September 6, 2006 |
Andre Agassi's final match Sunday at the U.S. Open, a four-set loss to German qualifier Benjamin Becker, drew a 3.0 overnight Nielsen rating on CBS. That's the highest overnight rating for Sunday coverage of the Open during the first weekend since 1990. The 3.0 is also 30% higher than last year's overnight of 2.3 for the first Sunday of the tournament. Even replays of previous Agassi matches during Saturday's rainout drew a respectable 1.6 overnight rating.
September 3, 2009 |
Rafael Nadal would be the first to say he's coming back from sore knees and it's no big thing. Richard Gasquet would be the first to say he's coming back from a raw deal and it's a huge thing. The two young tennis stars played a first-round match on center court at the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Nadal won, as expected. Gasquet showed flashes of brilliance in the 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 defeat, as expected. But this was much more than your routine match. This one had connections, multiple story lines and an off-court soap opera.
September 8, 2000 |
If this were college basketball's Final Four, Elena Dementieva would be Princeton. Dementieva, 18, is the underexposed, unseeded interloper among the women who have reached the U.S. Open semifinals. Unprecedented too. The first Russian woman to make it this far in the U.S. Open, she'll play second-seeded Lindsay Davenport today. Top-seeded Martina Hingis plays third-seeded Venus Williams, who has won 24 consecutive matches, in the other semifinal.
September 7, 2003 |
Justine Henin-Hardenne looked pale and frail on the medical training table in the early morning hours at the U.S. Open Saturday. The blankets kept her legs warm, and intravenous fluids were taking care of her dehydration after serious cramping. By Saturday night, that arm was holding a shiny trophy after the legs had carried the second-seeded Henin-Hardenne to a 7-5, 6-1 victory over No. 1 Kim Clijsters in the first all-Belgian final at the U.S. Open.
September 1, 2009 |
For many years, Andre Agassi stole the show at the U.S. Open. Now, three years out of the tennis game, he's doing it in coat and tie. Monday was opening day. They played 56 matches. Defending champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams won handily. There was drama on the back courts, great play on the grandstand, exceptional effort everywhere. And then, Monday night, the bald guy from Las Vegas walked to the microphone and one-upped everything. He was there as part of a ceremony honoring "athletes who have given back."
September 8, 2004 |
Serena Williams said she got an apology. She needed an instant rematch. In a 2-hour, 6-minute slugfest filled with unforgettable winners and unimaginable mishits, balls that skidded off lines and caromed off the net tape, grunts and groans and gravity-defying gets, eighth-seeded Jennifer Capriati upset third-seeded Serena Williams, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, Tuesday night in the U.S. Open women's quarterfinals.
August 2, 2003 |
Serena Williams, winner of five of the last six Grand Slam titles and the world's No 1-ranked player, will not be defending her U.S. Open championship in New York because of left knee surgery on Friday. Williams, 21, had the procedure in Los Angeles, repairing a partial tear in the quadriceps tendon. The tear was in the mid-portion of the tendon, according to her doctor. Orthopedic surgeon Rodney Gabriel performed the operation on Williams, who had it on an outpatient basis.
August 30, 1993 |
The U.S. Open, the year's fourth and final Grand Slam event, begins today on the hard courts of the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, N.Y., where defending champion Stefan Edberg and top-seeded Steffi Graf have something to prove. Edberg is the two-time defending champion who has rid himself of the label that he was too fragile mentally to survive the grueling two-week tournament. The No.
August 2, 2008 |
Maria Sharapova will sit out the U.S. Open because of a bad right shoulder, the first major championship she'll skip since her Grand Slam debut in 2003. The three-time Grand Slam title winner already had announced she was pulling out of the Beijing Olympics because of the injury. The No. 3-ranked Sharapova said in a posting on her website Friday that she probably won't need surgery and could be ready to play in two to three months. "It hurts me so much to miss the Olympics and the U.S.
July 13, 1999 |
For an achy, ailing Steffi Graf, it really couldn't get much better--two Grand Slam finals in her last two Grand Slam appearances, including a French Open title. With the 30-year-old Graf announcing her retirement, Grand Slam by Grand Slam, it seemed inevitable she would soon make a grander statement. And on Monday, Graf said that 1999 would likely be her final year, as far as major events are concerned. She may play some selected tournaments next year.