Women's sports

Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 24, 2019 - 2:59 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she's suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. And the No. 1 ranking, too. Osaka moved one victory away from adding...
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Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
January 24, 2019 - 2:55 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Naomi Osaka had just secured a spot in consecutive Grand Slam finals when she was asked on live TV if she had anything to say to her fans in Japan. After responding briefly in Japanese, she was...
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Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 24, 2019 - 2:42 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she's suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship. And the No. 1 ranking, too. Osaka moved one victory away from adding...
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Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after losing a point to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
January 24, 2019 - 2:14 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local): 6: 07 p.m. U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka has reached back-to-back major finals with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over Karolina Pliskova in the Australian Open semifinals. The 21-year-old Osaka will play another...
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Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic makes a backhand return to Japan's Naomi Osaka during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 24, 2019 - 1:36 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The semifinal between U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka and seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova is going to three sets at the Australian Open. Osaka won the first set 6-2. After an exchange of breaks to...
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Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating after United States' Danielle Collins in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 24, 2019 - 12:01 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two years ago, Petra Kvitova missed the Australian Open, just weeks after her racket-holding left hand was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic. Two days from now, back at her best during what she calls her "second career," Kvitova will play for the...
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Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after winning the first set against United States' Danielle Collins during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 23, 2019 - 11:53 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Petra Kvitova has beaten Danielle Collins 7-6 (2), 6-0 to return to a Grand Slam final for the first time since winning the Wimbledon title in 2014. It's also the first in what she has called her...
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Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after losing a point to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 23, 2019 - 11:44 pm
TOKYO (AP) — One of Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka's main sponsors has taken down an online ad campaign that depicts her with pale skin after it was criticized as insensitive. Daisuke Okabayashi, a spokesman for Japanese noodle-maker Nissin Foods Holdings, said Thursday that two animation clips,...
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United States' Danielle Collins takes a drink during her semifinal against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
January 23, 2019 - 10:54 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The women's semifinal between Petra Kvitova and Danielle Collins is being delayed at 4-all in the first set while the retractable roof at Rod Laver Arena is closed as the temperature approaches...
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United States' Danielle Collins takes a drink during her semifinal against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
January 23, 2019 - 10:44 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The extreme heat rule has been invoked for the first women's semifinal as the heat surges toward 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius). That means that there will be a 10-minute break after the...
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