February 28, 2010 |
Venus Williams came from a set down to repeat her Mexican Open title, beating Polona Hercog , 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, at Acapulco on Saturday night. It was Williams' second consecutive title -- this one on clay and another a week ago on hard courts in Dubai -- and pushed her career total to 43 WTA titles, the most by an active player. Hercog was appearing in her first WTA final. Williams started slowly and got into trouble with an erratic serve and groundstrokes that were often long.
January 17, 2010 |
In her Grand Slam comeback, Kim Clijsters upset Serena Williams en route to claiming the U.S. Open title. Williams was really, really upset in that semifinal last September and it cost her the match and a record fine. Four months later, the return of another Belgian from a premature retirement has bolstered the field at the Australian Open and created a compelling women's draw in the year's first Grand Slam tournament. Justine Henin, who won seven Grand Slam singles titles before quitting in May 2008 while holding the No. 1 ranking, is only one tournament into her comeback but is hoping to emulate Clijsters' successful return.
September 4, 2009 |
It was a day of great joy for 17-year-old American Melanie Oudin. Despite a cramping strain in her left thigh, Oudin upset fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, on Thursday in a second-round U.S. Open match. But it was also a day of great sadness for fifth-seeded Jelena Jankovic, a finalist here last year but who became a second-round loser to Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6). Jankovic played despite learning that her grandmother had died in Serbia on Wednesday.
July 2, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES Women's semifinals; world rankings in parentheses: Venus Williams (3) vs. Dinara Safina (1), Russia Williams has played a brand of grass-court tennis so superb there have been moments when the stadium speakers ought to have played Mozart. Safina has conducted trademark raging battles with herself such that there've been moments when the stadium speakers ought to have played AC/DC. (Williams leads head to head, 2-1, with no previous Grand Slam meetings.
January 29, 2009 |
The first two games lasted nearly 12 minutes, accounted for 29 points and were filled with pummeling power, forehands and backhands that swept across the sidelines, precise and ferocious, and even though Serena Williams won the first of them and Elena Dementieva the second, a pattern had already been established. Williams was moving on her toes and she was ready to run.
January 22, 2009 |
Serena Williams broke Gisela Dulko's serve and saved six set points in a game featuring 12 deuces, going on to win, 6-3, 7-5, in a second-round match at the Australian Open. The second-seeded Williams, who has won the Australian Open every alternate year since 2003, received treatment for a left ankle ailment at the end of the marathon ninth game of the second set today.