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Naomi Osaka: As Crowd Booed, Serena Said This

US Open winner appears on the 'Ellen Show'

(Newser) - During and after Naomi Osaka's high-profile US Open win over Serena Williams on Saturday, the 20-year-old didn't always know what was going on. She told the Ellen Show on Wednesday that as Williams argued with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, she resisted the urge to stray from her training,... More »

New Wrinkle in Serena Controversy: a Cartoon

Critics see its depiction of the tennis great as racist

(Newser) - Serena Williams' loss to Naomi Osaka over the weekend at the US Open continues to generate headlines beyond the world of sports. One of the buzzier stories Monday concerned a cartoon—see it here —that it appeared in the Herald Sun of Australia, reports Business Insider . It depicts Williams,... More »

Serena Fined for Her Outburst

But Billie Jean King and NOW take her side

(Newser) - The US Tennis Association fined Serena Williams $17,000 Sunday for her outburst in the US Open final as tennis legend Billie Jean King and the National Organization for Women rallied to her defense, the Washington Post reports. The tournament referee's office said the 23-time Grand Slam champion was... More »

Serena Was Right: Ump Was 'a Thief'

Carlos Ramos 'couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him'

(Newser) - Carlos Ramos, the man tasked with umpiring the women's final of the US Open between Serena Williams and Naiomi Osaka, instead "marred Osaka’s first Grand Slam title and one of Williams’s last bids for all-time greatness," and he did it "all because he couldn’... More »

Naomi Osaka Wins Final Amid Serena Controversy

Williams was penalized a game after calling out ref as a 'thief'

(Newser) - The events and the arguing and the booing that would make this a US Open final unlike any other began when Serena Williams' coach made what she insisted was an innocent thumbs-up, but the chair umpire interpreted as a helpful signal, the AP reports. It was the second game of... More »

After Routing Sister, Serena Praises a Fan in the Stands

She says everyone should be 'grateful and honored' for Colin Kaepernick

(Newser) - Serena Williams kept booming big shots for winners, never allowing herself to feel sorry for the overmatched player on the other side. So what if it happened to be her big sister? The Williams sisters learned long ago in careers that have spanned 20 years and 30 meetings as professionals... More »

Man to Play in 4th Grand Slam. He Hasn't Qualified for Any

Peter Polansky has been dubbed the luckiest loser in tennis history

(Newser) - A Canadian tennis player is being dubbed the luckiest loser in the game's history after recently gaining entry to his fourth consecutive Grand Slam event without qualifying for a single one of them. Peter Polansky recently tried and failed to clench a spot in the US Open. However, he... More »

Nadal Dominates US Open Final

He beats Anderson for 16th Grand Slam final

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal against Kevin Anderson in the US Open final shaped up as quite a mismatch—and that's exactly what it was. His game at a high level at the end of an unusually easy path through a Grand Slam field, Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Anderson 6-3, 6-3,... More »

Wawrinka Wins First US Open

He remembers 9/11 victims in victory speech

(Newser) - Stan Wawrinka wore Novak Djokovic down and beat the defending champion 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday for his first US Open title and third Grand Slam trophy overall. The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest US Open men's champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970, the AP... More »

Serena Williams Out in US Open Semifinals

Angelique Kerber will be new world No. 1

(Newser) - Serena Williams was upset in the US Open semifinals for the second year in a row, beaten 6-2, 7-6 (5) by 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Thursday night. Williams, who clutched at her left leg between points in the second set, double-faulted to end it. Afterward, her... More »

Teen US Open Sensation Has to Forfeit $140K

CiCi Bellis wants to remain an amateur for now

(Newser) - CiCi Bellis' impressive US Open run ended Friday night when the 17-year-old was beaten 6-1, 6-1 by 28-year-old German Angelique Kerber in a third-round match, ending her hopes of becoming the youngest American in the last 16 since Venus Williams in 1997, the Guardian reports.The Californian could take home... More »

Serena Conqueror Loses in Finals

Flavia Pennetta beats fellow Italian Roberta Vinci

(Newser) - She got past Serena Williams in one of her sport's biggest upsets ever , but Roberta Vinci couldn't defeat her countrywoman today in the US Open finals. Flavia Pennetta defeated fellow Italian Vinci in straight sets to become the oldest first-time women's major champion in the Open era.... More »

Serena Williams Beats Her Sis, Moves Closer to Slam

A 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory

(Newser) - If Serena Williams would feel sympathy for any opponent standing in the way of her pursuit of tennis's first true Grand Slam in 27 years, it might very well be her sister Venus. Still, no way was Serena going to let anyone, or anything, stop her on this night,... More »

Cilic Wins US Open, Year After Suspension

Croatian beats Japan's Kei Nishikori in straight sets

(Newser) - Unable to play in the US Open a year ago because of a doping suspension, Marin Cilic is now the tournament's champion. Croatia's Cilic won his first Grand Slam title by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 today at Flushing Meadows, using 17 aces—including four... More »

Serena Williams Wins 3rd Straight US Open

US champion beats Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3

(Newser) - Serena Williams ended a difficult-for-her Grand Slam season in the best way possible, winning her third consecutive US Open title by beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 today. At the top of her game, Williams broke Wozniacki's serve five times and compiled a hard-to-believe 29-4 edge in winners. Remarkably, until... More »

Martina Navratilova Got Engaged —at US Open

Tennis great popped question on camera

(Newser) - Cue the love puns: It was a memorable US Open yesterday for Martina Navratilova, who got engaged in a very public way. As People reports, the tennis great, 57, was being interviewed when she announced she would be doing the questioning, and got down on one knee and asked girlfriend... More »

Serena Williams Wins 5th US Open

Defeats Victoria Azarenka in her 17th Grand Slam win

(Newser) - Top-seeded Serena Williams won her fifth US Open and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in a windy final. Today's match was the toughest test these two weeks for the No. 1-seeded Williams, who also beat Azarenka in three sets... More »

LMFAO Rapper Enters ... US Open Tennis Playoffs

Actor Sendhil Ramamurthy also hopes to make it into Grand Slam

(Newser) - LMFAO rapper Redfoo, of "Sexy and I Know It" fame, is apparently multi-talented: He's entered the US Open national playoffs, hoping to earn a spot in the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament, the AP reports. Redfoo will play under his actual name, Stefan Gordy, in a... More »

Murder Case Dropped Against Tennis Umpire

Lois Goodman, 70, says her 80-year-old husband fell

(Newser) - The strange case of a US Open umpire charged with murdering her 80-year-old husband has been dismissed, reports the Los Angeles Times . Prosecutors informed the judge that they were "unable to proceed" with the case against Lois Goodman, 70, but did not elaborate. The LAT says it might be... More »

Murray Beats Djokovic, Wins 1st Grand Slam

25-year-old Scot rallies after losing two straight sets

(Newser) - Andy Murray has won the US Open in five grueling sets to become the first British man since 1936 to capture a Grand Slam title. Murray beat defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 today in his fifth try in the final of a major tournament. The... More »

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