May 30, 2012 |
Venus Williams has been ousted from the French Open, one day and one round after her sister Serena also made an extremely early exit from the event. Williams lost to third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-2, 6-3, in the second round Wednesday. The seven-time Grand Slam winner was playing in a major tournament for the first time since withdrawing before her second-round match at the U.S. Open last August. She revealed at the time she had been diagnosed with Sjogren's syndrome, which causes fatigue and joint pain.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
March 13, 2012 |
While the majority of attention in pro tennis is devoted to the top men's trio of Novak Djokovic , Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer , there is close competition for the top spot on the women's side, too. Tuesday in Indian Wells, No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and No. 2 Maria Sharapova of Russia (by way of Bradenton, Fla., and Manhattan Beach, Calif.) advanced to the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open. That brought a rematch of their recent Australian Open final, won by Azarenka, a step closer.