Serena tops Strycova to reach quarterfinals

Jan 23, 2017

Serena tops Strycova to reach quarterfinals

With her serve misfiring and the ball coming back at her from some irregular angles, it was time for Serena Williams to go to Plan B. Williams knuckled down and just scrapped her way to a 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 16-seeded Barbora Strycova ...

Nadal rallies past Zverev to reach fourth round

Jan 21, 2017

Nadal rallies past Zverev to reach fourth round

Rafael Nadal held back time, for one tournament at least, when he rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 6-2 win over German teenager Alexander Zverev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. The 14-time major winner is on a comeback ...

Dec 30, 2016

Serena announces engagement

Court and spark: Serena Williams is tying the knot. The tennis great announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian on Thursday, posting a poem on Reddit that she accepted the proposal of the social news website’s co-founder. Williams’ agent, Jill Smoller, confirmed the engagement in ...

Gymnast Biles voted Female Athlete of Year

Dec 27, 2016

Gymnast Biles voted Female Athlete of Year

Simone Biles tried to treat the 2016 Summer Olympics like just your average ordinary gymnastics meet. So what if the stage and the stakes were different? The floor was still the floor. The vault still the vault. The uneven bars still uneven. The balance ...

Blossoming star Osaka keeping things fun on court

Sep 20, 2016

Blossoming star Osaka keeping things fun on court

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On a day when Naomi Osaka reminded a group of young tennis players from northeastern Japan to remember that tennis is a game and should be fun, she spoke about her experiences as she climbed the rankings this summer. In her U.S. Open debut ...

Pliskova stuns Serena in U.S. Open semifinals

Sep 9, 2016

Pliskova stuns Serena in U.S. Open semifinals

For the second year in a row, Serena Williams’ bid to make history ended with a shocking loss in the U.S. Open semifinals. A seventh title at Flushing Meadows, which would have been an Open-era record, will have to wait. So will a 23rd ...

Nishikori cuts down Karlovic, makes quarterfinals

Sep 6, 2016

Nishikori cuts down Karlovic, makes quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori felled the towering Ivo Karlovic of Croatia with surgical precision in a straight-sets win on Monday that lifted the sixth seed to the U.S. Open quarterfinals. Nishikori, the U.S. Open runnerup two years ago, beat Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in the ...

Serena breaks record with win over Larsson

Sep 4, 2016

Serena breaks record with win over Larsson

Serena Williams sped past another milestone Saturday, dominating Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-2, 6-1 to surpass Martina Navratilova for most Grand Slam wins by a woman with 307. Not only has world No. 1 surpassed Navratilova, she matched Roger Federer’s mark for men. “To be ...

Nishikori reaches third round at U.S. Open

Sep 2, 2016

Nishikori reaches third round at U.S. Open

Kei Nishikori battled for the second match in succession before claiming his place in the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. The sixth-seeded Nishikori, the runnerup in New York in 2014, dropped his second set but came through 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 ...

Djokovic has wrist injury

Aug 27, 2016

Djokovic has wrist injury

Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams face challenging early tests at the U.S. Open following Friday’s draws for the year’s last Grand Slam starting on Monday. Djokovic, who has been bothered by a wrist injury, faces towering Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in his ...

Svitolina shocks Serena in third round

Aug 10, 2016

Svitolina shocks Serena in third round

Out of sorts and out of answers, defending champion Serena Williams is out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Shanking shots of all sorts, including five — yes, five! — double faults in one game alone, Williams lost to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-4, ...