Bethanie Mattek-Sands, playing her first WTA singles match since the Australian Open, rallied to beat Venus Williams 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-1 Tuesday in the hardcourt tennis tournament in San Jose, California. Mattek-Sands, 34, notched her first singles match win in more than a year -- since a first-round victory at the 2018 French Open. She dropped her serve to open the third set, but won the final six games to set up a second-round clash with Spain's eighth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro. "I'm in for another match, so I'm pumped," said Mattek-Sands, who like seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams received a wild card into the draw. Mattek-Sands was sidelined for more than a year after suffering a ruptured Patella tendon and dislocated kneecap at Wimbledon in 2017. She returned to win the US Open mixed doubles title in 2018, but has been sidelined again this year by another knee injury. "It's been a tough couple of years," she said. "I've had a few surgeries -- I feel like I've had 12 … [Read more...] about Mattek-Sands rallies to beat Venus in San Jose
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Rafael Nadal won his 12th French Open title on Sunday when he defeated Dominic Thiem in the final for the second straight year. AFP Sport looks at the Spaniard's 12 triumphs in Paris: 2005: bt Mariano Puerta (ARG) 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 -- At just 19, Nadal became the youngest winner of a Grand Slam title since Michael Chang won at Roland Garros in 1989 at 17. He was the first man since Mats Wilander in 1982 to win the French Open on his debut. Puerta was to later fail a drugs test and handed an eight-year ban, eventually reduced to two years. 2006: bt Roger Federer (SUI) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 -- Nadal became the first man to beat Federer in a Slam final, ending the Swiss star's hopes of holding all four majors at the same time. It was Nadal's 60th win in a row on clay. 2007: bt Roger Federer (SUI) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 -- The 21-year-old Nadal became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win three successive titles at Roland Garros. He again also shattered Federer's hopes of becoming only … [Read more...] about Thanks for the memories: Rafael Nadal’s 12 French Open triumphs
French Open at a glance -- day 4 Headlines + Nadal marks 90th match at Roland Garros with 80th win + Federer into 15th French Open quarter-final + Federer next plays son of former rival + Fourth seed Bertens quits with illness + Second seed Pliskova eases through Top results Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Yannick Maden (GER) 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Oscar Otte (GER) 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 Karolina Pliskova (CZE x2) bt Kristina Kucova (SVK) 6-2, 6-2 Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x4) 3-1 -- retired Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x6) bt Hugo Dellien (BOL) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 Sidelines Kids stuff for Nadal -- Rafael Nadal is voted time after time as youngsters' number one player at the French Open and a jostling crowd outside the media centre waiting him to appear testified to his popularity. "I always had good connection with the kids. I love to spend time with them. Being honest, I think I am natural, passionate, that's all," he said after seeing off Yannick Maden to make the last … [Read more...] about French Open at a glance — day 4
The poetry for the third Grand Slam tournament of the season can then, perchance, wait until early July as the circus heads for the clay pens of the French Open. As ever, sub-plots and statistics will spruce up the proceedings during 15 days of matches on the western fringes of the French capital. One question, with apologies to fans of Robert Aldrich movies, pierces the prelude: will Rafael Nadal be celebrating a dirty dozen on 10 June? The 32-year-old Spaniard has won the title on 11 of his 14 visits to Paris. Key Little wonder that he considers the French Open the most important tournament of his career. Usually, he claims two or three of the clay court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome before reaching Paris. In 2019, there has been a relative slump. He only managed to notch up the Italian Open. He did it after dispatching top seed Novak Djokovic in three sets. “Winning a title is important," said Nadal after collecting his 81st senior championship. "But … [Read more...] about French Open: Who can stop the Nadal machine?
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were placed in the same half of the draw for the French Open on Thursday meaning the two longtime rivals could meet in the semi-finals. Second seed Nadal is chasing a 12th title in Paris while 2009 champion Federer, seeded three, is playing in the tournament for the first time since 2015. Nadal starts against qualifiers in the first two rounds while 37-year-old Federer, bidding to become the oldest Grand Slam title winner of all time, faces Italy's Lorenzo Sonego, ranked at 73. Top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic starts his campaign against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, the world number 43. Djokovic, the 2016 champion, is bidding to become only the second man in history to hold all four Slams at the same time. Only Rod Laver, who swept to calendar Slams in 1962 and 1969, has previously achieved the feat. If the seedings work out for the quarter-finals, then 15-time major winner Djokovic would face Germany's Alexander Zverev who has still to get past … [Read more...] about Nadal, Federer on French Open collision course