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.
The top-ranked woman breezed to her third Rogers Cup title Sunday with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea. This was her eighth WTA title of the year and the 54th of her career.
All singles players at the U.S. Open are getting a big raise this year, from the record $2.6 million each champion will take home, to the $32,000 for everyone losing in the first round.
Federer’s second-round loss at Wimbledon, a year after taking the title, drops him from No. 3. He was fifth in the rankings on June 23, 2003, two weeks before he won Wimbledon for the first of his record 17 major championships.
The loss, another major upset at Wimbeldon, ended Williams’ career-best 34-match winning streak and her attempt to capture a sixth title at the All England Club.
Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic turned in nearly perfect performances back-to-back Saturday on Centre Court to cap the fourth round at the All England Club.
Williams says she’s reaching out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville rape case after she was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying “she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”
Williams earned a berth in the French Open quarterfinals, extended her career-best winning streak to 28 matches.
New York’s Grand Slam tournament will increase its annual prize money to $50 million by 2017 — roughly double what it was last year — and permanently schedule the men’s semifinals on Friday and men’s final on Sunday starting in 2015.