June 16, 2011 |
Venus Williams lost to Daniela Hantuchova , 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, in the quarterfinals at Eastbourne, England, on Thursday, exiting a day after her sister, Serena , was defeated but still pleased with her Wimbledon preparation in her return to tennis. Both sisters are back after lengthy injury breaks. Venus was playing her first event in five months since retiring because of hip and abdominal injuries during the Australian Open in January. Venus said she heads to Wimbledon with plenty of confidence as she targets a sixth title at the All England Club.
June 7, 2011 |
Serena Williams , who hasn't played a tennis tournament since winning Wimbledon in 2010, announced Monday that she plans to play Wimbledon, which begins June 20, and a tournament in Eastbourne next week as preparation. "I am so excited to be healthy enough to compete again," Williams said in a statement. "These past 12 months have been extremely tough and character-building. I have so much to be grateful for. I'm thankful to my family, friends and fans for all of their support.
June 19, 2010
Justine Henin tuned up for Wimbledon by beating Germany's Andrea Petkovic , 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, to win the UNICEF Open on Saturday at Den Bosch, Netherlands, for her first grass-court title in three years. Petkovic broke the top-seeded Belgian in the second game of the final set before holding serve for a comfortable 3-0 lead. But Henin held serve and blasted a forehand winner on her way to breaking the German in the fifth game. Henin, who did not drop a set or face a tiebreak heading into the final, completed a stunning rally by breaking Petkovic in the ninth game.
June 15, 2002 |
Martina Navratilova, who retired in 1994 after winning a record 167 singles titles, received a wild card Friday to play in next week's Eastbourne tournament. "I'm very excited," she said. "It should be a whole lot of fun." Navratilova was already in England practicing for the doubles draw with partner Natasha Zvereva when she learned of her singles berth. The grass-court event starts Monday.
June 17, 2001 |
Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Patrick Rafter, the two highest seeded players in the tournament, were defeated Saturday in the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open at Halle, Germany. Sweden's Thomas Johansson defeated Kafelnikov, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, his seventh consecutive victory over the Russian. France's Fabrice Santoro downed Rafter, 7-5, 6-4, at the $1-million Wimbledon tuneup. Today's title match will pit Santoro, ranked 29th in the ATP Champions Race, against Johansson, ranked 32nd.
June 21, 1998 |
Jana Novotna completed her preparations for Wimbledon by defeating Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, 6-1, 7-5, Saturday to win the Eastbourne grass-court title at Eastbourne, England. It was her 21st career title, her second of the year and--most importantly--her first on grass, meaning she has now won titles on every surface. "If I do well at Eastbourne, I do well at Wimbledon," said the top-seeded Czech, who received $79,000 for her victory.