Djokovic ties Federer in weeks at No. 1; Gauff up to No. 38
(AP Photo/Hamish Blair)Novak Djokovic is gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, and he’s already caught Federer in another significant statistic: As of Monday, Djokovic has been No. And no matter what happens over the next week, Djokovic is assured of breaking Federer’s mark on March 8. Djokovic’s Australian Open championship last month gave the 33-year-old from Serbia 18 Grand Slam singles trophies. That would make Medvedev the first man other than Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Andy Murray to be first or second since International Tennis Hall of Fame electee Lleyton Hewitt was No. 1, followed by Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin and Elina Svitolina.
The Latest: Nadal beats Mmoh in straight sets in Melbourne
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating United States' Michael Mmoh during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)MELBOURNE – The Latest from the Australian Open (all times local):11:50 p.m.Rafael Nadal shrugged off some heckling from a spectator before beating American qualifier Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Australian Open. The Australian Open is the first major in a year to allow sizeable crowds with the government allowing up to 50% capacity. Ad___11:20 p.m.Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso clearly still hadn’t had enough of their all-Italian second-round duel at the Australian Open even after four hours and five sets. ___9:30 p.m.Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina beat 16-year-old Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open.
Serena Williams through easily in Australian Open tuneup
United States' Serena Williams makes a backhand return to Australia's Daria Gavrilova during a tuneup tournament ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)MELBOURNE – Serena Williams found a silver lining in the delayed start to the Australian Open, the season-opening Grand Slam tournament that is starting three weeks later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Williams is playing in the Yarra Valley Classic, along with top-ranked Ash Barty and defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. TIAFOE OUTCorentin Moutet of France won a tough first-round match over 2019 Australian Open quarterfinalist Frances Tiafoe, beating the American 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Murray River Open. AdANDERSON ADVANCESTwo-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson opened the Great Ocean Road Open tournament with a 6-4, 7-5 win over 16th-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain.
The Latest: US Open runner-up Zverev wins 1st match in Paris
The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that does not use tiebreakers in the final set. 9 seed Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-3 at Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday. ___7:30 p.m.Stan Wawrinka made quick work of Andy Murray in their reunion of sorts at the French Open. One of his coaches is Wolfgang Thiem, the father of fellow Austrian Dominic Thiem — the U.S. Open champion, and French Open runner-up the past two years. The 20-year-old Korda beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Coco Gauff defeats University of Miami national champion at Delray Beach Open
In what was perhaps the most anticipated exhibition match in the history of the Delray Beach Open, Coco Gauff defeated Estela Perez-Somarriba 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday night in her homecoming debut. There was plenty of support for her Saturday night on the main court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center -- the same facility where she grew up practicing. “The University of Miami, they’ve been my family for the last four years and if I’m here today, it’s because of them. Although there was plenty of fanfare for both players during the match, Gauff had, by far, the bigger following. After the match, Gauff was far from elusive, taking the time to sign autographs, pose for selfies and toss autographed tennis balls into the crowd of fans.
People's Choice Awards: Watch for Ariana Grande and Avengers
Ariana Grande wanted to celebrate her new hit single but ended up celebrating "BBQ" instead. People's Choice Awards will be stacked with actors, comedians and musical acts that promise for an interesting night. The annual awards show, airing Sunday, is set to feature musical performances by Grammy-award winning Alessia Cara and the Grammy-nominated country singer Kelsea Ballerini. As for the "Icon" awards, Jennifer Aniston will receive the People's Icon, Gwen Stefani the Fashion Icon and Pink will be honored with the People's Champion award. People's Choice Awards air at 9 p.m EST, on E!
These three young women just made history
One served her way to becoming the youngest tennis titlist in 15 years. Let's celebrate these remarkable young women in their respective sports. Coco Gauff just became the youngest pro tennis champion in 15 yearsGauff didn't have the best start to her WTA tournament in Linz, Austria. Nicole Vaidisova had been the youngest WTA winner since 2004, when she won her first title. Brigid Kosgei just shattered a world marathon recordKenya's Brigid Kosgei not only won the Chicago Marathon for the second year in a row, but she broke the women's world marathon record.
Coco Gauff becomes youngest tennis finalist in 15 years
(CNN) - Under normal circumstances, Coco Gauff wouldn't have made the main draw at this week's tournament in Linz, Austria. But after getting a bit of luck, the 15-year-old has taken full advantage to become the WTA's youngest tennis finalist since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004 after beating Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-4 Saturday. Gauff was congratulated by the likes of former first lady Michelle Obama and actor and musician Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith. Good fortune then for Gauff but there was no luck involved as she stunned top-seed Kiki Bertens Friday to post a first top-10 victory. On Saturday she followed it up by downing former top-10 player Petkovic -- who at 32 is more than double Gauff's age.
Defending champion Naomi Osaka ends Coco Gauff's US Open run
NEW YORK (CNN) - Coco Gauff will not match her magical Wimbledon run -- and Naomi Osaka's quest to defend her US Open title continues. The Japanese-Haitian, who has dual Japanese and American citizenship, won her second grand slam crown at the Australian Open in January. She is bidding to become the first woman to defend the US Open since Williams won three in a row from 2012 to 2014. In 2018, Gauff and McNally won the US Open girls' doubles title. Gauff's Wimbledon came to an end at the hands of eventual champion Simona Halep, who lost Thursday to 23-year-old American Taylor Townsend.
Hurricane Dorian won't wash out a massive sporting weekend
(CNN) - As Hurricane Dorian bears down on the east coast of Florida, let's take a moment to think of those spending the holiday weekend prepping for evacuation and shelter. The Champ, and a World Cup tip off. "The throwback weekend Darlington puts on is really entertaining and it's cool to see how involved the teams get," Earnhardt said on his website. FIBA Basketball World Cup2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup begins this weekend. Some teams will automatically qualify for the 2020 Olympics based on their finishing place at the World Cup.
Coco Gauff wins again, faces Osaka next
Coco Gauff performed well at Wimbledon in 2019, and continues to advance at the 2019 U.S. Open. Osaka and Gauff have known each other for a few years, but Saturday will be their first time playing each other. Hours before Gauff took the court against Babos, Osaka was asked about potentially playing the young American. So, yeah, definitely would love that, but at the same time I know she's going to have to get through a tough opponent. "She came up to me and she was like, 'Congrats on Wimbledon,'" Gauff said.
Coco Gauff wins in US Open main draw debut
It had been five years since a player won a main draw match at the US Open prior to their 16th birthday; the last player to do it was CiCi Bellis. Gauff, the youngest player in the draw, trailed by a set and a break. The youngest player in the draw, Gauff is making her US Open debut as a wild card. In 2018, Gauff won the US Open girls' doubles title with McNally. 28 seed Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, retired after Babos won the first set 6-2.
South Florida teen Coco Gauff gets US Open wild-card entry
Associated PressNEW YORK - Coco Gauff will get a chance to try for an encore: The 15-year-old from Florida received a wild-card entry Tuesday for the U.S. Open's main draw. She made a magical run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month after getting a wild card into the qualifying rounds there. The draw for the U.S. Open is Aug. 22, and play in the year's last major tennis tournament begins Aug. 26. Other women's wild cards went to Francesca Di Lorenzo, Whitney Osuigwe, Kristie Ahn and Katie Volynets of the U.S., along with 16-year-old Diane Parry of France, who got her country's reciprocal invitation. Osuigwe, a 17-year-old from Florida, won a French Open junior title and is ranked 105th.
South Florida's Coco Gauff, 15, defeats Polona Hercog at Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England - South Florida's Cori "Coco" Gauff, 15, saved two match points in the second set and went on to beat Polona Hercog, of Slovenia, in the third round at Wimbledon. Gauff, who is playing at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, won 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 on Centre Court. She went on to hold serve but then faced another in the next game, set up by an ace from Hercog. The restaurant absolutely exploded when she won set point. She beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in the first round and 2017 semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova in the second.
Gauff, 15, wins again at Wimledon
Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesWIMBLEDON, England - American teenager Coco Gauff just keeps winning at Wimbledon. After coming through qualifying and then upsetting five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round, the 15-year-old Gauff extended her stay at the All England Club by dispatching former semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-3. Gauff is the youngest player to come through qualifying for Wimbledon in the Open era but showed her maturity once again in a match played under the new roof on No. She never faced a break point and had only 10 unforced errors compared to 24 for Rybarikova. Another unseeded American, Danielle Collins, also advanced.
Delray Beach teen Coco Gauff beats Venus Williams at Wimbledon
Coco Gauff, 15, reacts after beating Venus Williams, 39, in a women's singles match during day one at Wimbledon. Coco Gauff, 15, of Delray Beach, Florida, beat five-time champion Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in a first-round meeting between two players with a 24-year age gap on Court 1. Williams, 39, had won four of her seven Grand Slam titles before Gauff was even born in 2004. AP Photo/Tim Ireland Coco Gauff, 15, greets Venus Williams, 39, at the net after winning their women's singles match during day one at Wimbledon. Gauff, playing in her first Grand Slam match, converted her fourth match point when Williams sent a forehand into the net, then broke into sobs before shaking hands with her opponent.