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  • Antioch serves up a winner at Niles West Aug 30, 2014 10:55 PM
    Girls tennis At Niles West: Antioch edged out the host school by one point to win the championship. Sequoits freshman Kelsey Neville won second place at No. 1 singles. In the championship match, she faced off against Niles West’s Eliza Kirov, a sophomore who qualified for state last season. Neville dropped both sets, but she forced a tiebreaker in the first set and picked up 4 games against Kirov’s 6 in the second set, “proving that she is a force to be reckoned with, despite her youth,” Sequoits coach Jamie D’Andrea said. Antioch senior Maddie Brost won second place at No. 2 singles. She beat out players from Resurrection and Lane Tech before succumbing to Niles West (7-5, 6-4) in the championship game. Antioch juniors Anna Arden and Annie Horner won their first two matches at No. 1 doubles against Plainfield Central and North Shore Country Day to play in the championship match against Timothy Christian. Arden and Horner lost the third-set tiebreaker to take second. Antioch sophomores Emma DeJong and Elizabeth Gardner played at No. 2 doubles, and they beat out teams from North Shore Country Day, Niles West and Timothy Christian to take first place.

  • Girls tennis: Saturday’s results Aug 31, 2014 1:27 AM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Saturday, August 30.

  • Sara Errani outlasts Venus Williams at U.S. Open Aug 29, 2014 4:59 PM
    Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory. “I think I will remember forever that moment,” Errani said. Two points from defeat, the diminutive Italian rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Williams in a match that was both lopsided and tight.

  • Girls tennis: Thursday’s results Aug 29, 2014 12:47 AM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Thursday, August 28.

  • Girls tennis: Wednesday’s results Aug 27, 2014 11:20 PM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Wednesday, August 27.

  • Sloane Stephens upset in U.S. Open 2nd round Aug 27, 2014 5:48 PM
    Once a sure bet to stick around for a while at Grand Slam tournaments, Sloane Stephens suddenly can’t even win there. The 21-year-old American stumbled to her earliest loss at the U.S. Open, upset in the second round Wednesday by 96th-ranked Johanna Larsson.

  • Sharapova survives scare Aug 27, 2014 11:52 PM
    As dusk fell and the Arthur Ashe Stadium lights came on, Maria Sharapova came through the way she so often does in the crucible of a third set, beating 95th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the Grand Slam tournament she won in 2006 but has missed twice in the past six years.

  • Girls tennis: Tuesday’s results Aug 26, 2014 11:35 PM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Tuesday, August 26.

  • Bouchard on track again with victory at U.S. Open Aug 26, 2014 4:54 PM
    Back on the Grand Slam stage, Eugenie Bouchard returned to her winning ways. The seventh-seeded Bouchard routed Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday in the first round of the U.S. Open. The last time she played at a major tournament, the 20-year-old made history: the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final.

  • Girls tennis: Monday’s results Aug 26, 2014 12:02 AM
    Here are high school girls tennis results from Monday, Aug. 25.

  • Murray cramps, Djokovic coasts at U.S. Open Aug 25, 2014 11:56 PM
    Spinning in 70 mph second serves and grabbing at his hamstrings, Andy Murray gritted his way through cramps to win his first-round match against Robin Haase in five sets at the U.S. Open. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic breezed past U.S. Open novice Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

  • Sharapova returns to U.S. Open, wins 1st-rounder Aug 25, 2014 11:04 PM
    A year after a most painful absence, Maria Sharapova returned to her winning ways at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The fifth-seeded Sharapova overcame a few wobbles with her serve tosses and took the final 10 games Monday night, beating longtime friend Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-0 in the first round at the U.S. Open. The 2006 champion missed last year’s tournament because of an injured right shoulder.

  • Federer’s confidence soaring before U.S. Open Aug 23, 2014 5:33 PM
    With Rafael Nadal out, the U.S. Open draw is looking mighty friendly to Roger Federer. The Swiss great wouldn’t meet Novak Djokovic until the final. David Ferrer — 0-16 against Federer — is a potential semifinal opponent. There might never be a better chance to seize an 18th Grand Slam title.

  • Venus tops Serena in all-Williams semifinal Aug 9, 2014 6:11 PM
    Venus beat Serena in an all-Williams semifinal in the Rogers Cup. Venus topped Serena 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 on Saturday in the hard-court event for her first victory over her sister since 2009 in Dubai. “I think for both of us, what’s so unique about the situation is that we’re both very good players,” Venus said. “I think typically you may have some siblings, one is quite good, one is not as good so you kind of know what the result is. I think we both know when we walk out there, it’s not like you’re guaranteed a win. I think that’s what makes it challenging for both of us.”

  • Nadal out of 2 tournaments because of right wrist Jul 30, 2014 5:42 PM
    Rafael Nadal withdrew Wednesday from U.S. Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament. The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.

  • McEnroe’s son charged with drug possession Jul 17, 2014 9:17 AM
    The son of former tennis great John McEnroe and actress Tatum O’Neal has been charged with drug possession.

  • Hunter Hayes to headline US Open Kids’ Day Jul 16, 2014 9:43 AM
    Hunter Hayes is set to join MTKO, the Vamps and other acts at the U.S. Open’s annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

  • Tickets for Davis Cup tennis at Sears Centre go on sale Thursday Jul 15, 2014 5:34 PM
    Tickets go on sale Thursday for the United States vs. Slovakia matches in the 2014 Davis Cup, an international men’s team tennis event. The best-of-five match series begins Friday, Sept. 12, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player.

  • Tennis hall opens doors for Davenport Jul 12, 2014 5:04 PM
    Lindsay Davenport remembers picking up a tennis racket as a child and the feeling that came with the ease of a powerful return. After giving up on two other sports, she found something she liked. On Saturday, she reached her sport’s highest honor, with her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

  • Djokovic tops Federer at Wimbledon Jul 6, 2014 3:51 PM
    Novak Djokovic’s large lead in the rollicking Wimbledon final was slipping away, due in no small part to Roger Federer’s regal presence and resurgent play. No man has won tennis’ oldest major tournament more often than Federer, and he was not about to let it go easily. Djokovic went from being a point from victory in the fourth set to suddenly caught in the crucible of a fifth, and knew all too well that he had come up short in recent Grand Slam title matches. Steeling himself when he so desperately needed to, Serbia’s Djokovic held on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 victory after nearly four hours of momentum shifts Sunday to win Wimbledon for the second time — and deny Switzerland’s Federer what would have been a record eighth championship at the All England Club. “I could have easily lost my concentration in the fifth and just handed him the win. But I didn’t, and that’s why this win has a special importance to me, mentally,” Djokovic said. “I managed to not just win against my opponent, but win against myself, as well, and find that inner strength.” Cradling his trophy during the post-match ceremony, Djokovic addressed Federer directly, saying: “I respect your career and everything you have done. And thank you for letting me win today.” Even Federer had to smile at that line. Truth is, Djokovic deserved plenty of credit for figuring out a way to raise his Grand Slam total to seven titles and allows him to overtake Rafael Nadal at No. 1 in the rankings. “Novak deserved it at the end, clearly,” said Federer, who hadn’t been to a Grand Slam final since winning his 17th major at Wimbledon in 2012, “but it was extremely close.” Federer, who turns 33 next month, won 88 of 89 service games through the semifinals and produced 29 aces in the final, but Djokovic broke him four times. Federer went to the net aggressively, only to see Djokovic zoom more than a dozen passing shots past him. And with most of the Centre Court crowd of about 15,000 raucously cheering for Federer, the 27-year-old Djokovic kept believing in himself. That part might have been the most difficult, given that Djokovic lost his past three major finals, and five of his past six, including against Andy Murray at Wimbledon last year, and against Nadal at the French Open last month. “Started doubting, of course, a little bit,” Djokovic said. “I needed this win a lot.” Boris Becker, the three-time Wimbledon champion who began coaching Djokovic this season, called the new champion “the biggest competitor” and praised “his sense of not giving up, giving it always another try.” “It could’ve gone either way in the fifth set,” said Becker, whose former rival as a player, Stefan Edberg, coaches Federer. “Novak finds another way. He digs deep and finds another way.” Djokovic built a 5-2 lead in the fourth set and served for the championship at 5-3. But Federer broke there for the first time all afternoon, smacking a forehand winner as Djokovic slipped and fell on a patch of brown dirt. Djokovic took a nastier tumble in the second set, hurting his left leg and prompting the first of two medical timeouts; he got his right calf massaged by a trainer in the fifth. With Federer serving at 5-4 in the fourth, he double-faulted to 30-all, then netted a backhand for 30-40 — handing Djokovic a match point. Federer hit a 118 mph (190 kph) serve that was called out, but he challenged the ruling, and the replay showed the ball touched a line for an ace. That was part of Federer’s five-game run to force a fifth set. It would be another 42 minutes until Djokovic again stood so close to triumph. “Can’t believe I made it to five,” Federer said. “Wasn’t looking good there for a while.” In truth, after so much drama, the ending was anticlimactic. Trailing 5-4 but serving, Federer missed four groundstrokes, pushing a backhand into the net on Djokovic’s second match point. Victory his, Djokovic knelt on the most hallowed tennis court in the world, plucked a blade of grass and shoved it in his mouth, just as he did after his 2011 Wimbledon title. He dedicated this victory to his pregnant fiancee “and our future baby,” and to Jelena Gencic, his first tennis coach, who died last year. “This is the best tournament in the world, the most valuable one,” Djokovic said. “The first tennis match that I ever (saw) in my life, when I was 5 years old, was Wimbledon, and that image stuck (in) my mind.”

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