June 24, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES (second round; world rankings in parentheses) Serena Williams (2) vs. Jarmila Groth (69), Australia Williams, 25-2 in the last five Grand Slams, has abandoned her brief claim from May that she, not Dinara Safina, deserves the No. 1 slot, graciously claiming that Safina deserves it. It just proves how hard it can be to tell an inconvenient truth in an imperfect world. Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, vs.
September 1, 2011 |
Reporting from New York — The best players dominated at the U.S. Open on Thursday. Serena Williams, seeded 28th, needed only 49 minutes to beat qualifier Michaella Krajicek, 6-0, 6-1. Third-seeded Roger Federer was on and off Arthur Ashe Stadium in 1 hour 17 minutes with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Dudi Sela. Eighth-seeded Mardy Fish positively dawdled, taking 1:53 to knock out Tunisian qualifier Malek Jaziri, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki cruised past Arantxa Rus, 6-2, 6-0, in 63 minutes.
June 25, 2009 |
Almost 200 minutes into one of those Wimbledon matches that meander toward darkness and feature raucous patrons who just might have had, you know, a sip, the Thousand Oaks tower prepared to serve at 4-5 in a fifth set. Sam Querrey walked along behind the baseline holding tennis balls while the Centre Court fans finished doing the globally deathless scourge known as "The Wave," their joy swelling when some dignitaries in the Royal Box joined in.
August 3, 2010 |
CoCo Vandeweghe loves to stand at the net in practice and try to hit her new coach, Tom Gullikson. "We do a lot of stuff at the net," Vandeweghe said, "and mostly it's my trying to peg him. I get him, but not as much as I'd like." That Gullikson has taken Vandeweghe as a full-time project says a lot about the potential of the 18-year-old who recently moved to Newport Beach from San Diego. Gullikson was a long-time coach for Pete Sampras, led the U.S. men's team to a Davis Cup title in Russia and coached Jennifer Capriati when she was a No. 1 contender.
March 12, 2010 |
As Justine Henin's unthreatening serve caused Gisela Dulko few problems, as Henin's usually glorious backhand was unable to regularly penetrate Dulko's steady game, as the crowd tried speaking Henin's language by yelling "allez" (French for "go"), Henin simply became more average. The 27-year-old Belgian could find no part of her all-around game that was better than what was offered by Dulko, and so it was the 25-year-old Argentine who walked away with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 second-round win Friday at the BNP Paribas Open.
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.