August 2, 2011 |
The Mercury Insurance Open experienced a mass exodus of top players before the tournament even started, but the top Germans apparently didn't get the memo. Kim Clijsters isn't here and neither are defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova or new Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. That has left headlining duties to such players as Andrea Petkovic, Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki. All three Germans are ranked in the top 25 and having career years. Petkovic made the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, Goerges won an event in Stuttgart, and Lisicki is fresh off a run to the Wimbledon semifinals.
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.
June 23, 2011 |
Seedings in parentheses Centre Court (Play begins 5 a.m. PDT) Feliciano Lopez vs. Andy Roddick (8); Daniela Hantuchova (25) vs. Victoria Azarenka (4); Andy Murray (4) vs. Ivan Ljubicic. Court 1 (Play begins 5 a.m. PDT) Laura Robson vs. Maria Sharapova (5); Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez vs. Venus Williams (23); Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Gilles Muller. Court 2 (Play begins 4 a.m. PDT) Caroline Wozniacki (1) vs. Virginie Razzano; David Ferrer (7)
June 20, 2011
Today's featured matches Centre Court (beginning at 5 a.m. PDT): Top-seeded Rafael Nadal, the defending champion, faces 33-year-old American veteran Michael Russell; 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, seeded sixth, takes on Jelena Dokic; Britain's great hope Andy Murray, seeded No. 4, plays Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Court 1 (5 a.m.): 20-year-old American Alison Riske plays 2010 finalist Vera Zvonareva, seeded No. 2 this year; in the third match, Andreas Beck faces eighth-seeded Andy Roddick.
June 20, 2011 |
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Rafael Nadal was a bit of a slow starter Monday at Wimbledon, finding himself down a service break in the first set to 31-year-old journeyman Michael Russell. But that was only a momentary falter, and it really didn't take long for top-seeded Nadal to beat the American and advance to the second round. Nadal won the match 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour, 58 minutes, and it was a solid start for the Spaniard in his title defense. By the finish, Nadal was smiling big, having earned appreciative whistles from the crowd.
June 19, 2011 |
Serena Williams is glad to be asked. She will show off the scar on her right foot, which has been operated on twice since last July, and a smaller one on her left foot. The scars are a result, Williams says, of stepping on broken glass at a restaurant in Germany last summer. Williams speaks proudly of how she injected herself in the thigh with a drug called Lovenox before she got on her flight to London two weeks ago. Lovenox helps combat deep vein thrombosis. Williams had blood clots in her lungs in February, an episode she described as "life-threatening.
September 12, 2010 |
— If you wanted to see Rafael Nadal play Roger Federer in the U.S. Open men's final this year, you're not. If you wanted to see the men's final between Nadal and Novak Djokovic on Sunday, you didn't. Blame Jack Sock for the first part and rain for the second. For the third straight year, the men's final will be played on a Monday. The match between the top-seeded Nadal and third-seeded Djokovic will begin, weather permitting, at 1 p.m. PDT on Monday. Sunday's match was called after a light rain that began early Sunday afternoon was still falling at 3:15 PDT and without any optimistic expectations for a break.
September 11, 2010 |
The celebration was muted for Kim Clijsters, at first. Her opponent, Vera Zvonareva, provided little opposition in the U.S. Open women's final, unraveling bit by bit and never offering a moment of competitive tenseness. So the second-seeded Clijsters won her second straight Open title Saturday night, 6-2, 6-1, in 59 minutes over the seventh-seeded Zvonareva in an anticlimactic prime time final. After Clijsters had hugged Zvonareva and told her beaten opponent that it takes some time to feel comfortable in these big matches, it was left for Clijsters' 30-month-old daughter, Jada, to bring the joy to the court after the match, the shortest Open final since time of match began being officially recorded in 1980.
September 10, 2010 |
It wasn't the final point of Friday's semifinal match -- the joyous winning forehand from Kim Clijsters that couldn't be chased down by a dispirited and slow-footed Venus Williams -- that brought 23,000 people to their feet at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday. That winning shot was just about expected because second-seeded and defending champion Clijsters had gained such momentum from another shot, a luxurious lob that danced just beyond Williams' racket and skipped happily off the baseline as the 30-year-old Grand Slam veteran waved her racket helplessly.
September 9, 2010 |
Serena Williams is conflicted. If she watches her sister Venus on television, her stomach does flip-flops and she has to keep walking away. If Serena comes to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and sits in the player box at Arthur Ashe Stadium, her stomach settles down but her own longing to be playing causes her heart to flutter. What Serena isn't conflicted about is her pride. Her 30-year-old sister has made it to the U.S. Open semifinals without the loss of a set and after practically everyone had written Venus off. After all, the last time Venus won a major not named Wimbledon was here in 2001.