Jun 28, 2016

Serena begins title defense by beating Sadikovic

Defending champion Serena Williams stuttered to a low-key and error-strewn 6-2, 6-4 first-round victory over Swiss qualifier Amra Sadikovic on Tuesday. Looking ill-at-ease, as though her quest for an elusive 22nd Grand Slam title was weighing heavily on her shoulders, Williams struggled with her ...

Jun 7, 2016

Serena overtakes Sharpaova as world's highest-paid female athlete

Two days after her stunning loss to Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final, Serena Williams scored a different win on Monday, when Forbes Magazine reported she has overtaken Maria Sharapova as the world’s highest-paid sportswoman. Williams earned $28.9 million over the past 12 ...

Muguruza wins French Open, denying Williams 22nd major title

Jun 5, 2016

Muguruza wins French Open, denying Williams 22nd major title

The day before the French Open final, Serena Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, was discussing whether his player would need to lift her level to beat Garbine Muguruza and collect a record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam title. “I don’t know why everybody’s so impressed with Garbine,” ...

Serena conquers Bertens to reach French Open final

Jun 3, 2016

Serena conquers Bertens to reach French Open final

Serena Williams overcome the gritty challenge of unseeded Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 on Friday to reach the French Open final, putting the world No. 1 just one match away from a record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam singles title. Williams, who won the first ...

Williams rallies past Putintseva to reach semifinals

Jun 3, 2016

Williams rallies past Putintseva to reach semifinals

Serena Williams’ chest was heaving between points. Her footwork wasn’t quite right. Miscue followed miscue, until she was a set and a break down in the French Open quarterfinals. Then, as she so often does, Williams came through when she needed to, moving closer ...

Djokovic passes $100 million mark at French Open

Jun 1, 2016

Djokovic passes $100 million mark at French Open

Novak Djokovic had 100 million reasons to celebrate reaching the French Open quarterfinals on Wednesday — albeit two days later than expected — as players made a mad dash to clear the fourth-round backlog created by the fickle Parisian weather. The Serbian world No. ...

Serena edges Mladenovic in third round

May 29, 2016

Serena edges Mladenovic in third round

Serena Williams was ahead, yes, but hardly at her best, when claps of thunder and a heavy downpour interrupted her third-round French Open match at a critical juncture. During what turned out to be a delay of more than 2½ hours right before a ...

Serena, Venus advance to next round in Paris

May 27, 2016

Serena, Venus advance to next round in Paris

First it was Serena Williams’ turn to overpower an opponent 6-2, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Shortly after that was over Thursday, her older sister Venus entered the very same French Open arena and won by the very same score. A bit like old ...

Serena cruises as top competitors stumble at French Open

May 25, 2016

Serena cruises as top competitors stumble at French Open

Even before Serena Williams quickly and easily seized control of her first-round match Tuesday, things were shaping up rather well for her at the French Open. Williams’ bid for her 22nd Grand Slam title, which would equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record, began with a ...

Nishikori raring to go in Paris

May 21, 2016

Nishikori raring to go in Paris

A string of good results on clay this spring has world No. 6 Kei Nishikori excited about the upcoming French Open. Speaking to reporters after Friday’s draw, Nishikori said he was fit and in peak form after reaching a pair of masters semifinals in ...

Murray sinks Djokovic in Rome final

May 16, 2016

Murray sinks Djokovic in Rome final

Andy Murray celebrated his 29th birthday by beating Novak Djokovic on clay for the first time to win the Italian Open title Sunday in a match that Djokovic argued should have been stopped due to rain. Gaining a measure of revenge for his loss ...

Battling Nishikori falls to Djokovic in Rome semifinals

May 15, 2016

Battling Nishikori falls to Djokovic in Rome semifinals

Kei Nishikori put up a brave fight before succumbing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Italian Open on Saturday. The 26-year-old Nishikori took the first set but Djokovic fought back in a three-hour thriller to win 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 ...