Tennis

John Isner has continued the early American exits from the Australian Open. Last year’s finalist Venus Williams is out of the Australian Open, beaten 6-3, 7-5 by Belinda Bencic on Monday. Her first-round exit followed that of US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who lost to Zhang Shuai after serving for the match in the second
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SYDNEY — Angelique Kerber won her first title since the 2016 U.S. Open and extended her winning streak to nine matches with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty in the Sydney International final on Saturday. The 2016 Australian Open champion and former No. 1-ranked Kerber won four singles matches at the Hopman Cup in
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MIAMI — Former top-five player James Blake has been hired as tournament director of the Miami Open. In the newly created position, Blake will focus on player relations, the media and improving the event, the tournament said in a news release Thursday. Blake takes over for Adam Barrett, who will remain as the tournament’s executive
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