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, ...

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 ...