Wimbledon updates | Nadal defeats Fritz to reach semifinals
Rafael Nadal advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals after winning a fifth-set tiebreaker against Taylor Fritz of the United States. Nadal beat the 11th-seeded American 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4) on Centre Court. The 36-year-old Spaniard will next play Nick Kyrgios for a place in Sunday’s final.news.yahoo.com
French Open updates | Anisimova to 4th Rd; injured foe stops
Amanda Anisimova moved into the fourth round of the French Open when Karolina Muchova stopped playing after hurting her right ankle. The 27th-seeded Anisimova, an American who reached the Roland Garros semifinals at the age of 17 in 2019, was leading 6-7 (7), 6-2, 3-0 when Muchova walked to the net to concede the match. Anisimova eliminated four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka in the first round.news.yahoo.com
Ex-champion Sofia Kenin out in 1st round of Australian Open
Sofia Kenin was the Australian Open champion in 2020, and made it to the final of the French Open, too, that year, when she climbed to a career-high ranking of No. 4. The 11th-seeded Kenin was beaten by 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys 7-6 (2), 7-5 in an all-American matchup. Keys, also a former Top 10 player who reached the Australian Open semifinals in 2015, used 16 aces to extend her recent run of success: She is coming off a hard-court title at Adelaide on Saturday.news.yahoo.com
Naomi Osaka withdraws from Melbourne tournament semifinal
Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from her semifinal match at a WTA tournament in Melbourne with an abdominal injury, allowing her opponent Veronika Kudermetova to advance to the final on a walkover. “Sad to withdraw due to injury from my match today, my body got a shock from playing back to back intense matches after the break I took," Osaka added later on Twitter.news.yahoo.com
The Latest: Williams-Stephens on tap at sunny US Open
NEW YORK The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):11:30 a.m.Day 6 has started at the year's second Grand Slam tournament the U.S. Open normally closes the major tennis championship season but the pandemic caused changes to the calendar. The sun is shining and the temperature is in the mid-70s Fahrenheit (mid-20s Celsius) as the third round continues Saturday. The highlight of the afternoon is expected to be Serena Williams against Sloane Stephens in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Williams owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles, including six in New York. Stephens won the 2017 U.S. Open.
Williams takes 10 of 12 games to beat Stephens at US Open
Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a match against Sloane Stephens, of the United States, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK In danger of her earliest exit at the U.S. Open since her debut 22 years ago, Serena Williams turned things around and took over against Sloane Stephens. Williams collected 10 of the last 12 games by lifting her level, to be sure. You know, Serena is Serena," Sakkari said after advancing earlier Saturday by beating 19-year-old American Amanda Anisimova 6-3, 6-1. Quickly, that set belonged to Stephens, who held at love when all four points ended with Williams miscues.
Balancing motherhood and tennis, Pironkova scores Open upset
Sofia Kenin, of the United States, serves to Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, during the second round of the US Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK Tsvetana Pironkova smacked an ace on match point, part of the balancing act she made look easy from start to finish Thursday. If you make a good schedule and have the right motivation, you can combine the two things, motherhood and being a professional tennis player, Pironkova said. It takes a lot of work but, you know, everything takes work.A 32-year-old Bulgarian, Pironkova gave birth to Alexander in April 2018. She is playing in her 12th Open but her first since 2016, and its her first tournament since Wimbledon in 2017.
The Latest: Pennsylvania working on sports virus guidelines
In this Aug. 2019, photo, baseball players parade during the opening ceremony of the summer high school baseball tournament at Koshien stadium in Nishinomiya, western Japan. The sports involved include American Legion baseball, Little League baseball, Dixie Youth baseball, travel baseball, youth and adult softball, kickball, soccer, lacrosse and flag football. While the Womens Super League season looks as if it's being curtailed, the mens Premier League still hopes to resume next month. The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Amanda Anisimova pulls out of US Open after father's death
(CNN) - American teenager Amanda Anisimova has withdrawn from the US Open after the sudden death of her father and coach Konstantin Anisimov. "We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our father," read a statement from the Anisimova family. Tennis world reactsAnisimov had moved to the US from Moscow in 1998 with his wife Olga and eldest daughter Maria. Following Monday's tragic news, the tennis world quickly expressed its sympathy for the Anisimova family, with Maria Sharapova and Nick Kyrgios tweeting messages of support. In addition, her fellow American teenager Cori "Coco" Gauff tweeted "deepest condolences to the Anisimova family during this tragic time."