Tennis

Maria Sharapova fades as Serena takes 16th Grand Slam title

Sharapova came into this match knowing she had not beaten Serena since her star-making championship win at Wimbledon in 2004 was followed up almost immediately by another success at that year’s WTA Championships.Since then 12 matches had come and gone, including three before this final in 2013; in every match, on any surface, Williams was the winner, and in their last seven meetings Sharapova had clawed hold of just one

Nadal outlasts Djokovic, will face Ferrer in French Open final

Rafael Nadal proved he’s still the undisputed King of Clay today outlasting and outplaying rival Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7(3), 9-7 in a 4 hour, 37 minute epic today in the French Open semifinals. “This was a really emotional match, that’s the truth,” said Nadal. “I lost a match like this in Australia. This one was for me. I’m more than happy about the way I fought in the

Maria Sharapova reaches French Open final

Maria Sharapova of Russia reached the French Open final on Thursday with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 win over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. In Saturday’s championship match the defending champion will play either top seed Serena Wiiliams of the United States or Sara Errani, the Italian she beat in last year’s final to complete a career Grand Slam. The two most notorious grunters in tennis wailed with nearly every swing, matching

Maria Sharapova rallies past Jankovic at French Open

The defending champion Maria Sharapova overcame a miserable start in the quarterfinals Wednesday to beat Jelena Jankovic, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3. It was the first victory of Sharapova’s career after losing an opening set 6-0. Her opponent Friday will be two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who reached her first Roland Garros semifinal by beating Maria Kirilenko 7-6 (3), 6-2. The warmest weather of the tournament greeted the quarterfinalists, and Jankovic quickly

Tsonga stuns Federer to reach French Open semi-finals

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sent Roger Federer crashing out of the French Open quarterfinals yesterday to take a step closer to ending France’s 30-year wait for a men’s champion at Roland Garros. Sixth-seed Tsonga swept to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 triumph to reach his first semifinal in Paris and first by a home player since Gael Monfils in 2008. The 28-year-will tackle Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer for a place in Sunday’s final.

Roger Federer fights back hard to reach quarter-finals : French Open

Federer beat 15th-seeded Gilles Simon of France 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round to reach his 36th consecutive major quarter-final. Chasing a shot, Roger Federer caught his right shoe in the French Open’s red clay, twisting that foot awkwardly and tumbling to the ground. Soon enough, he was in a real rut, in danger of his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in nine years. Federer regrouped and

Federer: It's too early for me to retire

Roger Federer has dismissed claims that he is ready to hang up his racket. The 31-year-old has limited tour appearances in recent years in a bid to ensure he is as fit as possible for the grand slams. And having won at least one of the four majors every year since his breakthrough in 2003, including a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title last year, the world No. 3 insists he has no

NISHIKORI STUNS FEDERER IN MADRID Masters

Japan’s world No. 14 Kei Nishikori dumped defending champion Roger Federer out of the Madrid Masters at the third round stage yesterday as he beat the 17-time Grand Slam champion 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Federer, who returned to the tour in the Spanish capital after a two-month layoff, was broken in the fifth game of the first set as Nishikori went onto seal it comfortably 6-4. The Swiss seemed to have

Djokovic knocked out of Madrid Masters

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was knocked out in the second round of the Madrid Masters after a 6-7 (6), 7-6 (8), 3-6 defeat to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in a match lasting three hours and five minutes. A tight, hard-fought first set was taken by Dimitrov in the tie-break and Djokovic looked to be heading out of the tournament late Tuesday night in the second set when Dimitrov broke his

Wimbledon hikes prize money by 40 percent

This year’s singles champions at Wimbledon will each receive $2.4 million after the All England Club increased overall prize money by a record 40 percent for the biggest total payout in tennis history. Prize money will total $34.4 million, an increase of $9.9 million from last year. The club called it the largest single increase and biggest total prize fund in the history of professional tennis. Wimbledon also announced Tuesday that it plans to build aretractable