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How Naomi Osaka became the improbable, indispensable voice of our moment

When it comes to sporting events that make fashion statements, the US Open gives its players a long runway to rival anything you’d find at New York Fashion Week or even nearby LaGuardia International. This year, though, instead of Serena Williams in a catsuit or yet another acid-dripped experiment from what that funhouse Bethanie Mattek-Sands […]

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Naomi Osaka fights back to sink Victoria Azarenka and regain US Open

Naomi Osaka flirted with ignominy before quelling the spirited challenge of Victoria Azarenka to win her second US Open, and the third slam of her young career, at the end of an extraordinary fortnight at locked-down Flushing Meadows. She won 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, only the fourth women’s final to go the distance in 25 years […]

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Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open with achilles problem

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open citing the achilles problem that troubled her during her defeat by Victoria Azarenka in the US Open semi-finals, organisers have announced. Williams, a four-times champion in Rome, took a medical timeout for treatment on her achilles during her three-set loss in New York on Thursday. The […]

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Alexander Zverev the final hurdle in Dominic Thiem’s long road to glory

Alexander Zverev smiled weakly when reminded yet again that the last time a German won the US Open – Boris Becker, in 1989 – the Berlin Wall was still standing. But Zverev (whose parents played for the Soviet Union) also knows that if his wounded Austrian friend Dominic Thiem is similarly upright on Sunday, one […]

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Zverev erases two-set deficit to book Thiem showdown in US Open final

Bring back Rafa. Bring back Roger. Hey, bring back Novak. Good luck to Alexander Zverev but, on the evidence of a wretched but oddly compelling semi-final, if he were to win this star-stripped 2020 US Open on Sunday, it would surely come with the dreaded asterisk. The German is in the final of a grand […]

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Tour de France: injured reigning champion Bernal withdraws from race

Egan Bernal has withdrawn from the Tour de France five days short of Paris after injury wrecked his title defence. The 23-year-old Colombian had remained in contention until Sunday’s stage on the Grand Colombier, when he shipped more than seven minutes on the unforgiving gradients to tumble out of the top 10 in the general […]

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Brailsford ‘back to drawing board’ with Ineos as Roglic maintains Tour lead

Dave Brailsford has rejected suggestions that he gambled with his Tour de France selection by discarding Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome, but admitted that the dominance of Primoz Roglic and his Jumbo-Visma team will force the Ineos Grenadiers back to the drawing board. “I don’t gamble,” Brailsford said. “People are entitled to their opinions, but […]