The Early Lead: Tennis


Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Australian Open play suspended: How hot is too hot?

Maria Sharapova manages to win, but Juan Martin del Potro does not.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australian Open, Tennis

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/13/2013

Maria Sharapova joins NBC for Winter Olympics in Sochi

Tennis star will return to her homeland for the network.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maria Sharapova, Olympics, Tennis

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Rory McIlroy, Caroline Wozniacki are fine, tennis player says

Last straw may have been a photo tennis player shared of the golfer on Twitter.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:17 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caroline Wozniacki, Rory McIlroy, Tennis

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Serena Williams, Breaking Bad are a perfect fit (video)

Tennis announcer has an A1 day describing the China Open match.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:32 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Carolina Wozniacki, Serena Williams, Tennis

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Rafael Nadal, with second U.S. Open win, eyes Roger Federer’s record

Master of many surfaces, Spaniard is four Grand Slam titles behind Federer, one back of Pete Sampras.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:02 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Tennis, U.S. Open

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Serena Williams wins U.S. Open: Is she the greatest ever?

Victory puts her seven Grand Slam wins from Margaret Court's record of 24.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:24 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Serena Williams, Tennis, U.S. Open

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Venus Williams loses in U.S. Open in second-round battle

Third-set tiebreak loss to Zheng Jie is latest setback.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:32 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis, U.S. Open, Venus Williams

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 08/28/2013

U.S. Open 2013: Victoria Duval wins upset, gets a tweet from Lil Wayne

Teenager draws attention after upsetting 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:13 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Samantha Stosur, Tennis, U.S. Open, Victoria Duval

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 08/26/2013

James Blake to retire after U.S. Open

First-round opponent is Ivo Karlovic.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:36 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  James Blake, Tennis, U.S. Open

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Venus Williams has purple hair at the U.S. Open

This is one way to make a statement in the first round.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:00 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis, U.S. Open, Venus Williams

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Maria Sharapova isn't changing her name to Sugarpova (updated)

The move, to report her candy company, would only be temporary.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:35 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maria Sharapova, Tennis, U.S. Open

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/14/2013

U.S. Open is adding retractable roof

Weather has wreaked havoc with the men's final the last few years.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis, U.S. Open

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory brings joy to Dunblane

Tennis champion survived horrific 1996 school shooting.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:48 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andy Murray, Dunblane, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 07/08/2013

Andy Murray, after Wimbledon win, hailed as Britain's hero

The prime minister speaks of knighthood as the champion loses some sleep.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:07 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andy Murray, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 07/07/2013

Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, blasts past Novak Djokovic

Scotsman's victory sets off a United Kingdom celebration.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:26 PM ET, 07/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 07/05/2013

Novak Djokovic outlasts Juan Martin del Potro in classic Wimbledon semifinal

World's No. 1 player wins longest semifinal in tournament history.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:57 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Andy Murray pulls out a five-set victory in Wimbledon quarterfinal

With crowd solidly behind him, Scotsman advances to semifinal against Jerzy Janowicz.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:18 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Serena Williams upset by Sabine Lisicki in Wimbledon's fourth round

German known for her big serve was too much for French Open champion.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:23 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sabine Lisicki, Serena Williams, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Serena Williams vs. Andy Murray: How about a battle of the sexes?

Murray raises the possibility and Williams says "that would be fine." Now it just needs to happen.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:30 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Roger Federer loses in Wimbledon's second round

Seven-time champion falls to Sergiy Stakhovsky, ranked 116th in the world.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:40 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Roger Federer, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Maria Sharapova upset at Wimbledon

A rematch with Serena Williams made a nice storyline, but Michelle Larcher de Brito had other ideas.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:38 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maria Sharapova, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Wimbledon 2013: Maria Kirilenko upset by Laura Robson

With Alex Ovechkin looking on, unseeded Brit ousts Russian who had advances to the quarterfinals last year.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:59 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Maria Kirilenko, Rory McIlroy, Tennis

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Serena Williams wins her Wimbledon opener easily

The world's No. 1 player advances with 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mandy Minella.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:45 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Serena Williams, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Rafael Nadal upset in his Wimbledon opener

Steve Darcis sends the French Open champ, who appeared to be battling an injury, home early.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rafael Nadal, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Wimbledon 2013: Azarenka hurt in win; Puig upsets Errani

Slippery conditions prove treacherous on the first day of play at the All England Club.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:48 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Monica Puig, Tennis, Victoria Azarenka, Wimbledon

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Serena Williams says she apologized to Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon

Williams, the defending champion, and Sharapova wouldn't meet until the final.

By Cindy Boren  |  06:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 06/19/2013

Serena Williams sorry for saying rape victim 'shouldn't have put herself in that position' (updated)

World's No. 1 player is drawing criticism for comment in Rolling Stone interview.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:05 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Serena Williams, Tennis, Wimbledon

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Venus Williams pulls out of Wimbledon

Williams will not pursue her sixth single title there because of back problems.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:38 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis, Venus Williams, Wimbledon

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 06/09/2013

Rafael Nadal wins eighth French Open

David Ferrer, a shirtless intruder and rain are no deterrent.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:01 PM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  David Ferrer, French Open, Rafael Nadal, Tennis

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 06/09/2013

Fan with lighted flare rushes court in Rafael Nadal's French Open final

Shirtless, masked man with a lighted flare is subdued by security.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:24 AM ET, 06/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  French Open, Rafael Nadal, Tennis

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 06/08/2013

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova in French Open final

EARLY LEAD | Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova in straight sets to become the second woman to win all four Grand Slams twice.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:06 AM ET, 06/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  French Open, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Tennis

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova to play in French Open final

Williams crushes Sara Errani in 46 minutes.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  French Open, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Tennis

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Ovechkin plays love games at French Open

Capitals star offers support for his fiancee in Paris.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:04 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, French Open, Maria Kirilenko, Tennis

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Roger Federer falls to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in French Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reaches the semifinals in Roland Garros with a straight-sets win over Roger Federer.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:37 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  French Open, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roger Federer, Tennis

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Serena Williams struggles but wins French Open quarterfinal

Svetlana Kuznetsova can't keep up with the world's No. 1 player.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:22 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  French Open, Serena Williams, Tennis

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Serena Williams drops out of Dubai tournament

Back injury forces Williams out, just days after she regains No. 1 world ranking.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Serena Williams, Tennis

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Serena Williams tweets photo of severely sprained ankle

Just how, exactly, did she manage to play on with an ankle this badly hurt?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:45 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australian Open, Serena Williams, Tennis

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Serena Williams upset by 19-year-old Sloane Stephens

Back injury and temper tantrum mark loss as Williams's remarkable streak ends.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:25 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Serena Williams, Tennis

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Serena Williams vows to play on despite ankle injury in Australian Open

An off-day should give her a little time to recover before her next match.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australian Open, Serena Williams, Tennis

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 07/06/2012

Wimbledon Live: Roger Federer beats Novak Djokovic to reach final

Can Roger Federer dethrone the reigning Wimbledon champion and move one step closer to a seventh title?

By Matt Brooks  |  09:15 AM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Rafael Nadal finishes off Novak Djokovic to claim record 7th French Open title

The Spanish slugger overcame an overnight delay to fend off the world’s top-ranked player and continue his dominance of the red clay.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:00 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 06/08/2012

French Open: Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer, will meet Rafael Nadal in 4th straight Grand Slam final

The World No. 1 muscled his way past Roger Federer, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, to advance to his first French Open final where he’ll aim to complete his career Grand Slam.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:26 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 06/08/2012

French Open: Rafael Nadal breezes past David Ferrer and into another final

To no one’s surprise, Rafael Nadal dispatched his fellow Spaniard David Ferrer to reach his seventh final in eight years at Roland Garros.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:26 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 06/05/2012

Novak Djokovic storms back to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, advance to French Open semifinals

The world’s No. 1 player continued his Grand Slam dominance, despite a rugged battle from the young Frenchman.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:38 PM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 05/29/2012

French Open: Serena Williams ousted in first round by 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano

After a shocking meltdown on the red clay of Roland Garros, fifth-seeded Serena Williams is out in the first round of a major for the first time in her career.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:18 PM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 06/03/2011

Roger Federer snaps Novak Djokovic’s streak to reach French Open final

Roger Federer got the best of Novak Djokovic in a four set semifinal victory Friday to halt the Serbian’s 41-match winning streak to start 2011 and set up another Grand Slam final matchup with Rafael Nadal.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:56 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tennis