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.
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.
August 31, 2010 |
Rafael Nadal came to Arthur Ashe Stadium wearing all black Tuesday night and he also came armed with a new U.S. Open game plan. Nadal amped up his service power, hitting one at 131 mph, a big effort for the Spaniard more noted for his slices and spins and powerful work from the baseline. And that power paid off in a decisive 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in a first-round Open match. The 24-year-old Spaniard who is seeded No. 1 and ranked No. 1, assessed his serve as a positive.
June 22, 2010 |
Featured matches Centre Court Beginning 5 a.m. PDT Michael Llodra vs. Andy Roddick; Ekaterina Makarova vs. Venus Williams; Novak Djokovic vs. Taylor Dent. Court 1 Beginning 5 a.m. PDT Kim Clijsters vs. Karolina Sprem; Evgeny Korolev vs. Lleyton Hewitt; Roger Federer vs. Ilija Bozoljac. Court 2 Beginning 4 a.m. PDT Justine Henin vs. Kristina Barrois; Gael Monfils vs. Karol Beck; Tomas Berdych vs. Benjamin Becker; Aleksandra Wozniak vs. Jelena Jankovic.
June 27, 2010
Featured matches Centre Court Beginning 5 a.m. PDT Roger Federer vs. Jurgen Melzer; Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova; Sam Querrey vs. Andy Murray Court 1 Beginning 5 a.m. PDT Kim Clijsters vs. Justine Henin; Novak Djokovic vs. Lleyton Hewitt; Paul-Henri Mathieu vs. Rafael Nadal. Court 2 Beginning 4 a.m. PDT Venus Williams vs. Jarmila Groth; Caroline Wozniacki vs. Petra Kvitova; Yen-Hsun Lu vs. Andy Roddick.
August 3, 2009 |
Maria Sharapova still wears her long, shimmering silver earrings. She still elevates the sound of her ground strokes, the grunts that reverberate throughout stadiums and indicate the effort needed to produce her whip-like forehands and backhands. What Sharapova is now trying to locate is a new comfort zone with her serve.