Tennis

  • U.S. Open men's singles draw - analysis

    No Nadal. Federer sitting pretty and Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in tough in the U.S. Open men's singles draw.

    Busted Racquet
  • Rosol beats Lu in 3 sets in semis

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic advanced to the finals of the Winston-Salem Open on Friday after beating Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the final tuneup for next week's U.S. Rosol, seeded seventh, will take on the winner of Friday's second semifinal between Sam…

    The Associated Press
  • US OPEN 2014: What to watch at year's last major

    Heading into the U.S. Open, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have won 36 of the past 38 Grand Slam titles, a stretch dating to the 2005 French Open.

    Associated Press
  • Federer could win numbers game at U.S. Open

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Roger Federer achieved tennis greatness with an intoxicating blend of athleticism, artistry and unflinching nerve. Seventeen grand slam singles titles, three more than any man who has played the game, have been won by the Swiss maestro. Open winner Rafa Nadal, has…

    Reuters
  • Becker surprised by criticism of appointment by Djokovic

    (Reuters) - Boris Becker says he was surprised by the level of criticism when world number one Novak Djokovic took him on as his coach last year. The former Wimbledon champion had been seen on television as a commentator but many felt Becker, whose off-court escapades threatened to eclipse his…

    Reuters
  • Kvitova, Rybarikova reach WTA New Haven final

    New Haven (United States) (AFP) - Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova advanced to the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament final Friday with straight-set triumphs.

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  • U.S. Open women's singles draw - analysis

    No. 1 seed Serena Williams and up-and-coming American Taylor Townsend fill out the first two of 128 spots. And it just gets better from there.

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  • US OPEN 2014: Serena chasing major title No. 18

    NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams stopped hiding from history and started making more of it.

    Associated Press
  • Serena the singer? Tennis star does karaoke

    Serena Williams replaced her tennis racket with a microphone at a karaoke event a week ahead of the U.S. Williams told the crowd before she began: ''I'm really nervous.'' She was joined by fellow tennis player Jack Sock, ''Orange Is the New Black'' stars Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba, ''Glee'' actor…

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  • Factbox: U.S. Open facts and figures

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Open will take place from Monday-Sept. 8 in New York. Here are some facts and figures on the fourth and final grand slam of the year: - 2013 women's champion: Serena Williams (U.S.) - 2013 men's champion: Rafa Nadal (Spain), injured not defending - The total prize money pool…

    Reuters
  • Williams looking to wave American flag again

    Serena Williams will once again be counted on to wave the Stars and Stripes at the U.S. Open as she takes center stage at New York's Flushing Meadows with the next generation of American tennis hopefuls waiting in the wings. Expectations weigh on Williams but it is a burden she has capably carried…

    Reuters
  • Bouchard, Raonic make final push to summit at U.S. Open

    The Maple Leaf has been waved by a Masters champion and produced most valuable players in the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. Faced with some Everest sized hype, Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic have set up base camps within sight of…

    Reuters
  • Tennis - Injured Isner pulls out of Winston-Salem

    - Two-time champion John Isner withdrew from the US Open tune-up event at Winston-Salem on Thursday with a left ankle injury. The American was due to play Lukas Rosol in the quarter-finals on Thursday, but pulled out with the injury suffered in his win over Mikhail Kukushkin on Wednesday. "I am…

    AFP
  • 2014 U.S. Open: Tracking this year's primary contenders

    The North American hard-court swing provided a slightly refreshing change of pace from the last couple of years. Sure, Serena Williams won two tournaments (file under "Business As Usual"), but so did a resurgent Agnieszka Radwanska, who won her first Premier title in more than two years. Milos…

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  • Tennis - Rybarikova advances to WTA New Haven final

    - Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova fired seven aces to defeat Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-4 Friday and reach the final of the WTA Connecticut Open, a US Open warm-up event. Rybarikova, ranked 30 spots below her rival at 68th, denied Giorgi on all 11 of her break-point chances to win in 83 minutes at…

    AFP
  • Kvitova, Rybarikova win in Connecticut Open semis

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the finals of the Connecticut Open for the third straight year, beating Australian Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-1 on Friday.

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  • Tennis - Wimbledon champion Kvitova reaches New Haven semis

    - Reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced to the semi-finals of the WTA New Haven hardcourt tournament Thursday with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Czech compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

    AFP