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How we played: At first, haltingly, and then with creative defiance

Hindustan Times | By Rudraneil Sengupta
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 04:24 AM IST
At first, all sport stopped. Then, we got innovative. Players created workout routines; sporting bodies came up with bio bubbles. History continued to be made in empty stadiums
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during the final of 2020 French Open against Spain’s Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during the final of 2020 French Open against Spain’s Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)

I regret US Open and Roland Garros failures, says Djokovic

Belgrade | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 08:38 PM IST
Having won the Australian Open in January, Djokovic was disqualified at the U.S. Open after inadvertently hitting a line judge in the neck with a petulant swipe of the ball during his fourth-round clash with Pablo Carreno Busta.
Tennis star Sania Mirza says she won’t be playing any tournament this year.
Tennis star Sania Mirza says she won’t be playing any tournament this year.

Sania Mirza: It’s always important for anybody who has a voice to stand up for the right, for what they think is right

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Mukherjee
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 05:35 PM IST
Tennis star Sania Mirza urges everyone to take the virus seriously and also highlights the importance of maintaining a fit mind and body.
File image of Rohan Bopanna.(PTI)
File image of Rohan Bopanna.(PTI)

Rohan Bopanna, living in bubbles, chasing slam glory

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 09:10 AM IST
For the Indian tennis ace, the biggest distinction between the bubbles was the level of difficulty at the first step—nasal swab for the coronavirus test.
File image of Prajnesh.(PTI)
File image of Prajnesh.(PTI)

Prajnesh advances, Nagal exits from French Open Qualifiers

Paris | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 06:04 PM IST
Nagal had his chances in the second set as he was leading 3-0 but Brown did not let him continue with the momentum.
Sep 15, 2020; Mamaroneck, New York, USA; Tiger Woods meets the media after his practice round for the 2020 U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club - West. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 15, 2020; Mamaroneck, New York, USA; Tiger Woods meets the media after his practice round for the 2020 U.S. Open golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club - West. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)

Tiger Woods aims to end lacklustre run at US Open

MAMARONECK | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 16, 2020 07:54 AM IST
The 44-year-old has enjoyed one of the more enduring careers in golf, despite four back surgeries that had once put his future in the sport in doubt.
Bryan Brothers.(Getty Images)
Bryan Brothers.(Getty Images)

“Leander was doing it when we were in diapers”

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 09:08 PM IST
The Bryan brothers talk of the US Open, Osaka’s activism, the golden generation of doubles, and that old, old question: who invented the chest bump?
Sep 13 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates with the championship trophy after his match against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the men's singles final match on day fourteen of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 13 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Dominic Thiem of Austria celebrates with the championship trophy after his match against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the men's singles final match on day fourteen of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(USA TODAY Sports)

With Dominic Thiem’s US Open triumph, tennis bridges a Major generation gap

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 07:31 AM IST
Nadal, at 19 wins, pulled out due to the Covid-19 situation while Djokovic, world No.1 and expected to make this his 18th Slam win, was expelled in the fourth round after a ball he hit in anger struck a line judge.
Dominic Thiem, of Austria, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Alexander Zverev, of Germany, in the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships.(AP)
Dominic Thiem, of Austria, holds up the championship trophy after defeating Alexander Zverev, of Germany, in the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships.(AP)

Dominic Thiem becomes 1st player since 1949 to win US Open after losing 1st two sets

New York | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 09:53 AM IST
So close to defeat in a nearly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium — Thiem slowly but surely turned things around against a faltering Alexander Zverev and pulled out a 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory at Flushing Meadows for his first Grand Slam title.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, is driven away after posing for photographs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, is driven away after posing for photographs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)

Naomi Osaka’s battle to unmask racism to go on

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 06:13 AM IST
The world’s highest-paid female athlete, Naomi Osaka, born in Japan and brought up in the US, used her popularity around the world and one of the biggest sporting stages to highlight racial injustice.
Sep 13, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Dominic Thiem of Austria hits the ball against Alexander Zverev of Germany in the men's singles final match on day 14 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 13, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Dominic Thiem of Austria hits the ball against Alexander Zverev of Germany in the men's singles final match on day 14 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)

Dominic Thiem claims US Open title after thrilling fightback

NEW YORK | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 06:09 AM IST
Thiem, who had dropped only one set en route to the final, looked stifled by nerves early on but gradually broke the shackles to hit back from a break down to take the third.
Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the U.S. Open trophy in celebration after winning her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.(Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the U.S. Open trophy in celebration after winning her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.(Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka finds calm with second US Open title

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 10:38 PM IST
Unlike the drama around her maiden Grand Slam in 2018, the Japanese player coolly rallies from a set down to beat Azarenka for a second victory
New York: Alexander Zverev, of Germany, reacts after defeating Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, during a men's semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in New York.(AP)
New York: Alexander Zverev, of Germany, reacts after defeating Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, during a men's semifinal match of the US Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in New York.(AP)

Thiem, Zverev battle to become first new champion in six years

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 11:40 PM IST
Second-seed Thiem has lost three previous Grand Slam finals -- twice to Rafa Nadal at the French Open and once to world number one Novak Djokovic in Australia -- while Zverev had never previously been beyond the last four at a major.
Victoria Azarenka seeks her third singles Grand Slam title.(Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka seeks her third singles Grand Slam title.(Getty Images)

Victoria Azarenka an image of grit in trouncing Serena Williams

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 10:30 AM IST
Azarenka was at the peak of her prowess when injuries and a long-drawn custody battle over her son Leo, who was born in 2016, derailed her tennis career, but even in all that turmoil, she found a way to keep herself grounded.
Dominic Thiem celebrates his win.(Getty Images)
Dominic Thiem celebrates his win.(Getty Images)

US Open 2020: Dominic Thiem enters final with win over Daniil Medvedev

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 10:19 AM IST
Thiem won the match in straight sets and will face winner of the first semifinal, Alexander Zverev in the summit clash on Sunday.
Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts after winning a point against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.(Reuters)
Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts after winning a point against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.(Reuters)

Alexander Zverev rallies by Pablo Busta to reach US Open final

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 07:29 AM IST
Zverev raised his game just in time to deny the Spanish 20th seed the upset and, in doing so, secured his first career victory from two sets down on his second match point after a rogue backhand by Busta.
Victoria Azarenka celebrates her win against Serena Williams of the US(Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka celebrates her win against Serena Williams of the US(Getty Images)

Victoria Azarenka knocks Serena Williams out of US Open in semis

New York | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 09:52 AM IST
Victoria Azarenka ended Serena Williams’ latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory in the U.S. Open semifinals.
Naomi Osaka reacts after winning the match point.(Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka reacts after winning the match point.(Getty Images)

Osaka outlasts Brady to reach US Open final

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 08:01 AM IST
Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka reached the US Open final for the second time in her career with a thrilling 7-6 (1) 3-6 6-3 victory over American hope Jennifer Brady.
While preparing for the US Open, Serena Williams (top) posted this picture with daughter Alexis Olympia on court, saying “Caption this”.
While preparing for the US Open, Serena Williams (top) posted this picture with daughter Alexis Olympia on court, saying “Caption this”.

The mother of all Slams!

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 12:45 PM IST
Serena, Azarenka and Pironkova became the first trio of moms to reach the quarters of the same major
New York:Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, returns to Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, during the quarterfinal round of the US Open tennis championships, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in New York.(AP)
New York:Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, returns to Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, during the quarterfinal round of the US Open tennis championships, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in New York.(AP)

Carreno Busta tames erratic Shapovalov to claim place in last four

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 11:24 AM IST
The 29-year-old Spaniard, the oldest of the men’s quarter-finalists, had looked down and out when his Canadian opponent served him a bagel in the fourth set.
Naomi Osaka of Japan returns the ball against Shelby Rogers of the United States in the women’s singles quarter-finals match on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.(USA TODAY Sports)
Naomi Osaka of Japan returns the ball against Shelby Rogers of the United States in the women’s singles quarter-finals match on day nine of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.(USA TODAY Sports)

Naomi Osaka beats Rogers to reach US Open semis

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2020 07:09 AM IST
Japan’s Naomi Osaka beat USA’s Shelby Rogers 6-3 6-4 to storm into the semi-finals of US open 2020.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia tends to a line judge who was hit with the ball during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain on Day Seven of the 2020 US Open.(AFP)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia tends to a line judge who was hit with the ball during his Men's Singles fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain on Day Seven of the 2020 US Open.(AFP)

Djokovic urges angry fanbase not to turn on US Open line judge

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 03:19 PM IST
A section of Djokovic’s fans took to social media to hurl abuse at the official after her Instagram username was carried by Serbian media.
Dominic Thiem of Austria hits the ball against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada on day eight of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
Dominic Thiem of Austria hits the ball against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada on day eight of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

US Open: Thiem crushes Augur-Aliassime to reach quarters

New York | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 01:51 PM IST
He was helped in his quest for a maiden Grand Slam title by a below-par performance from the talented Augur-Aliassime, who beat Andy Murray in round two but was well off the pace against Thiem, making 51 unforced errors versus the second seed’s 24.
Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov lose in the quarterfinals.(Getty Images)
Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov lose in the quarterfinals.(Getty Images)

Bopanna, Shapovalov bow out in US Open quarterfinals

New York | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 12:36 PM IST
Bopanna and Shapovalov lost 7-5, 7-5 to Netherland’s Jean-Julien Rojer and Romania’s Horea Tecau.
Victoria Azarenka after winning the match point.(Getty Images)
Victoria Azarenka after winning the match point.(Getty Images)

Smiling assassin Azarenka downs Muchova to reach US Open last eight

New York | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2020 11:56 AM IST
Azarenka had to rally from a set down on Louis Armstrong Stadium to set up a last eight date with Elise Mertens.
Serena Williams reacts after winning the match point in the third set during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Maria Sakkari of Greece.(Getty Images)
Serena Williams reacts after winning the match point in the third set during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Maria Sakkari of Greece.(Getty Images)

Serena battles past Sakkari to reach US Open quarters

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 09:04 AM IST
Early nerves saw Williams start with a double fault, but the veteran then found her footing, playing strong defensive tennis to save all three break points against her in the first set.
Naomi Osaka of Japan serves the ball against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on day seven of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Naomi Osaka of Japan serves the ball against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on day seven of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Osaka tops Kontaveit, back in US Open quarters

New York | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 02:06 PM IST
The fourth-seeded Osaka never faced a break point and beat the 14th-seeded Kontaveit 6-3, 6-4 in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Jennifer Brady reacts after her victory against Angelique Kerber.(Getty Images)
Jennifer Brady reacts after her victory against Angelique Kerber.(Getty Images)

US Open: Jennifer Brady tames 2016 champion Kerber to reach first Grand Slam quarter-final

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 08:51 AM IST
Brady appeared firmly in control from the start, opening the campaign with an ace and utilising her monster forehand to break down Kerber’s defence.
Novak Djokovic walks off after being disqualified(Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic walks off after being disqualified(Getty Images)

No other option but to disqualify Djokovic: US Open referee

New York | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 09:33 AM IST
Friemel told reporters at Flushing Meadows that the action warranted Djokovic’s removal from the tournament, “based on the fact that the ball was hit angrily, recklessly, that it went straight at the line umpire’s throat,” even though he believed the 33-year-old did not intend harm.
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