June 7, 2009 |
Svetlana Kuznetsova never struck Dinara Safina as a Grand Slam champion in the making when they were youngsters in Russia. Kuznetsova showed up for matches toting a 2-liter bottle of soda and wearing rock band T-shirts. As of yesterday, Kuznetsova owns two major titles - and that's two more than Safina. Far steadier, if not all that spectacular, Kuznetsova took advantage of the No. 1-ranked Safina's assorted errors and won the French Open final, 6-4, 6-2. On the men's side, Swiss star Roger Federer will try to win his first French Open championship today when he faces Robin Soderling.
October 26, 1996 |
Marc Silva, the second-seeded contender from Northwestern, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Penn Conference Classic by 7-5, 6-3 over Udi Kish, Penn's No. 1 player, after closely contested exchanges yesterday at the Levy Tennis Pavilion. Silva, twice the PIAA champion as a student at Pennridge High, lost set point with a double fault off the net cord, then won the next point with a drop shot to take the second set. He went on to take match point. Earlier in the day, Silva won by 6-1, 6-3 over Andrew Carlson of Ohio State in the first round.
September 3, 1992 |
Seventh-seeded Rey Garrido, a Cuban Davis Cup player from 1952 to 1959, ended a glorious comeback with an inglorious double fault on match point to lose to Russ Bucklin of Seattle, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), in the third round of the 55-and-over division of the U.S. Senior Grass Court tennis championships yesterday at Germantown Cricket Club. Garrido, gifted with a strong, deep forehand, supplied drama in the third set of the 2 1/2-hour battle with a rise from 0-5 to tie, warding off six match points and then a seventh in a tie-break at 6-5. Then came the disheartening double fault on the eighth match point.
August 29, 1994 |
Top-seeded Walter Moore recovered from 2-5 in the third set to defeat Mike Varano, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, and win the 55-and-over championship of the Bill Johnson Memorial Tennis Festival yesterday at the Chamounix courts in Fairmount Park. Justin Wiley won the 18-and-under championship by 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 over Andy Shulman. Aaron Moore took the men's singles title without the loss of a game. Sam Miles defeated Sam Smith, 6-3, 6-4, in the 45-and-over final. FRIENDS CENTRAL SCHOOL TENNIS Top-seeded Jennifer Kolins of the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia won the Friends Central School Tennis Experience 18-and-under championship with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over second-seeded Daphne de Dominicis of Newtown Square.
June 8, 1997 |
Jay Nerenberg of Manasquan, N.J., and Adam Seri, a Methacton High graduate, advanced to the final of the Philadelphia Clay Court Tennis Championship yesterday at the Cynwyd Club. They meet at 11 a.m. today. Nerenberg overcame Josh Sarner, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-3. Seri subdued third-seeded Bruce Nisbet, a former Haverford College player from Scotland, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. It was the only set Seri lost in four matches. Seri, who is headed to the University of North Carolina in September, is No. 15 in the national junior rankings.
September 4, 1994 |
Jim Parker of Houston won the U.S. 50-and-over Grass Court Tennis Championship for a second straight year, beating Ted Hoehn of Burlington, Vt., yesterday at the Germantown Cricket Club. After barely surviving a Thursday quarterfinal against Ed Turville of Atlanta, Parker yesterday escaped four Hoehn match points and beating him, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, in a match filled with notable shotmaking and stirring recovery plays on both sides of the net. Four times Hoehn came within one point of winning at 6-5 in the second set and, in fact, he might have won except for a questionable line call on the first match point.
September 4, 1992 |
Underdogs had their way in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Senior Grass Court tennis championships yesterday at Germantown Cricket Club. All three defending titleholders were beaten. Losing were Jody Rush, the defending champion in the 45-and-over division from Tumwater, Wash.; Allan Carter, the defending 50-and-over champion from New City, N.Y., and Ken Taylor, the defending 55-and-over champion from Australia. Rush yielded to Barry Conway of Atlanta in two sets in a match that could have gone either way. Conway, winner of the Southern Open 45-and-over title in 1991, prevailed in a match of lunging volley exchanges, 7-6 (7-3)
July 22, 2012 |
John McEnroe turned back the clock for tennis fans Friday night with a vintage performance. Now, if only he could do that during the points themselves. Playing with the New York Sportimes during their 19-18 World TeamTennis victory in a super tiebreaker against the Freedoms at the Pavilion at Villanova, McEnroe argued with the umpire, slammed a ball into the net in frustration after a double fault, and once cocked his racket, preparing to chuck it after hitting a ball out of bounds.
July 4, 1993 |
It was over, and the tears came, and Jana Novotna cried into the shoulder of the Duchess of Kent. Novotna sobbed as the duchess told her that it was OK, that someday she, Jana Novotna, would win Wimbledon. And she cried because Wimbledon was Novotna's to win when she led top seed and two-time defending champion Steffi Graf by 4-1 in the third set and was one point away from a 5-1 lead. Novotna cried because she had played 2 hours and 14 minutes of almost totally fabulous tennis, and Novotna cried because she may never be so close, so achingly close, to winning a Grand Slam tennis title.
September 6, 1996 |
To have seen it, to have seen Pete Sampras vomit three times, to have seen him bent over at the waist after nearly every point in a fifth-set tiebreak that would measure him as a champion, to have seen him turn gray, to have seen his vacant eyes and clammy face, to have seen him wobble and stumble, teeter and totter, serve a 76-mile-an-hour fault, then a 90-mile-an-hour second-serve ace to give himself match point, to have seen it . . . still, it...