Serena sent packing in third round

Jun 29, 2014

Serena sent packing in third round

All of a sudden, Serena Williams is failing to stick around for long at Grand Slam tournaments. Betrayed by her backhand and, more surprisingly, her usually dangerous serve, five-time Wimbledon champion Williams lost to 25th-seeded Alize Cornet of France 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday in ...

Nishikori advances to third round

Jun 26, 2014

Nishikori advances to third round

Kei Nishikori cruised into the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday after dispatching American qualifier Denis Kudla with ease 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. It was the third consecutive year that Nishikori reached the third round at the All England Club. After a slightly rocky start, ...

Serena shocked in 2nd round

May 29, 2014

Serena shocked in 2nd round

Defending champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams was knocked out of the French Open by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday as the American star stumbled to her second worst Grand Slam defeat ever. The top seed lost 6-2, 6-2 in the second round ...

Serena, Venus both knocked out of French Open in second round

May 28, 2014

Serena, Venus both knocked out of French Open in second round

Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early. The American sisters both lost in the second round on Wednesday, each being outplayed by little-known opponents at Roland Garros. ...

Federer, Williams sisters cruise as French Open gets started

May 26, 2014

Federer, Williams sisters cruise as French Open gets started

Roger Federer’s 4-year-old twins, Myla and Riva, hung in there for about 20 minutes Sunday in his guest box at Court Philippe Chatrier, long enough to see Daddy take control of his French Open match. Wearing matching white dresses with black polka dots, the ...

Djokovic tops Nadal in final

May 19, 2014

Djokovic tops Nadal in final

Novak Djokovic extended his recent dominance over Rafael Nadal by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday to win the Italian Open for the third time — then dedicated the title to his flood-hit native Serbia. Having also been beaten in Monte Carlo ...

Nadal battles into quarters

May 16, 2014

Nadal battles into quarters

Rafael Nadal was pushed to three sets for the second consecutive match before ultimately prevailing on Thursday to set up a Rome Masters quarterfinal against Andy Murray. The top-ranked Nadal dropped behind a set and a break against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, then took ...

Serena, Nadal advance with minimum of fuss

May 8, 2014

Serena, Nadal advance with minimum of fuss

Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the Madrid Open third round with their title defenses facing little strain on Wednesday, while Andy Murray made a successful return to clay after nearly a year’s absence. Williams broke Shuai Peng three times in a 6-2, ...

Serena beats Li to win title

Mar 30, 2014

Serena beats Li to win title

The celebration began with a series of happy hops that propelled Serena Williams across the court. Soon she was twirling, waving, laughing and mugging for the cameras — a familiar ritual by a perennial champion. Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title Saturday ...

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Mar 28, 2014

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Between points, Serena Williams stood motionless behind the baseline with her back to the net, as if trying to match — or mimic — the methodical ritual of her opponent, Maria Sharapova. They took turns waiting on each other, the pace of play plodding, ...

Serena, Sharapova make quarters; Nadal thrashes Istomin

Mar 25, 2014

Serena, Sharapova make quarters; Nadal thrashes Istomin

World No. 1 Serena Williams breezed into the quarterfinals of the Sony Open on Monday, while Russian fourth seed Maria Sharapova battled through three sets to advance. Top-seeded defending champion Williams routed American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1 in 78 minutes to book a ...

Serena survives tough first set to begin Sony Open with win

Mar 21, 2014

Serena survives tough first set to begin Sony Open with win

Serena Williams capitalized on a critical double-fault by Yaroslava Shvedova to survive a 69-minute first set and win her opening match at the Sony Open 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 on Thursday. “It was an incredibly tough first set,” Williams said. “I just needed to relax ...