Stories by Howard Fendrich

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Kershaw does enough to give Dodgers Game 1 victory

Clayton Kershaw worked around eight hits with the help of seven strikeouts Friday to help the Los Angeles Dodgers edge the Washington Nationals 4-3 in Game 1 of their NL Division Series.
By Howard Fendrich

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Kershaw more relaxed going into the postseason

Why is LA lefty Clayton Kershaw so downright masterful during the regular season and so decidedly mediocre during the playoffs?
By Howard Fendrich

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

Kerber officially takes over top ranking

NEW YORK - U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber officially became the oldest woman to debut at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, ending Serena Williams' record-tying run of 186 consecutive weeks in the ...
By Howard Fendrich

Wawrinka closing gap on tennis' Big 4

Where does Stan Wawrinka now fit among the sport's elite?
By Howard Fendrich

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

Wawrinka tops Djokovic for first U.S. Open title

NEW YORK - Pointing to his temple after winning the biggest of points, Stan Wawrinka wore Novak Djokovic down and beat the defending champion 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday for his first U.S. ...
By Howard Fendrich

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

Djokovic has chance to add to legacy at U.S. Open

NEW YORK - Novak Djokovic's U.S. Open final against Stan Wawrinka today will be the Serb's third Grand Slam title match of 2016 and his seventh in the past eight majors.
By Howard Fendrich

Kerber wins her first U.S. Open title

NEW YORK - Angelique Kerber won her first U.S. Open title and the second Grand Slam trophy of her breakthrough season, beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Saturday.
By Howard Fendrich

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Djokovic, Wawrinka to meet in U.S. Open final

NEW YORK - For quite a while, Novak Djokovic's opponent in the U.S. Open semifinals, Gael Monfils, looked as if he didn't want to win - or even be there at all.
By Howard Fendrich

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Serena survives, reaches U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK - In a quarterback match filled with fantastic shotmaking and enthralling exchanges, Serena Williams righted herself in the third set to emerge with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Simona ...
By Howard Fendrich

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Monfils breaks through into semifinals at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Gael Monfils reached his first major semifinal since 2008 by beating an error-prone Pouille 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in a match that concluded under Arthur Ashe Stadium's retractable roof.
By Howard Fendrich

Monday, Sept. 5, 2016

Venus falls short of reaching quarterfinals

NEW YORK - Venus Williams went from down and out to a point from victory, then back again. In the end, she couldn't quite get past a woman a dozen years younger and never before at this stage of a ...
By Howard Fendrich

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

Sock is ready for bigger things in the U.S. Open

NEW YORK - Before Jack Sock took on 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the third round, the 23-year-old American acknowledged that, as of a couple of years ago, simply making it that far would ...
By Howard Fendrich

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

Murray overcomes challenge of noise from retractable roof being closed

NEW YORK - When heavy rain began pelting the closed roof atop Arthur Ashe Stadium, Andy Murray couldn't pick up the usual sounds of a tennis match.
By Howard Fendrich

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016

Raonic stunned by American qualifier at U.S. Open

NEW YORK - Milos Raonic, the Wimbledon runner-up and No. 5 seed at the U.S. Open, had a stunning 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-5, 6-1 second-round loss to 120th-ranked American qualifier Ryan Harrison on Wednesday.
By Howard Fendrich

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016

Serena begins quest for record with victory

NEW YORK - Serena Williams hit 12 aces and reached 121 mph on her powerful serve during a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ekaterina Makarova, a potentially tricky first-round opponent at the U.S. Open.
By Howard Fendrich

Agassi is proud of the way he left tennis

NEW YORK - For all of his victories during two decades on the tennis tour, including eight Grand Slam titles, Andre Agassi looks back most fondly these days on the aftermath of a loss.
By Howard Fendrich

Monday, Aug 29, 2016

Nadal's wrist holds up in first-round win

NEW YORK - As Rafael Nadal stood near the net at the U.S. Open after winning his first Grand Slam match in three months Monday, he unraveled the thick wrap of white tape protecting his ...
By Howard Fendrich

Saturday, Aug 27, 2016

Williams still measures herself by each match

Despite everything that Serena Williams has won and done, her sense of self can still fluctuate based on the outcome of a particular match.
By Howard Fendrich

Sunday, Aug 14, 2016

Murray is first to win two singles golds in Olympic tennis

Andy Murray became the first tennis player in Olympic history with two singles gold medals, winning his second in a row by wearing down Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
By Howard Fendrich

Saturday, Aug 13, 2016

Puig gives Puerto Rico its first gold

RIO DE JANEIRO - Uunseeded and unheralded Monica Puig capped her run of upsets with the biggest one of all Saturday, overpowering No. 2 Angelique Kerber, of Germany, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 to become the ...
By Howard Fendrich
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