Mari Osaka, ranked 338th, is the big sister of Naomi, and she got a wild-card entry, playing her first WTA main draw match on Thursday. She acquitted herself well in a 6-2, 6-4 loss.
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The moved and improved Miami Open, a top men’s and women’s tennis tournament, begins this week at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
The 18-year-old Canadian, ranked 60th, is the youngest player to win the tournament since Serena Williams in 1999. Dominic Thiem beat Roger Federer for the men’s title.
Federer on Sunday will face Thiem, who defeated Milos Raonic in three sets in their semifinal .
The 18-year-old surprise finalist at Indian Wells is part of a new wave of gifted Canadian teenagers with immigrant families and potential Grand Slam titles in their future.
With straight-set wins on Friday, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal set up a meeting in a BNP Paribas Open semifinal on Saturday. But Nadal’s right knee may not cooperate.
Maria Patrascu, never ranked higher than 600th, has emerged as the spokeswoman for those angry about rules designed to slash the number of pro tennis players.
After being sidetracked by injury, Bencic, 22, has become one of the more feared players in tennis lately. She beat Karolina Pliskova on Thursday for her sixth win over a top-10 opponent in a month.
Her first two tournaments since being ranked No. 1 ended in losses, but the young star is getting more comfortable in the spotlight.
Philipp Kohlschreiber had lost seven straight matches to Djokovic.
Karlovic is in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open this year and is now the oldest man to win a singles match at a Masters 1000 event.
Tension between the players and the tournaments over prize money and other issues have come to a head after the ouster of the ATP Tour’s leader.
Williams was cruising, 3-0, before she suddenly became visibly hampered. Down by 3-6, 0-1, she retired, handing the win to Garbiñe Muguruza.
Evans was ranked a career-high No. 41 when he was suspended for testing positive for cocaine. It has taken him 11 months to return to the top 100.
Albot, who is easily the highest-ranked Moldovan at No. 52, won at Delray Beach on Sunday.
Johnson’s father, who taught him tennis, died two years ago, and it still hangs over Johnson, who recently ended a five-month losing streak.
Opelka, a 21-year-old American, defeated a 23-year-old qualifier from Canada to earn his first trophy on the men’s professional tour.
Osaka, the winner of the two most recent Grand Slam tournaments, announced on Twitter she would no longer be working with Sascha Bajin.
Jack Ming Jie Lin, a Columbia tennis player, will miss class on Tuesday. He has a good excuse.
Djokovic broke a tie with Pete Sampras for third-most men’s Grand Slam titles by winning his 15th — the Australian Open — on Sunday. Federer’s record of 20 is within sight.