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A 'Remarkable Comeback' at US Open

Sloane Stephens beats Madison Keys for her first Grand Slam title

(Newser) - In what the New York Times is calling "one of the most remarkable comebacks in a sport where comebacks are the coin of the realm," the unseeded Sloane Stephens bested Madison Keys on Saturday at Queens' Arthur Ashe Stadium to win the US Open. Stephens won against the... More »

Tennis Great Accused of Being Racist, Homophobic

Margaret Court says tennis is 'full of lesbians'

(Newser) - There's mounting pressure to rename the Australian Open's Margaret Court Arena after its namesake, Australian tennis great Margaret Court, told a Christian radio station this week the sport is "full of lesbians" and transgender children are the work of "the devil." The Guardian reports the... More »

Knife-Wielding Intruder Attacks Tennis Star

Petra Kvitova says she's 'fortunate to be alive'

(Newser) - Two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova suffered a "severe" injury to her playing hand Tuesday when an assailant posing as a utilities worker entered her apartment in Prostejov, Czech Republic, and attacked her with a knife, reports the Guardian . "In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured... More »

Sharapova's Doping Ban Reduced

She'll be able to compete again in April 2017

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova can take part in next year's French Open despite an initial two-year ban from tennis. The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the Russian tennis star's doping ban to 15 months on Tuesday, per the Guardian , noting she "had a reduced perception of the risk"... More »

Tennis CEO Quits After Comments on Women Players

Raymond Moore offered his resignation from tourney to Oracle founder Larry Ellison

(Newser) - On Sunday he was riding high as CEO of California's Indian Wells Tennis Garden and director of the BNP Paribas Open tournament held there. On Monday, Raymond Moore stepped down from both posts, reports the New York Times , after making disparaging comments about women tennis players over the weekend,... More »

Maria Sharapova: I Failed a Drug Test

But tennis champion says it's an honest mistake

(Newser) - Tennis star Maria Sharapova admitted today that she's been caught using a drug restricted by professional tennis, the BBC reports. "I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it," the 28-year-old said in Los Angeles after failing a drug test at the Australian Open. But... More »

Serena Wins at Wimbledon, Now on Brink of Rare Feat

US Open would give her 'Calendar Slam,' first since 1988

(Newser) - Serena Williams today did what she usually does when she makes it to a Grand Slam final—win. She beat 20th seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain at Wimbledon in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-4, reports ESPN . The victory sets up an interesting scenario, notes Bleacher Report . If Williams wins at... More »

BBC Guy on Wimbledon Champ: She's No 'Looker'

John Inverdale is predictably sorry

(Newser) - Apparently, the fact that Wimbledon is a test of athletic prowess with no evening gown competition has been lost on at least one BBC announcer, who is backpedaling as mightily as he is gracelessly after inferring that yesterday's women's champ, Marion Bartoli , had to work hard because she'... More »

Wimbledon's New Champ: Marion Bartoli

Tomorrow, Andy Murray tries to win for the home crowd

(Newser) - Marion Bartoli of France is this year's women's champ at Wimbledon after she defeated Germany's Sabine Lisicki in straight sets today, 6-1, 6-4, reports AP . She won six straight games in the first set and five in the second for her first major victory. Bleacher Report has... More »

Ex Says Tennis Great Capriati Punched Him

She calls his account 'exaggerated,' says she'll be vindicated

(Newser) - Jennifer Capriati is facing down allegations that she stalked and harassed an ex-boyfriend, culminating in a Valentine's Day showdown in which he alleges that the 36-year-old tennis great tracked him down in a Palm Beach gym, "started screaming" at him, then punched him "with a closed fist... More »

Serena Will Be Oldest Top-Ranked Player

31-year-old sets mark for women

(Newser) - Serena Williams managed to make some history today by winning a quarterfinals match at a tournament in Qatar. The victory means that when the new rankings come out next week, the 31-year-old will be the oldest woman to hold the No. 1 spot, reports AP . Chris Evert got there at... More »

Venus Pulls Out of Aussie Open

Williams hopes to be back in action next month

(Newser) - Venus Williams' struggle with the autoimmune disease Sjogren's syndrome has forced her to pull out of the year's first major tournament. The seven-time Grand Slam winner has announced that she's pulling out of the Australian Open, but she hopes to be back in action next month, the... More »

Serena's US Open Tirade to Cost Her $2K

Williams ordered to pay up after letting loose

(Newser) - How much cash will Serena Williams lose for calling the chair umpire a "hater" (among many other things) yesterday? Just $2,000, which sounds puny, and sounds even punier when you consider that's just 0.14% of the $1.4 million Williams earned at the US Open. The... More »

Serena Rips Ump as 'Hater'

'We're in America,' tennis star complains

(Newser) - What did Serena Williams say to the umpire after she lost a key point for yelling during a shot against US Open winner Sam Stosur yesterday ? A lot. She completely lost her cool, notes Gawker , going off on an extended rant in the changeover between games. "If you... More »

Autoimmune Disease Sidelines Venus Williams

Drops out of US Open because of Sjogren's Syndrome

(Newser) - Venus Williams finally has a name for her biggest foe in tennis: Sjogren's syndrome. The 31-year-old abruptly withdrew from the US Open today, announcing that she has been diagnosed with Sjogren's, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain and can lead to longer-term problems. (More details... More »

Your New Wimbledon Champ: Petra Kvitova

Czech upsets Maria Sharapova for first Grand Slam win

(Newser) - The new women's Wimbledon champ is Petra Kvitova, a Czech player who upset Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 today, reports AP . The victory is the first Grand Slam win for the 21-year-old, who is the first lefty to win since Martina Navratilova in 1990. She's a "new star,... More »

Player Hits Wimbledon in Gaga-Like Jacket

Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost her Wimbledon match, however

(Newser) - Bethanie Mattek-Sands promised Wimbledon had never seen anything like it, and she wasn't kidding. The 26-year-old American, famous for her unusual fashion taste, arrived on court today for her first-round match wearing a white fringed jacket with 12 tennis balls cut in half stitched down each silver-studded sleeve. She... More »

Wimbledon to Female Players: Stop the Grunting

But players say noises are just part of the game

(Newser) - Enough with the grunting already, say Wimbledon officials who have grown tired of what they consider to be distracting roars made by the tournament's female competitors. With shrieks hitting 105 decibels (here's looking at you, Maria Sharapova), the unladylike grunts are ruining the game, say the officials, and... More »

Li Na Wins China's First Grand Slam Title

She defeats Francesca Schiavone to win French Open

(Newser) - A little history at Roland Garros today: Li Na defeated defending champ Francesca Schiavone of Italy to win the French Open and claim China's first Grand Slam title, reports Bloomberg . The 29-year-old is part of a burgeoning crop of female tennis players from China nicknamed the "Golden Flowers"... More »

Serena Williams Faces Risky Road to Return

Tennis star calls blood clot, hematoma 'extremely hard, disappointing'

(Newser) - Serena Williams' tennis career is on hold indefinitely following a series of health scares she calls "extremely hard ... and disappointing." News surfaced yesterday that Williams suffered a pulmonary embolism in February and then, more recently, a hematoma; she is now recuperating at home. But Williams has not played... More »

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