October 12, 2009 |
Novak Djokovic won the China Open with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic , and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia defeated Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-2, 6-4, in the women's final Sunday. The second-seeded Serb broke Cilic's serve in the sixth game and again in the eighth to take the first set following a 90-minute rain delay. The second set was much tighter, with each breaking the other's serve three times to force the tiebreaker. But Cilic then struggled, and his return at 6-4 went wide, giving Djokovic the win. "My patience and the choice of certain shots and a little more experience than he has decided the winner today," said Djokovic, who has won all four matches between the two, all on hard courts.
July 6, 2012 |
Serena Williams, who will play Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on Saturday in the Wimbledon women's singles final, advanced to the doubles final as well. Serena and her sister Venus, who lost in the first round of singles, upset top-seeded and fellow Americans, Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 Friday in a women's doubles semifinals match. The Williams sisters have won four Wimbledon doubles titles, the last in 2009. Venus, 32, announced at the 2011 U.S. Open that she is suffering from Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that can be energy-sapping.
August 5, 2011
MERCURY INSURANCE OPEN Saturday's featured matches: at La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad (seedings in parentheses) Stadium Court Beginning at 2 p.m. Agnieszka Radwanska (3) vs. Andrea Petkovic (2). Beginning at 7 p.m. Vera Zvonareva (1) vs. Ana Ivanovic (5).
March 13, 2012
Stadium Court 1 Starting at 11 a.m. (Seedings in parentheses) Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Pablo Andujar. Not Before 1:30 p.m. Victoria Azarenka (1) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska; Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov (21); Roger Federer (3) or Milos Raonic (27) vs. Tomaz Bellucci. Not Before 7 p.m. Angelique Kerber (18) vs. Li Na (8). Not Before 8:30 p.m. Denis Istomin vs Juan Martin Del Potro (9).
March 8, 2013 |
Taylor Townsend has both confidence and charm. The 16-year-old can smile when she talks about some hubbub caused last year at the U.S. Open when it was publicly suggested the teenager might be too chubby. Since the suggestion was made by the United States Tennis Assn., which offers funding and coaching help to top athletes, the criticism carried more, um, weight. But Townsend has gone on her tennis way, which is to hit big ground strokes and use USTA coaches and trainers to keep making her better.
August 20, 2013 |
Serena Williams, the defending champion and No. 1-ranked women's player in the world, received the top seed for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday in New York. Seeded second is Victoria Azarenka, who beat Williams in three sets last week in Cincinnati and led Williams, 5-3, in the third of last year's U.S. Open final before dropping the final four games. Maria Sharapova, who owns a career Grand Slam with wins at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the Australian Open and finally, last season, at the French Open, is seeded third and 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska is the fourt seed.
July 4, 2012 |
WIMBLEDON, England - It would seem that 30-year-old Serena Williams might have wanted to take it easy Wednesday, resting up for her semifinal match Thursday against big-hitting, bigger-screeching Victoria Azarenka. But instead, Wiliams was spending almost four hours playing doubles with sister Venus, who had lost in the first round of singles here. With rain having backed up so many of the non-singles matches, Serena and Venus were forced to play twice Wednesday. And unlike Agnieszka Radwanska, who is also into the women's semifinals and scheduled to play doubles with her sister Urszula Radwanska against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci and then possibly a second match, Agnieszka pulled out, the safe move many assumed, so she can be fresh for her semifinal against rising German star Angelique Kerber.
August 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK---Agnieszka Radwanska, second-seeded in the women's draw of the U.S. Open and a Wimbledon finalist earlier in the summer, began her U.S. Open play Tuesday with an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Russia's Nina Bratchikova on Arthur Ashe Stadium court. It took Radwanska only 54 minutes. The world's second-ranked player has never advanced past the fourth round of the Open, but Tuesday she drew an opponent who is ranked 91 st in the world and was playing her first-ever main draw match here.
March 14, 2013 |
On a long day of tennis in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, fifth-seeded former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic was among the casualties in matches that finished during daylight hours. She lost in a three-set battle, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, to Maria Kirilenko of Russia. Kirilenko, seeded 15th and getting closer to a top-10 ranking, defeated No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in her previous match and said afterward, "I can compete, and as you can see, I can beat them.
February 16, 2013 |
Serena Williams, who will take over No. 1 in the world tennis rankings Monday, defeated Maria Sharapova on Saturday to advance to the finals of the Qatar Open. Williams, who will become the oldest woman to hold the top ranking, will now play the woman she's replacing atop those rankings, Victoria Azarenka, in the championship match Sunday. Sharapova didn't put up much opposition on Saturday, with Williams defeating the Russian, 6-3, 6-2. Azarenka, who has beaten Williams only once in 11 meetings, defeated Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 6-3, in the other semifinal.