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Rafael Nadal wins 11th French Open men's title

Rafael Nadal continued his dominance at the French Open, winning the men’s singles title for the 11th time Sunday, ESPN reported.

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Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to capture his 17th Grand Slam title, second only among men to the 20 won by Roger Federer.

Nadal overcame a problem with his left middle finger during the third set to defeat the No. 7 seed from Austria. The Spaniard was leading 2-1 when he stopped serving because he could not straighten his finger, ESPN reported. After receiving a salt pill and an arm massage by his trainer, Nadal resumed play and closed out the match.

Nadal’s 11 French Open men’s titles are a record at Roland Garros. He won his first title in 2005, and all of his championships have occurred during the Open era. He owns an 86-2 record at the French Open.

Max Decugis won eight French titles between 1903 and 1914; in the Open era, Bjorn Borg won six men’s crowns between 1974 and 1981.

Nadal matched the all-time record of most singles titles won at the same Grand Slam event, set by Margaret Court at the Australian Open in the 1960s and ’70s, Reuters reported.

Former Brazilian tennis great Maria Bueno dead at 78

Maria Bueno, a Brazilian who won three Wimbledon women’s singles titles and four U.S. Open crowns during the 1950s and ’60s and was also known for her controversial tennis attire, died Friday, the BBC reported. She was 78.

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Bueno was admitted to a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Tuesday, The Telegraph reported. The hospital released a statement confirming her death, the newspaper reported.

Bueno, nicknamed the “Tennis Ballerina” for her grace and style during tennis’ pre-Open era, won 19 Grand Slam titles. In addition to her seven singles titles, she won 11 doubles championships and one mixed doubles title. She also reached the finals at the French Open and Australian Open.

Bueno also was the world’s top-ranked women’s player in 1959, 1960, 1964 and 1966. From 1957 to 1967 she won 65 singles tournaments, 90 doubles crowns and 15 mixed doubles titles. She was a runner-up in 45 events. Bueno was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1978. 

In 1964, Bueno caused a stir at Wimbledon when she wore a white dress designed by Ted Tinling that had a pink underskirt and matching pink underwear.

"There was a gasp from one end of the court," Bueno said years later. "And the people the other end didn't know why, until I changed ends and served from there.

"Later I wore panties that resembled the club colors, which outraged the club committee and they brought in the all-white clothing rule."

Serena Williams withdraws from French Open due to injury

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the French Open.

USA Today reported that, according to French TV, the the 36-year-old pulled out of the match because of an arm injury.

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Williams recently returned to tennis after giving birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Williams was due to play against Maria Sharapova in a fourth-round match at the Open. She and her sister, Venus Williams, lost in a doubles match Sunday to Andreja Klepac and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

“I've had issues with the right pectoral muscle to the point where I can't serve,” Williams said at a news conference addressing her withdrawal, according to BBC News.

Williams said her appearance at Wimbledon will depend on her MRI results.

“I’ll have a scan. I won’t know about Wimbledon until I get the results.”

“I’ve never felt this in my life so I don’t really know how to manage it yet, but this is a little different,” Williams said. “I’m clueless as to what to do.”

The injury, Williams said, makes her unable to serve. She said she did not have problems with it before the tournament.

Sports Illustrated reported that Williams also expressed disappointment over the withdrawal because of her time away from her family.

“I’m beyond disappointed,” she said. “I gave up so much from time with my daughter and time with my family all for this moment. So it’s really difficult to be in this situation.”

On her Instagram page, Williams said the withdrawal is “just the beginning,” thanking fans for their support.

“You always live to fight for another chance,” Williams captioned a photo of herself serving at the tournament. “I’ve done a lot of fighting and this is just the beginning. Thank you a for the support. I love you.”

Williams won the French Open in 2002, 2013 and 2015. The French Open was her first major since the 2017 Australian Open.

Serena Williams on postpartum depression: ‘I wanted to be perfect’

Tennis champion Serena Williams is opening up about the difficulties of being a new mother.

In her cover story for the July issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, Williams talked about her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia, who is now 8 months old.

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“Honestly, sometimes I still think I have to deal with it,” Williams said. “I think people need to talk about it more because it’s almost like the fourth trimester, it’s part of the pregnancy. I remember one day, I couldn’t find Olympia’s bottle and I got so upset I started crying ... because I wanted to be perfect for her.”

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, 36, gave birth to her daughter via emergency cesarean section. Shortly after, Williams also suffered from a pulmonary embolism, she told Vogue magazine in January.

Williams said that through it all, she believes she has been a good mother to her baby girl.

“I hope I am, and I’m going to strive to be the best mom I can be,” Williams said.

Serena Williams makes successful return, wins first match since giving birth

She said she was a little rusty, but Serena Williams had few problems as she won her first match in 14 months.

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Williams, who took a break after the birth of her first child, defeated Zarina Divas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night, ESPN reported.

"It was incredible,'' Williams said after the 90-minute match. “It's been over a year and a kid later and I get to go home to her now, and I'm excited about that.''

Williams last competed in January 2017, when she won the Australian Open. She gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. six months ago.

Her husband, Redditt co-founder Alexis Ohanian, was in Williams’ box to watch, along with her mother Oracene, and sisters Lyndrea and Isha, ESPN reported. Older sister Venus Williams watched from a balcony seat in an upper-level box.

"It definitely wasn't easy,'' Serena Williams said. "We always have a couple tight sets. It was good. I'm a little rusty, but it doesn't matter. I'm just out here on this journey and doing the best I can.''

Roger Federer becomes first man to win 20 Grand Slam singles titles

Roger Federer became the first man to win 20 Grand Slam tennis singles titles Sunday, defeating Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 to capture his record-tying sixth Australian Open championship.

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Federer tied Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic with his sixth Australian crown and has won three of the last five major tournaments, ESPN reported.

“I'm so happy. It's unbelievable,” said Federer, who broke down in tears after the victory. “Of course, winning is an absolute dream come true -- the fairy tale continues for me.

“After the great year I had last year, it's incredible.”

In addition to his six Australian Open titles, Federer’s Grand Slam résumé includes eight Wimbledon titles, five U.S. Open championships and one French Open title. 

Sunday’s victory meant that Federer, at 36 years and 173 days, is the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. Ken Rosewall won the 1972 Australian Open when he was 37.

Federer has spent 302 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world during his career and now owns 96 titles. 

“Big congratulations to Roger and his team -- it's amazing what you guys do," Cilic said. "It was an amazing journey for me to come here to the final. I had a slight chance at the beginning of the fifth (set), but Roger played a great fifth set.”

Federer now owns a 9-1 record against Cilic, including a victory in last year’s Wimbledon final.

Tennis greats weighed in with their congratulations.

Tennis greats weighed in with their congratulations.

“Nobody makes me cry like Roger Federer,” tweeted Chris Evert, an 18-time Grand Slam winner and two-time Australian Open women’s singles title winner. “No one. … there is no one like him.”

“Congratulations Roger -- the GOAT!!” tweeted Martina Navratilova, another 18-time Grand Slam champion who won three women’s titles in Australia.

Billie Jean King added her best wishes as well, tweeting “Congratulations to @rogerfederer@AustralianOpen men’s singles champion and GOAT!”

Meanwhile, Rod Laver, who won 11 Grand Slams and three titles in his native Australia, called the six Australian titles won by Federer, Emerson and Djokovic as “Astonishing then, incredible now.”

Caroline Wozniacki first Dane to win Grand Slam tennis title

Caroline Wozniacki now can savor a major victory. Plus, the Dane will regain the top spot in women’s tennis.

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Wozniacki won her first Grand Slam tennis title Saturday when she defeated top-seeded Simona Halep 7-6 (7-2), 3-6 to capture the women’s singles title at the Australian Open.

On a broiling day in Melbourne, the second-seeded Wozniacki outdueled Halep in a match that lasted nearly three hours to become the first player from Denmark to win a Grand Slam singles event.

“My voice is shaking,” Wozniacki said as she held the championship trophy aloft. “I never cry, but this is an emotional moment.”

It was the first time in the Open era of tennis that players ranked No. 1 and 2 met in a major final without either player having a Grand Slam title to their credit, ESPN reported.

Because of the high temperatures, the heat rule was implemented for the first time during the tournament, CNN reported. Each player took medical timeouts, and their stamina was challenged as two games lasted more than 10 minutes.

Finally securing a Grand Slam was a relief for Wozniacki, who lost in the finals at the U.S. Open in 2009 and 2014. She will never be remembered as a player who was ranked No. 1 in women’s tennis for 85 weeks -- including 67 in a row in 2011-2012 -- but could not win a major title.

“I think that's one of the most positive things about all of this,” Wozniacki said. “I'm never going to get that question again. I'm just waiting for the question, ‘When are you going to win the second one?’

“Right now I'm just happy I have this one, and I'm going to really enjoy this moment.”

Wozniacki will regain that No. 1 spot again Monday when the new rankings are released, CNN reported.

Halep was trying to become the second women’s player from Romania to win a Grand Slam singles event. Her manager, Virginia Ruzici, won the French Open women’s singles title in 1978.

Beloved sports broadcasting legend Dick Enberg dies

Beloved Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, whose exuberant “Oh my!” calls resonated with fans, died Thursday, his wife and daughter confirmed to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

He was 82.

Enberg was a versatile broadcaster, covering 10 Super Bowls, 28 Wimbledon tennis tournaments and eight NCAA basketball title games when he was the play-by-play voice of UCLA during its dynasty in the 1960s and ’70s, the Union Tribune reported.

His last full-time job was as the television voice of baseball’s San Diego Padres. He retired from that position in 2016 after calling games for seven years. He also called games on radio for the California Angels and the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.

Enberg worked for NBC, CBS and ESPN, and his “Oh, my!” call became a legendary punctuation mark after a dramatic play.

He won the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award (2015), the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Rozelle Award (1999) and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Gowdy Award (1995).

Enberg's daughter, Nicole, said the family became concerned when he didn't arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday, ESPN reported. 

Enberg was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed. The family said it believes he had a heart attack, but is awaiting official word, ESPN reported.

“I’m heartbroken,” former Padres broadcast booth partner Mark Grant told the Union-Tribune. “It’s so sad. I thought Dick was the type of guy who was going to live until he was 100, going on the circuit, talking to everybody about baseball and football and tennis.”

Enberg joined NBC Sports in 1975 and worked for the network for 25 years. He was paired for many years with former Los Angeles Rams football star Merlin Olsen. He is the only person to win Emmy Awards as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer, ESPN reported.

Enberg also was a game show host, working as the emcee for the sports-oriented “Sports Challenge” from 1971 to 1979. The show pitted athletes from different teams in a quiz show format.

Recently, Enberg began hosting a podcast called “Sound of Success,” interviewing stars such as Billie Jean King, Bill Walton, Johnny Bench and Steve Kerr.

He told the Union-Tribune earlier this week that he hoped to lure NBA legend Magic Johnson, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and actor Jack Nicholson to his online show.

“At the very top of the list,” he said, “is Serena Williams.”

Venus Williams' Florida home burglarized, $400,000 in goods stolen during U.S. Open

The Florida residence tennis star Venus Williams calls home was burglarized as she played in the U.S. Open in September, according to a Palm Beach Gardens police report released Thursday.

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Though what was taken from the home at BallenIsles Country Club is redacted from the report, police indicate more than $400,000 worth of items were taken from the residence.

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Palm Beach Gardens police indicate in the report that the last time the items were known to be in the home was Sept. 1, the day Williams’s sister, Serena, gave birth to her first daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

That was the same day Williams beat Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari in the U.S. Open in New York. Williams made it to the semifinals where she lost to U.S. player Sloane Stephens in three sets on Sept. 7.

The burglary was reported on Sept. 5, according to the report.

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This is not the first time this year Williams has been part of a Palm Beach Gardens police report. On June 9, Williams collided with Linda and Jerome Barson at an intersection near her home. Jerome Barson died weeks later from complication of blunt traumatic injuries.

Williams was not charged in the crash, but Barson’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against her.

Venus Williams posts personal response about deadly crash on Facebook

Tennis superstar Venus Williams took to Facebook to respond for the first time on a June 9 intersection crash resulting in a 78-year-old man’s death. 

“I am devastated and heartbroken by this accident,” Williams said on her Facebook page. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Jerome Barson and I continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

The news of Williams’ crash surfaced on Thursday, three weeks after the incident. 

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RELATED: Venus Williams in Palm Beach Gardens crash resulting in man’s death

A police report from Palm Beach Gardens found Williams to be at fault for “violating” the right of way, but an investigation continues.  

The wife of the crash victim, Esther Linda Barson,, told police she proceeded westbound through a green light and T-boned Williams’ car. Her husband suffered head injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where he died on June 22. 

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Williams told police she stopped in the median break when traffic forced her to stop, the police report said. She then drove her 2010 Toyota Sequoia through the intersection and she didn’t see Barson’s 2016 Hyundai Accent. 

The family of Jerome Barson filed a wrongful death lawsuit the day after news became public of the fatal crash. The court document demanded a trial by jury and judgment for damages against Williams with interest and costs.

UPDATE: Lawyer for victim’s family in Venus Williams crash ‘devastated’

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