COMPTON, Calif. (AP) Venus and Serena Williams have returned to their childhood California hometown for the first time since their half-sister was killed there in 2003 to have tennis courts dedicated in their honor.
The sisters were greeted by cheers when they arrived Saturday at Lueders Park, not far from their former home in the violence-plagued city of Compton located 17 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.
Banners hung in the four corners of the two newly refurbished courts proclaiming them the Venus & Serena Williams Court of Champions.
Serena says driving to Compton from the Los Angeles airport “brought back so many memories.” Venus says it’s been “surreal” coming home to where they first learned to play tennis under the tutelage of their father, Richard, who didn’t attend. The sisters were accompanied by their mother, Oracene Price.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Caroline Wozniacki has reached the quarterfinals of the Miami Open, advancing Monday when Garbine Muguruza retired after one set with a heat-related illness.
Wozniacki, the sixth seed, took that set over the 12th-seeded Muguruza 7-6.
Muguruza was tended to by doctors following that tiebreaker, which wrapped up a 70-minute set, and decided she could not continue on a 77-degree, humid afternoon.
Wozniacki still has not dropped a set in the tournament, and will face fourth-seeded Dominika Cibulkova or Lucie Safarova in the quarterfinals.
Earlier Monday, Karolina Pliskova also reached the quarterfinals, beating Czech Fed Cup teammate – and occasional doubles partner – Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-4. Pliskova needed only 21 minutes to take the first set, winning 11 consecutive points in one stretch and 16 of 17 on her serve.
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Milos Raonic has pulled out of the Miami Open after aggravating a right hamstring injury that sidelined him for nearly a month.
The No. 3-seeded Raonic withdrew before Sunday’s match against American qualifier Jared Donaldson, who advanced to the fourth round.
Raonic said his injury became progressively worse after his opening match, his first since Feb. 25. He expects to be sidelined at least two weeks and perhaps longer.
The Canadian said he hasn’t made it through an entire tournament healthy since Wimbledon last July.