Women's sports

FILE - In this July 5, 2019, file photo, United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff reacts after winning a point against Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a Women's singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Gauff is just 15 but got into the main draw for the U.S. Open, which starts next week, thanks to a wild-card invitation after her surprising run to the fourth round at Wimbledon. She is one of a group of young Americans making strides in tennis lately. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
August 23, 2019 - 5:40 am
Just like many tennis fans, Coco Gauff's father expects a lot from his precocious, 15-year-old daughter. Makes sense, given the way she swings a racket on a tennis court and handles herself away from one. "Even after I win a tournament, he'll let me celebrate, but then he's like, 'It's back to work...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Naomi Osaka, of Japan, kisses the trophy after defeating Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Osaka is ranked No. 1 heading into the U.S. Open, where she will attempt to defend a Grand Slam title for the first time. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
August 22, 2019 - 1:01 pm
Women to watch at the U.S. Open, where play begins Monday: ___ NAOMI OSAKA Seeded: 1 Country: Japan Age: 21 2019 Match Record: 26-10 2019 Singles Titles: 1 Career Singles Titles: 3 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 — U.S. Open (2018), Australian Open (2019) Last 5 U.S. Opens: 2018-Won Championship, 2017...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2019, file photo, Serena Williams serves to Romania's Simona Halep during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they’ll do it right in their very first match. The past U.S. Open champions, two of the biggest superstars in women’s tennis, were sent into an opening-round matchup when the draws were conducted Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, for the final major of the year. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
August 22, 2019 - 11:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they'll do it in their very first match. A long-awaited Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal showdown could come only in the final. Williams and Sharapova, past U.S. Open champions and two of the biggest stars in...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2019, file photo, Serena Williams serves to Romania's Simona Halep during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they’ll do it right in their very first match. The past U.S. Open champions, two of the biggest superstars in women’s tennis, were sent into an opening-round matchup when the draws were conducted Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, for the final major of the year. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
August 22, 2019 - 9:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they'll do it in their very first match. The past U.S. Open champions, two of the biggest stars in women's tennis, were scheduled for an opening-round matchup when the draws were conducted Thursday for the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, North Carolina Courage's Jessica McDonald (14) heads the ball on goal during the team's NWSL soccer championship game against the Portland Thorns in Portland, Ore. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending league champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, evidence of a World Cup bump. In addition to bringing in new fans, players want sustained growth and stability. The key is investment. (Adam Lapierre/The Oregonian via AP, File)
August 22, 2019 - 12:13 am
While record crowds at National Women's Soccer League games are evidence of a World Cup bump, players want the momentum to extend beyond the ticket office. Portland drew a league-record 25,218 fans to a game against the defending champion North Carolina Courage earlier this month, and last weekend...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, left, talks with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. The indelible image from last year's U.S. Open does not involve anyone holding a trophy or making a particularly remarkable shot. It will be Williams pointing a finger at Ramos as she insisted he owed her an apology. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
August 21, 2019 - 10:02 am
As the start of the 2019 U.S. Open approaches, the indelible image from last year's tournament does not involve a particularly remarkable shot or a champion holding a trophy. Instead, it is, and likely forever will remain, Serena Williams pointing her index finger at chair umpire Carlos Ramos while...
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FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2017, file photo, tennis fans move in and out of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. How much does each first-round loser in singles at the U.S. Open take home in prize money? Who holds the women's record for most aces in the tournament? See how much you know about the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament by taking the AP's U.S. Open quiz. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
August 21, 2019 - 8:45 am
How well do you know the U.S. Open, the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament? Give this AP quiz a try: ___ 1st Round: The women's and men's singles champions at the 2019 U.S. Open will each receive $3.85 million. How much does each first-round loser in singles get? a.) $8,000 b.) $28,000 c.) $...
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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, looks up a replay as she faces Sofia Kenin, of the United States, in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Mason, Ohio. Osaka withdrew from the match with an injury. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 8:40 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the No. 1 seeds for singles play in the U.S. Open. Osaka, who beat Serena Williams in last year's final for her first Grand Slam title, recently regained the top spot in the WTA rankings from Ash Barty. Barty is the No. 2 seed,...
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August 21, 2019 - 6:40 am
LONDON (AP) — The United States will face Latvia for a place in next year's Fed Cup finals, the first time the "World Cup of Tennis" tournament system will be used. The draw for February's qualifying matches pits the Americans against a Latvian team that could include former French Open champion...
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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, N.H., to return to his golf club in New Jersey after speaking at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 20, 2019 - 6:05 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan didn't think twice when President Donald Trump invited him to play golf last Saturday. It was the second time they have played since Trump has been in office. "I'm concerned about criticism for everything that I do," Monahan said Tuesday. "But in...
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