Tennis

1:07 AM ET ESPN News Services TOKYO — It wasn’t the ending that tennis superstar Naomi Osaka — nor her fans across Japan and worldwide — had expected for the Tokyo Olympics. Osaka lost to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of the Olympic tennis
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4:50 PM ET Maryna Zanevska claimed her maiden WTA Tour title on Sunday after a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory over Kristina Kucova at the Poland Open in Gdynia. Both players were vying for their first WTA singles titles and it was the Belgian who battled back from double-breaks in both sets to claim victory over
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4:45 PM ET Danielle Collins earned her maiden WTA Tour title on Sunday after she beat Elena-Gabriela Ruse in the final of the 32nd Palermo Ladies Open in Italy. The top seed found herself a break of serve down on two occasions in the opening set, but at 4-2 down the American won four games
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12:38 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — There were never any questions about Naomi Osaka’s potential on the tennis court when she took a two-month mental health break. Especially on hard courts — the surface being used at the Tokyo Olympics and the surface on which Osaka has won all four of her Grand Slam
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12:09 AM ET Ash Barty has been sensationally knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics singles in the first round, stunned by unheralded Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets. The world No.48 beat world No.1 and newly-crowned Wimbledon champion Barty 6-4 6-3 in the biggest shock of the Games to date as the Australian fell
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11:29 PM ET Associated Press Two-time defending champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from the singles tennis tournament in Tokyo. Organizers did not immediately say why the British player pulled out shortly ahead of his scheduled opener against ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada on Center Court. Max Purcell of Australia will play Auger-Aliassime instead. Organizers said
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10:25 PM ET Associated Press Two Georgian tennis players have been barred from the Tokyo Olympics after officials in their home country told them they were entered for the Games but never actually sent the paperwork. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that it had to turn away doubles players Oksana Kalashnikova and Ekaterine
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5:35 PM ET World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next month’s U.S. Open tune-up event in Toronto, Tennis Canada said on Friday. A four-time champion in Canada, Djokovic is at the Tokyo Olympics where he will try to keep alive his hopes of achieving a ‘Golden Slam’ — victories at all four Grand
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11:19 AM ET Associated Press Tennis star Naomi Osaka has lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games, ending the flame’s long journey from Greece to these delayed Olympics. The cauldron sat atop a peak inspired by Mount Fuji. It’s a sphere that opened like a flower, “to embody vitality and hope,”
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1:25 AM ET Associated Press Naomi Osaka‘s opening match in the Olympic tennis tournament has been pushed back from Saturday to Sunday. Organizers did not immediately provide a reason for the switch. They said only that the move came from the tournament referee. 1 Related Osaka was originally scheduled to play 52nd-ranked Saisai Zheng of
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11:04 PM ET Associated Press Home hope Naomi Osaka will face 52nd-ranked Saisai Zheng of China and Novak Djokovic will play 139th-ranked Hugo Dellien of Bolivia in the opening round of the Olympic tennis tournament in Tokyo. Draws were held Thursday, two days before play opens at Ariake Tennis Park. Osaka is returning to competition
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7:47 PM ET Associated Press PALERMO, Italy — Former champion Jil Teichmann was forced to pull out of the Palermo Ladies Open on Wednesday because of injury. The third-seeded Teichmann, who won the title in 2019, had to withdraw shortly before the start of her second round match against Elena Gabriela Ruse because of a
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