Federer, Serena retire; tennis moves on to Alcaraz, Swiatek
The timing of it all hardly could be more symbolic: All within a span of two weeks, Serena Williams plays what is believed to be her last match at age 40, Roger Federer announces he’ll be retiring at 41, Iga Swiatek wins her third Grand Slam title at 21, and Carlos Alcaraz gets his first at 19.
Serena Williams through easily in Australian Open tuneup
United States' Serena Williams makes a backhand return to Australia's Daria Gavrilova during a tuneup tournament ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)MELBOURNE – Serena Williams found a silver lining in the delayed start to the Australian Open, the season-opening Grand Slam tournament that is starting three weeks later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Williams is playing in the Yarra Valley Classic, along with top-ranked Ash Barty and defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. “So I definitely was pushing the limits, but I’m here.”Williams has been stalled on 23 major singles titles since the 2017 Australian Open, when she was two months pregnant with now-3-year-old daughter Olympia. AdFrances Tiafoe, an Australian Open quarterfinalist in 2019, lost to Corentin Moutet 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The Latest: Gauff undone by 19 double-faults in French loss
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS – The Latest from the French Open (all times local):___9:35 p.m.American teenager Coco Gauff’s French Open debut has ended in the second round after she double-faulted 19 times in a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 loss to 159th-ranked qualifier Martina Trevisan. Stefano Travaglia beat the Japanese player 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-2 in the second round of the French Open after nearly four hours. 2-seeded Spaniard is looking to win his record-extending 13th French Open title and equal Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20 major titles overall. ___2:55 p.m.U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is out of the French Open in the second round. They said it was "a fighter plane which has broken the sound barrier.”___12 p.m.Serena Williams is out of the French Open.
The Latest: US Open runner-up Zverev wins 1st match in Paris
The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that does not use tiebreakers in the final set. 9 seed Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-3 at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday. ___7:30 p.m.Stan Wawrinka made quick work of Andy Murray in their reunion of sorts at the French Open. One of his coaches is Wolfgang Thiem, the father of fellow Austrian Dominic Thiem — the U.S. Open champion, and French Open runner-up the past two years. The 20-year-old Korda beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
No chill for Coco: Gauff ousts 9th seed in French Open debut
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS – Prepping in the relative warmth of a gym before heading out with leggings and long sleeves to make her French Open debut against the tournament’s No. I realized it’s just a tennis match. Such a far cry from last year’s French Open: Gauff failed to make it out of qualifying, while Konta was making her way to her third Grand Slam semifinal. She also made it to the fourth round at this year’s Australian Open, beating 2019 champion Naomi Osaka en route. The lack of match play coming in.
15-year-old Cori 'Coco' Gauff extends remarkable run at Wimbledon
Cori Gauff beat Magdalna Rybrikov in the second round of Wimbledon. "I don't even know how I played, if I played better or not," Gauff said. We'll know more over the coming days but one thing is already certain: Wimbledon fans are head over heels for the player nicknamed "Coco." It was an 'A' performance from Gauff, who took a science test during her qualifying run while reaching the main draw. As she neared victory and chased another drop shot, another fan encouraged her to "run, run, run."
15-year-old Gauff downs Venus Williams at Wimbledon
Cori Gauff shakes hands at the net with Venus Williams after winning her Ladies' Singles first round match during Day 1 of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 1, 2019, in London. (CNN) - She wasn't even born when Venus Williams won her first grand slam title, but 15-year-old American Cori Gauff downed the five-time champion on her Wimbledon debut Monday. "I don''t really know how to feel, this is the first time I've cried after a match, after winning," Gauff told the BBC afterward. Gauff is the 12th youngest overall to play at the Wimbledon main draw, but the 11 others didn't make it through qualifying. This year, she became the youngest woman to win a Grand Slam qualifying match in the French Open.
15-year-old Cori Gauff, the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon, beats idol Venus Williams in opening match
As for a win over the veteran champion, "I never thought this would happen," Gauff told BBC after the match . Today, as the youngest player ever to qualify for Wimbledon, Gauff is not only competing in the same tournament as her heroes she's winning. In fact, Serena is "the reason why I play tennis," the 15-year-old American phenom told BBC Sport . "After I made the main draw here, two of my teachers found out I play tennis," she said. Gauff, who will play Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round of the tournament, remained poised throughout today's match, despite the stakes.cnbc.com