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Epic Wimbledon Final Went to 5th-Set Tiebreaker

Djokovic saved 2 match points in thrilling victory

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic became the first man in 71 years to win Wimbledon after facing match points in the final, coming back to beat Roger Federer in an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker Sunday, the AP reports. By barely emerging to win 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) after nearly five... 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 »

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 »

Djokovic Embarrasses a Legend at Aussie Open

Rafael Nadal loses final to relentless Djokovic, who marches to his 7th tournament title

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so pretty much perfect, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance. Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent—just a guy, really—and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his... More »

Osaka's US Open Win Was No Fluke

She beats Petra Kvitova in Australian Open nail-biter

(Newser) - So close to victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too. She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. Tugged at her visor's pink brim. Trudged to the locker room between... More »

Stunning Day for the Greats at Aussie Open

Federer goes down in a shocker as the new kids romp in Melbourne

(Newser) - The Australian Open is proving one for the ages—just not the aged. As the AP reports, Roger Federer failed to defend his two consecutive titles on Sunday in a stunning loss to 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. Tsitsipas becomes the first Greek to advance this far at a major,... More »

Tearful Andy Murray Makes Big Announcement

Australian Open could be his last tournament

(Newser) - Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he's only committing to the Australian Open. In an emotional news conference Friday, when a tearful Murray had to leave the room shortly after his first... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Before Worst Loss of Her Career, Shocking News for Serena

Williams found out right before worst loss of career her half-sister's killer had been paroled

(Newser) - Serena Williams suffered the worst loss of her career at the end of July, and now there's more context as to why that may have happened. What Bleacher Report deems "tough news" came Williams' way right before her match with the UK's Johanna Konta. She details that... More »

Citing New-Mom Struggles, Serena Ditches Competition

Tennis star withdraws from Canada's Rogers Cup, says she's been in 'a funk'

(Newser) - New moms, Serena Williams gets you—specifically if you're feeling all kinds of confusing emotions months after your baby has arrived. The BBC reports that the 36-year-old tennis star yanked herself out of Canada's Rogers Cup competition this week, initially citing "personal reasons." An Instagram post... More »

Djokovic Had Vowed to Skip Wimbledon. Good Thing He Didn't

Serbian star comes back after early French Open exit

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic was disconsolate and injured when he left Wimbledon a year ago, quitting during his quarterfinal because of a painful right elbow that would need surgery, the AP reports. Djokovic was so dispirited by his upset exit at the French Open last month that he vowed, in the heat... More »

Serena Loses the Final in Straight Sets

Angelique Kerber wins title as Novak Djokovic advances for final with Kevin Anderson

(Newser) - Angelique Kerber won her first Wimbledon championship by stopping Serena Williams' bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title, the AP reports. Kerber played cleanly as can be, covering the court so well and picking her spots for big shots, in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Williams in Saturday's... More »

Women's Top Seed Stunned at Wimbledon

Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan knocks out Simona Halep

(Newser) - Top-ranked Simona Halep couldn't capitalize on her chances and was knocked out by Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan at Wimbledon on Saturday, losing 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round, the AP reports. Halep served for the match at 5-3 in the final set and had a match point in... More »

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