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Ashleigh Barty Denied in Bid to Return to No. 1

MASON, Ohio — Ashleigh Barty’s chance to move back to No. 1 was only one victory away. But at the end of an up-and-down week, she did not have another one left in her. Barty lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open on Saturday, adding to the…

Tennis Travails, Not Triumphs, Gain a Spotlight in an Instagram Series

The gimmick of the “Behind the Racquet” series on Instagram is simple: tennis players’ faces are partially obscured by the strings of the tool with which they make their living. But the series, created by the American player Noah Rubin, has proved remarkably revealing, allowing his peers to share their vulnerabilities and struggles in raw,…