By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Did anyone in the building not expect a Serena Williams-Madison Keys U.S. Open final? Probably not too many. Well, an interloper has changed the dynamic completely. And she idolizes Serena. Her name is Naomi Osaka from Japan. The 20-year-old, ranked no. 19 in the world and moving […]Read more "It’s Osaka vs. Williams in the Open final"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It was billed as a supreme battle. One which either sister could win. It was 38-year-old Venus vs. 36-year-old Serena in “Sister Act 30” before a sold-out Friday night crowd. And it all started way back at the Australian Open in 1998 when Venus defeated her younger […]Read more "It’s Serena over Venus by a landslide"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Fans flock to his practices. They wait hours upon hours for a chance to get his autograph in clothing stores. His name is Roger Federer and he may be the most popular athlete in the world right now. If not, he is certainly on even footing with […]Read more "Federer remains the king of Flushing"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — So who will win the 2018 U.S. Open women’s singles title? Well, at least 10 women have more than a strong chance. And that hasn’t happened for years. It is good for the sport. Our picks? Either No. 17 seed Serena Williams, or No. 3 seed and […]Read more "Serena, Sloane advance on Day One"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Is there a better day at the US Open in Flushing Meadows than the Thursday before the US Open actually starts? Maybe not. Perhaps a great semis day for the men or women with 2 tight matches, but other than that, probably not. It starts with dozens […]Read more "Setting The Scene For The Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Get ready, U.S. Open. Here comes 16-year-old, 5-foot-6 Whitney Osuigwe fresh from The IMG Academy. The 2017 French Open Girls’ Champion at the age of 15 won the USTA 18 and under Girls’ title in San Diego earlier this year to earn the coveted main draw wild […]Read more "Welcome To Whitney’s World"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Is he really only 29 years old? Doesn’t seem possible. Donald Young of Atlanta has been playing professional tennis since the tender age 15. The 6-0 American lefty has won eight singles and three doubles tournaments and made it to the French Open semis in doubles in […]Read more "Young Re-Sets Sights On NYC, U.S. Open"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Ok, how many people can name the U.S. Open women’s champion of 2017? Probably not that many. No, it wasn’t Serena Williams. Nor Venus. It was the child prodigy, American, Sloane Stephens. The 5-foot-7 Stephens was born to a father who was a Pro Bowl running back […]Read more "Stephens Seeks To Repeat In Flushing"
By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Many have talked about Roger Federer still going strong at the tender age of 37. Well, there is a player on the WTA Tour who is still going strong at age 38. Venus Williams is incredibly ranked no. 14 in the world and is still competing at […]Read more "Venus is still rising heading to NYC"