Kerber, Germans celebrate

Jan 31, 2016

Kerber, Germans celebrate

After all the advice that Steffi Graf gave her, Angelique Kerber was able to return a favor to the retired champion on Saturday. Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era is intact — for now — after Kerber staged ...

Kerber shocks Serena in Australian Open final

Jan 30, 2016

Kerber shocks Serena in Australian Open final

A tearful Angelique Kerber stunned an errant Serena Williams to win the Australian Open on Saturday and thwart the American top seed’s bid to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam titles. In a huge upset, the seventh seed toppled the 34-year-old ...

Serena, Kerber set up Australian final clash

Jan 28, 2016

Serena, Kerber set up Australian final clash

Serena Williams is one win away from another Grand Slam milestone after beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal that was almost a non-contest between the players who’ll be Nos. 1 and 3 in the next women’s rankings. If Williams wins ...

Match-fixing allegations overshadow first day of Australian Open

Jan 18, 2016

Match-fixing allegations overshadow first day of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic recalled his own brush with match-fixing, as the start of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament was overshadowed by corruption allegations. Djokovic started his bid for a sixth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South ...

Jan 4, 2016

Serena skips Hopman Cup opening match

Serena Williams withdrew from her opening match at the Hopman Cup because of inflammation in her left knee, an early setback in preparations for her Australian Open title defense. No. 1-ranked Williams practiced Monday ahead of her scheduled season-opener against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine ...

Serena top female athlete again

Dec 26, 2015

Serena top female athlete again

Serena Williams spent a good portion of 2015 deflecting questions about whether she could complete the Grand Slam. After coming oh-so-close, she can acknowledge how much she cared about the rare feat. “I wanted it. But . . . winning one (major title) is ...

Dec 22, 2015

Djokovic, Williams recognized for excellence

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named ITF World Champions for 2015, after both players won three Grand Slam titles this year. Djokovic won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, amassing a career-best total of 11 titles in 2015 and an ...

Radwanska ousts Halep from WTA Finals

Oct 29, 2015

Radwanska ousts Halep from WTA Finals

Agnieszka Radwanska sent top seed Simona Halep crashing out of the WTA Finals on Thursday with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win, which also put a resurgent Maria Sharapova into the semi-finals. But despite her 500th career victory, Poland’s Radwanska now faces an anxious wait ...

Oct 2, 2015

Serena to skip rest of tennis season

Serena Williams finally signaled her anguish at letting slip a calendar-year Grand Slam on Thursday as she brought her season to an early close, passing up a hefty financial windfall. Williams pulled out of both the China Open and the year-ending WTA Finals, saying ...

Pennetta savors first Grand Slam triumph

Sep 14, 2015

Pennetta savors first Grand Slam triumph

Even Flavia Pennetta was a tiny bit disappointed that Serena Williams didn’t complete the first Grand Slam since 1988 at the U.S. Open. “Of course,” she said hours after she won her first major title in her final chance before retiring — well aware ...

Unheralded Vinci stuns Serena in U.S. Open semis

Sep 12, 2015

Unheralded Vinci stuns Serena in U.S. Open semis

For Serena Williams’ first 26 matches this year at major tournaments, no deficit was too daunting, no opponent too troublesome, no victory too far from reach. She was unbeaten and, seemingly, unbeatable, nearing the first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century. All Williams ...

Serena not looking past U.S. Open semifinal opponent Vinci

Sep 11, 2015

Serena not looking past U.S. Open semifinal opponent Vinci

Let everyone else go ahead and assume Serena Williams will beat Roberta Vinci of Italy in the U.S. Open semifinals. Williams, at least publicly, is not taking anything for granted as she closes in on tennis’ first Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century. ...