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, ...

Berdych puts away Nadal

Jan 27, 2015

Berdych puts away Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s lack of match fitness from nearly six months of inactivity finally caught up with the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Nadal was never much of a factor in his quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, losing ...

Nadal, Sharapova look sharp on way to quarterfinal berths

Jan 25, 2015

Nadal, Sharapova look sharp on way to quarterfinal berths

Maria Sharapova was all business as she raced into the Australian Open quarterfinals on Sunday to set up a glamor showdown with Eugenie Bouchard, as Rafael Nadal continued his unrelenting Grand Slam march. The Russian world No. 2 ended Chinese hopes by swatting aside ...

Nadal ousts Sela in third round

Jan 23, 2015

Nadal ousts Sela in third round

Rafael Nadal reached the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 win over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Friday, avoiding the fate that befell great rival Roger Federer, who had earlier lost to Andreas Seppi. Third-seeded Nadal had himself narrowly avoided ...

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 ...