US Open 2021: Alcaraz stuns Tsitsipas in five-set classic as Day 5 excites

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during his Men's Singles third round match on Day Five at USTA...

Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz produced a masterful display, full of peaks and troughs, en route to a historic five-set win over Stefanos Tsitsipas (#3) – reaching his first fourth round at a Grand Slam, becoming the youngest to do so since 1992. Elsewhere, Naomi Osaka (#3) and Andrey Rublev (#5) were among the seeds to fall, on a day that certainly didn’t disappoint.
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US Open 2021: Rublev, Medvedev win but Ruud stunned in four sets on rainy Day 3

Russians ruled supreme on day three, as there were straight-sets victories for Daniil Medvedev (#2) and Daria Kasatkina (#25), while Andrey Rublev (#5) had a fiery response after relinquishing three set points to oust Spain’s Pablo Martínez in four. There were also comfortable wins for Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep while defending champ Naomi Osaka had a walkover. Continue reading

Match rewind: Naomi Osaka’s remarkable Aus Open recovery win vs. Garbine Muguruza

Japan's Naomi Osaka takes rest between the games as her opponent Spain's Garbine Muguruza walks back to her seat during their women's singles match...

With the first round of matches at this year’s final Grand Slam starting from Flushing Meadows today, a look back at a memorable matchup from the first: Naomi Osaka saving two match points against Garbine Muguruza during their enthralling fourth-round encounter. She went on to win her fourth Major, and second in Australia, after an eventful fortnight seven months ago.
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Tokyo Olympics: After seizing gold for Swiss, can Belinda Bencic build on this?

Gold medallist Switzerland's Belinda Bencic poses with her medal during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles tennis medal ceremony at the...

After earning a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win over 2019 Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova, Belinda Bencic is an Olympic gold medallist. Having also clinched silver in the doubles alongside Viktorija Golubic, the 24-year-old must believe this memorable moment is the first of many in a career that has already promised much but delivered infrequently in Grand Slam competition. Continue reading

Tokyo Olympics: Naomi Osaka eases into R3, is happy again and fulfilling a dream

Naomi Osaka of Team Japan celebrates after match point in her Women's Singles Second Round match against Viktorija Golubic of Team Switzerland on day...

After earning straight-sets victories against China’s Saisai Zheng and last month’s Wimbledon quarter-finalist Viktorija Golubic, world number two Naomi Osaka revealed she was in a better place mentally since taking a break from the tour. Having returned at home in Tokyo, the 23-year-old said she’s putting pressure on herself to perform after lacking match practice of late.
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Wimbledon 2021: Contrasting reasons see Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka withdraw

Tennis: Fans erupt over Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka news

20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and reigning Australian Open titlist Naomi Osaka today both announced they wouldn’t feature at this year’s Championships. The latter confirmed she will compete at the Tokyo Olympics in her native Japan – unlike the 35-year-old Spaniard, preparing to take this summer period off to recover from injuries after listening to his body. Continue reading

Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka beats Jennifer Brady, wins fourth Grand Slam title

Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning her Women’s Singles Final match against Jennifer Brady of the United...

Naomi Osaka (#3) clinched her fourth Grand Slam title and second Australian Open triumph with a 6-4, 6-3 win against first-time finalist Jennifer Brady (#22), while extending her win streak to 21 straight. As a result, she becomes the first female to win four singles titles since Maria Sharapova in 2012, and youngest to do so since Monica Seles won the Australian Open in 1992.
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Australian Open 2021: Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams, earns another Final berth

Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates a point in her Women’s Singles Semifinals match against Serena Williams of the United States during day 11 of the...

Naomi Osaka (#3) recovered from a sluggish start, down an early break and needing to save points to avoid a 3-0 deficit, to beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4 in an hour 15 minutes as fans returned, watching in awe as the 23-year-old once again put her idol’s aspirations for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title on ice – booking another Final appearance this weekend. Continue reading

Australian Open 2021: Osaka-Williams semi-final awaits, error-laden Djokovic sinks Zverev

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Alexander Zverev of Germany after winning the Men's Singles Quarterfinals match against during day nine of...

A Naomi Osaka vs Serena Williams semi-final is set in stone for Thursday after both were comfortable winners during their respective matchups, Aslan Karatsev’s record-breaking run in Melbourne has continued at an injured Grigor Dimitrov’s expense while defending champion Novak Djokovic recovered from a set down to beat Alexander Zverev in a chaotic four-set clash.
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