A Maryland man hit a grand slam this summer playing the state lottery: four winning tickets totaling $101,000 in prize money, The Gazette of Montgomery County reports. Donald “Donnie” Cole III, of Brookeville, won $50,000 on June 26, another $50,000 on July 26, and then $1,000 earlier this week from two tickets. “It was […]
Serena Williams has avenged last year’s Wimbledon final defeat by sister Venus to claim the grass-court major for the third time. The 27-year-old, who also beat her older sibling in winning in 2002 and 2003, triumphed 7-6 (7-3) -2 with a powerful display on Center Court on Saturday to celebrate American Independence Day
Roger Federer served notice of his determination to claim a record 15th Grand Slam crown by firing 23 aces as he shot down Robin Soderling to reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals on the day the Centre Court roof was closed. Federer triumphed 6-4 7-6 7-6 in a repeat of the recent French Open final win that saw him defeat Swede Soderling and equal Pete Sampras’s haul of major titles. “Today was pretty much a serving contest,” admitted Federer of a match which featured just one break of serve
On June 7, as Roger Federer was on his way to equaling Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slam victories by winning the French Open, James Blake and a group of fellow pros watched on a television in the players’ lounge at the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club in London, a warm-up event to Wimbledon.
French Open champion Roger Federer dramatically withdrew from the Halle Open tournament on Tuesday saying he was "overwhelmed and exhausted" after his Paris triumph. Federer beat Swede Robin Soderling in Sunday’s Roland Garros final to complete his Grand Slam haul and equal the record 14 ‘major’ wins by Pete Sampras. He traditionally uses the German follow-up event as his warm-up for Wimbledon which starts on June 22
Former winner Serena Williams crashed out of the French Open on Wednesday leaving seventh-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova to face Australian Samantha Stosur for a place in the final at Roland Garros. Kuznetsova fended off a determined fightback by U.S. world number two Williams to reach the last four with a draining 7-6 5-7 7-5 triumph over the 10-time Grand Slam champion in two hours 46 minutes.
Swede Robin Soderling swept into his first career Grand Slam semifinal with a spectacular 6-1 6-3 6-1 demolition of Russian 10th seed Nikolay Davydenko at the French Open on Tuesday. The 23rd-seeded Soderling had inflicted a first Roland Garros defeat on four-time defending champion Rafael Nadal in the previous round and was in equally impressive form as he saw off his Russian rival
Rafael Nadal’s shock French Open exit at the hands of a player ranked outside the top 20 is already attracting suggestions that it may be the biggest upset in tennis history.
World tennis number two Roger Federer has given his fans some hope that this year could be the year he finally conquers all at Roland Garros. The 27-year-old from Switzerland has won 13 Grand Slam titles, but never the clay court-contested French Open. Federer’s nemesis, Rafael Nadal, has already claimed the Australian Open in a strong start to 2009, and his preparations towards a fifth consecutive French Open title seemed to be all in order until the Swiss player struck at the Madrid Open this week
Former world tennis number one Andre Agassi is picking Rafael Nadal as a huge chance of completing a rare "Grand Slam" by claiming all four major singles tournaments this year.