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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Venus Williams of The United States and partner Serena Williams in conversation during their ladies doubles fourth round match againstAndreja Klepac of Slovenia and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain during day eight of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 3, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

SHIRA SPRINGER I FAIR PLAY

Here are nine changes that would be good for women’s sports

Let’s start with a name change for the World Cup, and then also consider pregnancy rules, cheerleading teams, and more.

Former German tennis player Boris Becker (R) and Former Spanish tennis player Manolo Santana attend the ATP Madrid Open semi-final tennis match at the Caja Magica in Madrid on May 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images

Retired tennis star Boris Becker claiming diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case

Becker says his role as a sports attache for the Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9708970hs) Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning his 11th French Open title against Dominic Thiem of Austria during their men?s final match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 10 June 2018. French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros, Paris, France - 10 Jun 2018

Rafael Nadal wins record-extending 11th French Open title

Nadal overcame a cramped finger late in the match to finish off Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

Romania's Simona Halep holds the trophy as she celebrates wining the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

FRENCH OPEN WOMEN’S FINAL

Simona Halep beats Sloane Stephens to win the French Open

For Halep, who earned a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory, it is her first Grand Slam title.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by YOAN VALAT/CAROLINE BLUMBERG/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9707649la) Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros, Paris, France - 08 Jun 2018 A combo picture shows Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) and Dominic Thiem (R) of Austria during their semi final matches during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 08 June 2018. Both will play the final match of the tournament on 10 June. Nadal has won the French Open already 10 times as for Thiem it will be the first appearance in a Grand Slam final.

FRENCH OPEN MEN’S FINAL

Thiem at least has hope against Nadal in Sunday’s French Open final

This will be the 10th tour-level encounter between Nadal and Thiem. All have been on clay, and Nadal leads 6-3.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9707649ji) Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after winning against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during their men?s semi final match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 08 June 2018. French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros, Paris, France - 08 Jun 2018

Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem reach French Open final

Nadal seems to be in fine form, but Thiem is the only one to beat him on clay the last two years.

Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a backhand return to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman during their men's singles quarter-final match on day twelve of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal is back in French Open semifinals

He and Juan Martin del Potro advanced after winning their rain-delayed quarterfinals.

Sloane Stephens of the US celebrates after victory over Madison Keys of the US during their women's singles semi-final match on day twelve of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images

Sloane Stephens and Simona Halep will battle for French Open title

The American Stephens is going for her second Grand Slam championship, the top-ranked Halep her first.

Romania's Simona Halep waves after defeating Germany's Angelique Kerber after their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 in Paris. Halep won 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

FRENCH OPEN

Halep, Muguruza advance to French Open semifinals

Halep bounced Angelique Kerber, while Muguruza trounced Maria Sharapova.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 05: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the mens singles quarter finals match against Marco Cecchinato of Italy during day ten of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 5, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

FRENCH OPEN

Novak Djokovic is ousted in French Open quarterfinals

Americans Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens made it through to the women’s semifinals.

In this photo provided by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) Serena Williams, of the U.S, answers journalists, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, June 4, 2018. Williams called off her Grand Slam comeback because of a chest muscle injury on Monday, pulling out of the French Open shortly before she was supposed to play Maria Sharapova in the fourth round. (Pauline Ballet /FFT via AP)

Serena Williams withdraws from French Open with a pectoral injury

Williams pulled out of the tournament just before facing Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany's Maximilian Marterer during their men's singles fourth round match on day nine of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERGERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images

FRENCH OPEN

Rafael Nadal cruises into French Open quarterfinals

Nadal’s 900th match win on tour also moved him past Jimmy Connors for match wins in majors.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 02: Serena Williams of The United States celebrates victory during the ladies singles third round match against Julia Georges of Germany during day seven of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

TARA SULLIVAN

Serena Williams is a superhero

Williams has won the French Open just by being out on the court.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Madison Keys of The United States celebrates victory during the ladies singles fourth round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania during day eight of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 3, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

FRENCH OPEN

Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens cruise into quarterfinals at French Open

The longtime friends advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time, earning relatively easy straight-set victories in the fourth round.

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates as she defeats Germany's Julia Georges during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Saturday, June 2, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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Serena Williams overwhelms Julia Goerges at French Open; Maria Sharapova next

Serena Williams produced the best performance so far in her return to Grand Slam tennis and easily reached the fourth round.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by CAROLINE BLUMBERG/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9698335eo) Alexander Zverev of Germany plays Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina during their men?s third round match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 01 June 2018. French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros, Paris, France - 01 Jun 2018

FRENCH OPEN

Second seed Alexander Zverev dodges upset in third round of French Open

Zverev lost two of the first three sets and survived two match points to beat Damir Dzumhur.

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Australia's Ashleigh Barty in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

FRENCH OPEN

Serena Williams needs three sets to advance to third round at French Open

Rafael Nadal cruised into third round with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Guido Pella of Argentina.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 30: Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves during the mens singles second round match against Jaume Munar of Spain during day four of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on May 30, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

FRENCH OPEN

Novak Djokovic fights to regain his championship form

The 12-time major champion reached the third round as he continues his comeback from elbow surgery.

Serena Williams of the U.S. clenches her fist after scoring a point against Krystina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

FRENCH OPEN

Serena Williams wins her opener in return to French Open

In her first Grand Slam match since giving birth last September, Williams defeated Kristyna Pliskova in straight sets.

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka reacts after losing the men's singles first round match against Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, on day two of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTCHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images

FRENCH OPEN

Stan Wawrinka is ousted in first round of French Open

The former champ fell in five sets, but Novak Djokovic fared much better, winning in three.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (9694570gk) Venus Williams of the USA in action against Qiang Wang of China during their women?s first round match during the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 27 May 2018. French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros, Paris, France - 27 May 2018

FRENCH OPEN

Venus, defending champion Ostapenko ousted in opening round

Ostapenko joins rare company: a defending champion of a Grand Slam event eliminated in the first round.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko plays a return to Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova during their women's singles first round match on day one of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTCHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images

FRENCH OPEN

Defending champ Jelena Ostapenko loses opener; Venus Williams ousted, too

Ostapenko is only the sixth reigning women’s champion to exit in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament in the professional era.

TENNIS

A cross-country road trip for the love of the game

At age 85, Dick Mount, the longtime tennis pro and former Brookline girls’ varsity coach, has just completed a 17,410-mile trip to raise money for youth tennis.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24: Serena Williams of the United States plays a backhand during a practice session ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

SPORTS LOG

French Open draw is announced

Former champs Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova could meet in the fourth round.

In this photo taken on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Serena Williams returns to Naomi Osaka of Japan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Serena Williams' coach says she will play the French Open beginning in two weeks. The tournament will mark the 23-time Grand Slam champion's first major since returning to the tour from maternity leave. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou tells the WTA tour's website,

Sports Log

Serena Williams expected to play first major at French Open

After a 14-month maternity leave, the 23-time Grand Slam champion poised to return to Roland Garros.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by KIKO HUESCA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9669387bc) Petra Kvitova 2018 Madrid Open tennis tournament, Spain - 12 May 2018 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic celebrates after defeating Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in their final match of the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, 12 May 2018.

SPORTS LOG

Petra Kvitova captures third Madrid Open title

The two-time Wimbledon winner became the first woman with a trio of Madrid titles.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by KIKO HUESCA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9668844v) Rafael Nadal 2018 Madrid Open tennis tournament, Spain - 11 May 2018 Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after losing his quarter final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, 11 May 2018.

SPORTS LOG

Rafael Nadal’s clay streak ends with Madrid defeat

Nadal will lose world No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer with his loss to Dominic Thiem.

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 15: Venus Williams of the United States hits a backhand in a quarterfinal win over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Roger Federer, Venus Williams roll into semifinals at Indian Wells

Showing very few signs of their ages, the tennis legends beat their quarterfinal opponents in straight sets.

Ken Flach, tennis star; played on top-ranked men’s doubles team in 1980s

Mr. Flach won three major titles with Robert Seguso and the pair captured the gold medal in doubles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeNorth: Noteworthy performances

Andover’s Drew Farris was named to the Northeast-10 Conference weekly honor roll after pitching five shutout innings for Saint Michael’s College.

Serena Williams prepares to hit a forehand to Zarina Diyas during the first round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Crystal Chatham)

Serena Williams wins first match in comeback at Indians Wells

Williams beat Zarina Diyas, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round after a 14-month layoff from tournament tennis because of the birth of her child.

Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a forehand return to Netherlands Robin Haase during their quarter-final singles tennis match for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam on February 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

SPORTS LOG

Roger Federer will top tennis rankings after five-year absence

The 36-year-old will become the oldest player in history — male or female — to top the world rankings.

Roger Federer celebrated after winning his sixth Australian Open title.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Roger Federer captures sixth Australian Open title

Federer beat Marin Cilic, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, on Sunday in Melbourne.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki becomes tearful after defeating Romania's Simona Halep in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win first Grand Slam title

Wozniacki defeated Halep, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-4, in final on Saturday.

Switzerland's Roger Federer hits a return against South Korea's Chung Hyeon during their men's singles semi-finals match on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Open

Roger Federer advances to record 7th Aussie Open final

Hyeon Chung retired in the second set of their semifinal because of blisters on his left foot.

(FILES) This combination of file photographs created on January 25, 2018, shows (L) Romania's Simona Halep as she hits a return against Germany's Angelique Kerber during their women's singles semi-finals match on day 11 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 25, 2018 and (R) shows Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki as she hits a return against Belgium's Elise Mertens during their women's singles semi-finals match on day 11 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 25, 2018. Simona Halep survived a three-set thriller against Angelique Kerber to set up a winner-takes-all Australian Open final against Caroline Wozniacki, on January 27, 2018, where the number one ranking will be on the line. / AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

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Showdown for the ages in Australian Open women’s final

Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki will be playing for a first Grand Slam title and the No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis.

Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates beating Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych in their men's singles quarter-finals match on day 10 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Roger Federer reaches Australian Open semifinals

Federer will face 21-year-old Hyeon Chung, the first South Korean to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.

South Korea's Hyeon Chung addresses the crowd after his win against Tennys Sandgren of the US in their men's singles quarter-finals match on day 10 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 24, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Greg Wood / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Hyeon Chung makes history on his way to semifinals

Top-ranked Simona Halep won to set a semifinal against 2016 champion Angelique Kerber.

Belgium's Elise Mertens celebrates after defeating Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Australian Open

Elise Mertens rolls into semifinals

The Belgian was one of the biggest movers on the women’s tour in 2017, improving from 120 to 35

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 22: Madison Keys of the United States plays a forehand in her fourth round match against Caroline Garcia of France on day eight of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Australian Open

Madison Keys breezes into quarterfinals

Keys became the only American woman to reach the fourth round after her 6-3, 6-2 victory Monday over Caroline Garcia.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates winning her fourth round match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia on day seven of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Australian Open

Caroline Wozniacki reaches quarterfinals

The second seed beat Magdelena Rybarikova to advance and has a chance to regain the women’s No. 1 ranking.

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams tells Vogue that she dealt with a medical scare right after the birth of her daughter. In a story in the magazine's February issue and posted Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, on Vogue.com , Williams discusses developing several small blood clots in her lungs while in the hospital after Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. was born in September. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

SPORTS LOG

Serena Williams reveals health scare

The tennis superstar told Vogue magazine she developed blood clots in her lungs following the birth of her child.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MARK CRISTINO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9326455ah) Madison Keys Tennis Australian Open 2018, Melbourne, Australia - 20 Jan 2018 Madison Keys of the USA in action during her third round match against Ana Bogdan of Romania at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 20 January 2018. Keys won the match.

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Madison Keys moves on to fourth round

The 17th seed clinched a victory over Ana Bogdan on her first match point.

Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk hits a forehand return to compatriot Elina Svitolina during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Teenager’s amazing run at Australian Open ends

Elina Svitolina ousted 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk, the youngest player to win main-draw matches since 1996.

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts after beating Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff in their men's singles second round match on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Australian Open

Searing heat Down Under no sweat for Roger Federer

Amid complaints about brutal temperatures, Federer played it cool in second-round victory over Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in men’s singles.

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov celebrates after defeating United States' Mackenzie McDonald in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Grigor Dimitrov avoids upset at Australian Open

Mackenzie McDonald, ranked 186th, pushed the third-seeded Dimitrov to 8-6 in the fifth set.

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki reacts after beating Croatia's Jana Fett in their women's singles second round match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Caroline Wozniacki avoids huge upset with major comeback

The No. 2 seed fended off two match points and rallied from 5-1 down in the third set to beat Jana Fett

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after she won over Germany's Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Australian Open

Maria Sharapova victorious in return to Australian Open

American women continue to struggle, with two victories in first 14 matches.

Venus Williams served to Belinda Bencic during Monday’s match.

Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens out at Australian Open

Day 1 was not good for the Americans.

Boston, MA - 12/16/2017 - (overtime period) New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) provided the screen on the game winning overtime goal by New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), not pictured.The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 17Rangers-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.376523049.

SPORTS LOG

Rangers’ Chris Kreider to undergo surgery

The former Boston College star will have a section of the first rib under his collarbone removed and will be sidelined indefinitely.