Klizan, Lacko punished by Slovakia for Davis Cup absences

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) Slovakia's tennis federation has punished two players, Martin Klizan and Lukas Lacko, for refusing to play in a Davis Cup playoff series at Australia because of injuries. The federation says it has not accepted their apology because they each played in tournaments one day after the series. Klizan, ranked 33rd, has been fined 20,000 euros ($22,400), while...
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Karlovic returns to Davis Cup for finals against Argentina

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) Zeljko Krajan, Croatia's Davis Cup captain, says veteran Ivo Karlovic will return in the final against Argentina. Krajan said on Monday that Karlovic's return ''is the best possible news'' for Croatia ahead of the best-of-five series to be played in Zagreb from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27. Krajan says ''Our chances now look much better. ... I think we are the favorites...
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Wozniacki gana a la joven japonesa Osaka en final de Tokio

TOKIO (AP) Caroline Wozniacki se sobrepuso a una lesión para ganar el domingo a la adolescente japonesa Naomi Osaka por 7-5, 6-3 y ganar el Abierto Pan-Pacífico de Tokio. Wozniacki, que también ganó el torneo en 2010, tomó el control del segundo set cuando rompió el servicio de su rival en el segundo juego. La ex número 1 del mundo estaba 5-0 arriba hasta que Osaka contraatacó...
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Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova earn Pan Pacific Open doubles title

Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova cruised to the Pan Pacific Open doubles title after topping unseeded Chinese duo Chen Liang and Zhaoxuan Yang in straight sets early Saturday. Mirza and Strycova dispatched their opponents in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, in a match that took just 51 minutes. [More from Excelle Sports: U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova upset in straight sets at Pan...
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WATCH: John McEnroe opens his new Sports Academy

Legendary tennis star John McEnroe discusses the new Sports Academy he put together and his vision of it for the local NYC area.
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Russian hackers take aim at Williams and Biles

Russian hackers broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency’s athlete database and leaked private medical information for three of the USA’s biggest female athletes, reports the New York Times. According to Rebecca B. Ruiz, hackers published the private medical records of Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Simone Biles, among others. The documents showed the trio received medical...
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Tennis: Kerber and Wawrinka rise to the top at 2016 US Open

After two weeks of play, the 2016 US Open concluded Sunday with two champions that few probably saw coming. The final Grand Slam of the year, in which Djokovic, Murray, and Williams were among the favorites, saw just one of the three reach their respective finals. World No. 3 ranked Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland took the men’s title over Djokovic on Sunday, 6-7(1) 6-4 7-5 6-3. The...
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Novak Djokovic gets controversial foot treatment during finals

Novak Djokovic stoked a controversy during the fourth set of the U.S. Open men's final on Sunday by getting treatment on his foot mid-set. Djokovic was down 3-0 in the fourth set and had just held serve to make it 3-1 when he asked for a break in action to get treatment on his foot. The break was granted and a trainer came out to treat his feet. Stan Wawrinka was livid because...
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Two intriguing matches remain for the 2016 U.S. Open

Being the twelfth day of the 2016 U.S. Open, it is rather deep in the tournament. The women’s final is on Saturday and the men’s final is on Sunday. The women’s side features two of the newer breakout stars while the men’s features a rematch between two titans. The Women’s Side On the women’s side, Serena Williams is out after losing to Karolina Pliskova in straight...
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U.S. Open Prediction: Will Angelique Kerber Capitalize On New No. 1 Ranking?

For the first time in 186 weeks, there’s a new name next to the No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis — Angelique Kerber. Serena Williams’ stunning semifinal loss at the U.S. Open paved the way for Kerber to take the top spot, and she’s certainly earned it with her 2016 season. The 28-year-old German has made the final in three of the four Grand Slams, including this Saturday’s...
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Gael Monfils responds to John McEnroe, critics after loss to Novak Djokovic

Gael Monfils responded to his critics like John McEnroe after losing to Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the US Open on Friday. Monfils lost in four sets 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and got off to a bad start at 0-5 in the first set. That led Monfils to try a different strategy, which resulted in commentator John McEnroe calling him out on ESPN for tanking. Here is an example of what...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams loses match and No. 1 ranking with U.S. Open defeat

Serena Williams lost more than a match Thursday at the U.S. Open. The next time you look at the WTA rankings, there will be a name other than Serena Williams at No. 1 for the first time since Feb. 18, 2013 following her shocking loss in straight sets to Karolina Pliskova in Thursday’s semifinals at the year’s final Grand Slam. First Grand Slam Final!@KaPliskova shocks Serena...
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How technology is making the US Open a better fan and player experience

Milos Raonic made swift work of Dustin Brown in his first round match at the US Open. Raonic won in straight sets — 75 63 64 — in just under two hours of work. Raonic wasn’t flawless in his 1st round win, but he played his most efficient tennis. Looking at IBM’s SlamTracker stats of the match, two numbers jumps out over the others: 65 percent of his rally winners and 70 percent...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

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