Bianca Andreescu: How a fake check inspired the US Open champion

(CNN)Years ago, Bianca Andreescu wrote her name and the prize money for winning the US Open on a mock-up check. “So, I just grabbed a check and wrote the prize money of that year. But every year I kept increasing it because it kept changing. But I just kept visualizing that moment since that day. “Now being the actual champion is just so crazy.” READ: Andreescu defeats Williams to win first Grand Slam title ‘Proud to be Canadian’ It’s been a whirlwind eight months for Andreescu, who was ranked 178th at the start of the year. Now 19, she’s the first teen since Maria Sharapova in 2006 to win a Grand Slam title and is on a run of 14 …

Rafael Nadal takes ‘step forward’ in pursuit of Federer’s grand slam record

(CNN)Rafael Nadal took a “step forward” in his pursuit of Roger Federer’s grand slam record as he advanced to the semifinals of the US Open. The other three men’s semifinalists — Berrettini, Grigor Dimitrov and Daniil Medvedev — have never played in a grand slam final. “Today I make a step forward, in my opinion,” said Nadal in his on-court interview at Flushing Meadows. “That match gives me confidence. Two matches in a row against two tough opponents. “That’s a moment to increase a little bit more the level, and I really believe that I can do it.” READ: US Open villain Daniil Medvedev keeps on winning, reaches semifinals Front runner The quarterfinal was far from a walk in the …

Taylor Townsend aiming to go all the way and finally fulfil promise

American Taylor Townsend is aiming to go all the way at the US Open after reaching the fourth round where she will face Bianca Andreescu Taylor Townsend may be the most articulate player in tennis, certainly a poetic one, and she made the most eloquent statement about her rise from the depths by beating the Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-2, to join a bunch of interesting young Americans in the fourth round. I wouldnt change anything, said the world No 116, because I appreciate so much where I am, because I know where I came from. And I think its easy for people to forget where they came from. I remember when I was grinding quallies at 25s [$25,000 tournaments], …

Wimbledon Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the Wimbledon tennis championships. Simona Halep of Romania defeats Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in the women’s final to win her first Wimbledon title. She is also the first Romanian to win the tournament. 2018 Results:Novak Djokovic of Serbia defeats Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the men’s final, to win his fourth Wimbledon title. Angelique Kerber of Germany defeats Serena Williams of the United States in the women’s final, to claim her first Wimbledon title. Other Facts:Wimbledon is one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The others are the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open. Wimbledon takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam …

Serena Williams to face Simona Halep in Wimbledon final

(CNN)Serena Williams remains on course for an eighth Wimbledon singles title after trouncing Czech Barbora Strycova to reach her 11th final at the All England Club. The women’s singles final takes place Saturday at Wimbledon, with the men’s final Sunday. READ: Coco Gauff: How do you protect a 15-year-old tennis prodigy? READ: Serena says she owes Naomi Osaka an apology. Osaka’s response made her cry Unforgiving America’s Williams was in unforgiving mood and forced world No.54 Strycova, a shock semifinalist, to scamper and cover every blade of grass inside the opening exchanges. The Czech defended valiantly against Williams’ blistering groundstrokes, which seemed to be tearing through Center Court with extra venom. A missed return on a short Strycova second serve …

Who is Amanda Anisimova, the 17-year-old who stunned French Open champion Simona Halep?

(CNN)As her down-the-line backhand flew past Simona Halep, 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova dropped her racquet to the side, put her hands on her face, and simply said, “What!” Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos She’s also yet to drop a set in this tournament. “I can’t believe it,” Anisimova said on court after the win. “I’ve been working so hard, but I didn’t think it would pay off like this. This is honestly more than anything I could ask for.” Anisimova was born in New Jersey on August 31, 2001, less than two weeks before the September 11 terror attacks. Her parents, Olga and Konstantin, had moved to the US from Moscow in 1998 with their oldest daughter, Maria. …

Ashleigh Barty beats Marketa Vondrousova to win French Open

Paris (CNN)Ashleigh Barty won her first grand slam title and became the first Australian to win the French Open since 1973 after downing Czech teen Marketa Vondrousova in straight sets. It was the first grand slam final for both. Once they got going, Barty raced to a quick 4-0 lead. READ: Women’s semifinal venue’s ‘unfair and inappropriate’ The eighth seed led another teen, Amanda Anisimova, 5-0 in the first set of the semifinals Friday before the American rallied to take a set and break advantage. Barty thus had to come back herself to make the finale. Visit CNN Sport for more news and videos But on Saturday as the sun came out in Paris in the late afternoon, the former …

French Open 2019: Roger Federer makes winning return

(CNN)If you were a 37-year-old at the French Open Sunday, it was a day to remember. Tearful Roger Federer remembers late coach Federer’s own career, one in which he leads the men’s grand slam count on 20 and remains a viable threat at majors despite his advanced tennis years, has been inspiring too. Rise of Naomi Osaka Besides being multilingual, Federer also seems like a kidder. There is no chance of the French fans’ love for him waning, including in the second round when he meets a German lucky loser, Oscar Otte. Sonego may not be a household name to casual fans but the Italian is no slouch on clay having reached the quarterfinals at the Monte Carlo Masters in …

Roger Federer achieves more milestones at French Open

(CNN)By returning to the French Open this year after a three-year absence, Roger Federer is spreading his milestones across the tennis world. Follow @cnnsport READ: Osaka can win 10 grand slams, says Chinese star Li NaREAD: Kyrgios throws chair during Italian Open meltdown Rise of Naomi Osaka Krunic had trailed 4-1 in the third set, though later couldn’t serve the match out four times or convert a match point. Tsurenko was chuffed to go through, especially after what she said was the trauma of turning 30 on Thursday. “I start to think about that I’m 30, and I don’t have much time left to play on tour and all this bad things,” said Tsurenko, whose fellow Ukrainian Elina Svitolina exited …

Naomi Osaka rallies again at French Open, this time against Azarenka

(CNN)Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka are both two-time grand slam winners but when they crossed paths at the French Open, one was surging while the other sought a return to her finest days. Osaka recovered from an even more ominous scenario in the first round against 90th-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, her Slovak foe unable to serve out the encounter twice in the second set against an admittedly nervous 21-year-old. READ: Unforgettable day for German outsiders READ: The anniversary of Chang’s underhand serve “I actually played well today,” Osaka told reporters. “Against Vika, she has the ability to hit winners. I don’t think the other girl hit that many winners. “I was more making the mistakes.” Azarenka is capable of stringing …