Sloane Stephens News
Naomi Osaka is back at the prestigious Indian Wells hardcourt tournament for the first time since 2019.
The Briton was back to her imperious best in beating 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens 6-0, 2-6, 6-1 in her maiden main draw appearance at Melbourne Park
The rebranded Fed Cup tournament will be held on indoor hard courts at Prague's O2 Arena on 1-6 November after the Czech capital replaced Budapest as the host city earlier this year.
The pair of friends met in an official match for the first time Wednesday night at the US Open, and it was Stephens, the 2017 champion now ranked 66th, who pulled away for a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Gauff, now 17 and seeded 21st.
Osaka seeking her fifth career Grand Slam title and third US Open crown in four years, plays a second-round match against 145th-ranked Serbian qualifier Olga Danilovic.
US Open 2021: Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Andy Murray in five-set first-round thriller; Halep, Stephens progress to second round
Tsitsipas defeated the 112th-ranked British star 2-6, 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in an atmosphere more like an intense second-week showdown than a curtain-raiser for the fortnight.
American Collins extended her win streak to 12 matches - a run that saw her claim back-to-back titles in Palermo and San Jose
Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, who missed the entire 2020 season with injury, has played little in 2021 and hadn't won a match since reaching the second round at Eastbourne in June.
Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic slides to victory; Tsitsipas crashes and Andy Murray shines as Wimbledon makes soggy return
Djokovic dropped the first set against Jack Draper, but soon snuffed out any danger of him becoming only the third defending champion to lose in the first round, by sweeping through the remainder of the tie.
French Open 2021: Rafael Nadal eases past Jannik Sinner, Novak Djokovic survives scare against Lorenzo Musetti
Third seed Nadal downed 19-year-old Sinner 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 and goes on to face 10th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina who he defeated in the semi-finals last year.
French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal set landmarks; Roger Federer, Iga Swiatek, Sofia Kenin win
While World No 1 Novak Djokovic is in the last 16 for the 12th successive year, defending champion Nadal reached the fourth round for a record 16th time.
“I feel like a lot of players on our tour suffer in silence. I think that is not cool and not fair and we should definitely approach it differently,” Sloane Stephens said.
Emilia-Romagna Open: Coco Gauff battles past Katerina Siniakova to set up summit clash with Wang Qiang
Third seed Gauff won through 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 against 68th-ranked Siniakova in just over two hours to reach the second final of her career after Linz which she won in 2019.
Italian Open, Grigor Dimitrov, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Roberto Bautista Agut, Tommy Paul, Nadia Podoroska, Serena Williams, Laura Siegemund, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens
Badosa, a former French Open junior champion, is the lowest-ranked player to beat Barty since September 2019.
Australian Open 2021 to go ahead as planned despite 72 players forced into strict quarantine, four positive cases
Australian Open was thrown into disarray on Saturday when three people tested positive to COVID-19 on two of the 17 charter flights that brought players and their entourages to Melbourne and Adelaide.
Australian Open 2021: Forty-seven players barred from practising after 'close contact' with COVID-19 positive individuals
Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was reported by local media to be among a group of players set to be under the strictest quarantine for two weeks.
French Open 2020 Round-up: Novak Djokovic beats Ricardas Berankis in straight sets, Sofia Kenin through to third round
Kenin failed to convert three match points with Bogdan serving at 5-1 in the final set. She then saved three break points in the next game and held on to win.
Italian Open 2020: Teenager Lorenzo Musetti stuns Stan Wawrinka; Garbine Muguruza beats Sloane Stephens in straight sets
Stan Wawrinka, the 10th seed in Rome, lost 6-0, 7-6 (7/2) against a player ranked 249th in the world.
Top Seed Open is the WTA Tour’s first US competition since tennis came to a halt in March due to COVID-19 pandemic.