Tennis

7:47 AM ET Self-proclaimed “obnoxious soccer mom” Victoria Azarenka was ordered to take off her Paris Saint-Germain shirt at the Australian Open on Thursday before bowing out of the Grand Slam with a straight-set defeat to Elena Rybakina in the semifinals. The 33-year-old two-time champion has worn shirts showing support for French Ligue 1 champions
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11:52 PM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Four people were kicked out of the Australian Open after displaying Russian flags — which have been banned from Melbourne Park — and threatening security guards, police and Tennis Australia said Thursday. A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the four have not been charged but were evicted from
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8:30 AM ET Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England — The men’s doubles format at Wimbledon has been changed to best-of-three sets to bring it in line with the other three Grand Slam tournaments. The All England Club announced the switch from best-of-five sets on Wednesday and said the reduction could attract more players to enter the
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3:26 AM ET ESPN News Services Tommy Paul received a lot less attention than his younger, less-experienced opponent, Ben Shelton, heading into their all-American quarterfinal at the Australian Open. Perhaps that was a product of the fascination with the out-of-nowhere Shelton: Just 20 and less than a year after winning an NCAA title at Florida,
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1:08 AM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — For a full set, Karen Khachanov‘s Australian Open quarterfinal against Sebastian Korda on Tuesday was as tight as can be. Right up until, that is, Khachanov unleashed a down-the-line backhand to cap a 17-shot point and steal a tiebreaker. Khachanov raised his right index finger to
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11:27 PM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina advanced to the Australian Open semifinals Tuesday, with a 6-2, 6-4 win over former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. The match at Rod Laver Arena featured a rare rain delay of about 20 minutes while the roof was closed. Rybakina led 3-1
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Jan 22, 2023 The depth of the sport has been tested at the 2023 Australian Open. The men’s field has been theoretically limited by injuries to both Carlos Alcaraz (who withdrew from the tournament before it began) and Rafael Nadal (who lost in the second round), and an early-round upset loss for 2022 finalist Daniil
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6:08 AM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — The next stop on Ben Shelton’s first trip outside the United States will be a spot in the Australian Open quarterfinals. The 20-year-old NCAA champion from the University of Florida extended his stay in his debut at Melbourne Park by pulling out a 6-7 (5), 6-2,
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9:08 PM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — No. 5-seeded Aryna Sabalenka defeated Belinda Bencic 7-5, 6-2 on Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time. Bencic double-faulted to drop the first set, which put Sabalenka in control from that point. Magda Linette upset No. 4-seeded Caroline Garcia in
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10:30 PM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — There will not be a showdown between Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff at the Australian Open. Instead, it will be the players who beat them Sunday — reigning Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko — who face off for a semifinal berth.
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11:28 PM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — It’s been almost two full decades since this many U.S. men reached Week 2 at the Australian Open. And while that group in 2004 included a couple of Grand Slam champions in Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, everything is all so new for the quartet there
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6:54 AM ET Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut eliminated Andy Murray from the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 victory in the third round on Saturday. Former World No. 1 Murray was looking to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinals for the first time in six years. Murray beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in a stunning
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