Tennis star Roger Federer's season came to an unexpected close when he announced on Facebook on Tuesday that he would miss the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the rest of the year.
Federer said he was shutting himself down for the rest of 2016 on the advice of his doctors in order to extend his career. That means he will miss the season...Read more
STANFORD, Calif. -- Shaun Stafford was an NCAA singles champion and once ranked among the top 50 players in the world.
Now, she's the answer to a trivia question as the first player ever to face a Williams sister in a professional competition.
"I remember the WTA called me -- and they never called me," she recalled Tuesday. "And they said, '...Read more
Four days after Serena Williams won her 22nd Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon, Andy Roddick predicted that U.S. men's tennis would rise again.
In fact, he said, that rise may have already begun.
"I think American men's tennis is on the upswing. I think American women's tennis has never gone away," Roddick said Wednesday. "They've been ...Read more
LONDON -- Experience counts.
Crowd favorite Andy Murray, playing in his 11th Grand Slam final, beat first-timer Milos Raonic on Sunday to claim his second Wimbledon singles title in four years.
Murray was essentially a wall, nearly impossible to pass, in winning, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2). Playing in his first Grand Slam final as a favorite, he ...Read more
LONDON -- Thirty-three years ago, John McEnroe played Ivan Lendl in the Wimbledon men's singles semifinals.
Sunday, they'll meet in the finals.
Actually, it's Scotland's Andy Murray playing Canada's Milos Raonic for the championship on Centre Court, but they are coached by tennis legends. Lendl is one of Murray's coaches, and Raonic has been ...Read more
LONDON -- Game, set ... finally matched.
With a dominating performance Saturday, Serena Williams claimed the 22nd Grand Slam title of her career, matching Steffi Graf's Open-era record and achieving a goal that taunted her for nearly a year.
Williams defeated Germany's Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 6-3, to win the women's singles at Wimbledon for a ...Read more
LONDON -- Serena Williams made history with a 22nd Grand Slam title, defeating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 to claim a seventh Wimbledon championship on Saturday.
The 34-year-old pulled even with Steffi Graf on title honors at majors.
"It's a great relief, it was a really good and exciting win for me today," Williams said.
"It was a great final,...Read more
LONDON -- The casual tennis fan might be disappointed that Saturday's women's singles final at Wimbledon doesn't feature sisters Serena and Venus Williams.
But the more discerning observers know that the better matchup prevailed: Serena Williams versus Angelique Kerber of Germany.
Theirs is a rematch of this year's Australian Open final, which...Read more
LONDON -- The Wimbledon gates opened Friday morning and, despite admonishments over the public-address system not to run, thousands of well-heeled fans charged up a hillside like a scene from "Braveheart" to claim a prime piece of real estate.
Those who had grounds passes -- but not coveted Centre Court seats -- unfurled their blankets on a ...Read more
LONDON -- Andy Murray fulfilled home dreams on Friday as he cruised past Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in under two hours to reach his third final at Wimbledon, where he will face Milos Raonic.
Raonic upset Roger Federer, who missed the chance to reach a 28th Grand Slam final, 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Raonic becomes the first Canadian to ...Read more
LONDON -- Venus Williams has gone from spectacular to spectator, as there won't be a Williams-versus-Williams final at Wimbledon this year.
Serena Williams did her part Thursday, dispatching Russia's Elena Vesnina in 49 minutes, 6-2, 6-0, the quickest match in the history of the women's singles semifinal.
"You have to admit, she was just ...Read more
LONDON -- Angelique Kerber prevented a sibling women's final at Wimbledon as she defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in their Thursday semifinal.
Kerber's victory sets up a repeat of the Australian Open final, in which she beat Serena Williams.
Serena will bid to win the grass Grand Slam for the seventh time on Saturday after routing Elena ...Read more
LONDON -- Roger Federer has won 307 Grand Slam tournament singles matches, more than any player. So it's only natural that many of those would run together in his mind, just more clicks on the odometer of his illustrious career.
That was not the case for the seven-time Wimbledon winner in a men's quarterfinal match Wednesday that automatically ...Read more
LONDON -- Roger Federer rallied from two sets down for the 10th time in his career, shocking Marin Cilic 6-7 (4-7), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 on Wednesday to storm into the semifinals at Wimbledon.
Federer last came back from two sets down at the 2014 U.S. Open, when he defeated Gael Monfils.
Federer set another record with his 307th match ...Read more
LONDON -- Dominika Cibulkova will be wearing white Saturday, just not the way she hoped.
She's getting married, and that's not a bad thing, but she really wanted to keep playing at Wimbledon. The Slovakian was knocked out of the tournament Tuesday by Russia's Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-2.
Cilbulkova, 27, who a day earlier said it would be a "dream"...Read more
LONDON -- Venus Williams didn't just turn back her quarterfinal opponent Tuesday, she turned back the clocks.
In a nostalgia-stirring performance, the five-time Wimbledon winner secured a spot in a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time in six years by beating Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Williams, 36, also kept alive the ...Read more
LONDON -- Serena Williams doesn't plan to sue Wimbledon, even though she made that threat during her match Monday when she was concerned she might slip on the wet Centre Court grass.
Williams, the defending women's singles champion, didn't like the suggestion that she and Svetlana Kuznetsova should continue playing at 5-5 despite a light rain. ...Read more
LONDON -- As the grand old man of this tournament and a seven-time Wimbledon winner, Roger Federer has been around long enough to have played the guys behind the guys.
"It's so funny," said Federer, 34, "I've played some of the coaches."
In the meantime, he's happily taking younger players to school. The Swiss star, who hadn't lost a set ...Read more
LONDON -- Roger Federer crushed Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 on Monday, while Andy Murray dispatched Nick Kyrgios as the pair of leading Wimbledon title contenders eased into the quarterfinals on Monday to start the second week of the major.
Federer, seeded third, claimed his 14th career quarterfinal at the event he has won seven times, and has ...Read more
LONDON -- For the American contingent at Wimbledon, it's undeniably a happy fourth (round).
Six of them have advanced to the final 16 -- four women, two men -- the most since seven got this far in 2004.
"I think the whole stigma of 'U.S. tennis is nonexistent' is not relevant anymore," said Coco Vandeweghe, who on Sunday beat Italy's Roberta ...Read more