August 7, 2006 |
The JPMorgan Chase Open tennis tournament has something no other California event has had this summer: a Williams sister. Serena Williams, who has played only one tournament in almost six months, is still in the draw for the tournament that begins today at the Home Depot Center. Also returning from a long injury layoff is Lindsay Davenport, who has been sidelined for five months because of a back injury.
August 24, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The contrasts used to be one of the most attractive elements of tennis. Pete Sampras standing at the net, Andre Agassi at the baseline trying to get the ball past his greatest rival. Chris Evert, dainty but cruelly clever in the backcourt, against Martina Navratilova, who moved forward, fast as a whip, knocking a volley that Evert lunged at or just missed, eliciting a squeak of frustration from Evert. Or John McEnroe, dancing on his toes, back and forth as Bjorn Borg stood at the back of the court and calculated the correct angle at which to whiz the ball past his rival - only to have McEnroe, with a flick of the wrist, gently drop the ball over the net, just in the spot where Borg couldn't reach it. Billie Jean King still volunteers to coach players and teach them to serve and volley.
August 4, 2002 |
Lindsay Davenport likes to hit close to home, and the Manhattan Beach Country Club is right in her comfort zone. Davenport has won the WTA tournament at Manhattan Beach three times in the past six years, and she'll be chasing another title in the JPMorgan Chase Open, which begins today and runs through Aug. 11. Davenport, ranked No. 9 in the world, is the defending champion but is seeded third this year behind Serena Williams, the world's No.
August 14, 1999 |
Mary Pierce got to the point, ripping the officiating at the Acura Classic on Friday. Several hours later, Conchita Martinez expressed the same sentiments. Martinez and Pierce had one more thing in common. They both lost in the quarterfinals, falling apart swiftly after the disputed calls. The third-seeded Pierce of France exited in the afternoon, losing to countrywoman Julie Halard-Decugis, 7-5, 6-1, at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach.
January 25, 2004 |
There was a time when it was unusual for Justine Henin-Hardenne to hit the deck, suffering from cramps or injury, and then amazingly recover from near-oblivion. Now, people are almost used to it. Twelve months ago, the Belgian executed a collapse/rise against favored Lindsay Davenport here at the Australian Open and the lasting result was a career breakthrough for Henin-Hardenne.
July 31, 2000 |
In a rematch of the Wimbledon final, Venus Williams overpowered Lindsay Davenport to claim the $535,000 Bank of the West Classic, 6-1, 6-4, on Sunday in Palo Alto. The top-seeded Davenport had won the past two Bank of the West titles, both against Williams in the final. This time, it was Williams who emerged the winner. "I was going for it," said Williams, the Wimbledon champion who will next play in the Acura Classic near San Diego this week.
March 9, 2003 |
When Lindsay Davenport is playing like Lindsay Davenport, the first serves boom and the ground strokes land deep near her opponent's baseline. Saturday, in the third round of the women's portion of the Pacific Life Tennis Open at Indian Wells, Davenport played enough like Davenport to pin a 6-3, 6-0 defeat on Elena Likhovtseva of Russia. But she also played at times like the Davenport who has slipped from a solid No. 1 in the world a few years ago to her current No.
March 5, 2000
Lindsay Davenport, trying to regain the No. 1 ranking, routed Anna Kournikova of Russia, 6-2, 6-2, Saturday to advance to the final of the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic at Scottsdale, Ariz. The victory sent the defending Wimbledon and Australian Open champion to her fifth consecutive final. She has won eight of her last 10 finals. Davenport is looking to overtake Martina Hingis of Switzerland, who defeated Mary Pierce of France, 6-4, 6-3, in the other semifinal.
May 18, 2005 |
Three of the top four ranked women's tennis players in the world, and five of the top seven, have entered the JPMorgan Chase Open Aug. 8-14 at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Defending champion and No. 1-ranked Lindsay Davenport leads the field. She will be joined by Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova of Russia (No. 2), Australian Open champion Serena Williams (No. 4), Elena Dementieva of Russia (No. 5) and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (No. 7).
January 5, 2003 |
Lindsay Davenport and her longtime coach Robert Van't Hof, who guided her to three Grand Slam singles titles and the No. 1 ranking, have parted ways. The move was amicable. Davenport's new coach is doubles specialist Rick Leach, who also happens to be her future brother-in-law. Leach has been training with Davenport and accompanied her to Australia last week. "It was a combination of things," Van't Hof said. "She was working with Rick, and I wanted to stay home more."