September 8, 2010 |
It was all about the wind Wednesday at the U.S. Open. Caroline Wozniacki had to make a mid-match hairstyle adjustment, going from ponytail to braid so she could see where the ball was sneaking off. Novak Djokovic waved his racket in the air after a shot he missed because the wind made the ball disappear from his sight. And yet when the day was done, it was the favorites who conquered the conditions and advanced. Especially Roger Federer. The five-time U.S. Open champion and the draw's second-seeded player blew away fifth-seeded Robin Soderling, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. And arriving at the men's semifinals to meet Federer once again is third-seeded Djokovic.
August 23, 2010 |
Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is bringing back what's considered his worst move as a basketball executive: Kwame Brown . The Bobcats on Monday agreed on a one-year deal with Brown for the veteran minimum of $1.3 million. Agent Mark Bartelstein says Brown will sign on Tuesday. Jordan was running the Washington Wizards when he selected Brown straight out of high school with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft. The big man turned out to be a major disappointment.
August 5, 2010 |
Reporting from Carlsbad — The La Costa Resort on Thursday resembled a high school graduation, where families cheer for their own despite warnings not to do so. The graduate in this case was Coco Vandeweghe, an 18-year-old just a year removed from high school, making it big for the first time as she took the world's No. 9 player to a third set -- and won. Vandeweghe threw her fist, not her visor, in the air after hitting the winning shot...
July 3, 2010 |
Serena Williams squints when she tries to picture the future, maybe 10 years from now when she is absolutely finished with tennis. She thinks she might be living with her older sister Venus, and lots of dogs. "I've always dreamed of having tons of dogs," Serena said Saturday. "I've proven myself difficult to live with." There was almost nothing Vera Zvonareva didn't find difficult about Williams on Saturday, not after Williams beat the overmatched Russian, 6-3, 6-2, a pummeling that took only 67 minutes on Centre Court in the Wimbledon final.
July 2, 2010 |
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Serena Williams doesn't engage in avoidance on the tennis court. She looks her opponents in the eye before she pounds one of her massive serves or aims a forehand at the person across the net. She shakes a fist after a big winner and during changeovers, Williams watches everything . Vera Zvonareva is the opposite. She bows her head after hitting winners. She mutters into the ground if she misses a shot, and during changeovers Zvonareva buries her head in a towel as if she doesn't want to see what might happen next.
July 1, 2010 |
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — Petra Kvitova announced herself to Serena Williams with high-pitched squeals, forceful fist pumps and a tennis game of varied pace marked by volleys and lobs and, stunning to many, an early service break and an advantage over the world's top player in women's tennis. But Williams has something Kvitova doesn't have. The serve. Kvitova has a serve but not the serve, not the consistently angry first shot that is blasted with power and purpose.
July 1, 2010
Featured matches Centre Court Beginning at 5 a.m. PDT Tomas Berdych vs. Novak Djokovic; Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal. Court 1 Beginning at 5 a.m. PDT Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva vs. Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta; Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. — Diane Pucin
June 30, 2010 |
Serena and Venus Williams , the top-seeded women's doubles team, were upset in the quarterfinals Wednesday by Vera Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina , 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. While the loss was notable in that the Williams sisters seemed on course for winning a fifth consecutive Grand Slam doubles title, it was also concerning because Serena played with her right shoulder heavily taped. That was a new addition to her wardrobe. The sisters declined to be interviewed after the loss and will be assessed a fine.
March 23, 2009 |
Vera Zvonareva and Rafael Nadal won wind-aided tennis titles Sunday. If they were track stars, they'd put asterisks next to their names. The weather in the desert, at this BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, had gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. Hot, cloudless days turned to nasty, swirling wind. The palm trees thrashed, the light poles around the outside courts bent, and the tennis balls inside the 16,000-seat stadium acted more like Tim Wakefield knuckleballs.