Djokovic tops Nadal in final

More Sports / Tennis May 19, 2014

Djokovic tops Nadal in final

Novak Djokovic extended his recent dominance over Rafael Nadal by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday to win the Italian Open for the third time — then dedicated the title to his flood-hit native Serbia. Having also been beaten in Monte Carlo and ...

Nadal battles into quarters

More Sports / Tennis May 16, 2014

Nadal battles into quarters

Rafael Nadal was pushed to three sets for the second consecutive match before ultimately prevailing on Thursday to set up a Rome Masters quarterfinal against Andy Murray. The top-ranked Nadal dropped behind a set and a break against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, then took 11 ...

Serena, Nadal advance with minimum of fuss

More Sports / Tennis May 8, 2014

Serena, Nadal advance with minimum of fuss

Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the Madrid Open third round with their title defenses facing little strain on Wednesday, while Andy Murray made a successful return to clay after nearly a year's absence. Williams broke Shuai Peng three times in a 6-2, 6-3 ...

Serena beats Li to win title

More Sports / Tennis Mar 30, 2014

Serena beats Li to win title

The celebration began with a series of happy hops that propelled Serena Williams across the court. Soon she was twirling, waving, laughing and mugging for the cameras — a familiar ritual by a perennial champion. Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title Saturday when ...

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

More Sports / Tennis Mar 28, 2014

Williams rolls by Sharapova again

Between points, Serena Williams stood motionless behind the baseline with her back to the net, as if trying to match — or mimic — the methodical ritual of her opponent, Maria Sharapova. They took turns waiting on each other, the pace of play plodding, which ...

Nole on target in heat

More Sports / Tennis Jan 15, 2014

Nole on target in heat

Novak Djokovic stayed on track for a fourth consecutive Australian Open singles title with a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win Wednesday over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina. Advancing to the third round with his 26th consecutive match win, Djokovic had a brief scare while serving at 3-0 ...

Williams opens season with win

More Sports / Tennis Dec 31, 2013

Williams opens season with win

Serena Williams did a quick little dance behind the baseline to remind herself to move her feet. After a complete air swing at the net in the second set, she smiled ruefully and drew in some long, deep breaths. She netted a service return on ...

Stars seeking strong starts

More Sports / Tennis Dec 30, 2013

Stars seeking strong starts

After pulling out of the Brisbane International with injuries in recent seasons, Maria Sharapova is aiming to use the season-opening tournament this time as a springboard for her comeback and to see how her new support crew works in competition. Sharapova has only played one ...

Serena wins third AP Athlete of Year award

More Sports / Tennis Dec 26, 2013

Serena wins third AP Athlete of Year award

Serena Williams likes to make one thing clear: She is never satisfied, no matter how many matches and tournaments she wins. Driven as ever, Williams won plenty this year. She went 78-4 with 11 titles, including at the French Open and U.S. Open to raise ...