Business / Tech Sep 19, 2019

African star tech startup lays off hundreds of junior developers

Major African tech start-up Andela sacked hundreds of its staff this week — the majority from Nigeria — in one of the largest layoffs in the continent's budding tech industry. The start-up, backed by hundreds of millions of dollars from investors including Facebook and tennis ...

Bianca Andreescu holds off Serena Williams to win U.S. Open

Tennis Sep 8, 2019

Bianca Andreescu holds off Serena Williams to win U.S. Open

Bianca Andreescu knew this would happen, because she knows all about Serena Williams. Looked up to her. Dreamed of playing her. Andreescu knew Williams would not go quietly. Knew Williams would not make things easy. And so as a big lead in the U.S. Open ...

Serena to face Canadian teen in U.S. Open final

Tennis Sep 6, 2019

Serena to face Canadian teen in U.S. Open final

By no means was Serena Williams perfect at the start of her U.S. Open semifinal. She faced three break points in the opening game and managed to pull it out. She trailed 40-0 in the second, then came through again. Another trio of break points ...

Osaka feeling at home at U.S Open

Tennis Aug 25, 2019

Osaka feeling at home at U.S Open

Everything felt better for Naomi Osaka once she returned to the U.S. Open. The knee injury that forced her to retire during her last match no longer is so painful. The disappointment with her tennis that led her to say she wasn't having fun playing has ...

Naomi Osaka ready for defense of U.S. Open title

Tennis Aug 24, 2019

Naomi Osaka ready for defense of U.S. Open title

Serena Williams has the U.S. Open spotlight as she chases tennis history, but a host of Grand Slam winners and high-ranked rivals are also taking aim at the title. The 37-year-old American will be the focus of attention when the Flushing Meadows fortnight begins Monday ...

Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori  given easy openers at U.S. Open

Tennis Aug 23, 2019

Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori given easy openers at U.S. Open

Top seed and world No. 1 Naomi Osaka will begin her title defense at the U.S. Open with a first-round clash against 93rd-ranked Anna Blinkova of Russia, while seventh seed Kei Nishikori faces a yet-unknown qualifier in his opening match. On Thursday, when the U.S. ...

Serena Williams reaches Rogers Cup final

Tennis Aug 11, 2019

Serena Williams reaches Rogers Cup final

Serena Williams withstood the determined challenge of Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova Saturday, rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory to reach the Rogers Cup final. Williams, seeded eighth in a tournament she has won three times, will take on local hope Bianca Andreescu in the ...

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams set for a rematch in Toronto

Tennis Aug 9, 2019

Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams set for a rematch in Toronto

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals on Thursday to set up their first meeting since the American's infamous row with an umpire overshadowed last year's U.S. Open final. Osaka won her first career Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows but the ...

Osaka advances to ensure Barty out as No. 1

Tennis Aug 8, 2019

Osaka advances to ensure Barty out as No. 1

Naomi Osaka advanced to the third round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, ensuring Australian Ashleigh Barty will be dethroned this week as world No. 1. Serena Williams, the 37-year-old American star chasing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, won her opener in the ...