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Ashleigh Barty: From quitting tennis to world No. 1

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Following a brief stint as a professional cricketer, the Australian works her way back to tennis form and rises to the summit of the rankings

CLIMB TO THE TOP. Ashleigh Barty becomes the Australia's first women's world No. 1 since 1976. Photo from WTA's Twitter account (@WTA)


Sharapova says revenge not behind Wozniacki Open upset

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:54 PM

'I just really like winning,' says Maria Sharapova after bundling out defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki

UPSET. Russia's Maria Sharapova (right) shakes hands with Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki after winning their women's singles match on Day 5 of the Australian Open. Photo by William West/AFP

Osaka romps as Halep and Raonic battle through Open epics

Jan 17, 2019 - 7:27 PM

World No. 1 Simona Halep staggers through as Japanese pair Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori survive on a day of epic battles in the Australian Open

SWEEP. Naomi Osaka hits a return against Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek in the Australian Open duel the Japanese star won in straight sets. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

WATCH: Ageless Federer not overthinking Australian Open title defense

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:28 PM

At 37, a confident Roger Federer targets a 21st Grand Slam title

WATCH: 5 Australian Open stories to follow

Jan 12, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Check out some interesting sidelights as the Grand Slam season gets going

TITLE DEFENSE. Roger Federer targets a seventh Australian Open crown. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Djokovic, Halep top seeds at Australian Open

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:56 AM

World No. 1 players Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep face a stern challenge in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year

Federer says Novak man to beat in Melbourne

Jan 06, 2019 - 12:16 PM

'With his class, once he gets his groove back he is hard to beat,' Federer on world No. 1 Djokovic as the Australian Open gets going next week

USUAL SUSPECTS. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are tabbed as usual favorites when the Grand Slam season unfolds. Photo by Matthew Stockman/AFP

Djokovic to injured Nadal: 'We need you'

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:51 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says Rafael Nadal must return from injury again as the sport needs a 'legend' like him

ALL-TIME GREATS. Novak Djokovic (right) believes Rafael Nadal can pull off another comeback. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

'Big Four' still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Djokovic

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Since and including 2010, the Serbian star, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have won 32 Grand Slams between them

CRAVING FOR MORE. Novak Djokovic heads into the new season seeking to add to his 14 Grand Slam titles. File photo by Johannes Eiselle / AFP


Body first, ranking later says Nadal after ankle surgery

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:16 PM

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal says chasing the top seed is no longer a personal goal in the last two years

LONGEVITY. Rafael Nadal says he intends to focus on his health so he can play tennis as long as he can. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Djokovic: 'I'd be lying if Federer record not on my mind'

Dec 30, 2018 - 9:17 AM

After ruling the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Novak Djokovic keeps his sights on Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam record

ON A ROLL. Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

New Australian Open heat policy to counter oven-like conditions

Dec 29, 2018 - 12:18 PM

A heat stress scale will be used for the first time at a Grand Slam to prevent players from fainting and suffering exhaustion

In the last Australian Open, tennis players like France's Gael Monfils struggled to play in extreme heat. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Fired-up Federer hoping for another 'crazy good' season

Dec 27, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Enjoying a late-career renaissance, Roger Federer targets a third straight Australian Open championship next month

MOTIVATED. After an ‘intense’ off-season, Roger Federer looks forward to another solid Grand Slam run. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

SuperLiga: UP, FEU avoid upset ax

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The Lady Maroons and the Lady Tamaraws overcome the tough challenge of two provincial teams in the Philippine SuperLiga Collegiate Grand Slam

TEAM EFFORT. The UP Lady Maroons lean on a balanced attack to score their second win. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Mother of all meltdowns: Did Serena overstep the mark?

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association but the debate rages on whether the violations that sparked her meltdown are sexist

ARGUMENT. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos after her defeat in the women's singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Serena fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The American star is fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being "a thief" during the stormy final

OUTBURST. Serena Williams of the United States shows her emotions during a women's singles match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic wins third U.S. Open, equals Sampras on 14 Grand Slams

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Novak Djokovic, playing in his 8th final in New York and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just 3 Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer

CHAMP. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his men's singles finals match against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Serena: Coming back from pregnancy harder than I thought

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:15 AM

(UPDATED) Though she makes it to the quarterfinals of the US Open, Serena Williams admits, 'coming back from a baby is really hard, harder than I thought'

TOUGH. File photo shows Serena Williams during the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Serena, Nadal headline opening night at US Open

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Tennis superstars Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal lead the opening-day march that sees eight former US Open champions in action

DEFENDING CHAMP. Rafael Nadal kicks off his title defense against old friend and Davis Cup teammate David Ferrer. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Serena Williams' French Open seed denial stirs fresh debate

May 23, 2018 - 9:20 AM

A USA Today headline says the tennis superstar is getting punished 'for having a baby'

REGAINING FORM. Following the birth of her daughter last September, Serena Williams looks to regain the imposing form that made her a  23-time major winner. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

I don't see myself missing Grand Slams on purpose, says Rafael Nadal

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

Tennis world number one not following Roger Federer's footsteps

FOCUSED. Rafael Nadal shoots for an 11th Monte Carlo title this week. Photo by Yann Coatsaliou/AFP

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer still proving himself

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The 36-year-old Federer says, 'I also feel that I have less to prove today than in the past, but that doesn't mean I don't want it badly. I need to have that drive to be successful'

THE GREATEST. Swiss tennis player Roger Federer poses with his sportsman and comeback award trophies during the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex in Monaco on February 27, 2018. Photo by Valery Hacghe/AFP

Tearful Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Slam title

Jan 28, 2018 - 7:51 PM

(UPDATED) 'I'm so happy it's unbelievable. This is a dream come true, the fairytale continues for me,' says tennis superstar Roger Federer

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates beating Croatia's Marin Cilic in their men's singles final match on day 14 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Wozniacki's long, hard road back to the top

Jan 28, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The Dane had other ideas as many believed that she was finished

JOURNEY. Caroline Wozniacki finally clinches her first Grand Slam title after 12 disappointing years. Flie photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal fights off gutsy Schwartzman to reach quarters

Jan 21, 2018 - 5:40 PM

It is Rafael Nadal's 10th Australian Open quarter-final appearance

4 HOURS. Rafael Nadal survives 4-hour duel against Diego Schwartzman to reach the quarter-finals. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Zverev determined to end Grand Slam jinx

Jan 14, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Alexander Zverev hopes to get past the 4th round starting in Australian Open 2018

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION. Zverev aims to get past the 4th round, which has been his Achilles' heel in 2017. Photo by Paul Crock/AFP

Serena Williams entered for 'family-friendly' Australian Open 2018

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:40 PM

All eyes in the 2018 Australian Open will be on Serena Williams, who won this year's tournament while pregnant

COMEBACK. This file photo taken on January 29, 2017 shows Serena Williams of the US posing with the championship trophy after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.  Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP

Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:33 PM

'Any celebrity who endorses any product technically becomes an agent for that company. No one would have invested in the project if Sharapova's name was not there,' says the lawyer of the buyers of the failed housing project

Dimitrov eyes Grand Slam after ATP Finals win

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Grigor Dimitrov says that it is still too soon to proclaim a new era

MILESTONE. Grigor Dimitrov earns his most prestigious title to date in his career in the ATP. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic drop out of world tennis Top 10

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:52 PM

In the latest ATP rankings, Djokovic slipped to No. 12, while Murray fell to 16th

DROPPED. In this January 2017 photo, Serbia's Novak Djokovic poses with the winner's trophy after beating Britain's Andy Murray in ATP Qatar Open in Doha. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Rafael Nadal completes long road back to top

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The key, says the 31-year-old, Rafa, is to 'wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and with the passion to improve something and practice every day with the right attitude to try to make that happen... Not everybody is able to do it'

NUMERO UNO. Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates winning against South Korea's Hyeon Chung during their second round match at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament on November 1, 2017 in Paris. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Ariska Putri Pertiwi dinobatkan sebagai Miss Grand Slam 2017

Sep 04, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Miss Grand International 2016 tersebut mengalahkan para kontestan Miss Universe Miss World Miss International dan Miss Supranational

Ariska Putri Pertiwi dari Indonesia meraih gelar Miss Grand International 2016. Foto dari Instagram/@indopageants

Pliskova's No. 1 spot hangs by a thread at U.S. Open

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:56 AM

Pliskova enters the round of 16 defeating 27th seed Zhang Shuai 3 6 7 5 6 4

UNDER PRESSURE. Pliskova struggles to keep her world no. 1 title in the 2017 US Open. Photo from Instagram @karolinapliskova

Mission impossible? Nadal wants New Yorkers to be quiet

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Rafa echoes similar concerns made by Andy Murray in last year s US Open

SILENCE. The noise under the roof of Arthur Ashe stadium made it difficult for Rafael Nadal to hear the ball when hitting. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Venus celebrates 20 years at U.S. Open, awaits Serena return

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Venus Williams the oldest woman in the US Open says she has zero plans for her career timetable; for the 23 time Grand Slam winner tour life without Serena has her spending more time down Memory Lane

Cilic seeks U.S. Open rebound from Wimbledon heartache

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:40 AM

After a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer Croatian Marin Cilic says he took out all the positives from it and is now playing consistently in the US Open

Nadal: 'I almost destroyed wrist at French Open'

May 26, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Rafael Nadal aims to achieve what should have been done last year: win his 10th Roland Garros title

A PERFECT 10. A 10th Monte Carlo Masters and a 10th title in Barcelona. Now Rafael Nadal targets what many in the sport thought was impossible: a 10th Roland Garros. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

No Federer, Serena, Sharapova? No problem for Roland Garros

May 24, 2017 - 12:00 PM

French tennis historian Jean Christophe Piffau says the absence of these 3 stars does not weaken the tournament because Roland Garros remains an institution and the Holy Grail for a player

A PERFECT 10. A 10th Monte Carlo Masters and a 10th title in Barcelona. Now Rafael Nadal targets what many in the sport thought was impossible: a 10th Roland Garros. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Tearful Lucic-Baroni makes first Grand Slam semis in 18 years

Jan 25, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Mirjana Lucic Baroni stuns fifth seed Karolina Pliskova to reach a new feat in her career

Tennis: Wawrinka stuns Djokovic to clinch US Open

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:27 AM

Wawrinka denies 12 time Grand Slam champion Djokovic a second successive US Open title

CHAMP. Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their 2016 US Open Men's Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 11, 2016. Jewel Samad/AFP

Unstoppable Slam machine Djokovic eyes fourth Wimbledon title

Jun 22, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Novak Djokovic currently holds all 4 majors and is targeting becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the calendar Grand Slam a feat only achieved 3 times in the sport s history

NEXT UP,  WIMBLEDON. After the French Open win, Novak Djokovic now sets his sights on a Wimbledon triumph. Caroline Blumberg/EPA

Djokovic, from sick-note Serb to Grand Slam king

Jun 06, 2016 - 1:10 PM

World number one Djokovic becomes only the third man to hold all 4 Grand Slams at the same time

SWEET VICTORY. Novak Djokovic has overcome early career bumps and bruises to accomplish a feat only shared by two other players. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Djokovic, Murray set-up French Open final blockbuster

Jun 04, 2016 - 5:32 AM

The top two rated men s tennis players will meet in a Grand Slam final for the seventh time with history and prestige on the line

CLAY CLASH. Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will cross paths again after dismissing their semi-final opponents. Photo by Tracey Nearmy/EPA

French Open: Murray survives second straight 5-set battle

May 26, 2016 - 3:07 AM

Andy Murray avoids his worst Grand Slam loss in 8 years surviving a stern challenge from world number 164 Mathias Bourgue to make the third round

BATTLE-TESTED. Andy Murray, who survived a close call against Mathias Bourgue in the French Open second round, hasn't found his foes to be in awe of him. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Federer withdraws from French Open, breaks 65-straight Slams streak

May 19, 2016 - 11:51 PM

Roger Federer who has been plagued by knee and back injuries will miss a Grand Slam event for the first time since 1999

INJURY. Roger Federer withdraws from the French Open, where he won a championship in 2009. Photo by Claudio Onorati/EPA

Steffi Graf tips Serena Williams to break Grand Slams record 'soon'

Mar 09, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Serena Williams is one away from tying Steffi Graf s Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles a milestone Graf expects her to pass soon

VERGE OF HISTORY. Serena Williams cooled down at the end of 2015 but is expected to catch fire again as the Grand Slam season continues. Photo by Lukas Coch/EPA

Djokovic fears only karma in Grand Slam history quest

Feb 01, 2016 - 3:23 PM

Fears of a big slap from karma make Novak Djokovic humble as he continues his quest for Grand Slam history

CHAMPION. Novak Djokovic poses with his trophy after winning the Australian Open Men's Singles tennis tournament during a media call at Government House in Melbourne, Australia, 01 February 2016. Photo by DAVID CROSLING/EPA

There's danger in tennis for those watching, too

Jan 21, 2016 - 8:07 PM

Playing tennis carries its risks but at this year s Australian Open watching has been even more dangerous after a series of medical emergencies

SPECTATOR SPORT. France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (L) escorts an ill ballgirl off the court during his men's singles match against Australia's Omar Jasika on day 3 of the 2016 Australian Open tennis. Photo by Wiliam West/AFP

Sizzling Sharapova fires Grand Slam warning shot with dominant win

Jan 18, 2016 - 11:52 PM

The fifth seeded Russian attempting to win her first title at Melbourne Park since 2008 was in blistering form to crush Nao Hibino

FIRST WIN. Maria Sharapova in action against Nao Hibino during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament. Photo by MAST IRHAM/EPA

Grand Slam sweep is possible, says Djokovic

Jan 08, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Novak Djokovic missed out on a Grand Slam sweep last year after losing the French Open final to Stan Wawrinka in the final

TOP NETTER. Novak Djokovic thinks it's possible to improve off last season's stellar performances. File photo by FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA