Sunday, May 28, 2017

Tennis

Defending champions Serbia's Novak Djokovic listens before the draw of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 26, 2017 in Paris.

BY SAMUEL PETREQUIN PARIS (AP) — In his quest for a 10th title at the French Open, Rafael Nadal could face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The fourth-seeded Nadal, the only player with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament, ...
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a ball during his match against Dominic Thiem of Austria at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal’s winning streak ended at 17 matches as he lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open on Friday. Venus Williams is also out of the tournament after the American ...
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, serves the ball to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, of Croatia, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

BY JUSTIN PALMER LONDON (AP) — Maria Sharapova will play in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. The 2004 champion at the All England Club, who returned last month from a 15-month doping ban, said Friday in a post on her website ...
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns the ball to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, of Croatia, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

BY HOWARD FENDRICH The folks who run the sport of tennis do not have a hard-and-fast rule that would apply to Maria Sharapova and others in her shoes, something along the lines of: When returning from a drug suspension with ...
Maria Sharapova of Russia wipes sweat form her face during a tennis match against Christina Mchale of the United States, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

PARIS (AP) — Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has missed out on a wild-card entry for the French Open because of her doping ban. Announcing the decision on a live Facebook broadcast on Tuesday, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said ...
In this March 27, 2017, file photo, Angelique Kerber, of Germany, hits a return to Risa Ozaki during the Miami Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Angelique Kerber is back at No. 1, replacing Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings. Monday’s move up from No. 2 represents Kerber’s third stay to the top spot, for a total of 26 weeks. Because of a quirk in the ...
Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks down as he reacts to playing a bad shot and losing a point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their mens semifinal tennis match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

BY TALES AZZONI MADRID (AP) — Novak Djokovic remains optimistic despite yet another disappointing result in what has been a frustrating season. Djokovic’s struggles continued with an overwhelming loss to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the Madrid Open on ...
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova returns the ball to Kristina Mladenovic from France during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (Bernd Weissbrod/dpa via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Maria Sharapova will discover on June 20 if she has been granted a wild card for Wimbledon, provided she has not already qualified for the tournament. The Russian player has returned to the WTA Tour after serving ...
In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams reacts after defeating her sister Venus during their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Ilie Nastase made an attempt at apologizing for his comments about Serena Williams and his outburst during a Fed Cup match. The 70-year-old tennis great posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about ...
In this Jan. 27, 2015, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia right, is congratulated by Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, after winning their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

ISTANBUL (AP) — If Eugenie Bouchard had her way, Maria Sharapova would have been banned from tennis for life. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist from Canada, who has been ranked as high as fifth in the world, called Sharapova a cheater ...
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