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Karolina Pliskova reaches final in Cincinnati

MASON, Ohio (AP) Karolina Pliskova has reached the Western & Southern Open final for the first time, looking to succeed Serena Williams as champion. Williams, the two-time defending champ, skipped the tournament with a sore shoulder. The 15th-seeded Pliskova beat Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinals on Saturday. If Angelique Kerber reaches the final and wins in Cincinnati...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tomas Berdych drops out of US Open because of appendicitis

CINCINNATI (AP) Tomas Berdych has pulled out of the U.S. Open, saying he's been diagnosed with appendicitis and needs time to recover. The eighth-ranked Berdych lost to Marin Cilic in three sets at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday. He tweeted on Saturday that he was diagnosed in Cincinnati. ''So I will be flying back to Europe for additional checks and treatment,'...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kerber reaches final, win away from unseating Williams

MASON, Ohio (AP) Angelique Kerber reached the Western & Southern Open final Saturday, leaving her one win away from unseating Serena Williams at No. 1. Kerber took control after a 33-minute rain delay in the first set and beat Simona Halep 6-3, 6-4 in humid, windy conditions, putting her within reach of the world's top ranking. Williams has led the WTA rankings for 183 consecutive...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How great really is Serena Williams?

At this point, Serena Williams just continues to build upon her legacy as an almost thirty-five year-old. Despite a poor showing at the Olympics this year, she has still amassed a gold in singles and three in doubles.  These are only her Olympic achievements, as her WTA career has many titles to boast. As of Aug. 2016, Serena possesses seventy-one WTA singles titles including twenty...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kerber wastes chance to supplant Serena Williams at No. 1

MASON, Ohio (AP) Angelique Kerber couldn't take that final step up to No. 1. The world's second-ranked player wasted a chance to end Serena Williams' long run at the top. She fell behind at the outset, repeatedly missed routine shots and fell to Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match Sunday at the Western & Southern Open. Williams will be ranked No. 1 for the...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kerber wastes shot at No. 1, Murray's long streak ends, too

MASON, Ohio (AP) The final step up to No. 1 was simply too big for Angelique Kerber - this time, anyway. The world's second-ranked player wasted a chance to end Serena Williams' long run at the top. She fell behind at the outset, repeatedly missed routine shots and fell to Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-1 in the championship match Sunday at the Western & Southern Open. On the men...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gibbs on tennis: Karolina Pliskova wins Cincinnati, saves Serena’s No. 1 ranking

I thought there might be a lull in tennis this week after the insanely emotional week in Rio, but boy was I wrong. Before the Olympics could even officially end, the WTA Tour picked things right back up on another continent without missing a beat at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Serena Williams took a wildcard to the tournament at the last minute, but then pulled...
Via Excelle Sports
2 days ago

Vesnina, Bouchard win opening matches at Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Elena Vesnina of Russia and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada have won their opening matches at the Connecticut Open. Bouchard rolled past Annika Beck of Germany 6-2, 6-1, while Vesnina beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-1, 6-4. The 20th-ranked Vesnina arrived in New Haven on the heels of a doubles gold medal at the Rio Olympics with Ekaterina Makarova. She reached...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wozniacki loses opening match at Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki is out of the Connecticut Open. The former top-ranked player from Denmark lost 7-5, 6-2 to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Monday in the first round of the final warmup for the U.S. Open. Wozniacki, now ranked 51st, was coming off a second-round loss to Petra Kvitova at the Olympics. Ostapenko, 19, reached the final at...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova: to the very end, a happy contradiction

To the very end of her illustrious career as a professional tennis player, Maria Sharapova remained a pleasing and positive puzzle, one the sports world had a hard time solving. Sharapova’s retirement on Monday, announced before her 29th birthday in April, offered one last revealing glimpse into an athlete who was easy to judge from a distance, but hard to know in full. Whereas...
Via Attacking The Net
2 days ago  |  Discuss

4-time champ Wozniacki exits Connecticut Open in 1st round

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Caroline Wozniacki entered the Connecticut Open as a wild card, hoping a tournament she has won four times would help her tune up for the U.S. Open. Instead, the former top-ranked player from Denmark saw her struggles continue in a 7-5, 6-2 first-round loss to Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on Monday. ''It's been a really weird year for me, something I'm not...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic seeded No. 1 for US Open

NEW YORK (AP) Serena Williams is the No. 1 seeded woman for the U.S. Open after barely holding on to the top spot in the rankings, and Novak Djokovic is No. 1 among the men. Neither Williams nor Djokovic has played a match since early exits at the Rio Olympics. Williams later said she was dealing with a right shoulder problem, while Djokovic said his left wrist was sore. Williams...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic seeded No. 1 for U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Serena Williams is the No. 1 seeded woman for the U.S. Open after barely holding on to the top spot in the rankings, and Novak Djokovic is No. 1 among the men. Neither Williams nor Djokovic has played a match since early exits at the Rio Olympics. Williams later said she was dealing with a right shoulder problem, while Djokovic said his left wrist was sore. Williams...
Via The Denver Post
1 day ago

The Ageless Dominance Of Serena Williams And Novak Djokovic

This article also appears in ESPN The Magazine’s September 5 issue.Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic just keep getting better with age. Upsets in Rio aside, both are poised to dominate their younger competition at the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 29.With Serena and Venus Williams still so prominent, it can feel like little has changed in the past 15 years of women’s tennis....
Via FiveThirtyEight
1 day ago

Flipkens beats Bencic to advance at Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Belgian Kirsten Flipkens added to an already memorable summer Tuesday, beating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in the opening round of the Connecticut Open. Flipkens, who upset Venus Williams at the Olympics, had lost in the second round of qualifying in New Haven. But, she was moved into the main draw after Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko withdrew from...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic seeded No. 1 for U.S. Open

NEW YORK -- Serena Williams is the No. 1 seeded woman for the U.S. Open after barely holding on to the top spot in the rankings, and Novak Djokovic is No. 1 among the men.Neither Williams nor Djokovic has played a match since early exits at the Rio Olympics. Williams later said she was dealing with a right shoulder problem, while Djokovic said his left wrist was sore.Williams could...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Top-seed Radwanska advances at Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Top-seed Agnieszka Radwanska breezed past 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-1 Tuesday night in the second round of the Connecticut Open. The fourth-ranked player in the world trailed 4-5 and faced a set point before taking control of the match. Olympic doubles champions Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia became the first players to advance...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How Billy Jean King’s pushing team tennis in NYC

Billie Jean King said she has asked Olympic tennis officials to consider the team format of World Team Tennis in the future. She hasn’t gotten far. For now she will have to settle for Friday’s championship match in Forest Hills between the San Diego Aviators and Orange County Breakers. It is the first time WTT...
Via New York Post
1 day ago

Dynamic Doubles Duo: Federer, Nadal to team up in Laver Cup

NEW YORK (AP) Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal say they plan to play doubles together when the Laver Cup debuts next year. With a combined 31 major titles, Federer and Nadal have committed to the inaugural event, which is an attempt to create a tennis version of golf's Ryder Cup. Named for Australian tennis great Rod Laver, the competition was first announced in January. A team...
Via AP on Fox
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Federer looked into ways to play either Olympics or US Open

NEW YORK (AP) Roger Federer says he contemplated scenarios in which he would play in the Olympics and skip the U.S. Open, and vice versa. In the end, his balky left knee wouldn't allow him to do either. The 17-time major champion was in Manhattan on Wednesday to talk about playing tennis next year at the new Laver Cup team event. But for the first time since 1999, he's not preparing...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

The First Ever Connecticut Open Debate

It's an election year here the U.S. and we've been subjected to way too many national debates but I think this is by far the best one of them all.  With Caroline Wozniacki as the moderator,  the candidates (Aga Radwanska, Roberta Vinci and Petra Kvitova) are asked hard-hitting questions in their quest to become President. The candidates unite in their dislike of Pokemon but the...
Via Onthegotennis
10 hours ago

American Rogers loses to Larsson at Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) American Shelby Rogers has lost to Johanna Larsson of Sweden 7-6 (1), 6-4 at the Connecticut Open. The 23-year-old Rogers managed one point in the first-set tiebreaker. She trailed 5-2 in the second set before winning two straight games. Larsson, ranked No. 62, needed four match points while serving at 5-4 to win. Larsson, a lucky loser, will face the winner...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Petra Kvitova tops Eugenie Bouchard in Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Defending champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic advanced to the Connecticut Open quarterfinals, beating Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday night. Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon winner and a bronze medalist in the Rio Olympics, won 10 straight games after falling behind 3-1 in the first set. She will face Ekaterina Makarova of Russia....
Via AP on Fox
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pete Sampras: This guy may be next great US tennis player

Everyone’s waiting for the next great American men’s tennis player to emerge, even Pete Sampras. And Pistol Pete has the guy in mind — 18-year-old, slingshot-serving, recently married Taylor Fritz. Sampras endorsed Fritz as having the best shot of the current crop, which also includes 18-year-old Frances Tiafoe. Last summer, when Sampras played an exhibition...
Via New York Post
2 hours ago
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