It was everything that night tennis at the U.S. Open should be, and the most stirring moment of the tournament thus far. After prevailing in a tense fifth-set tiebreaker, Taylor Dent squatted and screamed, releasing in one triumphant moment all of the joy and frustration of a long, difficult match against Ivan Navarro, which Dent Read More
The entire media center–including us!–was writing Venus Williams’ obituary. Down 4-5 in the second set against 47th-ranked Vera Dushevina, three points away from a stunning upset, Venus managed to turn it around and avoid her first-ever exit during the Open’s first week. But not without more twists: up 4-0 in the third, she let Dushevina Read More
Serena Williams only need an hour-and-a-half to defeat Dinara Safina in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Williams really just let Safina implode: the Russian had 41 unforced errors, and won only 29 percent of points off her second serve.
After the match, Venus Williams was waiting for her kid sister outside the women’s locker room with Read More
A lot is being made today of Venus’ "uncharacteristic" play last night: she made 45 unforced errors, and blew 10 set point opportunites. But really, this is the Venus Williams we’ve seen over the last couple years at the Open.
Last year, when she played Jelena Jankovic in the quarters, she commited 56 unforced errors, Read More
The Women’s Tennis Association is clearly troubled by the injuries and disaffection that have plagued the tour in the last few years, and yesterday they announced a plan to do something about it.
In a "roadmap," the WTA announced that the amount of required tournaments will be scaled back from 12 to 10 (in addition to the four Grand Slams), and Read More
Serena’s been talking all year now about how much she wants to up her ranking, and how much she wants to be feared (and respected) again.
She’s moving closer toward that goal. Even though her sister blew 10 set points last night, Serena showed a focused intesnity that we haven’t seen since the days she Read More
Venus Williams was the popular pick for tonight’s match, but 45 unforced errors later, Serena Williams is heading to her first semifinal at the Open since 2002 with a dramatic, hard-knocked 7-6, 7-6 win.
Moments after Serena won, she was greeted at the entryway of the women’s locker room by Venus’ companion Hank Kuehne who Read More
We tried it three times last year and it went well, so here goes for the first time in 2008: a live blog! Follow along by clicking "READ MORE" and please hit me up on aim at johnkoblin if you’d like to chat.
8:31: There are about 20,000 people filing in all at once, Read More
I wanted to pick Serena Williams tonight, if for no other good reason than to buck conventional wisdom by going against the Wimbledon champ, Venus Williams. But a friend of mine who served as our unofficial resident Serena/Venus expert last year has convinced me otherwise.
Goldburn: this is the best i’ve seen Read More
I just caught up with Bud Collins and asked for his pick tonight in the Williams sisters quarterfinal.
"I picked Venus to win the [Open], so I guess I have to stick with her," he said. "It’s very interesting. When [Venus] came along, Richard Williams said Serena was going to be better. And she Read More