January 20, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open without dropping a set or showing any signs that a freak knee injury is bothering him. Second-ranked Nadal had a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Slovakia's Lukas Lacko, the last qualifier in the draw, and will next play either John Isner or Feliciano Lopez. Nadal, who won the 2009 Australian title but has gone out in the quarterfinals due to injuries in the last 2 years, felt a crack and then sharp pain in his right knee while sitting in a chair at his hotel on the weekend and was concerned that he might not be able to play in his opening match.
August 31, 2011 |
NEW YORK - It didn't take long to see that Novak Djokovic's right shoulder is feeling fine. Which was good, because he was on court for less than an hour yesterday. Djokovic began his first-round match at the U.S. Open with a 121 mph service winner. Four points later, he closed that game with a 120 mph ace. He whipped forehands exactly where he wanted them. He returned well, too. Playing his first match since Aug. 21, when he quit a match because of a sore and tired shoulder, the top-seeded Djokovic began setting aside any questions about his fitness for Flushing Meadows, building a 6-0, 5-1 lead before qualifier Conor Niland, of Ireland, stopped after 44 minutes.
August 29, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The U.S. Open will begin today with tweaks to the day's original schedule, including a 2-hour delay for the start of play at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The U.S. Tennis Association said yesterday that the site of the year's last Grand Slam tournament had "minimal damage" from Tropical Storm Irene. The gates at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center will open to the public at 10 a.m. today, and matches will start as planned at 11 a.m. on nine of the tournament's 13 courts, including Louis Armstrong Stadium.
September 6, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki came back from a set and a break down last night to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-1 in a U.S. Open match that lasted 3 hours, 2 minutes. Wozniacki was trailing 4-1 in the second set when she began her comeback and kept alive her hopes of winning her first Grand Slam title. Earlier, Serena Williams fought off the wind, along with brief flurries of effectiveness from her opponent, to advance to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ana Ivanovic.
September 11, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Serena Williams hit 11 aces Saturday night at the U.S. Open in a 6-2, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki that left Williams one win away from her 14th Grand Slam title. This was Williams' first appearance in the U.S. Open semifinals since 2009, when a footfault call led to a tirade against the referee that cost her match point against Kim Clijsters. Williams never came close to being pushed in this one. She finished with 34 winners, and early in the second set, she led Wozniacki, 20-0, in that category.
January 25, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - The intensity was vintage Rafael Nadal. On the stroke of midnight, he thrust his arms up and punched the air, sealing the victory that sets up the most anticipated semifinal at the Australian Open in quite some time. Roger Federer did his part to put this in place. In the previous match on Rod Laver Arena, he beat 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, in a quarterfinal marking his 1,000th tour-level match. A Federer-Nadal semifinal had been looming since the draw for the season's first major - the first time the pair have been in the same half at a Grand Slam tournament since 2005.
January 24, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Kim Clijsters' suspect ankle has held strong, with the Belgian sending world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki packing with a 6-3 7-5 quarterfinal win at the Australian Open today, to keep her title defense on track. The tournament's 11th seed thwarted the Dane's bid to land a breakthrough Grand Slam title, swinging freely from the baseline and punishing anything short from her opponent. Clijsters will play in the semifinals against third seed Victoria Azarenka, a 6-7 (0)
June 27, 2013 |
LONDON - As tumultuous a day as professional tennis has produced in its nearly half-century history ended in the most unexplainable way: a second-round Wimbledon loss by Swiss star Roger Federer at the All England Club. The seven-time Wimbledon champion and 17-time Grand Slam champ shuffled off Centre Court on the fortnight's first Wednesday, his head bowed, his streak of reaching at least the quarterfinals at a record 36 consecutive major tournaments snapped by a man ranked 116th.
January 21, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - There will be no U.S. player in the men's fourth round at the Australian Open for the first time since 1973 - when no Americans were entered. John Isner, the last American man left in the singles draw, lost to Spain's Feliciano Lopez, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-7 (0), 6-1, in the third round on Friday. Lopez earned a fourth-round match against countryman Rafael Nadal, who had a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Slovak qualifier Lukas Lacko. Roger Federer, a 7-6 (6)
January 24, 2011
WHEN SHE'S finished with tennis, Caroline Wozniacki can start a second career writing fiction. While answering questions after her fourth-round win over Latvian Anastasija Sevastova at the Australian Open, Wozniacki said her leg was bandaged because she had been attacked by a kangaroo. The assembled press dutifully reported the incident, which Wozniacki said occurred while she visiting a wildlife sanctuary. As it turns out, Wozniacki's leg may have been bandaged, but it was the media's leg that was being pulled.