Barty, Medvedev rise to challenge on tough day at Miami Open
Barty didn't wilt, ousting Sabalenka 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 for her third three-set win in four matches at the tournament. Medvedev beat Tiafoe 6-4, 6-3, and has gone 10-1 in sets against the American in their past four head-to-head matchups. Ad“Everywhere in the world there are different conditions and at times it suits you more than other places,” Barty said. Medvedev had 11 aces and showed no signs of wear, two days after cramping in the heat during a third-round win. 21 seed Jannik Sinner of Italy in the quarterfinals; Sinner advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland.
Barty goes distance, tops Azarenka to reach Miami quarters
Ashleigh Barty of Australia, returns to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 29, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI – Ash Barty is tough to beat under any circumstances, especially when she’s on the ropes. The world’s top-ranked player has reached the Miami Open quarterfinals, getting there by holding off 14th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 1-6, 6-2. This, too, was cool: The match lived up to its showdown potential, with the reigning Miami Open champion and current world No. 1 in Barty facing someone who has won the Miami title three times and a previous world No. Svitolina will play unseeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the quarters; Sevastova was a 6-1, 7-5 winner over wild-card Ana Konjuh of Croatia.
Tsitsipas, with Big Three missing, makes 4th round in Miami
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI – For tennis up-and-comers like Stefanos Tsitsipas, the draw at the Miami Open began to look a lot less daunting even before the tournament began. “It’s a first test to see how it is playing without them,” Tsitsipas said after his third-round victory Saturday. 2-seeded Tsitsipas is among those with the best chance to take advantage, and he looked the part against Damir Dzumhur, winning 6-1, 6-4. “I created a lot of opportunities with my serve — I wasn’t rushing at all, finding the right angles and executing it perfectly,” Tsitsipas said. In women's play, top-ranked Ash Barty and three-time champion Victoria Azarenka advanced to a round of 16 showdown.
Original 9 trailblazers stood for tennis equality in 1970
In this Sept. 23, 1970, photo provided the Houston Library, tennis players hold up $1 bills after signing a contract with World Tennis magazine publisher Gladys Heldman to turn pro and start the Virginia Slims tennis circuit. The Original 9 will gather by Zoom to celebrate the inaugural Virginia Slims event. It included the Welsh Open Women’s Championship, the U.S. Eastern Women’s Grass Court Championship and the U.S. She called it “perfect timing” when tobacco ads were banned on TV in 1971, making a budget available for Philip Morris to sponsor the women's tennis circuit. Heldman quickly set up the $7,500-purse Virginia Slims Invitational in Houston for the same week as Kramer’s event.
Barty beats Svitolina to win maiden WTA Finals title
Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates after winning the first set against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during the WTA Finals Tennis Tournament at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHENZHEN Ashleigh Barty added to a career year by winning her first WTA Finals title in her first appearance at the season-ending event with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Sunday. The title adds to the 23-year-old Australian's lengthy list of achievements in 2019 including her first Grand Slam title at the French Open. "There's one more very important week to cap off what would be the most perfect year," Barty said. Barty takes home a record $4.42 million paycheck for the WTA Finals title, the richest winner's prize ever in the sport.
Women's tennis tournament offers historic $4.75M prize
This year's Shiseido WTA Finals in Shenzhen will award its winner an eye-watering $4.75 million check if she manages to go the entire competition unbeaten. 'Truly amazing'The WTA finals is the season-ending spectacle which brings together the eight best players on tour. However, this year's WTA Finals can boast a more lucrative winner's check than any of the major tournaments on the circuit. WTA chief executive Steve Simon says the prize money on offer is an indication of the significant growth of women's tennis around the world. The WTA Finals will begin on October 27 and run until November 3.
Ashleigh Barty knocked out of Wimbledon on 'Manic Monday'
(CNN) - Women's world No.1 Ashleigh Barty couldn't maintain her French Open-winning form and crashed out of Wimbledon to American Alison Riske Monday. The shock result kicked off Wimbledon's blockbuster "Manic Monday" when all 32 remaining men's and women's singles players compete for a place in the quarterfinals. Cori "Coco" Gauff -- the 15-year-old sensation who has taken this grand slam by storm -- continues her remarkable fortnight but faces one of the pre-tournament favorites in Simona Halep, a former world No.1. First up on No.1, seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams will face diminutive Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. 3 seed and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.
Busy international sports weekend ahead: Your guide to the biggest events
The United States will face Mexico in the Gold Cup final. The United States and the Netherlands have won every match en route to the championship. Gold Cup Final: United States vs. MexicoOn Sunday night in Chicago, the United States and Mexico will clash for the title of greatest soccer team in North America. This will be the sixth time in 15 CONCACAF Gold Cups that the United States will face Mexico for the championship. Either the United States or Mexico have won 13 of the 14 Gold Cups contested since the tournament's birth in 1991.