Kenin voted WTA Player of Year; Azarenka gets Comeback honor
Sofia Kenin collected the WTA Player of the Year award on Tuesday after winning the Australian Open in January for her first Grand Slam title and finishing as the runner-up at the French Open in October. Kenin entered this year with an 11-11 career mark in Grand Slam tournaments and zero trips beyond the fourth round at any of the sport’s top four events. That triumph made Kenin the youngest Australian Open champion since 2008, when Maria Sharapova was 20. Kenin went on to get to the fourth round at the U.S. Open, then the final at the pandemic-postponed French Open before losing to Swiatek for the title. Mladenovic and Babos won two Grand Slam doubles titles this season, at the Australian Open and French Open.
'Bad timing and bad luck': Injured Serena out of French Open
“If it was my knee, that would be more really devastating for me. I feel like my body is actually doing really, really well,” said Williams, who turned 39 on Saturday. “That’s disappointing on many levels, of course,” said John Isner, the 21st-seeded man who was beaten in four sets by 20-year-old American qualifier Sebastian Korda. Williams took a long pause, clutched at that leg and then took a medical timeout so a trainer could wrap it. “I’m so close to some things, I just feel like I’m almost there," she said, "so I think that’s what keeps me going.”___AP Tennis Writer Fendrich reported from Washington; AP Sports Writer Pugmire reported from Paris.
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.
Serena Williams into US Open semifinals, closer to 24th Slam
Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a match against Tsvetana Pironkova, of Bulgaria, during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. Two more victories for Williams would allow her to claim a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Williams last lost before the semifinals in New York all the way back in 2007, when Justine Henin eliminated her in the quarterfinals. Another 15 strokes followed, with Williams hitting a forehand passing shot that Pironkova volleyed into the tape of the net. That afforded Williams a third break point, which was converted for a 1-0 lead when Pironkova sent a forehand long.
'It's how you finish': Serena Williams into Open semifinals
Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a match against Tsvetana Pironkova, of Bulgaria, during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. Williams last lost before the semifinals in New York in 2007, when Justine Henin eliminated her in the quarterfinals. Another 15 strokes followed, with Williams smacking a forehand passing shot that Pironkova volleyed into the net tape. A couple of times, Pironkova drew Williams forward with a drop shot, then took the point with a perfectly arced lob. But after compiling only five unforced errors in the first set, Pironkova had 21 over the last two.
Five-time major champ Maria Sharapova retires from tennis at 32
Maria Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. Sharapova played only two matches this season and lost both. In an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue about her decision to walk away from the sport, posted online Wednesday, Sharapova asks: "How do you leave behind the only life you've ever known?" She burst onto the tennis scene at 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004 and would go on to complete a career Grand Slam with two titles at the French Open and one each at the U.S. Open and Australian Open. The Russian, who moved to Florida as a child, served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016.cnbc.com
Maria Sharapova retiring from tennis at 32
"In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life," Sharapova wrote. Born in Russia, Sharapova grew up in Florida playing tennis. In total, she spent 21 weeks as the World Tennis Association's world No.1. "One of the keys to my success was that I never looked back and I never looked forward," Sharapova wrote in Vanity Fair. Today she is ranked 373 in the World Tennis Association singles rankings.cbsnews.com
Serena Williams dominates Maria Sharapova at US Open
Serena Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, culminating when he docked her a game for calling him a "thief." A laser-focused Serena Williams entered the stadium to roars from the crowd. The results were also the same as the last 15 years: Serena Williams, seeded eighth, won 6-1, 6-1 in less than an hour, improving her record against the Russian to 20-2 as she seeks her 24th major title. After the match, Serena Williams addressed the crowd during her interview with ESPN. Venus Williams, Djokovic, Federer winOne of those former champions is Venus Williams, who dominated China's Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-0.
Amanda Anisimova pulls out of US Open after father's death
(CNN) - American teenager Amanda Anisimova has withdrawn from the US Open after the sudden death of her father and coach Konstantin Anisimov. "We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our father," read a statement from the Anisimova family. Tennis world reactsAnisimov had moved to the US from Moscow in 1998 with his wife Olga and eldest daughter Maria. Following Monday's tragic news, the tennis world quickly expressed its sympathy for the Anisimova family, with Maria Sharapova and Nick Kyrgios tweeting messages of support. In addition, her fellow American teenager Cori "Coco" Gauff tweeted "deepest condolences to the Anisimova family during this tragic time."
Greenbrier confident it will attract a strong field for annual PGA tour stop
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - The ninth edition of the PGA tour stop at White Sulphur Springs, A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, has been moved to mid-September this year. After some initial concern about moving the event into the football season, the tournament remains confident the field will be a good one. I have my family vacation on the Fourth of July,' or whatever," said Greenbrier pokesperson Cam Huffman. "It may be those players have now reached back out and said, 'Wow, this is a perfect opportunity for us to come Saturday and Sunday.' Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will be joining the field.
Greenbrier confident it will attract a strong field for annual PGA tour stop
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The ninth edition of the PGA tour stop at White Sulphur Springs, A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, has been moved to mid-September this year. After some initial concern about moving the event into the football season, the tournament remains confident the field will be a good one. I have my family vacation on the Fourth of July,' or whatever," said Greenbrier pokesperson Cam Huffman. "It may be those players have now reached back out and said, 'Wow, this is a perfect opportunity for us to come Saturday and Sunday.' Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will be joining the field.
Sharapova joins field at The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Five-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova will replace Serena Williams at The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic September 13 and 14 at The Greenbrier, after unforeseen scheduling conflicts forced Williams to withdraw. “We are thrilled to welcome Sharapova to The Greenbrier for the first time,” said Dr. Jill Justice, President, The Greenbrier. Matches for the eighth edition of The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic begin at 5:30 p.m. on both nights, with the second match each night following shortly after the conclusion of the first. “Fans will be entertained the entire day.”For more information or to purchase tickets to The Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic, visit Greenbrier.com/TennisClassic.
Maria Sharapova retires from Wimbledon first round
Sharapova stopped with a left forearm issue while trailing France's Pauline Parmentier 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 0-5 in the first round after initially leading by a set and 5-2. Upon her return last month, she lost to last year's Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the second round in Mallorca. "I've had a history of a tendon in my left forearm flaring up," said Sharapova. "It happened today in the second set. Parmentier will now face 30th-seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round.
Three top sponsors drop Maria Sharapova
Some big-name sponsors dropped tennis superstar Maria Sharapova one day after she announced she failed a drug test. Sharapova claims she used the drug in question for medical reasons, and said she’s been taking it for ten years. CBS Sports' Allie LaForce reports.cbsnews.com
Will Maria Sharapova play professional tennis again?
After failing a drug test at the Australian Open, tennis star Maria Sharapova has been suspended from professional tennis. Her sponsors--including Porsche, TAG Heuer, and Nike--have already distanced themselves from her. With more on what's next for Sharapova, CBS Sports' Allie LaForce joins CBSN.cbsnews.com
Maria Sharapova loses Nike sponsorship: #CBSNBusiness headlines
After failing a drug test at the Australian Open, tennis star Maria Sharapova is losing sponsorships like Nike and TAG Heuer; Apple customers get hacked; and Google hires Chris Poole. Those headlines and more from CBS MoneyWatch's Jill Wagner at the New York Stock Exchange.cbsnews.com
Maria Sharapova career in limbo after failing drug test
Two major sponsors, Nike and TAG Heuer, are cutting ties with tennis superstar Maria Sharapova following the iconic athlete’s announcement Monday that she failed a drug test. Her statement is sending shockwaves through tennis. Allie LaForce of CBS Sports reports on how the admission threatens Sharapova’s career and the game.cbsnews.com
Maria Sharapova reveals failed drug test
Maria Sharapova announced that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January. The future of the 28-year-old superstar will now be handled by the Women's Tennis Association which governs women's tennis. CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers has the latest.cbsnews.com