Tag: Grand Slam

Federer Erases 2-set Hole, 3 Match Points At Wimbledon

  LONDON (AP) — The match, and Roger Federer’s bid for a record eighth Wimbledon championship, essentially should have been over after a little more than 1½ hours Wednesday. Already trailing two sets to none, he was down love-40 while serving at 3-all in the third. Once that problem was solved, his quarterfinal against Marin Cilic really could have concluded 45 minutes later, when Federer faced a match point at 5-4 in the fourth. Or 10 minutes and two games later, when Cilic again was a point from winning. Or another 10 minutes after that, when Cilic held a...

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Flavia Pennetta rallies to top Kvitova in 3 sets, into US Open semi

NEW YORK (AP) — Flavia Pennetta loves visiting New York for a week or two every year. Once again, she’s sticking around as long as she can. The 26th-seeded Italian rallied from down a set and a break against two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova on Wednesday to reach her second U.S. Open semifinal in three years. “In the second set, I was really in trouble,” Pennetta said. “I just keep going, playing, playing. It’s unbelievable.” In 38 career appearances at the other three majors, Pennetta has reached the quarters just once. She’s done it six times in seven years...

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Djokovic, Williams Show At Wimbledon They’re Clear No. 1s

LONDON (AP) — It’s more obvious than ever that Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have really distanced themselves from the rest of the elite in tennis. Not just because they were the ones who got to dress up and attend the Wimbledon champions’ dinner Sunday night. And not just because their leads at No. 1 in the rankings will remain large Monday. Both Djokovic, who won his third trophy at the All England Club by beating Roger Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 in the final, and Williams, who won her sixth, are demonstrating that they’re capable of...

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Williams Wins French Open for Grand Slam Title

PARIS (AP) — Overcoming a mid-match lull and a third-set deficit, Serena Williams won her third French Open title and 20th major singles trophy by beating 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 on Saturday. The top-ranked Williams took the last six games and added to her championships on the red clay of Roland Garros in 2002 and 2013. She stretched her Grand Slam winning streak to 21 matches, following titles at the U.S. Open last September and Australian Open in January. Only two women in the century-plus history of Grand Slam tennis have won...

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Venus Williams ousted from French Open by Sloane Stephens

PARIS (AP) — A loss by Venus Williams in the first round at a Grand Slam is no longer the rarity it once was. And, as it happens, the woman who beat Williams at the French Open on Tuesday, Sloane Stephens, is making a concerted effort, at her coach’s behest, to focus less on who is on the other side of the net. Still, it was hard not to see the 22-year-old Stephens’ 7-6 (5), 6-1 dismissal of seven-time major champion Williams, who at 34 was the oldest woman in the field, as a statement about the directions their...

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