Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win 1st major at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — For all her success in tennis, from holding the No. 1 ranking for more than a year to winning 27 titles, one question had plagued Caroline Wozniacki’s career. Did she have what it takes to win a major? It took 43 Grand Slam tournaments and two failed attempts in finals before Wozniacki […]

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Injured Nadal out of Australian Open; Cilic into semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia — One point after his medical timeout in the fourth set, Rafael Nadal went to the rear of the court to squat and do a knee-raise, trying to stretch out his injured right leg. Three games later — one point after his subsequent visit from the trainer — Nadal had to delay Marin […]

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Recovering Kvitova feels the love from Australian Open fans

AP Sports Writer Eds: With AP Photos. MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A year ago Petra Kvitova was recovering from a knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic, unsure if she’d ever play tennis again. Any wonder that on her return to the Australian Open — a tournament she missed last year because of […]

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Federer joins Djokovic, Sharapova in 2nd round in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — It wasn’t Maria Sharapova’s choice to miss the last Australian Open. That decision was taken out of her hands because of a doping ban following a failed test on her previous visit to Melbourne Park. The five-time major champion said it was her choice to return, though, and she relished every moment […]

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Billie Jean King backs calls to rename Margaret Court Arena

MELBOURNE, Australia — Billie Jean King thinks one of the main venues at the Australian Open should be renamed because of Margaret Court’s comments about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. King, a trailblazer for equality and diversity in tennis, said she had initially been a proponent of having Margaret Court Arena named in […]

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After one for the ages, Australian Open now a fitness test

MELBOURNE, Australia — With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the walking wounded and Serena Williams already deciding not to defend her title, injuries and absentees have been the focus of attention ahead of the Australian Open. That’s not bothering Roger Federer, who is returning as defending champion just 12 months after entering the season-opening […]

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Federer beats Berdych on ‘home court,’ heads to 11th Wimbledon final

LONDON — They love their history around these parts and they love Roger Federer and, above all, they love watching him make history. Now he stands one victory from an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon men’s singles championship after qualifying for his 11th appearance in the final, breaking a record he already held. Just weeks from turning […]

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Venus Williams gains 9th Wimbledon final, awaits Garbine Muguruza

LONDON — All these years later, Wimbledon still brings out the best in Venus Williams. With her latest display of gutsy serving and big hitting, Williams beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday to reach her ninth title match at the All England Club and first since 2009. At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon […]

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Nadal loses 15-13 in 5th set at Wimbledon

LONDON — First, Rafael Nadal erased a two-set deficit. Then, he erased four match points. Nadal could not, however, erase the fifth. After digging himself out of difficult situations over and over during the course of a riveting encounter that lasted more than 4½ hours, Nadal suddenly faltered, getting broken in the last game and […]

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Wimbledon competitors fighting off swarms of flying ants

LONDON — They were buggin’ out at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Hundreds of flying ants swarmed around various courts at the All England Club, distracting players during their matches, as the temperature warmed up considerably, from the low 70s (20s Celsius) to nearly 85 degrees (nearly 30 Celsius). It left the racket-wielders swatting the bugs instead […]

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