October 9, 2009 |
Serena Williams was knocked out of the China Open on Thursday, losing to Nadia Petrova , 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), in Beijing only days before regaining the No. 1 ranking. Williams, who will take over the top spot in the rankings from Dinara Safina on Monday, looked sluggish in the first set before recovering in the second. Neither player was able to earn a break in the third set. Petrova, who finished with 14 aces, said her strong serve was the key. Petrova will face Peng Shuai , who eliminated Maria Sharapova in straight sets on Wednesday.
October 7, 2009 |
Serena Williams is headed back to the top. Williams needed only to win her second-round match at the China Open on Tuesday to reclaim the No. 1 ranking, because the current top-ranked player, Dinara Safina , couldn't get past that early round at the tournament. Coming in, Williams had to fare better than Safina in Beijing to move to the top of the rankings next week. Safina lost to local wild-card entry Zhang Shuai in the second round Monday. Williams then needed just over one hour for a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.
October 6, 2009 |
The chairman of the Florida State University trustees wants football Coach Bobby Bowden to retire at the end of this season. Jim Smith said Monday the arrangement with Bowden as head coach and his designated successor, Jimbo Fisher , as offensive coordinator isn't working. "We've got too many bosses out there," Smith said. "Jimbo is in a very, very tough situation where people assume he has a whole lot more authority than he really has. He's getting blamed for a lot of things that's just not his fault."
September 7, 2009 |
Serena Williams is 22-1 in major tournaments this year, that one loss coming at the French Open to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. But for one wonky set of tennis on red clay, Williams might be looking at a sweep of the Grand Slams. Instead, she has a more modest aim: winning singles and doubles at the U.S. Open. This morning, while the patrons at Arthur Ashe Stadium were still brushing doughnut crumbs from their lips, second-seeded and defending U.S. Open champion Williams was finishing off a 6-2, 6-0 win over 22nd-ranked Daniela Hantuchova.
September 2, 2009 |
Maria Sharapova came armed with her nerve and her serve Tuesday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium court. Showing no evidence of an uncertain serve that has plagued her this summer, Sharapova dispatched Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-3, 6-0, in 73 minutes. Sharapova missed the first five months of this season while recovering from last fall's shoulder surgery, and the 22-year-old Russian is seeded 29th. It is an unaccustomed place in the draw for the woman who was once ranked No. 1. Sharapova said she was particularly happy with how she attacked the match by moving forward.
August 20, 2009 |
Sam Querrey matched Andy Roddick shot for shot and made the biggest ones during a pair of tiebreakers Wednesday night, setting up a 7-6 (11), 7-6 (3) victory at the Cincinnati Masters in Mason, Ohio. Playing his first match of the tournament, Roddick blew a 5-2 lead in the first-set tiebreaker, then lost his cool in a back-and-forth second set on a humid night that left both players dripping sweat all over the court. He slammed his racket after getting broken in the second set. The top four seeded players -- Roger Federer , Andy Murray , Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic -- won their opening matches in straight sets earlier Wednesday.