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Djokovic Grabs 3rd Straight Aussie Open

Andy Murray loses his 3rd final at the event

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 in today's final to become the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian Open titles. After two sets without a service break, top-ranked Djokovic broke Murray in the eighth game of the third set... More »

Wimbledon: Nadal Injured, but Not Out

Source: Rafael Nadal feeling left foot pain after win, still playing

(Newser) - A person with knowledge of the medical test results says that Rafael Nadal is not seriously injured, and is expected to play in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Nadal has not yet released a statement to the media, said today, "the MRI... More »

William, Kate Hit Wimbledon

Kate is an avid tennis fan

(Newser) - Andy Murray performed a majestic bow on Centre Court, then sheepishly apologized to his royal fans—Prince William and new bride Kate—for his unkempt appearance. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watched from the front row of the Royal Box today as the fourth-seeded Murray beat Richard Gasquet to... More »

Serena Williams Faces Risky Road to Return

Tennis star calls blood clot, hematoma 'extremely hard, disappointing'

(Newser) - Serena Williams' tennis career is on hold indefinitely following a series of health scares she calls "extremely hard ... and disappointing." News surfaced yesterday that Williams suffered a pulmonary embolism in February and then, more recently, a hematoma; she is now recuperating at home. But Williams has not played... More »

Nadal Triumphs at US Open

Wins first to complete career Grand Slam

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal won his first US Open title to complete a career Grand Slam, beating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 today in a thrilling final interrupted by a thunderstorm a day after it was postponed by rain. He is the seventh man in tennis history with at least one... More »

Nadal Captures 5th French Open

Roundly defeats Robin Soderling at Roland Garros

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal has reclaimed his crown as the King of Clay. Chasing down shots all over the court, the relentless Spaniard won his fifth French Open title today and avenged his lone Roland Garros defeat, beating Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. Nadal improved to 38-1 at Roland Garros, with the... More »

Venus Out in 4th-Round Upset

Nadia Petrova ousts lacy No. 2 seed on brisk day

(Newser) - Venus Williams' celebrated corset went under wraps today, reports the AP, and now it's out of the French Open. Playing with a long-sleeve top over her black lace outfit on a chilly afternoon, Williams lost in the fourth round to Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-3. Williams came into the tournament seeded... More »

Navratilova: Breast Cancer 'My 9/11'

Nine-time Wimbledon champ vows to win battle

(Newser) - Martina Navratilova's revelation yesterday that she's battling breast cancer may be her toughest match yet. The Czech-born champ, 53, said the February diagnosis was like a "personal 9/11," reports the Times of London. “It was a total shock because I have been so healthy,” she says.... More »

Federer Takes Australian Open

Beats Brit Andy Murray for 4th title Down Under, 16th Grand Slam

(Newser) - Roger Federer has beaten Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (11) for his fourth Australian Open title, extending the British men's drought in Grand Slam singles championships into a 74th year. Murray was riding the hopes of a British public, most of whom have only read about the last British man... More »

Williamses Quietly Take Doubles Title

(Newser) - The Williams sisters won the US Open women's doubles title this afternoon, less than 2 days after Serena's ugly exit in the singles semifinals. In an incident-free match, Serena and Venus defeated defending champions Cara Black and Liezel Huber 6-2, 6-2 for their 10th career Grand Slam doubles title and... More »

Sharapova 'Excited' to Return to Tennis

Grand Slam champion will join Elena Vesnina for doubles

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova has recovered from an acute shoulder injury that sidelined her for six months and is returning to tennis this week, CNN reports. Sharapova will play doubles with Elena Vesnina at the ATP-WTA tournament this week in Indian Wells. "I am excited to be playing competitive tennis again,... More »

Sharapova Pulls Out of Beijing

Shoulder injury dashes Russian's Olympic ambitions

(Newser) - The Olympics lost a bit of its star power today when Maria Sharapova announced that she won't be able to compete because of a shoulder injury, AFP reports. The 21-year-old Russian, ranked third in the world, also will miss the US Open in late August, the AP reports. “The... More »

All-Williams Final At Wimbledon

Sisters both advance in straight sets to Saturday's championship match

(Newser) - Venus and Serena Williams won in straight sets today to set up their third all-sister Wimbledon final and seventh Grand Slam championship matchup. Defending champion and four-time winner Venus beat Elena Dementieva 6-1, 7-6 (6-3), then two-time champ Serena overcame two rain delays and served 14 aces to down China's... More »

Sharapova Out at Wimbledon

Surprise challenger upsets third seed in second round

(Newser) - Former champion Maria Sharapova was ousted today in the second round at Wimbledon by 154th-ranked Alla Kudryavtseva. Kudryavtseva recovered an early break in the second set to beat the 2004 champion 6-2, 6-4; it was Sharapova's earliest exit from a Grand Slam event since her first full season on the... More »

Russia Denies Sharapova Bid to Carry Flag at Olympics

Coach concerned with tiring opening ceremony

(Newser) - Russian officials have denied Maria Sharapova’s request to carry her country’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Reuters reports. “I advised against” Sharpova’s wish to be a flag-bearer, the Russian tennis chief said. “We want her to be fresh, not tired, during... More »

Shaky Serena Beats Jankovic For Title

Williams is 14-1 this year after her fifth Key Biscayne crown

(Newser) - Serena Williams screamed at herself, broke her racket and then finally finished off Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 for her fifth title at the Sony Ericsson Open today. Williams survived some tense moments in the last set and an improbable comeback by Jankovic, who trailed 5-3 in the second set.... More »

Clutch Shot Saves Roddick in Sony Opener

Star beats qualifier on amazing return; Davenport wins too

(Newser) - Andy Roddick was in big trouble in the opening round of the Sony Ericsson Open today when he pulled off a show-stopping shot to turn the match, reports the Associated Press. Roddick improved to 16-3 on the year with the 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 win over Viktor Troicki in Key Biscayne.... More »

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