MELBOURNE, Australia -- Some thoughts on Thursday's women's semifinals at the Australian Open, where Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka advanced with three-set victories to set up a final in which the winner will become the WTA's new No. 1 ...
In terms of age, just two years separate Australian Open finalists Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. But in terms of what the two young women have achieved in their tennis careers so far, they are poles apart.
It is a noise that has become synonymous with watching top-level tennis -- the sound of ear-splitting shrieks and grunts as star players battle against each other in a bid to claim the sport's biggest prizes.
Serena Williams will be bidding for her 10th grand slam triumph and fourth Australian Open title when she plays Russian Dinara Safina in Saturday's final in Melbourne, with the world number one ranking also up for grabs for either player.
Serena Williams booked a semifinal clash with Russian Elena Dementieva at the Australian Open after officials took the heat out of her 5-7 7-5 6-1 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova by closing the Rod Laver Arena roof.
World No. 1 Roger Federer survived a massive scare at the Australian Open on Saturday, with the top seed twice coming from behind to win a five-set epic 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 5-7 6-1 10-8 against unseeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Remember the historic performance Michael Phelps had at the 2004 Olympics? Eight medals, including six gold? Comparisons to Mark Spitz? Well, why stop there? Phelps is making his own standards seem mortal at the FINA World Championships, where he is on the verge of the greatest single-meet performance in swimming history. Granted, Phelps has completed only three events so far, but it's the way he has owned the pool in those events that is rendering comparisons with anyone other than himself pointless.