For Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it was a happy anniversary. For Stan Wawrinka, it was not a happy birthday. Wawrinka wasn't as fortunate, the No. 1 seed getting bounced on his 32nd birthday by teenager Alexander Zverev.
By Larry Fine RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - Tennis star Maria Sharapova said on Tuesday she is excited about her return to competition next month, feeling vindicated by the reduction of her doping suspension and empowered by her time away. Russia's former world number one was initially barred for two years after testing positive at the 2016 Australian Open for meldonium, a medication she had been taking for 10 years within the rules, but that was reclassified as a banned drug. Sharapova vigorously fought to overturn the ban, saying she had not been properly advised of the official change, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport cut the ban to 15 months and said in its ruling it did not believe she was "an intentional doper".
Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Shell Houston Open to rest from his five-day victory in Match Play. Johnson won his third straight tournament Sunday when he won two matches that went the distance, a 1-up victory over Hideto Tanihara in the semifinals and a 1-up victory over Jon Rahm in a championship match that Johnson had led 5 up with 10 holes to play. Johnson noted that he has played seven rounds in the last five days, and he thinks he should give his mind and body a break going into the Masters. The Houston Open is in its last year with Shell as the sponsor. The tournament features four players from the top 10 — Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler.