Saturday, July 22, 2017

Australian Open

In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams covers her face after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

BY HOWARD FENDRICH It’s another love game for Serena Williams: She is pregnant — and, based on the timeline she offered, she already was when she won the Australian Open. A spokeswoman for Williams, Kelly Bush Novak, wrote in an ...
Switzerland's Roger Federer, right, talks to reporters as he holds his Australian Open trophy at Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

BY TREVOR MARSHALLSEA Roger Federer needed his exhausted legs for one last big effort Sunday night — going out dancing to celebrate his remarkable 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. And after seeing the sun rise over Melbourne, ...
Switzerland's Roger Federer kisses his trophy after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

BY JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a ...
United States' Venus Williams, rear, embraces her sister Serena after Serena won the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Jack Thomas/Pool via AP)

BY JUSTIN BERGMAN MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — More than seven years after her last Grand Slam title match, Venus Williams would be forgiven for being a little nervous when she stepped inside Rod Laver Arena to face her sister, Serena, ...
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal took five sets and almost five hours to fend off “Baby Fed” and revive a classic Grand Slam final against the one-and-only Roger Federer. Nadal’s 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 win over ...
United States' Venus Williams celebrates after defeating compatriot Coco Vandeweghe during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

BY JOHN PYE MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When a euphoric Venus Williams picked up the pace of her celebratory pirouette and the crowd responded with thunderous applause, Serena Williams waited quietly in the adjacent corridor for the buzz to subside. ...
Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

BY JUSTIN BERGMAN MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When Mirjana Lucic-Baroni served out her victory over Karolina Pliskova at the Australian Open on Wednesday, making an unlikely return to the semifinals of a Grand Slam after nearly 18 years, she fell ...
A fan of United States' Venus Williams holds up a poster during her quarterfinal against Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

BY DENNIS PASSA MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For all their Grand Slam successes, Venus Williams and Roger Federer still find themselves surprised to be in the semifinals at the Australian Open. Injuries, illness and advancing age can do that to ...
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. ...
United States' Venus Williams serves to China's Duan Yingying during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

BY JUSTIN BERGMAN MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One could never accuse Venus Williams of being sensitive about her age. Not the way she keeps making self-deprecating jokes about it at the Australian Open. Case in point: Asked about the Australian ...
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