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31st Seed Wins Wimbledon With 'Such Beautiful Tennis'

Barbora Krejcikova becomes eighth woman in eight years to win tournament

(Newser) - Barbora Krejcikova insisted that nobody—not her friends, not her family, not even herself—would believe she won Wimbledon for her second Grand Slam title. Her first major championship, as an unseeded player at the French Open three years ago, certainly was a surprise. This one, which came via a...

American Has 'Cinderella Run' Brewing at Wimbledon

Emma Navarro upsets Coco Gauff as she seeks her first major tournament win

(Newser) - The American who advanced to the women's quarterfinals at Wimbledon on Sunday wasn't the one most expected. No. 19 seed Emma Navarro stunned No. 2 Coco Gauff, reports USA Today . Given the big names who have dropped so far, the 23-year-old Navarro now has a "possible Cinderella...

Swiatek Dominates French Final
Swiatek Dominates French Final

Swiatek Dominates French Final

(Newser) - Iga Swiatek won her fourth French Open title in Paris on Saturday with a dominating performance that overwhelmed Jasmine Paolini. Swiatek's 6-2, 6-1 victory took 68 minutes, ESPN reports. It was her third singles championship in a row at Roland Garros, per Yahoo Sports , and the 21st consecutive match...

US' Next Iconic One-Name Athlete May Be ... Coco
Coco Gauff
May Be the
'Fearless' Leader
We Need

Coco Gauff May Be the 'Fearless' Leader We Need

'Time' profile of 20-year-old tennis star dives into her athleticism, 'unique connection' with fans

(Newser) - Coco Gauff has been ascending the ladder of women's tennis, and a new profile of her speculates we may only be seeing the beginning of what she's capable of. In his piece on the 20-year-old elite athlete for Time , Sean Gregory dives deep into that athleticism, inspired by...

Naomi Osaka's Return to Tennis Has Rocky Start

Tennis great returns to Grand Slam circuit after 15-month break, loses in first round

(Newser) - Moments after her Grand Slam comeback ended in a first-round loss, Naomi Osaka put her gold jacket on and walked back through the players tunnel where her name has a prominent place among recent Australian Open champions. Three matches into her return from 15 months off the tour, and six...

Evert Reveals 'Diagnosis I Never Wanted to Hear'

Tennis great, 68, says ovarian cancer is back; she'll step back from ESPN duties to undergo chemo

(Newser) - Nearly two years ago, Chris Evert revealed she was in chemo for ovarian cancer, the same kind of cancer her late sister died of. Now, the 68-year-old tennis great, who'd announced earlier this year that she was finally cancer-free, has an update that's not the greatest: Her cancer...

Training Room Racket Smash Causes a Fuss in Tennis

Aryna Sabalenka vents in players' room afterward, raising privacy questions

(Newser) - Aryna Sabalenka has had such a strong year in tennis that she will be ranked No. 1 on Monday even after losing the US Open final over the weekend to American Coco Gauff. But that loss nevertheless stung for the 25-year-old Belarussian, as video from the players' dressing room after...

'Sometimes You Smell Food, Sometimes You Smell Weed'

Marijuana odor wafted from park to US Open court, player says

(Newser) - Even while she was rolling on the court, Maria Sakkari couldn't help noticing the smell of something off it. "It was weed," Sakkari said. The No. 8 seed from Greece was eliminated from the US Open in the first round Monday with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to...

50 Years Ago, She Took a Stand, and It Worked

Billie Jean King demanded female players at US Open earn the same as men

(Newser) - When Billie Jean King won the US Open in 1972, she didn't make the usual remarks about hoping to win again. Instead, she threatened to not play at all the next year—and added that no other women would, either. That's because she earned $10,000 for her...

Song Intrudes on Tennis Match
'Cotton Eye Joe' Disrupts Match

'Cotton Eye Joe' Disrupts Match

Swiatek, Pegula were mid-point at the Canadian Open when the song filled the arena

(Newser) - Nothing breaks the thwack-thwack tension of a top women's professional tennis match, turns out, like "Cotton Eye Joe." Iga Swiatek, the world No. 1, and Jessica Pegula were in the middle of a second-set tiebreak in their semifinal at the Canadian Open in Montreal on Saturday when...

Tennis Player Slammed for 'Absolutely Disgusting' Behavior

Zhang Shuai left the match in tears after Amarissa Toth erased ball mark with foot

(Newser) - The Women's Tennis Association says it's investigating an "unfortunate incident" at the Hungarian Grand Prix this week. CNN reports that Chinese player Zhang Shuai retired from the match Tuesday in tears after a dispute over a line call. The ball appeared to land on the line but...

Vondrousova's Wimbledon Victory Is a First
Vondrousova's Wimbledon
Victory Is a First

Vondrousova's Wimbledon Victory Is a First

Jabeur calls finals defeat 'the most painful loss of my career'

(Newser) - Marketa Vondrousova came to the All England Club a year ago unable to play tennis at all. She had a cast on her surgically repaired left wrist, so her visit was limited to sightseeing around London with her sister and cheering for a friend who was competing at Wimbledon. This...

Naomi Osaka Shares a 'Little Life Update for 2023'
Naomi Osaka
Begins New Chapter

Naomi Osaka Begins New Chapter

Tennis star welcomes baby girl with boyfriend Cordae

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka is officially a mom. The four-time Grand Slam singles champion has given birth to her first child, a baby girl, in Los Angeles, the Women's Tennis Association announced Tuesday. The 25-year-old revealed her pregnancy in January before calling out sexist criticism of the move to have a...

Evert and Navratilova: Their 'Eerie' Parallel Lives

Sally Jenkins of the 'Washington Post' does a deep dive into their tennis rivalry, close friendship, cancer fights

(Newser) - "Our lives are so parallel, it's eerie when you think about it." That is tennis great Martina Navratilova talking about fellow tennis great Chris Evert to Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post . The sentiment is at the heart of an in-depth look at the relationship between the...

Women's Tennis Mulls a 'Challenging' Move

WTA CEO Steve Simon says they're considering getting into business with the Saudis

(Newser) - Like other sports, women's tennis is looking into the possibility of getting into business with Saudi Arabia. And while holding a tournament there isn't imminent, WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon said Friday that he visited that country with some players in February as part of the evaluation...

World No. 1 Rebounds to Take French Open

Unseeded Karolina Muchova pushes Iga Swiatek to third set in final

(Newser) - Iga Swiatek suddenly seemed lost in the French Open final. Her strokes were awry. Her confidence was gone. Her big early lead had vanished. She kept looking up into the stands, seeking guidance from her coach and her sports psychologist. So much was amiss right up until she was two...

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...

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...

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