Tonight, we’ll have a rematch of the Wimbledon final, but in the quarterfinals. Serena versus Venus. Serena desperately wants to get back to the semis here–she hasn’t done it since 2002. Venus is red-hot after the Wimbledon final, but wants to win her first non-grass Grand Slam since 2001.
I’ll be running around the tennis Read More
Taken at face value, the fourth-round match of Marion Bartoli and Sybille Bammer on Aug. 31 had a lot going for it. Both athletes played the grinding, gutsy tennis that New Yorkers adore, and the 3-hour, 3-minute match that ensued was tied for the longest in U.S. Open’s women’s history.
No one cared. Read More
The one problem with a two-week-long tournament, from a home-spectator standpoint, is that you have to endure the same commercials over and over again. But this one, starring the Williams sisters and the Manning brothers, isn’t bad. Acting! Read More
Every question from reporters for the next two days will be focused on Serena and Venus Williams. Both players won tonight in straight sets which means they’ll duel in the quarters on Wednesday night in what pretty much amounts the de facto women’s final of this tournament.
Andy Murray also won tonight in three quick Read More
Honestly, this might be the best day at the Open in years. Each marquee match offers a lot:
Mardy Fish v. Gael Monfils:
Fish is finally coming into form with an impressive victory over James Blake, and now he plays the wonderfully entertaining Gael Monfils who had that fantastic run to the French Read More
Week 1 of U.S. Open tennis draws to a conclusion at the end of the day, and with few upsets, we’re looking at an incredibly promising second week. Top seeds today all moved to the next round fairly easily.
Rafael Nadal won in straight sets, making very quick work of up-and-comer Viktor Troicki, 6-4, 6-3, Read More
Venus Williams cruised past Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-3, and Roger Federer had just as easy a time with Maximo Gonzalez, winning 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 on the second night of the 2008 U.S. Open.
Mardy Fish, one of a crop of promising young American players, also moved on to the second round, defeating Australian Robert Smeets, Read More
On Aug. 21, the same day that the women’s draw was announced, I asked Serena Williams at the Nike store on Mercer Street how she felt about her unlucky draw where she’s scheduled to play sister Venus in the quarters.
"Oh really?" she asked, sounding surprised. "No, I didn’t see it. So, hopefully one of Read More
Justine Henin has been known as a great player with an unpredictable mind. If her nerves stayed in check she could beat anybody. But it's that 'if' that has prevented tennis pundits from calling her the unquestionable number one player in the world. If Serena or Venus are on their game, if Sharapova has her Read More
On Friday night, Channel 2 news showed the highlights of the Venus Williams-Justine Henin match. Somehow, Foxy Brown got involved in the mix. Read More