June 5, 2013 |
PARIS - Less than 48 hours after learning of the death of his childhood coach, Novak Djokovic was on court at the French Open, determined to complete a career Grand Slam in honor of the woman he likened to a "second mother. " Still grieving, Djokovic began shakily yesterday. Six of the match's first seven unforced errors were his. But he went on to defeat 16th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and reach the quarterfinals at a 16th consecutive major tournament.
April 8, 2013
After a testy exchange over serves, Serena Williams settled down to defeat Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, and win the Family Circle Cup on Sunday in Charleston, S.C. At the start of the second set, Williams said Jankovic was serving too quickly, before she was ready. During the next changeover, Jankovic asked the chair umpire how long she needed to wait. "Until I'm ready," Williams shot back. Any hard feelings didn't last - Jankovic met Williams with a big smile at the net after the match ended.
November 5, 2012 |
WITH NONE of his usual rivals standing in the way, David Ferrer finally won a Masters final on his fourth attempt. The fourth-seeded Ferrer beat Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz , 6-4, 6-3, Sunday in the Paris Masters final for the biggest win of his career and ATP tour-leading seventh title of the year. He had lost twice to Rafael Nadal and once to Andy Murray in his previous Masters finals - but didn't have to face a Grand Slam winner this time. "I feel the pressure more than him, because I played three times in a Masters final," said Ferrer, 30, of Spain.
October 20, 2012
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he wants to monitor quarterback Everett Golson's concussion recovery for another 48 hours before deciding on a starter against Brigham Young on Saturday. Golson was cleared to practice Wednesday after sustaining a helmet-to-helmet hit against Stanford. Kelly says Golson is getting better, but the coach wants to see how the QB does at practice Friday and before the game Saturday. He says either Tommy Rees or Andrew Hendrix could start in Golson's place.
June 14, 2012
With free agency looming in less than three weeks, New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise has crossed the rival New York Rangers off his list of potential future employers. Meeting with the media for the first time since his team lost the Stanley Cup in six games to the Los Angeles Kings two days ago, the 27-year-old Parise reiterated that he would like to continue playing for the Devils and would even consider signing before free agency starts on July with the right deal.
April 15, 2012
John Isner defeated Feliciano Lopez , 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-3, on Saturday to advance to the final of the U.S. Clay Court tennis championship in Houston. The big-serving Isner became the top-ranked American, moving to No. 9 in the world. He leapfrogged previous No. 9 Mardy Fish, who lost in the second round. Isner will play Juan Monaco in Sunday's final. Monaco defeated qualifier Michael Russell 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Caroline Wozniacki beat Petra Martic , 6-3, 6-2, to set up an e-Boks final against Angelique Kerber in Copenhagen, Denmark.
May 30, 2011 |
PARIS - His 43d consecutive victory complete, Novak Djokovic ripped off his white baseball cap, pivoted to look up at his parents, coach and other supporters in the stands, then let out a yell. It was the sort of visceral reaction one might expect at the conclusion of a taut, tense contest, not the rather routine 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 result the second-seeded Djokovic assembled Sunday at the expense of No. 13 Richard Gasquet in the fourth round of the French Open. "I didn't expect it to be easy, that's for sure," said Serbia's Djokovic, who briefly addressed the crowd in French, drawing laughter and cheers.
May 28, 2011 |
PARIS - If Caroline Wozniacki truly was torn up inside about her latest loss at a Grand Slam tournament, she certainly hid it well. Wozniacki smiled and shrugged while deflecting questions about being No. 1 despite never having won a major title. Her wait for a breakthrough was extended yesterday, when she was beaten, 6-1, 6-3, by 28th-seeded Daniela Hantuchova, of Slovakia, in the third round of the French Open. After the match, Wozniacki was consoled by her father. She said he told her: "The world still goes on, and we still have the next tournament next week.
May 23, 2011 |
PARIS - Marin Cilic became the first seeded player to be eliminated from the French Open, losing to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 Sunday in the first round. The 19th-seeded Cilic of Croatia, who reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, is a former top-10 player. But he had 67 unforced errors in the match and was broken five times. For Ramirez Hidalgo, it was only his fourth win in 15 Grand Slam tournaments. Besides reaching the fourth round at the 2006 French Open, the Spaniard lost in the first round in each of his other 13 appearances at the four biggest tournaments on the tennis circuit.