Sharapova bundled out of French Open

Jun 1, 2015

Sharapova bundled out of French Open

Defending champion Maria Sharapova’s bid for a third French Open title in four years is over. Coughing between points on an overcast day, the second-seeded Sharapova was outplayed throughout a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 loss to 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in the ...

Federer  moves into 4th round

May 30, 2015

Federer moves into 4th round

Stepping onto center court to take on 88th-ranked Damir Dzumhur, Roger Federer was on his guard. The 17-time Grand Slam champion had been caught cold at a previous French Open by a player ranked as low as the 23-year-old Bosnian, and he made sure ...

Nishikori moves into 3rd round with victory in straight sets

May 28, 2015

Nishikori moves into 3rd round with victory in straight sets

Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round of the French Open for the first time in two years on Wednesday with a straight-sets victory over Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci. The fifth seed Nishikori defeated Bellucci, a left-handed clay-court specialist ranked 40th in the world, 7-5, ...

Sharapova, Berdych advance to 2nd round

May 26, 2015

Sharapova, Berdych advance to 2nd round

Maria Sharapova was unfazed by the boos she heard when leaving the center court of Roland Garros on Monday without treating the crowd to a post-match interview. After all, she had good reasons to rush to the locker room. Battling a cold that had ...

French Open draw tough on Nadal

May 23, 2015

French Open draw tough on Nadal

The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris. The draw Friday could hardly have been more unkind for the ...

Kei powers into Madrid semis

May 9, 2015

Kei powers into Madrid semis

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori moved into the semifinals of the Madrid Open for the second year in a row on Friday with a straight-sets win over David Ferrer. Fourth-seeded Nishikori, beaten in the final here last year, won 6-4, 6-2 against the Spaniard ...

Sharapova reaches third round of Madrid Open

May 6, 2015

Sharapova reaches third round of Madrid Open

Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open by beating Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday. The third-seeded Russian and defending champion broke Duque-Marino’s serve four times while saving three break points on her own serve. “She is someone ...

Sharapova knocked out in second round at Miami Open

Mar 27, 2015

Sharapova knocked out in second round at Miami Open

Maria Sharapova is 0-5 in Key Biscayne finals. This year her loss came at the start. Seeded No. 2, Sharapova was upset in her opening match Thursday night by wild-card Daria Gavrilova, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. The 21-year-old Gavrilova, who was born in Moscow and ...

Nishikori moves to 4th round

Mar 17, 2015

Nishikori moves to 4th round

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori rallied to beat Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in three sets to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. No. 5 seed Nishikori, who had lost his two previous meetings against the 31st-ranked Verdasco, dropped the tiebreak ...

Nishikori into Mexico final, will rise to No. 4

Feb 28, 2015

Nishikori into Mexico final, will rise to No. 4

Kei Nishikori advanced to the final of the Mexico Open with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 semifinal victory over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on Friday, seizing a career-high world No. 4 ranking. Top seed Nishikori appeared to be cruising to an easy victory before the ...

Serena overpowers Sharapova for 19th Grand Slam title

Jan 31, 2015

Serena overpowers Sharapova for 19th Grand Slam title

Serena Williams won her sixth Australian Open and 19th career Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over bitter rival Maria Sharapova on Saturday, consolidating her place among the game’s legends. The 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) triumph means the American world No. 1 overtakes 18-time ...

Serena, Sharapova book spots in Australian Open final

Jan 29, 2015

Serena, Sharapova book spots in Australian Open final

Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes early and needed nine match points before beating Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova. Top-ranked Williams, bothered by a cold in recent days, ...