In an open letter on social media yesterday, Li Na announced that she will be retiring from tennis due to lingering knee injuries. The 32-year old Australian Open champion hasn’t played in a match since losing in the third-round at this year’s Wimbledon, and retires on the heels of the new tournament in her hometown of Wuhan.
Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska was defeated at the Kia Korea Open on Friday, falling to American Varvara Lepchenko 7-6(4), 2-6, 2-6. The fifth-seed fought off a loss in the first set tiebreaker to cruise through the final two sets and beat Radwanska for the second time this year.
On Thursday, Suffolk County Girls High School Tennis action featured a non-conference matchup between Huntington High School and defending Suffolk County Champion Half Hollow Hills East. Hills East has been on a quite a tear over the past few years, winning 57 consecutive Suffolk County matches.
Ana Ivanovic cruised into the Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lucie Safarova on Friday. The win ends a five-match losing streak to Safarova, whom she hadn’t defeated since the 2008 French Open.
The U.S. Davis Cup Team will travel to Great Britain for the 2015 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group First Round, March 6-8, at a site to be determined. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced the draw for the 2015 World Group in Dubai.
Following proper nutrition preparation will guarantee an improved tennis match. Packing your lunch box with proper snacks and fluids will help you to avoid fatigue and cramps and will prepare you for any early, late or multiple matches. Here are some easy tips on what super snacks and drinks to have in your lunch box when playing in a tournament.
The 2014 Long Island girls high school season continued on Wednesday, as some of the best teams in Nassau County took to the courts in hopes of remaining undefeated. Unfortunately for Roslyn, its bid at a perfect season was spoiled by the Manhasset Indians, who went on the road to defeat the Bulldogs 5-2 in a huge Conference I showdown.
Maria Kirilenko of Russia moved into the quarterfinals of the Korea Open on Thursday, knocking off third-seeded Czech Klara Koukalova 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-0. The win marks the first time she has won back-to-back matches since last September as she continues her comeback from a knee injury that forced her out of the first three months of this season.
Evert, Austin, Capriati, Davenport, Williams, Williams, Bellis? Not quite yet, but 15-year-old CC Bellis, TR Blue Chip and rising sophomore, Class of 2017 has the best chance to ascend to become the next great American since Serena.
The FIFA World Cup, Tour de France, Lebron, Melo ... forget about it! The biggest local sports news for Long Island tennis fans is Noah Rubin. He's the 2014 Wimbledon Boy's Champion, which is a truly remarkable achievement, but not his biggest accomplishment of the week.
The Group stages of this year's World Cup have drawn 62.3 million U.S. viewers to Univision Deportes, while Wimbledon ratings on ESPN are about 1/10 of that number. I love Wimbledon, it's a magical place and a great event, but let's face it, Wimbledon’s image is stuffy and the announcing is as hip as an old man with a pony tail and an earring.
It's about 3,600 miles from Roland Garros to Flushing Meadows and on June 1, 2014, these two places were a little closer because they shared the distinction as being the center of the tennis universe. That's a bold statement, but I'll stand by it.
A rain delay in Paris prompted Gael Monfils and Laurent Lokoli to entertain the crowd by getting down and dirty on the red dirt at Roland Garros. When Monfils' tennis days are over, I'm sure "Dancing With the Stars" will be calling.
Do you even know what "gluten" is? I'm not totally sure myself, but I think it's some kind of protein. I've heard that if I eat too much of it, I could spontaneously combust, and like Novak Djokovic and Marty Fish, cutting it out of my diet will help me play better tennis … or not. It's big business for sure.
In the first three months of 2013 the ATP challenger tour will be testing out a new rule, the elimination of the service let. Though there are no immediate plans to implement this rule in a broader scope there is no question that this is the first attempt at doing just that. Would this potential change be a positive thing for the sport? I think so.
In doubles, points end fairly quickly due to the fast nature of the game itself-singles can be a very different story. Let’s go over a few ways to end some points more quickly and get you off the court sooner.
The NTC Women's College Invitational, featuring the 20 top NCAA Division I teams, will take place Friday-Sunday, Oct. 10-12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.