June 20, 2011
Tuesday's featured matches Seedings in parentheses Centre Court (Play begins 5 a.m. PDT) Defending champion Serena Williams (7) vs. Aravane Rezai; six-time champion Roger Federer (3) against Mikhail Kukushkin; Novak Djokovic (2) against Jeremy Chardy of France. Court 1 (Play begins 5 a.m. PDT) Andy Roddick (8) vs. Andreas Beck; Caroline Wozniacki (1) vs. Arantxa Parra Santonja. Court 2 (Play begins 4 a.m. PDT) French Open champion Li Na (3)
June 28, 2009 |
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES None. BURDEN OF ROOF Clouds menaced. Skies darkened. Excitement buzzed. Architectural history beckoned. As Andy Murray began to play Viktor Troicki at just after 6 Saturday evening, rain seemed imminent. Clearly the lucky retractable-roof aficionados in attendance finally would see Centre Court's $140-million roof in action.
June 27, 2009
TODAY'S FEATURED MATCHES All third round World rankings in parentheses Venus Williams (2) vs. Carla Suarez Navarro (34), Spain Suarez Navarro's 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Williams in a splendid match at the Australian Open constituted an upset. Any repetition of that outcome would constitute rudeness toward the queen. Andy Roddick (6) vs.
September 12, 2009 |
There's a great story waiting to happen at the U.S. Open. It would be bigger than Melanie Oudin, bigger than a trimmed-down, fired-up, invincible-looking Serena Williams winning again. Bigger than anything John McEnroe might say. OK, maybe not that big. On Friday, out of the depressing, drenching mist that hovered over the U.S. Open and washed out play, came the thought that, from adversity comes opportunity. And that opportunity is Rafael Nadal's. Presented with his circumstances, others would be sulking and scoffing.
November 6, 2010 |
It's never been done before, a team coming from 0-2 down to win a Fed Cup championship. So U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez needs to conjure up a special pep talk. After Fed Cup rookie CoCo Vandeweghe was too late in penetrating the coolly multilayered game of 30-year-old Francesca Schiavone and Bethanie Mattek-Sands wasted a rousing comeback Saturday with a slew of unforced errors against Flavia Pennetta, the United States needs to win three matches Sunday against defending champion Italy to win its first championship since 2000.
May 21, 2011 |
Andy Roddick has already pulled out of the French Open tennis tournament. He has a sore shoulder and with a fourth-round finish as his best ever on the red clay of Roland Garros, really, what was the point of jeopardizing a late-career run at Wimbledon? John Isner, famous for his three-day marathon match at Wimbledon last year? He's drawn the top-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal in the first round. Melanie Oudin, who burst onto the women's scene when she made it to a quarterfinal of the U.S. Open in 2009?
February 14, 2010 |
The Dallas Mavericks traded Josh Howard , Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton Ross to the Washington Wizards on Saturday in exchange for Caron Butler , Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson . Howard was in his seventh season with Dallas, a span filled with promise and disappointment since he was the 29th overall pick in 2003. Gooden, signed by Dallas last summer, will be going to his eighth team in eight NBA seasons. It is a significant move for the Southwest Division-leading Mavericks (32-20)
September 5, 2009 |
Last time Kim Clijsters and Venus Williams played tennis against each other, Clijsters won, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the 2005 U.S. Open women's final, still Clijsters' only major championship. The third-seeded Williams and Clijsters will play again Sunday in the fourth round, a meeting set up Friday when Williams beat 46th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, 6-2, 7-5. Williams was down a service break in the second set and limped during the last couple of games. Clijsters, back only a month after a two-year retirement, routed fellow Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, 6-0, 6-2. The day's most compelling match, though, was 28-year-old Taylor Dent's 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (1)
August 1, 2011 |
Vera Zvonareva, the top-seeded woman at the Mercury Insurance Open in LaCosta, is sitting comfortably near the top of the WTA rankings as the world's No. 3 player. But one American is starting her comeback, and looking to shake things up. Former world No. 1 Serena Williams won the WTA's Bank of the West Classic on Sunday, cruising past Marion Bartoli in straight sets for her first title in more than a year. Williams is coming off two foot operations and complications from a blood clot that caused her to miss almost a year.
April 25, 2010
Jamie McMurray held the bottom line at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, one eye on the finish line and the other on his rearview mirror. He was certain if he stayed put, Kevin Harvick's lone attempt to pass would be on the outside. He was wrong. Harvick ducked low in the tri-oval at Talladega, then drag-raced McMurray to the finish line Sunday, nipping the Daytona 500 winner for his first victory in more than three years. Harvick had been mired in a 115-race drought dating to the 2007 Daytona 500. The race went 200 laps because of three attempts at NASCAR's version of overtime, and there were a record 88 lead changes among a record 29 drivers.