August 31, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Alison Riske, an unseeded 23-year-old from Pittsburgh, showed no nerves and had plenty of big ground strokes in upsetting seventh-seeded and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-3, 6-0, in a third-round match at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Unassuming German Philipp Kohlschreiber, seeded 22nd, for the second straight year, upset 13th-seeded American John Isner in the third round. Isner fell 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5). Riske is part of a large group of young American women making their presence felt at this Grand Slam event, including 20-year-old Sloane Stephens, who will play top-seeded Serena Williams on Sunday in the fourth round.
August 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Roger Federer, owner of 17 Grand Slam titles, the most in history, opened his U.S. Open on Tuesday with a sloppy win over Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Federer had originally been scheduled to play Monday night but rain postponed the match. Two American men also made it into the second round. The 6-foot-9 John Isner and Sam Querrey, who used to live in Thousand Oaks, both moved on. Isner, seeded 13th, beat Filippo Volandri 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 and made it look easy. Querrey, the 26th seed, struggled before downing Guido Pella 7-6 (3)
April 14, 2013 |
The time was right for Trey Burke. The Michigan star made it official Sunday: He's leaving the Wolverines to enter the NBA draft. The move came as no surprise after Burke was voted the Associated Press national player of the year and led Michigan to the NCAA title game as a sophomore. Burke also considered going to the NBA a year ago, but he came back for another season. Now he departs with his stock seemingly peaking. "I just felt like this was the best opportunity for me," Burke said.
March 9, 2013 |
Rafael Nadal wore a bright aqua shirt and a scowl as he came onto Stadium 1 Court at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night to play his first hard-court tennis match in 346 days. Nadal has avoided hard surfaces as he has tried to rest his left knee that has been afflicted with tendinitis. After a tentative comeback at two clay court tournaments where the ground is more forgiving, Nadal made his debut at Indian Wells a winning one. Nadal nervously fell behind 20-year-old American Ryan Harrison in the first set, then the fifth-seeded Spaniard came back to win 7-6 (3)
January 12, 2013 |
Can Serena Williams win a calendar year Grand Slam? Where's Rafael Nadal, and when will he be back? As the 2013 tennis season begins in earnest Sunday (Monday in Melbourne) at the Australian Open, we know that Nadal is not back. He has withdrawn from the first major of the year, as he did from the Olympics and the U.S. Open last year, saying his knee tendinitis has now been trumped by a stomach virus. Williams, though, seems in the best shape of her career and is still on the high of winning Wimbledon, the Olympics and the U.S. Open.
September 15, 2012 |
Even without facing Rafael Nadal, the United States is on the brink of elimination by the clay-court masters from Spain. Sam Querrey and John Isner lost their opening singles matches Friday, giving the defending champions a 2-0 lead in the Davis Cup semifinals at Gijon, Spain. David Ferrer put the hosts ahead in the best-of-five series with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Querrey. Nicolas Almagro beat Isner, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, to leave Spain one point from its fourth final in five years.