Week in Preview: A look at the final U.S. Open tune-ups in Winston-Salem and New Haven
Agnieszka Radwanska is the top seed in New Haven. (AP) The tennis world is preparing to shift its attention to Flushing Meadows, but there are still two tune-ups to keep an eye on before the Open begins next Monday. The draws at the ATP tournament in Winston-Salem and the WTA... Read more
Kirsten Flipkens beats Belinda Bencic to advance at Connecticut Open
Flipkens, who upset Venus Williams at the Olympics, had lost in the second round of qualifying in New Haven. (AP) NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Belgian Kirsten Flipkens added to an already memorable summer Tuesday, beating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in the opening round of the Connecticut... Read more
If Jack Sock is to realize his vast potential, the time for him to start doing so is at the U.S. Open
It’s a natural time to take stock of Sock because, frankly, he’s the most intriguing American prospect in years. (AP) Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb., where the state’s beloved Cornhuskers play college football, can hold 87,000 red, white and maize-clad crazies. The fan-to-athlete ratio is about 725 to 1—a... Read more
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Caroline Wozniacki entered the Connecticut Open as a wild card, hoping a tournament she has won four times would help her tune up for the U.S. Open. Instead, the former top-ranked player from Denmark saw her struggles continue in a 7-5, 6-2 first-round loss to... Read more
Pliskova wins first premier title in Cincy; Cilic upsets Murray for maiden Masters trophy
It was the biggest win of Pliskova's career, the Czech's first title in a premier tournament. (AP) MASON, Ohio (AP) — The final step up to No. 1 was simply too big for Angelique Kerber — this time, anyway. The world’s second-ranked player wasted a chance to end Serena Williams’... Read more
Karolina Pliskova looking to ride wave of momentum into U.S. Open
The Czech, who won the title in Cincinnati, has never been past the third round at a major. (AP) Karolina Pliskova, who won the Western & Southern Open title this past week, had a winning mentality in Cincinnati. She plans to take that into Flushing Meadows when the U.S. Open gets... Read more
Marin Cilic, coming off Cincinnati title, will begin training with Jonas Bjorkman this week
On Sunday, the world No. 9 became the fifth player on tour to win both a major and a Masters title. (AP) Marin Cilic will begin training with new coach Jonas Bjorkman this week following his title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The 27-year-old Croatian announced before the tournament that he would be adding the... Read more
Exhausted, banged-up Rafael Nadal expects to be ready for U.S. Open
"I think I need to recover emotionally, physically," the Spaniard said. (AP) Rafael Nadal says that despite being physically exhausted from his effort at the Olympics, he expects to be ready for the U.S. Open. Nadal, who won the doubles gold and reached the singles semifinals in Rio de Janeiro, came... Read more
Gold-medal winning decathlete Ashton Eaton: “Tennis is the next most athletic sport”
The American won his straight Olympic gold in the 10-event competition in Rio. (AP) Track and field athlete Ashton Eaton, a gold medalist in the decathlon at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, says that tennis is the most athletic sport following his own. The decathlon, which involves competing in ten track-and-field... Read more
Madison Keys withdraws from Connecticut Open with neck injury
Keys says she was hitting a forehand return on Sunday when she felt pain on the right side of her neck. (AP) NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Madison Keys withdrew from the Connecticut Open after injuring her neck Sunday during a practice session ahead of the tournament she planned to use... Read more