1st major semi at 32

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Roberta Vinci plans to watch the Williams sisters play in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Tuesday night. She won't be rooting for one or the other.''Doesn't matter,'' she said with a wide grin. ''I am in the semifinal.''For the first time in a major, at the age of 32.

  • The Latest on US Open: Vinci reaches first major semi at 32

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2:55 p.m.Roberta Vinci has reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at age 32.The 43rd-ranked Italian outlasted Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Mladenovic, who had never been past the third round at a major before this tournament, struggled with cramping on a steamy afternoon. Her fourth-round singles match didn't end until 1 a.m. Monday, then she played doubles later that day.

  • Leonardo Mayer leads Argentina against Belgium in Davis Cup

    September 8, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Leonardo Mayer will lead Argentina's Davis Cup team in its semifinal against Belgium in Brussels next week.The Argentine Tennis Association named the team Tuesday with 34th-ranked Mayer joined by Federico Delbonis, Diego Schwartzman and Carlos Berlocq.

  • Australia recalls Tomic, omits Kyrgios for Davis Cup semis

    September 8, 2015

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Australia captain Wally Masur has omitted the controversial Nick Kyrgios and recalled Bernard Tomic to his squad for the Davis Cup semifinal against Britain in Glasgow next week.The 22-year-old Tomic was left out of Australia's quarterfinal win over Kazakhstan after being suspended for his criticism of Tennis Australia and its performance director Pat Rafter after his exit at Wimbledon.

  • Murray heads British team in Davis Cup semifinals

    September 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray heads Britain's five-man team for next week's Davis Cup semifinal against Australia.Murray is joined by Kyle Edmund, James Ward, brother Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot for the Sept. 18-20 matches on an indoor hard court at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

  • Rafael Nadal returns to Spain's Davis Cup team

    September 8, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal is returning to Spain's Davis Cup team after a two-year absence for a lower-tier series against Denmark.It will be the eighth-ranked Nadal's second Davis Cup appearance in the last four years.Spain needs to win the best-of-five series to remain in Group 1 and avoid a relegation playoff against Sweden.

  • Many happy returns for Federer in US Open victory over Isner

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) As Roger Federer so correctly noted, the exact score of a tiebreaker is not all that important. All that matters is who wins it.Still, it was noteworthy that Federer became the first player to shut out John Isner in a tiebreaker - and later added a rare service break of the big-serving, 6-foot-10 American, too - while winning their fourth-round U.S. Open match 7-6 (0), 7-6 (6), 7-5 on Monday night.

  • The Latest on US Open: Federer ousts Isner in 4th round

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):11:55 p.m.Roger Federer shut out John Isner in a tiebreaker - something that had never happened to the big-serving, 6-foot-10 American in an official, tour-level match - and won their fourth-round U.S. Open match 7-6 (0), 7-6 (6), 7-5.

  • The Latest on US Open: Anderson stuns Murray in 4th round

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):9 p.m.Kevin Anderson has stunned third-seeded Andy Murray at the U.S. Open to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.The 29-year-old South African won 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (0) on Monday after losing the first seven major fourth-round matches in his career.

  • The Latest on US Open: Kvitova reaches 1st quarterfinals

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):8:50 p.m.Petra Kvitova has reached her first U.S. Open quarterfinal.The two-time Wimbledon champ has never felt comfortable in the bustle of New York, and she hadn't made it past the fourth round here while making at least the semifinals at the other three majors. That changed Monday when the fifth-seeded Kvitova beat British qualifier Johanna Konta 7-5, 6-3.

  • The Latest on US Open: Young says items taken from locker

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):6:15 p.m.Donald Young showed up at the U.S. Open locker room and, much to his surprise, found that his sneakers had vanished.Some shirts, too.''Apparently, someone said I was out of the tournament, so the guys thought I went home,'' Young explained. ''They were taking some souvenirs.''

  • Grandfather of tennis star Rafael Nadal dies

    September 7, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Mallorca's regional government says the grandfather of Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has died. He was 85.The elder Rafael Nadal was born on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, where he was a prominent local musician who directed the choir of Palma's Teatre Principal from 1983-89. He became the patriarch of a renowned sporting family as his five children included football player Miguel Nadal, who played for Spain at three World Cups, and Toni Nadal, who has coached the younger Rafael throughout his tennis career.

  • US Open Lookahead: Serena vs. Venus with Slam bid on line

    September 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) So there's at least one person with zero interest in watching the Williams sisters play each other in the U.S. Open quarterfinals Tuesday night, with Serena's bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam on the line.Their mother, Oracene Price.''It's just hard to see them both going out there,'' Price said, ''and you know they both want it.''

  • The Latest on US Open: Pennetta beats 2011 champ Stosur

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):5:25 p.m.Flavia Pennetta is again playing her best tennis at the U.S. Open.The 26th-seeded Italian made the quarterfinals for the sixth time in seven years, beating 2011 champion Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-4 on Monday in a matchup of 30-somethings. Pennetta, 33, has reached the quarters just once at the other three majors combined.

  • Azarenka and Wawrinka return to US Open quarterfinals

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Victoria Azarenka and Stan Wawrinka, both two-time Grand Slam champions, make trips to the U.S. Open quarterfinals an annual affair.Their experience showed Monday against American opponents who don't know how it feels to go that far at a major.

  • The Latest on US Open: Halep outlasts Lisicki in 3 sets

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):4:20 p.m.With both players limping around by the third set, second-seeded Simona Halep outlasted Sabine Lisicki to reach her first U.S. Open quarterfinal.Halep, who had her left thigh wrapped after wasting two set points in the first, won 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2 in 2 hours, 38 minutes on a hot afternoon Monday.

  • The Latest on US Open: Wawrinka beats Young in 4th round

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):3:40 p.m.Two-time major champion Stan Wawrinka made sure Donald Young wouldn't complete a comeback this time, beating the American in four sets to reach his third straight U.S. Open quarterfinal.

  • Top American Isner not on US Davis Cup roster vs. Uzbekistan

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The highest-ranked American man, John Isner, is not part of the roster for the U.S. Davis Cup team that will play at Uzbekistan on Sept. 18-20.Captain Jim Courier announced his roster Monday, hours before 13th-seeded Isner was to face Roger Federer in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

  • The Latest on US Open: Azarenka tops Lepchenko in 4th round

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):1:05 p.m.Victoria Azarenka has reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the fourth straight year.The two-time Australian Open champion beat 46th-ranked American Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-4 on Monday. Lepchenko was in the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time.

  • US Open Lookahead: Top American faces Federer in 4th round

    September 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The very first Grand Slam loss of John Isner's career - back when he was ranked 184th, only a few months removed from leading Georgia to an NCAA tennis title, and still officially listed at 6-foot-9 - came against none other than Roger Federer.

  • Latest on US Open: Murray beats Bellucci in straight sets

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):11 p.m.Andy Murray made things much easier on himself this time.Two days after rallying from two sets down to win in five, the third-seeded Murray swept Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in 2 hours, 11 minutes Saturday night in the third round of the U.S. Open.

  • Still Young: Former teen prodigy comes back again at US Open

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Asked about the U.S. Tennis Association trying to find the ''next Donald Young,'' the former teen prodigy couldn't help but quip: ''I thought they moved on from me.''Back in the second week at a major, Young can find humor in all those times his career was written off. If it seems as though he's been around forever, he has - it's been more than a decade since he played his first pro event. But at 26, he's still youthful by the standards of today's men's game.

  • Latest on US Open: Halep beats Rogers in straight sets

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):8:25 p.m.Second-seeded Simona Halep made quick work of her third-round match at the U.S. Open.Facing a qualifier who had never advanced this far at a major, Halep beat 154th-ranked American Shelby Rogers 6-2, 6-3 in 67 minutes Saturday night.

  • US Open Lookahead: Serena Williams' Slam bid runs into Keys

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) It's not that Madison Keys thinks Serena Williams' bid for a true Grand Slam is not a compelling story line.It's just that the 20-year-old American is as eager to claim the U.S. Open championship as Williams is, of course - and, to do that, Keys must first win their fourth-round showdown in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.

  • Federer must decide whether to use new return against Isner

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Roger Federer might not be so keen to try out his old-dog-new-trick, rush-the-net ''SABR'' - ''sneak attack by Roger'' - return strategy against his next opponent at the U.S. Open.''I don't think so,'' Federer said. ''I can always try. But it's probably not the right guy to do it against.''

  • Latest on US Open: Young has another comeback 5-set win

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):7 p.m.Donald Young is winning a lot of fans at the U.S. Open.The American again came from behind Saturday, again backed by a raucous crowd as he rallied from two sets down to stun 22nd-seeded Viktor Troicki.

  • Latest on US Open: Azarenka 'pinishes' Kerber in 3rd round

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):6:05 p.m.Victoria Azarenka ''pinished'' Angelique Kerber.After closing out a grueling three-set victory that took near 3 hours, Azarenka revealed that hitting partner Sascha Bajin had coined a new term that combined the words ''finish'' and ''punish.'' She consults notes to herself between games, and that's the word that steadied her after she wasted five match points on the 11th-seeded Kerber's serve.

  • Latest on US Open: Lepchenko reaches 4th round for 1st time

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):5:25 p.m.American Varvara Lepchenko has reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time.With the home crowd willing her on at Louis Armstrong Stadium, the 46th-ranked Lepchenko rallied from a tough first set to beat No. 53 Mona Barthel of Germany 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday. Lepchenko, 29, matched her best performance at a major after also reaching the round of 16 at the 2012 French Open.

  • Latest on US Open: Isner well-rested before match vs Federer

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):4:50 p.m.John Isner is best known for a match that lasted more than 11 hours over three days and went to the 138th game of the fifth set. So he knows how unusual - and valuable - it is that he has played just 27 games through three rounds at this year's U.S. Open.

  • Bouchard hurts head in locker-room fall; out of Open doubles

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Eugenie Bouchard, the runner-up at Wimbledon last year, slipped and fell in the U.S. Open locker room and sustained a head injury, forcing her to withdraw from doubles and mixed doubles on Saturday, according to tournament director David Brewer.

  • Latest on US Open: Bouchard hurts head in locker room fall

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):3 p.m.U.S. Open tournament director David Brewer says Eugenie Bouchard has pulled out of women's doubles and mixed doubles after getting a head injury when she slipped and fell in the locker room.

  • Latest on US Open: Federer in 4th round for 15th year in row

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):2:50 p.m.Roger Federer finally got broken - twice, actually - but was in control pretty much the entire way en route to the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the 15th consecutive year.The No. 2-seeded Federer beat No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.

  • Latest on US Open: Kvitova advances to 4th round

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the US Open (all times local):1:10 p.m.British qualifier Johanna Konta beat No. 18 seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany 7-6 (2) 6-3 to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.Petkovic appeared bothered by the heat during the second set. Trailing Konta 0-3, she had the trainer on court taking her blood pressure and pulse.

  • Nadal blows 2-set Slam lead for 1st time, loses to Fognini

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For the first time in his career, Rafael Nadal lost a Grand Slam match after taking a two-set lead.And for the first time since 2004, he will end a season without winning at least one Grand Slam title.''The only thing it means,'' Nadal said about that streak coming to a close, ''is I played amazing the last 10 years.''

  • Latest on US Open: Nadal blows 2-set Slam lead for 1st time

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):Rafael Nadal had never lost a Grand Slam match when taking a two-set lead until he was beaten 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 by 32nd-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday night.

  • Latest on US Open: Nadal headed to 5th set against Fognini

    September 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):12:35 a.m.Rafael Nadal is heading to a fifth set against 32nd-seeded Fabio Fognini in the third round of the U.S. Open.Nadal took the first two sets in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday night, but couldn't close out the victory, getting broken in the last game of the third, and the next-to-last game of the fourth.

  • Latest on US Open: Tiger watches Rafa from his box

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):11 p.m.A 14-time major champion in one sport was watching a 14-time major champion in another at tennis' U.S. Open.Tiger Woods sat in Rafael Nadal's box during the Spaniard's third-round match against Fabio Fognini on Friday night.

  • Latest on US Open: Keys beats Radwanska, to face Serena

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:30 p.m.Young American Madison Keys avenged her Wimbledon loss to Agnieszka Radwanska, and now she gets another shot at Serena Williams.The 19th-seeded Keys beat the 15th-seeded Radwanska 6-3, 6-2 on Friday in the third round of the U.S. Open. Radwanska had won in three sets in the Wimbledon quarterfinals to improve to 4-0 against the 20-year-old American.

  • Untested so far at US Open, Federer faces Kohlschreiber

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Roger Federer has gotten in some practice during his matches so far at the U.S. Open.Pulling away quickly to big early leads, he has had the chance to try out different tactics under match conditions. The second-seeded Federer has dropped just nine games through two rounds, facing only two break points and saving both of them.

  • Latest on US Open: Serena rallies to beat Mattek-Sands in 3

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:15 p.m.Serena Williams has again rallied from a set down to win during her pursuit of the first Grand Slam since 1988.Fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands gave Williams all she could handle - and often more - through two sets in the third round at the U.S. Open, before the 21-time major champion took control in the third for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory Friday night.

  • Latest on US Open: Serena forces 3rd set vs Mattek-Sands

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:45 p.m.Serena Williams has forced a third set against fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round of the U.S. Open as she seeks the complete the first Grand Slam since 1988.The 101st-ranked Mattek-Sands won the opening set 6-3 on Friday night but Williams took the second 7-5.

  • Latest on US Open: Serena drops 1st set to Mattek-Sands

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8 p.m.Serena Williams has lost the first set to fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round of the U.S. Open as she seeks the complete the first Grand Slam since 1988.The 101st-ranked Mattek-Sands won the opening set 6-3 on Friday night. Williams had 14 unforced errors to just one for Mattek-Sands.

  • Latest on US Open: Follow the bouncing ball with Djokovic

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):7:05 p.m.Novak Djokovic used to be known for his quirky habit of bouncing a tennis ball over and over and over - and over and over again - before his serve toss.He'd regularly do it 10 times or more.

  • Latest on US Open: Bouchard tops Cibulkova to make 4th round

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:45 p.m.Eugenie Bouchard has her first three-match winning streak since January.The 21-year-old Canadian beat Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (9), 4-6, 6-3 in 2 hours, 48 minutes Friday to advance to the round of 16 at the U.S. Open for the second straight year.

  • Latest on US Open: No. 1 Djokovic cruises into 4th round

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5:55 p.m.Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is through to the fourth round of the U.S. Open with another straight-set victory.The nine-time major champion beat 25th-seeded Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 on Friday. Djokovic had his serve broken for the first time this tournament - Seppi did it twice - but otherwise had little trouble improving to 11-0 against the 31-year-old Italian.

  • Venus Williams moves closer to possible matchup with Serena

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) All in one fell swoop, Venus Williams eliminated one of the only two women who beat her younger sister this season and moved closer to a possible U.S. Open quarterfinal showdown against Serena.Gathering herself after a mid-match dip in play Friday, Venus reeled off the last five games and beat 12th-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2010.

  • Latest on US Open: Defending champ Cilic pushed to 5 sets

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3:25 p.m.Defending champ Marin Cilic, who had won five consecutive matches in straight sets at the U.S. Open, was pushed to five sets before escaping with a third-round victory Friday.Cilic beat 56th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1 in 4 hours, 11 minutes.

  • Latest on US Open: Venus Williams beats Bencic in 3rd round

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3:05 p.m.Reminded that it's been 18 years since her first U.S. Open, a victorious Venus Williams joked: ''Why do you have to bring all that stuff up? It makes me feel old.''Williams looked like a player in her prime in a 6-3, 6-4 third-round win Friday over 12th-seeded Belinda Bencic, who just happens to be 18 years old, born a few months before the American's stunning run to her first U.S. Open final.

  • Latest on US Open: 'Scared' Makarova clinches victory

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):1:20 p.m.Ekaterina Makarova, a U.S. Open semifinalist last year, was trying to serve out her third-round match Friday when her leg suddenly started cramping.With double match point at 6-5 in the second set, the 13th-seeded Russian double-faulted then hit a forehand well long. She headed toward her chair and called for a trainer, who came out of the stands to remind Makarova that players can receive treatment for cramping only during changeovers.

  • Latest on US Open: Cilic's set winning streak over at 16

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):12:15 p.m.Marin Cilic has finally dropped a set at the U.S. Open after winning 16 in a row.The defending champion lost the first set against 56th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin in the third round Friday. He hadn't dropped one since the fourth set of the fourth round last year against Gilles Simon.

  • 2014 US Open runner-up Wozniacki stunned in 2nd round

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Four times, 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki was one point from winning. Four times, her opponent in the second round this year, 149th-ranked Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic, came up with a winner to extend the match.The fourth-seeded Wozniacki failed to convert any of those chances to close it out and lost 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (1) to Cetkovska, who had not won a tour-level main-draw match all season until playing at Flushing Meadows this week.

  • US Open Lookahead: Venus Williams could use tips from Serena

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Venus Williams' opponent in the third round of the U.S. Open on Friday is 18-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who just so happens to be the last player to beat Serena Williams.And Venus, of course, was well aware of that.Planned to even ask her younger sister for some tips.

  • Drone crashes into stands during US Open match; no injures

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A drone buzzed over the court during a U.S. Open match in Louis Armstrong Stadium on Thursday night and crashed into an empty section of seats.U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said no one was injured and that the New York Police Department was ''conducting an ongoing investigation.''

  • Latest on US Open: Drone crashes into stands during match

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:50 p.m.A drone buzzed over the court during a U.S. Open match and crashed into an empty section of seats in Louis Armstrong Stadium.U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says Thursday night that no one was injured.

  • Latest on US Open: Hewitt, 2001 champ, loses in 5 sets

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:55 p.m.Lleyton Hewitt couldn't keep his last U.S. Open going a little longer.The 2001 champ rallied from two sets down and had a pair of match points but wasn't able to complete the comeback, losing to fellow Australian Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 in near 3 1/2 hours Thursday.

  • Latest on US Open: TV viewership on ESPN up 58 percent

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:45 p.m.U.S. Open television viewership on ESPN is up 58 percent from a year ago through three days.The network said Thursday that the average audience has been 853,000 viewers, up from 540,000 in 2014.

  • Latest on US Open: Hewitt forces 5th set in final Open

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8 p.m.Lleyton Hewitt isn't going to let his final U.S. Open end without a fight.The 2001 champ dropped the first two sets to fellow Australian Bernard Tomic on Thursday but has rallied to send it to five. Tomic had a chance to serve out the match in the fourth, but Hewitt broke on the way to winning four straight games to close the set.

  • Latest on US Open: American Rogers enjoys home crowd support

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):7:30 p.m.As American qualifier Shelby Rogers achieved a personal milestone at the U.S. Open, she couldn't help noticing the home crowd cheering her on.''There was a guy wearing American flag pants, the bandana,'' she said. ''It's always fun to see the fans come out and kind of have a little pride for playing for your country.''

  • Down 2 sets to none, Murray comes back to win at US Open

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Before they stepped on court, there was nothing to suggest Andy Murray would have any trouble against Adrian Mannarino in the U.S. Open's second round.Murray, after all, is seeded No. 3, owns two major championships including at Flushing Meadows in 2012, and had reached at least the quarterfinals at the last 18 Grand Slam tournaments he'd entered. Mannarino, meanwhile, is ranked 35th, has never won a tour-level title, and only three times in his career has even managed to win more than one match at a major.

  • Latest on US Open: Another easy win for Kvitova in 2nd round

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):7:05 p.m.Petra Kvitova easily beat a second straight opponent ranked outside the top 100.The fifth-seeded Czech lefty defeated American Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 6-4 in 70 minutes Thursday in the second round of the U.S. Open. Playing with her right thigh wrapped, Kvitova didn't face a break point.

  • Latest on US Open: Jack Sock says he feels 'better already'

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):7 p.m.American Jack Sock, who retired because of heat illness while up two sets to one in his second-round U.S. Open match Thursday against Ruben Bemelmans, didn't hold a news conference and instead issued a statement.

  • AC too high? Italy's Errani laments cold US Open locker room

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sara Errani figures she knows the real culprit for the dizziness, sore throat and general weakness that nearly cost her a match at the U.S. Open on Thursday: air conditioning.Yes, that's right. The 16th-seeded Italian, who has been the runner-up at the French Open and a semifinalist at the U.S. Open, said the AC has been turned up too high in the locker room at Flushing Meadows.

  • Latest on US Open: Murray rallies from 2 sets down to win

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:35 p.m.Andy Murray rallied from down two sets to win his second-round match at the U.S. Open.The third-seeded Murray beat 35th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday, dominating the last three sets.

  • Latest on US Open: American Young rallies again in 2nd round

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5:50 p.m.American Donald Young came from behind again, though this deficit wasn't quite as daunting.Young dropped the first set Thursday before rallying to beat Britain's Aljaz Bedene 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 at the U.S. Open. He advances to his first Grand Slam third round since last year's French Open.

  • Latest on US Open: John Isner wins again in straight sets

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5:30 p.m.American John Isner keeps getting off the court quickly, a good thing considering the steamy weather early at the U.S. Open.The 13th-seeded Isner's two matches have totaled 3 hours, 24 minutes - less than a single five-setter could take. He beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows for the seventh straight year.

  • Latest on US Open: American Rogers into 1st major 3rd round

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5 p.m.American qualifier Shelby Rogers has reached the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.The 22-year-old Rogers beat Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-4, 6-4 at the U.S. Open on Thursday.

  • Latest on US Open: Wawrinka advances in 3 tiebreakers

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3:30 p.m.Stan Wawrinka is a two-time major champion. Chung Hyeon is a 19-year-old playing in his second Grand Slam tournament.That experience gap showed in what was a tightly contested match Thursday at the U.S. Open, which Wawrinka still pulled out in straight sets.

  • Latest on US Open: Sock overcome by heat, retires in 4th set

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3:25 p.m.American Jack Sock was overcome by the heat and had to retire in the fourth set of his U.S. Open match.The 28th-seeded Sock was three games from winning the match in the third set against Ruben Bemelmans on a hot, humid afternoon Wednesday. He received treatment after dropping the set, but in the third game of the fourth, he froze in place after a serve, unable to move his leg.

  • Latest on US Open: No. 2 Simona Halep posts another easy win

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2:50 p.m.Simona Halep is feeling more comfortable as the No. 2 seed at the U.S. Open.A year ago, she arrived at Flushing Meadows seeded second at a major for the first time. She was pushed to three sets in her opening match then upset in the third round by a qualifier.

  • Latest on US Open: Wimbledon runner-up Muguruza upset

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2:35 p.m.Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza is out of the U.S. Open.The ninth-seeded Spaniard was upset by qualifier Johanna Konta 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-2 in the second round Thursday. At 3 hours, 23 minutes, it was the U.S. Open's longest women's match since the tournament introduced tiebreakers in 1970.

  • Latest on US Open: Errani overcomes dizziness to win in 3

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):1:10 p.m.Struggling with dizziness and shut out in the first set, 16th-seeded Sara Errani rallied to win her second-round match at the U.S. Open on Thursday.The diminutive Italian took a medical timeout after dropping the first five games, complaining of dizziness. The soft-serving Errani was broken nine times but found a way to beat 18-year-old qualifier Jelena Ostapenko 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 hours on a hot, humid day.

  • Latest on US Open: No. 1 seed Djokovic dances into 3rd round

    September 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):11:55 p.m.Leave it to Novak Djokovic to engage in some sort of good-natured post-match goofiness on court at the U.S. Open.Djokovic has entertained spectators in the past with his impersonations of fellow players.

  • Latest on US Open: No. 1 seed Djokovic eases into 3rd round

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):11:40 p.m.Novak Djokovic simply does not lose second-round Grand Slam matches.The No. 1-seeded Serb took a bit of time to get going Wednesday night at the U.S. Open, splitting the opening eight games, before reeling off 14 of the remaining 17 in a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over 52nd-ranked Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria.

  • Latest on US Open: Bryan twins lament 'stars didn't align'

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):11:20 p.m.Here's the way Bob Bryan summed up the first-round loss at the U.S. Open that means he and twin brother Mike will finish a season without a Grand Slam doubles title for the first time in a decade: ''It was bound to happen at some point.''

  • Latest on US Open: For 18-year-old Bencic, up-and-down moods

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:50 p.m.Belinda Bencic explained it simply.''I'm 18,'' she said. ''My moods are like...'' and she made an up-and-down motion.Bencic was so down in Wednesday's second-round U.S. Open match that she cried on court. She got all the way back up to save triple match point and go on to win in three sets.

  • Latest on US Open: Bryan brothers upset in 1st round

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:45 p.m.The Bryan brothers will go a year without winning a Grand Slam title for the first time in more than a decade.The top-seeded twins were upset by fellow Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3 in the first round of men's doubles at the U.S. Open on Wednesday night. They had won at least one major title in each of the previous 10 years.

  • Latest on US Open: Venus Williams into 3rd round in 3 sets

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:40 p.m.Venus Williams was the U.S. Open champion in 2000-01, but she hasn't been past the third round since 2010.She moved closer to the tournament's second week by beating Irina Falconi 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 on Wednesday night in an all-American second-round matchup.

  • Latest on US Open: Swiss teen Bencic wins through the tears

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:45 p.m.Belinda Bencic played through the tears to rally from the brink of defeat.After crying during a changeover and repeatedly arguing with the chair umpire, the Swiss teen faced triple match point in the second set before coming back to beat Misaki Doi 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the second round at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

  • Hewitt, in final US Open, not relishing match vs countryman

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Lleyton Hewitt cheered from the stands Tuesday night as one young Australian took the court in the U.S. Open.On Thursday, the two-time major champion will be across the net from another. The 34-year-old Hewitt has served as a mentor to his country's up-and-coming players as his career nears its end, so he cringes to see them pop up in his draw.

  • Latest on US Open: Bouchard has 1st win streak since March

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8 p.m.Eugenie Bouchard has a winning streak for the first time in nearly six months.Bouchard, the 2014 Wimbledon runner-up, has been going through a rough season, and her 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 victory over Polona Hercog of Slovenia in the U.S. Open's second round Wednesday represented the first time since March at Indian Wells, California, that she won twice in a row.

  • Latest on US Open: Nadal wins in straight sets in 2nd round

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):7 p.m.Rafael Nadal got past the second round at this Grand Slam tournament.The 14-time major champion was pushed Wednesday by 74th-ranked Diego Schwartzman of Argentina but was able to pull out the victory in straight sets on a humid day. He won 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-5 in 2 hours, 41 minutes.

  • Latest on US Open: Raonic wins despite treatment for back

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:15 p.m.:Milos Raonic was lying on his stomach on the court, face resting on his hands, wincing as a trainer kneaded his lower back.The 10th-seeded Canadian received treatment in each of the last three sets of his 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1) win over Fernando Verdasco in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

  • Latest on US Open: CoCo's racket smash entertains fans, foe

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6 p.m.The fans at Louis Armstrong Stadium were thoroughly enjoying CoCo Vandeweghe's racket demolition. So was her opponent.''I was cracking up on the sideline there,'' Bethanie Mattek-Sands said after beating her fellow American in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

  • Mardy Fish makes new memories at US Open in final match

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mardy Fish's last U.S. Open memory will be of the Louis Armstrong Stadium crowd roaring for him.Failing to serve out the match, his legs cramping badly at the end - those details are less important than the fact he was there, playing all out and pushing a top-20 player to the limit.

  • Williams puts aside slow start to reach 3rd round of US Open

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) This was, in just about every measurable way, an up-and-down performance by Serena Williams, filled with double-faults - 10 in all - and two dozen other unforced errors.With her bid for a true Grand Slam at stake, and facing a qualifier ranked only 110th, Williams was far from dominant in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, before pulling ahead and pulling out a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.

  • Latest on US Open: Serena Williams' Grand Slam bid moves on

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5:05 p.m.Serena Williams' bid for a true Grand Slam is safe, despite an uneven performance in the U.S. Open's second round.Overcoming 10 double-faults and two dozen other unforced errors, Williams emerged with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over 110th-ranked qualifier Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.

  • Latest on US Open: Williams pulls out rough 1st set

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4:45 p.m.Serena Williams got off to a rough start in her second-round U.S. Open match, before pulling out the opening set in a tiebreaker against Kiki Bertens, a qualifier from the Netherlands ranked 110th.

  • Latest on US Open: Mattek-Sands upsets Vandeweghe

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4 p.m.Bethanie Mattek-Sands has finally reached the third round at her home Grand Slam tournament in her 13th try.The 101st-ranked American routed countrywoman CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday at the U.S. Open. It was an especially impressive performance considering the 45th-ranked Vandeweghe was coming off a breakthrough run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals and upset 29th-seeded Sloane Stephens in the first round.

  • Latest on US Open: Defending champ Cilic wins in 3 sets

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3:15 p.m.Defending champion Marin Cilic is taking a quick and quiet trip through this year's U.S. Open draw so far.The ninth-seeded Cilic, whose only appearance in a Grand Slam final came at Flushing Meadows in 2014, reached the third round by beating Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 on Wednesday.

  • Latest on US Open: Fish's career ends with tough 5-set loss

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2:40 p.m.:Mardy Fish and Feliciano Lopez are both 33 and have now played each other nine times.Lopez paid tribute to his American counterpart after beating him in the last match of Fish's career Wednesday at the U.S. Open.

  • Latest on US Open: 'Lucky loser' Kasatkina into 3rd round

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):12:40 p.m.:Daria Kasatkina is a lucky winner.The 133rd-ranked Russian teen lost in U.S. Open qualifying Friday, but when third-seeded Maria Sharapova withdrew Sunday because of an injury, Kasatkina was suddenly in her first Grand Slam main draw as a ''lucky loser.''

  • Latest on US Open: Madison Keys makes 3rd round for 1st time

    September 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):12:15 p.m.:Young American Madison Keys has reached the third round at the U.S. Open for the first time.The 19th-seeded Keys needed just 54 minutes to beat 100th-ranked Tereza Smitkova of Czech Republic 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday in a matchup of 20-year-olds.

  • Djokovic to play Nadal in exhibition match in Thailand

    September 2, 2015

    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) The world's top-ranked player Novak Djokovic will play an exhibition match against longstanding rival Rafael Nadal in Thailand next month.Suwat Liptapanlop, president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, said Wednesday that the match would be played on Oct. 2 at Bangkok's Hua Mark Indoor Stadium.

  • Latest on US Open: Petra Kvitova wins easily in 1st round

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):11:40 p.m.The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam tournament where Petra Kvitova has never reached the semifinals. She has never even been to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows. Says she's not a big fan of all the hustle and bustle of the place.

  • Latest on US Open: Murray steady against Kyrgios in win

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):10:10 p.m.Andy Murray was only briefly troubled by Nick Kyrgios in the most-anticipated match of the U.S. Open's first round.The third-seeded Murray, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2012, hit 18 aces and saved 11 of 14 break points en route to 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Kyrgios on Tuesday night.

  • Latest on US Open: Kyrgios looks as if he's taking a nap

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):9:55 p.m.Even for Nick Kyrgios, this was unusual.At changeovers while dropping the first two sets of his first-round U.S. Open match against Andy Murray, Kyrgios - a talented and attention-grabbing 20-year-old Australian - leaned back in his chair and rested his head, looking as if he might be ready to take a nap.

  • Serena faces No. 110 Bertens at US Open in Slam pursuit

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams swung through her service motion with no ball to hit.Waiting for her injured opponent to return to the court Monday night, Williams climbed out of her chair to keep her arm loose and her mind focused. No matter that the player on the other side of the net was barely chasing after shots. As she seeks the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988, the top-ranked American isn't leaving anything to chance.

  • Latest on US Open: 1st round sets record for retirements

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):7:30 p.m.More players have stopped playing during matches because of injuries or illness during the first round of the U.S. Open than in any round at any Grand Slam tournament in the professional era.

  • Latest on US Open: Federer credits Agassi, Sampras, others

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:30 p.m.Roger Federer gives credit where credit is due.The 17-time major champion says several past opponents helped him become the player he is.Federer mentioned Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt as the first to force him to improve.

  • Latest on US Open: Azarenka rips chair ump during victory

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):5:05 p.m.Victoria Azarenka's been known to flash a temper on court - and it happened again during her first-round victory at the U.S. Open.This was the testy exchange Tuesday at Louis Armstrong Stadium that Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion and two-time U.S. Open runner-up, had with chair umpire Aurelie Tourte:

  • No. 2 Halep, No. 4 Wozniacki avoid upset bug at US Open

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Caroline Wozniacki crashed John Isner's post-match news conference, needling her good friend for arriving late to his interview session and delaying the start of hers.The fourth-seeded Wozniacki was in quite a hurry Tuesday, when she needed just 67 minutes to win at the U.S. Open against an opponent making her Grand Slam debut. Those sorts of lopsided victories have been rare among the top women so far in the first round.

  • Latest on US Open: Federer routs Mayer in first round

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4:15 p.m.Second-seeded Roger Federer routed Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.Federer saved the lone break point he faced and was done in a brisk 77 minutes. The 34th-ranked Mayer had given the 17-time Grand Slam champion trouble in their only previous meeting, when Federer saved five match points to win in three sets in Shanghai last year.

  • Latest on US Open: Kokkinakis retires against Gasquet

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3:45 p.m.For the second straight day, a professional tennis player was serving at the U.S. Open by just casually swinging the racket overhead. After Vitalia Diatchenko was forced to eschew the jump serve against Serena Williams on Monday night because of a foot injury, Australian teen Thanasi Kokkinakis found himself in the same position because of cramping on a steamy Tuesday afternoon.

  • Latest on US Open: Young rallies to stun No. 11 Simon in 5

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):3 p.m.Down two sets and a break, American Donald Young rallied to stun 11th-seeded Gilles Simon in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.The 68th-ranked Young won 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in 3 hours, 34 minutes with a packed Court 17 urging him on.

  • Latest on US Open: Isner dominant in 1st-round victory

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2:30 p.m.American John Isner got off to an impressive start at the U.S. Open, beating Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round Tuesday.The 13th-seeded Isner never faced a break point in winning in a swift 1 hour, 43 minutes against the 81st-ranked Jaziri. Isner had 24 aces and 54 winners.

  • Latest on US Open: Wozniacki avoids upset, wins 1st match

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2:15 p.m.Caroline Wozniacki got herself quickly off the court on a scorching day at the U.S. Open.The fourth-seeded Dane, last year's runner-up, beat NCAA champion Jamie Loeb 6-2, 6-0 in 67 minutes Tuesday in the first round, never in danger of becoming another upset victim on the women's side.

  • Latest on US Open: Safarova is next top women's seed to lose

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):12:15 p.m.Half of the top 10 seeds in the women's draw are already out of the U.S. Open.The second day of the tournament started just like the first, with sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova the one getting upset this time. The French Open runner-up had a tough first-round matchup against 37th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko and lost 6-4, 6-1 in just 65 minutes Tuesday.

  • Latest on US Open: Nadal deals with dehydration, bad stomach

    September 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):12:48 a.m.On a muggy night, Rafael Nadal said he felt dehydrated, and that's why his level of play dropped for about a set.''I had some problems. I was sweating a lot,'' Nadal said after beating 18-year-old Borna Coric in four sets in the U.S. Open's first round.

  • Latest on US Open: Rafael Nadal tops teen Coric in 1st round

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):11:45 p.m.Rafael Nadal managed to win his first U.S. Open match since 2013, despite dropping a set along the way.Nadal, who collected two of his 14 Grand Slam titles at Flushing Meadows, moved into the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over 18-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

  • Latest on US Open: 'I mean, he's Roger,' Williams says

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):10:35 p.m.Successful as she is in her own right, even Serena Williams relishes a chance to get an up-close look at Roger Federer on a tennis court.When they practice near each other, Williams - owner of 21 Grand Slam singles titles - takes a peek at what Federer - owner of 17 - is doing.

  • Latest on US Open: Gael Monfils stops with back injury

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):10:10 p.m.A back injury forced 16th-seeded Gael Monfils to stop playing his first-round match against Illya Marchenko while trailing 2-6, 6-4, 5-0, 30-0.Monfils fell onto his back early in the second set.

  • Latest on US Open: Williams into 2nd round; 1st foe stops

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):8:35 p.m.Serena Williams began her bid to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam by moving into the second round of the U.S. Open when her opponent, 86th-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia, stopped playing because of an injury with the American ahead 6-0, 2-0.

  • US Open Glance

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A look at Thursday's play at the .3 million U.S. Open tennis championships:WEATHER: Hazy, hot and humid. High of 91.ATTENDANCE: Day: 35,528. Night: 23,771.MEN'S SEEDED WINNERS: Second Round: No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 3 Andy Murray, No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, No. 6 Tomas Berdych, No. 12 Richard Gasquet, No. 13 John Isner, No. 15 Kevin Anderson, No. 20 Dominic Thiem, No. 22 Viktor Troicki, No. 24 Bernard Tomic, No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber, No. 30 Thomaz Bellucci and No. 31 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

  • Murray faces Kyrgios at US Open in match full of intrigue

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Andy Murray is facing one of tennis' top young players in the first round of the U.S. Open, a guy who just missed out on a seed.The third-seeded Murray's meeting with Nick Kyrgios was going to be intriguing based simply on talent, though that's not why the 20-year-old has folks talking these days.

  • Dealing with anxiety disorder, Fish wins in US Open return

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) This, Mardy Fish said afterward, is what ran through his mind during his first U.S. Open match in three years - and the first match of his last tournament as a tennis pro: ''I'm going to be OK. Everything's going to be OK. You're going to be fine.''

  • Latest on US Open: Chatty Vandeweghe beats Stephens

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6:20 p.m.CoCo Vandeweghe beat fellow American Sloane Stephens in straight sets in the first round of the U.S. Open - and stopped to talk about it in the middle.The 45th-ranked Vandeweghe won 6-4, 6-3 to follow up her breakthrough run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals, where she pushed Maria Sharapova to three sets. After winning the first set Monday, Vandeweghe agreed to do an interview with ESPN, an unusual move that had other players chirping on Twitter.

  • Latest on US Open: No. 1 Djokovic makes quick work of Souza

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):6 p.m.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic needed just 71 minutes to win his first-round match at the U.S. Open.Djokovic dropped only three games in beating 91st-ranked Joao Souza of Brazil 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 on Monday. He didn't face a single break point.

  • Latest on US Open: Cilic begins title defense with 3-set win

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4:45 p.m.Marin Cilic started the defense of his U.S. Open title with a straight-set victory.Cilic beat 94th-ranked qualifier Guido Pella 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3) on Monday, looking comfortable with his status as the reigning champ. Cilic was the surprise winner last year for his first major title.

  • Latest on US Open: Venus Williams stays perfect in 1st round

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4:20 p.m.Venus Williams won a tough three-set match on a hot day, bouncing back after failing to close out the win in the second.The 35-year-old Williams, the oldest woman in the field, has never lost in the first round of the U.S. Open. The seven-time major champ beat 85th-ranked Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-3 on Monday to improve to 17-0 in her openers in New York.

  • Latest on US Open: Seeded women disappearing in 1 quarter

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):4 p.m.The first day of the U.S. Open isn't over, and Serena Williams' potentially toughest semifinal opponents are already almost all gone.The quarter of the draw that was supposed to feature third-ranked Maria Sharapova is running out of seeded players fast. A day after Sharapova withdrew because of a lingering right leg injury, four of the seven remaining seeds in the quarter lost early Monday: No. 7 Ana Ivanovic, No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 21 Jelena Jankovic and No. 30 Svetlana Kuznetsova. Only No. 13 Ekaterina Makarova and No. 17 Elina Svitolina had won, with No. 25 Eugenie Bouchard yet to play.

  • Nishikori, last year's runner-up, upset by Paire at US Open

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A year after his run all the way to his first Grand Slam final, Kei Nishikori's stay at the U.S. Open lasted only a few hours.The fourth-seeded Nishikori had two match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker against 41st-ranked Benoit Paire, but the Frenchman saved both of them then took control in the fifth for a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory Monday.

  • Latest on US Open: Nishikori stunned by Paire in first round

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2:30 p.m.A year after reaching his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open, Japan's Kei Nishikori was eliminated a few hours into the tournament.The fourth-seeded Nishikori lost in five sets to 41st-ranked Benoit Paire on Monday. The Frenchman saved two match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker and went on to a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory.

  • Latest on US Open: Mardy Fish wins to delay retirement

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):2 p.m.Mardy Fish won't be retiring just yet.The former top-10 player will stick around at the U.S. Open for at least a couple of more days after winning his first-round match at what he says will be his final tournament.

  • Latest on US Open: No. 7 Ivanovic loses in 1st round

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):1:20 p.m.Just over two hours into the U.S. Open, two of the top seven women are already out.Seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic lost her first-round match Monday, but it wasn't much of an upset. She had a tough draw against Dominika Cibulkova, a former top-10 player and Australian Open runner-up whose ranking had fallen to 50th because of injury.

  • Latest on US Open: Daughter of Bills, Sabres owners wins

    August 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):1 p.m.The Buffalo Bills and Sabres would love some big wins like this once their seasons open.Jessica Pegula, the daughter of the owners of those pro sports franchises, won in her Grand Slam debut Monday, upsetting French Open quarterfinalist Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.

  • Nadal hopes to make new memories vs Coric as US Open begins

    August 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rafael Nadal's memories of his lone match against Borna Coric are a bit fuzzy, which is understandable.When the two met in the Swiss Indoors last October, Nadal had just decided to undergo season-ending appendix surgery once his run in the tournament ended. That would come against Coric, a gifted teen from Croatia who won that day in straight sets against a sluggish Nadal.

  • Under new TV contract, US Open returns to Sunday men's final

    August 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Open men's final could be played on a Sunday.That is the traditional final day of a Grand Slam tennis tournament, including in New York - until five straight years of rain, followed by a two-year schedule change partly prompted by that wet weather, pushed the last match to Monday. Now, under the U.S. Tennis Association's new TV contract with ESPN, the sport's fourth major of the season will look like the first three.

  • Maria Sharapova pulls out of US Open for 2nd time in 3 years

    August 30, 2015

    Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open for the second time in three years Sunday, withdrawing on the eve of the tournament because of a lingering right leg injury.The U.S. Tennis Association announced the withdrawal via a press release at about the same time that Sharapova, who won the title in New York in 2006, posted the news on her Facebook page.

  • APNewsBreak: Maria Sharapova pulls out of US Open

    August 30, 2015

    The U.S. Tennis Association says Maria Sharapova is pulling out of the U.S. Open on the eve of the tournament because of a leg injury.It's the second time in three years that the 2006 champion has withdrawn from the year's last Grand Slam event.Sharapova has not played a match since losing to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals in July. She withdrew from hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati in August, citing a right leg strain.

  • Petra Kvitova wins 2nd straight New Haven final

    August 29, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Second-seeded Petra Kvitova won her second straight Connecticut Open title Saturday, beating fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the all-Czech Republic final.It's the third time Kvitova has won the tournament, putting her one behind Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki for the tournament record. Kvitova won in 2012 and lost to Simona Halep in the 2013 final.

  • Even No. 2 Halep rooting for Serena to win US Open

    August 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The No. 2 women's tennis player in the world hopes Serena Williams wins the U.S. Open.Simona Halep raised some eyebrows last weekend after she lost to the top-ranked American in the Cincinnati final, saying during the trophy presentation, ''I know you can do four.''

  • Anderson beats Herbert in Winston-Salem final

    August 29, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa won his first pro title in more than three years when he beat French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-5 in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.Anderson, ranked 15th, needed just 92 minutes to secure his third career ATP World Tour tournament title, and his first since winning at Delray Beach, Fla., on March 4, 2012.

  • After restful summer, Federer in the swing heading into Open

    August 28, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Roger Federer isn't in such a rush anymore. He's doing things his way and taking time to savor each moment.After losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, he took a month off from tournament play to be with his family and visit Africa as part of his charity work. The break seemed to work for the 34-year-old Swiss star.

  • Herbert advances to Winston-Salem final

    August 28, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) French qualifier Pierre-Hughes Herbert advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final, beating 13th-seeded Steve Johnson of the U.S. 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Friday.Herbert, ranked 140th, will play second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa or Malek Jaziri of Tunisia on Saturday in the championship match at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

  • Lucie Safarova advances to Connecticut Open final

    August 28, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic held off lucky-loser Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) on Friday in the Connecticut Open semifinals.Second-seeded defending champion Petra Kvitova, also from the Czech Republic, faced third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the second semifinal.

  • US Open fans get break from sun, but not yet rain, in Ashe

    August 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) U.S. Open spectators must wait out rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium for one more year. In the meantime, they're getting a break from Mother Nature in a very different way: shade from the blazing sun.A framework of more than 6,500 tons of steel now sits atop center court for the Grand Slam tournament. In 2016, it will support a retractable roof, the culmination of a project that requires two years to complete.

  • US Open women's final sells out before men's final

    August 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With Serena Williams on the verge of making history, the U.S. Open women's final has sold out before the men's title match.Tournament officials don't have complete records but believe this is the first time that has happened.If Williams makes the final Sept. 12, she will be one win from completing the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988. The top-ranked American has already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this year. She also would tie Graf with the most major titles in the Open era with 22.

  • A look at Serena Williams' possible path to true Grand Slam

    August 28, 2015

    Shortly after the draw for the U.S. Open set up Serena Williams' path to completing a Grand Slam, she offered her own analysis.''It's not anything simple or easy to go through,'' Williams said.Actually, judging by her head-to-head records against many possible opponents, it might be.

  • US OPEN 2015: Capsules on top women's players

    August 27, 2015

    Women to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:SERENA WILLIAMSSeeded: 1Age: 33Country: United States2015 Match Record: 48-22015 Singles Titles: 5Career Singles Titles: 69Major Titles: 21 - U.S. Open ('99, `02, `08, `12, `13, `14), Wimbledon ('02, `03, `09, `10, `12, `15), Australian Open ('03, `05, `07, `09, `10, `15), French Open ('02, `13, `15)

  • US OPEN 2015: What to watch aside from Williams in New York

    August 27, 2015

    There is no question that the most talked-about topic heading into the U.S. Open is Serena Williams' Grand Slam bid. Even if she does dominate the conversation, a certain ''Big Four'' of men's tennis will provide plenty to discuss, too, as usual.No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic, for example, has been nearly as dominant as Williams in 2015. He won the Australian Open, was the runner-up at the French Open, then won Wimbledon, part of a 56-5 season that includes six titles and 10 consecutive appearances in tournament finals.

  • US OPEN 2015: Capsules on top men's players

    August 27, 2015

    Men to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:NOVAK DJOKOVICSeeded: 1Age: 28Country: Serbia2015 Match Record: 56-52015 Singles Titles: 6Career Singles Titles: 54Major Titles: 9 - U.S. Open ('11), Wimbledon ('11, `14, `15), Australian Open ('08, `11, `12, `13, `15)

  • Struggling Bouchard gets help from Connors ahead of US Open

    August 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Eugenie Bouchard is getting a little help from Jimmy Connors ahead of the U.S. Open.A statement issued by Bouchard's management company Thursday said the Canadian and Connors have ''no long-term plans at this time'' for a coaching arrangement.

  • Lucky-loser entry Tsurenko advances in Connecticut Open

    August 27, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Lucky-loser entry Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday in the Connecticut Open quarterfinals.Tsurenko lost in qualifying, but got into the field when top-seeded Simona Halep withdrew because of an injury. Tsurenko has yet to lose a set in the tournament.

  • US OPEN 2015: Tournament at a glance

    August 27, 2015

    A look at the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament:Surface: Hard courts.Site: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.Schedule: The 14-day tournament begins Monday. The women's singles final is Saturday, Sept. 12; the men's singles final is Sunday, Sept. 13. The tournament returns to a planned Sunday finish; in 2013 and 2014, play was scheduled to end on a Monday; each of the five years before that, 2008-12, rain pushed back the men's final from Sunday to Monday.

  • US OPEN 2015: Women who beat Williams say belief important

    August 27, 2015

    So here's the question 127 of the 128 women in the U.S. Open's main draw will ask themselves: How do you beat Serena Williams?A solid return helps, of course. As can the occasional free point off a big serve. And an ability to hang in there at the baseline on extended groundstroke exchanges.

  • US OPEN 2015: Serena Williams eyes 1st Grand Slam since 1988

    August 27, 2015

    Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis' first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent.''Well,'' she began when that question was posed, ''I'm always one of my biggest competitors. I can always stop myself. So that's why I kind of just try to stay positive on the court and stay really focused and stay as calm as I can.''

  • Steve Johnson in Winston-Salem semis when Yen-Hsun Lu quits

    August 27, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Steve Johnson reached the Winston-Salem Open semifinals because of a back injury to Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu.Lu was hurt late in the third set of Wednesday's quarterfinal, which he lost 7-6 (1), 1-6, 7-5 to South Korea's Hyeon Chung at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. He was treated after the match and on Thursday morning. The pain and cramping persisted during practice, forcing his withdrawal.

  • Robby Ginepri, '05 US Open semifinalist, retires from tennis

    August 27, 2015

    McLEAN, Va. (AP) Robby Ginepri, a semifinalist at the 2005 U.S. Open, has retired after 14 years on the ATP World Tour.Ginepri's agency, Octagon, announced his decision Thursday.The 32-year-old Ginepri's best Grand Slam showing was his run to the final four at Flushing Meadows a decade ago, losing at that stage to Andre Agassi. Ginepri had been the only active American man to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.

  • Serena Williams could face Sharapova in US Open semifinal

    August 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams could play an All-American U.S. Open.As she seeks the first Grand Slam since 1988, the top-ranked Williams might find herself competing against the past and future of her country's championship hopes.A potential third-round opponent is 22-year-old Sloane Stephens, who beat her in the 2013 Australian Open quarterfinals and is coming off her first WTA title in Washington this month. A possible fourth-round foe is 20-year-old Madison Keys, who reached this year's Aussie semifinals.

  • Radwanska beats Cornet to reach Connecticut Open quarters

    August 26, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Seventh-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat France's Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday to advance to the Connecticut Open quarterfinals.''I'm just very happy to finish the match in two sets,'' Radwanska said. ''She's a great fighter, so I knew it was going to be a long match. She can really play everything and you can expect everything from her side.''

  • Anderson beats Janowicz at Winston-Salem

    August 26, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa beat 2014 finalist Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals in the Winston-Salem Open.In a battle of big hitters - both players are 6-foot-8 - the 15th-ranked Anderson served 17 aces, and took advantage of a service break in the second set to improve to 3-0 against the 16th-seeded Janowicz.

  • US OPEN 2015: 3 years after withdrawal, Mardy Fish returns

    August 26, 2015

    For Mardy Fish, it was supposed to mark a high point in his tennis career. Instead, Sept. 3, 2012, stands out as one of the most difficult days of his life.''I was in the spot where you work your butt off to get to: the fourth round of the U.S. Open against Roger Federer on Labor Day,'' Fish recalled. ''That's why you work so hard in this game and sacrifice so much - to get to that position.''

  • US OPEN 2015: Back on court, Duval still a winner in NYC

    August 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Vicky Duval suspects tennis' locker rooms were a bit too quiet without her.''Everyone I see, I'm like, `Hiiii!''' the American teen said of her return to the U.S. Open, bursting into giggles.''I think they miss my loudness,'' she added. ''I'm probably the goofiest one in there. I keep everything light.''

  • US OPEN 2015: Nadal says his struggles are on him, not team

    August 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles while coached by his uncle.A few difficult months won't change his loyalty to Toni Nadal.''I have (had) an amazing career with the team that I have today, the same team from the beginning,'' the younger Nadal said Tuesday. ''So my feeling is if something's not working well it's not because of your team - it's because of myself. The one thing I have to change is myself.''

  • Lucky loser Tsurenko advances at Connecticut Open

    August 25, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko beat the Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-0 to move to the third round Tuesday afternoon at the Connecticut Open.Tsurenko was a lucky loser entry after top seed Simona Halep withdrew due to injury and won her first match despite a brief rain delay.

  • Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic are US Open top seeds

    August 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open.The U.S. Tennis Association announced the seedings Tuesday. The year's last major tournament starts Monday, when Williams will seek to complete the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988. She has won the U.S. Open each of the previous three times she was seeded No. 1, including the past two years.

  • Johnson, Janowicz advance at Winston-Salem

    August 25, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Steve Johnson and 2014 finalist Jerzy Janowicz of Poland won second-round matches at the Winston-Salem Open on Tuesday.Johnson, one of three Americans left in the final tuneup before next week's U.S. Open, beat Australia's Sam Groth 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1 at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. Janowicz needed just under 71 minutes to eliminate defending champion Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2. Last year, Rosol rallied past Janowicz 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5.

  • Radwanska cruises to win in Connecticut Open

    August 24, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Agnieszka Radwanska breezed into the second round of the Connecticut Open with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over American CoCo Vandeweghe on Monday at Connecticut Tennis Center.The Krakow, Poland native needed only 65 minutes to set up a second-round meeting with France's Aliza Cornet, who advanced with a three-set win against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

  • Madison Keys advances to 2nd round at Connecticut Open

    August 24, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Madison Keys advanced to the second round of the Connecticut Open with a victory over Elina Svitolina on Monday.Keys battled back from a 0-4 deficit to win the first set 7-6 (7-4) and was leading 4-2 in the second when Svitolina retired due to a lower back injury.

  • Defending champ Rosol wins Winston-Salem opener

    August 24, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Defending champion Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic opened with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory Monday over Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open.The 6-foot-5 Rosol served 14 aces and took advantage of a break point in the seventh game of the first set to improve to 3-1 all-time against Gulbis, and 2-1 this year, in the final tournament before next week's U.S. Open.

  • Nick Kyrgios fined, suspended for comments to Wawrinka

    August 24, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Nick Kyrgios was suspended for 28 days from any ATP-sanctioned event and fined an additional ,000 on Monday for his comments to Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.The penalties, however, are withheld provided he meets certain conditions over the next six months, ending Feb. 24, 2016. Kyrgios remains eligible for the U.S. Open, which starts next week and is not an ATP tournament.

  • Nick Kyrgios fined, suspended for comments about Wawrinka

    August 24, 2015

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Nick Kyrgios was suspended for 28 days from any ATP-sanctioned event and fined an additional ,000 on Monday for his comments this month about Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.The penalties, however, are withheld provided he meets certain conditions over the next six months, ending Feb. 24, 2016. Kyrgios remains eligible for the U.S. Open, which starts next week and is not an ATP tournament.

  • US OPEN 2015: Cilic, Nishikori return to breakthrough site

    August 24, 2015

    A year ago, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori arrived at the U.S. Open to little fanfare and without much in the way of expectations.Neither had reached a Grand Slam final, let alone won a title. They could boast of one semifinal in 48 total appearances at majors - Cilic lost in that round at the 2010 Australian Open. Nishikori, meanwhile, only once had reached the quarterfinals at a major. Nishikori was seeded 10th, Cilic 14th.

  • Sharapova brings 'serious' tennis event to LA in December

    August 24, 2015

    Maria Sharapova is bringing top-level tennis back to the Los Angeles area.The five-time Grand Slam title winner will host a sports-and-entertainment event in December at the UCLA Tennis Center, with participants such as 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick, 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori of Japan, Americans Jack Sock and Madison Keys, and Britain's Laura Robson.

  • Groth beats Donaldson in 1st round of Winston-Salem Open

    August 23, 2015

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Australia's Sam Groth beat American Jared Donaldson on Sunday night in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open.Groth won 6-7, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5) to advance to face 13th-seeded American Steve Johnson in the second round.South Korea's Chung Hyeon also advanced, beating Britain's James Ward, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3. Taiwan's Yen-hsun Lu beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands, 7-6 (4), 6-2; Argentina's Diego Schwartzman topped Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 6-4, 7-6 (8); and Colombia's Santiago Giraldo advanced when Belgium's Steve Darcis retired.

  • Dominika Cibulkova advances in Connecticut Open

    August 23, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova overcame the heat and a three-hour match with Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova on Sunday in the first round of the Connecticut Open.The 26-year-old Cibulkova won 7-6 (6) 6-7 (5) 6-3 as she continues her comeback from left Achilles surgery that sidelined her for more than four months this year.

  • Federer wins 7th Cincinnati title; Djokovic denied again

    August 23, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Roger Federer remained perfect in Cincinnati finals, winning an unprecedented seventh championship while denying Novak Djokovic the one title that always eludes him.Federer never faced a break point during a 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday. He's 7-0 in Cincinnati finals, which bring out the best in the Swiss star.

  • Tennis instructor Jimmy Evert, father of Chris, dies at 91

    August 23, 2015

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Jimmy Evert, a highly regarded tennis instructor whose students included his Grand Slam champion daughter, has died at age 91.Evert was the city of Fort Lauderdale's tennis director for 49 years and taught a wide range of top junior players. All five of his children reached at least the final of a national junior championship, and daughter Chris became one of the greatest players ever, winning 18 major titles and finishing No. 1 for seven years.

  • Djokovic struggles past qualifier in Cincinnati semifinal

    August 22, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) Novak Djokovic rallied to avoid another upset at Cincinnati on Saturday, beating qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open.The world's top-ranked player has never won the tournament - the only one of the nine ATP Masters to elude him - and needed a comeback in the second-set tiebreaker to get another chance at the title. Some mistakes by the 66th-ranked Ukrainian helped.

  • Djokovic romps to straight-sets win over Wawrinka

    August 21, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced to the Western & Southern Open semifinals by dispatching fifth-seeded Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-1 in their quarterfinal match on Friday.Djokovic, who lost to the Wawrinka in the French Open final, will play either sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych or qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov in a Saturday semifinal.

  • Bencic withdraws from Western & Southern with arm injury

    August 20, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) Belinda Bencic withdrew from the Western & Southern Open because of a right forearm injury after losing the first set 6-2 Thursday against sixth-ranked Lucie Safarova.Bencic upset top-ranked Serena Williams last weekend en route to winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The 12th-ranked Bencic said it's too soon to know if she will play in next week's tournament at New Haven, Connecticut.

  • Bencic withdraws in Cincinnati after 1 set against Safarova

    August 20, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) Belinda Bencic has withdrawn from the Western & Southern Open after dropping the first set against seventh-seeded Lucie Safarova 6-2 in the round of 16.No reason was immediately given for the 12th-seeded Bencic's abrupt withdrawal Thursday.

  • French Open champ Stan Wawrinka survives upset bid in Cincy

    August 19, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) Fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka fought off Borna Coric's upset bid and advanced to the Western & Southern Open third round with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 win Wednesday.The French Open champion didn't take control until he broke Coric's serve in the sixth game of the third set and then held for a 5-2 lead. He will meet Ivo Karlovic in the third round.

  • Sloane Stephens in Cincinnati, ready to win another title

    August 18, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) (AP) - Sloane Stephens knows how it feels to win a championship. She can't wait to do it again.Stephens got started on a second Tuesday, rolling to a 6-1, 6-2 upset of 10th-ranked Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round of the Western & Southern Open. She won the first title of her pro career at the Citi Open on Aug. 9 in Washington.

  • Suarez Navarro, Errani lose in 1st round in Cincinnati

    August 18, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) (AP) - Two seeded women - Carla Suarez Navarro and Sara Errani - lost Tuesday in the first round of the Western & Southern Open.Sloane Stephens routed the 10th-seeded Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-2. Daria Gavrilova defeated the 16th-seeded Sara Errani 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

  • A serene Serena Williams not feeling Grand Slam pressure

    August 18, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) (AP) - One major title stands between Serena Williams and a Grand Slam, and she's enjoying this "awesome" and "crazy" ride."There's still a lot I want to win, but I just want to keep growing," she said Tuesday. "I just enjoy going out there every time I'm out there. I have a different outlook. I'm intense when I'm out there, but I also realize that life is super short and tomorrow isn't promised."

  • After cancer, Vicky Duval gets US Open qualifying wild card

    August 18, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Vicky Duval received a wild-card entry for U.S. Open qualifying, a week after she returned to competition following a yearlong recovery from Hodgkin's lymphoma.The 19-year-old based in Bradenton, Florida, won two singles matches at a ,000 tournament in Landisville, Pennsylvania, last week, her first action since reaching the second round of Wimbledon as a qualifier in June 2014. Shortly after that, Duval announced she had been diagnosed with cancer.

  • Fish opens next-to-last tournament with upset of Troicki

    August 17, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) Mardy Fish opened the next-to-last tournament of his career with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 upset of 20th-ranked Viktor Troicki in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday.Fish, a wild-card entrant who already has announced that the U.S. Open will be his last event before retiring, advanced to face second-ranked Andy Murray after his first singles victory on tour in almost two years. He last won Aug. 18, 2013, beating Evgeny Donskoy in three sets at Winston-Salem.

  • Sharapova ready to return from break at Cincinnati

    August 17, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) Maria Sharapova says she's still working through a minor leg injury.The second-ranked Sharapova hasn't played since Wimbledon, where she lost to Serena Williams in the semifinals July 9. She was supposed to return last week in Toronto but withdrew after getting hurt in training.

  • Rafael Nadal hopes to finish tough season on a high note

    August 17, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) Rafael Nadal hopes his hard work will pay off in a rewarding end of the season, starting this week in Cincinnati and extending into the U.S. Open.The eighth-ranked Spaniard comes into the Western & Southern Open after losing to No. 4 Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals of the hard-court Rogers Cup in Montreal.

  • Bjorn Fratangelo to make Grand Slam debut at US Open

    August 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) - Bjorn Fratangelo will make his Grand Slam debut at the U.S. Open after winning the USTA Pro Circuit's Wild Card Challenge over the weekend.The U.S. Tennis Association said Monday that the 22-year-old from Pittsburgh finished the challenge with 83 points. He reached the final of the ,000 Challenger in Binghamton, New York, and the semifinals of the 0,000 Challenger in Aptos, California, and the ,000 Challenger in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic in Montreal final

    August 16, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Andy Murray beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday in the Rogers Cup for his fourth tournament victory of the year and third title in the Canadian event.The second-seeded Murray also won the tournament in 2009 and 2010. The Scot ended an eight-match losing streak against Djokovic since the 2013 Wimbledon final.

  • Belinda Bencic defeats Simona Halep to win Rogers Cup

    August 16, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Belinda Bencic won the Rogers Cup on Sunday, following her upset of Serena Williams with a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 3-0 victory over an ailing Simona Halep.Halep was hampered by a left leg injury and heat exhaustion and stopped in the third set.

  • Rested Federer tries for 7th Cincinnati title

    August 16, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) A rested Roger Federer tries for an unprecedented seventh title in Cincinnati this week while polishing his game for the U.S. Open.Federer practiced on Sunday as the Western & Southern Open began with a pair of men's matches. On the women's side, Serena Williams is trying for her second straight Cincinnati title.

  • Serena Williams falls in Toronto semifinals

    August 15, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams stumbled in the Rogers Cup semifinals Saturday night, falling 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 to Switzerland's Belinda Bencic.The winner of the first three Grand Slam events of the season, the 33-year-old Williams is preparing for the U.S. Open. She won titles in Toronto titles in 2001, 2011 and 2013.

  • Top-ranked Djokovic beats Chardy to reach Montreal final

    August 15, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advanced to the Rogers Cup final, beating France's Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday.Second seeded Andy Murray of Scotland faced fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan in the other semifinal.Djokoic, the tournament champion in 2007, 2011 and 2012, has won 52 of 55 matches this year. The Serb is in position to tie the ATP Tour record for consecutive Masters 1000 event titles at five. He stretched his career record against Chardy to 10-0.

  • Chardy beats Isner in rain-soaked Montreal quarterfinal

    August 14, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) France's Jermey Chardy beat American John Isner 6-7 (9), 7-6 (13), 7-6 (4) on Friday in a rain-delayed quarterfinal at the Rogers Cup.The match began nearly 2 hours late and was interrupted more than an hour in the second set by another shower.

  • Halep beats Radwanska to reach Toronto semfinals

    August 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania rebounded to beat sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 0-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Friday in the Rogers Cup quarterfinals.Halep will face 15th-seeded Sara Errani of Italy in the semifinals. Errani topped Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-4.

  • NCAA Division I tennis championships to use no-ad scoring

    August 13, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The NCAA Division I men's and women's tennis championships will use the no-ad scoring format, starting next spring.The NCAA Division I Competition Oversight Committee announced the decision Thursday.In no-ad scoring, when a game is tied at 40-40, the player who wins the next point wins the game. Under regular scoring rules, a player must win a deuce game by two points.

  • Halep, Bencic advance at Rogers Cup in Toronto

    August 13, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Second-seeded Simona Halep defeated Angelique Kerber 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 Thursday at the Rogers Cup.Unseeded Belinda Bencic topped Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (3) to keep her run going. The 20th-ranked player from Switzerland opened the tournament with a victory over Eugenie Bouchard and followed it with an upset win over fifth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.

  • Top-ranked Djokovic dispatches Sock at Rogers Cup

    August 13, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Top-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated Jack Sock 6-2, 6-1 Thursday in the third round of the Rogers Cup.Djokovic needed 54 minutes to overtake the 35th-ranked Sock.Djokovic, who won the Rogers Cup in 2007, 2011 and 2012, has won 50 of his 53 matches this year.

  • ATP fines Kyrgios for 'insulting remark' toward Wawrinka

    August 13, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The ATP fined Nick Kyrgios ,000 on Thursday for his ''insulting comment'' toward French Open champion Stan Wawrinka during a match at the Rogers Cup.On Wednesday, a courtside microphone picked up Kyrgios saying that fellow Australian player Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with a player who is reportedly now Wawrinka's girlfriend.

  • Tennis Hall of Fame's CEO hopes to reach global audience

    August 13, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Former top-five tennis player Todd Martin has taken on a new challenge: Transforming the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum into a global mecca for all things tennis.With the one-year anniversary of his appointment approaching, the new CEO said he's focused on making sure the facility based in Rhode Island lives up to its international title by building relationships with major tennis organization around the globe.

  • Kyrgios, Australian tennis back in the unsavory spotlight

    August 13, 2015

    BRISBANE, Australia (AP) With tournament titles drying up, it's the tantrums now that are drawing attention to Australian men's tennis.A month after Nick Kyrgios faced criticism from some of Australia's sporting greats for his racket-smashing, profanity-laced run at Wimbledon, the 20-year-old Aussie was back at the center of another media storm following his unsavory remarks to two-time major champion Stan Wawrinka during a Rogers Cup match in Montreal on Wednesday.

  • Stan Wawrinka urges action against Nick Kyrgios

    August 13, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) French Open champion Stan Wawrinka urged tennis authorities on Thursday to take action against Nick Kyrgios for an ''unacceptable'' comment during a match at the Rogers Cup.Wawrinka wrote on his Twitter account that the Australian's words were ''not only unacceptable but also beyond belief.''

  • Nishikori tops Andujar at Rogers Cup in Montreal

    August 12, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Kei Nishikori defeated Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-3 Wednesday at the Rogers Cup.The fourth-seeded Nishikori earned his ATP-Tour leading 27th hardcourt win of the year in the second-round match, which was delayed nearly 90 minutes by rain.The 25-year-old Nishikori, a finalist at the 2014 U.S. Open, won the tournament in Washington on Sunday.

  • Ukrainian qualifier upsets Wimbledon finalist Muguruza

    August 12, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko upset Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-1 Wednesday at the Rogers Cup.The 54th-ranked Tsurenko needed only 77 minutes to complete the victory on the grandstand court.The 21-year-old Muguruza has risen to No. 9 after her run to the final at Wimbledon. Muguruza lost to Serena Williams for the title after defeating four top-15 players at the All-England Club.

  • Glasgow arena to host Britain-Australia Davis Cup semifinal

    August 12, 2015

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) The Emirates Arena in Glasgow will host next month's Davis Cup semifinal between Britain and Australia.The matches will be played Sept. 18-20 on a temporary hard court in the 8,200-seat arena.The arena was also the venue for Britain's first-round victory over the United States in March.

  • Serena Williams beats Flavia Pennetta in Toronto

    August 11, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams rebounded to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Tuesday in the first round of the WTA Tour's Rogers Cup.The 21-time Grand Slam winner won a day after sister Venus Williams was eliminated in straight sets by Germany's Sabine Lisicki.

  • David Goffin, Grigor Dmitrov win in Montreal

    August 11, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Seeded players David Goffin and Grigor Dmitrov advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup on a wet Tuesday at Uniprix Stadium.Goffin, seeded 13th, topped Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-2 when play began after a rain delay, and the 14th- seeded Dmitrov downed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-5.

  • Venus Williams ousted in 1st round at Rogers Cup

    August 10, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) After waiting out a lengthy rain delay, Germany's Sabine Lisicki defeated Venus Williams 6-0, 6-3 Monday night in their first-round match at the Rogers Cup.Rain washed out most of the matches scheduled in the women's half of the draw, and Williams and Lisicki didn't take the court until after 10 p.m.

  • Sam Querrey earns 1st-round win in Montreal

    August 10, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Sam Querrey got past Martin Klizan in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Rogers Cup men's tournament on Monday.Also, France's Gilles Simon defeated Italy's Andreas Seppi in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.Spain's Tommy Robredo needed three sets to top countryman Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Robredo will face third-ranked Andy Murray in the second round.

  • Germany's Kerber outlasts hard-hitting Pliskova

    August 9, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Angelique Kerber bent her knees nearly to the ground all afternoon to dig out an onslaught of powerful ground strokes by Karolina Pliskova, beating the hard-hitting Czech 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 for the Bank of the West championship Sunday.

  • Stephens tops Pavlyuchenkova at Citi Open for 1st WTA title

    August 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Sloane Stephens sat at a table for her postmatch news conference, eyed the big glass trophy sitting at arm's length, and asked, ''What happens to this?''Forgive the 22-year-old American for not knowing. She's never been given championship hardware at a professional tournament before.

  • Tiafoe, Kenin earn US Open wild cards via junior titles

    August 9, 2015

    Frances Tiafoe of College Park, Maryland, and Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines, Florida, earned wild-card berths at the U.S. Open by winning 18-and-under national titles Sunday.At Kalamazoo, Michigan, the 17-year-old Tiafoe held on to edge Stefan Kozlov 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4. Tiafoe earned his second main-draw wild card into a Grand Slam tournament, after also getting into this year's French Open.

  • Nishikori comes back to beat Isner for 1st Citi Open title

    August 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Kei Nishikori came back to beat big-serving John Isner 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday for his first Citi Open hard-court title.The second-seeded Nishikori, the runner-up at the U.S. Open last year, weathered 18 aces from the eighth-seeded Isner, a 6-foot-10 American who fell to 0-3 in finals in Washington.

  • Pliskova beats Lepchenko to reach Stanford final

    August 8, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Karolina Pliskova advanced to her tour-best fifth final of the year, beating American Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 7-5 on Saturday in the Bank of the West Classic.The fourth-seeded Pliskova, from the Czech Republic, recorded her 39th victory of the season, one shy of leader Serena Williams. Pliskova will make her top-10 debut when the rankings are released Monday.

  • Nishikori beats Cilic in US Open final rematch

    August 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday in the Citi Open semifinals in their first showdown since Cilic beat Nishikori in the U.S. Open final exactly 11 months ago.The second-seeded Nishikori raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set. The Japanese player broke the Croatian's serve at 5-4 in the third immediately after the No. 3 seed broke Nishikori's serve to even the set.

  • Kohlschreiber beats Mathieu to win title in Kitzbuehel

    August 8, 2015

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Philipp Kohlschreiber won his sixth career ATP title by rallying to defeat French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the Generali Open on Saturday.It was the first title in 15 months for the sixth-seeded German, who improved to 6-7 in finals.

  • Eugenie Bouchard hires Marko Dragic as coach for Rogers Cup

    August 7, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Canada's Eugenie Bouchard will be coached by Marko Dragic at the Rogers Cup, splitting with Sam Sumyk after six months and a drop in the rankings.Bouchard fell from No. 7 to No. 26 in the world, exiting from tournaments in the early rounds this season. Last year, she advanced to the semifinals at her first three Grand Slam events, reaching the Wimbledon final under longtime coach Nick Saviano.

  • Sharapova out of Toronto tournament with injured right leg

    August 7, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week's Rogers Cup with an injured right leg.The WTA announced her withdrawal from the U.S. Open hard-court tuneup tournament on Friday.Sharapova, a five-time major champion, has not competed since losing to Serena Williams in the semifinals at Wimbledon last month.

  • No. 11 Pliskova beats Tomljanovic, reaches semis at Stanford

    August 7, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Karolina Pliskova of the Czech republic advanced to the Bank of the West Classic semifinals Friday, beating Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-4.The 11th-ranked Pliskova will make her debut in the top 10 when the new rankings are released Monday.

  • Andy Murray's wife expecting first child early next year

    August 7, 2015

    Now Andy Murray will get ready to take a swing at fatherhood.The two-time major champion and his wife, Kim Sears, are expecting their first child early next year, Murray's manager, Matt Gentry, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press.Murray, currently No. 3, will join the ranks of highly ranked fathers on the ATP tour: No. 1 Novak Djokovic had a son last year, while No. 2 Roger Federer is a father of two sets of twins.

  • Nishikori in Washington semis for 1st time by beating Groth

    August 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Kei Nishikori withstood 15 aces and managed to break Sam Groth's big serve twice for a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the Citi Open quarterfinals Friday.The second-seeded Nishikori, last year's runner-up at the U.S. Open, saved all four break points he faced en route to reaching a tournament's semifinals for the sixth time this season - and first in five appearances at the hard-court event in Washington.

  • Kohlschreiber beats Fognini to reach semifinal in Kitzbuehel

    August 6, 2015

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany defeated the third-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 7-6 (0), 6-4 to reach his second semifinal of the season at the Generali Open on Thursday.The 39th-ranked Kohlschreiber, who is seeded sixth, saved two set points in the opening set before winning 16 of the first 20 points for a 4-0 lead in the second set.

  • Defending champ Svetlana Kuznetsova pulls out of Citi Open

    August 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova has pulled out of the Citi Open, citing an injury to her lower left leg.The tournament announced her withdrawal Wednesday night.''I am so sorry to have to do this, but my body doesn't feel up to it,'' Kuznetsova said.

  • Riske upsets No. 10 Suarez Navarro to reach quarters

    August 5, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) American Alison Riske changed her schedule this season to include the Bank of the West Classic for a variety of reasons. One of them was to change her luck.The 59th ranked Riske did just that, beating third-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals.

  • Lopez beats Hewitt in 3 sets at Washington's Citi Open

    August 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Feliciano Lopez ended Lleyton Hewitt's last appearance in the Citi Open with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 second-round victory Wednesday over the two-time major champion.The seventh-seeded Lopez wound up with a 44-23 edge in winners, including 15 aces, in the 2-hour, 10-minute match.

  • US Open media center to be named in honor of Bud Collins

    August 5, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Tennis Association says it will name its Grand Slam tournament's press room the ''Bud Collins U.S. Open Media Center'' to honor the veteran journalist and historian of the sport.A plaque will be unveiled during the U.S. Open next month.

  • Aleksandra Wozniak returning after 11-month injury layoff

    August 5, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Canadian tennis player Aleksandra Wozniak is returning after an 11-month injury layoff.Tennis Canada said Wednesday that Wozniak, the Blainville, Quebec, player once ranked No. 21 in the world, will play a Challenger Series event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, starting Aug. 22. The 27-year-old Wozniak, currently ranked 696th on the WTA Tour, has not played since undergoing surgery on her right shoulder in September.

  • Fognini, Kohlschreiber reach quarterfinals in Kitzbuehel

    August 5, 2015

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Fabio Fognini of Italy and Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany earned straight-set wins in less than an hour on Wednesday to set up a quarterfinal at the Generali Open.The third-seeded Fognini, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the final at Hamburg on Sunday, downed wild card Dennis Novak 6-1, 6-2 in the Austrian's third match at ATP level.

  • No. 8 seed Svitolina survives 3-set match to advance

    August 4, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who reached the quarterfinals of the French Open, needed three sets to beat qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round of the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday.The 20th-ranked Svitolina had lost four of her last five matches before knocking off her fellow Ukrainian in a match that lasted two hours, 31 minutes.

  • Stosur tops Mladenovic at Citi Open for 500th match victory

    August 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Sam Stosur recorded her 500th career victory Tuesday, moving into the second round of the Citi Open hard-court tournament by beating Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-2.Stosur is a 31-year-old Australian who won the 2011 U.S. Open. She is the seventh active woman with at least 500 match wins - across all levels, including at ITF, WTA, Grand Slam events, main draw and qualifying - and at least one Grand Slam singles title.

  • Kohlschreiber, Melzer advance to 2nd round of Generali Open

    August 4, 2015

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Philipp Kohlschreiber overcame 14 aces by Jan-Lennard Struff to beat his German compatriot 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the first round of the Generali Open on Tuesday.The sixth-seeded Kohlschreiber, who reached the final here in 2012, held his serve throughout and broke Struff once in the first set and again in the final set.

  • No. 6 seed Petkovic advances at Bank of the West

    August 3, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Sixth-seeded Andrea Petkovic beat fellow German Carina Witthoeft in a first round match of the 1,000 Bank of the West Classic on Monday.Petkovic won 5-7, 6-1, 6-3.American teenager CiCi Bellis lost her match to qualifier Misaki Doi, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Bellis was the youngest player in 15 years to win a match at the U.S. Open last year.

  • Japan's Nishikori says left calf is 'feeling pretty well'

    August 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Kei Nishikori says his injured left calf is healed after taking time off following Wimbledon.Japan's Nishikori is seeded No. 2 at the Citi Open hard-court tournament and, after a first-round bye, he will face Australia's James Duckworth in the second round on Tuesday.

  • Andy Murray returns to DC tournament for 1st time since 2006

    August 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Andy Murray is back on hard courts for the first time in four months - and back at the Citi Open for the first time in nine years.The two-time major champion is seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open tuneup that begins Monday, getting his game in gear on the surface on which he won his first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2012.

  • Austrian wild card Novak defeats Bedene at Generali Open

    August 3, 2015

    KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Austrian wild-card entry Dennis Novak rallied to beat Aljaz Bedene of Britain 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round of the Generali Open on Monday.It was the first win at ATP level for the 256th-ranked Novak, who will play third-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy in the second round.

  • John Isner wins Atlanta Open for 3rd straight year

    August 2, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday at Atlantic Station.The top-seeded former University of Georgia star has reached the finals in Atlanta in five of the past six years and is 20-3 in the event. He has 10 ATP Tour titles.

  • Hingis helps Washington Kastles win World TeamTennis title

    August 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Martina Hingis helped the Washington Kastles win their record fifth consecutive World TeamTennis championship on Sunday with a 24-18 victory over the Austin Aces.Kastles captain Leander Paes was selected as the finals MVP.Hingis, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Paes teamed to beat Teymuraz Gabashvili and Alla Kudryavtseva in mixed doubles. Hingis also paired with Anastasia Rodionova for a women's doubles victory against Kudryavtseva and Elina Svitolina.

  • Margarita Gasparyan wins Baku Cup for 1st WTA title

    August 2, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Margarita Gasparyan of Russia won her first WTA title Sunday by beating Patricia Maria Tig of Romania 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 in the Baku Cup final.Gasparyan served for the match when up 5-4 in the second set but was broken back at love. However, she dominated the final set to wrap up the win in 2 1/2 hours.

  • Nadal beats Fognini to win Hamburg Open

    August 2, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame some sloppy play on his beloved clay to beat Fabio Fognini 7-5, 7-5 and win the Hamburg Open for the second time on Sunday.Nadal squandered a 3-1 lead in the final set and saved two set points before prevailing in 2 hours and 34 minutes over the eighth-seeded Italian and the 2013 Hamburg winner.

  • Thiem beats Goffin to take Swiss Open title

    August 2, 2015

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Dominic Thiem of Austria won his second straight title on Sunday, beating top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 7-5, 6-2 in the Swiss Open final.The 24th-ranked Thiem added the Swiss trophy to the Croatia Open he won one week earlier. Thiem's run of three clay-court titles this season started in April at Nice, France.

  • John Isner rallies to reach Atlanta Open final

    August 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Two-time defending champion John Isner rallied to reach his 19th ATP Tour final Saturday, beating friend Denis Kudla 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the Atlanta Open semifinals.Isner's serve was once again overpowering and, after winning a rock-steady first set, the 22-year-old Kudla made too mistakes over the final two sets in Atlantic Station.

  • Goffin, Thiem advance to Swiss Open final

    August 1, 2015

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium eased to a 6-4, 6-2 win against two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in the Swiss Open semifinals on Saturday.In Sunday's final, the 14th-ranked Goffin will face 24th-ranked Dominic Thiem of Austria.

  • Tig, Gasparyan reach 1st WTA final in Baku

    August 1, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Patricia Maria Tig of Romania and Margarita Gasparyan of Russia both reached their first career WTA final Saturday after upsetting the two top-seeded players at the Baku Cup.Tig ousted No. 1-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-3, 6-2 to extend her surprising run at the tournament while Gasparyan beat No. 2 Karin Knapp of Italy 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.

  • Nadal sets up Hamburg Open final against Fognini

    August 1, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognoni.The fourth-seeded Fogoni beat qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (3) after saving a set point in the second set.Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay court title every year since 2004. The former No. 1 has dropped to 10th in the rankings and is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon. He won in Hamburg in 2008, the last time he played in the clay-court event.

  • Bouchard out of Washington even, citing abdominal injury

    July 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Eugenie Bouchard has pulled out of next week's Citi Open hard-court tennis tournament, citing an abdominal injury.The tournament announced the Canadian's withdrawal Friday, quoting her as saying she is ''not ready to compete.''Bouchard was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2014 and is a former top-10 player who is now ranked 26th.

  • Top-seeded Goffin advances to Swiss Open semifinals

    July 31, 2015

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium advanced to the Swiss Open semifinals Friday, beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (1).Goffin will face fifth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil on Saturday in the clay-court tournament. Two-time Gstaad winner Bellucci beat fourth-seeded defending champion Pablo Andujar of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

  • John Isner advances to Atlanta Open semifinals

    July 31, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Two-time defending champion John Isner ran his Atlanta Open winning streak to 10 matches Friday, riding his big serve to a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over Ricardis Berankis.The top-seeded Isner had 19 aces less than 24 hours after ripping off 33 in a two-set victory over Radek Stepanek. Isner will face training partner Denis Kudla Saturday in his 34th ATP Tour semifinal. Kudla, a qualifier, beat Dudi Sela 7-5, 6-0 to reach his first ATP semifinal.

  • Serena Williams withdraws from Bank of West with hurt elbow

    July 31, 2015

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) World No. 1 Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Bank of the West Classic because of an elbow injury she says must get ''back to 100 percent.''The tournament announced her withdrawal Friday. It runs Aug. 3-9 at Stanford University.

  • Nadal beats Cuevas, reaches semifinals of Hamburg Open

    July 31, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals of the Hamburg Open by beating fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 Friday.Nadal's semifinal opponent will be Andreas Seppi, who reached the last four without having to play. His opponent, Simone Bolleli, withdrew with a stomach ailment.

  • Top seeds Pavlyuchenkova, Knapp move into Baku Cup semis

    July 31, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) To take their seeded place in the Baku Cup final, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Karin Knapp of Italy will have to pass two first-time semifinalists on the WTA tour.No. 1-seeded Pavlyuchenkova defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Friday, saving all four break chances she faced, while No. 2-seeded Knapp beat Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-2, 7-6 (4) to even their head-to-head at 2-2.

  • Azarenka pulls out of Citi Open hard-court tournament in DC

    July 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Former No. 1 and two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka has pulled out of next week's Citi Open hard-court tournament because of an injured right shoulder.The tournament announced Azarenka's withdrawal on Thursday, saying that CoCo Vandeweghe will get a wild-card entry for the main draw.

  • Denis Kudla beats Jack Sock 7-6 (6), 6-3 in Atlanta Open

    July 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Ukrainian qualifier Denis Kudla upset third-seeded Jack Sock 7-6 (6), 6-3 on Thursday in the Atlanta Open, and No. 6 Steve Johnson and No. 8 Benjamin Becker also tumbled out.Sock, an American ranked No. 35 in the world, battled in the first set before falling quickly in the second when his service game all but abandoned him on the super-heated court at Atlantic Station.

  • All 8 seeds advance to Swiss Open quarterfinals

    July 30, 2015

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) All eight seeds have reached the Swiss Open quarterfinals, making the clay-court tournament the first on the ATP circuit to achieve that feat in six years.Sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal saved three match points to preserve the record on Thursday, going on to beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (4).

  • Nadal toils past Vesely to make Hamburg Open quarterfinals

    July 30, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal toiled to beat Jiri Vesely 6-4, 7-6 (2) to reach the Hamburg Open quarterfinals on Thursday.Nadal's quarterfinal opponent will be fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who outlasted Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

  • 2nd seed Knapp cruises into Baku Cup last 8

    July 30, 2015

    BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Second-seeded Karin Knapp of Italy swept into the Baku Cup quarterfinals with a 46-minute rout of Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on Thursday.Knapp dropped only one game.She's backing up from a loss in the Bad Gastein final on Sunday. Next up will be Alexandra Panova, one of four Russians in the last eight.

  • Pospisil overcomes heat, cramps to beat Lu in Atlanta

    July 29, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Vasek Pospisil overcame sweltering heat and cramps to outlast Yen-Hsun Lu in the Atlanta Open on Wednesday.Pospisil, the No. 2 seed from Canada, beat Taiwan's Lu 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4. The match ended on Lu's second double-fault of the match.

  • Roger Federer pulls out of Montreal tournament

    July 29, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Roger Federer pulled out of next month's Rogers Cup hard-court tournament on Wednesday.A spokeswoman for Tennis Canada, Valerie Tetreault, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that Federer ''wants to make sure he will be (in) top shape for'' the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tournament, which begins Aug. 31.

  • Defending champion Andujar advances at Swiss Open

    July 29, 2015

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Defending champion Pablo Andujar of Spain advanced to the Swiss Open quarterfinals by beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday.Fourth-seeded Andujar next faces another former champion on the Gstaad clay courts, two-time winner Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.

  • Bedene upsets Bautista Agut to reach Hamburg quarterfinals

    July 29, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Aljaz Bedene advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hamburg Open by upsetting third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) on Wednesday.Bedene will next play eight-seeded Fabio Fognini, who needed three sets to overcome Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

  • Mardy Fish handed first-round loss to Dudi Sela in Atlanta

    July 28, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The first stop of Mardy Fish's farewell tour ended quickly with a 6-4, 6-4 first-round loss to Dudi Sela in the Atlanta Open on Tuesday night.Fish said it was a success just to play only his second competitive match of the year. He recently announced he will retire after the U.S. Open, and he also disclosed details of his battles with anxiety disorder.

  • Nadal makes winning start at Hamburg Open, beats Verdasco

    July 28, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open on Tuesday.Nadal was playing his first match since losing to Dustin Brown in the second round of Wimbledon. The former No. 1 in the world has fallen to No. 10.

  • Zeballos beats Russian teen Rublev in Swiss Open 1st round

    July 27, 2015

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) Horacio Zeballos of Argentina beat Russian teenager Andrey Rublev 6-4, 7-6(1) in the Swiss Open on Monday to earn a second-round match against top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium.Zeballos took the only break point he needed in the first set against his 17-year-old, wild-card opponent. After exchanging service breaks in the second, Zeballos cruised through the tiebreaker.

  • Roddick takes break from retirement to play doubles

    July 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Even retirement couldn't stop Andy Roddick from one last chance to play doubles with his friend Mardy Fish in this week's Atlanta Open.Roddick is returning to help escort Fish into his retirement.Roddick, 32, says Atlanta served as the ''bookends'' of his career. It's where he won his first tour title in 2001 and his last in 2012. He retired in 2012 and being back, if only for a week, left him feeling ''awkward.''

  • Mayer beats Montanes, Ramos-Vinolas edges Almagro

    July 27, 2015

    HAMBURG, Germany (AP) Florian Mayer rallied to beat qualifier Albert Montanes 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round of the Hamburg Open on Monday.Mayer is a wild-card entry into the clay-court event and is coming back after a long-term groin injury.In other action, Jerzy Janowicz beat qualifier Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-3 and Albert Ramos-Vinolas edged Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6 (3). Almagro wasted a set point in the second.

  • Tsurenko beats Radwanska to win Istanbul Cup

    July 26, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Lesia Tsurenko won her first ATP Tour title on Sunday after beating Urszula Radwanska in the final of the Istanbul Cup.The Ukrainian saw off her Polish counterpart in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1.''When I saw the draw it looked tough, but I believe that if you go to a tournament you can win it,'' Tsurenko said.

  • Tomic tops Mannarino to win Claro Open for 2nd straight year

    July 26, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Bernard Tomic of Australia defeated Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 to win the Claro Open for the second consecutive year on Sunday.The 29th-ranked Tomic broke Mannarino's serve twice in the third set to secure the victory in Colombia and clinch his third career title.

  • Thiem wins Croatia Open beating Sousa

    July 26, 2015

    UMAG, Croatia (AP) Dominik Thiem of Austria beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 6-1 to win the Croatia Open on Sunday.Thiem became the first Austrian to win the title since Thomas Muster in 1995. After defeating top-seeded Gael Monfils of France in the semifinals he stunned Sousa in just 61 minutes.

  • Paire takes first ATP title with win over Robredo at Bastad

    July 26, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Benoit Paire of France won his first ATP title on Sunday after beating Spain's Tommy Robredo 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, in the men's final at the Swedish Open.The 26-year-old saved two set points in the first set tiebreak, which he eventually won in 56 minutes on a cool, blustery day.

  • Knapp beats top-seeded Errani to reach Gastein Ladies final

    July 26, 2015

    BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) Karin Knapp outlasted top-seeded Sara Errani 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5 to set up a final against Australia's Samantha Stosur at the Gastein Ladies on Sunday.The all-Italian match was moved from Saturday because of rain. The final will be played later Sunday.

  • Tomic to play Mannarino in Claro Open final

    July 25, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Bernard Tomic of Australia defeated Michael Berrer of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3) to reach the Claro Open final for the second year in a row on Saturday.Tomic will defend his title against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who earned a chance to win his first ATP title by beating top-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).

  • Radwanska, Tsurenko to play for 1st title at Istanbul Cup

    July 25, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine and Usrzula Radwanska of Poland will play for their first WTA singles title in the Istanbul Cup final.The 99th-ranked Radwanska beat the 71st-ranked Tsurenko in their only previous match by retirement, in Doha, Qatar, in 2012.

  • Sousa defeats Bautista Agut to reach Croatia Open final

    July 25, 2015

    UMAG, Croatia (AP) Joao Sousa from Portugal rallied to upset second-seeded Roberto Batista Agut of Spain 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and reach the Croatia Open final on Saturday.In his fifth career final, Sousa will attempt to win his second title, after Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

  • Paire, Robredo advance to Swedish Open final

    July 25, 2015

    BOSTAD, Sweden (AP) Benoit Paire of France knocked out defending champion Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-3 in the Swedish Open semifinals on Saturday.Paire will chase his first ATP title on Sunday against Tommy Robredo of Spain, who will be trying for his third Bastad title, following victories in 2006 and 2008.

  • Stosur beats Schmiedlova to reach Gastein Ladies final

    July 25, 2015

    BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) Samantha Stosur reached her second final of the season after winning the last five games to beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia 6-1, 7-5 at the Gastein Ladies on Saturday.The 23rd-ranked Australian, who won her seventh career title in Strasbourg in May, will play top-seeded Sara Errani or fellow Italian Karin Knapp in Sunday's final.

  • Sousa upsets Fognini to reach Croatia Open semifinals

    July 24, 2015

    UMAG, Croatia (AP) Joao Sousa saved a match point and upset fifth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (6) Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Croatia Open.It's the third semifinal this year for the Portuguese, who reached the final in Geneva in May.

  • Cuevas advances to Swedish Open semifinals

    July 24, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Defending champion Pablo Cuevas beat Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-3, 6-4 in the Swedish Open quarterfinals on Friday.In the semifinals the third-seeded Uruguayan faces France's Benoit Paire, who easily defeated Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-2 in just under an hour.

  • Tsurenko, Radwanska stay in Istanbul hunt for 1st WTA title

    July 24, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Urszula Radwanska of Poland beat the last surviving seed in the Istanbul Cup quarterfinals when she outlasted No. 8 Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) on Friday.In reaching the semis, Radwanska earned her best result on tour in three years. She was bothered by right shoulder and right leg injuries over the last two years. The younger sister of top-10 player Agnieszka Radwanska, Urszula was still searching for her first WTA singles title. She won the doubles here eight years ago with Agnieszka.

  • Federer, Wawrinka return for Switzerland in Davis Cup

    July 24, 2015

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup playoffs against the Netherlands.The best-of-five series is scheduled for Sept. 18-20 in Switzerland at a venue yet to be determined. The winner will play in the 16-nation World Group next year.

  • Stosur, Schmiedlova reach semifinals at Gastein Ladies

    July 24, 2015

    BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) Samantha Stosur advance to her second semifinal of the season by beating Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-3, 6-2 Friday at the Gastein Ladies.The second-seeded Australian, who won her seventh career title in Strasbourg in May, avoided break points to set up a semifinal match against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia.

  • Top seed Karlovic beats Galan to reach Claro Open quarters

    July 23, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Top-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia came back to defeat home-crowd favorite Daniel Elahi Galan 6-7 (12), 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Claro Open on Thursday.The 23rd-ranked Karlovic served 28 aces and didn't allow a single break point against the 607th-ranked Colombian.

  • No. 8 Pironkova last seed standing at Istanbul Cup

    July 23, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria was the only seed - the No. 8 and last - to reach the Istanbul Cup quarterfinals on Thursday.Pironkova defeated Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, then learned fourth-seeded Alize Cornet of France was overhauled by Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, and fifth-seeded Camila Giorgi lost an all-Italian match with Francesca Schiavone.

  • Bautista Agut, Haider-Maurer, Thiem advance at Croatia Open

    July 23, 2015

    UMAG, Croatia (AP) Second-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain eased into the Croatia Open quarterfinals by defeating Blaz Kavcic from Slovenia 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.Bautista Agut, coming off a run to the Wimbledon last 16, made it to his fifth quarterfinals of the year.

  • Paire KOs top seed Goffin in Swedish Open 2nd round

    July 23, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Benoit Paire of France ousted top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 6-2, 6-3 at the Swedish Open on Thursday to reach his first quarterfinals in 15 months.Paire improved to 2-0 against Goffin, who lost his serve five times.Next up for Paire will be Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, who saved all five break points he faced against 2010 Bastad champion Nicolas Almagro of Spain in a 6-3, 6-3, victory.

  • Top-seed Errani, Schmiedlova reach Gastein Ladies quarters

    July 23, 2015

    BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) Top-seeded Sara Errani saved a match point and won the last five games to beat Ukrainian qualifier Maryna Zanevska 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the second round of the Gastein Ladies on Thursday.Leading 2-0 in the second set, the Italian lost 11 of the next 15 games. Zanevska, who was seeking her first career quarterfinal, missed a match point while serving at 5-2 and failed to win another game.

  • Groth beats Pella in 3 sets in 1st round of Claro Open

    July 22, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Sam Groth of Australia served 26 aces to beat Argentina's Guido Pella 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 on Wednesday and advance to the round of 16 of the Claro Open.The sixth-seeded Australian served 11 aces in the decisive third set alone at the ATP 250 hard court tournament.

  • Vinci, Rybarikova to meet in Istanbul Cup quarterfinals

    July 22, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Italy's Roberta Vinci beat Russian qualifier Alexandra Panova 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Istanbul Cup.Vinci next plays Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, who only needed 50 minutes to cruise past wild card entrant Ipek Soylu of Turkey 6-0, 6-0.

  • Sousa upsets third-seeded Seppi at Croatia Open

    July 22, 2015

    UMAG, Croatia (AP) Portugal's Joao Sousa upset third-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of the Croatia Open on Wednesday.Sousa played steadily from the baseline as Seppi made a number of unforced errors. Sousa converted six out of nine break points to win in just 69 minutes.

  • Bellucci, Zverev advance at Swedish Open

    July 22, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Sixth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open after defeating wild card entrant Christian Lindell of Sweden 6-3, 6-4, on Wednesday.Bellucci's victory left 2011 Bastad winner Robin Soderling as the last Swede to have reached the quarterfinals or better in the tournament.

  • Mardy Fish says US Open to be last tournament of career

    July 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former top-10 player Mardy Fish says the U.S. Open will be the last tennis tournament of his career.The 33-year-old American has played just one competitive match since August 2013 as he's dealt with anxiety issues. Fish will use a protected ranking to gain entry to the singles field for the year's last Grand Slam event, the U.S. Tennis Association said Wednesday.

  • Top-seed Errani advances to 2nd round at Gastein Ladies

    July 22, 2015

    BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) Top-seeded Sara Errani sweated to get past Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-4, 6-4 to reach the second round of the Gastein Ladies on Wednesday.The 19th-ranked Italian dropped serve three times and held off eight more break points.

  • Venus Williams ousted from 1st round of Istanbul Cup

    July 21, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Top-seeded Venus Williams was eliminated from the first round of the Istanbul Cup in a 6-4, 7-6 (4) upset by Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko on Tuesday.Bondarenko managed three service breaks in the opening set and took a 5-2 lead in the second before Williams rallied, winning four consecutive games and serving at 6-5 for the set.

  • Coric, Kohlschreiber advance at Croatia Open

    July 21, 2015

    UMAG, Croatia (AP) Croatia's Borna Coric beat Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-3 in hot and humid conditions on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Croatia Open.Seventh-seeded Coric felt at home with the weather, converting four out of 11 break points and scoring 35 winners to defeat his Spanish opponent.

  • Almagro, Bellucci advance at Swedish Open

    July 21, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Nicolas Almagro upset fifth-seeded Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 in an all-Spanish contest on clay to reach the second round of the Swedish Open on Tuesday.Almagro, the 2010 Bastad champion and winner of 12 clay-court titles, sealed victory on his third match point.

  • John McEnroe says end of competitive tennis near for him

    July 21, 2015

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) John McEnroe says he's almost done playing competitive tennis.The 56-year-old Hall of Famer plans to play an exhibition match against Jim Courier on Aug. 28 in New Haven. That will be part of a Legends Event designed to increase attendance at the Connecticut Open, the last women's tournament before the U.S. Open.

  • Former champion Goerges beats Ozaki in Gastein Ladies opener

    July 21, 2015

    BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) Former champion Julia Goerges defeated Risa Ozaki of Japan 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the Gastein Ladies on Tuesday.The sixth-seeded German, who won the clay-court event in 2010, missed a match point at 5-3 in the second set and needed three more chances to close out the victory the next game.

  • US going to Uzbekistan in Davis Cup playoffs, Swiss vs Dutch

    July 21, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The United States will travel to Uzbekistan for the first time among some tough away trips in the Davis Cup World Group playoffs in September.Winners qualify for the elite 16-nation World Group next year.In other matchups drawn on Tuesday, 2014 champion Switzerland hosts the Netherlands, 2012 and 2013 champ the Czech Republic goes to India, 2014 semifinalist Italy is at Russia, Japan travels to Colombia, Brazil hosts Croatia, Poland welcomes Slovakia, and the Dominican Republic, in its first World Group playoff, is at home to Germany.

  • Sugita beats Barrientos in 1st round of Claro Open

    July 20, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) Yuichi Sugita of Japan came back to defeat Colombia's Nicolas Barrientos 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Claro Open on Monday.Sugita will play fourth-seeded Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic in the round of 16 of the ATP 250 hard-court tournament.

  • Serena Williams out of World TeamTennis

    July 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) With the Grand Slam in sight, Serena Williams is not going to risk playing World TeamTennis.Williams originally was slated to play for the Washington Kastles on Monday and Tuesday.But in a news release Monday, the Kastles announced that Williams would miss those matches.

  • Fognini, Bedne advance to 2nd round at Croatia Open

    July 20, 2015

    UMAG, Croatia (AP) Fifth-seeded Fabio Fognini beat Jiry Vesely 6-4, 6-4 on Monday to reach the second round of the Croatia Open.Fognini, a finalist in 2013, broke at the start of both sets and played very aggressively on his Czech opponent's second serve - winning 67 percent, or 18 out of 27 points.

  • Paire, Lindell through to 2nd round in Swedish Open

    July 20, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Benoit Paire of France advanced to the second round of the Swedish Open with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Markus Eriksson on Monday.Paire's next match will be against top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium.In Monday's other first-round match, wild card entrant Christian Lindell of Sweden beat Joao Souza of Brazil 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

  • Friedsam retires with ankle injury at Gastein Ladies

    July 20, 2015

    BAD GASTEIN, Austria (AP) German tennis player Anna-Lena Friedsam was carried off the court on a stretcher after spraining her ankle while leading Klara Koukalova of Czech Republic 6-1, 4-0 in the first round of the Gastein Ladies on Monday.Tournament organizers had no immediate update on Friedsam's injury. The 21-year-old German reached a career-high 73rd on this week's WTA rankings.

  • Svitolina upset by Rybarikova 1st round of Istanbul Cup

    July 20, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Second-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine was beaten 6-1, 6-3 by Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia in the first round of the Istanbul Cup on Monday.Rybarikova took advantage of a far more effective service game, winning 70 percent of her first serves, compared to 41 percent for Svitolina.

  • Davis Cup: Argentina finishes with 4-1 win over Serbia

    July 19, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Dusan Lajovic beat Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-4 to help Serbia avoid a clean sweep to Argentina in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.Argentina wrapped up a spot in the semifinals by winning the doubles match on Saturday, and a day earlier it had won both singles matches in the clay-court tie at home.

  • Britain faces Australia, Argentina gets Belgium in Davis Cup

    July 19, 2015

    LONDON (AP) A tearful Andy Murray celebrated taking Britain to its first Davis Cup semifinal for more than three decades on Sunday, sealing an emotional 3-1 victory over France to line up a home series against Australia.The Australians rallied from 2-0 down on Friday to edge Kazakhstan 3-2 on Sunday, with Lleyton Hewitt winning the decider.

  • Rajeev Ram wins grass-count event at Newport - again

    July 19, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) American Rajeev Ram won the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the second time Sunday, beating second-seeded Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (2).The 31-year-old Ram, ranked 161st, also won on Newport's grass courts in 2009. The two titles are his only victories on the ATP Tour.

  • Schmiedlova wins Bucharest Open

    July 19, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Seventh-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova beat top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-3 in searing heat on clay to win the Bucharest Open final on Sunday.The 20-year-old Slovak took 2 hours and 7 minutes to overcome a tired Errani, who was recovering from a grueling semifinal in the hottest weekend of the year in Bucharest.

  • Murray beats Simon to put Britain in Davis Cup semifinals

    July 19, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray came from a set down to beat France's Gilles Simon 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday and put Britain into the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in 34 years.Murray, who won his opening singles on Friday and then teamed up with his brother Jamie to win Saturday's doubles, gave Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series on grass at the Queen's Club. The final scheduled match between James Ward and France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was not played.

  • Davis Cup: Hewitt, Groth lead Australia to quarterfinal win

    July 19, 2015

    It took two replacement players, including Davis Cup stalwart Lleyton Hewitt, to help restore some pride to Australian tennis.Facing a 2-0 deficit after dropping the opening singles matches on Friday, Australia came back to win its Davis Cup quarterfinal on grass in the tropical northern city of Darwin on Sunday when Sam Groth and Hewitt won their matches in the reverse singles.

  • Davis Cup: Australian substitute Groth evens quarterfinal

    July 19, 2015

    DARWIN, Australia (AP) Sam Groth sent Australia's Davis Cup quarterfinal with Kazakhstan to a fifth-match decider with a 6-3, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (6) win Sunday over Mikhail Kukushkin.Groth was a late substitute for Nick Kyrgios, who faced criticism for his on-court demeanor in Friday's loss in the second singles match against Kazakhstan, as well as at Wimbledon, where he was fined nearly ,000 for racket abuse and swearing.

  • American Ram advances to final at Newport

    July 18, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) American Rajeev Ram defeated Australian John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Saturday to reach the final at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.The 31-year-old Ram won the title on Newport's grass courts in 2009.The 161st-ranked Ram defeated top-seeded John Isner in his opening-round match. He also knocked off fifth-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France in the quarterfinals Thursday.

  • Amelie Mauresmo inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

    July 18, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Amelie Mauresmo is slated to experience two very memorable moments in just a few short weeks.She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday but unable to travel to the ceremony because she's expecting her first child in early August.

  • Davis Cup: Belgium, Argentina reach semis, Brits lead France

    July 18, 2015

    Belgium and Argentina set up a Davis Cup semifinal in September, while Britain took the lead against France, and Australia stayed alive in the quarterfinals on Saturday.Belgium reached its first semis since 1999 when Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans won the doubles for an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Canada on clay in Ostend.

  • Davis Cup: Argentina beats Serbia to return to semifinals

    July 18, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer defeated Serbia's Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday, sending host Argentina back to the Davis Cup semifinals and keeping it on track for its first title.Argentina will travel in September to Belgium, which defeated Canada 3-0 to make it to the semis for the first time since 1999.

  • Errani advances to Bucharest Open final

    July 18, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy overcame Romania's Monica Niculescu 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in scorching temperatures on clay Saturday to advance to the Bucharest Open final.Errani, ranked 20th, lost the first set in a semifinal lasting 2 hours, 21 minutes, with temperatures of 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit).

  • Davis Cup: Belgium reaches semis for first time since 1999

    July 18, 2015

    OSTEND, Belgium (AP) Belgium reached the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 1999 when Ruben Bemelmans and debutant Kimmer Coppejans won the doubles for an unbeatable 3-0 lead over Canada on Saturday.Bemelmans and his fifth different partner in Davis Cup, Coppejans, beat Daniel Nestor and Canada's own newcomer, Adil Shamasdin, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in 2 1/2 hours on clay.

  • Murrays put Britain 2-1 up against France in Davis Cup

    July 18, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Andy and Jamie Murray came from a set down to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the doubles to give Britain a 2-1 lead over France in their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Saturday.''We played an unbelievably high level match against a top team,'' Andy Murray said. ''It was an absolutely fantastic atmosphere. To play and represent your country with your brother in a match like this is very special.''

  • Barthel to meet Larsson in Swedish Open final

    July 18, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Defending champion Mona Barthel of Germany beat Lara Arruabarrena of Spain 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to line up a Swedish Open final against local hope Johanna Larsson.Barthel, at No. 4 the highest-seeded player left after the withdrawal of Serena Williams on Thursday, completed a straightforward victory in one hour and 16 minutes.

  • Davis Cup: Australia extends quarterfinal with doubles win

    July 18, 2015

    DARWIN, Australia (AP) Australia has stayed alive in its Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan by winning Saturday's doubles match to trail 2-1 going into Sunday's reverse singles.Behind 2-0 after Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios lost their singles matches on Friday, Australia needed victory from Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth to avoid swift elimination, and they duly beat Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

  • Davis Cup: Kazakhstan takes 2-0 lead in quarterfinal

    July 17, 2015

    DARWIN, Australia (AP) Aleksandr Nedovyesov beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Friday to give Kazakhstan a 2-0 lead over Australia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.On an outdoor grass court - Australia's favored surface - at the Marrara Sports Complex in the tropical Northern Territory capital, the 115th-ranked Nedovyesov won on his first match point when a service return by the 41st-ranked Kyrgios went into the net.

  • Davis Cup: Delbonis gives Argentina 2-0 lead against Serbia

    July 17, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Federico Delbonis defeated Viktor Troicki 2-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 to give Argentina a 2-0 lead over Serbia in their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Friday.Delbonis conceded a two-set lead against the 20th-ranked Troicki but rallied to level before dominating the fifth set to help the Argentines take a commanding lead in the clay-court tie.

  • No. 2 seeded Karlovic advances to semis at Newport

    July 17, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic advanced to the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the second straight year, beating Germany's Dustin Brown 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Friday.The 36-year-old Karlovic, from Croatia, was a runner-up to Leyton Hewitt last year.

  • Belgium takes 2-0 lead against Canada in Davis Cup QF

    July 17, 2015

    OSTEND, Belgium (AP) Steve Darcis and David Goffin gave Belgium a 2-0 lead over Canada on Friday with singles victories in their Davis Cup quarterfinal matches.Darcis beat No. 272 Frank Dancevic 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 in the opener, and 14th-ranked Goffin came through in the second singles by downing No. 491 Filip Peliwo 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

  • Andy Murray levels Britain's Davis Cup QF against France

    July 17, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray leveled Britain's Davis Cup quarterfinal against France at 1-1 Friday by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets at Queen's Club.Britain's top-ranked player beat Tsonga 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-2 after compatriot James Ward was outplayed by Gilles Simon earlier in the day.

  • Davis Cup: Mayer gives Argentina 1-0 lead against Serbia

    July 17, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Leonardo Mayer defeated Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 to give Argentina a 1-0 lead over Serbia in their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Friday.The 22nd-ranked Mayer broke Krajinovic's serve at 5-4 to win the first set, then dominated the last two to secure the important opening win in the clay-court tie.

  • Defending champ Barthel reaches semis in Swedish Open

    July 17, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Defending champion Mona Barthel struggled past local wild card Rebecca Peterson 6-1, 7-6 (3) to secure a spot in the Swedish Open semifinals on Friday.Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva reached her first career WTA semifinal when she beat Czech player Klara Koukalova 6-3, 6-4.

  • Darcis wins opener for Belgium in Davis Cup quarter v Canada

    July 17, 2015

    OSTEND, Belgium (AP) Steve Darcis met expectations when he beat Frank Dancevic 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 to put Belgium up 1-0 on Canada in their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Friday.Darcis took a set to adapt to the swirling wind at Sportpark Krokodiel, then gradually bossed Dancevic in the rallies on the outdoor clay.

  • Gilles Simon gives France 1-0 lead over Britain in Davis Cup

    July 17, 2015

    LONDON (AP) France has the edge over Britain in their Davis Cup quarterfinal after Gilles Simon eased to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 victory over James Ward in the opening game on Friday.Four months after Ward was key to Britain overcoming the United States in the previous round, the 89th-ranked Londoner was beaten in 1 hour, 47 minutes by Simon, who was not broken once.

  • Tomic in trouble on day he was supposed to be playing tennis

    July 17, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Bernard Tomic was supposed to be playing Davis Cup tennis for Australia on Friday.Instead, news emerged that the 22-year-old Tomic, suspended from the match for his critical comments of Tennis Australia and performance director Pat Rafter, had been arrested in Miami Beach, Florida earlier in the week.

  • Goerges loses to unseeded Kovinic in Bucharest 2nd round

    July 16, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Unseeded Danka Kovinic of Montenegro reached the Bucharest Open quarterfinals for a second straight year when she upset fourth-seed Julia Goerges of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-2 on Thursday.Kovinic, the first Montenegrin woman to make a WTA quarterfinal two years ago in Budapest, made the last eight for the third time this year in a match of long rallies for nearly three hours.

  • Germany's Brown advances to Hall of Fame quarters in Newport

    July 16, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Germany's Dustin Brown beat sixth-seeded Sam Querrey 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Thursday to complete a rain-delayed match from a day earlier, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.Brown upset Rafael Nadal earlier this month in the second round at Wimbledon.

  • Davis Cup: Belgium has great chance to make semis

    July 16, 2015

    OSTEND, Belgium (AP) Belgium has a great chance to reach the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 1999 after Canada came without stalwarts Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil.Raonic, ranked No. 8, and Pospisil, No. 27, are injured, leaving Frank Dancevic, at No. 272, as Canada's highest-ranked player.

  • Davis Cup: Mayer opens against Krajinovic in quarterfinals

    July 16, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Leonardo Mayer of Argentina will face Filip Krajinovic of Serbia in the first match of their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Friday.Federico Delbonis will face Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the second singles, and Carlos Berlocq and Diego Schwartzman will be up against Dusan Lajovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles on Saturday.

  • Australian tennis star Tomic arrested over loud hotel music

    July 16, 2015

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic is facing resisting arrest charges after allegedly refusing to turn down loud music in his suite at a Miami Beach hotel.Miami Beach police say officers responded Wednesday to the W South Beach Hotel after Tomic would not comply with requests from hotel security to lower the volume. The security personnel and police officers then told the 22-year-old Tomic he was being evicted, but he refused to leave.

  • Davis Cup: Murray vs Tsonga 2nd singles at Queen's

    July 16, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will meet at Queen's Club on Friday in the first Britain-France tie in Davis Cup in 23 years.Theirs will be the second singles, following James Ward vs. Gilles Simon, as drawn on Thursday.Richard Gasquet, the Frenchman who went furthest at Wimbledon in reached the singles semifinals, was placed in a new doubles pairing with Nicolas Mahut. They will face Wimbledon doubles finalists Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray on Saturday.

  • Serena pulls out of Swedish Open, citing right elbow injury

    July 16, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Wimbledon champion Serena Williams said a right elbow injury forced her to pull out of the Swedish Open on Thursday.Williams said she felt pain in the elbow in the first game of her first-round match on Wednesday, four days after winning her sixth Wimbledon championship and fourth successive Grand Slam title, but went on to roll Belgian qualifier Yasline Bonaventure 6-2, 6-1.

  • S Williams pulls out of Swedish Open, citing elbow injury

    July 16, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the Swedish Open, citing a right elbow injury.Tournament spokesman Marcus Duner says the top-ranked Williams was injured while practicing Thursday. He had no immediate details on the injury.

  • Davis Cup: Kokkinakis to open against Kukushkin in Darwin

    July 15, 2015

    DARWIN, Australia (AP) Teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis will open the Davis Cup quarterfinal for a controversy-hit Australia team on Friday against Kazakhstan No. 1 Mikhail Kukushkin.Following Thursday's draw, Australian No.1 Nick Kyrgios plays Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the second opening singles on outdoor grass courts.

  • Sara Errani through to quarterfinals in Bucharest

    July 15, 2015

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Top-seeded Sara Errani overcame a slow start to beat Shahar Peer 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the Bucharest Open.Errani committed a string of backhand errors in the second round match to trail 4-2, before the Italian made a comeback against her Israeli opponent.

  • Americans Sock, Ram advance to quarters on Newport's grass

    July 15, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Americans Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram advanced to the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Wednesday.Fourth-seeded Sock rallied past Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4. Ram defeated Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-4, 6-3, a day after upsetting top-seeded John Isner.

  • Serena Williams in easy win over Bonaventure in Swedish Open

    July 15, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams sailed through her opening match at the Swedish Open with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure in the first round on Wednesday.Four days after winning her sixth Wimbledon title, Williams ousted Bonaventure from the clay-court tournament in 53 minutes despite a first-serve percentage of 64.

  • Top-seeded John Isner upset in Newport first round

    July 14, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Top-seeded and two-time champion John Isner was upset in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships by Rajeev Ram 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (8) on Tuesday.The 18th-ranked Isner won the title on Newport's grass in 2011 and 2012.

  • Strycova advances in Swedish Open

    July 14, 2015

    BASTAD, Sweden (AP) Third-seeded Barbora Strycova beat Grace Min of the United States 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Swedish Open.It was Strycova's fifth appearance at Bastad and the Czech player next faces Russia's Evgeniya Rodina.

  • US Open singles champs to earn record .3 million

    July 14, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) This year's U.S. Open men's and women's singles champions will each earn a record .3 million, up 10 percent from 2014.The U.S. Tennis Association announced Tuesday the total tournament purse will be .3 million, a 10.5 percent increase from a year ago. The payout for each round in singles is rising by at least 10 percent.

  • Controversy and criticism hits once-proud tennis Down Under

    July 13, 2015

    Australian tennis once was full of good news stories, and personalities to match.Rod Laver, the only male player to twice win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year - in 1962 and 1969 - and leading women's major winner Margaret Court were in that category. Other exemplary role models and multiple major winners include Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe and Pat Rafter.

  • No. 7-seeded Johnson advances at Hall of Fame

    July 13, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) Seventh-seeded Steve Johnson beat Michael Berrer of Germany 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Monday.Johnson is one of four seeded Americans slated to play this week. Two-time Newport champion and top-seeded John Isner, No. 4-seeded Jack Sock, No. 6 Sam Querrey and No. 8 Tim Smyczek are scheduled to play their opening-round matches later this week.

  • Fendrich on Tennis: Djokovic closing in on Federer, Nadal

    July 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) A day after winning Wimbledon for a ninth Grand Slam title, moving within five of Rafael Nadal's total and putting him more than halfway to Roger Federer's record of 17, Novak Djokovic was asked about the possibility of catching his two rivals.

  • Djokovic, Williams bust a move at Wimbledon champions dinner

    July 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) After winning titles again on Wimbledon's grass, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams showed they can cut a rug, too.Reviving a bygone tradition, Djokovic and Williams busted a move at the Grand Slam tournament's annual champions' dinner, dancing together to ''Night Fever,'' the Bee Gees' disco hit from the 1977 movie ''Saturday Night Fever'' that starred John Travolta.

  • Djokovic, Williams show at Wimbledon they're clear No. 1s

    July 13, 2015

    LONDON (AP) It's more obvious than ever that Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have really distanced themselves from the rest of the elite in tennis.Not just because they were the ones who got to dress up and attend the Wimbledon champions' dinner Sunday night.

  • No. 8 still elusive for Roger Federer at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Roger Federer was a match away from fulfilling his mission of winning a record eighth Wimbledon title.Once again, he ran into a seemingly invincible Novak Djokovic.Federer had been in excellent form throughout this year's tournament, and he continued to show it in Sunday's final. He took an early lead in the first set, he came back to win an epic 22-point tiebreaker in the second set, and he matched Djokovic all afternoon with sizzling forehands and slick backhands on the grass of Centre Court.

  • The Latest: F1 champion Hamilton misses Wimbledon final

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---8:50 p.m.Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton missed out on watching the Wimbledon final because he didn't meet the All England Club's dress code.Hamilton was invited to sit in the Royal Box along with several other celebrities and sportsmen, including Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper and five-time Wimbledon champion Bjorn Borg.

  • Hingis wins Wimbledon mixed doubles for 2 titles in 2 days

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Martina Hingis keeps adding to her collection of Wimbledon trophies.The 34-year-old Swiss paired with Leander Paes of India on Sunday to win the mixed doubles title, beating Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1, 6-1 under the roof on Centre Court.

  • The Latest: Hingis and Paes win mixed doubles at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---7:25 p.m.Martina Hingis and Leander Paes won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon on Sunday, beating Timea Babos and Alexander Peya 6-1, 6-1.It's the second title in two days for the 34-year-old Hingis, who won the women's doubles on Saturday with Sania Mirza, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

  • The Latest: Reilly Opelka wins boys title at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:40 p.m.Reilly Opelka of the United States won the boys title at Wimbledon on Sunday, beating Mikael Ymer of Sweden 7-6 (5), 6-4.The 17-year-old Opelka is the second straight American to win the junior title at Wimbledon after Noah Rubin.

  • Djkokovic beats Federer in 4 sets for 3rd Wimbledon title

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic got the better of Roger Federer at Wimbledon again.The defending champion outplayed Federer in four sets Sunday to win his third Wimbledon title and ninth Grand Slam championship, cementing his status as the dominant player in the game.

  • The Latest: Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon title for 3rd time

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:27 p.m.Novak Djokovic has won the Wimbledon title for the second straight year, and again against seven-time champion Roger Federer.The top-seeded Serb beat Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 Sunday on Centre Court to win his third title overall at the All England Club.

  • The Latest: Novak Djokovic up a break in 4th set

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:09 p.m.Novak Djokovic has broken Roger Federer's serve again, and the top-seeded Serb now leads 3-2 in the fourth set of the Wimbledon final.Djokovic won the first and third sets, while Federer took the second.

  • The Latest: Novak Djokovic wins 3rd set in Wimbledon final

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:53 p.m.Novak Djokovic has won the third set of the Wimbledon final and now leads Roger Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4.Djokovic needs one more set to win his third title at the All England Club, and second in a row.

  • The Latest: Djokovic and Federer resume play at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:41 p.m.Play has resumed in the Wimbledon final with Novak Djokovic leading Roger Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 3-2.The match was briefly halted because of rain. The roof over Centre Court is still open.

  • The Latest: Djokovic, Federer back on court at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:36 p.m.Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are back on court and getting ready to resume the Wimbledon final after a short rain delay.Djokovic was leading 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 3-2 when play was halted.

  • The Latest: Tarp has been taken off the grass at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:30 p.m.The tarp is off and play is expected to resume shortly in the Wimbledon final following a brief rain delay.Novak Djokovic was leading Roger Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 3-2 when play was halted.

  • The Latest: Play in Wimbledon final stopped because of rain

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:21 p.m.Play has been suspended in the Wimbledon final because of rain with Novak Djokovic leading Roger Federer in the third set.Djokovic was leading 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 3-2 when play was halted.

  • The Latest: Djokovic up a break early in 3rd at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:16 p.m.Novak Djokovic broke Roger Federer's serve early in the third set of the Wimbledon final to take a 2-1 lead.The players split the opening sets, with Djokovic winning the first and Federer taking the second - both in tiebreakers.

  • The Latest: Federer wins 2nd set tiebreaker at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4 p.m.Roger Federer has evened it up in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, winning the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (10).Djokovic won the first set 7-6 (1).---3:44 p.m.Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are headed to another tiebreaker in the Wimbledon final.

  • The Latest: Djokovic and Federer go to another tiebreaker

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:44 p.m.Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are headed to another tiebreaker in the Wimbledon final.Both players held serve throughout the second set, though both had chances to break on Centre Court.

  • The Latest: Djokovic wins 1st set of Wimbledon final

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:54 p.m.Novak Djokovic has won the first set of the Wimbledon final against Roger Federer in a tiebreaker 7-6 (1).Both players managed to break each other's serve once in the set, but Djokovic dominated the tiebreaker to take the lead.

  • The Latest: 1st set of Wimbledon final headed to tiebreaker

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:48 p.m.The first set of the Wimbledon final is headed to a tiebreaker.Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are even at 6-6, with each earning one break in the opening set.---2:30 p.m.Novak Djokovic has broken right back, putting the Wimbledon final against Roger Federer back on serve.

  • The Latest: Djokovic breaks right back in Wimbledon final

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:30 p.m.Novak Djokovic has broken right back, putting the Wimbledon final against Roger Federer back at serve.Federer leads 4-3, but Djokovic will serve next.---2:27 p.m.Roger Federer has broken Novak Djokovic's serve in the first set of the Wimbledon final and leads 4-2.

  • The Latest: Federer breaks, leads 4-2 in 1st set

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:27 p.m.Roger Federer has broken Novak Djokovic's serve in the first set of the Wimbledon final and leads 4-2.---2:17 p.m.At the first changeover in the Wimbledon final, Roger Federer is leading Novak Djokovic 2-1 in the first set.

  • The Latest: Federer leads 2-1 in 1st set in Wimbledon final

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:17 p.m.At the first changeover in the Wimbledon final, Roger Federer is leading Novak Djokovic 2-1 in the first set.---2:08 p.m.Roger Federer won the coin toss at the net and decided to serve first against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.

  • The Latest: Federer to serve 1st in Wimbledon final

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:08 p.m.Roger Federer won the coin toss at the net and decided to serve first against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final.Federer's serve has been excellent at this year's tournament. He has only been broken once, against Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals. On Friday against Andy Murray, the second-seeded Swiss won 70 of 91 points on serve and was only taken to deuce twice in the entire match. He also had 20 aces.

  • The Latest: Federer and Djokovic on court at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2 p.m.Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are on court and ready to warm up before they start playing in the Wimbledon final.Federer is looking for a record eighth title at the All England Club, while defending champion Djokovic is going for his third. Djokovic beat Federer in five sets in last year's final.

  • The Latest: Hollywood stars, tennis greats due in Royal Box

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:30 p.m.There's a mix of show biz and tennis royalty on the Royal Box guest list for the men's final at Wimbledon.Hollywood actors Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Grant are due to be at Centre Court, along with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and former Wimbledon champions Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver, Chris Evert, Jan Kodes, Stan Smith and Manuel Santana.

  • The Latest: Becker and Edberg renew rivalry at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1 p.m.Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg will be back on Centre Court for the Wimbledon final.They won't be playing this time, though.Edberg, the Swedish great who won six Grand Slam titles, is the coach of Roger Federer. Becker, himself a six-time major champion, coaches Novak Djokovic.

  • The Latest: Duke of Kent to present trophies at Wimbledon

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:40 p.m.The Duke of Kent will present the trophies after the men's final at Wimbledon, as usual. The duke is the president of the All England Club and also presented the trophies after the women's final.

  • Fendrich on Tennis: 'Serena Slam' done, Grand Slam up next

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Before Serena Williams moves on from completing a second ''Serena Slam'' to pursuing tennis' first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century, it's worth pausing to appreciate what she's done.First of all, there are the statistics. And what statistics they are:

  • The Latest: Wimbledon to add singles in wheelchair tennis

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:20 p.m.Wimbledon will have singles events in wheelchair tennis starting next year.The All England Club has had doubles events for wheelchair players for 10 years, but not singles.Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis says ''I am sure they will be a popular addition and welcomed by the players and fans alike.''

  • The Latest: Ali Nili will be chair umpire in Wimbledon final

    July 12, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:15 p.m.Ali Nili, a 37-year-old Iranian-born American, will be the chair umpire for Sunday's men's final at Wimbledon.Nili has worked at all four major tournaments, but the match between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on Centre Court will be his first Grand Slam final.

  • Hingis, 34, teams with Mirza to win Wimbledon doubles title

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Martina Hingis is a Wimbledon champion once again, 17 years - exactly half her life - after the last time.Already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame on the merits of her ''first'' career in the sport, Hingis teamed with Sania Mirza to win the women's doubles final at the All England Club by beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5 on Saturday night.

  • The Latest: 15-year-old Zhuk wins girls title at Wimbledon

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:50 p.m.Sofya Zhuk, a 15-year-old Russian, won the girls title at Wimbledon on Saturday.Zhuk beat Anna Blinkova, also from Russia, 7-5, 6-4 on Court 1 at the All England Club to win her first junior Grand Slam title in only her second major tournament.

  • The Latest: Hingis and Mirza win doubles title at Wimbledon

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---8:35 p.m.Martina Hingis is a Wimbledon champion for the first time since 1998.The 34-year-old Swiss player, already a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, teamed up with Sania Mirza of India to win the women's doubles title on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Rojer and Tecau win men's doubles at Wimbledon

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:25 p.m.Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon on Saturday.Rojer and Tecau beat Jamie Murray of Britain and John Peers of Australia 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court.

  • Emotional Muguruza given standing ovation at Wimbledon

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) When it was over, when she was assured of being this year's Wimbledon runner-up and not this year's Wimbledon champion, Garbine Muguruza shed some tears.It wasn't just because she lost to Serena Williams, though. It was because the crowd at Centre Court absolutely loved her.

  • Williams wins Wimbledon to secure another Serena Slam

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Game. Set. Serena Slam.Serena Williams overcame a slow start, eight double-faults and a nervy finish to beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday for her sixth Wimbledon title, fourth Grand Slam championship in a row and 21st major overall.

  • The Latest: Williams wins Wimbledon title for the 6th time

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:36 p.m.Serena Williams is the Wimbledon champion, again.The American won her sixth title at the All England Club on Saturday, beating Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 6-4 in the women's final.

  • The Latest: Muguruza back on serve in Wimbledon final

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:32 p.m.Garbine Muguruza is back on serve after twice breaking Serena Williams in the second set of the Wimbledon final.Muguruza lost the first set and still trails 5-4 in the second but is serving to even the second set.

  • The Latest: Williams goes up a break in 2nd set at Wimbledon

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:10 p.m.Serena Williams is up a break in the second set, leading 3-1 after taking the first set 6-4.---2:57 p.m.Serena Williams has taken the first set in the Wimbledon final.The top-seeded American, who is one set away from completing a second ''Serena Slam'' with her fourth straight major championship, leads Garbine Muguruza 6-4 after the first set.

  • The Latest: Williams takes 1st set 6-4 in Wimbledon final

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:57 p.m.Serena Williams has taken the first set in the Wimbledon final.The top-seeded American, who is one set away from completing a second ''Serena Slam'' with her fourth straight major championship, leads Garbine Muguruza 6-4 after the first set.

  • The Latest: Williams back on serve at 4-4 in Wimbledon final

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:46 p.m.Serena Williams is back on serve in the Wimbledon final.The 20-time Grand Slam champion broke Garbine Muguruza to even the score at 4-4 in the first set.---2:35 p.m.Serena Williams is still down a break, trailing 3-2 with Garbine Muguruza to serve.

  • The Latest: Williams trailing 3-2 in Wimbledon final

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:35 p.m.Serena Williams is still down a break, trailing 3-2 with Garbine Muguruza to serve.Williams, who is looking to win her fourth straight major title, was broken in the opening game but has held her serve twice since.

  • The Latest: Williams goes down early break at Wimbledon

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:20 p.m.Serena Williams has gone down an early break in the Wimbledon final. Garbine Muguruza leads 1-0 and is serving.---2:12 p.m.Serena Williams will serve first in the Wimbledon final.The top-seeded American, who is looking to win her fourth straight major title, is facing Garbine Muguruza on Saturday on Centre Court.

  • The Latest: Williams to serve 1st in Wimbledon final

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:12 p.m.Serena Williams will serve first in the Wimbledon final.The top-seeded American, who is looking to win her fourth straight major title, is facing Garbine Muguruza on Saturday on Centre Court.

  • Wimbledon Lookahead: No. 1 Djokovic, No. 2 Federer in final

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) When Roger Federer faces Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final for the second consecutive year on Sunday, they'll be resuming a rivalry that has been about as even as possible.This is their 40th head-to-head meeting; Federer leads 20-19.

  • The Latest: Navratilova among former champions in Royal Box

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:45 p.m.Several former champions are expected to be in the Royal Box for Saturday's women's final at Wimbledon.Martina Navratilova, Maria Bueno, Jana Novotna and Virginia Wade are just some of the greats that will watch the final on Centre Court alongside other invited guests.

  • The Latest: Alison Hughes is chair umpire for women's final

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:25 p.m.The chair umpire for the women's final at Wimbledon will be Alison Hughes.The 43-year-old Hughes, who is from northern England, has chaired the women's final at the All England Club five times previously, as well as finals at the other three major tournaments.

  • The Latest: Duke of Kent to present trophy at Wimbledon

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:10 p.m.As is customary, the Duke of Kent will present the winner's trophy after the women's final at Wimbledon on Saturday.The duke is the president of the All England Club.Serena Williams will be playing for a sixth Wimbledon title against Garbine Muguruza, a 21-year-old Spaniard who is making her first appearance in a major final.

  • The Latest: Serena Williams going for 4th straight major

    July 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---11:55 a.m.It's women's final day at Wimbledon, with Serena Williams going for her fourth straight major title against 21-year-old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.Play is due to start at 2 p.m. on Centre Court.

  • Stakhovsky criticized for anti-gay comment attributed to him

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The heads of the ATP and WTA have criticized professional tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky for anti-gay comments about the women's tour attributed to him. His remarks came in an interview with a Ukraine-based website.WTA chairman and CEO Stacey Allaster said Friday it's ''sad to think in this day and age there are people who are narrow-minded and speak derisively about women based on sexual orientation.''

  • Murray plays well, still loses to Federer at Wimbledon

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) It's not all that often that someone can play so well and still lose in straight sets.That's what Andy Murray will have to live with, because the 2013 Wimbledon champion produced a solid performance Friday on Centre Court but still lost to an almost-otherworldly Roger Federer in the semifinals at the All England Club.

  • Martina Hingis reaches 2 doubles finals at Wimbledon

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Martina Hingis is back in a final at Wimbledon for the first time since 1998 - in women's doubles and mixed doubles.Hingis, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and doubles partner Sania Mirza are seeded No. 1 and won their semifinal against the fifth-seeded American pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-2 on Friday.

  • The Latest: Hingis reaches mixed doubles final at Wimbledon

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---7:05 p.m.Martina Hingis added the mixed doubles final to her schedule at Wimbledon for this weekend.The International Tennis Hall of Fame member qualified for the women's doubles final early Friday, and then reached the mixed doubles final later in the day.

  • The Latest: Federer to face Djokovic in Wimbledon final

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:24 p.m.Roger Federer will play Novak Djokovic for a record eighth Wimbledon title.The 17-time major champion beat Andy Murray 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 Friday in the semifinals to reach the championship match at the All England Club for the 10th time.

  • The Latest: Federer 1 set away from a 10th Wimbledon final

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:51 p.m.Roger Federer is one set from a 10th Wimbledon final.The seven-time champion leads Andy Murray 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals at the All England Club, and needs only one more to set up a rematch with Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

  • The Latest: Federer wins 1st set against Murray at Wimbledon

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:55 p.m.Roger Federer has taken the first set against Andy Murray in the Wimbledon semifinals.The seven-time champion won the set 7-5 Friday on Centre Court.Federer is 9-0 in Wimbledon semifinals, and beat Murray in the 2012 final at the All England Club. A few weeks later, however, Murray beat Federer in the Olympic final on the same court.

  • Djokovic back in Wimbledon final after beating Gasquet

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Defending champion Novak Djokovic is back in the Wimbledon final for the fourth time in five years after subduing Richard Gasquet in straight sets.Djokovic overcame an early barrage of single-handed backhand winners from Gasquet, produced big serves at crucial times and pulled away to win 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 on Friday in sunny conditions on Centre Court at the All England Club.

  • The Latest: Novak Djokovic advances to 4th Wimbledon final

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:33 p.m.Novak Djokovic is in the Wimbledon final for the fourth time.The defending champion beat Richard Gasquet 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-4 Friday on Centre Court to make his way into the championship match at the All England Club for the third straight year.

  • Martina Hingis reaches 1st final at Wimbledon since 1998

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Martina Hingis is back in a final at Wimbledon for the first time since 1998 - in doubles.Hingis, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and doubles partner Sania Mirza are seeded No. 1 and won their semifinal against the fifth-seeded American pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-2 on Friday.

  • The Latest: Hingis, Mirza reach Wimbledon doubles final

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:55 p.m.Martina Hingis is back in a final at Wimbledon for the first time since 1998.Hingis, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and Sania Mirza are seeded No. 1 in doubles and won their semifinal against the fifth-seeded American pair of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-2 on Friday.

  • The Latest: Djokovic takes 2nd set, 1 to go to reach final

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:48 p.m.Novak Djokovic broke early again, and this time he didn't let Richard Gasquet back into it.The top-seeded Serb won the second set Thursday and leads Gasquet 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the Wimbledon semifinals.

  • Tommy Robredo replaces David Ferrer in Spain's Davis Cup tie

    July 10, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Spain says Tommy Robredo has replaced David Ferrer in its Davis Cup team that will travel to Vladivostok to play Russia in a Europe-Africa zone second-round tie next week.Captain Conchita Martinez made the decision after seventh-ranked Ferrer underwent a medical checkup on the elbow injury which forced him to miss Wimbledon.

  • The Latest: Djokovic wins 1st set in Wimbledon semifinals

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:04 p.m.Novak Djokovic has taken the first set, in a tiebreaker.The defending champion wasn't perfect, but he leads Richard Gasquet 7-6 (2) Friday in the Wimbledon semifinals.Gasquet surprisingly beat Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals, and he's doing well so far on Centre Court against Djokovic. The 21-set-seeded Frenchman was broken in his first service game, but bounced right back with a break of his own to get back on serve, using his devastating backhand to trouble the top-seeded Serb throughout the set.

  • Wimbledon Lookahead: Williams seeks 21st major, Muguruza 1st

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Turn back the calendar more than a year, to June 28, 2014, when Serena Williams lost to Alize Cornet in the third round at Wimbledon.It was Williams' earliest exit from the All England Club in nearly a decade. It also marked the fourth time in five Grand Slam tournaments she was beaten before the quarterfinals.

  • Muguruza not afraid to face Serena in Wimbledon final

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Garbine Muguruza knows she can beat Serena Williams on the big stage. After all, the then 20-year-old Spaniard handed the now 20-time major champion her most lopsided loss ever at a Grand Slam tournament.On Saturday, Muguruza will again go up against Williams, but this time in the Wimbledon final.

  • The Latest: Men's semifinals on schedule at Wimbledon

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---11:35 a.m.It's men's semifinals day at Wimbledon. Play is due to start at 1 p.m. Here's the lineup on Centre Court:No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 21 Richard GasquetNo. 2 Roger Federer vs. No. 3 Andy Murray

  • Billie Jean King serves up 40th season of World Team Tennis

    July 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Billie Jean King and World Team Tennis are serving up their 40th season, a feat accomplished only by the big four leagues in the United States.Co-founder King recalls the early years of the mid-1970s when Robert Kraft owned the Boston Lobsters and Jerry Buss owned the Los Angeles Strings. She was the No. 1 pick in the WTT draft for the Philadelphia Freedoms, and Martina Navratilova played for Boston.

  • The Latest: Rapper Drake 'just like family,' Williams says

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---8:50 p.m.The rapper Drake has taken flack for appearing to be a front-runner when it comes to choosing sides in sports. So maybe it's fitting that he's in Serena Williams' corner at Wimbledon.

  • The Latest: Serena advances Wimbledon final for 8th time

    July 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:05 p.m.Serena Williams is back in the Wimbledon final, and still on target for a calendar-year Grand Slam.The top-seeded American beat Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-4 Thursday in the semifinals on Centre Court, putting the five-time champion in the final at the All England Club for the eighth time.

  • The Latest: Serena takes 1st set from Sharapova at Wimbledon

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:19 p.m.Serena Williams is one set away from an eighth Wimbledon final.The top-seeded American won the first set 6-2 against Maria Sharapova on Thursday, pushing her ever closer to a calendar-year Grand Slam.

  • The Latest: Djokovic-Gasquet 1st up in Wimbledon semifinals

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:10 p.m.Novak Djokovic will be first up on Centre Court to face Richard Gasquet in the men's semifinals on Friday. Roger Federer and Andy Murray will meet in the second match on the same court.

  • Muguruza beats Radwanska in 3 sets to reach Wimbledon final

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Garbine Muguruza took control early, lost the momentum and then held on at the end to beat Agnieszka Radwanska and reach her first Grand Slam final.The 21-year-old Muguruza lost six games in a row in one stretch but regrouped to defeat Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday, becoming the first Spanish woman to advance to the Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1996.

  • The Latest: With Muguruza through, time for Serena vs. Maria

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:15 p.m.With Garbine Muguruza through to the Wimbledon final, it's time to find out who she will play in Saturday's championship match.Serena Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion who is going for a calendar-year Grand Slam, will soon be on Centre Court to face 2004 champion Maria Sharapova.

  • The Latest: Garbine Muguruza advances to Wimbledon final

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:05 p.m.Garbine Muguruza has made it to the Wimbledon final.The 21-year-old Spaniard advanced to her first major final by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Thursday on Centre Court.

  • The Latest: Radwanska wins 2nd set in Wimbledon semifinals

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:19 p.m.Agnieszka Radwanska is back in it.The 2012 Wimbledon runner-up evened her semifinal match against Garbine Muguruza on Thursday by winning the second set 6-3.Radwanska, who won five straight games after trailing 3-1, followed up her run to the final at the All England Club with another semifinal appearance in 2013.

  • Wimbledon Lookahead: Federer-Murray, Djokovic-Gasquet in SF

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Three of the four participants in the men's semifinals Friday at Wimbledon - Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - already have their names etched on the trophy.The other, Richard Gasquet, does not.Three of the four semifinals already own multiple Grand Slam titles: Federer with a record total of 17, Djokovic with eight, Murray with two.

  • The Latest: Muguruza wins 1st set in Wimbledon semifinals

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:43 p.m.Garbine Muguruza easily won the first set in her Wimbledon semifinal match against Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2.Muguruza, a Spaniard seeded 20th at Wimbledon, is playing in a major semifinal for the first time. Radwanska has been at this stage twice before at the All England Club, including in 2012 when she reached the final.

  • The Latest: It's women's semifinals day at Wimbledon

    July 9, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---11:35 a.m.It's women's semifinals day at Wimbledon. Play is due to start at 1 p.m. Here's the lineup on Centre Court:No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. No. 20 Garbine MuguruzaNo. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 4 Maria Sharapova

  • The Latest: Men's semifinal matchups set at Wimbledon

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---8:20 p.m.After Richard Gasquet's win over Stan Wawrinka, the Wimbledon semifinal matchups are set for Friday.Seven-time champion Roger Federer will face Andy Murray and top-seeded Novak Djokovic will take on Gasquet.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka loses to Gasquet at Wimbledon

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---7:56 p.m.French Open champion Stan Wawrinka is out.Richard Gasquet of France beat the fourth-seeded Swiss 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 Wednesday on Court 1.Gasquest, who reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2007, will next face top-seeded Novak Djokovic on Friday.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka and Gasquet at 9-9 in 5th set

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---7:46 p.m.It's 9-9 in the fifth set, with Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet holding easily.Gasquet won the first set and then the fourth to force a decider, and at Wimbledon there are no tiebreakers once you get to the fifth set.

  • The Latest: Novak Djokovic advances to Wimbledon semifinals

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:56 p.m.Defending champion Novak Djokovic is back in the Wimbledon semifinals for the sixth straight year.The top-seeded Serb beat U.S. Open champion Maric Cilic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday on Centre Court.

  • The Latest: Pospisil unhappy about time violations

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:45 p.m.Vasek Pospisil was docked a first serve because of a time violation, and he was none too happy about it.The Canadian was playing Andy Murray on Wednesday in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Centre Court when the chair umpire gave Pospisil a warning for taking too long to serve in the second set.

  • Wimbledon Lookahead: Sharapova tries to end Williams' streak

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Now it's Maria Sharapova's turn at Wimbledon to try to put an end to Serena Williams' bid for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam - and a fourth consecutive major title.The No. 1-seeded Williams takes a 26-match Grand Slam winning streak, which began at last year's U.S. Open, into her semifinal Thursday at the All England Club against No. 4 Sharapova.

  • The Latest: Murray brothers both reach Wimbledon semifinals

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:20 p.m.Andy is not the only Murray in the semifinals at Wimbledon this year - so is his older brother, Jamie, in men's doubles.Andy reached the final four in the men's singles by beating Vasek Pospisil on Centre Court on Wednesday, a day after Jamie and partner John Peers of Australia made it that far in doubles.

  • Williams gets past Azarenka at Wimbledon; Sharapova next

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) - Even as Serena Williams piled up aces and groundstroke winners from all angles, even as she stormed through seven games in a row and 10 of the last 13 in yet another comeback, her Wimbledon quarterfinal against Victoria Azarenka never felt like a runaway.

  • Roger Federer sails into Wimbledon semifinals for 10th time

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Despite losing serve for the first time all tournament, Roger Federer is back in familiar territory - closing in on another Wimbledon title.Federer overwhelmed Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals at the All England Club for the 10th time, and to the final four of a Grand Slam tournament for the 37th time.

  • The Latest: Andy Murray advances to Wimbledon semifinals

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:37 p.m.Andy Murray is through, and will next face Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semifinals.Murray, the 2013 champion, beat Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 Wednesday on Centre Court, finishing it off with the roof closed after a pair of rain delays.

  • The Latest: Roger Federer advances to Wimbledon semifinals

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:06 p.m.Roger Federer is one win away from another Wimbledon final.The seven-time champion beat Gilles Simon of France 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 Tuesday to reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the 10th time. Federer is 9-0 at that stage at the All England Club.

  • The Latest: Rain again suspends play at Wimbledon

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:58 p.m.Play in the men's quarterfinals at Wimbledon has been suspended again because of rain.Andy Murray is leading Vasek Pospisil on Centre Court 6-4, 3-4, while Roger Federer is leading Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-5 on Court 1.

  • The Latest: Federer gets broken for 1st time this tournament

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:55 p.m.Gilles Simon broke Roger Federer's serve for the first time at this year's Wimbledon tournament.Trailing 5-4 with Federer serving for the second set, Simon won four straight points to get back on serve.

  • The Latest: William, Kate and Billie Jean King in Royal Box

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:20 p.m.Prince William and his wife Kate - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - are in the Royal Box at Wimbledon.Kate, wearing a bright red dress, and William, in a suit and tie, stood and clapped as Britain's Andy Murray walked onto Centre Court to face Vasek Pospisil in the quarterfinals.

  • The Latest: Play resumes at Wimbledon after short rain delay

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:32 p.m.Play at Wimbledon has restarted after a rain delay of about 30 minutes, with the Centre Court roof closed.Andy Murray is leading Vasek Pospisil on Centre Court 6-4, 3-4, while Roger Federer is leading Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-5 on Court 1.

  • The Latest: Grand Slam bid by Mattek-Sands, Safarova ends

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:50 p.m.While Serena Williams' bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam will continue in the Wimbledon semifinals, another attempt to win all four majors in a single season ended Wednesday - in women's doubles.

  • The Latest: Rain interrupts men's quarterfinals at Wimbledon

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---The covers are out on the courts at Wimbledon as rain has interrupted the opening men's quarterfinal matches during the first set.Andy Murray was leading Vasek Pospisil 3-1 on Centre Court, and Roger Federer was 3-0 up against Gilles Simon on Court 1 when the players were sent back inside.

  • The Latest: Could be 4 top men's seeds in Wimbledon semis

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:25 p.m.If the four favorites - No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 3 Andy Murray, No. 4 Stan Wawrinka - manage to win their quarterfinals, it would be the first time in 20 years that the men seeded 1-4 make the Wimbledon semifinals.

  • The Latest: Men's Quarterfinals Day at Wimbledon

    July 8, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:45 p.m.It's men's quarterfinals day at Wimbledon. Play is due to start at 1 p.m. Here's the lineup:Centre Court:Andy Murray vs. Vasek PospisilNovak Djokovic vs. Marin CilicCourt 1:Roger Federer vs. Gilles Simon

  • Wimbledon Lookahead: No. 1 Djokovic leads top 4 into QFs

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic is developing a nasty habit of playing Grand Slam matches over two days.He thinks his latest carried-over contest won't have any effect on him in the Wimbledon quarterfinals Wednesday.The defending champion and No. 1 seed at the All England Club will be competing for a third day in a row when he faces No. 9 Marin Cilic for a berth in the semifinals.

  • Azarenka takes exception to questioning about noise

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Victoria Azarenka didn't like the line of questioning at all.The two-time Australian Open champion lost to Serena Williams 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday on Centre Court in a high-quality match at Wimbledon, and was then asked about the crowd laughing at the two during play for making loud noises while hitting the ball.

  • The Latest: Bryan brothers eliminated at Wimbledon

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:30 p.m.Top-seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have been eliminated from the men's doubles tournament at Wimbledon.The Bryan brothers lost to Rohan Bopanna of India and Florin Mergea of Romania 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5) Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

  • The Latest: Women's semifinal matchups set for Thursday

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:48 p.m.With Serena Williams winning on Centre Court, the women's semifinals at Wimbledon are set.Here's a look at the matchups on Thursday at the All England Club:No. 1 Serena Williams vs. No. 4 Maria Sharapova

  • The Latest: Serena still on track for true Grand Slam

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:45 p.m.Serena Williams is still on track for a true Grand Slam.The top-seeded American and five-time Wimbledon champion rallied to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday on Centre Court to reach the semifinals at the All England Club for the ninth time.

  • The Latest: Radwanska advances to Wimbledon semifinals

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:21 p.m.Agnieszka Radwanska is back in the Wimbledon semifinals for the third time in four years.The 13th-seeded Pole, who lost in the 2012 final, beat Madison Keys of the United States 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 Tuesday in the quarterfinals.

  • The Latest: Serena and Azarenka head to 3rd set at Wimbledon

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:08 p.m.Serena Williams has won the second set, and sent her Wimbledon quarterfinal match against Victoria Azarenka to a decider on Centre Court.The five-time champion dropped the first set 6-3 but evened the match by winning the second 6-2.

  • Australian Fraser sorry for comments about Kyrgios, Tomic

    July 7, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Australian Olympic swimming great Dawn Fraser ''unreservedly apologized'' on Tuesday for her comment that tennis stars Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic should set a better example or go back to where ''their parents came from.''Fraser, who won eight Olympic medals including four golds, was speaking in an interview on Australian television Tuesday, when asked about recent petulant behavior by Kyrgios and Tomic at Wimbledon.

  • The Latest: Murray 1st up on Centre Court on Wednesday

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:18 p.m.Andy Murray will be first up on Centre Court on Wednesday in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.The 2013 champion will face Vasek Pospisil before top-seeded Novak Djokovic plays Marin Cilic. Play on the two main courts is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

  • The Latest: Serena loses 1st set in Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:16 p.m.Serena Williams lost the first set of her Wimbledon quarterfinal match against Victoria Azarenka 6-3.The top-seeded American, who is trying to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam, dropped the opening set on Centre Court on Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Maria Sharapova advances to Wimbledon semifinals

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:20 p.m.Maria Sharapova is back in the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time since reaching the championship match in 2011.The fourth-seeded Russian struggled for a bit but still beat CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-2 Tuesday on Centre Court.

  • The Latest: Muguruza advances to Wimbledon semifinals

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:05 p.m.Garbine Muguruza has made it to the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time.The 20th-seeded Spaniard, who reached the quarterfinals at the last two French Opens, advanced Tuesday by beating Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-5, 6-3 on Court 1.

  • The Latest: Maria Sharapova heads to 3rd set at Wimbledon

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:40 p.m.Maria Sharapova has lost the second set of her quarterfinal match at Wimbledon.The 2004 champion won the first set 6-3 against CoCo Vandeweghe on Centre Court, but lost the second 7-6 (3).

  • Djokovic beats Anderson in 5 to reach Wimbledon quarters

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Novak Djokovic survived a one-set shootout with big-serving Kevin Anderson on Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals and keep up his bid for a third Wimbledon title.The top-ranked Djokovic beat the 14th-seeded South African 7-5 in the fifth set on Court 1 to complete a match that had been suspended by darkness at two sets apiece.

  • The Latest: Men's quarterfinal matchups set at Wimbledon

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:25 p.m.Now that Novak Djokovic has advanced, here's a look at Wednesday's full schedule of men's quarterfinal matchups at Wimbledon:No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 9 Marin CilicNo. 2 Roger Federer vs. No. 12 Gilles Simon

  • The Latest: Top-seeded Djokovic beats Anderson at Wimbledon

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:20 p.m.Novak Djokovic has done it.The top-seeded Serb won the deciding fifth set against Kevin Anderson on Tuesday and earned a spot in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.Djokovic beat Anderson 6-7 (6), 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 Tuesday in a match that lasted two days. After splitting the opening two sets on Monday, the match was suspended because of darkness.

  • The Latest: Players back on court at Wimbledon after rain

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:25 p.m.The tarps are off and players are back on court at Wimbledon.Rain briefly halted play on the outside courts, and forced those on the main courts to return indoors Tuesday at the All England Club.

  • The Latest: Rain starts to come down at Wimbledon

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:10 p.m.Novak Djokovic stepped out onto Court 1 on Tuesday to resume his match with the sun shining overhead. A few moments later, a large cloud rolled in and the spectators quickly reached for their umbrellas.

  • The Latest: Wimbledon pauses for victims of 2005 bombings

    July 7, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---11:35 a.m.Before play got started at Wimbledon on Tuesday, the All England Club took a moment to remember the victims of the 2005 London bombings on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.The club paused for a minute's silence at 11:30 a.m., with play on the outside courts not starting until 11:45 a.m.

  • Fraser apologizes for "bigotry" comments at Kyrgios, Tomic

    July 7, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Australian Olympic swimming great Dawn Fraser has ''unreservedly apologized'' on Tuesday for her comments in which she suggested that that tennis stars Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic should set a better example or go back to where their parents came from.

  • Djokovic must wait to try to reach Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) For two sets in Wimbledon's fourth round on Monday, defending champion Novak Djokovic was in serious trouble, unable to solve 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Kevin Anderson's big serve.Djokovic dropped both of those sets, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6), then began working his way back into the match. He took the next two sets, 6-1, 6-4, to force a fifth, before play was suspended a little after 9 p.m. because of darkness.

  • The Latest: Federer and Murray through to quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:25 p.m.Roger Federer and Andy Murray both made it through to the quarterfinals, and another win for each will set up a semifinal match between the two former champions.The defending champion, Novak Djokovic, hasn't made it - yet. The top-seeded Serb will have to finish his fourth-round match against Kevin Anderson on Tuesday after play was suspended Monday because of darkness at two sets apiece.

  • Williams takes on Azarenka in Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The last time Serena Williams played Victoria Azarenka, they exchanged angry gestures, testy words - and a pair of shorts.If the rematch of that tense three-setter at the French Open is half as good, fans at Wimbledon should be in for a treat.

  • The Latest: Kyrgios asked if he tried his hardest after loss

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:10 p.m.Nick Kyrgios got into a couple of contentious exchanges with reporters after losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon.The 26th-seeded Australian was eliminated by Richard Gasquet on Monday, and was asked whether he tried his hardest during the second set.

  • The Latest: Djokovic-Anderson match suspended at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:05 p.m.Novak Djokovic will have to wait until Tuesday to see if he can reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.The defending champion's fourth-round match against Kevin Anderson on Monday was suspended because of darkness after the fourth set.

  • The Latest: Djokovic evens match, heads to 5th at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:01 p.m.Novak Djokovic is going to a fifth set.The defending Wimbledon champion lost the first two sets Monday but has won the last two to force a decider against Kevin Anderson in the fourth round.

  • The Latest: Djokovic wins 3rd set, still trails at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---8:22 p.m.Novak Djokovic is making a comeback.The top-ranked Serb lost the opening two sets of his fourth-round match against Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon, but won the third.Djokovic now trails Anderson 6-7 (6), 6-7 (6), 6-1.

  • The Latest: Djokovic loses opening 2 sets at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---8 p.m.Novak Djokovic has lost another set at Wimbledon.The top-ranked Serb lost the opening two sets of his fourth-round match against Kevin Anderson 7-6 (6), 7-6 (6) Monday on Court 1.---7:35 p.m.

  • The Latest: Federer advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---7:35 p.m.Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is back in the quarterfinals at the All England Club.Federer beat 20th-seeded Roberta Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 Monday on Centre Court, putting him in the quarterfinals at the grass-court major for the 13th time.

  • The Latest: Djokovic drops 1st set vs Anderson at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---7:00 p.m.Defending champion Novak Djokovic has dropped a set for the first time at this year's Wimbledon.Kevin Anderson won the first set of their fourth-round match 7-6 (6) Monday on Court 1 after Djokovic double-faulted at 6-6 of the tiebreaker. The 14th-seeded South African closed out the set with an ace.

  • The Latest: Gilles Simon reaches Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:50 p.m.Gilles Simon will be playing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.The 12th-seeded Frenchman beat 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 Monday in the fourth round.

  • The Latest: Marin Cilic reaches Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:40 p.m.U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic made his way into the Wimbledon quarterfinals by beating Denis Kudla of the United States on Monday.Cilic won 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Court 3 to reach the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the second straight year.

  • The Latest: Caroline Wozniacki mum on McIlroy's injury

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:05 p.m.Caroline Wozniacki didn't have much to say about former fiance Rory McIlroy injuring his ankle the week before the British Open.After losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Monday, the Dane was asked if she had any message for McIlroy, who tore an ankle ligament playing soccer with friends. McIlroy ended their relationship last year.

  • The Latest: Andy Murray advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:46 p.m.Andy Murray has made it to the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the eighth straight year.The 2013 champion at the All England Club advanced Monday by beating Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 on Centre Court.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:35 p.m.French Open champion Stan Wawrinka is still going strong at Wimbledon.The fourth-seeded Swiss player advanced to the quarterfinals Monday by beating David Goffin of Belgium 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Court 1.

  • Keys and Vandeweghe join Serena in Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) While most eyes were on the Williams sisters, CoCo Vandeweghe and Madison Keys quietly showed there are more American players to pay attention to at Wimbledon.Vandeweghe and Keys both reached the quarterfinals for the first time at the All England Club, wrapping up their victories on outside courts just as Serena Williams' match against sister Venus was getting started on Centre Court. With Serena also winning, it's the first time since 2004 that three American women have made the last eight at Wimbledon.

  • The Latest: Serena gets Azarenka in Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:35 p.m.The women's quarterfinals are set, and Serena Williams will face two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in Tuesday's marquee matchup.Williams is a five-time Wimbledon champion and is heading toward a true Grand Slam after winning the first two majors of the year. She is 16-3 against Azarenka overall, and 9-0 in Grand Slam matches.

  • The Latest: Muguruza advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:30 p.m.Garbine Muguruza will play in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.The 20th-seeded Spaniard, who reached the quarterfinals at the French Open the last two years, beat No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-4, 6-4 Monday in the fourth round.

  • The Latest: Victoria Azarenka advances to Wimbledon quarters

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:55 p.m.Two-time Wimbledon semifinalist Victoria Azarenka is a win away from a third appearance in the last four.The 23rd-seeded Azarenka advanced to the quarterfinals by beating 18-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-2, 6-3 Monday.

  • The Latest: Bacsinszky advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:50 p.m.Timea Bacsinszky has followed up on her French Open run with a spot in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.The 15th-seeded Swiss player rallied to beat Monica Niculescu of Romania 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 Monday in the fourth round.

  • The Latest: Radwanska advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:35 p.m.Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, has reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club.The 13th-seeded Pole beat former top-ranked player Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-4 Monday in the fourth round. Jankvoic, who has never reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, beat defending champion Petra Kvitova in the previous round.

  • Serena beats Venus in 2 sets in 4th round at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Serena Williams extended her mastery over big sister Venus, and kept alive her bid for Grand Slam history.In the 26th career meeting between the siblings, Serena dominated with her steady serve and big hitting from the back of the court to win 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court in 1 hour, 8 minutes, extending her Grand Slam winning streak to 25 matches.

  • The Latest: Maria Sharapova back in Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:50 p.m.Still looking for a second Wimbledon title, Maria Sharapova has reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club.The fourth-seeded Russian beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-4 Monday on Court 1 and will next face unseeded American CoCo Vandeweghe on Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Richard Gasquet holds off Kyrgios at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:40 p.m.Richard Gasquet is back in the Wimbledon quarterfinals after beating Nick Kyrgios.The 21st-seeded Frenchman, who reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2007, beat Kyrgios 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (6) Monday on Court 2.

  • The Latest: Vasek Pospisil rallies to advance at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:27 p.m.Vasek Pospisil came back from two sets down to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.The unseeded Canadian beat Viktor Troicki of Serbia 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 Monday in the fourth round.

  • The Latest: Serena beats Venus to advance at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:25 p.m.Serena Williams has won.The 20-time major champion beat older sister Venus 6-4, 6-3 Monday at Wimbledon to advance to the quarterfinals.Both Serena and Venus are five-time champions at the All England Club, but Serena is on track for a true Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open and French Open this year.

  • The Latest: Gasquet breaks racket after wasting match points

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:55 p.m.Richard Gasquet wasn't happy about wasting two match points against Nick Kyrgios, smashing his racket in anger after dropping the third set of their fourth-round match.Gasquet was up 6-4 in the tiebreaker but the Australian saved both match points before converting his fourth set point to take the match to a fourth. The Frenchman then slammed his racket into the ground and once more against his chair, breaking the frame.

  • The Latest: Serena wins 1st set against Venus at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:45 p.m.Serena Williams has won the first set against older sister Venus.The American sisters are playing in the fourth round at Wimbledon, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals. Serena took the first set 6-4 on Monday on Centre Court.

  • The Latest: CoCo Vandeweghe reaches Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:35 p.m.CoCo Vandeweghe became the second American woman to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals Monday by upsetting French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in straight sets.

  • Spain names Conchita Martinez Davis Cup captain

    July 6, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Spain has named former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez captain of its Davis Cup team.Martinez replaces fired predecessor Gala Leon amid a shakeup for the tennis federation that included the government removing former president Jose Luis Escanuela after Rafael Nadal and several other players criticized his management style.

  • The Latest: Keys advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:20 p.m.Madison Keys has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.The 21st-seeded American beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Monday at the All England Club.Keys, who reached the Australian Open semifinals this year, had never before been past the third round at Wimbledon.

  • The Latest: Wimbledon to hold minute's silence on Tuesday

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:35 p.m.Wimbledon will hold a minute of silence at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the London bombings.On July 7, 2005, several suicide bombings killed 52 people on the London transport network.

  • The Latest: European golfers to grace Royal Box at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:25 p.m.It's a good day to bring the golf clubs as well as tennis rackets to Wimbledon.A number of top European golfers are due in the Royal Box on Monday. The lineup includes Miguel Angel Jimenez, Paul McGinley, Ian Poulter, Sam Torrance, Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood.

  • The Latest: Manic Monday about to get started at Wimbledon

    July 6, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---11:25 a.m.It's Manic Monday at Wimbledon and matches are about to get underway.The craziest day of the two-week tournament at the All England Club has all 16 fourth-round matches on the schedule. Play on the outside courts will start shortly, while matches in the main stadiums won't start until about 1 p.m.

  • Reports: Martinez to take charge of Spain's Davis Cup team

    July 5, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Spanish media reports say former Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez will be appointed temporary captain of Spain's Davis Cup team as a replacement for the fired Gala Leon.The Spanish tennis federation was expected to announce the decision on Monday.

  • 'Unbelievable': Jankovic tops 2-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova

    July 5, 2015

    LONDON (AP) - About an hour after flopping on her back and kicking her feet overhead to celebrate a stunning comeback against defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic still was giddy.''I cannot stop smiling. ... I was very brave at the end. You know, here I am,'' she said through a giggle. ''Unbelievable.''

  • All-Williams matchup headlines Monday's action at Wimbledon

    July 5, 2015

    LONDON (AP) One five-time Wimbledon champion is guaranteed to reach the quarterfinals. Another is assured of elimination.That's what will happen Monday when Serena Williams plays older sister Venus Williams for the sixth time at the grass-court Grand Slam in southwest London.

  • Tomic suspended from Davis Cup for Australia over comments

    July 5, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Bernard Tomic has been suspended from Australia's home Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan for his verbal attack on Tennis Australia officials, including Pat Rafter and chief executive Craig Tiley.Australian Associated Press reported from Wimbledon on Saturday that Tennis Australia president Steve Healy said Tomic's disrespectful post-match comments following his third-round loss to top-seeded Novak Djokovic on Friday effectively ruled him out of contention.

  • The Latest: Murray calls for shorter medical timeouts

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---10:45 p.m.Andy Murray wants to see injury timeouts shortened after his Wimbledon opponent took a lengthy break that the Briton said affected his play.Murray lost six straight games after Andreas Seppi took a timeout to get treatment on his right leg. Murray said he cooled down during that break and his shoulder then started hurting when he was serving.

  • The Latest: Simon beats Monfils in 5 sets at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---10:35 p.m.Gilles Simon won the late-night meeting against Gael Monfils at Wimbledon, taking the fifth set under the roof on Centre Court.The third-round match ended shortly before 10:30 p.m. after it was moved from Court 1 because of bad light during the fourth set.

  • The Latest: Monfils-Simon going to 5th set at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:55 p.m.Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon are going to a fifth set under the Centre Court roof, making for a late Saturday night at Wimbledon.Monfils won the fourth set 6-2 to level the match, which was moved from Court 1 when light faded. It is the only third-round match yet to be completed ahead of Sunday's rest day.

  • The Latest: Monfils-Simon match moved to Centre Court

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:20 p.m.The Wimbledon match between Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon has been moved to Centre Court so it can be completed under the lights after darkness set in on Court 1.Simon leads the third-round match 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-2.

  • The Latest: Murray beats Seppi in 4 sets at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---8:30 p.m.Andy Murray stumbled in the third set before closing out a relatively comfortable victory over Andreas Seppi to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.Murray was broken twice in the third set and again to start the fourth but bounced back to win 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 Saturday on Centre Court. After losing six straight games, he won the last six of the match and closed out the win with an ace.

  • The Latest: Karlovic has to defend double-hit at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---7:35 p.m.Ivo Karlovic had to defend himself after his victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, as slow-motion replays showed he hit the ball twice on a volley on a crucial point.With Tsonga having set point to level the match at two sets apiece, Karlovic lunged for a forehand volley at the net. After the ball came off his racket, Karlovic hit it again to get it over the net for a winner. He closed out the match by winning the fourth-set tiebreaker.

  • The Latest: Another tough British loss at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:30 p.m.Another day, another disappointing British loss at Wimbledon.A day after Heather Watson couldn't protect a two-break lead in the final set against Serena Williams, James Ward couldn't close out his match against Vasek Pospisil.

  • The Latest: Jankovic stuns Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:00 p.m.Jelena Jankovic came from a set and a break down to beat defending champion Petra Kvitova in the third round at Wimbledon.The former No. 1-ranked Serb won 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Centre Court to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2010.

  • The Latest: Karlovic beats Tsonga in 3rd round at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:25 p.m.Ivo Karlovic rode his hard serve into the second week of Wimbledon, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga despite not earning a single break against the Frenchman.The 23rd-seeded Karlovic won 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (9) to reach the fourth round for the third time.

  • Isner double-faults twice late to lose in 5 at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) John Isner could hardly believe it, either.What shaped up as another possible lengthy five-setter at Wimbledon for the winner of the longest match in tennis history - Isner and U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic resumed their suspended third-round match at 10-all in the final set Saturday - instead wrapped up rather quickly.

  • The Latest: Federer beats Groth to advance at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:45 p.m.After a small hiccup, Roger Federer quickly found his stride again to advance at Wimbledon.Federer dropped a set for the first time this week but never looked in real trouble against Sam Groth, beating the hard-serving Australian 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in the third round Saturday.

  • Dustin Brown loses at Wimbledon 2 days after beating Nadal

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The curse of beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon has struck again.Dustin Brown, the German qualifier with the dreadlocks who surprisingly beat the two-time Wimbledon champion in the second round on Centre Court, lost Saturday in his very next match.

  • The Latest: Cilic quickly wraps up win vs Isner at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:05 p.m.Well, that wrapped up quickly.John Isner double-faulted on two of the last three points Saturday and lost to reigning U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-7 (4), 12-10 in a third-round Wimbledon match that resumed after being suspended a night earlier because of darkness at 10-all in the fifth set.

  • Just like old times, it's Williams vs. Williams at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Just like old times.Used to be that a match involving Miss Williams vs. Miss Williams, as they like to say at the All England Club, was a regular occurrence at the latter stages of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.During a span of eight majors from the U.S. Open in 2001 to Wimbledon in 2003, Serena and Venus Williams participated in six all-in-the-family Grand Slam finals. Think about it this way: Before that stretch, the only previous major title match between sisters came when Maud Watson beat her younger sibling, Lillian, in the very first Wimbledon women's final in 1884.

  • The Latest: Isner, Cilic resume 5-set match at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:45 p.m.John Isner and U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic are back at it on Court 1.They resumed their third-round match Saturday, a little less than 17 1/2 hours after it was suspended because of darkness a night earlier at 10-all in the fifth set.

  • The Latest: Wozniacki easily reaches 4th round at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:40 p.m.Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the fourth round of Wimbledon by beating Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2 Saturday.The Danish former No. 1 is into the second week for the fifth time at the All England Club, but has lost all four of her previous fourth-round matches. This time she'll face 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain, who needed to win a marathon tiebreaker before beating former semifinalist Angelique Kerber 7-6 (12), 1-6, 6-2.

  • Dustin Brown loses at Wimbledon 2 days after beaing Nadal

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Dustin Brown's first match since beating Rafael Nadal ended in defeat.The German qualifier followed up his surprising win over the two-time Wimbledon champion with a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3 loss to 22nd-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia on Saturday in the third round.

  • The Latest: Brown loses to Troicki at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:05 p.m.Viktor Troicki did what Rafael Nadal couldn't, beating Dustin Brown at Wimbledon on Saturday to advance to the fourth round.Troicki neutralized the 102nd-ranked Brown's serve-and-volley game and played better on the key points, winning 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3.

  • The Latest: Groth hits 2nd fastest serve ever at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:55 p.m.Sam Groth has hit the second-fastest serve ever recorded at Wimbledon, a 147 mph (236 kph) winner against Roger Federer on Centre Court.Groth hit the serve at 1-1, 30-all in the first set against the seven-time champion. Federer got his racket to the ball, but couldn't return it.

  • The Latest: Brown loses first 2 sets vs Troicki at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:05 p.m.Dustin Brown is struggling to replicate the kind of performance that saw him beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, losing the first two sets in his third-round match against Viktor Troicki.

  • The Latest: Dustin Brown back on court at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---11:40 a.m.Dustin Brown is back on court at Wimbledon, hoping to follow up his win over Rafael Nadal by beating 22nd-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia.The 102nd-ranked German drew a loud ovation as he walked on to Court 3 for this third-round match, wearing bright red headphones.

  • Wimbledon Lookahead: Dustin Brown tries for encore

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) After his stunning win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Dustin Brown said it was easy to play well when expectations were so low.The 102nd-ranked German won't have that luxury on Saturday against Viktor Troicki. Everyone wants to see what Wimbledon's latest sensation can do for an encore.

  • Isner at it again at Wimbledon, tied 10-all in 5th vs. Cilic

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Marathon man John Isner is at it again at Wimbledon.The winner of the longest match in tennis history found himself involved in another never-ending one at the All England Club, tied with reigning U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic at 10-all in the fifth set when their third-round contest was suspended because of darkness Friday night.

  • Spanish tennis federation fires Davis Cup team captain Leon

    July 3, 2015

    MADRID (AP) The newly appointed president of Spain's tennis federation has moved to quell unrest among players by firing the Davis Cup captain and sports director.Fernando Fernandez-Ladreda Aguirre issued a statement Friday, a day after taking over as president, saying he had fired Gala Leon.

  • The Latest: Isner, Cilic sent home at 10-all in 5th set

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:25 p.m.Well, John Isner knows this routine all too well.Isner and reigning U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic were sent home for the night because it was too dark to continue playing at 10-all in the fifth set of their third-round match at Wimbledon on Friday.

  • The Latest: Isner in another long one at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:05 p.m.Here we go again?John Isner, best known for winning the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon in 2010, finds himself in another lengthy one at the All England Club.The 17th-seeded Isner and No. 9 Marin Cilic, the reigning U.S. Open champion, are tied at 7-all in the fifth set of their third-round match Friday on Court 2.

  • The Latest: Kudla extends surprising run at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---8:30 p.m.American wild-card entry Denis Kudla extended his surprising run at Wimbledon, beating Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in five sets Friday to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

  • The Latest: Sharapova laments 'terrible' bocce skills

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---8:05 p.m.Turns out Maria Sharapova's ball skills don't extend far outside the tennis courts.The Russian former No. 1 was asked Friday whether she had watched Dustin Brown's win over Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon a day earlier, but said she had been outside playing bocce with her team. Asked if she was any good at the Italian game, Sharapova responded: ''Terrible.''

  • The Latest: Williams staves off Watson at Wimbledon - barely

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---Serena Williams erased three breaks in the final set to stave off an upset bid by British home favorite Heather Watson in the third round of Wimbledon.Williams was broken twice to trail 3-0 in the decider before turning things around, winning 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Friday to keep alive her bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam. Williams went up 4-3 in the final set only to be broken again in the ninth game, giving Watson a chance to serve out the match. Williams broke right back again, however, held at love and then converted her third match point.

  • The Latest: Watson taking Williams to 3rd set at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:35 p.m.Heather Watson is taking five-time champion Serena Williams to a third set at Wimbledon - raising British hopes of another major upset on Centre Court.The British player broke the top-ranked Williams twice in the second set to level their third-round match 2-6, 6-4 - setting off raucous applause from the partisan crowd.

  • The Latest: Venus Williams back in 4th round at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---6:30 p.m.Venus Williams is back in the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.The five-time champion beat Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-3, 6-2 Friday and could next face sister Serena, who was playing Heather Watson of Britain on Centre Court.

  • The Latest: Djokovic signs fan's artificial leg at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:20 p.m.Novak Djokovic is used to signing all kinds of items for fans, but this was a new one even for him.After his third-round victory at Wimbledon on Friday, the top-ranked defending champion stopped as he usually does to sign autographs for supporters before exiting Centre Court. Along with the usual programs and oversized tennis balls that people normally hand over, one man gave the Serb something a bit more unusual - his prosthetic leg.

  • The Latest: Clinical Djokovic advances at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:00 p.m.Defending champion Novak Djokovic kept up his winning streak against Australian players by easily beating Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 Friday in the third round at Wimbledon.A day after Rafael Nadal was stunned by Dustin Brown on Centre Court, Djokovic put in a clinical performance that never gave Tomic any hopes of a similar upset. Djokovic has not lost to an Australian in a tour-level match since 2006.

  • For 4th year in row, Nadal loses early at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) - On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand - and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket.It was a painful, embarrassing mistake, symbolic of the sort of day this was.

  • Kyrgios steals show with Wimbledon win over Raonic

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) A day after Dustin Brown wowed Wimbledon with his go-for-broke style in beating Rafael Nadal, another shot-making showman made his mark to reach the fourth round.Nick Kyrgios -the 20-year-old Australian who stunned Nadal here last year - served 34 aces and hit flashy winners from all over the court to upset seventh-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Friday to reach the round of 16 at the All England Club for the second year in a row.

  • The Latest: Vandeweghe beats Stosur at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:20 p.m.CoCo Vandeweghe of the U.S. is into the second week at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.The 47th-ranked Vandeweghe, the niece of former NBA player and executive Kiki, beat 2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, who was seeded 22nd at Wimbledon, 6-2, 6-0 in the third round Friday.

  • The Latest: Bencic beats Mattek-Sands at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---Belinda Bencic of Switzerland ended Bethanie Mattek-Sands' run at Wimbledon, knocking out the 158th-ranked American in straight sets in the third round.Bencic won 7-5, 7-5 in a match that saw 10 breaks of serve and lasted 1 hour, 49 minutes on Court 18.

  • The Latest: Kyrgios reaches 4th round at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:20 p.m.Nick Kyrgios came from a set down to beat Milos Raonic 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Friday in the third round at Wimbledon.The Australian double-faulted three times in the final game of the first set but rode his big serve the rest of the way, finishing with 34 aces to beat the Canadian on Court No. 2.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka, Gasquet reach 4th round at Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:10 p.m.French Open champion Stan Wawrinka is into the fourth round of Wimbledon after beating Fernando Verdasco in straight sets.The fourth-seeded Wawrinka won 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in less than two hours on Court 1.

  • The Latest: Wimbledon headband too colorful for Wimbledon

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:50 p.m.Even an official Wimbledon headband apparently does not comply with the official Wimbledon rules.Nick Kyrgios sported one of the headbands - with thick stripes in Wimbledon's green-and-purple colors across the middle - in this third-round match against Milos Raonic on Friday. However, he had to turn it inside out after it was apparently deemed too colorful for the tournament's all-white dress code.

  • The Latest: Goffin becomes 1st player to reach 4th round

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---2:20 p.m.David Goffin is the first player to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon.The 16th-seeded Belgian beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Friday, reaching the final 16 of a Grand Slam for only the second time. Goffin is the fourth Belgian man in the Open era to get this far at Wimbledon, after Dick Norman, Xavier Malisse and Olivier Rochus.

  • The Latest: Kyrgios double-faults 3 times to lose 1st set

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:30 p.m.Nick Kyrgios double-faulted three times in the same game to give away the first set against Milos Raonic in their third-round match at Wimbledon - and didn't fare much better with his replay challenges.

  • The Latest: Wimbledon begins with minute's silence

    July 3, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:05 p.m.Wimbledon began with a minute of silence on Friday as Britain paused to honor the victims of the attack in Tunisia, where an Islamic extremist opened fire on beachgoers at a resort.

  • Wimbledon Lookahead: 1 win apiece sets up all-Williams match

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) In 2009, Serena and Venus Williams played against each other for the fourth time in a span of eight Wimbledon finals.They haven't met in an all-Williams match at the All England Club since.With one victory apiece Friday, they will set up the latest installment of their historic sibling rivalry at the grass-court tournament, only this time it would be in the fourth round.

  • The Latest: At 30, Brown shows he can beat world's best

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:50 p.m.The way Dustin Brown played against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, it's a wonder the 30-year-old German hasn't had a big breakthrough earlier in his career.According to Brown himself, it's just a matter of being inconsistent.

  • The Latest: Karlovic beats fading light to win 5-setter

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:15 p.m.Ivo Karlovic beat the fading light and Alexandr Dolgopolov to advance after a marathon five-setter at Wimbledon.The hard-serving Karlovic hit 53 aces in beating the Ukrainian 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 13-11 Thursday to reach the third round at the Grand Slam tournament.

  • The Latest: Nadal offers up his rented house after loss

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9 p.m.Even after another tough loss at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal could find a bit of humor in his situation.In his news conference after losing to 102nd-ranked Dustin Brown in the second round Thursday, Nadal was asked if he intended to stay in Wimbledon a bit longer in the house he's renting with his family, to enjoy the atmosphere.

  • The Latest: Nadal loses in 2nd round at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---7:45 p.m.Rafael Nadal fell to another early exit at Wimbledon on Thursday - this time to 102nd-ranked Dustin Brown.Nadal lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to the qualifier from Germany, who frustrated the Spaniard throughout with his aggressive serve-and-volley style.

  • The Latest: Nadal a set away from losing at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---7:10 p.m.Rafael Nadal is in trouble against 102nd-ranked Dustin Brown going down two sets to one in their second-round match on Centre Court.Brown leads 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 and is using an aggressive serve-and-volley style to frustrate the two-time champion. Nadal was up a break in the first set but finds himself on the brink of another early exit at the All England Club. Nadal lost in the second round in 2012, first round in 2013 and fourth round last year.

  • The Latest: Camilla ends up with Murray's wristband

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---Andy Murray gave the Duchess of Cornwall an unexpected souvenir after his victory at Wimbledon on Thursday.As he usually does after a match, Murray threw his wristbands into the crowd after beating Robin Haase in straight sets in the second round on Court 1 - and happened to hit Wimbledon chairman Philip Brook, who was sitting next Prince Charles' wife, Camilla.

  • The Latest: Kyrgios scales wall to watch Hewitt at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---5:15 p.m.Nick Kyrgios scaled a wall outside Court 14 to catch a glimpse of the Wimbledon doubles victory by his fellow Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Thanasi Kokkinakis.Kyrgios, the 20-year-old who'll play his third-round singles match Friday, was wearing his trademark set of pink headphones when he was spotted peeking in on his pals' match.

  • The Latest: Federer wins with vintage Wimbledon performance

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---With a vintage performance punctuated by a spectacular trick shot, Roger Federer looked as good as ever on the grass-courts of Wimbledon.Federer beat Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round on Thursday and pulled off arguably the shot of the tournament so far in the second set - a between-the-legs lob that helped him break for 5-2.

  • The Latest: Kvitova steamrolls another opponent at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:35 p.m.Defending champion Petra Kvitova keeps steamrolling opponents at Wimbledon.The Czech player joined the growing list of favorites to earn straight-forward victories in the second round by beating Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-2, 6-0 in less than an hour on Court 1 on Thursday.

  • The Latest: Federer hits between-the-legs lob at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:20 p.m.Roger Federer added another highlight-reel moment to his collection from Wimbledon's Centre Court.The seven-time champion hit an audacious between-the-legs forehand lob from the baseline against Sam Querrey in the second set of their second-round match on Thursday - and won the point.

  • The Latest: Radwanska cruises into 3rd round at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---4:10 p.m.Former finalist Agnieszka Radwanska needed just 49 minutes to win her second-round match at Wimbledon on Thursday.Radwanska easily dispatched Alja Tomljanovic of Australia 6-0, 6-2 on Court 2.

  • Murray coasts to straight-set win over Haase at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) This was more like a gentle workout than a Grand Slam match for Andy Murray.Bidding for his second Wimbledon title in three years, the third-seeded Murray was barely tested Thursday as he swept past an ineffective Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 on Court 1 to advance to the third round at the All England Club.

  • The Latest: What will Murray say when he gets home tonight?

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:10 p.m.Andy Murray had a laugh at his BBC TV interviewer's expense after Thursday's straight-set victory at Wimbledon.At the close of their 2 1/2-minute post-match exchange, Murray was asked, ''A lot of people, when they go home from work, they say, `I had a really good day at work today.' What will you say when you walk through the front door?''

  • The Latest: Lisicki rallies to reach 3rd round at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---3:05 p.m.Former finalist Sabine Lisicki came from a set and a break down to beat Christina McHale of the United States 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Centre Court on Thursday to advance to the third round of Wimbledon.

  • The Latest: Murray advances to 3rd round at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---Andy Murray had little trouble advancing to the third round of Wimbledon, dismantling Robin Haase of the Netherlands in straight sets on Court 1.Murray won 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 as Haase failed to put up much resistance against the home favorite.

  • The Latest: Wozniacki advances to 3rd round at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---1:50 p.m.Caroline Wozniacki made things a bit difficult for herself before advancing to the third round of Wimbledon, beating Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 7-6 (6) on Thursday.

  • The Latest: Play starts at Wimbledon after rain delay

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---12:15 p.m.Play has started at Wimbledon after a rain delay of about 45 minutes.A light shower pushed back the start of matches on the outside courts, which had been set to begin at 11:30 a.m. It was the first rain delay of this year's tournament.

  • The Latest: Camilla among Royal Box guests at Wimbledon

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---11:45 a.m.Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be among the guests in the Royal Box at Wimbledon on Thursday.Camilla has been a regular visitor to Wimbledon in recent years. Michael and Carole Middleton, the parents of Prince William's wife Kate, will also be in the Royal Box.

  • The Latest: Wimbledon gets its first taste of rain

    July 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---11:00 a.m.Wimbledon is getting its first drops of rain for this year's tournament.After the hottest day in the Grand Slam tournament's history on Wednesday, temperatures were cooler and a light drizzle started falling shortly before play was set to start on Thursday. Covers were pulled over the outside courts, while the roof stayed closed on Centre Court.

  • Wimbledon Lookahead: Querrey faces Federer on Centre Court

    July 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) Sam Querrey faces a daunting task at Wimbledon on Thursday, when he plays seven-time champion Roger Federer.The second-round match is scheduled for Centre Court, and Querrey, an American who is ranked 36th, will try to accomplish something only one man has in the past 48 Grand Slam tournaments: defeat Federer before the third round.

  • Top-ranked Djokovic wins on Wimbledon's hottest day

    July 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) - Down a break at 3-1 in the first set, defending champion Novak Djokovic kept his cool on the hottest day in Wimbledon history.Running off 13 points in a row, Djokovic seized command and stayed in front the rest of the way on Centre Court as he beat Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round of Wimbledon on a sweltering day at the All England Club.

  • Wimbledon's Centre Court evacuated after small fire

    July 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) A small electrical fire broke out inside Wimbledon's Centre Court building on Wednesday, causing an evacuation after play had ended for the day.The fire started inside a mechanical room in the east side of the building, All England Club spokesman Johnny Perkins said. There were no reports of injuries.

  • The Latest: Electrical fire at Wimbledon sets off alarm

    July 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---10:30 p.m.A Wimbledon spokesman says a small electrical fire broke out inside the Centre Court building on Wednesday, causing an evacuation after play had finished for the day.Johnny Perkins, a spokesman for the All England Club, said the fire broke out inside a mechanical room in the east side of the building.

  • The Latest: US player Sock fractures finger at Wimbledon

    July 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---10:20 p.m.Jack Sock not only lost his opening match at Wimbledon, he also fractured a finger while doing it.The 31st-seeded American tweeted a picture of the middle finger on his right hand in a bandage.

  • The Latest: Centre Court evacuated because of fire alarm

    July 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):---9:45 p.m.Centre Court at Wimbledon was evacuated Wednesday night because of a fire alarm after play had finished for the day.It was not immediately clear whether there actually was a fire, but emergency vehicles arrived at the All England Club shortly after the alarm went off. Club spokesman Johnny Perkins said he didn't have any information on the cause of the alarm.

  • The Latest: 5-time champion Venus Williams reaches 3rd round

    July 1, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The Lat