Nishikori stays hot in Miami

More Sports / Tennis Mar 31, 2015

Nishikori stays hot in Miami

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the third round of the Miami Open on Monday. Nishikori, the tournament's fourth seed, converted five of six break chances against the 39th-ranked Troicki and sealed the win with ...

Djokovic survives scare; Nishikori rolls in Miami

More Sports / Tennis Mar 29, 2015

Djokovic survives scare; Nishikori rolls in Miami

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic survived a second-set uprising from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 on Saturday. Djokovic, who is aiming to follow up last week's win at Indian Wells with his fifth triumph at ...

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

More Sports / Tennis Mar 19, 2015

Nishikori falls to lefty Lopez

World No. 5 Kei Nishikori lost in straight sets to Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. After rallying to defeat Fernando Verdasco in Monday's third round, Nishikori could not overcome Verdasco's countryman and fellow big-serving lefty ...

Serena rallies past Stephens

More Sports / Tennis Mar 18, 2015

Serena rallies past Stephens

Struggling with her serve and a rash of errors, Serena Williams overcame a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, extending her winning streak to 14 matches. Maria Sharapova struggled mightily, ...

Ruthless Serena makes short work of rising star Diyas

More Sports / Tennis Mar 16, 2015

Ruthless Serena makes short work of rising star Diyas

Serena Williams is settling right into the BNP Paribas Open, producing a quick, business-like effort in advancing to the fourth round Sunday while enjoying her return after a 14-year absence. She beat up-and-comer Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-2, 6-0 in 53 minutes, a routine affair ...

More Sports / Tennis Mar 14, 2015

Serena triumphs in Indian Wells return

Serena Williams beat Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 in her first match at Indian Wells in 14 years Friday night, receiving a warm welcome in sharp contrast to the booing that drove her away as a teenager. Williams rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the first ...

Serena, Sharapova book spots in Australian Open final

More Sports / Tennis 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, dominated ...

Nishikori tops Ferrer to reach quarterfinals

More Sports / Tennis Jan 26, 2015

Nishikori tops Ferrer to reach quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori earned an Australian Open quarterfinal date with Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka after defeating Spanish No. 9 seed David Ferrer in straight sets on Monday. Nishikori, the fifth seed, ran the 32-year-old Spaniard ragged in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 fourth-round victory to set up a ...

Aussie Open draw looks good for Nole, Serena

More Sports / Tennis Jan 16, 2015

Aussie Open draw looks good for Nole, Serena

Novak Djokovic's chances of winning a fifth Australian Open title have been boosted by a kind draw in the opening week, while women's top seed Serena Williams kicks off her campaign here against 106th-ranked Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck. World No. 1 Djokovic faces a qualifier ...

Serena routs Halep in final

More Sports / Tennis Oct 27, 2014

Serena routs Halep in final

The lead-up to Sunday's championship match at the WTA Finals suggested Serena Williams would face a major challenge to beat Simona Halep, but then, the No. 1-ranked player has made a career out of performing at her best when it matters most. She did it ...

Serena, Halep showdown set

More Sports / Tennis Oct 26, 2014

Serena, Halep showdown set

After Serena Williams' embarrassing defeat to Simona Halep in the WTA Finals group stage, the American narrowed her eyes at the post-match news conference and said she was looking forward to having a chance to avenge the loss. She didn't have to wait long. The ...

Sharapova falls short

More Sports / Tennis Oct 25, 2014

Sharapova falls short

Serena Williams made the semifinals of the WTA Finals and earned the yearend No. 1 ranking without hitting a ball on Friday. Williams' fortune was at the expense of Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova. Ivanovic had a shot at reaching the semis, and Sharapova had ...