Ashleigh Barty wins richest prize in tennis, claims $4.42 million

SHENZEN, China — World No.1 Ashleigh Barty claimed the biggest prize in tennis history with a 6-4 6-3 win over defending champion Elina Svitolina in the title match of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen Sunday. The 23-year-old Australian wrapped up the straight sets victory, her first in six attempts against her Ukrainian opponent, in one…

Coco Gauff becomes the youngest to win WTA Title

LINZ, Austria — Coco Gauff claimed her first tennis championship on Sunday at the age of fifteen, making her the youngest winner of an WTA title since Nicole Vaidisova in 2004. Gauff defeated 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in Linz, Austria, on Sunday — bouncing back from a loss in the…

Naomi Osaka to choose Japan nationality for Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO, Japan — Tennis star Naomi Osaka has decided to choose Japanese over American nationality with an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, NHK reported Thursday. Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, told NHK she has completed an administrative step to obtain Japanese citizenship ahead of her birthday next week.  Japanese…

Naomi Osaka claims second straight WTA title

BEIJING, China — Naomi Osaka captured her second straight WTA title Sunday as she defeated No.1 ranked world Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, and 6-2 in the final of the China Open. “Basically I was telling myself to keep fighting even though my attitude was really trash. This is a final, I’m really privileged to be…

Osaka wins Toray Pan Pacific for 1st title in Japan

OSAKA, Japan — Naomi Osaka won her first singles title since the Australian Open in January by defeating Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in the Toray Pan Pacific final on Sunday. The former No. 1-ranked Osaka collected the title after 31 minutes. 'It's really special for me to win here.' Some words by your @torayppo…

Statue of Althea Gibson unveiled outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium

NEW YORK, New York — Billie Jean King did the honors, in a tribute to Althea Gibson after the unveiling of a statue dedicated to her at the US Open on Monday. Gibson, who would have turned 92 on Sunday, was a five-time Grand Slam singles winner in the 1950s, becoming the first Africa American…

Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years

TORONTO, Canada — Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years after defeating Serena Williams who retired from the match because of an injury on Sunday. Andreescu was up 3-1 in the first set when Williams called for a medical timeout — stopping the match in just 16 minutes….

Nicolas Jarry wins his first career ATP Title at Swedish Open

BÅSTAD, Sweden — Chilean, Nicolas Jarry, earned his first career ATP Title after defeating Juan Ignacio Londero at the Swedish Open 7-6(7), 6-4 on Sunday. The 23-year-old captured his first tour-level trophy in Båstad, landing 10 aces and converting both break points in 90 minutes. Jarry did not drop a set en route to the…

Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon in one of the greatest finals in history

LONDON, England — After four hours and 57 minutes of amazing tennis, Novak Djokovic, claimed the 2019 Wimbledon Championship — the longest final in Wimbledon history with a 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6, 13-12(3) victory against Roger Federer. “Unfortunately in these kinds of matches,” Djokovic said, “one of the players has to lose.” The match concluded…