28 Mar 2015 Serena Williams easily wins opening match at Miami Open (Yahoo Sports)
Serena Williams punctuated points Saturday with theatrics worthy of a Grand Slam final. In other words, Williams appeared to be 100 percent. Showing no lingering effects from a recent knee injury, the seven-time Key Biscayne champion won her opening match at the Miami Open on Saturday, beating Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-1. The match was the first for Williams since she withdrew before the semifinals at Indian Wells last week, citing a right knee problem.
27 Mar 2015 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis advances at Miami Open (Yahoo Sports)
Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros - Serena Williams. Bellis, a 15-year-old American who made a big splash at last year's U.S. Open, advanced Friday to a potential third-round match against Williams by beating Zarina Diyas 6-2, 6-1. Williams' second-round match Friday night against Monica Niculescu was postponed until Saturday because of rain. ''It's going to be really fun,'' Bellis said.
24 Mar 2015 Nadal to play at Queen's Club ending three-year absence (Yahoo Sports)
Rafael Nadal says he will play at this year's Queen's Club, ending his three-year absence at the grass-court tournament. Nadal, who lifted the trophy in 2008, has gone on to reach the Wimbledon final following every appearance at the event that is traditionally seen as a warm-up to the SW19 championships. ''I always loved playing at The Queen's Club and I am very happy that I will be back this year,'' Nadal said. To win Wimbledon a few weeks later was like a dream.'' The 28-year-old Nadal will be joined by the defending champion Grigor Dimitrov, US Open winner Marin Cilic, 2014 Australian Open victor Stan Wawrinka and World No.4 Andy Murray in this year's draw.
23 Mar 2015 South African judge convicts retired tennis champion of rape (Yahoo Sports)
A judge in South Africa on Monday convicted Bob Hewitt, a former Grand Slam tennis champion, of raping and sexually assaulting three girls whom he had been coaching. A sentencing hearing was scheduled in a Pretoria court for April 17. Until then he must mostly remain in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, where he lives, the judge ruled. South African courts have in the past handed down life sentences for, said Velekhaya Mgobhozi, spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority.
22 Mar 2015 Djokovic beats Federer in 3 sets to win Indian Wells title (Yahoo Sports)
Move over Roger Federer, there is another guy with a share of your crown as king of the desert. Novak Djokovic defeated Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, tying him with Federer for the most titles in the desert after winning for the second straight year. ''I am at the prime of my career,'' Djokovic said. ''I'm going to try to use every part of this fact to stay where I am and to fight for as many major titles as possible.'' Djokovic, ranked No. 1 in the world, and No. 2 Federer met for the 38th time, second-most among rivalries in the Open era.
18 Mar 2015 Renovation work at Roland Garros on hold (Yahoo Sports)
The planned renovation of Roland Garros was on hold after Paris city council allowed a new study of the land use on Wednesday. Supported by local residents and environmentalists at the city council, a new project offers an alternative to the controversial expansion that is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The botanical garden's 19th century greenhouses, a few hundred meters from Court Philippe Chatrier, host a large variety of tropical and local flowers. The Roland Garros plans have been controversial from the start, after the French Tennis Federation decided five years ago to keep the clay-court major there and renovate the existing site, rather than moving the tournament.