Venus Williams back in US Open after being given wild card
Toronto Tennis Venus Williams returns a ball from Jil Teichmann, of Switzerland, during women's tennis action at the National Bank Open tennis tournament in Toronto, early Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP) (Cole Burston)NEW YORK — (AP) — Venus Williams will be back in the U.S. Open this year after being given a wild card on Wednesday into what could be younger sister Serena's final tournament. Venus Williams won back-to-back U.S. 228 in the world ranking, also was granted a wild card by the U.S. Tennis Association. Mandlik, the daughter of past U.S. Open champion Hana Mandlikova, earned hers by winning the U.S. Open wild-card challenge.wftv.com
Russia beats Switzerland 2-0 to win Billie Jean King Cup
Czech Republic Tennis Billie Jean King Cup Russia's Daria Kasatkina celebrates after defeating Switzerland's Jil Teichmann during their Billie Jean King Cup final tennis match in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (Petr David Josek)PRAGUE — (AP) — Russia won both singles matches to defeat Switzerland 2-0 in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup on Saturday to claim the trophy for the fifth time. Liudmila Samsonova rallied to capture the decisive point with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Tokyo Olympics singles champion Belinda Bencic. Daria Kasatkina gave Russia a 1-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Jil Teichmann. Russia dominated Group A in the tournament after victories over defending champion France and Canada before eliminating the United States in the semifinal.wftv.com
Kasatkina gives Russia 1-0 lead in BJK Cup final
Czech Republic Tennis Billie Jean King Cup Russia's Daria Kasatkina celebrates after defeating Switzerland's Jil Teichmann during their Billie Jean King Cup final tennis match in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) (Petr David Josek)PRAGUE — (AP) — Daria Kasatkina gave Russia a 1-0 lead over Switzerland in the final of the Billie Jean King Cup on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Jil Teichmann. The Russians are just one win away from their fifth title in the competition formerly known as the Fed Cup. Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova will face Tokyo Olympics singles champion Belinda Bencic in the second singles match, ahead of the doubles. “I think the beginning was very important, we were both nervous but I managed little bit better the nerves,” Kasatkina said.wftv.com
Andreescu, Barty, Sabalenka could be in title mix at US Open
Cincinnati Tennis Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, reacts after defeating Jil Teichmann, of Switzerland, in the women's single final of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Mason, Ohio. Bianca Andreescu wasn't at last year's U.S. Open, either, and Aryna Sabalenka wasn't in it for long. But it seems only a matter of time for Barty and Sabalenka, the top two seeds ahead of No. The top-ranked Barty is rolling into her return to New York, winning her second major title at Wimbledon and adding a hard-court title at Cincinnati in her last event. It’s nice to have those feelings going into a tournament,” Andreescu said.wftv.com
Barty, Zverev notch efficient wins in Cincinnati finals
Zverev, too, had a relatively easy time in the Cincinnati final, winning the first four games en route to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over seventh-ranked Andrey Rublev. The match lasted 58 minutes, a welcome result for Zverev after a grueling three-set semifinal win over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Saturday. “It's been an awesome week,” said Zverev, who lost to Dominic Thiem in last year's U.S. Open final. “It’s been an awesome week," Barty said. “I was very happy with my week," Teichmann said.wftv.com
Barty makes short work of Teichmann in Cincinnati final
Cincinnati Tennis Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, holds the trophy after defeating Jil Teichmann, of Switzerland, to win the women's single final of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings)MASON, Ohio — (AP) — Top-ranked Ash Barty won her fifth title of the season, taking eight of the last nine games from wild card Jil Teichmann for a 6-3, 6-1 victory in the Western & Southern Open final on Sunday. Teichmann had a surprising run to the final, upsetting second-ranked Naomi Osaka, Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic and fourth-ranked Karolina Pliskova. “This is where you belong,” Barty said to Teichmann during the post-match ceremony. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Serena Williams through easily in Australian Open tuneup
United States' Serena Williams makes a backhand return to Australia's Daria Gavrilova during a tuneup tournament ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)MELBOURNE – Serena Williams found a silver lining in the delayed start to the Australian Open, the season-opening Grand Slam tournament that is starting three weeks later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Williams is playing in the Yarra Valley Classic, along with top-ranked Ash Barty and defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. “So I definitely was pushing the limits, but I’m here.”Williams has been stalled on 23 major singles titles since the 2017 Australian Open, when she was two months pregnant with now-3-year-old daughter Olympia. AdFrances Tiafoe, an Australian Open quarterfinalist in 2019, lost to Corentin Moutet 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
No chill for Coco: Gauff ousts 9th seed in French Open debut
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS – Prepping in the relative warmth of a gym before heading out with leggings and long sleeves to make her French Open debut against the tournament’s No. I realized it’s just a tennis match. Such a far cry from last year’s French Open: Gauff failed to make it out of qualifying, while Konta was making her way to her third Grand Slam semifinal. She also made it to the fourth round at this year’s Australian Open, beating 2019 champion Naomi Osaka en route. The lack of match play coming in.
Jennifer Brady preps for US Open by winning 1st tour title
Jennifer Brady holds the championship trophy after defeating Jil Belen Teichmann in the WTA tennis tournament championship match in Nicholasville, Ky., Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. Brady won 6-3, 6-4 on the way to her first WTA title. Maybe I wasn't using my legs enough ... or the toss was coming a little bit to the left. A little bit of everything, said Brady, who eliminated 16-year-old Coco Gauff in the semifinals. I put a little bit more expectations on myself to perform well, so I was getting a little bit frustrated.