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Serena Williams’ U.S. Open Tantrum Reflects Society’s Wider Problems

Serena Williams’ U.S. Open Tantrum Reflects Society’s Wider Problems

on September 14, 2018, 7:23 AM / in Opinion, Tennis

Written by  Selwyn Duke Editor’s Note: This is about personalities, not about gender. There was nothing serene about Serena Williams at this year’s U.S. Open, with her on-court tantrum taking the spotlight away from the winner, Naomi Osaka. But the incident also should shine a spotlight on the wider problems it reflects — namely, political correctness and the growing contempt for […]

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Martina Navratilova: What Serena Got Wrong

Martina Navratilova: What Serena Got Wrong

on September 11, 2018, 6:55 AM / in Opinion, Tennis

Just because the guys might be able to get away with it doesn’t mean it’s acceptable. By Martina Navratilova Editor’s Note: Ms. Navratilova is a broadcaster, former tennis champion and human rights activist. For the ignorant in 2005, Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1975 through 2005 and she is considered one of the best, if not […]

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Djokovic wins his third U.S. Open

on September 10, 2018, 8:26 AM / in Tennis

Novak Djokovic, 31, won the men’s singles title at the U.S. Open on Sunday, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. It was Djokovic’s 14th career Grand Slam victory, moving the Serb into a tie with Pete Sampras for the third most major wins of all time. Djokovic is now just three Grand Slim wins behind Rafael Nadal for […]

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Serena Williams to face Naomi Osaka in U.S. Open final

Serena Williams to face Naomi Osaka in U.S. Open final

on September 7, 2018, 9:18 AM / in Tennis

Serena Williams beat No. 19 seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 to advance to Saturday’s U.S. Open final against Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who defeated American Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4 in the other semifinal. It is Osaka’s first final at Flushing Meadows, and Williams’ ninth. Williams is seeking her 24th major singles title to tie Margaret Court for the most […]

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Defending champ Sloane Stephens knocked out of U.S. Open in quarterfinals

Defending champ Sloane Stephens knocked out of U.S. Open in quarterfinals

on September 5, 2018, 8:08 AM / in Tennis

Defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, this year’s No. 3 seed, lost Tuesday to No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-3. Stephens, appearing affected by stifling New York heat, had trouble putting the ball away during crucial long rallies. “You don’t win matches when you don’t take your opportunities,” she said after the match. Sevastova, 28, is the […]

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Sloane Stephens advances, Williams sisters head for matchup at U.S. Open

on August 30, 2018, 7:12 AM / in Tennis

The U.S. Open continued Wednesday through extreme heat in New York City. No. 3 seed Sloane Stephens came back to beat 21-year-old Ukranian Anhelina Kalina, dropping the first set before claiming the second and third. No. 16 Venus Williams defeated Camila Giorgi of Italy in straight sets, setting up a third-round showdown with her sister Serena Williams, who got past […]

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At 38, Venus Williams survives three sets to advance at her 20th US Open

on August 28, 2018, 9:02 AM / in Tennis

NEW YORK — At 38 years old, it’s not surprising to find that Venus Williams is playing in her 20th career US Open since first competing here in 1997. Williams has never lost a first-round match at the US Open after she scored a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Russian wild-card recipient Svetlana Kuznetsova. It took Williams five match points […]

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No. 1 seed Simona Halep falls in first round at the U.S. Open

No. 1 seed Simona Halep falls in first round at the U.S. Open

on August 28, 2018, 9:01 AM / in Tennis

The U.S. Open kicked off Monday in New York, and within hours there was already a prominent upset. No. 1 seed Simona Halep fell in straight sets to the unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi — 6-2, 6-4 — in the tournament’s first round, marking the first time in modern history that the No. 1 women’s seed has lost a first round […]

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Novak Djokovic: Wimbledon champion doubted another Grand Slam win

Novak Djokovic: Wimbledon champion doubted another Grand Slam win

on July 16, 2018, 7:28 AM / in Tennis

By Jonathan Jurejko  |  BBC Sport at Wimbledon Novak Djokovic says he doubted he would ever win another Grand Slam before ending a two-year drought by claiming his fourth Wimbledon title. Djokovic, 31, won his 13th major by beating South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson in straight sets on Sunday. The Serb struggled for form and fitness after his 2016 French […]

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2018 Tennessee Sports Writers Association all-state tennis teams

on July 14, 2018, 5:50 PM / in Tennis

Here’s a look at the 2018 all-state high school boys and girls tennis teams, as selected by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association: BOYS Large Division SINGLES Takuma Walter, White Station Stone Cozart, Tennessee Donavan Janicek, Brentwood Nathan Zou, Central Magnet DOUBLES James Eaves-Grayson Marlow, Bearden Cliff Herring-Pranav Saravanan, Ravenwood Small Division SINGLES Gabe Williams, Signal Mountain Evan Carr, L&N STEM […]

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Serena Williams advances to Wimbledon final

Serena Williams advances to Wimbledon final

on July 13, 2018, 7:44 AM / in Tennis

Serena Williams qualified for the Wimbledon final, beating No. 13 Julia Goerges of Germany 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinal on Thursday. Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, was seeded 25th after taking nearly a year away from competition following the birth of her daughter. The tennis superstar conceded that she was surprised by her own dominance at Wimbledon this year after […]

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Federer out, Nadal and Djokovic advance at Wimbledon

Federer out, Nadal and Djokovic advance at Wimbledon

on July 12, 2018, 8:54 AM / in Tennis

Top-seeded Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon on Wednesday, blowing a third-set match point to lose to No. 8 Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11. “It was just one of those days where you hope to get by somehow,” said Federer, who last played at No. 1 Court in 2015. “I almost could have. I should have.” […]

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Serena Williams into Wimbledon semi-finals with win over Camila Giorgi

Serena Williams into Wimbledon semi-finals with win over Camila Giorgi

on July 11, 2018, 7:25 AM / in Tennis

Serena Williams defeated Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals at Wimbledon. Williams, a seven-time Wimbledon champion, missed the storied tennis tournament last year because of her pregnancy. “I feel good, like I did better today because I had to,” Williams said. “This is only my fourth tournament back. I don’t feel pressure, or […]

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Federer opens with straight-sets win

Federer opens with straight-sets win

on July 3, 2018, 8:07 AM / in Tennis

By MATTIAS KAREN The Associated Press LONDON — Roger Federer didn’t need his initials to sign off on another masterful display at Wimbledon. He’s hoping to get them back soon, though. Federer’s stylish “RF” logo was missing from his outfit as he stepped out on Centre Court on Monday to begin his title defense with a quick 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 […]

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Wimbledon draw: Andy Murray faces Paire in first round, Roger Federer drawn against Dusan Lajovic

Wimbledon draw: Andy Murray faces Paire in first round, Roger Federer drawn against Dusan Lajovic

on June 29, 2018, 7:45 AM / in Tennis

Former world number one Andy Murray has been given a tough opening draw at Wimbledon as he will face Benoit Paire in the first round. Murray, who has spent over a year out with a hip injury and is currently ranked 156 in the world, was unseeded for Wimbledon and will face Frenchman Paire. It could have been a harder […]

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Nadal wins his record 11th French Open

Nadal wins his record 11th French Open

on June 11, 2018, 7:29 AM / in Tennis

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday to claim his 11th French Open title, extending a record he already held. It was Nadal’s second straight title at Roland Garros. The 32-year-old Spaniard overcame a cramp in his racket-holding hand at 2-1 in the third set, which he said had left him “very, very scared.” He held on […]

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Simona Halep Breaks Through in French Open, Winning Her First Major Title

Simona Halep Breaks Through in French Open, Winning Her First Major Title

on June 10, 2018, 7:52 AM / in Tennis

PARIS — Simona Halep threw her racket on the red clay, its redemptive work done for the day, and thrust her arms high overhead as she beamed on a court that has brought her plenty of heartache. In the stands, Darren Cahill, Halep’s normally pulled-together coach, was unsuccessfully fighting back tears. High up in the commentary booth, Chris Evert, a […]

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Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem: French Open 2018 men’s final – live!

Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem: French Open 2018 men’s final – live!

on June 10, 2018, 7:51 AM / in Tennis

Rafa Nadal has been in 10 French Open finals. He’s yet to lose one. He beat Mariano Puerto for his first in 2005 and since then he’s seen off Roger Federer four times, Novak Djokovic twice and Robin Soderling, David Ferrer and Stan Wawrinka, who was no match for him last year. Put it that way and you can be forgiven for feeling […]

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French Open 2018: Alexander Zverev cruises into second round

French Open 2018: Alexander Zverev cruises into second round

on May 27, 2018, 8:45 PM / in Tennis

Germany’s Alexander Zverev cruised into the second round of the French Open with a straight sets victory over unseeded Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis. The 21-year-old second seed needed only an hour and 11 minutes to prevail 6-1 6-1 6-2 against the world number 92. Zverev is looking for his first Grand Slam trophy having won eight singles titles on the ATP […]

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Italian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Alexander Zverev to win Rome title for an eighth time

Italian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Alexander Zverev to win Rome title for an eighth time

on May 21, 2018, 8:08 AM / in Tennis

Rafael Nadal survived a stunning fightback from Alexander Zverev to win a record eighth Italian Open. Nadal cruised to the first set before defending champion Zverev won nine of the next 11 games to take the second set 6-1 and lead 3-1 in the decider. But the Spaniard turned the match around following a lengthy rain delay and closed out […]

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