Tennis

9:13 PM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Sloane Stephens has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 6-1 win over her former junior doubles partner Timea Babos. Babos faced 23 break points and managed to save 18 of them, otherwise the match would have been over quicker than its elapsed
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4:22 AM ET MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams won her opening match at this year’s Australian Open with such haste that even Qai Qai, who has historically remained expressionless, had to crack a smile. Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, Qai Qai is Serena’s daughter’s doll, a social media stalwart, and has
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4:35 AM ET Simon Cambers MELBOURNE, Australia — As the Australian Open began in earnest Monday, the sport’s leading male players were peppered with questions about the future of the ATP executive chairman and president, Chris Kermode. Kermode’s contract is up at the end of 2019, and this week, the ATP Player Council discussed his
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10:58 AM ET Andy Murray will face a difficult but “not impossible” task to compete at Wimbledon later this year, according to his hip surgeon Dr. John O’Donnell. Murray, 31, announced in an emotional press conference at the Australian Open that he intends to end his playing career after Wimbledon, but O’Donnell is pessimistic about
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7:13 AM ET Associated Press SYDNEY — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Ashleigh Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the women’s singles final on Saturday at the Sydney International. Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic holds the trophy after beating Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in the women’s final match at the Sydney International. Photo by PETER
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1:22 AM ET With a maiden WTA title under her belt, American youngster Sofia Kenin has her sights fixed on doing some damage at the Australian Open. The 20-year-old claimed the Hobart International on Saturday, surging past unseeded Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3 6-0 in her first top-level singles final. Sofia Kenin with the 2019
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3:48 AM ET MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic has hailed Andy Murray a “great champion” after learning the Scot is likely to hang up his tennis racquet at the conclusion of 2019’s Wimbledon championship. Murray, 31, fought back tears in Melbourne on Friday as he announced that this would be the final time he will
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6:51 AM ET Associated Press SYDNEY — Ashleigh Barty continued her strong run at the Sydney International with a semifinal win over Kiki Bertens, beating the Dutch player 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5 on Friday. Barty withstood 15 aces from Bertens in the 2-hour, 18-minute match to advance to her second consecutive final in Sydney. She
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7:48 PM ET Andy Murray said Friday he plans to retire and is targeting this year’s Wimbledon as the final tournament of his career. “Not feeling good. Been struggling for a long time,” Murray said at the Australian Open. “I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months.” Murray,
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