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August 21, 2010
Top-ranked Serena Williams pulled out of the U.S. Open because she is still recovering from surgery on her right foot. Williams, who won her 13th grand slam at Wimbledon earlier this year and is ranked No. 1 in the world, cut her foot on broken glass at a restaurant in July and has not played since. "It is with much frustration and deep sadness that I am having to pull out of the U.S. Open," Williams said on the tournament's Web site. "My doctors have advised against my playing so that my foot can heal.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 12, 2010
NEW YORK — The celebration was muted for Kim Clijsters at first. Her opponent, Vera Zvonareva, provided little opposition in the U.S. Open women's tennis final, unraveling bit by bit and never offering a moment of competitive tenseness. So the second-seeded Clijsters won the U.S. Open on Saturday night 6-2, 6-1 in 59 minutes over the seventh-seeded Zvonareva in an anticlimactic prime-time women's final. After Clijsters had hugged Zvonareva and told her beaten opponent that it takes some time to feel comfortable in these big matches, it was left for Clijsters' 30-month-old daughter, Jada, to bring the joy to the court after the match, the shortest Open final since time was officially recorded in 1980.
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SPORTS
August 23, 2010
Roger Federer ended a seven-month title drought with a 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 win over American Mardy Fish in the Cincinnati Masters final on Sunday to send a timely reminder of his class just a week before the U.S. Open. Federer captured his 63rd title in his 90th final and won his fourth title at Cincinnati since 2005. He also is 14-1 in finals against U.S. players, the lone loss to Andre Agassi in Miami eight years ago. "I've been playing well the last couple weeks, and today was just another proof that I'm playing really well," he said.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 12, 2010
NEW YORK — The unraveling began for Vera Zvonareva in the sixth game of the first set, in a flurry of forehand errors and a service break. It picked up speed early in the second set when Zvonareva did the splits trying to track down a Kim Clijsters forehand. She missed, and in her frustration the Russian pummeled her racket until the frame broke. Clijsters won her second straight U.S. Open women's title and her 21st straight Open match Saturday night with a thorough beating of the seventh-seeded Zvonareva.
SPORTS
March 29, 2004
Moves Baseball INDIANS: Traded IF Ricky Gutierrez to Mets for player to be named. Optioned P Cliff Bartosh to Triple-A Buffalo. Assigned P Dave Lee, P Matt Miller, C Brian Luderer, IF Zach Sorensen and OF Ernie Young to minor league camp. REDS: Optioned P Brandon Claussen to Triple-A Louisville. ROCKIES: Released IF Damian Jackson. Basketball CLIPPERS: Placed G Quentin Richardson on injured list with back spasms. Signed G Randy Livingston to 10-day contract. HAWKS: Signed C Jason Collier for remainder of season.
NEWS
By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 9, 2010
NEW YORK — Here he is again, Novak Djokovic, for the fourth straight year advancing to the semifinals of the U.S. Open. The 23-year-old from Serbia got to the finals in 2007 and the semifinals the last two years. Djokovic, seeded third, had no trouble Wednesday with 17th-seeded Gael Monfils, a gifted shot-maker who chose to ignore the contentious conditions with winds that gusted to 20 mph at Arthur Ashe Stadium. While Monfils was trying never-before-seen twisting, leaping, around-his-leg shots that went nowhere they were supposed to go, Djokovic was strategically timing his advances to the net, keeping his serve under control and beating Monfils 7-6 (2)
NEWS
By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 12, 2010
NEW YORK — The celebration was muted for Kim Clijsters at first. Her opponent, Vera Zvonareva, provided little opposition in the U.S. Open women's tennis final, unraveling bit by bit and never offering a moment of competitive tenseness. So the second-seeded Clijsters won the U.S. Open on Saturday night 6-2, 6-1 in 59 minutes over the seventh-seeded Zvonareva in an anticlimactic prime-time women's final. After Clijsters had hugged Zvonareva and told her beaten opponent that it takes some time to feel comfortable in these big matches, it was left for Clijsters' 30-month-old daughter, Jada, to bring the joy to the court after the match, the shortest Open final since time was officially recorded in 1980.
NEWS
By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 11, 2010
NEW YORK — It wasn't the final point of the match, the winning forehand from Kim Clijsters that couldn't be chased down by a dispirited and slow-footed Venus Williams, that brought 23,000 people to their feet at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday. That was just about expected because second-seeded and defending champion Clijsters had gained such momentum from another shot, a luxurious lob that sailed just beyond the racket of Williams and skipped off the baseline as Williams waved her racket helplessly.
NEWS
By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | July 4, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — It wasn't one thing that Vera Zvonareva did wrong. It was that Serena Williams did everything right. Williams measured her forehands and didn't try to make extravagant winners, just precise ones. Williams corralled her serve, placing it on the lines so much that Zvonareva tried several times to challenge via the electronic lines system, but usually Zvonareva didn't really have hope. She'd be standing on the other service line as if she just needed to see what she couldn't believe.
NEWS
By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 12, 2010
NEW YORK — The unraveling began for Vera Zvonareva in the sixth game of the first set, in a flurry of forehand errors and a service break. It picked up speed early in the second set when Zvonareva did the splits trying to track down a Kim Clijsters forehand. She missed, and in her frustration the Russian pummeled her racket until the frame broke. Clijsters won her second straight U.S. Open women's title and her 21st straight Open match Saturday night with a thorough beating of the seventh-seeded Zvonareva.
NEWS
By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 11, 2010
NEW YORK — It wasn't the final point of the match, the winning forehand from Kim Clijsters that couldn't be chased down by a dispirited and slow-footed Venus Williams, that brought 23,000 people to their feet at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday. That was just about expected because second-seeded and defending champion Clijsters had gained such momentum from another shot, a luxurious lob that sailed just beyond the racket of Williams and skipped off the baseline as Williams waved her racket helplessly.
NEWS
By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | September 9, 2010
NEW YORK — Here he is again, Novak Djokovic, for the fourth straight year advancing to the semifinals of the U.S. Open. The 23-year-old from Serbia got to the finals in 2007 and the semifinals the last two years. Djokovic, seeded third, had no trouble Wednesday with 17th-seeded Gael Monfils, a gifted shot-maker who chose to ignore the contentious conditions with winds that gusted to 20 mph at Arthur Ashe Stadium. While Monfils was trying never-before-seen twisting, leaping, around-his-leg shots that went nowhere they were supposed to go, Djokovic was strategically timing his advances to the net, keeping his serve under control and beating Monfils 7-6 (2)
SPORTS
August 23, 2010
Roger Federer ended a seven-month title drought with a 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 win over American Mardy Fish in the Cincinnati Masters final on Sunday to send a timely reminder of his class just a week before the U.S. Open. Federer captured his 63rd title in his 90th final and won his fourth title at Cincinnati since 2005. He also is 14-1 in finals against U.S. players, the lone loss to Andre Agassi in Miami eight years ago. "I've been playing well the last couple weeks, and today was just another proof that I'm playing really well," he said.
NEWS
August 21, 2010
Top-ranked Serena Williams pulled out of the U.S. Open because she is still recovering from surgery on her right foot. Williams, who won her 13th grand slam at Wimbledon earlier this year and is ranked No. 1 in the world, cut her foot on broken glass at a restaurant in July and has not played since. "It is with much frustration and deep sadness that I am having to pull out of the U.S. Open," Williams said on the tournament's Web site. "My doctors have advised against my playing so that my foot can heal.
NEWS
By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | July 4, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — It wasn't one thing that Vera Zvonareva did wrong. It was that Serena Williams did everything right. Williams measured her forehands and didn't try to make extravagant winners, just precise ones. Williams corralled her serve, placing it on the lines so much that Zvonareva tried several times to challenge via the electronic lines system, but usually Zvonareva didn't really have hope. She'd be standing on the other service line as if she just needed to see what she couldn't believe.
SPORTS
March 29, 2004
Moves Baseball INDIANS: Traded IF Ricky Gutierrez to Mets for player to be named. Optioned P Cliff Bartosh to Triple-A Buffalo. Assigned P Dave Lee, P Matt Miller, C Brian Luderer, IF Zach Sorensen and OF Ernie Young to minor league camp. REDS: Optioned P Brandon Claussen to Triple-A Louisville. ROCKIES: Released IF Damian Jackson. Basketball CLIPPERS: Placed G Quentin Richardson on injured list with back spasms. Signed G Randy Livingston to 10-day contract. HAWKS: Signed C Jason Collier for remainder of season.
SPORTS
June 19, 2006
Roger Federer won his fourth consecutive title at the ATP Gerry Weber Open and tied Bjorn Borg's record of 41 straight grass-court wins with a 6-0, 6-7 (4), 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych yesterday in Halle, Germany. Federer tied Borg's record, set between 1976 and 1981, while playing in his ninth final in nine tournaments in 2006. He became the Halle tournament's only four-time winner. Federer, beaten in the French Open title match a week earlier by Rafael Nadal, was the first Roland Garros finalist to reach the championship round in the Wimbledon warm-up since former No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1996.
SPORTS
May 28, 2011
PARIS — One French Open analyst this week described world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki as playing "moonballing nonsense," and after she and No. 2 seed Kim Clijsters crashed out, the women's game generally is under heavy criticism. Wozniacki, the top seed despite never having won a Grand Slam event, was completely outplayed in a 6-1, 6-3 third-round loss to 28th seed Daniela Hantuchova on Friday, leaving the draw even more wide open than it was before the clay-court event began. Clijsters lost on Thursday to unknown youngster Arantxa Rus, while a 2010 finalist, Samantha Stosur, seeded eighth, was beaten on Friday by unseeded Gisela Dulko.
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