China says 'not aware' of tennis player Peng Shuai issue
China Metoo FILE - China's Shuai Peng plays a shot against Romania's Sorana Cirstea during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File) (Michel Euler)BEIJING — (AP) — China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday stuck to its line that it wasn't aware of the controversy surrounding tennis professional Peng Shuai, who disappeared after accusing a former top official of sexually assaulting her. The 35-year-old former top ranked player in women’s doubles won titles at Wimbledon in 2013 and the French Open in 2014. The post was quickly deleted from her verified account on Weibo, a leading Chinese social media platform, but screenshots of the explosive accusation were shared on the internet. It was tweeted by CGTN, the international arm of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.wftv.com
WTA CEO calls for investigation of China assault allegation
China Metoo FILE - China's Shuai Peng plays a shot against Romania's Sorana Cirstea during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Earlier this month, Peng Shuai, a former No. “Peng Shuai, and all women, deserve to be heard, not censored. Her accusation about the conduct of a former Chinese leader involving a sexual assault must be treated with the utmost seriousness. We commend Peng Shuai for her remarkable courage and strength in coming forward.wftv.com
British teen Raducanu joins Gauff in 4th round at Wimbledon
Britain Wimbledon Tennis Britain's Emma Raducanu celebrates winning the women's singles third round match against Romania's Sorana Cirstea on day six of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday July 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) (Alberto Pezzali)WIMBLEDON, England — (AP) — Coco Gauff isn't the only teenager making a splash at Wimbledon this time. The 18-year-old Raducanu and the 17-year-old Gauff both advanced to the fourth round of the grass-court Grand Slam within minutes of each other Saturday. For Gauff, it's the second time she's reached the second week at Wimbledon after her breakthrough performance in 2019, and she has already become a Centre Court regular. Deborah Jevans was the previous youngest British woman to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon at age 19 in 1979.wftv.com
The Latest: British teen Raducanu into Wimbledon 4th round
Britain Wimbledon Tennis Britain's Emma Raducanu celebrates winning a point against Romania's Sorana Cirstea during the women's singles third round match on day six of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday July 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) (Alberto Pezzali)WIMBLEDON, England — (AP) — The Latest on Wimbledon (all times local):2:55 p.m.Emma Raducanu became the youngest British woman to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon in the Open era. Deborah Jevans was the previous youngest British woman to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon at age 19 in 1979. Seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini and former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber were among the players in third-round action on the outer courts when play was halted. The eight-time Wimbledon champion faces Queen's Club runner-up Cameron Norrie, the only British man left in the draw after Andy Murray and Daniel Evans both lost on Friday.wftv.com
The Latest: Pavlyuchenkova reaches quarterfinals 10 years on
France Tennis French Open Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova celebrates after defeating Belarus's Victoria Azarenka during their fourth round match on day 8, of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) (Thibault Camus)PARIS — (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___2:25 p.m.Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has reached the quarterfinals for the first time in 10 years at Roland Garros. 21 Elena Rybakina in the fourth round and the winner of that match takes on Pavlyuchenkova. ___12:40 p.m.Tamara Zidansek has become the first Slovenian woman to reach the quarterfinals of a major tournament. The previous best by a Slovenian woman was when Katarina Srebotnik reached the fourth round at the French Open and the U.S. Open.wftv.com
The Latest: Zidansek is 1st Slovenian woman into a major QF
France Tennis French Open Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek celebrates after winning a point against Romania's Sorana Cirstea during their fourth round match on day 8, of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) (Christophe Ena)PARIS — (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___12:40 p.m.Tamara Zidansek has become the first Slovenian woman to reach the quarterfinals of a major tournament. Her previous best at a major was the second round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The previous best by a Slovenian woman was when Katarina Srebotnik reached the fourth round at the French Open and the U.S. Open. She has never been in the fourth round before at a major and faces three-time French Open winner Williams for the first time.wftv.com
Australian Open: No-look shot in Serena's win; COVID fan ban
Competition at the year's first Grand Slam tournament will be allowed to continue, but no fans can attend as of Saturday. Hopefully it will be all right.”A year ago, Williams dropped just three games against Potapova in the first round. But the 2016 Wimbledon junior champion double-faulted five times in that game, including twice on set point. 8 Diego Schwartzman became the highest-seeded man to lose so far, eliminated 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 by Aslan Karatsev, a qualifier from Russia ranked 114th and making his Grand Slam debut at age 27. AdIn other action, 2020 U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev won in straight sets and now takes on No.
Djokovic holds off Tiafoe; Venus hobbles out in Australia
Serbia's Novak Djokovic makes a forehand return to United States' Frances Tiafoe during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. 1, had never beaten anyone in the Top 5, and now he'd just won a tiebreaker against Novak Djokovic to level their second-round match at the Australian Open. But it wasn't quite enough to beat the eight-time Australian Open champion, who won the 3 1/2-hour afternoon match 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2), 6-3. AdAnother U.S. Open champion, Naomi Osaka, needed only an hour to sweep Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-3. 29 Ugo Humbert 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in a rollicking night cap full of turns and twists.
72 tennis players in lockdown after virus cases on flights
Italian tennis player Simone Bolelli, left, and Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez are escorted to their training session in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. The number of players in hard quarantine swelled to 72 ahead of the Australian Open after a fifth positive coronavirus test was returned from the charter flights bringing players, coaches, officials and media to Melbourne for the season-opening tennis major. Some players have expressed anger at being classified as close contacts merely for being on board those flights with people who later tested positive. But local government, tennis and health authorities have said all players were warned of the risks in advance. The Australian Open starts Feb. 8 following a week of warmup tournaments at Melbourne Park and the ATP Cup.
Who is Taylor Townsend, the 23-year-old who upset Simona Halep?
Photo by Elsa/Getty Images(CNN) - Taylor Townsend has created a seismic impact in the US Open women's singles draw. 4 seed Simona Halep 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest stadium in the world for tennis. "This means a lot," Townsend said through tears on court to ESPN. I didn't really know why it was bothering me. On court after Thursday's win, Townsend gestured toward her player box, giving credit to her coach, Donald Young Sr."Every person says they've been through a lot," Townsend said.