Latest US Open (tennis)/Single Players Stories

2009-10-05 10:16:17

Gael Monfils and Stanislas Wawrinka claimed straight-set wins Monday in first-round play at the $1.23 million Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo. Monfils, seeded fourth, used three service breaks to dispatch Marsel Ilhan in 66 minutes. Monfils, 23, saved five break-point situations and had 15 aces in just nine service games. Wawrinka, the No. 7 seed, had one break in each set of a 6-4, 6-4 win over John Isner. He was forced into just one break-point chance by Isner and saved it. Also...

2009-09-30 10:54:49

Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko and No. 3-seed Robin Soderling each won Wednesday and advanced to the third round of the $847,750 Malaysian Open. Davydenko took out wild-card entrant Taylor Dent 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) with a very steady performance. Dent forced 13 break-point situations but Davydenko successfully fought off all but one of them. Soderling qualified for the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-1 romp over Brendan Evans. Soderling had Evans on the defensive throughout the 57-minute match, ending up...

2009-09-29 12:12:22

Marat Safin defeated No. 5-seeded Philipp Petzschner Tuesday, advancing to the second round of the $608,500 Thailand Open. Safin finished strong in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win over Petzschner. He didn't face a break point in the first or third sets and won 60 percent of the points in the decisive set. He next goes against Marco Chiudinelli, who posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Florian Mayer in his first-round match. No. 6-seeded Jurgen Melzer zipped by Marcos Daniel 6-3, 6-2 in 55 minutes but Evgeny...

2009-09-02 22:23:54

Second-seeded Serena Williams and No. 3 Venus Williams pulled off victories in straight sets Wednesday to reach the third round of the U.S. Open. Serena Williams needed just 53 minutes to dispose of Melinda Czink in an evening match. Czink was appearing in her 17th major tournament and this was just the seventh time she had reached the second round. Despite being troubled by a sore knee, Venus Williams cruised by Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 6-2. Former Open champion Kim Clijsters, unseeded for...

2009-08-31 19:24:52

Serena Williams began defense of her U.S. Open crown with an easy victory Monday on the first day of the final tennis Grand Slam of the year. Williams, second seed and three-time champion, posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over fellow American Alexa Glatch as she seeks her third Grand Slam title of 2009. She won the Australian Open, was a quarterfinalist at the French Open, and beat sister Venus in the final at Wimbledon. Former U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters, 26-year-old Belgian, defeated Ukraine's...

2009-07-20 18:02:34

Germans Philipp Petzschner and Andreas Beck were among Monday's winners in the opening round of the men's Hamburg Open. Petzschner posted a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 victory over France's Florent Serra and Beck rallied from a set down for a 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spain's Oscar Hernandez. German Daniel Brands came back for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Romanian Victor Crivoi; German Simon Greul rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic; Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay beat German...

2009-07-15 19:17:14

Reigning champion Tommy Robredo led Wednesday's winners at the Swedish Open tennis tournament in Bastad, Sweden. Robredo, the No. 3 seed and only player in the 28-man field ever to have won this event, beat unheralded Peter Luczak 6-2, 6-3 in a second-round match. He next faces Teimuraz Gabashvili in the quarterfinals Friday. Gabashvili was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Bjorn Phau. In other matches Wednesday, fifth-seeded Nicolas Almagro downed Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), and Daniel Gimeno-Traver...

2009-06-24 15:21:25

Maria Sharapova was ousted Wednesday but Serena Williams swept to a straight-set win Wednesday at the Wimbledon Championships in London. Sharapova, in her fourth tournament since returning from shoulder surgery, was defeated 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 by Gisela Dulko. Sharapova had nine double faults and 27 unforced errors but nearly battled her way to the win. However, seven of the double faults came in the third set. Sharapova is 11-4 since beginning her comeback. Williams, seeded second, had no...

2009-05-19 14:53:07

Fifth-seeded Sara Errani survived a third-set tiebreak Tuesday in taking a first-round win at the $600,000 Warsaw Open tennis tournament in Poland. Errani slipped by Greta Arn 6-2, 1-6 7-6 (7-2) despite falling behind 3-5 in the third set before forcing the decisive tiebreaker. No. 6-seeded Daniela Hantuchova also played three sets Tuesday, finally topping Nuria Llagostera Vives 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Also Tuesday, local favorite Urszula Radwanska was a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Mariya Koryttseva and...

2009-05-04 11:27:15

Local favorite Nicolas Kiefer rallied for a three-set victory Monday in first-round play of the $595,000 BMW Open tennis tournament in Germany. Kiefer, seeded sixth in the clay-court French Open tuneup in Munich, struggled through the first set before coming back for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Ernests Gulbis. Kiefer had his serve broken twice in the first set while Gulbis didn't face a break point. But Kiefer recorded four breaks -- two in each of the last two sets -- to take control of the...

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