SAN JOSE — Third-seeded Sam Querrey beat Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-6 (4) on Thursday to reach the SAP Open quarterfinals. Hewitt, the former top-ranked player in the world, double-faulted twice in the third-set tiebreaker, including match point. The Australian has 28 career titles, and beat Querrey in two previous meetings. Read More
Li Na advanced to the Australian Open semifinals for the third time in four years, bringing fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska’s 13-match winning streak to a shuddering halt.
Sixth-seeded Li, who lost the 2011 Australian Open final to Kim Clijsters only months before her Grand Slam breakthrough at the French Open, had a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Radwanska in today’s first match at Rod Laver Arena. Read More
Bob and Mike Bryan have had a very eventful summer. The twin tennis stars won an Olympic gold medal in London in July, then won their record 81st doubles title, at the U.S. Open in New York on Sept. 10.
This weekend’s return to their home state for the Esurance Tennis Classic in Mill Valley will provide a different sort of experience than the rush they’ve been through over the past few months. Read More
Stanford’s Mallory Burdette stood shot-for-shot with the world’s ninth-ranked player for almost an entire set Thursday before her opponent, Marion Bartoli, won 11 straight games to claim the second-round match at the Bank of the West Classic.
The contest, held at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center, was only Burdette’s second WTA-level match; she won her first two days earlier, earning the chance to face the tournament’s second seed, Bartoli, a three-time finalist. Read More
Roger Federer left the door tantalizingly ajar for local hero Andy Murray in the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday, then slammed it shut to win a record-equaling seventh Wimbledon title and in so doing return to the top of the world rankings. Read More
In a unique head-to-head matchup that lasted nearly three hours and featured several tense moments, sophomore Nicole Gibbs edged junior Mallory Burdette 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in an all-Stanford singles final Monday at the NCAA women’s tennis championships in Athens, Ga. Read More
If playing music is your karmic destiny, you can’t run from it. And as the Denver-based husband-and-wife team in the chiming pop combo Tennis (playing a sold-out show Monday at The Independent) testify, you can’t sail away from it on a 30-foot sloop, either.When guitarist Patrick Riley first met keyboardist-vocalist Alaina Moore in college, both were music-student dropouts who had switched to philosophy. Read More
Novak Djokovic wore down Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam singles final in the history of professional tennis Sunday, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 after 5 hours, 53 minutes to claim his third Australian Open title.
Djokovic sealed victory at 1:37 a.m. local time and became the fifth man since the Open Era began in 1968 to win three straight Grand Slam finals. Read More
Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-0 Saturday night to win the Australian Open and take over the women's No. 1 ranking, all in her first Grand Slam final.
The 22-year-old Belarusian had her serve broken in the opening game and was down 2-0 after a nervous start before winning 12 of the next 13 games to take the match away from Sharapova, a three-time major winner and the 2008 Australian champion. Read More