Serena rolls by Bouchard

Oct 25, 2014

Serena rolls by Bouchard

Serena Williams rebounded from the worst beating of her professional career to rout Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Thursday, yet her title defense remain in the balance. Williams was humbled by Simona Halep the previous day, when the 18-time Grand ...

In-shape Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova during WTA Finals

Oct 22, 2014

In-shape Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova during WTA Finals

Caroline Wozniacki credited her training for next month’s New York Marathon as a key factor in her victory over Maria Sharapova in a grueling three-set match in the WTA Finals on Tuesday. Wozniacki won 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 to beat Sharapova for the ...

Sharapova beats Kvitova for China Open title

Oct 5, 2014

Sharapova beats Kvitova for China Open title

Maria Sharapova outlasted Petra Kvitova 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in a hard-hitting, back-and-forth duel to win the China Open on Sunday and return to No. 2 in the rankings. The fourth-seeded Sharapova overcame 10 double-faults and a number of untimely errors to defeat Kvitova in ...

Wozniacki sends Sharapova packing

Sep 1, 2014

Wozniacki sends Sharapova packing

Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon. Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn’t keep up on a steamy Sunday at the ...

Federer sends Groth packing

Aug 30, 2014

Federer sends Groth packing

When Roger Federer smacked a backhand return winner off his opponent’s 142 mph (229 kph) serve Friday night, he glanced at the speed readout, just to find out exactly how difficult what he’d done had been. Then, later in his 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory ...

Stan rips fan during match

Aug 28, 2014

Stan rips fan during match

In the heat of the moment, locked in a suddenly tight match after midnight at Flushing Meadows, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka snapped at a rowdy spectator, telling him to “Shut up.” An hour later, his 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) victory over 91st-ranked ...

Murray battles through cramps for first-round victory

Aug 26, 2014

Murray battles through cramps for first-round victory

Spinning in 115-kph second serves, grabbing at his hamstring during points, Andy Murray gritted his way through head-to-toe cramps to win at the U.S. Open. Murray outlasted Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 7-5 in the first round Monday during an afternoon that was ...

Sharapova looks ahead

Jun 9, 2014

Sharapova looks ahead

With red clay still staining her shoes and socks, Maria Sharapova is already getting ready for the toughest transition in tennis. Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years on Saturday, beating Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 in the final at ...

Sharapova battles past Bouchard, into French Open final

Jun 6, 2014

Sharapova battles past Bouchard, into French Open final

Might be easier said than done. Still, Maria Sharapova offered a tidy aphorism to sum up the formula that’s carried her to a third consecutive French Open final. “It’s not how you finish a first set,” Sharapova said, “it’s how you finish the last ...

Sharapova digs deep to reach French Open semifinals

Jun 4, 2014

Sharapova digs deep to reach French Open semifinals

This is what Maria Sharapova does. She digs herself a big hole in a match, then figures a way out, no matter what it takes. She hits shots left-handed. Takes her time between points. Pumps her fists and screams “Come on!” after her opponent’s ...

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Mar 28, 2014

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Between points, Serena Williams stood motionless behind the baseline with her back to the net, as if trying to match — or mimic — the methodical ritual of her opponent, Maria Sharapova. They took turns waiting on each other, the pace of play plodding, ...

Serena, Sharapova make quarters; Nadal thrashes Istomin

Mar 25, 2014

Serena, Sharapova make quarters; Nadal thrashes Istomin

World No. 1 Serena Williams breezed into the quarterfinals of the Sony Open on Monday, while Russian fourth seed Maria Sharapova battled through three sets to advance. Top-seeded defending champion Williams routed American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1 in 78 minutes to book a ...