Flavia Pennetta took down Serena slayer Roberta Vinci in straight sets 7-6, 6-2 to win the U.S. Open final, the first singles Grand Slam title of her career. Immediately afterward the 33-year-old used her acceptance speech to announce her retirement from professional tennis.
Catherine Bellis turned 15 years old in April and sits at 1,208 on the WTA's rankings. At the start of the day, her career record as a pro in singles matches was 8-4. That record has improved to 9-4, as Bellis just finished off 12-seeded Dominka Cibulkova in a first-round match at the U.S. Open.
Quartz has posited an interesting, if incomplete, theory: money is why we pay attention to women's tennis, and why you should care about women's tennis. Actually, history is why we pay attention to women's tennis, and why you do care about women's tennis.
Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli defeated German Sabine Lisicki this morning in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, to win Wimbledon. In a wild tournament that saw every single favorite get knocked out, Bartoli was consistent and overwhelmed each opponent she faced without dropping a single set throughout the tournament. The victory…
Back in January, before 19-year-old Sloane Stephens upset Serena Williams in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, we went through the dumbest possible pre-match story: the fake mentorship narrative.
Serena beat Maria Sharapova today in Key Biscayne, Fla. But flying suds and big trophies reminded everyone that it's just a game, y'all!
Today, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) released yet another "Strong is Beautiful" video featuring several relatively famous people who have nothing whatsoever to do with tennis talking about tennis. One of those people just so happened to be Donald Trump, the reigning expert on which women are or aren't…
Maybe you've heard that Serena Williams, the greatest female American tennis player of all time, did a controversial dance after winning gold in singles at the Olympics over the weekend.
In an effort to address the sport's most overheated and overrated controversy, the Women's Tennis Association is introducing some sort of preposterous grunt-o-meter. Here's USA Today's Doug Robson on what the WTA will be rolling out:
Grass is Venus Williams's favorite surface. Even if she's been fading everywhere else for some time—she hasn't been to a final of a non-Wimbledon Grand Slam in nine years—she would reliably muster up a respectable (and sometimes dominant!) performance in England.
Oh no. Dominika Cibulkova lost to Australian Sam Stosur earlier today, and here's what she had to say about it:
Tennis's good girl Kim Clijsters says she's retiring after this year's U.S. Open. This will be the second time that Clijsters will retire, and even though retiring and unretiring is sort of a fad in the women's game, this will probably be it for her.
Young tennis phenom Laura Robson has caused a small stir with a recent interview where she says that some of her fellow players are "sluts" who "go with every guy." Yeah, we're going to need some more information here.
Interesting story from London's Daily Mail where they get an All England Club spokesman to admit the ladies featured on the hallowed Centre Court aren't necessarily the best players, but they are the best-looking players.
Frank Deford has always been infatuated with vivacious young tennis stars, so it's not surprising he'd offer his take on the recent ITF grunt ban considerations with a creepy I'm-typing-this-pantsless approach. SportressofBlogitude gives the porny rundown on Deford's latest column.
Over the last decade, Dubai has become a popular destination for international sports looking to add a warm winter tour stop, but that might change thanks to the whole Middle East in turmoil thing.
Jelena Jankovic, the split-happy, thunder-serving Serbian may have lost the U.S. Open to Serena Williams yesterday, but she won over some new fans. Williams' third U.S. Open title returned her to the number-one ranking player in the WTA, but that news was overshadowed by the bizarre post-match comments from Jankovic: