Osaka loses to Zhang, Gauff quits with injury at Cincinnati
Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was eliminated by Shuai Zhang, 6-4, 7-5, in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday. The tournament outside Cincinnati lost another big name, Coco Gauff, when she retired from her match against qualifier Marie Bouzkova with a left ankle injury. Gauff had her ankle taped after the first set and dropped out after the first game of the second set.news.yahoo.com
Osaka exits opening match at Toronto with back injury
Naomi Osaka retired from her opening match at the National Bank Open due to a back injury Tuesday. Osaka was trailing Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 7-6 (4), 3-0 when she withdrew from the match. Entering the tournament, Osaka had been eliminated from her last three competitions in the first or second round, including a straight-sets loss to Coco Gauff at last week’s Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.news.yahoo.com
Spit, 'disrespect' arrive at Wimbledon as tennis turns ugly
This is not what one thinks of when pondering the supposedly genteel roots of tennis, and the purportedly proper atmosphere at dates-to-the-1800s Wimbledon, a country club sport being contested at a place officially called the All England Lawn Tennis Club: a player, Nick Kyrgios, capping a first-round victory Tuesday by spitting in the direction of a spectator he said was hassling him. Like, he literally came to the match to literally just not even support anyone, really. During the match, which filled the stands at 1,980-seat Court No. 3 — and attracted lengthy lines of folks hoping to eventually be let in, likely owing to the popularity of the anything-can-happen Kyrgios, a 27-year-old from Australia, and the involvement of a local player — Kyrgios asked, without success, to have the fan removed for cursing and sending other verbal abuse his way.news.yahoo.com
French Open updates | Teen Alcaraz hits 'tweener lob in win
Carlos Alcaraz produced one remarkable back-to-the-net, between-the-legs lob to a corner to earn the last service break he would need in a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Karen Khachanov that put the Spanish teenager in the French Open quarterfinals for the first time. The sixth-seeded Alcaraz accrued a 37-19 edge in winners against Khachanov and broke the big server five times.news.yahoo.com
Rafa vs. Uncle Toni: Nadal to meet Auger-Aliassime in Paris
Rafael Nadal knew this was bound to happen. Also well aware this moment would come, of course, was Felix Auger-Aliassime, the promising player who brought aboard the man known to many simply as Uncle Toni for some extra assistance last year. Once Toni and Rafael ended their professional partnership, and once Auger-Aliassime hired Toni to work in tandem with full-time coach Frederic Fontang, they all figured that somewhere, sometime, their paths would cross.news.yahoo.com
Fernandez beats 9th seed to reach 3rd round at Indian Wells
Leylah Fernandez outlasted ninth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday night. Fernandez, the U.S. Open runner-up, fought off a break point in the eighth game of the third set for a 5-3 lead. Pavlyuchenkova held to trail 5-4 before Fernandez served out the match in which she trailed a set and a break.news.yahoo.com
'Not just yet': Stosur, Zhang deny Gauff, McNally in doubles
As a teary Coco Gauff congratulated her opponents on their women’s doubles title at the U.S. Open, she demonstrated the age gap that had been on the court. Sam Stosur, she revealed, was the first pro tennis player to give her an autograph. “Little bit of a scary thought,” the 37-year-old Stosur said.news.yahoo.com
Stephens overpowers Gauff at US Open; Osaka's foe withdraws
Three years ago, a reporter asked Sloane Stephens to point out a younger tennis player most fans might not have heard of yet, someone she thought could become a household name some day. Stephens paused to ponder, but not for long, before responding: Coco Gauff, then 14. Stephens had first met Gauff several years earlier — they last hit together on a court in Florida when Gauff was 12 — and clearly knew what she was talking about.news.yahoo.com
Coco Gauff to miss Olympics after testing positive for virus
U.S. tennis player Coco Gauff has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing her to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics. “I am so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won’t be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” Gauff tweeted on Sunday. “It has always been a dream of mine to represent the USA at the Olympics, and I hope there will be many more chances for me to make this come true in the future.”news.yahoo.com
Djokovic ties Federer in weeks at No. 1; Gauff up to No. 38
(AP Photo/Hamish Blair)Novak Djokovic is gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, and he’s already caught Federer in another significant statistic: As of Monday, Djokovic has been No. And no matter what happens over the next week, Djokovic is assured of breaking Federer’s mark on March 8. Djokovic’s Australian Open championship last month gave the 33-year-old from Serbia 18 Grand Slam singles trophies. That would make Medvedev the first man other than Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Andy Murray to be first or second since International Tennis Hall of Fame electee Lleyton Hewitt was No. 1, followed by Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin and Elina Svitolina.
The Latest: Nadal beats Mmoh in straight sets in Melbourne
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating United States' Michael Mmoh during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)MELBOURNE – The Latest from the Australian Open (all times local):11:50 p.m.Rafael Nadal shrugged off some heckling from a spectator before beating American qualifier Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Australian Open. The Australian Open is the first major in a year to allow sizeable crowds with the government allowing up to 50% capacity. Ad___11:20 p.m.Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso clearly still hadn’t had enough of their all-Italian second-round duel at the Australian Open even after four hours and five sets. ___9:30 p.m.Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina beat 16-year-old Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open.
Serena Williams through easily in Australian Open tuneup
United States' Serena Williams makes a backhand return to Australia's Daria Gavrilova during a tuneup tournament ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)MELBOURNE – Serena Williams found a silver lining in the delayed start to the Australian Open, the season-opening Grand Slam tournament that is starting three weeks later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Williams is playing in the Yarra Valley Classic, along with top-ranked Ash Barty and defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. TIAFOE OUTCorentin Moutet of France won a tough first-round match over 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe, beating the American 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Murray River Open. AdANDERSON ADVANCESTwo-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson opened the Great Ocean Road Open tournament with a 6-4, 7-5 win over 16th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain.
The Latest: US Open runner-up Zverev wins 1st match in Paris
The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that does not use tiebreakers in the final set. 9 seed Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-3 at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday. ___7:30 p.m.Stan Wawrinka made quick work of Andy Murray in their reunion of sorts at the French Open. One of his coaches is Wolfgang Thiem, the father of fellow Austrian Dominic Thiem — the U.S. Open champion, and French Open runner-up the past two years. The 20-year-old Korda beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Osaka-Goff rematch could happen in US Open's 3rd round
Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 16-year-old Coco Gauff could face each other at the U.S. Open again after Thursdays, Aug. 27, 2020, draw for the Grand Slam tournament set up a possible third-round rematch. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)American teenager Coco Gauff and two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka could face each other at the U.S. Open again after Thursdays draw for the Grand Slam tournament set up a possible third-round rematch. Osaka, who won the 2018 U.S. Open and 2019 Australian Open, beat Gauff, then just 15, 6-3, 6-0 in the third round at Flushing Meadows a year ago. 1-ranked Ash Barty and 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu. The defending mens champion, Rafael Nadal, and 20-time Grand Slam title winner Roger Federer are also among those absent in New York this year.
Coco Gauff, 15, upsets defending champ at Australian Open; Serena Williams loses
And maybe Coco Gauff, still just 15, never will earn her first major championship. Coco Gauff of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Japan's Naomi Osaka in their third round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. One reminder of just how young Gauff is: Most of the entrants in this year's junior Australian Open are older than she is. Williams vs. Wang also was a rematch from Flushing Meadows last season - and the reverse result also happened for them. At the U.S. Open, Williams won 6-0, 6-1 in 44 minutes.cbsnews.com
People's Choice Awards: Watch for Ariana Grande and Avengers
Ariana Grande wanted to celebrate her new hit single but ended up celebrating "BBQ" instead. People's Choice Awards will be stacked with actors, comedians and musical acts that promise for an interesting night. The annual awards show, airing Sunday, is set to feature musical performances by Grammy-award winning Alessia Cara and the Grammy-nominated country singer Kelsea Ballerini. As for the "Icon" awards, Jennifer Aniston will receive the People's Icon, Gwen Stefani the Fashion Icon and Pink will be honored with the People's Champion award. People's Choice Awards air at 9 p.m EST, on E!
These three young women just made history
One served her way to becoming the youngest tennis titlist in 15 years. Let's celebrate these remarkable young women in their respective sports. Coco Gauff just became the youngest pro tennis champion in 15 yearsGauff didn't have the best start to her WTA tournament in Linz, Austria. Nicole Vaidisova had been the youngest WTA winner since 2004, when she won her first title. Brigid Kosgei just shattered a world marathon recordKenya's Brigid Kosgei not only won the Chicago Marathon for the second year in a row, but she broke the women's world marathon record.
Coco Gauff becomes youngest tennis finalist in 15 years
(CNN) - Under normal circumstances, Coco Gauff wouldn't have made the main draw at this week's tournament in Linz, Austria. But after getting a bit of luck, the 15-year-old has taken full advantage to become the WTA's youngest tennis finalist since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004 after beating Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-4 Saturday. Gauff was congratulated by the likes of former first lady Michelle Obama and actor and musician Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith. Good fortune then for Gauff but there was no luck involved as she stunned top-seed Kiki Bertens Friday to post a first top-10 victory. On Saturday she followed it up by downing former top-10 player Petkovic -- who at 32 is more than double Gauff's age.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka ends Coco Gauff's US Open run, then comforts Gauff afterward
NEW YORK (CNN) - Coco Gauff will not match her magical Wimbledon run -- and Naomi Osaka's quest to defend her US Open title continues. "I don't think I'm a mentor," Osaka said to ESPN, and then turned to Gauff's player box, which included the teen's parents. "You guys raised an amazing player," Osaka said, before breaking down into tears herself. She was looking to be youngest player to reach the fourth round at US Open since Anna Kournikova in 1996. The youngest player in the draw, Gauff was making her US Open singles debut as a wild card.
Hurricane Dorian won't wash out a massive sporting weekend
(CNN) - As Hurricane Dorian bears down on the east coast of Florida, let's take a moment to think of those spending the holiday weekend prepping for evacuation and shelter. The Champ, and a World Cup tip off. "The throwback weekend Darlington puts on is really entertaining and it's cool to see how involved the teams get," Earnhardt said on his website. FIBA Basketball World Cup2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup begins this weekend. Some teams will automatically qualify for the 2020 Olympics based on their finishing place at the World Cup.
Coco Gauff wins again, faces Osaka next
Coco Gauff performed well at Wimbledon in 2019, and continues to advance at the 2019 U.S. Open. Osaka and Gauff have known each other for a few years, but Saturday will be their first time playing each other. Hours before Gauff took the court against Babos, Osaka was asked about potentially playing the young American. So, yeah, definitely would love that, but at the same time I know she's going to have to get through a tough opponent. "She came up to me and she was like, 'Congrats on Wimbledon,'" Gauff said.
Coco Gauff wins in US Open main draw debut
It had been five years since a player won a main draw match at the US Open prior to their 16th birthday; the last player to do it was CiCi Bellis. Gauff, the youngest player in the draw, trailed by a set and a break. The youngest player in the draw, Gauff is making her US Open debut as a wild card. In 2018, Gauff won the US Open girls' doubles title with McNally. 28 seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, retired after Babos won the first set 6-2.