Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Angelique Kerber

In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns the ball to fellow German Mona Barthel during the Dubai Tennis Championships, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Angelique Kerber is back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, reclaiming that spot from Serena Williams. Kerber moves atop the rankings on Monday. That’s about six months after she originally ascended to No. 1 for the first time, overtaking ...
Germany's Angelique Kerber makes a forehand return to United States' Coco Vandeweghe during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

BY JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — There was some symmetry about the fourth-round exits of top-ranked Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open. Both had the top seeding for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament. ...
Britain's Andy Murray reacts as he falls during his second round match against Russia's Andrey Rublev at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

BY JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When Andy Murray tumbled to the court, clutching his right ankle, the top of the men’s draw at the Australian Open momentarily took on a new complexion. Top-ranked Murray, a five-time runner-up at ...
Germany's Angelique Kerber returns a shot against Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

BY JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — In his first Grand Slam match with the elevated status of having a knighthood and the No. 1 ranking, Andy Murray berated himself when he made mistakes and frequently yelled during a 7-5, ...
Defending men's and woman's champions Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Germany's Angelique Kerber carry their trophies to the official draw ceremony ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

BY JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic drew a difficult first-round opponent in Fernando Verdasco, and Roger Federer’s fall in the rankings complicated his chances at Melbourne Park after he ended up in same ...
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine plays a shot during her quarterfinal match against Angelique Kerber of Germany at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

BY JOHN PYE BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Angelique Kerber predicted that 2017 was going to have a different feel for her, considering her phenomenal breakout season last year. It certainly started differently, with the top-ranked German losing to sixth-seeded Elina ...
Angelique Kerber, of Germany, holds up the championship trophy after beating Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, to win the women's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in New York.

BY HOWARD FENDRICH NEW YORK (AP) — Early in what would become a tight test of a U.S. Open final, Angelique Kerber sprinted forward to somehow reach a drop shot and scoop a down-the-line winner that landed in a corner ...
Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot to Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in New York

BY HOWARD FENDRICH NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the two women’s finalists at this U.S. Open, Angelique Kerber of Germany and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, played each other, it really was no contest. Pliskova dominated the ...
Angelique Kerber, of Germany, can't make a shot against Roberta Vinci, of Italy, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in New York.

BY HOWARD FENDRICH NEW YORK (AP) — A year after one of the most significant and stunning losses of Serena Williams’ illustrious career, she’s made it back to the same stage of the same tournament: the U.S. Open semifinals. The ...
Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, celebrates after defeating Ana Konjuh, of Croatia, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in New York.

BY RACHEL COHEN NEW YORK (AP) — Karolina Pliskova came into the U.S. Open with the dubious distinction of being the only woman currently ranked in the top 20 never to make a Grand Slam round of 16. She’s now ...
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