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 ...

Serena rolls by Bouchard

More Sports / Tennis Oct 25, 2014

Serena rolls by Bouchard

Serena Williams rebounded from the worst beating of her professional career to rout Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Thursday, yet her title defense remain in the balance. Williams was humbled by Simona Halep the previous day, when the 18-time Grand Slam ...

Halep storms past Serena

More Sports / Tennis Oct 23, 2014

Halep storms past Serena

Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday in one of the most one-sided losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career. The last time Williams managed to win just two games in a WTA Tour or Grand ...

Halep routs Serena at WTA Finals

More Sports / Tennis Oct 22, 2014

Halep routs Serena at WTA Finals

Serena Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday in one of the most one-sided losses of the 18-time Grand Slam champion's career. The last time Williams managed to win just two games in a WTA Tour or Grand ...

Serena takes opener at finals

More Sports / Tennis Oct 21, 2014

Serena takes opener at finals

A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official — none of it could stop Serena Williams from extending her winning streak at the WTA Finals. The three-time defending champion made it 16 straight victories at the season-ending championships by beating ...

More Sports / Tennis Oct 18, 2014

Tarpischev gets one-year WTA ban

Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev has been fined $25,000 by the WTA Tour and suspended from tour involvement for a year for questioning Venus and Serena Williams' gender in comments on Russian television. The WTA Tour said Friday that it is seeking Tarpischev's removal ...