Sep 28, 2016

Serena speaks out against police killings

Star tennis player Serena Williams says she “won’t be silent” about the killing of black men by police officers. Williams wrote on Facebook on Tuesday that she was inspired to speak out after asking her black 18-year-old nephew to drive her to a meeting. ...

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 ...

Wawrinka beats emotional del Potro to reach semis

Sep 8, 2016

Wawrinka beats emotional del Potro to reach semis

Juan Martin del Potro’s magical month ended as it began — with the big Argentine crying on the court. This time, he wiped away tears with the match still going. Stan Wawrinka was about to serve out a four-set victory to usher an exhausted ...

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 ...

Svitolina shocks Serena in third round

Aug 10, 2016

Svitolina shocks Serena in third round

Out of sorts and out of answers, defending champion Serena Williams is out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Shanking shots of all sorts, including five — yes, five! — double faults in one game alone, Williams lost to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, ...

Aug 4, 2016

Djokovic, stunned by pullouts, hopes for gold

Novak Djokovic admitted Wednesday he was surprised that five of the world’s top 10 had pulled out of Rio but insisted a first career gold medal would “mean the world to me.” The world No. 1 can complete the Golden Slam of all four ...

Jul 10, 2016

Graf praises Serena for 'incredible performance'

Steffi Graf hailed Serena Williams for an “incredible performance” in matching her long-standing Open era record of 22 Grand Slam wins. Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Graf’s German compatriot Angelique Kerber at the All England Club on ...