November 15, 2009 |
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA Tour title, fulfilling the promise of a decade with a three-under-par 69 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Paula Creamer in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara. Wie finished off the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot to six inches on the 18th hole and then tapping in for a birdie. The 20-year-old Wie raised both arms in the air -- her putter in her right hand -- and then put her hand over her mouth. After pulling the ball out of the hole, she turned to the gallery, looked to the sky and let out a large sigh of relief.
September 28, 2009 |
The United States successfully defended its baseball World Cup title on Sunday with a 10-5 victory over Cuba at Nettuno, Italy, that was powered by four runs batted in from Lucas May , including a three-run home run. "Other than playing in a World Series, this is as big as it gets," said May, a Dodgers prospect who was two for four. "It feels good to wear a gold medal." The U.S. team, consisting entirely of triple-A and double-A players, finished with 14 straight wins after opening the competition with a loss to Venezuela.
September 27, 2009 |
Top-seeded Gael Monfils reached the Open de Moselle final with a 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Saturday at Metz, France. Monfils will face second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, who ousted Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 13th-ranked Monfils will play his second final in Metz after losing to Ivan Ljubicic in 2005. He is chasing his second ATP title after a win at Sopot, Poland, in 2005. Kohlschreiber reached his first final on the ATP tour since finishing runner-up to Roger Federer last year in Halle, Germany.
June 3, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES (world rankings in parentheses) Serena Williams (2) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (7), Russia It's a glamorous quarterfinal between women who share a sense of humor and text each other regularly, according to Kuznetsova. If they also texted each other during changeovers, that might be unusually interesting. Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, vs.
August 31, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Don't let the U.S. Open fool you. Don't be snookered by the Williams sisters and James Blake. Don't think that soon you're going to see a serious onslaught of racial diversity in pro tennis. One of my recent columns focused on how professional tennis, now more than ever, is a game possessing a stunning array of players from all over the world. The tennis world is flat, I argued. Nowhere is this truer than here at what is arguably America's most international major sporting event.
June 5, 2008 |
A look at Day 11 of the French Open and a look ahead to today's competition (world rankings in parentheses): TODAY'S QUARTERFINAL WINNERS Roger Federer, Switzerland (1) -- defeated Fernando Gonzalez, Chile (25), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. Federer confessed to feeling "rattled" after being broken three times in the first set. Of course, "rattled" for him means one of his nerves budged. Dinara Safina, Russia (14) -- defeated Elena Dementieva, Russia (8), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0. Just as against No. 1 Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, Safina trailed by one set, trailed, 5-2, in the second set and trailed, 5-3, with a match point against her in the second set. Clearly, if you're leading her a set and 5-2, you are in deep trouble.