"For me personally, it never mattered. I just always tried to focus on my next match," said the Austrian. "My focus or my concentration, it's the same. It doesn't matter if I play one of the Big Three members or if I play somebody else. … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic’s default opens the door for young stars to win a grand slam, but will success come with an asterisk?
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So does the Dutchman think Saturday's finale will be a rematch of the controversial final that saw Osaka beat Williams or a rematch of the Western & Southern Open final that never was? Osaka withdrew ahead of her tussle with Azarenka due to a hamstring injury. … [Read more...] about Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka: Friends, moms and tennis greats set for blockbuster battle in US Open semifinals
Osaka stepped onto the court wearing a black mask with the name of Tamir Rice, a Black 12-year-old boy killed by police in Ohio in 2014. Osaka arrived in New York with seven masks bearing the names of Black victims of violence and wore a different one for each match, honoring Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Philando Castile. … [Read more...] about Osaka Comes Back, Bests Azarenka at US Open
“There was a time, maybe for 1½-2 years after I became a mom, where I didn’t really picture coming back to the tour at all. I was, you know, happy with the moment, just wanted to live through everything, through this new exciting time in my life,” said Pironkova, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2010. “But then I started thinking about tennis more and more.” … [Read more...] about Thiem OK with how many of Big 3 are in US Open (hint: zero)
“I feel like I’m pretty vocal with or without a crowd. ... I’m super passionate. This is my job. This is what I wake up to do. This is what I train to do, 365 days of the year,” said Williams, who moved a step closer to a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title. … [Read more...] about ‘Keep fighting!’ Serena Williams yells herself to Open win