Tennis

Coco Gauff at the Peoples Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, U.S., on November 10, 2019. REUTERS-Monica Almeida

Coco Gauff’s game is ‘best it’s ever been’ ahead of U.S. Open

Sixteen-year-old Coco Gauff said her game is the “best it’s ever been,” as she aims to build on her Grand Slam success as the U.S. Open kicks off on Monday.
Japan's Naomi Osaka after a match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. on January 24, 2020. REUTERS-Hannah Mckay-File Photo

Injured Osaka withdraws from Western & Southern final

Japan’s Naomi Osaka withdrew from her final against Victoria Azarenka in the Western & Southern Open at Flushing Meadows on Saturday because of a left hamstring injury.
Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut in action during his match against Germany's Mischa Zverev on July 19, 2020. REUTERS-Annegret Hilse

Roberto Bautista Agut hits out at decision to close roof during Djokovic semi-final

Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut has hit out at tournament officials for their decision to close the roof during the second set of his semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic on Friday in the Western & Southern Open in New York.
Japan's Naomi Osaka in action during the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS-Hannah Mckay

Naomi Osaka changes mind, agrees to play W&S Open semi-final

Naomi Osaka has decided to play her semi-final at the Western & Southern Open in New York after previously saying she would withdraw from the match to protest against racial injustice.
Matches at the Western & Southern Tennis Open, which is being played in New York as a tune-up to the United States Open Grand Slam, have been suspended for Thursday.

Organisers postpone Thursday’s matches at W&S Open

Matches at the Western & Southern Tennis Open, which is being played in New York as a tune-up to the United States Open Grand Slam, have been suspended for Thursday.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic during Adria Tour at Novak Tennis Centre in Belgrade, Serbia, June 13, 2020. REUTERS-Marko Djurica

Novak Djokovic cruises into semis where Roberto Bautista Agut awaits

Novak Djokovic cruised past Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-1 on Wednesday to reach a record-equalling eighth Western & Southern Open semi-final where he will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
Tennis star Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Western and Southern Open tournament in protest over Jacob Blake's shooting.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from WTA over black man shooting

Naomi Osaka said she has pulled out of the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in protest at racial injustice.
Serena Williams likened the frustration she felt after her shock defeat by Maria Sakkari at the Western and Southern Open to that of being stuck in a bad relationship.

Serena Williams rues shock performance against Maria Sakkari

Serena Williams likened the frustration she felt after her shock defeat by Maria Sakkari at the Western and Southern Open to that of being stuck in a bad relationship.
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts during the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS-Hannah Mckay

Naomi Osaka crushes Dayana Yastremska at Western and Southern Open

Naomi Osaka put on a solid serving performance to beat Dayana Yastremska 6-3 6-1 at the Southern and Western Open on Tuesday and advance to the quarter-finals, where she will face Anett Kontaveit.
Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during the match against China's Qiang Wang REUTERS-Hannah Mckay

Serena Williams compares loss to ‘dating a guy that you know sucks’

Serena Williams likened the frustration she felt in Tuesday’s shock defeat by Maria Sakkari at the Western and Southern Open to that of being stuck in a bad relationship.
Novak Djokovic didn’t have the luxury of easing back into tournament play at the Western & Southern Open Monday night in his first match back since the end of the ATP Tour suspension.

W&S Open: Novak Djokovic advances to quarter-finals

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic needed six match points to tough out a 6-2, 6-4 win over Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday in the third round of the Western & Southern Open in New York.
Novak Djokovic didn’t have the luxury of easing back into tournament play at the Western & Southern Open Monday night in his first match back since the end of the ATP Tour suspension.

Novak Djokovic returns winner at Western & Southern Open

Novak Djokovic didn’t have the luxury of easing back into tournament play at the Western & Southern Open Monday night in his first match back since the end of the ATP Tour suspension.
Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his match against Netherlands' Tallon Griekspoor REUTERS-Susana Vera-File Photo

W&S Open: Andy Murray delivers biggest win, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams advance

World number one Novak Djokovic battled through neck pain on the way to a 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 victory over Ricardas Berankis at the Western & Southern Open, where second seed Dominic Thiem crashed out.

Former French Open champion opts out of US Open

Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is the latest player to withdraw from the United States Open, organisers of the tennis Grand Slam confirmed on Monday.
Nigerian table tennis star Aruna Quadri has described his defeat to Ahmed Saleh of Egypt in the final of 2020 ITTF Africa Cup as a painful one.

Aruna Quadri: It’s great task playing in the German League

Nigeria’s foremost ping pong star, Aruna Quadri, has revealed that it was a great task playing in the German League with quality and best players.
Andy Murray hits a return to Frances Tiafoe during their first-round match at the Western & Southern Open, which the Scot won in two hours, 28 minutes. Jason Szenes-EPA

ATP Tour: Andy Murray beats Frances Tiafoe, books Zverev clash

Britain’s Andy Murray made a triumphant ATP comeback Saturday, defeating Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-1 in his first match of 2020 at the Western and Southern Open.
Serena Williams swatted aside Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska in straight sets on Saturday, powering into the Australian Open last 16 as she chases a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.

Serena Williams: US Open will still be fun despite pullouts

Serena Williams says the withdrawal of some of the world’s top tennis players from this year’s U.S. Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic will not affect the fun of the game as she targets a potential record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title.
Britain’s Andy Murray reacts after winning the fourth set during his men’s singles match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 14, 2019. (Photo by SAEED KHAN - AFP)

Andy Murray admits to rustiness ahead of ATP return

Andy Murray says he’s feeling off the pace for his return to the ATP Tour this weekend but is hoping to hit his stride ahead of the U.S Open, which begins on Aug. 31.

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Former France goalie Bruno Martini passes on

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Thibaut Courtois has insisted Real Madrid are always the favourites for the Champions League while expressing his confidence that the Blancos can conquer Europe again in 2020-21.

Thibaut Courtois: Real Madrid are always favourites for the Champions League

Thibaut Courtois has insisted Real Madrid are "always the favourites" for the Champions League while expressing his confidence that the Blancos can conquer Europe again in 2020-21.
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