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There's a New Highest-Paid Female Athlete

22-year-old tennis star Naomi Osaka sets a yearly income record: $37.4M

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka has set a record that transcends tennis: The Japanese-born star collected $37.4 million in endorsements and prize money in the past year. That's more than any female athlete has ever made in 12 months, Reuters reports. Maria Sharapova had held the record until now, set in... More »

Maria Sharapova Calls It Quits

Tennis star cites injuries in ending 28-year career

(Newser) - "I'm saying goodbye." And with that, Maria Sharapova on Wednesday ended a 19-year tennis career that included five Grand Slam singles titles, an Olympic silver medal, and a suspension for her use of a banned substance. The 32-year-old Russian was the highest-earning women’s athlete from 2004... More »

Comeback Gives Sofia Kenin First Major Title

American defeats Garbine Muguruza after losing the first set

(Newser) - Sofia Kenin, a 21-year-old American, dropped the first set Saturday, then stormed back by winning a pair of 6-2 sets for the Australian Open title. She defeated Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain. This is her first Grand Slam victory, the Wall Street Journal reports. She'd beaten Coco Gauff and... More »

An Aussie Open Cloaked in Smoke: 'I Couldn't Walk Anymore'

One player quit her match, 2 called medical timeouts, Sharapova's match called off amid fires

(Newser) - The Victorian government's advice as Australia's bushfires rage on is to "minimize the time spent in smoky conditions" and "avoid exercise"—both tough to do if you're competing outdoors in the Australian Open. But that's what players were forced to contend with Monday... More »

A Ball Boy Sold Serena's Racket for $500. Now He Regrets It

Racket busted by Williams in 2018 US Open could fetch five figures in auction

(Newser) - Broken sports equipment usually turns up in the garbage, but one busted tennis racket up for auction starting Monday could end up selling for five figures. The racket that Serena Williams threw down onto the court in September 2018 during a US Open final match against Naomi Osaka is up... More »

Tennis Phenom's Big Move: Give Up US Citizenship

Naomi Osaka had to make a decision by age 22, per Japan's rules

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian-American dad , currently holds both US and Japanese citizenship. But once she turns 22 next week, Japan's nationality laws dictate she'll have to choose between the two—and the tennis star says she's going with the latter,... More »

Canadian Teen Keeps Serena From a Milestone

Bianca Andreescu wins US Open, depriving Williams of record-tying major win

(Newser) - Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu built a big lead and then held on to upset Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 in the US Open final for her first Grand Slam title. Andreescu's victory Saturday prevented Williams from claiming what would have been her record-tying 24th major singles championship, per the AP... More »

She Stunned at Wimbledon, Now Wins Her US Open Debut

Coco Gauff is 15

(Newser) - Coco Gauff has come back from a set and a break down to win her US Open debut at age 15 by beating Anastasia Potapova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Gauff got a wild-card entry from the US Tennis Association after making a surprising run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last... More »

Serena Gets Rocked in Wimbledon Final

Romania's Simona Halep wins in just 56 minutes

(Newser) - Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday's final, there already was inscribed: "Miss S. Halep." Halep was not concerned... More »

Wimbledon Fines Draw Claims of 'Privilege'

Fabio Fognini given slap on the wrist for saying club should be bombed

(Newser) - "I wish a bomb would explode on this club. A bomb should explode here," Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini announced during his third-round loss at Wimbledon on Saturday, per Yahoo . The 10th-ranked player, apparently upset about the condition of the grass court, was subsequently fined nearly $3,000—... More »

Teenager's Amazing Run at Wimbledon Is Over

American Coco Gauff, 15, loses in the 4th round

(Newser) - She defeated her idol at Wimbledon, then dazzled some more by vanquishing another opponent with an amazing comeback —all at the age of 15. But the remarkable run of Cori "Coco" Gauff ended Monday in a fourth-round loss to Romania's Simona Halep, reports ESPN . Halep, who was... More »

Huge Wimbledon Upset: 15-Year-Old Beats Venus Williams

The future is bright for Cori 'Coco' Gauff, Williams says

(Newser) - Cori "Coco" Gauff was already, at 15, the youngest player of the Open era to advance to Wimbledon's main draw through qualifying rather than direct entry—and in her tournament debut Monday, the teen bested none other than five-time Wimbledon champ Venus Williams, CNN reports. Williams, who has... More »

Youngest Ever to Qualify for Wimbledon: 'I'm Still in Shock'

15-year-old Cori 'Coco' Gauff didn't get a wild-card slot—she earned her place with qualifying win

(Newser) - When Venus Williams faces off in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday, she'll be a little more seasoned than her opponent—nearly a quarter of a century more. That's because the 39-year-old tennis star will be playing the youngest person ever to make the tournament, not through... More »

Amanda Who? American Teen Puts Tennis World on Notice

Amanda Anisimova, 17, upsets defending champ and advances to semifinals

(Newser) - Even those who don't follow tennis might be hearing the name Amanda Anisimova a lot over the coming days—and beyond. Anisimova is a 17-year-old American who just pulled off an enormous upset at the French Open: She knocked off defending champ Simona Halep of Romania in fairly easy... More »

French Open Is Hit by 2 Big Shocks

Serena Williams and No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka are out

(Newser) - Maybe it was the daunting deficit Serena Williams faced in the French Open's third round. Maybe it was the way her 20-year-old American opponent, Sofia Kenin, was questioning line calls. Either way, as Williams attempted to start a comeback Saturday with a three-ace game, she followed those big serves... More »

Serena Sings Topless— But for a Cause

The tennis star aims to raise breast cancer awareness

(Newser) - Last month, Serena Williams was mad as hell . Now she's adding a sweet lilt to The Divinyls' classic "I Touch Myself" in a video she produced to increase breast cancer awareness, the Guardian reports. "Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to... More »

Tennis Star's Ex Kills Their Children, Himself

Stephanie Reece knew something was wrong Friday

(Newser) - Impossible to imagine: Former pro tennis player Stephanie Reece learned Friday that her ex-husband had fatally shot their two children and himself, People reports. After getting a call that their kids, Shelby, 13, and Harrison, 15, weren't in school, Reece tried reaching ex-husband Michael Hunn and finally drove to... More »

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 »

Tennis Umps Reportedly Mull a Boycott of Serena Games

They feel 'thrown to the wolves,' per rumblings

(Newser) - Serena Williams has already been hit with a $17,000 fine for a confrontation Saturday at the US Open with the chair umpire. Now she may face a boycott from other umps who stand behind Carlos Ramos, per the Washington Post . In Serena's court: the US Tennis Association, tennis... 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 »

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