Serena gets scare from Watson

Jul 4, 2015

Serena gets scare from Watson

The needle on the Wimbledon Richter scale sat poised and ready but Serena Williams dug deep into her battle-hardened playbook to ensure there was no earth-shuddering shock at the hands of scurrying Briton Heather Watson on Friday. With the shockwaves of Rafa Nadal’s exit ...

Nishikori prevails in five-set battle with Bolelli in opener

Jun 30, 2015

Nishikori prevails in five-set battle with Bolelli in opener

Fifth seed Kei Nishikori overcame a leg injury to reach the Wimbledon second round on Monday in a grueling five-set win over Italy’s Simone Bolelli. Nishikori, who needed his left calf strapped in the final set, triumphed over the world No. 56 in a ...

Jun 26, 2015

Djokovic, three rivals placed on opposite sides of draw

Defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided his three biggest traditional rivals in the Wimbledon draw on Friday as the other members of tennis’ “Big Four” were all placed on the opposite side. Serena Williams had no such luck in the women’s draw, where she may ...

Williams overcomes illness, Safarova to win French Open

Jun 7, 2015

Williams overcomes illness, Safarova to win French Open

What started out as a stroll became quite a struggle for Serena Williams. After going up by a set and two breaks in the French Open final Saturday, she double-faulted away that lead. Then, suddenly, she trailed in the third set. As the tension ...

Serena guts it out, will meet Safarova in final

Jun 5, 2015

Serena guts it out, will meet Safarova in final

At changeovers in her French Open semifinal, an ill Serena Williams walked ever so slowly to the sideline, where even lowering herself to sit down seemed difficult. With the temperature nearing 30 C on the hottest day of the tournament, she pressed white towels ...

Djokovic, Nadal set to clash in quarters

Jun 2, 2015

Djokovic, Nadal set to clash in quarters

From the moment the French Open draw was made more than a week ago, this is the match the tennis world has been awaiting: No. 1 Novak Djokovic against nine-time champion Rafael Nadal. Except instead of the final, Wednesday’s blockbuster will come in the ...

Williams survives upset bid

May 31, 2015

Williams survives upset bid

At the outset, Serena Williams was grimacing and cursing and, worst of all, losing by a lot. Then, suddenly, the 19-time Grand Slam singles champion was putting shots right where she wanted, imposing her will as only she can. And the only anger Williams ...

Djokovic, Nadal start French Open with comfortable wins

May 27, 2015

Djokovic, Nadal start French Open with comfortable wins

If anyone at the French Open needed a reminder, Novak Djokovic was on court to show what champions are made of. Returning to Roland Garros a year after he lost in the final to Rafael Nadal, the Serb posted a convincing 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 ...

May 14, 2015

Murray, Serena Williams withdraw from Italian Open

Andy Murray and Serena Williams pulled out of the Italian Open on Thursday ahead of their third-round matches. Murray said he was tired, while Williams claimed she was suffering with an elbow injury. “I practiced 40 minutes and felt pretty exhausted,” Murray told a ...

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 ...

Serena sweeps by Suarez Navarro for eighth Miami Open title

Apr 5, 2015

Serena sweeps by Suarez Navarro for eighth Miami Open title

Clutching her latest trophy, Serena Williams brushed confetti from her arms and smiled for the cameras as she chatted with Martina Navratilova, her relaxed multitasking a reflection of vast experience with championship ceremonies. Williams wins everywhere she goes, and she wins on Key Biscayne ...

Isner blasts past Nishikori

Apr 3, 2015

Isner blasts past Nishikori

American John Isner rained down 13 aces in a dominating performance to defeat Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-3 and book a spot in the Miami Open semifinals on Thursday. Isner, whose year has been modest at best, has exploded into form on the hard courts ...