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Sabalenka Gets Over Initial Jitters to Win Australian Open
We Have an
Open Winner

We Have an Australian Open Winner

Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka beats Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, wins first Grand Slam title

(Newser) - Aryna Sabalenka won her first Grand Slam title by coming back to beat Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open women's final Saturday. The 24-year-old Sabalenka, who's from Belarus, was appearing in her first major final, per the AP . She improved to 11-0 in...

Naomi Osaka Shares a 'Little Life Update for 2023'

She says she's pregnant, will return to tennis for next year's Australian Open

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka's break from tennis is going to last a lot longer—but the reason is a happy one. The 25-year-old star announced Wednesday that she's expecting her first child with rapper Cordae and plans to return to tennis for the Australian Open next year, TMZ reports. "...

Another Tennis Star Has Apparent Vaccine Troubles

Italy's Camila Giorgi is accused of having fake vaccination certificate on eve of Australian Open

(Newser) - Around this same time last year, Australia was booting Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic out of the country, prohibiting him from competing in the Australian Open due to his lack of COVID vaccination. Now, right before this year's tennis tourney Down Under, a similar controversy is bubbling up involving...

Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Hit With 'Double Whammy'

She has throat, breast cancer

(Newser) - Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been hit with a "double whammy": a diagnosis of throat and breast cancer. Both are early stage, and the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion will begin treatment this month. The BBC reports that Navratilova, 66, discovered an enlarged lymph node in her neck in...

Former No. 1, Who Retired at 25, Finds Life After Tennis

Ashleigh Barty says she's adjusted to a less structured existence

(Newser) - As other people have done during the pandemic, Ashleigh Barty stepped away from her job earlier this year. Unlike everyone else, Barty was the No. 1 professional female tennis player in the world at the time. Just 25 years old when she retired in March, Barty has adjusted to staying...

Looks Like Wimbledon Rules on Underwear Are About to Shift
Alters Rules on
Female Underwear

Wimbledon Alters Rules on Female Underwear

Colored undergarments will be accepted following complaints related to menstruation

(Newser) - It's official: Female players no longer have to wear white underwear at Wimbledon. Tournament organizers announced the change to the typical all-white uniform on Thursday in response to concerns about menstruation. Beginning next year, female players "will have the option of wearing colored undershorts if they choose,"...

World No. 1 Breaks US Open Drought
World No. 1 Breaks
US Open Drought

World No. 1 Breaks US Open Drought

Iga Swiatek overcomes Ons Jabeur and the distractions of New York City

(Newser) - Iga Swiatek had never made it so far as the quarterfinals in the US Open. Her dry run ended Saturday, when the top seed and World No. 1 player defeated Ons Jabeur in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Swiatek, 21, rolled through the first set, the Washington Post reports, while...

After Loss at US Open, an Emotional Tribute From Serena

'"I wouldn't be Serena if there wasn't Venus,' tennis legend said to crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium

(Newser) - Leave it to Serena Williams to not want to go quietly, to not want this match, this trip to the US Open, this transcendent career of hers, to really, truly end. Right down to what were, barring a change of heart, the final minutes of her quarter century of excellence...

Serena Williams 'Evolving Away From Tennis'

Tennis great is sounding like she's retiring, looking to focus on her family and business ventures

(Newser) - Serena Williams says she's ready to step away from tennis after winning 23 Grand Slam titles, turning her focus to her business interests and having another child, reports the AP . "I'm turning 41 ... and something's got to give," Williams wrote in an essay released Tuesday...

Rybakina Captures Final of Firsts
Wimbledon Final
Features Firsts

Wimbledon Final Features Firsts

Russian-born Rybakina brings Kazakhstan its first title

(Newser) - Elena Rybakina resumed her rise through tennis, which was interrupted by the pandemic, on Saturday with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Ons Jabeur to become a Wimbledon women's champion. The 23-year-old, who was ranked 23rd in the world coming into the tournament, remained calm and composed throughout the...

World No. 1 Falls for First Time in 38 Matches

French Open champion Swiatek and runner-up Gauff are now out of Wimbledon

(Newser) - Coming into the third round of Wimbledon, Iga Swiatek had won 37 matches in a row and six straight tournaments—including the French Open a month ago. That turned around with a 6-4, 6-2 victory Saturday in London by Alize Cornet of France, who's ranked 37th in the world....

Russian Tennis Pro Finds a Way to Dodge Wimbledon Ban

Natela Dzalamidze changes nationality to Georgian to get around ban spurred by war in Ukraine

(Newser) - Since the war in Ukraine, Russians have faced fallout—especially in the sports arena , where Russian athletes have been increasingly banned. One athlete, women's tennis pro Natela Dzalamidze, has decided she doesn't want her country of origin to get in the way of her chances to play in...

Gauff Can't Stop Swiatek's Unbeaten Run

World No. 1 takes French Open title, her 6th straight tournament victory

(Newser) - Coco Gauff came into the women's singles final at the French Open on Saturday having not lost a set during the tournament. But Iga Swiatek hadn't lost in her last 34 matches. It's now 35, after the world No. 1 defeated Gauff 6-1, 6-3 for her second...

Maria Sharapova Marks 35th Birthday With Big News

The retired tennis champion is expecting her first child with fiancé Alexander Gilkes

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova announced on Instagram that she is pregnant, writing "Precious beginnings. Eating birthday cake for two has always been my specialty." The message arrived on the same day as the retired tennis great’s 35th birthday. Per CNN, Sharapova is engaged to British businessman Alexander Gilkes, who...

She's No. 1 in Tennis—and Calling It Quits

25-year-old Ashleigh Barty of Australia retires at the top of her game

(Newser) - The top-ranked women’s singles tennis player is retiring at the ripe old age of 25. "Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis," Australia's Ashleigh Barty wrote Wednesday on Instagram. "It's hard to say but I'...

Naomi Osaka Might Want to Retire, for Her Own Good
It Might Be
Time for
Naomi Osaka
to Leave Tennis

It Might Be Time for Naomi Osaka to Leave Tennis

'Washington Post' columnist says the tennis great's mental health appears to be at risk

(Newser) - Tennis great Naomi Osaka has temporarily stepped away from the game more than once as she publicly grappled with the intense pressure and with depression. Her advocacy on mental health is admirable, writes Candace Buckner in the Washington Post . But an incident over the weekend suggests the 24-year-old might want...

Naomi Osaka Addresses Crowd Over Heckler

Tennis star loses match, was brought to tears in Indian Wells, California

(Newser) - Tennis great Naomi Osaka was clearly disturbed by a derogatory comment from a spectator Saturday night en route to a loss at a tournament in Indian Wells, California. ESPN reports that after a woman shouted, "Naomi, you s---" from the stands in the first set, a rattled Osaka stopped...

Journo: My Interview With Peng Shuai Was 'Propaganda'

Marc Ventouillac says China let him talk to tennis star, but he has doubts that she's speaking freely

(Newser) - It was the interview many sports journalists wanted: A sit-down with Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, prepped and ready to talk for the first time with Western media about allegations she made of forced sex with a former top-ranked Communist Party official that triggered a global outpouring of fears for...

35-Year-Old Convicted of Stalking Tennis Star

Emma Raducanu tells court it feels 'like my freedom has been taken away from me'

(Newser) - After tennis star Emma Raducanu told a UK court she no longer feels safe in her home—"which is where I should feel safest"—a 35-year-old man was convicted Friday of stalking her. Amrit Magar, a former Amazon driver, will be sentenced later, the BBC reports. Magar repeatedly...

Australian Open Winner Is Extra-Special to Aussies

Ashleigh Barty beat US' Danielle Collins, becoming first Aussie to win nation's tourney since 1978

(Newser) - It's been 44 years since either a men's or women's tennis player from Australia won the Australian Open. That changed Saturday, when Ashleigh Barty, 25, took home the title for her country in Melbourne, beating 28-year-old American Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6, reports Yahoo Sports . The last Aussie...

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