Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova went the same way as seven-time champion Serena Williams and defending champion Naomi Osaka, exiting in a chaotic third round at the Australian Open. Pliskova, a semifinalist here last year, lost 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) Saturday to 30th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in match lasting almost 2 ½ hours.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka overcame swirling winds on Margaret Court Arena to beat Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-4 and advance to the third round. Osaka became upset with herself at times. After having her service broken in the second set Osaka threw her racket to the ground, tossed a ball from
Canadians cruised in the first round of Australian Open qualifying on Tuesday. Brayden Schnur, Steven Diez and Leylah Annie Fernandez all joined Eugenie Bouchard in moving one step closer to the main draw with key opening victories. Schnur, from Toronto, was the only Canadian to require the full match distance.
American teenage sensation Coco Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years as she beat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz Open final on Sunday in Austria. The 15-year-old Gauff, who started the season ranked well outside the world’s top 600, beat
Across the globe, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans. But resentments can still flare when transgender women start winning and dominating their sport. Exhibit A is a recent public exchange involving tennis great Martina Navratilova, who came