Six times, Serena Williams was a single point from winning on Friday. Six times, she failed to come through. All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable.
Yes, that’s right: Williams already owns 16 Grand Slam titles, is ranked No. 1, is three weeks from her 32nd birthday — and yet she still wants to get better.
Flavia Pennetta made her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday in an all-Italian quarterfinal at the US Open.
Andy Murray is well aware things probably will get a tad tougher the rest of the way at the US Open, starting with No. 9 Stanlisas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.
From an ace on the first point to a stinging return on the last, Serena Williams was close to perfect in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. The score said it all Tuesday night: 6-0, 6-0.
In the most compelling match-up of the tournament so far, top seed and defending champion Serena showed fellow American Stephens who’s boss.
Stephens beat a hobbling Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in January.
Maybe’s Riske’s incredible run isn’t that much of a surprise considering her recent surge.
Sloane Stephens reached the fourth round at the US Open for the first time, and a matchup against defending champion Serena Williams could be next.
The fifth-seeded Li avenged her third-round upset loss to the young Brit at last year’s US Open, winning in straight sets Friday at the same stage at Flushing Meadows.
Serena Williams will be back on court Friday, facing Yaroslava Shvedova in the nightcap at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Former champs Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also have matches, while two other US Open winners, Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt, play each other.
Only a few spots separate them in the seedings. Still, the considerable gulf between No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 4 Sara Errani was hard to ignore in their matches Thursday at the U.S. Open.
Gone is the Golden Era of American tennis. Every year, the names Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert seem to fade further in our country’s tennis consciousness.
Andy Murray will be the defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament and he suspects he’ll be more nervous than usual.
Roger Federer usually feels good when he arrives in Cincinnati for a tournament he has won more times than anyone else. This week, not so much.