Serena reflects on triumph

Jan 29, 2017

Serena reflects on triumph

Serena Williams says her rise to become perhaps the greatest player of all time is all down to mental strength and never giving up, a trait learned from Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. The dominant American now holds more Grand Slam titles in the ...

Veterans roll into semifinals

Jan 25, 2017

Veterans roll into semifinals

The last time Serena Williams and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni played each other, nearly two decades ago at Wimbledon, they were both precocious teenagers just starting their tennis careers. Now, the two 30-something women will meet again in the semifinals of the Australian Open, a tournament ...

Nadal rallies past Zverev to reach fourth round

Jan 21, 2017

Nadal rallies past Zverev to reach fourth round

Rafael Nadal held back time, for one tournament at least, when he rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-2 win over German teenager Alexander Zverev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. The 14-time major winner is on a comeback ...

Gymnast Biles voted Female Athlete of Year

Dec 27, 2016

Gymnast Biles voted Female Athlete of Year

Simone Biles tried to treat the 2016 Summer Olympics like just your average ordinary gymnastics meet. So what if the stage and the stakes were different? The floor was still the floor. The vault still the vault. The uneven bars still uneven. The balance ...

Blossoming star Osaka keeping things fun on court

Sep 20, 2016

Blossoming star Osaka keeping things fun on court

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On a day when Naomi Osaka reminded a group of young tennis players from northeastern Japan to remember that tennis is a game and should be fun, she spoke about her experiences as she climbed the rankings this summer. In her U.S. Open debut ...

Pliskova stuns Serena in U.S. Open semifinals

Sep 9, 2016

Pliskova stuns Serena in U.S. Open semifinals

For the second year in a row, Serena Williams’ bid to make history ended with a shocking loss in the U.S. Open semifinals. A seventh title at Flushing Meadows, which would have been an Open-era record, will have to wait. So will a 23rd ...

Nishikori cuts down Karlovic, makes quarterfinals

Sep 6, 2016

Nishikori cuts down Karlovic, makes quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori felled the towering Ivo Karlovic of Croatia with surgical precision in a straight-sets win on Monday that lifted the sixth seed to the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Nishikori, the U.S. Open runnerup two years ago, beat Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in the ...

Serena breaks record with win over Larsson

Sep 4, 2016

Serena breaks record with win over Larsson

Serena Williams sped past another milestone Saturday, dominating Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-1 to surpass Martina Navratilova for most Grand Slam wins by a woman with 307. Not only has world No. 1 surpassed Navratilova, she matched Roger Federer’s mark for men. “To be ...

Nishikori reaches third round at U.S. Open

Sep 2, 2016

Nishikori reaches third round at U.S. Open

Kei Nishikori battled for the second match in succession before claiming his place in the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. The sixth-seeded Nishikori, the runnerup in New York in 2014, dropped his second set but came through 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 ...

Djokovic has wrist injury

Aug 27, 2016

Djokovic has wrist injury

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams face challenging early tests at the U.S. Open following Friday’s draws for the year’s last Grand Slam starting on Monday. Djokovic, who has been bothered by a wrist injury, faces towering Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in his ...