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First-round fireworks: Serena, Sharapova to meet at US Open

New York, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they’ll do it in their very first match. A long-awaited Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal showdown could come only in the final. Williams and Sharapova, past U.S. Open champions and two of the biggest stars in women’s tennis, were scheduled for an opening-round ... Read More »

Nick Kyrgios fined more than $100,000 for vulgar conduct

Mason, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Nick Kyrgios was fined $113,000 by the ATP for expletive-filled outbursts in which he smashed rackets, insulted a chair umpire and refused to get ready to return serve during a second-round match at the Western & Southern Open. The tour announced the penalties Thursday, a day after Kyrgios berated chair umpire Fergus Murphy and left ... Read More »

Wimbledon champ Halep up to No. 4, Serena No. 9; Gauff 141st

Wimbledon (AP/UNB) – Simona Halep’s Wimbledon championship has lifted her from No. 7 to No. 4 in the WTA rankings, and runner-up Serena Williams moved up to No. 9, her best placing since returning to the tour last season after having a baby. Coco Gauff’s magical run from a wild-card entry in qualifying all the way to the fourth round ... Read More »

Djokovic tops Federer in historic final for 5th at Wimbledon

England, July 15 (AP/UNB) — For nearly five tight, tense and terrific hours, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer traded the lead, playing on and on and on until an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker was required to settle their memorable Wimbledon final. In the end, it was Djokovic who emerged victorious, coming back to edge Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, ... Read More »

‘Serena is Serena’: Goose bumps, selfie, loss to Williams

Wimbledon, Jul 3 (AP/UNB) — Used to be that players would dread the prospect of facing Serena Williams, especially at Wimbledon. Nowadays, they seem to be eager to go up against her — not because they think they can beat Williams, mind you, but because, well, she’s Serena Williams, and what better way to create a memory for life than ... Read More »

Champion, queen, goddess, mother: Serena wins at French Open

Paris, May 28 (AP/UNB)  — This was one mistake too far for Serena Williams. Sure, the bad backhand put her behind only 15-30 at the outset of the second set of her opening match at Roland Garros on Monday. What made the miscue so bothersome? She’d already dropped the first set against 83rd-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko — and Williams’ unforced error ... Read More »

Sharapova withdraws from Rome with lingering shoulder injury

Rome (AP/UNB) – Three-time champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open as she continues to recover from a right shoulder injury. Rome organizers announced Wednesday that Sharapova’s spot in the draw for the May 13-19 tournament will be taken by 45th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, hasn’t played since pulling out of ... Read More »

Brazilian tennis player Souza provisionally suspended

London (AP/UNB) – Brazilian tennis player Joao Souza has been provisionally suspended again amid a corruption investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit.Souza had already been provisionally suspended on March 29 but was reinstated on April 8 following a successful appeal. The TIU says that the provisional suspension has been put back in place “following consideration of additional evidence submitted by ... Read More »

38th National Senior Table Tennis kicks off Saturday

Dhaka – The 38th edition of National Senior Table Tennis Championship 2019 will begin Saturday at Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Table Tennis Wooden Floor Stadium in Paltan. Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) is organising the competition, said a press release issued Friday. Forty-four teams, including 13 female and 44 male, will participate in this tournament. As many as 260 players ... Read More »

Federer wins in Dubai to begin latest bid for 100th title

Dubai(AP/UNB) – Roger Federer’s latest attempt to win his 100th ATP singles title made a shaky start at the Dubai Championships where he overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Monday. Federer entered the first-round match with a 13-0 record against the German, and broke in the first game to run through the first set. But Kohlschreiber forced a third ... Read More »