Tag: French Open

Sharapova’s doping ban cut from 2 years to 15 months

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Maria Sharapova’s doping ban was reduced from two years to 15 months on Tuesday, meaning the Russian tennis star can come back in April and return to Grand Slam play at the French Open. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut nine months off the suspension imposed on Sharapova, who tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player, appealed to CAS in June seeking to overturn or reduce the two-year suspension imposed by the International Tennis Federation. The CAS panel found that...

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Djokovic, Williams Show At Wimbledon They’re Clear No. 1s

LONDON (AP) — It’s more obvious than ever that Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have really distanced themselves from the rest of the elite in tennis. Not just because they were the ones who got to dress up and attend the Wimbledon champions’ dinner Sunday night. And not just because their leads at No. 1 in the rankings will remain large Monday. Both Djokovic, who won his third trophy at the All England Club by beating Roger Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 in the final, and Williams, who won her sixth, are demonstrating that they’re capable of...

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Williams Wins French Open for Grand Slam Title

PARIS (AP) — Overcoming a mid-match lull and a third-set deficit, Serena Williams won her third French Open title and 20th major singles trophy by beating 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 on Saturday. The top-ranked Williams took the last six games and added to her championships on the red clay of Roland Garros in 2002 and 2013. She stretched her Grand Slam winning streak to 21 matches, following titles at the U.S. Open last September and Australian Open in January. Only two women in the century-plus history of Grand Slam tennis have won...

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Serena Williams eases into French Open semifinals

PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams overpowered Sara Errani to reach the French Open semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win Wednesday. A two-time champion in Paris, Williams extended her unbeaten record against the 2012 French Open runner-up to nine matches. It was a stark contrast to Williams’ three previous matches, when the 19-time Grand Slam champion got off to sluggish starts and lost the opening set. Williams broke for a 2-0 lead but dropped her serve in the next game. She saved a break point in the fifth game and held after hitting a 121 mph (195 kph) ace. Errani...

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Venus Williams ousted from French Open by Sloane Stephens

PARIS (AP) — A loss by Venus Williams in the first round at a Grand Slam is no longer the rarity it once was. And, as it happens, the woman who beat Williams at the French Open on Tuesday, Sloane Stephens, is making a concerted effort, at her coach’s behest, to focus less on who is on the other side of the net. Still, it was hard not to see the 22-year-old Stephens’ 7-6 (5), 6-1 dismissal of seven-time major champion Williams, who at 34 was the oldest woman in the field, as a statement about the directions their...

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