Kenya’s Okutoyi aiming to be ‘Serena of Africa’ at French Open

Agence France Presse 05/28/2022

It has been a long and painful path for Angella Okutoyi to reach the red clay courts of Roland Garros but the 18-year-old Kenyan is in no doubt about her ambition. “The French Open is the big…

Holder Djokovic eases past Nishioka into round two of French Open

Reuters 05/24/2022

PARIS — World number one and holder Novak Djokovic cruised past Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3 6-1 6-0 on Monday, May 23, 2022, to advance to the French Open second round in a comfortable start to his quest…

Women’s seeds tumble at Open as Medvedev faces Kyrgios test

01/20/2022

Melbourne, Australia—Top women’s seeds including Garbine Muguruza were sent packing on a day of shocks at the Australian Open on Thursday, January 20, 2022, ahead of men’s title favorite Daniil Medvedev and Nick Kyrgios squaring off in…

Osaka’s rise: from shy youngster to four-time Grand Slam champion

Reuters 02/21/2021

Naomi Osaka, who swept to her fourth Grand Slam title in as many major finals with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jennifer Brady on Saturday, has made a rapid and at times uncomfortable climb to the top. The 23-year-old’s…

‘Chess player’ Medevedev aims to dethrone King Novak at Australian Open

Agence France Presse 02/21/2021

Novak Djokovic heads into Sunday’s Australian Open final unbeaten on eight previous occasions in the title match, but knowing he will need to be at his mental and physical best to overcome red-hot Russian Daniil Medvedev The…

Osaka beats Brady to win Australian Open

02/20/2021

MELBOURNE—Naomi Osaka gave Jennifer Brady a lesson in Grand Slam tennis as she cruised to a 6-4 6-3 win to claim her second Australian Open title on Saturday and cement her standing as the new queen of…

‘I’m done’: Serena walks out in tears after semifinal defeat

Agence France Presse 02/18/2021

Serena Williams broke down in tears and cut short her post-match press conference after another failed bid to equal Margaret Court’s record Grand Slam haul, calling her defeat to Naomi Osaka “a big error day.” The veteran American’s quest to…

Rublev to face Medvedev as Russians make history at Australian Open

Agence France Presse 02/15/2021

Andrey Rublev ensured Grand Slam history will be made for Russia after setting up an Australian Open quarterfinal against compatriot Daniil Medvedev on Monday. With qualifier Aslan Karatsev already through to face Grigor Dimitrov in the top half of…

Play on: Australian Open continues under lockdown

Reuters 02/13/2021

MELBOURNE – The sixth day of the Australian Open is usually one of the best attended of the Grand Slam fortnight but there was an eerie quiet around the Melbourne Park precinct as play got underway on…

Djokovic says he has mixed feelings about ending 2020 as No. 1

Reuters 11/16/2020

Novak Djokovic has said he had mixed feelings about ending a “strange year” as the world number one for a sixth time after the season was hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Djokovic won a record-extending…

‘A lot of regrets’: Tennis star Naomi Osaka says shyness is holding her back

05/15/2020

Former world number one Naomi Osaka has admitted having “a lot of regrets” and said she’s soul-searching during the coronavirus lockdown for ways to become more assertive. The 22-year-old Japanese, who stormed to prominence by winning back-to-back…

Federer saves seven match points to reach semifinals

01/29/2020

MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer was not going to go gently, of course, no matter how daunting the number of match points — his opponent accumulated seven! — no matter how achy his 38-year-old legs, no matter…

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