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# Thinking It Over
Osaka to consider skipping Wimbledon after tournament stripped of ranking points
No points will be offered at this year’s tournament after Wimbledon chiefs banned Russian and Belarusian players from competing.
# Sw19
Wimbledon stripped of ATP ranking points after decision to ban Russian players
Wimbledon chairman Ian Hewitt said the UK Government had left them with “no viable alternative” following invasion of Ukraine.
# response
WTA still 'concerned' over Peng Shuai after new denial
The Chinese tennis player has issued a further denial of sexual assault allegations.
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# stopping short
ATP expresses concern for Peng Shuai but does not suspend tournaments in China
Concerns for the welfare of Peng have prompted a rare show of unity in tennis, but so far that does not look set to extend to a sport-wide boycott of China.
# Peng Shuai
Women's Tennis Association suspends all tournaments in China over Peng Shuai concerns
The WTA is concerned about Peng following her accusations of sexual assault against a powerful politician.
# China
Women's Tennis Association: 'concerns raised' for Peng Shuai after Chinese media letter
Peng, a former Wimbledon and French Open doubles champion, has not been heard from for two weeks.
# Worry
Concern grows for missing Chinese tennis star after letter allegedly from player is published
Peng Shuai has not been heard from since alleging that a Chinese politician sexually assaulted her.
# Change of heart
Unvaccinated players can compete at Australian Open: leaked email
The email contradicts officials’ earlier statements implying unvaccinated players would not be granted visas.
# french open
WTA says players have responsibility to do media as Naomi Osaka begins boycott
Osaka’s decision not to do any press during the French Open has been the talk of tennis.
# Tennis
Federer 'devastated' at Wimbledon cancellation
Tennis stars have reacted with dismay to the news that Wimbledon has been cancelled for 2020.
# another postponement
French Open rescheduled, Roland-Garros officials confirm
The French Open was due to start in May but the Grand Slam will now take place in September due to coronavirus.
# Down to two
'Barty Party' over as Kenin reaches maiden slam final against Muguruza
Sofia Kenin became the first American other than a Williams sister to progress to the Australian Open final since Lindsay Davenport in 2005.
# Ace
Ash Barty beats Kvitova to end 36-year wait
The home favourite proved too good for Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
# Tennis
Remarkable Australian Open run of 15-year-old Coco Gauff comes to an end
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic remains on course for a record-extending eighth Australian Open title.
# poor air conditions
'I just couldn’t breathe anymore' - Tennis player abandons Australian Open match played in thick smoke
Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic had a coughing fit on court at Melbourne Park and was forced to retire.
# winning ways
Serena Williams ends three-year title drought in Auckland
Williams beat fellow American Jessica Pegula 6-3 6-4 in the women’s final in New Zealand.
# Recovery
2010 French Open winner 'back in action' following cancer diagnosis
Francesca Schiavone originally retired last year after 22 seasons in the sport.
# Breakthrough
'I'll remember this day for the rest of my life' - Teenage star Gauff wins first WTA title
The 15-year-old triumphed in the final in Linz against Jelena Ostapenko.
# Coco
Homework first for 15-year-old sensation Gauff before maiden WTA semi-final
More history for the American teen, who upended the top seed to become the youngest semi-finalist in 15 years.
# US Open
Williams slams 'inexcusable' performance as wait for record-equalling win goes on
Teenager Bianca Andreescu stunned the American in Saturday’s final.
# Nice Gesture
'I saw she was tearing up' - Osaka shares poignant moment with teen star Gauff after US Open battle
The defending champion did not want to see the young American leave the court sad.
# Flushing Meadows
Wimbledon star Coco Gauff receives US Open wildcard
The 15-year-old American will get another chance at her home grand slam.
# Looking Forward
'The worst months of my life' - Former world number one opens up about tennis struggles
Naomi Osaka says she hasn’t had much fun playing the sport since her Australian Open triumph.
# mixed doubles
'A lifetime experience': Serena refuses to rule out future Murray pairing
Although their Wimbledon dream came to an end, Williams and Murray are keen to play with each other again.
# First look
Wimbledon greats Serena and Murray thrill in mixed doubles opener
The pair teamed up for the first time to good effect on Saturday, winning in Wimbledon’s mixed doubles.
# Dream Come True
'I hope Beyonce saw that. I'd love to go to a concert,' says Wimbledon's 15-year-old star
Cori Gauff saw off Polona Hercog with a stunning fightback on Friday evening.
# Prodigy
15-year-old makes Wimbledon history by earning main-draw spot
Cori Gauff is the youngest women to qualify for the singles event in the Open Era.
# Sw19
Wimbledon puts Federer ahead of Nadal in controversial seedings move
It’s been confirmed that the Spaniard will be seeded behind Roger Federer this year despite their world ranking positions.
# Washout
'These four women have played so well and earned their right to play on the biggest stage'
Sexism row stirs as women’s French Open semi-finals are moved away from showpiece court in ‘unfair and inappropriate’ rescheduling.
# Roland Garros
Sloane Stephens exits French Open as magnificent Konta books first semi-final place
Stephens’ hopes of going one better than last year in Paris were ended by an inspired Johanna Konta.
# Me Nerves
Osaka: First-round scare was the most nervous I've ever been on court
The 21-year-old has attributed her sloppy display on Tuesday to the kind of nerves she has not yet experienced in her career.
# Out of Action
Injured Serena withdraws in Rome ahead of Williams sisters clash
Serena and Venus Williams were due to meet in the second round at the Foro Italico 21 years after their only other clash in Rome.
# Defeat
Naomi Osaka upset in first match as world number one days after splitting from coach
Playing as world number one without a full-time coach, Osaka crashed out of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
# Shock
World number one Osaka splits with coach after recent success
The Australian Open champion enjoyed a breakthrough 2018 alongside Sascha Bajin but the two have parted ways.
# Glory Glory
'I'm used to it now' – Australian Open champ Osaka becoming slam specialist
The 21-year-old compared her slam victories following Saturday’s success in Melbourne.
# Hard Lines
World number one felt like she was 'hit by a train' during Serena Williams defeat
Simona Halep is taking the positives as she bows out of the Australian Open while Williams advances to the quarter-finals.
# Tension
Maria Sharapova refuses to answer reporters' questions after Melbourne exit
It was a forgettable day for 2008 champion, as she crashed out of the Australian Open.
# Aussie Open
Sharapova stuns Wozniacki as ice man Federer ploughs on
In their first meeting since 2015, Sharapova overpowered the Dane.
# Claim
Serena Williams calls first round Australian Open rout 'the greatest win' of her career
Serena Williams, who is seeking an eighth Australian Open title, revelled in her 6-0 6-2 demolition of Tatjana Maria in Melbourne.
# australian open
Sharapova remorseless after dishing out double-bagel defeat to tearful British qualifier Dart
Maria Sharapova was in a ruthless mood following her demolition of Harriet Dart in round one of the Australian Open.