Tennis/ Osaka, Kvitova, Keys Move To Brisbane Semifinals

TENNIS/ Osaka, Kvitova, Keys move to Brisbane semifinals

BRISBANE, Australia--Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys won quarterfinal matches Friday at the Brisbane International.

Osaka beat Kiki Bertens 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, Kvitova defeated qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2 and Keys beat fellow American Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-1. Brady was coming off wins over Maria Sharapova in the first round and top-ranked Ash Barty in the second.

Tennis/ Nishioka Makes Nadal Sweat, Djokovic Has It Easy

TENNIS/ Nishioka makes Nadal sweat, Djokovic has it easy

SYDNEY--World number one Rafael Nadal won a battle of attrition against fellow left-hander Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 7-6(4) 6-4 to seal Spain's spot in the final eight of the inaugural ATP Cup in Perth on Wednesday.

Meanwhile his long-time rival, world number two Novak Djokovic, had an easier outing in Brisbane, strolling past Chile's Cristian Garin 6-3 6-3 to stay undefeated in the new year and to ensure Serbia will travel to Sydney for the knockouts having won all three of their ties.

Mochizuki Rises To No.1 In Junior Tennis Rankings

Mochizuki rises to No.1 in junior tennis rankings

Japanese tennis sensation Shintaro Mochizuki has risen to number one in the international junior rankings after winning the boys' singles title at Wimbledon.

The International Tennis Federation released the junior world rankings on Monday.

Tennis/ Shy Naomi Osaka Must Adjust To Limelight, Says Kvitova

TENNIS/ Shy Naomi Osaka must adjust to limelight, says Kvitova

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says Naomi Osaka's shyness is a problem for her as she struggles to deal with the increased scrutiny in the wake of her success at the Grand Slams and her rise to the top of the world rankings.

A tearful Osaka admitted difficulty in dealing with the attention of being the world's top-ranked woman after a shock defeat by France's Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Resort Town Hosts Slipper Table Tennis Tourney

Resort town hosts slipper table tennis tourney

A table tennis tournament using slippers as rackets was held at a hot spring resort in the western Japanese city of Matsue.

More than 300 people, including tourists, gathered in a gymnasium in Tamatsukuri Onsen, a town known for its hot springs. Men's, women's and mixed doubles games were played in tournament style.

Naomi Osaka Climbs To Top Of Tennis Rankings

Naomi Osaka climbs to top of tennis rankings

The Women's Tennis Association has announced that Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka has become the world's number one in women's singles rankings after she won the Australian Open on Saturday. She is the first singles player from Asia to make it to the top of the tennis rankings.

The WTA released its latest rankings on Monday. The 21-year-old player was ranked fourth going into the tournament in Melbourne.

Naomi Osaka Tops World Tennis Ranking

Naomi Osaka tops world tennis ranking

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the world's Number-One singles player.
The WTA's latest ranking puts her at No.1, up from the 4th spot.

It follows her weekend win of the Australian Open. She is the first singles player from Asia to top the rankings.

Tennis/ Kvitova-osaka: Australian Final From Different Perspectives

TENNIS/ Kvitova-Osaka: Australian final from different perspectives

MELBOURNE, Australia--Petra Kvitova has shed her tears. The tears, for a long time private, were in a very public arena this week.

A violent home invasion that caused serious knife wounds to her left hand was a punctuation point in her career, as she sees it. There's the before--two Wimbledon titles--and her "second career"--which so far is highlighted by her run to Saturday's Australian Open final.

Tennis/ Racket-smashing, Tumbling Osaka Advances At Australian Open

TENNIS/ Racket-smashing, tumbling Osaka advances at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia--Naomi Osaka had the umpire warning her for spiking her racket in the first set, and checking on her welfare when she tumbled near the baseline in the next.

The U.S. Open champion had a topsy-turvy third-round at the Australian Open on Saturday, getting within two games of elimination before finding her range against a tricky Hsieh Su-wei and winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

Tennis/ Nishikori Silences Portuguese Fans With Sousa Rout

TENNIS/ Nishikori silences Portuguese fans with Sousa rout

MELBOURNE, Australia--Japan's Kei Nishikori moved swiftly into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday after beating Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6(6) 6-1 6-2.

The comfortable victory came as a relief to the eighth seed and former U.S. Open finalist after he battled through consecutive five-set matches in the opening rounds.

Harimoto, 15, Wins Table Tennis Grand Finals

Harimoto, 15, wins table tennis grand finals

Japanese table tennis star Tomokazu Harimoto has set another record by becoming the youngest winner of a singles title in the World Tour Grand Finals.

The 15-year-old Harimoto, the world's number 5 player, beat 4th-ranked Lin Gaoyuan of China in the final of the tournament in South Korea on Sunday.