Tennis

1:15 PM ET Associated Press SAO PAULO — The clay-court Rio Open tournament in February will have the first trial of electronic technology for the surface. The Challenger Tour has trialed the technology before on clay, but it has never been seen at ATP level, with umpires often getting out of their chairs to check
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10:50 PM ET MELBOURNE, Australia — World No. 1 Ash Barty would value the rebuilding of her native Australia in the wake of devastating bushfires — which have claimed 28 lives and destroyed millions of wild animals — over winning her home Grand Slam. The 23-year-old Queenslander, who booked her place in the last 32
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12:34 PM ET Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Esther Vergeer, the retired Dutch wheelchair tennis star who had a winning streak of 470 matches during her record-breaking career, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Vergeer announced the diagnosis in a tweet Wednesday, saying her “full focus will be on the treatment and healing of
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8:56 PM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Defending champion Naomi Osaka overcame swirling winds on Margaret Court Arena to beat Saisai Zheng 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday and advance to the third round. Osaka became upset with herself at times. After having her service broken in the second set, Osaka threw her racket to the
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11:25 AM ET Associated Press LONDON — Top-ranked doubles player Robert Farah was provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation on Tuesday pending a disciplinary hearing into his positive doping test. The ITF formally imposed the suspension hours after the Australian Open began. Farah had been due to play in Melbourne with long-time doubles partner
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5:47 AM ET MELBOURNE, Australia — Nick Kyrgios‘ first round match at the Australian Open was as Kyrgios as you could possibly get. There was his trademark power serving, some jaw-dropping net play, spots of whining and regular praise for his opponent. Between points his towel was frequently seen hanging from his mouth and there
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9:14 PM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — Former No. 1-ranked Maria Sharapova‘s run of first-round exits at the majors continued with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to 19th-seeded Donna Vekic at the Australian Open. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam title winner, was given a wild card for the main draw at Melbourne Park after
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10:23 PM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams won the first set in 19 minutes and had a momentary lapse at the start of the second but completed a 6-0, 6-3 win over Anastasia Potapova. The eighth-seeded Williams is attempting to win her record 24th Grand Slam singles title. Williams had her
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2:56 AM ET Australia’s Ashleigh Barty has captured her first WTA title on home soil with an emphatic straight-sets victory in the Adelaide International final. The world No. 1 has downed world No.24 Ukranian Dayana Yastremska 6-2, 7-5 in Saturday’s final at Memorial Drive. Barty had lost her two previous WTA finals in Australia –
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