Serena Williams fined $17,000 for US Open final conduct

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NEW YORK -- Serena Williams was fined $17,000 for committing three code violations during her U.S. Open final loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday. The fines, announced on Sunday by the U.S. Tennis Association, break down to $10,000 for verbal abuse of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket....Read more

Osaka tops Serena in tumultuous U.S. Open final

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NEW YORK -- Serena Williams' quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title ended on Saturday at the U.S. Open with a flood of tears, accusations of sexist treatment, a smashed racquet, and a firm if misplaced conviction the chair umpire was "a thief" who unjustly took a point from her.

Unfairly overshadowed in the chaos of Williams ...Read more

With wrist problems in the past, Juan Martin del Potro is on verge of US Open title

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NEW YORK -- If Novak Djokovic weren't facing Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday for the U.S. Open men's title, Djokovic probably would cheer for the genial giant from Argentina.

"He's very tall, has a big game," Djokovic said of his 6-foot-6 opponent, "but at the same time he nurtures the right values in life. He cares about his family. He cares ...Read more

After detours in their careers, Djokovic and Del Potro savor the rare return to greatness

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NEW YORK -- Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro rediscovered their love for tennis when injuries prevented them from playing and sent their rankings and their spirits plummeting. Djokovic's elbow had bothered him for two years; he finally chose surgery that cut his 2017 season in half. Del Potro waited years to find the right remedy for ...Read more

Williams, Osaka ready for spotlight at U.S. Open women's final

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NEW YORK -- Naomi Osaka grew up idolizing Serena Williams but never got her autograph. "You know how there are kids that are really close?" Osaka said of fans who crowd around athletes and clamor for signatures. "I don't think I was ever close enough to ask her."

Osaka will be within easy reach of Williams on Saturday during the U.S. Open women...Read more

Serena closing in on history

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NEW YORK -- The master will face her most eager disciple for the U.S. Open women's title, the paths of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka intersecting to create a moment worth celebrating.

A year ago at this time, Williams was between the third and fourth surgeries she required for complications that followed the birth of her daughter. On Thursday...Read more

Serena Williams reaches US Open semifinals

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NEW YORK -- Serena Williams has reached the U.S. Open semifinals, continuing her remarkable return from maternity leave and post-natal complications with a 6-4, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams, a six-time winner here and 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, trailed ...Read more

Federer exits US Open in a major surprise

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NEW YORK -- Roger Federer's usual smoothness was gone, washed away in the river of sweat that plastered his shirt to his body on a steamy night. The world's No. 2 player, a 20-time Grand Slam champion and five-time conqueror of the craziness that is the U.S. Open, was being pushed around the court by world No. 55 John Millman of Australia in ...Read more

Federer sets the standard, gives Kyrgios a lesson

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NEW YORK -- Roger Federer's brilliance is indisputable, a constant through his 20 Grand Slam singles championships and his record 310 weeks atop the world rankings. He's graceful, disciplined, a statesman for the sport.

"He's the ultimate role model to anyone who wants to play," Nick Kyrgios said, his admiration undimmed after his 6-4, 6-1, 7-5...Read more

Serena puts hurt on Big Sis Venus

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NEW YORK -- There is no other way to frame this than to marvel, not for the first time and surely not the last, at Serena Williams' resilience and unparalleled talent. One day short of a year since she gave birth to her daughter by cesarean section and subsequently endured life-threatening complications, barely five months since she returned to ...Read more

Rivalry of Williams sisters still excites Evert

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NEW YORK -- Chris Evert, a six-time U.S Open champion and 18-time Grand Slam winner who's now an analyst for ESPN, gave Serena Williams the "slight edge" in Friday's third-round U.S. Open match between Serena and Venus Williams.

Evert based that on the progress Serena has recently made in her return from maternity leave and the fact that Venus ...Read more

This umpire is called out for discussion with Kyrgios

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NEW YORK -- Nick Kyrgios, free spirit that he is, doesn't have a coach. Whether the 23-year-old Australian received illegal coaching aid from an unlikely source -- the chair umpire assigned to his second-round U.S. Open match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert -- became a point of contention Thursday. It also brought another dash of chaos to a ...Read more

Heat wreaks havoc on US Open

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NEW YORK -- There were moments Tuesday when Novak Djokovic's complexion took on the same bilious, blue-green tone as his shirt and it seemed inevitable he'd need the bucket placed near his chair at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"It was so warm," he said. "It feels like everything is boiling in your body; the brain, everything."

The high temperatures ...Read more

Motherhood provides 'more fire' for Venus Williams as she pursues record-tying title

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NEW YORK -- Serena Williams is cradling her baby, humming a lullaby, letting little Alexis Olympia Ohanian tug on a strand of her long hair. When nap time arrives Williams tucks in the child and reluctantly leaves for a practice session.

"Don't call it a comeback," she says quietly enough to not disturb the baby. "I've been here for years, ...Read more

Venus Williams' phone will be examined in fatal crash

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Lawyers for Venus Williams must hire an expert to examine an iPhone that was in the tennis legend's SUV at the time of a deadly car crash last year, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Attorneys for the estate of Jerome Barson -- who are pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit -- had asked the court to force Williams to provide the device over her legal team's ...Read more

Novak Djokovic wins first Grand Slam in two years, quickly beating Anderson for Wimbledon title

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WIMBLEDON, England -- After days of grueling, thrilling, relentless matches, with hold-your-breath serves and slap-your-forehead rallies, this championship took an anticlimactic turn.

Wimbledon went out with a whimper.

Yawn tennis.

Novak Djokovic needed just three sets to dispatch Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) to claim his fourth singles ...Read more

Djokovic beats Anderson for fourth Wimbledon title

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LONDON -- Novak Djokovic claimed his fourth Wimbledon title with a resounding 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) triumph over South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson at the All England Club on Sunday.

With victory as the world No. 21, Djokovic becomes the lowest-ranked player to lift the trophy since Goran Ivanisevic in 2001 and will return to the top 10 in ...Read more

Novak Djokovic advances to Wimbledon final by edging Rafael Nadal in five-set thriller

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LONDON -- Advantage: Nobody.

The Wimbledon men's singles final is back to deuce.

Novak Djokovic survived an exhausting marathon of his own Saturday -- they're happening every day in this championship -- to beat Rafael Nadal in a five-set match that would leave even the fittest players rubber-legged. In a match between familiar foes that ...Read more

Angelique Kerber defeats Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon singles title

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LONDON -- The long road back to tennis relevance had an abrupt off-ramp Saturday for Serena Williams, who suffered a rare Wimbledon defeat.

Angelique Kerber made short work of the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, beating her 6-3, 6-3 in a brisk 1 hour, 5 minutes -- or more than four hours quicker than either of the men's semifinals.

"She ...Read more

Checking the box scores

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WIMBLEDON, England -- Much of the buzz heading into the Wimbledon women's singles final Saturday is not about the players at Centre Court -- Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber -- but who will be watching them from the royal box.

The former Meghan Markle, the Dutchess of Sussex, will have a front-row seat next to her husband, Prince Harry, to ...Read more