Federer, Serena retire; tennis moves on to Alcaraz, Swiatek
The timing of it all hardly could be more symbolic: All within a span of two weeks, Serena Williams plays what is believed to be her last match at age 40, Roger Federer announces he’ll be retiring at 41, Iga Swiatek wins her third Grand Slam title at 21, and Carlos Alcaraz gets his first at 19.
Serena Williams: 23 Grand Slam singles titles and much more
Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles along with 14 major championships in doubles, all with her older sister, Venus, plus four Olympic gold medals, dozens of other trophies and millions of dollars. GRAND SLAM DEBUTWilliams won the first Grand Slam match of her career, at age 16 at the 1998 Australian Open, beating No. GRAND SLAM TITLE NO. GRAND SLAM 5Wrapping up a so-called “Serena Slam” — four major titles in a row — Serena beat Venus yet again in the 2003 Australian Open final. Only Margaret Court has won more Grand Slam singles titles in tennis history, 24, but only 11 of hers came during the professional era.wftv.com
WIMBLEDON 2022: Quiz, anyone? AP test on grass-court tourney
Wimbledon Quiz Tennis FILE -The outside courts in front of Centre Court are shown on day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) (Kirsty Wigglesworth)WIMBLEDON, England — (AP) — How much do you know about Wimbledon, the grass-court Grand Slam tennis tournament that begins Monday at the All England Club? Give this AP quiz a try:___1st Round: In what year was Wimbledon first held — and in what year were women first allowed to compete for the singles championship? When was the last time the Grand Slam tournament Federer has won a men's-record eight times was held without him? a. Sharapova was 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004 for the first of what would become five Grand Slam titles during her playing career.wftv.com
Maria Sharapova announces she’s pregnant on 35th birthday
Maria Sharapova announces she's pregnant on 35th birthday Maria Sharapova poses for photographers upon arrival at the The Fashion Awards in London on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)Maria Sharapova and her fiancé, Alexander Gilkes, are expecting their first child together. >> Read more trending newsAccording to The Associated Press, the former tennis star, who celebrated her 35th birthday Tuesday, took to Instagram to share the news. Sharapova earned five Grand Slam titles before she announced her retirement in February 2020, the AP reported. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.wftv.com
Judge in Russian Olympic doping worked on Sharapova case
Neither side in the Valieva case was allowed to pick a preferred judge — as they would in a typical case outside the Olympics — but the Russians might be happy with the American. That time, Benz and his fellow judges extended the ban for Russian short track speedskater Alexandra Malkova. The Valieva case is also not the first involving Russian athletes and Benz as a judge for Olympic eligibility. On Sunday, the CAS judges will examine an appeal — filed by the IOC, World Anti-Doping Agency and International Skating Union — to have Valieva excluded from the women’s competition. RUSADA will separately investigate the original doping case against Valieva because it happened at the Russian national championships.wftv.com
Kenin voted WTA Player of Year; Azarenka gets Comeback honor
Sofia Kenin collected the WTA Player of the Year award on Tuesday after winning the Australian Open in January for her first Grand Slam title and finishing as the runner-up at the French Open in October. Kenin entered this year with an 11-11 career mark in Grand Slam tournaments and zero trips beyond the fourth round at any of the sport’s top four events. That triumph made Kenin the youngest Australian Open champion since 2008, when Maria Sharapova was 20. Kenin went on to get to the fourth round at the U.S. Open, then the final at the pandemic-postponed French Open before losing to Swiatek for the title. Mladenovic and Babos won two Grand Slam doubles titles this season, at the Australian Open and French Open.
'Bad timing and bad luck': Injured Serena out of French Open
“If it was my knee, that would be more really devastating for me. I feel like my body is actually doing really, really well,” said Williams, who turned 39 on Saturday. Williams took a long pause, clutched at that leg and then took a medical timeout so a trainer could wrap it. I was able to get it somewhat better, but just looking long-term in this tournament, will I be able to get through enough matches? And so, for me, I don’t think I could,” Williams said Wednesday.
The Latest: Gauff undone by 19 double-faults in French loss
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS – The Latest from the French Open (all times local):___9:35 p.m.American teenager Coco Gauff’s French Open debut has ended in the second round after she double-faulted 19 times in a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 loss to 159th-ranked qualifier Martina Trevisan. Stefano Travaglia beat the Japanese player 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-2 in the second round of the French Open after nearly four hours. 2-seeded Spaniard is looking to win his record-extending 13th French Open title and equal Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20 major titles overall. ___2:55 p.m.U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka is out of the French Open in the second round. They said it was "a fighter plane which has broken the sound barrier.”___12 p.m.Serena Williams is out of the French Open.
Serena Williams into US Open semifinals, closer to 24th Slam
Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a match against Tsvetana Pironkova, of Bulgaria, during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. Two more victories for Williams would allow her to claim a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Williams last lost before the semifinals in New York all the way back in 2007, when Justine Henin eliminated her in the quarterfinals. Another 15 strokes followed, with Williams hitting a forehand passing shot that Pironkova volleyed into the tape of the net. That afforded Williams a third break point, which was converted for a 1-0 lead when Pironkova sent a forehand long.
'It's how you finish': Serena Williams into Open semifinals
Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a match against Tsvetana Pironkova, of Bulgaria, during the quarterfinals of the US Open tennis championships, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in New York. Williams last lost before the semifinals in New York in 2007, when Justine Henin eliminated her in the quarterfinals. Another 15 strokes followed, with Williams smacking a forehand passing shot that Pironkova volleyed into the net tape. A couple of times, Pironkova drew Williams forward with a drop shot, then took the point with a perfectly arced lob. But after compiling only five unforced errors in the first set, Pironkova had 21 over the last two.
Five-time major champ Maria Sharapova retires from tennis at 32
Maria Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. Sharapova played only two matches this season and lost both. In an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue about her decision to walk away from the sport, posted online Wednesday, Sharapova asks: "How do you leave behind the only life you've ever known?" She burst onto the tennis scene at 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004 and would go on to complete a career Grand Slam with two titles at the French Open and one each at the U.S. Open and Australian Open. The Russian, who moved to Florida as a child, served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016.cnbc.com
Maria Sharapova retiring from tennis at 32
"In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life," Sharapova wrote. Born in Russia, Sharapova grew up in Florida playing tennis. In total, she spent 21 weeks as the World Tennis Association's world No.1. "One of the keys to my success was that I never looked back and I never looked forward," Sharapova wrote in Vanity Fair. Today she is ranked 373 in the World Tennis Association singles rankings.cbsnews.com
Serena Williams dominates Maria Sharapova at US Open
Serena Williams clashed with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, culminating when he docked her a game for calling him a "thief." A laser-focused Serena Williams entered the stadium to roars from the crowd. The results were also the same as the last 15 years: Serena Williams, seeded eighth, won 6-1, 6-1 in less than an hour, improving her record against the Russian to 20-2 as she seeks her 24th major title. After the match, Serena Williams addressed the crowd during her interview with ESPN. Venus Williams, Djokovic, Federer winOne of those former champions is Venus Williams, who dominated China's Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-0.
Amanda Anisimova pulls out of US Open after father's death
(CNN) - American teenager Amanda Anisimova has withdrawn from the US Open after the sudden death of her father and coach Konstantin Anisimov. "We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our father," read a statement from the Anisimova family. Tennis world reactsAnisimov had moved to the US from Moscow in 1998 with his wife Olga and eldest daughter Maria. Following Monday's tragic news, the tennis world quickly expressed its sympathy for the Anisimova family, with Maria Sharapova and Nick Kyrgios tweeting messages of support. In addition, her fellow American teenager Cori "Coco" Gauff tweeted "deepest condolences to the Anisimova family during this tragic time."
Maria Sharapova retires from Wimbledon first round
Sharapova stopped with a left forearm issue while trailing France's Pauline Parmentier 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 0-5 in the first round after initially leading by a set and 5-2. Upon her return last month, she lost to last year's Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in the second round in Mallorca. "I've had a history of a tendon in my left forearm flaring up," said Sharapova. "It happened today in the second set. Parmentier will now face 30th-seed Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round.
Three top sponsors drop Maria Sharapova
Some big-name sponsors dropped tennis superstar Maria Sharapova one day after she announced she failed a drug test. Sharapova claims she used the drug in question for medical reasons, and said she’s been taking it for ten years. CBS Sports' Allie LaForce reports.cbsnews.com
Will Maria Sharapova play professional tennis again?
After failing a drug test at the Australian Open, tennis star Maria Sharapova has been suspended from professional tennis. Her sponsors--including Porsche, TAG Heuer, and Nike--have already distanced themselves from her. With more on what's next for Sharapova, CBS Sports' Allie LaForce joins CBSN.cbsnews.com
Maria Sharapova loses Nike sponsorship: #CBSNBusiness headlines
After failing a drug test at the Australian Open, tennis star Maria Sharapova is losing sponsorships like Nike and TAG Heuer; Apple customers get hacked; and Google hires Chris Poole. Those headlines and more from CBS MoneyWatch's Jill Wagner at the New York Stock Exchange.cbsnews.com
Maria Sharapova career in limbo after failing drug test
Two major sponsors, Nike and TAG Heuer, are cutting ties with tennis superstar Maria Sharapova following the iconic athlete’s announcement Monday that she failed a drug test. Her statement is sending shockwaves through tennis. Allie LaForce of CBS Sports reports on how the admission threatens Sharapova’s career and the game.cbsnews.com
Maria Sharapova reveals failed drug test
Maria Sharapova announced that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open in January. The future of the 28-year-old superstar will now be handled by the Women's Tennis Association which governs women's tennis. CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers has the latest.cbsnews.com